Somebody Likes It Ep 16 – Yo La Tengo: “Electr-o-Pura”

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HEEEEEYYYYYY!!! We’re back! No, I’m not the Fonz, but I just saw a bumper sticker with that on it, and it made me get a good feeling inside. Mostly, cause the Fonz was supposed to be a TOUGH DUDE, and he was just so god damned cuddly.

Ok, on to the business at hand. This week we listened to “Electr-O-Pura” by Yo La Tengo. I liked it quite a bit. Kevin a little less so. But Ryan? Let’s just say somebody took over the first part of this podcast like a drunk fat guy working on a plate of ribs. In fact, I’ll let him tell you a little about it.

RYAN SEZ: “On this edition of “Somebody Likes It,” the “Somebody” who “Likes It” is me. A lot. It would be hard to overstate my love for Yo La Tengo’s 1995 release “Electr-O-Pura,” but on this week’s podcast, I definitely give it my best shot. I love this as much as I do “The White Album,” “The Queen is Dead,” or “Fables of the Reconstruction.” If you know me well, you also know that that’s saying a lot. Understandably, Shane and Kevin were less enthusiastic about this record, but, to be fair, it’s a pretty high bar to reach my level of fandom. In any case, “Electr-O-Pura” is a testament to the bond one can make with a work of art when one must travel the roads of northeast Indiana, measuring homes for a carpet store (not to be cliche). To me, it’s a perfect record. Except for track 13, “Attack on Love.” That song blows.”

Yeah, he’s not wrong about that. Stay far far away from that.

Ok, what else? Well, this week s intermission is “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors. We talk all about masturbation rumors, and how many greatest hits albums you can build around one song.

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All right. Well next week, on this cycle of albums we love it’s my pick: My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless”…beautiful beautiful music. See you then!

–Shane

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