Video of the Day: Ted Leo and A Bottle of Buckie

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Prolific and punkish singer / songwriter and activist Ted Leo is a vibrant performer and a bit of a poet.  He remains one of those rare artists who can churn out tightly-wound records with an amazing frequency that continually reach for the stars while remaining rooted in working class realities.  I’ve never fully understood why he’s not in the usual conversation when people talk about the most talented punk musicians out there, but maybe it’s because he’s actually too talented to be considered punk by some people.  Not many punk rockers use vibrato at all, and he does at times shade a bit more toward the stylings of Bill Bragg rather than the snarl of Johnny Rotten.  But make no mistake, he knows his punk rock pretty darn well.

Whether performing with a full band or solo, he still finds a way to emit an honest intensity that grabs his audience by the collar of their t-shirts and shakes them up like James Bond’s bartender.  And, more often than not, the crowd leaves stirred as well.  One of my favorite tunes is “A Bottle of Buckie“, which you now have the great fortune to experience courtesy of the InterWebs.  Enjoy.





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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.