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Concert notes: Ted Leo

December 8, 2008

[embedded YouTube video; if you can’t view it, click here] [TT the Bear’s, Cambridge, MA; Saturday, December 6, 2008] I really love Ted Leo. So it was terrific to seem him do a solo gig at the tiny TT the Bear’s in Cambridge, MA (capacity: about 300), even if it was utterly jammed. The setlist […]

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Coverage: Ted Leo, “Since U Been Gone”

September 26, 2008

Speaking of Ted Leo, here’s his cover of Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since You Been Gone,” with a bonus bit of the Yeah Yeah Yeah‘s “Maps” thrown in. Enjoy! MP3: Ted Leo – Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson cover)

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Rapid Response

September 25, 2008

Ted Leo is, as ever, putting his music where his mouth is. In response to the protests at the RNC convention, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists recorded a digital-only benefit EP, Rapid Response. As the name implies, they got it out in a hurry, using their demo setup and mixing it in GarageBand. You can […]

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Coverage: Ted Leo, “The Spirit of Radio”

July 17, 2008

In honour of Rush’s appearance yesterday on the Colbert Report, and Ted Leo’s appearance this morning on the soon-to-be-defunct Bryant Park Project on NPR, here’s Ted Leo’s cover of Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio.” The story is that this song was inspired by CFNY, Toronto’s independent/alternative radio station, which was a formative musical influence on […]

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Concert notes: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

December 3, 2007

[Roxy, Boston, MA; December 1, 2007] Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are amazingly fun live, and I’ve seen them several times in the last year or so. Ted Leo writes and sings tightly constructed songs, with literate and interesting lyrics, and the Pharmacists are an excellent set of musicians. But the real joy of a […]

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Musicians to follow on Twitter

April 2, 2009

Following musicians on Twitter is a fun way to get a peek into the life and minds of some of my favorite artists. If you haven’t seen it  yet, there is a gigantic spreadsheet of musicians on Twitter. But it’s (increasingly) hard to find artists who are interesting to follow. In general, my criteria for […]

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Threesome: Alt-rock continuity

January 5, 2009

[embedded YouTube video; if you can’t watch it, click here] I was at the Ted Leo concert with someone who was much younger than me, and she didn’t really know who The Waterboys were. With the Clear Channel-ization of commercial radio, the dearth of good independent and alternative stations, and the general decline of radio […]

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Pre-election playlist

November 1, 2008

Like most progressives in the US, I’m rapidly oscillating between giddy optimism and fear. Naturally, I had to find a set of songs that reflects this. For best effect, set your iTunes playlist to ‘shuffle.’ Hope: MP3: The National – Mr November (National/Obama t-shirt, more National) MP3: Bad Religion – You Are (the Government) (more […]

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Concert notes: Billy Bragg

June 15, 2008

[embedded YouTube video; if you can’t see it, click here] [Park West, Chicago, IL; June 14, 2008] The songwriter Darrell Brown wrote in the New York Times’ ‘Measure for Measure’ blog that every good song needs three things: honesty, humanity, and hooks. An honest song will show innocence, vulnerability and strength all at the same […]

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Concert etiquette: miss debcha speaks

November 27, 2007

My inner Emily Post is struggling to get out and rant about polite behaviour at concerts, so here’s a few tips. Note that this is strictly geared towards small, crowded concerts at bars – we’re not worrying about showing up late and waiting for the intermission before the usher shows you to your seats. Smell […]