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Charting the Music: Yo La Tengo, 'Fade'

Charting the Music: Yo La Tengo, 'Fade' facebook.com/TheRealYLT
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While three decades of indie rock can cause wear and tear, Yo La Tengo's charm and talent have only increased. "Fade" is simply the album title, not the future of this New Jersey trio.

"Fade" consists of 10 pleasant tracks that will bring a smile to your fretful face. Be patient, Yo La Tengo only asks for 46 minutes of your valuable time.

88.1 KDHX Chart Position: #4 CMJ Top 30 for the week of January 15, 2013.

Record label, release date and producer: Matador Records released "Fade" on January 15, 2013; the album was produced by John McEntire.

Can be heard on: Wax Lyrical with Caron, Feel Like Going Home with Roy Kasten and Memphis to Manchester with John Wendland.

RIYL: Pavement, Built to Spill and Rogue Wave.

Hometown: Hoboken, N.J.

Standout Tracks: The track "Paddle Forward" has a lo-fi sound that is pleasantly layered with distorted chords and friendly feedback. The conclusion of "Fade," "Before We Run," serenades the listener, complete with consoling brass and strings that gently proposes warm blankets and an early snooze.

About the artist: Yo La Tengo was established in 1984 by married musicians Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley. The band regularly rotated bassists, as well as labels, until discovering their current bassist since 1992's "May I Sing with Me," John McNew and comfortably settled in with Matador Records in 1993. While Yo La Tengo may not be a household name, the indie-rock veterans have attained cult status and an ever expanding fan base.

Play it while: Appreciating a park on a brilliant day.

Album art: "Fade" features a simple, yet visually striking photo of a colossal, flourishing tree with the Yo La Tengo trio in front, putting in perspective the size of the tree. Yo La Tengo isn't noticeable at first glance, but only when you are completely fixated on the vibrant photo do you notice their presence.

What the critics say: "'Fade,' the title of Yo La Tengo's 13th album, suggests a type of planned obsolescence that doesn't really jibe with the ethos of consistency the band has established over almost 30 years. In the span of time where countless other bands followed a patented model of toiling in obscurity, making it big, breaking up and then getting back together to cash in on the reunion circuit, Yo La Tengo has walked a steadier, less sensational path of careful refinement, subtle experimentation and steely determination. With the marriage of Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley serving as both a backbone and a metaphor for the band's unwavering commitment to itself, they've shown no signs of even slowing down, much less fading away. And yet there's the title: Fade." Dan Jackson, CMJ.

Playing in St. Louis: Mark your calendars: KDHX welcomes Yo La Tengo to the Pageant with Calexico on January 31, 2013.

KDHX coverage: Chris Bay documented Yo La Tengo's concert at the Blue Note in Columbia, Mo.

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