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Yo La Tengo (Matador Records, 2009)

First off, Yo La Tengo is not a salsa band. They're not even Hispanic. They are white, artsy-bohemian types in their mid-to-late 40s. The band name, which means "I have it," was what guitarist Ira Kaplan heard a Spanish-speaking New York Mets outfielder using to call a teammate off a fly ball.

Yo La Tengo is heavily identified with New York's lower Manhattan underground culture, so much so that they were chosen to portray The Velvet Undergound in an Andy Warhol bio-pic.


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