Thursday, July 11, 2013

Interview: Yo La Tengo's James McNew

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Has Yo La Tengo ever played with Belle and Sebastian before?

We played with them as part of the Matador at 21 weekend, although we didn’t play at the same night. I payed on a bill, a solo Dump show in Glasgow in 1997 where they played as the unannounced opening group, I played in the middle, and the Pastels headlined the show.

That sounds amazing.

Yeah, that was absolutely amazing. I believe this will be the first time that we’ll ever just the two of us play together.

I actually connect the two of you a bit, just because If You’re Feeling Sinister was out right around the same time as I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and “Autumn Sweater” and “Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying” were prominent features of mix CDs I gave to girls in college.

Ha ha. I guess I was more of a “Dylan in the Movies” guy. “Fox in the Snow” was really nice too.

I wonder if there are people coming to your shows now who were conceived as romantic indie rock mix CD babies of the late 90s.

I hope so. Instead of it being left somewhere or thrown in the garbage, I would love to think that it worked just once.

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