Teddy Blanks On Mixed Tapes

I cannot express to you how annoyed I am right now. I have 7 new galleries waiting to be uploaded for you guys and yet the program I use to upload these galleries keeps freezing.  Tomorrow I have a meeting with a design firm to talk about a new design for Driven By Boredom and the first order of buisness is going to be dealing with my galleries. I hate everything about them and hopefully in a few months problems like this will be a thing of the past.  Currently I am talking to people in web forums trying to fix this issue and god willing this problem will be solved by tomorrow.  If not I am going to temporarily upload the galleries to Flickr or something until I solve this issue.

Now my plan was to post this video a little bit later in the week because I had so much photography to get up but since I am just sitting around waiting for my problems to be magically solved I figured this was the perfect time to get this update up.

I have talked to you many times on this site about my friends Teddy Blanks and Ross Harman. The two of them made up the band The Gaskets that I managed for about 5 years. They broke up in 2008. Since then their names have come up on my site because Teddy has been making his own music that I have shared with you and because tragically Ross took his own life in September.

Recently Teddy was interviewed by The Mixed Tapes which “through a series of casual conversations with unsigned and independent musicians, Mixed Tapes explores new artists’ early influences, their struggles, their shifting conceptions on making music, and the challenge of living and working in New York City.” Teddy was interviewed for 3 hours to get the nearly 10 minutes of footage for this interview. It is really well done focuses on his solo music as well as the music of the Gaskets.  And of course a significant section of the interview talks about his relationship with Ross, Ross’ death and how Teddy has been collaborating with Ross one last time.  It is really moving for me as someone so close to both of the guys but I think it’s very much worth watching for anyone.  At the end Teddy performs a cover of Sinead O’Connor’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

I hope you take the time to watch this and enjoy it.  If you would like to hear more music from Teddy Blanks or The Gaskets click those links.  Also Teddy just joined Twitter. You should follow him and maybe he will actually post something. Thanks.

Mixed Tapes: Teddy Blanks from Michael Melamedoff on Vimeo.

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Comments (4)


  1. BetsyHustle
    February 8th, 2011 | 11:36 pm

    I LOVE what Teddy did with that clip of Ross’ song. Can’t wait to hear it all when it’s finished. Very insightful comments about songwriting. And great performance at the end! Thanks Igor!

  2. February 8th, 2011 | 11:45 pm

    I am excited to hear the new stuff too…

  3. February 9th, 2011 | 1:39 am

    I’m pleased to see that your galleries will be redone soon! The current setup is not very functional, but I still look at your pictures, which are awesome! I love the color, the clarity, the lighting. I myself am not into chicks but can appreciate their beauty and badass tattoos. The event photos are pretty fun, too, and very well composed. Keep ’em coming, friend. Thanks for a great blog 🙂

  4. February 9th, 2011 | 3:02 am

    Thanks a bunch.

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