Where Better Things Occur

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Sixteen songs about love, the devil, consumerism, dancefloor bullies, youth, mythology, Frederick's Music Lounge, depression, alien rock stars and music itself, performed with good ol' rock 'n' roll spunk and minimalism. Kjle Risch spins out iron spiderwebs of guitar imagineering. Dan O'Connell rocks the bottom and harmonizes. BaM sings his li'l heart out and gets all Moe Tuckered on the drums. Incomplete when our recording gear and the band went kaput, it was another two years before we dusted off the finished mixes, added new overdubs to incomplete rough mixes, threw in a funky ol' 4-track of "Home by the Sea" and put together some snappy art. We are now proud to present you with this shimmering monument to deep soul rock 'n' roll.

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released December 4, 2010

Kjle Risch - lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars + percussion
Dan O'Connell - bass guitar + vocals (lead on "One More Night") + percussion
Brian Andrew Marek - drums + lead vocals + keyboards + guitars
with Kate Marek - additional harmony vocals + percussion

recorded 2007-2010 in The Bargain Basement
engineered by BaM
title and cover idea by Kjle
layout by BaM

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Brian Andrew Marek St Louis, Missouri

Brian Andrew Marek has been playing and singing his way in and out of a variety of bands (including Angus Tweed, Not Actual Size, Lemonade, Popcorn, Rocket Park, Bargain Basement and The Vertigo Swirl) for over 25 years and has, in recent years, carved out a low-key, low-fidelity niche with his Bargain Basement recording studio and Rubberstamp Records label. ... more

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Track Name: Thank You for Caring
I should have seen right from the start that things would fall apart
It wasn’t hard for me to spot that you weren’t thinking with your heart
That through it all you never felt a thing
But thank you for caring enough to pretend to care about me

I thought I saw you blink once as you looked into my eyes
And the way you fought those tears back when you said that you wouldn’t cry
Showed that you were not ill at ease
But thank you for caring enough to pretend to care about me

You didn’t have to try so hard to pretend
With all the little things you told your friends
And the way you whispered dear
When you knew I wouldn’t think you’d know I’d overhear

Most of all I’d like to thank you for that parting shot
When you said I’d never meant a thing, well you know that meant a lot
It made it all so very plain to see
That you still care enough to pretend not to have cared about me
Track Name: I Want it Now
I want it now, don't want it sooner or later
I want it now, don't want it sooner or later

don't want it ordered direct from Japan
don't want it put on the layaway plan
don't want a rain check for when it's in stock
don't make me wait 'til eleven o'clock, 'cos

I want it now, don't want it sooner or later
I want it now, don't want it sooner or later

don't want to make it with my own two hands
don't have the patience for all that demands
don't want to save up, I ain't got the time
to watch a nickel turn into a dime, 'cos

I want it now, don't want it sooner or later
I want it now, don't want it sooner or later

don't know who made it, don't know how it works
don't know its features and don't know its quirks
don't know it's something that I can afford
don't know I need it, I'm probably just bored, but

I want it now, don't want it sooner or later
I want it now, don't want it sooner or later
Track Name: Headache in My Heart
I’m bored by every passing day
I don’t expect that you would understand
unless you know my mind
in dreams I’m half a world away
I don’t expect that you would understand
unless you’re of my kind

here’s to the myth I’m burdened with
a headache in my heart, a heartache in my head
a dancer on my grave, cadavers in my bed
an ink stain on my soul and poison in my pen
a headache in my heart again

I’m drinking from a dirty cup
I don’t expect that you would understand
unless you’ve known this doubt
the bills are really piling up
I don’t expect that you would understand
unless you’ve gone without

I pretended not to notice
everything was going wrong
I pretended not to notice
but I knew it all along
but I knew it all along
Track Name: Black Water
oh, that black water's in my soul
oh, that black water's in my soul
oh, that black water
is drowning some beautiful daughter
oh, that black water's in my soul

oh, that black water's in my soul
oh, that black water's in my soul
oh, that black water
has soaked through the things that I bought her
oh, that black water's in my soul

down diggy diggy down diggy diggy
down diggy diggy down diggy diggy

oh, that black water's in my soul
oh, that black water's in my soul
oh, that black water
will never recede 'til I've got her
oh, that black water's in my soul

down diggy diggy down diggy diggy
down diggy diggy down diggy diggy
Track Name: Home by the Sea
I’ve got a devil in my pocket that I caught on my own
And he’s offering me a home
But a home ain’t for tramps and a tramp can’t unpack
And one can only tramp alone
But if you come along with me to a home by the sea
I’ll let that devil go

We’ve been together for a long time now
The first friend I ever knew
But angels grow old and so does the road
And I’d rather grow old with you
So come along with me to a home by the sea
And I’ll let that devil be

My devil jumped up and loudly he wailed
“Without me, boy, you’ll be undone”
But I ain’t no bitch to no particular itch
I’ve been proven and I’m the one
Come along with me to a home by the sea
And we’ll make that devil run

My devil taught me from my infancy
That pride is the cause of it all
Now I’m proud to say that I can make it my way
Within the all and all
Come along with me to a home by the sea
And we’ll watch that devil fall
Track Name: Here in the Spaceship
here in the spaceship, I've set a course
don't need no maps or traffic reports
I've got some CD's and some cassettes
soda, beef jerky and cigarettes
here in the spaceship
here in the spaceship, yeah

here in the spaceship, everything's nice
twelve volt adapters and fuzzy dice
plenty of nooks for hiding my stash
and I paid only twelve hundred cash
here in the spaceship
here in the spaceship, yeah

here in the spaceship, I am alone
with my keychain and cellular phone
nothing can touch me, no one can pry
rocketing through the Midwestern sky
here in the spaceship
here in the spaceship, yeaaaaah
Track Name: A Song That's Always 4 AM
back when I was in exile
beyond the city’s whirr
I dreamed of someplace better
where better things occur
one night I heard its anthem
while chasing r.e.m.
a song that’s always 4 a.m.

back when I was a mallrat
I pocketed cassettes
I had so little money
and even less regrets
I reached into the cut-outs
and came up with a gem
a song that’s always 4 a.m.

and even now I sit and wonder
was it a blessing or a curse
could things have turned out any worse

back when I had antennae
protruding from my head
the signal was much stronger
all meters in the red
I must return the favor
how can I give to them
a song that’s always 4 a.m.

now I can only find it
amongst the seeds and stems
a song that’s always 4 a.m.
Track Name: Revolution Summer
ears perk up in pleasant heat
to the rhythm of the street
through car windows come the sounds
of emerging undergrounds
you will have your revolution summer
you will have your revolution summer

get up early, stay out late
trip or toke or play it straight
break some hearts and break some laws
in the fever of your cause
you will have your revolution summer
you will have your revolution summer

Mom and Dad don't understand
'cos Mom and Dad don't know
winter came for them so long ago

live the lie of flaming youth
mine your feelings for the truth
these illusions soon will fade
but this moment can't be stayed
you will have your revolution summer
you will have your revolution summer
Track Name: Bully on the Dancefloor
The beat was neat
The kids were on their feet
Their feet were fleet
The smell of sweat was sweet
The frantic pace
Creates a state of calm
Up until the cracking of an elbow to the jaw
Aaaah Bully On The Dance Floor
Aaaah Bully On The Dance Floor

Why must you make a fuss?
Why can't you let us be
Why must there always be someone to make a scene?

The lights were low
The fiend could not be seen
But who could be
So vile and so mean?
When out of the fray
Rose an unholy row (*rhymes with "cow")
A big old Brahma bull and he's broke free from his plow
Aaaah Bully On The Dance Floor
Aaaah Bully On The Dance Floor
Track Name: Separately
it’s six o’clock in the morning
and I hate to see you go
I might see you in the evening
but I never really know
if I’ll sleep next to you
or you’ll sleep next to me
or we’ll cry, cry, cry separately

I’d love to visit you, honey
but I’m feeling half past dead
I spent my day making money
now I face an empty bed
and I will dream of you
and you will dream of me
and we’ll cry, cry, cry separately

don’t want to see you from a distance
don’t want to hear you on the phone
don’t want to leave my home to see you
don’t want to leave you to go home
Track Name: Alice the Piper
HOLD ALOFT THE DREADFUL DART
STRICKEN THRU A LOVER'S HEART
HOLD ALOFT THE SILVER BOWL
COMFORT 2 A LOVER'S SOUL

ALICE PIPER IN THE BOWERS
OF THE NEWLY REBORN MAID
IN WINE OR WEALTH
OR FLESH & FLOWERS
ALICE THE PIPER MUST BE PAID

QUEEN OF DAYS, QUEEN OF MAY
MONARCH FAIR OF FAERIE FAY
SUBLIME, SERENE & OUT OF SITE
DREADFUL, SPITEFUL QUEEN OF NITE

FROM YOUR FLORID ENTRANCE
ACROSS THE DISTANT EXPANSE
TO THE REELING LAST DANCE
A WHEEL, AROUND, AGAIN
Track Name: I Don't Want to Be the Man
are they here, are they hidden
all those memories I've thrown away
all these fears that I've written
bear the postmarks of another day
and I don't want to be the man
that I was before today
that I was just yesterday

can I trust what I'm feeling
when I feel it stronger by and by
if I must hit the ceiling
let me hit it on the day I die
'cos I don't want to be the man
that I was before today
that I was just yesterday

I'd been whistling in the darkness
I'd been blocking out the light
I'd been giving to the needless
I'd been giving up the fight

I don't want to be the man
that I was before today
that I was just yesterday
Track Name: The Rise and Dear Demise of Borax Poindexter and the Centipedes from Centauri
Borax was a strange young man
a queen, one might suppose
he came to Earth from outer space
while wearing women's clothes
he came to sprinkle glitter
on this dull and lifeless world
to find the girl in every boy
the boy in every girl

your old man's gonna be sorry
'cos he's brought his guitar army
the Centipedes from Centauri
so baby get with the times
your fantasies are not crimes, oh no

Borax was a strange young man
he spread like a disease
he came to Earth to conquer us
but never left his knees
while his name raced up the charts
his enemies grew strong
they dragged him from the stage one night
while he was in mid song

the Centipedes from Centauri
too busy playing Atari
to unleash their guitar army
some kind of deal had been made
our saviour had been betrayed, oh no
Track Name: Destroy All Monsters!
why do I want to sigh
why do I want to sigh
maybe Charles M. Schulz
made me a melancholy guy
destroy all monsters
destroy all monsters

why do I want to cry
why do I want to cry
maybe Abbey Road
made me a sentimental guy
destroy all monsters
destroy all monsters

why do I want to die
why do I want to die
maybe Sylvia Plath
made me a suicidal guy
destroy all monsters
destroy all monsters
Track Name: Last Call Forever
I know I’ll always remember this place
every name I can put with a face
good friends who bought me drinks when I was broke
smelling of whiskey and smelling of smoke
you’d come for the music, stay for the decor
come back for the people a hundred times more
so where do you go when they call last call forever

sneak out the back to smoke illicit herbs
laughs at the normals, fresh in from the ‘burbs
whose credit cards can’t buy happiness here
but a buck twenty-five cash buys a beer
you’ll find nothing better wherever you roam
it’s less like a tavern and more like a home
so where do you go when they call last call forever

we’ll probably go our separate ways
and reminisce about these days

one final toast before we’re out of here
she’ll have a rum and coke, I’ll have a beer
here’s to the audience, here’s to the star
here’s to our friends on both sides of the bar
they’re putting up chairs and they’re sweeping the floor
they’re turning off neon and locking the door
so where do you go when they call last call forever