Second Based

by Jason Millard

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Wow, such a warped and ripping solo debut from Jason Millard of Minneapolis. In case you have not been paying any attention at all; J. was the guitar man in the psych-pound group LIGHTED. He currently plays lap steel in experimental doom-rock trio MYRRH, as well being bass slinger in minimal Kyuss-jazz unit LAND. But this... this is something else entirely. We are blissed to deliver these fresh recordings to the people, providing only the most uncompromising sounds for our dedicated (glutton for punishment) listeners.
An actual album of songs, all written at the time of recording, mostly 1st take. No long form improv noodle here, rather a series of concise sonic statements, mashing to congeal into thick paste for ideal forehead smear. These recordings are RAW, using the simple means of basically only voice, acoustic guitar, and tape machines. No looping pedals or fuzz distortion pedals were used in the making of this album. The results are staggering; crude glimpses of brilliance through the murk. Like ZZ Top trying to play “Meet The Residents”? Bizarre but catchy, almost tangible but severely mangled. Outsider song-smithery that puts to shame the throngs of hippy dippy “psychedelic” singer-songwriters that people seem to drool over. This sounds less like watching grass grow and more like peeling paint with gasoline. Heavy solvent fume, grotesque production values, so fucked. Difficult to accurately describe but completely unforgettable, coming to you with our highest possible recommendation. Prepare for vapor lock.


released September 15, 2014



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Track Name: Almost Never
I almost never use my hand
but I would.
You keep telling me what to do.
I can't take it anymore.
Why the fuck should I listen to you.
I almost never use my hand.
But I would.
I ain't worried
about what you got.
Track Name: Everything Moves
Everything moves by, leaving' us here twisting trying to decide.
I wonder when it will be that way. Times for another day.
Large boxes stand empty, we all apply for our last breath.
Track Name: Keep Coming Back
I'm leaving.
Ending something
I did not begin.
Jesus Christ.
We don't really care
planning our escape.
I'll just keep coming back.
Track Name: Well, Well, Well
Everybody wonders
Where we'll find another
Something new to hide from each other.

There will come a time
to lose your lives
Find out where you been hanging out

Well, well, well.
Track Name: Climb
Climb a hill,
then tell me how it is
Stand up.
It could be anything you want it to.
Track Name: Criticize Yourself
If you're gonna lie
take it somewhere else.
Criticize yourself.

You don't need permission
to live your life.
Criticize yourself.

If I need you
will you stay there?
Criticize yourself.
Track Name: We're All The Same
What are you gonna think
when we're all the same?
Dirt will be dirt
and down will fall rain.

No, never gonna tell me nothing.
No never gonna change.
I'll be false and I'll be fair,
but I'm never gonna meet you there.
Track Name: No Payments
What are you going to do
if your mind falls off?
My friend, it could be the end.

If you wanted to know
If I surely want to go.
I'm telling you, I surely do.

My friend,
it could be the end.
Well if I can just make it through.
You're a master.
No payments.