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Friday, Sep 19, 2008, 1:05 pm

Ted Leo + the Pharmacists Step Up To Support RNC Activists

By Jarrett Dapier

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Speaking of the RNC, (see below), the D.C.-based, Touch & Go Records-signed, rip-rocking musical trio Ted Leo + the Pharmacists have recorded a new track to benefit activists arrested (and battered) by the police squads patrolling the RNC two weeks ago. The song will be included on an appropriately-named EP, "Rapid Response," will be available in the next two weeks at Touch & Go's webstore for $4. Read the Touch & Go press release below:

Inspired by the events surrounding the police action on civil protests at the recent Republican National Convention, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists channeled their own corresponding anger and frustration into a more creative message – that of potent song. The band quickly wrote a new track in direct response and, along with another new song and two equally relevant cover tunes, recorded four raw emotional interpretations of the current political climate. The intent of the recordings is to raise awareness and funds for specially selected organizations Minneapolis Food Not Bombs and Democracy Now! to help out those arrested during the protests.

For the next two weeks, the four-song EP will be sold exclusively as a digital bundle at the Touch & Go/Quarterstick webstore for $4. 100% of the proceeds will be split evenly between Minneapolis Food Not Bombs and Democracy Now! organizations, and greater donation quantities will be available for those who wish to contribute more. Take your own stand; support the music supporting the cause.

You can buy this exclusive Ted Leo & The Pharmacists recording for the next two weeks on at ONLY by clicking HERE.

Support the protesters. Get some rock in return.

Jarrett Dapier is a former assistant publisher at In These Times. Previous work for ITT includes interviews with playwright Christopher Shinn and Fugazi guitarist, Ian Mackaye. He currently works with teens at the Evanston Public Library where he runs a recycled drumming program and directs stage adaptations of young adult literature. He lives in Evanston, IL.

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