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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week” “Friday I’m In Love” by Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/TheRealYLT
Yo La Tengo | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/TheRealYLT

In 1990, Yo La Tengo released their acclaimed Fakebook, a collection of mostly cover songs. The band is revisiting the concept of Fakebook on their new album, Stuff Like That There, coming out on August 28th via Matador Records. Yo La Tengo will also be touring with a stop at the Keswick Theatre on Thursday, September 24th. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Gunga Din” by The Libertines

The Libertines | Photo via http://www.nme.com/news/the-libertines/86775
The Libertines | Photo via http://www.nme.com/news/the-libertines/86775

The Libertines debuted in 2002 with Up The Bracket and garnered some of the most notorious, yet acclaimed international press of any British band. Fronted by Carl Barât and Pete Doherty – both on vocals and guitar – and the rhythm section of bassist John Hassall and Gary Powell on drums, the garage-punk band shared a kindred spirit to The Jam, the Buzzcocks, and The Clash. In fact, Mick Jones of The Clash produced their first two albums.  Continue reading →

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Destroyer goes straight for the heart of rock ‘n’ roll on WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week

Dan Bejar | Destroyer | Photo by Fabiola Carranza via Merge Records
Dan Bejar | Destroyer | Photo by Fabiola Carranza via Merge Records.

Destroyer is a rock band from Vancouver, fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dan Bejar. With a catalog of excellent indie rock records going back as far as the late 90s, the band’s last album, Kaputt – released in 2011 – was critically acclaimed. It was also Detroyer’s most cohesively pop and accessibly oriented albums, and it helped grew Bejar’s fan base for his incredible music. On August 28th, Destroyer releases its latest, Poison Season, on Merge Records. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “TV Set” by Spoon

Photo by Tom Hines
Photo by Tom Hines

Perhaps the most redeeming thing about the new remake of the horror film Poltergeist is the cover of The Cramps’ “TV Set” that Spoon contribute to the soundtrack. Originally recorded on The Cramps 1980 debut album Songs The Lord Taught Us (produced by Alex Chilton), Spoon put a bit of a spit shine on the dirty original by the rockabilly garage punk rockers from New York. Below, listen to Spoon’s cover, followed by the original from The Cramps. Continue reading →