LISTEN! Das Bastard sings the songs of John & Yoko

by David Brown

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LISTEN, THE SNOW IS FALLING. CAN YOU HEAR IT?
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These recordings were made during the winter, the time everyone starts to go somewhat insane. We don't leave the house, and when we do we look like absolute hell.
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These are some of my favorite songs by John and Yoko. Some of them are from albums that a lot of people might call "uneven" or "just not the best, you know?" but they can have their boat and I can have mine (maybe we can have ours, if you find you enjoy them too). Songwriters as good as John Lennon don't just stop writing good songs, though you might have to wade through some trying sax solos or bongo blunders.
Yoko Ono is an artist in her own right (write?) and I will defend her to the death. As a lyricist she paints insane pictures. Her pop songs are simple and fantastic. It is strange to think that she is mostly lionized by hip, young, white members of the nebulous avant-garde, who pretend that this material never existed. The same avant-garde she gave up a very comfortable place in when she fell in love with a Beatle. As they do, they turned up their noses.
Ahead of her she had a new life of being questioned about her every move and belief by a public that hated her and a media that was hell bent on making an example of her using unbelievable levels of sexism and blatant racism in the process.
Would you subject yourself to that just because you were in love?

[This album was released as a giveaway on Record Store Day at Plaza Records in Carbondale, IL.]

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released April 18, 2015

All sounds made and recorded by DB at Jurassic Park, 2015.

Songs by John & Yoko. I do not own the rights to them.
(Come and get me, Yoko. We need to talk anyway.)

For Jenny C.

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David Brown Bloomington, Indiana

Helicopters fly overhead. Cars rush by the window. Talkin' Neo-Nothing Blues. Escalators and hammering. A media grape-stomping.

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