Slow Fade: Yo La Tengo

"Tons of the music I love comes from Texas," he muses. "There is some amazing, bizarre music that comes out of Houston, in particular, in a way it doesn't come from other cities.

"The [experimental punk] group Culturcide is one of the most mind-blowing bands I've ever heard," continues McNew. "Also, Tom Carter and his band, Charalambides...Bun B is a great rapper...Oh, and AK-47! They wrote some of the best punk singles I've ever heard. Thanks for making me remember that AK-47 album — I'm gonna go dig that out right now!"

If his excitement in these few minutes is any indicator, McNew will be just as keen to discuss Houston music with you Thursday, if you're able to track him down after the show.

Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew (right) says he's a fan of Texas acts such as Bun B, Charalambines and AK-47.
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Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew (right) says he's a fan of Texas acts such as Bun B, Charalambines and AK-47.

But remember — don't call him "indie."

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Danny Neumann
Danny Neumann

I had no idea YOLO TENGO was playing tonight!

Neph Basedow
Neph Basedow

During our interview, I asked James about that documentary. I didn't end up including it in the final story, but James said he'd never even seen the movie! He said his Mom had, though.

Rindy Curtis
Rindy Curtis

Weird... just watched "The Parking Lot Movie" last night and I remember seeing the bassist James McNew's update at the end that he was in a band called "Yo La Tenga."

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