brother the lights don't work

by the rutabega

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Ian Lovdahl
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Ian Lovdahl the rutabega is giving this album away for free?? Very generous, but after listening to this LP over and over again, it's only right to throw them a few bucks. I love all the tracks, but "turn on the summer" is just a special song. Get into them. Favorite track: turn on the summer.
Morgan LaVigne
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Morgan LaVigne This is just one of those albums that are in the perfect place at the perfect time. If you described it to me, I probably wouldn't listen to it, so just go listen to it. Seriously. You'll be glad you did. Favorite track: turn on the summer.
Christopher
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Christopher Melancholy rock music at its finest. Listen to "Turn On The Summer" and try not to cry, I dare you. RIYL Elliott Smith, Built to Spill (though the more I listen to this album, the less I stick to the comparison to the former). Favorite track: turn on the summer.
Thomas Bykowski
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Thomas Bykowski This album sounds and feels like you're watching the band live. It's incredible. Favorite track: turn on the summer.
Steven Vineis
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Steven Vineis Maybe, perhaps, the most accomplished, heartbreaking record I've heard since I last cried. Can't remember when, don't care to. Garth's weird glasses are a Pitchfork favorite. Favorite track: turn on the summer.
Fistful of Dave
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Fistful of Dave Creapy and catch. Sinister twist on MidWest indie rock. Favorite track: turn on the summer.
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1.
ben's theme 01:10
2.
oh lord where is he? big brother flew into an awful trap and i am thinking that his head and heart are under attack next day he waits till he awakes he waits he vibrates he is scared next door we wait till he awakes we wait he vibrates he is scared no radio can drown it out distend the direction of your doubt i'll wait for you to figure it out i want to see him hold him make it better come back big brother i want to see him hold him make it better come back big brother no radio can drown it out
3.
the shaman (free) 03:00
best friend little boy tell me what you want to be crooked smile wicked grin no one else can be on our team the shaman said put your hands under the ground it's only skin don't let it bring you down
4.
you paint in bold colors composed and sober your arms are strong now turn on the summer your heart's been broken chewed up and mowed over your eyes are clear now turn on the summer you build your own castle you like to play dirty your ears are free now turn on the summer
5.
you want to laugh but you can't forget about the ones who sleep underneath you want to cry but you can't get started now you want to sleep underneath did i do something wrong? did we? you moved away and holed up underground buried in the snow with the sheep can you come out and play or talk with me? or walk or sit or breathe? did i do something wrong? i'm sorry i didn't spell it out but that would have only made you doubt the message that was being sent did i do something wrong? i can feel it so glad you're finally here so relieving can't believe that you are here
6.
so many things you can when they're gone hand me the rake while the coals are still warm the things I've seen through the holes in the floor will steal the soul from us all now i wait for the heart of the storm i'm not afraid just aware of this form that i have shaped and disgraced and ignored that will steal the soul from us all i am sure so be warned they will steal the soul from us all i am sure so be warm the vessel fails call me home let me know if this dam erodes from the weight that it holds i'm signing in because i know that the day is close when they steal the soul from us all
7.
some half forgotten memory some dream of disarray it's a wonder we made it out alive let's steal some golf carts drink beer smoke trees spin out on the smooth wet grass it stopped raining i'm losing touch i don't know where to begin am i training? am i enough? i can't handle all this skin let's sing some church songs spill beer in the van sneak out on the smooth wet grass now it's time to leave your folks behind they've got the telly to keep them warm walk no run out of the woods and into the light now it's time to leave your drugs behind you've got the sun to keep you warm walk no run out of the woods and into the light
8.
vessel 01:11
at one time i know little boys could fly so where are you going? i don't want you to die come back and be my friend be my brother come back and hold my hand in the summer

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made by Joshua Hensley & Garth Mason
written by Joshua Hensley
recorded & mixed by Garth Mason
mastered by Carl Saff
lacquer cut by Lucky Lacquers
cover photography & design by Nathaniel F. Trimboli
additional design by Tim Yerrington
all songs © 2013 Joshua Wayne Hensley Music (ASCAP)

featuring Bella Voce (Edwardsburg High School 2011/12; directed by Megan Farison) - vocals on 1
Emily Trimboli-Hensley - vocals on 2 & 3; vocals & melodica on 7
Michael Doty - vocals on 4; claps on 7
Billie Howard & Brendan Finucane - strings on 5
Jared Myers - additional lyrics on 6

1 & 8 recorded at Patsy Presents Mobile
2, 5 & 6 recorded at The Golden Mallard
3, 4 & 7 recorded at Bender Ballroom
additional recording at Plinko Productions

for Ben / Matt / Ted

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released June 20, 2013

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The Rutabega is a Carp Rock duo from South Bend, Indiana.

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