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No Reconciliation Necessary: Doug McCombs' Favourite LPs
Nick Hutchings , July 16th, 2015 13:36

With the prolific bassist and guitarist and Tortoise and Brokeback founder about to release a new album, Works For Tomorrow, with Eleventh Dream Day, he gives Nick Hutchings a tour of his most seminal records

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Yo La Tengo - President Yo La Tengo
Eleventh Dream Day and Yo La Tengo have toured together a lot and played in each other's bands, mostly in the early 90s. I don't know how studious they are, just some of my favourite people on earth. Fun, yes.

President Yo La Tengo was the first thing that came out after we became friends, so I listened to it a lot. I doubt if it's their best record but 'Barnaby, Hardly Working' is the blueprint for everything Yo La Tengo. We went on tour together for about two months and it was James McNew's first tour with them AND they were his favourite band. He was really fuckin' freaked out, he barely knew them. But it was obvious right away that this was what they needed, he could be apeshit loud enough to carry everything while Ira took a ten-minute solo or he could be quiet and understated enough for Georgia to sing a lullaby. As time went on and they started the whole swapping instruments thing, it was clear that he was the perfect fit.

Yo La Tengo love a cover version - how about Eleventh Dream Day?

Someone posted a list of songs that Eleventh Dream Day has covered, possibly on Facebook? I was pretty impressed. I think it was like 75 or something. Nowhere near Yo La Tengo territory, but still... A couple of them are a little goofy but most are fairly poignant. My all-time favourite is 'Southern Pacific'. I'd like to do that song in every band I play in.

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ad hominem
Jul 16, 2015 4:25pm

yum yum Dots & Loops is my fave Stereolab too

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Sheila Drummond-Lopez
Jul 17, 2015 3:42am

Great read. Love everything Doug does and the new 11DD is awesome.

One pedantic quibble, Quietus Interviewer: Neil Young WROTE those tunes during his famous fever - he didn't record them.

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Jul 17, 2015 4:43pm

I'm in my early 50s, have tried to listen to Marque Moon about 20 times and I always come away perplexed. Why? Because it is utterly unlistenable and Verlaine's voice recalls a cat being tortured-even worse than Morrissey. It reminds me of the Grateful Dead but worse, if that is even possible. Give me Wire, Killing Joke, early PiL, etc. but for the life of me I just don't get them-like the Dead they can't even write a cohesive tune.

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Jul 19, 2015 6:49am

In reply to ad hominem:

Same here! It’s the grooviest too.

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Kenneth J
Jul 23, 2015 2:36pm

In reply to Ricardo:

The Dead can't write a cohesive tune? Wow.
I refer you (though I doubt you're listening, as it appears you may have a hearing disorder) to "New Speedway Boogie" ~ that might...oh well, whatever. Nevermind.

To each their own.

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