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August 27, 2015 / bloggenstatt

I like that stuff there

Indie rock stalwarts, Yo La Tengo, have released a new album, Stuff Like That There, which is a collection of mostly covers.

It’s a thoroughly enjoyable collection, especially if you’re the type of person for whom YLT covering jukebox staples holds an intrinsic appeal.

For me, the standout track, is the side-one, track-one, “My Heart’s Not in It”, a cover of a Darlene McRea tune from 1964.

“My Heart’s Not in It” is a sweet and simple torch song. It recounts a woman’s battle with heartsickness and her inability to escape the memory of her beau.

Whereas McRea’s original version is brassy, YLT’s take is breezy and subdued, which gives the track a The Velvet Underground and Nico-esque vibe.

The heavy-lidded take on the song is awesome, and I recommend it for anyone who is attempting to be aggressively relaxed.

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