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Ted Leo at Sled Island Fest 2010 (muffinlab)
Ted Leo

"The energy we have inside us is not as boundless as it once seemed, and the amount we have to expend each year becomes more and more of a drain for less and less pay off. These are simple facts - it's not at all a "woe is me" type of complaint - in fact, it's not even a complaint at all - anyone who's seen us play in the last few months knows that we're having as good a time doing it as we ever have, and from my side of things, I can tell you that we're actually having MORE fun most of the time - but I've decided to be honest with interviewers who ask me about "the state of things," because what's the point in sugar coating the realities? As we all push toward forty, exactly how to go forward wisely, in a way that allows each of us to live a full life (and not die between rest stops on I-80), is something I need to think about, and I am thinking about it."
[Ted Leo, in response to "rumors of retirement"]
That note in full (he's not really retiring, exactly, yet) is below.

A few weeks back (June 17th), Ted Leo spent a Thursday split between his video shoot for "Bottled in Cork" at the Bell House and an in-store at Generation Records. His record store set was played solo (and san special guests), ran around about an hour, and included a cover of Nick Lowe's "So It Goes," captured on video below.

As Ted Leo says below, his schedule is packed with shows for the rest of 2010, and after that...who knows. His schedule for the rest of this year includes Siren Fest on July 17th, and a stop at Matador Fest in Las Vegas. All his dates, the rest of that note from Ted Leo and videos from Generation Recs are below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo isn't "retiring" (is touring)"

Alien Lanes

Matador's 21st birthday fest will be happening in Las Vegas October 1st-3rd. For it, they've pulled the cream of the indie-rock crop. Previously speculated headliners Belle & Sebastian and Pavement will be there - on top of that, Guided By Voices will be reuniting to play, "in the band's "classic '93-'96 lineup!" The most recent show for GBV was New Year's Eve 2004/05.

In addition to those three, the lineup includes Sonic Youth, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, New Pornographers, Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Guitar Wolf (who also play NY), Chavez, Girls, Fucked Up, Harlem, Cold Cave, Shearwater, Kurt Vile and Jeffrey Joe Jenson. More will be annonuced July 5th.

A flyer is below...

Continue reading "Matador Fest lineup announced - Guided by Voices reunion! + Guitar Wolf, Belle & Sebastian, Pavement & many more"

UPDATED VIDEO SHOOT INVITE: "We need YOU to play a theater-goer or punk rocker in the new music video for Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, directed by Tom Scharpling. Wear your finest theater-going or punk-rocking attire and come to The Bell House in Brooklyn by 4pm on Thursday, June 17th. You'll be done and ready to head home (or to Ted's in-store at Generation Records) by 7pm." [RSVP]

Ted Leo - theater-goer or punk rocker? @ Knit in March (more by Anna Scialli)
Ted Leo

While in town for an instore at Generation Record on Thursday (6/17), Ted Leo will also be filming a video for his song "Bottled in Cork," directed by Tom Scharpling (of WFMU's The Best Show). The filming for that will be in Brooklyn at a "top secret filming location" around 4pm on the same day. When the video shoot was announced yesterday, we got confused because it seemed to be happening at the same exact time as the instore. Ted has since cleared that up, sort of. His message with more details and how to RSVP for the video shoot are below.

Ted Leo heads out on tour with Screaming Females after these NYC things, and will be back for Siren Fest in July.

Details on the shoot (including instructions to "wear finest theater-going or punk-rocking attire") are below...

Continue reading "be in a Ted Leo video Thursday (before? his free instore) "

Ted Leo @ Knitting Factory in March (more by Anna Scialli)
Ted Leo

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will be in New York for his set at Siren Fest on Saturday, July 17th. Ted will also be in town exactly one month before (Thursday, June 17th) for a free, acoustic instore at Generation Records that'll feature a "very special guest." The record store show is a kick-off for Ted's short-ish tour of the North East (Canada too). A flyer for Generation Recs and updated tour dates for Ted are below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo playing Generation Records & other dates "

the Night Marchers @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009 (more)
Night Marchers

The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, is excited to announce the addition of THE NIGHT MARCHERS, CYMBALS EAT GUITARS, EARL GREYHOUND, SCREAMING FEMALES and WYE OAK to the line-up for the 10th Annual SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL at Coney Island, NYC on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m. These artists join scheduled performers MATT AND KIM, TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, SURFER BLOOD and HARLEM with more to be announced.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in historic Coney Island, SIREN has solidified its status as a leading New York City outdoor music festival, drawing over 100,000 music fans each year. With over 120 bands making their mark at SIREN over the last decade, this year will recognize SIREN's roots with the first ever return of past performers. MATT AND KIM and TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS will be heading back to the SIREN stage to celebrate. This free, all ages, all day festival is not to be missed.
So that was the July show Wye Oak were talking about.

Siren

"This year, we proudly celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Siren Festival. In the history of the our free Coney Island corndog bonanza, no band has ever played Siren twice. This was a conscious decision on behalf of our fearless festival founder and organizer, who long ago decided that if this crazy all-ages, free show thing ever reached ten years, Siren would rehost some of its best performers." [Village Voice]
And the initial lineup is....

Continue reading "VV Coney Island Siren Festival announces initial 2010 lineup "

LCD Soundsystem @ MHOW last week (more by Tim Griffin)
LCD Soundsystem

tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Marc Ribot @ Rose Live Music
* LCD Soundystem @ Webster Hall
* Ben Folds @ Town Hall
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Soft Circle, Mi Ami, Drawlings @ Cake Shop
* Chew Lips, Diehard, The Press @ Littlefield
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* John Shade, Soft Landing, Actualities @ Mercury Lounge
* Chris Pureka, Xylos, Peasant @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dorian Wood (w/ Little Annie), El-Haru Kuroi @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Tony Malaby, James Jameson, Valantropo, Fall of Another Year @ Zebulon
* The Holy Experiment, Run DMT, Unicornicopia, The Present, Machinedrum & New Villager @ Glasslands

LCD Soundsystem play their second last-minute, pre-Coachella NYC show tonight.

John Shade plays his second NYC show ever. Check out the interview we just posted between him and Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver).

The Chew Lips show tonight is a one-off gig for the UK band - no other North American tour dates at all while they're here.

Tonight's Leo Allen-hosted Whiplash show at UCB will feature "Hannibal Buress (SNL), Kumail Nanjiani (Comedy Central), Nate Craig, & more!"

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists played Irving Plaza on Friday night. Check out a video from that show below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday?"

by Anna Scialli

Ted Leo

The karaoke portion of the night included most of the songs listed here, plus a number of TL/RX tunes like "Ballad of the Sin Eater," "Me and Mia," "Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?," "A Bottle Of Buckie", "Shake The Sheets", "Timorous Me", and "Counting Down The Hours". I got to do Fugazi's "Merchandise" with Brendan Canty from Fugazi sitting in on drums, which was, as you can probably imagine, both totally crazy and extremely awesome. I hope I did okay! This entire show was a thrill. Ted and his band are as talented as they are friendly, charming, and entertaining. Which is saying a lot. [Fluxblog]
On Tuesday night, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists celebrated the release of their first album on Matador Records, the Brutalist Bricks. However, this CD release party had a twist: The first portion Ted & co. played straight through their album but the second portion was reserved for live band karaoke. Like at Studio B in 2008, fans signed up before the show to sing songs while the band accompanied; ranging from "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" by AC/DC to some of Ted Leo's classics such as "Timorous Me." The party seemed to be a Brooklyn twist on a twelve year old's birthday party: the Knitting Factory was decorated with gigantic bee pinatas, a reference to the cover of the new album, and vegan pizza from Vinnie's was offered to all who showed up early.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists energetically and quickly ripped through track after track of the album. The songs were unfamiliar to a large portion of the audience but the crowd seemed pleased with the performance. After a short break, Live Karoake began. Many, many songs were covered and let's just say some were better than others. All and all, it was a unique show that was a lot of fun to watch. I wasn't about to go belt out a song on stage but kudos to all that did.

One night earlier Shorty Award winner Ted and band appeared on Fallon. Video from that TV appearance, one of him accepting his Shorty Award, and more pictures and the setlist from Knitting Factory below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo played Fallon & Knitting Factory (where he played his new album & karaoke) - pics & setlist & video"

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

Ted Leo @ doing karaoke at Studio B in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Ted Leo

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists did a karaoke set at Studio B in December of 2008 with Andrew WK (who did a Q&A show last night).

With their new disc, The Brutalist Bricks, out March 9th, Ted & The Pharmacists are again letting you take the mic with a Record Release Karaoke Party at Knitting Factory Brooklyn the night of its release. Tickets are on sale. ("A list of available songs will be posted at the door, as well as in advance at the new look TedLeo.com.").

The band will also be on Jimmy Fallon the night before, on March 8th. You can still apply to be on the 'band bench' (and for Silversun Pickups and Allman Brothers too).

Ted Leo has a full tour coming up with Obits and Screaming Females (who played Death by Audio last night - 2/23) opening. That includes an April 9th show at Irving Plaza with both those bands. Tickets are still on sale.

Two tracks from Ted's new album - including the bold opener, "The Mighty Sparrow" - are posted above. All Ted Leo tour dates (with openers) below...

Continue reading "Ted Leo schedules a karaoke party (tix), playing Fallon (see it), releasing album (MP3s), touring w/ Obits (dates)"

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....

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