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Ted Leo issues digital charity EP for RNC violence victims

15 Sep

You can download the EP from Touch and Go Records here.

Selected excerpts from the EP liner notes – by Ted Leo

For a very brief moment, it seemed like people were actually reporting the truth. The surveillance, pre-emptive detention, arrest, and beating of journalists, protesters, and watchdogs by the St. Paul police department, the Ramsey County sheriff’s department, and the FBI was so egregious that it couldn’t be allowed to pass without comment. I heard WNYC’s Bob Hennelly compare the treatment of RNC protestors to the fact that Trojan condoms had a product booth inside the building at the Republican National Convention, saying, “It seems as if free speech exists only for those who can pay for it.” I heard the name “Amy Goodman” actually spoken by, and written about in,the “mainstream media” after her roughing up at the hands of the St. Paul police. The story of the ABC cameraman who was smacked around and had his video camera smashed was about to bring down the righteous indignation of a formerly complacent press. And the license and viciousness and carelessness with which these acts and the banal bullying that seemed to be a constant around them – infiltration of peaceful (and not so peaceful) groups by police spies and agents provacateur – the omnipresent pepper spray repeatedly maiming eyes that were only challenging with looks – stun guns, tear gas, and concussion grenades launched on a citizenry trying yet again to be heard – was finally coming under proper scrutiny.

…But real people were hurt in St. Paul, and real people have bills to pay, and real people need funding to continue their good works. We (the band and I) were all feeling these events as deeply as we could from our 1200 mile remove, and so as not to feel entirely powerless, and in an attempt to contribute SOMETHING to that continuation of those good works, we wrote a song and recorded it, along with another new one we’d already been working on that’s pertinent to election time politics,and two covers we enjoy and that also have timely sentiments. It’s a small thing, but as the particle collider that cranked up at CERN yesterday will continue to reveal, all big things are made out of smaller things. Thanks for your contribution in purchasing this EP.

Thanks to James, Marty, and Chris for getting right behind this idea, along with Molly at Indivision, and everyone at Touch and Go. It feels good to work with good people!
And thanks again to you for helping Democracy Now! and Food Not Bombs.
Stay informed, stay alive – resist and survive.

xo – TL

Ted, you continue to rock my world. Thank you from all of us in the Twin Cities!

*Thanks also to You Ain’t No Picasso for the tip!

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