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  • John Vanderslice
    Brick by brick Walled myself from happiness Dead fir and almond wood A storm crosses over Mt Hood Too much time Too much time gone by And I can t find you even if I tried D I A L O The longer I m out here More I forget who I was The people I ve hooked up with They only care about what I become Forget about my home forget about D I A L O I ll make it on my own forget about my home The more I disappear The bigger these people loom The ones I ve hooked up with They re not the right kind of friends I fear Forget about my home forget about D I A L O I ll make it on my own forget about my home Forest Knolls We were unprepared By rights we should ve been aware With bow and flint and arrow There were three deer outside the window My father s father would ve known How to pull that wire and steady the bow Send that arrow into her beating heart How to cut her and use every part We ve got food for weeks and weeks And all that blood would find its way to the carpet Sitting there I couldn t shake that guilt As the deer walked free up the hill Oblivion I took a blow to the head A mechanical pencil filled with lead I took a shot all she got I took a knock it s everything she got Forgive me I m ready to live Until then I ll be defending again It s how I owned oblivion Forget me not or I ll never stop Never stop never ever stop It s 4pm the bad shit is closing in Put the stereo on boost the top end Can t write a song strap the capo on can t close the deal play Defender until dawn Forgive me I m ready to live Until then I ll be defending again It s how I owned oblivion Forget me not or I ll never stop Sunken Union Boat Out past the Levy County line Coffee black Suwannee River Blends into the cold Gushing water crimson copper boil I grew up there in the bottom of a swimming hole Fresh blood comes rushing back to me I never thought I d remember all of this so clearly It s a trick of the mind It s a trick of the mind Ready set dive again Open up your mask Let the water clean your glass Find the sunken union boat Find the 1955 Dr Pepper cap Romanian Names They took you away at three To teach you a craft To make you compete When you fell off the balance beam You couldn t win but you jumped up again And still wide eyed you go We met in the tunnel of the stadium And immediately it was too fast and free I

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  • John Vanderslice
    calm be quiet As the drones fly by Look at me still as a Monterey pine When the drones fly by Look at me and follow my lead I m combing my hair Lighting a smoke Playing scratch and win If they catch me they catch me But I ll be running White Dove I met my new neighbor Had a drink on her veranda We watched the ocean Batter Bonita Point Do you have any children The air around us changed As grief washed across her face White dove What are you thinking of We had a daughter Disappeared at eight We gave them money All we could do was wait She s found garroted and bound White dove What are you thinking of Don t come around here no more It s not about mercy Not about tears anymore White dove What are you thinking of Sword of vengeance Occupies my mind Who could do such a horrible crime Across the qadaas They re killing off our side Walking bombs they don t Wear camouflage Tablespoon of Codeine There is a guy from the Sun Tribune Staking out my house in a Chevy Impala Since yesterday noon Should I speak to him Or just stay quiet They hear the whistle blow and Out pours the blood of my child A tablespoon of codeine Will put you right to bed I don t want any more codeine Wanted to make it On my own tonight My own tonight So I said some things That can t be said About a ritual tower the uses of More American dead And what happened in September was a fake But they re chasing demolition Or remote controlled planes Whatever you do You have to commit And whatever you do You have to put your blood into it So I said some things That can t be said From the FAA the empty desk Of Alan Armisted The Tower I m staying now In a vacation house It s off season There s no reason to leave Today in the fishing boat I pulled the choke And started the engine and Set it on slow I trolled down the river Under collapsing oaks Dead leaves and mossy trees You know I made my way down to the gulf I let my friends go So let my friends know Tonight I m staying in To do my tarot I got stuck on a card I couldn t let go It s a burning tower Hit by lightning And people are jumping out It s coming down It s coming down The Minaret It s the end of spring And light hangs on Dripping over geraniums And hummingbird wings In the blaze of summer We ll tap our weapons out To the cadence of a melody They sang at normandy Tt won t be the same again Emma just walk away it s the end We crossed on the ridge And cut their women down

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  • John Vanderslice
    my proof you were my wetsuit I will be okay if I can keep the things I love at bay jv rhodes guitar space station matt henry cunitz celeste orchestron choir pump organ hohner claviola nedelle vocals radiant with terror radiant with terror lyrics adapted from robert lowell s fall 1961 adapted from robert lowell s brilliant fall 1961 back and forth and back and forth goes the tock of the orange bland ambassadorial face of the moon on the grandfather clock all autumn long the chafe and jar of dirty bomb we have talked ourselves to death I swim like a minnow behind my studio window Our end drifts nearer the moon lifts radiant with terror The state is a diver under a glass bell A father s no shield for his child We are like a lot of wild spiders crying together but without tears jv acoustic guitar dave douglas timpani orchestral bells crotales glockenspiel conga continuation how could the killer keep killing now that the killer s dead the killer s way was known to no one and the telltale clues are locked inside the detective s head he s been dead for days still killing us anyway there is me and rieger and thomson and foley only and thomson and foley don t fit the profile got a break in the case soon I m going to make him I ll wait until he kills again then I m gonna come down how could the killer keep killing now that the killer s dead so detective rieger stands alone as the suspect killer he was a good cop but always a little off got a break in the case soon I m going to make him I ll wait until he kills again then I m gonna come down so I shadowed rieger until he became a part of me after weeks of pursuit we locked up in a feedback loop he was following me too matt henry cunitz bass guitar erik friedlander cello john hofer drums scott solter electric guitar baritone vibraphone hammond b3 drawbars tar drum dear sarah shu dear sarah shu I leave for you all I knew about this job on microcassette for further review what it meant to me how you ll make it dear hopefully it s dangerous here yes it s dangerous here peer round corners with dental mirrors heed the threats taking cautionary measures in the end it is love you ll have to learn to survive dear sarah shu I leave for you all I knew about this job on palmcorder for future review your office will flood every night it s water don t try to fight it suspend all your files using my system of hanging wires break apart what I connected show what I only suggested cause in the end it was love I had to learn to survive picture me by the window sill wrapped in copper wire my autumn sleeves with torn

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  • John Vanderslice
    so pure and really at peace with myself I was in love the sun sang down victorious but the truth is I have no faith in happiness it turns to fear draws the devils near so I jumped the fence and went out west abilene got a sales job as a pharmaceutical rep lived out of hotels rental cars and a stowable bag I drove all day from hospital pacing and clinic sweats I drove all night I couldn t ever sleep now anyway I tried but the old devils they found me in my room I hid under the covers and cried out as they tore off my sheets so I went east vietnam I m long gone I m up the river way past mekong but the old devils they found me in my hut they poured through the windows they cornered me and I cried out to no one I give up PROMISING ACTRESS in the seconds between the safety unlocks and the shot the story is clear of distortions and tears and you ll know why we re on mulholland drive can you survive a look inside like a bomb in reverse fragments of truth return the money s been paid out the key s on the table you ve killed someone you used to love yes I agree now her story s a hoax recorded impulses laid dubbed and cross faded it s just light replayed still I ended on mulholland drive can you survive a look inside yes I can see now they had nothing to do with a role refused and sometimes a cowboy s just a man in a cowboy suit COMING AND GOING ON EASY TERMS window seats on bullet trains smear land into sky fear and sorrow coalesce now I m trying to find that quiet place where living is breathing not knowing is understanding coming is going but my heart just beats faster and faster they asked for me to come and identify my son but my son is alive the life that whispered in my ear is gone gone gone window seats commuter trains send me headlong trying to find that quiet place where living is breathing not knowing is understanding coming is going but my heart just beats faster and faster they asked for me to come and identify my son but my son is alive in maharishi oblivion the love that counted back from ten is gone gone gone fear and sorrow coalesce now I m trying to find that quiet place where living is breathing not knowing is understanding coming is going but my heart just beats faster when I got down to the morgue they pulled back the slab it wasn t my son I wasn t his dad they covered him up I smiled I smiled the past is cities from a train now I m trying to find that quiet place where living is breathing not knowing is understanding coming is going

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  • John Vanderslice
    vocals recorded with a SM69 FET Neve 1089 Urei 1176 1 Fiend in a Cloud v76 Drums percussion Jim Eno Bass Alex Nahas Spectrasonics acoustic Logan Hedin Cello Zoe Keating Violin Tony Cross Scott Solter tracked the strings Jim Eno Spoon s brutally good drummer was in San Francisco for a software conference and stopped by to hang out at Tiny Telephone There was a drum kit and mics already set up thanks to T E B who was recording at the time so we decided to run some tape We weren t able to move any of the mics so I found a Soundelux U99 positioned a few feet in front of the kit powered it up and switched it to omni I blew out the signal with a Telefunken V76 into a Urei 1176 So then I was free to fill up the 23 remaining tracks One of which Jim played a nice tambourine on Logan played a Larravee acoustic track that was absolutely clobbered with a Spectrasonics 610 a 70 s compressor with a bizarre EQ curve and a wicked output stage We doubletracked his guitar varying the 610 settings slightly Alex played the bass directly into a Neve 1089 Urei 1176 Scott discovered a fantastic way of recording strings on a later overdub session with Tony and Zoe Let s call it the Mono Fill He tracked one take with a U67 on the violin and a SM69 mono on the cello and panned them extreme right and left He then doubled it with a Coles 4038 on the cello and a Beyer 160 on violin comped them and panned it straight up By using the softer mono ribbon track in the center it provided a wonderful compliment to the stereo condenser pair Brilliant I sang played samples mellotron strings and flute and sampled B3 The opening five seconds of backwards noise took an afternoon of sampling recording and tweaking I may need to look into a hobby 2 Me and My 424 Drums shaker Gavin Foster Bass Danno Carr Harmony guitars backing vocals Ben Gibbard Cello Zoe Keating Violin Tony Cross John Croslin tracked Gavin s drums Solter tracked Dan s bass strings pianos and Ben s guitars and vocals I had Gavin come in one day and play drums alone while the Cros worked his magic The 424 beat is based on a Lauren Hill song Gavin accented the hi hat fills with a shaker This is the usual Croslin set up AKG D12E on kick SM57 on snare precisely even AT 4033s on overheads 421s on toms U67 two feet behind drummer Coles 4038 two or three feet in front of kit He would pan the two room mics out 67 and 4038 right and left and set different compression on them to get a wacky stereo image It sounded fantastic Ben Gibbard who was in town visiting came by and played the opening guitar harmonics and the lead guitar octaves He also sang a lovely cresting Ahhh in the chorus which he doubletracked with a crossing harmony I sang played three piano tracks and doubled the string parts with a mellotron 3 Underneath the Leaves Drums Gavin Foster Detuned tambourine speaker drum Juno 60 Scott Solter Croslin tracked the drums Solter tracked my vocals without compression distorted piano and his percussion and Juno Underneath the Leaves which is based on a beat from a Pinback song was done in the same session as 424 I had been obsessing over Grandaddy s Signal to Snow Ratio and Frosty Glass EPs and decided to tweak the Juno s arpeggiator until I approximated the genius of their tones If I record a keyboard that has a sonic edge like a Moog or ARP I always use the Neve 1089 as a direct in Any newer cleaner synth begs for some grit With the Juno I slam it into the Ampex 351 and whack it with an 1176 That will keep you out of 1983 territory The bass synth is a white ARP Odyssey which I had recently bought on eBay I cannot overstate how good this monosynth is Please go buy one now I spent 3 or 4 minutes and hit this very tight focused bass patch I know why this synth is all over Eno and Bowie records not to mention a good deal of the prog catalog Solter did brilliant work in the instrumental section in this song He speed up the 1200 and recorded a tambourine at normal speed it sounds like a string of seashells hitting a drum He then double those accents by tapping on the 15 speaker of a bass cab Scott is one of the few engineers who can regularly create sounds you have never heard before All guitars were tracked directly into a Neve 1089 Ampex MX 10 line input 1176 An Ibanez Phase II pedal was used on the left guitar The distortion on the instrumental guitars was created by using the MX 10 mic input jamming to 10 and using the 1176 to pad down the output I sang played Juno 60 Moog Source Sequential Multitrack ARP delay piano and guitar 4 Interlude 4 Drums Jim Eno Pedal steel Thomas Heyman Bass Alex Nahas Solter tracked the pedal steel Tom Heyman a member of the great Court and Spark came in and wrote an excellent mournful pedal steel part that really glued From Out Here together I remixed the first minute of that song and tweaked some of the tracks for an interlude 5 The Mansion Drums Jon Curtis Trumpet Bill Swan Solter tracked the drums and vocals Solter devised a great way of doing vocals during this song He put the SM69 on my voice and a U67 about 15 feet away in omni hanging upside down two inches away from the concrete floor He kept both tracks and in mix down added the smallest bit of the ambient mic That mic is brought

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  • John Vanderslice
    it on the bbc I can hear as they tap on the steel of a hull downed in the melting sea Credits Close Move time travel is lonely bark 17 released june 12 2001 on the fantastic barsuk recorded summer of 2000 at tiny telephone sf engineered by john croslin scott solter and jv mixed by john croslin at tiny telephone mastered by paul stubblebine graphics by sam trout songs were tracked to an ampex mm1200 2 24 track at 15 ips basf 900 mixed on a neve 5316 to an ampex atr 102 1 4 running at 30ips basf 900 smart C1 was used as 2mix compressor all vocals recorded with a U87 neve 1089 urei 1176 F 1 you were my fiji a cheap PA compressor called the Shure LevelLoc was used on all tracks its slow release time and ungodly noise floor have an unmistakable and to me heavenly sound I sang on three tracks played four acoustic tracks one is distorted heavily through an ampex mx10 moog source mellotron strings this was the first song I recorded after msof 2 keep the dream alive drums tambourine gavin foster bass peter straus trumpet bill swan harmony vocal carlos forster croslin tracked all the basics the cros suggested that gavin go for a maggie mae feel and that really made the song come together after cros left gavin and I added some super saturated NMH style drums rolls they open the song we pressed all four ratio buttons on the urei 1176 and went to town a few weeks later we triple tracked bill swan s horn in mix down cros added some wonderful distortion on the trumpets with an ampex mx10 bill plays in the brilliant beulah carlos from one of my favorite bands for stars came in when the song was almost finished and laid down 4 vocal tracks doubling two high harmonies that he wrote icing on the cake I sang played acoustic guitar piano mellotron flute moog lead line and moog source sequence 3 little boy lost eight tracks of moog were used on this one the rhythm ace provided the beat I had been listening to walter carlos s switched on bach and wanted to imitate the mechanical playfulness of those recordings I sang 3 tracks played moog source moog prodigy distorted acoustic 2 and a looped reversed and distorted sample of a webern string quartet that insane muttering in the acoustic breaks 4 interlude 1 the piano was taken from brahms s piano ballade 3 and run through an ampex mx 10 line amp and multed through two eventide h3000 harmonizers the stutter patch was used on both I played string and flute samples from a mellotron over the melody the rain sample was taken from a hafler trio record the opening quote I haven t been told what I m here for is from lee harvey oswald after he was arrested for assassinating jfk 5 everything changed drums gavin foster harmony

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  • John Vanderslice
    what he wanted me to do If they would believe me I would tell them all the truth about you I ll never live up to you JV vocals Moog Source George Ban Weiss bass Matthias Bossi drums Sylvain Carton saxophones Mitch Marcus saxophones Pony Express A letter of apology to a long lost unfinished stamp collection buried deep in my mom s basement It s so late and I m so tired I started out with Washington and ended up with Jefferson Oh ashen blue 1862 Offset on a quarter block mounted up on acid free But this one only this one only this one only this one Rode the pony After that Jefferson blue my collection is a broken mess I could never ever run the thread Maybe it s a weakness I m not a completest I m giving up isn t that me So one commemorates the TVA next to a pinkish mint Apollo 3 But this one only this one only this one only this one Rode the pony JV vocals guitars keyboards George Ban Weiss upright bass Ian Bjornstad keyboards Matthias Bossi drums piano Hammond B3 Daniel Hart violin vocals piano Streetlights The third song in the Crayola Series after Pony Express and the lost B side Midnight Blue I booked a room up on the 31st and climbed out onto the window ledge Walked past out past the awning a warm night in early September And high above the city and all of its bad blood the lights spreading out to the Lake shore what is the color a yellowish decaying orange It s like you dropped a chandelier in honey And turned it on Like a minor 6th it s sad and hopeful mixed That color near it s amber dear and so it goes on and on I climbed back in the window and rode the glass elevator down And walked out into the wild night the lights oh what is the color It s like you dropped a chandelier in honey And turned it on Like a minor 6th it s sad and hopeful mixed That color near it s amber dear and so it goes on and on JV vocals guitars keyboards George Ban Weiss upright bass Ian Bjornstad keyboards Matthias Bossi surdo percussion keyboards Daniel Hart violin vocals piano Lay Down I hung around Austin after the ACL festival to record this with Jim Eno at his studio Public Hi Fi Jim produced engineered and played drums and percussion I haven t seen you around Since security had your face in the ground Oh how I admire your endless fight Vengeance as pure as the silvery light Lay down Your days are over unless you lay down As a friend from the old selenium days If you don t settle this by May You ll disappear in a cardboard box They ll feed you pickled greens and radish tops JV vocals guitar Memorymoog Jim Eno drums percussion Penthouse

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    Ian Bjornstad keyboards Matt Cunitz orchestron mellotron pump organ Ben Goldberg clarinet Jason Slota drums percussion vibraphone Max Stroffregen piano Produced Recorded by Scott Solter and JV at Tiny Telephone San Francisco Mixed by Solter Second Engineering by Laura Dean Mastered by Mike Wells johnvanderslice com tinytelephone com Photos by JV For Isabelle Fix Thanks Mom and Ray 1 D I A L O download 2 Do What You Want

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