The Oberlin Review

Pioneers of Indie Rock Yo La Tengo Avoid Perspective, Expectations

Pioneers of Indie Rock Yo La Tengo Avoid Perspective, Expectations

September 16, 2016

Despite his band’s legacy as one of the most important acts in the history of indie rock, getting Ira Kaplan, lead singer and guitarist of Yo La Tengo, to ruminate on that history isn’t easy. “That asks for a perspective that [we] not only don’t … have, [but] I don’t even think we want,” Kaplan said. Despite the fact that his band has achieved what most groups only dream of — a contract with indie stalwart Matador Records, 14 albums, several world tours, critical acclaim, a top 40 reco...

Under One Sun Catches Lightning

Under One Sun Catches Lightning

September 2, 2016

It’s been a long day of recording and before I’ve even managed to get out my list of questions for our interview, Jamey Haddad, professor of Advanced Improvisation and Percussion at Oberlin Conservatory, beckons me and the other members of his band over, holding a small container of an off-white substance flecked with green. He breaks off a piece with a spoon and tells me I’ve got to try it. It’s halva, a Middle Eastern dessert made from sesame seed paste that’s mixed with honey and pistachios,...

Established 1874.