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No New York (feat. Astronautalis)

from The One Man Band Broke Up by Ceschi

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EXPLAINING NO NEW YORK:

I'll be the first to say that I usually don't write very abstract songs, but it makes total sense that people ask me what my lyrics mean due to the fact that there are quite a few inside references in my music.
I know I elaborated on "Half Mast" here a while ago - now I figure I should explain the song "No New York" produced by DJ Scientist with added instruments by me and some added vocals on the intro / choruses / outro by Astronautalis.

The title is taken from a famous compilation of the short lived No Wave music scene curated by Brian Eno in the late 70s. It is also a direct reference to a song I did with Dj Scientist called "HELLO NEW YORK" that never made it onto the "One Man Band" album (only onto an extremely limited vinyl postcard). That original song (Hello NY) was a glory song about the character Julius & The Bearded Saviour having a sold out show in New York in his prime, doing drugs, getting chicks, and living the clichéd rock n roll lifestyle.

While "Hello NY" was a retelling of Julius' fame, the first verse of "No New York" is my voice directly speaking to a musical hero about his impending downfall. Buried in his own vulgarity, Julius is still too famous to be bothered by a fan, too high to care, infected and slowly seeing his career sink down the drain.

On this chorus when I say "This is Not New York" - Im referring to the song "Hello NY" and Julius' sold out show there.

As with a lot of the songs on "The One Man Band Broke Up" album - I constantly swerve in and out of autobiography. The fictional story of Julius is really just epitomizing all of my personal fears as a musician. At points on the album Julius is me, sometimes he's an actual peer of mine, sometimes he's just a fictionalized extreme.

The second verse is a very honest portrayal of my own touring life and fears of winding up like Julius. It's summed up with the line
"Good Grizzly God - tell me this is not what I'll become."

There are some very specific references to my touring history :

- "tagged couches" "paid with pizza and beer" "cock and balls drawn on green room walls" :
Every touring musician is familiar with these truths

- "We slept in cold sweat across the midwest playing metal shows for drunken whores in clown suits who couldn't care less. Lost girlfriends and jobs all for the love of the song." :

This is a reference to a 2007 tour I did singing for Dead By Wednesday when we opened up 30 dates for Insane Clown Posse. We were paid $100 per night barely covering gas costs. I got very sick about 4 shows into the tour and have vivid memories of trying to sleeping in the van freezing cold and covered in sweat after a string of performances. By the end of the tour my girlfriend at the time broke up with me over the phone. Some band members lost their jobs to be on this tour. All part of this game.

- "We grew beards in those European vans where fruit flies fluttered on farm fresh pears and 'Dead Deer Diaries' began." :

This is a reference to touring with 2Mex, Dj Scientist and Playpad Circus in Europe on the "Love Fights Back Tour" 2009. Dj Scientist's family owns a small farm outside of Munich, Germany which became our home base during the tour. Scientist's very generous parents lent us their VW van with 2 bags of apples & pears in the trunk - which in turn brought thousands of fruit flies into the vehicle. 2Mex wrote the song "Dead Deer Diary" in the van about the same tour and his title is a reference to a deer that Scientist's father hunted and hung up outside of their farm house one day.
Yes, we grew bigger beards.

That pretty much sums up "No New York".
Sorry this is so long.

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from The One Man Band Broke Up, released June 21, 2010

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