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Yo La Tengo + Fred Armisen @ Maxwell's, 12/9/2012 (via @j_maxed)
YLT

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).

The Simpsons
The Simpsons

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.

Last but not least, Fred recently gave us his Top 10 LPs of 2012. Check that out, and take a look at Blonde Redhead's too (theirs contains Yo La Tengo opener Sun Ra Arkestra).

Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah Night 2 setlist is below.

Continue reading "Fred Armisen joined Yo La Tengo & Sun Ra Arkestra for Hanukkah (setlist), was on the Simpsons w/ The Decemberists; The Feelies open tonight"

(via Yo La Tengo twitter)
Yo La Tengo

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...

Continue reading "The Raybeats & Emo Phillips opened for Yo La Tengo, Tom Scharpling made the mix tape (setlist)"

YLT

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.

The reunited Rascals are about to kick off a series of shows at Capitol Theater, and Yo La Tengo definitely like the Rascals.

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.

Andrew Bird, Richard Buckner and Os Mutantes will all be in town (as will Jason Lytle and Sera Cahoone).

Thoughts?

That's this year's new t-shirt pictured above. More Yo La Tengo tour dates are HERE.

Hanukkah

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...

Continue reading "Hanukkah begins this weekend (Yo La Tengo, Matisyahu, Sephardic Music Festival, stand up comedy & more)"

Trail of Dead at BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
Trail of Dead

today in NYC
* The Dan Band @ Gramercy Theatre
* Simon Amstell @ Theatre 80
* Super Hi Fi, Full Tang @ Zebulon
* Eli Young Band, JT Hodges @ Terminal 5
* Future Rock, Damn Right! @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Hounds Below, Pomegranates @ The Delancey
* K'naan, City of the Sun @ Highline Ballroom
* Ash, Reputante, ANML @ Knitting Factory
* Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra @ Joe's Pub
* Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre
* Ani DiFranco @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Grace Potter & the Nocturnals @ Beacon Theatre
* High Highs, Snowmine @ Mercury Lounge
* Mike Cooley (of Drive-By Truckers) @ Slipper Room
* The Death Set, Deathface, No Way @ Cameo Gallery
* Banning Eyre, Sam Dickey, Luke Quaranta @ Barbes
* Start Making Sense, The Great White Caps @ The Bell House
* Phutureprimitive, Space Jesus, Soulacybin @ Glasslands Gallery
* Liam Finn, Reuben and the Dark @ Glasslands Gallery
* Spirit Family Reunion, Adam Arcuragi @ Mercury Lounge
* Blondes, Maxmillion Dunbar, Holly Herndon @ 285 Kent
* Bassnectar, Gramatik, Gladkill @ The Wellmont Theatre
* Extreme Animals, Eric Copeland @ Secret Project Robot
* Mind Over Mirrors + Miguel Gutierrez @ Issue Project Room
* Midnight Magic, Something In Spanish, DJ Scribe @ Cameo Gallery
* Neon Piss, Shoxx, Nuclear Spring, Survival @ Death By Audio
* Viva Mayday, Chainwave, Johanna Glaza, The Veevees @ The Bowery Electric
* Vassals, T.H.E.M., Blank Paper, Little Racer @ Paper Box
* The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, The Skipjack @ Saint Vitus
* Lamb of God, In Flames, Sylosis, Hatebreed @ Roseland Ballroom
* Dr. John and The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
* Naomi Punk, G Green, Parquet Courts, Psychic Blood @ 285 Kent
* Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, The Menzingers @ Best Buy Theatre
* Radical Dads, Dinosaur Feathers, Laser Background, Dead Stars @ Big Snow
* Gold Streets, The Suicide Dolls, Passenger Peru, Thick Voltage @ Union Pool
* Friend Roulette, Flying Pace, Bright Brown, Katie Mullins @ Union Hall
* Eastern Hollows, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, The National Rifle, Dances @ Cake Shop
* Dan Deacon, Height With Friends, Chester Endersby Gwazda, Alan Resnick @ Bowery Ballroom
* ..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Coathangers, Hussle Club @ Irving Plaza
* Kool A.D., The Underachievers, Aaron Cohen, Kosha Dillz, Johnny Voltik, Chaz Van Queen, Illustrate & Niyre, DJ Obey City @ Littlefield
* John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders w/ Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys @ City Winery
* #SandySucks w/ Flufftronix, Dirtyfinger, Cousin Cole, Tony Quattro, Tanner Caldwell, Furoche, Wckids, Don Cerati, Alt+Beast, Joey G, Skyway @ Public Assembly

The guests for John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders show at City Winery tonight include Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys.

Check out Neon Piss at Death by Audio tonight with Shoxx, Nuclear Spring, and Survival.

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Jamie Lidell will release a self titled album on February 19 via Warp. Check out the awesome lead single, "What A Shame," below.

Yo La Tengo have some visual accompaniment for "Before We Run," the first single off their upcoming album, Fade. Check it out below.

What else?

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Yo La Tengo - Fade

As mentioned, Yo La Tengo will be releasing a new album in 2013 and they just revealed the details for it. It's called Fade and it will be out on January 15 in the US and a day earlier int he UK via Matador. That's the cover art above and the tracklist is below. There will also be a deluxe LP that comes with a bonus 7" with covers of Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" and Times New Viking's "Move to California. And the deluxe edition also comes with an MP3 download of "an additional 11-minute bonus track, untitled as of this writing".

Like they do almost every year, YLT will play all eight nights of Hanukkah in Hoboken at Maxwell's from December 8 - 15. All eight of those shows are sold out, but the band will kick off an international tour in 2013 in support of the new record which includes another NYC area show on February 16 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, November 30 at 11 AM.

A list of all dates and the Fade tracklist are below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo announce album details & 2013 tour (dates)"

Yo La Tengo

Tickets to Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's (December 8 - 15) go on sale at noon today (10/22).

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.

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.

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.

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows on sale; new YLT LP in 2013"

Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's, Hanukkah 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)

It's not even Halloween yet, but Yo La Tengo has just announced this year's annual Hanukkah shows will will happen at Maxwell's from December 8 - 15. Tickets for all eight go on sale Monday (10/22) at noon.

photos by Jessica Amaya

M. Ward/Yo La Tengo at Prospect Park - 8/7/12
M. Ward
Yo La Tengo

M. Ward has been touring internationally all year in support of his new album, A Wasteland Companion, and after having played Webster Hall back in May, he made his way back to NYC on Tuesday (8/7) for a Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park with Yo La Tengo (who were without bassist James McNew due to medical reasons) and comedian Wyatt Cenac. M. Ward mixed his 21-song set up pretty evenly between material off of his four most recent albums, and threw in a handful of covers as well, including dedicating his first of two encores to all Daniel Johnston covers.

M. Ward was a paid show, but the free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park, which included Wild Flag, Mission of Burma, and Ted Leo last week (8/3), continue with Little Dragon and Frankie Rose on Friday (8/10).

You can catch Wyatt Cenac in NYC again when he plays Carolines on October 11 - 13. Tickets for those shows are available.

More pictures from the show and M. Ward's setlist are below.

Continue reading "M. Ward played Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park w/ Yo La Tengo & Wyatt Cenac (pics, setlist)"

photos by Joe McCabe

M. Ward

[M. Ward] did not disappoint on Friday. While playing pretty much straight through for almost an hour-and-a-half, he included songs from all of his albums. There was also very little chit-chat, lots of guitar work, and an ever-changing backdrop provided by four windows... The band played some great ones like Poison Cup, Rollercoaster, To Go Home and Never Had Nobody Like You. Also included was one of his guitar solo songs, which is always nice to watch. -[Second Doubles]
M Ward roped in Monsters of Folk collaborator Conor Oberst (who just announced a Carnegie Hall show) during his appearance at Webster Hall on Friday (5/11) to play "Vincent O'Brien", his second encore of the evening. A video of the two musicians performing that song is below. The show, which featured an appearance from the Lee Ranaldo Band as part of a string of dates that they're on together, was the kick-off to an East Coast tour and one of two appearances in NYC that day (he also performed at Late Night with David Letterman which aired that night). Pictures and the setlist from Webster Hall as well as a video from Letterman are in this post.

If you missed Letterman, Webster Hall, or the release of A Wasteland Companion then you're still in luck. Stream the new LP in full at M. Ward's site, and look for the guitar great to play Brooklyn at Prospect Park on August 7th with Yo La Tengo. Tickets are still available. M Ward also has a streamable performance from WNYC available as well.

More pics and setlist from Webster Hall and those videos are below...

Continue reading "M. Ward played Letterman and Webster Hall (joined by Conor Oberst) with Lee Ranaldo (pics, video, setlist)"

Charlie Horse (aka Yo La Tengo) @ Le Poisson Rouge last night (via)
Yo La Tengo

As many guessed, Lambchop opener Charlie Horse was in fact Yo La Tengo. Lambchop does it again tonight (4/20) at The Bell House in Brooklyn. No opener, but tickets are still on sale.

Yo La Tengo will open for M. Ward at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on August 7. Tickets go on sale today at noon.

Charlie Horse and Lambchop

Charlie Horse opens for Lambchop tonight at Le Poisson Rouge. The show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Lambchop's Brooklyn show Friday at the Bell House (which has no opener). All dates HERE.

UPDATE: It was in fact Yo La Tengo!

Continue reading "Lambchop on tour... but who is Charlie Horse???"

Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Built to Spill
hopscotch

The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.

(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)

Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch lineup announced; Jesus & Mary Chain will be in NC in September; John Darnielle to do metal covers set "

M. Ward at Newport Folk Fest 2011 (more by Jim Brueckner)
M Ward

As mentioned, M. Ward is set to kick off a tour with Lee Ranaldo in May which comes to NYC for a sold out show at Webster Hall on May 11. If you weren't able to get tickets to that show, he'll be back in NYC for a much larger show at Prospect Park on August 7, one of the ticketed Celebrate Brooklyn shows. Lee Ranaldo won't open this one (neither will fIREHOSE), but keeping the trend of having clasic 80s/90s indie rock bands on the bill, Yo La Tengo will. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/20) at noon.

Meanwhile, M. Ward, like fIREHOSE, played Coachella this past weekend and will again next week. Check out a video from his performance below.

He also released his new album, A Wasteland Companion, earlier this month via Merge. You can stream the entire thing below.

Updated dates, video, and album stream below...

Continue reading "M. Ward playing Prospect Park w/ Yo La Tengo, played Coachella (updated dates & video)"

YLT

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.

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo snag Chris Elliot & Trypes for Chanukah night 8"

Ira

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.

Browse the Yo La Tengo tag for more.

As promised and rumored, The Glands and Pussy Galore opened for Yo La Tengo on fourth and fifth nights of Hanukkah at Maxwell's.

Glands
Glands

Who will open the sixth on Christmas?

Yo La Tengo Hanukkah @ Maxwell's 12/22/2011 (via TheRealYLT)
YLT

The Lee Ranaldo Band and comedian Ted Alexandro opened the third night of Hanukkah for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's. Lee, Steve Shelley, and Alan Licht, who is also in Lee's band, joined Yo La Tengo for a number of songs in the latter half of their set, including a cover of Sonic Youth's "Mote," which Lee sings lead on. In the encore, Yo La Tengo covered John Cale's "Andalucia" and Barry Manilow's "Mandy," the latter of which they were joined by John Cameron Mitchell on vocals. Check out the full setlist via Frank & Earthy below.

Who will open the fourth show tonight? Spent reunited for the second night. The setlist from that show is below too. We posted the first night's setlist HERE.

Speaking of Lee Ranaldo, he's working on his solo album called Between The Times & The Tides, which will be out March 20 via Matador. As mentioned, his live band includes Alan Licht, Irwin Menken, and SY bandmate Steve Shelley. All three members contribute to the album in addition to Sonic Youth collaborator Jim O'Rourke, Nels Cline, John Medeski, Bob Bert (who drummed in SY before Steve Shelley joined, and was also in Pussy Galore who are rumored to be opening one of the YLT shows), Lee's wife and longtime collaborator Leah Singer, and Kathy Leisen. The album was produced by Lee Ranaldo and John Agnello, who produced Sonic Youth's most recent album, The Eternal. According to Sonic Youth's site, he is planning a 2012 tour. Lee spoke to Rolling Stone about the new album:

It's eight songs with a full band and two songs with pretty much acoustic guitar only. I've always been an acoustic guitar player and I've pretty much continued to play acoustic guitar throughout all of the Sonic Youth periods. My material for Sonic Youth often started on acoustic guitar. What was refreshing about this was just to see all these songs sprout and actually kind of follow each other down this road and actually get completed. I've got millions of tapes of half-completed songs and for some reason, at this point, I had the energy to take them all the way through to the end.
And about the future of Sonic Youth:
I'm feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point. I mean, every band runs its course. We've been together way longer than any of us ever imagined would happen and it's been for the most part an incredibly pleasurable ride. There's still a lot of stuff we're going to continue to do. There's tons and tons of archival projects and things like that that are still going on, so there are so many ways in which we are tied to each other for the future both musically and in other ways. I'm just happy right now to let the future take its course and I guess I'm kind of thankful that I've got this other project that kind of came about on its own. It wasn't kind of like, well, "Oh the band is ending for a while and I've got to figure out what to do." It kind of naturally happened in the course of things so that was a nice way for that to come about. I played my first show the day after Kim and Thurston announced [their separation.] That was completely weird.
A picture of Lee Ranaldo Band from the Yo La Tengo show and setlists below...

Continue reading "Matador-signed Lee Ranaldo opened for Yo La Tengo on night 3 (Pussy Galore opening another?)"

Yo La Tengo Hanukkah @ Maxwell's 12/21/2011 (via TheRealYLT)
YLT

Looks like Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk, Portastatic and Merge Records) had more than one reason (so far) for spending Hanukkah in Hoboken with Yo La Tengo again this year. His old friends Spent, who reunited in 2009 for Merge's 20th Anniversary, were the openers for Yo La Tengo on Wednesday (the second night of Hanukkah), along with comedians Bobcat Goldthwait (!) and Neil Innes (!). Smokey Hormel is guest YLT guitarist.

The Sea and Cake opened the first night. A picture of Spent on stage at Maxwell's below...

Continue reading "Spent reunited for night 2 of Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah party"

photos by Bryan Bruchman

Yo La Tengo

As previously mentioned, The Sea & Cake, Mac McCaughan, Jon Benjamin & Jon Glaser stopped by at Maxwell's last night for Yo La Tengo's first of eight Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's. Who will be there tonight? UPDATE: It was Spent

Here are some pictures from the first show. They continue below...

Continue reading "Hanukkah 2011 @ Maxwell's Night 1 in pics (Yo La Tengo, Sea & Cake, Jons & more)"

Yo La Tengo Hanukkah 2011 Night 1 (photo by Jack2point0)
YLT

Yo La Tengo played their first of eight Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's last night (12/20). We have a full set of pictures coming, but in the meantime, check out last night's setlist complete with openers/guests listed, via Frank & Earthy, below...

Continue reading "Yo La Tengo Hanukkah 2011 night 1 was The Sea & Cake, Mac McCaughan, Jon Benjamin & Jon Glaser (setlist)"

Matador

Matador label-mates James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Ted Leo both have December 2011 Maxwell's shows coming up and both contributed 'Best of 2011' lists to Matador Records for the label's annual big list of lists. Maybe their lists contain some clues on what special guests we can expect at their upcoming NJ shows (Yo La Tengo on all nights of Hanukkah, Ted Leo on New Year's Eve). At a minimum, Ted's list contains a great recommendation for vegan pizza in Brooklyn. Both lists are reprinted below...

Continue reading "James McNew of Yo La Tengo & Ted Leo list their favorite things about 2011"

Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's, Hanukkah 2007 (more)
YLT

Yo La Tengo, despite a scary health scare for Ira, will begin their eight nights of Hanukkah shows tonight at Maxwell's. Part of the fun is of course figuring/finding out who opens each show, and who the special guests and comedians are/will be. Any ideas?

So far it looks like the recently reunited Glands are visiting from Georgia to open the Christmas Eve show! You might remember that Yo La Tengo opened for them at Mercury Lounge in November.

Any other guesses? Who's definitely in from out of town? Marianne Faithfull? Dum Dum Girls? Who lives here or close to here that seems like maybe they could stop by? Titus Andronicus? Ted Leo? Kurt Vile? Thurston Moore? These are all just guesses... stay tuned for more as the week goes on.

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!

James McNew in Philly in Sept (more by David Andrako)
Dump

Yo La Tengo, who are now selling a Hanukkah t-shirt for charity for a limited time (if you can get the link to work), are playing eight sold out Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's later this month.

Dump, aka the other project of Yo La Tengo's James McNew, is playing a show at Spike Hill in Brooklyn tonight (12/11) with The Medium Necks and Asuna. Tickets are still available (and probably will be at the door).

Spike Hill, the Williamsburg bar and music venue conveniently located on Bedford right near the L, has also announced that O'Death will be playing there on New Year's Eve. Tickets are on sale.

O'Death have also announced a January 2012 tour with Brownbird that has them playing another NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on 1/21. All O'Death dates are listed below...

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