Entries tagged with: Ted Leo
"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
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....
by Bill Pearis
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...
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
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...
Ted Leo writes...
THURSDAY - JULY 23, 2009 - ANNUAL FREE OUTDOOR NYC SHOW @ PIER 54 - RAIN OR SHINE?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:
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]
6 p.m. - doorsA 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...
7 p.m. - Radio 4
7:45 p.m. - Extra Golden
8:30 - Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
by Black Bubblegum
Tragedy @ Studio B - July 12, 2009
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...
by Klaus Kinski (of Klaus Kinski's Comedy Canon)
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.
Having 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!.
In Other News........
Future of the Left @ Spike Hill - twitpic by Ted Leo
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...
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).
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.
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...
photos by Ryan Muir, words by Black Bubblegum
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 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.
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]
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.
More pictures and video from the Brooklyn reunion show, below...
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...