Sir Richard Bishop, Josh Kantor & Others Join Yo La Tengo In New York City

By Andy Kahn Dec 27, 2019 7:05 am PST

Yo La Tengo’s 8 Nights Of Hanukkah residency continued Thursday at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. The band was joined throughout the performance by Boston Red Sox/Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor, while opening act, guitarist Sir Richard Bishop, also sat-in with the headliners.

Yo La Tengo opened their main set with “You Are Here.” Bishop and Kantor then emerged for takes on “The Ballad of Red Buckets” and “Damage.” Kantor remained onstage for “Upside Down” and “Did I Tell You.” Guitarist Sam Elwitt then came out for “You Baby” and his “Eight Candles,” the latter also featuring Kevin Micka on drums. Kantor and YLT then delivered “When It’s Dark,” “If It’s True,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Paddle Forward” and The Modern Lovers’ “Government Center.”

Guitarist Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley and bassist James McNew closed out the set with “Ohm” (featuring Kaplan crowd surfing) and “Our Way To Fall.” The trio returned for the encore, which kicked off with Devo’s “Beautiful World.” Kantor, Elwitt and Todd Abramson were brought back for “That’s Cool, That’s Trash.” The night ended, sans guests, with an acoustic “Tom Courtenay.” Watch audience-shot video from Thursday’s concert posted by Richard Wolf below:


Beautiful World

Tom Courtenay

Setlist (via Frank & Earthy)

Set: You Are Here, The Ballad of Red Buckets (with Sir Richard Bishop on guitar & Josh Kantor on organ), Damage (with SRB & JK), Upside Down (with JK), Did I Tell You (with JK), You Baby (P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri) (with JK & Sam Elwitt on guitar), Eight Candles (Sam Elwitt) (with JK, SE, & Kevin Micka on drums), When It’s Dark (with JK), If It’s True (with JK), I Should Have Known Better (with JK), Paddle Forward (with JK), Government Center (Modern Lovers) (with JK), Ohm, Our Way To Fall

Encore: Beautiful World (Devo), That’s Cool, That’s Trash (P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri) (with JK, SE, & Todd Abramson on vocals), Tom Courtenay (acoustic version)

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