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TTS at Hard Rock Cafe May 8 2010! - April 4, 2010

Back in action!

Jeff has been off in Shanghai China for a bunch of months, so we're welcoming him back with a Two Ton Shoe show at the Hard Rock with our pals The Mudhens - great Boston band from back in the day.

Justin, Jeff and Jake will again be joined by Tom Arey on drums.

You can buy advance tickets here:
Two Ton Shoe's latest CD "Never Cancel the Stage!" is available on iTunes and (


Jake, Jeff, Justin

Two Ton Shoe goes to CHURCH - October 1, 2009

Hello again, and so soon!

Two Ton Shoe had such a blast at the last gig over the summer we decided to ramp up again for another, this time at Church, in the Fenway in Boston (formerly the Linwood Grill) on Thursday, October 1st, doors at 9 p.m (we promise not to hit the stage too late on a school night...).
Justin, Jeff and Jake will again be joined by Tom Arey on drums, and expect to hear a couple new tunes from a TTS album now in the works.

You can buy advance tickets here:
Two Ton Shoe's latest CD "Never Cancel the Stage!" is available on iTunes and ( - please pick up a copy so Justin can buy some new guitar cables.

Drop us a line at or directly on - we'd love to hear from you.


Jake, Jeff, Justin

Two Ton Shoe at Lizard Lounge, July 17! - July 10, 2009

Two Ton Shoe is back in action with a gig coming up on Friday July 17th at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge MA.
Justin, Jeff and Jake will be joined by Tom Arey on drums, reuniting as the fearsome foursome that did the latest TTS tour to South Korea last October (check out this YouTube highlight from the Grand Mint Festival, replete with serious pyrotechnics).

You can buy advance tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets

The Lizard Lounge is a small venue and last couple times it sold out fast, so we do recommend getting there early or buying tickets in advance.

Our latest CD "Never Cancel the Stage!" is available on iTunes and - pick up a copy!

TTS has already been back at the studio getting to work on 16 brand new tunes, previews coming soon.

Jake, Jeff, Justin

Some new Seoul '08 pics - November 5, 2008

TTS @ Lizard Lounge this Friday Nov 7 - November 5, 2008

Two Ton Shoe is playing this Friday night at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, 1667 Mass Ave in the basement below Cambridge Common. It's a very cool little club, but may fill up fast so come a bit early if you can. The cover is $10, and we plan to go on at 930, will play until about 11 pm when another group takes the stage.

Lizard Lounge:

Vote for "Congratulations" on OurStage - #4 and climbing - October 25, 2008

Two Ton Shoe with Yo La Tengo in Seoul South Korea - October 2, 2008

We're getting excited about our upcoming return trip to Seoul South Korea. The main event is at the Grand Mint Festival where we'll be sharing the bill with indie pop stars Yo La Tengo.

Two Ton Shoe at Grand Mint Festival, Seoul South Korea - July 22, 2008

Breaking news - Two Ton Shoe will be returning to Seoul, South Korea to perform at the Grand Mint Festival on October 18, 2008!

If your Korean is up to snuff, check out the festival info here.

"Never Cancel the Stage!" Available Now - June 30, 2008

The brand-new Two Ton Shoe CD is available now for your deep listening pleasure. You can buy the actual physical Compact Disc which will be shipped to you by human beings, or you can buy the MP3 downloads for immediate gratification.

And in the meantime, enjoy a tour through all 12 tracks.

New Two Ton Shoe release "Never Cancel the Stage!" - May 4, 2008

At long long long last, Two Ton Shoe is putting out a new CD!!!

We'll alert everyone as soon as it's available for sale on CDBaby, and in the meantime you can hear select tracks at our MySpace page
We'll be self-releasing it here in the States, and then putting out a version in South Korea through the FarGo Label that put out the last one there 2 years ago.

We'll post some more details soon on how the new CD came to be, what the name means, who played what, and so on.

Two Ton Shoe "Resoled Remix" - April 7, 2008

We're on the verge of releasing a brand new Two Ton Shoe CD - the first in eons - so in anticipation of that first here's a remix of Resoled courtey of

Two Ton Shoe Korea Video - November 7, 2007

Here's a better version of some video and pics compiled from our 2005 trip to Seoul. We're hard at work on a new release and plan to return to South Korea in '08.

TTS Covers by Korean Bands on YouTube - October 20, 2007

This is amazing.

Check out these two covers of Troopy's Blues by two different South Korean bands [CORRECTION/UPDATE: the second band is from the Philippines (thanks to veidt on the guestbook):

Two Ton Shoe in "The Economist" - June 26, 2007

The TTS South Korea saga ends has made its way into The Economist:
JAKE Shapiro plays guitar in a band called “Two Ton Shoe” that gigged up and down the American East Coast for a couple of years around 2000 and built a small following in its home town of Boston. Two Ton Shoe is now friendly but inactive; Jake is the executive director of the non-profit Public Radio Exchange. Two years ago he received, out of the blue, an email from Kwan Ho, owner of Far Go Records of Seoul. Kwan Ho wanted to release, in South Korea, Two Ton Shoe's greatest hits.

File sharing and downloads account for an overwhelming majority of Korean music consumption. Gun Il, owner of one of the few dedicated CD retailers left in Seoul, thinks there may be fewer than a dozen such stores left in the whole country.

Gun Il survives on genius. In his shop, Hyang Music, which is the size of a generous walk-in closet, you can find exactly one of every CD you might hope to name. He can produce almost anything on demand, and in 2004 customers began demanding albums of a band they had discovered through file sharing: Jake Shapiro's Boston-based Two Ton Shoe.

Gun Il called his friend Kwan Ho, Kwan Ho tracked down Jake, Two Ton Shoe planned a Korean tour—and now the entries on Two Ton Shoe's online guest book read for the most part in enthusiastic broken English, for example:

"It was my 13year old day when I first met your musics. at that time your music was not that famous in Korea, but now so many people know about you and those many funky musicians wanna copy your style and songs.

You never know I planned to fly to Boston someday to hop my body with your music but you guys caught my desire ahead! It's sososo nice of you :)

So, never cancel the stage!"

I hear the story in, yes, a Starbucks around the corner from Hyang Music. We have been passed, as Americans are in Seoul, from chaperone to chaperone, and are attended now by Gun Il and Kwan Ho. Kwan Ho and Jake are negotiating the details of a new album; Gun Il takes a phone call by leaning back and creating a private space in front of his mouth with a cupped palm. Kwan Ho explains to me that he is, in fact, aware that “Far Go” is not only a vector but a city in North Dakota and the title of a rather bloody American movie. He asks whether I can help him get a hold of, in Italian, “The Inferno”.

South Korea, like most countries on the receiving end of American culture for half a century, is preparing to give back. At the Seoul Digital Forum—the conference which brought me on this trip to Seoul—I sat in on a panel called “When Seoul Meets Hollywood—Reviewing the Potential of the Korean Wave”.

J Y Park, a Korean hip hop producer with phenomenal success in Asia, explained how to break into the American market: ignore every publication but the New York Times. He's booked Rain, a Korean artist, at Madison Square Garden. and is now working with Outkast and Lil' Kim. (If those names mean nothing to you, I assure you they prove that Park knows what he's doing.)

I asked whether it was a rational decision for a Korean artist to head for the American market, and Park answered: "If you want to be the best in the world at Tae Kwan Do, you come to Korea. If you want to be the best in the world at hip hop, you go to America."

Hip hop and soul dominate the Korean domestic market, leaving a curious niche for Jake's Two Ton Shoe: complex ensemble rock, long a staple of mainstream American radio, through file sharing in South Korea takes on the quality of samizdat. Jake's music is a talisman for teenagers bearing black wool caps and guitar bags, tired of what they hear on the radio or, rather: "those many funky musicians wanna copy your style and songs."

Never cancel the stage.

Jake in Seoul May 28-June1 - May 28, 2007

Hi folks,

I'm in Seoul South Korea this week as a speaker at the Seoul Digital Forum ( - a big conference on the digital entertainment business.

This is mainly through my job as Executive Director of PRX The Public Radio Exchange(, but of course while I'm here I'm representing The Shoe and trying to line up some more opportunities for us to return and make more music.

I'm also playing some guitar this week. I got to jam with the famous Korean drummer YON NAMGOONG, and Friday I'm sitting in on a live show with Earls Band ( at Club DGBG.

So if you're in Seoul this week please come see the show, and send me an email at jake and maybe we can meet up.

TTS @ Common Ground April 7 2007! - March 1, 2007

Amazingly enough, TTS is returning to one of our earliest stomping grounds - the Common Ground in Allston.

Pete MacLean will be on drums, so it's the South Korean lineup for the Shoe.

More soon!

Shoe in '06 - January 16, 2006

Happy new year everyone!

The Shoe alive and kicking in 2006. We're planning to finish a bunch of tunes and put out another CD later this year, probably only for retail sale in Korea but available digitaly everywhere.

We'll keep you posted.

Thanks for all the great comments on the Guestbook.

Check out some pics from the Korean tour in '05 on the Pics page.

Tour in South Korea! - July 1, 2005

That's right. Two Ton Shoe is heading to South Korea Aug 21-31 to play 3 shows in Seoul, courtesy of our label over there Pastel Music.

We have a double CD for sale in Korea and evidently it's doing well enough to merit a visit.

We'll keep you posted on the dates and locations in case you happen to be in the neighborhood.

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