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Paul Newman's character Ben Quick in "The Long Hot Summer" put it best:

"You never know what you'll find in the next shovel load..."

I found this unfinished, vocalless demo at the beginning of an otherwise unmarked cassette.

I remember absolutely nothing about the time or circumstances surrounding it, but I'm glad I wrote it...it pleases me.

Save for a few quirky phrasing elements it is relatively uncomplicated, jangly and pastoral; it reminds me of Teenage Fanclub's Songs from Northern Britain.

Shouldn't be too hard to write some lyrics for. Do I hear working some tympani in there? I think I do...


from No Cigar (unreleased & assorted demos), track released August 11, 2009
All instruments by me. 4-track demo recorded in glorious, "don't-give-a-fuck" mono!



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A. Michael Collins Seattle

Position: 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, P, C, RF, CF, LF
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 135
Born: 9-17-69
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
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Drummist, guitarist, bassist, singist and write-ist. I'm a fan of many genres; the stuff I write is basically earnest, somber, even wistful on occasion. Guitar-driven, melodic power-pop with harmonies and a focus on guitar tones. I think there's a rootsy, Okie element to it too.
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