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Ted Leo @ Pier 54 (more by Chris La Putt)
Ted Leo

Check out Ted's message below...

ANNOUNCEMENT!!

HAPPY 60th TO THE BOSS!!
But there's another announcement, too, and of only slightly less importance!
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 consider 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.) - Ted Leo
Catch Ted at one of the shows he's playing in December. JEFF The Brotherhood and Stupid Party have been added as openers to the December 6th one at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.

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Comments (49)

mehatdor

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:12 PM

Great. So the Ted Leo curse will take down Matador next.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:12 PM

Hardest working man in show business.


Didn't know there was a curse?
Anyways, seen him many times and NEVER disappoints.

Posted by TXn | September 23, 2009 2:21 PM


JEFF!!! yes - can't wait to see them rock the bowery stage

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:29 PM

The guys in JEFF the Brotherhood (ex-Be Your Own PET) must have went to their bedrooms, closed the door, locked it and took their favorite cum rags out from under their beds when they heard they booked shows with Leo. He's released some of my favorite albums of the decade.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:30 PM


Jesus dude - you're gross.


Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:40 PM

Animal Crackers, Botch.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:41 PM

Ted has a curse? I wish I was cursed with a career like his.

Aside from Touch and Go!, what label has he been on that folded? Or, what is this alleged curse you speak of?

Posted by Neil | September 23, 2009 2:41 PM


@ 2:30 -

It sounds more like you must have went to you bedroom (cubicle?), closed the door, locked it and took your favorite cum rag out from under their bed (desk?) when you heard Ted Leo booked shows with JEFF.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:41 PM

Matador?! What a dumbass. He should of gone with Victory Records. Tony would of treated him so much better.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:42 PM

"Matador?! What a dumbass. He should of gone with Victory Records. Tony would of treated him so much better."

thats a good call, he would totally fit in at victory

Posted by bobby the rookie | September 23, 2009 2:54 PM

Hardest working rag in cum business.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 2:54 PM

"thats a good call, he would totally fit in at victory"

Oh boy, you are a rookie. Totally out of the loop on all the fun going on.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:03 PM

Q. What’s the difference between a prostitute and a band on victory?
A. The prostitute actually gets paid for getting screwed.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:06 PM

2:40 and 2:41pm

sounds like you two need some release yourself based on your tension filled replies. last time I checked, more than 98% of the population claims to lay down tracks of white noise all over the studio kbobs, if you get what i'm saying. its hard to imagine that the less than 2% who aren't are found here in the brooklynvegan comment board.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:21 PM

knobs+

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:22 PM

2:41-NOW your talking!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:24 PM

hey you make a mess, you clean the fucking mess!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:27 PM

thats why you always gotta arrive prepared with a stiff, semen encrusted cum rag, 3:27.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:30 PM

@ 2:41

Puzzlehead, botch!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:39 PM

GO!

Mike BS delivers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:57 PM

Yeah, but Ted wasn't in that band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:39 PM

Don't matter. ABC days were better than any of these horseshit venues and bands these kiddies 'raawk' out to nowadays. Ya know it's true.

Yeaaah boyeee. Supatouch ABC with Gavin Absolution bouncing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:02 PM

I was 4:39.

@5:02

I agree 100%. Being there in the early 90's was the absolute best.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:15 PM

Why is everyone hating on Matador?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 5:17 PM

MEHd Leo

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 7:34 PM

nice! i approve of the move!

Posted by massromantic | September 23, 2009 10:36 PM

never gives up, always thoughtful, and i'm glad there's space for him to exist in this world of (sometimes) hype-obsessed, disposable "indie" rock.. although i would argue his lyrics and actions (important) are more in line with the elusive punk ethic than anything else.

go ted!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 11:02 PM

Moondog @ abc's. You are moshing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 11:20 PM

warning: notstalgia ahead

i've seen ted leo play many amazing shows over the years, both in chisel and with the pharmacists. i've liked some of his albums a ton and others not as much. ted has always seemed like a nice, humble, approachable guy who is in it, more than anything, because he loves playing music.

the most memorable show i've ever seen him play was also the smallest. he (with chisel) booked a last-minute show at my college. the only place that could be found at that late time was a friend's garage. it was freezing fucking cold, there were only about 12 of us there and were were all wearing heavy jackets and gloves. ted had some new looping mechanism that he seemed to be excited about, and played like a possessed man for almost an hour, bouncing nonstop around the arctic garage and making an incredible noise.

i'm a jaded indie fuck, but after that night, i will always respect ted leo. he didn't bitch about the lack of people or a sound system, or the fact that his hands were bleeding from the cold. he wasn't playing for girls or money (at least not more than a little gas money) or fame, he was just playing for the love of it. here's to you, ted.

Posted by nspx | September 24, 2009 12:41 AM

Indeed. Ted Leo is a such amazingly approachable and all around good guy. I remember seeing him at Pitchfork a few years back. I was double-fisting a few beers and almost dropped them to shake his hand. Instead he suggested that we lightly bump fists, as not to spill any beer.

Posted by Justin Whyte | September 24, 2009 12:38 PM

so overrated

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:33 PM

^^shut your fucking mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:04 AM

nice! i approve of the move!

Posted by luis vuitton | October 17, 2009 12:14 PM

wow, who cares about those other bands? stupid party roolz!

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2009 9:02 PM

Stupid Party are by far the best band on that bill!

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2009 11:12 PM

Touch and Go, as I'm sure most of you know, didn't "fold" as Pitchfork ridiculously claimed (then apologized for). They did call off new releases for a while in their major downsizing.

This show will be awesome. Stupid Party is the best, and Jeff the Brotherhood and the Pharmacists of course rule. Ted's one of the last "alright dudes" in the 'biz.

Posted by Mike Hunchback | November 3, 2009 2:44 PM

JEFF is by far the best band on this bill

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 12:19 AM

Excellent post, thank you very much for taking the time to share with those who are starting on the subject. Greetings

Posted by Biletul Zilei | February 20, 2010 5:39 AM

the most amazing man in show business.i like him so much.

Posted by Provillus | March 8, 2010 9:48 AM

this man is a sample in this industry.i respect him.ANNOUNCEMENT is great also.

Posted by Zetaclear | March 8, 2010 9:51 AM

Stupid Party kicks ass

Posted by Data Recovery | March 29, 2010 12:05 PM

Indeed. Ted Leo is a such amazingly approachable and all around good guy. I remember seeing him at Pitchfork a few years back. I was double-fisting a few beers and almost dropped them to shake his hand. Instead he suggested that we lightly bump fists, as not to spill any beer.
Excellent post, thank you very much for taking the time to share with those who are starting on the subject. Greetings
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Posted by Youtube | April 15, 2010 2:40 PM

Now about him, I don't know what to say. For me it's not enough.

Posted by Administrare imobile | June 5, 2010 10:08 AM

Hardest working man in show business.


Didn't know there was a curse?
Anyways, seen him many times and NEVER disappoints.

Posted by technology | July 22, 2010 12:17 PM

I think his music speaks for him as well. I don't think he had a curse at all. Just a moment of sadness but it will go away.

Posted by Mutari mobilier | August 10, 2010 12:46 AM

After canceling a November 16th performance at SUNY Purchase due to back problems, musician Dan Deacon has returned to full force. On Saturday, February 20th, the visiting alumnus played late into the night at the Stood Student Center [ed: pronounced "'st(y)ood"]. His set was jam-packed with the crowd participation he's well-known for. Turning the Stood into one massive dance party Deacon seemed at home among the

Posted by شات صوتي | August 17, 2010 4:51 AM

and deserve to be able to continue to do so. It's easy to say "should've had insurance," but easier to enjoy art in any

Posted by سعودي كام | February 25, 2011 9:28 AM

Congrats to Ted Leo for signing with Matador. I bet he is very happy.

Posted by Gamebookers | June 7, 2011 12:39 PM

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