April 27, 2006

Today's Hotness: Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!!

Yo La Tengo>> Indie rock vets Yo La Tengo will issue a new set Sept. 12 and it will be called I Am Not Afraid Of You, And I Will Beat Your Ass, if bassist James McNew can be trusted. The funnyman told Pfork in an exclusive today that the highly regarded indie trio has tracked 15 tunes for the disc, which will be issued by Matador. The record is currently being mastered and artwork is getting arted together by the arty people from artland. The songs,recorded in a Nashville studio, are said to be "short and upbeat." More details here.

>> Billboard reports here that indie poppers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!! are ready to record their sophomore set. Guitarist/keyboardist Lee Sargent leaves the door open to the band signing with a label, although the band would prefer to do things themselves if only to be able to control their own release schedule, Sargent said. The Clap's self-released eponymous debut, which has sold about 91,000 copies, was sold directly by the band through a distro deal with ADA.

>> Buddyhead faves Darker My Love have signed to Dangerbird Records, which will re-issue the band's previously released self-titled set Aug. 22. The couple tunes we've heard by the band bear out the Jesus And Mary Chain comparisons we've read. Good stuff.

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