March 11, 2009

A happy daylight savings time to you all,

First of all, this Friday, March 13, the Yo La Tengo will once again take part in the WFMU marathon (that’s 14 years in a row, if you’re counting — although come to think of it, if you’re counting you already know it’s 14 years in a row). From 8 pm – 11 pm (eastern DAYLIGHT time), we will join host Pseu Braun and co-host Gaylord Fields. If you make a pledge to WFMU, you get to make a request and we will do our best to honor it. If you’ve heard the broadcast before, you know the results are frequently noteworthy, and occasionally musical. As ever, we will be accompanied by Mr. Bruce Bennett on guitar. And although supporting WFMU is truly its own reward, we are also optimistic that for the first time in the last three years, Georgia, James, Bruce and I will all be there. Should make the show extra … something. 91.1 on your greater Jersey City radio dial, 90.1 if you’re in the vicinity of Mt. Hope NY, and everywhere else. Please listen and please pledge to WFMU.

And speaking of the WFMU marathon, this would be a good time to mention that our good friends Dump have recorded a version of “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” that is only available to those who pledge to FMU. It’s part of The Best Show on WFMU’s premium (although it’s available to those who pledge on Pseu’s show too, or any other).

Other friends in the news include the Condo Fucks. Their new record Fuckbook comes out on March 24 on Matador.

On April 21, the Criterion Collection will release Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé, which will feature our performance The Sounds of Science. More info can be found here.

While we work on our next record, which we’re hoping will be out in the autumn, we’ve got a few live shows planned. You can check out those dates on our schedule page.

And finally, a correspondent recently inquired: “How come no talk about Dark Was the Night? Is there something we should be concerned about?” Not at all — I mean, it’s not like we’ve been talking about much else and ignoring Dark Was the Night. Nevertheless we’re sorry for the belated heads-up that we’ve contributed a version of Snapper’s “Gentle Hour” to Dark Was the Night and you can read all about it here.

OK, that’s it. Hope to hear from you this Friday,