Ira's mom @ Maxwell's in NJ - Dec 22, 2008 (by Liz Clayton) (via)
Iras Mom

We actually have more pictures of last night's show coming, but in the meantime I can confirm that The Magnetic Fields did open Yo La Tengo's 2nd 2008 Hanukkah show at Maxwell's. Stephin Merritt also stuck around to sing again during the encore, John Hodgman was the comedian, and Doug Gillard and Ira's mom were the other singing special guests.

Tonight/Tuesday is night three (12/23), and I'm not sure we've figured out who the opener will definitely be yet. Do you know? Night one and two's setlists below...

ylt, night 2

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's
22 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 2)*
Magnetic Fields and John Hodgman opened.

Mix disc by Steve Shelley.

(show played with upright piano)

The Weakest Part (slow)
Big Day Coming (fast)
Guess I'm Falling in Love (Velvet Underground)
Stockholm Syndrome
Winter A Go-Go
Sometimes I Don't Get You
Don't Have To Be So Sad (with Claudia Gonson, drums, and Sam Davol, cello, of Magnetic Fields)
Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)
Autumn Sweater
Double Dare
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
The Story of Yo La Tango

Be Careful, It's My Heart (Irving Berlin) (Ira & Stephin Merritt duet)
A Foggy Day in London Town (George Gershwin) (with Doug Gillard, guitar/vocals)
No Milk Today (Herman's Hermits) (with Doug Gillard, guitar/vocals)
The Next Big Thing (The Dictators) (with Doug Gillard, guitar/vocals)
My Little Corner of the World (Bob Hilliard/Lee Pockriss) (with Ira's mom, vocals)

ylt, night 1

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's
21 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 1)*
Oneida and Paul F. Tompkins opened.

Mix disc by Aesop Rock.

(whole show with Janet Weiss on drums)

Eight Day Weekend (Gary "U.S." Bonds)
Today Is The Day (fast)
The Summer
Beanbag Chair
Mr. Tough
Heaven Only Knows (Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich)
House Fall Down
I Should Have Known Better
Sudden Organ
Tom Courtenay
Little Honda (The Beach Boys)

*(encore)* with Britt Daniel of Spoon on vocals, minus "Ring of Fire"
Ring of Fire (June Carter Cash) (with Paul F. Tompkins on vocals)
Public Image (Public Image, Ltd.)
Mother and Child Reunion (Paul Simon)
Me and Mr. Jones (Amy Winehouse)
This Guy's In Love With You (Bert Bacharach/Hal David)

Both setlists via Jesse Jarnow. Metal Mountains is opening night eight.