Fan the Flames

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    With photographs by Kate Burn and full lyrics thoughtfully laid out by the artists themselves, you'll want your own personal physical copy of this CD and its beautiful packaging to love and to hold for the rest of your days, and to hand down to generations to come.

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    These floppy, warm, loveable tees are no tease(s)! They will cuddle with you while you listen to our album or contemplate our "crush poster." Made in Albuquerque by Albuquerquans, you will feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and in the fall, fashionable, in the spring, careless and free. Comes in yellow (with heather ink), or heather (with yellow).
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    That's right! How many bands out there sell dresses!? These ones are sleek and slinky, so be ready to draw some wandering eyes. All black with yellow ink. The fabric is delicate and light. Note that the length of the dress is provocatively short. Made locally in Albuquerque by a fine craftsman and gentle soul.
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Track 1 off of LYDIAN WATER SONGS. Came to me in a dream—the people I nicked it off of (in my subconscious) were wearing white lab coats and stretching blue latex gloves onto their hands, playing to my band and about seven other people in a long, narrow school cafeteria. Can't remember what they were serving but probably tacos or sloppy joes. -DB


The wind is high. The lights are going out. The shutters slam. The sky is growing dark. The neighbors call. The neighbors bang on the door. You’re feeling high. Your heart is fluttering. You say goodbye. You say goodbye to all your things. You don’t know why, it’s just something that’s happening. You watch it bloom. You watch it slowly blossoming. You’re burning down—you’re burning every single thing. ‘Cause you know i gotta fan the flames. No, I can’t always be this tame. This fever’s rising, and it’s time to let it break. Everybody always looks at me like I'm living such a fantasy, but they’re really watching just to see how much I can take. You’re burning up, you’re burning up in the yard; you’re at a loss, you don’t know where you are. You can’t see straight—you have no thoughts in your head. You’re seeing colors—you’re seeing everything in red. You know that I would never leave you, and you know that I will always love you. It’s just that I am sinking deep, and I need to swim. And I know you want to come with me, but you know that that will just make things worse—just because we’re meant to be together doesn’t mean, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fan the flames.


from Lydian Water Songs, released December 18, 2015
Music and lyrics by David Bashwiner. Performed by David Bashwiner, Matthew Tobias, Paul Hunton, Christy Cook, Stef Graner, and string quartet (Donna Bacon, Ryan Downs, Caitlyn Fukai, and Mario Bastea-Forte). Recorded at Empty House Studios, engineered and mixed by Matthew Tobias. Produced by David Bashwiner.



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Cactus Tractor Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cactus Tractor is a seven-to-ten-person Bohemian Pop Folk Disco (beau-pop-faux-disc) band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with three songwriters, toothsome harmonies, and a multitude of fun stringed and unstrung instruments.


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