In The City's Arms

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1.
her eyes could outshine the sun sheets in the windows, hand on the gun so the gravediggers march the searchlights poke the motherland's machete hands and helicopter oaths the murderers and baby eaters extend their feelers her blood on dogs' noses the target is chosen her eyes could outshine the sun she carries no flag she waits for no one her eyes could knock down the sun (the machinegun sun) her eyes could tear down the sky (the bayonet sky) her soul could could swallow the seas (and the air is diseased) her eyes could outshine the sun
2.
clear 'cross the rooftops, sawing time cold as a bed spring, subliminal crime lost in heaven on California time stuck in heaven, miles from the ticket line you don't know the first thing about love you want a walk in the park this place is suicide - nothing but time that place is diseased - leave it behind the death of the mind lost in heaven on California time stuck in heaven, miles from the ticket line ...they came for you in the night but you were all out of fight
3.
Nina Simone 02:55
you keep on ruffin' me and kickin' me yeah yeah you keep on ruffin' me and kickin' me yeah yeah you keep on prickin' me and stickin' me yeah yeah yeah you keep on ruffin' me and kickin' me yeah yeah you keep on ruffin' me and kickin' me yeah yeah you're always hittin' me and quittin' me yeah yeah yeah somebody murdered the sunshine they mutilated the skyline i'm falling away to starry graves you keep on huggin' me and kissin' me yeah yeah you keep on huggin' me and kissin' me yeah yeah your love comes like the winter winds of death and it seems to happen overnight one minute everything is alright the next we're finished and the new day is a threat somebody murdered the sunshine they mutilated the skyline i'm falling away to starry graves you keep on kickin' me yeah yeah you keep on stickin' me yeah yeah i'm falling away to starry graves somebody murdered the sunshine they mutilated the skyline i'm falling away to starry graves you're always kickin' me yeah yeah you're always stickin' me yeah yeah i'm falling away to starry graves
4.
Puzzle 02:31
hey! the tools are in charge, you know, you know the fools are at large, you know you know i'm pressing my muzzle to the corners of the night i'm giving the muscle to everything with a pulse in sight so pick up the pieces i'm a puzzle, readjust me and give me a purpose in this dreary soup of humanity dust me in angels, will you dose me, comatose me? they're overproduced and uneducated and i hate it it's all going nowhere and it's going very slowly the people outside are so busy eyes are empty the evening is wasted, you know, you know but these are the spaces 'tween the stories and the glories so pick up the pieces i'm a puzzle, readjust me and give me a purpose in this dreary soup of humanity dust me in angels, will you dose me, comatose me? they're overproduced and uneducated and i hate it
5.
City Song 02:43
messenger boys on speed sepia days in dogtown august doo-do-doo-do-doo yellow cabs on broadway the crack of yr shoes to back avenues the tracks are on fire there's a breeze on the side-streets blue eyes, green eyes the rats and the rich all walk side-by-side smoke machine in the dark boombox dancing, nightly trespass doo-do-doo-do-doo strobe lights in the front room the crack of yr shoes to back avenues the tracks are on fire there's a breeze on the side-streets blue eyes, green eyes the rats and the rich all walk side-by-side
6.
hands tombstone still heart drained of will jetliners fly over death ocean-size judges sell our children so draw the blinds futures overruled live by the golden ruse she floats like an angel in front of me face white like a spotlight at night this moment will freeze in the hourglass white flags will slice up the nights hands tombstone still heart drained of will jetliners fly over death ocean-size wicked are the headlines so draw the blinds til we split the sky with human dynamite she floats like an angel in front of me face white like a spotlight at night this moment will freeze in the hourglass white flags will slice up the nights
7.
Last Train 04:35
you say i'm gone i say death won the wild-eyed dogs of summer the thunderclaps at midnight the miracles of zero untouched by circumstances the letter home at xmas to death beyond the windows the dagger heels at doorsteps all swallowed down forever you took the last train down the fire drain (shot through the flawless and hollow, set fire to all the tomorrows) you took the last train through the glass pane (cold is the flood of your engine, float in a suicide ocean) you say i'm cold my dreams untold the generous and vacant the stalled trains at the station away from all potential the simple and provincial the hammer and the flower the walls are creeping closer the dagger heels in bedrooms a cherry mouth forever you took the last train down the fire drain (shot through the flawless and hollow, set fire to all the tomorrows) you took the last train through the glass pane (cold is the flood of your engine, float in a suicide ocean)
8.
thunder in the foxholes shrapnel for yr buttonholes no way i'll get outta bed it's all true just what they said all yr heroes are dead moon across the desert death should be ashamed to come for you (distant sirens) the mountains still need climbing bells that still need chiming (raise yr white flag)
9.
ooh you want to drink the starlight aah my passion is survival ooh the armies gather in the quiet night aah the mutilation of a dream ignition and we follow the black car the butcher's alive in the bell tower ooh we're crushed flies in the windowsill aahh, and still the trains arrive on time ooh and the dead are everywhere now they talk of love and you believe it ignition and we follow the black car the butcher's alive in the bell tower ignition and we follow the black car transmissions arrive from the blackstar
10.
where do all the hard drives go when they die, is there a hell? who will judge floppy disks when they join the hereafter? my microcode failed me my server's wrath spared me my microcode failed me motherboards sleep with fishes seka shindokyo mahikari bukkyo yudayakyo, jukyo, vaisravana, shiva bahaikyo, soto, rinzai, kamikaze haruki murakami, shinichi hisamatsu seka shindokyo mahikari bukkyo yudayakyo, jukyo, vaisravana, shiva bahaikyo, soto, rinzai, kamikaze haruki murakami, shinichi hisamatsu don't think for a day you will have your way you may as well pray to the pirates in the bay you want the kiss of the viper? well just hold out your hand god gave you every blessing that you'll never understand three cheers to allah and your mothers and brothers too if god gave you all the blessings.. bye bye!
11.
white night, raising a black flag under the vapor trails killing all the sorrow away ritual medication in the city's arms no one's counting so it's your fountain of youth when you're older and it's all over, this will all diffuse all night searching for beauty love is transmutable killing all the sorrow away ritual ruination locked in the city's arms spilling all the sorrow away beach hair straight from the ocean to this abandoned space killing all the sorrow away ritual deviation in the city's arms no one's counting so it's your fountain of youth when you're older and it's all over, this will all diffuse all night searching for beauty love is transmutable killing all the sorrow away ritual ruination locked in the city's arms spilling all the sorrow away
12.
wake up now my sweetheart death is at your door swells under your floor rise up now my lover there's no hope for you your number's overdue vipers under your bed and in your head (whispering) eyeless faces on you turning to screws (watching you) wake up now my sweetheart death runs through your door bred for the matador rise up now my lover from your blackened dream it don't matter what it means vipers under your bed and in your head (whispering) eyeless faces on you turning to screws (watching you) rise up now my lover from your blackened dream don't matter what it means love won't hear you scream
13.
she came to life in a cavity and everything was sick and splattery she grew accustomed to the dungeons wealthy bankers came to get some she got the tattoos and the swivel hips while staring over the precipice so hey kids let's go have some fun at the expense of some other one dial the phone, we're right in the neighborhood beer buzz on, we need a sloppy rendezvous what's unknown is better than familiar somethin' gonna kill ya some come on LET'S GO we're all born into conflict to walk the edge of a bottomless pit the baby eaters and the murderers the insincere and the amateurs living out of focus everything is hopeless so throw it - your caution to the crocodiles death is just the motivation that i need take a hard pull better times are guaranteed what's unknown is better than familiar something's gonna kill ya so come on LET'S GO dial the phone, we're right in the neighborhood beer buzz on, we need a sloppy rendezvous what's unknown is better than familiar somethin' gonna kill ya some come on LET'S GO
14.
murderers' eyes narrow down on you soft and stealthy fingers are tightening the screws (stars shine brightest in hell) we are all the sickest, the lowest of the earth (take my word) termites in the walls, fattening the herd (over under sideways fucked up) spilling from the wet mouth of hell (reptile rodent insect lawyer billboards spotlights vultures) spilling from the wet mouth of hell
15.
Dead On 02:22
backfired actions creeping up on the shoreline chain reaction crawling out of the water time, you're dead-on, dead-on time you want the full-time access, you get the full-time spies slithering up your phoneline the men with camera eyes bow down, my warriors - history's at the doorstep time, you're dead-on, dead-on time
16.
Ah, vous êtes le gémissement, pas le bang vers le bas dans votre [ creux ], vous le savez bien - votre bell jamais sonné you hide in the corners in the basements of the world button-eyes in a paper face the upper-lip eternally curled aah - you are the whimper, not the bang down in your cell, you know it well - your bell never rang your mind is a death camp gang rape in the funhouse vomiting oceans of suicide up into outerspace but your letter home won't be read aah - you are the whimper, not the bang down in your cell, you know it well - your bell never rang aah - all of the whimper, none of the bang down in your cell, you know it well - your bell never rang
17.
i found you in a fairie spring i tuned you in and i lost everything you buzzed around my ears at happy hour i dreamed away in a poison flower and now i'm hooked up to an I.V. cloud my apathy would make you proud i don't suppose you'd want to cut me down and let me hands and feet kiss the ground i found you in a fairie spring you took me under your wing you buzzed around my ears at happy hour i floated off in a poison shower and now i'm hooked up to an I.V. cloud my apathy would make you proud i don't suppose you'd want to cut me down and let me hands and feet kiss the ground you've wrapped me in a cocoon i let you feed me with a spoon you sing to me in my final hour i passed away in a poison flower and now i'm floating in a deadly space i think i've found a better place my blood won't carry you anymore i've left you stranded on the shore
18.
ancient wishes delivered to the night follow the moon on summer vacation we're hooked up to the sky shattering all decisions shattering all designs crackling in the heavens the universe unwinds civilizations come and go and the sun won't always rise every king in every nation can wash out with the tide prayers rejected, carried to the sea every dream a scrap of papar scattered in the breeze shattering all decisions shattering all designs crackling in the heavens the universe unwinds civilizations come and go and the sun won't always rise every king in every nation can wash out with the tide shattering all decisions shattering all designs crackling in the heavens the universe unwinds civilizations come and go and the sun won't always rise (all was drowned into the sirens) every king in every nation will wash out with the tide
19.
City Song 2 02:43
and it's 92 murderous degrees posters on the platform selling bad tv low tide summer nights bottles break in alley fights don't browbeat us with yr bright ideas and the sirens whine and the heat's unkind while a dog is sleeping in a chalk outline falling up standing down stand yr ground you're stoppin'/friskin' half the town and that's why we don't want you around low tide summer nights bottles break in alley fights don't browbeat us with yr bright ideas falling up standing down stand yr ground you're stoppin'/friskin' half the town and that's why (don't police us) we don't want you around (we don't need ya) low tide summer nights bottles break in alley fights don't browbeat us with yr bright ideas falling up standing down stand yr ground you're stoppin'/friskin' half the town and that's why (don't police us) we don't want you around (we don't need ya)
20.
well hey hey hey you turned it on now the cold blowing winds of death the dark taste in yr mouth you know it's over in yr room full of summer dread ooh the sharks have come now to pull you under now the sky is running out and yr mind is breaking down pale non-souls are wandering while yr fear is flowering well hey hey hey can't run away now even the music's diseased the air you breathe is gasoline your life was so obscene ooh the tigers who roamed yr dreams just rang the doorbell ooh the sharks have come now to pull you under now the sky is running out and yr mind is breaking down pale non-souls are wandering while yr fear is flowering
21.
gaze into the lens with eyes that never smile we've got a self-esteem emergency at the 9/11 gift shop so focus and shoot, we're fruit about to spoil trophy wives with dragon breath please restore the luster to our chandelier heads! we'll make all the papers in the shadow world so cover up the cracks and the crevices here's 300 angles of my tuesday pout a photo gallery of my cardio workout kids from good homes in angsty drag the lives of dilettantes are carefully curated yet another selfie for public enjoyment! destined for a chilly reception ooh celebrity dust-up, a clickbait circle-jerk mental disorder brought to you in hi-definition desperation flashbulb disease who broke the internet? the pursuit of shallowness WILL be televised! hashtag blessed, we've got full-time access to graphic discomfort and a sea of vomit in an widening crater of available bandwidth! bumper sticker flag waver carbonated salivated lubricating tinderbating static in static out static in, static out a soul malnourished, i'm starving for likes feeding tube to the satellites clapping tuxedos celebrity dust-up, a clickbait circle-jerk bouquet of light full-blown twitter pornado, come on! flashbulb disease
22.
War Cry 02:01
the roofs are littered up in satellites the streets are flooded in a telephone massacre a sewer river of humanity spill conversations to the databases in the sea i hear a war cry guns on the shoreline he's at the bottom of a bottle, drowned she's got a week of lipstick on her barracuda mouth they're gonna make 100 babies the water's running out and everywhere is rabies so pull the lever on the slot machine oooh the pimps butchers and the drama queens screw yr ears death in the pipeline dancing on fault lines i hear a war cry guns on the shoreline
23.
Swipe Right 03:34
this is futility dreams turn to tragedy worn down by striving fiercely ignore the pain swipe right - you know too much life is indecency death camps, black blood give in to give into institutions twilight is suicide slow-eyed cops are watching us swipe right - you know too much swipe right - you know too much
24.
the people who give always will be taken away dream all you like, it's cold rain soaking the grave never believe the teachings of their leprous minds promises turn to coffins in due time they stuck it to you fractions of us populate in overdrive pick your lane: salvation or suicide? assholes make the rules and sell you panic on the news all the wrong angles magic is mangled they stuck it to you they stuck it to you and you

about

“An impeccably sequenced double-album, “In the City’s Arms” is the soundtrack to a NYC summer– shiny, sweaty, glistening, and propulsive – a brisk, headphoned walk through lower Manhattan at dusk, heart thrumming, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge as the sun dips behind you.” - Color Is Its Own Reward

“An absolute triumph, which leaves you with chills and puts a glitter bow on a labyrinthine aural orgasm.” - Music-Survival-Guide

“[Andee Blacksugar] has updated the relevance of grunge, glam rock, electro pop and jazz metal in one big swoop. It's a grand gesture, a 24 course meal of bravado and his magnum opus (so far).” - Here Comes The Flood

In The City's Arms was written & recorded in summer of 2015 and winter of 2016 in Brooklyn NY at Casa Blacksugar (except the live drums - special thanks to Andrew Dickson for recording Matt Farley's tracks!)

All songs copyright 2016 Andee's Vault Music/SESAC

Mixed by Andee, mastered by John Pisani
Photography by WaXenVine
Design by Inside Wide

THANKS: All the musicians, Tracy Harris, Fractal Audio, Eventide, DiMarzio, Taylor, Atomic Amps and YOU.

LEMMY BOWIE PRINCE


Dedicated to Alisa B

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released June 21, 2016

CREDITS:

MACHINEGUN SUN
Andee: voices, guitar, drum & synth programming, noises, gabber
Keith Robinson: drum kit

CALIFORNIA TIME
Andee: voices, programming, guitar
Thomas Hutchings: tenor sax
Jimmy Lopez: electronic percussion & ambience

NINA SIMONE
Andee: vocals, guitar, bass, programming
Joanna Choy: vocals
Keith Robinson: drum kit

PUZZLE
Andee: vocals, guitar, bass, programming, Pocket Piano
Keith Robinson: drum kit

CITY SONG
Andee: vocals, guitar, bass, programming
Joanna Choy: vocals
Matt Farley: drum kit
Jimmy Lopez: percussion

ANGEL IN FRONT OF ME
Andee: voices, guitar, bass, programming
Matt Katz-Bohen: added synth, arpeggio solo

LAST TRAIN
Andee: voices, guitar, programming
Keith Robinson: drum kit
Leon Gruenbaum: Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheee Peeee

ALL YR HEROES ARE DEAD
Andee: bass, vocals, guitar, Pocket Piano, percussion, programming, melodica
Shannon Conley: additional vocals
Thomas Hutchings: tenor sax

FOLLOW THE BLACK CAR
Andee: voice, guitar, bass, programming

EVERY BLESSING
Andee: programming, guitar, bass, vocals
Mike Hansen: drum kit
Dave Smith: additional melodic bass
Jimmy Lopez: percussion

IN THE CITY'S ARMS
Andee: vocals, melodica, programming, guitar
Jimmy Lopez: percussion and ear candy

LOVE WON'T HEAR YOU SCREAM
Andee: voices, guitar, Pocket Piano, programming

UNKNOWN>FAMILIAR
Andee: singing, guitar, bass, programming
Keith Robinson: drum kit

SPILLING FROM THE WET MOUTH OF HELL
Andee: guitar, bass, vocals, programming
Matt Farley: drum kit
Thomas Hutchings: tenor sax

DEAD ON
Andee: programming, bass, guitar, vocals, percussion, noises
Matt Farley: drum kit
Thomas Hutchings: tenor sax

YOUR BELL NEVER RANG
Andee: voices, guitar, bass, programming, human beatbox, percussion, Pocket Piano
Matt Farley: drum kit
Leon Gruenbaum: Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheee Peeee

FAIRIE SPRING
Andee: 12 string acoustic, Strat, percussion. singing, programming, bass
Jimmy Lopez: percussion

ANCIENT WISHES
Andee: programming, vocals, bass
Joanna Choy: extra vocals
Jimmy Lopez: percussion

CITY SONG 2
Andee: guitar, bass, programming, voices
Shannon Conley: extra voices

PALE NON-SOULS
Andee: la-las & other singing, guitars, bass, programming
Keith Robinson: drum kit

FLASHBULB DISEASE
Andee: Pocket Piano, voices, programming, guitar, vocoder
Joanna Choy, Shannon Conley, Nelson Faro DeCastro: additional vocals

WAR CRY
Andee: fuzz & Particle guitar, voices, programming, Pocket Piano, radio
Keith Robinson: drum kit
Adam James: bass
Thomas Hutchings: tenor sax

SWIPE RIGHT
Andee: loops, percussion, programming, samples, vocals
Jimmy Lopez: additional sound design

STUCK IT TO YOU
Andee: 12 string acoustic, vocals, programming, melodica

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