Ted Leo tours the US solo style!

We just wanted to remind everyone of some good news.  If you live on the West Coast then Ted Leo is coming to visit on a run of solo tour dates later this month.  Fear not though for all who live east of the Pacific Ocean, Ted loves you too and has just announced another series of solo US tour dates, slated for late April/early May.  Please visit Ted’s site for more details about his upcoming tour dates and hopefully we’ll see you at one of these shows!

Sat, 2/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Skybar at Mondrian Hotel –

Sun, 2/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

Wed, 2/23 – Riverside, CA – The Barn @ UC Riverside

Thu, 2/24 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill (Noise Pop Festival)

Fri, 2/25 – Seattle, WA – U of Washington

Sat, 2/26 – Portland, OR – BackSpace Cafe

Wed, 4/27 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

Thu, 4/28 – Dover, NH – Dover Brickhouse

Fri, 4/29 – Hamden, CT – The Space

Sat, 4/30 – Scranton, PA – The Vintage Theater

Sun, 5/1 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

Tue, 5/3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum

Wed, 5/4 – Cleveland, OH – B-side Liquor Lounge

Thu, 5/5 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern

Fri, 5/6 – Madison, WI – The Terrace

Sat, 5/7 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s

Sun, 5/8 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway

Wed, 5/11 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn

Thu, 5/12 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506

Ted Leo – 2011 US Solo Dates

(photo taken from Linda Wildemann‘s Flickr page)

As mentioned earlier today by Jeremy, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists are playing NYC’s Terminal 5 tonight in support of pals and labelmates The New Pornographers. In a little more than a month’s time, however, Ted will be hitting the road all by his lonesome, playing songs from 2010’s ‘The Brutalist Bricks’ as well as previous albums, probably some covers and….hey, wait a minute. Where, precisely do we get off, projecting what Ted’s repertoire is likely to be?  Sure, it’s an educated guess, but if my years in this racket have taught me anything, there’s no sure things in the entertainment business. Except Susan Boyle.

1/21, Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall  (tickets)
1/22, Hamden, CT – The Space (tickets)
1/23, Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie (tickets)
1/25, Scranton, PA – The Vintage Theater (tickets)
1/26, Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum (tickets)
1/27, Cleveland, OH – B-Side Liquor Lounge (tickets)
1/29, Madison, WI – Der Rathskeller @ Univ of Wisc
1/30, Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s  (tickets)
2/1, Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern (tickets)
2/2, St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway (tickets)
2/3, Nashville, TN – The End (tickets)
2/4, Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn (tickets)
2/5, Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 (tickets)
2/23, Riverside, CA – The Barn @ UC Riverside (tickets)
2/24, San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill (Noise Pop Festival)
2/25, Seattle, WA – U of Washington (tickets)
2/26, Portland, OR – BackSpace Cafe (tickets)

Writing about love.

I’ve been asked to follow Nils’ awesome post that kicked off the “Matador Employees Write About Love” series yesterday. I thought I would start with the above Pitchfork TV clip from Vegas, cuz I fucking LOVED Battle Of The Bands at Matador 21.

OK. Well, love has actually been a big theme for me this year, so this should be easy right? Um.

I tell you, I love a Belle and Sebastian song called “I Love My Car”. It’s originally from the “I’m Waking Up To Us” EP, and you can own it as part of the unimpeachable Push Barman to Open Old Wounds collection.

Oh you know what I really love? I love my dog. The GOOOOOOOSE! I also love a painting of my dog that my friends Shana and Tim commissioned as a wedding gift. I just got it today:

I love Silkworm.

I love my job. Most of the time.

OK, I loved that too.

I love Twitter. I’m at 99 followers RIGHT NOW. Just saying…

I love the internal debate happening to decide whether or not this is the appropriate forum to discuss how much I love my wife. Maybe set the website public now, Pants.

I love the Mannequin Men Hozac singles club single “Hobby Girl”. Both sides. And I love that Dave Martin was able to get me a copy even though I’m not in the club (thanks Dave and Hozac).

I love that I’ve spent an hour on this post and no one can yell at me about it (thanks Nils!).

I love rock ‘n roll. Put another dime in the jukebox, baby.

I still love this clip (shut up Robby):

I’m all out of love.

catch Ted Leo at the WFMU Record Fair and in your town

Certainly no stranger to WFMU-appearances, Ted Leo will perform a solo set on the live broadcast of The Cherry Blossom Clinic direct from the WFMU Record Fair, this Saturday at 4:30 PM EST.

Tune in at wfmu.org or better yet, see Ted LIVE at the Metropolitan Pavilion while you scope out the wares of some of the finest record vendors in the world.

WFMU Record Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St)
Sat, Oct 23

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists will also be playing a handful of dates in December including the aforementioned show with the New Pornographers in NYC.

Thu, Dec 2 – Northampton MA – Pearl St
Fri, Dec 3 – Pawtucket RI – The Met Cafe
Sat, Dec 4 – Lemoyne PA – Champion Ship
Mon, Dec 6 – New York NY – Terminal 5 (with the New Pornographers)
Tue, Dec 7 – Baltimore MD – GSpot (with Heks Orkest)
Wed, Dec 8 – Richmond VA – Strange Matter (with Heks Orkest)

photo from the ACL Festival flickr

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Appearing At Lance Hahn Memorial Gig, Austin, Saturday 10/9

October 22 of this month will mark the 3rd anniversary of the untimely passage of Lance Hahn. Whether you knew Lance thru his tenures leading Cringer or J-Church, his Honey Bear label or his writing for MRR or his own Some Hope & Some Despair…or perhaps just knew him thru his years in the service of some of America’s finest record and video stores, you were lucky to be have a pretty inspirational guy in your ears or your head. Some of his friends are banding together this Saturday night at Austin’s Red 7 to raise loot for his family ; amongst the participants, our own TL/RX and ‘Casual Victim Pile’ grads Wild America. But the entire bill is great. C’mon out w/ cash in hand, or purchase advance tickets here.

REVISED SCHEDULE : Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, The Palms

First off, if these changes have left anyone disappointed or inconvenienced, we’re truly sorry.  I’ve been watching videos of the guys in the BP commercials all week trying to strike the right tone for this post, and wouldn’t you know it, MY VIDEO CAMERA IS BROKEN.   Bullet dodged.

On the bright side, hey, DEAD MEADOW are playing.    The opening VIP gala is still happening at 4pm Friday in the Hardwood Suite with dj sets by Ted Leo and myself.  Same room becomes a VIP lounge Friday and Saturday nights, plus late night dj action on Friday (James McNew, Dean Bein) and Saturday (Dave Martin, Robby Morris).  Here’s the live entertainment schedule of events.  Much like real life, everything is subject to change.


Pavement: 12:00am – 1:00am
Sonic Youth: 10:40pm – 11:30am
Fucked Up: 9:35pm – 10:15pm
Chavez: 8:30pm – 9:10pm
Guitar Wolf: 7:30pm – 8:10pm
Doors: 7:00pm

MC : Jeff Jensen

Fucked Up Vs. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 1:30am – 2:30am
(One stage. Two bands.  At once. They’re supposed to take turns, song by song…but who knows?)
Doors: 1:00am


Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm – 1:00am
Spoon: 10:25pm – 11:15pm
Superchunk: 9:20pm – 10:00pm
Cat Power: 8:15pm – 8:55pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55pm – 8:15pm
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: 6:50pm – 7:30pm
Come: 5:45pm – 6:25pm
Girls: 4:40pm – 5:20pm
Doors 4:00pm

MC : Bob Nastanovich

Dead Meadow: 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Harlem: 1:30pm – 2:05pm
Doors: 1:00pm

Cold Cave: 2:25am – 3:15am
Esben and The Witch: 1:30am – 2:00am
Doors: 1:00am

STARTS AT 1:30am


Guided By Voices: 11:30pm – 1:00am
Yo La Tengo: 10:10pm – 11:05pm
Liz Phair: 9:50pm – 10:10pm
The New Pornographers: 8:40pm – 9:25pm
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 7:35pm – 8:15pm
Shearwater: 6:30pm – 7:10pm
Doors: 6:00pm

MC’s : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

The Clean: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Times New Viking: 3:30pm – 4:05pm
Kurt Vile: 2:30pm – 3:05pm
Doors: 2:00pm

General questions :  21@matadorrecords.com

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.

The New Pornographers, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists at Terminal 5, Dec. 6

Double bills featuring two generation-defining acts don’t come along that often and when they do, you can’t risk missing such an occasion for fear of being labeled a cultural cretin. But enough about the Eddie Money/Lou Gramm cruise to the Bahamas,  The New Pornographers and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists are playing NYC’s Terminal 5 on Monday, December 6.  Presale for tickets starts tomorrow morning.

Matador At 21 – The Lost Weekend : Final Bill, Schedule Info

First of all, we know you’ve been waiting patiently for the information below, and we sincerely apologize for the length of time it took to get it together. But if wanting to put together an even sicker bill than previously announced is a crime, PLEASE LOCK US UP.

1) 50 additional pairs of tickets priced at $250.00 per person  (not including taxes and fees) will be available via a public lottery sometime next week.  We’ll announce the details here and on the 21 site beforehand.

2) Details regarding a limited number of room upgrades will be available at that time.

3) We regret to announce that at present, our supply of VIP tickets has been exhausted.  If that situation changes, we’ll let you know.

4) As rumored in a bunch of places (including this very blog), we’re very happy to confirm the following additions to The Lost Weekend Bill ;  Liz Phair, Times New Viking, Esben and the Witch, Perfume Genius, The Clean, MC’s Jeff Jensen, Bob Nastanovich, Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster, and a late Friday evening presentation by Austin’s Karaoke Underground. The rough schedule can be found below, and is very much subject to change :


4 PM: Gala opening party, Hardwood Suite (VIP ticketholders, limited capacity)

MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

doors open 6 PM, first band (Guitar Wolf) on at 7 PM

Sonic Youth
Fucked Up
Cold Cave
Guitar Wolf

MC : Jeff Jensen

2am onwards :  Superchunk/Fucked Up/bands TBC,  Hardwood Suite (VIP ticketholders only, capacity limited)
2am onwards :  Karaoke Underground at Little Buddha (open to all ticketholders, space permitting)


MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

Belle and Sebastian
Cat Power
Perfume Genius
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

MC : Bob Nastanovich

2am : Esben and the Witch, Harlem,  Key West Ballroom (open to all ticketholders, space permitting)

Sunday (MATINEE, in Key West Ballroom, open to all ticketholders, capacity limited):

The Clean
Times New Viking
Kurt Vile

Sunday evening :

MAIN STAGE (The Pearl):

Guided By Voices
Yo La Tengo
Liz Phair
The New Pornographers
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

MC’s : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

Matador at 21: The Lost Weekend takes place at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from October 1-3, 2010. This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont and Incase.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – “Bottled In Cork” video surprise on Funny Or Die

On Friday, Ted Leo checked in with a lengthy, illuminating instant-classic of a blog post. In it, our fearless leader looked back on the past, evaluated his present and pondered an evolving future…which, he revealed, would include the second Lookout Records alumni foray into the theeee-a-thah.

We think he must have been talking about this:

Is that Paul F. Tompkins? Julie Klaussner? John Hodgman? Patrick from Titus?? Terre fucking T???

Director Tom Scharpling and co outdid themselves, to be sure.

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists’ new album The Brutalist Bricks is available for purchase here.

The band will hit the road shortly:

Thursday 02 – La Jolla, CA – Che Cafe Collective (UC San Diego)
Friday 03 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Saturday 04 – Los Angeles, CA – Fuck Yeah Fest
Monday 06 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Tuesday 07 – Victoria, BC – Element Nightclub
Wednesday 08 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
Thursday 09 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Thursday 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
Friday 24 – Newport, KY – Midpoint Music Festival
Saturday 25 – Urbana, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
Sunday 26 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
Tuesday 28 – Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall
Wednesday 29 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

Monday 04 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
Tuesday 05 – Sante Fe, NM – Corazon
Wednesday 06 – Norman, OK – The Opolis
Thursday 07 – Little Rock, AR – Vinos
Sunday 10 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Tuesday 12 – Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
Wednesday 13 – Orlando, FL – The Social (Orlando)
Thursday 14 – St Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven
Friday 15 – Greenville, SC – The Handlebar
Saturday 16 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists playing in Brooklyn SUNDAY!

photo from Hartzine The Indie Music‘s flickr

How’s this for a Friday afternoon treat: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists have been announced as the secret guest headliner of the “JellyNYC Block Party” summer event Sunday (August 1).. making this the second free TL/RX show in NY in a span of under a month (and probably his 23,356th over the past 5 years)

The show takes place at the Brooklyn Bowl (Wythe Ave & N. 11th St) with Darlings and Arpline, but Ted and crew will be kicking around the Williamsburg vicinity the entire day, participating in a DJ set and whatever else it is people do at block parties.

Details here.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Autumn US Dates

(Sled Island Festival, 2010, photo by David Kenney)

Whether we’re stalling on purpose or just building anticipation (and make no mistake, stalling on purpose = building anticipation) for the video for “Bottled In Cork”, we’re in the midst of a fairly frenetic period for Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. After Saturday’s headlining performance at Coney Island’s Siren Festival (also appearing : HARLEM), the quartet will be hitting the road for the following stretch of shows starting in September. There’s a smatter of festivals tossed into the mix (LA’s Fuck Yeah Fest, Austin’s ACL, etc.) but no shortage of club dates as well. It’s ok to admit you’re suddenly very curious about the “Bottled In Cork” video, by the way.

Thu, 9/2 – La Jolla CA – Che Cafe Collective (UC San Diego)
Fri, 9/3 – San Diego CA – Casbah
Sat, 9/4 – Los Angeles CA – FYF Fest (with Cold Cave, Delorean Magic Kids, lots more)
Mon, 9/6 – Vancouver BC – Rickshaw Theater
Tue, 9/7 – Victoria BC – Element Nightclub
Wed, 9/8 – Seattle WA – The Vera Project
Thu, 9/9 – Portland OR – Crystal Ballroom
Thu, 9/23 – Pittsburgh PA – Diesel
Fri, 9/24 – Newport KY – Midpoint Music Festival
Sat, 9/25 – Urbana IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
Sun, 9/26 – Columbia MO – Blue Note
Tue, 9/28 – Lawrence KS – Jackpot Saloon
Wed, 9/29 – Denver CO – Marquis Theater
Fri, 10/1,2 or 3 – Las Vegas NV – Matador 21; The Lost Weekend @ The Palms
Mon, 10/4 – Phoenix AZ – Rhythm Room
Tue, 10/5 – Santa Fe NM – Corazon
Wed, 10/6 – Norman OK – The Opolis
Thu, 10/7 – Little Rock AR – Vinos
Sun, 10/10 – Austin TX – Austin City Limits, Zilker Park
Tue, 10/12 – Gainesville FL – Common Grounds
Wed, 10/13 – Orlando FL – The Social
Thu, 10/14 – St Augustine FL – Cafe Eleven
Fri, 10/15 – Greenville SC – The Handlebar
Sat, 10/16 – Charlottesville VA – The Southern

‘The Brutalist Bricks’, available from the Matador Store on LP, CD and digital formats.

Hear Ted Leo rock the NYC airwaves today on WNYC’s Soundcheck

Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Ted Leo and his band of merry New Jerseyites (taking liberties, yes…) will take over radioland today at 2:30PM EDT when they bring their own brand of punk genius to WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. If you like to rock it old school, tune in on 93.9FM (or REALLY old school on 820AM) in the New York City area. If you fancy yourself more of a Web 2.0 type of person, then feel free to click on over to WNYC’s website in order to hear what is sure to be an amazing session.

“The Lost Weekend” – Matador 21 In Las Vegas, Tickets On Sale This Friday, July 9

Tickets for “The Lost Weekend” aka Matador’s 21st birthday celebrations at The Palms will go on sale this Friday morning at 9am, PST. Here’s the details you’ve been hassling all of us about over the last week (and don’t think we don’t appreciate it)

a) Tickets/Pricing : An initial quantity will be on sale Friday for $SOLD. .After the $SOLD tickets sell out, the price increases to $SOLD.  A Ticketfly.com link will be posted on this site on Thursday, July 8th.  Starting Friday, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve standard rooms at the Palms for the discounted rate of $SOLD per night (the full 3 nights of the festival, only). The rooms feature two double bed and occupancy of up to 4 persons is allowed. The above rate is only available when purchasing tickets thru us. If you are interested in upgrading to a larger room or a suite you will be able to do so after purchasing the standard room. TICKETS FOR THE 3 NIGHTS  + ROOMS are being sold jointly — we’re not selling tickets to the shows separately at this time, nor are we selling tickets for individual nights.

(ADDENDUM -i) A limited number of 3-day tickets priced at  $SOLD—with no Palms reservation required — will be available Friday morning at 9am PST  via Ticketfly.com

ii)  if, for example, you’re buying 4 tickets to the shows, the $SOLD per night hotel fee can cover up to 4 people.  $SOLD over 3 nights divided by 4 is hopefully not an crazy amount to charge for rooms in a world class resort).

B) VIP tickets. A limited number of VIP packages will be available at $SOLD — details about what you’ll get for the $SOLD are forthcoming. You’ll have the ability to upgrade from the regular tickets, assuming the VIP tickets aren’t sold out.

C) Venue. The room in question is the 2100 seat Pearl at the Palms.

D) MORE BANDS. OK, we’re working on it. But in addition to the 19 artists confirmed on the above poster, we can confirm the original lineup of COME — Thalia Zedek, Chris Brokaw, Sean O’Brien and Arthur Johnson — will be participating. Actually, we already know who some of the other bands are, we’re just trying to drag this out.    MORE MATABLOG CONTENT between now and October!

E) Set times –  we’ll post these the week before the event.

F) These shows are open to all ages.  However, access to the casino floor is limited to those 21 and over.

F) WHAT ABOUT LAS VEGAS HUMANS?  Las Vegas’ Zia Records is selling 50 tickets to “The Lost Weekend” starting Friday, July 9.  You’ll need a Nevada I.D.  Reservations at the Palms are not required to purchase these tickets.



Zia Records

4225 South Eastern Avenue

Las Vegas, NV 89119-5485


Zia Records

4503 W. SAHARA



Tickets will go onsale at both stores at 10:00am on Friday, July 9th via lottery. By overwhelming demand by Nevada Residents we will be increasing the amount of tickets available (50 X 2 = 100) . There is a two ticket limit. Nevada state ID required for purchase. Any questions please email 21@matadorecords.com

Matador 21 In Las Vegas, Oct. 1-3 : Let The Crazy Speculation Begin

As mentioned previously in this space, Matador will be celebrating the label’s 21st anniversary this October and this much we can finally confirm : there will be 3 nights of shows starting Friday October 1, and concluding Sunday October 3 at the Palms Casino & Resort In Las Vegas, NV. We’ll be dropping further hints about the amazing lineup in the days ahead, but a final announcement and information about how to purchase tickets will be made here at the trusty Matablog on July 5. Are you as psyched as we are?  (hopefully yes, because we’re getting in for free).

(ADDENDUM – there’s been a bit of confusion so just to clear things up, tickets DO NOT GO ON SALE JULY 5.  We’ll merely be announcing the on sale date/time on July 5.  thanks – GC)

Ted instore at Generation pics + store graffiti

Ted Leo‘s solo instore at Generation Records in the Village tonight was a huge success, rammed to the gills and featuring a full hour plus set. Ted played pre- and post- Pharmacists songs, including “One Polaroid A Day,” “Ativan Eyes” and “The Mighty Sparrow” from his latest album The Brutalist Bricks. Ted also played Misfits, Eddie & The Hot Rods and Nick Lowe covers. It was one of the packed-est (and hottest) instores I’ve been to in some time, and the crowd was riveted.

Don’t miss TL&RX dates coming up starting in Milford CT (easily reachable via Metro North, as Ted pointed out) tomorrow night – check the tours pages for more details. And keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming video for “Bottled In Cork” directed by Tom Scharpling. It promises to be memorable.

While at Generation we noticed some classic record store graffiti behind the counter that we had to photograph. Enjoy.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Bottled in Cork free digital single

Have ye heard this? I don’t know how Ted Leo consistently writes such solid songs, not to mention how he gets through a song like this on stage without passing out. Not a lot of room for breaths in this one! The entire new album is terrific. I am told that it is out today as a single, with a demo version as the B-side:

Bottled in Cork (zipfile with 160K MP3s and cover image)

Incidentally, he also turned in what is far and away the best remix of a Spoon song ever. I still haven’t seen him since then so if you do, please pass along my appreciation.

[Ed note: by popular request, we’ve made each of the tracks streaming below

A. Bottled In Cork (from ‘The Brutalist Bricks‘)
B. Bottled In Cork (demo version)

Free Ted Leo NYC Instore

Thursday June 17 Ted Leo will be stopping by hometown haunt Generation Records for a free, all ages acoustic instore featuring a very special guest (Hint: It’s not Oderus Urungus).

In free schwag news, if you stop by Generation between now and the 17th, you can get an autographed poster with purchase of The Brutalist Bricks CD/LP.

And let us not forget Ted is playing Siren Festival shortly thereafter. Bam!

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Harlem To Appear At Much Beloved, Heat-Stroke Inducing Event

(above : an overflow crowd for Ted Leo’s 2003 Siren performance)

Our friends at the Village Voice confirmed earlier today that Ted Leo & The Pharmacists and Harlem would each be part of this year’s 10th Anniversary Siren Festival. It’s happening Saturday, July 17 at beautiful Coney Island, Brooklyn, and while I’m sure the organizers need no advice from me concerning security, I do hope everyone is aware under no circumstances should this gentleman be allowed anywhere near a microphone.