If you were busy on Memorial Day (and if the weather was like it was around here, I don’t blame you), you may have missed the first day of posts I wrote for One Week / One Band on Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (my intro at that site is here, as well as an explanation of the site here). Clicking on the link at the top of this post will bring you through all of yesterday’s posts on the band’s most recent LP (but honestly, you should follow this site now and in the weeks going forward). If you’d rather skim through them, here’s a list of what ran yesterday:
- A brief introduction to the (mostly positive) critical reaction to The Brutalist Bricks
- Posts on the album’s two music videos - the fast-cuts in “The Mighty Sparrow” and the funny “Broadway” adaptation of “Bottled in Cork,” as well as a few words on the Calypso King of the World and The Best Show on WFMU, for good measure
- Two cover songs - Ted’s solo take on the New Pornographers’ “Up in the Dark” from the WFMU marathon and the full band’s version of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” for the Onion A.V. Club last spring.
- Finally, a brief write-up of the discipline of letting go (and of making mid-tempo sound good) in the context of The Brutalist Bricks’ “One Polaroid a Day”
Today’s posts on 2007’s Living with the Living have already begun, so go over to One Week / One Band and get caught up!