November Brain

by Graham Smith & KGW

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about

In November of 2006, I had a 4-week residency at Pianos on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. For some reason which escapes me now as it did then, I decided to put together one new album a week. These would be named after the four ink colors required for full-color copying or printing: C (Cyan), M (Magenta), Y (Yellow), and K (Black, because of something involving the word "key" which Wikipedia is all about helping you learn more regarding).

The rules were: No instrumentals. All songs over 2 minutes. Allowed per record were (1) Yes Boss demo, (1) song from "Final Battle" (for advertising's sake), and (1) cover song.

The rest of the songs were created then and there.

Some of them were what you might label "throwaways," and yet some of these so-called "songs that take longer to listen to than they did to 'write'" made it onto this very release, which I feel represents the best of the songs recorded entirely in that month of November.

A lot of these are rare in that they represent the first time I've ever let go of some of the songwriting control, though I guess Ryan and Thayer were AT MY HOUSE UNDER MY COMPLETE CONTROL so it loses a bit of its impact. That said, I could have NEVER completed this project without them, so BIG UPS to youse guys.

Purchase to support more music like this! Or just listen and think about it, then purchase out of "art guilt!"

The songs are not in any sort of chronological sequence; I tried to buck my trend of weird artsy sequencing and make a record that had a good flow in a "traditional" sense.

Let me know if I failed!

**Lyrics will be added soon. For now I'm just focusing on getting the songs up. Also taking criticism of the cover. hugebigboy@gmail.com

credits

released November 30, 2006

(c) Graham Smith, Ryan Smith, Thayer McClanahan

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Track Name: Stuyvesant Town
Um, yeah
That was kind of a personal ad
Matter fact you can
Go ahead and reverse what I said
You haven't seen nervous and uptight yet

Till you've spent the night
In my bed where the bedbugs bite
So put some soup in a Gladware (tm)
And could you spring for my cab fare
It's only fair, you said you had to see me
One way or another
And I can't take the subway

Here
Remember when it felt so near?
And now it feels like light years
I guess that's what happens when five years
Disappears into a black hole
My dear
There's such a ringing in my ears
And it colors ever sound I hear
So you can understand my fear
And need to keep the trap closed

And I say that I'm tired
But you know that's not it
Cause I'm a fucking liar
Fine, alright, but I promise

I'm writing it down
1, 3, blah blah Stuyvesant Town
I'll be there soon
I've been driving around
All night now
So it's nice to have found
The light
Of the moon

And I waited all night
For you to call me
Nah
I turned my cell phone off
I could care less I'm not
About to get slept on
Buy copies of <a href="http://kleenexgirlwonder.bandcamp.mu/albums/Yes-Boss">Yes Boss</a>
I'm sorry you're pissed off

But get down
Once in a while
There are lines on the ground
To guide you back to the climate you prowl
It's time for me now: I'm finally out of my mind
I'm flying around, and I know it's retarded
I know how I sound, and I'm not proud
But I been around for a while and I've found
That Stuyvesant Town is a nice place to live