It makes a great deal of sense to me that, after all these years as one of the most dependable performers in the entire indie rock universe, Ted Leo has found a new home at Matador Records, which has arguably—or actually, very obviously—been indie rock's most dependable label since launching 20 years ago. Leo's new record, his first for Matador, is called The Brutalist Bricks
and will be released on March 9th. The cover is super yellow. And there's a bee on it. The first single, "Even Heroes Have to Die
," was released as a free download this morning. Go get it, and just try
to tell me you don't want to sing "Pulling mussels from the shell" at the 33 second mark. He, along with his Pharmacists, is playing Bowery Ballroom this Sunday. It's sold out, but there's always Craigslist
, I guess.