Posted in music on December 23, 2008

Ira's mom @ Maxwell's in NJ - Dec 22, 2008 (by Liz Clayton) (via)
Iras Mom

We actually have more pictures of last night's show coming, but in the meantime I can confirm that The Magnetic Fields did open Yo La Tengo's 2nd 2008 Hanukkah show at Maxwell's. Stephin Merritt also stuck around to sing again during the encore, John Hodgman was the comedian, and Doug Gillard and Ira's mom were the other singing special guests.

Tonight/Tuesday is night three (12/23), and I'm not sure we've figured out who the opener will definitely be yet. Do you know? Night one and two's setlists below...

ylt, night 2

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's
22 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 2)*
Magnetic Fields and John Hodgman opened.

Mix disc by Steve Shelley.

(show played with upright piano)

The Weakest Part (slow)
Big Day Coming (fast)
Guess I'm Falling in Love (Velvet Underground)
Stockholm Syndrome
Winter A Go-Go
Sometimes I Don't Get You
Don't Have To Be So Sad (with Claudia Gonson, drums, and Sam Davol, cello, of Magnetic Fields)
Alyda
Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)
Autumn Sweater
Double Dare
Decora
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
The Story of Yo La Tango

*(encore)*
Be Careful, It's My Heart (Irving Berlin) (Ira & Stephin Merritt duet)
A Foggy Day in London Town (George Gershwin) (with Doug Gillard, guitar/vocals)
No Milk Today (Herman's Hermits) (with Doug Gillard, guitar/vocals)
The Next Big Thing (The Dictators) (with Doug Gillard, guitar/vocals)
My Little Corner of the World (Bob Hilliard/Lee Pockriss) (with Ira's mom, vocals)

ylt, night 1
Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's
21 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 1)*
Oneida and Paul F. Tompkins opened.

Mix disc by Aesop Rock.

(whole show with Janet Weiss on drums)

Eight Day Weekend (Gary "U.S." Bonds)
Sugarcube
Everyday
Today Is The Day (fast)
The Summer
Beanbag Chair
Mr. Tough
Heaven Only Knows (Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich)
Shaker
House Fall Down
I Should Have Known Better
Sudden Organ
Tom Courtenay
Little Honda (The Beach Boys)

*(encore)* with Britt Daniel of Spoon on vocals, minus "Ring of Fire"
Ring of Fire (June Carter Cash) (with Paul F. Tompkins on vocals)
Public Image (Public Image, Ltd.)
Mother and Child Reunion (Paul Simon)
Me and Mr. Jones (Amy Winehouse)
This Guy's In Love With You (Bert Bacharach/Hal David)

Both setlists via Jesse Jarnow. Metal Mountains is opening night eight.

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Comments (64)

L'Chaim!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 3:33 PM

i've barely ever listened to yo la tengo but i have to say this seems like the coolest tradition in music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 3:52 PM

Night 1 is the winner so far. Although the VU and Decora were great additions to night 2.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 3:54 PM

i totally disagree. night 1 was predictable and standard. that being said, it rocked my socks off still...

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 3:58 PM

"so far" = 2 of the 8 nights.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 3:58 PM

Night two was very tight. Decora was fantastic. Set finished beyond strong despite the impatience of two idiot brooklyn hipsters in the back chattering throughout THE ENTIRE BUILD-UP to The Story of YLT.

Posted by Broboken | December 23, 2008 4:12 PM

Please listen to Yo La Tengo.


The most underrated band of the past 20 years.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:17 PM

4:12, that is why i stand up front.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:18 PM

Magnetic Fields setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:21 PM

I have extra YLT tix - 718 737 5015

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:26 PM

ANY WORD ON FRIDAY?????

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:39 PM

"Night two was very tight. Decora was fantastic. Set finished beyond strong despite the impatience of two idiot brooklyn hipsters in the back chattering throughout THE ENTIRE BUILD-UP to The Story of YLT."

I usually just tell those types to shut-up and they usually do (of course you will get some stares from those you tell this to, but most of the time you are making everyone else happy).

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:39 PM

ANY WORD FOR FRIDAY???

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:44 PM

the fact that we dont know who is opening tonight means one of three things:
1. it is a huge band that is being kept under lock and key and we should be excited
2. it is a crappy band that no one cares about
3. neither of these two things

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:47 PM

nice one sherlock

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:48 PM

I heard Phish & Chris Rock

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:50 PM

the power of pure logic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:53 PM

There is information about tonight's opener on other sites, but that would cause you to have to navigate away from this cut&paste trollfest site.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:54 PM

the fact that we dont know who is opening tonight leads me to conclude that one of the following is true:
(1) ira kaplan is a woman.
(2) ira kaplan is not a woman.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:55 PM

Not a woman? NOT A WOMAN???? Are you trying to say that Val Kilmer is opening up as the lead singer of a Doors cover band? Man, your references are really obscure and confusing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:58 PM

i hear it's Pavement reunion and Louis CK

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 4:59 PM

Dear tall people in the front/center of the stage: please move to the sides next time around. The small to normal heighted portion of the NYC (read: 95%) population thanks you in advance.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 5:02 PM

it's the boss and dave chapelle. fugazi reunion tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 5:17 PM

Ira's mom is a MENSCHE!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 5:18 PM

"Set finished beyond strong despite the impatience of two idiot brooklyn hipsters in the back chattering throughout THE ENTIRE BUILD-UP to The Story of YLT."

Seriously, those guys wouldn't shut the fuck up. And last night was easily the tallest crowd I've ever seen. That dude in the red shirt was like 7'8.

Posted by Chris | December 23, 2008 5:24 PM

"Dear tall people in the front/center of the stage: please move to the sides next time around. The small to normal heighted portion of the NYC (read: 95%) population thanks you in advance."

Fuck That! First come first serve. If you want a better spot, get their early and find a good, close spot that is right for you. Otherwise, don't show up 10 minutes before YLT hits the stage and demand to have the red carpet treatment.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 5:29 PM

"Fuck That! First come first serve. If you want a better spot, get their early and find a good, close spot that is right for you. Otherwise, don't show up 10 minutes before YLT hits the stage and demand to have the red carpet treatment."

Either that, or just chop the tall guy's head off.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 5:42 PM

Tall people have been discriminated against in this country long enough. You try ducking every time you get on or off the subway.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 6:00 PM

That was by far the best show I've seen all year.

And aside from the couple of yakkies in the back, one of the most respectful crowds I've seen in a long time. Very few flash photos, no cell phone rings, and dead quiet during the quiet Magnetic Fields songs.

These shows are an amazing tradition that I hope never ends.

Posted by Bob F. | December 23, 2008 6:07 PM

The yakkers were suspiciously quiet whenever any Magnetic Fielders were on stage.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 6:50 PM

Tonight is john zorn & marc ribot.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 7:34 PM

Blame Mother Nature and your parents if you are short, not those that are genetically superior.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 8:08 PM

Does anyone want tix to Yo La/Feelies New Year's show? I'm in Boston and can't make it now. Have 2 and will drop the fees. Let me know: narchiba@yahoo.com

Posted by Nate | December 23, 2008 8:54 PM

yo la tengo is short.
the audience is tall.

oh, irony.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 11:01 PM

has anyone mentioned Pylon as possible "guest" artistes?


Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 11:09 PM

isn't anyone blogging from their cellphone or twittering from this show? who opened?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 11:29 PM

anon 11:01 I LOVE YOU

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2008 11:36 PM

So... Anyone have the skinny on tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 12:12 AM

John Zorn & Mark Ribot

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 12:22 AM

can i go to this?

Posted by madoof | December 24, 2008 12:33 AM

was ANYONE there tonight? who opened?

Posted by Dan Deacon | December 24, 2008 2:32 AM

conor oberst. so amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 2:38 AM

Seriously though, who?

Posted by Dan Deacon | December 24, 2008 2:46 AM

conor oberst/bright eyes played a short but amazing set. few songs from the recent s/t album, few bright eyes tunes (lua, four winds, waste of paint). best news of all time: he said desaparecidos are getting back together! asked him about that comment after the show and he slyly mentioned coachella as a possibility. there is a god.

Posted by MMM | December 24, 2008 3:12 AM

john zorn and marc ribot opened last night with a series of improv duets, smokey hormel sat in on guitar all night.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 8:44 AM

TRY chopping my head off. but make it a good try 'cause it'll be the last thing you do pre-wheelchair.

fuck all you "petitie" hipsters who show up late and try and squirt your way to the front. i am GIGANTOR and i WILL crush you.

just try me ;)

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 8:50 AM

I found religion during last night's I Heard You Looking.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 9:32 AM

"fuck all you "petitie" hipsters who show up late and try and squirt your way to the front. i am GIGANTOR and i WILL crush you."


I like big fat men like you. When they fall they make more noise.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 10:29 AM

I heard you looking was definitely the highlight of last night's set

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 10:35 AM

so, who opened?

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 11:22 AM

"so, who opened?"

John Zorn and Marc Ribot

Posted by brooklynvegan | December 24, 2008 11:32 AM

I'm gonna start playing free jazz.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 11:35 AM

I loved watching everyone shifting uncomfortably during the Zorn/Ribot freakout. It was awesome. For those that think that free jazz is just two dudes making noise, I am sorry for you. Zorn/Ribot were fantastic last night. Stick to your 3 chord rock songs and your vanilla ice cream if it's easier for you.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 11:47 AM

Were you the dude pretending to know where the beat was?

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 12:00 PM

"conor oberst/bright eyes played a short but amazing set. few songs from the recent s/t album, few bright eyes tunes (lua, four winds, waste of paint). best news of all time: he said desaparecidos are getting back together! asked him about that comment after the show and he slyly mentioned coachella as a possibility. there is a god."

Wait so did this happen or not? Since everyone else says Zorn/Ribot. And did anyone else hear him say Desa reunion or is this person just fucking with us?

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 12:01 PM

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's
23 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 3)*
John Zorn & Marc Ribot and Slovin & Allen opened.

Mix disc by Gaylord Fields.

(whole show with Smokey Hormel on guitar)

Leaving Home
We're An American Band
Little Eyes
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Bob Dylan)
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Neil Diamond)
The Race Is On Again
Damage
Can't Forget
Don't Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2)
Our Way To Fall (swing version)
Out the Window
Styles of the Times
Tom Courtenay
I Heard You Looking (with Yoni Wolf on keyboards)

*(encore)*
My Heart Is Talking (??)
Center of Gravity

Posted by Daily updates here | December 24, 2008 12:52 PM

if by "fucking with us" you mean "only fooling you," then yes, this person is just fucking with us.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 12:56 PM

any word on tonight's openers?

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 3:59 PM

My heart is talking is actually Stay With Me which is a Dictators tune. NYC taper isreporting that Antiem is opening up on the 25th and that Tim Roth is scheduled to do a spoken word set at one of the shows.

Posted by Adam | December 24, 2008 5:31 PM

yeah yeah but was it the fast or slow version of Tom Courtenay? (man I wish I lived somewhere near America)

Posted by whatlofi | December 24, 2008 5:33 PM

it was the fast version of tom courtenay

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008 6:15 PM

what time does the show start?

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2008 11:21 AM

Actually it was the slow version. The fast version is the acoustic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2008 12:45 PM

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