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Today Is The Day [Single, EP, Maxi]

Yo La Tengo Audio CD
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Fade is the most direct, personal and cohesive album of Yo La Tengo's career. Recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago, it recalls the sonic innovation and lush cohesion of career high points like 1997‘s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and 2000’s …And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. The album is a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, ... Read more in Amazon's Yo La Tengo Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, EP, Maxi
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B0000B0WW1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Today Is The Day 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Styles Of The Times 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Outsmartener 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Needle Of Death 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Got It? 30 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you were under-whelmed by the slow-burning Summer Sun then this EP should delight. The three tracks on side one crack at a fiery pace that would have upset the apple cart of that lolling long-player. ‘Today is the Day’, one of most delicate tracks from ‘Summer Sun’, has its veins spiked with power poppers. It’s still as sweet and affective as ever though. You know they could roll out their songs with a steel pin, hammer them into a new shape and they’d still sound great. When the epic cacophony ‘Cherry Chapstick’ is gutted of its sonic assault, a gorgeous yearning ballad emerges. Good songs can withstand a little maltreatment. And Yo La Tengo write lots. So much so that even though their albums are consistently ‘portly’ they still have rip-roaring material to stuff into superb EPs. So get it, and get it on 12”, as the artwork is particularly sharp and striking and would look good leaning against the white washed living room wall of an empty flat. I think it’s some sort of homage to those pioneering jazz LPs of the 1950/60s, particularly Ornette Coleman’s Tomorrow is the Question! Quite why it is is anybody’s guess...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Got It? 30 Dec 2003
By Stanley B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you were under-whelmed by the slow-burning Summer Sun then this EP should delight. The three tracks on side one crack at a fiery pace that would have upset the apple cart of that lolling long-player. `Today is the Day', one of most delicate tracks from `Summer Sun', has its veins spiked with power poppers. It's still as sweet and affective as ever of course. They could roll out their songs with a steel pin, hammer them into a new shape and they'd still sound great. When the epic cacophony `Cherry Chapstick' is gutted of its sonic assault, a gorgeous yearning ballad emerges. Good songs can withstand a little maltreatment. And Yo La Tengo write lots. So much so that even though their albums are consistently `portly' they still have rip-roaring material to stuff into superb EPs. So get it, and get it on 12", as the artwork is particularly sharp and striking and would look good leaning against the white washed living room wall of an empty flat. I think it's some sort of homage to those pioneering jazz LPs of the 1950/60s, particularly Ornette Coleman's Tomorrow is the Question! Quite why it is is anybody's guess...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, but still worthwhile 28 Oct 2003
By A. K. Marlett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First I should let the truth be known about me: I'm not a big fan of pre-Painful YLT, nor have I learned to truly appreciate the quiet majesty that is And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out and Summer Sun for the most part. That's not to say I don't listen to and enjoy the other stuff, but I happen to prefer feedback and rockin' out.
So on to this E.P. At first I thought, "yay, they made a slightly rockin' version of Today is the Day" and then I looked at the bottom of the tracklisting. It's Cherry Chapstick, one of their most rocking songs. "Ah," I thought, "This will be a quiet acoustic number." And indeed it is. It's like how they did two versions (one quiet and one fast, though more boring) of Big Day Coming. Too predictable.
The songs in between are great feedback-y tunes. I especially like track 3. Ira sings really low and you can barely understand the words, but it's so haunting.
So get it. It's $5 or $6. Just go buy it for heaven's sake and write your own review. Sorry I ruined the "surprise" of Cherry Chapstick though.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Yo La Tengo Experience. 21 Jun 2004
By Fat Brad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
odd, isnt it that someone hasn't listened to yo la tengo nearly 20 years into their existance. I wish I started listening early, judging by the strength of this ep. From the first tender notes sung from today is the day, I knew this would be quite the experience. This style of music just blew me away. To me, the wall of noise of the first three tracks isnt disgusting, but more along the lines of hypnotic. I have already fallen in love with both georgia and ira's voices, and Ive only heard this album and 2001's ...and then nothing turned itself inside-out. The mellow songs are also very good as well. this is a short album that you can listen to in almost any mood. highly recommended, especially to people new to YLT like me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When? Today! 5 Mar 2004
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yo La Tengo's most recent release, "Summer Sun," is a smooth and mellow swirl of polished soundscapes. But for those who want something a little rockier and grittier, "Today is the Day!" is the answer. Call it "Summer Sun's" shadow side.
The influence of this EP's parent album ends before it begins, with a blasting bass line underlying the formerly mellow "Today is the Day." The remaining five songs are a mix of vaguely fuzzy rock (the murmury "Styles of the Times"), straightforward pop where the ante is upped ("Outsmartener"), and just pretty, experimental sounds (the pretty "Needle of Death" and gently catchy "Dr. Crash"). It ends with a murmur rather than a bang, with a slow acoustic cover of 2000's "Cherry Chapstick."
There's an experimental feel to "Today is the Day!", a mixture of different musical styles. It's like Yo La Tengo is trying on several pairs of shoes to see what fits them best. The first few songs are the weakest on this EP; they crackle with energy, but sometimes get lost in their own instrumentation. By the third song, "Today is the Day!" has found its footing.
Generally the musical difference here is when a loud song is made soft, or a soft song made loud. In "Today is the Day," there's just a heavy guitar/bass line that separates it from its more mellow "Summer Sun" version (not to mention the "crazy double-reed horn"). And strange as it sounds, one of the riffs in "Outsmartener" sounds just like the Batman theme song.
"Today is the Day!" is a nice addition for fans of Yo La Tengo. For newcomers, it's a good illustration of their musical versatility, and just how rocking or pretty their music can be.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo La Tengo Es Mucho Gusto 22 Feb 2006
By Tom Birkenstock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was going to give Yo La Tengo's latest release a full review, but, because it's only an EP, and because they're Yo La Tengo, I've decided to write a Haiku in Spanish:

Yo La Tengo son

Mejor que un Chihuahua

Con tres piernas.
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