Since we’re devoting our Hot Tickets feature tomorrow to highlighting next week’s CMJ craziness, we thought we’d let you know now that Yo La Tengo have confirmed their intentions to once again blow the roof of your Hanukkah (or whatever) celebrations this year. Every December, Ira, Georgia, and James play eight consecutive nights at Maxwell’s in Hoboken in honor of the Jewish holiday. Sometimes writers like Sarah Vowell show up, or comedians like the Daily Show’s John Oliver. And there’s always a slew of musical guests. (See yolatengo.com for pictures of last year’s festivities.) Though as Yo La Tengo states in a long letter posted to BrooklynVegan today, the band follows a strict "’don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy about the lineups. Mostly because we won’t know until the last minute, but–we cannot tell a lie–also because we’re ornery that way." Oh well, we understand.
This year’s Hanukkah throw-down runs from Sunday, December 21 to the following Sunday, December 28. Tickets for each show go on sale today at noon and cost $30 a piece. With, as Yo La Tengo so eloquently puts it, “all the economic turmoil turmoiling about these days,” the band knows it may be hard to part with that 30 bucks. That’s why they want you to know that, like past years, all proceeds from the each show beyond expenses will go to charity. Plus, you get to pick the charity! “If you work for a non-profit organization, don’t hesitate to tell us about it. We can’t guarantee that we’ll select you as one of our recipients, but we will absolutely consider it.” What about a fund to save Mondo Kim’s? Anyone?
Yo La Tengo also plans to celebrate a good ol’ secular holiday this New Year’s Eve at Montclair’s Wellmont Theatre with the Vivian Girls and Jersey legends, the Feelies. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am.