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Yo La Tengo kicking off ’10 Hanukkah shows – Who’s opening?

Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell’s (Hanukkan 2008) (more by Natasha Ryan)
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Thanksgiving is not even a week past, but Hanukkah is already here and that means eight Yo La Tengo shows at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. One for each night, they shed a sweet fucking setlist and opener and comedians and special guests and charities and mixtapes and who knows what. You never really know what you’re going to get until it happens, but we can try and figure it out. Who will open each show?

Well, we already know The Parting Gifts are scheduled to appear on night two.

12/1 –
12/2 – The Parting Gifts & ?
12/3 – ?
12/4 – ?
12/5 – ?
12/6 – ?
12/7 – ?
12/8 – ?

Who else seems likely?

The Greenhornes played Bowery Ballroom last night (11/30) and have nowhere to be until December 5th. Ted Leo kicks of a tour on 12/2, so if he’s a special guest, it has to be tonight (12/1) or 12/5 (his night off). He’s back in town on 12/6 to play Terminal 5 with the New Pornographers, but there’s no way he could do T5 and Maxwell’s in one night (and he’s back on tour right after). The New Pornographers (AC Newman and Neko Case included) on the other hand have almost every single other night of Hanukkah free (and AC Newman‘s show with John Wesley Harding isn’t until December 17th) (John Wesley Harding is free all days except 12/5).

Kurt Vile plays Knitting Factory on December 3rd and has all other days of Hanukkah off. Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, and Pat Sansone are playing Bowery Ballroom on 12/4 and Tarrytown on 12/6, but are free on 12/3 and 12/5. Nels Cline is in NYC on 12/6, and is free 12/7 and 12/8 (but it doesn’t look like he’ll be around the same time as the other members of Wilco unfortunately).

The Feelies have no conflicts or upcoming dates at all. Mission of Burma play Maxwell’s and the Bell House in January, but you never know, maybe they’ll come down for this too. Stornoway seems like a longshot, but they are in town on December 2nd and free 12/1, 12/6 and 12/7. Warpaint play Manhattan on 12/1, Brooklyn on 12/2, Philly on 12/3 and DC on 12/4, and then are free after that.

Titus Andronicus, who by the way are opening for Passion Pit at Wellmont Theater on 12/30, have to be in Florida to play a show with Superchunk on 12/4, but are otherwise free. Superchunk have from the time they finish that Florida show until 12/9 to get to Toronto to open for Broken Social Scene. Superchunk are next scheduled to be in NYC in March to open for Bright Eyes who recently popped up as a guest at a NYC show. Screaming Females, who opened for Yo La at Brooklyn Bowl recently, are recently home from Europe and totally free.

Jim Gaffigan is not the most likely comedian to show, but it would be a good warmup for his seven shows at Best Buy Theater. More likely are some mix of Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, David Cross, Jon Benjamin, John Oliver, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress, Michael Showalter, Leo Allen, Mike Birbiglia, etc…

UPDATE: Night One featured an opening set by M. Ward and comedian Todd Barry along with Nash Kato of Urge Overkill as a special guest.

UPDATE2: Syl Johnson & JC Brooks are in town this week too

UPDATE3: Richard Buckner is around this week too

UPDATE4: Floored by Four aka Mike Watt, Nels Cline, Dougie Bowne & Yuka Honda, not to mention Cibo Matto, are playing NYC this week too.

All the Maxwell’s shows are long sold out, but Craigslist is hopping. Leave tips and more ideas in the comments. Tour dates for most of the artists mentioned in this post, below…


Titus Andronicus – 2010 Tour Dates
Sat 12.04.10 Tampa, FL Czar Ybor w/ Superchunk
Thu 12.30.10 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre w/ Passion Pit

The Greenhornes – 2010/2011 Tour Dates
Dec 5 @ The Casbah – San Diego, CA
Dec 6 @ The Troubador – Los Angeles, CA
Dec 8 @ The Independant – San Francisco, CA
Dec 10 @ Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR
Dec 11 @ Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA
Dec 12 @ Media Club – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dec 31 @ Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
Jan 01 @ Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

Kurt Vile – 2010 Tour Dates
Dec 03- Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

The New Pornographers – 2010 Tour Dates
Dec 06 New York, NY Terminal 5 w/Ted Leo
Dec 09 London, UK Shepherds Bush Empire

Ted Leo – 2010 Tour Dates
Dec 02 Northampton, MA Pearl Street Ballroom
Dec 03 Pawtucket, RI The Met Cafe
Dec 04 Lemoyne, PA Champion Ship
Dec 06 New York, NY Terminal 5
Dec 07 Baltimore, MD G Spot
Dec 08 Richmond, VA Strange Matter

Mission of Burma – 2011 Tour Dates
Jan 28 @ Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ
Jan 29 @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY

Stornoway – 2010 Tour Dates
02 December 2010 Bowery Ballroom New York New York US
03 December 2010 TT the Bears Boston Massachusetts US
03 December 2010 Yale University New Haven Connecticut US
04 December 2010 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia Pennsylvania US
05 December 2010 Black Cat Washington District Of Columbia US
08 December 2010 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver British Columbia CA
09 December 2010 The Crocodile Seattle Washington US
10 December 2010 Doug Fir Lounge Portland Oregon US
12 December 2010 The Independent San Francisco California US
13 December 2010 Troubadour Los Angeles California US

Warpaint – 2010 Tour Dates
01 December 2010 The Studio @ Webster Hall New York US
02 December 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn New York US
03 December 2010 Voyeur Making Time Party Philadelphia Pennsylvania US
04 December 2010 Rock And Roll Hotel Washington District Of Columbia US
12 December 2010 Troubadour Los Angeles California US

Yo La Tengo – 2010/2011 Tour Dates

December
Wednesday 01 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Thursday 02 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Friday 03 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Saturday 04 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Sunday 05 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Monday 06 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Tuesday 07 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Wednesday 08 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
January
Thursday 20 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre w/William Tyler
Friday 21 Washington, DC 9:30 Club w/William Tyler
Saturday 22 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle w/William Tyler
Sunday 23 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Tuesday 25 Orlando, FL The Social (Orlando)
Wednesday 26 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live
Friday 28 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Saturday 29 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s Uptown w/William Tyler
Monday 31 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theater w/William Tyler
February
Tuesday 01 Nashville, TN Exit/In w/William Tyler
Thursday 03 Indianapolis, IN IN The Vogue w/William Tyler
Friday 04 Chicago, IL Metro w/William Tyler
Saturday 05 Millvale, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre w/William Tyler

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