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...



Saturday December 26th
8 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Doors 8pm
$10 at the door

Ted Leo - 2009/10 Tour Dates (via)
12-14 Brighton, England - Engine Room (solo) *
12-15 Canterbury, England - Bramleys (solo)
12-16 London, England - Brixton Windmill (solo) #
12-17 Kingston, England - New Slang (solo)
12-18 London, England - Grosvenor (solo)
12-26 Montclair, NJ - Meat Locker (solo) @
03-11 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03-12 Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
03-13 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
03-14 Madison, WI - High Noon Salon
03-15 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03-19 Seattle, WA - Neumo's
03-20 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03-21 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03-23 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
03-27 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
04-04 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
04-05 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
04-07 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04-08 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04-09 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
04-10 Boston, MA - Paradise
* with Dillinger Four and Hard Skin
# with Kurt Vile
@ with Tourmaline and Washington Square Park


Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Bowery Ballroom
(as recorded)
01 Heart Problems
02 Me and Mia
03 The One Who Got Us Out
04 tuning
05 The Mighty Sparrow
06 The Ballad of the Sin Father
07 Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?
08 tuning
09 Even Heroes Have to Die
10 The Stick
11 I'm A Ghost
12 Army Bound
13 tuning/banter
14 One Polaroid A Day
15 The High Party
16 Parallel or Together?
17 tuning/banter
18 Counting Down the Hours
19 Where Was My Brain
20 tuning/banter
21 A Bottle of Buckie
22 Under the Hedge
23 tuning/crowd
24 Bottled and Corked
25 The Crane Takes Flight
26 Last Days
27 encore break
28 [unknown cover song]
29 Timorous Me
30 Biomusicology

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