Yo La Tengo | Mr Tough

29 04 2010

This is a great song from Yo La Tengo. If you’re not already familiar with this band, Yo La Tengo is a trio made up of Ira Kaplan (guitars, vocals), Georgia Hubley (drums, vocals), and James McNew (bass, vocals). They first formed in Hoboken, NJ in 1984. They never quite achieved mainstream success but are hugely popular among their cult following and beyond. They have even been called “the quintessential critics’ band”. Not only do they write catchy little gems like this one but, they have an enormous catalog of material that includes both covers and originals in a multitude of styles. I was first turned on to them from a film scoring project they did called “The Sounds of the Sounds of Science”. It was music created to accompany 8 shorts films of underwater sea life  that were made in the 1920’s by surrealist filmmaker Jean Painlevé. The films were originally scored with classical music so to have them set in a new context, like instrumental indie rock, makes for a really cool presentation. They even perform it live with projections of the shorts… very cool stuff. Anyway, this may not be the most exciting video, but it’s a great song. Enjoy!

*Click HEREHERE for examples of the Jean Painleve films (w/ Original Score)

*Click HERE to sample an edited portion of some of the music from Yo La Tengo’s score

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