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Yo La Tengo have announced a covers record with new take on The Byrds


Following last month’s release of a completely instrumental EP from Yo La Tengo, now the indie legends have announced a covers record and shared the first track from the record.

The first song to be shared is The Byrds’ 1968 song ‘Wasn’t Born To Follow’, an effort which was co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

The new record, Sleepless Nights, sees the band return to one of their favourite pastimes, covering other people’s songs.

As well as the new Byrds cover, the EP will also feature covers of Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, the Delmore Brothers and the Flying Machine.

Ira Kaplan said of the new Byrds release: “‘Wasn’t Born to Follow’ was recorded by Gene Holder as part of the sessions that resulted in Stuff Like That There. Dave Schramm on lead guitar.

“I’m sure I heard the Byrds’ song for the first time when my mom took me and a bunch of my friends to see Easy Rider. (One kid was forbidden by his parents from joining us, as was my younger brother. My dad took my brother to see Butch Cassidy instead, and I’m guessing my friend stayed home and did homework.)”

Listen to Yo La Tengo’s cover of The Byrds song ‘Wasn’t Born To Follow’.