Duality on the Hudson

Duality on the Hudson

I have always thought of  Yo La Tengo and the Velvet Undergound as the New and Old Testament of Rock ‘n Roll, quite different but linked, certainly.

 

Both albums are compilations of sorts. One is recorded in mono the other in stereo, released almost three decades apart, to me they represent the journey of Rock ‘n Roll on the Hudson, one smack addled, poorly recorded on a portable cassette recorder the other benefiting modern technology, guitar trickery of note and of course modern recording techniques.

Perhaps, taking the Biblical metaphor further , one Jonathan  Richman was a latter day Jesus sent to give a new commandment to Rock ‘n Roll , lighten up have fun laugh at yourself but keep on experimenting, looking and enjoying the delightful world of sonic mayhem.

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