I always enjoy all the speculation and anticipation of who will be opening these shows ever year. This year is no different Pussy Galore are opening tonight it looks like! And Glands are opening Christmas Eve show!
Last year, these were the openers....
12/1 - M. Ward, Todd Barry, Nash Kato
12/2 - The Parting Gifts, Jim Gaffigan, members of The Feelies
12/3 - Jeff Tweedy, Eugene Mirman & Kid Congo Powers
12/4 - Syl Johnson, Jon Glaser, Peter Wolf & Ira's mom
12/5 - Mission of Burma & Wyatt Cenac
12/6 - Mofungo, Amy Rigby, Wreckless Eric, Mikael Jorgensen, Tara Key, Gil Divine & Eugene Mirman
12/7 - Bonnie Prince Billy, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal & Nels Cline
12/8 - The National, Marc Maron, Hamish Kilgour, Bruce Bennett, Gil Divine
Special Guest: Sea & Cake
Comedians: Jon Benjamin & Jon Glaser
Mix disc by Bob Odenkirk
Mac McCaughan of Superchunk was guest YLT guitarist.
Yo La Tengo Maxwell's 12/20 Setlist:
(entire set with Mac McCaughan on guitar, keyboards, and vocals.)
Night Falls on Hoboken
Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)?
Nothing To Hide
Tears Are In Your Eyes
Did I Tell You?
Noisy Night (Portastatic) (Mac vocals)
Styles of the Times (with John McEntire on drums)?
Don't Say A Word (with John McEntire on drums)?
Tom Courtenay (Georgia vocals)
I Heard You Looking (with Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt on guitars)
Our Way To Fall (with Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt on guitars)
Aba Dabba Do Dance (The Tradewinds) (with Todd Abramson on vocals & Archer Prewitt on drums)?
Somebody's In Love (Sun Ra)
Special Guest: Spent (who reunited for Merge's 20th Anniversary in 2009)
Comedians: Bobcat Goldthwait & Neil Innes
Mix disc by James
Smokey Hormel was guest YLT guitarist.
Yo La Tengo Maxwell's 12/21 Setlist:
Green Arrow (with Smokey Hormel on guitar)?We're An American Band (with SH)?The Weakest Part (with SH)
Here To Fall (alt. arrangement) (with SH)?Let's Be Natural (The Rutles) (with Neil Innes on guitar/keys/vocals)
Ouch! (The Rutles) (with NI)
Democracy (Neil Innes) (with NI)
Under the Evening Sun (Neil Innes) (with NI)
I Want To Be With You (Bonzo Dog Band) (with NI)
Where Has All the Money Gone (NI solo)
Bottom of the Pile (Neil Innes) (NI solo)
Doubleback Alley / Good Times Roll / Another Day / Cheese & Onions (NI solo until "C&O")?My Heart's Reflection (with SH & NI)?One of Those People (Neil Innes) (with SH & NI)
Tears Are In Your Eyes (with SH & NI)
I'm The Urban Spaceman (Bonzo Dog Band) (with SH & NI)?Autumn Sweater (with SH & NI)?The Story of Yo La Tango (alt. arrangement) (with SH & NI)?
My Little Red Book (Burt Bacharach & Hal David) (with Gaylord Fields on vocals)
Hanky Panky Nohow (John Cale)
Special Guest: Lee Ranaldo Band
Comedian: Ted Alexandro
Mix disc by Kid Koala
Lee Ranaldo & Steve Shelley w/ Yo La Tengo "Mote"
Yo La Tengo Maxwell's 12/22 Setlist:
Sugarcube (alt. arrangement)
Season of the Shark
Periodically Double or Triple
Doesn't Anybody Love the Dark (Run On) (with Alan Licht on guitar and vocals)?The Last Days of Disco (with AL, Lee Ranaldo on guitar, and Steve Shelley on drums)
Fourth Time Around (Bob Dylan) (with AL, LR, SS)
Decora (alt. arrangement) (with AL, LR, SS)
Double Dare (with SS)
Mote (Sonic Youth) > (with LR & SS)
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind (with LR, AL, & SS)
Andalucia (John Cale)?Mandy (Barry Manilow) (with John Cameron Mitchell on vocals)