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Yo La Tengo: December 27, 2011 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 2, 2012
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[Photo from night one courtesy of EarDrumNYC]

That life is short is one of those well-worn cliches.  It’s also true.  Knowing that this would be the only Yo La Tengo Hanukkah show I would see this year – and knowing that YLT frontman Ira Kaplan might not have been able to make it at all – that old cliche came to mind in full force.  This is a band that consistently holds nothing back – a band that, whenever its career is over, will wind up its run with no regrets.  The same can be said of this Hanukkah run at Maxwell’s, which found classic acts like Pussy Galore and The Trypes reunited, showed off Lee Ranaldo’s post-Sonic Youth project, and found critical darlings like the Sea and Cake and Kurt Vile opening.

The openers are always a big part of the story with these shows, but Yo La Tengo rightfully remains the focus.  Once again, they delivered a set that was by turns fiercely jammy and rocking, quiet and pensive, and funny.  And as with virtually every Hanukkah set they play, it was full of surprises and special guests.  Continuing the tradition of covering Jewish musicians, after a solemn opener of “As the Hour Grows Late,” the band moved on to Bob Dylan’s “I Threw It All Away”, followed by a nearly ten-minute guitar-freakout version of Velvet Underground’s “Heroin,” that featured Eleventh Dream Day’s Rick Rizzo ripping it up on guitar.  Though still early in the night, that could easily be my top highlight.  On the other hand, it’s hard to argue with the sprawling sequence of “From A Motel 6” into two Beatles numbers “Flying” and “It’s All Too Much” each featuring The Trypes.  But then, if you were Ira, you’d probably pick the song that closed out the eight-night session – his mother, Marilyn, performing Bob Hilliard and Lee Pockriss’ “My Little Corner of the World”.  Ms. Kaplan and her son can now check another item off of their bucket list.  And so do we.

nyctaper and I recorded this set with four microphones and soundboard feed running into two clock-synced decks, providing rich, fantastic sound.  Enjoy!

Thanks to Jesse Jarnow of The Village Voice and Frank & Earthy for the setlist and his outstanding coverage of all eight nights.  Also, our final YLT recording of 2011, the December 24 show, will be posted Wednesday.  

Stream “Heroin [Velvet Underground]”:

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Yo La Tengo
2011-12-30
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Matrix Recording
Hosted exclusively at nyctaper.com

Recorded by nyctaper and acidjack
Produced by acidjack

Soundboard + DPA 4021>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Neumann KM150 >> 2x Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (decks clock synced via the USBPre2)>6x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audition (mix down, light EQ, downsample to 44.1kHz)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, downsample to 16bit)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:40:23]
01 [intro]
02 As The Hour Grows Late*?
03 I Threw It All Away [Bob Dylan]*
04 Heroin [Velvet Underground]^
05 I Should Have Known Better?
06 Swing For Life
07 Damage
08 Liz Beth [Eleventh Dream Day]^?
09 Big Day Coming (acoustic)^
10 [banter]
11 The Empty Pool [Yung Wu]%
12 From A Motel 6> %
13 Flying [The Beatles]>#
14 It’s All Too Much [The Beatles]>#
15 I Heard You Looking!
16 Take Care [Alex Chilton]
17 [encore break]
18 Blue Line Swinger
19 [banter]
20 My Little Corner of the World [Bob Hilliard, Lee Pockriss]@

* with Rick Rizzo on guitar and John Baumgartner on accordion
^ with Rick Rizzo
% with Glenn Mercer
# with the Trypes
! with Glenn Mercer, John Baumgartner and Stan Demeski
@ with Marilyn Kaplan on vocals

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Yo La Tengo: December 26, 2011 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 30, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Will Hermes and Love Goes To Buildings on Fire blog]

A couple of years ago, Jesse Jarnow wrote a piece in the Village Voice about NYCTaper. Although I’m obviously not completely unbiased about the writer, I felt it was not a puff piece, and I am certain that it was a well researched and thorough article on the culture of taping and the modern wrinkle that nyctaper represents. So it was a nice bit of news we got last year when we learned that Jesse received a book deal with Penguin Books to write the definitive biography of Yo La Tengo. His research and writing strengths aside, Jesse also happened to be one of the foremost experts in the details of the music of YLT — his yearly annotated Hanukkah setlists have been a great assistance in the compiling of our recordings. Given that Jesse’s book Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock is due for release this coming June, it was a bittersweet coincidence that this year’s Hanukkah shows have been, in large part because of the Ira’s recent health scare, thoroughly historical retrospective shows. The yearly December shows have always had their fair share of rare numbers, but this year has been special. YLT has broken out multiple songs we’ve never seen before. The guests have included original bassist Dave Rick, and on this Night 7, the incomparable Dave Schramm played the entire set. Dave was an integral part of the development of the band in the early years of Yo La Tengo, and his distinctively sweet guitar tone was the highlight of evening. We are streaming the show’s climax, YLT’s 1987 semi-obscure single “Asparagus Song”. The irony of course is that this show was one of the few over the last several years that Jesse actually missed. Hopefully, this recording can be a partial substitute.

I recorded this show in the same manner as the two previous YLT posts, and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Asparagus Song”:

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Yo La Tengo
2011-12-26
Hanukkah Night 7
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > 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
2011-12-28

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:29:55]
01 Sudden Organ
02 Can’t Forget
03 How To Make A Baby Elephant Float
04 I Can Hear Music [Ronettes]
05 When It’s Dark
06 Here Comes My Baby [Cat Stevens]
07 Cone of Silence
08 Little Eyes
09 I Feel Like Going Home
10 [banter – Stampfel intro]
11 Griselda
12 One PM Again
13 The One To Cry [The Escorts]
14 Wasn’t Born To Follow [Byrds]
15 Mr. Tough
16 The Summer
17 Asparagus Song
18 Center of Gravity
19 [encore break]
20 I Can’t Make It On Time [Ramones]
21 Gates of Steel [Devo]
22 Prisoners of Rock and Roll [Neil Young]

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Yo La Tengo: December 23, 2011 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 26, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Bryan Bruchman and brooklynvegan]

A close brush with mortality often offers a rare opportunity for perspective and retrospection. It was twenty-seven years ago that the first Yo La Tengo show took place at Maxwell’s, and Dave Rick was the bass player on that night. For Night 4 of Hanukkah 2011, Dave joined YLT for the entire set. As a result, the setlist dug all the way back to the early YLT, including their very first release, the 7″ single “The River of Water”, along with deep track “Serpentine” from 1987’s New Wave Hot Dogs. This show’s three-song climax also included a terrific version of a rare performance of “Some Kinda Fatigue” that we’re streaming below. And in an apparent acknowledgement of the theme for the night, the set’s finale was an extended and heart-wrenching version of “More Stars Than There Are In Heaven” that highlighted the shortness of life. On this particular night, we certainly enjoyed it while we can.

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

Stream “Some Kinda Fatigue”:

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Yo La Tengo
2011-12-23
Hanukkah Night 4
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > 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
2011-12-25

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:29:03]
01 Detouring America With Horns
02 Nothing To Hide
03 Avalon or Someone Very Similar
04 Porpoise Song [Carole King]
05 The River of Water
06 Serpentine [Phil Milstein]
07 Ben Wa Baby [Phil Milstein]
08 Don’t Have To Be So Sad
09 [banter – thanks]
10 Saturday
11 [banter – mix cd]
12 Coloured [Chris Knox]
13 Black Flowers
14 Today Is The Day
15 Some Kinda Fatigue
16 Tom Courtenay
17 More Stars Than There Are In Heaven
18 [encore break]
19 You Don’t Love Me Yet [Roky Erickson]
20 This Ain’t The Summer of Love [Blue Oyster Cult]
21 Crush [Chris Knox]

(Thanks Jesse for the setlist)

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Yo La Tengo: December 22, 2011 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

December 24, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Bryan Bruchman and brooklynvegan]

Its the season for giving, and virtually every year Yo La Tengo gives Hanukkah presents to its fans. The eight annual Maxwell’s shows are a time for surprise openers, special guests, rare songs, and unique covers. But this year is special for another reason entirely. Following a serious and recent health scare for Ira Kaplan, there was a potential that the shows would need to be cancelled. But Ira vowed to play all eight shows, and after a medical clearance the shows went on — albeit with Ira sitting in a chair on stage. We made it to Night 3, which featured Lee Ranaldo as special guest, both as the opener and as one of the guest musicians during the YLT set. As expected, the shredding and freakout guitar numbers for YLT were mostly absent, which highlighted the band’s more mellow and contemplative side. But when it came time for the show’s climax, the presence of Lee was fortuitous. A scalding version of Lee’s Sonic Youth song (from Goo) “Mote” featured the dual shredding of Kaplan and Ranaldo, and it flowed naturally into one of those extended versions of “Hatchet” that seem to have become an annual Hanukkah treat. We are streaming both songs below. When the twenty minutes of guitar bliss was over, it was obvious that although he suffered a health scare, Ira’s decision to press forward with these shows was the greatest gift of all.

I recorded this set from our standard location in this venue, at the front right corner of the soundboard booth, and mixed the hypercardioid microphones with an excellent board feed. The quality is superb. Enjoy!

I recorded Night 4, we will have a correspondent at Night 5, and I will be attending Night 7 (with hi and lo) and Night 8 (with acidjack), so there are more YLT Hanukkah shows to come.

Stream “Mote” [Sonic Youth]:

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Stream “Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind”:

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Yo La Tengo
2011-12-22
Hanukkah Night 3
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > 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
2011-12-24

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:31:50]
01 Nutricia
02 Sugarcube
03 Madeline
04 Lewis
05 Mr. Tough
06 Season of the Shark
07 Periodically Double or Triple
08 [banter – Licht intro]
09 Doesn’t Anybody Love the Dark [Run On]
10 The Last Days of Disco
11 Fourth Time Around [Bob Dylan]
12 Decora
13 Double Dare
14 Mote [Sonic Youth]
15 Pass the Hatchet I Think I’m Goodkind
16 [encore break]
17 Andalucia [John Cale]
18 Mandy [Barry Manilow]

(Thanks Jesse for the setlist)

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Yo La Tengo: May 11, 2011 Bell House – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

May 15, 2011
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[Photo from the 5/10 show courtesy of Chris Gerbeck at fucking nostalgic]

After an epic Tuesday night “Spin the Wheel” show that found Yo La Tengo playing a special “Name Game” first set, the second night kicked off with “I’d Like To Buy A Vowel,” a new wheel item that requires the band to play only songs of theirs that begin in vowels. In other words, the fans got some great music, but compared to having to, say, perform a classic sitcom, it was a fairly lucky and safe choice for the band. The safe moves ended after that, though, as they kicked off with the punked-up “Artificial Heart” that transitioned seamlessly into their more mellow classic, “Autumn Sweater.” From there the band played through the low-key trio of “If It’s True,” “I’m On My Way” and “Alyda” before kicking the tempo back up with the explosive (and rarely played) “86-Second Blowout” from 1992’s May I Sing With Me. After an inspired, noise-drenched “Outsmartener”, the band launched into an insane 14-minute version of “I Heard You Looking” that left it all on the stage. It was hard to imagine a band not finishing an entire show, let alone a set, after such a monster performance, but this being Yo La Tengo, they let us come down easy, wrapping up set one with the subdued Lou Reed cover, “It’s Alright (The Way That You Live).”

In general, I felt like the sequencing of this show was a slight improvement over the previous night, though we have seen so many Yo La Tengo shows in the past 12 months, it is hard to play favorites. Still, the second set of this show felt incredibly cohesive, kicking off with “Walking Away From You,” a 12-minute “More Stars Than There Are In Heaven” and “False Alarm” all presented as a virtually seamless composition. The noisy side of Yo La Tengo has always been my favorite, so this trifecta pushed all the right buttons for me. Set 2 ended with another awesome 23-minute three-song series, of a monster “Big Day Coming” that found Ira in top form on guitar, jamming straight into “Tom Courtenay” and ending with the band’s reimagined version of Beach Boys’ “Little Honda”.

Perhaps feeling sheepish that they hadn’t been forced to play anything ridiculously out-of-the-box during their two Brooklyn shows, for the encore, the band decided to play a mini-set of three songs in their alter ego cover band mode, Condo Fucks. As with the first set, the encore ended on a quiet note, with another May I Sing With Me number, “Detouring America With Horns.” Few bands get the chance to do truly do whatever the want night after night in front of sell-out crowds, and Yo La Tengo have done everything possible to earn it. No matter how many shows you see, there are always new dimensions, new twists, new laughs, and new songs to be impressed and surprised by, and these two nights exemplified that perfectly.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps microphones running into an ultraquiet digital preamp, combined with an excellent soundboard feed. The results are outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “86-Second Blowout”:

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Yo La Tengo
2011-05-11
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: SBD+Schoeps Mk41>CMC6>Sound Devices USBpre2>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: At soundboard, DFC, mics pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks, amplify and balance, downsample to 16bit/44.1kHz)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
Set I: I’d Like To Buy A Vowel
01 Game Show Intro
02 Artificial Heart>
03 Autumn Sweater
04 If It’s True
05 I’m On My Way
06 [banter]
07 Alyda
08 86 Second Blowout
09 Outsmartener
10 I Heard You Looking
11 It’s Alright (The Way That You Live) [Lou Reed]

Set II
12 Walking Away From You>
13 More Stars Than There Are In Heaven>
14 False Alarm
15 [banter]
16 The Weakest Part
17 [banter]
18 Mr. Tough
19 Satellite>Big Day Coming>
20 Tom Courtenay
21 Little Honda [Beach Boys]
22 [encore break]

Encore: (Mostly) Condo Fucks Set
23 Whatcha Gonna Do [Small Faces]
24 Come On Baby [Young Rascals]
25 Dog Meat [Flamin’ Groovies]
26 Detouring America With Horns

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Yo La Tengo: May 10, 2011 Bell House – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

May 13, 2011
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[photo by Chris Gersbeck at Fxxking Nostalgic]

We’ve seen Yo La Tengo countless times over the last several years, but their two shows this week were new to us. The “Wheel Spin” shows have been performed outside the NYC area, but Tuesday’s show at Bell House was the first time that this set structure was played here. The band took the stage to the theme music from Wheel of Fortune, and Ira brought out the spinning wheel, called a fan up on stage, and the “Name Game” was the winner — i.e., the first set contained only songs with names in them. The quiet “Griselda” opened the set, but it was the weird “Georgia vs. Yo La Tengo” that foreshadowed the strangeness to come. The band pivoted from quiet to noisy songs on a dime, and the set ended with a trio of songs played with such ferocity that long-time fans were shaking their heads. The highlight of the set and perhaps the evening was “Pass The Hatchet” (streaming below) which featured fourteen solid minutes of Ira shredding through 3 guitars, writhing on the floor and throwing himself into his guitar amp. This version surpassed even the phenomenal one we saw in March at Maxwell’s. After a break, YLT returned for another set, this time an hour of their non-themed music. Again segueing effortlessly from mellow to metal, folk to punk, the set’s highlights included “Barnaby” with Antietam’s Tara Key, a sweet rendition of James’s “Stockholm Syndrome” and the raging “I Heard You Looking” finale. Yo La Tengo plays a festival in Ohio this weekend, before heading over seas for two weeks of shows in Ireland, Scotland and England.

We recorded this set with the Neumanns clamped to the front of the soundboard booth and raised to 10 feet, and mixed it with a feed from the soundboard. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Acidjack recorded the second night of YLT at Bell House (May 11) and it will be posted tomorrow.

Stream “Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind”:

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Yo La Tengo
2011-05-10
The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded by nyctaper, acidjack and hi and lo
Produced by nyctaper
2011-05-12

Setlist:
Set 1
[Total Time 56:39]
01 [spin the wheel]
02 Griselda
03 Georgia vs Yo La Tengo
04 Song For Mahlia
05 Moby Octopad
06 Avalon or Someone Very Similar
07 Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House
08 Watch Out For Me, Ronnie
09 The Evil That Men Do
10 Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind

Set 2
[Total Time 1:09:12]
11 Our Way To Fall
12 Barnaby, Hardly Working
13 Demons
14 Stockholm Syndrome
15 The Crying of Lot G
16 [banter]
17 Double Dare
18 Nothing To Hide
19 Decora
20 I Heard You Looking
21 [encore break]
22 The Door Into Summer [Monkees]
23 Drug Test
24 For The Turnstiles [Neil Young]

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Yo La Tengo: March 23, 2011 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

March 26, 2011
By

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[photo by Jesse Jarnow]

The show was announced on Monday, tickets went on sale on Tuesday, and on Wednesday night Yo La Tengo was back at Maxwell’s — three months removed from their amazing Hannukah run. And this night definitely felt like Hannukah redux, with brutal weather and special guests in the building. Jesse Jarnow, who is writing a comprehensive biography of Yo La Tengo, wrote an excellent piece about this concert in the Village Voice. Here is his rundown of the appearance of one of those special guests:

[David] Byrne, last seen with the Tengos at Maxwell’s during Hanukkah 2002, came up at the end of the first set to add harmony to “Tears Are In Your Eyes.” The once head-Head introduced a new song, an addendum to his disco-pop opera Here Lies Love. Speaking of “the People Power Revolution” in the Philippines and declaring he intended to write an anthem, Byrne looked and sounded–in his overalls–as if he’d stepped straight from some neo-futurist pro-union propaganda wallpaper as he recalled, for a moment, the Velvet (Czechslovakian), Orange (Ukranian), and Jasmine (Tunisian) Revolutions. The song itself was more typically Byrne, a ballad in Caetano Veloso mode, lush chords and a melody cleverly knotted to accommodate tons of words — and, one night only, Georgia Hubley adding an empathetic sweetness to the chorus. But the winner of Byrne’s mini-set was a mournful, Tengoized “Thank You For Sending Me An Angel,” Georgia translating the song’s galloping tom fills into lonesome mallet thumps.

Perhaps energized by the excitement of the Byrne appearance, YLT came out smoking for the second set and treated the crowd to a phenomenal 15-minute “Pass The Hatchet” among other treats. The appearance late in the second set by The Feelies’ Glenn Mercer rounded out of the evening in perfect fashion, and the rousing closing Velvet Underground cover is provided as a stream below.

I recorded this set from our standard location in this venue. On this night, YLT was without Mark their longtime soundman. Carson, the house engineer at Maxwell’s filled in quite admirably and the sound quality in the venue all night was superb. This high quality of this recording is a testament to Carson’s talents. Enjoy!

Stream “Run Run Run”:

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Yo La Tengo
2011-03-23
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Benefit For Peace Winds Japan
http://peace-winds.org/en/

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2011-03-24

Setlist:
Set 1:
[Total Time 1:08:06]
01 Introduction
02 I Am Just A Mops [The Mops]
03 Sudden Organ
04 Moby Octopad
05 Little Eyes
06 [banter]
07 Dave [Will Rigby]
08 [banter – merch]
09 Periodically Double or Triple
10 A Plea For Dump
11 [banter2]
12 Black Flowers
13 [Byrne intro]
14 Tears Are In Your Eyes
15 [God intro]
16 God Draws Straight [David Byrne]
17 Give Me Flowers While I’m Living [Flatt/Scruggs]
18 Thank You For Sending Me An Angel [Talking Heads]

Set2:
[Total Time 1:07:57]
19 Come See Me [The Pretty Things]
20 Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
21 Decora
22 Sugarcube
23 [banter – Amy]
24 The Words Get Stuck In My Throat
25 Season Of The Shark
26 Mr. Tough
27 Cherry Chapstick
28 It’s Only Life [Feelies]
29 On The Roof [Feelies]
30 From A Motel 6
31 Run, Run, Run [Velvets]

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Yo La Tengo: December 8, 2010 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads (two sources!) plus Streaming Songs

December 30, 2010
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[Photos by Liz Clayton for Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah Diary]

Following a killer opening set by The National, Yo La Tengo opened the final performance of their eight-night run of Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s with the somnolent “Night Falls On Hoboken”, but the pace picked up from there, with the Beatles cover “Eight Days A Week”. Still, compared to the Nels Cline-influenced night 7 and the super-noisy, ear-(and Ira’s head)-bleeding night 5, the band stayed on the mellower side for the bulk of the main set, including on a beautiful “Demons” and Georgia taking over vocal duties on the Norma Tanega cover, “Walking My Cat Named Dog”. Hamish Kilgour of The Clean joined for most of the main set, including on a cover Kilgour’s band’s “Whatever I Do It’s Right”, with Kilgour on vocals. That was followed by a noisy cover of The Mad Scene’s “Sweet Dreams” (a tribute to both Kilgour, who is also in that band, and Georgia, who a frequent part of their lineup). Appropriately, the main set ended with the core trio on two of their best-loved classics, “Blue Line Swinger”, and “Our Way To Fall”.

I had my doubts as to whether there was any way to create a coda to such an incredible eight nights that would make sense and do justice to all that came before it. But, it is foolish to doubt a veteran band in their element – Yo La Tengo did exactly what they needed to do, bringing it back home with frequent contributor Bruce Bennett on guitar for the Velvet Underground‘s “I Can’t Stand It Anymore,” followed by their guitar tech Gil Divine joining the band for Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together” and the grand finale, Mel Brooks’ “Love Power”.  To cap all of that off, Ira threw himself into the crowd and surfed the length of Maxwell’s as everyone howled with approval.  After eight nights of obscure, classic and famous special guests, outstanding comedy, and Yo La Tengo performances that would never be forgotten, there was nothing more to say, play or do.  Yo La Tengo relinquished the stage triumphant. And once again, night fell on Hoboken.

nyctaper recorded the set with the Neumann microphones and a soundboard feed, while I used a combination of DPA and Schoeps mics set up from the same position. We are offering both of these outstanding recordings for download here. As you would expect, the audience recording is warmer and provides more feel of the room, while the Neumann/soundboard recording provides exceptional clarity and detail.  Samples of both are included.  All tracks are tagged for easy importing into iTunes.  Enjoy!

Stream the nyctaper version of “Deeper Into Movies”:

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Stream the acidjack version of “Eight Days A Week”:

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Yo La Tengo
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ  USA

Recorded and Produced exclusively for nyctaper.com by
nyctaper and acidjack
2010-12-27

NYCTaper Version

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:52:05]
01 Night Falls On Hoboken
02  Eight Days A Week [Beatles]
03  [banter]
04  Madeleine
05  Mr. Tough
06  Gentle Hour [Snapper]
07  Tired Hippo
08  Demons
09  [banter2]
10  Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog [Norma Tanega]
11  Whatever I Do It’s Right [The Clean]
12  [banter3]
13  Sweet Dreams [Mad Scene]
14  Sudden Organ
15  Deeper Into Movies
16  Nothing To Hide
17  Blue Line Swinger
18  Our Way To Fall
19  [encore break]
20  I Can’t Stand It Anymore [Velvet Underground]
21 [banter4]
22  We Belong Together [Randy Newman]
23  Love Power [Mel Brooks]

acidjack version

Equipment: DPA 4021+Schoeps CMC6/mk41>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, at soundboard, mics at 7.5′, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks and claps, light EQ, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Night Falls On Hoboken
02 Eight Days A Week [The Beatles]
03 banter
04 Madeleine
05 Mr. Tough
06 banter
07 Gentle Hour [Snapper]
08 Tired Hippo
09 Demons
10 banter
11 Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog [Norma Tanega]
12 Whatever I Do It’s Right [The Clean]
13 Sweet Dreams [The Mad Scene]
14 Sudden Organ
15 Deeper Into Movies
16 Nothing To Hide
17 Blue Line Swinger
18 Our Way To Fall
19 encore break
20 I Can’t Stand It Anymore [Velvet Underground] (with Bruce Bennett on guitar)
21 banter
22 We Belong Together [Randy Newman]
23 Love Power [Mel Brooks] (with Gil Divine on guitar)

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Yo La Tengo: December 7, 2010 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 24, 2010
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[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

I hope I’m entitled to change my mind once in a while. I had previously declared the brilliant Night 5 of Yo La Tengo’s 2010 Hanukkah Maxwell’s shows as my favorite. That night was a stunning example of noisy YLT at its best. But after reviewing and editing the recording for Night 7, I think I’m changing my vote. Any show that features uber-guitarist Nels Cline is a sure winner, and this particular show was no exception. The band began quietly with a sweet version of “I Feel Like Going Home”, but shortly after, all hell broke loose. The twelve-minute electronic controlled mayhem of “All the Glitter Is Gone” gave Ira and Nels an early chance to blend their distinctive chops and it was pure noisy bliss. Later in the set, Georgia’s “Little Eyes” (streaming below) was a perfect spotlight for each member’s talents. The real meat of the set started with the fast “Big Day Coming” (fourth time of the week, but still not old) and ended with “Pass The Hatchet”, which was propelled for fourteen solid minutes by the hypnotic bass work of James with Ira and Nels again provided dueling axes. YLT kept up the energy with two Ramones covers, before Bonnie Prince Billy and his band joined for the finale.

I recorded this set with the Neumann microphones placed in their usual front corner of the booth mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Little Eyes”:

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Yo La Tengo
2010-12-07
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper and acidjack
2010-12-23

[Thanks to Jesse for setlist help]
Setlist:
[Total Time 1:41:01]
01 I Feel Like Going Home
02 All the Glitter Is Gone
03 Swing For Life
04 [banter]
05 Wasn’t Born To Follow [Carole King]
06 Season of the Shark
07 The Last Days of Disco
08 [banter2]
09 Shadows
10 Little Eyes
11 [banter3]
12 Black Flowers
13 Satellite
14 Big Day Coming
15 Serpentine
16 Artificial Heart
17 Tom Courtenay
18 Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
19 [encore break]
20 Pet Cemetery [Ramones]
21 Sheena Is A Punk Rocker [Ramones]
22 [banter4]
23 Heavenly Arms [Lou Reed]

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Yo La Tengo: December 6, 2010 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 12, 2010
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[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah shows are an embarrassment of riches, as everyone knows. There are the extended set times; the cozy atmosphere of Hoboken’s inimitable Maxwell’s; the kinship among a group of the band’s most hardcore fans; the special guests; the comedians. But amidst all of that, what still drives the fanaticism around these show is, ultimately, a band that can shapeshift like few others. Especially at these shows, when you go to see Yo La Tengo, you never know what you’re going to get. On Wednesday the 1st, we saw the lighter side of the band, joking and playing Elvis covers; on Sunday the 5th, we saw the noisy, aggressive rock band that followed a set by Mission of Burma. On this night, we got the musically erudite record geeks, the band whose influences are far-ranging and frequently obscure, offering up a host of amazing covers. We got Bob Dylan’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Shut Up” by obscure 60s garage-rock band The Monks, The Beach Boys’ “Little Honda” (which they have, over time, effectively made their own), “This Ain’t the Summer of Love” by Blue Oyster Cult, a (this time) successful version of Paul Simon’s “Red Rubber Ball”, one of my personal favorite YLT covers, “You Can Have It All” and many more. And for guests, we were equally rewarded: Wilco’s Mikael Jorgenson joined for several numbers on keyboards, Antietam guitarist Tara Key on several others, and, for the encore, the legendary Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby, doing some of their own songs and more covers. The set closed with a stage full of the night’s musicians (plus comedian Eugene Mirman on theremin) covering The Fugs‘ nihilistic “Nothing.” It made for an ironic ending to a night that was all about affirmation and recognition: affirmation of the sheer joy and variety of music, and recognition of the rich diversity of artists that brought Yo La Tengo to this point.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps microphones and a stereo soundboard feed by the Maxwell’s staff. As with the 12/5 show, unfortunately we were not able to mix in an additional source from nyctaper’s Neumann mics, which is too bad. Nonetheless, the results are outstanding, as all of these shows have been. Enjoy!

Stream “I Wanna Be Your Lover”:

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Yo La Tengo
2010-12-06
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Schoeps CMC6/mk41+SBD>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, clamp to soundboard booth, mics at about 7.5ft, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample to 16/44.1)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:45:12]
01 My Heart’s Reflection
02 Barnaby, Hardly Working [with Tara Key on guitar]
03 Styles of the Times [with TK]
04 Stockholm Syndrome [with TK]
05 Tears Are In Your Eyes [with Mikael Jorgenson of Wilco on keyboards]
06 She May Call You Up Tonight [The Left Banke] [with MJ]
07 banter
08 Shut Up [The Monks] [with MJ]
09 Avalon or Someone Very Similar [with MJ]
10 [banter]
11 If It’s True [with MJ]
12 You Can Have It All [George McCrea] [with MJ]
13 I Wanna Be Your Lover [Bob Dylan] [with MJ]
14 Upside Down [with MJ]
15 This Ain’t the Summer of Love [Blue Oyster Cult] [with MJ]
16 Little Honda [Beach Boys] with MJ and audience members]
17 More Stars Than There Are In Heaven (boogie version) [with MJ]
18 encore break
19 Red Rubber Ball [Paul Simon]
20 [banter]
21 Do You Remember That? [Amy Rigby] [with Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric]
22 I Get Out of Breath [The Turtles] [with AR and WE]
23 [banter]
24 Whole Wide World [with AR and WE]
25 [banter]
26 Nothing [The Fugs] [with TK, MJ, AR, Gil Divine, Mofungo]

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