Be Free - NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2016

Dear NPR Music,

For your consideration. #tinydeskcontest

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M. the Heir Apparent

Falling in Love - Live in San Francisco

This performance of "Falling in Love" was recorded live at Slim's in San Francisco, California on June 6th, 2015.

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Camera by Matthew Washburn.
Live sound by Pyke Barber.
Audio by Charlie Wilson.

One second from every day of 2015.

The best of times. The worst of times.

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A love letter to Viracocha.

Viracocha is only one in a trend of tragic venue closures throughout San Francisco recently, but their's was particularly wounding for me. There was something undeniably special about Viracocha from the moment you entered it. It was more beautiful, far stranger, and - let's face it - much cooler than any other performance space in the area. Knowing they were about to close, I felt compelled to create something that documented the striking beauty of the space and communicated something about it's creative spirit.

I'm very proud to present this portrait of Viracocha the way I will always remember it: playfully strange, hauntingly beautiful, and possessed by a creative spirit that always felt strangely familiar, but fleeting.

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Metric Cosmetics Presents : "Working On a Plan"

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Filmed and edited by Metric Cosmetics.


Working on a Plan

I can't understand how to start it up
Only just starting to pick it up
Only just finding the gears here
But how do I steer this?
Where do we go?

I can't understand why I'm not in love
Don't mean to start like I'm tripping but
Baby, maybe I'm slow for my years here
Just pardon my tears here, I'm getting to know

I cannot follow the path you want
I cannot find any better
I cannot fault you
I need you, I need you
How could I ever leave a woman like that?

But I'm working on a plan
Just wait till I start
You'll know it the moment I'm speaking straight from the heart
But can you imagine, can you believe what that'd start?
It's better to never know

I can't understand why I'm not enough
Can't be as hard as you're thinking of, baby
Maybe I'm over my ears here
But pardon my fears, I'm getting to know

I cannot follow the path you want
I cannot find any better
I cannot fault you
I need you, I need you
How could I ever leave a woman like that?

But I'm working on a plan
Just wait till I start
You'll know it the moment I'm speaking straight from the heart
But can you imagine, can you believe what that'd start?
It's better to never know

Whenever you want me, I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready to go

Just working on a plan

POETRY EXPRESS. Re: Creative confidence and the pitfalls of perfectionism.

Confidence is more attractive.

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MEN AT WORK. Re: The luxury of living a creative life.

To all the real working folk out there. We salute you!

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"Save Me, Emily" (NPR Tiny Desk Contest)

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Save Me, Emily

Oh, no!
Strong out the gate
Started great now it's leaving me low
Oh, no!
Thought I could wait
Now it's late and I'm leaving alone

I can't understand why I keep stalling
Baby, we both know you mean it
Don't wanna be here, but I keep falling
Baby, we both know I need you to

Save me, Emily
No time for medical
Can't you see that I'm critical
Save me, Emily

Hey, now!
Why don't you treat me the same now
Like you'd treat me before
Tell me if the flame's out
Throw out my brain it's just a waste I can't keep anymore

I can't understand why I keep stalling
Baby, we both know you mean it
Don't wanna be here, but I keep falling
Baby, we both know I need you to

Save me, Emily
No time for medical
Can't you see that I'm critical
Save me, Emily

Hold on forever
Wake me whenever
Take these scars I'm healing for you
Hold on forever
Wake me whenever
Make me forever yours

Save me, Emily
No time for medical
Can't you see that I'm critical
Save me, Emily

Dear A.A. Bondy. Re: The heckler in San Francisco.

Trust your creative compass.

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"Never Known" (Patron Video)

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Never Known

Tell me if you wanna see me tonight
We can let it roll, just see where the night leads
But if you're leaving alone, and I'm leaving too
I'll leave with you, just ask
Is it so terrible I see what you like

You don't need to lie

Wake up in the morning, leave if you like
Think of all the other places you might be
But if you'll be there alone, like I'll here soon
I'm easy to get back to
If you tell me I can leave you a light

You know you don't need my permission to go
Won't beg you to plead your position
You can stay if you're not itching to go
If I see where's it's going
It's only go me wishing that I'd never known

You can be unknown to me if you like
You can be another stranger beside me
But if you're feeling at all like I'm feeling
Why leave if you don't have to
What's so terrible with treating me right?

You know you don't need my permission to go
Won't beg you to plead your position
You can stay if you're not itching to go
If I see where's it's going
It's only go me wishing that I'd never known

Baby, if I don't forget you, remind me

TRANSIT GLORIA. Re: The pain of putting yourself out there.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

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"Gimme More" (Patron Video)

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Gimme More

Shake it out
I'm heated, feel all defeated you're flaking out
Breaking out
I mean it you won't be seeing me
Begging down on my knees anymore

Say if you're in love
Say because I need to know it
Say if you're in love
Won't you say because I think I've blown it

Don't wanna feel what I'm feeling for you
Don't wanna start all my gears here for you
Don't understand what you're waiting for
Gimme more

Cracking up
I'll be it soon as I see that you're packing up
Back it up
I need it keep on repeating it
Chasing what I was chasing before

Say if you're in love
Say because I need to know it
Say if you're in love
Won't you say because I think I've blown it

Don't wanna feel what I'm feeling for you
Don't wanna start all my gears here for you
Don't understand what you're waiting for
Gimme more

SOMETHING OF VALUE. Re: Instant photography and the rules of shooting in public.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again... and again... and again!

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"The Middle" (Patron Video)

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The Middle

Everybody's leaving soon, gotta make my way back home
There's no conversation calming the cold that's in my bones
There's no use speaking I couldn't talk to save my soul
Got no use breathing, I can see that I'm alone

Don't want you playing my heart like a fiddle
I want you treeing me right
Don't wanna be but I'm caught in the middle
I wanna see you tonight

Is it too late to talk, would I only keep you up?
I know I'm crazy calling you only when I'm drunk
But can't explain just what every touch you leave me is like
My heart is reeling, I can feel that I'm alive

Don't Don't want you playing my heart like a fiddle
I want you treeing me right
Don't wanna be but I'm caught in the middle
I wanna see you tonight

Don't want you breaking me open
Don't want you bleeding me dry
Don't want you tearing my hear into pieces
Like I believe that you tried

Don't want you playing my heart like a fiddle
I want you treeing me right
Don't wanna be but I'm caught in the middle
I wanna see you tonight

ARACHNOPHOBIA. Re: The trauma of trying too hard.

You can't hurt steel, son!

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"The Fall of Rome" (Patron Video)

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The Fall of Rome

Smoke it if you got some
Get in while the getting is good
Show your claws, you need 'em 'cause
You feel misunderstood
So your heart is beating, it's bleeding that's good
No once cares
Why should they, you don't for theirs

Upset with the outcome
Nothing works whatever you give
Show them wrong, keep holding on
And scream into the wind
It's only your defeat that you meet in the end
No one cares, no one cares

Every song I've learned to sing is already old
Time turned all the reasons into dust
What's forever in the morning's not together in the gloam
Tell me I'm not living in the fall of Rome

Shake it while you got one
Use it 'cause you're losing it fast
On and on, it's going, gone, and fades into the past
No one knows your history
Your meaningless lasts
No one cares, no one cares

Every song I've learned to sing is already old
Time turned all the reasons into dust
What's forever in the morning's not together in the gloam
Tell me I'm not living in the fall of Rome

Did I fall asleep, how'd the days and the weeks slip away?
So the cowards won, they'll ask in the Flood,
"Oh, won't you please come pinch me awake!"

Tell me I'm not living in the fall of Rome.

CALICO. Re: The strange case of the curiosity shop.

"Big lamps. Big lamps, and stuff."

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