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stream the ‘Hanukkah+’ comp w/ Yo La Tengo, Flaming Lips, Jack Black, Haim (covering Leonard Cohen), more


The new indie-star-studded Hanukkah+ with Yo La Tengo, The Flaming Lips, HAIM, Adam Green, Jack Black, Loudon Wainwright III, Craig Wedren, Alex Frankel (Holy Ghost!) and more is here. As mentioned, the compilation was curated and executive produced by longtime Wes Anderson music supervisor Randall Poster, and as mentioned, the HAIM song is a cover of “If It Be Your Will” by the late Leonard Cohen (who also has a new album out today). Listen to the whole comp below.

Yo La Tengo’s 2019 Hanukkah run happens at Bowery Ballroom in December.

Speaking of Craig Wedren, he just opened for former Parts & Labor member Joe Wong and his band Nite Creatures (who were joined by an orchestra, Pearl Jam/Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron, Ex Hex/Helium’s Mary Timony, Lo Moon’s Cristana Baker, Faraquet’s Chad Molter, and Mary Lattimore) at LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery last night. Craig will be in NYC this weekend to open for fellow Jack Black associates that dog. at their Warsaw show on Saturday (11/23) (tickets). Here’s what Craig says about his contribution to Hanukkah+:

I used to spend Chanukah at my grandparents’ house in Cleveland. I picture it from the outside, as if I was standing across the street staring in through the windows, which are golden, lit from within.

There’s a giant, handmade electric menorah (courtesy of Grandma Eudie, a legendary first grade teacher) beyond which I see my family silhouetted, moving, eating, heads thrown back with laughter and midwestern shrieking.

Growing up, this was my sanctuary. It was the house where my first bands practiced and where I could take a deep, peaceful bath.

There was unconditional support (though not without questions and healthy criticism) there which scaffolded me and provided strength to get through a whole lot of other crap, then and for the rest of my life.

That’s a lot of fuel. A lot of oil.

For this compilation, I wanted to do something more serious than the usual fun/funny songs which comprise the general Hanukkah canon. That led me back to Chesterton Rd., back to the original sanctuary.

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