Published Jan 06, 2009The Condo Fucks are a mysterious Matador Records band that may or may not have existed in the '90s and are almost certainly another moniker for long-running indie rock trio Yo La Tengo. The band first surfaced in March of last year, where they played a Matador showcase at Brooklyn's Magnetic Field. A quick Flickr search reveals that each of the Condo Fucks' three members bear a striking resemblance to the three members of Yo La Tengo: Ira Kapaln, Georgia Hubley and James McNew.
Matador has announced that on March 24 it will be releasing a Condo Fucks LP titled Fuckbook, which suspiciously resembles Fakebook, the 1990 album by Yo La Tengo. The press release reads like a big inside joke, saying that the band hit new ground by "eschewing such Condo Fucks originals as 'Fuckin' Gary Sandy' and 'Let's Get Rid Of New Haven,' the threesome instead tore thru covers of Small Faces, Richard Hell, Beach Boys, Electric Eels, Troggs, Slade and Flamin' Groovies classics in the style that previously won them so much acclaim from the Nutmeg State's music journalists and radio programmers so many years ago."
The Matador write-ups and album covers for the band's previous four releases can be viewed here, but if you want to check them out, you're out of luck, as the label insists that they're "very, very rare." I'm no detective, but I'm pretty sure that means they don't exist.
A song from the album, "Whatcha Gonna Do About It", can be streamed here. The band do not have any sort of website set up, as "the band are somewhat 'old-school' about the modern social networking phenomena." Still, Matador promises an unofficial Myspace page on the way soon.
Yo La Tengo "Sugarcube"