Posted in music | tour dates on December 19, 2008

Chanukkah
Chanukkah

Sun Dec 21st - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's - Day one of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah Celebration. This show is sold out but you might be able to find tickets on Craig's List. Check it out. . .we will be playing some exclusive songs for this. [Oneida]
Who is opening the other seven nights? (thx anons)

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Comments (60)

they should move that shit to the city- no one wants to haul ass out to hoboken anymore, oneida is a good opener but should really close it- its like a freak out and then too mellow

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 2:29 PM

yo la tengo is totally a freak out man, fuckin story of yo la tengo all fucking guitar pedals with distortion and shit like a fucking hurricane in your ears fuck

ONEIDA IS A FORCE FOR GOOD IN THE WORLD

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 2:31 PM

"they should move that shit to the city- no one wants to haul ass out to hoboken anymore, oneida is a good opener but should really close it- its like a freak out and then too mellow"

You're right. Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows should totally change just to meet your personal needs and they should start opening the shows instead of headlining them. Great ideas!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 2:33 PM

Did anyone catch the Aimee Mann Christmas Show at the Nokia last night? I was there, and it was a great show.

Posted by debi | December 19, 2008 2:40 PM

catch???? that Sh*t hit me like the holy ghost. by the way.... what's christmas?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 2:52 PM

"they should move that shit to the city- no one wants to haul ass out to hoboken anymore, oneida is a good opener but should really close it- its like a freak out and then too mellow"

Yeah, they are totally not going to sell any tickets for this...oh, wait...

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 3:27 PM

MAXWELLS IS THE BEST VENUE IN NYC AREA! F THAT!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 3:45 PM

The only thing separating Maxwell's from a suburban bar/restaurant is the stage. Otherwise (see the food and crowd) you could be at Applebees.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 4:16 PM

Start taking the bus out to the venue and it will change the way you start thinking of Maxwell's. Get picked up at Port Authority and dropped off a block away from Maxwell's...going back the bus picks up across the street from Maxwell's and drops you off at Port Authority. Total travel time is about 10 - 15 minutes each way and the cost is like $6 or so. Great venue with a kick ass restuarant.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 4:19 PM

"Start taking the bus out to the venue and it will change the way you start thinking of Maxwell's."

By the time the concert is over, that bus operates only once per hour. If you miss it, you might as well take the PATH. At that hour, they never stick to the schedule.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 4:21 PM

maxwell's is totally the best 250 person room in the metro area. by far.

Posted by jan janson | December 19, 2008 4:35 PM

Shit, Maxwell's is easily one of the great spaces to catch live music in the area, totally agreed. Sonic Youth, iron & wine, everyone's played there, and there's a fucking reason -- the place is magic. Bus times, boo hoo, PATH, WAHHH!! you crying whining whimps.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 4:55 PM

agreed. save room for me. i go out of my way to go to maxwells. LONG LIVE TODD!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 6:17 PM

that applebees comment might be the stupidest thing i have ever read on this blog

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 6:19 PM

you ever eaten there, 6:19?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 6:29 PM

I'd give a slight edge to Maxwell's on food but the sightlines at Applebees more than make up for it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2008 6:49 PM


Very creative and helpful post indeed! hiiiiyaaaa!

Posted by ألعاب | December 20, 2008 8:57 AM

Anon 4:55pm, where do you live? Let me guess...Jersey.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2008 9:42 AM

9:42 -- wrong guess dick. Washington Heights. So yeah, I schlep it out everytime there's a good Maxwell's show. Sure, the buses become erratic after hours. But I've never had bus fail to show up before last pass [1:30 am I believe]. So plan ahead, and if you need to, catch a $5 cab to the fucking PATH.

Wimps.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2008 10:07 AM

Washington Heights is only a one river commute. Queens/Brooklyn is a two river trek, which can really add up. Last time I went to Maxwells, I took me 2.5 hours on the way back.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2008 12:51 PM

P.S. I must suck to live in a ghetto. Who is the dick now?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2008 12:52 PM

psst...Maxwells is difficult to get to because we don't want you here

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2008 9:56 PM

>2.5 hours on the way back.

Where do you live? Fuggin' Montauk?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2008 10:11 PM

You people are self-centered morons. I live in Hoboken, and there are SO MANY shows in Brooklyn that I want to go to, but don't feel like making the trip, especially on a weeknight. Does that mean that the venues in Brooklyn suck? Of course not. And for the record- the food at Maxwell's is perfectly fine. By design it isn't gourmet dining... it's bar food, and really good bar food with a very diverse menu. To quote a brilliant philosopher of our time, "We mock what we don't understand."

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2008 12:06 PM

haha. This comment collection is one of the best on BkVegan. Applebees? The Holy Ghost? Ghettos? I just pooped my pants in laughter. Thanks BV commenters!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2008 12:25 PM

i live in washington heights and it once took me over 2 hours to get home from northsix on a weeknight. shit happens in this city

Posted by zatzbatz | December 21, 2008 3:16 PM

It took me about 2 1/2 hours to get home from Music Hall of Williamsburg last week and I live in Brooklyn!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2008 4:33 PM

holiday love for oneida!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2008 5:58 PM

Yo La Tengo are from Hoboken... Why would they want to move the tradition out of their home town?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2008 9:20 PM

they hate being comfortable, none of them can stand it. i know personally that the sight of a plump cushion alone can send ira into a cycle of vomiting

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2008 10:15 PM

Maxwells is cozy and ok, always nice to see bands play in a smaller room instead of Music Hall of Williamsburg (which is cavernous and sterile), but Hoboken is a shit little burb.

It's like Williamsburg, except for unspectacular midle management types instead of upper middle class bohos. Basically, a waiting room for future suburbanite singles who haven't gotten married yet.

If you didn't have to walk through fifteen blocks of that post-fratboy sludge to get to it, Maxwell's would be excellent.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 12:49 AM

Burn burn burn
with one day worth of oil
for either straight nights

Encore with Janet Weiss and Britt Daniels:
P.I.L.
Paul Simon
Amy Winehouse
Burt Bacharach

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 8:56 AM

"Basically, a waiting room for future suburbanite singles who haven't gotten married yet."

Wow, what a wordsmith. People who struggle to achieve literacy should not be so condescending.

Posted by TIMMY!!! | December 22, 2008 9:09 AM

"Basically, a waiting room for future suburbanite singles who haven't gotten married yet."

Awesome!

To make things even sadder, Williamsburg has become Hoboken.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 9:35 AM

Yeah Williamsburg is basically just a dumping ground for young professionals. In three more years it is going to be full of married couples and thier young children.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 10:00 AM

Making blanket derogatory statements about where people live, eat, work, and play is always a sign of intellectual and moral superiority. I hope Yo La Tengo is reading all these posts and realizing what a miserable existence they are living.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 10:11 AM

I like Maxwells and hoboken cause losers from brooklyn and the rest of NYC stay away...btw, people with real jobs make losers feel like losers. FYI, a real job starts in the early morning and ends in the evening and usually requires personal hygene and some kind of dress code...and saving enough money to move to a nice neighborhood and raise a family makes you something to insult? please smelly, posier, leaches and parisites STAY AWAY FROM NJ. its not fantasy land where dad pays the bills and you party 6 nights aweek. We get up early and go to work, take care of our families and pay our bills. Do any of you selfish losers have anyone who depends on you? of course you dont, ur selfish, ugly, wimpy, losers. HIPSTERS STAY OUT OF NJ 4EVER!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 10:55 AM

I live in Brooklyn, and I have nothing bad to say about Maxwell's. The posters above are right - it's by far my favorite venue in the NYC area. And no less than Mike Watt himself has said he like the food (which is pretty good, if you like basic comfort-type food).

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 11:06 AM

I'd much rather spend time in Williamsburg than Hoboken, but really, I'm not totally crazy for either.

Williamsburg is expensive and phony and trendy and interesting.

Hoboken is expensive and unpretentious and buttoned-down and unspectacular.

I'd rather spend time in the one with an art scene and some internal culture (Williamsburg), but I'm not doing cartwheels over it or anything, not these days.

Maxwells is an ok place, the food is hearty and it's a pleasant enough club. Very similar to the kind of commercial indie rock clubs you find in Chicago or Seattle. Kind of a throwback to the 90's. It's perfect for Yo La Tengo.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 11:38 AM

11:38 = douche

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 12:16 PM

11:38 = exactly right

12:16 = touchy defensive guy from New Jersey

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 12:45 PM

you know 10:55, I don't think you've got anything to worry about.

New Yorkers don't really want anything to do with your precious New Jersey.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 12:47 PM

Hoboken is not the real New Jersey, not even close.

What Hoboken is, as one earlier post said, is a waiting room for boring singles who can't wait to get married and move away from the big city to the suburban mcmansion of their dreams.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 12:52 PM

ugh. so any word on openers?

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 12:57 PM

The place that I live is better than the place that you live. I am therefore a better person who associates with better people. I will write about it online so the world is aware of our differences and in turn celebrates my superiority.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 1:01 PM

12:16 = addicted to trendy buzz words

people, I don't know how many times we can say it before you get it into your skull.

the only "douche" is the limpdick loser who uses the word "douche"

"douchebag" is even more played. you sound like an 11 year old who just discovered Southpark.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 1:04 PM

all of us cultured upper middle class New York area residents have a choice as to where we live.

It's perfectly ok to point out what certain neighborhoods have and what certain neighborhoods don't have, and to try to explain the sorts of people attracted to live in either.

I don't see any advantage to being conciliatory about it.

If a certain community represents things I dislike, or another symbolises what I'm looking for, or if they both have poros and cons, then why is it bad for to talk about that online, outloud, or anywhere, 1:01?

Discussion, even when people call each other names or insult one another, is totally alright, whenever and wherever. Being "above the fray" is for cowards and know-nothings.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 1:12 PM

1:12 - Calling each other names and insulting one another is, of course, totally alright. It's also lowest common denominator. If this were an intelligent conversion about cultural differences and how they relate to geography, maybe I wouldn't be acting like such a know-nothing coward. But it's mostly name-calling and mean-spirited generalizing that's going on here. There are some who have intelligently pointed out why they like/dislike a place. The rest are spewing bile. Perfectly "alright," but isn't it more interesting to actually discuss the music and the venue in a thought-provoking way? If you want an audience for your half-baked cultural commentary, head over to craigslist to post your rant. But maybe I'm asking too much, cause all BV forums eventually descend to an us vs. them shouting match anyway, don't they?

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 1:38 PM

Hello. I'm here to stop the battle. I found a poem that hoboken wrote. I figured I'd share it with you.

"JP Morgan manpurse
Breeding hardc ore with my bros
My streets contain bars
BAHAMA Mama's temple, get poppers
so many pubs full of high fives
My girlfriends has 30 Uggs
I am a township like a bicep
sinatra went to BARS
go to BARS on my STREETS
money in abutthole and get a tan"

tw/ftw

Posted by tw/fuckin twigs | December 22, 2008 1:59 PM

1:38

you see, there was intelligent commentary, but the people from Hoboken got defensive even at that, and so now it's escalated into hurt feelings and insults.

but the fact remains that Hoboken is different from other "singles" neighborhoods around New York. It's more conservative, more buttoned down, and the lifestyle there appeals more to the sort of people who're more likely to end up married in the burbs, in my estimation.

Is it insulting or "name calling" to say these things as a comparison of Hoboken to other neighborhoods that are popular with young, unmarried people? Facts are facts, try not to take them so personally.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 2:11 PM

2:11 "Facts are facts, try not to take them so personally."

Hardly facts, but yes some of the generalizations are valid opinions. And of course, on the other end, Brooklyn isn't all freeloading hipsters and Hoboken isn't all post-frat sludge. It's the condescending tone of all this talk (coming from both ends) that is unintelligent.

If you believe in and love where you live, there's honor in defending it. If doing so consists merely of putting another place down, then that falls in the know-nothing coward category.

The French are stuck-up pricks. Iraq is nothing but terrorists. Sound familiar?

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 2:40 PM

Hoboken IS full of future suburbanites though. It happen to be the truth.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 3:06 PM

I've been living in Hoboken for 12 years. When I moved in I was right out of college, and now I'm married with a child and probably 2 years from sucking it up and moving to suburbia. So yes, I'm a "future suburbanite". So you're going to judge me for that?

The "bar scene" in Hoboken is painful,and always has been. I've never lived below 10th Street or waited behind a red velvet rope at 11pm in the middle of the winter with no jacket on to get into Black Bear. That's not the Hoboken I know or consider myself a part of. I've always lived in the back-end, near Maxwell's. I love it because it's quiet and feels like a neighborhood, and offers culture, good food, live music, etc. And it's still very close to the city. Ain't nothing wrong with that!

Do I fall into that cateogry of people that many of you probably roll your eyes at because I'm pushing a stroller down the street? Sure. I'm guessing that is how you define "future suburbanite". Judge if you want (odds are I'm probably judging you even more, so it's all good). Most of the young couples I know in Hoboken are really cool people that shudder at the thought of moving to the 'burbs but know that they want their kids to have a big backyard and a nice house, so they convene in Hoboken. What's wrong with that? So you see a lot of kids at the parks and on the street? I'd rather deal with 20 kids than 20 drunken future date-rapists with backwards baseball hats screaming in a bar at 2am. But don't think all of Hoboken is like that, because it's not.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 3:27 PM

Brooklyn is too full of freeloading hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 3:29 PM

wh do you Hobokenites see judgement where none is being expressed? Saying that people who live in Hoboken are more likely to be conservative, more likely to eventually move to the suburbs... if those are your values, why are you so defensive about it?

lots of people agree with your lifestyle choices, why do you care if a few people in the cities prefer a more urban lifestyle?

There's no insult in pointing out the obvious, unless the people being described harbor some inner shame or regret about their choices in life.

Personally, I'm sensing some bigtime projection in all these hurt Hoboken feelings.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 3:40 PM

Hoboken vs. Brooklyn

They both suck.

The end.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 3:45 PM

Really Hoboken people, this is all just constructive criticism...

"no one wants to haul ass out to hoboken"

"The only thing separating Maxwell's from a suburban bar/restaurant is the stage. Otherwise (see the food and crowd) you could be at Applebees."

"where do you live? Let me guess...Jersey."

"...Hoboken is a shit little burb. It's like Williamsburg, except for unspectacular midle management types instead of upper middle class bohos. Basically, a waiting room for future suburbanite singles who haven't gotten married yet. If you didn't have to walk through fifteen blocks of that post-fratboy sludge to get to it, Maxwell's would be excellent."

"Hoboken is expensive and unpretentious and buttoned-down and unspectacular. I'd rather spend time in the one with an art scene and some internal culture."

"Hoboken is not the real New Jersey, not even close. What Hoboken is, as one earlier post said, is a waiting room for boring singles who can't wait to get married and move away from the big city to the suburban mcmansion of their dreams."

"JP Morgan manpurse
Breeding hardc ore with my bros
My streets contain bars
BAHAMA Mama's temple, get poppers
so many pubs full of high fives
My girlfriends has 30 Uggs
I am a township like a bicep
sinatra went to BARS
go to BARS on my STREETS
money in abutthole and get a tan"

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 3:56 PM

OK YOUZE

SHUT DA FUGGUP

I'll KNOCK YA HEADS, EVERY ONE OF YOUZE

HOBOKEN IS DA #1 ZONE

SO FUCK YA IN DA KEISTER!

Posted by Tommy "Sinatra" Antipastaloni | December 22, 2008 3:56 PM

I have an extra ticket to tonight's concert. It's free to anyone from Brooklyn who walks from the PATH to Maxwell's.

Just one catch. You have to do it shirtless. And you have to write the following across your chest.

"Bow down, frat-boys of Hoboken. I am from Brooklyn, epicenter of cultural innovation. I follow the teachings of Pitchfork media. I know where Jonathan Safran Foer lives. When I was in high school I used to publish chapbooks and zines, and I played accordion in a band called The Sound of Muzak, which was formed by former members of Muzak Attack (you may remember rumors of a possible 7-inch). You can come to room in an apartment above a genuine barber shop and I will play you my demo while you read my zine. A Hispanic family lives across the street and I am proud to call them my neighbors. Their last name is Hernandez, but not how you would pronounce it. Do you like tea. I know a lot about tea. I often teach my Hispanic friends about Oolong. I will never, ever, live in the suburbs. Because they don't have mustache growing competitions there, and their bowling and bocce leagues are never ironic. Oh yes, and I do not know the definition of ironic."

That's all you have to do.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 4:46 PM

4:46 should not count on a future career in comedy

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2008 5:59 PM

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