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Terry Carr and Peter Kelly of the new music discovery website The Up-Turn have released a comprehensive compilation of Connecticut-based bands in honor of the Newtown tragedy. Nutmeg Stage of Mind is dedicated to the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as an “opportunity to help give some positive meaning to the outcome”. These two guys from Greenwich, Connecticut, put together a 19-track album encompassing many genres to “demonstrate our rich music scene and deep Connecticut pride while also attempting address a problem in our country”. 100% of profits will be donated to Mental Health America, the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to “helping all people life mentally healthier lives”. With a suggested donation of just $5 per download, music fans are encouraged to listen/donate/share at the link here.
Hoboken legends Yo La Tengo appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this week to celebrate the release of Fade, their acclaimed 13th full-length album. Because two drummers is never enough, Portlandia star and former Trenchmouth drummer Fred Armisen joined the band for a blissfully noisy rendition of “Ohm”, Fade‘s shoegaze-goes-pop opening cut. Be sure to watch an ageless Ira Kaplan coaxing sweet feedback from his guitar around the four-minute mark and threatening to smash the whole thing altogether. It’s a joyous moment that hearkens back to classic YLT noise blasts like “Double Dare” or “Sugarcube”.