Lamplighter

by Midnite On Pearl Beach

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This album was recorded at Engine Studios and Clava Studios both located in Chicago. We had much help from local Chicago musicians, some were called in, others just happened to be in the studio at the time. Jake Westermann engineered and co-produced this album along with Justin Jahnke. Jake's credits include work on albums by Iron and Wine, Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Gomez. Jake put a lot of himself in this album and nearly drove himself bonkers mixing this thing.

For my part, I'm really happy with the playing and results. Doug Gay (once again) was flown in from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and killed it behind the drum kit. Ryan Juravich (Dirty Pigeons, Will Phalen) also beautifully banged the skins on half the tunes. Ryan will be playing on my upcoming recording, due to start in February 2013.

Mike Meske, sturdy and willing as always, came in and played some of the most subtly funky bass lines yet. Check out the weirdo, inverted slide part he plays in "Modern Gods"! Rusty LaRue's playing explored textures and territories I did not know lay within him, but I'm truly grateful he was a key part of the journey. I'm also grateful to count all these wonderful people and musicians as friends and to be apart of their journey through music and life.

What most of these songs represent to me, more than anything, is memories.

I get a lot out of making this music so I hope you get something out of listening to it. Enjoy!!

credits

released 14 January 2014

Justin Jahnke: guitars, vocals, LaRue Box, songwriting
Mike Meske: bass, backing vocals
Rusty LaRue: keys, synth, piano, Fender Rhodes
Doug Gay: drums, percussion
Ryan Juravich: drums, percussion
Jake Westermann: engineer, vocals, 12-string guitar, percussion, organ, knobs, soundcraft
Doug Corcoran: piano, trumpet
Marqueal Jordan: sax
Dan Smart: synth, piano,
Joshua Abrams: upright bass

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Midnite On Pearl Beach Chicago, Illinois

A 1981 El Camino rumbles down the side street, speakers busted, but still full of magic and life...Midnite On Pearl Beach emblazoned on the side.

Dark, dreamy, soulful rock-and-roll, spearheaded by Louisiana born, Chicago-resident Justin Jahnke, Midnight On Pearl Beach is Justin's take on psychedelic rock, trippy folk, and poppy rhythm and blues.
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Track Name: Deep in Your Bones
I didn't want to fall in love, but I did, what more can I do?
But sit around til I get old enough and I admit I can be with you

You see the truth is harder than a lie sometimes, cause its weight, it'll crush you like a stone
So you keep your head buried underground, let it simmer, deep in your bones

Deep in Your Bones.
Track Name: Freedom (is a state of mind)
As I walk I realize that freedom is a state of mind
I'm trying to stay wet, I'm trying to keep dry, trying to find God
Trying to stay high, high, high

Freedom is a state of mind

Oh do you ever stop to watch the lines?
You see all them scrowlers go scrowling by, they got their chins tucked tight into a bottle of beer
And their faces all melted into a permanent sneer

Freedom is a state of mind
Track Name: Modern Gods
If I look into your crystal ball can I break the glass and see it all?
And sing modern songs, so different from the rest
If I chew the fat until its soft could I meet the gods on the mountain top?
And sing modern songs, the ones that sing themselves
Yeah, I'd sing modern songs, so different from the rest

Modern Gods and modern names, modern talk and modern games
Don't think much, just stand in line, much too brash for life in modern times

If I wore a suit lined with gold and jewels could I be the man who makes all the rules?
And sings modern songs, so different from the rest
Yeah I'd sing modern songs, the ones that sings themselves

Modern talk and modern minds, modern fools in modern times
Don't think much just stand in line, much too brash for life in modern times
Track Name: A Cold Sun
Chickens on a pad, church bells outside
oh what it means on Chicago Friday night
A Cold Sun won't shine

I can't tell a story if I can't find my brain
Cause fortune and glory can't be sustained
And I yearn for love, but I wallow in lust
The humor can't guide me back, I may as well fall out love

A Cold Sun won't shine

You probably don't realize you tore me apart
That's okay my friend, you've got to follow, you got to follow
you got to follow your own heart

A Cold Sun won't shine.
Track Name: One Foot Left
Oh I can't complain, when the grass is greener I feel no pain
But oh, on the other hand, I can't let go, it's all I know

Feed me, feed me motion, gimme fortune, a solid payday
This sidewalk, feeling like a stray dog, I'm sick about leaving Ivy,
But I gotta get paid

Graffiti on the back of a matchbook, we found it in the alley
Oh One Foot Left
Look into the eyes of a long long friend, written on the wall of a bathroom stall
Oh, let me go

Old shadow I said no more follow me, sneaking you around, feeding you with sound, keeping you stashed away
Spending my nights hiding from the light, sing a few songs, have a couple beers, make a little money, see a bit of country, revel in my youth and do it all again

Graffiti on the back of a matchbook, we found it in the alley
Oh One Foot Left
Look into the eyes of a long long friend, written on the wall of a bathroom stall
Oh, let me go
Track Name: Common and Line
Oh there's a mother and daughter who'll take you town
You place an ad in the paper when you want to get down
And it's a cold, dark night in Shreveport and
we've got no other place to go
But now's the time to change your mind,
you cannot leave once you get through the door
Oh I'll keep that a secret just promise me you'll do the same

There's shell of a building on Common and Line
You knock twice on the doorjam and ask the man for the time
You see this man he's a salesman, he's got the trick up his sleeve
and for a hundred an hour he gonna make you believe
That you're the king of your castle, the ruler of all,
but what he won't tell you
You've got a long, long way to fall

It's a cold, dark night in Shreveport and we've got no other place to go
But now's the time to change your mind,
you cannot leave once you get the through the door
Oh I'll keep that a secret just promise me you'll do the same.
Track Name: Name of the Game
To all you ne'er-do-wells and hopeful dreamers too
Standing in the shadows, with your owl tattoos
Cigarettes dangling like they're a part of you
I really think you're sexy, but I'm still judging you

I'm walking dogs for money and picking up all their shit
I used to think it was funny, but it's not over yet
And all you wild eyed hustlers and you street wise mothers
I'm apart of you too, because I've seen you suffer

That's the Name of the Game
The Name of the Game

I walk around all day, looking at trash and stuff
Thinking to myself, oh, I've had enough
So I bought a poem for a dollar from some black dude on the street
He said read it aloud, I feel so proud, can you buy me something to eat

That's the Name of the Game
The Name of the Game

I don't want to lay down no more
I don't want to lay down no more
Lay down no more, lay down no more, lay down no more.
Track Name: Wilderness
Wilderness calls me out, back into the jungle, in a tangle of vine
Draw me a line, straight and true, I follow it out, back to you
As long as it leads me, back to you
Now meet me in the valley, where the water is still
Meet me in the valley, when I'm called by wilderness
Wilderness

Takes all kinds, to make this world
You got to be kind, kind in your mind
So gather strength, where I can, I find it in the cracks, the crevices
The warmth of your hand
As long as it leads me back to you

Can you meet me in the valley, where our thoughts'll be still
And I can walk with you
Keep on walking through
I'll see you in that valley, free of the nights in wilderness
Wilderness.