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[Jan. 23rd, 2008|05:48 am]
silence in spades
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here's the promised, new and clumsily named go down, matthew album oh, oh, oh, sorcerer.


zip file of entire album.

1. my own thoughts.
2. the apocalypse is happening.
3. cliches.
4. past lives.
5. modern literature won't save you.
6. husband no. 3.
7. maker of universes.
8. sacred wine.
9. oh oh oh time traveler.
10. have another.
11. human everday.
12. too lazy to shave.

cover by ultrakurtzwelle

i realize i just posted an e.p. last week and i've posted all of these songs before (but some of them are slightly remixed and all of them are now in grand context). because of that and since like most things i've been doing recently, i fear the inferiority of this slightly, i thought i'd post a brief, vague commentary on each song below. i'll put it behind a cut partly to allow you to avoid the self importance that might seep through but mostly because after reading comic book message boards for the past 3 hours i know how much people hate spoilers. (it's also long, rambling and generally uninformative).

- my own thoughts. this was one of the first songs i recorded after i moved to brooklyn last year. this whole album is a pretty decent encapsulation of my year in bed/stuy actually (that's actually the main reason i'm posting it now). something i realize isn't beneficial to anyone but me and possibly my mom, since i never call her. the guy in the song (me) wants to be alone but not lonely and has a love/hate relationship with society. i (also me) fear people reading my mind all the time, but i'm afraid that i'm reading other people's minds more.

- the apocalypse is happening. i understand why people are so end of the world obsessed, but i wish they would get over it. the more people long for the zombie apocalypse/ dystopian mad max future the more likely it's going to come true. so that bitching, put to my attempt at a 60s pop song. i think this is the only song that i played john's electric guitar on too. maybe.

- cliches. every time i write lyrics that i think sound trite, i then point that out in the same song. it's my attempt to sound cool, i think. it might sound cooler if i just didn't write them. but most of it's true anyway.

- past lives. i spent most of the summer in bed, sweating, smoking and watching the cops arrest people on my block through the window. i could've been doing other things. also after over-use by me elsewhere, this is the only song i use the '8 bit filter' effect on.

- modern literature won't save you. another song about the end of the world and how it won't be cool.

- husband no. 3. just after i finished my last album, i wrote a bunch of songs about a fictional author named esmeralda rabbit, based on a few female authors from the 20s and 30s. i wanted to record them as a concept album. i'll probably do it eventually, but my mindset wasn't really in indie rock songs about post world war 1 fictional characters mode. and anyway, the decemberists have done it like 1 million times. but, this is one of those songs.


- maker of universes. i read a lot of bad science fiction. i buy cheap old paperbacks from used book stores. i write songs about them. this amuses me. i don't know why.

- sacred wine. i wrote this song for natural pants (myspace.com/naturalpants). we were making songs about made up religions and rituals. this one's about christianity, kind of. i took out the 3rd verse and added a clumsy synth flute solo, because it seemed like a terrible and sort of funny idea at the time. as did the whole wine/whine innuendo.

- oh oh oh time traveller. i hadn't done any music for a while, so i forced myself to piece together about 10 different song ideas i had written in my sketchbook. it's about a guy trapped traveling through time, and surprisingly i didn't think about quantum leap until just now.

- have another. i don't mind people creating drama in their lives. i understand it makes it more interesting and fun. i just don't really have the interest or the energy to be involved in it. though i guess making a song about it sort of intensifies the drama. i'm hypocritical. the original name for this song was 'have another baby' followed by 'have another beer.' both deemed too mean.

- human everday. i think i talked about this before. i spent a long and fascinating time trying to get that robot-y effect on my voice.

- too lazy to shave. i will most likely never do anything that great but i'm tall-ish, lazy and i love my girlfriend. i think i wrote this song in real time (3 minutes).


[User Picture]From: gloriousgloves
2008-01-23 11:44 am (UTC)
i love your art work, did you go to any school. or is it a fuck school situation?
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-23 08:14 pm (UTC)
thanks dude. i went to montclair university in new jersey where i essentially learned how to trick unsuspecting people into being in bands with me, that the rave scene is never going away, and how to avoid school work.
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[User Picture]From: gloriousgloves
2008-01-25 12:27 am (UTC)


i'm gonna be going to calArts pretty soon.
so YAY!
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From: kraigmarshall
2008-01-23 12:34 pm (UTC)

I'm very excited!

I'm just writing to tell you that I'm so excited. I'm very excited about listening to this album. I've downloaded it and I'm very excited to listen to it. NOT THAT I HAVE. BUT!!!!! I'm going to and I'm very very excited about the fact that I'm going to listen to it. Today...well not today because I have so much Mysterious Universe to get caught up on but... maybe later today. Okay...It's 7:33 Am and I'm not sure if I can listen to it now. I have to keep alert.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-23 08:17 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm very excited!

do you have to keep alert to watch for government conspiracies? i understand. don't be blinded.
i always imagine you sleeping for 1 hour a night and then waking up at 4am screaming, doing jumping jack and high fiving yourself. this comment confirms my suspicions.
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[User Picture]From: dzima
2008-01-23 01:05 pm (UTC)

well, what can i say. i'm excited too

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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-23 08:20 pm (UTC)

Re: well, what can i say. i'm excited too

i'm unsure why big kev needs the speech bubble. i can read the excitement on his face and sweater.
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[User Picture]From: robotar
2008-01-23 01:18 pm (UTC)
oh man so good
like mcdonald's, i'm lovin' it
please note the overuse of apostrophes.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-23 08:26 pm (UTC)
thanks dude.
without apostrophes, it would take far too long to say anything.
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[User Picture]From: velvety_lungs
2008-01-23 04:05 pm (UTC)
just downloaded it. i'm also excited to listen to it, but i'm not sure the songs could be nearly as good as your explainations of them. i'm hoping so, though. this makes no sense.

(tell aleks) the cover artwork is awesome.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-23 08:30 pm (UTC)
trust me, they're not. i realized after writing this that i should probably just explain songs in writing without recording them, i might be better at it.
let me know what you think, i'm still waiting for you to post drawings, this shouldn't have been one sentence.

the cover has massively impressed me.
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From: plinth
2008-01-23 04:46 pm (UTC)
that cover is just...gah...uh...
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-23 08:31 pm (UTC)
yeah. i'm going to ask aleks if she can do the cover for the next one before i write or record anything, this way i can try to make the music at least 30% as good.
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[User Picture]From: cheapsurrealist
2008-01-23 05:31 pm (UTC)
Glad you included liner notes. I skipped right to the apocalypse is happening because you mentioned the 60s. I'm currently revisiting the sixties which is something that people in their 50s do a lot. I'm doing it in a healthy way though by just focusing on bad science fiction movies and wide spread riots. Plus, the older you get the more decades there are to revisit and it can be an organizational nightmare.

Loved the title track and the title of the title track.

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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-23 08:43 pm (UTC)
thanks. i'm slightly (incredibly) envious of you as everything i tried to do with my last album you did with your goddamn venus movie.
i don't see why the 60s shouldn't be revisited, society has the same problems, including bad science fiction and wide spread riots.
i've found ignoring the 90s does wonders for organizational memory.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-24 02:00 am (UTC)
thanks dude, though i didn't even get a glimpse of god's cerebral cortex when i was making this thing. i did have a lot of dreams about talking trees though.

aleks is the uber-talent, i just beg her to do things.
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[User Picture]From: westival
2008-01-23 05:59 pm (UTC)
You really showed those Christians! I'll go straight to work forging you a badge of originality!
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-24 02:02 am (UTC)
score! i didn't really say too much about christians this time though.
i was raised catholic, but after reading kirby's new gods comics, i refuse to worship anyone that can't shoot lasers and/or has a chair that flies through space.
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[User Picture]From: westival
2008-01-24 05:31 am (UTC)
Dude, God invented the laser chair...probably. I know he invented Kirby at least.

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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-24 08:45 am (UTC)
i think stan lee might differ with you on both those points.
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[User Picture]From: cap_scaleman
2008-01-23 08:14 pm (UTC)
So this is what Marcel Proust would've come up with in case he had been a musician. Tonight I am about to write things so this will be a great to accompany me. :)
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-24 02:04 am (UTC)
it's closer to what carrot top would've come up with had he been a musician

but i'll take the proust reference.

enjoy the company.
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[User Picture]From: cap_scaleman
2008-01-26 10:27 pm (UTC)
I must say that it is a nice album. Too few pineapple solos though.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-26 10:33 pm (UTC)
thanks! finding fruit players in brooklyn is tougher than you'd expect.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-24 02:11 am (UTC)
i like office space too, though i couldn't watch it when i actually had an office job because it made me feel like i was still at work. wizard's office space is not a bad idea.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-02-06 07:38 pm (UTC)
i have a comic script that i wrote while i was a temp about a barbarian working a low level office job, that's kind of along similar lines. not being in an office in a while kind of killed the idea for me, but i still might draw it eventually.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-24 02:19 am (UTC)
i figured that would happen, it's why i named the files with numbers before them, though that might not be the case in the zip file. it probably took me longer to work out the track order than to make the songs on the album. but it's the internet, a future, with mp3s, you can make your own order. and i hope you like the album, because i hope we can still be friends.
i'm kidding (40%).

i feel weird about that song a little, and stealing your identity (though the original lyrics were 'i'm dean bigbee everyday, but i thought that was taking it too far), but i'll probably just make a song about that. and then put it on the bigbee concept album i'm working on.

You should find out the names of all your fans dead relatives and pets to really hit a nerve in a soon to be released super song.

it's why i'm on livejournal.
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[User Picture]From: fallentoad
2008-01-26 12:54 am (UTC)
finally listened to it
I am too busy in my apartment doing nothing for me to listen to music
so I had to wait until I left Iand listen to it on my Ipod
and since I was hiding from the extream cold for the past two days
it took me a while to finally get around to it
I like it
I like the end of the world songs
I do take it personally when you say
"people are so end of the world obsessed, but i wish they would get over it."
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-26 04:37 am (UTC)
thanks dude, i'm really glad you like it.

i didn't really mean it to be offensive. i spend way too much time thinking about apocalypse chic or whatever. it scares me that religious fundamentalists that are horny for the end times have the power to actually make that happen (without the god part) and people actually listen to them. and at the same time smart people are watching zombie movies or mad max-ish things (children of men) and thinking 'ha dude, all the dumb christians will be zombies (or are zombies already) and i'll be all right.' it's two sides of the same thing, people giving up on making things good now. at my most hippie and optimistic, i want people to appreciate life and get over superstitions and things getting fake better and try to make them actually better and at my most realistic and pessimistic i want zombies to eat everyone.

it's complicated and i like i said i think about it a lot, so it keeps on popping up in things i make.
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[User Picture]From: fallentoad
2008-01-29 01:36 am (UTC)
no offense taken
but you did get me thinking about my own obsession with the end of the world
mostly it has just been a running joke for me, one that smacks of blasphemy
and having grown up as in catholic schools a blasphemies joke hits me
in that special spot. but it is more than that I am very interested in religion
I think it is pretty cool that included in the prevailing myths of the land is
the end of the world and I am fascinated that so many people engage
these myths to the point of actually believing in them, I would respect and
maybe even envy these people if belief did not lead to so many negative
things. As you say this myth is being invoked by people on both sides
of the belief chasm (ironically and actually) and that just points to the potency
of the myth. It is potent for several reasons first of all because in a way we are
faced with the end of the world not only because of wmd's and
ecological devastation but also because with science is looking
out to the edges of the universe and to the beginning of time and
to the end of everything, one can see the ease with which
everything can and will go. Secondly it is (as you said) a symbol
for what is really happening we are all kind of dead in a way
a slave to our habits desires and fears (and I think that that holds
equally true for regardless of whether one is a believer or not, in
fact I think at its best religion frees one from the self importance
that is so central to our self imposed prison. But most importantly
I think it is kind of a spiritual desire to go beyond this world and
give up all the trivial crap that we find so important. With the way
the human race is entrenched in the labyrinth of conceptual
falsities and the game of gain and loss and the need for things
to be a certain way that it is easy to see how the brain makes up
the apocalypse myth and has us yearn for it. I know that if you
analyze a joke too much it is not funny any more, but maybe as
I am making end of the world jokes in my disgust with my self and the
world I am also invoking some of these mythic aspects of it at the same time.

oh and here is a song you may like
(it is dark dark dark)
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-02-06 06:42 pm (UTC)
this is why i like your journal, because you actually think about stuff like this. like i said, i'm sort of obsessed as well, and when i said 'i wish people would get over it' i was talking about myself too. i just feel like human society is mostly overwhelmingly negative that it would be nice to see a positive spin on things. the whole chaos magic/alan moore/ grant morrison's invisibles/2012 end of world thing was like that but it didn't seem to catch on because of it's lack of zombies.
it goes back to one of my main problems with religion, that people feel like life can be shitty because it will be ok in the afterlife, rather than just trying to make things better.
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[User Picture]From: fallentoad
2008-02-07 10:17 am (UTC)
yea that is the big one
everybody looking for a savior, a easy way out
rather than face the world and save themselves
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[User Picture]From: stanleylieber
2008-01-26 08:09 am (UTC)
I left the Internet while you were moving because I figured I wouldn't be missing much and now I find THIS days later...

Basically, fuck you man.

It is all awesome.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-26 09:38 pm (UTC)
i'm still around. i realized that if i pack and move during the day and don't sleep i can still squeeze in a couple of important livejournal hours. after today though, i probably won't be around for about two weeks, if you want to attempt to enforce a no internet coolness policy during that time, it would be appreciated.

thanks, yo.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-01-26 10:36 pm (UTC)
one week. and i'll still try to get you those actron pages next week as well.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-02-06 06:51 pm (UTC)
i was feeling real guilt about those actron pages (i just got internet and my wacom pen is in one of two locations besides my new apartment) until i realized you finished your book and have been explaining dave sim to people all over the internet and might not have time to curse me for ruining your publishing plans.

anyway, coloring is the first thing i'm going to do once i find the fucking thing.
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[User Picture]From: stanleylieber
2008-02-06 07:09 pm (UTC)
I still have to finish two more pages of COWBOY ACTOR #4 and two biographical profiles for the next issue of MASSIVE FICTIONS so I think we are okay. Glad to hear you have not been detained.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-27 05:49 pm (UTC)

Penguinkeggard returns!

So...the main reason i haven't been on lj is I have forgotten all 20 passwords I need to log in. And, currently, I am banned from logging for having failed to log=in too many times. Hence the anonymity. I just downloaded the album and can't wait to hear it. I'll have a full length review by the time you are back online.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-02-06 06:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Penguinkeggard returns!

if this is really you, it's good to hear from you anyway. i think aleks only types 30% of what i ask her to tell you. mostly because it's not funny and makes no sense, but i swear she probably ignored at least two sentences that were absolute gold. let me know what you think. unless you don't like it, of course.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-02-06 07:00 pm (UTC)
thanks. i'm ignoring the comments about the order because you're probably right. i actually agree about the instrumental stuff too, but the 4 instrumental tracks i had on this thing originally i thought didn't fit at all, and i was too lazy to record anything new.
i go back and forth on hating the personal lyrics and thinking they are 'all right'. it's harder to write metaphorically, so i usually think that stuff is better. the apocalypse is happening is essentially the same song as the last track, i just think the lyrics are slightly funnier.

i'm done being crazy about moving, so i'm ready to be crazy about working on medeor's mountain again.
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[User Picture]From: womanonfire
2008-01-29 12:19 pm (UTC)

came back to say

i really really <3
ohohoh time traveler.
very sweet.
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-02-06 07:34 pm (UTC)

Re: came back to say

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[User Picture]From: kaipfeiffer
2008-01-29 06:25 pm (UTC)
great liner notes!

finally got around listening to this and medeor's mountain: much to like in both places, but the killer for me is "modern literature won't save you". too short, so i had to put it on repeat ...

Edited at 2008-01-29 08:35 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: silenceinspades
2008-02-06 07:36 pm (UTC)

that song was possibly the one time that i realized less is sometimes better.
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