Posted in comedy | music | pictures on January 4, 2009

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Yo La Tengo

As previously noted, Jennifer O'Connor and comedian Jon Benjamin were the openers for Yo La Tengo Hanukkah night four. Jon went by the name Mark Levinsky. According to the show poster, "Jon Glassner" (not to be confused with Jon Glaser) was also supposed to be on the comedy part of the bill, but according to "Mark", Jon had to call out sick. "Mark" then "read out a VERY funny letter from Glassner accompanied by numerous props including a foot long subway hero, a photo of Jon on a jet ski, and randomly distributed free samples of a well known pharmaceutical product." Mixtapes for the evening were provided by Russell Mael of the band Sparks. In honor of the mixtape Yo La Tengo played a Sparks cover. The whole setlist and more pictures below...

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As always, all proceeds from this Hanukkah show went to a worthwhle cause. Setlist:

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's
24 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 4)*
Jennifer O'Connor and Jon Benjamin opened.

Mix disc by Russell Maer.
Benefit for Mercy Corps.

Big Day Coming (slow)
Beanbag Chair
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind
Drug Test
The Weakest Part
Mr. Tough
Tiny Birds
Paul Is Dead
Shadows
Angst In My Pants (Sparks)
Upside Down
Autumn Sweater
I Heard Her Call My Name > (Velvet Underground)
Blue Line Swinger

*(encore)*
(I Gotta) Dream On (Herman's Hermits)
Detouring America With Horns
Cherry Chapstick (slow)
Rock and Roll Santa (Jan Terri)

Setlist via Jesse Jarnow. More Yo La Tengo coverage HERE.

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Comments (9)

I luv luv luvs me some of that Yo La Tengo -- and I have since "The River of Water," for gosh sakes -- but it really needs to be said once and for all that they are, in fact, the least sexy rock band in the history of the genre.


Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 12:23 AM

i dunno...james looked mighty hot in that old t-shirt. can someone say TIGERBEAT?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 12:31 AM

hey 12:23 - why don't you just play it safe and stick with Britney, the pussycat dolls, and Jessica Simpson.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 1:12 AM

damn I love me some ylt but georgia looks downright sickly, I mean I know she's never been exactly a looker, but she literally looks like she's dying...

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 4:26 AM

Based on all the pictures I've seen of YLT performing over the years, I have one question: Do these guys ever smile or appear to be enjoying themselves in the least?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 9:01 AM

They need to stop playing Mr. Tough already.

Somewhat sad I didn't hear BLS or Yo La Tango on the nights I went.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 9:56 AM

i think georgia is beautiful

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:10 AM

If you ever saw them in person, 9:01, you would know the answer to be YES.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:09 AM

Gimme a break. Ira Kaplan’s idea of a good time is eating dry Honeycombs and reciting the Dewey Decimal system.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:58 AM

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