It's possible that we met Barbara Manning on the same day in 1990 that we met James and Joe Puleo. We were booked at Providence's Rocket with World of Pooh, featuring Barbara on bass, and Christmas, in new bassist James McNew's first show. So it was especially meaningful to us that, after a few years of playing hard to get, Barbara was available to open night six...Former San Francisco Seals singer Barbara Manning and Eugene Mirman were openers on the sixth night of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah Week shows which last night benefited the Ali Forney Center. The mix CD was made by Cory Rayborn of Three Lobed Recordings.
...With the Hoboken PATH station closed, people are having to be extra creative about how they get to Maxwell's. On night five, John Oliver revealed a heretofore untried method that involved a train to Secaucus (not recommended) and last night, Eugene Mirman described a route that no GPS would concoct unless the current model, in addition to helping you avoid tolls or find the shortest distance, offers to take you where you're most likely to be murdered. Fortunately for us, and certainly Eugene, he lived to tell us about his local Guitar Center, where he's the two most famous shoppers, and the difference between stairs in England and the U.S. - [YLT]
We're in the home stretch now with two night's left. Who will open tonight? Jeff Tweedy is in town, having appeared on The Colbert Report last night. Then again, Titus Andronicus just tweeted this: "Tonight, every New Jersey indie rocker's dream comes true for @titus_ndronicus. #STAYTUNED."
Any oddsmakers out there?
Setlist from last night, plus the mix CD cover are below.
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's, 12/13/2012 (Hanukkah night 6) (via)
Big Day Coming (quiet)
Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop
Frenzy (The Fugs)
Let's Save Tony Orlando's House
Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)
Winter A Go Go
I'm On My Way
I'll Be Around
Styles of the Times
Little Honda (The Hondells) (no noise jam)
Blue Line Swinger
Christmas Is Lonely (When You're A Jew) (The Yule Logs) (with Barbara Manning on guitar and vocals and Dan Vargas on vocals)
B4 We Go Under (Barbara Manning) (with BM & DV)
Tried So Hard (Gene Clark)