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All The Glitter: Ira Kaplan Of Yo La Tengo's Favourite Albums
April Clare Welsh , March 14th, 2013 07:01

Yo La Tengo’s frontman leads April Clare Welsh through a selection of his most played LPs

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Captain Beefheart – The Spotlight Kid
I'm pretty sure that was the first record of his that I heard, that's the one I know the best to this day anyway. I can remember reading the review of it in Rolling Stone and thinking, “This sounds good, I should hear this guy!” I'd probably already heard him but ‘I'm Gonna Booglarize You' just got to me instantly and to this day, 'Click Clack' and 'Alice in Blunderland' are real favourites. I don't know why, because I love all his records, but I think because that was the first one it just stayed a sentimental favourite.

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Mar 14, 2013 2:43pm

And the obligatory velvet underground record?

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Mar 14, 2013 5:04pm

Excellent list-- and The Scene Is Now are still peerlessly rocking/not rocking... Chris Nelson for Pope for more Phil Dray keyboard solos, please!!

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Mar 14, 2013 6:23pm

how long til the perennially grumpy anonymous commenter shows up to tell us how he kinda respects YLT (when they're playing shows, mind you, not their albums) but thinks their john cale covers are the worst? because that guy's a fucking humorless broken record who really should be put out of his misery.

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Karin Christensen
Mar 14, 2013 7:40pm

Oh I just love the fact that he mentions adventure as one of his favourite records, such a great album, I have so many warm and sad memories listening to it, it's that kind of record, both sad and warm and lovely and beutifully sinister. I LOVE The dreams dream, it's one of their best songs, what a guitar solo //Karin Sweden

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Hedda Gabbler
Mar 15, 2013 4:00am

In reply to baconfat:

Hint: ALL Yo La Tengo covers suck, with the exception of Sun Ra "Nuclear War" and The Scene Is Now "Yellow Sarong," two tunes so indomitable yet elastic YTL's good intentions shine through.

Hilarious how their fanboys and girls are treat YLT so sacredly, however. None of three have written more than five excellent SONGS between them-- even at their early peak they were subcontracting lyrics to Phil Milstein... Phil Milstein?!

"Wake of the Flood" >>>> YLT's ** career **; maybe if Ira, James and Georgia watched less television and read more they'd have more to say but, alas... And they ain't jazz either, hoss!

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Cynthia Mask
Mar 15, 2013 11:24am

In reply to Hedda Gabbler:

Party's overs folks, the trolls have arrived!

Is there some kind of magic portal that directly links The Quietus to The Guardian's music section, 'cos it seems like the same bearded, overweight, sexually frustrated, socially illiterate mitherers constantly scurry between both nowadays?

p.s. Interesting list Ira - I had a "Kiwi epiphany" with that Clean cassette too. :)

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John Doran
Mar 15, 2013 12:03pm

In reply to Cynthia Mask:

Did someone call me?

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Cynthia Mask
Mar 15, 2013 8:14pm

In reply to John Doran:

Ha - you smelt it, you dealt it, etc. :)

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Chris Q.
Mar 15, 2013 10:46pm

Neat List. IK can say he likes "Riot" but isn't a huge Sly fan...from you tubers ok...from a guy in the safest band in the world, a little disingenuous...

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Mar 16, 2013 10:47am

In reply to Chris Q.:

But what's "safe" got to do with anything? Surely what matters is whether YLT's records are still worth listening to or not? Sly Stone certainly knocked out a few "safe" albums in his time...

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Mar 16, 2013 11:26pm

In reply to Rooksby:

Some people hold "There's a Riot Goin' On" in extremely high regard, and to make "Fresh" and "Small Talk" after losing Larry Graham - if it isn't dangerous its at least ballsy...maybe The Flaming Lips or Beck or YLT can try to do a cover album of "Fresh," that'd be hip as shit for guys in their mid-forties.

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Mar 17, 2013 1:16pm

In reply to :

I'd rather The Flaming Lips didn't record anything again ever if that's OK with thee? :)

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Ralf Jogerst
May 26, 2013 4:45pm

In reply to Karin Christensen :

Really one of the all time best adventure.The talking heads more songs, pylon gyrate, chills singles and bats daddy´s highway follow onlyin a short distance. Nice to read the yola biography.

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