OLD MIKE 2018

by Ape School

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This is my usable output from 2018. I began this record when I moved to a new home with an inhabitable basement. The previous owner (in glorious South Philly style) had it rewired to support his weed growing/gun selling business. Pristine, humless power. After the SWAT team showed up, the house was repossessed and my family were later the beneficiaries.

After the dark emotional turn of Death is Messy, i am quite happy that my absurdity gene is still intact. Most of these parts do not repeat themselves, and hooks abound. When i get an idea boiling in my head, I go downstairs and puke it into the microphone. I'm very happy with this new reality, and anticipate more fruitful days ahead. Thanks for listening, and happy new year. One can only hope that this is the year we destroy cartoon reality and return to our normal creeping dread. So let it be written, so let it be fun.

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released December 24, 2018

Composed, produced and performed by Michael Johnson in BIG MIKE'S RAVE DUNGEON except:
Simon Martinez - Electric guitar on "Big Boy"
Zane Shields - Drums on "Nary a Sight and Less Sound"

field recordings:
SEPTA concourse - Philadelphia, PA
Fireworks show - Roanoke, VA
Waterfall - West Shokan, NY
Slaps and claps and boings - Planet Fart
Drums - Iphone at Ape School (adjacent to Planet Fart)

Mastered by Jacob Folk

Ingredients -
ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, Oberheim Matrix-6, Sequential Circuits Prophet-600, Korg MS-10, Fender Rhodes, Critter and Guitari Pocket Piano, G&L SC-2, G&L SB-2, Ampeg Gemini, Martin DC-16, So much Eventide garbage it'll make ya puke!

COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN

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Ape School Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I make music. Some gets released on big labels. Some never gets released. This is my solo stuff. The first LP came out on Ninja Tune in 2009. The second retired itself and shan't exist. The third, "Junior Violence", Came out on Hometapes in 2012. I am getting older and angrier, & my audio regurgitation disease shows no signs of improvement. Tis an addiction. Hope you enjoy the noises that result. ... more

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Track Name: Ball Me With the Mall Eye
high since seventeen
Ball me with the mall eye
Grey since thirty three
are we all a lie
high since seventeen
A real life
die by 83
A real life
Track Name: Brain Hurts, Pain Hurts, Shame WORKS!
Valentine, do you really want to live that way?
The day goes by
The pain blows by

She wants to be
She wants to see
She wants to rip the lungs right outta me

Your brain hurts, your pain hurts. But, the shame WORKS!
Track Name: Nary a Sight and Less Sound
In the garden of England
Nary a sight and less sound
We're impossibly malignant
Nary a sight, I'm so sorry

I'm so sorry!
Track Name: Hypocrite Gravy
I don't be complicit in a grift, I don't wanna sell sunshine

I don't wanna lick the brimstone, baby
I don't wanna get rubbed right
I don't wanna be the first one on the blimp!
I don't wanna drink the hypocrite gravy
Gonna wanna drink blood tonight
I don't wanna be the last one on the ship!

You will land where you're thrown
At the end of the road, plucked from the middle of the line
And the hand in the sky in the corner of your eye?
THOSE FINGERS ARE MINE!
Track Name: Big Boy
(big boy's dad)
BIG BOY!
GET YOURSELF TOGETHER, BE A BIG BOY!
GET YOURSELF A JOB AND BE A BIG BOY!
MAYBE YOU MIGHT FIND YOURSELF A BIG GIRL!

(big boy's friends)
MAYBE YOU IDENTIFY AS NONE OF THE ABOVE?
LET'S JUST STOP COMPLAINING, GLUE OUR MOUTHS SHUT, LEARN TO LISTEN, LEARN TO LOVE.

(big boy's inner voice)
i'll stop complaining, i swear i will if you do too.

(big boy's ego, after consideration)
I CHANGED MY MIND!
I WILL COMPLAIN UNTIL I DIE!
COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN
COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN
Track Name: Born A Moron
Born an idiot one winter's night
Moron stars high in the sky
Born a moron but i try
Moron live and moron die

Born dumb but wholesome
Born dumb, wholesome, still so sloppy

What? you think it doesn’t matter?
You could put it in the batter
And ya strap it in the saddle for me
It’s only piece of mind
We can do it on my time
and yo clean up all the splatter for me
stumbled into battle
Some are kind some are cattle
Can ya fry up all the latter for me
but the burden of a brain brings the fear brings the pain
Can you take it out erase it for me

Raised as a moron
And I’ve got a feeling that you all were too
Am I right is it true?
The question for us now is what should we do?

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