So the big whoop during this year’s slate of Yo La Tengo Hanukkah shows was the final night’s long-rumored opening set from the National, deigning to play a venue just ever so slightly smaller than what they’re used to these days. Even if you’re still way more into YLT, this is a sufficiently momentous occasion to consider consulting NYC Taper’s inevitable bootleg, no?
So here’s the full set, highlighted by a morosely triumphant “Bloodbuzz Ohio”; fans of frontman Matt Berninger’s bummed-out-court-jester antics will be heartened by all the tracks here marked “[Banter]”. NYC Taper’s got a few of Yo La Tengo’s sets, as well, if you remain unimpressed.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 17, 2010