The 9th annual edition of Transmission Entertainment's ridiculously awesome Fun Fun Fun Fest hits Austin's Auditorium Shores this weekend, and here's a breakdown of where and when the far-too-well-represented members of the Matador family will be appearing. NONE ARE CONFLICTING WITH KING DIAMOND (and that's all that really matters).
Tickets for the entire weekend + FFF Nites aftershows are still available here.
Friday, November 7 - Yellow Stage 7:20 PM
Friday, November 7, Cheer Up Charlie's (Outdoor) 11:00 PM
Friday, November 7, Mohawk, 12:45 AM
- Friday, November, 7 - Holy Mountain (Indoor)12:30 AM
- Saturday, November, 8 - Black Stage 4:05 PM
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS:
- Saturday, November, 8 - Orange Stage 5:55 PM
YO LA TENGO:
- Sunday, November 9, Orange Stage - 5:55 PM
Sat, 9/7 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout - A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party
Mon, 9/9 - Philadelphia, PA - The Boot & Saddle
Wed, 9/11 - New York, NY - The Bell House
Fri, 9/27 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
Sat, 9/28 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
Sun, 9/29 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Tue, 10/1 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
Wed, 10/2 – Baton Rouge, LA – Manship Theatre at Shaw
Fri, 10/4 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Sat, 10/5 – Franklin, TN – Dolly Chandler Frankly Theatre
Sun, 10/6 – Louisville, KY – The Clifton Center
Tue, 10/8 – Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater
Wed, 10/9 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
Thu, 10/10 – Blacksburg, VA – Lyric Theatre
Fri, 10/11 – Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center
Sun, 10/13 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theatre
Tue, 10/15 – Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
Sat, 10/19 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre
Sun, 10/20 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club
Mon, 10/21 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club
photo lifted from MandeePhoto's flickr
(above : Aimee and Ted, Cologne, January 2013. Though the shows below will feature separate sets, there's no law on the books preventing the pair from playing together at some point if they so choose)
Fri, 9/27 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
Sat, 9/28 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
Sun, 9/29 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Tue, 10/1 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's
Wed, 10/2 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre at Shaw
Fri, 10/4 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Sat, 10/5 - Franklin, TN - Dolly Chandler Frankly Theatre
Sun, 10/6 - Louisville, KY - The Clifton Center
Tue, 10/8 - Charlotte, NC - McGlohon Theater
Wed, 10/9 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom
Thu, 10/10 - Blacksburg, VA - Lyric Theatre
Fri, 10/11 - Harrisburg, PA - Whitaker Center
Sun, 10/13 - Ithaca, NY - The State Theatre
Tue, 10/15 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
Sat, 10/19 - Iowa City, IA - Englert Theatre
Sun, 10/20 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
Mon, 10/21 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
(Ted at Maxwell's, June 2008, photo taken from musicsnobbery.com)
As you've probably read elsewhere, Hoboken's venerable Maxwell's, one of our favorite live music venues in this country or any other, is scheduled to close their doors at the end of July. The club's role in the development of many Matador artists & alumni cannot be overstated. Also -- we had a great time there. Almost always.
Ted Leo will be making his final Maxwell's appearance on June 21, with support from Shellshag. Tickets are on sale here.
In addition, Ted, AC Newman, Jennifer O'Connor, Doug Gillard, Home Blitz and a long list of grade-A talent are taking part in a tribute to the recently deceased Scott Miller (Game Theory/Loud Family) at the Cake Shop (NYC) on June 29, with proceeds going to The Scott Miller Memorial Fund. If you cannot attend, donations are accepted here.
The following aren't solo performances. They aren't collaborations with the wildly talented Aimee Mann. These are BONA FIDE, ALL-TOO-RARE (of late, anyway) Ted Leo & The Pharmacists shows and we cannot wait to see you there.
7/25 - Chronic Town, State College PA
7.26 - Grog Shop, Cleveland OH
7/27 - Subterranean, Chicago IL
7/29 - Double Happiness, Columbus OH
7/30 - Ottobar, Baltimore MD
7/31 - Morgan's Pier, Philadelphia PA
Let's consider the following ; Ted & The Pharmacists haven't played State College in 7 years. The Grog Shop show will mark the 3rd anniversary of the last Pharmacists show in Cleveland ; it's two years since the last Chicago gig. Columbus? TL/RX-less since July of 2010. Baltimore's gone without since December of 2010. HUGE CREDIT TO TED & TEAM FOR ADDRESSING THESE SHAMEFUL ABSENCES.
As the title of this post suggests, it's easy for people to mess up even the simplest of things. But might there be more wisdom in said title then apparent at first glance? Some things seem perfect, say chocolate and peanut butter, and then miraculously one day you discover these two things you really, really like make a perfect combination as well. Well after months of touring together, it appears that Ted Leo and Aimee Mann, and moreover their fans starting tonight in LA, may discover a favorite new musical collaboration. Under the name #BOTH, Ted + Aimee take to the stage tonight in Los Angeles and later this month in San Francisco to perform some new songs they've recently written. And to unfix what wasn't broken, Ted Leo will also be supporting Aimee Mann on an upcoming run of Spring tour dates. All the touring details, in every conceivable combination are below, should you be looking to catch Ted this Spring.
Fri, Mar 8 / Los Angeles, CA / Largo at the Coronet
Sat, Mar 9 / Los Angeles, CA / Largo at the Coronet
Tue, Mar 26 / San Francisco, CA / Bottom of the Hill
Wed, Mar 27 / San Francisco, CA / Bottom of the Hill
Ted Leo solo shows:
Fri, Mar 22 / Seattle, WA / The Vera Project
Sat, Mar 23 / Portland, OR / BackSpace Cafe
Aimee Mann shows with Ted Leo (solo) supporting:
Thu, Apr 18 / Hudson, NY / Club Helsinki
Fri, Apr 19 / Huntington, NY / Paramount Theatre
Sat, Apr 20 / New York, NY / Webster Hall
Tue, Apr 23 / Rahway, NJ / Union County Performing Arts Center
Wed, Apr 24 / Wilmington, DE / World Cafe Live At The Queen
Thu, Apr 25 / Annapolis, MD / Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts
Following their overwhelmingly popular US run, Ted Leo & Aimee Mann will be taking their joint tour overseas. Dates and ticket links below, don't miss out!
1/15 Stockholm - Nalen TICKETS
1/16 Gothenburg - Pustervik TICKETS
1/17 Malmo - KB TICKETS
1/18 Aarhus - Train TICKETS
1/20 Berlin - Columbia Club TICKETS
1/21 Hamburg - Fabrik TICKETS
1/22 Cologne - Gloria TICKETS
1/24 Amsterdam - Paradiso TICKETS
1/25 Gent - Vooruit TICKETS
1/26 Paris - Bataclan TICKETS
1/28 London - Royal Festival Hall TICKETS
1/31 Dublin - Bord Gais Energy Theatre TICKETS
* photo lifted fromlorilovesyouu's flickr
Ted Leo will be touring Europe as a solo performer from September 13-28, along with Rebecca Gates:
09.13 Café Berlín, Madrid (ES)
8€ Adv / 10€ • 22h
Buy Tickets / Facebook Event
09.14 Sala Matisse, Valencia (ES)
10€ Adv / 13€ • 22h
Buy Tickets / Facebook Event
09.15 MMVV, Vic (ES)
22h Rebecca Gates - Carpa Negra
01h Ted Leo - Carpa Negra
+ info: www.mmvv.net
09.17 Sala TZVR, Sant Feliu de Guíxols (ES)
6€ • 22h
+ info: www.atzavaraclub.com
09.19 Espace B, Paris (FR)
8€ Adv / 10€ • 20h30
Buy Tickets / Facebook Event
+ Info: http://espaceb.net/Mercredi-19-Septembre-2012
09.20 Shacklewell Arms, London (UK)
6£ Adv • 8pm Buy Tickets / Facebook Event
+ info: http://www.shacklewellarms.com/
09.21 King Georg, Köln (GE)
12€ • 20h
+ Info: http://www.kinggeorg.de/programm/rebecca-gates-ted-leo-portland-new-jersey
09.22 Munchen, TBA (GE)
09.23 Nürnberg, K4 (GE)
21h • Ticket Info (no presale): firstname.lastname@example.org
+ info: http://www.musikverein-concerts.de
09.24 Monarch, Berlin (GE)
+ info: http://www.kottimonarch.de/
09.25 Leipzig, Ilses Erika / Prager Fruehling (GE)
+ info: www.ilseserika.de
09.27 Conte Staccio, Roma (IT)
+ Info: www.contestaccio.com
09.28 Heliogàbal, Barcelona (ES)
8€ Adv / 10€ • 21h
Buy Tickets / Facebook Event
Interrupting recording of his next Matador album is NO BIG DEAL for Ted Leo, not if it means performing solo in some of the nation's glitziest performing arts venues (or at least those with nicer wallpaper than the one above) while supporting good friend (and crucial branch on the Negative FX family tree) Aimee Mann.
Wed 10/24/12 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
Thu 10/25/12 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
Fri 10/26/12 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Sat 10/27/12 New York, NY Town Hall
Sat 11/03/12 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center
Sun 11/04/12 S. Burlington, VT Higher Ground - Ballroom
Tue 11/06/12 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
Thu 11/08/12 Columbus, OH Capitol Theatre
Fri 11/09/12 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre
Sat 11/10/12 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sun 11/11/12 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
Tue 11/13/12 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Wed 11/14/12 Chicago, IL Park West
Thu 11/15/12 Chicago, IL Park West
Fri 11/16/12 Stoughton, WI Stoughton Opera House
Sat 11/17/12 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Hoping to overshadow Sunday's bout of Danzig-baiting at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Festival as quickly as possible, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists can confirm the following year-end dates, with tickets going on sale Wednesday at noon eastern time.
12/30 - The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY (tickets)
12/31 - Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ (tickets)
On October 31st*, Matador will release a charity 7" from Philadelphia's TV Casualty.
This is the first recorded document to be released by a collective made up of Brian Sokel (Franklin, AM/FM), Andy Nelson (Ceremony, Paint It Black), Atom Goren (Atom and His Package) & Chris Wilson (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists). Over the past few years the group has played out in and around Philly for different charitable events, assembling as The Ramones (with Rodney Anonymous), Black Flag (with Dan Yemin) and Minor Threat (with Mike McKee). Here, Ted Leo joins the band as Glen Danzig, in what else but their take on The Misfits (watch some past performances here)!
As part of Matador's famed ELO- catalogue series (confused? consult the discography), this blood-red 7" features covers of Children In Heat, Angelfuck, Teenagers From Mars, We Bite, Who Killed Marilyn, Some Kinda Hate. All proceeds collected on sales of this release will be donated on behalf of TV Casualty & Matador to The Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia's only LGBTQ Youth Center.
TV Casualty's next live date is on October 28 at The Florida Theater as part of The Fest in Gainesville, Florida. Money collected at this show will go to Occupy Philadelphia.
*The band will have copies for sale on their 10/28 show in Gainesville and you should be able to find the 7" in your local stores around then. You can also buy the tracks digitally starting 10/31.
(Ted, shown in his natural summer habitat, ie. a large outdoor gig in New York City, more specifically, South Street Seaport, two weekends ago)
Lest anyone believe a recent run of solo shows would mean an autumn of leaf-blowing,
Fri, 9/23 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's (Johnny Brenda's 5th Anniversary - evening show, 21+) (tickets)
Sat, 9/24 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's (Johnny Brenda's 5th Anniversary - afternoon show, all ages) (tickets)
Tue, 10/25 - Newark, DE - Mojo Main (tickets)
Wed, 10/26 - Raleigh, NC - King's Barcade (tickets)
Thu, 10/27 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern (tickets)
Sat, 10/29 - Gainesville, FL - The Venue (tickets)
Sun, 10/30 - Miami, FL - Churchill's (tickets)
Tue, 11/1 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar (tickets)
Wed, 11/2 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
Thu, 11/3 - Pensacola, FL - Handlebar (tickets)
Fri, 11/4 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon (tickets)
Tue, 11/8 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's (tickets)
Wed, 11/9 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree (tickets)
Thu, 11/10 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle (tickets)
Sat, 11/12 - Washington, DC - Sacred Heart Church, benefit for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and We Are
Family DC (tickets)
('The Brutalist Bricks', still available from The Matador Store on LP. compact disc and a multitude of digital formats)
- photo by Daniel Boud
UPDATE: Thurston Moore has sadly had to cancel his KEXP session today.
At 8:00PM EDT/5:00PM PDT, Fucked Up will play a live set on Seattle's KEXP before taking the stage at the Capitol Hill Block Party. The set can be heard at 90.3 on Seattleites' FM dials, and at KEXP.org for the web-savvy.
Tomorrow, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists will be bringing the noise to WXPN's XPoNentional Music Festival in the lovely (and incredibly hot) city of Philadelphia. Their 5:15PM EDT/2:15PM PDT set will be broadcast on XPN for those of you unfortunate enough not to experience it live. Tune in (hopefully from somewhere with lower temperatures and/or air-conditioning) at 88.5FM in Philly, or at XPN.org.
Here's your answer, in solo form, anyway.
As if he wasn't busy enough of late with a terrific run of solo shows (included a bunch during South By Southwest's music and interactive festivals earlier month) and composing the music for Julie Klausner's "How Was Your Week" podcasts, Ted Leo recently extended his arsenal of talents to include interviewing the great and near-greats of the rock scene as part of the Independent Film Channel's coverage of SXSW. Some of the interviews in questions are linked below, and while I'm very impressed with Ted's work --- and I say this with all due respect --- it feels to me like he learned no lessons whatsoever from this footage of the late Tom Snyder I suggested he watch. What the fuck, I am just shouting into the ether over here?
Along with Ted's chat with Liz Phair (above), here are links to discussions with the following :
Sharon Van Etten
Sir Bob Geldof
Billy Bob Thornton
There's more where that came from over at IFC.com
(scenes from SXSW 2005 : Matador co-owner, Austin resident for all of 15 minutes politely instructs a motorist to "go the fuck back where you came from" before recognizing his dog's veterinarian)
It's that time of year, when the fair of city of Austin is besieged by thousands of aspiring musicians, label creeps, bloggers, tech pimps, cinema parasites and self-styled marketing reptiles, all of 'em urinating in my front garden on their way to and from some dubious "showcase" or launch party designed to appeal to their MOST CRAVEN INSTINCTS. I watch all of this from my front porch, my air rifle sitting atop a cooler of Guyaki Yerba Matte, wondering exactly how much jail time I'd serve for shooting the bluetooth earpiece off the skull of a gentleman trying to negotiate a contract at the foot of my driveway.
At which point, I'm reminded that he's actually a guest in my home and our conference call that I've been ignoring is already 10 minutes old. Where are my manners? Sure, Austin's chock-a-block with SCHMUCKS ON THE MAKE this week, but who am I to point an accusatory finger at these lovely visitors when they provide this label with such a fabulous opportunity to hawk our wares? The following Matador artists are playing (too many times) in Austin this week. Shows marked * will require an SXSW badge or wristband for priority entry ; happily, such gigs are in the overwhelming minority compared to the open-to-the-
Esben and the Witch :
Tuesday, March 15, 10pm, M for Montreal Showcase, Spill, 212 E. 6th St. (SXSWi event)
Wednesday, March 16, 2:30pm Flavorpill / I Rock I Roll Day Party, Lipstick, 24, 606 E. 7th St. (RSVP)
Wednesday, March 16, 8pm, Windish Booking Showcase*, ND Studios, 501 N. Highway I-35 (5th St. and Brushy Avenue)
Thursday, March 17, 2:30pm, Pop Montreal Party, Beauty Bar, 617 E. 7th St.
Thursday, March 17, 6:45pm, FADER Fort, 1101 E. 5th St. (RSVP)
Friday, March 18, 3:15pm, Windish Agency Party, Emo's Jr., 603 Red River
Friday, March 18, midnight, BBC/Huw Stephens Showcase *, Latitude 30, 215 San Jacinto
Saturday, March 19, 2:40pm, Mess With Texas, Eastside Drive, 1001 E. 6th St. (RSVP)
Saturday, March 19, 4:40pm, Dazed & Confused party, Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. 6th St.
Ted Leo (solo)
Wednesday, March 16, 10pm, Brooklyn Vegan Showcase*, The Swan Dive, 651 Red River,
Thursday, March 17, 5:30pm, Other Music/Dig For Fire present, French Legation, 802 San Marcos
Friday, March 18, 3pm, Flower Booking/Onion AV Club Party, Mohawk, 912 Red River
Saturday, March 19, 4:55pm, Mess With Texas, Eastside Drive, 1001 E. 6th St. (RSVP)
Thursday, March 17, 10pm Pitchfork presents *, Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St.
Friday, March 18, Rhapsody Pary, Club Deville, 900 Red River (RSVP)
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Friday, March 18, Rhapsody Party, Club Deville, 900 Red River (RSVP)
Saturday, March 19, 3:30pm, Auditorium Shores, 950 W. Riverside Drive, free, all ages
Saturday, March 19, 6pm, Waterloo Records parking lot, 600 N. Lamar Blvd.
As part of Matador's continued efforts to spread the word about WFMU's fundraising marathon
Kurt Vile (the man/myth/legend behind the stunning Smoke Ring For My Halo, out today on all popular formats), Ted Leo (star of Reginald Van Voorst's Broadway musical The Brutalist Bricks), and A.C. Newman (inspiration for the character "Carl Newman" from the motion picture Moves: The Rise & Rise Of The New Pornographers) will all be joining Tom on the air tonight. We really don't know what's going to happen, but if it's anything like last week's show with Ted and Carl, it'll be must-listen radio, plus you can get cool prizes for pledging money (including a signed Smoke Ring test pressing and the already-infamous "Rated GG" 7" single). WFMU can be found at 91.1FM on your NY/NJ radio dial, or at wfmu.org.
Finally, lest you think we're done talking about Kurt on his release day, please note that in addition to lending his talents to WFMU, Mr. Vile will be playing not once, not twice, but thrice at some of New York's finest recordmongers this evening: 5PM at Academy Records in Williamsburg (with Thurston Moore & Bill Nace's Northampton Wools), 7PM at Generation Records, and 9PM at Other Music. Who loves ya, indie retail?
Lest you think Matador Records is quite done twisting arms on behalf of WFMU's annual Marathon, THINK AGAIN. Not only are Ted Leo and A.C. Newman returning to Tom Scharpling's "The Best Show On WFMU" for a second consecutive appearance next Tuesday, March 8th at 9pm, but Yo La Tengo will make their annual visit to the free-form station's Jersey City studios tonight on Psue Braun's program (9pm eastern).
In what should be the greatest fund raising effort to hit the region since.....well, since this, Yo La Tengo will take your requests for covers, but not without an appropriate donation on your part to America's no. 1, 100% listener supported radio station. Unlike the rest of WFMU's sprawling schedule, this program will not be archived for later use on your iPhone, iPad, etc. so if you don't tune in...you must have a pretty exciting Friday night planned.
Sadly, a state court ruled a few years ago that this arrangement was highly illegal -- particularly as Matador refused to match the donations. However, just because we can no longer strong-arm our workforce into handing over money, that doesn't preclude us strongly advising (HINT, HINT) that if certain self-styled "musical geniuses" don't play ball with our friends in Jersey City, their recording careers might hang in the balance.
So with no prodding whatsoever from Matador ownership, Ted Leo and A.C. Newman will be appearing tonight on Tom Scharpling's "The Best Show On WFMU" as part of WFMU's premium-tastic annual cash-grab. We hope you can tune in. And if you can't, we hope you won't mind that we've already sent the station your credit card details.
So Crazy Eddie's opened it's doors 40 years ago (1971 for the math impaired) in Brooklyn, New York. Today, and TODAY ONLY, Amazon MP3 and Ted Leo are offering up his critically lauded and commonly embraced, album from last year, The Brutalist Bricks, for just $3.99. Yes you read that right, $3.99. Coincidence? Probably (thanks Wikipedia), but that really misses the point...YOU'D BE CRAZY NOT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS. Visit Amazon today for a great deal!
Also for all you West Coasters, remember that Ted's one man show is headed your way this week. For other parts of the country he'll see you in April + May.
And we're also pleased to announce that Ted will be performing at SXSW, solo style, as well:
Sun, 3/13 - The Mohawk - Barbarian Group/Stumble Upon Party
Mon, 3/14 - Venue 222 - Wearcast Party
Wed, 3/16 - The Swan Dive - Brooklyn Vegan Showcase
Thu, 3/17 - French Legation Museum - Other Music Day Party
Fri, 3/18 - The Mohawk - Flower Booking / Onion A.V. Club / Canvas Media Party