Jesse Jarnow

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yo la tengo, barnes & noble, 15 january

Yo La Tengo at Barnes & Noble, Union Square
Upstairs at the Square
15 January 2013
(with Dana Spiotta)

all acoustic, James on 12-string

The Point of It
Ohm
Is That Enough
Paddle Forward

yo la tengo, hanukkah 2012, night #8 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
15 December 2012
*(Hanukkah, night 8)*

Norman Blake and Gaylord Fields opened
benefit for the Jersey Shore Relief
mix disc by Yoni Wolf

whole set (minus “Ohm”) with Norman Blake on guitar, organ, and vocals

Ohm
Did I Tell You
Cone of Silence
Goin’ Back (Carole King & Gerry Goffin)
Avalon or Someone Similar
Season of the Shark
Circling the Sun (Jonny)
Moby Octopad
I Feel Like Going Home
Walking On Ice (The Riot Squad)
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Bob Dylan) (with Don Fleming on guitar)
Evelyn Marble (Velvet Monkeys) (DF on guitar and vocals)
God Knows It’s True (Teenage Fanclub)
I Heard You Looking
Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)

*(encore)*
Antmusic (Adam & the Ants) (with Ira & James drum procession & audience drummers)
Rice Krispies Jingle/Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones) (with Gaylord Fields on vocals)
Little Red Book (Burt Bacharach & Hal David) (with GF)
My Little Corner of the World (Bob Hilliard & Lee Pockriss) (with Marilyn Kaplan on vocals)

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2012, night #7 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
14 December 2012
*(Hanukkah, night 7)*

Titus Andronicus and Jon Benjamin & Jon Glaser (as Soundtracapella) opened.
benefit for the Waves For Water Sandy Relief Initiative
mix disc by Ira

whole set with Andrew Bird on violin

Everyday
One PM Again
How To Make A Baby Elephant Float
Last Days of Disco
Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
Little Eyes
I Fall In Love Too Easily (Jule Styne & Sammy Cohn) (Andrew Bird on vocals)
When It’s Dark
I’ll Keep It With Mine (Bob Dylan)
Stupid Things
More Stars Than There Are In Heaven
Heroin (Velvet Underground) (Roky Erickson arrangement)

*(encore)*
Griselda (Antonia)
Song For the North Star (Jorma Kaukonen) (with Devendra Banhart on vocals)
If I Only Had A Match (Lee Morris, Arthur Johnson, & George W. Meyer) (with DB)

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2012, night #6 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
13 December 2012
*(Hanukkah, night 6)*

Barbara Manning and Eugene Mirman opened
benefit for the Ali Forney Center
mix disc by Cory Rayborn of Three Lobed Recordings

Big Day Coming (quiet)
Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop
Frenzy (The Fugs)
Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)
Winter A Go Go
I’m On My Way
I’ll Be Around
Cherry Chapstick
Styles of the Times
Sugarcube
Little Honda (The Hondells) (no noise jam)
Blue Line Swinger

*(encore)*
Christmas Is Lonely (When You’re A Jew) (The Yule Logs) (with Barbara Manning on guitar and vocals and Dan Vargas on vocals)
B4 We Go Under (Robert Scott) (with BM & DV)
Tried So Hard (Gene Clark)

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2012, night #5 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
12 December 2012
*(Hanukkah, night 5)*

El-P (with James on bass) and John Oliver opened
benefit for the Brooklyn Recovery Fund
mix disc by Georgia

From A Motel 6 >
I Should Have Known Better
Here To Fall
Can’t Forget
I Can Hear Music (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, & Phil Spector)
If It’s True
Mr. Tough
Nowhere Near
Cornelia and Jane
Deeper Into Movies
Some Kinda Fatigue
Sugarcube
The Story of Yo La Tango

*(encore)*
Dog Meat (Flamin’ Groovies)
Hanky Panky Nohow (John Cale)

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2012, night #4 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
11 December 2012
*(Hanukkah, night 4)*

Real Estate and Todd Barry opened
benefit for the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps
mix disc by Shintaro Sakamoto

whole set with Kid Millions of Oneida on drums

Spec Bebop
We’re An American Band
The Crying of Lot G
20th Century Boy (T-Rex)
Out the Window
The Point of It
The Summer
Don’t Have To Be So Sad
Double Dare (acoustic)
Big Day Coming (fast)
Nothing To Hide
Decora
Mushroom Cloud of Hiss

*(encore)*
Burnin’ For You (Blue Öyster Cult) (with Todd Barry on drums)
Our Way To Fall (with Martin Courtney of Real Estate on vocals)

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2012, night #3 setlist

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“The Room Got Heavy” with Weckerman & Demeski

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
10 December 2012
*(Hanukkah, night 3)*

The Feelies and John Mulaney opened
benefit for the Food Bank of New Jersey
mix disc by James

The Feelies:
Deep Fascination
For Now
Invitation
For Awhile
On the Roof
Let’s Go
Higher Ground
The Final Word
Slipping (Into Something)
Away
Way Down
When You Know
Doin’ It Again
Time Is Right
Raised Eyebrows
Crazy Rhythms

Yo La Tengo:
Paul Is Dead
Time Fades Away (Neil Young) (with Glenn Mercer of the Feelies on guitar)
Barnaby, Hardly Working (with GM)
Tears Are In Your Eyes
Something To Do
The Point of It
Tom Courtenay (Georgia version)
Tired Hippo (with Dave Weckerman and Stan Demeski of the Feelies on percussion)
The Room Got Heavy (with DW & SD)
False Alarm (with DW & SD)
The Story of Jazz (with DW & SD)
Double Dare (with DW & SD)
Little Honda (The Hondells)

*(encore)*
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Bob Dylan) (with The Feelies’ Bill Million on guitar & Brenda Sauter on vocals)
Sister Ray (Velvet Underground) (with GM & BM)

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2012, night #2 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
9 December 2012
*(Hanukkah, night 2)*

Sun Ra Arkestra and Fred Armisen opened
benefit for the Carl Bini Foundation For Staten Island Victims of Hurricane Sandy
mix disc by Kurt Wagner

whole show with Fred Armisen on drums

Autumn Sweater
Sudden Organ
Who Loves the Sun (Velvet Underground)
Today Is The Day (fast)
As the Hour Grows Late
Stupid Things
Shadows
Black Flowers
Walking Away From You (with Sabir Mateen and Darius Jones on saxophones)
Shaker (with SM & DJ)
Nuclear War (Sun Ra) (with SM & DJ)
And The Glitter Is Gone > (with SM & DJ)
Our Way To Fall (with SM & DJ)

*(encore)*
Can’t Make It On Time (The Ramones)
Dreaming (Sun Ra)

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2012, night #1 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
8 December 2012
*(Hanukkah, night 1)*

The Raybeats and Emo Philips opened
benefit for Fund to Rebuild Hoboken
mix disc by Tom Scharpling

Night Falls on Hoboken
Seven Day Weekend (Doc Pomus) (sung as “Eight Day Weekend”)
The Evil That Men Do (Craig’s version)
Stockholm Syndrome
Paddle Forward
Before We Run
Beanbag Chair
Big Day Coming (acoustic)
Satellite
Tom Courtenay
Artificial Heart
The Kid With the Replaceable Head (Richard Hell) (with Jody Harris of the Raybeats/Contortions on guitar)
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind (with JH)

*(encore)*
Drug Test
Take A Giant Step (Carole King and Gerry Goffin)

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yo la tengo setlists, september 2012

(“Don’t Have To Be So Sad” with Chris Corsano and, barely visible behind keys, Glenn Jones.)

7 September 2012
Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
Hopscotch Festival
(Chris Corsano & Glenn Jones opened)

Time Fades Away (Neil Young)
From A Motel 6
Tears Are In Your Eyes
new song
new song
Beanbag Chair
The Weakest Part
Double Dare (acoustic)
Detouring America With Horns (acoustic)
Black Flowers
new song
Don’t Have To Be So Sad (with Chris Corsano on percussion & Glenn Jones on acoustic guitar)
False Alarm
Shaker (with CC & GJ on electric guitar)
Nothing to Hide
Sugarcube
Little Honda (The Hondells) (with CC & GJ on keyboards)

Enc.
Drug Test
Take Care (Alex Chilton)

***
8 September 2012
Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA
WHYY Festival
(setlist via Dom)

Big Day Coming (fast)
new song
The Summer
Autumn Sweater
new song
Here To Fall
new song
Black Flowers
Nowhere Near
Nothing To Hide
Decora
Tom Courtenay
Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind

Enc.
Antmusic (Adam and the Ants)
Griselda (Antonia)
Center Of Gravity (with very drunk audience member celebrating his birthday named Greg on shaker)

big day coming: a reader’s guide

BIG DAY COMING

Yo La Tengo & the Rise of Indie Rock

reader’s guide plus

end notes, errata, & ephemera

 

see also: official Yo La Tengo Annotated Discography.

 

CHARACTER LIST

Yo La Tengo: Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, James McNew

with

Todd Abramson, current Maxwell’s co-owner, former YLT roommate
John Beers, Happy Flowers
Bruce Bennett, The A-Bones, auxiliary YLT guitarist during WFMU marathons
Nils Bernstein, Matador Records
Alan Betrock, New York Rocker founder
Fred Brockman, The Kinetics, Snacktime Studios proprietor
Rick Brown, Information, Fish and Roses
Irwin Chusid, WFMU
Byron Coley, writer
Clint Conley, Mission of Burma, Ride the Tiger producer, bassist #3
Gerard Cosloy, Conflict, Homestead Records, Matador Records
Liz Cox, Christmas
Michael Cudahy, Christmas
Jim DeRogatis, Jersey Beat writer, Chicago Sun-Times columnist, radio host
Jad Fair, Half Japanese
Steve Fallon, Maxwell’s co-owner, Coyote Records founder, occasional YLT manager
Gaylord Fields, WFMU DJ, former YLT roommate
Ken Freedman, WFMU DJ and station director
Bobbie Gale, Atlantic Records
Sue Garner, Fish and Roses, Run On, The Last Round-Up
Karen Glauber, A&M Records
Danny Goldberg, Atlantic Records
Richard Grabel, New York Rocker, later music biz lawyer
Mark Greenberg, The Coctails
Tim Harris, Antietam, bassist #14
Michael Hill, New York Rocker, co-booker of Music For Dozens for series
Nicholas Hill, WFMU DJ
Gene Holder, the dB’s, YLT producer, bassist #11
Peter Holsapple, the dB’s
Lyle Hysen, Das Damen, Snacktime Studios proprietor
Emily Hubley, filmmaker, Georgia’s sister
Stephen Hunking, Hypnolovewheel
Adam Kaplan, Ira’s brother, occasional YLT manager
Neil Kaplan, Ira’s brother
Terry Karydes, A Worrying Thing
Tara Key, Antietam
David Kilgour, The Clean
Hamish Kilgour, The Clean
Wolf Knapp, Antietam, bassist #7
Jamie Kitman, YLT manager, 1990-1992
Bob Lawton, booking agent
Michael Lewis, Lyres, DMZ, bassist #2
Laura Levine, New York Rocker photo editor
Chris Lombardi, Matador Records co-founder
Craig Marks, Homestead Records, YLT roadie-pal
Mac McCaughan, Superchunk, Merge Records co-founder
Mike McGonnigal, Chemical Imbalance
Glenn Mercer, The Feelies
Bill Million, The Feelies
Phil Morrison, filmmaker, YLT roadie-pal
Glenn Morrow, New York Rocker, The Individuals, Bar/None Records owner
Chris Nelson, New York Rocker, Information
Peter Occhiogrosso, SoHo Weekly News
Dave Rick, bassist #1, occasional YLT fill-in guitarist, Phantom Tollbooth, Bongwater
Will Rigby, the dB’s
Rick Rizzo, Eleventh Dream Day
Kevin Salem, Yo La Tengo lead guitarist on Fakebook tours
Tom Scharpling, WFMU DJ
Dave Schramm, Yo La Tengo lead guitarist, 1985-1986
Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker editor
Robert Sietsema, Mofungo, photographer, food critic
Chris Stamey, the dB’s, occasional YLT fill-in guitarist, bassist #6
Maynard Sipe, The Maynards
Jim Testa, Jersey Beat founder
Roy Trakin, SoHo Weekly News
Brian Turner, WFMU DJ & music director
Michael Vickers, Go-Betweens, bassist #9
Janet Waegal, New York Rocker
Kurt Wagner, Lambchop
Ken Weinstein, Atlantic Records
Stephan Wichnewski, bassist #5
Janet Wygal, The Individuals, The Wygals, bassist #13

 

INTRODUCTION: THE STORY OF YO LA TANGO

p. 2: An Australian promoter achieves the Yo La Tengo typo trifecta, spelling all three words incorrectly.

(see also: Yo La Tengo’s own gallery, Top Billing.)

 

PROLOGUE: THE ELYSIAN FIELDS

p. 13: Maxwell Tavern in 1974, three years before its purchase by the Fallon family.

(via the Hoboken Historical Museum)

 

CHAPTER 1: THE HUDSON LINE

p. 21: Tommie Agee made the two legendary catches in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series, not Cleon Jones. I should know better.

 

CHAPTER 2: NEW YORK ROCKERS

p. 39: Andy Schwartz and New York Rocker back issues in the Rocker office. (photo by Laura Levine)

(see also: a gallery of New York Rocker covers.)

 

 

CHAPTER 3: AT HOME WITH THE MAYPOS

p. 53: The voices of Georgia and her older sister Emily star in Windy Day, a 1968 Oscar-nominated short by their parents, Faith and John Hubley.

Georgia and Emily’s voices star again Faith and John Hubley’s Cockaboody, animated circa 1973, but recorded prior to Windy Day.

p. 59: The 1956 Maypo ad by Faith and John Hubley starring Georgia’s brother Mark that became a national sensation, eventually spawning the phrase “I want my MTV.”

p. 61: Faith and John Hubley’s 1962 collaboration with Dizzy Gillespie, The Hole.

p. 67: Emily Hubley’s hand-drawn video for “Big Brown Eyes” by the dB’s, 1982.

 

CHAPTER 4: MUSIC FOR DOZENS

p. 69: “Gauge-loving” should read “garage-rock loving.”

p. 69: The 1982 video for “Anything Could Happen,” from the epochal Boodle, Boodle, Boodle EP by The Clean, leading lights of Dunedin, New Zealand’s punk scene and longtime Yo La Tengo favorites.

p. 73: An early version of “Crazy Rhythms” performed by The Feelies at CBGB in 1978.

p. 74: Following the 1979 release of Crazy Rhythms, The Feelies morphed into the abstract and Brian Eno-influenced Willies and played around their hometown of Haledon.

p. 80: Bad Brains are (duh!) from Washington, DC, not New York — though they were NYC residents at the time of their first album, for which Ira wrote liner notes.

p. 84: New York Rocker photo editor and birthday girl Laura Levine fronts the newly formed Georgia & Those Guys at the New York Rocker office. (An interview with Laura.)

 

 

CHAPTER 5: GEORGIA & THOSE GUYS

p. 93: Some of Georgia’s flyers for the Music For Dozens series at Gerde’s Folk City, booked by Ira and Michael Hill from November 1982 through January 1984.

 

 

p. 98: In spring 1983, Ira and Georgia traveled to Boston to see one of the final shows by Mission of Burma, one of their favorite bands.

p. 109: The flyer for the first proper Yo La Tengo show, Maxwell’s–December 2, 1984–a co-bill with close friends Antietam. (Mucho excellent Antietam history at their official site.)

p. 109: The Urinals perform “Surfin’ With the Shah” live in 1983, the first song Yo La Tengo played at their first gig in December 1984.

 

 

CHAPTER 6: YO LA TENGO

p. 117: Georgia, visible in barely a single frame in the video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days,” shot by filmmaker John Sayles at Maxwell’s, September 1985.

p. 118: “The Hoboken Sound” aired on WNEW, which didn’t become WNYW until a few months later, in January 1986.


p. 119: Yo La Tengo with Mike Lewis (bassist #2) at the River City Fair in Hoboken, August 1985. (Photo by Jim Testa of Jersey Beat.)

p. 127:Mose Allison, not Moses.

p. 128: William Berger, not William Burger, whose “My Castle of Quiet” can still be heard on WFMU.

p. 130: Outtakes from the Ride the Tiger photo shoot. (photos by Carol Addessi)

The Ride The Tiger band with Mike Lewis and Dave Schramm (far left).

The short-lived lineup featuring both Dave Schramm (with baseball bat) and Stephan Wichnewski (bassist #5, far left) at the Stevens Institute near the Elysian Fields in Hoboken.

 

 

CHAPTER 7: ROAD FOOD, GOOD FOOD

p. 136: Georgia, Ira, and Stephan Wichnewski (bassist #5) perform “House Fall Down” at Cicero’s in St. Louis, November 1987, the earliest circulating footage of Yo La Tengo, recorded for the local cable access show Psychotic Reaction. (The opening act was Uncle Tupelo, making their first trip the big city from nearby Belleville, IL.)

p. 152: Ira and Georgia perform “Teenager in Love” and Buddy Holly’s “Everyday” in their Hoboken living room, spring 1988.

 

 

CHAPTER 8: FAKEBOOK

p. 165: A compilation of live and radio performances from the Fakebook years.

p. 166: A firsthand account of Yo La Tengo and Daniel Johnson’s February 1990 collaboration live on WFMU by DJ Nicholas Hill and link to the complete special.

p. 171: Yo La Tengo’s first video, for “The Summer.” Directed by Phil Morrison, summer 1990.

p. 171: Yo La Tengo with Gene Holder (bassist #11) perform The Kinks’ “Big Sky” in Berlin, August 1990.

 

 

CHAPTER 9: AND SUDDENLY…

p. 182: Maynard Sipe was the drummer for the Maynards, not the singer.

p. 187: James, in his solo Dump guise, performs several tracks (including a cover of the Fugs’ “Morning, Morning”) in the Dutch countryside, circa 1995.

 

 

CHAPTER 10: BIG DAY COMING

p. 189: A mix containing 7 radically different live versions of “Big Day Coming,” including its March 1991 debut at Maxwell’s.

p. 190: Bassist #15, James McNew, on the road with Yo La Tengo in St. Louis early in his tenure, ready to undergo the rite of snoots.

p. 197: Headphones firmly affixed, Ira prepares for another take of “Mushroom Cloud of Hiss.” May I Sing With Me sessions, Boston, fall 1991.

p. 214: Hal Hartley’s rejected video for “From A Motel 6.”

The remade video for “From A Motel 6.”

Phil Morrison’s video for “Big Day Coming.”

 

 

CHAPTER 11: HOT CHICKEN

p. 223: Lambchop’s 2009 concert film, Live at Merge XX, directed by Phil Morrison.

p. 229: Phil Morrison’s video for “Tom Courtenay.”

 

 

CHAPTER 12: ELECTR-O-PURA

p. 242: see also Yo La Tengo Sell Out.

 

 

CHAPTER 13: ROCKET #9

p. 250: The “Sugarcube” video.

p. 256: In fact, Oar Folkjokeopus didn’t close, merely changed its name to Treehouse Records. Stop by on your next trip through Minneapolis.

 

CHAPTER 14: OUR WAY TO FALL

p. 266: Jon Spencer and Yo La Tengo perform Superchunk’s “Slack Motherfucker” at Matador’s 10th anniversary shows.

p. 268: A complete performance filmed at the Cat’s Cradle in North Carolina with Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan and The Clean’s David Kilgour rotating on auxiliary guitar/vibraphone/keyboards, March 2000.

Yo La Tengo + two drummers + strings perform “You Can Have It All” on Conan O’Brien, June 2000.

p. 272: “Harold” should be “Armando.”

 

CHAPTER 15: A PLASTIC MENORAH

p. 285: Portraits of Yo La Tengo taken just before the release of 2003′s Summer Sun by photographer Jack Chester.

 


CHAPTER 17: POPULAR SONGS

p. 309: “1999″ from Dump’s redacted album of Prince covers, That Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice?

p. 312: Yo La Tengo back Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner on “Theone” during an early Freewheelin’ Yo La Tengo tour, Nashville, January 2008.

p. 313: Alex Chilton joins Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s, December 2007, for “Let Me Get Close To You.”

p. 316: Yo La Tengo and Roger Moutenot record Popular Songs at the band’s rehearsal space, 2009. Photo by Liz Clayton (and other photos from the sessions).

p. 321: There were two American installments of All Tomorrow’s Parties before the festival moved to New York, though none in the style of the festival’s British holiday camp roots.

p. 324: Yo La Tengo back Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on “Jesus, etc.” at Maxwell’s, 3 December 2010

The Elysian Charter School of Hoboken sings “Sugarcube” at Maxwell’s, 3 December 2010

 

NOTES

p. 327: The list of former Yo La Tengo bassists was accidentally printed alphabetically instead of chronologically.

Terry Karydes (A Worrying Thing, 1982-1983)
Dave Schramm (A Worrying Thing, 1983)
Dave Rick (1984-1985)
Mike Lewis (1985-1986)
Clint Conley (1986)
Steve Michener (1986)
Stephan Wichnewski (1986-1989)
Chris Stamey (1986)
Wolf Knapp (1988)
Tony Maimone (1988)
Robert Vickers (1989)
Al Greller (1990-1991)
Gene Holder (1990)
Wilbo Wright (1990)
Janet Wygal (1990)
Tim Harris (1991)
James McNew (1991-present)

chronological list of yo la tengo bassists

Stephan Wichnewski, 11/1987

Between the Advance Reading Copies and the final edition of Big Day Coming, the bassist list in the book’s appendix was switched from chronological order to alphabetical. Here is the correct version.

Terry Karydes (A Worrying Thing, 1982-1983)
also played with: the Schramms

Dave Schramm (Georgia & Those Guys, 1983)
also played with: the Schramms; YLT guitarist 1985-1986

1. Dave Rick (1984-1985)
also played with: Phantom Tollbooth, Bongwater; occasional YLT guitarist 1986-1987

2. Mike Lewis (1985-1986)
also played with: Lyres, the A-Bones

3. Clint Conley (1986)
also played with: Mission of Burma

4. Steve Michener (1986)
also played with: Volcano Sons

5. Stephan Wichnewski (1986-1989)

6. Chris Stamey (1986)
also played with: the dB’s

7. Wolf Knapp (1988)
also played with: Antietam

8. Tony Maimone (1988)
also played with: Pere Ubu, They Might Be Giants

9. Robert Vickers (1989)
also played with: the Go-Betweens

10. Al Greller (1990-1991)
also played with: Peter Stampfel, The Schramms

11. Gene Holder (1990)
also played with: the dB’s

12. Wilbo Wright (1990)
also played with: Marc Ribot, Ui

13. Janet Wygal (1990)
also played with: the Individuals, the Wygals

14. Tim Harris (1991)
also played with: Antietam, Babylon Dance Band

15. James.McNew (1991-present)
also played with: the Maynards, Christmas

 

yo la tengo, hanukkah 2011, night #8 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
27 December 2011
*(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
Damage
Liz Beth (Eleventh Dream Day) (RR on vocals)
Big Day Coming (acoustic) (with RR)
The Empty Pool (Yung Wu) with Glenn Mercer on guitar)
From A Motel 6 > (with GM)
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)

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

N.B.: Penguin/Gotham will publish my book, Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock, on 6 June 2012. Sweet. See also: Twitter.

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2011, night #7 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
26 December 2011
*(Hanukkah, night 7)*
Kurt Vile & the Violators and Leo Allen opened.
benefit for Pathfinders International.

Mix discs by Ira

(whole show with Dave Schramm on guitar)
Sudden Organ
Can’t Forget
How To Make A Baby Elephant Float
I Can Hear Music (Ellie Greenwich)
When It’s Dark
Here Comes My Baby (Cat Stevens)
Cone of Silence
Little Eyes
I Feel Like Going Home
Griselda (Antonia) (with Peter Stampfel on fiddle and vocals)
One PM Again (with PS)
The One To Cry (The Escorts (with PS)
Wasn’t Born To Follow (Carole King, Gerry Goffin) (with PS)
Mr. Tough (with PS)
The Summer
Asparagus Song
Center of Gravity

*(encore)*
I Can’t Make It On Time (The Ramones
)
Gates of Steel (Devo)
Prisoners of Rock and Roll (Neil Young)

Thanks to Dom for the setlists.

N.B.: Penguin/Gotham will publish my book, Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock, on 6 June 2012. Sweet. See also: Twitter.

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2011, night #6 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
25 December 2011
*(Hanukkah, night 6)*
Dump and Kurt Braunhohler opened.
benefit for Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Mix discs by Tim and Eric.

Dump:
How Many Bells?
Dear Betty Baby (Mayo Thompson)
A Plea For Dump
It’s Not Alright
Another Lonely Christmas (Prince)
Daily Affirmation (with Georgia and Ira)
Superpowerless (with Georgia and Ira)

YLT:
Santa Claus Goes Modern (Sven Swanson)
Barnaby, Hardly Working (with Tara Key on guitar)
Black Hole (The Urinals) (with TK)
Fog Over Frisco (with TK)
Sometimes I Don’t Get You
Flying Lesson (with TK and Gil Divine on guitars)
S
haker (with TK and GD)
Something To Do (with TK)
I’m Set Free (with TK)
Satellite (with Rachel Blumberg on drums and TK)
Nowhere Near (with RB and TK)
Outsmartener (with TK)
Moby Octopad (with TK)
Nothing To Hide (with TK)
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind (with TK)

*(encore)*
Take A Giant Step (Carole King, Gerry Goffin) (with TK)
She’s My Best Friend (Velvet Underground)
Dreaming (Sun Ra)

Thanks to Dom for the setlists.

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2011, night #5 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
24 December 2011
*(Hanukkah, night 5)*
The Glands and Jon Glaser opened.
benefit for Tommy Brull Foundation.

Mix disc by Mr. Finewine

Big Day Coming (slow) (with Tara Key on keyboards)
Stockholm Syndrome (with TK on guitar for rest of night)
The Crying of Lot G (with TK)
Demons (with TK)
Upside Down (drone version) (with TK)
Beanbag Chair
If It’s True
I’m On My Way (with TK)
Double Dare (alt. arrangement) (with TK)
Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck) (with TK)
Orange Song (Antietam) (with TK)
Decora (with TK)
Big Day Coming (fast)
Little Honda (with TK)

*(encore)*
Rock and Roll Santa (Jan Terri) (with TK)
Night Moves (Bob Seger) (with TK and Jon Glaser as ‘Jon’ on vocals)
Yellow Sarong (The Scene Is Now)

Thanks to Dom & Neil for the setlist.

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2011, night #4 setlist

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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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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2011, night #3 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
22 December 2011
*(Hanukkah, night 3)*
Lee Ranaldo Band and Ted Alexandro opened.
benefit for Clean Ocean Action.

Mix disc by Kid Koala.

Nutricia
Sugarcube (alt. arrangement)
Madeleine
Lewis
Mr. Tough
Season of the Shark
Periodically Double or Triple
Doesn’t Anybody Love the Dark (Run On) (with Alan Licht on guitar and vocals)
The Last Days of Disco (with AL, Lee Ranaldo on guitar, and Steve Shelley on drums)
Fourth Time Around (Bob Dylan) (with AL, LR, SS)
Decora (alt. arrangement) (with AL, LR, SS)
Double Dare (with SS)
Mote (Sonic Youth) > (with LR & SS)
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind (with LR, AL, & SS)

*(encore)*
Andalucia (John Cale)
Mandy (Barry Manilow) (with John Cameron Mitchell on vocals)

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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2011, night #2 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
21 December 2011
*(Hanukkah, night 2)*
Spent 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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yo la tengo, hanukkah 2011, night #1 setlist

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Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
20 December 2011
*(Hanukkah, night 1)*
The Sea & Cake and Jon Benjamin & Jon Glaser opened.
benefit for Roots & Wings of New Jersey.

Mix disc by Bob Odenkirk.

(entire set with Mac McCaughan on guitar, keyboards, and vocals.)
Night Falls on Hoboken
Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)
Nothing To Hide
Stockholm Syndrome
Tears Are In Your Eyes
Did I Tell You?
Upside Down
Noisy Night (Portastatic) (Mac vocals)
Styles of the Times (with John McEntire on drums)
Don’t Say A Word (with John McEntire on drums)
Drug Test
Tom Courtenay (Georgia vocals)
I Heard You Looking (with Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt on guitars)
Our Way To Fall (with Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt on guitars)

*(encore)*
Aba Dabba Do Dance (The Tradewinds) (with Todd Abramson on vocals & Archer Prewitt on drums)
Somebody’s In Love (Sun Ra)

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ylt, night 8

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
8 December 2010
*(Hanukkah, night 8)*
The National and Marc Maron opened.
benefit for Transportation Alternatives and City Harvest.

my review via Sound of the City.

Mix disc by Joe Puleo.

(entire set, minus last two songs, with Hamish Kilgour on percussion/guitar)

Night Falls On Hoboken
Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)
Madeleine
Mr. Tough
Gentle Hour (Snapper)
Tired Hippo
Demons
Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog (Norma Tanega)
Whatever I Do It’s Right (The Clean)
Sweet Dreams (The Mad Scene)
Sudden Organ
Deeper Into Movies
Nothing To Hide
Blue Line Swinger
Our Way To Fall

*(encore)*
I Can’t Stand It Anymore (Velvet Underground) (with Bruce Bennett on guitar)
We Belong Together (Randy Newman)
Love Power (Mel Brooks) (with Gil Divine on guitar)

ylt, night 7

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
7 December 2010
*(Hanukkah, night 7)*
Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang and Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler opened.
benefit for Sudanese of Kentucky & Roots of Music

Mix disc by Georgia.

(whole set with Nels Cline on guitar)

I Feel Like Going Home
All the Glitter Is Gone
Swing For Life
Wasn’t Born To Follow (Carole King)
Season of the Shark
The Last Days of Disco
Shadows
Little Eyes
Black Flowers
Satellite
Big Day Coming (fast) >
Serpentine
Artificial Heart
Tom Courtenay
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind

*(encore)*
Pet Cemetery (The Ramones)
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (The Ramones)
Heavenly Arms (Lou Reed) (with Bonnie Prince Billy & the Cairo Gang)

ylt, night 6

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
6 December 2010
*(Hanukkah, night 6)*
Mofungo and Eugene Mirman opened.
benefit for Visionfest, and others TK

Mix disc by Ira.

My Heart’s Reflection
Barnaby, Hardly Working (with Tara Key on guitar)
Styles of the Times (with TK)
Stockholm Syndrome (with TK)
Tears Are In Your Eyes (with Mikael Jorgenson of Wilco on keyboards)
She May Call You Up Tonight (The Left Banke) (with MJ)
Shut Up (The Monks) (with MJ)
Avalon or Someone Very Similar (with MJ)
If It’s True (with MJ)
You Can Have It All (George McCrea) (with MJ)
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Bob Dylan) (with MJ)
Upside Down (with MJ)
This Ain’t the Summer of Love (Blue Oyster Cult) (with MJ)
Little Honda (Beach Boys) (with MJ and audience members)
More Stars Than There Are In Heaven (boogie version) (with MJ)

*(encore)*
Red Rubber Ball (Paul Simon)
Do You Remember That? (Amy Rigby) (with Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric)
I Get Out of Breath (The Turtles) (with AR and WE)
Whole Wide World (with AR and WE)
Nothing (The Fugs) (with TK, MJ, AR, Gil Divine, Mofungo)

ylt, night 5

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
5 December 2010
*(Hanukkah, night 5)*
Mission of Burma and Wyatt Cenac opened.
benefit for International Rescue Committee & Partners In Health

Mix disc by James.

(whole set with Bob Weston of Mission of Burma/Shellac/Volcano Sons mixing/looping/dubbing)

Green Arrow
Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop
Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
The Crying of Lot G
Periodically Double or Triple
The Room Got Heavy
The Empty Pool (Yung Wu)
Pablo and Andrea
Paul Is Dead
Nowhere Is Near
I’m Your Man (Richard Hell)
Drug Test
Double Dare (fast)
Sugarcube
Mushroom Cloud of Hiss

*(encore)*
Astral Plane (Jonathan Richman) (with Jason Kaufman, WFMU auction winner, on vocals and Roger Miller on organ)
Cover (Volcano Sons) (with Peter Prescott on vocals and Bob Weston on bass)
Ben Wa Baby (Phil Milstein) (with Clint Conley on bass, RM, and PP)
Frenzy (The Fugs) (with CC, RM, PP)
So Tough (Dredd Foole) (with CC, RM, PP)

ylt, night 4

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
4 December 2010
*(Hanukkah, night 4)*
Syl Johnson and Jon Glaser (as ‘Rabbi Attitude’) opened.
benefit for Physician’s Reproductive Choice and Health

Mix disc by the Numero Group.

Everyday
We’re An American Band
Cone of Silence
She’s My Best Friend (Velvet Underground)
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Neil Diamond)
Beanbag Chair
Winter A Go Go
Here To Fall
I’m On My Way
Decora (quiet)
Sudden Organ
Get Down (Half Life)
Out the Window
Tom Courtenay
The Story of Yo La Tango

*(encore)*
Autumn Sweater (with Jon Glaser as ‘Jon’ on vocals)
Ain’t Nothin’ But A House Party (The Show Stoppers) (with Peter Wolf on vocals)
I’ve Had It (The Bell-Notes) (with PW)
Pack Fair and Square (Big Walter Price) (with PW)
My Little Corner of the World (Bob Hilliard, Lee Pockriss) (with Ira’s mom on vocals)

ylt, night 3

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
3 December 2010
*(Hanukkah, night 3)*
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken Chorus, Jeff Tweedy, and Eugene Mirman opened.
benefit for Elysian Charter School of Hoboken.

Elysian Charter School of Hoboken Chorus:
Stockholm Syndrome
Sugarcube
Mr. Tough

Mix disc by Brian Turner.

Eight Day Weekend (“Seven Day Weekend” by Doc Pomus, performed by Gary “U.S.” Bonds) (with Jeff Tweedy on guitar and vocals)
From A Motel 6 (with JT)
Jesus Etc. (Wilco) (with JT)
Can’t Forget (with JT)
Chords of Fame (Phil Ochs) (with JT)
The Race Is On Again (with JT)
One Of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (Bob Dylan) (with JT)
Shoppin’ For Clothes (Doc Pomus, performed by the Coasters) (with JT)
I Should Have Known Better (with JT)
Tom Courtenay (Georgia version)
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
Big Day Coming (fast)
Today Is The Day
Nothing To Hide
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind

*(encore)*
Windows Hotel (Alex Chilton)
Strychnine (The Sonics) (with Kid Congo Powers of the Cramps)
Drug Train (The Cramps) (with KCP)
I’m Cramped (The Cramps) (with KCP)
For the Love Of Ivy (Jeffrey Lee Pierce) (with KCP)

ylt, night 2

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
2 December 2010
*(Hanukkah, night 2)*
The Parting Gifts and Jim Gaffigan opened.
benefit for Valerie Fund & Dravet Syndrome Foundation.

Mix disc by Damian Abraham.

Surfin’ With The Shah (The Urinals)
Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)
Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
Periodically Double or Triple
Stockholm Syndrome
Here To Fall
The Weakest Part
The Pain of Pain
The Summer (with Bob Lawton on guitar)
Double Dare (acoustic)
False Alarm
Shaker
A House Is Not A Motel (Love)
Sugarcube
Heroin (Lou Reed, Roky Erickson arrangement)

*(encore)*
Rolling Stones Rice Krispies Jingle (Brian Jones) (with the Great Gaylord on vocals, Greg Cartwright of the Parting Gifts on guitar)
Little Red Book (Burt Bacharach) (with GG and GC)
Stop and Think It Over (Greg Cartwright) (with GC and Dave Amels of the Parting Gifts on keyboards)
Heaven Only Knows (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich) (with GC and DA)
I’ll Keep It With Mine (Bob Dylan)
By The Time It Gets Dark (Sandy Denny)
Griselda (Peter Stampfel)
Pretty In Pink (Psychedelic Furs) (with Glenn Mercer of the Feelies on guitar/vocals)
White Light/White Heat (Velvet Underground) (with GM and Bill Million of the Feelies on guitar)
Fa Ce La (The Feelies) (with GM and BM)
Roadrunner (Jonathan Richman) (with GM and BM)

ylt, night 1

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
1 December 2010
*(Hanukkah, night 1)*
M. Ward and Todd Barry opened.
benefit for NJ Seeds.

Mix disc by Thurston Moore.

One Night With You (Bartholomew, Bartholomew, King, Steiman) (sung as “Eight Nights With You”) (with Gene DiNapoli/NewYorkElvis.com and horns)
Carnival Time (Al Johnson) (sung as “Hanukkah Time”) (with horns)
Mr. Tough (with horns)
Moby Octopad (with horns and M. Ward on guitar)
Magnet (NRBQ) (with MW)
How To Make A Baby Elephant Float (with MW)
Saturday (with MW)
More Stars Than There Are In Heaven
Autumn Sweater
When It’s Dark
Cherry Chapstick
Decora
The Story of Jazz
Nothing To Hide
I Heard You Looking (with MW)

*(encore)*
Angst In My Pants (Sparks) (Todd Barry on drums)
Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon (Neil Diamond) (with Nash Kato on vocals)
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Carroll, Moody, Presley) (with GD and MW)
Burning Love (Linde) (with GD, MW, and NK)

ylt, new year’s eve

(I wasn’t at this show, but I’ve gotten a few requests to post the setlist. Here ’tis, via Choccosalo/Boomy. Feel free to comment with corrections, if you’ve got any.)

Yo La Tengo at Wellmont Theater
Montclair, NJ
31 December 2008
The Vivian Girls and the Feelies opened.

It’s Almost Like Being In Love (Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner) (karaoke version)
Emulsified (Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers)
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Madeleine
Stockholm Syndrome
Beanbag Chair
The Weakest Part
Mr. Tough
Our Way to Fall
Nowhere Near
Cast A Shadow (Beat Happening)
From A Motel 6
(midnight)
Big Day Coming (fast)
Tom Courtenay
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
The Story of Yo La Tango

*(encore)*
Autumn Sweater
Red, Red Rose (David Mallett)
What Goes On (Velvet Underground) (with Glenn Mercer and Bill Million of the Feelies)
Roadrunner (Modern Lovers) (with Glenn Mercer and Bill Million of the Feelies)

ylt, night 8

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
28 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 8)*
Metal Mountains and Todd Barry opened.

Mix disc by Zooey Deschanel.

Not A Second Time (The Beatles) (sung as “Not A Ninth Time”)
Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
Mr. Tough
The Room Got Heavy (with Samara Lubelski on violin)
Swing For Life (with SL, Pat Gubler on guitar, and Helen Rush on keyboards)
4th Time Around (Bob Dylan) (with SL, PG, and HR)
Group Grope (The Fugs) (with SL, PG, and HR)
Saturday (with SL, PG, and HR)
The Way Some People Die (with PG)
Stockholm Syndrome
The Story of Jazz
Tom Courtenay
I Heard You Looking (with Joe Puleo on organ)
Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)

*(encore)*
Autumn Sweater
This Ain’t The Summer of Love (Blue Oyster Cult) (with Todd Barry on drums)
You Can Have It All (George McCrea)
You’ve Got A Friend (Carole King)

ylt, night 7

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
27 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 7)*
Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band and David Cross (as Rabbi Alan Sugarman) opened.

Mix disc by Ira.
Benefit for Community Partnership School.

(whole show, minus “Sugarcube,” with David Mansfield on violin, pedal steel, and electric guitar.)

Sugarcube
Let’s Be Still
She May Call You Up Tonight (The Left Banke)
Cone of Silence
One PM Again
Pablo and Andrea
Griselda (Peter Stampfel)
The Crying of Lot G
I Feel Like Going Home
Nowhere Near
Off and Running (Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders)
Barnaby, Hardly Working
Big Day Coming (fast) >
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie >
Mushroom Cloud of Hiss

*(encore)*
Long Gone (Customs/Lyres)
Walk Away, Rene (The Left Banke) (with DM and Willie Alexander)
Maybe More Than You (The Lost) (with DM and WA)
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (Willie Alexander arrangement, Phil Spector/Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil) (with DM and WA)
To Sir, With Love (Don Black/Mark London) (with David Cross)

ylt, night 6

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
26 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 6)*
Lambchop and Jon Wurster (as Marky Ramone) opened.

Mix disc by James.
Benefit for Zumix.

(set through “Moby Octopad” with William Tyler of Lambchop on guitar.)

Jesus Christ (Big Star)
My Heart’s Reflection
Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop
Tears Are Your Eyes
Song for Mahlia
Did I Tell You
The Weakest Part
Moby Octopad
Babysitter (The Ramones) (with “Marky Ramone” on drums)
The Kid With the Replaceable Head (Richard Hell) (with “Marky Ramone” on drums)
Cherry Chapstick
Tom Courtenay
Heroin (Velvet Underground, Roky Erickson arrangement)

*(encore)* with Cyril Jordan of the Flamin’ Groovies on guitar/vocals
You Tore Me Down (Flamin’ Groovies)
Absolutely Sweet Marie (Bob Dylan)
Dog Meat (Flamin’ Groovies)
Second Cousin (Flamin’ Groovies)
Shake Some Action (Flamin’ Groovies)

ylt, night 5

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
25 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 5)*
Antietam and Fred Armisen opened.

Mix disc by Georgia.
Benefit for NICE and Justice at Work Project.

(whole show, minus encore, with Fred Armisen on drums.)

Jesus Christ (Big Star)
False Alarm
I Should Have Known Better
The Last Days of Disco
Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
Little Eyes (Armisen on guitar)
Season of the Shark
Black Flowers (Armisen on guitar)
Things I Should’ve Said (P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri)
Take A Giant Step (Carole King/Gerry Goffin)
Demons (with Tara Key on guitar)
Deeper Into Movies (with Tara Key on guitar)
From A Motel 6 >
Nuclear War (Sun Ra) (with Josh Madell on percussion)

*(encore)* with Cyril Jordan of the Flamin’ Groovies on guitar/vocals
You Tore Me Down (Flamin’ Groovies)
Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman)
I Can’t Hide (Flamin’ Groovies)
Slow Death (Flamin’ Groovies)
Shake Some Action (Flamin’ Groovies)

ylt, night 4

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
24 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 4)*
Jennifer O’Connor and Jon Benjamin opened.

Mix disc by Russell Maer.
Benefit for Mercy Corps.

Big Day Coming (slow)
Beanbag Chair
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Drug Test
The Weakest Part
Mr. Tough
Tiny Birds
Paul Is Dead
Shadows
Angst In My Pants (Sparks)
Upside Down
Autumn Sweater
I Heard Her Call My Name > (Velvet Underground)
Blue Line Swinger

*(encore)*
(I Gotta) Dream On (Herman’s Hermits)
Detouring America With Horns
Cherry Chapstick (slow)
Rock and Roll Santa (Jan Terri)

ylt, night 3

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
23 December 2008
*(Hanukkah, night 3)*
John Zorn & Marc Ribot and Slovin & Allen opened.

Mix disc by Gaylord Fields.
Benefit for Seacology.

(whole show with Smokey Hormel on guitar)

Leaving Home
We’re An American Band
Little Eyes
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Bob Dylan)
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Neil Diamond)
The Race Is On Again
Damage
Can’t Forget
Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2)
Our Way To Fall (swing version)
Out the Window
Styles of the Times
Tom Courtenay
I Heard You Looking (with Yoni Wolf on keyboards)

*(encore)*
Stay With Me (The Dictators)
Center of Gravity

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.
Benefit for Burmese Refugee Project and Burma Border Projects.

(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)
Alyda
Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)
Autumn Sweater
Double Dare
Decora
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
The Story of Yo La Tango

*(encore)*
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.
Benefit for the Jubilee Center.

(whole show with Janet Weiss on drums)

Eight Day Weekend (Gary “U.S.” Bonds)
Sugarcube
Everyday
Today Is The Day (fast)
The Summer
Beanbag Chair
Mr. Tough
Heaven Only Knows (Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich)
Shaker
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)

ylt neumann leather tennant association benefit, 9/29

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
29 September 2008
benefit for Neumann Leather Tenants Association
no keyboards

I Feel Like Going Home
Come On Up (The Young Rascals)
Drug Test
Tears Are In Your Eyes
Stockholm Syndrome
Mr. Tough
Big Day Coming
Time Fades Away (Neil Young)

*(encore)*
You Tore Me Down (Flamin’ Groovies)

ylt pool it!, 8/24

24 August 2008
McCarren Park Pool
Brooklyn, NY

Mr. Tough (with horns)
C’mon and Swim > (Bobby Freeman) (with horns)
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Stockholm Syndrome
Pablo and Andrea
The Weakest Part
Somebody’s In Love (Sun Ra)
Cherry Chapstick
Artificial Heart
Moby Octopad (with horns & “Easley makes the turn…” lyrics)
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
Tom Courtenay
Blue Line Swinger

*(encore)*
Bad Politics (Dead C) (with horns & Titus Andronicus)
Where Eagles Dare (The Misfits) (with Titus Andronicus)

*(encore)*
Autumn Sweater

ylt sxsw, other music party, 3/14

14 March 2008
French Legation Museum
Austin, TX
Other Music party
acoustic

Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi (Jacques Dutronc)
Shaker
I Feel Like Going Home
Autumn Sweater
The Weakest Part
Right Track Now (Roky Erickson)
Sugarcube
The Story of Yo La Tango

See: Other Music’s video of “Story of Yo La Tango”

ylt sxsw, austin music hall, 3/13

13 March 2008
Austin Music Hall
Austin, TX
opening for My Morning Jacket

Cherry Chapstick
Little Eyes
Autumn Sweater
Mr. Tough
The Weakest Part
Beanbag Chair
Tom Courtenay
Decora
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
Sugarcube
The Story of Yo La Tango

ylt sxsw, IFC crossroads party, 3/11

11 March 2008
The Parish
Austin, TX
opening for My Morning Jacket

IFC Crossroads Party
Mr. Tough
Beanbag Chair
Demons
Drug Test
Big Day Coming (fast) >
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
I Heard You Looking (with Joe Puleo on organ)
You Can Have It All (George McCrea) (all on drums/percussion)

yo la tengo WFMU 2008 setlist

Please comment with all corrections/additions. (Thx, Neil.)

2 March 2008
WFMU Studios
Jersey City, NJ
no Georgia (home sick), Peter Walsh (ex-Hypnolovewheel) on drums, Bruce Bennett on guitar

Starry Eyes (Roky Erickson)
Badlands (Bruce Springsteen)
She’s My Best Friend (Velvet Underground)
Run Run Run (Velvet Underground)

Can’t Explain (The Who)
Baby’s On Fire (Brian Eno)
Slow Down (The Feelies)
I’m In Love With A Girl (Big Star)
Critical List (The Fleshtones)
Sweet Leaf (Black Sabbath)

Tales of Brave Ulysses (Cream)
Green-Eyed Lady (Sugarloaf)
Shot Down (The Sonics)
These Boots Are Made For Walking (Lee Hazlewood)

Cowboy Song (Thin Lizzy)
Aba Dabba Do Dance (The Tradewinds)
Our World (Individuals)
What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding (Nick Lowe)

Bridget Because (Hypnolovewheel)
Mannequin (Wire)
Viva Las Vegas (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman)
Teenage Kicks (The Undertones)

It’s Only Life (The Feelies)
The Passenger (Iggy Pop)
With A Girl Like You (The Troggs)
Mystery Called Love (Ron Davis/Rodd Keith)
See My Friends (The Kinks)

Jesse’s Girl (Rick Springfield)
If I Were A Carpenter (Tim Hardin)
California Sun (The Rivieras)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)
Different Drum (Mike Nesmith)

Search and Destroy (Iggy and the Stooges)
Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
Chantilly Lace (Big Bopper) medley, also featuring: Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks), Yo Yo Bye Bye (Why?), Afternoon Delight (Starland Vocal Band), At Last I Am Free (Chic), Now You Know You’re Black (The Frogs), Girl Don’t Tell Me (The Beach Boys), I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (The Carpenters), I’ll Keep It With Mine (Bob Dylan), Ode to Billie Joe (Bobby Gentry), MacArthur Park (Jimmy Webb), The Tra La La Song (Cal Tjader), Boogie Wonderland (Earth, Wind and Fire), Star Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key)

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sudden ylt

Yo La Tengo at Rififi
Invite Them Up with Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale
26 February 2008
no Georgia, Todd Barry on drums

Come On Up (The Young Rascals) (download)
Mr. Tough
Big Day Coming (fast)
Bobby’s Girl (Lesley Gore) (download)

ylt hanukkah mixes, 12/07

The Yo La Tengo Hanukkah mixes: part 1 and part 2.

Part 1: Georgia, Ira, James, Todd-O-Phonic Todd Abramson
Part 2: Yoshitomi Nara, Matmos, Eye, David Cross

If you enjoy the mixes, please consider donating to the charities for which they were intended. (See original setlists for more info.)

Happy holidays y’all. Check back in soon for my own holiday megamix.

“i wanna be your partner” – bob dylan & “fourth time around” – yo la tengo

“I Wanna Be Your Partner” – Bob Dylan (download)
from Dimestore Medicine bootleg, c. 1966

“Fourth Time Around” – Yo La Tengo (download) (buy)
from I’m Not There OST

(files expire December 21st)

(Re-entry continues…) Yo La Tengo’s two Bob Dylan covers on the soundtrack to Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There — “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “Fourth Time Around” — constitute a tiny sub-category in Dylan’s work: response songs to the Beatles. The former lifts its chorus from Lennon/McCartney so-cast-off-they-let-Ringo-sing “I Wanna Be Your Man” (supplanting Dylan’s earlier draft, the proto-PC “I Wanna Be Your Partner”). “Fourth Time Around,” meanwhile, is Dylan’s rewrite of “Norwegian Wood,” with a similar plot (cheekily oblique conversation about an affair) set to a similar melody in a similar mood. Dylan’s version is way more sly, of course, with its wry put-downs (“your words are not clear, you better spit out your gum”) and the snotty/Britty crutch/crotch double entendre at its end (“I didn’t ask for your crutch, now don’t ask for mine”). Intentional choice on YLT’s part to mirror Haynes’ meta-textual orgy? Only the nose knows for sure. The nose being Ringo.

“i’ll keep it with mine” – yo la tengo

“I’ll Keep It With Mine” – Yo La Tengo (download)
recorded 30 December 2005, Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ

(file expires December 20th)

Sleep. Soon. In the meantime, to aid in the ever-so-gradual reentry, the Georgia-sung “I’ll Keep It With Mine” from the stunning sleeper show the night before New Year’s, 2005. Purdy Nico arrangement (superior to Dylan’s clunkier demo, oddly), aided by Rolling Thunder/sessionman stringdude David Mansfield. Sleep. Now. But first, maybe headphones. (Thx to Neil & Brandon for the tunes.)

the phlorescent mcnewtang clan & eddie (ylt, night 8)

(My now-complete Maxwell’s reports: part 1, part 2.)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
11 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 8)*
Times New Viking and David Cross opened.

Mix disc by Ira.

Night Falls on Hoboken
Eight Day Weekend (Gary “U.S.” Bonds)
Double Dare
Cone of Silence
Shadows
The Weakest Part
Mr. Tough
Paul Is Dead
Stockholm Syndrome
I Should Have Known Better
Autumn Sweater (organless version)
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
Blue Line Swinger
Love Power (Herb Hartic/Norman Blaoman) (with Hanukah shout-outs)

*(encore)* with Howard Kaylan of the Turtles/Flo & Eddie
Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen) (with Beth Murphy of Times New Viking on keyboards)
You Baby (P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri)
One Potato, Two Potato (The Crossfires)
Love Songs in the Night (Michael Brown)
Metal Guru (T-Rex)
She’d Rather Be With Me (The Turtles)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

a rum-tiddy-pum (ylt, night 7)


Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
10 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 7)*
The New Pornographers and Andy Blitz opened.

Mix disc by Yoshitomo Nara.

TV Party (Black Flag) (sung as “Dreidel Party”)
Everyday
From A Motel 6
The Room Got Heavy
False Alarm
Beanbag Chair
Mr. Tough
Magnet (NRBQ) (with Jon Wurster of Superchunk on drums)
Saturday (with JW)
Sugarcube
The Story of Jazz
We’re An American Band
Mushroom Cloud of Hiss
You Can Have It All (George McCrea) (all on drums)

*(encore)* with Roy Loney of the Flamin’ Groovies on vocals and Bruce Bennett on guitar
Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman)
High Flyin’ Baby (Flamin’ Groovies)
Teenage Head (Flamin’ Groovies)
Slow Death (Flamin’ Groovies)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

midnight train to hoboken (ylt, night 6)

(also: my reviews so far.)
Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
9 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 6)*
Redd Kross and Heather Lawless opened.

Mix disc by Eye.

Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)
I Should Have Known Better
Autumn Sweater
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind >
Last Days of Disco
Today is the Day (fast)
Sometimes I Don’t Get You
The Weakest Part
Demons
Out the Window
Drug Test
Tom Courtenay
I Heard You Looking (with Joe Puleo on organ)
Our Way To Fall

*(encore)*
September Gurls (Alex Chilton) (with Redd Kross)
Bus Stop (The Hollies) (with Redd Kross)
Who Loves the Sun (Velvet Underground) (with Redd Kross)
Calling Dr. Love (KISS) (with Redd Kross)
My Little Corner of the World (Bob Hilliard/Lee Pockriss) (with Ira’s mom)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

the ghost of henry chadwick (ylt, night 5)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
8 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 5)*
Dew-Claw, Sarah Vowell, and Amy Poehler opened.

Mix disc by Georgia.

Barnaby, Hardly Working
Shaker
Stockholm Syndrome
Tears Are In Your Eyes
Season of the Shark
Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2)
Song For Mahlia
The River of Water (with Dave Rick of Dew-Claw/ex-YLT on guitar)
Sometime In The Morning (Carole King/Gerry Goffin) (with DR and Stephen Hunking on vocals/guitar)
E.T.I. (Blue Oyster Cult) (with DR and SH)
Mr. Tough
Big Day Coming
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
The Story of Yo La Tango

*(encore)* with Alex Chilton on guitar and vocals
I’ve Had It (The Bell-Notes)
The Oogum Boogum Song (Brenton Wood)
Let Me Get Close To You (Carole King/Gerry Goffin)
Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground)
Baby Strange (T-Rex)
Hey Little Child (Alex Chilton)
Government Center (Modern Lovers)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

the i-ra arkestra (ylt, night 4)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
7 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 4)*
Endless Boogie and Todd Barry opened.

Mix disc by James.

Cherry Chapstick
Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Little Eyes
The Crying of Lot G
The Summer
The Weakest Part
Beanbag Chair
Detouring America With Horns
I Should Have Known Better
Sugarcube
Tom Courtenay
Heroin (Velvet Underground, Roky Erickson arrangement) (with Jesper Eklow of Endless Boogie on guitar)
Take Care (Alex Chilton)

*(encore)* with Alex Chilton on guitar and vocals
Let Me Get Close To You (Carole King/Gerry Goffin)
‘Til The End of the Day (The Kinks)
Time Is On My Side (Jerry Ragovoy) (with Tammy Lynn Michaels on vocals)
Femme Fatale (Velvet Underground)
Hey Little Child (Alex Chilton)
Jeepster (T-Rex) (with Todd Barry on drums)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

the todd-o-phonic sound (ylt, night 3)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
6 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 3)*
The dB’s and Eugene Mirman opened.

Mix disc by Todd Abramson.

Nuclear War (Sun Ra)
Five Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)
The Race Is On Again
Autumn Sweater
The Weakest Part
Mr. Tough
No Water (with Chris Stamey of the dB’s on guitar)
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Bob Dylan) (with CS on organ, Gene Holder on guitar, Will Rigby on 2nd drums)
Cast A Shadow (Beat Happening) (with GH and WR on drums)
Don’t Have To Be So Sad (with WR)
Tom Courtenay
Styles of the Times
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
I Heard You Looking (with Joe Puleo on organ)

*(encore)*
Heart Full of Soul (The Yardbirds) (with CS)
The Question (Will Rigby) (with WR)
Solitary Man (Neil Diamond) (with Jim James of My Morning Jacket on vocals and guitar)
Secret Agent Man (P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri) (with JJ)
Hard Luck Woman (KISS) (with JJ)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

sudden ira (ylt, night 2)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
5 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 2)*
The Clean and John Oliver opened.

Mix disc by David Cross.

Green Arrow
Eight Day Weekend (Gary “U.S.” Bonds)
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Stockholm Syndrome
The Room Got Heavy
Beanbag Chair
Winter A Go Go
Nowhere Near
This Diamond Ring (Gary Lewis)
Decora
Upside Down
Deeper Into Movies (with Hamish Kilgour of the Clean on 2nd drums)
Big Day Coming (fast) > (with HK)
Little Honda (The Beach Boys) (with HK)

*(encore)*
Blitzkrieg Bop (instrumental) (The Ramones)
Easy Action (T-Rex) (with David Kilgour and Bob Scott of the Clean on vocals)
Seemingly Stranded (David Kilgour) (with DK, BS and Mac McCaughan of Superchunk on organ)
What Am I Gonna Do? (The Dovers) (with DK, BS, and MM)
Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones) (with BS)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

the return of the mcnewtang clan (ylt, night 1)


Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
4 December 2007
*(Hanukah, night 1)*
Versus and Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser opened.

Mix disc by Matmos.

Carnival Time (Al Johnson) (sung as “Hanukah Time,” with Mike, Jeff, and Steve on horns)
Mr. Tough (with Mike, Jeff, and Steve on horns)
We’re An American Band
Damage (with James Baluyut of Versus on guitar)
Madeleine
She’s My Best Friend (Velvet Underground)
Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
Alyda (Georgia on keys)
I Feel Like Going Home (Georgia on keys)
From A Motel 6
Sugarcube
Sudden Organ
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
The Story of Yo La Tango

*(encore)*
Autumn Sweater (with Jon Glaser as “Kim” on vocals)
What’s My Name (The Clash) (with Mark Arm of Mudhoney on vocals)
Operation (Circle Jerks) (with Mark Arm)
Too Animalistic (Angry Samoans) (with Mark Arm)
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (Van Halen) (with Mark Arm)
Cabaret (Fred Ebb/John Kander) (with Mark Arm)

(Please post all corrections, etc., in comments.)

yo la tengo in port washington, 10/19

“Ripple” – Yo La Tengo (download)
recorded 19 October 2007, Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington, NY

(file expires October 29th)

Yo La Tengo at Landmark on Main Street
Port Washington, NY
19 October 2007
Chris Brokaw opened.

The Landmark being (as we discovered) across the street from Finn MacCool’s, the watering hole of choice for the 1986 Mets, many of who resided in Port Washington, we naturally had to toast Danny Heep en route to the show. Via Jeff Pearlman’s The Bad Guys Won:

Strawberry did much of his damage at Finn MacCool’s, a tavern in Port Washington where many of the Mets hung out. One night Henry Downing, the bar’s manager, concocted a drink for the Mets that he named The Nervous Breakdown. It was a potent combination of vodka, cranberry juice, tequila, and schanpps, and the twelve Mets sitting around the table eagerly devoured pitcher after pitchers. Among the participants were Ojeda, Mitchell, Dykstra, and Backman — guys who could hold their own. Yet the one who drank the most was Strawberry. ‘I remember he really took to that,’ says Connie O’Reilly, MacCool’s owner. ‘I guess he liked the taste.’ … ‘The next afternoon we were watching the game from the bar, and the broadcaster said Darryl wasn’t playing,’ O’Reilly says. ‘They showed him sitting on tbe bench… something about a twenty-four-hour virus.’

Tom Courtenay
Beanbag Chair
Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
Fog Over Frisco
Mr. Tough
Ripple (Grateful Dead)
Surfin’ With the Shah (The Urinals)
Cone of Silence
Sloop John B (trad/Beach Boys)
Black Flowers
Luci Baines (Arthur Lee)
Decora
I Found A Reason (Velvet Underground)
Oklahoma USA (The Kinks)
Story of Yo La Tango
Detouring America With Horns
Speeding Motocycle (Daniel Johnston)
You Can Have It All (George McCrea)
*(encore, with Chris Brokaw on guitar)*
A House Is Not A Motel (Arthur Lee)
Tell Me When It’s Over (Dream Syndicate)
I Feel Like Going Home

yo la tengo at the new yorker festival, 10/6

“Autumn Sweater” – Yo La Tengo (download)
“This Man He Cries Tonight”- Yo La Tengo (download)
recorded 6 October 2007, Brooklyn Lyceum, Brooklyn, NY

(files expire October 15th)

Yo La Tengo at Brooklyn Lyceum
6 October 2007
New Yorker festival
between song Q&As moderated by Ben Greenman

The Cone of Silence
Stockholm Syndrome
Story of Yo La Tango
Magnet (NRBQ)
Madeleine
Autumn Sweater
I Heard You Looking
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
This Man He Cries Tonight (The Kinks) (live debut)
Sugarcube

“end of an era” – yo la tengo

“End of an Era” – Yo La Tengo (download)
from Old Joy OST (2006)
unreleased

(file expires September 23rd)

I’m not sure what the proper name of this tune is, but it’s one of a few extended Yo La Tengo instrumentals in Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy. The voice at the top is Bonnie Prince Palace himself, Will Oldham, playing the role of Kurt with perfectly burnt detachment. With little overt drama, just submerged tensions rippling the surface, the picture plays like a short story — no surprise, given that it was based on one by Jonathan Raymond. Like this YLT’s contributions to the score, Old Joy is an extended mood piece, the whole reflected patiently in each of its parts. Absolutely worth seeing.

bang on a tengo: yo la tengo at the bang on a can marathon, 6/2

Yo La Tengo at Winter Garden, World Financial Center
2 June 2007
Bang on a Can Marathon

Ira: keyboards/piano, James: electronics/drums, Georgia: keyboard/crutches (?!), with: Pat Gubler (PG Six, harp), Matt Heyner (No Neck Blues Band, upright bass), Elson Nascimento (Sun Ra Arkestra, percussion), and Britt Walford (Slint, drums)

Set was 20-30 minute improvisation, possibly including bits from one of The Sounds of the Sounds of Science songs (“The Sea Horse,” maybe?). Mostly free and abstract, save for a pulse in the middle when James switched to drums, at which point it became rhythmic and abstract. But also pretty free.

the continuing adventures of irie acetone: yo la tengo at webster hall, 4/29

Yo La Tango: sic’cest ever!

Yo La Tengo at Webster Hall
29 April 2007
Oneida opened

I Feel Like Going Home
From A Motel 6
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Last Days of Disco
The Room Got Heavy
The Weakest Part
Beanbag Chair
Mr. Tough
Song for Mahlia
Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2)
Sugarcube
Styles of the times
Big Day Coming > (fast version)
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
The Story of Yo La Tango

*(encore 1)*
The Race Is On Again
Dreaming (Sun Ra)
Tom Courtenay (acoustic version)

*(encore 2)*
Gates of Steel (Devo)
My Little Corner of the World (Bob Hilliard & Lee Pockriss)

around the campfire with yo la tengo

Yo La Tengo at Skirball Center, NYU
25 April 2007

Billed as ‘Around the Campfire with Yo La Tengo.’ Ira on acoustic guitar, Georgia on snare/hi-hat, James on bass. Q&A between each song.

Tom Courtenay
Our Way To Fall
You Can Have It All (Harry Wayne Casey)
Tiny Birds
Rocks Off (Rolling Stones)
Better Things (The Kinks)
Now 2000
Nowhere Near
Stockholm Syndrome
Autumn Sweater
Speeding Motorcycle (Daniel Johnston)

“1999″ – dump

“1999″ – Dump (download here)
from That Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice? (1998)
released by Shrimper

(file expires March 29th)

Yo La Tengo’s James McNew reimagines “1999″ as an oddly grooved drum machine chill-out. It works, too, mostly thanks to McNew’s boyishly sweet voice. His album of Prince covers, That Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice? (note the question mark) was sued out of existence by the Purple One himself. I wonder if he ever listened to it. I hope so, if only because I dig the idea of Prince feeling threatened by James McNew. Apparently, Amazon Japan has copies.

(Oh, yeah: and YLT will be on WFMU tomorrow night doing their annual request-a-thon/benefit, though it probably won’t be as good as this.)

“the weakest part” (slow version) – yo la tengo

“The Weakest Part” (slow version) – Yo La Tengo (download here)
from iTunes Session EP (2007)
released by iTunes (buy

(expires January 17th)

Though you wouldn’t know it by checking YLT.com (at least, as of tonight), there’s a new four-song Yo La Tengo EP this week, available for $4 via the iTunes store. Along with a vaguely surfy instrumental, “El Es Gay” (like “El Es Dee”?), a by-the-books rerecording of “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind,” and a delighted cover of Love’s tribute to LBJ’s daughter (and “Twist and Shout” rewrite) “Luci Baines,” there’s also a rearrangement of Beat Your Ass‘s “The Weakest Part.”

Sufficently damn understated in its original incarnation, “The Weakest Part” is now practically invisible. As a solo piano ballad (with dab of feedbacky guitar), the slow motion melody stretches to a near flatline. It’s just atmosphere, Georgia Hubley’s voice disappearing into the sound of itself. It’s not much to sing (or even hum) along with, but it is lovely nonetheless.

Well worth the $4 (if only to burn to CD & re-rip to mp3), the iTunes Session EP is a nice addition to the two b-sides Yo La Tengo put out last fall.

“i’m your puppet” & misc. ylt business

“I’m Your Puppet” – Yo La Tengo (download here)
from Mr. Tough 7-inch (2006)
released by Matador

1. Here’s the newest obscura, a literal B-side from the “Mr. Tough” single: a cover of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham’s “I’m Your Puppet.” Presumably a Beat Your Ass leftover, it’s got lovely strings (David Mansfield?), and is a welcome addition to the late-night playlist.

2. To reach the resources of the old YoLaTengo.net, one now has to use the Wayback Machine at archive.org to consult a mirror of the old YLT.net via the now-old version of sunsquashed.com. The URLs get pretty hilarious. It is http://web.archive.org/web/20040214114501/www.sunsquashed.com/net/">here (no graphics, so just, like, wave your arrow over the links to find what yer looking for).

3. So, apparently, there was a BBC session, recently? I seemed to have missed this. Some curious covers http://matadorbb.bway.net/showthread.php?t=4929">on the setlist. Anybody end up with a copy?

4. YLT played in Jersey City on Friday.

Yo La Tengo at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre
29 September 2006
Why? opened

Sugarcube
Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
The Weakest Part
Sometimes I Don’t Get You
Winter A Go Go
Mr. Tough
Beanbag Chair
I Feel Like Going Home
Stockholm Syndrome
I Should Have Known Better
Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
Tom Courtenay
The Story of Yo La Tango
I Heard You Looking

*(encore 1)*
Oklahoma USA (The Kinks)
Lewis
Rocks Off (The Rolling Stones)

*(encore 2)*
Cast A Shadow (Beat Happening)
Did I Tell You?

“meet the mets” – yo la tengo

“Meet the Mets” – Yo La Tengo (download here)
from Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics (2006)
released by Egon

(file expires on May 31st.)

Every one of the 30 tossed-off covers on the terrible-by-any-objective-standard Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics will be endearing to somebody; the only question is which one. It’s kind of a neat effect, and it makes the band seem that much more personal. For me, it’s “Meet the Mets,” the closest the team (from whose lore YLT drew their name) ever came to a theme jingle. Though it was recently replaced — officially, anyway — by the metallic shit-pop production “Our Team, Our Time,” “Meet the Mets” still gets an early inning airing and sing-along. Young Manhattanite recently posted a delightful mp3 history of the Mets’ various songs over the years.

(Visible under the 7-train tracks is the Casey Stengel bus depot.)


(“Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” 7th inning stretch.)

yo la tengo WFMU 2006 setlist

Yo La Tengo played their annual all-covers pledge drive for WFMU tonight.

Please comment with corrections. Thanks to Google for the help.

7 March 2006
WFMU Studios
Jersey City, NJ

Batman theme
Bertha (Grateful Dead)
City Hobgoblins (The Fall)
The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man (The Rolling Stones)

Instant Karma (John Lennon)
Zig-Zag Wanderer (Captain Beefheart)
Something In The Air (Thunderclap Newman)
Laugh at Me (Sonny and Cher)

Egyptian Reggae (Jonathan Richman)
Rock and Roll Love Letter (Bay City Rollers)
Starry Eyes (The Records)
You Don’t Miss Your Water (Craig David)
Girl of the North Country (Bob Dylan)

Dead Flowers (The Rolling Stones)
Blister in the Sun (Violent Femmes)
Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan)
Suspect Device (Stiff Little Fingers)
I Can’t Make It On Time (The Ramones)

Gut Feeling (Devo)
Holiday (The Bee Gees)
Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)
Don’t Cry No Tears (Neil Young)
I Fought the Law (Bobby Fuller Four)
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding? (Nick Lowe)

Happy Birthday to Bruce Bennett
Pay to Cum (Bad Brains)
Do It Again (Steely Dan)
You Make Me Feel So Good (The Zombies)
Heart of Darkness (Pere Ubu)

Alex Chilton (The Replacements)
Jack and Diane (John Mellencamp)
California Girls (The Beach Boys)
Hello Lucille, Are You A Lesbian? (T. Valentine)
Re-Make/Re-Model (Roxy Music)

Should I Stay or Should I Go? (The Clash)
Slack Motherfucker (Superchunk)
Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon), as medley, with bits of Take Me To The River (Al Green), Life on Mars? (David Bowie), Like A Virgin (Madonna), Dr. Robert (The Beatles), Uptown Girl (Billy Joel) and others.

ylt round-up & barnaby’s anatomy

“Barnaby, Hardly Working” – Yo La Tengo
27 December 2005 :: Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ

(file expires on February 16th)

It’s a good week (for me, anyway) when there are announcements of new projects from Bob Dylan, David Byrne, and — now — Yo La Tengo. Over on ylt.com, Ira reports that the band is working on a new album in Nashville (presumably once again with producer Roger Moutenot). Beauty, eh? Ira also mentions a bunch of movie soundtracks. It’d sure be nice to see some EPs come outta those. And, while we’re on the topic, Brooklyn Vegan posted a few weeks back that YLT will be returning to the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 13th.

Above is “Barnaby, Hardly Working” from the third night of the 2005 Hanukah run. I’ve dorked about it elsewhere, and it’s worth a listen, totally different from the versions on Fakebook and the President Yo La Tengo EP. The band really milks the transitions, stretching out via a long Ira solo in the middle and turning the ending into two separate sections — a reprise of the verse, and finally a dreamy glide through the “face down beside the water” coda. There are all kinds of nifty arrangement touches throughout, too: Tortoise drummer John Herndon’s just-right shaker entrance (around the three minute mark), his drum-off with Georgia coming out of Ira’s solo, James’ sudden organ (pun only slightly intended) during the ending. For all I know, this is how they’ve been playing the song for years, but I’d sure never heard it. For BitTorrenters, the whole show is (hopefully) still available here. Thanks to yltfan for taping.

i’m so tired (ylt, night 8)

My mind is on the blink. One more night in Hoboken kept 2005 in suspended animation, so the New Year doesn’t really begin ’til I wake up tomorrow. So it goes. One more night, a few more bust-outs (finally got “Tiny Birds”), one more version of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Je T’Aime.” Happy Hanukah. Thanks, YLT.

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
1 January 2006
*(Hanukah, night 8)*
Lois and FruitBoots opened.

Mix disc by Cornelius.

Holiday (Madonna)
Eight Day Weekend (Gary Lewis)
Cherry Chapstick
Decora
Season of the Shark
The Summer
Autumn Sweater
Satellite
Tiny Birds
Nowhere Near
Sudden Organ
Styles of the Times
Tom Courtenay
Blue Line Swinger
Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)

*(encore)*
Matter of Trust (Billy Joel, with, ahem, Matter of Trust, featuring Jons Benjamin & Glaser, Todd Barry, etc.)
Rocks Off (The Rolling Stones)
Don’t Make My Baby Blue (Cynthia Weill/Barry Mann, with Lois on vocals and Bruce Bennett on guitar)
Je T’Aime (Serge Gainsbourg, with Lois and Gaylord Fields)
Dream A Little Dream of Me (W. Schwant/F. Andre/ G. Kahn, with Lois on vocals)

you can have it all (ylt, night 7)

Never thought I’d be so glad to spend New Year’s in Jersey. Probably some holes below, but so it goes. Lotta strands in ol’ Duder’s head. Fun stuff — falsetto overdrive after midnight (“1999″); costumes; thin, wild mercury music (“I Wanna Be Your Lover”); Georgia balladry (“Gee, the Moon is Shining Bright”); New Year’s resolutions (“Sugarcube”), and the infinitely charming Wreckless Eric eating an apple while crooning Serge Gainsbourg (“Je T’Aime,” untranslatable to tape). Happy New Year’s.

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
31 December 2005
*(Hanukah, night 7)*
The Scene is Now and Fred Armisen opened.

Mix discs by James and RJD2.

(much of set with various members of The Scene is Now and/or Fred Armisen on drums.)

1999 (Prince, Fred Armisen as Prince.)
When U Were Mine (Prince, with Armisen)
Stockholm Syndrome
Upside Down
Tears Are In Your Eyes
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Bob Dylan)
As the Hour Grows Late
Center of Gravity
Xmas Trip (Run-On)
Gee, The Moon is Shining Bright (The Dixie Cups)
Little Eyes
Sugarcube
The Story of Jazz
Big Day Coming (fast version)
Deeper Into Movies
Mushroom Cloud of Hiss
instrumental (Georgia on guitar)
Our Way to Fall

*(encore)*
False Alarm tease >
Let’s Compromise (Information, with everybody)
Red Rubber Ball (Paul Simon, with Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby)
Je T’Aime (Serge Gainsbourg, with Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby)
Yellow Sarong

the incomparable jamaican rhythms of georgia dubplate and james mcselassie (ylt, night 6)

An utterly surprising set, featuring former Rolling Thunder Revue multi-instrumentalist David Mansfield on violin (“the boy with the Botticelli face” — Allen Ginsberg) and all the quiet folkiness and obscure covers that’ve been conspicously scarce for much of the run. Nearly every selection felt like a forgotten (or newly remembered) treat, from the Camp Yo La Tengo “Tom Courtenay” to a random-ass T-Bone Burrnett cover to Georgia’s beautiful, beautiful, beautiful take on the Blonde on Blonde outtake “I’ll Keep It With Mine.”

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
30 December 2005
*(Hanukah, night 6)*
The Volcano Suns and Raisin opened.

Mix disc by Ira.

(entire set with David Mansfield on violin)
Night Falls on Hoboken
Tom Courtenay (quiet version)
Did I Tell You?
Griselda (Peter Stampfel)
Pablo and Andrea
Black Hole (The Urinals)
Something To Do
We’re An American Band
I’m Coming Home (T-Bone Burnett)
Alyda
From Black to Blue
How Much I’ve Lied (Gram Parsons)
Little Eyes
For Shame of Doing Wrong (Richard Thompson)
Sugarcube
I Heard You Looking
I’ll Keep It With Mine (Bob Dylan)

*(encore)*
Autumn Sweater
Can’t Make It On Time (The Ramones, with Volcano Suns guitarist)
Definitely Clean (Steve Wynn, with Volcano Suns guitarist and Peter Prescott on vocals)

unreconstructed reconstructions (ylt, night 5)

I wasn’t there, but thanks to the help of Christopher, Neil, OneLouderNYC, and Ira’s diary, I think I’ve reconstructed the setlist for last night’s show. Looks like fun, with a nice seasonal clump in the middle. (No “I Live in the Springtime,” though.) All corrections welcome, of course.

Also, yesterday, the New York Times featured Laura Sinagra’s very nice review of night 3. (Registration logins here.)

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
29 December 2005
*(Hanukah, night 5)*
Half-Japanese and Louis C.K. opened.

Mix disc by Pee-Wee’s Playhouse designer Gary Panter

Beautiful World (Devo)
From A Motel 6
Today Is The Day
Detouring America With Horns
Season of the Shark
Winter A Go Go
Autumn Sweater
The Summer
Car Gears Stick in Reverse, Daring Driver Crosses Town Backwards (with Jad Fair)
Principal Punishes Students with Bad Impressions and Tired Jokes (with Jad Fair)
Little Eyes
Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)
Tom Courtenay
Heroin (Velvet Underground, Roky Erickson arrangement)

*(encore)* with David Johansen on vocals
After the Fox (Burt Bacharach)
Out in the Streets (Jeff Berry and Ellie Greenwich)
Doin’ All Right (The Fugs, with Bruce Bennett on guitar)
Chinese Rocks (Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers)
Who Are the Mystery Girls? (New York Dolls).

if it ain’t hoboken, don’t fix it (ylt, night 4)

(Thanks to Ariella for the posting title…)

It’s just a wonder to me that I can see Tortoise and the Sun Ra Arkestra on consecutive nights, on a tiny-ass stage, playing both by themselves and with Yo La Tengo. The Arkestra was in fine form, digging deep and weird, and coming up with “I am Gonna Unmask The Batman,” a cut from the cosmos-spanning Singles anthology that YLT has drawn from repeatedly.

Like the Arkestra, YLT’s set was, by turns, sloppy, inspired, and joyous. Highlights included a gorgeous “Beach Party Tonight” opener, a half-dozen impromptu Stax-on-Saturn horn arrangements, an overdriven “Big Day Coming” (with trombone blowing a mutated Dixieland counterpoint to the two-note riff), and a full-charge segue into an even-more-overdriven “Little Honda.”

I’m, er, skipping tomorrow. So, if anybody goes and wants to pass a aetlist along, I’d be happy to post it.

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
28 December 2005
*(Hanukah, night 4)*
The Sun Ra Arkestra and Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin opened.

Mix disc by WFMU‘s Small Change.

(“Beach Party” through “Double Dare,” and “Clumsy Grandmother” through “Nuclear War” with members of the Arkestra.)

Beach Party Tonight
Georgia vs. Yo La Tengo
Don’t Have To Be So Sad
Out the Window
Double Dare
Tears Are In Your Eyes
Stockholm Syndrome
Walking Away From You
Can’t Forget
Clumsy Grandmother Serves Delicious Dessert by Mistake
Deeper Into Movies
Big Day Coming (fast) >
Little Honda (Beach Boys)
Nuclear War (Sun Ra)

*(encore)*
I Dream of Jeannie (Hypnolovewheel, with Stephen Hunking on guitar and vocals)
(I Live For) Cars and Girls (The Dictators, with Todd Abramson of Maxwell’s on vocals)
Dreaming (Sun Ra)

night falls on bourgwick (ylt, night 3)

Splendid night in Hoboken, and kinda the reason I keep going back to Maxwell’s. Seeing Tortoise on a tiny stage was a treat, and their additions to Yo La Tengo’s set were exactly what guest appearances should be. Switching off on various basses, guitars, and drums, Messrs. Hendon, McCombs, and Parker strengthened the songs in all kinds of subliminal, unpredictable ways, from McCombs and Parker’s spine-like guitar/bass groove underneath “Autumn Sweater,” to McCombs’ one-chord drone below “Last Days of Disco,” to McCombs putting down his guitar altogether after seemingly deciding that “Barnaby, Hardly Working” was working just fine with the core YLT trio (and it was), to Herndon returning to help guide the song through a magnificent coda.

The appearance of Patti Smith Group mastermind and legendary rock scribe Lenny Kaye (on his 59th birthday, no less) was also glorious. The curator of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era — the punk-era equivalent of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music — led by example, running the Tengos through a handful of, er, nuggets with passion and graceful humor. Happy birthday, dude.

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
27 December 2005
*(Hanukah, night 3)*
Tortoise and Demitri Martin opened.

Mix disc by El-P.

(First three-quarters of the set with various members of Tortoise.)

Bad Politics
Green Arrow
Everyday
False Alarm
Autumn Sweater
The Last Days of Disco
Barnaby, Hardly Working
How To Make A Baby Elephant Float
Madeline (false start)
Sugarcube
Artificial Heart
Decora
Tom Courtenay
I Heard You Looking

*(encore)* with Lenny Kaye on guitar and vocals
Night Time (Strangeloves)
No Time Like The Right Time (Blues Project)
Shock Me (Lenny Kaye)
Pushin’ Too Hard (The Seeds)
Moulty (The Barbarians)

irie acetone & yo jah tengo (ylt, night 2)

An effervescent Boxing Day at Maxwell’s. First half of the set was particularly graceful. Precise “Pez Drop” opener (the “bah bah bah bah”s were still in my head waiting for the PATH), purdy-like “Our Way To Fall,” neatly swinging “Tony Orlando,” and delicious Acetone action/two-note riffage on “Big Day Coming.”

Ira is also posting about the run on YoLaTengo.com.

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
26 December 2005
*(Hanukah, night 2)*
PG Six and Todd Barry opened.

Mix disc by Georgia.

Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop
Our Way To Fall
We’re An American Band
Today is the Day (fast version)
Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
Season of the Shark
Little Eyes
The Empty Pool
She’s My Best Friend (Velvet Underground)
Big Day Coming (fast version)
Drug Test
Tom Courtenay
Blue Line Swinger
Flowers of the Forest (Fairport Convention, no drums, with Patrick Gubler and Bob Banister (sp?) of PG Six)

*(encore)*
Jeepster (T-Rex, with PG & BB, Todd Barry on drums)
Time (Richard Hell) (with PG & BB)
Burning For You (Blue Oyster Cult)

(thanks to Sam for plugging the holes in night 1, all help appreciated…)

oy howdy (ylt, night 1)

Back from vacation just in time for Yo La Tengo’s http://www.pastemagazine.com/action/article?article_id=1611">annual Hanukah run at Maxwell’s. I’ll be hitting a bunch of these in the coming week. Setlists to follow when I feel like it. Tonight’s show was a lot of fun, with a little bit of opening night glitchery, and definitely a bitchin’ way to spend Christmas.

Personal highlights included a quiet/shimmering “Crying of Lot G,” a blistering false ending on “Styles of the Times,” and the lovely acoustic campfire “Big Day Coming” (the third different arrangement of the song).

Also, the band is going to be selling limited run CD-R mixes each night of the run, $10 at the merch table. Tonight’s was made by brilliant Motherless Brooklyn/Fortress of Solitude novelist Jonathan Lethem. I bought it, and will post a tracklist when I can decipher the liner card.

Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s
25 December 2005
*(Hanukah, night 1)*
The Mad Scene (with Georgia on guitar) & Eugene Mirman opened.

Band in costume for show:
Ira – Santa
Georgia – Robin (as in “Batman and…”)
James – Hasidic Jew (James McJew?)

Holiday (Madonna)
Eight Day Weekend (“Seven Day Weekend” by Doc Pomus, covered by Gary “U.S.” Bonds)
Little Eyes
The Crying of Lot G
Double Dare
Shaker
Stockholm Syndrome
Lewis
Don’t Have To Be So Sad (James couldn’t get the synth beat going right, so the guitar tech dude played drums)
Sudden Organ
Autumn Sweater
Styles of the Times
Decora
Deeper Into Movies (Hamish Kilgour from Mad Scene on snare)
I Heard You Looking (Kilgour on Acetone)

*(encore)*
Big Day Coming (acoustic, Georgia lead)
Je T’Aime (Serge Gainsbourg, with Kilgour and Lisa Siegel on vocals)
My Little Corner of the World (Ira’s mother on vocals)