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All songs by Sam Clapp. Written and recorded in April and May 2015 in the small front room at home.

Cover art by Kenny Hofmeister.

Thanks are in order. Thank yous go, of course, to my unwitting collaborators. Dave, downstairs neighbor, thanks for sending a drum break up through the air vent. Thanks to the driver and passengers of the ambulance that passed while I was recording acoustic guitar. To the pyrotechnicians of Naples Pizzafest 2014, thanks for lighting a volley of fireworks after midnight.

Thanks as well to everyone who provided the materials I used to make these songs. Mom and Dad, thanks for the laptop. Warshauer, thanks to you. I used a bunch of your stuff. Alice, thanks for giving me that chrome teakettle for my birthday in 2012. I use it all the time and it’s on the last track. To the Zionsville Community High School performing arts department, thanks for the boom microphone stand, which I did not personally remove from school grounds but somehow ended up here in St. Louis. Thanks to the women of Astral Place for the organ, and to Alexa for the calabash. Dave, thanks again for letting me borrow your snare drum. Thanks to the unknown person whose guitar cables I have been using for over a year. If you left long quarter-inch cables in the basement of Pizza House between August 2012 and August 2014, please let me know. Neal, thanks for the mint green patch cable. Thanks to Cathy and Mike for the apartment. Marshall, thanks for the recording software.

To those who provided guidance in the making of this record, thank you. To my creative forbears (inventors of rhythm, melody, and song; technicians of harmony, equal temperament, and the guitar; makers of microphones, amplifiers, and microprocessors), without whom these songs would not be possible, thank you. To the institutions and people who created our culture, which has for sure done more bad than good if you even start to tally up the lives it has squashed and squandered, thanks, I guess, for the context. To my folks, thanks for unquestioning love, which I return to you. To my friends, in whom I find my way, thanks for the conversation.

To English speakers, past and present, thank you for investing our words with their richness, and with your cultural and personal associations as well. And you, listener, thanks for listening. You do half the work! Enjoy!


released June 12, 2015



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Strong Force Chicago, Illinois

Bleary, buying brats in the superstore foyer, filled with wildfire panic and slab-eternal calm, our contestants stand tall in the august April blue (though down, sometimes, it's true, in their rooms). Hard questions raised in the kitchen, maybe after breakfast they'll mentor local pros. Handsome-hearted mudslingers, live to sing another day on some confusion about the W-2s! ... more

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