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Mexico City Heart

by The Sweet Life

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    The first in a series of posthumous releases from the fantastical singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and all around musical hermit, Tim Alexander (aka Bab). Never heard until now! Features 12 nutso psych/guit/power pop tracks recorded in Bab's kitchen. Including an awesome cover of Guided By Voices, I Am A Scientist. Limited to 300, 180 gram gold vinyl, gatefold edition. Mastered and lathed by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, NYC. Buy or fry!

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The Sweet Life Music Collective presents Mexico City Heart

there was no use of reverbs, echos, or other manufactured fx in the making of this album. all fx heard were done by mic placement, distortion to tape, backward tape flipping and other analogue concepts.

this album was recorded on a 16 track, analogue, tascam deck and mixed personal and by hand. no digital technology was used in the tracking and mixing of this album.

digital tends to fail earlier while anologue technology tends to fail later. but when analogue finally fails, it is usually finite. like people and bones it will finally turn to dust, and disperse into the cosmos to start again.

credits

released February 17, 2015

executive producers:
steve scarpelli (drums/percussion)
marc spooner (keyboards)
timothy alexander folkerth (drums/bass/guitar)
jim callahan (drums/vocal)
dennis galway (drums/guitar/vocals)
john thompson (guitar/cello)
megan spooner (vocals)
david beach (design/stuff)
mark stover (saxaphone/gong/design)
hanna thrasher (cover photo)

All Songs Produced, Engineered, and Performed by Tim Alexander

With Steve Scarpelli, Marc Spooner, Timothy Alexander Folkerth, Jim Callahan, Dennis Galway, John Thompson, and Mark Stover

All songs written by Tim Alexander (Timothy Harrison Alexander - BMI), except "She's Happy" by Dale Strachan (Dale Strachan) and "I Am A Scientist" by Robert Pollard (Needmore Songs - BMI)

Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, NYC
Vinyl Manufactured by United Record Pressing, Nashville, TN

also thanks to these people without whom i would have never made it: leta and mark klaver || tamantha and dave williams || sequoia and aurora williams || david beach and family || tony fitzgerald || lisa lecoump || donna brodman || dr. james pellegrin || dr. cecil bradley (hank) || dr. anders dahlstrom || dr. christina callahan || dr. ted and adeline engdahl

the trilogy is dedicated to those who had to split: earle alexander || dale strachan || helen alexander || gina alexander || tanner || tomcat || johnny pop || john lennon || kurt cobain || elliott smith || dr. hunter s. thompson || george harrison || alexis ingle || jennifer alexander

quagmire thanks: leta, tammy, thom, mark, j., coluzzi, maryna, stove, gwen, hooch, jane, audrey, isaac, family, and all the friendly friends. hugs.

© ℗ 2013-2015 Quagmire Records, 2697 Branciforte Dr. Santa Cruz, CA 95065 USA . All Rights Reserved. quagmirerecords.com

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The Sweet Life is Tim Alexander (aka, Bab, Baby, Nostrababus, The Teen Ancient) and friends. Bab was a masterful songwriter, guitarist, and musical hermit recording everything in his tiny house on a tiny lane with outdated analog equipment. His other bands include A Western Front, The Slowest Train in the World, Elijah Craig, and Baby. Buy or Fry! ... more

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Track Name: Change Is Magic
change is magic and the summers in the air life sometimes tragic, sometimes beautiful, can be a stepping stone to metamorphosis into new being after transition.
recall all journeys with the light of smiles. listen to the rhythm of your heart all the miles it's sometimes beautiful.
your lips fantastic and the sun burst thru the skies. kiss the glass and the whole world sighs
the globes of plastic revolve and i sympathize.
this too shall catch the light in your eyes.
i saw daylight again today and jumped a mile. it's never happened this way
recording this song filled with bizzle.
aum above the magic in the air
is the love. the magic's in the air, in the air, in the air.
i have seen things today before their yesterdays. i can hear you into your futures.
the song of lighted fires, ignited infrared,
into subsonic frequency's sometimes ritual.
aum above the magic in the air
is the love. the magic's in the air, in the air, in the air.
aum above, change is magic in the air.
Track Name: Katy I...
kati i... long to want you
but i don't know just how angels wing this long lost letter and explode a sigh
and i want you
yeah i want to
do you wanna, do you wanna dance?
kati... i thus endeth the lesson
but let us not forget chance
and that we all
have a season to believe in the dance and i want you
yeah i want to
and i want you now
do you wanna, do you wanna dance?
Track Name: Shitty Loves Her Drugs
han in the afternoon she come around she give you aptitude and screw you down then she as sweet as pie
then she no wanna lie
then you don't wanna die
please tell me why
she gonna stay until
she take all you do
she got nothin' from you just yet she got somethin' from you
young hot matt diamond shine like pretty foil
she grease you up real good with horno oil
this dog howl at this tune dance in the midnite moon to a bo dibly tune
as i recoil
she got a rabid smile and a heart black
as a crocodile
in a cadillac
got a phony diamond stud crammed into her nose whistle a snappy tune when she gotta blow
she gonna eat your heart and swallow it down
chase it with your sorrow when the drugs come around she gonna lose her soul
in a sad frowny frown
chase it with rock and roll when the drugs come to town shitty loves her drugs
bye baby bye bye
ba da da da da da die
da da da da da die
Track Name: Nomad
come and hold me
ship's goin' down
the race that we tried to save are dying all around
darling it's been so long
forever radiate nomad
so sad so sad
suspend in time and space nomad
no gravity
in this solar realm
the parent star that we face emotionless and still
like our life
suspended in time and space
forever radiate nomad
so sad so sad
suspend in time and space nomad
suspended forever the curse of a lifetime
forever radiate nomad
so sad so sad
suspend in time and space nomad
Track Name: She's Happy
penelope sleeps all day
she can't get out of bed
her mother thinks that she's crazy and she wishes she were dead
got laid off at factory
she's home the whole day through collect a check from the government and puts it in the stew
she's happy, she's healthy she hasn't a care
she wonders, she worries she washes her hair
she listens to the radio
and sips a cup of tea
stare down at the telly
while she reads her magazines
a day, a month, a year
god look at the time
put your hands on to your heart make sure you're still alive
Track Name: The Last Song
this is the last song this is the last song
suffer as a habit mostly only craving peace
there's other souls to keep shaking me down
to me essence, waking me up to your (my) sentence
this is the last song this is the last song
i will ever feign to know
our love burned
burned out so hard burned out wicked, hollow blistered, charred
as i listen to the sounds of the unicorn
that will expire
i will eat fire
this is the last song this iast the last song
i will ever feign to know this is the last song this is the last song
Track Name: God Big As Love
he orchard where rats scurried, and buried pungy sticks, the milky white farmers, rock salt and finger drips,
returns to dust on the bones of the valley that will explode with silicon chips.
and then was a sound, carried on the airwaves,
electric am bound.
from the land of our language, a fiery stone to cauterize the bloody wounds in our ears, hearts and our eyes.
and how big is the universe? ( it's giganic) i guess it's big enough. ( it's giganic)
god big as love.
god big as love.
and how much is the universe? (it's giganic) sometimes it's just too much. (it's giganic) god big as love.
god big as love.
one berry by crow, across horizon fly.
a panoramic point of view that grew into a landslide.
the energy infused and rebound, echoed deep.
the milky white farmer's wife, gnawed cancers bones forever sleep.
and how big is the universe? (it's giganic) i guess it's big enough. (it's giganic)
god big as love.
god big as love.
and how much is the universe? (it's giganic) sometimes it's just too much. (it's giganic) god big as love.
god big as love.
and how much is the universe? (it's giganic) sometimes it's all too much. (it's giganic) god big as love.
god big as love.
the orchard where rats scurried, impaled on pungy sticks, the milky white farmer, rock salt and finger drips,
return to dust on the bones of the valley that will explode with silicon chips.
a fiery stone to immortalize.
Track Name: I Am A Scientist
i am a scientist - i seek to understand
all of my impurities and evils yet unknown
i am a journalist - i write to you to show you i am an incurable
and nothing else behaves like me
and i know what's right
but i'm losing sight
of the clues for which i search and choose to abuse to just unlock my mind
yeah and just unlock my mind
i am a pharmacist
prescriptions i will fill you potions, pills and medicines
to ease your painful lives
i am a lost soul
i shoot myself with rock and roll the hole i dig is bottomless
but nothing else can set me free
i am a scientist - i seek to understand me
i am an incurable and nothing else behaves like me
everything is right - everything works out right everything fades from sight
because that's alright with me
Track Name: Dilbert's Crown Of Thorns Feels Bad
said the first king of the nation from the last kingly starlite station to the third queen of the sun
i believe i'm sinkin'
on that last train to cracksville get that monkey off my track
we get plastered until daybreak and i believe he won't get back
ahh dilbert's crown of thorns
could be dressed in rows of jolly colored bows and still feel bad
in that confrontation with god he surmised
all the love and wisdom that shown in those eyes but his platform shoes were full up with sorrow and he believed there was no tomorrow
so he stuck out his thumb, hitched off his wife traded his babies and painted his bike
the colors of gloom he knew all too well
and i believe that he took his life
ahh dilbert's crown of thorns feels bad you're bad
as the candy colored clown pulled on his bulb he danced the watusi till the girls were full with a sly grin and tip of the hat
i believe and a rat a tat tat
said the first king of the nation from the last kingly starlite station to the third queen of the sun
i believe i'm sinkin'
ahh dilbert's crown of thorns
could be dressed in rows of candy colored bows and still feel bad ahh ha ha ha ha...
Track Name: Because You're Sad
signed my name across your hip a tatoo'd rose right next to it
the moonlite fell unto your face as you laugh and radiate
because the nite will bury you before the day to wash away the crooked smile that you had i bit your lip because you're sad
someone's whisper, indelicate asides across this boys loss cupid came unto my heart loose his bow i fall apart
took a ride into your car
tatoo'd you a big star
up to the lake where moonlite fell unto your face to radiate
because the nite will bury you before the day to wash away the crooked smile that you had i bit your lip because you're sad
Track Name: New Song/Old Song
all things we understand including love
may not turn out as planned please understand
life is a crap shoot
so roll those bones
and celebration
and the mighty mickey dolenz
i am feeling rather centered considering the circumstance
these wasted years can bring
and i'm counting on me to pull me thru
all things we understand including luck
may not turn out as planned but what the fuck
Track Name: Time Isn't Absolute In Space
time isn't absolute in space. distance is the speed of light
in positively curved space.
arcturus through our eyes
may have withered and died,
or may have spawned a distant age.
man is an asterisk of time
falling like twilight fore night
into explosive arrays of the sublime. a finite medium
between past and what will come, man is an asterisk of time.
love is intangible to say anything less would be a lie. content in my bed at night i'll lay knowing god is infinite,
his universe is alright,
and that time isn't absolute in, time isn't absolute in space.
in space.
in space.
in space.