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DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Even Heroes Have to Die (MP3)

Ted Leo @ Bell House Haiti Benefit in January (more by Jonny Leather)
Ted Leo

Screaming Females are currently on tour with JEFF the Brotherhood - that trip kicked off in NYC and will be back for a show at Brooklyn's Death By Audio on February 23rd. Come March, Screaming Females will be joining Ted Leo & The Pharmacists (who played Bowery Ballroom with JEFF in December) for shows across the US. Those includes his previously mentioned April 9th show at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still on sale.

Ted's new album, The Brutalist Bricks, is due March 9th on Matador. His shows in support of that start in early March (some of which are opened by Title Tracks). A track from the album is above; full tour dates are below. Before then, he'll be appearing (for "songs and a chat") at "Get Off Your Knees" a comedy show hosted by Sara Schaefer and Kim Armstrong at the Bell House front lounge on Tuesday, February 16th (tonight). Other guests include Leo Allen and Jamie Kilstein. Ted Leo appeared at the venue last month for its Haiti benefit. His songs from that night and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo touring w/ Screaming Females, @ Bell House tonight"

photos by Jonny Leather

'@Joslynm congrats on your pop culture trivia expertise!' - Pat Kiernan

Pat Kiernan
Bell House Haiti Benefit

Jimmy Fallon
Bell House Haiti Benefit

"Without being too cheesy, I have to say there was a really beautiful spirit at last night's concert. The venue was sold out and aside from the silent auction, Bell House raised $35,000.00 for Save the Children and Partners in Health. I missed the first hour or so because I had to stop by my place, but got there in time to see Jimmy Fallon do a Neil Young impression. Then Freelance Whales played. You all should check them out. They're getting crazy attention right now and they are based out of Queens. Now that's special! Anyway, it was good times all around. Cat Power and Pavement records and CDs were given away for trivia knowledge, Ted Leo who also has shows in town, was adorable and even though Cold War Kids pulled out of the show, the Walkmen did an amazing job closing the show." [Petunia Eats]
The long show ran from 7pm-2am with, as pointed out, the Walkmen closing out the night. Actress Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and her band The Leisure Class were a surprise guest that Ryan Muir said were "blowing me away. Now they are covering St Vincent. 'Marry Me'". (St. Vincent herself played covers at the Haiti benefit that happened at Music Hall on Saturday). NY1's Pat Kiernan (possibly who I wanted to see the most on the bill) hosted trivia. Eugene Mirman introduced him as the guy you see every morning on TV if you don't have Fios.

All artists, including Here We Go Magic, played short sets. If you want to see more of them (HWGM), they play as a headliner at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday.

More pictures and some videos (by Tim Duffy of Pop Tarts Suck Toasted) from the Bell House (in alphabetical order), below...

Continue reading "Jimmy Fallon, Pat Kiernan, Ted Leo, Walkmen, the Wrens & others played a Haiti benefit @ the Bell House - pics & video "

The Blow @ SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Blow

As the Bell House's Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th approaches, the show's lineup keeps getting more and more interesting. Since the initial announcement a few changes have been made (The Walkmen replacing Cold War Kids for one) and more acts have been announced. The schedule below reflects the expected set times, with the disclaimers that "performers will be playing abbreviated, acoustic and/or stripped down sets" and "line up subject to change."

AC Newman (who's putting out a new New Pornographers record), Rhett Miller and Nicole Atkins are playing as a Seekers cover band (a supergroup similar to what St. Vincent & Bon Iver did at MHOW on Saturday). Zach Galifianakis was also at the BV Haiti event,

UPDATE: Despite a press release that went out, The Bell House says that Paul Rudd & Zach Galifianakis are not on this benefit (they never said they were, but the press release did). Also the venue says that the set times that were posted (including here last night) are wrong.

Freelance Whales (who have quite a few shows, NYC and otherwise, coming up) are playing, as is Ted Leo (who himself has longer shows planned).

One notable addition is The Blow, aka Kaela Maricich, who played Art Basel in Miami this December, but hasn't played NYC in quite a while (possibly since CMJ 2007).

Tickets for the benefit show are still on sale.

The Blow's last album was 2006's Paper Television, when Jona Bechtolt from YACHT was still in the group. For YACHT's upcoming tour, Bechtolt and member Claire Evans will bolster their live show (previously them and a laptop) by a band consisting of Rob Kieswetter of Bobby Birdman (who is also opening), Jeff Brodsky of Jeffrey Jerusalem, and D. Reuben Snyder of Rob Walmart. The backing band's name is 'The Straight Gaze'. A tour preview clip is posted below.

More Bell House info with full lineup & poster below...

Continue reading "Bell House Haiti benefit expands (to include The Blow & more) - WEDNESDAY NIGHT"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Title Tracks - Every Little Bit Hurts (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pretty & Nice - Tora Tora Tora (MP3)

John Davis of Title Tracks (by Shervin Lainez)
Title Tracks

In early 2008, after several years spent in Washington D.C. bands like Q And Not U and Georgie James, John Davis decided he was ready to go out and start writing and recording albums on his own. John began work on the songs that were to become the first Title Tracks album in January 2008, as the unhappy fate of Georgie James became clear. By the time that Georgie James officially split up in the summer of 2008, John had an album's worth of songs ready to go and began playing shows with a new group behind him by the end of that summer. It Was Easy is the debut full-length from Title Tracks, John's solo project
Title Tracks' debut comes out February 23rd on Ernest Jenning Record Co. On the album, John Davis plays every instrument himself (minus guest sax by Kriston Capps and two vocal contributions by Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura). Live he'll be accompanied by a band. The album's first song, "Every Little Bit Hurts" posted above, is an upbeat power-pop number in the vein of Police/Elvis Costello/Ted Leo, the latter of which they'll be touring with this March. They open the first leg of Ted's tour, not the later dates that include an Irving Plaza show on April 9th. (Tickets for that are on sale.)

Before the Ted Leo dates, Title Tracks go on tour with peppy indie-pop band Pretty and Nice from Boston. Both bands play Union Hall on March 6th with Gary B & the Notions (tickets are on sale) and Cake Shop on March 7th. Title Tracks will also be at SXSW.

Pretty & Nice, a Hardly Art-signed band whose past credits include a BV day party at CMJ 2008 and opening for the Thermals, happen to also play tonight (1/26) at The Cameo with Drunken Sufis. Their "Tora Tora Tora" is above. More tour dates are below.

Ted Leo performs at the Bell House's stacked Haiti benefit on Wednesday, January 27th.

All tour dates and tracklist/album art for Title Tracks' debut are below...

Continue reading "Title Tracks (John Davis of Q And Not U) - debut album, MP3, tour dates w/ Ted Leo & Pretty & Nice "

Haiti

A BENEFIT FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI
100% of the proceeds will be split between Save The Children and Partners In Health.

All performers will be playing abbreviated and stripped down sets. Scheduled to appear:
JIMMY FALLON
New York State Senator DIANE SAVINO
COLD WAR KIDS
TED LEO
THE WRENS
SONDRE LERCHE
EUGENE MIRMAN
AC NEWMAN of NEW PORNOGRAPHERS with RHETT MILLER of OLD 97s and NICOLE ATKINS as THE SEEKERS.

More performers and ticket information to be announced on Monday, January 18.

The above-described event will take place on Wednesday, January 27th @ 6pm at The Bell House in Brooklyn (cost = $50).

City Winery also has some fine benefit shows coming up.

Others are raising money for Haiti with vegan baked goods.

Coalesce @ Fun Fun Fun Fest in November (more)
Coalesce

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ Nokia Theatre in Feb (more by Natasha Ryan)
Sharon Jones

today in NYC
* Steel Train @ Maxwell's
* Gov't Mule @ Beacon Theatre
* David Johansen @ City Winery
* Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom
* Disco Biscuits @ Nokia Theatre
* Soulive, Lettuce, Break Science @ MHOW
* Dr. John & The Lower 911 @ Highline Ballroom
* a gingerbread house competition @ The Bell House
* John Zorn (Annual End of the Year Improv) @ The Stone *
* Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Ivan Milev Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dillinger Escape Plan, Thursday, Glassjaw & United Nations @ Starland Ballroom
* Violent Soho, She Keeps Bees, Rainbow Party, Turbosleaze @ Glasslands
* Coalesce, Coliseum, A Storm of Light, My Skull Your Closet & Tournament @ Europa

JOHN ZORN'S ANNUAL END OF THE YEAR IMPROV--A Stone Benefit @ the Stone
- 8 & 10 pm

John Zorn (sax) Billy Martin (percussion) Sam Kulik (trombone) (piano) Ned Rothenberg (sax) Kenny Wollesen (perc, drums) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Erik Friedlander (cello) Harris Eisenstadt (drums) Jim Staley (trombone) and many special guests
Come out and support The Stone in our annual year end rent party! LIMITED SEATING SO COME EARLY! TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS.

Patti Smith plays her second of three shows at Bowery Ballroom tonight. She is also on the bill of the February 26th Tibet House Concert.

BrooklynVegan is proud to present Coalesce, Coliseum, A Storm of Light, My Skull Your Closet and Tournament at Europa tonight.

Decibel says that Coalesce put out the third best album of the year. Coalesce also released an EP since then.

A Storm of Light's Josh Graham listed 10 great things about 2009.

The New Years Eve hippie invasion begins. Though many made mecca to Miami to see Phish, Gov't Mule (Beacon), Soulive & Lettuce (Music Hall of Williamsburg), and Disco Biscuits (Nokia Theatre) all have New Years Eve Eve shows in NYC tonight (not to mention Dr. John and Knuma Trio at Highline Ballroom).

What are you doing on New Years Eve?

Video from Ted Leo's post-Christmas show at The Meatlocker in NJ, below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Even Heroes Have To Die (MP3)

Ted Leo @ Bowery Ballroom on December 6th (Arambulo)
Ted Leo

Ted Leo played the Bowery Ballroom on December 6th with Stupid Party and JEFF the Brotherhood (who have another show coming up at the same venue). A recording of the gig, which spanned 23 songs, is currently up on NYCTaper. Setlist also below.

Ted's new record The Brutalist Bricks is coming out March 9th on Matador.

"It certainly sounds like guys of a certain age who used to be in hardcore bands," Leo says. "The older I get, the more I go back to primary sources in my listening. For better or for worse, I really don't get mellower politically -- it winds up leaving me sometimes to just want to play hardcore. I'm ultimately a better singer than I am a screamer."

Over the years, Leo's work has often been overly political in scope; while the music leans more towards '70s pop-punk in the vein of Elvis Costello, on Bricks he's still exploring common Leo lyrical themes. "It veers more towards the personal side of things. 'Even Heroes Have To Die' is about how to grow old with dignity. There are songs that are specific in being about veganism, to songs that are broad, personal perseverance in the face of a world that drags you down." [Rolling Stone]

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists will go on a tour in support of that record this spring - they visit NYC with an April 9th show at Irving Plaza. Ticket info TBA.

Ted is currently on a solo tour of England and will play one more North American show before the end of 2009. That takes place in his home state of NJ at the Meatlocker in Montclair one day after Christmas (the same day Danzig plays in Sayreville). It's also solo. The flyer and more details and all dates, below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo played Bowery Ballroom (recording) - playing the Meatlocker (solo) + Irving Plaza & other 2010 tour dates "

photos by Tim Griffin

Cold Cave
Cold Cave

"Cold Cave was one of the most hyped CMJ acts to hit New York last week. Their dark, almost industrial music went well with the extremely dark stage [at The Suffolk] and with their look- all black clothes and somber faces. I felt like a vampire or a bat in a cave. But I wasn't scared. Cold Cave's music is both slow and aggressive, moody and somehow poppy. While the crowd brooded I bet inside they were ecstatic. The music of Cold Cave is powerful and visceral. Maybe a little boring in a live setting, but something tells me that's the point. Enjoy the darkness." [Microphone Memory Emotion]
Cold Cave played before Ted Leo at The Suffolk on Friday night. Tanlines, Glasser (backed by Tanlines), Harlem, and Lemonade also played the True Panther / Matador bill. More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Cold Cave, Harlem, Tanlines, Glasser & Harlem @ The Suffolk (Matador CMJ show) in NYC - pics "

photos by Tim Griffin

Ted Leo

Ted Leo headlined the Matador/True Panther CMJ showcase at The Suffolk on Friday night. The show reached capacity early with a long line still outside. On Wednesday afternoon Ted played a solo set at the NBC Experience Store (like The xx did on Friday afternoon). More pictures from the Matador show, and a video of him playing a new song at the NBC thing, below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo played CMJ - pics from the Matador showcase, video of a new song @ the NBC Experience Store "

Califone
Califone

One of the CMJ shows I'll most regret missing tonight (10/23) is the "Evening with Califone: All My Friends Are Funeral Singers" It's "a multimedia event" at 92YTribeca. And actually, I don't think it's part of CMJ, and tickets are still on sale.

Yesterday (10/22) Ted Leo could be found enjoying a set by his tour-mates JEFF the Brotherhood at the BrooklynVegan party at Pianos. Tonight (10/23) is his set at the Matador CMJ showcase at The Suffolk. Flyer below.

JEFF the Brotherhood also play tonight, and then four more shows on Saturday,

Also playing that Matador party are Cold Cave who so far also played the Stereogum party at The Studio, canceled their appearance at Public Assembly for Vice, and were just added to the Pitchfork party happening at Market Hotel. Flyer below.

Also playing the Matador showcase are Harlem who play the Vice party tonight (10/23) and haven't cancelled so far that I know of.

Japandroids are back in town. Last night they gigged at Glasslands with Real Estate. Tonight they do it at The Bell House for the Polyvinyl showcase with Headlights and others. Flyer below.

Continue reading "Ted Leo, Califone, Cold Cave & Japandroids too (CMJ Friday)"

DOWNLOAD: The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa (Violens remix) (MP3)

Ted Leo @ Pier 54 in July (more by Chris La Putt)
Ted Leo

Ted Leo is one of many the acts lined up for the space at 107 Suffolk St (alternately called The Suffolk, Flamboyán Theater and Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center) during this year's CMJ Festival. The space, which also has a "beach" bar, isn't unaccustomed to shows - it hosted Ponytail in April - but around this time of year its usually set up as a haunted house (now housed elsewhere).

Ted Leo (now on Matador) will be headlining a True Panther/Matador Records showcase at the Suffolk on Friday, October 23rd. The impressive lineup for that night includes Glasser, Harlem, Cold Cave (who just played NYC with Faust) and Lemonade (who have many other CMJ shows, listed below). It's one of the official CMJ shows there (full schedule is below).

That gig is one of two shows set up by True Panther - on Saturday, October 24th they're also putting on a show at Pianos with Restless People (mems. of Professor Murder/Tanlines who debut five days earlier at Santos), Janka Nabay (backed by Javelin), Glasser (backed by Tanlines), Delorean and Lemonade. Flyer below.

Ted Leo also has some other upcoming dates scheduled including a post-CMJ headlining gig at Bowery Ballroom

The Suffolk is also playing host to unofficial, non-badge, first-come, first-served parties. AAM has one on Thursday, October 22nd (10pm) with Surfer Blood, Air Waves, Surf City, Violens (Very Vest remix MP3 reposted above), Lemonade and New York Night Train DJ Jonathan Toubin (who has his own showcase at Santos on Tuesday).

Finally, it should be noted that The Suffolk has a "back room" and that will also be hosting shows, including a Japanther performance on Wednesday, Oct. 21st (Fool's Gold is also on that bill).

Schedules and flyers for all of the above shows are below...

Continue reading "The Suffolk = Flamboyan Theater = CSV Cultural Center = ex-haunted house -- Ted Leo, others playing CMJ there"

"Dear NYC - Rorschach owned you." - Dawn Geary

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Chloe Rice

Rorschach

As part of their short burst of reunion tour dates, Rorschach played TWO NYC shows on Friday night (9/25). The first was at Santos Party House with Celebrity Murders (their last show EVER) and The Degenerics.

It was an early show for a Friday. Santos was packed to the gills, which was amazing to see when I arrived at 9:15 - a testament to the legacy that Rorschach left. The openers had already played, and Rorschach were 15 minutes into their hour-or-so set. The water-tight NJ band were barreling through their classics with unmatched precision. They played like they'd been on the road for 16 years, not dormant as they actually have been. Precision start-stops, wild guitar/bass swings while delivering killer riffs, and tons of energy. This is how all reunions should be.

Not only was it a fantastic performance, the energy in the crowd was palpable. Even Ted Leo got into the proceedings. To kick off the encore, Ted joined the band for a cover of the Black Flag classic "My War" before diving into the crowd. (video below). They closed with "Recurring Nightmare 105".

In the course of an hour, Rorschach tore through nearly every single song they knew. "It's so awesome you're doing this!" screamed one of the faces in the crowd.

It was clear throughout the evening what a special occasion this was for a band whose name has been dropped countless times since their breakup but who received little fanfare during their brief existence.

"If I thanked everyone in this room for the support they've given us," said Maggio in a rare break between songs, "we'd have to cut the set off right now." [Grudge City Activities]

This show was one for the record books, and was only matched by what would happen later that night across the river at The Charleston (pics & review of that one coming soon).

The above-mentioned video, and pictures of Celebrity Murders and Rorschach (we completely missed The Degenerics), below...

Continue reading "Rorschach (and Ted Leo), Celebrity Murders & The Degenerics @ Santos Party House in NYC - pics, video "

by Black Bubblegum

Charles Maggio of Rorschach
Rorschach

June 1993 at ABC No Rio with Assuck & Scrog.

That's the last time that the mighty Rorschach blessed NYC. The band called it quits shortly after, splintering into projects like Gern Blandsten Records, Beautiful Skin, Deadguy, Kiss It Goodbye, and tons more, but those great successes only highlighted an undeniable fact: Rorschach were innovative and before their time.

After deciding to reunite earlier this year in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Remain Sedate LP, Rorschach announced a short east coast tour. The band is currently in the midst of that tour, which impacts Asbury Park in their native New Jersey tonight (9/24) and Santos Party House TOMORROW (9/25, tix here).

We spoke with the mighty Charles Maggio (Vocals, owner Gern Blandsten Records) to get to the bottom of the reunion and what we can expect going forward....

Continue reading "an interview w/ Charles Maggio of Rorschach (who are in the middle of their short run of reunion dates)"

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Ted Leo show happening at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for Far the show happening at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Islands / Jemina Pearl show happening at Bowery Ballroom.

"Rx are discussing options w/PJ now. Doesn't look like I'm gonna make it. They're not reinstating any of these flights..." Ted Leo, Aug 21 @ 2:06 PM

Eddie Vedder & The Pharmacists - Aug 21, 2009 in Toronto
Eddie Vedder and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, who just got back from playing some West Coast dates, have scheduled a few new East Coast ones for December. One of those is December 6th at Bowery Ballroom in NYC and tickets just went on AmEx Presale. All currently known dates below.

The West Coast dates were supposed to happen right after Ted left Toronto. In Toronto Ted was scheduled to play in a charity soccer game and (again) open for Pearl Jam. Other celebrities playing the soccer game included Rivers Cuomo and Michael Cera. They actually played, but Ted never made it...

"Ted Leo, famed indie rock musician, was also originally scheduled to be at this event, but apparently he got stopped at border security and couldn't make it (or, in addition, open for Pearl Jam the night before!). Also, Rivers Cuomo was there with his Japanese wife and 2-year-old Japanese daughter!! Exciting, eh?" [Until we Eat Again]
Ted never made it to the Pearl Jam show either, so instead his band The Pharmacists played without him (and, much to the delight of the crowd, with Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready). A Little bit more about that, their setlist, videos from the show, and all Ted Leo dates, below....

Continue reading "Ted Leo tour dates (Bowery) w/ the Pharmacists who backed Eddie Vedder in Toronto when Ted got stuck in NY (video) "

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: JEFF the Brotherhood - Bone Jam (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: JEFF the Brotherhood - Heavy Damage (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lovvers - Human Hair (MP3)

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As mentioned deep within another post, both JEFF the Brotherhood and Lovvers are both set to play at Union Pool on October 24 as part of a pretty killer CMJ show, along with UUVVWWZ, An Albatross, Dark Meat, Flexions, and ZzZ. So this seemed like a good opportunity to update you on the whereabouts and goings-on of these two bands, both of whom have large upcoming North American tours mapped out. All dates below.

Lovvers (pictured above) have released their debut album, OCD Go Go Girls, in the UK -- no North American date set unfortunately -- and it's a 33-minute blast of garage-y punk, indebted to '80s Twin/Tone and SST (look no further than the album's "d.boon " for proof) as well as the current L.A./The Smell scene. Noisy, but they never forget the tunes. I saw their Cake Shop show last month and they are a bundle of energy and expect you to have fun too: trying to provoke a reaction from solemn, photo-happy girl s standing at the front of the stage, singer Shaun Hencher planted a kiss right on the mouth. (Didn't work unfortunately, she stood there afterwards like it never happened.) Just warning you for when they tour again here in October (they also play Santos on October 20th). You can check out the video for OCD Go Go Girls title track (as well as live footage from the Cake Shop show) further down the post.

Nashville's awesome JEFF the Brotherhood, meanwhile, have managed to finish their album, Heavy Days, despite near constant touring. It pretty much rocks the whole way through, and is indeed heavy (three tracks on the album have that word in the title), sometimes veering into metal territory, then back into driving hard rock, with a little surf and psych in there as well. It's out October 13 on Infinity Cat. I've written about these guys plenty this year, but I will reiterate: Jake and Jamin are great live, so do go see them as they seem to be hitting most of North America between now and November where they'll be touring with Ted Leo, Ty Segall, and Shonen Knife. You can check out two tracks from Heavy Days at the top of this post. Cover art and tracklist along with all dates and videos, below...

Continue reading "Lovvers returning to America, playing Brooklyn (CMJ) w/ JEFF the Brotherhood (new album) - tour dates, MP3, video"

photos by Chris La Putt

"Wow - thanks to everyone who stuck it out - I was a little disombobulated, and I'm truly sorry the R4 & XtraGolden didn't play... ...but we all made the best of it, right? Thanks again for braving it with us!" - Ted Leo

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Hundreds of people braved the rain to see Ted Leo & the Pharamacists play a tight set with no set list on Pier 54 in NYC (part of the RiverRocks summer series). After a slight delay and the cancellation of both openers (Radio 4 and Extra Golden), Ted and band played for about an hour and 20 minutes of relatively rain-free music. They went on around 7:50. The above picture was taken around 6:30. To quote a friend, "all in all another memorable night in the eight year saga of Ted vs the Environment. Ted and his diehard fans always win." More pictures and some video below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo & the Pharmacists @ Pier 54 in NYC in the rain - pics "

Ted Leo writes...

Ted Leo

THURSDAY - JULY 23, 2009 - ANNUAL FREE OUTDOOR NYC SHOW @ PIER 54 - RAIN OR SHINE?

It IS, as I said on Twitter, "complicated." My understanding is that it's a call that kind of has to be made on the spot if it's storming - basically, they try to do everything they can to make as much of a show as can happen happen. So if it's raining hard, they might just wait a while to see if it lets up, etc., but if it's only threatening, even if it's threats are extremely frightening, they won't call it off unless there's danger (REALLY bad rain or too much lightening).
As you may or may not know, we've snatched victory from the jaws of the most intense potential defeat with these things a few times before, including being pretty much the only musical event to actually HAPPEN during the blackout a few years ago, and skating in the rain with the kids (I couldn't find a picture of that, so I gave you Jesus riding a dinosaur instead) while we waited to know if we were canceled or not another year, etc., so you can count on us to try and make the best of it, no matter what happens...
I hope that helps!
And in the words of Sweet Sugar Slam, woo-woot!!

Woah - scratch that - FOUND ONE! Thanks to Hope for sending it... [Ted Leo]

The pic of Ted Leo skateboarding in the rain is above. Last year's Blonde Redhead show at the same location was infamously cancelled at the last minute. Tonight's show starts (hopefully) at 7pm:
6 p.m. - doors
7 p.m. - Radio 4
7:45 p.m. - Extra Golden
8:30 - Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
A video of Ted playing "Dancing in the Dark" solo for a segment about Bruce Springsteen, and all tour dates (including some with JEFF the Brotherhood), below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo's free NYC show tonight @ Pier 54 -- rain or shine?"

by Black Bubblegum

"Am bummed that I missed Tragedy at Studio B, , but I have to tell you..." -Ted Leo

Tragedy @ Studio B - July 12, 2009
Tragedy

Due to a layover on their way to Europe, crusty hardcore gods Tragedy did their part to help shutter the stages of Studio B on July 12th with a little help from Morne (mems-Grief, profiled here), Blacklisted, Brain Handle, and Brain Killer. I got to the venue moments after the great Blacklisted started. I unfortunately missed Brain Handle and Brain Killer.

"We don't take requests", vocalist George Hirsch quipped from on stage, not that the band needed to. Blacklisted ran through some favorite selections of older material, as well songs from the excellent Heavier Than Heaven, Lonlier Than God from last year. As far as stage presence and performance, Blacklisted as a band is as impassioned as Hirsch's lyrics, and the barefooted vocalist took command of the crowd with ease. I'm a big fan.

Morne followed with their crusty Amebix/early Neurosis slant, drawing from their new LP due on Feral Ward. Their sound has infinite potential, but I found them to be less than energetic on stage. Nerves? They had second billing above Blacklisted (which I didn't understand) and were sandwiched between two of the greatest current hardcore bands today.

Though there are a few notable exceptions to this rule (like Blacklisted), I think hardcore should have an element of danger to it. A fire. A pissed off quality transcends the musician's ability, propelling the music forward with an intangible, urgent quality. Tragedy has that rage, which is why this band is so compelling both on record as well as on stage. They did not disappoint on Sunday night, save for the fact that the sound was muddy at different vantage points and their show clocked in at under an hour. I could have gone for two.

"Lemme just put it this way. I usually follow the "No crowd-surfing/stage-diving for kids over 175lbs" rule pretty fucking strictly. It definitely makes the show more enjoyable for the majority. For Tragedy, I smashed that rule to fucking pieces for the first time in years. I definitely heard "Not Fucking Fodder", "Call to Arms", "The Day After", and "The Ending Fight". They also played one, possibly 2 new songs as well. Could this mean a new album? Who knows?! Shit dude, for a bunch of semi-drunk dudes they were tighter than Nancy Reagan's asshole and heavier than a 10 ton weight. EURO-FRIENDS: GO SEE TRAGEDY." [NGNV]
Pictures of the last two bands, some videos, and more Blacklisted and Morne tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Tragedy, Blacklisted & Morne @ Studio B - pics & video "

by Klaus Kinski (of Klaus Kinski's Comedy Canon)

Patton Fan

Two films I've been dying to see quickly made their way in and out of our fair city this past June. Being an idiot that cannot seem to prioritize anything, I missed them both. The films I speak of are Big Fan starring Patton Oswalt and Visioneers starring Zach Galifianakis. You may recall from previous articles that Zach and Patton are among my favorite comedians of all time; thus the eagerness to see these films and the anguish at missing them. Big Fan is the directorial debut of Robert Siegel, the man wrote The Wrestler, a film that featured comedian Todd Barry (another favorite). In Big Fan, Patton plays the role of Paul.

Paul is a 35-year-old toll booth operator from Staten Island who lives and dies by his New York Giants. When he has a chance encounter with Giants linebacker Quantrell Bishop, however, things go horribly wrong and a brutal beating at the hands of his idol tests Paul's allegiance to the team. Comedian Patton Oswalt delivers a heartbreaking, layered performance in this pitch-black comedy that reveals the disturbing side of obsessive fandom.
Thankfully, word is out that Big Fan will begin showing in theaters in New York and Philadelphia August 28th, Los Angeles, D.C, Dallas and Houston theatres September 11th and then expanding! In the meantime, visit the official website for trailers and whatnot. And definitely check out Patton's diaries from when Big Fan played at Sundance back in January. Trailer below.

VisioneersHaving seen the trailer last year, I feel like Visioneers has been on my radar for a really long time. It definitely looks to be a somber, Orwellian, supremely dark comedy. The film, directed by Jared Drake, stars Galifianakis as George Washington Winsterhammerman.

George lives a comfortable yet completely uneventful life, and when he starts having dreams in which he's the first President of the United States, his doctor informs him that they could be signs of impending explosion. Later, as the dreams become more frequent and his co-workers continue to detonate, George is prompted to reevaluate his mundane existence.
It looks like that June 3 screening at the 92Y Tribeca may have been my only opportunity to see it theatrically; it comes out on DVD July 21st (using Zach's role in The Hangover to reach a broader audience) and there only seems to be independently organized screening parties scattered across the US. Trailer below.

Zach did a split 7" with Ted Leo a while back, available only via Chunklet.com and only available if you purchased another item from the Chunklet store. Now you no longer need to buy a second item in order to purchase the record. This extremely limited edition 7" is only $5 and is available on four different types of wax. Get 'em while they're hot!.

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"Future of the Left, though I've seen them 1,000 times, were a REVELATION tonight, and a finer bunch of gents to hang out with? Hard 2 find." - Ted Leo

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Future of the Left

The above review and picture are by Ted Leo who was at his former tour-mates' secret show Sunday night at Spike Hill in Brooklyn. The show they played together at Webster Hall was FOTL's first NYC show. The show at Spike Hill was their first in Brooklyn, and an unofficial afterparty for the Pool Party at Williamsburg Waterfront. Tonight (7/13) you can catch FOTL in Jersey (Maxwell's), and then there's Siren and other places... Videos below...

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Old Radio

I previously mentioned the big Mandela concert going down at MSG on July 18th. Well, that show was moved to Radio City Music Hall. Tickets are still on sale. The lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Gaynor, Will.I.Am, Dave Stewart, Angelique Kidjo, Jesse McCartney, Josh Groban, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, and Baaba Maal.

Another upcoming show at Radio City involves the music of Lord of the Rings.

Andrew Bird plays there tonight (6/18).

Tickets are currently on AmEx presale for the Boredoms show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are currently on AmEx presale for the Gossip show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are currently on AmEx presale for the Dirty Three show happening at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Malajube show at Mercury Lounge. There are also shows scheduled at Littlefield and Maxwell's.

Tickets are currently on AmEx presale for the Warlocks show at Bowery Ballroom.

The Smithereens are playing The Bell House in Brooklyn on June 26th (TICKETS), and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park on June 27th (TICKETS).

Ted Leo has been added as the opener for the State Radio show happening at The Stone Pony's Summerstage on July 10th. Tickets are on sale. Make that his third upcoming NJ show, plus he's playing one this summer in NYC too. Chris Leo is reading on Friday night.

Anvil are touring with, and opening for AC/DC at Giants Stadium on July 31st. In June Anvil played in a movie theater. Video of Anvil playing "School Love" in 1984, below...

The Pietasters and Catch 22 are opening for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at The Stone Pony Summerstage on August 16th. Tickets are on sale.

No tickets necessary to see Thee Oh Sees at the Siren Festival.

Tickets are still on sale for the Black Crowes show Levon Helm is opening at Central Park Summerstage on September 2nd.,

The 7th annual Brian Setzer Orchestra "Christmas Rocks!" Extravaganza takes place at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 30th. Tickets are on sale. Video of the Stray Cats, Live at Fridays, below...

Doveman plays with members of The National at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (6/18). La Blogoteque video of Doveman below...

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The Van Pelt

More than ten years later, The Van Pelt returned to NYC, playing Brooklyn for the first time ever on June 13th as part of a show at Coco66 that the band curated for the Northside Fest.

There were a lot of people in Greenpoint feeling all '90s Saturday night when The Van Pelt reunited as part of the Northside Festival.

The strangest moment of the night happened during the anthemic closer "The Speeding Train" when a drunken Van Pelt enthusiast-turned-awkward dancer/mosher acted aggressively enough to start a fight in the crowd. All this while we were hearing about the beauty of the puppy's chin. Singer and occasional Take the Handle contributor Chris Leo quipped that the moshers had missed the Agnostic Front show. It made it feel even more '90s that there was some sort of debate going on about the ethics of moshing.

Regardless, the show was about as incredible as anyone who followed the band way back when could have asked for. It seemed like the band stuck more often to songs from Sultans of Sentiment, but this song, which served as the encore, comes from their first record Stealing From Our Favorite Thieves. It is called "Magic Fantasy (We Are Provincial)." -[Take The Handle]

The Van Pelt aren't done with touring yet either. They've scheduled a pair of shows along the east coast - June 21st in Philly at Kung Fu Necktie with Blacklist and This Frontier Needs Heroes, and the previously mentioned show with Frodus at The Black Cat in DC on June 20th. The Phlly show will be taped to broadcast by WPRB.

You can also catch Van Pelt front-man Chris Leo (brother of Ted who was in the crowd at Coco 66 on Saturday) at a reading this Friday night, June 19th at Bar Matchless in Brooklyn. Check out an interview with Chris Leo at the site Vol.1 Brooklyn.

Catch Ted Leo at one of his two upcoming NJ shows, or at the free one he's playing on a pier in NYC this summer.

The Van Pelt's first show back was at SXSW, and also with Frodus. Frodus played two shows down in Austin, and recently played Brooklyn too.

More pictures and video from the Brooklyn reunion show, below...

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