Sunday, February 22, 2015

and then nothing turned itself inside-out

Yo La Tengo left their misery to crawl toward where they wanted to be in the meditative slowburn of this wintry confessional reverberation.  Coming two years after their groundbreaking 'I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One''And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out' was recorded at Alex the Great in Nashville, Tennessee and mixed at the Big House in  New York City with producer Roger Moutenot (who had worked with the band since 1993's 'Painful') and engineer Greg Calbi.   The sessions featured James McNew on bass and vocals; Georgia Hubley on drums, piano, and vocals;  and Ira Kaplan on guitars, piano, and vocals;   with  Susie Ibarra on percussion;  Tim Harris and David Henry on cello; and Kris Gillespie on drum programming.  

McNew looks back:  "I think it definitely was [a special period for the band].  During that time [1993-2000] we were finding ways to work and make music together. It was a very creative and productive time for us. Many new people were discovering the band at that point, it was really a different time. I’m trying to make it sound like I’m not as old as the hills (lol), but it really was an exciting time. I really still feel that way. I’m definitely still excited to be making music with Georgia and Ira."

Hubley would reveal:  "We love avant garde things, we love simple pop music.  To us music has no boundaries. We push ourselves in these different directions to keep things interesting, for us and for the audience." 

Kaplan considers:   "We just like to play.  A lot of it is aimless. Often we'll be playing at least an hour before we hit upon anything we might wanna use. With this album, we sifted through hours and hours of cassette recordings of our practices, picking out ideas, melodies, songs." 

'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out' debuted at number four on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S.

"You Can Have It All" is a cover of the George McCrae song, written by Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band.

"Let's Save Tony Orlando's House" gets its title from "Marge on the Lam".  Kaplan reveals:  "I think "Let's Save Tony Orlando's House" is the first one [of our songs inspired by The Simpsons]...Our songs take a long time to become songs. Most of the songs on this record have earlier incarnations as instrumentals with varying degrees of shape to them. Different elements of those instrumentals get preserved, so James [McNew, bass] keeps track of a lot of those instrumentals and gives them funny titles, which of course all go away eventually. A song that is an instrumental will sometimes keep its title, but not "Tired Hippo," for instance. He named one series of instrumentals after the Troy McClure filmography, and, much to his surprise, the title stuck. He didn't never intended for it to be the last word on the title, but then I showed him the lyrics I wrote...Yeah, well, it just kind of occurred to me. It seemed funny."

"We Proudly Welcome Tony Orlando"
The state fair marquee reads
Inside, a thousand people with yellow ribbons sing
And clap on 1 and 3

Watch him burn
He's dropping to his knees
Watch him burn
A medley: hits from Grease
Watch him burn
He never fails to please

Meanwhile in Tahoe outside Casa Tony
Wet rags of gasoline
A jealous Frankie Valli says, "Dawn, I want you back"
Lights a match and counts to three

Watch it burn
Reluctantly he leaves
Watch it burn
Acrid smoke making him wheeze
Watch it burn
Humming "Sherry," splits the scene

Watch it burn
Reluctantly he leaves
Watch it burn 
Acrid smoke making him wheeze
Watch it burn
Humming "Sherry," splits the scene

"We're sorry to inform you 
Tony Orlando has been postponed."

"Tears Are in Your Eyes"

"Cherry Chapstick"

YO LA TENGO - Cherry Chapstick by jesus_lizard

"From Black to Blue"


'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out' 
full album:

All songs written by Yo La Tengo except where noted.

"Everyday" – 6:31
"Our Way to Fall" – 4:18
"Saturday" – 4:18
"Let's Save Tony Orlando's House" – 4:59
"Last Days of Disco" – 6:28
"The Crying of Lot G" – 4:44
"You Can Have It All" (Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch) – 4:36
"Tears Are in Your Eyes" – 4:35
"Cherry Chapstick" – 6:11
"From Black to Blue" – 4:47
"Madeline" – 3:36
"Tired Hippo" – 4:45
"Night Falls on Hoboken" – 17:42

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