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"A down and dirty EP recorded mere blocks from where OJ Simpson sleeps. After it singlehandedly financed our Fall 2005 tour, we patted it on the head, thanked it, and set it free."

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released September 10, 2005

Music by Misha Chellam, Dave Lowensohn, Nitzan Lumer, Jack Mahaffy. All songs recorded live (minus an audience) by Jon Koch and Bobby Lee Guillen.

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Track Name: Acetate
I looked at the answers you wrote on your hand
When they were asking you about the man
That you’d like to meet and drop everything to run to
I don’t mean to brag and I don’t mean to boast
But I would like to think I’ve got most
Of the qualities on your list, so I thought I’d introduce myself to you

Your pouting blue eyes they make contact with mine
And they keep looking through me until they’re behind me
And staring at the face of a man that you know
That I know that you know could only bring bad news
You hate to be rude but you really must go
Leaving me to wonder if I’ll know
The words that I say that give me away
As being unworthy of you every time

And if he’s the one that you want to go to bed with
And I’m the one you want to wake up to
I can put myself on acetate and make it easier for you

Forget what they tell you, the evenings are yours
The supplicating men become whores
And we’re lined up like chances, and all that you need do is take one
But your look says it clearly, you think me a toy
If you were in the market for a boy
You would find yourself a man and a mattress and make one

But I would have to suppose that that’s the way life goes
When the gardener decides to fall in love with the rose
I’ll protect you from insects but I won’t presume to inhale you
For whatever the reason you’re out of my league
Pursuing only leads to fatigue
So I will take my leave and my heart from my sleeve
And I’ll see you whenever I see you again

And if he’s the one that you want to go to bed with
And I’m the one you want to wake up to
I can put myself on acetate and make it easier for you
To take me with you when you go
And tell me things I shouldn’t know
And be the girl I thought I’d finally found a thousand times before
To keep on trying for
Track Name: Still The Same
"The table looked nice" she said
She said "you set it very well"
I told her I was nervous
She said that she could tell

"Your dress looked nice" I said
"It's always been my favorite one"
I could tell that she was nervous
At least I'm not the only one

Yeah well baby, baby
I'm wondering what you're thinking

Her plane takes off at ten
We've got to leave the house by eight
She's packing up her suitcase
We're always running late

"I'm taking this" she says
It's our picture in a frame
She's hoping it can hold us
Keep everything the same

Yeah well baby, baby
It's probably wishful thinking

I was told not long ago
I'd always be the one for you
But what you sold was a piece of time
That doesn't quite belong to you
And in a year we'll claim
That everything is still the same

But here's an example of things gone wrong
You'll find another guy who can write you songs
And I'll find a girl that is just like you
And she'll want me to love her
What am I to do?
Tell me what do you think I will do

I was told not long ago
I'd always be the one for you
But what you sold was a piece of time
That doesn't quite belong to you
And in a year we'll claim
That everything is still the same
Track Name: My Worst Day
It started off sad
Sad ‘cause I miss you
I'm sad ‘cause I’m gone
And I’ve tried moving on
But I left my heart with you

I'm tired of the pain
We're tired of the same things
The train station scenes
And the weeks in between
I just feel like I’m changing

I've tried letting go
I've tried going under
With nothing to show
'Cause I’m getting straight
Straight A's in wasting

Alone

I still wear your shoes
I try not to phone you
I drift through your town
With my eyes to the ground
It’s like I don’t know you

'Cause far and away
This is my worst day
I'm stoned all the time
And it looks like I’m fine
But it hurts in the worst way

'Cause I’m getting old
And I’m getting angry
With nothing to show
'Cause I’m doing wrong
Wrong here without you

I don’t belong

Oh, oh, oh (x3)

'Cause I’m out of faith
And I’m out of patience
But what can I say?
When all out of shape
Is how I’ve been bending
My world is upending
My heart is distending
Track Name: XCOM
I know this girl, she looked good in her clothes
She’d get me drunk, take me home after shows
And we’d go through the moves like prose
We’d drive around in the Hollywood hills
We’d go to clubs, get addicted to pills
And we’d dance 'til the lights came up

Another girl fell in love with a song
She held her breath but she held it too long
And they say she started turning blue
I blew her off, she was only nineteen
She’d call and yell at my message machine
'Til the tape ran out and rewound

Moving on is hard to do
Hard on me as it was on you
I should have called I should have
Done so many things I didn’t do
If only you knew

I know this girl, liked to keep her plate full
She’d scratch our eyes with the wool that she pulled
From her sack, but I kept crawling back
She liked her men juggled three at a time
She’d be with one, keeping two on the line
And we knew, but what else could we do?

Moving on is hard to do
Hard on me as it was on you
I should have called I should have
Done so many things I didn’t do
If only you knew

We kept it light 'cause she felt like we should
And fooled ourselves into thinking we could
For a while, then she fell in love
It freaked her out and one day she was gone
I swore to God I would never move on
But I did, and that’s just how it is

Moving on is hard to do
Hard on me as it was on you
I should have called I should have
Done so many things I didn’t do
If only you knew
Track Name: Exchange Rates
I could write a hit song
I could write a love song
I could write the best song

Nothing lasts forever
No one knows the weather, do they
Channel 3 they say it's gonna rain

But we could stuff pillows under covers
We could drive until we're out of gas

No one dreams the big dreams
And helium balloons don't fly anymore
'Cause they could kill a bird out there

Everything is statistics
Everything has factors figured in
You're probably doing the right thing

But we could forge notes from both our parents
We could cross an ocean in a night

Don't leave me here
To mark my time with credit card statements
And tickertape day parades
Don't leave me here
To calculate the rate of exchange
Of the things that you gave to me

Gravity's a killer
Nothin lasts forever does it
We were born to breakdown

You were just a stranger
You were just a stranger I happened to know
Now everything is broken

But we could build a fortress in the forest
We could stop the mortar shells of life

Don't leave me here
To mark my time with credit card statements
And tickertape day parades
Don't leave me here
To calculate the rate of exchange
Of the things that you gave to me

I guess growing old
Means doing what you're supposed to do
Slowly growing cold
To everything that burned in you

Don't leave me here
To mark my time with credit card statements
And tickertape day parades
Don't leave me here
To calculate the rate of exchange
Of the things that you gave to me
Track Name: Beach Song
Woke up this morning it was 1969 and I was
Tangled up like christmas lights around an old girlfriend of mine
We'd watch the east bring up the dawn, race west and drink our kisses as the
Sun sank down to drown within the sea

Seasons came and seasons went, love got made and love got meant
Wake up late to pass out spent, play all day and pay the rent
And things were finally starting to make sense, the world was ours to save
And every day it seemed like it could last forever

Woke up from that dream and it was 2001
Shirts tucked in and drinks with gin and living on the run
Our happy ending never got around to getting done, it seems like
Everyone's still playing games but they sure don't look like fun, and they tell me

You don't have to change the world, you don't have to save the girl
You don't have to live your life like you believe in something more
You shouldn't want for her to wait, you're pretty good but you're not great
Just sit back down and take your mind off everything you think you should do

People I meet say to cover your feet and try a different pair of shoes every night
But what do you do when it's shoe number two that seems to be the one you fit just right
Do you go ahead and roll with the moment even though you both know it's gonna
Hurt like a mother when your foot comes out
Or do you throw it away and keep shopping
Or think about stopping there to wear it till the sole gives out

And I'll be back to save the world, sing my songs and get that girl
And I will try to live my life like I believe in something more
And when it all seems less than great I guess I'll put my trust in fate
Just sit back down and take my mind off and try to stop aching for you
Track Name: Naked And Stoned
I wanna get naked, I wanna get stoned
I think you've been aching to get me home
I think that we'll take things real easy and slow
This bed is big enough for the both of us

Well I have been searching for something in the mouths of strangers
I have been looking for love in dark, unholy places
Under covers there is rarely more than senseless entertainment anyway

And we have all left things behind us that we surely didn't mean to
I have been trying my best to piece my way back home to you
Well I know the love between us is not as desperate as it always seems to be

I wanna get naked, I wanna get stoned
I think you've been aching to get me home
I think that we'll take things real easy and slow
This night is big enough for both of us

The way I’m looking at it
The future's church glass that's painted
And I figure that decisions
Are jagged rocks we throw to break them
I’ve been making my mosaic
Out of pieces that we’ve left along the way
Yeah, and I’m thinking that true love is
Little more than little saviors
Strumming chords on their guitars and
Dedicating songs to strangers
Well, maybe next year when you’re gone
This song will find you
And it'll save you for a while

I wanna get naked, I wanna get stoned
I think you've been aching to get me home
I think that we'll take things real easy and slow
This life is big enough for both of us