Violent Muses

by Black Sugar Transmission

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1.
Stripes 04:49
we are kissing kin you and i are born again sprawling out of control and our minds aren't innocent hang the safety net (spin the spiders web again) and from a pin-pricked sky the light we deify chorus: WE'RE BLOOD RELATIVES WE ARE CONNECTED LIKE THE STARS IN THE SKIES WE ARE COLLAPSING ALIBIS WE ARE THE CATALYST FOR EVERY ATHEIST ALIVE WE ARE DEAD INSIDE BUT OUR EYES ARE OPEN WIDE get yr camouflage gear ah, the melting point is near the flagging light does set the stage for confession and when the cracks appear and danger whispers in our ear we will destroy ourselves in junkie contrition CHORUS
2.
Violent 02:06
piss-pot town now a military operation all the clock-watchers gettin' down for extermination we see it all through dollar-$ign eyes give you a tear-gas ticket honey if you survive chorus: DON'T MAKE ME VIOLENT DON'T MAKE ME VIOLENT AGAIN toss you in a cell for the blood on my uniform pull you by the collar you're a bad dog do you wanna see my authority baby? CHORUS
3.
shifting dunes and a white sea the ripples imitating funeral grey and orange reef the neighborhood is changing CHORUS: from yr luxury cribs, drug-addled bliss appliances that own you chain-store nabe you demand a landscape that is familiar lock the gate and you're safe and sound away from the natives CHORUS: from yr hole in the sky you will observe a world that now is yr ashtray da-da-da-da far away casket cribs for those you are displacing CHORUS: from your luxury crypt drug-addled bliss, appliances that own you from yr hole in the sky: a perfect view of all the people you've buried "New York: the city that's falling asleep"
4.
all the way from the halls of hell to darken my door tick tick boom and my body's exploding to every shore i can't resist your wicked calculus so call the doctor chorus: HEY WILDFLOWER SUN SHOWER BRING THE POWER TO ME BOMB-DROP BABY COME TAKE ME FROM THIS MISERY all the way from the suburbs of June to the cold of my room bang bang dead just a touch of liquid courage and i'm on the moon midnight light throws a shadow on this appetite i'm so ashamed of lockjaw, rabies i've got scabies self-contempt, will you have my babies? CHORUS
5.
Taboo 03:18
killed by desire death by love strangled by hands in kid gloves drowned in kisses cruel caress crippled by loyalty chorus: THE PIG'S RUNNING OUT AGAIN ALWAYS A BITTER END A-HA LOVE IS TABOO black and broken is his heart every lover falls apart killed by desire crushed by love poisoned by tenderness
6.
junkie jiving acid jabber noise no signal bitch and blather revelations tell and tangle all surveillance every angle CHORUS; kicking yr bottles in the alley, yr focus is bending the energy you're sending is sadness never-ending yr dead zone is so full-blown jammed-up headspace i'ma black hole drinks arrive you toe the gravel blacklist poets muses whisper it don't look like you've been listening CHORUS: kicking yr bottles in the alley, yr focus is bending the energy you're sending is sadness never-ending yr dead zone is so full-blown toss yr verses in the furnace yr instrument's decaying yr voice is slowly fraying can't hear a word you're saying you're the space between the notes
7.
Solitaire 02:51
yr temperature is cooling yr mind is unspooling don't rush yr cue whatever you do chorus: A SONG SUNG SOLITAIRE DON'T MAKE U A MILLIONAIRE SAY SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (it) WON'T TAKE U ANYWHERE masses collide beneath conflicted skies the embryonic clientele line up to get into hell all the bean counters who sullied yr brand buy holiday homes on yr blood and happily chew on yr hand CHORUS
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one last chance to make a mark dusk is coming soon time to depart one last chance to scratch the page one hot spotlight waits upon that stage chorus: PRAY FOR PEACE BUT GOD LOVES WAR PRAY FOR LOVE BUT GOD LOVES WAR one last shot to break the cage light the fuse and kick it into space trolls on parade mock what you've made but they are afraid tangle the wires set all the fires your light drinking wasted on the stars CHORUS
10.
Crave 04:09
got a sequined umbrella to wreck in the rain eat a dozen prescriptions so i don't feel pain wavering long low shadows on the wall the dead live! and that includes me crawling on yr headboard: the creatures that will eat your mind wavering tarry tendrils on the wall the dead live! so come one, come all CHORUS: WHAT U CRAVE IS UNNECESSARY WHAT U LOVE IS UNTRUE RUN YR DOGS IN THE BESTIARY THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO sing the tired old verses and live in the past do yr jaded karaoke and act like an ass "maybe i'll learn to play ukulele... i'll spoil your corners and thank you to pay me" wavering long low shadows on the wall the dead live! so won't you come now... CHORUS: JUMP THE QUEUE RING THE BELL YOU BABY ALL ATTENTION'S ON YOU IN THE RIGHT CLOTHES YOU WON'T SEEM CRAZY THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO
11.
so i've come back to this i've run back to this mistake can't fix i can't fix the void i can't fill the void inside can't jump the line CHORUS: i watch the windows at night and through the mystery ether white starry etchings the feeling is catching my eyes are following you you are the smile on the moon cool breezes kiss me you're always with me so i see that you've left me here with the rest of this you took the best with you you quit just when it began to really get interesting i'm just dripping with cynicism i get my sleep but there's no more dreaming (never here) i'm just soaking in nihilism i get my sleep but there's no more dreaming CHORUS
12.
AlexCafe 04:03
come down meet me by the trees sit down on my knees how have you been? tell me who's been living inside your skin hey now, who you keeping warm? why do you look torn? are you bored? that's alright you've gotta have some fun before you die CHORUS: so we're drinkin' up the sun down at the AlexCafe and we've already won it's enough to love even if it's wrong tell me what's been going on with that one who lives uptown is she still around? your lonesome trail is too dangerous for most folks to scale CHORUS: so let's drink up the sun down at the AlexCafe and we've already won it's enough to love enough to love drinkin' up the sun down at the AlexCafe and we've already won it's enough to love even if it's wrong CHORUS: drink up the sun down at the AlexCafe and we've already won it's enough to love so let 'em judge drinkin' up the sun down at the AlexCafe and we've already won it's enough to love enough to love drinkin' up the sun down at the AlexCafe and we've already won it's enough to love even if it's wrong

about

"Andee Blacksugar makes sexy music. It’s really that simple...all of the hallmarks of Black Sugar Transmission are here – the mechanical bump and grind, synths flittering around the mix, his high keening vocals, the Vernon Reid-like guitar runs. But, like the kinky cover art, the album is concerned less about the feel of the NYC dancefloor and more the primal need for connection in a world that’s relationship with technology is complicated at best" - Color Is Its Own Reward

"...a place where ghosts and glitter truly collide. A gloomy, uber pop delivered with snot-nosed integrity at its finest. Violent Muses is dangerous and provocative. In this world there is no 'safe word'" - Music-Survival-Guide

""Violent Muses is an album of racy, thundering, Glam/Punk/Pop and based on that alone is thoroughly entertaining." - Louder Than War

"Glittery pop with a dark heart...even by the third of fourth listen you’ll be trying to work out why it works: imagine a cocktail made with ingredients that really shouldn’t complement each other, but in the end tastes like the best party you’ve ever been to." - Echoes & Dust

"...A caustically witty assessment of the underbelly present in the creative fields...the songs are again crafted so intricately, that it takes more than a few listens to absorb all the synths, buzz-saw distortion, and lurid chimes woven in." - Natalie Hamingson

"A crazy mix up of color and pizzazz with a hint of black and white traditionalism" - Royal Flush Magazine

"An irresistible bunch of songs with dark lyrics that you can dance to" - Here Comes The Flood

credits

released February 24, 2015

Violent Muses was written and recorded in fall 2014
(Except "Taboo", which was written in 2004 and re-recorded for this album)

Andee Blacksugar: voices, instruments, programming
Ava Farber: additional vocals throughout
John Clancy: drum kit on "Stripes", "Violent" and "Taboo"; bkg vox on "Violent"
Jimmy Lopez: exotic percussion throughout

Leon Gruenbaum: Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheee Peeee solo on "Between The Notes"
Timo Ellis: drum kit on "Between The Notes"
Mike Hansen: drum kit on "Watch The Windows"
Adam James: electric bass on "AlexCafe"

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Produced by Andee @ Casa Blacksugar, Brooklyn NY
Natasha Gornik: front and back cover photos
CD design by Andee & Tracy
John Pisani: mastering

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