Monday, December 13, 2004
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists' sold-out show at the Middle East this past Thursday was expectedly excellent, with a set-list that touched on all three of his/their albums (2001's Tyranny of Distance, last year's Hearts of Oak, and this year's Shake the Sheets), along with the Tell Balgeary, Balgury is Dead EP.
The setlist, along with a few downloadable songs from that night...
Ted Leo & the PharmacistsIf you're dying for one of the songs I don't have linked, lemme know in the comments and I'll hook you up.
I love that he mixed it up so evenly between the discs, veering away from the traditional new-album-heavy setlists that others rely on, and also chose to give a couple solo songs the full trio-treatment (Loyal To My Sorrowful Country and the cover of ...Leaky Boat). I've always been a Split Enz fan, so was psyched to find him covering it on the EP, and even moreso in hearing him bring it out with the band.
I was a little too far away for good photos, but I did grab one of his brother Chris (opening up acoustic as Vague Angels). I've listened to Chris for a long time, in four of his past bands, but have never heard him do the solo thing before. With less going on to grab my attention, I really took note of just how outstanding a guitar player the guy is. Finally got his new book, looking forward to diving into it.
Also opening was Matt Pond PA, a band I've now officially fallen in love with. Having heard, and liked, some of their stuff before, I've been guilty of not listening closely enough, not absorbing a full-length in one sitting. Thursday night changed that. Their performance motivated me to pick up their latest, Emblems, and I'm so into it right now. It was my long-weekend soundtrack.
As mentioned, Mr. Leo appeared bright & early on Air America Radio's Morning Sedition the following AM, and the full broadcast has been archived over at Air America Place. The Big Ticket was kind enough to edit down the Ted material (an interview and 3 live songs), so head on over (just scroll down a bit once you're there). Thanks much, Mr. Gilbert.
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