Yo La Tengo had Lambchop’s big band join them for Hanukkah Night 3 (setlist, video)


There’s always at least one show every Yo La Tengo Hanukkah run that seems extra special, and Saturday night (Night 3) was one of those. They got Kurt Wagner to bring the Lambchop big band, complete with horns, up from Nashville to open the show for a set that included “Up With People,” “The Man Who Loved Beer,” “My Face Your Ass,” and more.

Lambchop also joined Yo La Tengo for half their set, with William Tyler, Paul Niehaus, and Matt Swanson coming back out for other songs, while Matt McCaughan was on a second drum kit the whole show. YLT’s set included “Night Falls on Hoboken,” “This Stupid World,” “I Should’ve Known Better,” “I Heard You Looking,” covers of The Fugs, Bonzo Dog Band, Goffin/King and more.

For the encore, the night’s comedian, Dina Hashem, joined the band on drums for a cover of T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy” (their second Bolan cover in as many nights). Then The DictatorsAndy Chernoff came out to sing and play bass on his band’s “Next Big Thing” and “Loyola,” before bringing the night to a close with Flamin’ Groovies’ “Slow Death.”

Check out Yo La Tengo’s setlist (via Jesse Jarnow) and Lambchop’s setlist, along with video and Instagrams below.

DJ King Joe made the Night 3 mix CD, while Miss Christina Ginger was the post-show DJ. Proceeds from the night went to Advocates for Children.

There are five shows left. Tickets are currently sold out, but the band often release some day-of show or during the week, and it’s worth checking back if you’re really trying to go.

Check out pics, setlists, video and recaps of Yo La Tengo’s whole 2023 Hanukkah run.

SETLIST: Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom 12/9/2023 (Hanukkah Night 3) (via Frank & Earthy)

“Night Falls on Hoboken” through “Slow Learner” & “I Heard You Looking” with Lambchop; whole set with Matt McCaughan on drums.

Night Falls on Hoboken >
This Stupid World (drone) > (with Kurt Wagner on vocals)
Always Something
Green Arrow
Group Grope (The Fugs) (with KW)
Readymades (Bonzo Dog Band) (with KW)
Slow Learner
Shadows (with Jonathan Marx on trumpet)
Satellite
Wasn’t Born To Follow (Carole King & Gerry Goffin) (with William Tyler on guitar & Paul Niehaus on pedal steel)
The Race Is On Again (with WT & PN)
I Should Have Known Better (with Matt Swanson on bass)
Drug Test
Today Is The Day (fast)
I Heard You Looking

*(encore)*
20th Century Boy (T. Rex) (with Dina Hashem on drums)
Next Big Thing (The Dictators) (with Andy Chernoff on bass/vocals)
Loyola (The Dictators) (with AC)
Slow Death (Flamin’ Groovies) (with AC)

SETLIST: Lambchop @ Bowery Ballroom 12/9/2023
Nine
Your Fucking Sunny Day
The Theme from the Neil Miller Show
My Face Your Ass
All Smiles and Mariachi
I Sucked My Boss’s Dick
Soaky In The Pooper
For Which We Are Truly Thankful
The Man Who Loved Beer
Alumni Lawn
It’s Not Alright
Up With People
Theöne
The Pack-Up Song



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