Lach Today

by Lach

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    'Lach Today' was Lach's fourth full album and was released in February of 2007. To celebrate it's 10th anniversary we are releasing through Bandcamp 35 extremely rare hard copy CD's. First come, first served.

    "This is my most rock, sharp-edged album. The band walked into the studio and the engineer, knowing my reputation in Antifolk, said it was the best acoustic studio in town. My immediate response was, "How do we change that?"
    There are no electric guitars on the album but it's still has that jangly, classic new wave sound through some secret studio techniques we invented for the sessions."

    Lach is joined by the band he was working with at the time, The Secrets, with Billy Ficca (of Television) on drums and Roy Edroso (of The Reverb Motherfuckers) on bass.


    “Four Stars! Splendid! Best of it’s kind!” – Mojo Magazine

    “East Village staple Lach personifies the Antifolk scene with his jangly, funny, pop punk songs. His album, Lach Today, puts the strong songwriting in a raw rock context.” – Timeout NY

    “Deftly blending bouncy, catchy melodies with wry, witty lyrics, this delightfully offbeat and enjoyable corker makes for a very intoxicating sonic brew. The enthusiastic singing, the irresistibly jubilant acoustic guitar riffs, the jumpin’ drums, the divinely chillin’ organ ripples, the sheer giddiness and vitality of the playing, the ceaselessly springy rhythms, and especially the total sense of joy and fun which permeates every last blithely harmonic note all add up to one of the most immensely charming and entertaining albums I’ve heard in quite a spell. A terrific album.” – Jersey Beat

    “There are songs commenting on the world in the way that underground artists do best. His storytelling songs are great too, rocking like songs that could be found in the jukeboxes of ice cream parlours of the 60s.” - nunuworldmusic.co.uk

    “And such a spirit slips through each and every acoustic ramshackle gem. Ultimate, unperfumed honesty presented in a dynamic, audaciously timed and sharply rhymed demeanor; riotously infectiously yet touchingly shocking (this guy’s had a life), heart-warming and arousing all at simultaneous moments.” - rockfeedback.com

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released December 1, 2014

Editor-in-chief: Lach (Vocals, Guitars, Selectone
Organ, Piano, Theramin, Drums on Power Lies Within

Music Editor: Richard Barone (Producer/Theramin/Backing Vocals/Second Guitar on Power Lies Within

Entertainment Editor: Roy Edroso (Bass)

Lifestyle Editor: Billy Ficca (Drums)

Assistant Editors: Al Houghton (Mix Engineer)

Phil Klum (Mastering Engineer)

Interns: Anu, Katrin Maggi, Mariana, Rachel
Trachtenburg, Shoko Watanabe (Vocals: Secrets Theme 2)
Richard Barone, Joe Bendik, Geoff Notkin, Pablo
Ratliff, Duane Yrizarry (Backing Guitars: The
Human Torch Song)

Photography- robertothaddeusaraiza

Art Design: Lach

Layout: Miwa

Mixed at Dubway Studios, NYC

Mastered at Jigsaw Mastering, NYC

Words and Music by Lach ©2004
Published by Blue Monk Music 2004
©2004 Fortified Records, Manufactured by
Fortified Records.

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Printed in Canada.

No electric guitars were used on the making of this record.

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Lach, founder of the Antifolk movement and star of BBC Radio 4's The Lach Chronicles.

‘Beat-punk-unplugged joy!’-The Guardian UK

‘Splendid! Best of it's kind!’- Mojo

‘Incredibly bright, influential, funny, poetic.’-Suzanne Vega

‘Best punk guitarist since Johnny Ramone.’-Billy Ficca of Televis
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Track Name: Antenna
Antenna

My face is too close to the picture
I know I can’t see the truth
If anyone is out there
Please send me some proof
At times I sense a presence
But it’s hard to maintain the energy
To raise my level of awareness
Beyond hypnotized reality

Antennae I am a conduit
Antennae I am a vessel
Antennae I am ready
Antennae Talk with me

I don’t believe in aliens
Ghosts or UFOs
I’m more concerned with finding intelligence
In Vermont, Kansas and Idaho
The enemy is watching
Seductive, corporate and strong
But the rebel alliance is waiting
To hear the rallying song

Beats, hippies, punks and anti
The torch is passed down the line
Ask yourself the eternal “Who am I?”
Ask yourself “is now the time?”
Go walk the streets of anywhere
Read signs, coincidence and clues
The universe is beneficent
An invisible army is helping you
Track Name: Parade
Parade

Everyone got nervous when the local Antifolk bar put long red velvet curtains on the stage
Such a scene I've never seen of dizziness and whispers of outrage
And little Frankenstein was so unkind when he said, "Hey, they've desecrated my grave!"
And little Susie Twoshitz reacted as if Auschwitz reopened up its maze

Parade

Meanwhile in Washington democracy came undone no one in the bars said a thing
Rides were organized, announcements made but no one went down to protest the king
Meanwhile, in the city, the cops were given freely new rules to search and seize who they please
No protest singers could be found only handwringers with their frowns down upon their knees

Parade

Community is a lying word we use to describe the social life raft called fear
What we called empowerment turns out to be a shower meant for those deaf enough to hear
So if you see me standing on the corner of befuddlement looking to the streets and the skies
It's only 'cause what I thought was dream theatre turned out to be a nightmare in disguise

Parade

In gossip we find all the chocolate treasures we need to keep ourselves up high
High above loyalty, decency and common sense where we can flit and fly
But candy wings tend to melt beneath the light of responsibility and consequence
Yeah, pardon me if I refrain to participate in this old small town square dance

Parade
Track Name: The Human Torch Song
The Human Torch Song

I'm a blue man
In a pink flame
And I wonder when
I'll see you again

I'm smoking now
Your brand name
I'm burning hot
in the cold rain

Honey, my heart went onfire
When you said goodbye
Consumed by desire
I lit up the night

I'm the Human Torch,
You're the Invisible Girl
When I saw through you
I saw the world

Still, I miss you
Long after you're gone
Just a word from you
And I flame on

All my friends say that
Love is letting go
But it feels more like
I'm melting pieces of my soul

Still, I miss you
Long after you're gone
Just a word from you
And I flame on

I'm a blue man
In a pink flame
And I wonder when
I'll see you again

I need you
I want you
I gotta have you
FLAME ON!
Track Name: Junior
Junior

Junior's in the city and her heart is all a treble
She's been scouting out all the wrong places to be
This one last chance to get it all together
Was blown before she even got an answering machine

Now her rent is late and her period is later
And Percodan and aspirin might as well be the same damn thing
All those Velvet songs of glory just told her half the story
Loneliness and boredom are the flipside of those dreams

God, there must be people somewhere far from the clock's cruel stare
She senses they're presence in music, art and song
And they got voices full of wings and faith thick as bone
And all their answers feel like she's coming home

Junior's in the city and her brain is a rebel
It's been feeding her lines from a dog-eared script
This one last chance to keep it all together
It seems so hard when she's so ripped

Hey, Junior, there's an answer that no pop song can deliver
I'm sorry but it has to do with time and space and God
Let no one tell you different but Mother Mary and Mrs. Einstein
Both thought their kids were a little odd

God, there must be people somewhere far from the clock's cruel stare
She senses they're presence in music, art and song
They have voices full of wings and faith thick as bone
And all their answers feel like she's coming home
like she's coming home
Like Junior's coming home
Come on home Junior we got supper waiting
I'll save you a place at the table Junior
Track Name: Do The Next Right Thing
Do The Next Right Thing

I hear the dark side calling
Starts with chocolate then the internet
Whispers to pick up a cigarette
And forget, forget, forget

But I got new tools for living
Starts with asking for forgiving
And being kind to myself
Put those worries up on the shelf
And just do the next right thing
Just do the next right thing

I can't help thoughts occurring
Emotions attached with claws
But how I react to feeling attacked
Is a choice that I can make

So, fight or flight, hey, take a backseat
Let me just sit still and be
Gonna let go
And intuitively know
To just do the next right thing
To just do the next right thing

Enemies are astonishing mirrors
They make lives so much clearer
To love or to hate
To accept or to manipulate
Inside myself there stands a cathedral

I can decorate or destroy at my will
I just pray this hour
To have the power
To just do the next right thing
Do the next right thing
Track Name: Love Song #1
LOVE SONG #1


The trees traced ancient patterns across a Rorschach sky
While his hand caressed the moonlit valley of her breast and thigh
The cat stepped lightly across the piano keys
The air filled gently with feline melodies

Just like that love songs come
Just like that love songs are number one

The song slipped slowly across the writer's mind
He thought that he'd finally found out the perfect rhyme
To describe the way her body twisted time
While she sipped coffee from a Brazilian clime

Just like that love songs come
Just like that love songs are number one

Later in the shifting summer afternoon
He sits at the piano and works out the tune
That the cat danced beneath last night's moon
A poem to leave his lady love in the hope to see her soon

Just like that songs come
Just like that love songs are number one
Track Name: Power Lies Within
Power Lies Within

The way she looks
The way she looks at me
The way she looks
The way she Looks to me
Her power lies within
Power lies within the way she moves

The way she moves
Moves in time with me
The way she moves
Moves through time with me
Her power lies within
Her power lies within the way she moves

Ah, ah

The way she sings
Sings her song to me
The way she sings
Sings her songs to me
Her power lies within
Her power lies within
The way she sings

The way her heart
Beats in time with mine
The way her heart
Beats through time with mine
Her power lies within
Her power lies within
Her heart

Ah, ah
Ah, ah, ahhhhh

The way her smile
Changes everything
Track Name: Secrets Theme 2
Secrets Theme 2

Here we go!
Yeah!
Now!
Now!
You're OK!
Let's Go!
Now!
Zap!
Pow!
Yeah!
You're OK!
You're OK!
(Ending!)
Keep going!
We did it!
Yeah!
Let's Go!
Go!
Whoooo!
I can't hear anything in my headphones right now. Check one, check two. I still can't hear myself and I'm hearing lots of echos.Check one, check two. Check one, check two. Check one, check two. Check one, check two. Check one, check two. Check one, check two. That's good.
Track Name: Sixties Girl
Sixties Girl (For Jean Seberg)

Pretty little Sixties eyes
Queen of the butterflies
Your world was so colorful
There was no black or white
There was only love

A fairytale in France
Waltzing with Othello
The princess and the panther
In the Parisian summer

For so many love is a question
And for them hate is the only answer
They spied on you from their tower
You made them choke on their cigars

Hey, Jean, I read about you yesterday
And how they planted stories in the press
With a paid-off gossip columnist
Confused the art with the artist
They condemned the act with the actress
They turned your life into a holy mess
Leaving you pale and breathless
Until you couldn't pass the final test
You could never win
And it could happen again

Flowergirl beneath a world of stone
Maybe now they'll leave you alone
Still, I thought I'd write a song, a half-poem,
For you and the next Sixties girl
Track Name: Wail Away
WAIL AWAY

Hot boy red come wail your way free
The babes are in the circus they fell out of the tree
The priests are in the paper, God is on T.V.
I need a note, I need a golden note, to bring life back to me

Little girl blue let's dance away the night
The bands are hungry and looking for a fight
Their fans are so angry they haven't had a bite
Me, I need a twist, a simple kiss, of your sparkling moonlight

Wail away
Wail away
Wail your way free
Wail away
Wail away
Wail your way free

Come on kiddies, scream back at the storm
Your mom is in a cadillac hitting on the corn
Your dad's a walking heart attack waiting to be born
But you can have things different now that you've heard the horn

Wail away
Wail away
Come wail your way free
Wail away
Wail away
Come wail your way free
Track Name: Wendy
Wendy

I bought a rose for Valentine
To your house on Eros Lane
My friend Mike drove me there
And I never been anywhere so scared

I found a pop quiz with your name
I spent weeks practising the same
Swirling W's into E's
So as to have the hand of Wendy

Well, I loved you from sixth grade through high school
And I wonder if you knew
Yeah, I wonder where you are today
Wendy

Driving your kid home from little league
Maybe you'll put the radio on and you'll hear me sing this song
Will you know that you're the one?
Wendy

Well, I loved you from sixth grade through high school
And i wonder if you knew,
Yeah, I wonder where you are today
Where are you now?
Wendy
Track Name: Let's Make A Movie
Let’s Make a Movie

I got a Robert Mitchum cigarette slicked across my lip
I got a Mexican sunset strapped tightly to my hip
The ceiling fan is strobing my thoughts and whipping heat
A few centavos more and I’m back on the streets

You're the señorita with the lipstick swirling dreams with each stroke
Can you lend a bum a dollar? Honey, can I bum another smoke?
The consulate is busy
The embassy’s a joke
I’m stuck in this country and I’m running out of luck
And I want to make a movie
Let's make a movie

Scene one: I say I love you
Scene two: You love me
Scene three: we get together
Scene four: we start a family
Let’s make a movie, I wanna make a movie.

Stunt double!

They don’t make ‘em like they used to adventures and mysteries
So, I started up some trouble to cancel out my misery
And if you’ll just cut loose I’ll take you along with me
You’re the kind of girl you should be in a movie

Scene one: I say I love you
Scene two: You love me
Scene three: we get together
Scene four: we start a family
Let’s make a movie, I wanna make a movie.

Action sequence!

Let’s make a movie starring you and me
Running away together to a foreign country
Find ourselves a preacher who don’t speak no inglee
I want to make a movie; let’s make a movie

Alright cut!

To be continued...