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Ted Leo @ Market Hotel (more by Leia Jospe)
Ted Leo

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...

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Photos by Leia Jospe

No Age

Titus Andronicus

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...

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Ted Leo w/ Against Me!/FOTL @ Webster Hall (more by Nathan Miller)
Ted Leo

"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!

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...

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Photos by Nathan Miller

DOWNLOAD: Future of the Left - The Hope That House Built (MP3)

Future of the Left

First up was Future of the Left a Welsh trio featuring two members of the late, great Mclusky.

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]

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...

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VBS.TV & Dewar's Humbly Present
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

RSVP HERE. Soft Focus is a show on VICE's VBS.TV

Ted Leo plays Webster Hall later that night.

By Andrew Frisicano

Tom GabelHeads 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...

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by Klaus Kinski

ChunkletWhen 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.

ChunkletSpeaking 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.

ChunkletAnd 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...

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DOWNLOAD: Future of the Left - The Hope That House Built (MP3)

Future of the Left

Tickets are still on sale for the previously-mentioned Against Me! / Ted Leo / Future of the Left show at Webster Hall on October 11th. Updated tour dates below...

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photos by Lori Baily

neil Hamuburger @ Knitting Factory

Way back at the end of July, before All Points West even, funnyman Neil Hamburger played a show at Knitting Factory in NYC. It was a comedy show, though the sometimes-musician did also perform one number off his new CD of "Country Winners". Lori was there and she took some pictures. You see them in this post.

Now, as we speak, the Democratic National Convention is happening over in Denver, CO. And when there is politics there is music, and there is comedy. And as previously-just posted, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman and Neil Hamburger are playing a free Onion-sponsored music and comedy show in Denver (one night after Rage Against the Machine do the same thing). The DNC flyer, more tour dates, and more pictures, below...

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Future of the Left - adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood (MP3)


Future Of The Left have announced a NYC show at Webster Hall on Oct 11th with headliner Against Me! and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists (who headlined Webster Hall on his own and who recently played Castle Clinton on his own too). Tickets go on sale Friday 8/8 at noon here. Tickets go on sale the day after that for the same lineup at Starland Ballroom one day earlier. The rest of the current Future Of The Left and the Against Me! tour schedule so far is down below. Nothing official, but look for FOTL to add a few more dates on this tour (here's hoping for a headline date in NYC soon too)

Future of the Left dropped the Manchasm 7" on the now defunct Too Pure in April. "Manchasm" can also be found on Curses which dropped in the tail end of 2007.

Ted Leo is also playing at MoMA on Tuesday August 12th.

Future Of The Left is also scheduled to play the Reading & Leeds festivals this month. A video and all tour dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Neil Hamburger - At Least I Was Paid (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Neil Diamond - Love on the Rocks (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & Tom Scharpling - You Don't Bring Me Flowers (MP3)

Neil DiamondNeil Hamburger

2008, NYC
July 31 - Neil Hamburger plays Knitting Factory! (tonight!)
Aug 12 - Neil Diamond plays MSG
Aug 14 - Neil Diamond plays MSG
Aug 15 - Neil Diamond plays MSG
Aug 16 - Neil Diamond plays MSG

Ted Leo @ Castle Clinton - July 17, 2008 (The What-If Waltz )
Ted Leo

DJ Ted Leo @ Siren Fest - July 19, 2008 (sokane1)
DJ Ted Leo

The ArT of DissenT
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
7:00-10:00 P.m.
Theater 2, The roy AnD niuTA TiTus TheATer 2

For many artists, politics are an essential component of both their art and their interactions with community and commerce. In this panel, artists and musicians discuss how politics and art mix in their work and working processes.

Justseeds was founded in 1998 by artist and editor Josh MacPhee, who reached out to like-minded artists to create the Justseeds/Visual Resistance Artists' Cooperative. Since 1981, PAPER TIGER (PTTV) has combined media art and activism to create an alternative spin on the traditional television format. Musician Ted Leo has released five politically charged--and critically acclaimed--albums with his band the Pharmacists.

Following presentations by the artists, Gretchen Wagner, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Prints & Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art, moderates a discussion.

A reception follows the event.

More Siren Fest pics HERE.

Ted Leo @ Maxwell's (more by Chris La Putt)
Ted Leo

Tonight! (Thursday)
* Fiery Furnaces in East River Park (FREE!)
* Ted Leo & the Pharmacists @ Castle Clinton (FREE!)

Ted Leo is also playing Siren! (sort of)

More free shows in the free show calendar.

Siren Schedule

I realize Malkmus and Broken Social Scene need to play last because they are the headliners, but it would be kind of cool if they instead scheduled it somehow so you could catch both of their entire sets. I guess then too many people would be all at one stage anyway (thx Matt).

photos by Eric M. Townsend

Pearl Jam @ MSG

Pearl Jam have the best fans in the world, no questions asked. What an amazing experience, I don't think I can say which night it was better. [Metro Distortion]
Legendary? Generic? Amazing? Music for "frat tools"? Whatever you think, Eddie Vedder and band played their 2nd of two sold out shows at the Garden last night (June 25, 2008). The pictures in this post are from night one (June 24).

I heard Ted Leo and the Pharmacists sounded great playing their opening set in the large room. No pictures unfortunately because MSG is strict and confusing with the credentials and Eric was only allowed in during Pearl Jam's set. More of those pics and some oher stuff below.....

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Ted Leo plays his first of two shows at Madison Square Garden tonight (June 24, 2008). Pearl Jam goes on after him. Ted Leo recently played Maxwell's.

If you don't know who Made Out of Babies is yet, check out the May 16th 'Week in Metal'. Check them out at Union Pool tonight.

Jóhann Jóhannsson's July 8th show at the World Financial Center was cancelled, but all the other free electro shows that Ben Neil curated are still happening. That includes the Ulrich Schnauss show happening tonight.

also free tonight: Brooklyn Philharmonic in Central Park.

photos by Chris La Putt

Ted Leo @ Maxwells

On Monday (June 16, 2008), Jersey indie rocker Ted Leo (aka Bloomfield Vegan) and the Pharmacists played at Maxwell's in Hoboken before headining out on a tour with Pearl Jam (that includes two dates at MSG next week). Musicsnobbery was also there:

No doubt about it, Ted is a must-see live act and tonight, he was just as good as ever. His energy and charisma was on full display, and the man shows no sign of stopping or easing things up after 17 years of playing post-punk pop music.

... a good 80 minutes of awesomeness. To see him is to experience rock music without all the tricks and homages that is popular most of today's rock 'n' roll, synth sounds, echo effects and generally studio nonsense. With Ted, it's all done the old fashion way -- amps, pedals and microphones.

Comedy/music troupe Variety Shac opened. See Ted Leo again for free at Castle Clinton on July 17th. More pictures below.....

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Ted Leo and pharmacistsFemale comedy collective Variety Shac will be performing at the June 16th "Bloomfield Vegan" show at Maxwell's with Ted Leo (in case you weren't already convinced). $10.00 tickets are still on sale.

The show will help Ted prepare for the much larger shows he'll be playing with Pearl Jam soon afterwards. Ted is also playing a free show at Castle Clinton over the summer, and all the following places...

Continue reading "Ted Leo - updated 2008 Tour Dates (Variety Shac, Maxwells)"

Ted Leo

Tickets go on sale this morning (@ 10) for the upcoming Pearl Jam and Ted Leo shows.

* Bloomfield Vegan is playing Maxwell's
* Ted Leo is playing Castle Clinton

by Black Bubblegum

Tom Warrior, EX-Celtic Frost

Thomas Gabriel Fischer (aka Tom "Warrior"has announced that he is leaving experimental black metal pioneers Celtic Frost, the band he formed with Martin Eric Ain in the wake of Hellhammer's dissolution. From TGF's blog:

I have always seen the Monotheist album as a mere beginning, and a tame one at that......... Celtic Frost had become the unreserved focus of my life for the second time. I was looking forward immeasurably to working on the next Celtic Frost album. To me, it needed to be darker, heavier, and more experimental than "Monotheist".

And yet, Celtic Frost consisted of three individuals, and I was only one of them. In the end I had to concede to myself that there was no other option.

My friendship with and respect for Martin Eric Ain remain unaffected. Moreover, I am in the process of assessing my options to eventually complete, record, and release some of the ideas I originally created for Celtic Frost and the planned next album in the course of the past few years, and to take our distinctive music out on the road again.

There is no way back.

His departure comes as a shock in light of the amazing reception Celtic Frost has received from recent touring and their awesome, critically acclaimed comeback album from 2006, Monotheist.

Even Ted Leo and Dave Grohl are fans! (Fischer can also be found on Grohl's metal side project, Probot.

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Tickets are on presale (Password = gardenofstone). Regular sale is April 11th. Tour dates here. (thx Bao!)

Ted Leo

Tickets are on sale for a mysterious "Bloomfield Vegan Presents t.b.a." show at Maxwell's in Hoboken on June 16th (thx anon). June 16th is suspiciously close to the start of Ted Leo's tour with Pearl Jam (that includes 2 nights @ MSG). Just sayin'.

Ted Leo and others were also recently announced to be playing free shows at Castle Clinton in NYC this summer.

DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Colleen (MP3)

Ted Leo

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Mirah, The Long Winters, Akron/Family, St Vincent and a few more people are playing free shows at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park in NYC this Summer......

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Eddie Vedder & Kings of Leon, Australia 2006 (CRED)
Eddie Vedder and Kings of Leon

"Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will open both shows at Madison Square Garden. Tickets Will Go On Sale To The General Public Beginning Friday, April 11th at 10am. Please note that this date has changed from the previous release issued on Thursday, March 20th." Kings of Leon are opening some of the dates too.