President Yo La Tengo

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President Yo La Tengo
Studio album by
GenreIndie rock
ProducerGene Holder
Yo La Tengo chronology
New Wave Hot Dogs
President Yo La Tengo
Alternative cover
Matador re-release
Matador re-release

President Yo La Tengo is the third album by American indie rock band Yo La Tengo, released in 1989 by record label Coyote.


President Yo La Tengo was recorded at Waterhouse studio, except for tracks 4 and 6, recorded at CBGB.

The lineup includes Georgia Hubley on drums, Ira Kaplan on guitar and vocals, and Gene Holder on bass guitar (except tracks 4 and 6, recorded live with Stephan Wichnewski on bass).[1]


The album contains two new versions of instrumental vehicle "The Evil That Men Do" (previously featured on the 1986 album Ride the Tiger), including an extensive live performance. "Orange Song" is a cover of the Antietam song.


The CD version (released by Coyote/Twin Tone Records) included the band's previous album New Wave Hot Dogs and the A-side of the 1987 single "The Asparagus Song". It was re-released by Matador Records, in 1996.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
Q3/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[6]
The Village VoiceA−[7]

Stereogum wrote: "Featuring a number of great early Yo La Tengo compositions, President Yo La Tengo is an initiation into the creative ethic of a good band that is going to turn great".[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."Barnaby, Hardly Working"Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley4:35
2."Drug Test"Kaplan4:06
3."The Evil That Men Do (Craig's Version)"Kaplan2:41
4."Orange Song"Tim Harris, Tara Key3:22
5."Alyda"Kaplan, Hubley3:39
6."The Evil That Men Do (Pablo's Version)"Kaplan10:37
7."I Threw It All Away"Bob Dylan2:17


  1. ^ "Matador Records". Retrieved 7 Sep 2013.
  2. ^ Dougan, John. "President Yo La Tengo/New Wave Hot Dogs – Yo La Tengo". AllMusic. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ "Yo La Tengo: President Yo La Tengo". Q (96): 131. September 1994.
  5. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Yo La Tengo". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 896–97. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 5, 1989). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Bracy, Timothy; Bracy, Elizabeth (October 4, 2016). "Yo La Tengo Albums from Worst to Best – President". Stereogum. p. 4. Retrieved October 4, 2016.

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