Yo La Tengo/The National
|Georgia, Ira, and the Clean's Hamish Kilgour, leading a drummer summit. Pics by Liz Clayton, more below.|
Wednesday, December 8
Better than: The other seven nights, kinda.
Nels Cline sitting in Tuesday was pretty sweet. Ditto Jeff Tweedy a few nights earlier. Likewise (of course) when the Feelies showed up last Thursday, celebrating the 26th anniversary of Yo La Tengo's very first show, on this very same Maxwell's stage. And no way to deny Will Oldham singing The Bells-era Lou Reed, also on Tuesday. But, despite a worshipful opening set by the National (whose over-politeness was well served by the Maxwell's stage and, in the Hanukkah spirit, might be left at that), the final stand of Yo La Tengo's eight-night Hanukkah run is absent big, click-through names. Instead, fans get the band's longtime pal, Hamish Kilgour, drummer for New Zealand indie-pop staples the Clean, to assist in perhaps the most satisfying performance of the eight-day week. More »