Last night, Yo La Tengo continued their eight-night Hanukkah run at the Bowery Ballroom by welcoming electronic duo Matmos as their surprise opener, and keeping the group onstage for most of their single set.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan warmed up the crowd on the frosty New York evening, and following a playlist by Kid Congo Powers, YLT opened with their And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out cut “Everyday.”
As previously mentioned, Matmos added their techy sounds to the set, including tunes like “Let’s Do It Wrong,” and the pairing of “Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)> “Saturday.”
Later, original YLT guitarist Dave Schramm joined the band for three songs, namely “The Ballad of Red Buckets,” “Awhileaway” and “The Summer.” It’s worth noting that the first two tunes come off Yo La Tengo’s 2015 Stuff Like That There LP, in which Schramm reunited with the band to celebrate their 30th anniversary. “Awhileaaway” was also the one song of the evening that did not feature Matmos.
Another highlight came near the tail-end of the single set, as the band emerged from a “Cherry Chapstick” to land on Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” The Rumours cover featured YLT sound engineer Dutch Worthington on bass.
After closing with “The Story of Yo La Tengo,” the band welcomed Schramm once more to the stage for the entire five-song encore.
They started with “The Way Some People Die” and segued into honoring Jewish songwriters by covering Carole King’s “Wasn’t Born To Follow.” LaLa Brooks of the ’60s pop quartet The Crystals joined the celebration next, singing their hit “Then He Kissed Me” with accompaniment by a horn section. Brooks stuck around for versions of The Ronettes’ “I Wonder” and, finally, The Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron.” (The last three tunes were all written by Phil Spector.)
Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah celebration will be happening nightly at the Bowery Ballroom until Sunday, Dec. 9.
For more information visit the band’s official website.
Check out the full setlist below:
Yo La Tengo
December 5, 2018
Bowery Ballroom, New York City
whole set (minus “Awhileaway”) with Matmos on electronics.
Everyday, Let’s Do it Wrong, Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1) > Saturday, Above the Sound > The Ballad of Red Buckets^, Awhileaway^, The Summer^, Cherry Chapstick > Dreams*, Little Honda, The Story of Yo La Tengo
Enc: The Way Some People Die^, Wasn’t Born To Follow^, Then He Kissed Me^%, I Wonder^%, Da Doo Ron Ron^%
^ with Dave Schramm
* with Dutch Worthington
% with LaLa Brooks of the Crystals & horn section