Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Popular Songs

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Popular Songs

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Yo La Tengo (Matador Records, 2009)


First off, Yo La Tengo is not a salsa band. They're not even Hispanic. They are white, artsy-bohemian types in their mid-to-late 40s. The band name, which means "I have it," was what guitarist Ira Kaplan heard a Spanish-speaking New York Mets outfielder using to call a teammate off a fly ball.

Yo La Tengo is heavily identified with New York's lower Manhattan underground culture, so much so that they were chosen to portray The Velvet Undergound in an Andy Warhol bio-pic.

But they proudly base themselves across the river in decidedly less hip Hoboken, New Jersey. There, every December, they do an in-studio fundraiser for their community radio station. You call in a pledge, and Yo La Tengo plays your request, live. Every December they host and organize Chanukkahpalooza, an eight-night series of performances at a Hoboken night dub, all for local charities. …

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