Yo La Tengo :: Nowhere Near (Black Sessions, 1993)

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At this point, it’s hard to imagine a world without Yo La Tengo. The band celebrates their 30th anniversary this week with a series of east coast shows, and yesterday released a deluxe reissue of their 1993 masterpiece Painful packed to the gills with bonus material: demos, live recordings and unreleased nuggets (not to mention a new edition of the beloved Yo La Tengo Gazette). Suffice to say,  Extra Painful is extra good.

Calling Painful their “best” album is arguable — there are at least four other contenders — but it is probably their most cohesive, coherent statement. It’s also home to what I think of as the ultimate Yo La Tengo ballad, the gorgeous Georgia Hubley showcase “Nowhere Near.” Check out a live-on-the-radio rendition of the song, broadcast almost exactly 21 years ago over Parisian airwaves. Isn’t it romantic? words / t wilcox

Yo La Tengo :: Nowhere Near (Black Sessions, 1993)

4 thoughts on “Yo La Tengo :: Nowhere Near (Black Sessions, 1993)

  1. Favorite Yo La Tengo album? And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out.
    Favorite Yo La Tengo track? “Blue Line Swinger”

  2. I love this set and ironically I just got off the “Blue Line” train to go buy Extra Painful! Cheers

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