Stunts

by Rademacher

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"Opening cut "Arkansas" establishes that template impressively, opening with 60 seconds of quiet buzz and disembodied voices before evolving into ecstatic rhythmic surges, choir-like harmonies, and Sosa's bordering-on-hysteria vocals." -- All Music Guide

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released December 12, 2007

Recorded at The Ship in Eagle Rock, CA with Aaron Espinoza.

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At turns wry and censorious, Rademacher uses its rough-hewn indie rock — barbed-wire guitars, funhouse keyboard lines, Mancillas’ shout-sung vocals — to dissect what it’s like to make rough-hewn indie rock.

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Track Name: Arkansas
whiskey and train tracks and fireflies and fog
you got a hundred neighbors and they've got a thousand dogs

shotguns all pointed at you heart
take your best shot
take me to arkansas

there's no map of this nation just an ancient radiation
we've all been taught not to pay too much attention to
and this color is not for kids it is a color we've been taught to keep well hid
locked up in some cabinet and hidden behind the china

if this suit of armor
should ever crack or we're disarmed I hope you know
we got exactly what we paid for

this love is not the same

if I knew what I knew before I knew it
hell i might of put more work into it
I might have done it just a little bit more like you did

and these broken teeth and these shattered rainbows
these bloodied knees and scratched up elbows
if this is an ending
we really need to work on our endings

this love is not the same

and maybe she'll
be good to me
drag me home
like some kind of tractor beam
and hook me up with a bed in her spare room
like some kind of sentimental heirloom

like that piano that she can't play
but she sits at every day
lost in keys that got no names
oh no.

this love is not the same.
Track Name: Not My Home
What if we all drove sports cars
and lived in amusement parks
if we always did right
and never did wrong
what if every song was only three minutes long?

What if we stopped wearing underwear
and gave up trying to comb our hair
and we stopped going to work
and just went to the movies everyday

when was the last time we went to the movies anyways?

I am not very good at relationships
not even very good at sex
I am one great big dysfunctional mess
and messes don't get cleaned up by themselves

I have a heart and it is not made
of tin or stone and when I'm alone
and you're not here it is not the same
it is not my home.

Who's in my bed?
Track Name: Machines
I thought I would make me some machines
to do all of my work for me and play all my concerts in perfect time.

in perfect, perfect time.

now all I've got is a list of complaints
we never practice
never plan
fields our empty turned to sand
and I don't want to play this game no more.

We'll all fall down, all fall down at last
just spin me round and hold my hand
it goes by so fast.
yes it all goes by so fast.

you thought you had it figured out
you thought you had ti right
but no you cannot sleep no more you stay up every night
and really?
I don't care.

We'll all fall down, all fall down at last
just spin me round and hold my hand
it goes by so fast.
yes it all goes by so fast.
Track Name: If U Got Some Magic
If you're singing about a sailor you're singing about the sea
singing about the places you'd secretly rather be
If you know this city then why can't you find a place
to get you haircut?

some questions are tough some don't have answers at all.

If you're really over it why you want to go back and visit
why put on those records and just keep on listening?
that's exactly the sort of attitude that's brought you back to your front door

maybe that's what this song is for
it's a porch light that you left on

and maybe your friends will learn to be friends
all over again

If you got some magic well now would be the time to use it
now is the time to prove your heart maybe lose it
If you hold that magnifying glass up real close to your face
you'll see you got a great nose
you know I've always loved that nose.

and maybe your friends will learn to be friends
all over again
cause that's way we walked
and that is the way we will walk out.
Track Name: What Yr Used To Back At Home
you think you got control
but it is not something you know
you're on a roller coaster
you're on some great big ocean
and it is not something you know
not like what you're used to back at home
its got a mind of its own

you're all gown up now
all moved away
and yesterday is not like today
its got a mind of its own
Track Name: On Yr Marks
You go up you go down you like to pace around
you're just some animal in a fake coat of fur
you you've learned your lesson you're not messing around
you're a queen wearing a crown and everywhere you walk men fall down

let's skip to the good part
let's fast forward our hearts
let's get on our marks
you know its not hard to forget who you are

I got a couple thoughts in my head if I didn't I would be dead
or I'd be at work wearing some button down shirt
who needs that diamonds who needs that bird that sings
who needs that kind of attitude? why you got to go ruin everything?

let's skip to the good part
let's fast forward our hearts
let's get on our marks
you know its not hard to forget who you are

once you;ve opened up that door and everybody wants a little bit more
and all those angels on your shoulders stop giving you orders
and for a moment you grow older and wise

let's skip to the good part
let's fast forward our hearts
let's get on our marks
you know its not hard to forget who you are
Track Name: Today Is Different
these american dreams
these giant television screens
these planes that can't be seen
flying over everything
this broken factory
this cocacola recipe
this counterfeit machine
counterfeiting everything

This industry
these economics
magazines
marvel comics
the next time haley's comet comes
I'll be turning 93
and telescopes
don't tell lies
and galaxies don't give advice
they're busy growing colder and older just like me

These american dreams
this crooked symphony
it echoes through the concert hall like numbers on some bathroom wall
saxophones in secret codes
whispers on your telephone
words you use to know by heart
words you used to use back home

California in the morning
New York in the evening
Woody Guthrie on your headphones
speaking from some other century
time may not be holding us
but time is not a friend I trust
I never liked him much
no I never liked him much

And there ain't nothing you can do
your folks were right

Now the time it might seem distant
like some bird outside the window
but if you believe it in this instant
it'll never go away
because today
today is different

And there ain't nothing you can do
your folks were right
Track Name: Stunts
Death comes just once in a lifetime
not even once every year
its the rattle in your cage
its a book with one page
you read once and then never read again.

Love it might come and it might go
might not be there in the morning
might not make the show
you might have built it a home
but you've always kind of known
you'd be alone when the cavalry came

and these angels that we've named after us
they can't help us with that no they can't help with much
they are useless for anything
but what we all kind of hope is that some day
they'll finally wake up

death don't mean to cause you any troubles
he does all of his stunts himself
so take off all your clothes and pick up a hose
there is a slip n' slide out in the back

and these angels that we've named after us
they can't help us with that no they can't help with much
they are useless for anything
but what we all kind of hope is that some day
they'll finally wake up

so hand me that last cup of water
I'll drink it up all by myself
I've hollowed out this hole
yeah I've figured out this role
I'm playing me and you are playing you
and the scene is just us lonesome two.
Track Name: Letter From Fresno, CA
you woke up from some kind of dream
the kind where the people you meet are your friends
but they are totally backwards and end over end
caught in a landslide of furious sin
yes you're having that dream again.

you fell into this bed headfirst
eyes wide and drunk in some rock and roll skirt
caught up in an evening of longing or worse
this romantic curse
this forgotten landmine
we were doing so well for such a long time
yes we were doing so well for such a long long time

and these city kids they don't have a clue
they didn't grow up, grow up like me and you
they're all spoiled and well fed half wicked and half dead
caught up in those nothings that creep into their head
and their world is only 3 miles wide
and their world is only 11 miles high

while I'm drawing these lines in the sand
take a good look at the cards in our hand
'case this city is folding beyond our command
and if hearts are rent controlled and we're all just real estate man
let's come up with some kind of plan.

this is a letter from Fresno, California
it was written for a girl who was leaving in the morning
it was written in a rush
in a panicked sunrise hush
it was written from me to you
I hope you're doing well and that you'll always, you'll always stay cool with me
I guess we'll have to wait and see
'cause you're never with the person or quite in the place
that you thought that you wanted to be