The Hoboken rock club Maxwell’s returned this year, under new ownership and with a different booking policy, after closing last year. It will not, however, be hosting the Chanukah shows by Hoboken band Yo La Tengo that had become a nearly annual event in the original club.
The custom was for the band to play charity shows — which usually sold out pretty quickly —on all eight nights of Chanukah, with different guests on each night opening the shows and, often, jamming with the band.
Below is a clip from one of the 2010 Chanukah shows: Yo La Tengo covers the Modern Lovers’ garage-rock classic “Roadrunner” — a love song, in a way, with the medium of radio being the object of the singer’s affection. Bill Million and Glenn Mercer of The Feelies (a Jersey band that had a huge influence on Yo La Tengo) join the group on guitar. Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo adds some lyrics of his own, and everyone looks like they’re having a great time.
New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday from Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2015. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we marked the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. The complete list is here.