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Recorded by Shane Olivo in Milwaukee, mixed by John Congleton (The Paper Chase) in Texas, and mastered at Silver Sonya in DC, the disc brings still more hooks, still more obtusely nerdy subject material (Black holes? The Paulding Light? Really guys?).

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released 23 September 2008

Mr.Alarm: Bass / upright bass / vocals / keys / baritone guitar / guitar / theramin / noise
Dr.Awkward: Drums / vocals / percussion
Rev.Ever: Guitar / keys / bass / samples / vocals / organ / noise
YaleDelay: Guitar / vocals / noise

Dixie Jacobs: Vocals on "Defenestrate", "1000 Holes", "Success!"
Thom Geibel: E-Bow guitar on “99 Probalos”
Michael Wojtasiak: Backing vocals and handclaps
Upright bass delivery by Michael Carey

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Track Name: Defenestrate Me
Spend and
Borrow
Words are
Hollow
String up
Higher
The Town
Crier

Go to the briefing and I'll fill you full of jive
Ask me a question and I'll tell you naught but lies
My dance ain't honest so kick me out of the hive
Defenestrate me and I promise I'll survive

You're not a someone 'til you pay someone to make you someone
You're not a legend 'til you fall from grace
You're not a someone 'til the someone takes you by the collar
Crash through a window and fall on your face

Deny Deny Deny Deny Deny Deny Deny Deny
Track Name: Paradise By the Paulding Light
We're all iron miners, wearing earth on our flesh
Our work is our life and our life is our debt
And when we're put to rest on our backs
We'll haunt the mines like the Paulding Light haunts the tracks

It's a myth that floats among the hills
You can see it if you stay perfectly still
If it's a question of faith we'll be here all night
If it's a question of science you'll never be right

If it's a question of science you can speculate
On the gasses on the masses that hallucinate
When you're done we'll be underground
Splitting rocks as the world turns 'round

I've got nothing to say
I'm dead anyway
And we're too busy mining to be scared
I've got nothing to say
I'm dead anyway
And we're too busy mining to be scared

He tried to warn the trains, they failed not to collide
Now he haunts the hill with his lantern held high
The rocks we break are in the grave where he lies
These hills are ours too and we're bleeding 'em dry

He tried to warn the trains, they failed not to collide
Now he haunts the hill with his lantern held high
The rocks we break are in the grave where he lies
And we're bleedin' 'em, bleedin' 'em, bleedin' 'em

I've got nothing to say
I'm dead anyway
And we're too busy mining to be scared
I've seen the Paulding Light
I've seen the reds and greens and whites
But I wouldn't approach it on a dare
Track Name: Your Head on a Ratings Spike
I'm not a no, I'm not a no, I'm not a nobody
I'm not a nobody but you don't see me
I'm invis-, I'm invis-, I'm invisible
But my deeds are opaque clearly

Rotting away in a schoolyard
Can't see me to push me off the swings
Cast away among the four-square
I'm waiting in the wings
Rotting away in a classroom
Raise your hand to solve the problem now
Salarymen are your future
Unless I take your head now

Just give me an opening
You'll be silent and I'll sing
They can't help but hear me cuz
I'm somebody now
You be silent and I'll sing
I'll give you the opening
They can't help but hear me cuz
I'm somebody now

You gotta wail, you gotta gnash, you gotta decry
The kids these days need to be taught some manners
Tune in to Court TV and watch me be crucified
I'll bring the nails, You bring the hammer

I stuck a head up on a fence post
It worked as advertised
Now I'm a media darling
I'm sensationalized

Just give me an opening
You'll be silent and I'll sing
They can't help but hear me cuz
I'm somebody now
You be silent and I'll sing
I'll give you the opening
They can't help but hear me cuz
I'm somebody now

I can't tell what I like better
Your scream in my ears or frozen forever
Baby, your face has never looked better cuz
I'm somebody now
Baby your face has never looked better cuz
I'm somebody now
Track Name: Black Holes Resonate (in B-Flat), Baby
We dance on the event horizon
From which no light can escape
We dance on the event horizon
Unexplored dimensions await
Shake your orbit, Shake your orbit, Shake your orbit,
Shake your orbit, Shake your orbit, Watch your orbit decay
Your reaction is a part of the process
A stolen Scream, a bloody Monet

We're tiptoing on oblivion's crest
But there's a chance we'll make a beautiful mess
Even black holes resonate in b-flat baby
You'd be a sharp cookie to see it

We dance on the event horizon
A legacy of close calls and dodged traps
We dance on the event horizon
Because you love to watch stars collapse
Shake your orbit, Shake your orbit, Shake your orbit,
Shake your orbit, Shake your orbit, Watch your orbit decay
We know we've got your number
We see right through you 'cause you're bathed in x-rays

We're tiptoing on oblivion's crest
But there's a chance we'll make a beautiful mess
Even black holes resonate in b-flat baby
You'd be a sharp cookie to see it

This spaceship's falling apart

We're tiptoing on oblivion's crest
But there's a chance we'll make a beautiful mess
Even black holes resonate in b-flat baby
Resonate
Resonate in b-flat

We're tiptoing on oblivion's crest
But there's a chance we'll make a beautiful mess
Even black holes resonate in b-flat baby
You'd be a sharp cookie to see it
Track Name: Get Killed, Get Noticed
Fall in line
Fall in line
Pick your fame and pick your fate and pick your time
The world loves when a hero falls before her prime
Give it time
You'll be on a cover in a checkout line
I hope you've bled
They like you when you're sick and love you when you're dead

Immortality's so now, jump back and we'll show you how

It's the nature of the day
Get killed, get noticed
It's the fashionable play
Get killed, get noticed

Fall in line
You've gotta fall in line or bring yourself to resign to fates unkind
There's no point in living if you waste your time
Waste your time
The day passes with no remorse for those who lie and turn in bed
It likes it when you're sick and loves it when you're dead

Immortality's so now, jump back and we'll show you how

It's the nature of the day
Get killed, get noticed
It's the fashionable play
Get killed, get noticed

You need a speedy solution
I've got an easy solution
You need a final solution
Throw your hands up and your life away!

It's the nature of the day
Get killed, get noticed
It's the fashionable play
Get killed, get noticed
Track Name: Creative Lessons in Accounting
Its hard to get back to where you began
When the left hand's apologizing for the right hand
Mistakes were made and reports were ran
But you can never put the shell back together again

It's a fatal error and a common mistake
To be giving out more than you take
The numbers were off
The forms were faked
A simple amount of time before the bills accumulate
Track Name: Science Depends on Us
Crash the culture
It's harmful to America
Our book tells us
We know what our morals are
Distort information
Reduce it to a sound bite
Design or creation
Our end makes it right

It all depends
Depends on
It all depends
Depends on
It all depends
Depends on
It all depends on
Depends on us

It's a war against sceince
Demand our logic
We know what our morals are
We know what the end is
A second revelation
Bring on the decline
No one can stop us
Begin the end times

It all depends
Depends on
It all depends
Depends on
It all depends
Depends on
It all depends on
Depends on us

Crash the culture
It's harmful to America
Our book tells us
We know what our morals are
Distort information
Reduce it to a sound bite
Design or creation
Our end makes it right

It's a war against sceince
Demand our logic
We know what our morals are
We know what the end is
A second revelation
Bring on the decline
No one can stop us
Begin the end times

It all depends
Depends on
It all depends
Depends on
It all depends
Depends on
It all depends on
Depends on us
Track Name: You Can Dig a Thousand Holes, But it Takes a Body to Make a Grave
All the things in your life
All the things you could never bury
And sell them for a pound of flesh
That isn't worth a penny
You can re-run the program
An enless loop of infinity
And never complete the process
Until you find a body

I've been waiting my whole life
Digging holes and not finding graves
Ive been waiting my whole life
1000 holes a million mistakes

You can dig for a lifetime
And never get so lucky
As to find a hole to China
Or a nice warm body
You can repeat yourself forever
Over a thousand times
Looking for an angle
Or a cracker jack prize

I've been waiting my whole life
Digging holes and not finding graves
Ive been waiting my whole life
1000 holes a million mistakes

A thousand holes

You can dig a thousand holes, but it takes a body to make a grave
Track Name: Song for the Dead Millionaire
Floating in the poison lake
Your scarecrow won't intimidate
Throw me in, toss me away
I can hold my breath 'til Judgment Day

You locked me in and you said
You locked me in and you said
You locked me in and you said you'd lock me in again
You shot me full of the meds, the Thorazine and the Lith
You shot me full of the meds, you thought I'd never forget
You locked me in and you said
You locked me in and you said
You locked me in and you said you'd lock me in again
You shot me full of the meds, the Thorazine and the Lith
You shot me full of the meds, I'm gonna never forget

Face down in a lake, bloated by the sun
He had the stolen plans, not fooled by anyone
Face down in a lake, bloated by the sun
He had the stolen plans, not fooled by anyone

You shut me out, you shut me out
Don't you know that I'm a sane man
You shut me out, you shut me out
Nickels dimes and an accident

You said I don't have a clue
You said I don't have a clue
But I have been imbued with skill to see right through
You said I don't have a clue
You said I don't have a clue
But I have been imbued with skill to see right through
You locked me in and you said
You locked me in and you said
You locked me in and you said you'd lock me in again
Don't threaten me with the dead
Don't threaten me with the dead
I've got the plans in my head, I'm in this until the end

You shut me out, you shut me out
Don't you know that I'm a sane man
You shut me out, you shut me out
Nickels dimes and an accident
You shut me out, you shut me out
But you've spread yourself too thin
I'm gonna fight my way back in

Never tell the schitzo where the money is
Never tell the schitzo where the money is
Never tell the schitzo where the money is
Never tell the schitzo where the money is

Throw me in, toss me away
I can hold my breath until you let me in

You shut me out, you shut me out
Don't you know that I'm a sane man
You shut me out, you shut me out
Nickels dimes and an accident
You shut me out, you shut me out
But you've spread yourself too thin
I'm gonna fight my way back in
Track Name: Success! Success! Success!
(Hey hey)
Let's clear the air
Let's clear the room
Let's turn the place into a fucking tomb
I've thrown out my life like I've thrown out my art
My legacy could use a jump start

(Hey hey)
So let's clear the air
Let's clear the room
The smell of fire is such a sweet perfume
You're obsessed with youth
I'm obsessed with you
This show will debut to horrified reviews

Opportunity is winding down
No one hears you when you're in your 30s now
This gravity can only pull you down
There's no shame in desperation

(Hey hey)
Let's clear the air
Let's clear the room
Let's turn the place into a fucking tomb
I've thrown out my life like I've thrown out my art
My legacy could use a jump start

(Hey hey)
So let's clear the air
Let's clear the room
The smell of fire is such a sweet perfume
You're obsessed with youth
I'm obsessed with you
This show will debut to horrified reviews

Opportunity is winding down
No one hears you when you're in your 30s now
This gravity can only pull you down
There's no shame in desperation

Now I'm a success! Now I'm a success!
Track Name: 99 Probalos
I made a movie about making a movie
Based on a movie that I'd never even seen
I worked as hard as hell
People thought it came out well
But when I watched it I couldn't tell which one was me
The heads all loved it, summer blockbuster
I got promoted; you'd think this was a dream
I bought the franchise, it worked but now I'm
Middle management in a pyramid scheme

(I've come so far - I'm gone right now)
The past was so bright
It puts the future in sight
But I'm standing still
I'm standing still
I'm standing still
Until it's over

I made a whole life out of that moment
Stretched it out further than I ever would bet
Producers bought and spent the trade papers' respect
My every moment has been lived out on a set
I never thought I'd live so long
But I haven't wised up yet
And they say that only the good die young
So I guess that's what I get

(I've come so far - I'm gone right now)
The past was so bright
It puts the future in sight
But I'm standing still
I'm standing still
I'm standing still
Until it's over