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recommended boston area events

tuesday, december 4th

kelly hogan

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 6th

conor oberst

@ converse hall, tremont st.

thursday, december 6th

jason isbell &

the 400 unit

@ the sinclair

friday, december 7th

the weisstronauts 14th

annual holiday jubilee

with guests tsunami of sound

preacher jack, & the derangers

@ the midway cafe, jp

friday, december 7th


moving mountains


@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

patrick watson

@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

sunday, december 9th

band of horses

@ house of blues

sunday, december 9th



@ the paradise

wednesday, december 12th

concrete blonde

jim bianco

@ the sinclair

thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 13th

nada surf

eternal summers

@ the paradise

thursday, december 13th

mates of state

in the valley below

@ brighton music hall

friday, december 14th

forgetters (blake from

jawbreaker's band)

& more tba

@ democracy center, harvard square

sunday, december 30th

sufjan stevens

sheila saputo

@ the royale

monday, december 31st

my morning jacket

@ agganis arena

monday, december 31st

deer tick

two gallants

@ the sinclair

monday, january 7th


@ the paradise

tuesday, january 8th


@ great scott

saturday, january 19th

mission of burma

@ the sinclair

sunday, january 20th

camper van beethoven


@ the middle east down

sunday, january 20th


@ the orpheum

sunday, january 20th

ra ra riot

@ the paradise

sunday, january 27th


@ great scott

tuesday, january 29th

kathleen edwards

sera cahoone

@ brighton music hall

wednesday, february 13th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

saturday, march 2nd

unknown mortal orchestra

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 12th

tame impala

@ house of blues

thursday, march 14th

jukebox the ghost

matt pond pa

lighthouse and the whaler

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 26th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

wednesday & thursday

april 3rd & 4th

they might be giants

@ the paradise

visit tourfilter for more shows

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Mp3s: Ted Leo + the Pharmacists in Boston

At any given moment, it's more likely that Ted Leo and his Pharmacists are on the road than not. And with the recent release of "Living With The Living", Ted will be hunting for cheap hotels and good vegan food all over the place, with North American shows in April and May, then a ton of European dates over the summer. Rinse, rest up, and repeat.

Boston's been lucky enough to get no less than four (maybe five?) Ted visits within the past year as he readied material for the album, and two of them couldn't have been more different from each other: a Sunday afternoon all-ages show at the small-ish Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge (an announced solo set that turned into a full-band surprise), and just a few months later, an opening slot for Death Cab For Cutie at the resplendent Boston Opera House. While seeing Ted and his band play is never less than worth it, it's not tough to guess which set was more fun.

When I shared that Middle East set back in August, I deferred to Ted's wishes that I hold off on posting the not-yet-recorded new songs. Regardless of how blown away I was by the first ever live performance of "The Lost Brigade", the songs were still in their formative stages, and I was happy to oblige. But with the album's arrival, the spreading of various live versions around the 'net, and the many requests from 'Nac readers, I thought it'd be alright to let them see the light of day. So along with the TL/Rx Opera House set below, you'll also find the missing songs from that amazing August performance. Enjoy...

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

Live at The Boston Opera House
in Boston, Massachusetts
on Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

01. My Vien Ilin (fade-in)
02. Dial Up
03. Sons of Cain
04. Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?
05. Me and Mia
06. Army Bound
07. Counting Down the Hours
08. Little Dawn
09. Timorous Me
10. Walking To Do

(Death Cab For Cutie's set can be found here)

and the new songs from August 6th, 2006
at the Middle East Upstairs
in Cambridge, MA

(for the rest of the show, go here)

11. Sons of Cain
13. Some Beginner's Mind
18. Army Bound
19. Unwanted Things
21. Who Do You Love?
23. Colleen
26. The Lost Brigade

Some Ted Leo links...
  • Ted's own website, which should soon see a redesign, the band's MySpace page, their Wikipedia entry, and the Touch & Go label page.

  • Mp3s: "Sons of Cain", courtesy of Touch & Go; an alternate version of "Bomb.Repeat.Bomb.(1954)"; No less than sixteen downloadable mp3s on Ted's audio page.

  • Video: The new clip for "Bomb.Repeat.Bomb."; an older one for "Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?"; and a link to a full Ted Leo YouTube search, where you can find a wealth of Ted footage. For some truly excellent TL video action, pick up the "Dirty Old Town" DVD on Plexifilm, which chronicles the Pharmacist's 2003 visit to Coney Island for the Siren Music Festival. For a taste, check out this live clip of "Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone".

  • More Cowbell has a great write-up of Ted's appearance with DCFC when hit the DAR Constitution Hall in DC a few days after the Boston stop.

  • Ted Leo & the Pharmacists return to Boston on Friday, May 4th for a show at Avalon. Tickets are still available here. Opening up are tourmates Love of Diagrams.

  • As ever, you can listen to all 'Nac-hosted tracks on the Hype Machine.

  • postscript... If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (contact info in the 'nac faq). Recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps mp3s. Mp3s are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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