Popular Songs (Yo La Tengo album)

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Popular Songs
Studio album by Yo La Tengo
Released September 8, 2009
Recorded Early 2009, Hoboken, New Jersey and Nashville, Tennessee, United States[1]
Genre Indie rock
Length 72:49
Language English
Label Matador
Producer Roger Moutenot
Yo La Tengo chronology
Popular Songs
Singles from Popular Songs
  1. "Here to Fall"
    Released: 28 July 2009
  2. "Periodically Double or Triple"
    Released: 4 August 2009
  3. "Avalon or Someone Very Similar"
    Released: 11 August 2009
  4. "Nothing to Hide"
    Released: 18 August 2009
  5. "When It's Dark"
    Released: 1 September 2009

Popular Songs is the twelfth full-length album by American indie rock band Yo La Tengo, released digitally, on CD, and double LP on September 8, 2009 by record label Matador.[2]



The band contacted conceptual artist Dario Robleto.[3] He contributed three pieces for the album design:

  • At War With the Entropy of Nature / Ghost Don't Always Want to Come Back (2002) (cover)
  • A Dark Day for the Dinosaurs (Radio Edit) (2000-2001) (inlay)
  • Sometimes Billie Is All That Holds Me Together (1998-1999) (back cover)

Music videos[edit]

Four videos were made by director John McSwain to accompany one song from the album each. In the weeks leading up to the release of the album, a new video was posted on Matador's various "partner sites" and collected on Matador's own website.[1] The first video, for "Here to Fall," was posted on Matador's own "Matablog" on July 28, 2009.[4]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[6]
The A.V. Club A-[7]
BBC positive[8]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[9]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[10]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork 7.9/10[12]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[13]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[14]
Slant 4/5 stars[15]

Popular Songs leaked onto the Internet on July 26; in response, Matador began streaming the album to Buy Early Get Now customers on July 28, more than a week before the stream was originally advertised to begin.[16]

Popular Songs was released on September 8, 2009 by Matador. It is their eighth album to be given Matador's Buy Early Get Now treatment,[17] in which it came along with a vinyl LP featuring Yo La Tengo's original score from the film Adventureland, as well as three bonus tracks as download in MP3 and FLAC. The first two of these downloads were demo versions of two album tracks and became available shortly before the release of the CD. The third download became available on December 15, 2009. The same track is also available in the iTunes Store and on the Japanese CD issue of the album.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew.

  1. "Here to Fall" - 5:45
  2. "Avalon or Someone Very Similar" - 3:17
  3. "By Two's" - 4:29
  4. "Nothing to Hide" - 2:46
  5. "Periodically Double or Triple" - 3:53
  6. "If It's True" - 2:39
  7. "I'm on My Way" - 4:35
  8. "When It's Dark" - 3:54
  9. "All Your Secrets" - 4:26
  10. "More Stars Than There Are in Heaven" - 9:39
  11. "The Fireside" - 11:25
  12. "And the Glitter Is Gone" - 15:54
Bonus tracks
  1. "You've Got a Friend" (Carole King) - 4:10 (Japanese CD, Argentine CD, Buy Early Get Now & iTunes bonus track)
  2. "Nothing to Hide (Demo)" - 9:47 (Buy Early Get Now bonus track)
  3. "Periodically Double or Triple (Demo)" - 7:39 (Buy Early Get Now bonus track)


String arrangements by Richard Evans

  • David Angel, Pamela Sixfin - violin
  • Monisa Angell, Kristin Wilkingson - viola
  • John Catchings - cello
  • recorded by John Mark Painter at IHOF in Nashville
  • Doug Wieselman - clarinet

Produced by Roger Moutenot Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound


  1. ^ "Matablog". Matador Records. 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Yo La Tengo Biography". Matador Records. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Pitchfork / Take Cover". Pitchfork Media Inc. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  4. ^ "Matablog". Matador Records. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  5. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/popular-songs/yo-la-tengo
  6. ^ Allmusic review
  7. ^ The A.V. Club review
  8. ^ BBC review
  9. ^ Drowned In Sound review
  10. ^ The Guardian review
  11. ^ musicOMH review
  12. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  13. ^ PopMatters review
  14. ^ Rolling Stone review
  15. ^ Slant Magazine review
  16. ^ "Twitter / Matador Records: Yo La Tengo - 'Popular Son". Twitter.com. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  17. ^ "Buy Early Get Now". Buy Early Get Now. 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  18. ^ "Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 

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