33 1/3: Blank Generation

Pete Astor (Bloomsbury) Part of the fun of the 33 1/3 series of books on classic albums is trying to anticipate which direction the author will take. We’ve been treated to track-by-track details of the writing and recording processes, personal and poetic takes from jaded band members and giddy fans alike, and even a short…

Photo: Rhiannon Parkinson

Yo La Tengo

Barbican Concert Hall 20 March My first thoughts on hearing ‘Ohm’, the opening track of this year’s Fade album, were somewhere along the lines of “Yo La Tengo have started channeling boy-band pop of the 1990s”. I could almost see Westlife rising from their stools during the final chorus. It took several listens to notice…