Posted in comedy | music | pictures on December 5, 2010

words and photos by Chris Gersbeck

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo played their third of eight Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's on Friday night (12/3), and this was probably the most anticipated due to strong rumors of Jeff Tweedy opening which turned out to be true.

Each Yo La Tengo Hanukkah show has an associated charity, and this night's was the Elsyian Charter School of Hoboken, so the show started with twenty or so children taking the stage to perform some Yo La classics. I almost felt bad laughing (as did everyone else) when they began singing "Stockholm Syndrome", but only because it was just so adorable. After performing "Sugarcube" and "Mr. Tough", the children parted the crowd to make their exit (they really did sound great by the way), and shortly after we were treated to an intimate and absolutely beautiful set from Jeff Tweedy.

Playing Wilco classics like "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart", and rotating through Uncle Tupelo songs and covers, Tweedy's voice sounded as great as ever. The crowd was clearly filled with his fans as well; many of them were singing along throughout. After closing with a stellar and, well I'll just say it, mind-blowing rendition of "A Shot in the Arm", Tweedy thanked the crowd and promised we would see him later. And that would definitely happen...

Eugene Mirman, who has always been one of my favorite standup comics, was the comedian guest of the night. The highlight of his set included revealing his fascination with the Tea Party, his subsequent registering on a Tea Party social networking site, and his printouts of legitimate Tea Party members profile pictures from that site. My favorite being simply a photo of a machine gun laying on a carpeted floor, the owner's toes only barely visible on the bottom of the photo. Wow. Eugene's reading of his favorite tweets, accompanied with a theremin, was also a great and hilarious way to end his set.

Eugene didn't join Yo La Tengo on the stage during the show like Tweedy would, but I'm not sure many people were expecting that anyway. Tweedy in fact performed nearly the entire initial set with Yo La, pleasing the crowd with a version of Wilco's "Jesus, Etc.", Bob Dylan's "One Of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" and quite a few of my favorite songs from Yo La Tengo's prolific catalogue such as "Can't Forget", "The Race Is On Again", and "I Should Have Known Better". For such a small room, they really get quite a big sound.

Yo La Tengo's encore was mostly a tribute to the late Alex Chilton, who has joined them on Hanukkah in the past. After Ira Kaplan stated that some of Chilton's most notable work was with legendary punk band the Cramps, he invited Cramps' guitarist Kid Congo Powers for a couple covers of his band. Ending the night on a particularly loud note, though I probably should stop standing right next to those gigantic speakers, Yo La Tengo said "we'll see you tomorrow!" and left the stage through the crowd.

Jeff Tweedy headlined Bowery Ballroom one night later, and Yo La Tengo continue playing Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's through 12/8 (the final night of Hanukkah). More pictures and some videos from the third night, below...

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Sugarcube---Elysian Charter School Chorus

Stockholm Syndrome--Elysian Charter School Chorus

Shot in the Arm--Jeff Tweedy

Via Chicago--Jeff Tweedy

I am trying to break your heart--Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy/Yo La Tengo - Jesus, Etc

Yo La Tengo/Jeff Tweedy - Eight Day Weekend

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's
3 December 2010 (via)
*(Hanukkah, night 3)*

Elysian Charter School of Hoboken Chorus, Jeff Tweedy, and Eugene Mirman opened.
benefit for Elysian Charter School of Hoboken.

Elysian Charter School of Hoboken Chorus:
Stockholm Syndrome
Sugarcube
Mr. Tough

Mix disc by Brian Turner.
Eight Day Weekend ("Seven Day Weekend" by Doc Pomus, performed by Gary "U.S." Bonds) (with Jeff Tweedy on guitar and vocals)
From A Motel 6 (with JT)
Jesus Etc. (Wilco) (with JT)
Can't Forget (with JT)
Chords of Fame (Phil Ochs) (with JT)
The Race Is On Again (with JT)
One Of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (Bob Dylan) (with JT)
Shoppin' For Clothes (Doc Pomus, performed by the Coasters) (with JT)
I Should Have Known Better (with JT)
Tom Courtenay (Georgia version)
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
Big Day Coming (fast)
Today Is The Day
Nothing To Hide
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind

*(encore)*
Windows Hotel (Alex Chilton)
Strychnine (The Sonics) (with Kid Congo Powers of the Cramps)
Drug Train (The Cramps) (with KCP)
I'm Cramped (The Cramps) (with KCP)
For the Love Of Ivy (Jeffrey Lee Pierce) (with KCP)

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Comments (44)

Monday....we already know the opener
Tuesday.....Jeff Magnum or Conor Oberst
Wednesday....LCD Soundsystem

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:50 AM

can someone confirm wednesday's opener?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:55 AM

will someone e-mail me the opener for wednesday? or just say it? was going to get rid of my tickets and do something with the wife instead, but if everyone's saying it's not something to miss then i won't.

john.smith.alias.1@gmail.com

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:59 AM

my guess: My Morning Jacket.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:19 AM

My Sources tell me Wu Tang Clan

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:26 AM

It's probably.....
1) Animal Collective
2) Yeah Yeah Yeahs
3) MGMT
4) LCD Soundsystem
5) Vampire Weekend

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:45 AM

I'm hearing Tom Hanks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:45 AM

the national. i have a very, very, VERY reliable source.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:47 AM

I was the one who first mentioned LCD, but honestly, I really don't see that happening for a number of reasons. Stage way too small for their setup, COMPLETELY different vibe, and I dunno, something tells me Ira, Georgia and James just aren't dying to play with them. I could of course be completely wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:54 AM

Wednesday is not LCD Soundsystem. The guy above is correct that it is The National although I heard earlier it could be Grizzly Bear. But The National it is.

Also please do not believe jackass poster number 1. You can stop all your hoping losers, Jeff Mangum is not doing these shows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 1:58 AM

Killing Joke - just for the Jeff Mangum fan whining on the KJ post.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 3:00 AM

I just checked the video and I must say it was indeed a pleasant one to lend an ear to. The thing that I loved the most was the combination of the music of both the natives to form a good and a hybrid music.

Posted by karen millen dresses | December 6, 2010 3:40 AM

someone else told me the national earlier in the week.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 6:38 AM

the national opening any show would be the hugest bummer since the chick pea shortage of 83

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 7:11 AM

I have heard from reliable sources that it's Slipknot

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 7:53 AM

^ How about Take That? Robbie is back and they are doing a world tour!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 8:15 AM

tweedy looks pretty terrible.

someone had to say it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 8:37 AM

^ yeah and i bet you resemble george clooney. douche.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 8:49 AM

A little bird whispered in my ear that The Boss will be opening on Wednesday

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:00 AM

8:37 you must remember that Tweedy is getting fat, old and irrelevant.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:05 AM

oh... i see, this is turning into a scumbag thread, wheras talentless nobodies write nasty comments about successful artists. get. a. life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:10 AM

"I'm hearing Tom Hanks."

HAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHAA.
Funny.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:13 AM

maybe not the boss but maybe Little Steven...

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:18 AM

1:47, shut the fuck up.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:26 AM

Take That is doing a world tour???!! tell us more!

Posted by bijuterii | December 6, 2010 9:26 AM

"can someone e-mail me the opener for wednesday? or just say it? was going to get rid of my tickets and do something with the wife instead, but if everyone's saying it's not something to miss then i won't."

You obviously are not a fan of YLT so you should sell your tickets. My wife understands my love for YLT and approves of me going to multiple shows.

If you need the openers to sway your vote, you really should just sell your tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:26 AM

the cake boss?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:37 AM

^ He could serve up some Cake...Cake and the Cake Boss opener that is my prediction for Tue Night!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:45 AM

anon 9:26am, I completely disagree with you. Just because the guy wants to know who is opening before deciding whether to go, that doesn't mean he's "not a real fan". I buy tickets to usually 6-8 of these shows, and go to 5-6. If I'm really tired, the opening act will sway me in terms of whether to get a good night sleep to tough it out for one more night. Leave the guy alone. You're married, so you know how important it is to balance out all of your priorities. If the wife is understanding (as mine is) about going to multiple shows, sometimes it's worth sacrificing a show to make her happy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 9:59 AM

I haven't heard a new song since '93

Posted by posturing nostalgia | December 6, 2010 10:05 AM

too bad you guys didn't marry a YLT fan like i did

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 10:12 AM

Now if he said " was going to TRADE my tickets" then I can understand. I also purchase multiple nights and sometimes trade tickets as things come up (didn't this year).

"too bad you guys didn't marry a YLT fan like i did"

No kids?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 10:24 AM

I heard Paul McCartney.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 10:33 AM

Ira & Georgia were at Zebulon checking out Endless Boogie a week ago or so. My bet would be EB.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 10:41 AM

Tonight's opener is Mofongo, despite the apparent info that Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby would open. Perhaps Eric and Amy are the encore guests.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 11:10 AM

'Ira & Georgia were at Zebulon checking out Endless Boogie a week ago or so. My bet would be EB."

EB opened either in 08 or 07.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 11:56 AM

i'm going to put an end to all your queries.

the openers for wednesday are as follows:

comedian dick cheney and jem and the holograms.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 12:07 PM

fuck you jeff tweedy

Posted by anonagirl | December 6, 2010 1:09 PM

I noticed the changes in the lyrics to motel 8 and wrote them down. the first letter of each line became:

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Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:19 PM

^cute

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2010 2:27 PM

she sure does have some damn cool outfits! hell if i had those id wear them over and over too! plus i bet theyre not cheap! i wish she had wore the leather one in LA though but she wore a plain one with some japanese pink wrtiting on the back which was still cool.

Posted by lvbags | March 6, 2011 10:04 PM

Take That is doing a world tour or not?

Posted by Ceasuri Barbatesti | June 10, 2011 2:49 PM

i really dont like jeff tweedy at all.

Posted by centrale termice | August 13, 2011 3:03 PM

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