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Ya La Tengo premiere 'Tom Courtenay' video amid 25th-anniversary reissue celebrations


Yo La Tengo are preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1995 album Electr-o-pura this year and, as the group are in a reflective mood, they are revisiting their song ‘Tom Courtenay’.

The new reissue serves as the third entry in the 2020 edition of Matador Records’ Revisionist History series, following the previously announced special edition release of Guided by Voices’ Alien Lanes and a limited edition, three-song shaped disc in honour of Pavement’s Wowee Zowee.

Over the course of the year, Matador will mark anniversaries for some of the most celebrated releases in its catalogue with new reissues and re-pressings. With each release accompanying rare live footage, photos, music videos and more will also be shared.

Matador’s reworking of Electr-o-pura comes as a fond look back at one of the most beloved works in Ira, Georgia and James’ catalogue. Now in a gatefold sleeve and cut from the original 58-minute master, the new reissue is pressed for the first time on two LPs to ensure the highest quality of audio the album has had on vinyl to date.

Now, as the band ramp up the excitement around the release, the group have also unearthed a high quality version of their ‘Tom Courtenay’ music video which has allowed us to add a timely piece of nostalgia to our ‘Track of the Day’ feature. To coincide with its YouTube premiere, Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew joined an online streaming session on the film’s creation alongside director Phil Morrison.

While the interview is available below, stream Far Out’s Track of the Day first: