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Published: 2011/12/24

John Spencer, Todd Barry and More Join Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo’s annual Hanukkah marathon at Hoboken, NJ’s Maxwell’s continued on Friday night. Like the other nights of the band’s eight-show run, the show featured a surprise opening act as well as a guest comedian and an extra guitarist to help Ira Kaplan, who is recovering from a self-described health scare. Friday night’s opening acts were John Spencer’s Pussy Galore band and comedian Todd Barry. Onetime Yo La Tengo bassist Dave Rick—who played with the band in the ‘80s—also sat in on guitar throughout the night. He also added bass to a show-opening “Detouring America With Horns” and sang lead on a cover of Carole King’s “Porpoise Song.” Noted Portland, OR drummer Rachel Blumberg—a onetime member of The Decemberists and M. Ward sideman—also performed on “Don’t Have To Be So Sad,” “Saturday” and Roky Erickson’s “You Don’t Love Me Yet.” In addition, Todd Barry showed off his drum chops on Blue Oyster Cult’s “This Ain’t The Summer of Love” during Yo La Tengo’s encore.

The an annotated version of the show’s setlist can be found on Jesse Jarnow’s Frank & Earthy blog . Jarnow’s book
Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock is slated for release on June 6, 2012.

Here’s a look at Friday’s setlist via the Frank & Earthy blog

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
23 December 2011

(Hanukkah, night 4)
Pussy Galore and Todd Barry opened.
benefit for Letha Rodman-Melchior Fund.
Mix disc by Chris Knox.
(whole show with Dave Rick on guitar.)

Detouring America With Horns (DR on bass)
Nothing To Hide
Avalon or Someone Very Similar
Porpoise Song (Carole King) (DR on vocals)

The River of Water
Serpentine
Ben Wa Baby (Phil Milstein)

Don’t Have To Be So Sad (with Rachel Blumberg on drums)
Saturday (with RB)

Coloured (Chris Knox)

Black Flowers
Today Is The Day (fast)
Some Kinda Fatigue
Tom Courtenay
More Stars Than There Are In Heaven

(encore)
You Don’t Love Me Yet (Roky Erickson) (with RB)

This Ain’t The Summer of Love (Blue Oyster Cult) (with Todd Barry on drums)

Crush (Chris Knox)

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