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The Word on the Street

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The Wayside Shrines are a collective of Princeton-based musicians playing original songs with lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. Other band members are Tim Chaston (vocals, violin), Ila Couch (vocals, guitar), Chris Harford (guitar, vocals, Band of Changes, formerly of Three Colors), Ray Kubian (drums, vocals, formerly of True Love, Mars Needs Women), Noriko Manabe (keyboards, vocals, clarinet), Kate Neal (accordion, string arrangements), and Nigel Smith (bass, vocals). Produced by Paul Q. Kolderie; saxes by Dana Colley (Morphine), additional vocals by Mark Mulcahy. The Word on the Street is the group's debut album, providing an eclectic mix of rock, indie folk, pop, reggae, country, and classical influences. The songs set some of Muldoon's lyrics from his book of the same name, Word on the Street. Follow the band at facebook.com/waysideshrines.

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Experienced as songs, the meanings [of Muldoon's poems] shift as words and music combine. For example, Azerbaijan is a witty narrative about love by an Air Force base; set to guitars and a beat, the work soars in ways unimaginable when examined on the page: "It might take years to win your heart, To grab a beer/Would be a start." Over steady verses that compare a first date to a metaphorical journey to Kandahar, Afghanistan, the song ends as the relationship is falling apart and Morgan Chase is foreclosing on property:"Our flame burned clear/Took long to douse"; writes Muldoon, "But we're moving on/To Godknowswhere/Azerbaijan is way up there." --Randall Roberts, LA Times

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It's Never Too Late (For Rock 'n' Roll)
  2. Over You
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. The Word on the Street
  5. Cleaning Up My Act
  6. Feet of Clay
  7. It Won't Ring True
  8. I Don't Love You Anymore
  9. Head In
  10. Julius Caesar was a People Person
  11. Owls to Athens
  12. Elephant Anthem
  13. The Youngers (Bob and John and Jim and Cole)


Product details

  • Audio CD (January 20, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Case Records
  • ASIN: B00B3CVM2Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,180 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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