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Ted Leo by way of Scharpling with Tompkins, Hodgman, and Klausner
August 23, 2010 8:20 PM   Subscribe

Bottled in Cork is a new video for a song by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. It was written and directed by Tom Scharpling, and features the comedic talents of Paul F. Tompkins, John Hodgman, and Julie Klausner. It is, therefore, the most important thing that has ever happened ever.
posted by Lentrohamsanin (43 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oops, used a shortened url above. I promise this is all above board. Here's the full length link.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 8:30 PM on August 23, 2010


you forgot the "chumpsteamroller" tag
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 8:35 PM on August 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


I watched 1/3 of it.
posted by jsavimbi at 8:36 PM on August 23, 2010


The PC as a theater critic? What could possibly go right?
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:40 PM on August 23, 2010


I read 1/3 of jsavimbi‘s comment.
posted by joe lisboa at 8:42 PM on August 23, 2010


I watched it 3 times.
posted by HLD at 8:43 PM on August 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


I talked to Ted Leo about jealous IT deskjockey dickwads, LIKE THREE TIMES.

Go breastfeed your Williamsburg baby project already.

hambuRGER!
posted by joe lisboa at 8:45 PM on August 23, 2010


I am over 40 years old and the number of rock videos I have watched from beginning to end probably number somewhere in the couple of dozens. I'm sort of sorry that this was one of them, but I liked it anyway. It's no 'Bastards of Young' though, that one was fucking gripping.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 8:46 PM on August 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Seconding Bastards of Jung.
posted by joe lisboa at 8:47 PM on August 23, 2010


1/3 of a comment. 1/3 of a comment. 1/3 of a comment.
posted by the aloha at 8:48 PM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I am over 40 years old and the number of rock videos I have watched from beginning to end probably number somewhere in the couple of dozens.

Dude, you were right in the target market for MTV when it was actually Music Television. Where were you?
posted by hippybear at 8:51 PM on August 23, 2010


I remember when MTV first came out and we'd sit at my friend's house who had cable and wait for good videos to come on.

I like that they are openly mocking Green Day.
posted by craniac at 8:56 PM on August 23, 2010


Lentrohamsanin: It is, therefore, the most important thing that has ever happened ever.

I hate to break this to you, but: no, it isn't.
posted by paisley henosis at 8:58 PM on August 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Are you sure? I did a lot of math and shit to figure that out.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:02 PM on August 23, 2010 [7 favorites]


Honestly who gives a fuck about the video (which is about a 7/10, and most of that is Paul F. Tompkins just doing his thing), it's Ted goddamned Leo. Who is awesome at everything. QED.
posted by penduluum at 9:04 PM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I will continue to enjoy everything Paul F. Tompkins touches. Ice T, Cake Boss, introductions, everything.
posted by crashlanding at 9:10 PM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I like that they are openly mocking Green Day.

I did not think of that, but that makes it brilliant. Go Ted.
posted by fungible at 9:21 PM on August 23, 2010


I'm a big Ted Leo fan, but this video kind of fell flat.

IMHO, The Decemberists have pretty much cornered the market for gripping indie videos.
posted by schmod at 9:31 PM on August 23, 2010


I'm a fan of pretty much everyone involved in this ( I dunno Julie Klausner ), but yeah, the sum is kind of less than the parts. It's a good song though!
posted by malphigian at 9:32 PM on August 23, 2010


Dude, you were right in the target market for MTV when it was actually Music Television. Where were you?

Angst, hatred, various existential crises, pulling lobster pots and somewhat absorbed in observing a nearby pile of Allegheny mound ants.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 9:36 PM on August 23, 2010


Dude, you were right in the target market for MTV when it was actually Music Television. Where were you?

MTV. The same MTV that was so proud and counter-cultural that the very first, and for a while, only black human being they'd show in a video was Michael Jackson? That MTV?

Yeah.
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:38 PM on August 23, 2010


I find it disturbing that my favorite musician is buddies with (and has now collaborated with) my favorite comedians. It's like my high school friends have been secretly bonding with my college friends and now they're throwing me a surprise party.
posted by mullacc at 9:45 PM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I remember when MTV first came out and we'd sit at my friend's house who had cable and wait for good videos to come on.

We'd do that too. We also set up a phone tree during dinner time, so that if one of us saw a good video, we'd have to call each other in a frantic chain: "ohmygodADAMANDTHEANTSareonRIGHTNOWbyeCALLKIRSTINbye!!!!!!"

Our mothers we not pleased. The amount of scalloped potatoes that went uneaten was enormous.
posted by scody at 9:50 PM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I demand this be written on my tombstone:

He died because he didn't believe in the power of punk.
posted by naju at 10:00 PM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


mullacc - sounds like you should really check out the Best Show on WFMU...
posted by Old Man Wilson at 10:09 PM on August 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


It reminded me of this awesome Yo La Tengo video.
posted by Crane Shot at 10:09 PM on August 23, 2010


I also watched roughly 1/3 of it. Intro was funny. Song had a nice feel ...

but yeah, the sum is kind of less than the parts.
posted by philip-random at 10:18 PM on August 23, 2010


In addition to mentioning that this song is fantastic, it should be noted that Mr. Leo is in contention for nicest guy in the world. Go see him live, it's fantastic.
posted by haveanicesummer at 10:29 PM on August 23, 2010


New Jersey wins again!

The video was Directed by Tom Scharpling, host of The Best Show on WFMU. I haven't been listening to the show regularly the past 3 or 4 months, but halfway through watching the video I started to wonder if the video came out of one of the extended bits that sometimes happen on the show, where he's tossing out some funny ridiculous idea, and Paul F. Tompkins, Ted Leo, and John Hodgman will call in and riff along. SOmetimes they get really corny, sometimes they're side-splittingly hilarious, but they're always fun. And the on air chemistry between Tom and Paul F. Tompkins is top notch.

The video wasn't the best thing ever, but the song is great. For some reason, as much as I love Ted Leo, i'm always hesitant when he comes out with a new album, but after hearing this cut, I'm fully on board.
posted by billyfleetwood at 10:33 PM on August 23, 2010


That was one turd of a comment.
posted by pracowity at 11:01 PM on August 23, 2010


mullacc - sounds like you should really check out the Best Show on WFMU...

Oh, I do check it out. I don't listen regularly though--sometimes I think his segments get a bit drawn out. A five minute music video is a perfect distillation of whatever goes on in Tom Sharpling's head.
posted by mullacc at 11:15 PM on August 23, 2010


Also, Tom Scharpling's head.
posted by mullacc at 11:17 PM on August 23, 2010


Tompkins' introduction of Jimmy Pardo posted by crashlanding, always cracks me up no matter how many times I see it.
posted by The Deej at 11:32 PM on August 23, 2010


I watched the whole thing just to see Jon Hodgman.

It wasn't worth it, and this is the first time I've ever said that about anything that included Jon Hodgman.

Somehow the dude with the beard (band member / priest) was incredibly funny, though.
posted by mmoncur at 12:57 AM on August 24, 2010


I think this post needs more context. The video came in the wake of this long blog post by Ted Leo and is to no small extent taking the piss out of Green Day for the American Idiot musical. I was a bit disappointed in the video, too—it felt a bit like a lamer version of Yo La Tengo's "Sugarcube" but weirdly reversed.
posted by synecdoche at 5:07 AM on August 24, 2010


Ted Leo snowboarded into immortality years ago.... in my heart.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:55 AM on August 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


The video made me happy in that I got to see Paul F. Tompkins, who I had never seen before (I live under a rock.) Now I am contentedly flipping through YouTube clips, thanks!

"Who's this guy? TAKE A WHISPERING CLASS!"
posted by jeanmari at 6:22 AM on August 24, 2010


Well, the 2:25 I saw amused me, as, well, the ForD player sucks. For those of us with a crappy connection, but some patience, it would not allow someone to start the video spooling then wander off and do something for a while...
posted by Samizdata at 6:45 AM on August 24, 2010


I'm still waiting on an 10 minute long music video epic set to Stove by a Whale.
posted by nowoutside at 7:06 AM on August 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm a Ted Leo fan, but an even bigger Paul F. Tompkins fan. Good god that dude is hilarious. Not to get all promotional and shit, but he's been booking shows via whichever city's facebook fan group gets at least 300 fans. For real! Make sure to join the PFT 300 group for your city if you want to see him live. Apparently he's done shows in Halifax and Oklahoma City this year - but still no DC or Portland...yet. Here's a map.

/End unintentional advertisement
posted by windbox at 8:25 AM on August 24, 2010


Sigh, it's like Ted Leo released The Tyranny of Distance and decided that instead of writing monumental, creative albums he's just keep rewriting the same song.
posted by tmcw at 9:14 AM on August 24, 2010


This video was okay (though the song was boring as fuck--man, I used to be such a Ted Leo fan, too, but what tmcw said), but the American Idiot musical clip? HILARIOUS.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:26 AM on August 24, 2010


The video made me happy in that I got to see Paul F. Tompkins, who I had never seen before (I live under a rock.) Now I am contentedly flipping through YouTube clips, thanks!

jeanmari - you should check out any podcast he's ever been on, because they are pretty much the best. generous guest, hilarious man. check them out - best show, never not funny, comedy death ray, cb radio, am i right - all great things!

(and those aren't even his albums)
posted by Old Man Wilson at 9:48 AM on August 24, 2010


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