Posted in music | tour dates on October 15, 2008

Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's, Hanukkah 2007 (more by Daniel Arnold)
Yo La Tengo

A letter from Yo La Tengo below...


Hey everybody,
Got a lot on my mind, so pull up a chair.
First off, let's make it official. We're going to play another series of Hanukkah shows this year at Maxwell's, The dates are December 21 - December 28. Inflation may be rampant, but not here: tickets will be $30, just like last year. Shows will begin at 9:00 on Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 every other night. There'll be a musical act in addition to Yo La Tengo, some comedy, and maybe something else. We'll see. But just like last year, we will be enforcing a strict "don't ask, don't tell" policy about the lineups. Mostly because we
won't know until the last minute, but--we cannot tell a lie--also because we're ornery that way. Tickets will go on sale October 15 at 12 noon eastern time. Ordering links provided below.
There is one thing we can tell you. The Feelies will not be playing with us during Hanukkah, scout's honor. But we will be doing a gala New Year's Eve show with the Feelies, merely New Jersey's greatest rock band ever, and Vivian Girls at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair NJ, home of Stephen Colbert and Don Fleming. Tickets will be $35, or a mere $115 less than it costs to see Steely Dan. (To be fair, if you're paying per chord, Steely Dan is priced competitively.)

As Joan Rivers asked so poignantly: can we talk? With all the economic turmoil turmoiling about us these days, it's not that easy to suggest that you spend what's left of your money with us. But if you've ever attended these Hanukkah shows before, we hope you'll agree that they are unique evenings of entertainment (and if you haven't, there are lengthy descriptions of the 2005 and 2007 editions archived in the News section at We don't take a penny from these shows, and no performer receives anything beyond their expenses.The word benefit is an often abused one, but we promise you, the money you pay is being passed along to charity.
Which brings me to the next point. Over the years, from time to time people have offered unsolicited suggestions about where we could donate the proceeds from individual shows, suggestions we have frequently taken. So let's solicit them this year: If you work for a non-profit organization, don't hesitate to tell us about it. We can't guarantee that we'll select you as one of our recipients, but we will absolutely consider it.

I guess that's it. Hope to see you in December. Here are the links with which to order tickets:

Sun. 12/21

Mon. 12/22

Tues. 12/23

Wed. 12/24

Thurs. 12/25

Fri. 12/26

Sat. 12/27

Sun. 12/28

and for New Year's Eve with the Feelies, available starting at 10 a.m. eastern, October 18:

Ira, Georgia and James



Comments (32)

Just made my day. Thanks a bunch!

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 9:36 AM

just made my YEAR! here goes $200...

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 9:39 AM

Here's a suggestion for charity: Reducing the nation's public debt!

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 9:42 AM

I don't understand all this vivian girls hype but okay

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 10:25 AM

No need to knock the Dan. Saw them this summer and they were excellent. YLT: check back with us in 25 years and see if there's still interest in your music.

Posted by drewo | October 15, 2008 10:28 AM

I don't think YLT was knockin Steely Dan so much as they were knockin the price of their concert tickets, which lets admit is pretty intense.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 10:31 AM

since theyve been around for 24 years already, i dont think theres any need to question the staying power of yo la's music. cause seriously, the dan has cheapest tix at welmont for 85$, and given their age, and lack of ability to crush the funk, i think ira's comments are totally warranted.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 10:31 AM

let's have a steely dan vs. yo la tengo thread. come on guys, if you have any doubt, you're on the wrong blog. steely dan all the way.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 10:39 AM

It's pretty amazing how Vivian Girls manage to get on huge shows like this! I saw Cassie and Katy at the Yo La Teno show at McCarren over the summer. It's neat to see they are now playing with them and in Jersey for a change.

Posted by Star Child | October 15, 2008 10:51 AM

do the hanukkah shows sell out quick?

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 11:02 AM

YLT is still the best live band out there. Great shows to attend, always cool vibe, and the 'no smoking' policy at maxwells vanishes. Well, it's no smoking cigarettes!

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 11:05 AM

I am also wondering if they will sell out quick!?? They are about to go on sale...

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 11:33 AM

Days like Fri/Sat/Sun's sell out quickly. The rest day a few days. I'm guessing the 24'th and 25'th will move slowly.
Can you believe ticketweb charged me $11.15 in service charges for two tix? What happened to the .50$ ticketweb service charges? I guess thats what happens when ticketmaster buys their only competition.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 11:40 AM

Got mine...can't wait. You're right about the fees though, where'd that come from? I've never been charged that much through TicketWeb.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 11:41 AM

friday and saturday will sell out today

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 11:45 AM

@10:31 - the Dan's large touring band averages about half the age of the two principals - and they do indeed bring the funk. Many times per show. And the two old guys are looking and sounding pretty good themselves these days.

Seeing pics of James McNew recently, I wonder if he'll be able to get up on stage 20 years from now.

Posted by drewo | October 15, 2008 12:00 PM

Regarding "funk crushing" - could there be a band any less funky than Yo La Tengo?

I mean, have they ever -- EVER -- made you want to dance?


Still, they rule. See you on/around Hannukah.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 12:39 PM

Yo La Tengo vs Steely Dan?

Is this even a question on the playground?

Steely Dan is a punchline.
Yo La Tengo is a work of art.
Steely Dan is cocaine and scotch.
Yo La Tengo is weed and wine.
Steely Dan is John McCain.
Yo La Tengo is Barack Obama.
Steely Dan is Pizza Hut.
Yo La Tengo is Ray's.
Steely Dan is Starbucks coffee.
Yo La Tengo is The Mud Truck.

Are you reeling in the years in bad sneakers or a blue line swinger wearing that autumn sweater?

Would you rather sleep with Donald Fagan or Georgia Hubley? (Wait, don't answer that...)

Figure it out, tough guy -- because I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass.

Posted by greg | October 15, 2008 1:20 PM

Steely Dan is a good example of hippies making bad music. You could also say that Phish were the 90's version of Steely Dan.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 1:35 PM

Steely Dan is great
Yo La Tengo is great
Greg is a hipster douche

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 1:48 PM

if ira were to ever check out brooklynvegan and read the comments above he would most likely cringe.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 2:18 PM

Ira cringed = the new Jesus Wept

Posted by Smart E. Pants | October 15, 2008 2:20 PM

shut up boxcar

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2008 2:47 PM


Posted by kick-ballsinsiderherbody-katy | October 15, 2008 3:15 PM

Actually, 1:48pm, PBR is a good hipster douche.

As for me, I'm a 35 year old alcoholic with a musician problem.

As for you, you're a midget with a beard going 'puh! puh! puh!'

Posted by greg | October 15, 2008 5:15 PM

Greg, your jokes are like soooo Starbucks.

Posted by 1:48 PM | October 15, 2008 5:31 PM

You can get Steely Dan's latest CD at our stores! Greg will be working here soon... along with all the rest of you.

Posted by Starbucks | October 15, 2008 5:42 PM

YLT Hanukkah shows are only a few weeks away!

Has anyone heard any confirmed details on who the opening acts are going to be for each night?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 12:32 PM

do they normally release tickets online for these sold out shows?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 11:14 AM

According to Todd Barry's site, he'll be at the 12/28 show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2008 3:54 PM

I have seen Todd Barry twice during the Hanukkah shows. Almost the same set despite being 2-3 years apart. Hopefully he will have newer material this year.

Any other confirmations? This year is the first where nothing has been leaked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2008 8:42 PM

Just made my day. Thanks a bunch!

Posted by online tv | February 5, 2009 11:56 AM

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