Yo La Tengo to release covers compilation ‘Murders In The Second Degree’
The American indie rock band Yo La Tengo announced their new covers compilation “Murders In The Second Degree”, which is the sequel to 2006’s “Yo La Tengo Is Murdering The Classics”.
The new project consists of on-demand covers that the band performed on independent radio station WMFU during fundraisers for the station. The trio attempted to play the listeners’ requests, with no prior knowledge of what those requests would be.
The album, whose tracklist has not be relvealed but which is already available for purchase, features a cover art created by The New Yorker cartoonist Adrian Tomine.
Here’s how Yo La Tengo announced the new album on their website: “As with this volume’s predecessor, we will not tell you what songs are essayed. A track listing that includes, say, “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Rock and Roll Love Letter” and “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” (one of which is here; the other two have never been requested) will all but demand imagining how it might sound, and you will be wrong.
As listeners familiar with Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics already know, but you will learn the hard way: There are endless ways to ruin a song. And let’s all raise a glass of something non-alcoholic to WFMU’s Gaylord Fields, who has either hosted or co-hosted us for all 20 (and counting) years.
We compiled Murder in the 2nd Degree years ago. Would it have made sense to tweak the contents, and add some more recent material? Undoubtedly. But that would require us to listen back to more of these performances. And as Half Japanese put it so aptly on “No More Beatlemania” (not included): “Once is enough.””