Tracks 1-14 originally made up the "Turn It Down" CDR, with the exception of "Basement Life", "Start In The Water" and "Synthesizer Parts (Demo)", which were added on as bonus tracks for the 2012 reissue. Originally released in the late summer/early autumn of 2004 on Ypsilanti Records in an edition of 50-75 CDRs. This album had 11 songs and in 2012 when Corleone approached me about doing a vinyl reissue, I added three extra tracks recorded around the same time. There were 150 copies of the LP pressed.
Tracks 15 and 16 were demos made around the same time.
Tracks 17-22 represent most of the known recorded material from Birdsong, a project that me, Juan and occasionally Eliza worked on around this time. There was a CDR that came out in early 2005 with the first five songs and "Everywhere" was included on the Ypsilanti Folk Singers comp that came out later that same year. Birdsong never played any shows and these songs were for the most part, the product of a super inspired hang/jam that Juan and I had on Christmas Eve of 2004.
released September 2, 2004
All songs written by Fred Thomas except "Lonely Financial Zone" (written by Jonathan Richman) and "Start In The Water" (written by Fred Thomas and Eliza Godfrey.)
"Roco", "Might Not", Something New", "Lonely Financial Zone", "Your Car" and "Every Other Beat" recorded and mixed by Warn DeFever at Brown Rice, Detroit Michigan, November 2003.
"Come Back" and "Disappearing" recorded and mixed by Jacob Danziger at Columbia University, New York City, September 2003.
All other songs recorded and mixed at Song Machine September 2003-December 2004.
Jacob Danziger: Violin and singing on "Come Back", "Disappearing".
Phoebe Danziger: Singing and bells on "Come Back", "Disappearing".
Faith Gazic: Singing and accordion on "Might Not".
Zachary Wallace: Bass on "Something New".
Nate Cavalieri: Pump organ on "Every Other Beat".
Eliza Godfrey: Singing on "Start In The Water", "Nobody Knows" and "Everywhere".
Juan Garcia: Banjo, lap-steel, bells, percussion and singing on tracks 17-22.
Fred Thomas: Singing, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, tapes, etc.
Addictive Garage Pop/Rock. Sad and happy, jangly guitars, changing and lovely vocals, short and very diverse songs in this album. Got hooked on this band instantly. Check it out if you like Guided by Voices, Flying Nun, The Feelies, Beat Happening... Diego A. Torres