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

December 24, 2011

[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]:

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

Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

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Yo La Tengo
Hanukkah Night 3
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

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

  1. Julián Orduña
    December 24, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you so much for this awesome Christmas present!

  2. Rhys
    December 25, 2011 at 3:08 am

    wow, sounds great as usual. never heard “sugarcube” in this arrangement. Did you tape Pussy Galore’s set on Friday? Look forward to hearing that if you did. Merry Christmas/Happy Hannukah/Happy Holidays

  3. Will
    December 25, 2011 at 3:39 am

    great recording! my two fave guitarists and two fave drummers – made my christmas – thank you!

  4. December 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Apologies to the three people whose comments were deleted today. We were hacked and the restore back a day eliminated all the additions to the site over that time frame.

  5. December 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    innnnncredible. great recording. have you taped any of Renaldo’s recent shows?

  6. December 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Yes, we taped Glasslands and Lee’s opening set for this show. But we are holding onto releasing the recordings until after Lee’s album is released in March.
    You can catch a preview on the front page of sonicyouth.com, where a video of Glasslands is mixed with our audio track for one song.

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