Yo La Tengo Shares ‘Eight Candles’ Hanukkah Song


Yo La Tengo shared their recording of Sam Elwitt’s “Eight Candles” from the holiday compilation album Hanukkah+. Verve will issue the record also featuring The Flaming Lips, HAIM, Jack Black and others on Friday, November 22.

Hanukkah+ producer Randall Poster was inspired by Yo La Tengo’s annual eight-show Hanukkah run that began in their hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey but now takes place in New York City. The record features The Flaming Lips’ original “Sing It Now, Sing It Somehow,” HAIM covering Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will,” Watkins Family Hour covering Woodie Guthrie’s “Hanukkah Dance,” Jack Black performing the traditional “Oh Hanukkah” and “Chad Gadya (Passover Bonus),” among others. Yo La Tengo stated the following about their contribution to the compilation:

When our old friend Randy Poster asked us to contribute to an album of Hanukkah songs he was putting together, we were kind of stumped. As non-practicing Jews (and non-Jews), truthfully the holiday has little meaning for us (that’s the meta joke behind Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah shows), but we were open to inspiration. We thought maybe another friend, Sam Elwitt, could crack the code, and we think he did a fantastic job with his composition “Eight Candles.”

Yo La Tengo’s annual 8 Nights Of Hanukkah With Yo La Tengo run takes place December 22 – 29 at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. Stream “Eight Candles” below:

Hanukkah+ Tracklist

  1. Oh Hanukkah – Jack Black
  2. Dreidels Of Fire – Adam Green
  3. Eight Candles – Yo La Tengo
  4. If It Be Your Will – HAIM
  5. Sing It Now, Sing It Somehow – The Flaming Lips
  6. Hanukkah In ‘96 – Alex Frankel
  7. Give You Everything – Buzzy Lee
  8. Dedication – Tommy Guerrero
  9. Eight Nights A Week – Loudon Wainwright III
  10. Hanukkah Dance – Watkins Family Hour
  11. Sanctuary – Craig Wedren
  12. Chad Gadya (Passover Bonus) – Jack Black

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