Yo La Tengo wrapped up Hanukkah w/ Steve Wynn, Peter Stampfel, Todd Barry & more (pics, video, setlist)
The final night of Yo La Tengo's 2018 Hanukkah run had a couple of familiar appearances. Todd Barry, who has done a lot of YLT Hanukkahs, was the night's comedian along with another Todd, WFMU's Todd-o-phonic Todd (aka former Maxwell's booker, Todd Abramson) and Ira's mom, Marilyn Kaplan, came out during the encore. The night started with a nice surprise, however: Canadian surf instrumentalists and Kids in the Hall soundtrackers Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet were in the house as the night's opener, and they joined Ira, Georgia and James for part of their main set, including covers of Modern Lovers' "She Cracked" and "Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me."
For the second half their set, YLT brought out folk legend Peter Stampfel, including covers of fellow Holy Modal Rounder Michael Hurley's "Polynesia #1," The Left Banke's "Walk Away Renee," and The Fugs' "New Amphetamine Shriek" (that also had Peter's collaborator Jeffrey Lewis on vocals). Their main set opened with a cover of The Dream Syndicate's "Tell Me When It's Over" and included two of their most famous '90s songs, "Autumn Sweater" and "Tom Courtney."
The Dream Syndicate cover was also a little foreshadowing, as they brought out Steve Wynn during the encore for more Dream Syndicate songs ("That’s What You Always Say," "Glide," and "The Days of Wine and Roses") and a cover of Bob Dylan and The Band's "Apple Suckling Tree." Peter Stampfel came out again, with Ira's mom, for a version of Michael Hurley/Unholy Modal Rounders/Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones song "Griselda," and then the night ended with "My Little Corner of the World." Setlist, via Jesse Jarnow, and videos from the night are below.
The Feelies' Dave Weckerman made the night's mix CD and proceeds went to the New York Civil Liberties Union. Check out recaps, pics and video from Yo La Tengo Hanukkah Night 1, Night 2, Night 3, Night 4, Night 5, Night 6 and Night 7, and pictures from the final Hanukkah show of 2018 are in the gallery above.
SETLIST: Yo La Tengo at Bowery Ballroom, December 9, 2018 (Hanukkah Night 8) (via Frank & Earthy)
comedians: Todd Barry, and Todd-o-phonic Todd
opening act: Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
mix CD: Dave Weckerman
benefiting: New York Civil Liberties Union
Tell Me When It’s Over (Dream Syndicate)
For You Too
The Evil That Men Do (Craig’s Version) (with Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet)
She Cracked (Jonathan Richman) (with SMOSP)
You Don’t Own Me (Lesley Gore) (with SMOSP)
Pablo and Andrea
Polynesia #1 (Michael Hurley) (with Peter Stampfel on fiddle/vocals)
Lewis (with PS)
Is That Enough (with PS)
Walk Away Renee (The Left Banke) (with PS)
New Amphetamine Shriek (The Fugs) (with PS & Jeffrey Lewis on vocals)
Blue Line Swinger
Take Care (Alex Chilton)
That’s What You Always Say (Dream Syndicate) (with Steve Wynn on guitar/vocals)
Glide (Dream Syndicate) (with SW)
Apple Suckling Tree (Bob Dylan) (with SW & Dallas Good of SMOSP on organ)
The Days of Wine and Roses (Dream Syndicate) (with SW)
Griselda (Antonia) (with PS & Marilyn Kaplan on vocals)
My Little Corner of the World (Bob Hillard & Lee Pockriss) (with MK)
photos by Kate Hoos