Truck Month

by SLUGBUG

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Living in a dome you can’t leave well enough alone If I have friends they must be ghosts so I can sleep here in my dome Living in a cube you want a room with nicer views You count the squares, you count the rectangles THE MAN’S THERE IN YOUR CUBE! It’s a cold stark semi-sphere! It’s a hard place to call home! (If your powers are mental / Your angst existential / It’s not accidental that you end up in your own dome) LIFE, it seems, was never meant to be greater than an IMAGINARY NUMBER of COMPLEX FRIENDS Nothing’s ever different in my DOME – because the constant is the square of my PROBLEMS times the reason why I’m LIVING IN A DOME Living in a cone when you have problems of your own The standing waves produce a tone that can be heard inside your cone Living in a square you wish your friends weren’t really there You check the sides You check the corners There’s circles in your square!! It’s a harsh geometry It’s a time-loop plot nightmare The world’s REPETITIOUS! I’m not superstitious But my actions always send me BACK to this SQUARE
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[Think I'm ready to hear the tapes] Can you rationalize the argument Can you explain to me how you think you can be cool When you know your bad habits are still gonna find a way to mess you up You know your bad habits are still gonna find a way to mess you up NERVOUS MAN MUSIC INFORMED MY ATTITUDE, CORRUPTED THE POINT OF VIEW And not a note was ever heard to come from outside the bedroom NERVOUS MAN MUSIC INFORMED MY POINT OF VIEW, CORRUPTED THE ATTITUDE Not a note was ever heard to come from outside the bedroom!! Can you synthesize the influence Can you find the thing that you think you need to do When you know that three chords could not be any further from the truth You know that three chords could not be any further from the truth NERVOUS MAN MUSIC, IT INVERTED MY ATTITUDE, DISTORTED THE MAGNITUDE And not a note was ever heard to come from outside the bedroom NERVOUS MAN MUSIC, IT CORRUPTED MY ATTITUDE, DISTORTED THE MAGNITUDE Not a note was ever heard to come from outside the bedroom!!
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MACINTOSH TAPES: - Don’t stand for nothing - Won’t wait for no one - Aren’t where you left them I NEED: - A new head inside my brain to crack the password to your mind - A new man inside my shell to run the shell script of my man - Some new code inside my head to bring the system back online - ON MACINTOSH TAPES. (In a box I was sure I could find if I saw it, was the documentation of a childhood misled And I don't think I can fake it, 'cause it took so long to make it And I'll never have that macintosh again)
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CALL ME ON THE PROBLEM PHONE – HANG UP!! CALLING FROM THE PROBLEM ZONE. SHUT UP!! Try to get a word in edgewise? SHUT DOWN Listen to the girl talk church talk truck talk WHERE THE HELL IS THE WEIRD LIFE. I CAN’T FIND THE WEIRD LIFE. I GOT A: - Strange brain - Unusual shoes - A creepy car - Weird motivations BUT I CAN’T FIND THE WEIRD WORLD, WHERE THE HELL IS THE WEIRD WORLD!! Weeeeird world GOT TO GET OURSELVES OUT OF THE COUNTRY GOT TO GET OURSELVES OUT OF THIS PLACE GOT A FEELING SOMEONE ELSE IS HAVING MORE FUN THAN WE ARE, AND MY LIFE IS RUNNING OUT - IN A FLYOVER STATE BUT - All that I know is less than or equal to the truck month - Every place you can go is surrounded by wide open space - All that I know, etc. - Every place you can go is not the place you need to be
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ALWAYS HEARD THAT YOU CAN’T LET BRAINS KICK YOUR ASS (‘CAUSE BRAINS WERE A MADE UP CONCEPT) NO ADVICE IMPARTED TO ME HAS BEEN OF ANY CONSEQUENCE SINCE I BRAINED TOO HARD! These luxuries were facilitated by economies of scale. Those economies can not be indefinitely sustained. Oh no. These luxuries, etc. Oh no! ALL YOUR FAVORITE THINGS FADE FROM EXISTENCE TRY TO GET AHEAD YOU’RE GAMED BY THE SYSTEM AND ALL OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST SAY YOUR BEST IDEA WILL NOT COMPETE WITH OUR ECONOMIES OF SCALE. These luxuries, etc.
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TRUCK MONTH, bought and sold This truck's getting old [ Nobody ever told me 'bout the savings! Nobody ever told me 'bout the discounts! ] TRUCK MONTH, get it done You must sell every one [ I've never seen a truck before like this one! They never made a truck before like this one! ]
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Real America 01:45
That doesn’t happen in Real America ☺ Not in recent memory ☺ That doesn’t happen in Real America ☺ Not since ancient history ☺ IN RECENT MEMORY MY LIFE WAS NOT THAT INTERESTING. I NEVER GOT TO DO ANY OF THE THINGS THAT YOU MENTION Welcome to your new room, please enjoy your new room ☺ You cannot escape this state you have created ☺ You cannot escape this zone you have instated ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺ That doesn’t happen in Real America ☺ That doesn’t happen in Real America™ © £
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(Move Synthesizer across state lines: it's a federal synthesizer crime!) You can only choose one universe You can only pick one day to rehearse EXTERNAL FACTORS CANNOT INFLUENCE MY TREE OF DECISIONS YOU ARE ONE SMALL BOX IN MY LINEAR NARRATIVE ONE SMALL BOX IN THE FLOWCHART OF MY LINEAR NARRATIVE!! Could have turned out different? [ NO IT COULDN'T ] Could it turn out the same? [ WELL IT DID ] There is no universe ! There is no good day to rehearse !! The bun I break and the cat I wake become my Linear Narrative The food I taste and the time I waste consume my Linear Narrative Not gonna tell you! It's classified! Figure it out with your own damn eyes! The hemispheres must subdivide! The intonation is justified! Can I change my future? [ NO THAT'S STUPID ] Can I change it today? [ GO TO SLEEP ] "You know, it's nothing but a continuum of fake experiences, and there they are, to confirm my suspicion:" STANDIN' IN THE BACK STEALIN' LINES OFF MY LINEAR NARRATIVE STANDIN' IN THE BACK MAKIN' FLOWCHARTS OF MY LINEAR NARRATIVE
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I'm not plugged into the PROJECT!! Feel like a part of the PROBLEM!! I need somebody who can leverage these assets! I need somebody who can leverage MY assets! THERE'S A LAYER OF ABSTRACTION THAT KEEPS THE MIND FROM THINKING THERE'S A LAYER OF ABSTRACTION THAT KEEPS THE MIND FROM GOING TO SLEEP It's too much behind a layer of abstaction! Can't do my work, that's a distraction! (x2) What are you doing? [ I'm doin' it half-assed. ] How ya gonna do it? [ I'm gonna do it half-assed. ] Why don't you do it right? [ It's close enough for government. ] [ It's close enough for private sector. ] THERE'S A LAYER OF ABSTRACTION THAT KEEPS THE MIND FROM THINKING THERE'S A LAYER OF ABSTRACTION THAT KEEPS THE MIND FROM GOING TO SLEEP COME AND SHIFT MY PARADIGMS, COME AND SHIFT MY PARADIGMS, I'M WAITING FOR THE COST OF OPPORTUNITY They told me in business school this would be easy! They told me in regular school that I was weird They told me in business school that I was crazy They told me in regular school to GET OUT. I GOT THE DETAILS! I GOT THE FACTS! I got the SPECS that the IMPLEMENTATION lacks Hardware coming back, software can't relax "Go to rev B! We'll go to rev B!" "Put it all behind a layer of abstraction They can't tell, it's hiding the action! It's gonna all be a layer of abstraction Why do real work when you control the action?" HAVE YOU GOT IT DONE YET? [ I'm gonna do it later ] WHEN YOU GONNA DO IT? [ I'm gonna do it later ] WHY DON'T YOU DO IT NOW? [ It's gonna take forever. It's gonna take a long time. ] THERE'S A LAYER OF ABSTRACTION THAT KEEPS THE MIND FROM THINKING THERE'S A LAYER OF ABSTRACTION THAT KEEPS THE MIND FROM GOING TO SLEEP COME AND CHANGE MY AXIOMS, COME AND CHANGE MY AXIOMS I'M WAITING TO ASSESS THE RISK OF KNOWING YOU
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I don't understand you Shirt Man. Waa-aaauh HOW CAN I BE SURE OF YOUR REAL INTENTIONS, SHIRT MAN? HOW CAN I BE SURE OF YOUR REAL INTENTIONS, SHIRT MAN? Work in a room. Got a job. Got a degree in Shirt Man. Work in a room. Live in a box. A life engineered by Shirt Man. HOW CAN I BE SURE OF YOUR REAL INTENTIONS, SHIRT MAN? HOW CAN I BE SURE OF YOUR REAL INTENTIONS, SHIRT MAN? Superiors SAY that I have RISEN to my LEVEL OF INCOMPETENCE! Interiors STAY the same COLOUR OF GREY. & Everything must fall on the ground [ I AM WORKING ] EVERYTHING MUST FALL. ON THE GROUND! [ I AM WORKING ON IT ] How can I be sure of your real intentions, Shirt Man? (Waa-aaauh, etc)
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Every month I've seen has been a Truck Month & every year has been less than or equal & I'll never be a small car & I'll never be a small man Mucho dinero
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IT WAS A FEEL GOOD END OF THE CENTURY: THEY COULDN’T STOP THE OIL PEAK (COULDN’T FIND THE GAS LEAK). MICROWAVES ARE FREEZING AND THE SKY’S COMBUSTING AS THE GRID GOES DOWN. PANIC AT THE WALMART RIOT IN THE SPRAWL BECAUSE THE CARS WON’T START. MAN ON THE VIEW SCREEN TELLS US ALL WHAT IT MEANS: A FEEL-GOOD END OF THE CENTURY! IT WAS A FEEL-GOOD END OF THE CENTURY: LOST ALL MY SKULL HEAT, HAD TO MISS THE SHARK WEEK. OPTIMISTS WILL TELL YOU THAT THE WORLD APPROXIMATES A SHIT-GO-ROUND. NO ONE AT THE TOLL GATE (SYSTEMS ON FAIL SAFE): DRIVE AROUND. BETTER CALL OFF THE TRUCK MONTH: LOOKS LIKE WE’RE HEADED FOR A FEEL GOOD END OF THE CENTURY

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The product of over five years of truck research, Slugbug's TRUCK MONTH is the definitive LP of the Post-Information Age. Techno-anxiety and engineered rhythm collide in ways never imagined or deemed necessary by musical superiors. TRUCK MONTH is a complete synthesis for all crucial boogie specifications.

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released July 23, 2013

Written, performed, produced and engineered by Paul D. Millar at BUG SOUND, Waco / Austin TX, Aug 2009 - Nov 2012

PDM plays drums, yelling, bass, electronic guitar, and keyboards:
Akai AX60 / Sound Lab / Farfisa Compact / Realistic MG-1 / Korg Polysix / Polymoog / Micromoog / ARP Odyssey / Yamaha DX7 / Wurlitzer EP206.

Complicated drums by Jason "Chef" Pittman, Thomas Simurdak, and Joey Fitchett, bass on 5 by Nathan Armentrout, cello on 3 by Joey Reyes

Recorded on 8-track analog tape (Fostex R8 and Tascam 488) and mixed to 1/4" 2-track (Otari MTR10.) This is a 100% analog recording.

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