I Misc. You

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While my first two Annelids releases were both themed albums, I Misc. You is simply a collection of random/orphaned recordings from the past 4-5 years that I've compiled into an EP. Here are a few words about what led to the creation of these songs:

- Everything's Coming Up Malloy! was written and recorded on Dec. 11th, 2008 as a result of a challenge posed by my friend John to write a song based on this wikipedia article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Malloy. It's actually one of my favorite Annelids songs, and one of the first things I chose to perform live with this project.

- Hauling Sound was an unfinished outtake from my Binomial Nomenclature LP. It was actually one of the first songs I completed musically for the album, but I was never happy with my attempts at adding vocals to the track so it was eventually abandoned. I returned to the song three years later and finally finished it.

- Lasertime Forest was recorded as a test of the sensitivity of a new microphone I bought in early 2009. All the parts were recorded very softly from rather far away, using techniques like finger-desk-tapping-percussion, and unplugged-bass-with-its-headstock-pressed-against-the-wall-amplification. The loudest part of the recording was Hugo, just a kitten at the time, walking onto my desk and mewing.

- The Perfect Machine is from early 2011, and was also the result of experimenting with newly acquired recording equipment. I traded a combo amp for a looping pedal, and recorded all the parts in this song with voice and acoustic guitar through the pedal. It uses a set of lyrics that were originally written in 2008 and never found a home on Binomial Nomenclature.

- Valhall Awaits Me is a cover of an Amon Amarth song and was the proof-of-concept track for an EP of death metal covers I had planned to record. I recorded it in late 2011 and liked how the song came out, but ultimately lost interest in continuing with the entire EP.

- I Put on My Robe and Wizard Hat was written and recorded on March 17th, 2012 after finding the opening mandolin riff in a folder of unused ideas while compiling the songs for this EP.

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released March 20, 2012

Recorded/Mastered: Azimuth Mastering
All Songs written by Bill Henderson, except Valhall Awaits Me, by Amon Amarth.
All tracks arranged and performed by Bill Henderson, copyright 2008-2012.

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Track Name: Everything's Coming Up Malloy!
What a stroke of luck!
Five new friends and an invite to their pub.
All the beers that I can drink,
Tony didn't even complain when I threw up in his sink.

I've been blacking out again.
That neon green drink is great, but god dammit it stings.
My wife would be worried that I didn't come home
If I had either of those things.

I woke up in a snow bank
I can't find my shirt or my shoes
My breath is completely rank.
But my dreams last night were so nice
My friends were all there to protect me from the cruel ice
And I know they'll always look out for me.
Track Name: Hauling Sound
Just after sunrise
A soft red glow warms my eyes
My dreams survive
Until your voices arrive

You just want me to know
another night has passed
and you're still here

If from back in time
came an iteration of mine
to behold this sight
he'd not believe his watery eyes

A sudden sound
Informs that you've fallen down
Sideways to the ground
As though you were structurally unsound

You just want me to know
another night has passed
and you're still here for me
Track Name: The Perfect Machine
Obsessed with the rules, we learned them all
Programmed every one into vast machines
Meticulous toil, we will fill the gaps

This is science, this is flawless science
Wish I could shut it off
But it's told me that's not the choice I'll make

Possibilities have collapsed into eventualities
Fly on paper now, compound eyes are glued to this screen

This is science, this is flawless science
Track Name: Valhall Awaits Me
Blood gushes from the wound
The cut is wide and deep
And before I turn around
He falls to his knees

A clear song rings in the blade
When steel meets hardened steel
I hear the sound of wood that breaks
A sword cuts through my shield

I drop the shield and grab my axe
A weapon in each fist
The first blow makes the helmet crack
The axe cut to the teeth

I rip the axe from the head
Covered in blood and brains
Leave the body lying dead
Ready to strike again

Sword in my hand, axe on my side
Valhall awaits me, soon I will die
Bear skin on my back, wolf jaw on my head
Valhall awaits me when I'm dead

I raise my axe above my head
My eyes stare in furious rage
Yet more blood will be shed
This is a victorious day

Blood gushes from the wound
The cut is wide and deep
As I turn around
I fall to my knees

Sword in my hand, axe on my side
Valhall awaits me, soon I will die
Bear skin on my back, wolf jaw on my head
Valhall awaits me when I'm dead
Track Name: I Put on my Robe and Wizard Hat
Smoke floats mischievously from a chimney
Where halfway up a structural mishap has caused a twenty degree bend
Most things that we've done today have been impossible
We'll come back tomorrow to do them all again, lest we not believe ourselves

Tell me, why can't this place be real?
God damn adult responsibilities
Tell me, how soon can we come back?
Next week I'm pretty sure I'll be free

This breakfast sucks but I could not care less
I'll smile in my chair at crooked beams overhead and forget about those eggs

There's snow on every rooftop, and I'm in short sleeves outside
I'll take out a second mortgage to keep paying for this ride
Never thought I would look forward to standing around in lines
This place is the either greatest or it's just a sugar high

Tell me, why can't this place be real?
God damn adult responsibilities
Tell me, how soon can we come back?
Next week I'm pretty sure I'll be free