Yo La Tengo: June 15, 2013 Maxwell’s – Flac/MP3/Streaming

June 19, 2013

[photos by PSquared Photography – courtesy of brooklynvegan]

When I first began going to Maxwell’s back some 25 years ago, it was to me just another of the excellent NYC-area clubs that hosted the bands I preferred. Its been the last decade where the club began to mean much more to me. While I was somewhat late to the Maxwell’s admiration party, it still hit me like a punch to the stomach when the news broke that the club would be closing for good at the end of July. In recent years as is well documented on the pages of this site, we’ve taken many trips over to Hoboken for some of the best shows I’ve seen in my entire life. The club became a home away from home — when I came in through the side door often much earlier than the time for doors, I was certain that I had a night of great music, good food, fine beer and welcome company ahead of me. Going to Maxwell’s was an escape of sorts, but more importantly it was about people — those that make a night of entertainment enjoyable in all aspects. The refreshing thing about Maxwell’s was that it was entirely free of the venue politics that plague many local venues. When I came in the door, I was welcome. And since I came so often, the staff were all familiar and friendly faces. I didn’t know all of their names, but every server, bartender, and bouncer were all the kind of people that you’d hope would run a music venue. Of particular note for me was Mike the ticket/door man who often allowed me to enter the venue early to set up equipment, and of course Carson Kopp, the venue’s head sound technician whose sound talents are well documented on this site but whose generosity, patience and sense of humor were always second to none. I expect that all of the people involved in this special place with land on their feet wherever they go, but somehow it will never be the same.

A large reason why Maxwell’s was the locale for so many of the special nights we’ve experienced was the “house band” — Yo La Tengo. We’ve seen them at times other than Hanukkah, but the vast majority of our YLT shows were during the eight day holiday. Due to some unforseen circumstances, on Saturday night a show originally billed as “Condo Fucks” in an opening slot became a two-set Yo La Tengo Maxwell’s show, and will be the final show of the band at its home venue. With that knowledge, the band’s entrance on stage in front of the red velvet curtain was instantly emotional. It was both hard to fathom and hard to accept that the band’s familiar position was its final night on this stage. Yo La Tengo has always had a keen awareness of its circumstances and its surroundings, and the setlist seemed uniquely fashioned for this night. Indeed, as “Mr. Tough” was dedicated to venue manager Todd Abramson, it occurred to me that the lyrics “we’ll forget about our problems / Ignore them for a little while / And leave our worries in the corner” quite well summarized the feeling of entering Maxwell’s for a night of music. While the weird sense of current enjoyment and the dread of the ending of something magical permeated my feelings throughout the set, it wasn’t until a beautiful quiet version of “Tom Courtenay” that the lump in my throat evolved into real tears. Its hard to lose something this special, but Yo La Tengo’s quiet first set was the cathartic remedy that we needed to help us accept our fate. After a break, the band returned with a full electric “Condo Fucks” set of garage-rock covers. It was exactly what was necessary at the exact right time — the chance to celebrate what Maxwell’s was really all about, no frills and unpretentious rock and roll simply for its own sake. The band’s final song, a super quiet and oh so appropriate cover of the Kinks’ “This Is Where I Belong” wasn’t so much a crying song as it was a wave goodbye. Ira Kaplan introduced the song by humbly noting that “this band does not exist without this club.” Indeed, much of the most important alternative rock of the last 30 years doesn’t either, and for that we can always thank and remember fondly Maxwell’s in Hoboken.

I recorded this set in the manner we’ve always been lucky to be permitted to record in this venue, and the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Yo La Tengo is going to be on tour for the next several months and the dates are [HERE].

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Yo La Tengo
Hoboken NJ

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann TLM-102s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2013-06-19

[Total Time 1:35:17]
Set One [Acoustic YLT]
01 [introduction]
02 Big Day Coming
03 The Point Of It
04 [3 Blocks intro]
05 Three Blocks From Groove Street
06 [banter – libretto]
07 Mr. Tough
08 Swing For Life
09 Speeding Motorcycle [Daniel Johnston]
10 I’ll Be Around
11 Tom Courtenay
12 Ohm

Set Two [Condo Fucks]
13 [introduction set two]
14 Outrage [Booker T]
15 The Last Time [Rolling Stones]
16 Last Time Around [The Del-Vetts]
17 Frenzy [The Fugs]
18 Mystery Action [The Rezillos]
19 Whatcha Gonna Do About It [Small Faces]
20 Right Side of My Mind [Angry Samoans]
21 I Want You To Be My Boy [The Exciters]
22 I’m Your Man [Richard Hell]
23 Accident [Electric Eels]
24 With A Girl Like You [The Troggs]
25 Tiger In Your Tank [Muddy Waters]
26 Dog Meat [Flamin Groovies]
27 Get Down [Half Life]
28 Come On Up [Young Rascals]
29 Gudbuy T’Jane [Slade]
30 [encore break]
31 This Is Where I Belong [The Kinks]

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17 Responses to Yo La Tengo: June 15, 2013 Maxwell’s – Flac/MP3/Streaming

  1. June 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks for all of your recordings through the years, especially the Maxwell’s/YLT Hannukah runs and this recent gig. It is certainly appreciated by those of us not able to attend these historic shows.

  2. acidjack
    June 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Thanks for this, Dan. Beautiful send-off. Glad I was able to be a part of some of these Maxwell’s moments over the years.

  3. G. Dubost
    June 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I’ve been expecting this recording since i read that YLT played their last Maxwell’s gig last weekend. As an european YLT fan, i’ve repeated to myself, over the years, “if only i could see them, once at least, during the Hannukah series”.
    You guys at NYCtaper helped me by providing awesome recordings for exceptional moments.
    I think my throat will tighten when i’ll listen to this.

  4. Jason
    June 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Thank you so much for this, and your personal story of Maxwell’s. I grew up in upstate NY and would drive to Maxwell’s regularly in the late 80s and early 90s. I moved to the Midwest, but I’ve been back to Maxwell’s for 3 nights of 3 different Hanukkah shows in the last 3 years. Your recordings have kept me warm through many winter nights, wondering what I was missing on that stage. Thanks for doing what you do, at Maxwell’s and elsewhere. You are appreciated all over the world, I’m sure.

  5. June 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    THANK YOU. For this and everything else.

  6. June 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Right there with ya, buddy. So thanks for this one. RIP Maxwell’s

  7. Geoffrey
    June 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    This was my first (and last) time seeing YLT at Maxwell’s. I was hoping a recording would surface. Thank you very much for your work. This show was amazing, for the record.

  8. neil d
    June 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks so much for this recording, and for sharing your memories. Maxwell’s was insanely special in ways that I can’t even put into words – I hope recordings like these will help preserve a little bit of that for those who were never able to experience it in person.

  9. June 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    All the bars worth patronizing go out of business. I’ll miss Maxwell’s, and the PATH train full of hopped-up compeers with YLT in their ears riding home.

    In other words, thanks for this.

  10. Calvin
    June 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Like others here, I never got a chance to visit Maxwell’s but listened to dozens of Hanukkah shows that you and others shared. Thanks for the recording which lets me enjoy the moment, far away, with my eyes closed.

  11. LazArchives
    June 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Yes, a sad day indeed. My first YLT show @Maxwell’s was Sept.20, 1986. We will talk about releasing archival recordings from some other bands from this historic venue in a separate email NYCTaper. There are plenty from the ’80’s & ’90’s that I would love share.

  12. June 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks, that sounds great. A few months ago, I had finally decided to schedule a road trip to see at least one of this year’s Maxwell’s Hanukkah shows; alas, I guess I missed my chance. But thanks for recording and posting the shows over the years.

  13. Jeff
    June 30, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Thanks so much for all of your Maxwell’s YLT recordings over the years. I was lucky enough to catch two of their shows there, 12/31/05 and 1/1/06. However your diligent work taping there has made so many others available in such crystal-clear pristine sound that it is by far the next best thing to being there. Thank you NYCTaper, Thank you YLT, and lastly thank you Maxwell’s for making this small yet beautiful slice of history possible

  14. Jeremy
    July 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

    When these guys tour their sets are MUCH shorter. Guess they can’t be bothered for the out of towners.

  15. acidjack
    July 1, 2013 at 11:35 am

    All of the recordings of the 2013 tour I have seen floating around are a two-set show with an acoustic and an electric set, generally running around 80-90 minutes (consistent with the set times of the Hanukkah run). This particular show was the band’s final show at their hometown venue, plus it was basically a YLT set plus a set by their “side project”. I don’t think the length of this set is therefore representative of this tour or of typical YLT generally.

  16. July 2, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Thank you so much for this one. I’ve followed this site for some time and in particular have always been excited by the YLT recordings because I keep missing out on their Hanukkah shows. This particular night I managed to make it in with one of my sisters who introduced me to both Maxwell’s and YLT back in the 90s.

    I’ll really miss the club as it played a major role in multiple scenes I was a part of. This was a great show to send it off.

  17. pyython
    July 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Regarding Jeremy’s comment; the show in Dallas was 2 sets and well over 90 minutes. Also, I find out later, they went back on after the crowd left (and Ira left the merch table) and performed a few songs for the staff.

    acidjack, nyctaper and all who are with this site,
    Thank you for what you do.

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