Yo La Tengo
I'm about to reveal how "out of it" I am in the world of independent music: I didn't start listening to Yo La Tengo until "And then nothing turned itself inside-out" came out a few years ago. I just, um, kind of never got around to it. OK, so it took me about 13 years. I never said I was a fast study. People seem unable to talk about Yo La Tengo without mentioning the word "jazz" - though it's not really the instrumentation that does it (guitars, drum, and bass make up the core of the band) - it's really more a frame of mind, I think. There is a mellow looseness to their songs - they don't have so much an actual structure, but a context - a general zip code in which they meander. They've also written one of the beautiful songs I've heard in a long time ("Tears are in your eyes"). And if you were curious, according to their label, Matador Records, Yo La Tengo is Spanish for "More Ketchup, Bubba".
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