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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 purchase it from Touch and Go records – actually, I think it’s more of a ‘premium’ (in the public radio pledge drive sense), since everything you pay for it will be donated to Democracy Now! and Minneapolis Food Not Bombs, and you can choose from a range of ‘prices’ (donation amounts). The EP includes two new songs, as well as an Amebix and a Cock Sparrer cover (click on the image above for a larger version of the tracklisting).

Donate for the EP here.

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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 Ted Leo concert is in the way he talks to and interacts with the crowd. On Saturday night at the Roxy, he announced, “That was the most inarticulate forty-five seconds of heckling I’ve ever heard,” and proceeded to do his impression of what it sounded like from the stage, acting out the competing hecklers in Charlie-Brown-grownups-style voices. It was pointed and hilarious. I’ll keep an eye out for audio or video from the Saturday show, but in the meantime, here’s a video clip from Ted Leo’s previous Boston concert, in which he tells a story about visiting his hometown.

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MP3: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?