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Yo La Tengo share “Eight Candles” from new Hanukkah comp

Yo La Tengo at Bowery Ballroom
Eight candles on Yo La Tengo’s amp, Hanukkah 2018 (more by Kate Hoos)

Yo La Tengo have shared their contribution to new holiday compilation Hanukkah+. “Eight Candles,” which was written by Sam Elwitt, is lovely, light and jazzy and sets a high bar for the rest of the comp. Here’s what they had to say about it:

When our old friend Randy Poster asked us to contribute to an album of Hanukkah songs he was putting together, we were kind of stumped. As non-practicing Jews (and non-Jews), truthfully the holiday has little meaning for us (that’s the meta joke behind Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah shows), but we were open to inspiration. We thought maybe another friend, Sam Elwitt, could crack the code, and we think he did a fantastic job with his composition “Eight Candles.”

Listen to “Eight Candles” below. Hanukkah+ also features songs by The Flaming Lips, HAIM, Adam Green, Jack Black, Loudon Wainwright III, Craig Wedren, Alex Frankel (Holy Ghost!) and more and is out Friday.

Meanwhile, Yo La Tengo’s annual Hanukkah run at Bowery Ballroom happens December 22 – 29 and you can still get tickets for the 12/24 and 12/25 shows.

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