Dagger Beach

by John Vanderslice

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1.
Raw Wood 03:17
Raw Wood one day the paint will be stripped right off your pretty veneer and you can bet for sure raw wood never looked so good day the pain will pass on from me to you it will then be clear if it's really true: I've moved on I set up camp in the woods where the trail falls off for good I set up in wildcat camp just me and the owls and the bats in the deep dark woods alone with my fears under the jackpine the sky was galvanized my house is a mess, the kind you keep when you don't have guests, once day I'll fix it right because raw wood never looked so good
2.
Harlequin Press at the harlequin press I met a girl in a blue wool dress her manuscript in hand confused and unprepared, I offered to help I know an editor here, I know him well she gave me her proof and I took it home it was a promising, total mess I helped her submit, we cut there and added this I quickly fell in love my friend rejected it outright, not enough sex and too much talking right then she cut me off a year had passed, she showed up at my door she rewrote the book and handed it over she replaced the songbirds with pornographers, the love scenes with brutal murders
3.
Song for Dana Lok the red band stretches out across the farallones dagger beach bay windows with victorian glass and power lines that carried the telegraph I taste salt on my tongue, I will stay strong I will not be undone the sound of the Alemany market is future sound and I sighed in relief when bitter greens dropped to a dollar a pound and night dropped the floor and opened up a small wooden door I taste salt on my tongue I will not be undone
4.
How the West Was Won the hand that cut this barley, I’d like to know the pale blue lips that blew the life into this stereo oh I’d like to know oh I’d like to know don’t it feel good to be understood tonight you asked me when’s the last time I stared into your sharp black jeweled eyes, even then you knew we were through I didn’t know I didn’t know then you got up to go don’t it feel good don’t it feel right don’t it feel good to be understood tonight do you know how the west was won? I fixed my speed in the middle lane, turned on the radio they played that missing take of "jailbreak" they had to know don’t it feel good don’t it feel right don’t it feel good to be understood tonight
5.
Interlude #1 02:11
6.
Song for David Berman they closed the road to laramie slowly it came rain then snow then ice I killed my engine and paced outside, out in the soft gray light no turning back I called my doctor on his cell the call went straight to voicemail I thought of you when I was stung by a scorpion you crushed up some tobacco leaf for me pulled out from your red man pouch the sioux had taught you all you knew I do believe it's true they cut you down with a single shell a Winchester "double l" your switchblade fell and caught the light massacres are disguised as battles all the time I do believe it's true
7.
Damage Control I remember when we first met on the great salt lake who was I to say no? o let me go I remember when it first came on like every other asshole I bought a guitar o let me go the snack bar was closed, they left the radio on the AM band was made for you and me hold my hand o let me go songs of the free meant so much to me on the Great Salt Lake the faint light fades and my ears rang out o let me go
8.
9.
Gaslight 02:45
Gaslight I drank deep from the cup I drank for all of us turn on the gaslight and strike up the band I woke tangled up in razor wired chain-link fence and it tears the anaheim fairgrounds from my future tense turn on the gaslight and strike up the band
10.
Sleep It Off 02:43
Sleep It Off you were gone a long time I followed you dear all of those years now that you're back, it's complicated sleep it off, sleep it off songs from memory I survived your blue wool skirt, your hooded eyes I slept in cairns and split and Anaheim I stripped the gears of your dad's Mark V and knelt in the shadows of the RCA building sleep it off, sleep it off
11.
Sonogram 02:24
Sonogram a heartbeat on a gray screen on and on and on and on it goes the blood flows it's not my blood everyone knows on and on and on and on it goes the blood flows
12.
North Coast Rep in the last known photograph of you and me sprawled on the grass you looked off frame you were through with this stupid play you looked off frame I didn't recognize the boy I once knew lost Sonoma hills matched perspective with my silver stills we followed the old mule trail to mining camps and dried blood red shale you should stay you're just going to leave this place anyway you should know by now you're going to ruin the show you're the last friend I have among the crew and cast and staff they'll replace you with an unknown hack you're the last the friend I have you looked off frame towards the east but the traitorous beast will never speak your name you looked off frame I saw you harden with ambition you should stay you're just going to blow this place anyway you should know by now you're going to ruin the show
13.
Interlude #2 00:47

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Released on 6/11/2013 on Tiny Telephone

Dagger Beach was recorded by Ian Pellicci and JV
At Tiny Telephone A & B
Mixed by Ian Pellicci at Tiny Telephone
Assisted by Shawn Alpay and Kelley Coyne
Mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service

Produced by Ian Pellicci and JV
Thanks to James Riotto for editorial insight

all songs JV, except
“Song for the Landlords of Tiny Telephone” written by Shawn Alpay and “Interlude 2” by Rob Shelton

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released August 31, 2013

Raw Wood
JV: baritone guitars, Ibanez 202 guitars, Moog bass, vocals
Rob Shelton: delayed piano, treated piano
Jason Slota: drums, percussion
Brady Weinstein: CV triggers

Harlequin Press
JV: acoustic guitars, synths, piano, square wave guitar, key-gated xylophone, vocals
Laura Bergmann: flute
Annie Phillips: clarinet
James Riotto: hammond B3
Rob Shelton: piano
Jason Slota: drums
Woodwind arrangement by Minna Choi/Magik*Magik Orchestra

Song for Dana Lok
JV: acoustics, Moogs, vocals
Shawn Alpay: cello, hammond B3
Jason Slota: surdo

How the West Was Won
JV: bogen acoustic, keyboards, harmonized guitars, vocals
James Riotto: bass, piano
Rob Shelton: Rhodes, Yamaha yc-45
Jason Slota: drums, surdo
Brady Weinstein: echolution dubbing, pro-one CV effects

Interlude #1
JV: rhythm ace, Moog source, gr-300 guitar synth
Rob Shelton: treated piano

Song for David Berman
JV: acoustic guitars, vocals
Liana Berube: violin
Alex Camphouse: french horn
Michelle Kwon: cello
James Riotto: upright bass
Rob Shelton: Rhodes, upright piano, Yamaha yc-45
Jason Slota: drums
String and horn arrangement by Minna Choi/Magik*Magik Orchestra

Damage Control
JV: acoustic and electric guitars, crumar strings, vocals
Rob Shelton: Rhodes
Jason Slota: drums
Brady Weinstein: envelope phaser

Song For the Landlords of Tiny Telephone
Shawn Alpay: cello
Ian Pellicci: tape loops

Gaslight:
JV: vari-speed electric guitars, piano, Moog, vocals
Laura Bergmann: flute
Alex Camphouse: French horn
Annie Phillips: clarinet
James Riotto: bass
Rob Shelton: Rhodes, Yamaha cp-25
Jason Slota: drums

Sleep It Off
JV: electric guitar, vocals
andrew maguire: wind chimes, shakers, assorted percussion
James Riotto: surdo
Rob Shelton : Yamaha yc-45
Jason Slota: marimba

Sonogram
JV: Moogs, pitched + gated guitars, vocals
Rob Shelton: reverse piano
Jason Slota: +700c drums
Brady Weinstein: ring modulation

North Coast Rep
JV: Korg Polysix, pro-one, vocals
Jason Slota: drums, percussion

Interlude #2
Rob Shelton: piano
Ian Pellicci: tape loops

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