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 0:04 495
11 Drum Solo 0:08 496
from a motel 6 # 1 0:00 506
Too Much, Part 2 0:00 10
Some Kinda Fatigue 4:33 36,250
Somebody's Baby 3:37 8,913
Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop 2:46 9,501
Demons 2:48 10,943
Sunsquashed 24:24 9,978
Fog Over Frisco 3:45 10,679
I'm Set Free 4:08 3,846
Artificial Heart 2:59 8,496
Nutricia 5:01 8,593
Ultra-Powerful Short Wave Radio Picks Up Music From Venus 1:31 4,494
from a motel 6 # 2 0:00 592
Up to You 4:00 8,592
Her Grandmother's Gift 2:38 2,718
Enough 5:26 6,476
One Self: Fish Girl 5:31 6,182
Ecstasy Blues 2:47 6,345
Hanky Panky Nohow 2:56 9,178
Barnaby, Hardly Working 4:30 48,992
Surfin' With the Shah 2:07 2,634
Something to Do 2:09 9,224
Speeding Motorcycle 3:30 28,982
Blitzkrieg Bop 2:18 9,092
Too Late 5:56 7,883
Walking Away From You 5:56 8,470
Cast a Shadow 2:22 9,396
Too Much, Part 1 1:18 563

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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