Indifferent Cities

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1.
02:16
Streets of old Hanoi running straight through my mind Back alleys twist and turn hard to divine And steam like Jesus Rises slowly Falls back nightly Leaves us holy Soaked straight through scripture rain falls like stones We huddled warm and wet in a small enclosure You leaned in tightly Whispered discreetly If this is the end You hope you get to keep me Oooh... Deserted island metaphors for love are overstated Try leaving friends and family for a girl that you've been dating And halfway cross the world be thankful for the risks you've taken Because this is love, it is love
2.
03:44
You once lived by the sword Now the cocktails wash down drinks you can't afford Shoes are rusting by the door And you're burned out on this scene Frozen funds and lucid dreams So what do you complain at me for? You're staring out the sides of your front door You knew that it was more than just the desert you left behind To settle for a world of fallbacks And friends who fall apart on contact Music that you never used to listen to gets you by Now your days all start the same You float the Acheron with friends you never made 'Til it all just fades to gray And you're burned out on this town Saddled up and settled down So what do you complain at me for? The word is on the street, and it's unsure You know that it was more than just a cynical waste of time You knew enough to pick your battles And that is why you left Seattle And music that you never used to listen to gets you by When all you wanted was a place to lay your head Soak back half of what you bled Chase the demons from the far side of the bed It's the obvious thing to do
3.
05:16
Whispering the figure eights that you skate so well Summer up in Anacortes and it's cold as hell Should have left town on the eight fifteen Instead of hanging 'round in the in between Trying too hard not to make a scene As we tell each other things that we just don't mean Call you up for conversation, not to hear you breathe Sedentary variations of the same tired scenes Should have left town on the six o two Instead of hanging 'round with the you-know-who Find another town, you can get one too As we tell each other things, make your blood run blue But I don't have anything I can say that you don't already know And I don't have anyplace else that I feel I can comfortably go So please, close your eyes And please, say goodnight And stay here if you want to, but I'm taking myself home Please, let me go Falling out of convocation on the see-through sea Hanging 'round the central station, but the ship won't leave Should have left town on my one good track Instead of hanging 'round with my bags all packed Telling all my friends that it stayed intact As we tear it up again and it grows right back But I don't have anything I can say that you don't already know And I don't have anyplace else that I feel I can comfortably go So please, close your eyes And please, say goodnight And stay here if you want to, but I'm taking myself home Please, let me go
4.
Classic cars and outdoor bars and movie stars It sounds like California, hey I tried to warn you Living any place is hard When blood is pumped by a lonely heart So I followed you To Southeast Asia The weather is grey here They look at us strange here It brings us close together, and things have been better Than they've ever been before This is love Can't say it much different than that Sing this song to someone you love And you tell them That if this is the end You couldn't complain
5.
04:02
Culver City's a drag, man, there's nothing to do Couldn't make it to SAG now if you wanted to You could borrow a car, maybe drive it around Wait for someone to call, don't let it get you down, no Took a shot of your head, sent it all over town No one's calling you back, don't let it get you down Reach inside of yourself, pull somebody out Try to mean what you say Don't let it get you down It's taking everything you've got to keep it To keep it, to keep it In like Sunday sin Falling out again Even when you try We don't need your kind You've been hanging around, do it every night Crawling all over town, beneath the city lights Come inside at your friends, do it all over town Wait for someone to call, don't let it get you down, no Don't let it get you down It's taking everything you've got to keep it To keep it, to keep it In like Sunday sin Falling out again Even when you try We don't need your kind Culver City's a drag, man, I thought that you knew City's holding you back from what's in front of you Wish that somebody'd come back to carry you home Wish that somebody'd call, don't let it get you down, no Don't let it get you down It's taking everything you've got to keep it To keep it, to keep it In like Sunday sin Falling out again Even when you try We don't need your kind
6.
04:39
I've been sitting here for a long time About an hour south of the Grapevine Waiting for my ladder to come I came here for a piece of the action Waited to the point of distraction Slowly getting sick from the sun And I remember waiting in line for A shot at getting in through the side door Of cities we could never afford But now it's just a matter of recall Slowly getting used to the freefall And all that we forgot to record I started walking the streets again Trying to get a taste of the oxygen I'm feeling like I'm getting so out of touch And I don't even get out of town that much But now it's stop and go on the 405 I wonder if there's anyone left alive These solitary holiday afternoons I wish that I could call it but it's too soon So tell me if you want to go It's a long way home To the Santa Monica that you know And I'm already late to make mine Got a see-through skin It shares a border with the state that I'm in I don't even try to get down Simple cowardice keeps me in this town But now we're destined to walk the earth Telling everybody we got here first Watching as the bars and the restaurants Are slowly taken over by debutantes 'Cause Santa Monica's just a boulevard Something you can put on your credit card And I don't have the heart to come back for you I worry 'bout the future but it's too soon So tell me if you want to go It's a long way home To the Santa Monica that you know And I'm already late to make mine Got a see-through skin It shares a border with the state that I'm in I don't even try to get down Simple cowardice keeps me in this town And you wouldn't believe All the things that you need Just to carry your head up off the ground In this town It's a long way home To the Santa Monica that you know And I'm already late to make mine Got a see-through skin It shares a border with the state that I'm in I don't even try to get down Simple cowardice keeps me in this town
7.
Sunlight hits a sign and I'm in Union Station My arms are heavy in their sleeves Everyone here thinks that I've been on vacation But I don't ever seem to leave And all that I can tell you is my love's unfocused And drifting overseas Head's all full of context better left unspoken As scenes from old Pomona dreams come washing over me No one wants to tell you just how long they've been here The stars are crawling out their frames The canvas on the ankle straps is wearing thin, dear And I can't help but feel the same When everything in town's been taken down for renovations The hardest part is finding your way home Freeway cuts the sky and I'm inside it's suppurations But Southern California's got this way of creeping up on you And all that I can tell you is my love's unfocused And drifting overseas Head's all full of context better left unspoken As scenes from old Pomona dreams come washing over me One last look around and then I'm always leaving The stars are falling out of tune Fingers bear the stains of shipping and receiving These songs that carry me to you But this is not some list of all the ways I should have loved you Hold you in my arms and let you down Turn my crooked smile up to the sky and I'm thinking of you But Southern California's got me driving home in rental cars And Southern California's got this way of tearing me and you apart And you know it's true, California's tearing us apart And I want it to But all that I can tell you is my love's unfocused And drifting overseas Head's all full of context better left unspoken As scenes from old Pomona dreams come washing over me
8.
02:38
Hello "Hello" I'd like to invite you to pedal a swan boat You have a boyfriend, huh? Your boyfriend is busy today, huh? Then we should go pedal a swan boat Get on my motorbike Wrap your arms around me tightly We're on the road to the lake to pedal the swan boat Today the weather is cool Your face is beautiful I want to kiss you while we pedal a swan boat Now I love you And you love me All since we pedaled the swan boat

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California's indie-folk heroes return, with either a really short album or a really long EP about love, longing, and geography. Handcrafted over five months and fifteen time zones, Indifferent Cities is a heady mixture of California sunshine, Vietnamese ngu ngon, and edgy Northwest pop.

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released March 14, 2009

Music by Dave Lowensohn, Misha Chellam, Jack Mahaffy, and Brud Giles. Produced by Dave and Misha, with Brud and (no joke) Don Mattingley. Album art: "i know there is a moral to this story, but i don't know what it is" by Shelley Chamberlin.

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