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In rare interview with KAXE, Kaplan of Yo La Tengo talks new album

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Yo La Tengo's new album 'This Stupid World' is out now.

Listen here to KAXE Music Director Kari Hedlund's conversation with Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, featuring performances of 'Aselestine' and 'Fallout.'

"If we didn't enjoy making ourselves uncomfortable and trying different things, it's hard to imagine lasting this long."

These words from Ira Kaplan, who is the co-founder, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter in American band Yo La Tengo, encapsulate the group's enduring presence in the world of indie rock.

For almost 40 years, Yo La Tengo has been discovering new ground and challenging expectations, all while quietly attracting a cult-like following.

Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo on New Album 'This Stupid World'

Before the band headed out on tour, KAXE had the rare opportunity to talk to Kaplan of this legendary, mysterious and nonconventional band about their new album, "This Stupid World."

The interview ran as part of KAXE's New Music show Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Included with Music Director Kari Hedlund's one-on-one with Kaplan are recordings from the new album during a live session at The Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, New York, recorded in January.

Listen to New Music 2-4 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and noon-2 p.m. Sundays on KAXE/KBXE.

Kari (CAR-ee) is originally from South Dakota … a state often referred to as the land of infinite variety. As Music Director at Northern Community Radio, Kari has taken that theme to heart with her ability to feed a community of listeners hungry for an infinite variety of music and ideas. Along with her trademark lipstick and husky voice … Kari also raises a family … and Baguettes when time permits