In recent years, Yo La Tengo has spent its eight nights of Hanukkah onstage at Maxwell's, the venerable rock club in the band's native Hoboken. For fans of this long-running indie powerhouse, the shows offer an increasingly rare chance to catch the band in an intimate setting. The most memorable part of the concerts, however, is inevitably the set-list's liberal allotment of covers penned by Jewish artists — Jonathan Richman, Marc Bolan, even (gulp) Billy Joel. Yo La Tengo is certainly nobody's idea of a cover band, but their college DJ's enthusiasm for left-of-the-dial pop is insurmountable. Fakebook, a 1990 disc comprised predominantly of cover songs (Holy Modal Rounders, the Scene Is Now, NRBQ, the most definitely not-Jewish Cat Stevens) is perhaps the group's most charming album. This is rock band as rock fan — the ultimate indie statement.
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