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

June 19, 2013
By

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[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].

Stream “Tom Courtenay”:

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Yo La Tengo
2013-06-15
Maxwells
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

Setlist:
[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]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and purchase their latest album Fade from Matador Records [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: December 13, 2012 Maxwell’s (Hanukkah Night 6) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 23, 2012
By

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[Photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

Donate to the Ali Forney Center [HERE]

This will be our final post of Yo La Tengo shows this year.  With eight nights to cover, plus opening band recordings still to come, you might start wondering why this site didn’t just change its name to “YoLaTengoTaper” at some point. But the fact is, the live experience of rock music is all about surprise, virtuosity and connection, and if any band can do those three things over the course of eight nights in the same venue better than Yo La Tengo, I haven’t seen it. They’ve been various hailed (or mocked, depending on your perspective) as a rock critic’s type of band – earnest record collectors themselves whose vast knowledge of the music they like influences and changes the music they play. Over these eight nights, you get the feeling that you’re getting a look into their no-doubt-massive record collection. You see the band cover every manner of obscure tune to big rock anthem, with artists that have affected their careers and that still inspire them taking the stage as openers. These Hanukkah shows are a distillation of all that makes this band great. And for many of us, this band represents so much of what makes music great. To really appreciate how true that is, I recommend that you read Jesse Jarnow‘s painstakingly researched and endlessly entertaining biography of the band and the era they came up in, Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie RockThen listen to these shows again, and see how much Jesse has opened up the world of this band to you.

Neither of us from NYCTaper were able to actually attend this show, so we would like to extend our thanks to a fellow taper who has flown to New York from Portland to share the section with us for the last several years for allowing us to post his recording. He goes, appropriately enough, by the moniker “yltfan”, and I think anyone who would fly across the country to see and record the band deserves that title. He has done an amazing job capturing this show, and like the rest of you, I’m going to enjoy giving it a full listen to get the full feel of its greatness (including the band playing with guest vocalist Barbara Manning, and a killer version of “Five Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)”).

yltfan used Audio Technica 4053 hypercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from Mark, the band’s engineer, and Carson, Maxwells’ longtime engineer. Like the rest of the YLT Hanukkah recordings, this one is is outstanding. Enjoy!

This show was a benefit for the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing for homeless LGBT youth, and was severely damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Yo La Tengo asked repeatedly during these shows for fans to consider the low ticket price and to give additional funds to the causes they chose. As we are offering the download for free and without any requirement to donate to the charity, we ask that you please do so.  

Stream “Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)”

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]
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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Yo La Tengo
2012-12-13
Hanukkah Night 6
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded by yltfan
Produced by acidjack

Audio Technica 4053 (inside SBD cage, PAS) + Soundboard (engineer: Mark) >> Tascam DR-680>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter, adjust stereo image)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Setlist courtesy of Jesse Jarnow (www.jessejarnow.com)

Tracks [Total Time 1:34:15]
01 Big Day Coming (quiet)
02 Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop
03 Frenzy [The Fugs]
04 Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
05 Five-Cornered Drone (Crispy Duck)
06 Winter A Go Go
07 [banter1]
08 I’m On My Way
09 [banter2]
10 I’ll Be Around
11 Cherry Chapstick>
12 Styles of the Times>
13 Sugarcube
14 Little Honda [The Hondells] (no noise jam)
15 Blue Line Swinger
16 [encore break]
17 Christmas Is Lonely (When You’re A Jew) [The Yule Logs] *
18 [banter3]
19 B4 We Go Under [Robert Scott] *
20 Tried So Hard [Gene Clark]

* With Barbara Manning on guitar and vocals and Dan Vargas on vocals

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and pre-order the new album Fade from Matador Records [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: December 15, 2012 Maxwell’s (Hanukkah Night 8) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 20, 2012
By

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[Photos courtesy of Bleary Eyed Brooklyn]

Donate to Jersey Shore Relief [HERE]

We had several nights with incredible collaborations. We had “quieter” nights, and ones dedicated to guitar freakouts. But the final night of Yo La Tengo‘s 2012 run was the night for obscure cover songs and left-field tunes. Of course, there was also a fitting almost entire-set collaboration, with Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub, whom YLT had opened for back in the 90s. YLT also brought up several other special guests, including Don Fleming, WFMU DJ Gaylord Fields, and of course, Ira’s mother Marilyn, who sang the traditional YLT Hanukkah closer, “My Little Corner of the World.” But it was the raft of both obscure and more-common YLT covers that defined this night; of the 19 songs played, fully 11 of them were covers, along with the new song, “Ohm” that debuted here to lead off the set.

Ira had promised early on that “we won’t play a two-hour set” but the band all but did so anyway, clocking in at just under an hour and 50 minutes’ worth without seeming worn out from eight nights of consecutive long shows at all. After a hilarious lecture from the night’s “comedy act” Gaylord Fields (on the topic of Beatles imitators), Fields found his way back to the stage for an encore that included a hilarious Rice Krispies-themed cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” and the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song “Little Red Book”.  In between were a host of amazing moments, many with Blake joining on vocals, but the band’s own numbers, like “Moby Octopad” and this night’s superjam, “I Heard You Looking,” shone, too.

As Ira said, these shows – which are performed by everyone involved for free – take a lot out of the band. They represent one band’s ultimate expression of holiday generosity, to their fans, to their peers, to their community, to their city, and to their own legacy. Far from being de rigeur, we know that every Hanukkah season that YLT performs these shows is a gift. We’d like to thank the members of Yo La Tengo, the other musicians and comedians involved, the entire staff at Maxwell’s (but especially Carson and Mitch) and the fans whose enthusiasm for these recordings makes the expense and effort of making them available worthwhile.

Tonight’s show was a benefit for Jersey Shore Relief.  As the band pointed out repeatedly during the eight nights, these shows are a bargain for the fans who attend them at the low ticket price charged. They are even more a bargain for those downloading for free from this site. While we will not require that you donate in order to download the show, we expect that you will donate to the cause that was the reason for the band playing it.

Stream “God Knows It’s True” [Teenage Fanclub]

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]
Due to high download volume, we are hosting these files off-site. The off-site host has a maximum download limit of 500, which will periodically be reached. Please let us know if the download limit is reached and we will re-upload the files in a new location.  

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Yo La Tengo
2012-12-14
Hanukkah Night 8
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Setlist courtesy of Jesse Jarnow, author of Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock

Schoeps MK5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Mark) >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:48:07]
01 [intro]
02 Ohm
03 [banter1]
04 Did I Tell You
05 Cone of Silence
06 Goin’ Back [Carole King & Gerry Goffin]
07 [banter2]
08 Avalon or Someone Similar
09 Season of the Shark
10 [banter3]
11 Circling the Sun [Jonny]
12 Moby Octopad
13 [banter4]
14 I Feel Like Going Home
15 [banter5]
16 Walking On Ice [The Riot Squad]
17 [banter6]
18 I Wanna Be Your Lover [Bob Dylan] $
19 Evelyn Marble [Velvet Monkeys] $
20 God Knows It’s True [Teenage Fanclub] $
21 I Heard You Looking
22 Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)
23 [encore break]
24 Antmusic [Adam & the Ants] *
25 [banter7]
26 Rice Krispies Jingle/Brown Sugar [Rolling Stones] ^
27 Little Red Book [Burt Bacharach & Hal David] ^
28 [banter8]
29 My Little Corner of the World [Bob Hilliard & Lee Pockriss] &

Entire set other than “Ohm” with Norman Blake on Guitar/Organ/Vocals
* with Ira and James drum procession and audience drummers
^ with Gaylord Fields
& with Marilyn Kaplan on vocals
$ with Don Fleming on guitar/vocals

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and pre-order the new album Fade from Matador Records [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: December 14, 2012 Maxwell’s (Hanukkah Night 7) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 18, 2012
By

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[Photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

Donate to Waves for Water’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative

When bewildered people ask me why I have spent a significant chunk of my December so far attending and recording Yo La Tengo shows at Maxwell’s in (currently hard-to-reach) Hoboken, I usually point them to this performance from December 7, 2010.  That show had everything you look for in a YLT Hanukkah set – amazing  setlist of old songs, new songs and covers; lots of extended guitar jams, and  a special guest (Nels Cline) who added a whole new dimension to the band’s sound. Several of this year’s shows had that, too, including Sunday night with honorary members of the Sun Ra Arkestra and Fred Armisen, and Tuesday night with Kid Millions of Oneida. I thought that for me, Sunday would be the impossible show to top this year, but this Friday night show proved me wrong. I am not ready for it to de-throne 12/7/10 on my list of all-time favorites, but having now seen the entire 2012 run, I’m sure it is my favorite of this year.

For this set, singer-songwriter Andrew Bird joined the band for the entire performance on violin. Bird gave added a graceful, somber element to some quieter numbers like “Last Days of Disco” and Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine”.  Though the violin naturally lent itself to quiet songs, this night saw yet another set of monster guitar songs as well, including an absolutely scorching “Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)”. But it might be the main set’s closer, the Roky Erickson arrangement of the Velvet Underground’s “Heroin” that was the ultimate highlight; even compared to the version played last year, this was an inspired rendition, and Bird’s violin squealing along gave it added intensity.

If this had not already been my favorite show by that point, YLT sealed the deal with the encore. For the second encore song, the band was joined by Devendra Banhart. The song, Jorma Kaukonen’s “Song For the North Star”, was dedicated to “the tapers”, as Kaukonen’s band Hot Tuna was once a longtime favorite of the taping community (why they no longer are is the subject of another post). While of course it was gratifying to be acknowledged by the band at all, it was more gratifying to see such a unique cover at this point in the set, which the band then closed with another cover, “If I Only Had A Match.” Given how much these Hanukkah shows take out of the band, it was a testament to their creative energy and love for what they are doing that they absolutely killed it on their second-to-last night. Not that Night 8 (coming soon), didn’t have some treats of its own…

I recorded this set in the same manner as our other Hanukkah recordings, again with Schoeps MK5 microphones in the cardiod setting and an excellent soundboard feed by the band’s engineer, Mark.  Enjoy!

All of these Hanukkah shows are for charity. Like all of this year’s Hanukkah shows, tonight’s charity, Waves for Water’s Hurrican Sandy Relief Initiative, is working hard to assist the New York City area with its recovery from the storm. As the band has pointed out every night, they take their obligation to help seriously, and so do we. We ask that if you download this show, you contribute to the charity. Although you are not required to donate in order to download this show, Yo La Tengo – and NYCTaper – would greatly appreciate it if you would.

Stream “Song For the North Star” [Jorma Kaukonen]

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]
Due to high download volume, we are hosting these files off-site. The off-site host has a maximum download limit of 500, which will periodically be reached. Please let us know if the download limit is reached and we will re-upload the files in a new location.  

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Yo La Tengo
2012-12-14
Hanukkah Night 7
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Setlist courtesy of Jesse Jarnow, author of Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock

Schoeps MK5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Mark) >> Edirol R-44 [OCM]>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:35:23]
01 Everyday
02 One PM Again
03 How To Make A Baby Elephant Float
04 Last Days of Disco
05 Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)
06 Little Eyes
07 I Fall In Love Too Easily [Jule Styne & Sammy Cohn] &
08 [banter1]
09 When It’s Dark
10 I’ll Keep It With Mine [Bob Dylan]
11 [banter2]
12 Stupid Things
13 More Stars Than There Are In Heaven
14 Heroin (Velvet Underground) [Roky Erickson arrangement]
15 [encore break]
16 Griselda [Antonia]
17 [banter3]
18 Song For the North Star [Jorma Kaukonen] $
19 If I Only Had A Match [Lee Morris, Arthur Johnson, & George W. Meyer] $

* Entire set with Andrew Bird on Violin
& with Andrew Bird on vocals
$ with Devendra Banhart on vocals

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and pre-order the new album Fade from Matador Records [HERE].

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Yo La Tengo: December 12, 2012 Maxwell’s (Hanukkah Night 5) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 17, 2012
By

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[Photos by acidjack]

Text “Brooklyn” to 25383 to donate $10 to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund

For the fifth night of Hanukkah, Yo La Tengo dedicated their show to Brooklyn and to benefit the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, and honored the borough’s rich hip-hop tradition with the somewhat off-the-wall guest opener of El-P. If special guest stars during the main set are your favorite thing about these Hanukkah shows, tonight was not your night, as we didn’t get to experience a rapping Ira, James or Georgia or find hip-hop beats blaring behind “Mr. Tough”. But if Ira’s patented guitar freakouts are more your bag, then this set that went more or less from quiet to loud gave you plenty to love. From the opening solo of “From A Motel 6” into “I Should Have Known Better” to the screaming three-song suite of “Deeper Into Movies” into “Some Kinda Fatigue” into “Sugarcube”, this was a night where the band could shine without any added players. And after that trio came the sprawling “The Story of Yo La Tengo”, a song that, if any in their catalog, is worthy of the name, evolving from a spare organ intro into a full-blown squall of guitar, Ira barely visible from the back of Maxwell’s as he hunched over to will the notes from his instrument. While by Hanukkah standards this set could be billed as a “conventional” one (albeit, one that also saw the debut of another new song, “Cornelia and Jane”), it was, in the story of this 2012 Hanukkah run, no less vital.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other nights, this time with Schoeps MK5 microphones to produce a fuller, warmer sound.  Like all of the recordings released so far, this one benefited from a beautiful house mix by the band’s engineer Mark, and is another outstanding document of the band. Enjoy!

Tonight’s show was a benefit for The Brooklyn Recovery Fund. We ask that if you download this show, you contribute to the charity, which you can easily do by texting “Brooklyn” to the number at the top of this page. Although you are not required to donate to the charity in order to download this show, Yo La Tengo would greatly appreciate it if you would.

Stream “Deeper Into Movies”

Download the MP3 files [HERE] | Download the FLAC files [HERE]
Please note: Due to high download volume, we are hosting these files off-site. The off-site host has a maximum download limit of 500, which will periodically be reached. Please let us know if the download limit is reached and we will re-upload the files in a new location.  

If the FLAC link is no longer working, email nyctaper for the FLAC files

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

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Yo La Tengo
2012-12-12
Hanukkah Night 5
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Benefit for the Brooklyn Recovery Fund
Setlist courtesy of Jesse Jarnow (www.jessejarnow.com)

Soundboard (engineer: Mark) + Schoeps MK5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ and exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time: 1:33:23]
01 [intro]
02 From A Motel 6>
03 I Should Have Known Better
04 Here To Fall
05 [banter1]
06 Can’t Forget
07 I Can Hear Music [Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich & Phil Spector]
08 [banter2]
09 If It’s True
10 Mr. Tough
11 Nowhere Near
12 [banter3]
13 Cornelia and Jane
14 Deeper Into Movies>
15 Some Kinda Fatigue>
16 Sugarcube
17 The Story of Yo La Tengo
18 [encore break]
19 Dog Meat [Flamin’ Groovies]
20 [banter4]
21 Hanky Panky Nohow [John Cale]

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and pre-order the new album Fade from Matador Records [HERE].

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Yo La Tengo: December 11, 2012 Maxwell’s (Hanukkah Night 4) – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 15, 2012
By

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[photo by Vincent_1644]

There are many reasons that we go and record as many as possible of the Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s every year. Two of those reasons are the amazing guests and also a chance to see our favorites of the band’s songs. On Night 4, both of those reasons were realized. “Mushroom Cloud of Hiss” is always one of those manic closing songs, and we’re excited every time it pops up on the setlist. On this night, it didn’t disappoint. But it was the added bonus of having friend of the site Kid Millions (Oneida, Man Forever) play the whole set including the monster “Mushroom Cloud”. Kid’s drumming is known for his aggression and tirelessness, but it was also during the quieter numbers when his proficiency shone. The show was enhanced by his presence, but the band themselves also kicked it into the next gear with a raging T-Rex cover and a series of high level performances.

I recorded this set in the exact same manner as previous nights and the sound quality is equally superb. Enjoy!

Tonight’s show was a benefit for Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps. As with all of Hoboken’s first responders, they could use your help this holiday season. We ask that if you download this show, you contribute to the charity. Although you are not required to donate to the charity in order to download this show, Yo La Tengo would greatly appreciate it if you would.

Stream “Mushroom Cloud of Hiss”:

Download the Complete show in [MP3] / [FLAC]

Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request.

Yo La Tengo
2012-12-11
Hanukkah Night 4
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH 8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2012-12-15

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:29:10]
01 Spec Bebop
02 Were An American Band
03 The Crying of Lot G
04 20th Century Boy [T-Rex]
05 Out the Window
06 [banter – telethon]
07 The Point of It
08 [banter – mic check]
09 The Summer
10 Dont Have To Be So Sad
11 [banter – joke]
12 Double Dare
13 Big Day Coming
14 Nothing To Hide
15 Decora
16 Mushroom Cloud of Hiss
17 [encore break]
18 Burnin’ For You [Blue Oyster Cult]
19 [banter – Martin]
20 Our Way To Fall

(Thanks Jesse for the setlist)

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, and pre-order the new album Fade from Matador Records [HERE].

Yo La Tengo: December 10, 2012 Maxwell’s (Hanukkah Night 3) – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 13, 2012
By

YLT Night 3
[screenshot from this video]

While Hanukkah at Maxwell’s is a long-time Yo La Tengo tradition, another of the band’s regular gigs is the WFMU Marathon where YLT plays requests which are invariably eclectic covers. While Night 3 of this year’s Hanukkah was a tremendous show for a variety of reasons, it was one cover that stole the show. This night will forever be known as the “Sister Ray” show. I asked YLT’s long-time superb FOH Mark if he’d ever seen them play the song — they have done a ton of VU covers over the years — and he only remembered one other performance of “Sister Ray”. Perhaps fueled by the guest performances of various members of the Feelies, the band’s set was a scortcher from the get-go. On any other night, the band’s new cover of Neil Young’s “Time Fades Away” would have been the story, it was the night’s last song where the magic reached its peak. This wasn’t a simple walk through one of the Velvet Underground’s most compelling songs, it was a full-on seventeen-minute immersion into the song. Glenn Mercer and Bill Million joined and the noisy axe trio with Ira was a breathtaking display of authentic garage style guitar.

I recorded this show in the same manner at the other nights and the sound is superb. Enjoy!

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Yo La Tengo
2012-12-10
Hanukkah Night 3
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH 8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2012-12-12

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:39:54]
01 Paul Is Dead
02 Time Fades Away [Neil Young]
03 Barnaby Hardly Working
04 Tears Are In Your Eyes
05 Something To Do
06 [banter – thanks to Feelies]
07 The Point of It
08 [banter – tuning]
09 Tom Courtenay
10 Tired Hippo
11 The Room Got Heavy
12 False Alarm
13 The Story of Jazz
14 Double Dare
15 Little Honda
16 [encore break]
17 You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere [Dylan]
18 [banter – thanks]
19 Sister Ray [VU]

(Thanks Jesse for the setlist)

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Yo La Tengo: December 9, 2012 Maxwell’s (Hanukkah Night 2) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

December 10, 2012
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[Photos by acidjack]

These Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows celebrate and reinforce connections. Connections among the band’s superfans, many of whom have traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles. Connections among musicians who have collaborated for years, or may be collaborating for the first time. Connections from the past – no less than two friends I spoke to on this night told me how “Our Way To Fall” was or had been “their song” with their significant other. And, of course, our connection with this little and strange and wonderful trio, made grander both by those with whom they share the stage, and the ambition with which they share it. Each of night of this Festival of Lights, in the band’s spiritual home of Maxwell’s in flood-battered Hoboken, there will be new connections made, old ones renewed, new community created.

How appropriate, then, that this Sunday night’s special guest and opening act was the Sun Ra Arkestra.  Since the mid-1950s, the Sun Ra Arkestra has been an ever-evolving jazz collective, led by a bandleader (Sun Ra himself, until his death, and today, Marshall Allen) but in many ways a musical organism, each component unique and irreplaceable, no part ever static. We knew the Arkestra would blow us away, and they did, with an hour of frenetic, spaced-out improvisational jazz that ended with the full Arkestra circling through the crowd, playing all the way out the door. We also expected that their presence would have an impact on Yo La Tengo’s song selection and style.

The band got an assist tonight from the night’s comedian and erstwhile musician-about-town (I’ve seen play recently with Dinosaur Jr. for their 25th anniversary show as well as Telekinesis) Fred Armisen, who played drums all night. Having Fred on drums gave Georgia more freedom to come out from behind the kit, and the result was more songs that featured her on vocals. The fast version of “Today Is the Day” was one such moment, along with set closer “Dreaming” (performed, ironically, without any of the Sun Ra Arkestra).  We also got to hear the first live version of the band’s new single, “Stupid Things”, from their forthcoming Matador release, Fade.  But it was the second part of the set, when honorary Arkestra members Sabir Mateen and Darius Jones took the stage, that turned this show into a full-blown freakout. Starting off with YLT’s rarely-played 1991 Bar/None seven-inch, “Walking Away From You”, the combo of Ira, Georgia, James, Armisen, Mateen and Jones then gave us an intense “Shaker” before hitting the back-to-back pieces de resistance, a ten-minute version of Sun Ra’s “Nuclear War” led by James on vocals (but with a hilarious turn by Georgia), followed by the thirteen-and-a-half minute psychedelic opus of “And The Glitter Is Gone” from 2009’s Popular Songs. I doubt this song will be given better treatment any time in the rest of the band’s career.

I recorded this show in the usual manner for this venue, with microphones mounted in the front corner of the soundboard and mixed with an outstanding feed provided by longtime YLT FOH Mark and Maxwells’ house sound tech Carson. As with last night’s set, some new mics were in the mix, this time MBHO KA200N cardiods, which are prized for their crisp, clean sound.  The results, like last night, are excellent, with this mix favoring the room sound a bit more. Enjoy!

Tonight’s show was a benefit for The Carl Bini Foundation for Staten Island Victims of Hurricane Sandy. Among the boroughs of New York City, Staten Island suffered some of the worst damage from the storm and could use your help this holiday season. We ask that if you download this show, you contribute to the charity. Although you are not required to donate to the charity in order to download this show, Yo La Tengo would greatly appreciate it if you would.

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Yo La Tengo
2012-12-09
Hanukkah Night 2
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Benefit for the Carl Bini Foundation For Staten Island Victims of Hurricane Sandy

MBHO KA200N>MBP 603 + Soundboard (engineer: Mark)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mix down, adjust levels)>Izotope Ozone 5 (light EQ and exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Special thanks to Jesse Jarnow for the setlist

Tracks [Total Time: 1:29:21]
01 Autumn Sweater
02 Sudden Organ
03 Who Loves the Sun [Velvet Underground]
04 Today Is The Day (fast)
05 [banter1]
06 As the Hour Grows Late
07 [banter2]
08 Stupid Things
09 [banter3]
10 Shadows
11 Black Flowers
12 Walking Away From You*
13 Shaker*
14 Nuclear War [Sun Ra]*
15 And The Glitter Is Gone*>
16 Our Way To Fall*
17 [encore break]
18 Can’t Make It On Time [The Ramones]
19 Dreaming [Sun Ra]

– entire set feat. Fred Armisen on drums
* with Sabir Mateen and Darius Jones of Sun Ra Arkestra on saxophones

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Yo La Tengo: December 8, 2012 Maxwell’s (Hanukkah Night 1) – Flac/MP3/Streaming

December 9, 2012
By


[photo by acidjack]

The Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s have always been an eight-day embarrassment of riches — we’ll readily admit to being spoiled over the years with the openers, the guests, and the many special moments that we’ve been fortunate to witness and to capture. Last year, despite a serious health scare Ira played all eight shows, sometimes confined to a chair on stage. This year the obvious concern is the massive storm damage to Hoboken itself — the charity for Night 1 was the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund. Sometimes we forget that the centerpiece of it all, the band themselves, are really the greatest gift of all. On this first night, their set was a subdued affair but that’s not to say its wasn’t special. The opener of a fifteen-minute tribute to the city “Night Falls on Hoboken” was both poignant and intense. Yo La Tengo is releasing a new album in January, Fade on January 15, and we also saw a couple of the new songs, one a live premiere. Of course this wouldn’t be Hanukkah without at least one guest appearance and on this night it was the opener Raybeats guitarist Jody Harris who played on both the Richard Hell cover and an intense “Pass The Hatchet” that we’re streaming below. This performance of Hatchet rivals any of previous years and offered a glimpse of what can expect over the next week. Happy Hanukkah indeed!

We recorded this show in the usual manner, with microphones mounted in the front corner of the soundboard and mixed with an outstanding feed provided by longtime YLT FOH Mark and Maxwell’s house sound tech Carson. This is the first year that we’re using the new Sennheiser Cards in this room and I’m quite pleased with its handling of this small room. The results are superb. Enjoy!

We are asking that if you download this recording, that you visit the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund website and contribute to this worthy cause. Many parts of the metro area were hit hard by the Storm, but Hoboken was one of the hardest hit. While a contribution is not a strict requirement for download, please just do it. Hoboken needs it.

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Yo La Tengo
2012-12-08
Hanukkah Night 1
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH 8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper
2012-12-09

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:23:59]
01 Night Falls on Hoboken
02 Eight Day Weekend
03 The Evil That Men Do
04 [banter – tech]
05 Stockholm Syndrome
06 [banter – soft roll out]
07 Paddle Forward
08 Before We Run
09 Beanbag Chair
10 [banter – thanks]
11 Big Day Coming (for Jesse)
12 Satellite
13 Tom Courtenay
14 Artificial Heart
15 The Kid With the Replaceable Head [Richard Hell]
16 Pass the Hatchet I Think I’m Goodkind
17 [encore break]
18 Drug Test
19 Take A Giant Step
(Thanks Jesse for the setlist)

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Yo La Tengo: December 24, 2011 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

January 4, 2012
By


[photo courtesy of Eardrum NYC]

We are fortunate the longtime friend of the site and part-time contributor neild was able to capture the Yo La Tengo Hanukkah Night 5 / Christmas Eve show this year.

neild reports:
As soon as I spotted Tara Key limbering up her guitar on Saturday, I had a good feeling about Night 5 of this year’s Yo La Tengo Hanukkah run. Having seen Tara many times with her excellent band Antietam, as well as sitting in with YLT this spring at the Bell House, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to see her introduced as the night’s guest guitarist while Ira Kaplan makes his deliberate return from the disabled list. The band started slow, literally, with their quiet version of “Big Day Coming,” the beautiful “Crying of Lot G” (one of the best in YLT’s mini-genre of domestic-argument songs), and a weird, droney, slowed-down version of “Upside Down” from 1991’s May I Sing With Me. It was all lovely and enjoyable … and then the band kicked it into another gear, starting with the three-guitar version of “Double Dare” (James McNew switching from bass to acoustic guitar), which was only one of the best versions of that song I’ve yet heard live. Things only got better from there: Georgia was absolutely on fire behind the drums (when Hubley’s on fire, no one can touch her!), and Ira and Tara’s guitars intertwined magically on the rocked-out songs that followed, especially a brilliant “Decora” (cf. “Double Dare” re: “best versions ever”). The main set culminated in *another* version of “Big Day Coming,” followed by YLT’s cover of “Little Honda,” (streaming below) which devolved into a noise jam to end all noise jams that has my ears still ringing 24 hours later. Add in an encore that featured comedian Jon Glaser performing Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” as his character from “Delocated” – it turns out that this is a song that’s always cried out to be sung through a voice modulator – and it was an epic, epic night, even by Maxwell’s Hanukkah standards.

(For still more on the night’s festivities, check out the writeup by Tim Harris of Antietam on yolatengo.com)

The show was recorded with Core Sound binaural mics, mounted on a stand at the corner of the Maxwell’s sound booth, fed into a Microphone Madness battery box (with moderate bass rolloff) and then to an iRiver 320 running Rockbox. Big thanks to Carson for all his help, and both Carson and Mark for creating a great mix that brought out the nuances of the quiet material while keeping the high-decibel songs from being reduced to white noise. (“Little Honda” excepted, and that was intentional.) I’m going to stop gushing now, and go listen to this show again. You should do the same, if you know what’s good for you.

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Yo La Tengo
2011-12-24
Hanukkah Night 5
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Audience Recording

Core Sound Binaural Microphones > MM Battery Box > iRiver 320 (Rockbox) > 16bit 44.1kHz wav > Soundforge (level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by neild
Produced by nyctaper
2012-01-03

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:33:08]
01 Big Day Coming (slow)
02 Stockholm Syndrome
03 The Crying of Lot G
04 Demons
05 Upside Down
06 Beanbag Chair
07 If It’s True
08 I’m On My Way
09 Double Dare
10 Five-Cornered Drone
11 Orange Song [Antietam]
12 Decora
13 Big Day Coming (fast)
14 Little Honda
15 [encore break]
16 Rock and Roll Santa [Jan Terri]
17 [banter – Jon intro]
18 Night Moves [Bob Seger]
19 Yellow Sarong [The Scene Is Now]

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