Every now and whenever, Yo La Tengo releases a strange little record that sounds like a rock & roll transmission from outer space. The curio that is the Rocket # 9 single is defiantly engrossing; there is little information as to the origins of the recordings (they sound like they were miced in an empty washing machine), and the lack of any definitive information on the record itself initially leaves the listener wondering which song they're actually listening to. Yo La's two versions of Sun Ra's "Rocket #9," one of which was recorded live, are wicked blasts of blissfully dissonant garage rock; the rhythmic chanting of the lyrics, "Rocket number nine take off for the planet/The planet/Venus!" is humorously infectious, but also strangely disconcerting. The wild instrumental that closes out the single, "Wig-Out With Charley Dapper," is a prime example of the band's exciting proclivity for freaky, organ-driven spazz sessions.
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AllMusic Review by Bryan Carroll