On the Moon

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Kind of a post-punk, psychedelic bedroom-pop record.

Thematically, its more or less a love-letter to the art of intentional self-quarantining.

Also, there is some focus on babies.

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released November 10, 2015

Brett Hydeman - guitar, vocals
Rascal Parthenon - bass, vocals
Biff Brisco - guitar, vocals
Rhonda Marks - drums, keys

plus Tyler Martin - keys on "Printing Press"

(Also features some samples from an enthusiastic Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks, and a clip of Princess Diana reading a poem by Adam Lindsay Gordon. That Princess Diana... jeez, what a voice.)

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Track Name: Almost Nothing
Princess Diana: "Life is mostly froth and bubble"

ALMOST NOTHING

"...froth.... and bubble..."
Track Name: Where Vapours Grow
you probly don't know this
but I'm afraid of anything that breathes
while I can fake it on a good day
no time for birds or bees
it's acceptable, though
I have myself, and a mirror that'll always share my smile

and where on earth do the haunted go?
there must be more like me
but we're not the type to know
try sending signals through the air
if we get lucky
we can meet where vapours grow

(guitar solo)

you might be out there
but I can guarantee you're one of a few
you're a stranger in a hellscape
no chance encounter at the grocery store
we need to vapourize
and leave our bodies on the first date

and where on earth do the haunted go?
there must be more like me
but we're not the type to know
try sending signals through the air
if we get lucky
we can meet where vapours grow
Track Name: Here Comes the Baby
let your arms move
now make a face
keep your eyes shut
swim in place
blurry visions
is that a smile?
free saliva
and also, bile

you would not survive if you were born in the wild
you would not survive if this were primitive times
I suppose it's the luck of the embryo draw

here comes the baby
I'm terrified

grow up faster
don't have all day
you don't do nothing
you need a job
can't take you nowhere
weird paperweight
you can't be hungry
cuz you just ate

you would not survive if you were born in the wild
you would not survive if this were primitive times
I suppose it's the luck of the embryo draw

here comes the baby
I'm terrified
Track Name: Wondergoons
out of my head, and barely awake
but she understands, she's in a similar state
she's like a bungee cord on the eiffel tower
you should be jealous as hell cuz with our powers combined....

I know it's not a contest, but even so
(my best friend's better than yours)
I know it's not a contest; I'm just sayin'
(my best friend's better than yours)

[spoken-word excerpt from Brave Little Toaster Friendship and Loyalty Educational Seminar, recorded in 1992 at the University of California, Berkeley: "A true friend... is a toaster? A true friend.. is a lamp? A true friend is a blanket? A true friend... is a lamp? A true friend is a lamp? ...is like a blanket. ...is a toaster?"]

you give us dirty looks cuz you don't get the joke,
we're on our own wavelength
we're just sitting in the corner, our private show,
we're allies anywhere
we're on the same page, in an identical font
like Lennie and Carl, and we do what we want

I know it's not a contest, but even so
(my best friend's better than yours)
I know it's not a contest; I'm just sayin'
(my best friend's better than yours)
Track Name: Disguise Face
ever since I was small I've never once been recognized
I've been told my looks don't even register on human eyes

nobody knows my name, a fly on the wall,
my face is a real disguise
(NOBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME
YOUR FACE IS A REAL DISGUISE
A FLY ON THE WALL,
YOUR FACE IS A REAL DISGUISE)
maybe I'll change my clothes, and catch someone's eye,
and be worth a glance or two
(YOU'LL NEVER CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES
OR BE WORTH A GLANCE OR TWO
WON'T CATCH ANY EYES
YOU'LL NEVER CHANGE YOR CLOTHES)

I had a vision- that I appeared as someone else
removed my costume, and the room fell silent in awe
all along, I was one of those guys with a memorable face
so many features that would stay with you, though it was but a dream

a master of unintentional disguise is who I'm cursed to be

(stop! stop! if I make a sad face, can you tell? can you tell that I'm making a sad face)

nobody knows my name, a fly on the wall,
my face is a real disguise
(NOBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME
YOUR FACE IS A REAL DISGUISE
A FLY ON THE WALL,
YOUR FACE IS A REAL DISGUISE)
maybe I'll change my clothes, and catch someone's eye,
and be worth a glance or two
(YOU'LL NEVER CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES
OR BE WORTH A GLANCE OR TWO
WON'T CATCH ANY EYES
YOU'LL NEVER CHANGE YOR CLOTHES)

I had a vision- that I appeared as someone else
DISGUISE FACE
removed my costume, and the room fell silent in awe
DISGUISE FACE
all along, I was one of those guys with a memorable face
DISGUISE FACE
so many features that would stay with you, though it was but a dream
Track Name: Luna
no puedo creer, que deje a mi mujer, en la luna
en la luna

tuvimos una discusion en la luna

entonces, le dije "adios"

no puedo creer, que deje a mi mujer en la luna
en la

en la luna
en la luna
en la luna
en la luna
Track Name: Printing Press
(yeah yeah yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah, yeah... yeah yeah)

the sunday paper says I'm out of touch for buying it
and I couldn't agree more
but I never thought the means with which I learn about people
was gonna make me feel like a caveman

print medium, ink and typograph. archaeologists say "how nice"
trees will thank you, the world applauds. no one gets papercuts

rest in peace, ye sacred printing press

I can't accept this sparkling plate of information
it's got too many features
if only there was room in the world for nostalgic enterprise
I wouldn't be such a relic of a creature

rest in peace, ye sacred printing press
Track Name: Disadvantage
instrumental
Track Name: Java Babies
la la la, as I'm grinding up the beans,
many aromatic beans, la la la
turn turn turn, and I'm lighting up the stove,
put the kettle on the stove, watch it burn
if not for thee I'd hate my life
joy joy joy as I watch it percolate,
and promptly salivate, la la la

(agent Dale Cooper: "Black as midnight on a moonless night")

glug glug glug, I can feel it in my veins
like a microwav-ed brain, waking up
hi, hi hi, now I'll greet you with a smile,
I'll be happy for a while, how are you?
when I come down, I'll likely sulk
until then I am everybody's friend
optimistic til the end of the high

(coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee-cup)
life giving. nectar of the gods. a dream within a cup.
life giving. nectar of the gods.

(agent Dale Cooper: "you know, this is, excuse me- a damn fine cup of coffee. I've had I can't tell you how many cups of coffee in my life, and this- this is one of the best")

life is hard, and there's little reason why
I should rather be alive than a corpse
no one cares if I have a good career
or if I am lying here on the dirt
all is bleak but don't cry yourself to sleep
cuz I know just what you need- have a mug
la la la, now lets see that goofy grin
let the java babies in, la la la

(coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee-cup)
life giving. nectar of the gods. a dream within a cup.
life giving. nectar of the gods. a dream within a cup.
life giving. nectar of the gods. black as midnight.
life giving. temporary, coffee cup

(agent Dale Cooper: "Damn good coffee! And hot!")
Track Name: Nearly Everything
peeling insects off the windshield of your headspace
some leave a crater where they crashed into your airbase
some groups will splatter all at once
it can take some time to clean
it can take some elbow grease
or nearly everything

ancient prophecy foretold we're prone to heartbreak
despite that omen you've been flattened like a pancake
you read the scripture more than once
but broken hearts were waiting in the wings
it can take some hypnotherapy
or nearly everything

build a castle that you never have to leave
nearly everything
you're never damaged goods if no one's there to see
nearly everything

after too much wear and tear from bearing crosses
it's only fair to try to hide and count your losses
we can always build a home
on the moon we're never seen
we can forgot the hardest parts
or nearly everything

build a castle that you never have to leave
nearly everything
you're never damaged goods if no one's there to see
nearly everything
build a castle that you never have to leave
nearly everything
you're never damaged goods if no one's there to see
nearly everything
like in a crater, on a moonscape
nearly everything
in a crater, on the moonscape
nearly everything