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I like the idea of making hits for yourself. Songs that are a hit to you, or something you create that you can enjoy for years. Something with longevity. That's what a hit is to me. Longevity to me and my ears, so that I can present my aesthetic to others. I consider it so many things, but one of them is a responsibility. A responsibility to attempt resonance with my brothers and sisters. What if you made a song of your own that you liked so much that it made you sing along to it like in Risky Business? That's what I'm going for. Also, I believe that the true beauty lies in the imperfections rather than perfection. We'll see how these hold up over time. Enjoy.

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released October 7, 2014

Produced by Zachary Eli Lint
Tracks 1,4,5,7, and 8 recorded by Lucas George Tweedy at Flat Black Studios in Iowa City, IA
Tracks 2, 3, and 6 recorded by Eugene Aloysius Toale at Bedrock in Los Angeles, CA
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 mastered by Eugene Aloysius Toale at Bedrock
Tracks 5 and 8 mastered by Lucas George Tweedy at Flat Black Studios

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Coolzey Los Angeles, California

Golden era hip-hop roots planted in black Iowa dirt are the foundation. Growth tempered by alternative era rock influence. This along with a love for the juxtaposition of the dark, horrific nature of life paired with a slapstick and comedic view of the world allow for a wide, unpredictable arsenal ranging from soul-spilling indie bedroom rock to wise-cracking battle rap and on to radio pop. ... more

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Track Name: Life Without You
They say life is what you make of it
So I live every day just like it was a kiss
It's in the nature of a dream to fall apart
That's why I wasn't surprised when it did

There's lots of waiting
They say get used to it
So tired of waiting
I'm through with it
I saw a sign that said
You have everything that you need
I guess I just don't know what to do with it

They say you have to keep believing
They say you can't quit
I say who are you
and why are you
Telling me how to do it

It's all adding on to my mounting disappointment
You were the one thing left that was helping me avoid this
But if this is the new way
Then why should I complain
Head first into the fray
Throw myself in the way of the next moving train
As long as I can think
I'll never obey
And I've still got your knife
No they can't take that away from me
This is life without you
Track Name: Guitar Hero
You know I've seen some that flaunt it
and I've seen some that act like they don't want it
I've seen a couple more waiting by the sidelines
and a couple more trying to hard to fake shine
I know I've seen this before
Somebody take a chance
Oh yeah
It was at that junior high dance
Valentine's Day and we were just getting old enough
We had the urge so bad it was exploding us
No one was bold enough to go up to the girls' side
and grab a partner for the slow dance
Until I tried
After that I was addicted
Now I always do it
I broke the spell
What the hell there was nothing to it
Sometimes it's easy to win
But sometimes I feel
Like I haven't even begun to climb a hill
Watching cancer turn my Dad into a skeleton
Running pounds and sometimes going to jail again
In debt below the poverty line I feel fine
Because I know I'm living it all in real time
and that's got nothing to do with a clock, killer
Actually it pertains to how I rock iller
My light's too bright
I'm ahead of my time
Moved up from washing dishes
Now I'm cooking on the line
Just another humble artisan
Smarter than the average bear
Got you shooken on my shine

Everybody wants to be a Guitar Hero
Everybody wants to be a Rap Star
Don't lie
I know you wanna be one too

You ask me I say of course you should sing
Don't be ashamed
It's a natural thing
We've all seen what happens when you suppress your urges
End up perverted like them priests in Catholic churches
Don't let anybody ever tell you that you can't
Find the balance between self-promo and psychophant
It takes all personalities to make humanity
Even idiots like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity
Of course you know Stewart and Colbert
Got my vote if they ever decide to go there
Serious I wish they would
Because this is getting old
Recession time
We got a chance to break the corporate hold
Make sure they know we gonna do just what we wanna
Fight for your right
Attitude Americana
Keep growing the ghanja
Exposing imposters
They can't put it on you
Here's mine if you lost yours
Respect in the mosh pit
Help your brother up when he falls
Because it's a Slayer show, bro
and that takes balls
I thank y'all for your support
During this beautiful crisis I call my life
Because I know that

Everybody wants to be a Guitar Hero
Everybody want to be a Rap Star
Don't lie
I know you wanna be one too
Track Name: Glasses
COOLZEY

Excuse me
May I present an option to consider to choose me
Wait, wait
Pardon
It's just a game but it's my favorite one to play
All day the new Coolzey
is on and popping
like a liquid sword chopping
at an unprotected neck
I'm taking all y'all shopping if I get
money from this
There's no stopping you can bet
Honey I'm twisted over you like Keith Sweat
How much more real I gotta get?
More sleep I gotta lose and
more meals I gotta skip
Yes ever since then
I been up in your friends
Because they showed me about as much love as a pin-up in the den
Just so you know
These other women's skin don't feel the same
I got no release
So now I gotta kill the game
and I'm still the same kid you know, bro
I'm just damaged like J Mascis because I feel the pain

And that's TMI I know
It's all how you feel I know
and if it's no big deal I go
off like a college town punk rock house show
Another trick I learned from fans
I'm just a vic of circumstance
You see me?
I'm just a pic that you post
on your profile page
While I rage, sleep, work and dance

And I'm amazed
because I stay in amazement
But I'm not surprised at GW's replacement
Yeah I caught the fever
The Hope made a believer in me
for just a minute
but I can't see no when he say shit
Was I just high?
Or did he just lie to get paid
like people do every day on their resume?
I hesitate to say what I really think with this ink
because every day to me is like judgment day

But looking back I see my footprints
and it still sounds like some good shit
I never needed your permission anyway
I get props everyday
I don't care if you think I should spit
They can't believe I rock so hard
When I lean on my crutch so hard
I just don't have the time or the cash to correct it
So forward I go
I can't believe I got so far
with these

Glasses falling off the end of my nose
I got glasses falling off the end of my nose

SCHAFFER

And I got, oh my god, oh my eyes, now I’m blind
I can’t see all I’ve tossed, all I’ve lost I can’t find
And my mind struggles to descramble images and visions
Minus 6.5 near-sighted with astigmatism

It’s a curse man, worse than the exam before
I’m Velma down on all fours feeling around on the floor
Frantically panicking handicapped sans glasses
Though those windows on my soul’s windows covered in smudges and scratches

And I’m staring off into the abyss
I’m seeing spots like I’m gazing straight into an eclipse
And when I come back, all is black, cataracts
Eye patches, asking my fans, “yo, like what did I miss?”

And in my youth the truth I knew was skewed all out of kilter
Perspective limited by those rose-tinted filters
But the spectacles cracked, skeptical of facts, it’s bizarre
Looking back I can’t believe I got this far

With these glasses falling off the end of my nose
I got glasses falling off the end of my nose . . .
Track Name: Yr Gonna Get Us Killed
Every Jack wants a Jill
Every snack wants a meal
Everybody wants a deal
Every hack wants a deal
How you doin
Hey what's your plan
So you say you're in town
Well how long are you staying
Better check with the king of this here hill
Here let me take the wheel
You're gonna get us killed
You're gonna

Is your world so surreal
Are your friends high on pills
How you been
How you feel
Hey now could you just chill
Are you feeling all right
You've been squealing all night
Things were going fine until
You just had to get ill
You're gonna get us killed
You're gonna
Track Name: Pay Me Slow
Right now
For the minute I'm down
Chilling in the cheap seats
Hanging from the rafters
Ask how I invented my style
Wonder who you're working for
Black cloud trying to bring me down
Do you really want to
Do I really have to
Lights out like a prison
Lights out
Must be trying to start a war

Walking down the street
and all I see is cancer
Looking for the radio
When they holler at me
I don't know the answer
All I know is that it
Probably doesn't matter
When they try to save me
I know what they're after
Looking for the way to go
When they finally pay me
Baby when you pay me
I want to see you pay me slow

And so
With a ribbon I go
Walking down the runway
Trying to have a fun day
I know you're enjoying the show
Doesn't mean that I am too
Black cloud trying to bring me down
Do you really want to
Do I really have to
Maxed out like your credit
Maxed out
Must be trying to start a war


Walking down the street
and all I see is cancer
Looking for the radio
When they holler at me
I don't know the answer
All I know is that it
Probably doesn't matter
When they try to save me
I know what they're after
Looking for the way to go
When they finally pay me
Baby when you pay me
I want to see you pay me slow

I want to see you pay me slow
I really want to watch you pay me slow
Track Name: Want It the Most
First thing they told me
Don't snitch on your homies
Next thing you know
I'm cold and dying lonely
Must have been something that they not told me
Must have said something made you not hold me
Must have took something because I feel hunted
Figured out I could have everything I wanted
But then I didn't want it
Because it was too easy
Next thing you know
Not a damn thing please me
Cliched and cheesy
That's how you see me
Yet you're watching E-news
and Q.T.ing with your TV
Who's seeing 3-D
Imax and Disney
Man please forgive me if I sound like a hippie
But wow
I'm tripping off the shit I see daily
Work a day job
There's not enough you could pay me
My time is priceless
Later for the monkeys with flashlights
Hollering about whose shine the brightest
Girls break their necks
But my lack of a check
Is affecting my flyness
Well excuse me your highness
Blankies like Linus
Emotional me
But my asymmetry receive a B minus
There's always something there to remind us
Emotional baggage we can't put behind
I hope someone find us soon
We're all alone in our rooms
Just waiting to be touched like Midas
The Lord made man in his likeness
For what just so he'd have someone to fight with
Looking for long term in a world of impermanence
What about a man you can spend the damn night with
Man I'm not like this
How could I be so self righteous
I'm tripping off the stereotype
That's been giving to me as an emcee
Whatever it be
I swear to god that tonight I'm the hypest

Look at me all night
While I hold your coat
I want to give it up
But you don't want to let it go
Keep saying it'll be all right
But I know it won't
Y'all so scared to do something wrong
and I can tell
I want it the most

I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me
I fell so hard and I thought you fell with me
Couldn't believe when I leave you don't miss me
Try to solve the mystery
By thinking about our history
But that's when it hit me
I was still obsessing on a blast from the past
But the past does not fit me
I grew out of the clothes ten songs ago
Seems like so long ago
But now your eyes can't get me
Because I've seen what lies behind them
Tragedy upon tragedy
Collected by none other than her majesty
Ask myself why it had to be
I try not to hate but you stay mad at me
I feel the gravity pulling at my heart
But I was built for this
I bear no more guilt for this
I bury my sword up to the hilt for this
Life is looking like some scary fun shit to live
Underdog out
I'm going in
Somebody root for this

Look at me all night
While I hold your coat
I want to give it up
But you don't want to let it go
Keep saying it'll be all right
But I know it won't
Y'all so scared to do something wrong
and I can tell
I want it the most
Track Name: Say Cheese
Well you gone off on your own
All the fussing and fighting damn near made you sick
You don't hear me
You don't hear me
You don't hear me
You don't hear me
You leave my ass alone
So I smoked some grass and grabbed my guitar pick
You can't see me
You can't see me
You can't see me
You can't see me
I was trying to get my trouble on
Baby don't you worry I asked for it
You don't owe me
You don't owe me
You don't owe me shit

Goddamn
I'm still smiling at the camera, man
Go on snap that pic
I am getting over what I have to and
I am adding on to my shtick

Well that's not all that I can do
Hold up now
I got this other trick
You can't rate me
You can't rate me
You can't rate me
You can't rate me
After all we've been through
Damned if I know what to make of it
You can't mold me
You can't mold me
You can't mold me
You can't mold me
I'm just trying to stay legit
While I'm down here
Fighting in this pit
You can't make me
You can't make me
You can't make me sick

Goddamn
I'm still smiling at the camera, man
Go on snap that pic
I am getting over what I have to and
I am adding on to my shtick
Track Name: Fish to Sea
I see what I have done
I see what I've become
No it's not anyone but me
I stand before the sun
Exposed to everyone
I know it's not far to run
Off the dock into the sea
The sea it beckons me
Offers of comforting
Put all your suffering to sleep
Submit your legs and lungs
A new world has begun
Put down your rattle son
And dive into the deep

I hope I live to see
Another victory
Another victory for me