Ted Leo, Michael Jackson and Me


Hearken back to the summer of 2004, when I was driving a purple ‘96 Saturn. Every morning I schlepped through a forested area that was once an esteemed candidate for the Neverland Ranch.  Didn’t work out.  Very sad.  New Jersey is a harsh mistress.

It was also the summer I discovered some great music.  Ted Leo and the Pharmacists revealed themselves to me in Shake the Sheets, a high pitched wail of rancor amongst a blisteringly calm sea of cubicles.  It’s a great album, you should check it out.

Well my prancers in the dark are back with The Brutalist Bricks. Yes, it’s so great, they had to make up a word for it.  Ever since Mr. Leo tore (nay shredded) his vocal chords due to over-awesomeness and had subsequent massive throat surgery, he hasn’t been able to sing quite as high.  But there lies no sign of neglect here, every track is filled to the britches with bright bright brilliancy.

Here!  Spy a few tracks below and in our Jukebox widget box down, down, below.  Ted Leo and the Pharmacists also had a great set on Jimmy Fallon this week.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Mighty Sparrow.mp3

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Even Heroes Have to Die.mp3

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Mourning in America.mp3


(The Brualist Bricks is available now from the very fine Matador Records)

“Me and Mia” from Shake the Sheets

“Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?” from Hearts of Oak


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