Free Ticket to Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Irving Pl. April 8, 2010 10:51 PM   Subscribe

I have an extra ticket for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists for tonight (Friday) at Irving Plaza NYC.

Also on the bill, a couple of good, heavy on the reverb neo-garage-y, indie bands: The Obits and The Screaming Females.

First person to send me a Mefi Mail gets it.
posted by Skygazer to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:51 PM (18 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Seriously, take the man up on this, one of you. You will not regret it, especially if Leo busts out the solo cover of "Fisherman's Blues" he did in LA last month.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 11:22 PM on April 8, 2010

What fairytale of los angeles said. I'd be there in a heartbeat if I weren't currently in Spain.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 2:43 AM on April 9, 2010

oh god damn it. I want to, but I can't. I keep hearing about how amazing ted leo is from The Best Show, and I've been meaning to catch a show to see what the deal is. damn.
posted by shmegegge at 7:50 AM on April 9, 2010

MeMailed you to see if it's still available.

*crosses fingers*
posted by defenestration at 9:19 AM on April 9, 2010

And we have a winner!


S m a r t D a l e k

Hey sorry Defenestration, it was pretty close.
posted by Skygazer at 9:42 AM on April 9, 2010

Aw shucks. Have fun, you two!
posted by defenestration at 9:53 AM on April 9, 2010

defenstration - If we catch each other at the next meetup, remind me to buy you a round.
It's the least I could to to make up the difference!
posted by Smart Dalek at 10:27 AM on April 9, 2010

Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. I completely forgot they were playing the Paradise in Boston tomorrow night, and I think I might still be able to grab tickets.
posted by lizzicide at 10:51 AM on April 9, 2010

You are a good man. Sure it will be a great show.
posted by smackfu at 11:34 AM on April 9, 2010

Man, you guys are so lucky. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists are the fucking truth. Amazing, amazing musicians.
posted by absalom at 11:48 AM on April 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

Smart Dalek: defenstration - If we catch each other at the next meetup, remind me to buy you a round. It's the least I could to to make up the difference!

More proof that MeFites are the best.

And of course you responded first—you're a bot. ;)
posted by defenestration at 12:31 PM on April 9, 2010

Defenestration: that round I offered you will have to be a pitcher.

"Skygazer" turned out to be an old friend whom I hadn't seen in almost 20 years! As we chatted and laughed, we also realized the concert hall was the same venue for The SWANS' NYC appearence during their Holy Money tour; without realizing it, we had both attended that show without even bumping into each other. Needless to say, our shock was quickly drowned out by laughter.

Tonight's gig was full of energy - Skygazer and I both promised to try to catch up with more of the New York gatherings, particularly any which might involve Manitoba's (hint-hint). And it only took a thread in the Grey to add a bit of gold to our lives.
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:00 PM on April 9, 2010 [3 favorites]

That's a really sweet and serendipitous story, you guys! But really though......did he play the Kelly Clarkson cover or what?
posted by Juicy Avenger at 11:24 PM on April 9, 2010

He didn't play the Kelly Clarkson cover when I went, at least. He did a manful job of covering flaws while trying out Aimee Mann's "Freeway," though.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 12:07 AM on April 10, 2010

No, unless I was taking a pee, I don't think he did the Clarkson or the Aimee Mann song, but he did do a nice lovely solo version of the Waterboy's excellent "Fisherman's blues."

Wow, so Ace as Smart Daleck (Rhymes with aleck, as in smart aleck) was known back in the punk rock, post punk rock days up in Po-town New York, turns out to be an old friend and acquaintance. Amazing. Just amazing.

We both basically cracked up remembering that Swans situation, which is hard to describe cos basically here's one of the most intense bands on the planet putting themselves into a trance at the beginning of their set, with some drone loop, and we're talking either either Holy Money or Children of God era Swans and their lead singer is Michael Gira, the scariest frontman short of GG Allen and they, the members of Swans are standing there with their eyes rolling into the back of their heads with this evil drone loop they've got going and this doofus shows up with a trashcan to clean the stage...and Gira, when he finally opens his eyes charges him and just sends the guy, who has no idea what' happening flying off the stage and into the audience.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are a crazy tight band. Screaming Females were a fucking amazing blast of weird brilliance led by this tiny girl who's an incredible guitar player and has a growl that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Just superb. They're going to be huge.

The Obit is a Sub Pop band with a realy primal thumping very unique and special sound. About the only thing annoying about them is that they got all angry at some guy telling them to get it together and stop being lazy, who I am 90% sure (tall guy with grey hair and glassea) was the somewhat legendary producer/musician Don Fleming.

Anyhow, great night. It was good to see you again Ace (i.e., Smart Dalek).
posted by Skygazer at 1:40 AM on April 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Like I told Skygazer, the Screaming Females' lead is the Eartha Kitt of Punk.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:23 AM on April 10, 2010

It's always great catching up with ya, pal.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:24 AM on April 10, 2010

Full setlist:

01 [introduction]
02 The Mighty Sparrow
03 Heart Problems
04 Mourning In America
05 Me and Mia
06 Under The Hedge
07 Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone
08 Even Heroes Have To Die
09 Ativan Eyes
10 The Stick
11 [banter]
12 The High Party
13 One Polaroid A Day
14 Counting Down The Hours
15 Where Was My Brain?
16 Little Dawn
17 Bottled In Cork
18 Colleen
19 [banter]
20 A Bottle Of Buckie
21 Gimme The Wire
22 Biomusicology
23 [encore break/banter]
24 Bleeding Powers
25 Fisherman’s Blues (The Waterboys)
26 Timorous Me
27 Parallel Or Together?
28 Angelfuck (The Misfits)


A downloadable recording of the show:

Friday, April 9th, 1020 at Irving Plaza (aka: Fillmore East)

posted by Skygazer at 10:01 PM on April 10, 2010 [2 favorites]

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