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Yo La Tengo Hanukkah Night 5: Bill Callahan, John Oliver, Jody Stephens & more (pics, setlist)

Yo La Tengo Hanukkah Night 5 @ Bowery Ballroom (photo: @LKJLKJ)
Yo La Tengo Hanukkah Night 5 @ Bowery Ballroom (photo: @neiledwardbad)

We’re in the home stretch of Yo La Tengo‘s 2019 Hanukkah celebration at Bowery Ballroom with just three nights left. Night 5 (12/6), was full of surprises and great music, as usual. Smog’s Bill Callahan opened for a set with Dirty Three’s Jim White, making his second appearance of the week, on drums, and Bill also joined Yo La Tengo for their encore to cover Carly Simon’s “Touched By The Sun.”

The rest of the encore featured Big Star drummer Jody Stephens behind the kit, as Ira, Georgia and James covered T-Rex’s “Baby Strange” as well as three Big Star songs: “Way Out West,” “September Gurls,” and “Blue Moon,” the latter of which Ira said was he thought was the most beautiful song ever but “it was up to scientists to decide later” on what song actually gets that recognition.

On the comedy front, Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser came out as the sons of gruff character actors Dennis Franz and Dennis Farina, both of whom were named Dave, and then John Oliver made a surprise appearance for a set as well.

Yuka Honda from Cibo Matto made the night’s mix CD (which was played before the show and in-between sets, and proceeds from the evening benefited the Center For Constitutional Rights.

Read recaps of Yo La Tengo Hanukkah Night 1, Night 2, Night 3 and Night 4, and you check out the night’s setlist, via Jesse Jarnow’s Frank & Earthy blog, and check out a few instagram pics and video, below.

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Another night of #hannukah with @therealylt And one of the best, most mellow Yo La Tengo sets I've seen. • Started off with Bill Callahan of Smog opening up, then a very big surprise comedy set by John Oliver. Damn is that guy funny. And he handled some of the (friendliest) heckling with the most hysterical (and friendly) comebacks. • #YoLaTengo set was mellow throughout. With the wild and wreckless spasmatic shredding one would expect at the close. Bill Callahan came back out and they did a Carly Simon tune for an encore and then a few tunes with Big Star's Jody Stephens. They played Alex Chilton's "Blue Moon" as a final song, which Ira declared as "(scientifically proven to be) the most beautiful song ever written"

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SETLIST: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/6/2018 (Hanukkah Night 5) (via Frank & Earthy)

comedians: Jon Benjamin & Jon Glaser (as Dave Franz & Dave Farina), and John Oliver
opening act: Bill Callahan with Jim White
mix CD: Yuka Honda
benefiting: Center For Constitutional Rights

Noise (Paul Simon, as Jerry Landis; Tico & The Triumphs)
Forever >
Stupid Things >
She May, She Might
Season of the Shark
I Found A Reason (Velvet Underground)
I Feel Like Going Home
I’ll Be Around
Shaker >
Styles of the Times
From A Motel 6 >
Drug Test
I Heard You Looking (with Joe Puleo on organ)
Our Way To Fall

Touched By The Sun (Carly Simon) (with Bill Callahan on guitar/vocals)
Way Out West (Big Star) (with Jody Stephens of Big Star on vocals)
Baby Strange (T-Rex) (with JS on drums)
September Gurls (Big Star) (with JS on drums)
Blue Moon (Big Star) (with JS on vocals)

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