Episode 5: Ted Leo

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This week’s guest is Ted Leo, an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman and lead guitarist of rock group Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and in 2013, he and Aimee Mann formed the indie rock duo The Both. In this episode, he talks to host RJ Bee about the music that influenced him over the years, how his style has evolved, and the ‘seatbelt removing moments’ that feed him creatively. Ted discusses his decision to use Kickstarter to fund his last album, The Hanged Man, and why ‘deep collaboration makes you throw out your ego’.


After the interview, you’ll hear Ted performing “Rave On” by Buddy Holly, “The Nice People Argument,” and “William Weld In The 21st Century.” You can see videos of these and all Past, Present, Future, Live! exclusive live performances on the Osiris Media YouTube channel.


You’ll find original versions of these tracks, as well as other songs and artists mentioned in this episode, on our Past, Present, Future, Live! Spotify playlist.


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