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There’s A Riot Going On
Display Artist
Yo La Tengo
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Release Date
March 16, 2018

There’s a riot going on. You don’t need me, or Yo La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our heads as much as in the streets. It’s easy to lose contact with the ground. Confusion and anxiety intrude into daily life and cause you to lose your compass. There are times that call for anthems, something to lift you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And sometimes what is needed is a balm, a sound that will wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.

For Yo La Tengo, this is a slow-motion action painting. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio, with no engineer and no complicated equipment (John McEntire later assisted in mixing). They did not rehearse together beforehand; they turned on the recorder and let things coalesce. Songs came together over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going by between parts. You’d never guess this, since the layers are joined with such a liquid brush. You’d imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole, since they will enter your head that way. Within two listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic draw of “Shades of Blue,” will involuntarily hear “She May, She Might” on your internal jukebox first thing in the morning and “Let’s Do It Wrong” late at night.

While there’s a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will remind you what it’s like to dream. The sound burbles and washes and ows and billows. If records were dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a ash of backward masking. You are there. And even if your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above the sound and above the Sound.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 You Are Here 5:43 Buy

    You Are Here

  2. 2 Shades of Blue 2:51 Buy

    Shades of Blue

  3. 3 She May, She Might 5:22 Buy

    She May, She Might

  4. 4 For You Too 4:13 Buy

    For You Too

  5. 5 Ashes 3:32 Buy


  6. 6 Polynesia #1 2:25 Buy

    Polynesia #1

  7. 7 Dream Dream Away 5:49 Buy

    Dream Dream Away

  8. 8 Shortwave 5:44 Buy


  9. 9 Above the Sound 5:41 Buy

    Above the Sound

  10. 10 Let's Do It Wrong 3:33 Buy

    Let's Do It Wrong

  11. 11 What Chance Have I Got 3:05 Buy

    What Chance Have I Got

  12. 12 Esportes Casual 1:25 Buy

    Esportes Casual

  13. 13 Forever 4:19 Buy


  14. 14 Out of the Pool 2:46 Buy

    Out of the Pool

  15. 15 Here You Are 6:55 Buy

    Here You Are

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