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I've been pimping Ted Leo for around two years now and now it seems that he's finally getting some heat. Spin seem to adore him (yeah - I know what you're thinking here) and Rolling Stone dig him too, and although the whole hipster Strokes crowd may latch on to him I don't care he's the shit.

 

The guy is one of the best song writers out there. Think Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Joe Strummer and Alex Chilton all spooging into a cup then fucking it into the virgin Mary and you've got it. His new record is coming pretty soon Lookout! have posted a track from it and there's a listening party/gig in NYC on the 25th that hopefully I'll be able t'go to.

 

Anyways - any one else been converted - or even unimpressed by Ted Leo....?

 

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so all the way east to novi-sad/where nary a bridge was to be seen

but mother russia, she laid her pontoons on down/so i crossed over, if you know what i mean...

then on the road to damascus, yes/the scales, they fell from my eyes,

and the simplest lesson i learned at the mount of olices: everybody lies.

and the french foreign legion you know they did their best/but i never believed in t.e. lawrence

so how the hell could i believe in beau gest?

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  • 3 months later...

in the name of being fair (as im lookin to check out MLB's recommendation), i clicked your mysterious link, 2T.

At first, it sounded amazing; then it occured to me, i had Coltrane comin through winamp and the lovley ladies of dirtylatinamaids.com giving a vocal chorus in another windows media player window.

Minus jazz & porn later, the song from the video was cool, id like to hear s'more by this guy - any other tracks to pimp him out with?

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"Timerous Me" is his best track. Mixes his celtic roots with his dc hardcore ones (he's from Irish descent, is from Jersey but studied/started his first real band in DC) which is pretty fucking cool. Too lazy t'look for this one here's some instant gratification with a track about the Specials and asking why music just ain't relevant anymore...

 

Bonus Fact: His new album was produced by the same dude that produced "It Takes a Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back."

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The High Party

 

i'm looking at another day to find that i've got nothing to say,

or i'm looking for another way to process what happened on that birthday,

and either way, if you're gonna call it art,

then there's a cup in front of you and right away.

if you're gonna play your part, you must drink it down.

 

but mind eyes have seen the glory

of the fields of flowers and factory floors,

and my mind's content to lie at rest for hours

behind my loved ones' doors and if there's a war,

another shitty war to fight for babylon,

then it's the perfect storm in a tea cup,

but you must drink it down.

 

and what do you make of the nights

when you thought you'd make much more

than being too tired to turn the lights out

and too drunk to drink more?

 

and what does it take to not hear the cynics at your door saying

"it's time the turn the lights out, and you'll want to keep it down!"

 

so i'm lifting up that poison cup to drink a draught of propoganda,

or i'm giving up that other stuff in hopes that it will make me madder.

but either way, if you're gonna call it art,

then there's a cup in front of you and right away,

if you're gonna play your part,

you must drink it down.

 

and what do you make of nights

when you thought you'd make much more

than being too tired to turn the lights out

and too drunk to drink more?

and what does it take to not hear the cynics at your door saying

"it's time the turn the lights out, and you'll want to keep it down!"

 

and what does it say of all the things you've said before,

when you're too drunk to turn the lights out

and too tired to drink more?

and what do you save, and what does it feel like to be saved?

and can you "pull - 2 - 3 - 4! pull - 2 - 3 - 4!"

can you drink it down?

 

that ones for GWB - he played it during the blackout last year in the center of NYC with his generator (it's on his dvd "Dirty Old Town"). Great song.

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So far I've sold MLB (kinda) and Jont.

 

My Vien Ilin

 

...And when I was seventeen,

I made myself a DMZ,

But they continued bombing me

Hot and steadily.

 

They divided me at seventeen --

I declared myself a DMZ,

But they continue bombing me

Incessantly.

 

Dig in Vien Ilin, dig in today --

The Americans are on their way.

American bombs away!

Dig in today!

 

We make our days as they make us,

As I must, as Odysseus,

Make myself my own Telemachus.

"Bous Stephanos, Stephanoumenos Dedalus!"

 

And if it hasn't been a bust,

Then "land-ho, Ulysseus!"

And all of us like Dedalus:

Dead, dead all of us.

 

Between the dense red clay and the deep blue sea,

What horrors rage internally,

And what reactions, chemically,

Through synapses so awfully

Conducting electricity and converting less efficiently,

What potential energy

For this life of endless tunneling?

 

So deep beneath the DMZ,

Lightless of necessity,

Their bombs are heard incessantly.

Our days, they make us, clearly.

 

I thought that'd be right up your alley...

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