Posted in comedy | music on December 23, 2011

Yo La Tengo Hanukkah @ Maxwell's 12/22/2011 (via TheRealYLT)
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The Lee Ranaldo Band and comedian Ted Alexandro opened the third night of Hanukkah for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's. Lee, Steve Shelley, and Alan Licht, who is also in Lee's band, joined Yo La Tengo for a number of songs in the latter half of their set, including a cover of Sonic Youth's "Mote," which Lee sings lead on. In the encore, Yo La Tengo covered John Cale's "Andalucia" and Barry Manilow's "Mandy," the latter of which they were joined by John Cameron Mitchell on vocals. Check out the full setlist via Frank & Earthy below.

Who will open the fourth show tonight? Spent reunited for the second night. The setlist from that show is below too. We posted the first night's setlist HERE.

Speaking of Lee Ranaldo, he's working on his solo album called Between The Times & The Tides, which will be out March 20 via Matador. As mentioned, his live band includes Alan Licht, Irwin Menken, and SY bandmate Steve Shelley. All three members contribute to the album in addition to Sonic Youth collaborator Jim O'Rourke, Nels Cline, John Medeski, Bob Bert (who drummed in SY before Steve Shelley joined, and was also in Pussy Galore who are rumored to be opening one of the YLT shows), Lee's wife and longtime collaborator Leah Singer, and Kathy Leisen. The album was produced by Lee Ranaldo and John Agnello, who produced Sonic Youth's most recent album, The Eternal. According to Sonic Youth's site, he is planning a 2012 tour. Lee spoke to Rolling Stone about the new album:

It's eight songs with a full band and two songs with pretty much acoustic guitar only. I've always been an acoustic guitar player and I've pretty much continued to play acoustic guitar throughout all of the Sonic Youth periods. My material for Sonic Youth often started on acoustic guitar. What was refreshing about this was just to see all these songs sprout and actually kind of follow each other down this road and actually get completed. I've got millions of tapes of half-completed songs and for some reason, at this point, I had the energy to take them all the way through to the end.
And about the future of Sonic Youth:
I'm feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point. I mean, every band runs its course. We've been together way longer than any of us ever imagined would happen and it's been for the most part an incredibly pleasurable ride. There's still a lot of stuff we're going to continue to do. There's tons and tons of archival projects and things like that that are still going on, so there are so many ways in which we are tied to each other for the future both musically and in other ways. I'm just happy right now to let the future take its course and I guess I'm kind of thankful that I've got this other project that kind of came about on its own. It wasn't kind of like, well, "Oh the band is ending for a while and I've got to figure out what to do." It kind of naturally happened in the course of things so that was a nice way for that to come about. I played my first show the day after Kim and Thurston announced [their separation.] That was completely weird.
A picture of Lee Ranaldo Band from the Yo La Tengo show and setlists below...

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Lee Ranaldo opening for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's 12/22/11 (via TheRealYLT)
Lee Ranaldo

Yo La Tengo Maxwell's 12/21 Setlist:
Green Arrow (with Smokey Hormel on guitar)?We're An American Band (with SH)?The Weakest Part (with SH)
Here To Fall (alt. arrangement) (with SH)?Let's Be Natural (The Rutles) (with Neil Innes on guitar/keys/vocals)
Ouch! (The Rutles) (with NI)
Democracy (Neil Innes) (with NI)
Under the Evening Sun (Neil Innes) (with NI)
I Want To Be With You (Bonzo Dog Band) (with NI)
Where Has All the Money Gone (NI solo)
Bottom of the Pile (Neil Innes) (NI solo)
Doubleback Alley / Good Times Roll / Another Day / Cheese & Onions (NI solo until "C&O")?My Heart's Reflection (with SH & NI)?One of Those People (Neil Innes) (with SH & NI)
Tears Are In Your Eyes (with SH & NI)
I'm The Urban Spaceman (Bonzo Dog Band) (with SH & NI)?Autumn Sweater (with SH & NI)?The Story of Yo La Tango (alt. arrangement) (with SH & NI)?
*(encore)*
My Little Red Book (Burt Bacharach & Hal David) (with Gaylord Fields on vocals)
Hanky Panky Nohow (John Cale)

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Yo La Tengo Maxwell's 12/22 Setlist:
Nutricia
Sugarcube (alt. arrangement)
Madeleine
Lewis
Mr. Tough
Season of the Shark
Periodically Double or Triple
Doesn't Anybody Love the Dark (Run On) (with Alan Licht on guitar and vocals)?The Last Days of Disco (with AL, Lee Ranaldo on guitar, and Steve Shelley on drums)
Fourth Time Around (Bob Dylan) (with AL, LR, SS)
Decora (alt. arrangement) (with AL, LR, SS)
Double Dare (with SS)
Mote (Sonic Youth) > (with LR & SS)
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind (with LR, AL, & SS)

*(encore)*
Andalucia (John Cale)?Mandy (Barry Manilow) (with John Cameron Mitchell on vocals)
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Comments (35)

pussy galore w/ hagerty? holy shit. probably not though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 11:41 AM

i always enjoy all the speculation and anticipation of who will be opening these shows even though i never go to them. i'm not being sarcastic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 11:46 AM

A Pussy Galore reunion would be sugarshit sharp.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 11:50 AM

Pussy Galore is definitely happening Friday

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 11:52 AM

Would LOVE to see pussy galore (with Julie!) But do they all still hate each other?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 11:54 AM

digable planets should open. the real DP not the fake version that played brooklyn bowl on tuesday

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 11:59 AM

Does YLT ever play Damage?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 12:22 PM

Damn. I've been hoping for a Pussy Galore reunion. I hope it's more than a one time thing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 12:25 PM

Tonight's opener is MAZZY STAR! No clue about the comedian or sit in guitarist.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 12:26 PM

Fuck. Pussy Galore? Better not just be Jon, Cristina & Bob!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 12:27 PM

So bummed I missed Lee! And Steve! Must have been a great show.

Very excited to be going this evening, however.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 12:48 PM

what the hell is this setlist?
cover songs? are you kidding me, YLT?

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 12:50 PM

Let me double confirm 11:52. Pussy Galore is 100% opening the show tonight. Mr. Motherfuckin Brooklyn Vegan knows this as well. He is just being coy but that's why he is mentioning it


Yes people scuz rock is coming back to the shit fuck capitol of New Jersey.

In the spirit of the holiday they must play "You Look Like a Jew"

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 12:55 PM

Mote & Pass the Hatchet were fucking unreal.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 1:04 PM

Neil won't be there. Sorry, kids.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 1:07 PM

Pussy Galore is tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 1:14 PM

bet you didn't think you were paying 35$ to see a cover band!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 1:14 PM

I think you are wrong 1:07. My information is that both Neil and Julia are playing

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 1:20 PM

This is NEVER gonna happen, but I'd love to be proven wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 1:35 PM

Pussy Galore would be lots of fun, but god damn would I love to see Mazzy Star. It would be great to see Roback play with YLT, too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 1:57 PM

Pussy Galore would be lots of fun, but god damn would I love to see Rihanna. It would be great to see Weezy play with YLT, too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 2:17 PM

YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 2:45 PM

I caught the Lee Ranaldo show at Glasslands. Killer show!

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 3:14 PM

so many poseurs go to the YLT December shows, it stinks. they do not know the music of YLT, much less any covers they play. tickets should only go to fans who can name at least, say, ONE of their albums

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 7:28 PM

Well itS happening don't see hagerty in the lineup from Pictures of the show

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2011 9:37 PM

@7:28, agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 10:33 AM

Oh, give me a break "super fans." When I first went to a YLT hanukkah show many years ago, it was at the suggestion of a friend. I didn't really know their music. But it was amazing and changed my whole perspective on them - now, I know almost all their albums intimately and can sing along with the covers too.

But who cares? There's no "right" way to enjoy a concert.

Part of the charm of these shows is the element of surprise - you (usually) don't know who the secret guests will be, and you don't know what YLT will play. So if the band itself encourages that kind of discovery, maybe the fans should be a little more tolerant of the learning curve too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 11:46 AM

Yeah, because the Hanukkah shows led by an obscure indie rock band attract soooooo many lamestream frat boys and poseurs. What planet are you on?

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 12:42 PM

LEE RANALDO BAND IS SO FUCKING GREAT!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 2:56 PM

I agree with the person who is very excited about Lee Ranaldo!

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 5:42 PM

MEH RaMEHldo.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 9:48 PM

Yo La MEHngo

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 10:36 PM

Meh

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2011 10:40 PM

I see where CXB (the psycho known as Chris Brodeur) has taken his conflict with Dick Velour from the Mr LES Pageant and has opened another front against Vox Lux to try and make it seem that Vox and Dick Velour are at each other. well Dick velour showed us his balls Friday january 20th whilst we are still laughing at Vox and his scrawny effort to SHOW US YOUR BALLS.

Lip synced to WHO DO YOU LOVE? I think not. . . there can be no doubt of Operation Oswald being in full force and targeting Professor Vox NOT Edward Przydzial

Posted by Protecting The Anonymous Brand | January 24, 2012 2:36 PM

this is just great

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 1:10 PM

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