and the road leads somewhere, but it’s not yet to your door

Dear Ted Leo,

What the hell, man? What the hell?

You decide to play three shows in New England – one in Providence, one in New Haven and one in Massachusetts – the weekend that I’m traveling to Philadelphia. That’s bad enough. And hey, the Massachusetts show is on Thursday night. I could conceivably make that one. I could get in the car, drive to see you, and stand in the front row screaming every word to every song off of Hearts of Oak and Shake the Sheets. That might make your day.

But you’re playing at the Easthampton High School Gym.


(1) You couldn’t land a venue in Boston? Or Cambridge? Or Somerville? Your promoter couldn’t have spent the extra fifteen minutes on the phone it would take to mumble the words “Ted Leo and the Pharmacists” and get you a slot in a colllege town with a solid indie scene? Is it a question of moral distaste? Did Paradise vote for McCain? Does T.T. The Bears have investments in the Sudan? The hell?

(2) Taking as read that you couldn’t swing any of Boston’s hundreds of clubs for this one night – the Easthampton High School Gym? Did you owe the PTA a favor? Are they into post-punk and anarcho-syndicalism in Easthampton? You couldn’t even make it as far east as feckin’ Worcester, guy?

Really, dude. Not cool.

P.S. Living with the Living was good, too.


4 Responses

  1. this is going to sound more argumentative than informative, but … actually Prof, they *are* into post punk and anacho-syndicalism in Easthampton. And the indie scene in Easthampton and Northampton is even bigger there than in Boston in my estimate based soley on the ratio of indie rockers to non indie rockers. Easthampton and the nearby town of Northhampton are largely populated by artsy tattooed skinny jean clad college aged kids and their tattooed skinny jeans clad high school age brothers and sister and their pot smoking hippie parents. It’s part of the “Five College” area which will draw hipsters and neopunks from Noho, Amherst and Holyoke as well. Annnd… that’s where Flywheel Arts Collective is building their awesome new venue…. which isn’t done yet…. yaddah yaddah yaddah, which is why the show was moved in the first place.

    Had to defend my old tromping grounds.
    Also, Easthampton is still just a car ride away from Boston you know. 😉

  2. It was informative regardless. 🙂

  3. yeah, i missed him when he was in bawlmer, too. not happy. but it was my fault, not his.

  4. I know this feeling, this is the feeling I had when I first came to Boston, trekked *all the way out* to The Middle East (ha!) and found out he wasn’t going on until midnight and I had no way of getting home.

    But, the guy comes to Boston a lot. You’ll get a chance to see him live.

    I had no idea you were such a big fan.

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