Yo La Tengo – New Wave Hot Dogs

ARTIST: Yo La Tengo Yo_La_Tengo_-_New_Wave_Hot_Dogs

TITLE:  New Wave Hot Dogs

YEAR RELEASED: 1987

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: The Asparagus Song (a bonus track now)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW:  Maybe not

LINEUP: Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, Stephan Wichnewski

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: YLT takes a big step, as Kaplan is the sole guitarist and decides to let his inner guitar hero out for some tunes.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Kaplan and Hubley regrouped after two members left Yo La Tengo, with Kaplan taking charge of the guitar. While some songs are still in the gentler neo-folkie ground, but songs like “Clunk”, “Let’s Compromise” and “House Fall Down” show where Kaplan really liked to go – loud, distorted and fun.

A song like “Lewis” which is one of the songs that doesn’t go all loud and distorted shows a better touch by Kaplan on his playing as well and “Serpentine” introduces their love of the farfisa organ adding to the guitar workout. 220px-Artist_YO_LA_TENGO_album_PRESIDENT_YO_LA_TENGO_NEW_WAVE_HOT_DOGS_RERELEASE

It’s a better record than their debut, the songs are better, the sound is better and Kaplan’s songs are better. His new guitar sound enhances the record. It would take some time for them to evolve into the indie force they have become, but it’s another good step.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This is now included (and even streaming) with their follow-up EP President Yo La Tengo.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Well, “The Asparagus Song” is also appended on the two-fer.

GRADE: B: Better guitar sounds, better songs. A decent album, but still not where to start the YLT journey.

 

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