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Published: 2011/12/22

Smokey Hormel, Neil Innes, Bobcat Goldthwait and Spent Join Yo La Tengo for Hannukah

Yo La Tengo returned to Maxwell’s last night for the second night of their Hanukkah run. Opening the evening was comic Bobcat Goldthwait as well as a reunion of the mid-90s indie rock band Spent. Once again YLT guitarist Ira Kaplan was confined to a sitting position for medical reasons, while Yo La Tengo took the stage with Smokey Hormel guesting on guitar. A bit later Neil Innes, who may be best known for his work alongside Monty Python’s Eric Idle in The Rutles, appeared for the Rutles’ “Let’s Be Natural” and remained on stage for much of the evening. Later on, writer Gaylord Fields stepped out for the first song the encore,
a version of “My Little Red Book” by Burt Bacharach & Hal David.

Yo La Tengo returns to the Hoboken, NJ venue tonight for another Hanukkah performance.

Here’s the setlist as it appears on Jesse Jarnow’s Frank & Earthy blog.

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
21 December 2011
(Hanukkah, night 2)
Spent (reunion by seminal band) and Bobcat Goldthwait opened.
benefit for International Relief Teams.

Mix disc by James.

Green Arrow (with Smokey Hormel on guitar)
We’re An American Band (with SH)
The Weakest Part (with SH)

Here To Fall (alt. arrangement) (with SH)
Let’s Be Natural (The Rutles) (with Neil Innes on guitar/keys/vocals)

Ouch! (The Rutles) (with NI)
Democracy (Neil Innes) (with NI)

Under the Evening Sun (Neil Innes) (with NI)
I Want To Be With You (Bonzo Dog Band) (with NI)
Where Has All the Money Gone (NI solo)
Bottom of the Pile (Neil Innes) (NI solo)
Doubleback Alley / Good Times Roll / Another Day / Cheese & Onions (NI
solo until “C&O”)
My Heart’s Reflection (with SH & NI)
One of Those People (Neil Innes) (with SH & NI)
Tears Are In Your Eyes (with SH & NI)

I’m The Urban Spaceman (Bonzo Dog Band) (with SH & NI)
Autumn Sweater (with SH & NI)
The Story of Yo La Tango (alt. arrangement) (with SH & NI)

(encore)
My Little Red Book (Burt Bacharach & Hal David) (with Gaylord Fields on vocals)

Hanky Panky Nohow (John Cale)

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