Hologramatron

by Barry Cleveland

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1.
Lake of Fire 04:21
Jesus has returned As a militant conservative No more “Mr. Nice Guy” Or saintly superlatives Jesus won’t be turning the other cheek He can’t relate to the poor and the meek Pity the righteous who hunger and thirst Salvation’s now indexed to personal worth Jesus has traded his populist homilies For the blessings of a free-market economy To hell with entitlements and social security Its laissez-faire capitalism in perpetuity The savior has returned As a strategic consultant Advising politicians Televangelists and pundits Jesus doesn’t blush at a boldface lie It’s manna from heaven not pie in the sky Promising miracles with fishes and loaves He’ll take your tunic along with your cloak Greasing the palms of publicans and Caesars He does unto others however he pleases Why worry about poverty disease and pollution When the Rapture’s on the way with the final solution Jesus supports preemptive strikes He can’t be bothered with human rights Imprisoning his enemies for disbelief There’ll be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth Gone is the prophet of peace and compassion The savior now sups with spooks and assassins Come Judgment Day all who evoke his ire Will be cast into the Lake of Fire Yeah, cast into the Lake of Fire
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Money Speaks 04:40
Money speaks Everyone listens Screw the little man With public relations The press is free To ask no questions Invisible ink Power of suggestion In this deck all the cards are marked With talking points and propaganda No cognitive dissonance Interferes with the agenda Reality is mutable Nothing’s fastened to the ground Everything’s disputable All reasoning just sound Money speaks Got everyone’s attention Arrow through the heart Market penetration Dollar signs with halos Plot world domination Heaven’s on the line To the global corporation Dial-a-Democracy Rings busy every time Pardon me brother Can you spare a dime Almighty dollar Got hold of Uncle Sam Liberty and Justice Cashed out and ran Money speaks You’d better listen As truth goes mute Assumes the position We yield the power Held over our heads Then come lying time We’ve made our own beds
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There was a time I loved you dearly All those many years ago Memories, memories Now faint and fading All that I have to show Somewhere inside A clock is ticking Only one day to unwind Forever, forever An end to dreaming When its time for me to die But under the stars of Sayulita Moonlight plays upon the waves Far away, far away From woe and worry Spirits dance upon their graves Even the stars Can’t last forever Flicker and fade into night Galaxies, galaxies In time collapsing Drawn to the limitless light But under the stars of Sayulita A warm breeze blows upon the sand I’m a million a million miles away Here’s where I long to stay
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Warning 04:19
Warning (Artist General/Michael Masley) When questions beg for answers owed... we need to push the envelope in the opposite direction We need to take BACK what was STOLEN from us Hang 0n...it's here pay attention TRUTH IS WILLING BUT THE PRESS IS WEAK... truth is willing but the press is weak truth is willing but...the press is weak SOW THE SPIN, REAP THE WHIRLWIND Whose interests are served? Oilmen in POWER, oilmen, oil...OILYGARCHS... Think about it...Are you such a FOOL? The ROOT of All EVIL ...given to you by the Devil—aMoral Loss Leader—for Pro-LIFE?: Pro-WAR...You War-Pharisees...War-Pharisees, goin' to war & makin' money—but you're a CHICKENHAWK multi-millionaire—and your skin isn't in the Game, someone else's is— and they’re going to come back missing an arm, a leg, an eye, a mind, a LIFE... how would you feel—patriots! how did that happen?— how do you think? the Devil made a deal with you and you accepted it, didn’t you? Americans?...something's Rotten... What is Goin' ON here? We need to take a New LOOK, a REAL Look, A Real CLEAR Look, an UNFLINCHING Look, How 'bout a WIDE-EYED LOOK, What's-Goin'-ON-Here... how 'bout That: Think About It (think about it), SERIOUSLY Think... bad enough that we were drunk now we're asleep at the wheel, a sleep at the wheel... DEMOCRACY SURRENDER MONKEYS DEMEAN THE COURT BAD JUSTICE...NO BANANA! …the flesh is willing, but the spirit is willing, but the flesh is, spirit, but the flesh is…You RUN from the truth! ...how does it Feel...to serve the Great Deceiver? not, not that, no…left right middle, up down east west north the North pole has melted...the North pole has MELTED...gone ...physically gone We...fucked up...none of this is real, none of this is real, it never HAPPENED...it's ALL a game... think about it think about it think about it... nothing seems to work ...and that's the ultimate embrace... metaphysically speaking... THAT is our FLAG & it's INVISIBLE... that other world that you sorta recognize and sorta don't (metaPHYSICALLY speaking, metaphysically speaking, metaphysically speaking) it's where we're AT—We don't have to go ANYwhere—we're Everywhere.... here and NOW is Everywhere ForEver... Savor it. Take a minute…Take it or leave it…it adds UP— we need to go to the next LEVEL, the next Level... (the next what?) ...not that not that not that not that, no: no... The atoms that make our bodies...are from the STARS... the heavier elements formed in supernova explosions... that's just how it is, that’s what it is, it's who we are… That's just how it is, that's how it works: The universe is HUGE!
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Just a little rain falling all around The grass lifts its head to the heavenly sound Just a little rain, just a little rain What have they done to the rain Just a little boy standing in the rain The gentle rain that falls for years And the grass is gone, the boy disappears And rain keeps falling like helpless tears And what have they done to the rain Just a little breeze out of the sky The leaves nod their heads as the breeze blows by Just a little breeze with some smoke in its eyes What have they done to the rain
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There’s something ahead on the horizon Belching fire into the sky Whistle blowing, calling out my name Says, “Climb aboard for the final ride” Temperatures are rising As I gasp to catch my breath Mind is filled with madness Body’s buckling under stress Suicide train Machine keeps on rolling Faster and faster No one knows where it’s going Suicide train People packed in every car Tighter and tighter Until no one knows who they are Oh brothers, won’t you help us Oh sisters, won’t you help I pray Oh people, won’t you help us Help us stop this runaway train The earth is melting Poison’s seeped into her soul Racing by the warning signs Keep on shoveling, shoveling coal Suicide train World keeps on turning Round and round You can smell her burning Suicide train Life blurs beyond my window Faster and faster Until there’s no one left at all Oh brothers, won’t you help us Oh sisters, won’t you help I pray Oh people, won’t you help us Help us stop this runaway train
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Telstar 03:55
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Jesus has returned As a militant conservative No more “Mr. Nice Guy” Or saintly superlatives Jesus won’t be turning the other cheek He can’t relate to the poor and the meek Pity the righteous who hunger and thirst Salvation’s now indexed to personal worth Jesus has traded his populist homilies For the blessings of a free-market economy To hell with entitlements and social security Its laissez-faire capitalism in perpetuity The savior has returned As a strategic consultant Advising politicians Televangelists and pundits Jesus doesn’t blush at a boldface lie It’s manna from heaven not pie in the sky Promising miracles with fishes and loaves He’ll take your tunic along with your cloak Greasing the palms of publicans and Caesars He does unto others however he pleases Why worry about poverty disease and pollution When the Rapture’s on the way with the final solution Jesus supports preemptive strikes He can’t be bothered with human rights Imprisoning his enemies for disbelief There’ll be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth Gone is the prophet of peace and compassion The savior now sups with spooks and assassins Come Judgment Day all who evoke his ire Will be cast into the Lake of Fire Yeah, cast into the Lake of Fire

about

Hologramatron is a 21st Century protest record with songs featuring biting, sometimes brutal, commentary on the state of the Western world. It’s a musical response to contemporary social, political, and even spiritual realities. The disc draws inspiration from a musical continuum spanning art rock, psychedelia, metal, ambient, world music, trance, and funk.

The cast of players joining Cleveland comprises some of the most respected musicians of the avant-rock scene, including bass innovator Michael Manring; drummer and percussionist Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood); pedal-steel iconoclast Robert Powell (Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne), vocalists Amy X Neuburg, Deborah Holland (Stanley Clarke, Stewart Copeland), and Harry Manx. Other renowned contributors include Turkish electro-acoustic guitarist Erdem Helvacioglu, percussionists Gino Robair and Rick Walker, and the infamous “Artist General.”

In addition to the eight original compositions on Hologramatron there are two covers—Malvina Reynolds’ anti-nuclear proliferation anthem “What Have They Done to the Rain” and Joe Meek’s iconic “Telstar.” Bonus tracks include remixes by Evan Schiller (“Lake of Fire”) and Forrest Fang (“Abandoned Mines”), as well as an alternate mix of “You’ll Just Have to See It to Believe.” Grammy Award-winning engineer John Cuniberti mastered the album.

Cleveland is all about sound—from his guitar playing to his compositions to his production—and it’s the deeply layered, highly nuanced, cutting-edge sonics that unify his wildly diverse material. Cleveland’s earlier work was more ambient and impressionistic (Mythos, released on Larry Fast’s Audion label, received rave reviews in Option, Jazziz, and Stereo Review) and his last recording explored instrumental world fusion (Volcano garnered accolades in All About Jazz, Abstract Logix, Innerviews, and Progression)—but Hologramatron pushes multiple musical envelopes simultaneously.

In addition to playing acoustic and electric 6- and 12-string guitars on Hologramatron, Cleveland utilized the Moog Guitar and both acoustic and electric GuitarViols—hybrid bowed instruments tuned like a guitar—along with myriad effects processors and alternative playing devices such as a Chinese erhu bow, Masley Bowhammers, and the Ebow.

Barry Cleveland is also the author of Joe Meek's Bold Techniques, the definitive book on the legendary British recording iconoclast Joe Meek.
www.barrycleveland.com/jm-about

credits

released May 27, 2010

Barry Cleveland electric & acoustic guitar, electric & acoustic 12-string guitar, Moog Guitar, GuitarViol, sampled percussion, sampled Mellotron, voice (8), bass (8); Robert Powell pedal-steel guitar (1-5, 7, 9, 11-13), lap-steel guitar (4); Michael Manring bass (1-9, 11-13); Celso Alberti drums, percussion (1-4, 6-9, 11-13); Amy X Neuburg vocals (1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 13).

With
Harry Manx vocals (4); Deborah Holland vocals (4); Artist General voice/words (5); Erdem Helvacioglu acoustic-electric guitar, electronics (3, 13); Rick Walker chain-link drums, teapot (5), congas (4), dumbec (7); Gino Robair dumbec, kendang (6);

And
Forrest Fang mixing, processing, violin (11); Evan Schiller mixing, processing (13).

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