Sunday, April 8th, 2012
M. Ward covers Yo La Tengo
Frank YangIt’s kind of funny to hear M. Ward introduce this song to his audience as being “by another American band called Yo La Tengo“, at least in the context of it being 2012. After all, these days Ward is a reasonably big name – thanks as much to his work with She & Him and Monsters Of Folk as his solo work – and Yo La Tengo are generally regarded as indie rock royalty.
Rewind to 2001 and while Yo La Tengo were still pre-eminent on the scene, M. Ward was not so much. This live recording was part of the Live Music & The Voice of Strangers album, self-released by Ward and sold on tour supporting his second album End Of Amnesia – presumably to help pay for gas.
It’d be nice to think that Ward is much better off these days, as he readies the release of his latest A Wasteland Companion on Tuesday, but have you seen the price of gas lately? Maybe he’s not. Yo La Tengo are in town at the Toronto Underground Cinema on April 21 to provide a live soundtrack to The Sounds Of Science as part of the Images Festival, as they did for 2002’s The Sounds Of The Sounds Of Science. That’s a Saturday.