Recording Lake Superior

by Joseph Airport

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released December 8, 2015

All songs by Joseph Airport
© 2015 Tsunami Patrol Music

Jereme Sanborn: Guitars, keyboards, percussion, words
Matthew Cutter: Vocals, words
Ben Penry: Guitars, bass, drums, keyboards
Joe Patterson: Guitars
Jason Short: Drums
Blake Stenning: Bass, keyboard

Tyler Schmall: Percussion on “Lend Me Your Ears”
Suzanne Turner: Vocals on “The Half-Life Of Lust”

Recorded and mixed at Joseph Airport
Except tracks 1, 2 and 17 mixed by Erik Schmall

Edited and sequenced by Robert Pollard
Mastered by Erik Schmall
Layout by Joe Patterson and Matthew Cutter

Cover photo, “Static Line Jumper,” by Drew Rosenberg
Back cover block print, “Shaman Noodles,” by Vincent Williams

Special Thanks: Bob, Rockathon, Gotta Groove, Shonda, Maureen, Liz, The BBTs, Suzanne, Erik, Tyler, Derl, Vince, Carly, Gary Smith, Dave Davies, Ralph, Harry, Smug Brothers, Big Baby, Girls of the Big 10, Chinese Lantern, Stokely Carmichael, Chauncey Moorhouse, Quincy Coldwater, you




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Track Name: Lend Me Your Ears
Three cheers for 400
Blue chips and charity huddles
404 Wage Not Found
One man’s plan is disassembled
Lend me your ears

Don’t you slip through the cracks
Or underestimate
Sow the earth with folly
Allow me to demonstrate

Eyes out for Founding Fathers
And all those on the lam
Lighting up the TV stations
Lend me your ears
Track Name: Alcoholics Make The World Go 'Round
Next time you get the spins
And you’re struggling just to keep it in
Stomach looped in a slipknot
Lurching toward the cul-de-sac
Neighbors wonder if you’re coming back
Took a trolley to the last stop

To meet a young Holden
Caulfield stereotype
He’s older than me
He’s got way more acne
But if you see a blue door
Why would you paint it black?

And drunks grease the wheels with bile
And very thin blood
With troubles
With trials
They make the world go ’round
Track Name: I'm A Jukebox
I’m a jukebox man
Hard shell filled up with songs
Every tune you love
Sounding in my blood

I’m a jukebox, man
Broken pitchers all outtasite
This clientele doesn’t make demands
Just sitting on their hands
Inhaling jam bands
With the jukebox man

The jukebox man can
All styles genres and eras represented
It’s in the jukebox, man
Track Name: Party Now, Study Later
Party now, study later

It’s a real deal in the offing and
In the practice
Praimed for the afterverse
The doffing of the free verse
For the invisible hand
Of the format’s demands
And the pleasures of prosody’s freeholds

Party now, study later
Track Name: Vladimirror
She stared in terror at Antiterra
Breaking spells for a momentary diversion

He asked for succor
(Maybe get luckier)
Sucking up to the
Old Monsignor

Van Veen’s propensity drawn to Ada’s density
Villa Venus satiated: the temporal tactiles

Cold quick twitch of chrome
Scintillating mirrordome
Tells of the time when Vladimir smiled
Track Name: Silver Tiger
I wouldn’t worry about that
That’s how much I appreciate her
She was great
She’d be a very
Very good asset for you
I mean as a single mom
With three kids ...

I’m not going to be that kind of mom

Friends of the family
We choose
To fill certain roles

He has that mom
Making potions
Making comments
Damaged or destroyed

Used to always come to my house
We’re concerned with not losing our people
That’s the number-one thing

Minimum volume commitment
For now is
Silver tiger
Track Name: Black Lettuce
French bread yes
But they’re trying to sweat us
Red tomato best
Never wanted to fête us

Leaching vinegar trails
But the cuisine fails
As your pallor pales
My friend it’s nice
But you won’t want
To do it twice

Black lettuce
In the gut
Like an oily knife
Couldn’t even get it right

I’m in a taxi
To the clinic
Paper sack on my knee
Track Name: Drone To Repression
The good news is I’m here for a day
The bad news is I might be there too
But only if you need it for emergencies

Only if you’re on the TV
I have no messages
But I’ll pick up some
On the way home

Down that lonely road
Custody won’t happen
If you stop taking it
Only if you’re on the TV

Find someone quickly
The report is ready
Before the ink dries and
We’ll find ways to agree
Only if you’re on the TV
Track Name: A Chalice Of Fine Spiced Rum
Come to me my crew
Gather round me mates
For the object of our chase
Presents itself in spades

We the pirate crew
Parts greater than our sum
Turn wine to sunshine baby

Raise your chalice of fine spiced rum
For the corsairs are circling brothers
Dreadnoughts alerted to our coordinate
We’ll stand to the dawn

Accept our annihilation with grace
And a chalice of fine spiced rum
Track Name: Mind Sweeper
Track Name: Stoned Witch
Come to your sensei
Hocus Pocahontas
She’s terribly fetching
How did she get so wretched?

I put in a call to Grass, Rudy
He’s an Internet Ph.D
Couldn’t reverse the charges
Sampled the royal weed

We need a hi-fi/lo-fi
Mid-fi compromise
That culminates with your
Acquisition of the World
Music Jampak brother

Recall the days
When Kinga was fast
And she ran them down
She’s one cold Indian
Track Name: Lacrosse Dresser
Lacrosse dresser
Put the biscuit in the basket
Sling it in the net
Sweat is what you get

Lacrosse dresser
It’s cool to be unknown
The field starts to swelter
Paging Coach Morelta!

Beat the feet to the cleat
Lacrosse dresser’s looking pretty neat
Track Name: Would You Rather Fly With Diamonds Or Be Unconscious?
I. Shorting Henderson

Someone else
Patio blind
Your photo
Come on guys

Everybody’s mad at me
The chicken’s not done
The Milky Way’s stale
And she’s still sad about the whole thing

Would you rather fly with diamonds or be unconscious?

Joe Woods knows
Only two things
You have to eat
And you have to shit it

Coming back home
Tuesday afternoon
That’s what you have
To look forward to
I’m shorting Henderson

II. She Also Hates Wheat

She hates the soil
She also hates wheat
She’s no Mother Nature
Suckling mankind at her teat

She hates the grind
She also hates treats
She’s bucking humanity’s trends
Preparing her will for the end

Would you rather be unconscious or fly with diamonds?

She felt the bite
She got a little cranky
Here on the banks
Of the mighty Olentangy

She can’t abide shellfish
She also hates wheat
She’s exploring avenues and
Laying plans for your demise and
Her retreat

Would you rather be unconscious or fly with diamonds?
Track Name: Passion Wilter
She’s such a technical
Clinical cyclical icicle
With a paisley folio teaser

She’s such a S.M.O.B.
Double truck tiara blind spot
Don’t despair—
The letter has been signed

They’re going out of their minds
A contemplative apple
And barbwire spaghetti
Revisit my hed until you’re blind
Frozen by the passion wilter

They’re going out of their minds
Revisit my hed until you’re blind
Frozen by the passion wilter
Track Name: Blazed Engineer
Incandescent locomotive time
Clickety-clack can you dig?
Irregulated at the parting time
Understated at the parking meter
Misunderstandable engineer

Blazed engineer

Fucking with the brakeman
“Tut-tut tsk-tsk” chides the conductor
Fired up for the coal tender
Sucking whiskey on a three-day bender
It’s far more expertise than you can conjure up
Track Name: The Baby Variations
I. Micromance

I might rethink this then
I heard you predicted a cold time
My guess is Big Month Tuesday
Could have been avoided

We conserved some .ppt time
Surprised we were here
I didn’t realize my name was taken
Completely out of context

Don’t know if they got under the role
Couldn’t even make it to the gate

II. My Old Lady’s A Baby

My old lady’s such a baby
Always cryin’
Telling me lately
That times have changed
That my mind’s
Not good enough
Telling me lately
My old lady’s such a baby

III. The Half-Life Of Lust

In the middle years of our lives
Almost close enough to touch
Game just not able
Touching hands at the kitchen table

Let’s grow old together
Follow me to the pier
Where the dark clouds gather
Darling do not shed a tear

IV. My Baby’s An Old Lady

All of a sudden I’ve noticed
Years had all flown by
My baby’s an old lady
She takes her old man in stride

Picking a flower for his lapel
Placing a cool hand on his brow
My baby’s an old lady
Track Name: If I Had An Airplane (I'd Be There)
I’m flying again
New model old navy
Hip flask of
Daddy’s special water

Your lips are a live wire
Let’s get ready to stumble
Congratulations to the Science Olympians—
Or did I jump the gun?

But if I had an airplane
I’d be there
’Cause she’s a brain
And she’s a looker
She wants to know
If color rocks amaze you
If I had an airplane I’d be there