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Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus, New Jersey And You

I’m from NJ (Clifton). So is Titus Andronicus (Glen Rock) and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (Bloomfield). The New York Times focuses on these two bands (no mention of me, that’s okay) who just released great new albums.

After more than a decade awash in hardcore, heavy metal and emo bands, a few of them distinguished like My Chemical Romance, New Jersey is having another moment. In addition to Titus Andronicus, Vivian Girls and Real Estate, there’s also the Gaslight Anthem, soul-punkers from New Brunswick, which is home to the sly garage and dance-punk influenced outfit Screaming Females. (full story)

Ted Leo Album Release Show @ Brooklyn Knitting Factory Includes Live Band Karaoke

MP3: The Mighty Sparrow

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (new website coming soon) is celebrating the release of the band’s new album on Matador Records, The Brutalist Bricks, with a show at The Knitting Factory. Tickets are only $5 and are on sale now. Ted & co will play a set followed by a run of live band karaoke, where you can sing with them as your backing band. Will likely be amazing and insane at the same time.

New Ted Leo MP3, Album Artwork, Tour Dates


MP3: Even Horses Have to Die

Ted Leo new album comes out March 2010 on Matador Records, and I can’t wait. One of my favorite musicians joining up with one of my favorite labels.

Keep reading for upcoming tour dates. Continue reading

Ted Leo @ CMJ: One Polaroid a Day

New Ted Leo song:

Ted Leo Signs to Matador Records

Great news! From his blog:

Soooooooooooooo, as many of you know, our beloved Touch & Go Records was forced to shut down most of its operations early last spring, leaving everyone mourning and filled with more questions than we thought we’d have to keep asking ourselves in 2009, and leaving us, specifically, again label-less. In this day and age of uncertainty and upheaval, that’s not necessarily the worst place to be, but I conisder myself lucky to have encountered and developed relationships with so many good people in the punk and “indie” worlds over the years, that when thinking about trying to work with a new label, and having the necessary conversations, that thinking and those conversations are all done between and among friends, mitigating any potential cons or fears with the knowledge that whichever way you chose to go, you will be helped along by brilliant, rational, and caring people WHO LOVE MUSIC. And I spoke to a lot of them – all of them admirable, all of them alive and vital for all the right reasons, all of them “no-brainers.” During a recent conversation over an iced coffee (and then a couple of shots of Jamesons, if I’m going to be completely honest) with Gerard Cosloy in Austin, Tx., however, I thought, “I should hang out with this guy more often,” then later meeting the rest of the incredible staff at the office, and counting myself unaccountably blessed at the uncountable bounty of amazing people and labels that I had before me to potentially work with, I made up my mind to join the Matador team.

There are so many options and so many opportunities to do so many things with the music that one makes, but I feel GREAT that as I head off to start mixing some songs this weekend, I can say that I now do so in preparation for an album to be released on Matador Records, most likely sometime in the coming spring.

It’s a weird position to be in – being able to look back from my middle age on an adulthood that has largely been spent working with some of the great labels that I so admired since I was but a young pup, and who’s output and associations shepherded me along and helped me develop into the person and -ulp- “artist,” for lack of a better term, that I am. “In the midst of all of the action,” we sometimes can’t afford to take in the broader perspective on our life’s trajectory but I’m pleased to be able to sit here this morning, look back proudly on all I and we have done with Gern Blandsten, Lookout!, Touch & Go, and others, and then look ahead with drive and excitement to “the Matador years.”
Olé, indeed!

(Ah – and just in case you were wondering, Matador is not affiliated with any major label – it’s now part of the Beggars Group, which is fully independent and owner run.)

New Music from Yo La Tengo and Ted Leo

These two songs popped up on the internets over the last few days and wanted to make sure you heard them..

MP3: Periodically Double or Triple from Yo La Tengo‘s upcoming album, Popular Songs, due September 8. More details here.

MP3: Where Was My Brain (demo) by Ted Leo from upcoming album (release date/name unknown)

Times New Viking Covers Arcade Fire for Merge Covers Compilation

The first time I saw Times New Viking was when they opened for The Arcade Fire at Little Brother’s. AF was just starting to get some attention, and the show was probably only 50% full.

Full track listing, courtesy of Pitchfork. The album comes out April 7.

01 Quasi: “Beautiful Things” (3Ds cover)
02 Les Savy Fav: “Precision Auto” (Superchunk cover)
03 The Shins: “Plenty Is Never Enough” (Tenement Halls cover)
04 St. Vincent and the National: “Sleep All Summer” (Crooked Fingers cover)
05 Broken Social Scene: “Complications” (The Clean cover)
06 Ryan Adams: “Like a Fool” (Superchunk cover)
07 Bright Eyes: “Papa Was a Rodeo” (Magnetic Fields cover)
08 Lavender Diamond: “New Ways of Living” (Destroyer cover)
09 The Apples in Stereo: “King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 3” (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)
10 Laura Cantrell: “Cowboy on the Moon” (Lambchop cover)
11 Bill Callahan: “Santa Maria” (Versus cover)
12 Barbara Manning: “Through With People” (Portastatic cover)
13 The Mountain Goats: “Drug Life” (East River Pipe cover)
14 The New Pornographers: “Don’t Destroy This Night” (Rock*A*Teens cover)
15 Tracey Thorn and Jens Lekman: “Yeah! Oh, Yeah!” (Magnetic Fields cover)
16 The Hive Dwellers: “My Noise” (Superchunk cover)
17 Ted Leo & the Pharmacists: “The Numbered Head” (Robert Pollard cover)
18 Okkervil River: “All You Little Suckers” (East River Pipe cover)
19 Death Cab for Cutie: “Kicked In” (Superchunk cover)
20 Times New Viking: “Neighborhood #1” (Arcade Fire cover)

Bonnaroo 2009

Here’s the line up. Actually looks really good….

Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the eighth annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. See the lineup below. The four-day camping and music festival will be held from June 11-14, 2009 on our beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Prepare yourself for an amazing 4-day weekend with over 100 of your favorite bands, top comedians, art, activities, workshops, vendors and much more — all gathered on a rustic Tennessee farm and devoted to making this the best weekend of your life!

Tickets to the 2009 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will go on sale this Saturday, February 7, at Noon Eastern time through Bonnaroo.com. For more information, go to our website.


That’s right kids. Get your GA tickets in 5 easy payments of $50.00 plus applicable fees or a pair of VIP tickets in 5 payments of $285.00 plus applicable fees. Visit the Payment Plan Ticketing page for more information.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello Solo
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov’t Mule
Andrew Bird
Band Of Horses
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists Continue reading

MP3: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, “Rappaport’s Testament (I Never Gave Up)”


MP3: Rappaport’s Testament (I Never Gave Up) by Ted Leo (Chumbawamba Cover)

Living in Ohio since late 2001, it’s been interesting to see the political process. Once again the Buckeye State is in the center of a major decision (this time just for the democrats). With all the primary discussion going on in town (and trust me, there’s a ton, including on our message board), I figured it would be a good time to post a Ted Leo song.

This is actually a Chumbawamba cover. I’ve tried to find the original version, legally or otherwise, but I’m coming up empty. Any help is definitely appreciated. I actually need to get to know Chumbawamba a little better. I know their earlier releases were pretty politically charged, and Leo’s cover adds a great energy to the song.

See you at the voting booth next week, Ohio.

Ginuwine Week on Donewaiting.com

R & B Hearthrob Ginuwine is performing at the Cove this Saturday. So I , the King of R & B, have declared it Ginuwine week. So everyday(or until Robert Duffy sends me an email telling me that while he thinks its kinda funny, Ginuwine is not interesting to any reader of this website other than maybe Sam Craighead) I will be posting a video by Ginuwine.

This one possesses the great use of an equestrian euphanism, and perhaps one most romantic hooks in the history of music. The premise for the video is genuis as well. Our hero, Ginuwine, is errantly booked to peform at country bar. At first the usual patrons of the bar are skeptical, but eventually Ginuwine’s vibrations win the reguars over, as they begin to dance with our hero’s fans.

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