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Versus @ Maxwell's, NJ - Dec 4, 2007 (CRED)
Yo La Tengo Hanukkah

Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's, NJ - Dec 4, 2007 (CRED)
Yo La Tengo Hanukkah

Jon Glaser & Jon Benjamin @ Maxwell's, NJ - Dec 4, 2007 (CRED)
Yo La Tengo Hanukkah

Mark Arm from Mudhoney played with Yo La Tengo too. Mudhoney was in town to play three shows including one at the same venue a few days earlier (and one at Bowery Ballroom).

Money raised from the Hanukkah show went to Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Tonight's show (Hanukkah night 2) will benefit The Stone. Tonight's opener is rumored to be the Clean. Tomorrow is the dB's.

New Yo La Tengo tour dates below....

Yo La Tengo - (non Hanukkah) 2008 Tour Dates
1/9 - Charlottesville VA at the Satellite Ballroom
1/10 - Carrboro NC at Carrboro Arts Center
1/11 - Charlotte NC at the Visulite
1/12 - Atlanta GA at the Variety
1/14 - Athens GA at Melting Point (first show in Athens since early 2003, pre-Summer Sun)
1/15 - Birmingham AL at the Workplay
1/16 - Louisville KY at the 930 Listening Room
1/17 - Nashville TN at the Belcourt
1/18 - Memphis TN at Gibson Lounge
1/19 - Springfield, MO at the Randy Bacon Gallery
(Kurt Wagner supports on all dates)

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Download some Hanukkah songs.

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Comments (14)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's
4 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 1)*
Versus and Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser opened.

Mix disc by Matmos.

It's Hanukah Time (??) (Nawlins style, with Mike, Jeff, and Steve on horns)
Mr. Tough (with Mike, Jeff, and Steve on horns)
We're An American Band
Damage (with James Baluyut of Versus on guitar)
Madeleine
She's My Best Friend (Velvet Underground)
Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
Alyda (Georgia on keys)
I Feel Like Going Home (Georgia on keys)
From A Motel 6
Sugarcube
Sudden Organ
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
The Story of Yo La Tango

*(encore)*
Autumn Sweater (with Jon Glaser as "Kim" on vocals)
What's My Name (The Clash) (with Mark Arm of Mudhoney on vocals)
Operation (Circle Jerks) (with Mark Arm)
??? (with Mark Arm)
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (Van Halen) (with Mark Arm)
Cabaret (Fred Ebb/John Kander) (with Mark Arm)

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2007 10:25 AM

NE1 know when the show started/ended last night? Gonna go tonight and gotta rely on the lovely PATH.

Posted by Jonas | December 5, 2007 10:27 AM

*(encore)*
Autumn Sweater (with Jon Glaser as "Kim" on vocals)
What's My Name (The Clash) (with Mark Arm of Mudhoney on vocals)
Operation (Circle Jerks) (with Mark Arm)
Too Animalistic (Angry Samoans) (with Mark Arm)
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (Van Halen) (with Mark Arm)
Cabaret (Fred Ebb/John Kander) (with Mark Arm)

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2007 10:31 AM

The doors open at 8:00
Opener at 8:30
YLT at 10:30

if you are in NYC take the 126 bus from port authority and it is literally 5-10 min and drops you off in front of the venue (well, 12th St and Washington and Maxwell's is on 11th)

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2007 10:42 AM

Show was over by 12:30. I also didn't know the third song Mark sang.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2007 10:53 AM

How was Glaser / Benjamin

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2007 11:16 AM

Glaser and Benjamin were very funny. They were playing the sons of Dennis Farina and Dennis Franz (Ira introduced them by explaining that YLT had invited Franz and Farina to the show, being fans of both actors, but only their sons could make it). Glaser and Benjamin talked about admiring Jewish people and then read from a children's book about Hanukkah. I wasn't won over at first (there was a "where are they going with this?" vibe at the start), but I was laughing by the end.

Posted by James | December 5, 2007 11:36 AM

Glaser and Benjamin were very funny. They were playing the sons of Dennis Farina and Dennis Franz (Ira introduced them by explaining that YLT had invited Franz and Farina to the show, being fans of both actors, but only their sons could make it). Glaser and Benjamin talked about admiring Jewish people and then read from a children's book about Hanukkah. I wasn't won over at first (there was a "where are they going with this?" vibe at the start), but I was laughing by the end.

Posted by James | December 5, 2007 11:37 AM

Glaser and Benjamin were very funny. They were playing the sons of Dennis Farina and Dennis Franz (Ira introduced them by explaining that YLT had invited Franz and Farina to the show, being fans of both actors, but only their sons could make it). Glaser and Benjamin talked about admiring Jewish people and then read from a children's book about Hanukkah. I wasn't won over at first (there was a "where are they going with this?" vibe at the start), but I was laughing by the end.

Posted by James | December 5, 2007 11:38 AM

Dave Farina and Dave Franz did start off a bit slow. I wished they actually rehearsed something instead of doing it off the cuff.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2007 11:53 AM

I am going to try for tickets today...

have thurs and fri and tues....

last night was SO fun. "story of ylt" was the heat.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2007 12:00 PM

oh man that sounds SICK- mark fuckin arm!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2007 1:32 PM

Hanukkah 2007 began at sundown on December 4. Our first show at Maxwell's began at 8:30 when Versus took the stage. But the gift-giving season started an hour or so earlier for Jon Glaser when he learned that his Detroit Tigers had landed Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. 'Tis the season to be jolly, indeed.

Versus were a near-miss for our 2005 holiday lineup, and we were thrilled to have them kick off this year's festivities. They played a song by OMD, which not only didn't I recognize, but it was nearly over before I put it together that those initials meant Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Spellcheck be damned, I at least know how to spell the group's name, even if I can only come up with two of their songs). Who knew they were Jewish? A sucker for the hits, that's me, so I was particularly taken with the one-two punch of "My Adidas" and "River." One complaint: Fontaine nearly but didn't quite tell the joke about two peanuts walking into a bar and one was a salted. Other than that, like John Candy's Pavarotti before me, I'm a happy guy.

Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin's 2005 Hanukkah appearance as the Brothers Italiano provided that year's theme song, "Whatsa Matta with a Meatball," and two years later, the very sight of them in the audience was inspiring some people to start singing it all over again, and I'm not talking about Georgia, James or me. Throwing popular demand to the wind, as is their wont, they appeared as Dave Franz and Dave Farina, the sons of Dennises Franz and Farina, and brought the house down with their telling of the story of Hanukkah. Things got a little tense when the topic of circumcision was raised (Dave was for it, while Dave considered it an abomination), though they found common ground over their fatigue (Dave had been up since 5:20 building a fort with his young son, and Dave was still suffering jetlag after arriving on the redeye from Chicago).

At about 10:30, we were coaxed from Maxwell's luxurious dressing room, and made our way to the stage, resplendent in our finest Mardi Gras regalia, courtesy of our pals Dave and Sarah, throwing beads and chocolate Hanukkah gelt to the audience. Of course in the dark back room, it all fell to the floor, but--try to remember this homily all month--it's the thought that counts. Our set began with James "Hanukkah Time" McNew's version of Al "Carnival Time" Johnson's classic "It's Hanukkah/Carnival Time," complete with Mike, Steve and Jeff on horns. (We were too busy to get their last names!)James Baluyut from Versus withstood the gale-force winds on stage one more time to sit in on "Damage."

For the encore, we were joined by Kim, who was able to come to Hoboken despite being in the witness relocation program. Bearing a passing resemblance to Jon Glaser, he performed a stirring version of "Autumn Sweater." Then it was time for Mark Arm, who poured it on for a five-song tribute to the great punk-rock Jewish songwriters: the Circle Jerks ("Operation"), Vom ("Too Animalistic"), the Clash ("What's My Name"--co-written by Keith Levene, now don't you feel bad for doubting us?), Van Halen ("Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love ") and Kander and Ebb ("Life Is a Cabaret").

-Ira
http://www.yolatengo.com/ylt/hanukkah2007diary.html

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