Posted in music on December 9, 2012

(via Yo La Tengo twitter)
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Yo La Tengo played their first of eight sold out Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's last night (12/8) with opening sets by a reunited The Raybeats and comedian Emo Philips, and the mixtape made by Tom Scharpling (who was part of his own guest-filled event one night earlier). It was a benefit for the Fund to Rebuild Hoboken.

YLT took to their blog to recap the show, and of the openers, they wrote:

We've been seeing the Raybeats for so long that we remember when they were being billed as the Ex-Contortions (we also recall rotary phones, no-security airline check-in . . . stories? oh do we have stories!). Last night they did a too-short smorgasbord from their two lp's--can we cite the set's brevity to rationalize our not coming up with any photos of them? Perhaps, but how do we explain not wrangling drummer Don Christensen to reprise his impLOG version of Jewish songwriters Leiber and Stoller's "On Broadway"?

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Am I right to suggest that local Emo Philips appearances are nearly as rare as those of the Raybeats? The jokes were coming so fast, it's difficult for me to pick a favorite. But I'll bet WFMU air personality Gaylord Fields would have no such problem: I could hear his dumbfounded laughter when Emo pulled off a punchline drawing the distinction between the Latin and Greek meanings of "homo." (I'm sure Gaylord will be only too happy to explain.)

You can read more HERE. WFMU DJ Jesse Jarnow has the setlist, which included two new songs, a cover of Richard Hell's "The Kid With the Replaceable Head" (featuring Jody Harris of the Raybeats on guitar) and a cover of The Monkees' "Take A Giant Step."

YLT continue their run tonight. Any guesses on who opens?

UPDATE: Tonight's (12/9) openers are Fred Armisen and The Sun Ra Arkestra, and Lambchop man main Kurt Wagner made the mix CD.

Full setlist and another pic from the show, below...

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwells - 12/8/12 (via @sybbys)
Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's
8 December 2012
*(Hanukkah, night 1)*

The Raybeats and Emo Philips opened
benefit for Fund to Rebuild Hoboken
mix disc by Tom Scharpling

Night Falls on Hoboken
Seven Day Weekend (Doc Pomus) (sung as "Eight Day Weekend")
The Evil That Men Do (Craig's version)
Stockholm Syndrome
Paddle Forward
Before We Run
Beanbag Chair
Big Day Coming (acoustic)
Satellite
Tom Courtenay
Artificial Heart
The Kid With the Replaceable Head (Richard Hell) (with Jody Harris of the Raybeats/Contortions on guitar)
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind (with JH)

*(encore)*
Drug Test
Take A Giant Step (Carole King and Gerry Goffin)

(via Jesse Jarnow)

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Comments (20)

that would be Carole King's and Gerry Goffin's "Take a Giant Step".

Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2012 4:36 PM

This is fucking awesome in every way. Emo, Raybeats, and YLT. Something for everybody.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2012 11:09 PM

Looks like The Feelies are a good bet - from Stanley Demeski's Facebook last night:

Stan Demeski posted to The Feelies
Feelies rehearsal starts in about an hour. I just have to go pick up Dave.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 8:07 AM

This too:

Happy Hannukah to our friends who celebrate it. We'll be doing our celebrating monday at Maxwell's.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 8:08 AM

How many holidays do Jewish people need? Like seriously...

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 8:30 AM

Sun Ra Arkestra rocked,bopped and tore up Maxwell's last night.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 8:45 AM

about what time do these shows end?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 10:13 AM

They certainly did, 8:45. Feelies open tonight, confirmed by Stan the drummer on Facebook, I look forward to THEIR elaborate stage get-ups.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 10:30 AM

Well, this is his exact quote, which doesn't actually say the Feelies are playing. He's been known to just come and see a YLT show.

"Happy Hannukah to our friends who celebrate it. We'll be doing our celebrating monday at Maxwell's."

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 10:55 AM

Doors opened a bit early last night (7:45pm) YLT hit the stage about 10:45, I stepped out about 11:20 and my 11:35 bus was EARLY by 10 minutes. I just didn't want to leave it to getting the LAST bus back to NYC...so I have no idea what time the show ended, but a good guess would be midnight

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 11:02 AM

Yes, Feelies tonight for sure, BUT several amazing guests for the YLT set. One near-yearly regular, one mind-blowing first-timer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 11:20 AM

I left the show at midnight at YLT was still on stage. I'd guess with an encore the show was over by 12:30.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 12:23 PM

Last bus? The Port Authority Bus? I think that shit goes all night. I've gotten it past 1 am for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 12:44 PM

Last bus out of Hoboken headed to Port Authority is 1:30am. And it leaves from the Path Terminal.
There's also a shuttle that goes to the Newport Path train, but that ends at 10pm. You can take that train/shuttle over in the day time, but after the show its not an option.
http://www.panynj.gov/path/alerts-advisories.html#faqsPATHQu01

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 1:01 PM

Buses leave from Path Terminal but you can pick it up across the street from Maxwells...

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 1:11 PM

what gate is the bus from?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 1:26 PM

port authority?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 1:26 PM

126 bus to Hoboken leaves at gates 204-205/ 2nd floor

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 2:05 PM

thanks 2:05.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2012 2:23 PM

Happy Hannukah to all in 2012.

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