Entries tagged with: Ted Leo
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).
Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.
In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.
The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists at Bell House (more by Erik Erikson)
The Chaos in Tejas lineup expands more with another round of additions including the first Breakdown show in 25 years with the 87 demo lineup, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists (one of two upcoming Austin shows for Ted), the Clean (first Texas show ever), Deviated Instinct, Death Evocation (1st show), Mass Grave, Pierced Arrows, Australian garage rockers Royal Headache, No Fucker, New Orleans Bounce artist Katey Red, the Impalers, Cold World, Creem, Avon Ladies, Backtrack, Bi-Marks, Phobia and many others. Full list of new additions and the latest flyer is below.
Chaos in Tejas will add another 40+ bands in the coming weeks and tickets will go on sale on January 31st. More details are forthcoming.
Show flyer, video, and the list of all new additions below...
Ted Leo posted the following today:
LOOKOUT! IST KAPUTT.Other bands who have called Lookout! home include Alkaline Trio, Ann Beretta, Avail, The Avengers, Bratmobile, Citizen Fish, The Donnas, Engine Down, Go Sailor, Green Day, The Groovie Ghoulies, The Hi-Fives, Hockey Night, Mary Timony, Neurosis, Operation Ivy, Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Queers, Rancid, Screeching Weasel, Vagrants, The Mr T Experience, The Zero Boys, and many, many more.
I've been getting a lot of Twitter questions about why a bunch of my records have disappeared from all the digital services (Sportify, iDudes, Mandora, etc.). It's because our beloved Lookout Records, which ceased releasing new material in 2006, but carried on keeping the catalog in print until this past December, has, sadly, shuttered it's windows for good. A better eulogy should be forthcoming, but just to answer these questions, this means that these records have reverted to my complete ownership, which is kind of cool in some ways, I guess, except that it also means I have to basically run my own label for them now unless I wind up licensing them to someone else in the future. In the immediate, I have to go through some legal stuff with the digital services to get the records back up online, and I'm hoping to have that all taken care of very soon. Physical records are now officially out of print and will likely not be repressed for a while (but I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually). I do have a bunch of stock laying around with no plans to tour for quite a while, so if there's interest, maybe I'll set up a web-store so you can buy direct from me if you want. Please feel free to email or tweet me with ideas for that. All entertaining ideas will be entertained!
And thank you, seriously, for giving a crap. I'm not happy to see Lookout gone, but having complete rights of usage and total and direct revenue from sales now, can ultimately turn this into a positive situation. I just have to get creative about it. Might try to bang one out more special Tyranny of Distance event before the 10th anniversary year is over this spring...
by Klaus Kinski
"I bought hummus at Costco. Now I have an intimidating amount of hummus. Every time I open the fridge, it eyeballs me. - Kurt Braunohler
The great Ted Leo closed out 2011 with a bang with sold-out full-band shows at the Bell House on December 30th and then on December 31st at Maxwells in Jersey. The comedically great Kurt Braunohler opened both of those shows, which is why I simply could not resist posting the troll-baiting tweet you see above.
Anyhow, it seems like Ted, aside from the benefit he's playing in Austin, is starting off the new year with a whimper because the Ted Leo calendar has absolutely nothing on it. Blankness. Bupkis. However, your man Klaus knows better. For example, it's a little known fact that Ted Leo will participate in the Rejection Show Music Series at Littlefield on Thursday January 19th at 8:00pm:
The Rejection Show Music Series gives musicians the chance to let loose, take risks, and perform songs that have yet to be heard, have gotten them through a time of rejection, or to simply cover their favorite songs of love, loss, and heartbreak. Featuring TED LEO performing excerpts from a musical that he penned, but has yet to be seen. The musical centers around the United Fruit Company, US corporate and military imperialism, bananas, and of course a love story! CORN MO performing songs based on the theme of Rejection, and more! Hosted by JON FRIEDMAN and featuring the REJECTION SHOW BAND.Tickets are on sale and are only $8! Oh, and speaking of Kurt Braunohler and Littlefield, catch Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler on Monday January 9th at Littlefield (aka tonight). Guests include Chris Gethard, John Gemberling, Andrea Rosen, and Matt Oberg. That line-up is as strong as it gets, people.
I just read Gethard's book A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure (pictured above) and it was truly one of the funniest, most brilliant comedian-penned books I've ever read... more on that someday soon, but let me get back on track here...
Back to Ted... Your second opportunity to see Ted is at How Was Your Week? LIVE! on Thursday February 2nd at 8pm at the Bell House. How Was Your Week? is a podcast hosted by the unbearably funny and so f-ing on her game Julie Klausner (love that last name prefix!). This live Klausner experience will feature the absolutely brilliant Best Show on WFMU host Tom Scharpling, the incomparable Sandra Bernhard, as well as house band Ted Leo! There will be surprise guests too, trust me. This show gets Klaus Kinski's This WILL Sell Out guarantee, so buy tickets NOW.
Chris Gethard, who also plays Whiplash tonight (1/9), takes on fellow author Stephen King in the video below...
Ted Leo will fly in to join the Crack Pipes, the Golden Boys and Grape St. for a benefit show Jan. 28 at Beerland for the fund to defray the costs of services for Esme Barrera, who was killed Jan. 1 while walking home from a show.--
No word yet on advance tickets.
Barrera was well-known among her friends as a huge Leo fan. Leo is well-known as a class act. As one friend said on Facebook: "you all should know that Ted Leo actually REQUESTED to play a show for Esme Barrera on the day he found out about the tragedy. Super stand up dude - and I know she would be SO excited." Indeed.
Ted Leo @ Maxwell's on New Year's Eve (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ted Leo recently played a New Year's Eve show in NJ, and one in Brooklyn the night before. A benefit show for Esme is also happening in Brooklyn (though not with Ted on the bill).
"ATTN HOBOKEN! I WILL NOT BE DROPPED TONIGHT!" - kurt braunohler
"Pink shirt on. Ready to party like it 3012" - kurt braunohler
"Happy New Year to everybody! I didn't get to reply last night because I was watching @TedLeo and @kurtbraunohler be awesome." - Tom scharpling
"Omg @scharpling 's here @maxwellsnj for @tedleo NYE& I didn't even say hi - @kurtbraunohler was hilarious - Sharon Van Etten & band=amazing!"
- Bella Allen Farrelly
"Last 2 nights w/@kurtbraunohler, @obitsband, @sharonvanetten, & the AMAZING AUDIENCES: I count myself lucky to be among such excellence." -Ted Leo
Ted, Kurt & Phamacist @ Maxwell's
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists rang in the new year at Maxwell's with not-surprise guest Sharon Van Etten and comedian opener Kurt Braunohler who also opened for Ted and Obits at The Bell House one night earlier. Pictures from the NJ show, where Kurt Braunohler tried to crowd surf again, and possibly got dropped again, are in this post.
Ted played a predictably excellent set and covered 'I Wanna Destroy You' with Sharon Van Etten whose opening set included a new backing band lineup. Doug Keith is still there, but there was a new guy on drums and a new backup singer/keyboard player/additional guitarist lady. When they played "Don't Do It", they did this new thing with looped sorta spooky vocals in the beginning and it was so beautiful. The new songs sound amazing. I can't wait for the album.
Sharon will hit the road for a string of dates in February that include Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom, and before that she'll make an appearance at the Greene Space. Tickets are still available for that WNYC Soundcheck session, as well as both Bowery and MHoW.
More pictures and some video from Maxwell's on New Year's Eve, below.
photos by Erik Erikson
Ted Leo @ The Bell House
Attention those in (army jackets in) attendance at the Bell House on 12/30:
"Tall guy in army jacket w a great smile, you danced next to me and my friend. You piled your black coat on my bag and coat.Attention Jonah:
Where did you go?
Does this ever work? I'm giving it a shot."
[Ted Leo at The Bell House - w4m (Park Slope )]
you should call/email me so I can give my friend's number to your friend. She was waiting for him to ask.The Ted Leo & The Pharmacists show at the Bell House on 12/30 with Obits, Ted's first of two end-of-year shows with crowd surfing comedian Kurt Braunohler, was full of missed connections. Here are some pictures. Ted, Kurt and special guest Sharon Van Etten also played Maxwell's on New Year's Eve.
Like you said "that should totally happen"
L [Jonah, we met at the Ted Leo show - w4m (The Bell House)]
More pictures & videos (including Ted doing Waterboys and MC5 covers) from the Bell House below...
Matador label-mates James McNew of Yo La Tengo and Ted Leo both have December 2011 Maxwell's shows coming up and both contributed 'Best of 2011' lists to Matador Records for the label's annual big list of lists. Maybe their lists contain some clues on what special guests we can expect at their upcoming NJ shows (Yo La Tengo on all nights of Hanukkah, Ted Leo on New Year's Eve). At a minimum, Ted's list contains a great recommendation for vegan pizza in Brooklyn. Both lists are reprinted below...
Ted Leo at Shea in November (more by Guy Eppel)
According to Ted, there are only a few tickets left for the Maxwell's show and they're going fast. He also mentions that a "*Special Very Exciting* GUEST" will be there. Who do you think it is? If you're going, please say hi to this person who tweeted at Ted that they're "going alone so a 'hi' would make their night."
Comedian Kurt Braunohler opens both shows. I wonder if he'll also end up at Maxwell's at all this week for Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah shows. I wonder if Ted will? Say "hi" to Kurt too if you go.
Obits open the Bell House show and will also play NYC during a short run of dates in March with UK band Fists at Cake Shop on March 17. Tickets are on sale now (yes, advanced tickets for Cake Shop!). All dates are listed below.
Ted's other band, Citizens Arrest, had to cancel their ABC No Rio show which would have went down this past Saturday (12/17) but Omegas, Mind Eraser, and Night Birds still played the venue. Check out pics from that show HERE.
All dates below...
photos by Guy Eppel
all the bands @ Shea Stadium
Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus & the So So Glos got together at all ages, DIY Brooklyn venue She Stadium on Monday night (11/21) to benefit the National Lawyer's Guild who help the Occupy Movement. As you can see from the above pic, the night included some collaboration. There were topical covers too...
Near the end of Titus's set, someone requested a drinking song. "This is not a song about fucking drinking," replied Stickles, agitated. "This is a song about fucking justice." Titus launched into a brash and unsubtle cover of "I Fought the Law," and then invited Ted Leo and So So Glos vocalist Alex Levine to play Billy Bragg's "To Have and To Have Not," the chorus of which was exchanged among the frontmen: "Just because you're better than me/ Doesn't mean I'm lazy/ Just because you're going forwards/ Doesn't mean I'm going backwards."More pictures from the show and a video filmed by Patrick Stickles himself, below...
Ideas about Occupy Wall Street were in the air, foremost among them the political idea of consistency. In occupying a specific location for a lengthy period of time, protesters effectively buried themselves in a national conversation and physically articulated their willingness to stick to their guns. "You know how old I am?" Leo rhetorically asked the crowd. "You know how many marches I've been on? I get home and I feel great and two days later any media presence evaporates." [Village Voice]
Ted Leo @ FFFFest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Ted Leo (who recently covered Misfits in Texas, covered Replacements in NYC, and is playing a New Year's Eve show in Hoboken) and Titus Andronicus (who recently lost a member and played two shows with Fucked Up) are teaming up with The So So Glos to play a last minute benefit at Shea Stadium on Monday night. More details, in Ted's and Patrick's words, below...
"@tedleo and me were repping Jersey hard at 'Mats City. Guy from the Gaslight Anthem - apparently not all that concerned! #jerseystandup" - Titus Andronicus
"Phew!- Thanks!! I kind of butchered the 2nd verse of "Left of the Dial," so..." - Ted Leo
"Just kissed Ted Leo right on the mouth and he tasted like art" - Steven
"Umm John Wesley Harding, mike Scott, and Ted leo performed Blank Generation...I'm freaking out" - RoseAnn Fino
"So excellent. Ted Leo cribbing lyrics to Blank Generation off his phone. @ citywinery" - Martha Bayne
"Backstage; mike Scott just asking Ted Leo if he'd heard the Ram record" - Chris Funk
John Wesley Harding (more by Chris Graham)
Like Craig Finn the night before (and many others who were on the bill of one of the three Replacements tribute shows at Bowery Electric, Ted Leo took on the Replacements on Thursday night (11/17). Check out the videos below.
One night later, last night (11/18), Ted was one of many special guests at John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery. If you missed it, as previously mentioned, John's tour continues in Brooklyn and NJ on Saturday and Sunday. They aren't Cabinet shows, but they are also pretty special. As his own site reads:
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding is set to tour the U.S. this fall with the all-star King Charles Trio, whose lineup includes John Moen, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee-Drizos and Nate Query, all members of The Decemberists, Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey (Thee Minus Five, The Baseball Project). Thee Minus Five are tabbed to support.Tickets will be available at the door for tonight's show at the Bell House. Advanced tix still on sale for Sunday's show at Maxwell's.
Ted Leo also has shows coming up at The Bell House and Maxwell's. Watch him cover the Replacements below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Tedzig @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Speaking of Ted Leo, who just announced some shows.....
After some wondering and hinting, it actually happened... Glenn Danzig, who didn't have enough time to play his full Misfits set Friday night, showed up during Ted Leo's set at Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday! (sort of)
First Ted & the Pharmacists played their regular set, but it ended 10 minutes early and abruptly because Ted said he was cold (like Danzig was on Friday night). Ted quickly reappeared on stage though, but in a black wig complete with devil's lock, and full band including Andy Nelson (who was in town with both Ceremony and Paint it Black) on bass. Misfits (aka Misfits tribute band TV Casualty, 3/5th of them anyway) were in effect!
The tribute band played four Misfits tunes: "Where Eagles Dare," "Bullet," "Angelfuck", and "Skulls" which Tedzig preceded by saying he reads Facebook a lot and he knew some people at the fest really wanted to hear it. Check out the video of that one below.
TV Casualty, who have played live shows before, now also have a release (what perfect timing for all that to go down at the Austin Fest...)...
On October 31st, Matador [released] a charity 7" from Philadelphia's TV Casualty.Order your copy via Matador. Check out Ted's tour dates HERE. See more pictures and a video of the Misfits tribute, below...
This is the first recorded document to be released by a collective made up of Brian Sokel (Franklin, AM/FM), Andy Nelson (Ceremony, Paint It Black), Atom Goren (Atom and His Package) & Chris Wilson (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists). Over the past few years the group has played out in and around Philly for different charitable events, assembling as The Ramones (with Rodney Anonymous), Black Flag (with Dan Yemin) and Minor Threat (with Mike McKee). Here, Ted Leo joins the band as Glen Danzig, in what else but their take on The Misfits (watch some past performances here)!
As part of Matador's famed ELO- catalogue series (confused? consult the discography), this blood-red 7" features covers of Children In Heat, Angelfuck, Teenagers From Mars, We Bite, Who Killed Marilyn, Some Kinda Hate. All proceeds collected on sales of this release will be donated on behalf of TV Casualty & Matador to The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia's only LGBTQ Youth Center.
Ted Leo at FFF Fest (more by BBG)
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists just played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin and are continuing to tour the US throughout the month of November. After a short break, they'll celebrate the new year in the NYC-area with a Bell House show on December 30 and a New Years Eve (12/31) show at Maxwell's in Ted's home state of New Jersey. Tickets for the Bell House show and the Maxwell's show are on sale now.
In the meantime, Ted Leo also has another local show and soon. Ted Leo will fly solo (and be playing at least one Replacements cover) at Bowery Electric on 11/17 as part of the BV-presented celebration for Replacements documentary Color Me Obsessed. That's the 2nd of three shows tribute shows. Ted, who we know is good at covering Misfits, is definitely not playing the first on 11/16, but he is probably playing the recently added late one which is still on sale.
All Ted dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 came to a close on Sunday night. It was another successful year for the well-rounded music fest, and the end of its first in the larger (and much dustier) Auditorium Shores. And though Ryan Gosling may have been the most talked about artist at the festival (Danzig was a close second), the real star was festival organizer Transmission Enertainment for putting together such a kickass lineup on four stages for three days straight (not to mention a mechanical bull) (and skate and bike ramp and tons of good food and vendors and merch and posters and wrestling) (and Turquoise Jeep).
After Hum and then a quick set of comedy by metal comedian Brian Posehn (he did his Slayer joke and one that involved Pantera), Slayer closed out the large Orange stage on Sunday (the other metal acts played on the slightly smaller Black Stage all weekend, but the Orange was the biggest and actually specially built to Slayer's specs).
Slayer wasn't the only wild headliner of the day though. In fact, that's an understatement. Trash Talk played after Henry Rollins did his set of spoken word in the Yellow Tent because Trash Talk had to miss their originally scheduled set on the Black Stage earlier in the week due to a family emergency. Thanking everyone for missing Slayer to see them (actually not true because it ended up Trash Talk was done before Slayer even started), Trash Talk started their hardcore insanity by pointing out that they were on the only stage with no barricade (the stage comedians usually played). Circle pits, stagediving, stage crowding, grabbing the mic, pumping fists (and skateboards) and just general craziness characterized the next 20 minutes or so.
The always controversial Odd Future drew their own giant and enthusiastic crowd to their headlining set on the Blue Stage, and Blonde Redhead closed out the Black Stage to a more intimate and chilled out audience (in the location that was metal, punk, garage and hardcore the rest of the weekend).
Here is our second set of pictures from the final day of the fest, including Asobi Seksu, the reunited Hum, We Were Promised Jetpacks (who just played NYC and one of our CMJ day parties), Odd Future, G-Side, Austra, Grimes, MNDR, Mates of State, Budos Band, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Architecture in Helsinki, Del the Funky Homosapien, Brian Posehn, Flying Lotus, Brody Stevens, Trash Talk, Henry Rollins, and more SLAYERRRR.
The rest of day 3, below...
My final day at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 ran the gamut from 90s-indie-worshippers Lemuria to the poppy-hardcore of Kid Dynamite, the Prince-clad hardcore of Ceremony to the glitchy dance of Flying Lotus, and the operatic/enigmatic Austra to the great Slayer. Of the bands that I was not familar with prior to that day (namely OBN IIIs and Les Butcherettes) OBN IIIs set was my favorite; high energy punk/garage was an excellent way to turbo-charge the day. Le Butcherettes were no slouches though, playing fun and spazzy garage-punk featuring the endlessly watachlbe Teri Gender Bender up front and surprise guest Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on bass.
I'll save the "Fun Fun Fun" knee-slapper for pretty much every single band's pre/intra-show banter ("Are you having fun? Are you having Fun Fun Fun?") but yes, Fun Fun Fun Fest lives up to its name.
More pictures from day three including shots of Lemuria, Le Butcherettes, OBN IIIs, Davila 666, Ceremony, Nobunny, Kid Dynamite, Zero Boys, Eyehategod, Austra, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cannibal Corpse, Boris, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Slayer, Blonde Redhead, and much more, below...
Yellow Ostrich @ Barsuk show in August (more by David Andrako)
Yellow Ostrich head out on tour with Ra Ra Riot and Delicate Steve later this month, but first CMJ! You can catch them tonight (10/19) at Brooklyn Bowl, a free-with-RSVP show with Ted Leo and... Royce Da 5'9.
Thursday (10/20) they'll play a 12:30pm set at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn as part of the free BrooklynVegan party. They weren't on the lineup we announced yesterday. That's because they're stepping in to replace The Phantom Family Halo who sadly had to cancel due to a family emergency. They also play three more CMJ shows after that. All their dates are listed, along with a video, below...
Mountain Goats @ Knitting Factory, Halloween 2005 (more)
As previously mentioned, John Wesley Harding is holding a "Cabinet of Wonders" variety show at NYC's City Winery on October 28th with Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Emma Straub, Paul Harding, and more TBA. Since our last mention, two very special guests have been added to the bill: Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) and John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats). Hopefully you didn't sleep on tickets because the show is now sold out.
Tickets are however on sale now for A Haunted Hot Tub Halloween at Littlefield, also a comedy and music variety show, happening one day later (10/29) with Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Wyatt Cenac, Andres du Bouchet, and... John Darnielle, and more.
Tickets are also still on sale for the 11/18 Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery with The Blue Fisherman (from Edinburgh, Scotland), Howe Gelb, Myla Goldberg, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman, Audrey Niffenegger AND "Plus for this Cabinet of Wonders, and this Cabinet of Wonders only, the House Band will be THE KING CHARLES TRIO, comprising: Peter Buck (REM), Jenny Conlee-Drizos, Chris Funk, John Wesley Harding (Appearing as Himself), Scott McCaughey (The Minus Five), John Moen, and Nate Query." That's a lot of Decemberists. More upcoming JWH shows HERE
Speaking of Ted Leo and Craig Finn, both are scheduled to make appearances at the BrooklynVegan-presented Replacements tribute shows happening at Bowery Electric in November. The previously announced two shows (and movie screenings) are sold out, BUT a third tribute concert - a late one on 11/17, has been added. Tickets for the new show are on sale. More info HERE.
Mountain Goats dates and flyers below...
Ted Leo @ SXSW 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
A "Music Summit" is being held at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn tonight (10/5). As you can see on the flyer below, there will be a panel discussion with various music industry peeps and a musical performance by both Ted Leo (solo) and the band Friends. Admission is free with RSVP.
Speaking of Friends, they're also about to announce a tour with Ganglians that includes a Mercury Lounge show on November 19. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale today at noon (10/5). General sale begins Friday. Full tour TBA.
Ted Leo will also be a special guest at a comedy show at the Bell House later this month.
Unfortunately our Rock Shop show that Ted was supposed to play during Hurricane Irene is not being rescheduled due to the artists' busy schedules. You should be getting a refund for that if you haven't already.
by Klaus Kinski
OK, rather than bore you to tears with one of my usual exhausting preambles about how great the NYC comedy scene is, I am simply going to throw out a handful of shows coming up that are well worth your attention. (Unless you're a humorless slob who has nothing better to do than hate everything.) For everyone else, what follows is some totally awesome news. You're welcome, in advance.
First off, as mentioned already, the great Louis CK will be doing two pretty last minute shows at The Bell House on Friday September 30th aka TODAY at 7:00pm and 9:00pm. The shows go onsale Friday September 30th aka TODAY at 10:00am, so get those refresh button fingers limbered up. After that, your next official opportunity to see Louis in NYC is on Thursday November 10th at the Beacon Theater as part of the New York Comedy Festival.
And speaking of comedy in Brooklyn, don't forget that tickets are on sale for Mike Birbiglia's show happening on Tuesday October 18th at Union Hall. Though, there's a good chance the show will be sold out by the time you read this. This is a CMJ show believe it or not.
But back to the Bell House for a second. On Thursday October 20th, the really and truly wonderful Julie Klausner brings her podcast How Was Your Week? to the Bell House stage with a truly incredible line-up that actually sort of reads like the guest list on a good night of The Best Show on WFMU. The line-up so far includes Ted Leo, Paul F. Tompkins, Billy Eichner, and Special Surprise Guests. And knowing Julie, those surprises are bound to be way beyond worth the cost of admission. And speaking of the cost of admission, I am truly dumfounded that this show isn't sold out yet. Oh, but you know what is sold out? The TWO Paul F. Tompkins shows happening at The Bell House on October 22nd and October 23rd. You know what's nuts about those PFT shows? He won't be doing the same material both nights. Holy!
On Tuesday November 1st, the House will play host to a John Hodgman "That Is All" Official Book Release Party. The cost of admission will get you a copy of the book as well as other treats, including Jonathan Coulton. Totally brunchcore.
Yikes! Lemme loop back to CMJ comedy shows taking place at Union Hall this year. I'd be an idiot (well, a bigger idiot than I already am) if I didn't mention that one of NYC's most awe-inspiring comedy/variety/brainz shows Heart of Darkness will bless Union Hall with its majesty on Saturday October 22nd. The show is hosted by Greg Barris and will feature Greg Johnson, Dave Hill, Mind Warrior Michael Wigler and a SPECIAL GUEST! For the uninitiated, it might make sense to learn about the show here. Best to go into these things prepared.
Oh, but before I go to bed, here's another show worth noting, but be warned, this one takes place in Manhattan. Comedic wunderkind Michael Ian Black will be doing a show at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday November 10th as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Bowery does seem like an odd venue choice for me because, well, it's too small for MIB and, well, ya don't often see comedy there. I am pretty sure the last comedy show I saw there was the Invite Them Up CD release party way back in 2005. But I ain't complainin. Bowery is one of my favorite rooms in the city, and I love MIB ever so much. Tickets are on sale, though I doubt for much longer. Shit gone sellout ASAP, son.
Ryan Olson of Gayngs' other group Marijuana Deathsquads are working on their debut album Crazy Master. You can stream the album's title track, making its debut here, below.
For more music, check out their recent session at Daytrotter, where it was written...
With Marijuana Deathsquads, Olson and frequent collaborators such as Doomtree's Mike Mictlan, Rhymesayers' P.O.S. and Har Mar Superstar make you feel as if you've just been bit by a psychedelic rattlesnake and you're quickly losing your mind as the white venom courses through your veins. You can just shut your eyes and feel the dizziness take over, move you around the floor, twist you over the cushions or into the thin sheets of a bed. You feel as if you could be arrested for just being where you are right now, as if you've done something immoral that you don't even remember, as if the fog's either just wearing off or it's just setting in. We're on the borderline of cognition and full-blown fuzziness. They recreate the sensations of free-fall and in coming upon a bed full of tarantulas when you'd have been scared out of your skin just seeing one of them. It's a longer route to getting intimate with someone else (compared with the sax and vocoder-harmony-rocking style of GAYNGS), but Marijuana Deathsquads still leave the possibilities out there for you to do what you will with them. The frightening segments are interspersed with celebratory dancehall beats and you can almost see Olson hopping around behind his laptop, his mouth blowing up with ecstasy, stoned out of his mind, with the biggest smile you've ever seen ladling the bottom half of his face. You join in the look and go where the Deathsquads take you.Marijuana Deathsquads will be playing multiple shows with sometimes Gayngs member/Deathsquads collaborator and fellow Minneapolis resident Har Mar Superstar at Bowery Electric in NYC during October. The residency will take place each Monday for four weeks. It kicks off on Monday, October 3 with guests Crazy and the Brains and DJ Ted Leo. The 10/10 show includes The Dirty Fences and Only Son. The 10/17 show includes Mike Mictlan of Doomtree and Spyder Babie Rawdog. The 10/24 show has Polica (Channy of Gayngs), Fur Pillows and The Young Things. Tickets for each night of the residency are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Speaking of Ted Leo and Bowery Electric, catch Ted as part of a BrooklynVegan-presented Replacements tribute show at the NYC venue in November.
Speaking of tribute shows and Har Mar Superstar, Har Mar is also taking part in Petty Fest at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW in October.
All tour dates and the MD song below...
Color Me Obsessed, a film about The Replacements, will be screening at a number of film festivals and other venues this year and next year. The film was produced by Gorman Bechard (of What We Were Thinking Films) and features interviews with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Tommy Ramone, members of Husker Du, Robert Christgau, Jim Derogatis, Ira Robbins, Tom Arnold, and others. The film will premiere in NYC on November 16 and 17 at Bowery Electric.
We're excited to announce that, along with Bowery Electric, we're presenting MATS CITY, a Replacements tribute show that will take place at Bowery Electric after each screening. The show, which will be hosted by Matt Pinfield features a number of guests including Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), Jesse Malin, Steve Wynn, Ted Leo, Chuck Ragan, Charlie Mars, Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Matthew Ryan, Willie Nile, Tommy Ramone, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Pulkingham, Walter Lure, Kevn Kinney, Don DiLego, Joe D'Urso, Danny Sage, and Nicole Atkins, and many more to be announced. Those singers will be backed by a band which includes Todd Youth, Matt Romano, and Johnny T. Tickets for the 11/16 and the 11/17 shows are on sale now (ticket options include movie only and show only, and both). A portion of the proceeds will go to Musicians On Call. Note that exact lineups for each date are TBA. Some performers may only be playing one day.
A list of cities the film will screen in and teaser video below...
by Klaus Kinski
Blackout survivor Ted Leo in the rain (more by Chris La Putt)
You know, I've been bugging BV to put on a show with me since I became aware of just how much I missed helping put together our RoFL shows at Pianos. Doesn't it figure that when we finally get it happening mother nature sends along one of her most loathsome weather systems to go head and destroy my, our, dreams. Folks, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that the BrooklynVegan and Klaus Kinski present Ted Leo, Doug Gillard, Broadcaster, and Dave Hill scheduled to take place at the Rock Shop on Saturday August 27th has been CANCELLED.
If you've been a good little pup and have been reading BrooklynVegan over the past coupla days, you'd know that shows all over the city this weekend are being cancelled. I was really hoping that we could hang in there. However, with the MTA closing down tomorrow at noon, and with the very real possibility that bridges and tunnels might also close, we've got no choice but to cancel the show. What's the point of having a show if people can't even get to it? And Broadcaster has to get to and from Providence. During a hurricane? What're you, some kind of a masochist?
Ideally we would like to reschedule this somewhere in the near future, with the same Dave Hill and the same bands performing. It is a pain in the ass to try and get so many schedule's to sync up, but I am tenacious and really hope we get a mulligan. Refund information to follow.
Other Ted Leo dates below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.