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 0:04 491
11 Drum Solo 0:08 494
from a motel 6 # 1 0:00 464
Too Much, Part 2 0:00 7
Some Kinda Fatigue 4:33 35,599
Somebody's Baby 3:37 8,802
Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop 2:46 9,367
Demons 2:48 10,738
Sunsquashed 24:24 9,876
Fog Over Frisco 3:45 10,501
I'm Set Free 4:08 3,793
Artificial Heart 2:59 8,348
Nutricia 5:01 8,359
Ultra-Powerful Short Wave Radio Picks Up Music From Venus 1:31 4,381
from a motel 6 # 2 0:00 535
Up to You 4:00 8,486
Her Grandmother's Gift 2:38 2,674
Enough 5:26 6,400
One Self: Fish Girl 5:31 6,100
Ecstasy Blues 2:47 6,277
Hanky Panky Nohow 2:56 9,046
Barnaby, Hardly Working 4:30 47,501
Surfin' With the Shah 2:07 2,592
Something to Do 2:09 9,090
Speeding Motorcycle 3:30 28,018
Blitzkrieg Bop 2:18 8,940
Too Late 5:56 7,761
Walking Away From You 5:56 8,331
Cast a Shadow 2:22 9,227
Too Much, Part 1 1:18 530

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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