THE NEW BRITTON SOUND: Lyrics & Credits


Release Date: 6/21/11
Label:
Northern Detective

Purchase:
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Also available at the following record stores:
     Encore Recordings - Ann Arbor, MI
    
Wazoo Records - Ann Arbor, MI
    
Underground Sounds - Ann Arbor, MI

ALBUM NOTES:

Timothy Monger's second album The New Britton Sound was recorded over the course of two years primarily in a small farmhouse in rural Southern Michigan.  Using the recording knowledge he'd acquired throughout his years with Great Lakes Myth Society to overcome limited resources, Monger leaned on his friends in the music community for advice, borrowed gear and even recording locations.  In addition to the farmhouse and surrounding barns at home, Monger recorded all over Washtenaw County even laying down tracks in a converted bakery.  This is an album of slow, patient work done in basements, bedrooms and barns making creative use of the limitations and quirks that recording in the field can present. Sounds of cars passing, wind rattling the barn walls and crickets chirping were all thrown into the mix creating a sonic environment that exists throughout the album.

The album was mixed by veteran engineer and longtime collaborator Geoff Michael at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor.  Guest musicians include members of Starling Electric, Drunken Barn Dance, Great Lakes Myth Society (Monger's brother Jamie), My Dear Disco and Hello Stranger.  Several songs feature string and wind arrangements by L.A. pop chantuease Paula Kelley.

ALBUM CREDITS:

Produced by Timothy Monger
Recorded by Timothy Monger at Brablec Farms - Britton, MI
Mixed by Geoff Michael and Timothy Monger at Big Sky Recording - Ann Arbor, MI
Mastered by Jim Kissling - Ferndale, MI

Additional recording by...

Timothy Monger at Quack! Media Loft, John's House, Christian's House & Jamie's House - Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, MI
Geoff Michael
at Big Sky Recording - Ann Arbor, MI
Jason Decamillis at White Lodge Recording - Ann Arbor, MI
Brandon Wiard at Pretty Suite Recording - Ypsilanti, MI
Tyler Duncan in Ann Arbor, MI
Jared Nelson Smith in Los Angeles, CA

String and wind arrangements on Guitar Case, Song Clerk and Broken Barrows by Paula Kelley

Photography by Kristie Brablec

LP and CD design and layout by Dan Shepelavy

Released June 2011
Northern Detective Records

All songs written by Timothy Monger Copyright 2011
Published by Happy Maps Publishing Co. (BMI)

LYRICS & INSTRUMENTAL CREDITS:

The Lark
(T. Monger)

When the lark whistles in my chest
And muscles me away from work
I go driving in the dirt
Light a spark in the service of the moment
Yeah, my heart
Wants to know if you will
Go invent the road
Invent the road, invent the road

When the dark hunts my chest
And humbles me, where can I turn?
Will you go driving in the dirt?
Light a spark
Set it burning in the moment
Yeah, my heart
Wants to know if you will
Go invent the road
Invent the road, invent the road

TM – vocals, banjo, acoustic & electric guitars, organs, tambourine
Christian Anderson – electric guitar
Kristie Brablec – vibraslap
Matt Collar – trumpet
Scott DeRoche – bass
John Fossum – drums


North Side of the Road

(T. Monger)

We live on the North side of the road
About a mile from town
On the coastline of a cornfield
And on every side there are more fields
Making an island of our home

And off to the West side is a mill
In a railroad town
Population 500 people
It's hard to make time for other people
Out here on our own we do what we will

We hear the tornado sirens sometimes
We're on the flight path to Detroit

Out here on the North side of the road
In a quiet town
With only the wind lashing the cornfield
Animating the grass out on the airfield
Yawning out away from our home
On the North side of the road

TM – vocals, guitars, bass, organ, tambourine
Matt Collar – trumpets
John Fossum – drums

Witches
(T. Monger) 

Put some music on
And get your body up again
You wake and turn a light on
But witches turn it off again
Why heaven never helps you
Who can tell?
Every hope you want to cling to
Gone as well
Livid, wondering
What part you’re playing
Living wondering
What are you, plain?

Put your boots back on
Get ready to go out again
Be wary in the shadows
Where witches want to draw you in
Some force you to remember
Some command
What curse could you have countered
Had you planned?
Living, wondering
What are you, plain?
Forever wondering
What part you play

TM – vocals, guitars, banjo, baritone ukulele, bass, organs, snare, bass drum, tambourine, barn wall
Matt Collar – flugelhorn
Scott DeRoche – bowed double bass

When I’m a Happy Drunk
(T. Monger)

When I’m a happy drunk
Head in the clouds where the sun shines nearer
When I’m a happy drunk
My mumbling eyes can see clearly

When I’m a lonely drunk
And everyone’s out doing something better
When I’m a lonely drunk
Midnight calls are my answer

But when I’m an angry drunk
Lit by the fire of my disappointment
When I’m an angry drunk
Old regrets are my cancer
Hard to shake all those fears

TM – vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, organ, accordion, tambourine
Christian Anderson – electric guitar
Tyler Duncan – uillean pipes
John Fossum – drums
James Monger – mandolin

Guitar Case
(T. Monger)

Guitar case
Romancing the girls
They can’t help but look as you go past
With your black handle
And buckles of brass

Guitar case
Diplomat to the world
In South Carolina or Japan
Conversation is what you demand

Guitar case
Softly showing your age
You gave your best years to the band
With your patina of stickers and cracks
Held together by smoke
And two old callused hands

TM – vocals, guitars
String Section:
Natania Monger – violin
Lola Kern – violin
Cathy Franklin – viola
Sarah Cleveland - cello

Mining Accident
(T. Monger)

You’re mine in a mining accident
Underneath a mountain
We can have a good talk
Underneath a mountain
We can really connect
Will you be mine in a mining accident?

You’re mine in a hurricane cellar
Underneath the debris
We can have a good talk
Underneath the debris
I think we can connect
Will you be mine in a hurricane cellar?

You’re mine when the government falls
When anarchy reigns
We can have a good talk
When there is no law
I think we’ll really connect
Will you be mine when the government falls?

TM – vocals, guitars, bass, organs, tambourine
Matt Collar – trumpet
John Fossum – drums

Friends and Foes
(T. Monger)

Now we’re older, friends and foes
The bar is shorter, we all sit close
Telling stories, telling fables
Close to home old friends and foes

Bitter talk is tough to quell
Rivals round one dinner bell
If you can’t beat them just ignore them
Find your own status quo

So goodbye Mary, goodbye Jane
May your hearts absolve the change
The common ties that serve to bind us
Reveal us all just working folk

TM – vocals, banjo, guitars, lap dulcimer, bass, piano, melodica, tambourine
John Fossum – drums

Broken Barrows
(T. Monger)

City bones
Cope with the humdrum
Only when they jangle upstate do they know
Narrow roads (chimney smoke)
The torch of moonlight
Shining through the ribs of pine and scarlet oak

Never once
In sixty summers
Did he ramble out beyond the bricks of home
So catch a ride (sail the tide)
Through broken barrows
Away from man’s light on this trolley of lost souls

Far from home
In shadow country
Crackling feet blanched by moon on top of stone
White and lithe (late at night)
Retreating softly
Across the hearth of land to spend a new year’s night

TM – vocals, guitars, piano, toy piano, synths, baritone ukulele, shakers
Kelly Sulick – flutes

Song Clerk
(T. Monger)

Song clerk
Punching in, punching out
Song clerk
Pens one for regret
And for that lady’s eyes
They’re stocking up
Before the memory dies
They’re stocking up
Their carts a mile high

Tides turn
Coming in, coming out
Time clerk
At home or at your desk
You labor all your life
It’s market day
New oysters in the night
So dream away
Forever chasing tides

Songs of joy and hurt
The young and quick to burn
The worn unhurried words
For all the weary world
Another major work
Bound never to be heard
So humbly sung at first
Betraying all its worth
Songs of joy and hurt
The young and quick to burn
The worn unhurried words
For all the weary world
Another major work
Bound never to be heard
They owe a debt to turn
And recognize the clerk

TM – vocals, guitars, bass, organs, accordion, percussion
Kristie Brablec – vibraslap
John Fossum – drums
String Section:
Natania Monger – violin
Lola Kern – violin
Cathy Franklin – viola
Sarah Cleveland – cello

The Classics
(T. Monger)

The classics are playing
Inside your throat
The classic ring out again
From the pockets of your coat
Through the village of the dead
Underage and overfed
No one can blame you
For playing the classics all night long

The classics will save
Your wretched life
Maybe once, maybe twice
Some old song will still the knife
And from the shadows of your room
They give your strength to make your move
So who can blame you
For playing the classics all night long


I remember when I first
Heard that song
Giving focus to my rage
Moving stones before its gone
Maybe you go back there too
Where the muscles of you memory hurt
And who can blame you
For making a classic of this song

TM – vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, air organ, bass
Christian Anderson – electric guitars
Matt Collar – trumpet
John Fossum – drums
Jared Nelson Smith – hammond organ