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Published: 2011/12/28

Yo La Tengo: The Final Notes of Hanukkah 2011

Photo by Liz Clayton, via Yo La Tengo’s homepage

Yo La Tengo closed their eight-show Hanukkah at Hoboken, NJ’s Maxwell’s last night. The trio’s Hanukkah celebration featured a staggering number of guests, opening acts and comedians, including: The Sea & Cake, Jon Benjamin & Jon Glaser and Mac McCaughan (night one); Spent, Goldthwait, Smokey Hormel and Neil Innes (night two); Lee Ranaldo Band and Ted Alexandro (night three), Pussy Galore, Todd Barry, Rachel Blumberg and Dave Rick (night four); The Glands, Jon Glaser and Tara Key (night five); Dump, Kurt Braunhohler, Tara Key and Rachel Blumberg (night six) and Kurt Vile & the Violators, Leo Allen and Dave Schramm (night seven), among others.

Though fellow Hoboken legends The Feelies did not open the show as had been rumored, members of that band did kick off the night with their side project The Trypes. Yo La Tengo guitarist Ira Kaplan thanked the band for their surprise appearance by sitting in on a song during their set and also emerged with the rest of his band during guest comedian—and onetime SNL / Cabin Boy star Chris Elliott’s set for a cover of Neil Diamond’s “I Am, I Said.”

Numerous guests also sat in with Yo La Tengo during their headlining performance. A few days after his Eleventh Dream Day collaborator Tara Key performed with Yo La Tengo, guitarist Rick Rizzo sat in for a good portion of the band’s set, including Eleventh Dream Day’s Liz Beth. The Trypes’ John Baumgartner—who has recorded with Yo La Tengo and also done some design work for The Feelies—also joined the band and Rizzo at the start of their set for “As The Hour Grows Late” and Bob Dylan’s “I Threw It All Away.”

Later in the night, Feelies/ Trypes principal Glenn Mercer returned to the stage for “From A Motel 6” and remained onstage as the rest of his band emerged for a version of The Beatles’ “Flying” that segued into The Beatles’ “It’s All Too Much” and “I Heard You Looking.” Yo La Tengo closed the night with a two-song encore than included “Blue Line Swinger” and the run’s fitting finale, “My Little Corner of the World,” which featured Ira Kaplan’s mom Marilyn Kaplan on vocals.

Relix contributing editor Jesse Jarnow has posted setlists from the entire run on his Frank & Earthy blog (last night’s set is available below). His Yo La Tengo book Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock is slated for release on June 6, 2012.

(Hanukkah, night 8)
The Trypes and Chris Elliott opened.
benefit for Oasis New Jersey.
Mix disc by Georgia
(YLT backed Chris Elliott on Neil Diamond’s “I Am, I Said”)

As The Hour Grows Late (with Rick Rizzo on guitar and John Baumgartner on accordion)

I Threw It All Away (Bob Dylan) (with RR and JB)
Heroin (Velvet Underground) (Roky Erickson version) (with RR)

I Should Have Known Better
Swing For Life
Liz Beth (Eleventh Dream Day song) (RR on vocals)

Big Day Coming (acoustic) (with RR)

From A Motel 6 > (with Glenn Mercer on guitar)

Flying (The Beatles) > (with The Trypes)
It’s All Too Much (The Beatles) > (with the Trypes)

I Heard You Looking (with GM, JB on keyboards, and Stan Demeski on drums)
Take Care (Alex Chilton)

Blue Line Swinger
My Little Corner of the World (Bob Hilliard, Lee Pockriss) (with Marilyn Kaplan on vocals)

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