Basement Tapes

by Down The Line Collective

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Basement Tapes Compilation To Prove Indie Music Alive And Well In May 2014

Music, it turns out, is half creativity and half compulsory. That was a lesson mutually learned by Mike Indest, Matt Crosslin, and Steve Ruff. Indest, an independent musician based in New Orleans, hosted the podcast Basement Tapes which was in conjunction with Crosslin and Ruff’s magazine Down The Line (DTL). Again and again, members of this triumvirate would ask interviewees why they do what they do, and again and again were told that the music chose them more often than they chose it.

“The Basement Tapes idea was to showcase new indie artist that have been influenced by the artists that DTL covers,” Indest explained. Those artists have come together to write and record a compilation of original music, also titled Basement Tapes, to be released in May 2014 on Bandcamp.com. Owing to the compulsion/creation factor that fueled the album, the collection will be offered for free. It is, according to Indest, Crosslin, and Ruff, all about spreading the music of these individuals, and not for making a quick buck.

“In some ways the artists on the comp are the second or third generation of ‘Alternative Christian Music.’ The bloodline has been hijacked and this was a way to keep the thread going,” Indest said. Those artists include And How, The Radiant Dregs, Western Grace, Jim Wiita, Jeff Elbel (of Ping), John Piccari, and many more.

In all, fourteen artists delivered twenty five tracks. The album art was painted by another figure that looms large over this “second or third generation,” Michael Gerard Knott of L.S.U./Lifesavers and Aunt Bettys, and bassist for the most current iteration of Lifesavers, Joshua Lory, is also a contributor to the project.

Contributor Dw Dunphy said of the project, “I’ve followed half of the artists here for a long time, and I’m confident I will follow the rest in the future. It’s both thrilling and anxiety-provoking to be in such company.” When asked what his perspective was on why the compilation was being offered for free, Dunphy reflected upon his personal philosophy. “Maybe we are a weird type. I certainly know that when I tell people I have to make music, no matter what, they think that’s strange. But if you feel this is somehow a gift, you just go for it and hope people enjoy what you do. Judging by the folks I’m included with, it’s not that odd a position to take.”

The Basement Tapes collection is now available via Bandcamp at this web address: downthelinecollective.bandcamp.com/album/basement-tapes It features contributions from: Human 2.7, Theo Obrastoff, Jon Jordan, Jim Wiita, Eddie Parrino, And How, Straighteners & Fasteners, Jeff Elbel (of Ping), the b-attitudes, Western Grace, John Piccari, The Radiant Dregs, Mike Indest, and Dw Dunphy.

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released May 1, 2014

Executive Producers - Matt Crosslin, Steve Ruff
Produced by Mike Indest for Down The Line
Cover Painting - Michael Knott
Cover layout and design - Matt Crosslin
PDF insert design and layout - DW Dunphy
Song order - Big Dork aka Carl Spacone
Special thanks to The Radiant Dregs and the b-attitudes for their support.

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Track Name: Theo Obrastoff - Easy Way Out
EASY WAY OUT (composed 1983)

Sin appears before your eyes.
Before ya know it, you’re hypnotized.
You better stop, catch yer breath
The next move you make may bring the kiss of death

Ya take the easy way out!
He will say, “Out! I don’t know you.”

You hear of kids in other lands
You see their ribs and their outstretched hands
You turn away, say “Nothin’ doin’”
What do you think Jesus will say to you?

Blessed are those who mourn.
Blessed are those whose lives are bruised and torn
But damned are those who wished ya well
And bought themselves a one-way ticket to hell

Easy way out!
Jesus will say, “Get out! I’m so sorry, but I don’t know you.”
Track Name: Jim Wiita - Totem Pole
Your motivational mantra comes off soundin’ like
Payday when I hear you say Hey
C’mon stand tall after you fall all in all
There’s room at the top- don’t stop – it’s OK
I got a different way to be
In all I do and all that I see
In this stand-up comic kind of world
If we sit-down but we disagree
You can look down on me (look down)
You can look down on me.

You decide to ride on pride
After you slide and you lose your stride
But you’re not that cat who’ll cut and run to hide-
And that’s OK
I looked around til I found some sound ground
And incredulously it contains a plea
I can oversee magnanimously and say-
Look down on me (look down)
You can look down on me.

All things must pass the die-cast system comin’ fast
You’ll find your place at last to be-
In the great society- and that’s OK
All I can say is “Lord, have your way” - Anyway
I’m convinced on the last day
The card in play - It’s a King on the top of the pile
In the meanwhile…
The Ace is layin’ low – so
You can look down on me.

© 2014 j-poika music
Track Name: Eddie Parrino - I Just Wanna Be With You
The sun goes down on the day and my life
I feel no pain but a sense of strife
What's the use in fighting
I need you I'm dying
Save me from this hell I'm trying so to forget
It's so hard to forget

When I was younger I had so much time
Now I'm grown into a man out of my mind
What's the use in lying
I need you I'm dying
Save me from this hell I'm trying so hard to forget
It's so hard to forget

When I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you
When I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you

I have so much to say so many dreams Life is funny in a way it's not all that it seems
What's the use in crying
I need you I'm dying
Save me from this hell I'm trying so hard to forget
It's so hard to forget

But when I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you
When I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you with you
When I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you
When I wake up in the morning I just wanna be with you
With you ooh ooh ooh
Track Name: Straighteners & Fasteners - Gravity
Maybe it's the weight of the world
On my shoulders
Maybe it's the crushing hand of God
Maybe it's the fact that I'm getting older
And every second ticks away closer to the end

CHORUS
And there's something more than gravity
Bringing me down, down, down

Maybe it's the lies that you told me
Maybe it's the way I don't forget
Maybe it's the troubled times we had before
That in my mind I always relive

Well I try to walk upright
It gets harder every day
Is it me or my surroundings that
Bring me to my knees
Track Name: the b-attitudes - Have You Been Forsaken Lately?
HAVE YOU BEEN FORSAKEN LATELY?

Squeezing out every ounce I have left inside,
Blood or tears scary fears I can no longer hide
Face down on the pavement with my hands held toward the sky
But have u been 4saken lately?

Shipwrecked and stoned, all those broken bones – scars of another day
The work that screams is a smoky screen that throws us from the Way
Flowers have their splendor and the birds are all dressed to kill
But have u been 4saken lately? Have u been 4saken lately?

I can’t stand the lies or moments of weakness and compromises
Beat my chest and close my eyes
His sacrifice justifies

Anytime the shadow finds the guilty won’t be blind
The debt redeemed on Calvary for all of human kind
Image of the Father His Spirit of the Son
The race cannot be over until it has been run and won
But have u been 4saken lately? Have u been 4saken lately?
Have u been 4saken lately, Have u ever felt it greatly?
But have u been 4saken lately?
Track Name: The Radiant Dregs - Here I Am
One day you reached out
I gave you a hand
At that moment
Time erased a line in the sand

And when the waves roll in and crash

Here I am here I am
Here I am here I am

One day you woke up
And couldn't remember
All of your nights
All your memories were splinters

And when the world around you closes in

Here I am here I am
Here I am here I am

When you're broken
Thoughts unspoken
Hold on tight as you can

Here I am here I am
Here I am here I am
Track Name: Mike Indest - Everything
Here's my heart in a million pieces
It's my humble offering
Here's my heart in a million pieces

I can't give you everything

Here's my body it's a broken vessel
It ain't much but it's all I got
Here's my body it's a broken vessel

I can't give you what I'm not

I will give you everything I have but not yet
I'm not done being the chief of sinners
Track Name: The Radiant Dregs - Savior
When you're walking in the rain
See you through the windowpane
Just got out early on good behavior
And I think that you could be my savior
Things like you are such a mystery

Get to thinking everyday
How this life can be so strange
Take my brush out try to give it some color
Momma said I was an artistic failure
Pretty things are such a mystery

And I was here
Waiting for you
And you were there
waiting for me
My guitar
Is so out of tune
Please don't hate me
When I sing

When you're walking in the rain
See you through the windowpane
Just got out early on good behavior
And I think that you could be my savior
Things like you are such a mystery
Track Name: the b-attitudes - Only For A Moment
ONLY FOR A MOMENT

As I walk alone in this land - I realize all the treasures we had
When I look back I see the touch of your hand
The things I took for granted are the memories that leave me sad

Only For A Moment we shared a life
Only For A Moment I called you my wife
Only For A Moment like a shadow of dawn
Only For A Moment…now the moment is gone

It’s been some time since you have been here, I look at all your pictures and I’ll cry
I’m forever grateful for the time that we shared
Alone I’ll sit and wonder Oh Why, Dear God Why?

Only For A Moment we shared a life
Only For A Moment I called you my wife
Only For A Moment like a shadow of dawn
Only For A Moment…now the moment is gone

A moment of time is all but a moment we’ll be apart
For I know one day soon we shall meet again
I must go on with this aching in my heart
I miss my wife, my lover…and my best friend

Only For A Moment we shared a life
Only For A Moment I called you my wife
Only For A Moment like a shadow of dawn
Only For A Moment…
Only For A Moment we shared a life
Only For A Moment I called you my wife
Only For A Moment like a shadow of dawn
Only For A Moment…now the moment is gone
Track Name: Dw Dunphy - What Forever Is Like
She wandered away with her eyes cast down
The last brunette in this bleach-blonde town
With a last name that she had been given at birth
Consorting with the victims although they don’t know it
And those that do have the skills to not show it
She’s trying to dodge that bullet, for all that its worth

(She says) if this is what forever is like, then I’m worried about forever

How many hopes can you fit in a jar
And collect them up by the front door
Though they never seem to amount to much at all?
How many moments you tag and save
And how many rights did you waive
Hope in the end for that graceful withdrawal that comes with the fall?

(She says) if this is what forever is like, then I’m worried about forever
Track Name: Straighteners & Fasteners - Dandelion
The end of the beginning
Begins with no end
No gravity on this path
No ink in this pen
Existence and persistence
Ruled by mechanations
Ethereal trees in a
Stream of emulations

CHORUS
There's a diamond in the honey
In the dandelion's mouth
Invisible to the senses
Until someone pulls it out

Leaning against suns and
Crying in the gloom
Seeking in the many the
One eternal truth
Galaxies spin dervishes in
Hurricane whirl
Where is found the mind
Behind the world

(3rd verse same as the 3rd)
To wonder of wonders
No other may invent
Dust displays fear only
Love will relent
Twist the dial, crack the code
Turn the key and lock
One second of love is
Eternal Paradox

Laughing in sorrow in
Groves Gethsemane
Leading us away
From our enemy
Nothing's the smallest part of
Creation entire
In this Gardenverse your
Eternal Empire

FINAL CHORUS
In the dandelion's mouth we
Encounter father and reason
In your quiet words
Is the one thing to believe in

The end of the beginning
Begins with no end
Track Name: Jim Wiita - One Time
If I only had one time
To get out of my bed
I’d be up in the morning
As two by two- the geese fly overhead
If I only had one day
Just one face to see
You’d be there in the morning
Looking back at me

Maybe just a little while
- I don’t know
Maybe just a little while
- I can’t see
If I only had one time in one day-
I’d step out early in the morning
- find a place to pray
If I only had one time.

..Maybe just a little while
- I don’t know-
Maybe just a little while
- I can’t see
If I only had one time – in one day
I’d step out early in the morning…
…If I only had one time.

© 2014 j-poika music
Track Name: Theo Obrastoff - Shake Me; Wake Me
SHAKE ME; WAKE ME (composed 1990)

Father, take me, shake me, wake me up
Father, take me, shake me, wake me up
Father, take and make my little light shine
Father, take me, shake me, wake me up

Jesus, take me, shake me, wake me up
Jesus, take me, shake me, wake me up
Jesus, take and make my little light shine
Jesus, take me, shake me, wake me up

Spirit, take me, shake me, wake me up
Spirit, take me, shake me, wake me up
Spirit, take and make my little light shine
Spirit, take me, shake me, wake me up