Ghost Robot Ninja Bear

by Ghost Robot Ninja Bear

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released 09 March 2011

Ghost Robot Ninja Bear

Produced by Oscar Albis Rodriguez.
Recorded by Dave Snyder at Guilford Sound (Guilford, VT), Summer 2010.
Additional recording by Oscar at home and S6 (Greenpoint, Brooklyn), Geoff Kraly at home (Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn), and by J. Robbins at The Magpie Cage (Baltimore, MD).
Mixed by J. Robbins at The Magpie Cage, Fall 2010.
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering (Chicago, IL), Winter 2010.
Design and Illustration by Ed Adams of www.flickertoflame.com

Oscar Albis Rodriguez - vocals, guitars, rhodes, synth, piano
Geoff Kraly - bass, synths, synth programming
Gunnar Olsen - drums
Jordan Melkin - guitars on tracks 1, 4, and 8
Shawna Potter (Avec / War on Women) - vocals on track 4
Brendan "John Hannah Legs" Coon (Ludlow Lions) - vocals on track 7
Al Fair (Nakatomi Plaza / Bridge and Tunnel) - vocals on track 8

1. The Curtain Call (Rodriguez/Kraly/Melkin/Enriquez)
2. Watching Me Watching You (Rodriguez)
3. I Can't Decide (Rodriguez)
4. Last Time We Talked (Small Factory)
5. Pilots (Rodriguez)
6. Swamps Of Nova (Rodriguez/Kraly)
7. In The Helium Mines (Rodriguez/Coon)
8. Obviously Midnight (Scarce)

All lyrics by Oscar except tracks 4, 7, and 8.

This record is dynamic and was made to be played loud, so turn it up (please enjoy responsibly).

Also, this is a very real document of us. Musicians playing songs the way we actually sound. No pitch correction. The most minimal and as usual, trivial (and quite frankly, possibly unnecessary) editing. Yes, there were punches, overdubs, comps and other production "tricks" (that have been around forever) but this is more real than probably 90% of records you hear being made today. Our favorite albums were produced this way and I bet yours were too. I'm not saying auto-tune or beat detecting is always bad (and I do think the studio can be an instrument in and of itself!), but I think it's important that we all continually try to better ourselves as artists and not rely on technology all the time. And it's hard; if you're already inherently a perfectionist (and I know many of you are because I'm one of them too) and you're "competing" with all these perfectly tuned, crucified-to-the-grid, slammed-to-the-limit radio hits then of course you'll want to open up Melodyne after vocal sessions, crank it during mastering, etc. STOP! Just let me hear you sing the damn song, please?

Thanks and love to J. and family, Geoff, Gunnar, Jordan, Shawna, Brendan, Al, Liam Hurley, Christopher Enriquez, Adam Christgau, Rachel Rubino, Beartrap PR, Flicker To Flame, Attica! Attica!, Greg Drew and Paul Schneider (both for much needed voice encouragement), bands and promoters that have hooked us up, basement show hosts everywhere, and to you. I know some of you have been right there with me on this crazy ride for the last decade or so with all the various bands and projects; thanks for sticking with me.

Special thanks to Dave!

Scarce and Small Factory are/were from Providence, RI. Their records Deadsexy and For If You Cannot Fly (respectively) were two of my favorite records when I was 15. Go check them out.

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Track Name: The Curtain Call
The Curtain Call

That week just wreaks of something familiar
But it was not me there on the screen
Running through the hazy maze of history
Goes to a guilt that screams out loud

Give me something to hold on to
Give me something that will make that night go by
Give me something to hold on to
Give me something to hold

Justice dreams in my sleep don't translate to readers
Even when the lines are all boiled down
Maybe I'm the kid with the blurry vision
Nothing's changed 'cause I'm still in that old, old house

Give me something to hold on to
Give me something that will make that night go by
Give me something to hold on to
Give me something to hold

Give me something to hold on to
Give me something that will make that night go by
And though that was your final curtain call, you did your best my friend
To give us something to hold
Track Name: Watching Me Watching You
Watching Me Watching You

I keep more lists then people think
So specific, all planned, I hate risks
You're big brother on the outside door who wants in
But it doesn't swing both ways
You get your cut but you also want my pay
Protected to the teeth just means that I'm weak 
Too weak to get you off my back

The camera's always on so we can't fight and I know it's on your mind
You always say it's so much work from scratch, and is it really worth your time?

We are the last to the party so here it goes
But most empires end up in smoke
You'll lead us right to the mob who's armed with stones
I've got my hands up 

The camera's always on so we can't fight and I know it's on your mind
You always say it's so much work from scratch, and is it really worth your time?
Track Name: I Can't Decide
I Can't Decide

I'm all out of time
Probably for the best
I'll step out of line
Don't care what's next

I just don't believe
The songs that could connect
The dots in this old house
Could sound more incorrect

I could burn it down
Let that house just fall
Rebuild it from the ground
Still stuck behind my own walls

Any Saturday night, any given time, you'll find me here
I'll play the songs that you love, all the ones that you like, it's just a job to me
I'll give it all that I've got 'cause there's no other way for me to be
And don't feel sorry for us 'cause it's your happiest day of all your years
Track Name: Pilots
Pilots

All these rats won't give it up
They'll eat the most spoiled parts
Yet we still give it to them fresh
In spite of our own empty hearts

I've found the darkest place to hide
Away from hipster lights
Genuine days and plastic nights
I'm not as as covered as I like

Fly it in
Crash and burn
Maybe someday we'll learn

Reach for the wheels that turn
Grab hold of all those words
That only tear us apart
From the inside 

Fly it in
Crash and burn
Maybe someday we'll learn
Track Name: Swamps of Nova
Swamps of Nova

Don't have to tell me this is more to the point than other things I have done
It's built on something that is more than I wanted and less than what they love
She says it's from the swamps of Northern Virginia
How do you feel that it's dilution will one day own everything under the sun?

You left me this to find
But have we run out of time?
My friends all say it's just a ride

Things they were singing weren't all that easy to make out audibly
Felt like a code not unknown yet special with familiarity
I know it's from the swamps of Northern Virginia
Still I'm convinced that these armies will march forward and make the genuine bleed

You left me this to find
But have we run out of time?
My friends all say you must choose a side

You look different in this light, you've found your fight
But this doesn't mean your right, why you running tonight?
You look different in this light, you've found your fight
But this doesn't mean your right
Track Name: In The Helium Mines
In The Helium Mines

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