The show comes on the heels of the first anniversary of the band’s latest effort, Sleepless Night EP, a six-song EP with one new tune (“Bleeding,” a windswept ballad where delicate guitar melodies give way to cyclonic fuzz) plus covers of songs by The Byrds, The Delmore Brothers, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, and The Flying Machine.
The tracks on Sleepless Night were initially released as one side of an LP included within a limited-edition catalogue (published by LACMA and DelMonico Books/Prestel) for the LACMA exhibition, Yoshitomo Nara, the first international retrospective for the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959). A longtime YLT fan, Nara worked in collaboration with the group — Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew — to choose the EP’s songs.
Last year the band also released a collection titled We Have Amnesia Sometimes, available digitally through Matador and physically via the band’s Egon label, featuring five instrumental compositions that Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew recorded over 10 days in late April and early May 2020 during socially distanced sessions at their rehearsal space in Hoboken, NJ. Improvisatory and atmospheric, the music expands upon the moods and processes that informed the trio’s 2018 full-length, There’s a Riot Going On.
In this super informative Document Journal piece the band explores the origins of their creative partnership with Yoshitomo Nara – https://www.documentjournal.com/2020/10/yo-la-tengos-new-dual-releases-reflect-on-a-sonically-expansive-past/
In this touching Huck feature the band reflects on their four-decades-long history – https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/music-2/ira-kaplan-reflects-on-four-decades-of-yo-la-tengo/
Mac McCaughan (Superchunk/Portastatic) also just released lead single “Dawn Bends” featuring Yo La Tengo off his forthcoming LP The Sound of Yourself that you can check out here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cH5kTwPpCk.