You can’t believe most of what you see in the video for “I’ll Be Around,” the soft, percolating single from Yo La Tengo’s recent “Fade.” The man shown singing and playing guitar isn’t guitarist Ira Kaplan but Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan. The lyrics listed on screen don’t match up with the ones being sung. A domestic scene gets violated by an unspecified secret coming home to roost. But there’s something that Kaplan promises you can trust: the recipes for spicy tortilla soup and tortilla de España that flash by.
“They are most assuredly real,” says Kaplan. “We had never made the tortilla before, but [bassist] James [McNew] has. Which, if you pore over the video carefully, you’ll see James is definitely taking the lead on the tortilla. The soup we had not made before. . . . It’s kind of a cold-weather dish, and we have had all-too-few cooked meals this year. But it was really good, and we would cheerfully make it again.”