The Easy Thing

by New People

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1.
Just find someone with similar interests; if computers can do it, then why can't you? Just ask around, and see who's still single or almost single again Or recovering from a coma, or just let out of jail. Or visiting the country, or learning how to fail. And if you get your basic needs all met, then you can concentrate on what really matters Love is the problem that you can't ignore Love is the problem that you're looking for Just find someone who's fairly good looking, but not too good looking; you'll get used to it. Just ask around about friends of friends, about exes of exes of exes of yours Just find someone who can stand to be near you, who has similar needs; could that be so hard? And if you're lucky, all your time will disappear, and you'll never have to fear And if you're lucky, all your interests will dissolve in the life you'll have to solve And if you're lucky, all your cares will multiply as your years go tearing by Cause you found someone Love is the reason that you're fading fast Love is the answer to what you never asked
2.
The Last One 03:38
One moment you sat smoking and looking far away Sound of my voice deflected like ashes in your tray Years pass and now you’re watching; I’m looking far away My voice is wrapped in silence; I’ve got nothing to say You were the last one, you were the last one You were the last one to push me away Wearing your yesterdays; you’re wearing your yesterdays You should have asked for my help; why did you hold it in? You could have leaned on me ‘cause I was much stronger then So don’t you bother asking what could I give you now The guilt has turned to anger, and I won’t keep it down
3.
When you’ve lost the world that you’ve been waiting for And you have tried the key, and it don’t fit the door When you have seen your dreams as they go flushing down And you forgot the plot that carried you around I do believe that you might qualify for some vacation when you die You’ve got a life with no holds on it, no holds any more And what you thought important made you miss your cue And though you bought the package it has returned you And while I know you’re on it, still, I’ve got to say If you’ve been turning on it, well, then that’s okay I do believe that you’ve finally found you, so damn beautiful around you One life’s loss another’s gain; shake your point and suck the pain Things don’t work out as you planned them; break the contract and expand them As you want so shall you dare, not that this is fair So if you’ve lost the world and your beloved crown If you love the future then you won’t fall down And though you’ve lost the dreams that used to pull you through There’s still some stuff around that you might like to do
4.
Kite 03:45
Maybe you believe those lines, but I see how you live your life You’re painting a picture of who you want to be You’re not who you say you are; you wouldn’t get very far You’d tumble down to the ground Without him to pull down You would fall to the ground Like a kite with no string You would twist in the wind You’re tired of push and pull; you say it’s a game for fools But you don’t know another game to play Don’t tell me he holds you down; you’re lucky he’s still around You’d tumble down to the ground If he didn’t hold on so tight, you’d blow off into the night You’d tumble down to the ground
5.
New People 02:12
New People talkin’ on the flora, laid out like an open hand New People are acting fairly normal Sure they got a story, sure that they could understand It's probably painful It's probably rude New People, they offer their attention maybe for the afternoon New People, they often fail to mention that they must be going, that they got it going soon They're probably paid for You probably lose Few people really get to know you, really get to understand Most people in lots of coexistence Not that you're insistent, not that that you would make demands They're probably famous You're probably nude New People are separate from you New People make you feel too few
6.
Down So Low 04:31
Where’re you calling from? I can hear the sun I can hear the light over the wire tonight And it makes me sick How the same old trick Seems different till it’s done And then you know you’ve lost Lay me down so low Burn me out so slow Lead me on I know Again again again Weigh what’s on my mind For the thousand time Hundred thousandth time Again again again I can’t understand How this slight of hand Seems different every time Until you know you're had Where’re you calling from? I can hear the sun I can feel the sun tonight
7.
Luge 03:48
Soak along a filling place I won’t believe I’ve lost a face I’m hardly here; I’m hardly me I don’t know what I’m supposed to be I’m feeling soft, I’m looking long I’ve set my chest to breathing strong. I’ve got the game; I’ve got the balls I’m fiction streaking through the halls A bell and chain, a tube of fish A portion of a fleeting wish I only leave; I’m plentitude I won’t depress the general mood. Build a tune, a better place In front of us, in future space I’m half a light bulb, stuck in mud I’m bleeding bleach; I’m stealing cud Only loss upon my knee Holding out for entropy. I’m creamy smooth, a pudding cake I don’t believe I’ve got to ache I’m simple now but wasn’t then I got myself a smaller pen I’ve dreamt me big but bore me out I’m small enough to pan me out To pleasing me and feeling time And one more long, obnoxious rhyme Did you come too when fondness kills? And far-fetched spinning spanking frills. I’m half past four till never six And drunk with lust for missing chicks And creature flavors still in mind And screaming here on my behind I’m only love and that is all So why don’t we smoke alcohol and luge?
8.
Well, I know you’ve got to run I don’t want to spoil your fun Things to do, people to see Yeah, me too Never know how things might change Suddenly you’re out of range I don’t want to be the moss on the stone Thanks for stopping by, my friend Really, thanks for stopping in I know you’ve got things to do Yeah, me too Well you caught me in between This is just temporary On my way, just wait and see When I get there Sometimes you think you’ve got the thread Leads out of the labyrinth You run a while until you see It’s just more halls
9.
Horse 04:02
I’m not amazed it isn’t true I’m not amazed it wouldn’t do. I’m not surprised that all your goods fell down Cause that’s exactly what they do I’m not afraid of aching hands I’m not afraid of unmade plans I’m not alone in this, that when I do insist I know exactly where I am And though I’m tired of feeling bored And overwhelmed and just ignored I recognize my flaws and I still grasp at straws I’ll make the most of what I’m falling toward And we can use the old damned horse She’s gonna pull for me, of course And I got fifteen kegs of beer I mean it’s old, but hell it’s here. And it’s got a name I’ll be ebullient and free I’ll go and start to at like me I’ll get up on that horse, go back and find the source Of what was beautiful and sweet Ah, come on, let’s go, OK? I’m optimistic for a day And though I agonize a bit, I’m back to size And it feels pretty good to me And we can use the old damn name The one that never brought me fame Or we can throw it back complete Or we can fry it up to eat
10.
You sip a scotch, flip through a magazine The pages pass, but you don’t really see You want to leave, but you just sit and stare Why start again? This won’t go anywhere It’s just another way to fall, just another way to sprawl It’s just another way to get down on your hands and knees and crawl Why fight this time? Just put the dark glasses on And get used to the sight through bloodshot eyes Don’t tell a lie when you call on the phone What’s there to hide when everybody knows?
11.
I want to do the easy thing, but no one will let me. I want to sell the way I sing, but then they would get me And no one I know wants to be cross-eyed and naked If you can’t enter in foolishly, at least you could fake it I want to do the easy thing; it would only take my one I Ching If you like the way I sing I think we should do it I wanna be successful, yeah, and not so damn depressful, yeah If you could lend a dressful, yeah, let’s go to it I want to buy the world a drink, but I can’t afford it If you liked the way I think, you should have adored it Nobody comes this way without their abuses I acquire them and get away with my nihilistic excuses
12.
Shadows Fall 04:37
It took me so long to see, understand where you’re coming from But I followed your eyes to the horizon I’ve been listening when I don’t speak; I think I’ve got the thread I can see how you want to be what you want to be The way that shadows fall and reach out quietly They come together and they cover all you see I know my mouth runs on; I stumble foolishly When the words start to flow they loose all subtlety We’re creatures of flesh and bone ruled by our suffering It’s hard not to feel alone, and it’s hard to see The way that shadows fall and reach out quietly They come together and they join up seamlessly
13.
Axiomatic 04:27
Start now, cough me up and brush me off and mean it If it’s a new time, then treat it as such It doesn’t matter that much if you believe it And if misery is axiomatic for the likes of you and me Decide it’s cool and call it fuel and employ it sparingly Choose now, down or up; just pick a ride and mean it If it’s a nose dive, aim your luck to brush the ground and clean it And if misery stares like a tree lookin’ solid as can be Let’s call that good, and work that wood to burn us sparingly And I know that something’s happened to me, but I’m missing what I’ve become But I know that if you hold on to me, then we’ll have some place to fall from And to come back to Life now, sticking up; grab it and massage it Time is fucking up; let’s you and me ménage it And if misery is axiomatic for the likes of you and me Let’s deem it fine, and seal that shrine to visit sparingly And if misery is automatic for the likes of you and me Decide it’s cool and call it fuel and use it fruitfully And if misery is nonspecific in a way it should not be Just grab me, dear, ‘cause I’ll be here to listen faithfully And if it’s all just axiomatic, there’s still much to do Axiomatic like my need for you Axiomatic that we’ll sail on through

about

Songwriters Mark and Matt began singing and playing together in Madison, WI in the spring of 2006, and Julian moved here from Mexico in August and joined up. Track 5 is remixed from their original demo (recorded around 12/06). All other tracks besides the first two were home-recorded as a live 3-piece over much of 2007, with overdubs/fixes/initial mixing running through 9/08. Steve recorded his parts remotely.

In October, the band entered Paradyme Studios with Jake Johnson, recorded two brand-new tracks (1 and 2), and completed messing with the rest of them until they sounded as slick as the new tracks.

credits

released December 1, 2008

Matt Ackerman: guitars, lead and harmony vocals
Mark Lint: bass, lead and harmony vocals
Julian Salgado-Laredo: drums

with Steve Petrinko: percussion (1,7,13) and keyboard (13)

1,3,5,7,9,11,13 written by Mark
2,4,8,10,12 written by Matt
6 written by Matt but Mark helped with the lyrics

Recorded by Matt and Mark except for 1, 2
Steve recorded his own parts remotely
Jake Johnson: recording (1,2), mixing and mastering
Ken Gerber: album art

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Catchy, homespun tunes ranging in style from power pop to folk ballads to alt country, laced with a sense of the absurd.

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