Entries tagged with: Hanukkah
Hanukkah happens this year from December 6 to 14, and as always there are some musical ways to celebrate in NYC (plus things for Jews to do at Christmastime). Here's a roundup of some cool options:
It wouldn't be the holidays without a Matisyahu show, and this year he plays on Christmas at City Winery. Tickets, for what it is a pretty intimate show for him, are on presale now.
City Winery also hosts the third annual Christmas Eve for the Jews comedy show with Lenny Marcus, Gary Vider, Moody McCarthy and more. Tickets are on sale.
This year, the Schlep Sisters & Thirsty Girl throw their ninth annual Menorah Horah burlesque show on December 12 at The Hall at MP (480 Driggs Ave in Brooklyn). Tickets are available.
The Jewbadours' second annual Last Schmaltz, which offers "Pop classics of late 70's and early 80's through the prism of the New York Jewish Experience," happens December 22 at Highline Ballroom with special guests Julian Velard, Ari Hest, Colin Smith, Amanda Brown, Chrissi Poland, Kimberly Nichole, Toby Lightman and more TBA. Tickets are available.
Le Poisson Rouge hosts 'The Friday Night Jam' on December 11 with Rabbi Dan Ain, Relix's Mike Greenhaus, and special guest Ryan Miller of Guster. It's a conversation/audience Q&A, and Ryan will be playing a short set. They'll also do the Friday Night blessings and each person gets a drink and a "festive snack." Tickets are available.
The Poppy Seed Players will put on a re-imagining of the Hanukkah story, Judy & the Maccabees, on December 13 at the Kaufman Center at 11 AM. "At first, Judas Maccabeus, the leader of the Maccabees, dismisses Judy and assigns her menial tasks, but she ends up coming up with the plan that helps them win the war and return to Jerusalem." Tickets are on sale.
Also at the Kaufman Center (12/13) later that night: The Zamir Chorale and Zamir Noded will provide an evening with "four centuries of music in celebration of Hanukkah as well as additional works by American and Israeli composers." Tickets are on sale.
Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats usually play a Christmas day show, and while they haven't announced one as of now, they're playing the Jewish day school Magen David Yeshivah on December 7 in Brooklyn. They also just put out a new song, "Latke Recipe," which reworks Walk The Moon's "Shut Up And Dance" to be about a Hanukkah dinner ("up and dance with me" becomes "latke recipe"). You can watch the video below.
That Sharon Jones holiday album we just posted about isn't only Christmas songs. She's got a song on there called "8 Days of Hanukkah," which she also released as a 45. You can pick it up here. She plays the WFUV holiday show at the Beacon with Brandi Carlile and Dawes.
by Bill Pearis
Throw your arms around Paris in this lovely sweater...
Hanukkah is behind us, and Christmas is two weeks away and we know what you're thinking -- "my shopping is done except for my Morrissey-obsessed friend/coworker/child/parent." If there's something you'd like to
try buy, we're here to help. We've scoured the internet for 14 cool gifts that even the most fickle Moz fan would want, from records to books to clothing and more. There is probably a "shoplifters of the world" joke to make here, but there's probably enough Smiths lyrics quotes in the guide already, which you can peruse below.
Morrissey also just played that Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway, performing "People Are The Same Everywhere," "Irish Blood, English Heart," and his cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite Of Love." Video of that is below as well...
(via Sarah Kenney Ackermann)
Happy almost Hanukkah! It begins at sundown tonight (though from where I'm writing this I haven't seen the sun at all today anyway) and as always, there are some musical events in NYC that you can attend to celebrate.
As discussed, Matisyahu is doing his annual "Festival of Light" shows, including one in NYC on December 8 at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz was added to some of those shows, including the one at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Matisyahu also recently released a Hanukkah app for children, which you can get at the iTunes store. He also appears in the new video for "World on Fire" by LA-via-Israel band Moshav. The video "shows that the greatest of gifts requires very little money. The camera follows a $20 bill as it passes through the hands of children and adults that have different hopes and hardships." You can watch it below.
Moshav are also one of the artists in NYC for the previously discussed annual Sephardic Music Festival, which goes down across multiple NYC venues from tonight (11/27) through December 5. They play Saturday (11/30) at 401 9th St in Park Slope (tickets). You can check out the full Sephardic Music Fest lineup here.
There's no Yo La Tengo shows during Hanukkah this year, but they are playing four holiday shows at The Bell House in December, which are all sold out.
Like they've done in past years, Klezmer punk band Golem will play a NYC show during Hanukkah. This year they play Glasslands on December 3 with The Unemployed Fortune Tellers and Minnie Tonka. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Or, instead of music, you can use your day off to check out the Judaica exhibit at The Met.
There's other non-religious events going on for Thanksgivukkah Weekend too.
Yo La Tengo at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Yo La Tengo, who usually play eight nights of Hanukkah at the now-closed Maxwell's, recently announced three holiday shows happening just after Hanukkah at The Bell House from December 13-15. All three of those shows have since sold out, but YLT added a fourth date happening on December 16 at the same venue. Tickets for the newly added date are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...
With Thanksgivukkah (first night of Hanukkah is the same day as Thanksgiving this year) and Christmas on the way, it'll soon be time to get in the holiday spirit. If you're looking ways to celebrate in NYC, you're in luck, because plenty of holiday shows are getting announced.
Matisyahu, who just played Central Park and is working on a new album with an expected summer 2014 release, has announced his annual "Festival of Light" shows. The run begins in Chicago on November 30 and comes to NYC on December 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (9/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, on the eve of Thanksgivukkah, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer will do a Thanksgiving Eve celebration at Highline Ballroom (11/27). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Though Yo La Tengo haven't announced any shows happening during Hanukkah this year, they did just announce three holiday shows happening at The Bell House in December.
Individual shows haven't been announced yet, but the Sephardic Music Festival will return to various NYC venues from November 27 to December 5.
Speaking of BB King's and Christmas, the venue will also again host their annual shows from A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector singers Darlene Love on December 6 and Ronette Ronnie Spector on December 22. Tickets for the Darlene Love show and the Ronnie Spector show are on sale now.
But before we get too ahead ourselves, Halloween is on the way too!
All Matisyahu dates are listed below...
Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's earlier this month (more by PSquared Photography)
Yo La Tengo recently wrapped up their eight-night Hanukkah run at Maxwell's. At those shows, different people make a mix CD for each night, and this year discs were made by Yoni Wolf, Ira Kaplan, Cory Raybron of Three Lobed Recordings, Georgia Hubley, Shintaro Sakamoto, James McNew, Kurt Wagner, and Tom Scharpling. Now, for 24 hours only, you can purchase the mixtapes at Yo La Tengo's website. Sounds like a pretty great last minute gift for that Yo La Tengo-obsessed family member of yours, and "every penny will be donated directly to our pals at Norton Records, who were very nearly wiped out by Sandy."
As mentioned, YLT are releasing a new album, Fade, on January 15 via Matador and supporting the album on a tour which hits NYC on February 16 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. The band just revealed the video for a track off that album, "Ohm." If you missed it, you can watch it below.
Yo La Tengo with Norman Blake (photo by Liz Clayton, via)
We opened night eight with "Ohm" (recorded by John McEntire on YLT's forthcoming Fade record). Norman helped us out for the rest of the set. We took care of some unfinished business from our repertoire ("The Cone of Silence," "I Feel Like Going Home"), played some covers both observant ("Goin' Back") and non- ("Walking on Ice"). Next up was one-time Teenage Fanclub producer Don Fleming for his classic "Evelyn Marble," Dylan's "I Wanna Be Your Lover," and TFC's "God Knows It's True." We closed with "I Heard You Looking," from both the Yo La Tengo and Teenage Fanclub book, and -- what else? -- "Eight Days a Week." And that was almost that. We climbed the stairs from the basement one last time, already drumming the intro to "Antmusic," and pulled some percussionists from the front row for a little bonus thunder. Gaylord had a few more observations he wanted to make, and as long as he was there, we backed him on "My Little Red Book" and the Great Gaylord/Condo Fucks classic (by way of the Rolling Stones) "Rice Krispies." And oh yeah, my mom sang "My Little Corner of the World." I unplugged the menorah (if I only I had heard it referred to as the meNorman in time to use that joke on stage), and THAT was that.-[YLT]Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Don Fleming and Gaylord Fields joined Yo La Tengo for the final night of their annual Hanukkah residency at Maxwell's Saturday night (12/15). Ira's mom Marilyn Kaplan also made an appearance. You can check out the full setlist below.
Like all the Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's this year and every year, proceeds from Saturday's performance were donated to charity, in this case Jersey Shore Relief. The final night's curated mix cd was from Yoni Wolf of Why? who will be touring in 2013. Yo La Tengo will also be touring a lot more, with a new album, in 2013.
Past YLT Chanukah nights at Maxwell's this year included guests and openers Barbara Manning, El-P, Real Estate, The Feelies, Sun Ra Arkestra, the Raybeats, and Titus Andronicus/Jon Glaser/Jon Benjamin Andrew Bird. Click each of those nights to see more about the show and its setlist. Check out the poster from each night, and the final night's setlist, below....
photos by PSquared Photography
YLT w/ Andrew Bird / the Jons / Titus @ Maxwell's, 12/14/2012
Titus Andronicus opened the night with a roar -- I always read about them as being a punk-rock group, and maybe they are in the old-fashioned (and my favorite) definition of that term as "indescribable." Patrick made the only mention from the stage of the night about Connecticut, which makes him stronger than me. A great set, closing with the breathtaking one-two of "Titus Andronicus Forever" and the seasonal favorite "Roadrunner"...On the penultimate night of Hanukkah (and a bad vibe day to put it mildly), Yo La Tengo did their best to keep spirits high, with special guest Andrew Bird (as speculated) sitting in on violin for the entirety of their set, and guest vocalist Devendra Banhart (who narrates the Tim Maia short film which screens for free in Brooklyn Sunday) singing for the encore. (Setlist is below.)
...If you spend any time around the three of us, sooner or later you'll hear one or everybody burst into "Acappella Ghostbusters," as made famous by Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin's Soundtrackappella (or is it Soundtracappella -- I forgot to ask, but that's ok, they'd have given me two different answers). Ten years after Hanukkah 2002, we asked them if they agreed with us it was time for a return engagement. - [YLT]
As speculated and then expected, fellow New Jersyians Titus Andronicus made for one of the highest profile openers of the week, and Jons Benjamin and Glaser brought the funny.
The night's Charity was Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative and Ira Kaplan made the mix CD. Tonight's the last night of their Hanukkah run -- who will be the openers? UPDATE: Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Gaylord Fields open the final night.
More pictures from Night 7 are below, along with YLT's setlist.
In other news, as the tweet above hints, it looks like a pretty good chance that Titus will be opening for Yo La Tengo tonight. UPDATE: They did!
A list of all dates and flyer are below.
Once we decided to give all of this year's money to Sandy-related charities (last night's was Hoboken's volunteer first responders), it seemed especially appropriate to keep the opening acts close to home as well. With Real Estate, we managed to keep it close to everyone's home: formed in New Jersey, based in Brooklyn--the only thing missing was they don't seem quite so broken up about Dames closing their Hoboken location as we are. They played a beautiful set--had I been more on the ball I would have asked the name of that supercool long new song they did third.For the fourth night (12/12) of their Hanukkah Week shows at Maxwell's, Yo La Tengo got fellow New Jerseyans Real Estate (who just played a hardware store in Williamsburg) plus comedian Todd Barry to open for them. Also, keeping up with the extra percussion trend we've seen all week (see Fred Armisen and The Feelies), Kid Millions of Oneida sat in on second drumkit for the entire set. Todd Barry, who can keep a beat himself, played drums in an encore cover of Blue Öyster Cult's "Burnin' for You." Martin Courtney of Real Estate came onstage to to sing the night's final song, "Our Way to Fall." The entire Hanukkah Night 4 setlist is below.
When Alex Beeker sang his first lead vocal of the night on the second to last song of the set, he probably didn't realize the shock waves were going to still be reverberating a half hour later. But at least one person in the audience found it hilariously noteworthy: our next act of the evening, Todd Barry, who spent a minute or two questioning the set list. Just off the plane from Australia where he had performed at the Sydney Opera House, Todd announced his farewell appearance at Maxwell's, as henceforth he will be working exclusively at opera houses and palais. He will be missed. - [YLT]
Last night's mix CD was by Shintaro Sakamoto and proceeds from the show went to Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps. We've cleared the Hanukkah week hump -- any guesses on who will open for Yo La Tengo tonight (12/12)? UPDATE: It's El-P and John Oliver and YLT drummer Georgia Hubley made the mix CD.
Mix CD cover and Night 4 setlist below...
Yo La Tengo with help from some Feelies, Maxwell's 12/10/2012 (via YLT)
I said it last night, and I just may say it again tomorrow: Without the Feelies, I can't really imagine our band being around today. They wanted to contribute in some way to the recovery from Sandy, and really I have no words to describe how it felt to have them spend night three of Hanukkah with us.Night 3 of Yo La Tengo's 2013 Hanukkah Week shows at Maxwell's featured Hoboken legends The Feelies as the opening band and, though it was still a 16-song set, it was probably one of the shorter performances the band have ever done at Maxwell's. Percussionists Stanley Demeski and Dave Weckerman joined YLT for the last half of their set, and the rest of the band helped out on a few songs as well including a cover of the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray" to finish the night. Setlists for both The Feelies and Yo La Tengo are below (courtesy WFMU's Jesse Jarnow) along with video.
We had been trying to get John Mulaney to join us over Hanukkah for years now, and last night it finally happened. People, I'm not going to lie to you--my mind is mush. I laughed from start to finish, but all I can recall this morning is him hobnobbing with the musical guests at Saturday Night Live and the single funniest thing that ever happened at a McDonald's (bumping this to second place). - [YLT]
John Mulaney was the Night 3's comedian and the mix CD was provided by YLT's James McNew. It was a benefit for the Food Bank of New Jersey. Who will open on Night 4? UPDATE: It's Real Estate and Todd Barry.
Setlists and video from Night 3 are below.
Yo La Tengo + Fred Armisen @ Maxwell's, 12/9/2012 (via @j_maxed)
Sunday night was the second night of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah Week residency at Maxwell's with surprise openers Fred Armisen and Sun Ra Arkestra. (Lambchop's Kurt Wagner made the night's mix CD.) Fred actually pulled double duty, playing drums for YLT's entire set (!) making for a double percussion evening that included covers of the Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun?" and the Ramones' "Can't Make it On Time." The whole Sunday setlist is below (and check out Saturday's HERE.).
Any guesses as to who will open for Yo La Tengo tonight? UPDATE: It's The Feelies!
While Fred was laying down the beat, his voice could be heard on last night's episode of The Simpsons where he and Carrie Brownstein played a Portland couple who moved next door to Homer and Marge. The episode also featured Patton Oswalt and The Decemberists. In a strange coincidence, Portlandia returns with a new episode this Friday night (12/14) before the IFC sketch show comes back in earnest on January 4 (there's a private premiere party at a museum in NYC tonight).
Fred was also on this week's Jamie Foxx-hosted SNL, but just barely.
Fred also recently sat in with Dinosaur Jr. at their You're Living All Over Me 25th Anniversary show at Terminal 5 and will be hosting the Snow Ball Ball at The Bell House this Sunday (12/16) which is now sold out.
Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah Night 2 setlist is below.
(via Yo La Tengo twitter)
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"?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."
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.)
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...
It's a tradition! Yo La Tengo begin their eight sold out shows at Maxwell's in recently-Sandy-ravaged Hoboken tonight, Saturday, December 8th, the first night of Hanukkah 2012. As always, each night will featured a varied setlist, a charity and a mix of secret musician and comedy openers and special guests. So far we haven't figured out even one this year. Any guesses?
UPDATE: Night 1 openers were a reunion by The Raybeats and comedian Emo Philips. Tom Scharpling made the mix tape of the night (they sell it for charity). The charity of the night was, appropriately, the Fund to Rebuild Hoboken.
Local musical opener and guest possibilities include Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Thurston Moore, Stephin Merritt, AC Newman, Kurt Vile, Lee Ranaldo, and Paul Banks.
Someone guessed Big Dipper.
Yo La Tengo @ Celebrate Brooklyn, August 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Big Boi @ Austin Fader party on 8/7/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Owen @ Union Hall
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Justin Peake @ The Stone
* 2 Chainz @ Roseland Ballroom
* Os Mutantes @ Le Poisson Rouge
* 4th AnnualLennon Party @ Glasslands
* Reggie Watts @ Etsy Holiday Shop
* Alsarah & The Nubatones @ Barbes
* Royal Trux, Pigeons @ Saint Vitus
* Big Boi @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Porcelain Raft @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
* Jonny Santos DJ set @ Etsy Holiday Shop
* Savoir Adore, Willy Moon @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Russell Crowe and Alan Doyle @ Joe's Pub
* Hiro Kone, Drew McDowall, Nymph @ Zebulon
* Marlowe Grey, King Holiday @ Mercury Lounge
* Acid Problem, Half Day, Very Rare @ Big Snow
* State Radio, Black Pistol Fire @ Webster Hall
* Golem, Smoota, Schlep Sisterrs @ Cameo Art Gallery
* Luke Rathborne, Mainland, Lazyeyes, Gracie @ Pianos
* Slow Hands, Brooklyn Bass, Nooka Jones @ Public Assembly
* Mother Feather, Kendra Morris, Wifey @ The Bowery Electric
* Hank & Cupcakes, Charlene Kaye, The Kickback @ Mercury Lounge
* New Found Glory, The Story So Far, Candy Hearts @ Irving Plaza
* St. Lucia, GOLD FIELDS, Ghost Beach @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gary War, Purple Pilgrims, PC Worship, Alan Watts @ Death By Audio
* The Rolling Stones, Mary J. Blige, Gary Clark Jr. @ Barclays Center
* DRI, Mucky Pup, No Redeeming Social Value, Undivided, Blackout @ The Studio
* Wild International, Dinowalrus, Life Size Maps, Spires @ Shea Stadium
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Higgins Waterproof Blackmagic Band, DJ Creep @ Union Pool
* Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), YXIMALLOO, Highlife, Ian Drennan @ 285 Kent
* Subsonics, The Upper Crust, The Recordettes, The Lost Crusaders @ Cake Shop
* Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears @ Terminal 5
* Delicate Steve, The Stone Foxes, Grandfather Child, White Violet @ Gramercy Theatre
* Tinsel Teeth, Big Ups, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Advaeta, Yeah Well Whatever @ 255 McKibbin
* Cyndi Lauper Holiday Show w/ Sarah McLachlan, Adam Lambert, St. Vincent, Roberta Flack, Alexis Krauss, Hunter Valentine @ Beacon Theatre
Tons of big deal shows tonight: the Stones at Barclays, Big Boi at the Studio @ Webster Hall, Yeah Yeah Yeahs's Sandy benefit at Union Pool, and "Royal Trux" (minus Jennifer Heremma) playing Twin Infinitives at Saint Vitus, and more.
Happy first night of Hanukkah! That means it's also the first night of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's. Who will be the secret opener tonight?
John Lennon died 32 years ago today. Tonight, Glasslands holds it's annual Lennon Party and this year's features members of Acrylics, Caged Animals, Erika Spring, Ex Cops, Har Mar Superstar, Psychic,, & Rewards, SoftSpot, Sugars, TEEN, White Gallery, Yellow Ostrich and more performing his songs. All proceeds go toward Hurricane Sandy relief. Tickets are still available.
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As mentioned above, Big Boi plays the tiny Studio @ Webster Hall tonight. Last night he was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performing "Mama Told Me" with Little Dragon and you can watch that below.
Roc Marciano just released a video for "Deeper" and you can check that out below.
Happy (almost) Hanukkah! It begins tomorrow night (Saturday, 12/8) and in addition to gathering 'round the table for dreidels to play with and latkes to eat, there are plenty of events in NYC that you can attend to celebrate. Jesse Zook Mann and Evan Kleinman's film, Punk Jews, is premiering in NYC next week, and there are a bunch of shows like the Sephardic Music Festival, Matisyahu's 'Festival of Light' show at Terminal 5, and many others. And of course Yo La Tengo play all eight nights of Hanukkah at Maxwell's in Hoboken (12/8-15). YLT always bring out interesting guests to open these shows, but more on that soon (meanwhile leave your guesses in the comments).
In addition to the previously announced Hanukkah shows, there's also a comedy show at UCB East on Saturday (12/8). The show is dubbed Mark Spitz's Hanukkah Spectacularah and the event description reads:
What's a Spectacularah? It's like a Christmas special, but for Jews! Well, it's not just for Jews, but it's certainly not for Nazis . There will be characters, prizes, drinking games, and - most importantly - Jews performing stand up comedy!The lineup includes Barry Rothbart (The Tonight Show, Conan), Josh Rabinowitz (Just For Laughs), Adam Newman (John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show), and Adam Lowitt (Just For Laughs, John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show, The Daily Show) and Mark Spitz is hosting. Tickets are on sale now.
Matisyahu just released a new video for his new Hanukkah song. Check that out below...
film producer Evan Kleinman and rapper Y-Love
Film director Jesse Zook Mann and producer Evan Kleinman made a new documentary Punk Jews, centered around Jewish artists in NYC, and it will make its world premiere in the city it takes place in on December 11 at JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St). Tickets for the premiere are on sale now (there's an early show and a late show). The film description reads:
"Punk Jews" is an upcoming documentary film that follows an underground Jewish community expressing their identity in unconventional ways that challenge stereotypes and break down barriers. From Hassidic punk rockers to Yiddish street performers to African-American Jewish activists, "Punk Jews" shows an emerging movement in New York City of Jews asserting their Jewish identity, defying the norm, and doing so at any cost.You can watch the trailer for Punk Jews along with the premiere flyer below. The premiere happens during Hanukkah and is one of many upcoming Hanukkah events in NYC.
The holiday season is upon us and addition to Yo La Tengo's eight-night run of annual Hanukkah shows at Hoboken, NJ venue Maxwell's (12/8 - 12/15), there are a number of other Hanukkah celebrations, parties, and shows happening in the NYC area this December.
The eighth annual Sephardic Music Festival is going down in NYC from December 8 - 15 across multiple venues. Shows announced so far include Copal, Pharaoh's Daughter, Animal Machine, and Sway Machinery at Knitting Factory (12/8) (tickets); Sephardic Story Slam at Lolita Bar (12/9); the Sephardic Scholar Series at CUNY Grad Center (12/10) (365 5th Ave); Vanessa Paloma and Lev-Yulzari Duo and friends at The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue (2 W 70 St); Zion 80, Mika Karny, and Hasidic New Wave with Yakar Rhythms at Le Poisson Rouge (12/12) (tickets); and more TBA.
The Schlep Sisters are also teaming up with Thirsty Girl Productions to present the sixth annual Menorah Horah! at Highline Ballroom on December 9. The Hannukah burlesque show will be hosted by Sherry Vine and tickets are on sale now.
92YTribeca is hosting a 'Beer + Latkes Hanukkah Celebration' on December 13. Tickets for that are on sale now.
On December 23 at BB King's, Ray Ellin is presenting "A Jewish Christmas Extraganza" with "standup comedy from four and a half Jews," Lenny Marcus (Letterman Show), Brian Scott McFadden (Letterman show, Craig Ferguson Show), Dan Naturman (Letterman Show, Conan O'Brien, Tonight Show), and Gregg Rogell (Louie, Comedy Central special, Tonight Show). Tickets for that one are on sale now.
In more Hanukkah news, The Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation recently released 'Twas The Night Before Hanukkah: The Musical Battle Between Christmas and the Festival of Lights, a double disc compilation album with Hanukkah music on disc 1 and Christmas music recorded (or in some cases, written) by Jews. The album features tracks by Woody Guthrie, The Klezmatics, and more on the Hanukkah disc and Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Ramones, Sammy Davis Jr. and more on the Christmas side. That's the cover art above and the tracklist is below. You can order the album HERE.
In more related news, Matisyahu released a new song called "Happy Hanukkah," which you can stream below. As mentioned, he brings his "Festival of Light" tour to NYC on December 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.
Meanwhile, the band are putting the finishing touches on their 13th, still-untitled new album which was recorded in Chicago with producer John McEntire. Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley talked about making it recently with Pitchfork:
IK: We've known John a long time. We were crammed in a van with him in 1992-- he was with Seam before the Sea & Cake and Tortoise. I think the Sea & Cake's first show might have been with us. We've made music with him a lot because, when we have done shows together, he would play with us.Yo La Tengo released a limited-edition single, "Stupid Things," last month which serves as a first listen for the new album which will be out sometime in 2013 and you can stream that below.
Every time we made a record with Roger we always considered not making a record with him. We always thought about it, then decided to work with him. But when the idea of John came up, it felt right. A lot of our ideas don't get examined that deeply past the field test.
Pitchfork: Is there a particular way he approaches sound that drew you to him?
GH: We knew that we would have a lot of amazing gear in the studio. He's a musician-- that helps. I felt that there would be a real gravity and like-mindedness, like it wouldn't be so difficult to get at the things we wanted to do musically.
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" (MP3)
As mentioned, Sufjan Stevens is going on "The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice" tour which hits NYC on December 21 and 22 at Bowery Ballroom, two very intimate shows for Sufjan, whose last shows in NYC were a two-night run at Prospect Park.
Tickets for both Bowery Ballroom shows go on sale today at noon.
Sufjan also just revealed another song off of his upcoming Christmas box set, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10 (due out 11/13 via Asthmatic Kitty). You can download that song, titled "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling," above, or stream it below.
In other holiday show news, Matisyahu is bringing his "Festival of Light" tour to the NYC area on December 15 at Terminal 5 with The Dub Trio and December 16 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for the Terminal 5 show and the Capitol Theatre show go on sale today at noon. He also plays NJ's Starland Ballroom on November 3 (tix) as part of the fall tour he's on right now.
Lists of all Sufjan and Matisyahu dates, and that Sufjan song stream below.
So it wasn't exactly the Feelies, but Yo La Tengo did manage to arrange for an opening set by The Trypes on the eighth night of Hanukkah at Maxwell's...
After Crazy Rhythms, Fier and Keith DeNunzio left the band. With the Feelies in limbo, Mercer and Million collaborated with other local New Jersey musicians, forming one of a number of Feelies offshoots, The Trypes, featuring some once and future Feelies members, including Brenda Sauter, Dave Weckerman and Stanley Demeski, as well as John Baumgartner, Marc Francia and Toni Paruta. The Trypes, quieter and more psychedelic than the Feelies, played regular live gigs around the New York/Hoboken scene at clubs such as Maxwell's and Folk City. In 1984, Coyote released a Trypes 12" EP produced by Million and Mercer, The Explorers Hold, featuring three original songs (credited to Mercer alone or with other band members), plus a cover of the George Harrison song, "Love You To", which originally had appeared on The Beatles' Revolver. The Trypes also contributed a Million/Mercer-produced original song, "A Plan Revised", to the 1985 Coyote anthology of Hoboken acts, Luxury Condos Coming To Your Neighborhood Soon. Some members of the Trypes later formed the band Speed The Plough. [Wikipedia[Comedian Chris Elliot (!) is also opening the Tuesday night Yo La Tengo show that is still underway as I write this.
It's got to be kind of hard to find someone to open for you on Christmas. Maybe that's what led to Dump, the other project of Yo La Tengo's James McNew, opening for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's on Sunday, December 25th (Hanukkah, night 6). Maybe Dump's recent show at Spike Hill was scheduled as a warm-up.
Yo La Tengo is keeping a diary. Their friend Kelly Reichardt writes:
Dump is on the stage. I know, I know, this reporter is asking herself the same question. How in the world did Yo La Tengo get Dump to play their Christmas night show? I guess everybody in this business has connections. In any case, it's our good fortune and listening from my perch I forget all about my duties and just let myself get lost in the music (not in any kind of freaky arm-waving way, but just in a quiet-inside way). I'm in my zone. Enjoying myself along with everyone else in the room. It's somewhere in the middle of the Prince cover tune, "Another Lonely Christmas" that the older, more disgruntled looking red-shirt-wearing door guy makes a beeline over to me. He's shouting something I can't make out, but I can clearly read his lips as he keeps repeating YOU SURE LOOK GOOD TONIGHT KELLY! I finally lean closer and take out the earplugs and it turns out what he is actually yelling in my face is YOU CAN'T STAND ON THAT STOOL!Comedian Kurt Braunhohler, who will return to the Hoboken venue to open for Ted Leo, also opened the Christmas show. Tara Key and Rachel Blumberg were the other special guests that night. Full setlist HERE.
Last night, night 7, Kurt Vile & the Violators and Leo Allen opened. Dave Schramm played guitar with Yo La Tengo, and Peter Stampfel also joined the band. Full setlist HERE.
Tonight, 12/27, is the final night of Hanukkah 2011. Who do you think the openers will be? I bet James McNew (not to mention the rest of Yo La Tengo) would be excited if it were the Feelies.
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The Maccabeats are playing BB KIng's. Check out one of their videos below.