Yo La Tengo have been releasing albums for almost 30 years now. Does being a band for that long complicate writing new music or make it easier?
Singer/guitarist/pianist Ira Kaplan: It may come a little easier; I think we've got more perspective. When things aren't going particularly smoothly, there's a tendency to panic or overreact to that [which we've outgrown]. I think we work better now than we used to, which years of experience have helped with. I don't necessarily think of [having a history] as a drawback; I think that's a challenge.
Do you hold your new albums up to your old ones?
Not specifically, no. The old records don't really exist for us — the songs do. We play the songs live, but we don't listen to the records. I think the songs have warped, in our memory, into a collection the way we play them live. Sometimes, if we're in a scenario where we hear a song from one of the old records, what it sounds like is usually a surprise.