Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo

Label
Matador
Release date
10 Sep 1996
Running length
30 tracks
Running time
109:08

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
4 Gooseneck Problem 0:04 496
11 Drum Solo 0:08 497
from a motel 6 # 1 0:00 525
Too Much, Part 2 0:00 10
Some Kinda Fatigue 4:33 36,541
Somebody's Baby 3:37 8,961
Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop 2:46 9,593
Demons 2:48 11,072
Sunsquashed 24:24 10,028
Fog Over Frisco 3:45 10,787
I'm Set Free 4:08 3,879
Artificial Heart 2:59 8,568
Nutricia 5:01 8,702
Ultra-Powerful Short Wave Radio Picks Up Music From Venus 1:31 4,553
from a motel 6 # 2 0:00 616
Up to You 4:00 8,642
Her Grandmother's Gift 2:38 2,744
Enough 5:26 6,507
One Self: Fish Girl 5:31 6,224
Ecstasy Blues 2:47 6,441
Hanky Panky Nohow 2:56 9,246
Barnaby, Hardly Working 4:30 49,764
Surfin' With the Shah 2:07 2,668
Something to Do 2:09 9,294
Speeding Motorcycle 3:30 29,520
Blitzkrieg Bop 2:18 9,182
Too Late 5:56 7,967
Walking Away From You 5:56 8,549
Cast a Shadow 2:22 9,446
Too Much, Part 1 1:18 579

About this album

Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo is a 2-disc compilation album by Yo La Tengo, consisting of rarities, alternate versions, and out-takes, spanning 1988 to 1995. The album was released on Matador in 1996; a Japanese version with two extra tracks appeared in 1998.

The title is a pun on the 1960 Ray Charles album, Genius+Soul=Jazz. (“The Genius” was Charles’ nickname.)

The first disc contains songs with vocals. There are several cover songs, such as John Cale’s “Hanky Panky Nohow,” The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free,” Beat Happening’s “Cast A Shadow,” and Wire’s “Too Late.” The cover of Daniel Johnston’s “Speeding Motorcycle” features Johnston calling in his vocals to the song via telephone. “Demons” originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film I Shot Andy Warhol (in which YLT appeared as a Velvet Underground-esque band).

The second disc consists entirely of instrumental pieces. Included are songs previously recorded by the group (such as an 8-second drum solo), and covers, such as a wedding-band-like rendition of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.” “Sunsquashed” is a 26-minute psychedelic jam, from which one of the band’s main fansites took its name.

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