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Big Star’s Jody Stephens & Smog’s Bill Callahan Join Yo La Tengo In New York City

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Big Star’s Jody Stephens was a guest during the encore on Thursday at night five of this year’s annual 8 Nights Of Hanukkah With Yo La Tengo run at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Opening act Bill Callahan (Smog) also joined the headliners at the start of last evening’s encore.

Following Yo La Tengo’s main set that featured Joe Puleo on organ during “I Heard You Looking,” the band returned with Callahan to start the encore with a cover of Carly Simon’s “Touched by the Sun.” Stephens then emerged to sing lead on Big Star’s “Way Out West.” The drummer then played a second kit alongside Georgia Hubley on a cover of T. Rex’s “Baby Strange.” The guest drummer then assisted on Big Star’s “December Gurls” (with the lyrics changed to “December boys”) and the show-closing “Blue Moon.”

Setlist

Yo La Tengo at Bowery Ballroom

  • Noise  
  • Forever  Stupid Things  She May, She Might
  • Season of the Shark
  • I Found a Reason  
  • I Feel Like Going Home
  • I’ll Be Around
  • Shaker  Styles of the Times
  • From a Motel 6  Drug Test
  • I Heard You Looking  
  • Our Way to Fall
Encore
  • Touched by the Sun  
  • Way Out West  
  • Baby Strange  
  • September Gurls  
  • Blue Moon  

[Hat Tip – Frank & Earthy]