Stronger and Better

by Joseph Airport

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    The 12" audiophile-friendly vinyl edition of our debut album features a full-color cover collage by Robert Pollard, and printed inner sleeve. Released by Rockathon Records. Pressed by Furnace Manufacturing Co.

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    Get all 10 Joseph Airport releases available on Bandcamp and save 15%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Diorama Pt. 2, Cancelled Flights, Curators of Earth, The Teetotaling Lime EP, Joseph Airport Is Reeling 'Round The Punch Bowl, 8-Mile Blowout At Hot Wheel City, Recording Lake Superior, Zombus Walrie EP, and 2 more. , and , .

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  • Limited edition cassette - ROCK-011/DM06
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    Cassette version of Stronger and Better, issued by Mascarpone Discos in Spain. We have a VERY limited quantity for sale. Only 60 copies produced worldwide!

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“Stronger and Better” delivers a concentrated blast of multi-hued psychedelic rock. Featuring songs selected and sequenced by Robert Pollard—who also provided the album’s cover collage—“Stronger and Better” is Rockathon Records’ first extra-Pollard release in 14 years.


released September 2, 2014

All songs by Joseph Airport
© 2014 Tsunami Patrol Music

Jereme Sanborn: Acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, percussion, words
Matthew Cutter: Vocals, words
Ben Penry: Bass, drums, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards

Joe Patterson: Electric guitar on Butterflies
Carly Perkins: Gate announcements on Great Animator

Recorded at The Psychedelic Runway in Ferndale, Michigan; Goubeaux Manor in Dayton, Ohio; and in Joe Patterson’s apartment and car

Discovered, edited and sequenced by Robert Pollard

Lovingly fucked with by Derl in Dayton, Ohio

Layout by Joe Patterson
Cover collage, “Go Worms!” by Robert Pollard
Back cover painting, “They Were All Like That,” by Vincent Williams

Dedicated to Joe


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Track Name: It's Never Too Early (To Have Your Mind Blown)
Pop a clutch
Jump the handbrake
It’s never too early
To have your mind blown
Brew a bean
Crack an egg
It’s never too early
To have your mind blown
Gestating in the solitaire shed
Writing fanfic with Gardener Ed
And dealing up cards from beneath the
Edge of the ledge
O Sledge!
Come early, on the ground floor
It’s never too early
To have your mind blown
Track Name: Eyebrow Brackets
Eyebrow brackets require new tactics
Perfectly kerned
I can’t believe that Alex isn’t coming
It’s a bummer
And Sarah isn’t coming either
And Laura isn’t staying after
There’s a forehead on your coffee table
And Nate and Sam in the hopper
I’m waiting by the exit ramp
Trumped by car rental fingers
Who’s coming in before who?
Who’s coming in before you?
Track Name: Love His Craft
Providence, Rhode Island
Living with two aunts
And a cat named Bubastis
Wandering the neighborhoods
Grist for the pulps
Horror in the Antarctic
Non-Euclidean angles
Hijinks of cults
In Louisiana bayous
Although some might speak of his racism
The shocking implications of quarks
It’s the wordplay that lasts
It’s the verbiage at last
Track Name: (Not Even) The Astronauts Know
Not even the astronauts know
All the places you and I will go
Vaulting high over space
Steps leaving no trace of their passage
And when we come back down
We’ll look around
And find everyone
Stronger and better
Nostradamus has no clue
All the things we’ll do
Track Name: Evilove
You can duel the devil
But I need a smoke and a Caesar salad
They flare their teeth
They try to dig
But they hit me in the nose
So I dive with an 85-foot hose
Digging into bone go with a family
Even if you can’t do the deep stuff
I put the hardline down
But I’m a soft cell
Crossing Europe hostel by hostel
Just try to imagine all that passion
Hey, Adrian
Track Name: Head Gods
Titan in the depths
Glowing hibernation power
The other land
With new, original creatures
Searching images that glow
Fever of the head gods
Nuclear slapstick
Diabolical payroll goes!
They are their own tune, head gods
Corridors have sponged them
From every man
Track Name: Robins Are The Nerds Of Birds
Robins are the nerds of birds
Ravens are the greasers
Bluejays are the pomp, the pimps
Cardinals are the teachers
Vultures are the freaks
Pigeons are the losers
Eagles are captains of industry
Condors are the choosers
You’re down a coal mine
With your canary, girl
And the yellow’s getting redder
As the asthma starts to curl
Peacocks are the queens of birds
Woodpeckers are the pricks
Roosters are the cocks of walks
Sparrows know the tricks
Track Name: Listen To It
No Ian Pratt
Brown-eyed psycho
Where did he go?
Playing a new game
Ducking the dragnet
Logical singing so happily
As he was sent away to the bin
All the world will shriek
Laser beam dynomite
Temporary anti-night
And that’s how we rate our heroes, after all
Our backs against the wall
Track Name: Joe's Got Ants In His Pants
These shots won’t drink themselves
There shots aren’t gonna drink themselves
These shots can’t drink themselves
These shots won’t drink themselves
Get up
No repeats
Get up
Track Name: When The Great Animator Runs Out Of Ink
Ode to Walt Disney’s
Cryogenically frozen head
In the depths of the vaults
In the darkest catacombs
Eisner says Walt continues to think
About matte-painted forests
Black and white animation cel
Steamboat Willie
And the dissolution of existence
And rapidly decaying signals
God at his drafting table
Walt taps the squib on India bottle rim
But the indigo has run dry
Track Name: Some Butterflies Are Bound To Be Crushed Upon The Wheel
Blown away in a coffee cup
Pigs chomp on light bulbs
And burp out buttons of light
And they fall all around
The darkening bay
And still you say
Some butterflies are bound
To be crushed upon the wheel
Some butterflies are bound
Track Name: Feeding The Monster
You’re feeding the monster
You’re holding its hand
Working the stamp press
On slick piston heights
Dwelling in its lair
Detritus of lives
You’re feeding the monster your hand
That cog’s in your wheelhouse
Smooth interlock
Fucking the gear press
In public depths
Pulling the lever
Impossible lives
You’re feeding the monster your hand
Track Name: Spartacus Loves You
If you feel you’re an inadequate speck
Rubbing bunions in land
A sopping hunk of grossness
By a wall full of nipples
You can take heart
In this heartfelt yawner
Beyond gladhanding grinners
And Bookbub von Facebook’s yard
There’s a lunar calendar man
He’s shining heliographic
He reminds us that
Spartacus loves you
You can take heart
In this heartfelt yawner
Track Name: Throwing Up Flowers
Are you daft?
Haven’t seen a daffodil
Your influenza credenza’s
Teeming with vase
And we’re throwing up flowers
We’re retching up blooms
All drenched in bile
They spatter the tile
Track Name: Hendrick's Gin Is The Devil's Liquid
The hoods on the corner
Say you like to scrap
You like to mix it up
In your Tigers cap
You drink a tumbler
Of ice and sloe, sloe gin
You’ve got the devil’s liquid
Drooling off your chin
And all the bruises creep
In your whisker trap
You like to mix it up
In your Tigers cap
You’ve got the devil’s liquid
And you’re drinking it again
Track Name: Flyger Bob
Flyger Bob
Manumission suffrage champion
Struggling for union time
Flyger Bob
Chop chop, choosy moms
All aboard the peanut express
Choosy moms choose Sanborn
Flyger Bob
Slam it in your bazooka
Street fighting for nerds’ rights
Flyger Bob
Track Name: Captain First Mates
El capitán returns
Triumphant to the gates
Engorged with pride
His tour of 40 states
Ended without good reason
But for his unsavory traits
Hero embrace your heart
When the captain first mates
The brood to come
Cells seethe and wait
As the captain first mates
Track Name: Treetops To Turtle Shell
Spring stalks are tough
Pushing up bulb heads
Through thawing loam
Making cracks in concrete
The slow, terrible strength
Of things that thrive
Easy, Dahmer
Ribald, the screaming zipline
From treetops to turtle shell
Soaring past psychopaths
To fecund soil
And bucolic expanses
Of hay and manure
Where we tend invested futures
Good weather to all you farmers
Track Name: My Demons Are Winning
I’ve given them inches
Increments here and there
They’ve formed beachheads and bulwarks
Boardwalks and incursions
Spiking my back to the wall
I’ve burned for them candles
Torches I’ve carried for eons
And they answer the call to the torment
Six-pack of ailment
Swilling my jaw to the brim
My demons are winning
They’re doing me in
They’re coiling the whips
They’re weighing the strain
My demons are winning
They’re taking the inches
Track Name: Unisex Salon
My head is beginning to fade
Creeping up from my ears
To the crown of my skull
And the cold steel scrapes
Fresh clean nape
In a unisex salon
Track Name: Young Gary Oldman
Rosenkrantz and Gary Oldman
Are dead
Now he’s an old man
And I wish to go back
To when Gary Oldman
Was a young man
Flip of his lid
World in his hand
Young Gary Oldman

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