The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #145

Yo la Tengo


Andy said...

Dear Yo La Tengo: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. One one-thousand. Two one-thousand. Three one-thousand.

I don't think that there are a cooler band on the planet at the moment. Nice picture!

Vanwall said...

For years as a kid, that was a catchphrase in little league, even in far-flung AZ. I'm glad to hear a name like that goes with a nifty band.


Richard Gibson said...

'I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One' is a superb album, in my opinion one of the best of recent years. Sadly, in my opinion I don't think that they have even come close with their albums after this. Am I the only one who thinks along these lines? Have they already peaked?

Andy said...

I'm not convinced they've peaked. More then any other band I tolerate their variety because I appreciate that they're not treading water. I thought "And Then Nothing..." was a fantastic album and enjoyed "Summer Sun" well enough.

They don't seem to be intimidated by reputation or expectation - I think they really just make the album they want to. With Yo La Tengo there isn't any "up" or "down", no "peaks" or "troughs" - there's just movement - and I love them for that.

the heart of the world said...

They do some nice covers and "I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One" is very nice.