Yo La Tengo: December 23, 2008 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + News

December 24, 2008

[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

If the third night of Yo La Tengo‘s annual Hanukkah celebration at Maxwell’s did not have the big name guests as in previous nights and years, our hosts more than made up for the deficit with a smoking ninety-minute set that alternated between quiet lithe numbers and absolute shredding. Yo La Tengo were joined for the entire set by the superb guitarist Smokey Hormel. His contributions to the set were tasty and appropriate. The highlights of the set (there were many) include the Dylan cover of “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, Neil Diamond’s (via the Monkees) classic “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” and the closer — a fourteen minute maniacal version of “I Heard You Looking”.

The sound quality in the venue was mixed to perfection. We recorded from the prime location in this venue, and the quality of this recording is really excellent. We could not be happier with this capture. Enjoy!

News: We learned last night that Antietam will open for YLT at the December 25th show, and that the actor Tim Roth will also appear (for a spoken word piece) later in the week — likely on Saturday December 27. We will return to record on Saturday.

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Yo La Tengo
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Front Corner of Sound Desk
Dead Center, approximately 30 feet from the PA

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Monster XLR Cables > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (set fades, slight level adjustments, downsample) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by

[Total Time 1:31:35]
01 Old Joy
02 We’re An American Band
03 Little Eyes
04 I Wanna Be Your Lover (Dylan)
05 A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Monkees)
06 The Race Is On Again
07 Damage
08 Can’t Forget
09 Don’t Say A Word
10 Our Way To Fall
11 Out The Window
12 Styles Of The Times
13 Tom Courtenay
14 I Heard You Looking
15 [encore break]
16 Stay With Me (The Dictators)
17 Center of Gravity

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12 Responses to Yo La Tengo: December 23, 2008 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + News

  1. John M
    December 25, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Thank you nyctaper, can’t wait to give this a listen.
    Merry Christmas

  2. December 25, 2008 at 11:52 am

    This looks like a GREAT set! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. December 25, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Last night (Dec 24) was recorded by a nyctaper correspondent and will be on the site later tonight.

  4. Dan
    December 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    This sounds really great! Terrific work as always – can’t wait for the next one. Many thanks from faaaaaaar away from Maxwells.

  5. jim
    December 25, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    this show sounds awesome. Thanks so much!

    Was curious about a post i saw awhile ago, you mentioned you had some recordings by bands like Belle and Sebastian and the Dismemberment Plan and others and I was wondering if you plan on putting them up on NYCtaper. Thanks again!

  6. December 25, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Belle and Sebastian is ready to post, I’m just waiting for an ok from the original taper. Its a show from the Hammerstein in May of 2002 that sounds excellent.

  7. December 25, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Fred Armisen is tonight’s comedian, and Antietam is indeed the opener.

  8. revroth
    December 26, 2008 at 1:08 am

    nyctaper, thanks very much for this–I’ll write to you re: the FLAC files.

    Any chance you taped Zorn and Ribot’s opening set? PLEASE say yes…

    Happy Holidays.

  9. December 26, 2008 at 1:37 am

    I did not record the Zorn/Ribot set because both artists do not permit live recordings.

  10. tylerw
    December 31, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    only listened to the first track so far, but i can tell this is a special show/recording. THANK YOU.

  11. Adam Thrasher
    January 9, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    YLT gives a show with gusto as evidenced on another first rate nyctaper recording! Wow!

  12. LD
    September 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I saw Smokey Hormel play years ago with Smokey & Miho – a samba duet. He’s exquisite. Understated and polished. A real pro. I just checked out his site, and a cool record of his here: http://www.smokeyhormel.com/buymusic.html
    Thanks Hugely for this YLT live show.

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