Yo La Tengo joins us to play from their 13th and latest record, this year’s Fade. The Hoboken-based trio made up of Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew get to some slightly stripped down takes on songs and talk about their longevity, their memories of the early years, and working with producer John McEntire.

The members of Yo La Tengo might not be quick to acknowledge their legacy among indie rock’s forebears, but there it is. Nearly 30 years and 13 releases into a career that has been marked by tireless creativity and remarkable consistency, Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew are much-loved and highly influential pioneers, which seems as accurate a label as any (they laughed off the notion of “godfathers” during our interview).

But they’re hardly finished— Fade can be considered among Yo La Tengo’s best, no small thing considering their catalog and longevity. Making the switch to Tortoise’s John McEntire after two decades of releases produced by Roger Mountenot, the band imbues their latest with audibly tender moments.

Hear the entire session (performances + interview) below:


Audio engineer/mixing: Steven Kray, with technical assistance from Bill Ward
Video editor: Jarratt Taylor
Video shooters: Nate Sjol / Jarratt Taylor / Jason Bernert
Interview: Jeremy Petersen
Session photos: Corey Arnold
Executive Producer: David Christensen