Entries tagged with: Ted Leo
Yeasayer in the woods (via their recording blog)
"Three of the best established indie bands in the New York City music scene - two relatively newcomers, Matt & Kim and Yeasayer, and one perennial favorite Ted Leo & The Pharmacists -- are scheduled to headline the 11th annual RiverRocks music series of free outdoor concerts at Hudson River Park's Pier 54 this summer.I've been waiting for Ted Leo to announce a summer show. The dates of the three free, outdoor concerts is below...
With the Hudson River and the setting sun as the backdrop of its Pier 54 stage (at 14th Street), RiverRocks kicks off its three-date series Thursday, July 9 featuring Brooklyn's Matt & Kim with the Chicago-based electronic team Flosstradamus opening the evening....
RiverRocks is Hudson River Park's signature concert series staged on the Pier 54 waterfront adjacent to New York City's Meatpacking District (at 14th Street). Gates open at 6 p.m. for all RiverRocks shows, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
photos by Chris La Putt
Ted Leo played a three song, acoustic set at 92YTribeca last night (4/23). The mostly-comedy show was not affiliated with the Tribea Film Festival, though the fest is holding some events at that venue and many other places in the same neighborhood this week.
Ted Leo performed his firs two songs solo, one of which was a cover of Nick Lowe's "So It Goes". The third song was a duet with comedian, and host of the evening, Paul F. Tompkins. They did "Atlantis" by Donovan. Ted Leo's next NYC-area show is in NJ. More pictures from 92Y below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Ted Leo R/X + Andrew WK @ Indie Rock Karaoke (more by Ryan Muir)
Also in June, Titus is touring with Ted Leo (who has to have a new album due at some point?). They'll stop at Kearny, NJ's Irish American Association on June 21st. Tickets are still on sale for that show.
Ted Leo is known as a pretty jocular guy. A regular on The Best Show on WFMU, his comedy-related credits also include an appearance on Human Giant's 24-hour marathon in 2007 where he dished with show hosts Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer. Last fall, Ted + R/X even backed up a karaoke set hosted by Andrew WK (proof above). Around that time, Ted also released a split 7" with comedian Zach Galifianakis.
He'll continue that trend Thursday, April 23rd when he appears as the musical guest at Comedy Below Canal at 92YTribeca. Paul F. Tompkins hosts the night, which will feature comics Lisa deLarios, Christian Finnegan and others.
Tickets for that show are on sale AND we have a pair to give away. Details (with a video of Ted Leo on the Human Giant marathon) below...
Ted Leo @ Webster Hall (more by Nathan Miller)
Updated Ted Leo dates below...
words & photos by Black Bubblegum
The Van Pelt played their first show in 10+ years at the Radio Room in Austin on March 21st as part of the Slip/Lovitt Day Party which also included sets by Young Widows (who are playing Brooklyn on April 1st), Pygmy Lush, Cursive (who played a BV party at the same venue two days earlier), and Frodus.
The Van Pelt occupied the slot before Frodus (which was before Cursive) on the main stage, and I was glad that I was able to catch all of their set before the rambunctiousness of Frodus. Talent obviously oozes out of the Leo clan (guitarist/vocalist Chris Leo is Ted's younger bro), as I found The Van Pelt's live show to be heartfelt, melodic, and just plain gorgeous. Here's to hoping that NYC gets a shot to see them again. For those unfamiliar with the band, there's a little history below the rest of the pictures, below...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Leia Jospe
It's a cliche, but Titus Andronicus has got to be one of the hardest working/most tour-prone bands around. After a show-filled 2008, the band headed out on a monthlong winter tour with Los Campesinos, culminating in two Bowery Ballroom shows on February 14th and 15th (pics from Los Campesinos set). That was followed by a set of European dates, a Mar 13th KEXP Benefit at Bowery Ballroom with the Wrens , two shows with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, and a bunch of SXSW shows in Austin (where they also met the mayor).
In April, the band heads out on tour with Lucero, stopping at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 18th (Tickets are still on sale). In June, the band will play a series of dates with their friend Ted Leo. No NYC date on that tour, but they will hit Toad's Place in New Haven on June 19th.
The band also recently released an iPhone application. Description: "Think Tetris, except you're their roadie and you have to load their gear into their tiny touring van."
More Bowery Ballroom pictures and all tour dates below...
Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.
Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...
Ted Leo @ the Big Shoulders Ball @ the Black Cat in DC - Jan 19, 2009 (sara.h)
"Last night I went to the Big Shoulders Ball at the Black Cat. The show was tons of fun and without all the pomp and cheese cubes. The ball was "thrift store formal." And it was a benefit too. Highlights: Ted Leo covering Pete Seeger and Curtis Mayfield. Andrew Bird's wondrous violin plucking that he looped and looped. Tortoise finding a rhythm and sticking to it. Ken Vandermark's tribute to Sun Ra. And Honeyboy Edwards showing how the blues used to be played." [Washington City Paper]In addition to being Obama's Inauguration, today is also the release day for Andrew Bird's new album. All Andrew Bird dates HERE.
Obama is scheduled to take his oath of office at noon today (though they just said on TV that they might be running a little late). Aretha Franklin will sing "My Country Tis of Thee" shortly.
A recent video of Ted Leo playing Bruce Sprinsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" below...
Ted Leo just let Santos know that he's in Rhode Island where there's too much snow to drive to NYC for tonight's show, so... he will no longer be playing the New Years Eve show.... UPDATE: In Ted's own words::
At 8:30 last night, my dear friend Simon, who is doing some booking for Santo's, called to asked me if I wanted to jump up and play 2 or 3 songs between Andrew WK and Gang Gang Dance on New Year's Eve (tonight) at Santo's in Manhattan. I am, for better or for worse, currently in Rhode Island, but I initially said "yes" to doing the show - sounds like fun, right? Right! But I woke up this morning to a bastard of a blizzard here by the ocean in Southern New England. I understand it's not as bad as all that in NYC, but it's the getting there that's getting me down - there's just no reasonable way for me to make this happen without pushing the boundaries of safety and what little sanity I have left after the fall and early winter that has been, so I am, unfortunately, pulling out of the event.
I know that it seems like I've been canceling a lot of things lately, but first, I was only asked to do this less than 24 hours ago, second, it's just bad frakking timing and bad frakking luck, and third, with the exception of the entire tour I had to cancel in 2003 due to vocal chord injuries, the cancellations that have happened this fall and winter are more than all of the previous cancellations I have made in my ENTIRE 20 years of playing music. So please bear with me - tough times out there - they find everybody, in their own way, eventually...
I am extremely sorry, and I hope to see you all back out there soon.
Be well, and happy new year!
Ted Leo doing indie rock karaoke @ Studio B (more by Ryan Muir)
I just gave a hint, but now I can confirm (what I just found out today) - Ted Leo
is the mystery guest at Santos Party House tonight (New Years Eve). Andrew WK, partial owner of the club, is also on the bill.
That's Ted playing his recent show at Studio B in Brooklyn in the above pic. Ted played a set and was the backing band for a set of karaoke. The NY Mag-sponsored event was hosted by Andrew WK, who, also did some karaoke with Ted. Video below...
photos by Michael Gruen
"this show was really special and really great performances all around, though oddly there were not very many people there.That review refers to the show Ted Leo played solo at Market Hotel in Brooklyn last night (12/15) with Patrick Stickles and Cale Parks. The two hour Ted set included "Dancing in the Dark" and other covers, some Tej Leo, and other rarities. It's also possible this show was not super well attended because Ted just played a much more promoted show in the same general neighborhood a couple of weeks earlier. More pictures from Market Hotel below...
general consensus was that a lot of the people who might usually make up Ted Leo's audience were terrified of Bushwick on a Monday night and/or just couldn't deal with the prospect of tickets you couldn't use your credit card to buy off the internet in advance.
Pussies! they missed out. Two hour Ted Leo set!"
DOWNLOAD: Titus Andronicus - Titus Andronicus (MP3)
photos by Michael Gruen
so, like I used to have this beard you see.. (Patrick Stickles @ Market Hotel)
Titus Andronicus's Patrick Stickles played a solo show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn last night - he was opening for his friend Ted Leo who also played solo (and solo Cale Parks was also on the bill) (12/15). As you can see, Patrick is now without beard.
As previously posted, Titus Andronicus are playing a home-state show at Maxwell's on January 14th followed immediately by a national tour with Los Campesinos!, BUT FIRST: another NYC New Years Eve option:
Public Assembly & MEANYFEST USA present New Year's Eve Blow Out Party!$35 and/or $70 tickets are on sale for the show at Public Assembly which is the venue right next door to where Crystal Castles are playing twice that night. More pictures of Patrick playing Market Hotel, below...
24 hour liquor license means party all night into the afternoon the next day!!!
*SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS @ 1:30
*THE JOHNS @ 12:30
*TITUS ANDRONICUS @ 10:30
+ Plus DJ VHS (LADY GA GA)!!
photos by Michael Gruen
Cale Parks (you know him from the band Aloha and his participation in the music of White Williams) just got done playing some solo shows with Ted Leo including the one that happened in Cale's home borough of Brooklyn at Market Hotel last night (12/15). In January Cale is going on tour with Passion Pit - tickets are still on sale for the February 4th show at Bowery Ballroom. All dates, and more Market Hotel pictures below...
Ted Leo showed up for Indie Rock Karaoke on December 3rd at Studio B with a set of both old and new R/X material - the new from the forthcoming unnamed record five - the old, his standards and classics: "Where Have all the Rude Boys Gone?," "Timorous Me," "Heart Problems," "Army Bound" and "Hearts of Oak" - the latter also melted the crowd's feet of oak, along with the complimentary vodka (I don't remember the brand, but if you're going to promote something, the drinks need to taste slightly better than mint leaf soaked in cleaning fluid).
Ted Leo's vocals have always ventured into the high falsetto range (especially for someone playing in front of such a loud band); here they held up, but I thought newer songs relied on them less. Material seems to focus more on rhythm and less on melody. I think Ted described one track as "dancehall meets death metal" - forever in Fred Perry, he seems a little more like Mark E. Smith every day..
The band took a break and the evening's emcee , the always entertaining Andrew W.K., gleefully instructed on how to properly sing karaoke by "destroying the ego," then proceeded to demonstrate on a "Louie Louie" punctuated by haymakers and headbangs. The audience karaokers were treated pretty mercifully - anyone who made at least a reasonable attempt was awarded with applause and accolades, with the audience singing along loudly to most everything. Highlights include the first two peformers ("Search and Destroy" and "When Eagles Dare" - the first a spot-on Iggy Pop, the second, a karaoke regular dressed in his Aquaman costume with a plastic trident prop), the impecable Minor Threat and Stiff Little Fingers renditions, and the two guys who, on "Me and Mia," took the guitar from R/X guitarist James Canty and played the chords too. I think only one person actually got booed.
Ted Leo returns, solo, to NYC for a visit to the Market Hotel tonight, Monday December 15th. Opening will be Patrick Stickles ("lead singer of TITUS ANDRONICUS") and CALE PARKS ("from Aloha & White Williams").
In case you haven't been to the Market Hotel before, it's magic requires that it remain somewhat "under the radar," so in order to ensure that no lines form outside the door (thus attracting unwanted attention), they will be selling tickets starting at 6pm, on the day of the show (today) only at Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Bklyn. They will not be taking money at the door, you must go to Goodbye Blue Monday to get a ticket (it's only 3 blocks away)... - TedThis will be the second time Ted and Patrick shared the Market Hotel stage this year. More pictures and all dates (including a benefit in CT on Tuesday night) below...
I have a few pairs to give away to tonight's show at Studio B. E-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Ted Leo) right now if you want them. Include your first and last name, Winners will be mailed back ASAP. Flyer below...
Ted Leo @ Maxwell's (more by Chris La Putt)
Ted Leo released the list of songs he and The Pharmacists will be playing at Indie Rock Karaoke at Studio B in Brooklyn on December 3rd. The songs (most of which are not actually "indie rock"), the flyer and more details below...
Ted Leo @ Market Hotel (more by Leia Jospe)
Some may remember last year's fun Of Montreal karaoke party hosted by NY Mag. And as those who were at the Titus Andronicus show at Market Hotel the other night, know Ted Leo can do a mean cover. Throw (host) Andrew WK (congrats Mr. Wilkes-Krier) into the mix and you've got NY Mag's upcoming event taking place (again) at Studio B on December 3rd (thx all).
Also from NY Mag: November 19th's Bad Art Auction w/ Xiu Xiu
All Ted Leo tour dates, and a month-old video of Ted talking about Sarah Palin, below...
Photos by Leia Jospe
No Age, now on tour, headlined Market Hotel in Brooklyn on Monday night (11/10). Like they did one night earlier at Santos Party House, Titus Andronicus opened, except this time they were joined by special guest and fellow NJ resident Ted Leo for a cover of NJ band Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare". This is the same cover Titus played with NJ's Yo La Tengo during a NJ pride moment at Brooklyn venue McCarren Pool's final free show over the summer.
No Age's set got especially crazy towards the end as people started getting trampled and knocked over as other people were charging towards the stage. Soft Circle and Sisters opened the show.
Titus just announced a tour with Los Campesinos!. More pictures from Market Hotel, including one of No Age's setlist, below...
Ted Leo w/ Against Me!/FOTL @ Webster Hall (more by Nathan Miller)
"Tour has been canceled due to a personal emergency. I am sorry." [Ted Leo]This news comes less than a week after the news that their Utah show was cancelled due to an Against Me! bus accident. Hopefully the emergency is not a very bad emergency.
Photos by Nathan Miller
Against Me!, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists and Future of the Left are on tour together. Saturday night (October 11th) that tour hit Webster Hall in NYC (one night after Starland Ballroom in NJ). We already posted the pics from Future of Left's set. The rest of the NYC pics are below...
Photos by Nathan Miller
DOWNLOAD: Future of the Left - The Hope That House Built (MP3)
First up was Future of the Left a Welsh trio featuring two members of the late, great Mclusky.Future Of The Left opened for Ted Leo and Against Me! at Webster Hall in NYC on Saturday night (Oct 11). It was their first NYC show which is part of a much larger North American tour that continues until October 28th. I couldn't make this show, so I'm looking forward to their return. More pictures from Webster Hall below...
The main differences between the two bands are: 1) In FotL, there are a couple of songs in which Andy Falkous plays a keyboard instead of guitar; 2) Falkous and the bassist haven't grown to hate each other. Other than that, it's pretty much the same, and that is a very, very good thing. [Washington Post]
VBS.TV & Dewar's Humbly PresentRSVP HERE. Soft Focus is a show on VICE's VBS.TV
Soft Focus with Ian Svenonius
A live taping of interviews with eminent musicians Ted Leo and Kathleen Hanna
Saturday, October 11, 1pm - 4:30pm
at Cooper Union, The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at 3rd Avenue
Followed by a Soft Focus Afterparty
At which Ian Svenonius will select and play records from his extensive collection of dusty 45s
at Lit, 93 2nd Avenue
5pm - 8pm
Ted Leo plays Webster Hall later that night.
By Andrew Frisicano
Heads up on the Against Me/ Ted Leo/ Future of the Left shows this weekend, Friday at Starland Ballroom and Saturday at Webster Hall. As of Thursday afternoon, tickets for both Friday and Saturday are still available.
Against Me's Tom Gabel will also be performing a free acoustic in-store at Generation Records (210 Thompson St between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts) on Saturday at 4PM for those lucky enough to get on the now-full list. If you didn't, luckily Generation Records was kind enough to reserve 5 spots for BV readers. Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Against Me) if you want in. Include your first and last name. Winners will be contacted.
BTW, Trail of Dead will be playing an in-store at Generation Records soon too.
Tom Gabel is also playing a solo show at the Knitting Factory in NYC on November 20th (Tix) in support of his first "solo" record, Heart Burns EP, out October 28th on Sire Records. The show is also the last date of an almost-month long solo tour. All dates are listed below. Those hoping for a return to old-style acoustic AM! can check out the posted tracks, recorded by New Wave producer Butch Vig, on Gabel's MySpace. We've also got a video below.
Ted Leo R/X recently released a "hastily written and recorded" four-song EP, Rapid Response to benefit Democracy Now! and Minneapolis Food Not Bombs. It's available digitally, for $4, at Touch and Go.
Check out the BV archives for more on Future of the Left. All Tom Gabel dates below...
by Klaus Kinski
When it rains it pours, and by golly there's a freakin' monsoon happening over at good ole' Chunklet right now. Where to begin.... Well, first off, Chunklet's milestone 20th Issue is done, printed, and on a pallet bound for Chunklet HQ any second now. It's been three years in the making, but this sucker looks well worth the wait. Readers are greeted by another amazing cover designed by Chris Bilheimer who's done the last 9 covers and who, incidentally, is REM's art director. Inside?
.... it promises to be the most brutal issue yet. Featuring interviews with Paul F. Tompkins, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Glaser and Sublime Frequencies. There are also features involving Whirlyball with Arcade Fire, The Shins, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Lips, Deerhunter, Death Cab for Cutie, Mogwai and countless others. Features also on music journalists, drug appreciation, good guys/bad bands and the usual array of Chunklet insanity (or inanity depending on your outlook).And not only is Issue #20 about to hit the streets, but so is a Chunklet limited edition 7" that is sure to become a classic. For Side A, Zach Galifianakis joined up with comedian AD Miles, record producer Jon Brion and Fiona Apple to record the ultra-danceable track "Up In Them Guts". Side B features a studio version of the classic Scharpling and Wurster anthem "Rock'n'Roll Dreams'll Come Through" performed by Ted Leo and The Pharmacists. You can get this bad boy as a picture disc, yellow vinyl, or black vinyl and is only available if you purchase something else from the Chunklet store.
You can hear the original, classic Scharpling and Wurster WFMU version on the CD New Hope for the Ape-Eared. A while back Ted Leo did his own version of this tune on the Tom's show. You can hear that version, set to fan made animation, below. This is also not the first time Fiona and Zach have worked together.
Speaking of Ted Leo, did you know that Ted Leo and the Pharmacists put out a downloadable 4-song EP via Touch and Go Records for charity? It's true. The EP costs $4 and all proceeds go to Democracy Now and Minneapolis Food Not Bombs. Ted has a pretty long and engaging explanation about why he did this and you can read that here.
I am also happy to report that Chunklet is celebrating its 15 Year Anniversary! And what better way to celebrate the life and times of this most iconic music and comedy rag than with some supremely ballsy shows at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA. On October 10th Chunklet has lined up Deerhunter, Twin Tigers, Gentleman Jesse & His Men with comedian Brent Weinbach (TIX). Then on October 11th thrill to the majesty of Mastodon, Brian Posehn, It's Casual, and Brent Weinbach (TIX). That Posehn/Mastodon/Weinbach show is like a dream. I am jealous. That should be a national tour.
And last, but absolutely positively not least, I am thrilled to report that The Rock Bible IS AVAILABLE. Penned by Chunklet founder, DJ, promoter, record producer, tour manager, booking agent, cool dude Henry Owings this 144 page masterpiece is basically a rulebook full of dos and don'ts for musicians, wannabe musicians, and rock fans of all ages. And if there's one person I trust to write a book of this nature, it's Henry. Get it on the cheap here and here.
More pictures of this stuff and video below...