Posted in music | pictures on July 12, 2011

photos by Tamara Porras

"At South Street Seaport this evening: Screaming Females absolutely tore it up and Ted Leo rocked like a rowboat in a hurricane." - Michael Azerrad

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Screaming Females played the kickoff party for 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday (7/9). As promised, Ted Leo played The Tyranny of Distance in its entirety, in addition to ten other tracks.

TL/Rx took the stage a little after 7:30 and came sprinting out the gate with "Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?" After a group of songs ending with one of my favorites, "Bottled in Cork," the band jumped into what would be a complete performance of their album The Tyranny of Distance. They even paused between "Stove by a Whale" and "The Great Communicator" in side A/side B fashion. (Their banter and band introductions in between was referred to as the album skit.) "You Could Die (or This Might End)" finished the set, but the boys came back for an energetic 3-song encore. [Dry Paint Signs]
The full setlist is below with and video and more pictures from the show.

Ted Leo will also appear as a special guest at the Mr. Coconuts Comedy Show on July 19 at Union Hall. The show is hosted by Gabe Delahaye and also features Max Silvestri and Nick Turner. Tickets are on sale.

The actual 4Knots Music Festival takes place back at the Seaport on Saturday (7/16) with Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, Eleanor Friedberger, and others.

Screaming Females pics from the Seaport are HERE. More Ted Leo pics below...

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Ted Leo setlist (via)
Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone? / I'm a Ghost / Me & Mia / Little Dawn / Colleen / Mourning in America / Bottled in Cork / Biomusicology / Parallel or Together? / Under the Hedge / Dial Up / Timorous Me / Stove by a Whale / The Great Communicator / Squeaky Fingers / M¥ Vien iLin / The Gold Finch & the Red Oak Tree / St. John the Divine / You Could Die (or This Might End)
ENCORE -
The High Party / A Bottle of Buckie / Where Was My Brain?

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at South Street Seaport 7/9/11

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - "Mourning In America" at South Street Seaport 7/9/11

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - "St. John The Divine" at South Street Seaport 7/9/11

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - "The Great Communicator" at South Street Seaport 7/9/11

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - "Timorous Me" at South Street Seaport 7/9/11

Screaming Females - "Boyfriend" at South Street Seaport 7/9/11

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Comments (90)

Is that his brother in the band, the guy in the PIL shirt?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:39 PM

nice pics! Are there any more free friday night shows after this week? I remember in the past they used to go well into august but they haven't announced anything as of late have they?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:39 PM

Wait, since when does Ted Leo drink beer? I thought he was hardcore into sXe and being vegan? Definitely let down...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:44 PM

Glad someone decided to bring their baby...jez.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:45 PM

Why the hell do you bring a 4 year old to a show? H

Hipsters are stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:46 PM

1:44, Ted is the man. If him drinking beer is enough to disappoint you, pull the stick out of your ass and choke on it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:49 PM

What size is Ted Leo?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:49 PM

@Anon 1:12--That's James Canty in the PiL shirt

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:51 PM

Any relation to Brendan?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:55 PM

FYI, I am the only person in the world who does not care for Ted Leo's music at all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:58 PM

1:58pm, Ted Leo hasn't made good music in over a half a decade so no, no you're not.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 1:59 PM

1:59, it sure as hell feels that way sometimes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:03 PM

Yes, James Canty is Brendan Canty's brother. He was also in NoU, Cupid Car Club, Make*Up and French Toast.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:03 PM

And FWIW, the baby in the picture belonged to that dude who organizes the Seaport concerts, and spent most of the time much further back from the stage with her mom playing with a water bottle. Haters gonna hate though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:05 PM

Hey James, how about a NOU reunion? My adjustable rate mortgage is about to launch into the stratosphere.

Posted by steve kroner | July 12, 2011 2:10 PM

I have a feeling Ted Leo is responding to a lot of these comments. There's too many actual facts and serious answers being thrown around here (1:49 -- except for the "is the man" part, 1:51, 2:03, 2:05)

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:10 PM

Screaming Females were better, no Ted was, you know nothing about music, you're a stupid hipster, fuck you, bite me, i make 70k a year, i make 110k plus free healthcare, i have eight inches, my tits don't sag, you live in williamsburg, you live in boston where there are no shows, hummus, potatoes, bite me, fuck you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:10 PM

2:10 is definitely Ted Leo.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:13 PM

(Third one)

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:14 PM

what happened to ted's former bass player, bushyhead?

Posted by donn | July 12, 2011 2:15 PM

Ted and the chick from Screaming Females also came out as the latest musical couple during this for all you gossip hounds.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:16 PM

"Free show! Free show!" Screw you Ted Leo. You're the biggest hypocrite in the punk scene right here ladies and gents. He continues to put on this whole fascade that he's the definition of punk but then he goes and covers Robyn songs. Then he opens for bands like Against Me! (while they were on a major label) and Pearl Jam at huge venues. Is it just me or does Ted like to keep an arm's length away from s e l l i n g o u t by leaching onto the artists who take the plunge in working with the corporate devil? Give it up already, guy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:33 PM

"the chick from Screaming Females" is a lesbian.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:37 PM

2:37 We saw her and Ted steal a kiss before their set. There's such things called bisexuals ya know.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:45 PM

Ted's married you assholes. Stop being catty bitches.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:50 PM

2:33 Boxcar

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:52 PM

Rest assured that despite the accusations of 2:10, I am no Ted Leo sock puppet, though we have a similar hairline.

Posted by 2:03/2:05 | July 12, 2011 2:52 PM

2:50pm, Ted is definitely not married.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:54 PM

So what exactly is wrong with bringing a kid to a free outdoors public event?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:54 PM

Yeah Ted is happily married and Marissa is LESBIAN. Not bisexual. Strictly chickly.
If you idiots are gonna try and start rumours at least make them plausible. You do know many of the people who read these comments know more then you about the music scene.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 2:56 PM

If Ted's married, I'd hate to be his wife reading this because he sure forgot about that on Saturday by the looks of the goings on between him and the tiny pretesbian. Do I not see a ring on his finger in any of those pics? Marissa's still young and impressionable too I'm sure. Doesn't surprise me that a vet like Ted would take advantage of that.

Also, all female singers say they're lesbians just to get some good lyrics out of it. Who cares anyway? Could be some good Ted and Marissa duets out of this. Maybe she can actually help him start writing good music again.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 3:02 PM

Well, Marissa hasn't sampled of the 10 supreme inches of my trouser friend Boris. I think that a little butter on that muffin and it would be a moveable feast, I tell you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 3:02 PM

So to clarify, Marissa is married, Ted's a lesbian and he's also feverishly responding to comments on BrooklynVegan, bringing kids to a show is worse than wearing white after Labor Day, and covering Robyn songs is selling out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 3:04 PM

Didn't Ted's wife have cancer? Maybe he wasn't gittin' any and needed a lil' woop woop from the hoo haw, lezzy or not.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 3:12 PM

I watched dem YouTube joints. Damn, but ya white people is total dorks, son. I mean if that's what a hipster is, then count be square.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 3:16 PM

uggggggggggh his voice is THE WORST.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 3:18 PM

Just read this elsewhere: Ted and his wife call it splits, throwing divorce party. Him and Screaming Females girl forming new bands.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 3:28 PM

@2:33 I think it's more punk rock to do whatever you want rather than be boxed in by expectations from people who still accuse artist of selling out (really, who says silly shit like that anymore, the 90s were over a decade ago)

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 3:43 PM

3:43, okay Ted. Glad to see you're taking your career tips from Avril Lavigne and Good Charlotte these days.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 3:47 PM

man Canty's looking beat up. nice bald spot. Looking forward to the power U...

I'm surprised that Screaming Females chick was hooking up w/ TL. I thought she was a lesbian. I guess it goes to show you, you never really know (especially in NYC)...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 3:55 PM

Ted Leo sucks, hang it up bro

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:01 PM

Ted Leo, you cradle robber, you!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:04 PM

^yeah he seems a little old for her. But whatevs, if they're happy I'm happy...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:09 PM

I'm not sure why anyone would start such a baseless rumor about anyone, nevermind myself, but the comments here at BrooklynVegan never cease to disappoint me. I can't believe I, in that my pride and loyalty are speaking, am even bothering to address this, but I assure you I am happily, lovingly and absolutely devoted to my amazingly beautiful wife, who, whenever the music stops (and has stopped on many occasions) is my complete life. Marissa and Screaming Females are friends and musician that I/we, the Pharmacists, have befriended over the years and I see no reason for them to bare the negativity of your anonymous responses.

Posted by Ted | July 12, 2011 4:13 PM

It was GREAT! You should have been there.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:15 PM

lulz Leo got trolled....

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:16 PM

I like that there's an equal number of "Ted is most certainly NOT married/Marissa is NOT a lesbian posts" as there are "Ted is most certainly married and Marissa IS a lesbian" posts. It's completely unclear which is true.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:23 PM

Whether he is or not, or she is or not- its none of your business. Either like their music or don't and shut the fuck up already.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:27 PM

Ted is actually married and it's kind of disgusting to read these comments as his wife was seriously sick with cancer not too long ago, which in turn forced him to relentlessly tour and record just to cover medical costs. He's still digging himself out of that hole. I hope all of the dispicible rumor starters here feel great about their shitty lives and what they accomplished here.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:27 PM

^that's old fashioned craftsmanship baby

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:28 PM

Everyone shut the fuck up. Ted was great.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:28 PM

"Ted is actually married and it's kind of disgusting to read these comments as his wife was seriously sick with cancer not too long ago, which in turn forced him to relentlessly tour and record just to cover medical costs. He's still digging himself out of that hole. I hope all of the dispicible rumor starters here feel great about their shitty lives and what they accomplished here."

Boy that sucks. Wonder why they weren't smart enough to buy health insurance?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:34 PM

Duh everyone knows muscians are absolved from personal accountability.....

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:39 PM

Should've just seen a pharmacist.


HUE HUE HUE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 4:51 PM

I'll bet Nick DiPaolo buys health insurance.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 5:06 PM

Great show. Both Ted Leo/Rx and Screaming Females were terrific.

It's too bad, though, that there are so many disgusting posters here.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 5:53 PM

To 4:34, who just responded to an upsetting piece of news with the snarky suggestion that those who do not have health insurance are dumb.... I sincerely, with all my heart, hope you get a debilitating disease and slowly, painfully, die. Health insurance or not. I mean that. Consider yourself cursed, asshole.

Also, don't always expect these comments to remain completely anonymous.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 5:57 PM

Ted Leo, Chris Taylor, Robin Pecknold, etc etc...

I hope BV is proud to be continuing to cultivate a forum for the artists he covers to be brutally slandered, often to their (online) faces.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 6:00 PM

BV, shut this shit down. If this is what having open comments leads to, who needs it?! It's a bunch of primates throwing shit at one another in a vain attempt to leave some sort of mark on the world.

You are talking about real people with real lives, you scumbags.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 6:04 PM

"To 4:34, who just responded to an upsetting piece of news with the snarky suggestion that those who do not have health insurance are dumb...."

If you can afford health insurance and don't have it, you are a fucking moron. Period. I won't wish a painful death in return, though. Knowing that you were born stupid and you will die stupid is plenty satisfying.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 6:11 PM

And clearly, 6:11, you know all about Ted's financial situation and ability to purchase said insurance. Not to mention, even with health insurance, you can still be ruined by something like cancer. But that's okay, keep fighting your ignorant fight.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 6:17 PM

What fight is that, moron?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 6:20 PM

Not having health insurance is totally punk rock!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 6:27 PM

If your show business career (and that's what it is) isn't going well enough for you to afford health insurance maybe it's time to think about a different line of work.

By the time you're 25 years old you should be savvy enough to know that most of the sanctimony attached to music/art is not something endemic to the world, but something that was sold to you when you were young and vulnerable.

People who aren't talented enough to succeed in what is an incredibly competitive business, and are either too stupid or too precious to patch together reality, just might wind up with medical bills they can't pay.

Bottom line, not everyone who might appear to be a 'victim', actually is...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 6:32 PM

Anyone who pays on iota of creedence to anything written in the comments of BV is a first rate retard. It's jokes and If you can't understand that you're the punchline...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 6:45 PM

When did the comments section on BrooklynVegan turn into the comments section of Us Magazine?

Posted by J | July 12, 2011 6:57 PM

@6:32- What are you even doing on a music website?! You essentially just said that people should give up on their dreams because they don't make any money. I bet you have a sweet ass pad in either Williamsburg or the LES, and the only reason you are even living there is because people like Ted were there before you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 9:23 PM

@645- I want to say you are probably right, but I have a feeling its a 70/30 split between those who aren't joking and those that are.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 9:26 PM

@645 - the fact is that this is one of the most widely read music blogs in new york and the country (even boston), so baseless comments from anonymous cowards can unfortunately prove damaging for an artist's reputation, whether made in jest or not. why is it so difficult to show some common decency and respect people for attempting to make a living doing what they love, playing music to share with you, the fan.

Posted by adam | July 12, 2011 10:11 PM

and i'll follow up my previous comment by saying that it's sad to see what a large number self-proclaimed discerning, intelligent "music fans" have come to pass for commentary on an art we all love. bv is a great blog, but it's commenters are horrendous

Posted by adam | July 12, 2011 10:18 PM

Last four posters are squares...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 11:31 PM

6:32 dreams are for children

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 11:33 PM

"@6:32- What are you even doing on a music website?! You essentially just said that people should give up on their dreams because they don't make any money."

What are the "dreams" of people who don't make any money in part because they embrace an anti-commercial ethos? Juvenile things are for juveniles.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2011 11:58 PM

11:58 does 'borrowed time' make you happier?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 12:14 AM

i had fun at the show. and it was free. i like ted leo. maybe if you don't like his music don't go to his shows or read threads about him.. seems pretty obvious.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 1:18 AM

@11:58- You are clearly an idiot. People that are able to do what they love doing, make a meager "salary" doing it, and keep doing it despite that meager salary are a cut above the rest.


Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 2:16 AM

LOL @ 2:16. They are not a cut above anyone, you moron. Music is not a selfless pursuit. Musicians are also not "victims" when their self-indulgent choices render them incapable of doing grown up things like buy health insurance.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 3:15 AM

not a fan of ted leo at all

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 3:36 AM

Next time I write something on here as a joke comment, I'm going to think it through more carefully. I thought it was widely known that Ted is married and Marissa is into girls but apparently some of you are gullible. If anyone was offended or think there's an ounce of truth to that comment, I offer my apologies.

It's with these stupid actions that I too think it would be a good idea for BrooklynVegan to reevaluate the way they allow comments to be posted. Other music blogs I visit have transitioned into a login which has cut down on the amount of trolling. Come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I came on here where the comments about a musician were more positive than negative.

If you feel the same way as I do, post the following short message in every post you read to let BV know we'd like a change to the way we enjoy this site:

"It's time to find a new alternative to hummus, BrooklynVegan. Change the comment section for the better."

Again, sorry. I feel like garbage now.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 8:25 AM

Sacrificing benefits such as health care or a 401k is something many musicians do to pursue the art and do something they love. Even though there is a certain amount of responsibility to be had by adults to ensure they're well protected financially and medically, assuming there was an absolute disregard to do so in this event is very foolish.

Ted's provided us with over a decade of great music and as evidenced by examples like this free show alongside many other personal charitable endeavors, I wouldn't mind giving back to the guy to help him out if he needs it. I'm not sure how to go about organizing it but if anyone reading this would like to help figure this out, we could somehow help Ted's money woes. Based on all the comments about making over $100,000 salaries, it sounds like BrooklynVegan readers have some deep pockets, and if anyone cares about these musicians as much as it's been stated above, then they'll have charitable hearts. I think I could vouch $100. 10 people doing the same would net an easy $1,000.

Can we do this, music lovers?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 8:41 AM

6:32, 3:15, etc... (Presumably the same guy?)

So incredibly cynical, ignorant & sad.
It's far-right nonsense like yours that keeps proper universal health care out of reach in this country, and often the very same school of thought that devalues, defunds and marginalizes the arts, creative & public projects.


Keep managing that hedgefund, bro.
Ted & others like him are most certainly a cut above — no, their pursuits are not at all selfless, but make no mistake; a massive swath of the artists you follow & admire (those covered on blogs like this one) make similar sacrifices & risks for what they do.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 11:03 AM

Also, It's time to find a new alternative to hummus, BrooklynVegan. Change the comment section for the better

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 11:04 AM

It's time to find a new alternative to hummus, BrooklynVegan. Change the comment section for the better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 11:16 AM

oh my god the video of the Screaming Females playing "Boyfriend" is incredible. Such a totally fucking awesome song. Would have liked to go just to see them because they are incredible musicians. I've seen Ted leo far too many times for not actually liking his music that much.

Posted by Mandy | July 13, 2011 12:57 PM

"Ted & others like him are most certainly a cut above — no, their pursuits are not at all selfless, but make no mistake; a massive swath of the artists you follow & admire (those covered on blogs like this one) make similar sacrifices & risks for what they do."

I understand the risks many artists take - and they are risks - but they are the folly of youth and I'm most assuredly grateful to them for it. But the guy is 41 years old and married.

Also, since I was the first to bring this up but others subsequently jumped in, I should note that I kind of assumed he was successful enough to be able to swing insurance after taking care of food, clothing and shelter. They kind of are the big 4 to most responsible people before they even entertain the thought of spending money on anything else. It was a case of thinking out loud, but probably too snarky since I'm empathetic even if it wasn't adequately expressed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 2:45 PM

@3:55 - Canty's hot! So is his bald spot!

Posted by hothands | July 13, 2011 9:51 PM

To the haters, I challenge you to ask yourself why it feels good to say such horrible INCORRECT things? seriously.

Trust me the positive is more fun, as was the show, come back to the Seaport it was a blast, the set was like a string of pearls.

Posted by Katherine | July 14, 2011 12:58 AM

Katherine is bi and doing it with the two of them individually. Mystery solved.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 9:40 AM

Good god, this is a freaking shame. I'm with the decency advocates who want less monkeys and trolls and more reasonable human beings.

BrooklynVegan, if you have a different kind of comments section (login, etc), you'll probably get less comments which might make you look less trafficked and less popular, but it'll also mean less dumbass comments from trolls (and I imagine that there's only a small handful of them ruining it for everyone) and more actual talk about the music. This slew of comments was 80% lesbian/cancer/healthcare blather and 20% real feedback on the show. And yeah, I get that they're all a bunch of jokes -- and jesus, lame ones at that -- but I'm sure they probably still sting. It's just so weird that a site that's so damn good at reporting on music and shows on the top half of the page is such a lame cesspit on the bottom half.

I'm a fan of BV, and I'd be a way bigger fan with a better comments section. So yeah I'd cast my vote for changing it up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2011 10:03 AM

Ted should have a neck tattoo.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2011 4:13 PM

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