Yo La Tengo returns with an EP comprised of the new original track "Bleeding" and covers of songs by The Byrds, The Delmore Brothers, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, and The Flying Machine.
The tracks on Sleepless Night were initially released as one side of an LP included within a limited-edition catalogue (published by LACMA and DelMonico Books/Prestel) for the LACMA exhibition, Yoshitomo Nara, the first international retrospective for the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959). A longtime YLT fan, Nara worked in collaboration with the group - Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew - to choose the EP's songs.
This Matador version of the EP is a single-sided 12" with original cover art by Nara, a drawing of the band by Hubley, and an illustration by McNew etched on the record's flip.
A quarter-century hasn't diluted their chemistry an ounce.
It is a rare thing when a band in its fourth decade of existence can perform nothing but new songs without attracting crowd ire, but Yo La Tengo is that band.
- 12" Vinyl EP
- Collection of songs chosen in collaboration with Yoshitomo Nara
- 5 new covers and the original track "Bleeding"
- B-side etched illustration by Yo La Tengo's James McNew
- Original cover artwork by Yoshitomo Nara
- Blues Stay Away From Me (The Louvin Brothers)
- Wasn't Born To Follow (The Byrds)
- Roll On Babe (Ronnie Lane and the band "Slim Chance")
- It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (Bob Dylan)
- Bleeding (Yo La Tengo)
- Smile A Little Smile For Me (The Flying Machine)