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Yo La Tengo Unveil “Tom Courtenay” HQ Version


For a band like Yo La Tengo, anything could happen and already may have happened. The band has been around the indie rock world long enough to go from bright-eyed newcomers to the epitome of living legends. With the 25th Anniversary reissue of their album Electr-o-pura, plenty of stops are being pulled out. We already got to hear Lucy Dacus drop a beautiful cover of “Tom Coutenay” and now we’re getting the full video treatment. Unearthed and remastered, the band released the video for the song and it’s full of nineties vibes.

The trappings of the music industry on the large and often misguided scale play out in the opening scenes. With black and white luster, the band chooses their outfits and prepares for an unlikely scenario. The song, sounding as good as it did when it was released still holds up. Not only as a part of the band’s massive catalog but as a great single in indie rock history. It could come out tomorrow and still have relevance.

As an added bonus, the band has also released a video interview with all members of the band and the director of the video, Phil Morrison. The backstory and the idea for its concept all get revealed in the interview.

The videos can be viewed above or on YouTube. The 25th Anniversary edition of Electr-o-pura is ready to be preordered directly from Matador Records on a double vinyl ahead of its September 04 release.

Image Credits: Photo by Michael Lavine.

David Garrick

David Garrick has spent the last five years interviewing some of the most intriguing and engaging artists performing today. Everyone from Angel Olsen to Phoebe Bridgers, Wire to Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail to Soccer Mommy, Ghost to First Aid Kit, The Breeders to Protomartyr, and many more. He's a giant fan of music of pretty much any genre; but especially to the underdogs. He's been known to see more concerts in a week than many people will see in a year.


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