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released January 13, 2012

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J / Q :

John Parker Northrup
Q
Alex Hartman


All songs written, arranged,
performed, produced,
recorded, and mixed,
by J / Q

at

Club Awesome, Camp Street Studios,
Charlietown and Q Division.

Additional performances by
(in order of appearance)

Dana Colley
Adam McGrath
Elio DeLuca
Michael Gowell
Stephen Brodsky
Thomas Quartulli

Mastered by Ian Kennedy
at New Alliance East

Art by Michael Crockett
at Hazel Eyes Studios

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J / Q Boston, Massachusetts

J / Q

pronounced (jā kyo͞o) [the slash is silent]

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Johnny Northrup : Lead Bass, Lead Vocals

Q : Lead Drums

Alex Hartman : Lead Korgs

Brian Kubota: Lead Juno

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Track Name: Inside My Mind
Inside My Mind

If you don't know
how I feel
than you won't know
what its like
because you've never
been inside
inside my mind

there are chemicals inside our brains
that combine with electricity
to make us misbehave
but if you take a little pill
you'll keep the chemicals restrained...

every shadow
needs a light source
and someone or thing
that's real to hide behind
there ain't no sunshine
shadows die
inside my mind

there are chemicals inside our brains
that combine with electricity
to make us misbehave
but if you take a little pill
you'll keep the chemicals restrained

well let me tell you about the way I feel
hey, it ain't great but at least I can say
that I know it's real
but would I be better off
another medicated slave?


Johnny Northrup: vocals, bass, keys, synths, guitar
Q: drums, percussion
Alex Hartman: engineering, mix, percussion
Elio Deluca: clavinet
Adam McGrath: eddie hazel guitar
Dana Colley: bass, baritone and tenor saxophones, harmonica
Track Name: Sayonara
Sayonara

I don't want to live
I don't want to die
I've got nothing to give
and I've got nothing to hide

and still I'm not
Man enough to cry
While I can still get high
and Mick sings
Time is on my side

You've got your wealth
and baby I've got myself
I'm afraid for my health
I wish I lived someplace else

and still I'm not
Man enough to cry
While I can still get high
and Mick sings
Time is on my side

No one left to cry
its just a planetary suicide
No one left to wonder why
Except for the machines
We left behind
and maybe they'll do better
Than their predecessors
When its their time to rise
Sayonara human beings
its the dawn of machine

I look at the world
and then I look at my girl
I see an ocean of shit
and she's the singular pearl.


Johnny Northrup: vocals, bass, synths, baritone guitar
Q: drums, percussion, roto tom
Alex Hartman: engineering, mix, farfisa, percussion
Michael Gowell: lazer lead guitars
Track Name: Snow Day
Snow Day
Track Name: Second Hand Cigarette
I smoked a second hand cigarette.
I found it on the ground and the filter was still wet.
I know what you must think but baby I don't really care.
I'd recognize the stain of your lipstick anywhere.
I smoked a second hand cigarette
I found outside your house after you went in
and you didn't really see me cuz I'm not that hard to miss
as I shiverd in the shadows with your nicotine-y kiss.

This is something for the creepy people.
This is something for all you real live ghosts.
This is something for all those secrets
that we keep so deep down.
This is something we can call our own.

My love for you is so complex.
I see you everyday but you don't know it yet.
I'm not out to be your lover; I'm not out for t & a.
I save your cigarettes just to collect your DNA.

This is something for the creepy people.
This is something for all you real live ghosts.
This is something for all you sexual pioneers,
forging ever onward into virgin territory unexplored......
Track Name: Binary Life
Binary Life

Consider that I'm a one 1
and you're a zero 0
it doesn't mean I'm better than you
they are both equally valid
plains of existence
but everybody knows
the zero 0 gets screwed.

Some would say
the zero 0 is a female
its really hard to argue
or wonder why
after all there's a hole
there in the middle
and the ones 1 are lining up
to get together and multiply.

This binary life has got me down
it's all just black and white
day or night
fuck or fight
and the men who made the world
where we dwell
believe it heaven and hell
and so the code goes on and on....

zero 0 is the youngest of the numbers
it holds a place that hasn't begun
the shallow man is wading in the deep end
because everybody knows
you've got to look out for number one 1.

This binary life has got me down
it's all just black and white
day or night
fuck or fight
and the men who made the world
where we dwell
believe it heaven and hell
and so the code goes on and on....


Johnny Northrup: vocals, bass, keys, synths
Q: drums
Alex Hartman: engineering, mix
Track Name: A Savior Of My Own
A Savior Of My Own

I think that people find Jesus
When they need him
and I thank God
that I haven't really needed him yet
but I'll bet someday
oh woe...
I'll need a savior of my own.
A savior of my own.

It's not that my bahavior's
been that bad
but I've got guilt about
some things that I did
and things I didn't,
and I don't believe in hell
but I know
there's still a debt I owe,
there's still a debt I owe.

My soul feels so much
heavier than it did
when I was just a kid
before I knew the burden of sin
and should I reach to find salvation
or just up my medication?

I hope that if someday
I go looking for Jesus
I'll find out
that what I'm thinking now
was wrong all along
when I was thinking
I was all alone
without a savior of my own,
a savior of my own
I don't want to be alone no more
without a savior of my own.


Johnny Northrup: vocals and acoustic guitar (live), feedback
Q: drums, percussion
Alex Hartman: engineering, mix
Track Name: Sex Jam
Sex Jam

Sometimes I get excited
Sometime I get upset
I'm often so divided
but mostly apathetic.

but when I use these arms
to throw around you
you know I'm bleeding
with the need to touch
the softest places on you
and girl, I'm on my best behavior
cuz I know she don't like it
when I get con-fron-ta-tion-al.

Living in the city
has made a mess of me
I need a taste of pretty
she got the recipe.

and when I use these arms
to throw around you
you know I'm bleeding
with the need to touch
the softest places on you
and girl, I'm on my best behavior
cuz I know she don't like it
when I get con-fron-ta-tion-al.


Johnny Northrup: vocals, bass, keys, guitar, synths, marimba, percussion, lo fi engeering
Q: hi fi drums, percussion
Alex Hartman: hi fi engineering, mix, synths, marimba, percussion
Stephen Brodsky: lo fi og drums, percussion
Jarret Simon: percussion
Track Name: She's An Elf!
She's an Elf!

she's an elf!
(she's an elf, she's an elf)
she's an elf!
(she's an elf, she's an elf)

But I wouldn't really do ya like that
and I'd never really stab my pretty baby in the back
but I did it in my brain
and I'm ashamed, I'm ashamed, I'm ashamed.

she's an elf!
(she's an elf, she's an elf)
and I made her up myself
(she's an elf, she's an elf)

a loose composite of the girls I'd see at shows
coincidently most of them look like the girl I left at home
and then I put her in a song
so my imaginary friends would sing along

my imaginary friends
are living, breathing human beings
I live in a van with them
and at times they pretend to like me
but then again
maybe its just all in my head
a twisted picture in my brain
and I'm ashamed, I'm ashamed, I'm ashamed

she's an elf!
(she's an elf, she's an elf)
I put her up upon a shelf
(she's an elf, she's an elf)

cuz on the road
your standards get a little low
you talk to girls you wouldn't fuck with
if you were at home
its just a little game I play
and I'm ashamed, I'm ashamed, I'm ashamed.


Johnny Northrup: vocals, bass, crystals 88 keys
Q: drums, percussion
Alex Hartman: engineering, mix, percussion
Stephen Brodsky: assorted flavors of guitar
Track Name: I Can't Wait To Meet You
I Can't Wait To meet You

And I
I can't wait to meet you
When you open up
those little tired eyes
and see me there smiling

I can't wait to meet you
and your victory cry
is the sound
of my old world coming down

And I'm trying hard
to be the kind of man
that you would be proud of
and I wonder would
my father understand
just how I'm feeling now

and all I ever want to do
is to do right
and provide for you
I want to be your
soul provider,
to love you and abide
by all the changes
your bringin on me

I can't wait to meet you
oh girl I can't wait
just to see your face
and I know you'll be
so beautiful
your almost like a miracle

And I'm trying hard
to be the kind of man
that you would be proud of
and I wonder would
my father understand
just how I'm feeling now

but just know that
all I'll ever ask of you
is just to trust me enough
to tell me the truth
and know I'll always
stand beside ya
to love you and provide
until the day that my heart
stops to beat.

Oh girl...
You'll always be my girl


Johnny Northrup: vocals, bass
Q: drums
Alex Hartman: engineering, mix
Stephen Brodsky: guitar
Elio Deluca: wurlitzer, hammond organ
Tom Quartulli: Tenor Saxophone
Track Name: Ghost Town
Ghost Town

She's writing secret messages
on bathroom walls to people
that she doesn't know.
Every night is Saturday;
she's all in black,
she in the back
at every show.

And she's so lonely
but she knows true love is out there
she's not the only one that thinks so
as she wraps her legs around
another one night only romance.

He's the last remaining gentleman
a remnant of a rennassaince
that never was.
Every day is Sunday
cuz he always does the right thing,
he's his Mother's son.

And he's so lonely
but he knows true love is out there,
he's not the only one that thinks so,
but the girls in black are vacant
and the women are so cold.

Calling all you disillusioned
I know there's room for improvement
lower your black cloak of hopelessness.
Don't ever hang your head,
Don't let it get you down,
Though we're the living dead
Let's haunt eachother in a ghost town.


Johnny Northrup: vocals, bass, keys, synths, baritone guitar, acoustic and slide guitar
Q: drums, percussion
Alex Hartman: engineering, mix, farfisa, percussion
Michael Gowell: texture guitar
Track Name: World Of Sound
World Of Sound

i wish that i
could remove my eyes
so to slowly drown
in a world of sound.
i'd like to tear out my eyes
and with my love i'd reside
so she could lead me around
in our heaven of sound

i can move molecules
with every insignificant syllable

i'd like to rip out my eyes
but i'm too pussy to try
and all the ugly i see
radiates toward me
my love would you be so kind
as to render me blind
and hold my hand as i drown
in a heaven of sound

i can move molecules
but my world of sound
could be built for two
i could take out your eyes
so you could see like i do
if you wanted me to

all i ever do is
move these molecules.


Johnny Northrup: vocals, bass, keys, synths, piano, mellotron
Q: drums, percussion
Alex Hartman: engineering, mix, hammond organ, synths, percussion