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Ira @ Maxwell's for Hanukkah 2008 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Hanukkah

Ira posted the following to Yo La Tengo's website on Saturday:

Hi everybody, especially those of you with tickets to next week's shows,

We strive to make our Hanukkah shows unpredictable, and in one unfortunate regard we've outdone ourselves this year. I'm going to be a little vague here, but I had a pretty serious health scare earlier this month. I'm well on the way to recovery, but I've not yet been deemed ready to Rock. The good news is . . . well, the good news is I'm on the way to recovery . . . but vis-à-vis next week, the good news is that I've been deemed ready to sit in a chair and play the concerts that mean more to me, Georgia and James than most anything else we do together. Our sets will undoubtedly be tweaked accordingly. In other words, if you were hoping to be in attendance for our annual airing of "Mushroom Cloud of Hiss," I'm afraid that is now zooming up the Unlikely chart with a bullet. But we're confident that it's going to be a great eight days. We're looking forward to seeing you all, and to not answering any questions about what happened to me!

As long as I've got your attention, I'll let you know about one other change this year. We've filled the walls of Maxwell's front room with a bunch of posters and other ephemera from our various closets. Some of it will be for sale (all proceeds to charity) and all of it will hopefully be entertaining.

Hanukkahly yours, Ira

Glad to hear Ira is doing ok, and here's to another great Hanukkah!

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Comments (39)

Get well Ira. You're one badass guitar playing month'fucker.

Posted by grape ape (!) | December 19, 2011 1:08 AM

Glad to hear they got the gerbil out

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:17 AM

Great post!

Posted by sexo amador | December 19, 2011 6:32 AM

Get well Ira!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 8:33 AM

Ira is a good guy - all the best.

Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2011 8:52 AM

Wishing you speedy recovery! Any guesses on the musical guests?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 8:55 AM

how to get tix for these shows? they sold out supa fast.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:20 AM

Godspeed Ira. YLT's music never fail to put a smile on my face.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:30 AM

"how to get tix for these shows? they sold out supa fast."

Just keep an eye on craigslist. You will usually find people selling tickets at or around face value.

I heard the Glands are going to be opening up for YLT on Saturday, night 5. Has anyone else heard anything about people sitting opening/sitting in with them?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 9:58 AM

Pussy Galore
Trypes
The Glands

anything else?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 10:01 AM

Get well Ira and hope the shows go smoothly for you and everyone else. The best holiday tradition goes on!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 10:04 AM

Stephan Merchant? Jeff Mangum? She & Him? The Black Keys? Ira's Mom?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 10:04 AM

"As long as I've got your attention..."


Not for long...

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 10:04 AM

Stephen Merchant is opening the Friday show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 10:30 AM

^ source?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 11:37 AM

michael hurley

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 12:07 PM

"Pussy Galore"

Yeah right

"Stephen Merchant is opening the Friday show."

Comedians never open the show.,They perform in between the opening band and YLT

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 12:55 PM

@1255 i'm sorry (assnugget); stephen merchant is the comedian playing the friday show. better?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:06 PM

"Pussy Galore"

Yeah right
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More like: Confirmed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:14 PM

really? Pussy Galore? That would be incredible

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:16 PM

I really hope that person who said King Krule was opening was kidding.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:19 PM

12:55 is such a douche troll, lighten up. also don't say things aren't true when you literally have no idea as to whether or not they are fact.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:30 PM

""Pussy Galore"
Yeah right
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More like: Confirmed"

I would love to see where this information is confirmed. Please show everyone.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:37 PM

wouldn't you like to know?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 1:55 PM

the two times i've been to these shows the comedian opened... so i have no idea what 12:55 is talking about

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 2:10 PM

Like an idiot, I checked as many possible sites as possible, including Pussy Galore fan page, Jon Spencer's page, the Boss Hog page, etc. Nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 2:10 PM

Of course 2:10. It has not been confirmed at all. Cause it is not happening. Funny when you call out the loser morons to show proof they go silent.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 2:21 PM

most opening bands keep the secret and do not reveal it on their webpage.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 2:22 PM

The only times I remember a comedian opening was the first year (2001?).

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 2:27 PM

you'll see. how do you know better?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 2:47 PM

2:27 I saw Rasin open a show..he wasn't funny, nor a musician...so I dunno

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 2:51 PM

@NeilInnes ... for a charity concert with the wonderful Yo La Tengo. Coming back Thursday - all this with a cold sore too! I still got it! xx N

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 3:21 PM

@slennonharris If you are going to be at the Yo La Tengo show at Maxwell's on the 24th my friends band The Glands are opening. Please throw diapers at them

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 3:21 PM

"@slennonharris If you are going to be at the Yo La Tengo show at Maxwell's on the 24th my friends band The Glands are opening. Please throw diapers at them"

What a dick for spilling the beans. Word would have gotten out anyways before the show, but this guy is not even involved with a band, just a friend. Talentless loser (seriously, check out the number of tweets) needs to name drop in order to feel good about himself.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 5:23 PM

Marc Maron on Thursday, allegedly.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2011 9:20 AM

will these go back on sale at all?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2011 10:00 AM

Haha, great!

Posted by suzana porno | December 21, 2011 7:24 AM

"Funny when you call out the loser morons to show proof they go silent."


This is news? This always happens on BV. Because the lot of these trendy hipster losers have no lives, they need to try to amuse themselves with pulling shit like that and the "SOLD OUT" nonsense. Of course they're going to not respond to being called out.

That's why I always say, keep searching out there if you want to find out FOR SURE whether or not a show is sold out or has a special guest CONFIRMED, etc...

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 10:01 AM

light all eight of them

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 1:46 PM

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