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Two Ghosts

by boy eats drum machine

Innovative post-rock with soulful vocals, yummy hooks, smashing beats, and scads of turntable fun.
Genre: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 3000flares
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2. From An Oregon Shore
3:26 $0.99
3. Into the Open Spaces of the West
3:11 $0.99
4. Asleep
2:59 $0.99
5. (in) Crossing Wind
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6. Tie Them to the Trees
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7. We'll Blacken Up the Sky
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8. Rebuttal 1
2:10 $0.99
9. Slow Guns
3:52 $0.99
10. Rebuttal 2
2:54 $0.99
11. Damned
3:01 $0.99
12. Alliances
2:36 $0.99
13. With the Village Bells
2:34 $0.99
14. Two Ghosts
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15. Open Space (reprise)
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Album Notes
“One of 2007’s best local albums”
-The Oregonian (12/28/07)

“Imagine Beck feeling nostalgic for his Queen albums, and you’re on the right track in a quest to pin down the idiosyncratic appeal of Two Ghosts. BEDM singer-songwriter Jon Ragel adorns his indie-boy anxieties with turntable twists and majestic flourishes-backing vocal choruses, stately strings-resulting in 15 songs that consistently engage and challenge the eardrums. Aside from a knack for hooks and splashes of vivid electronic color, Ragel has a dramatic voice that covers alot of ground, from sweet soul man to beleaguered bohemian to near operatic peaks of impassioned pop. Highly recommended.”
-John Chandler, Portland Monthly best of the city ‘07 (8/07)

"Lush and orchestral, strings and cymbals populate many of the open spaces on the album. Powerful yet concave, Boy Eats Drum Machine is able to massage the senses in all directions. After rising to the crescendo, and falling to level ground, I am tempted to start the ride all over again."
-Robert Karmin, Puremusic

"Interlaced with saxophone, organ, violin, cello, flute, accordion, and weightless female vocals courtesy of Laura Gibson, Two Ghosts is a treasure chest of instrumentation, arranged masterfully around a powerful story arch of emotions that rise, climax, and fall like last night's dream you still can't shake."
-Jenny Tatone, Portland Mercury



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This is the reason I love the internet. I never would have heard of this artist otherwise, or had a chance to buy the album, and I'm so glad I did. Listen to the samples and take a chance, you won't be disappointed with the album, great unique songs, and a really distinctive voice.

Boy Eats Drum Machine is better than the vegan cupcakes they handed out at Doug Fir. Boy Eats Drum Machine sounds like all your favorite rock, jazz and electro albums all mixed together with Jonny's soulful singing thrown in. Make sure and pick up a piece of it - Two Ghosts. It'll be sure to be a permanent play on your iPod/CD player.

Nick Sanford

Had I heard about this album in 2007, it would have been my album of the year. There is an amazing mix of styles on this album. The music has an incredible mainstream accessibility (my friends really enjoy listening to it), but it never ever compromises quality. The packaging is also something to be admired.. it's a really nice product to look at as well as listen to.

This is easily one of the best CDs I own (from over 250).


This CD makes my day every time!
I love the variety, the complexity, the thought provoking lyrics...the optimism and pessimism. I love it all! Good work.

Jacob Weiss

While there is nothing completely, singularly outstanding on this album (except the vocals, but they don't show off to a noxious point), yet the bonding of every aspect of Two Ghosts brings the album together. Every song is full, lush, and rich, even clocking in at a mere 3 minutes on average. I cannot describe BEDM's style with one word, and that is why I love them.

Terryn Turner

simply the best
Everyone who gets in my car while I\'m listening to this CD wants it. It is the best CD i have boughten in a long time.


Genius...but a tad too political
The music is powerful and the vocals are edgy and I love that...but the lyrics a tad too political. I miss the songs about love and feeling in love. Pleasure beats it for me but Jonny is a freaking musical genius, anyway you look at it. GENIUS.


This is a great album! While the story and lyrics are bittersweet (and may hit a nerve with some) the songs are pure pop rock fun. This will be a hit. BEDM is on the way to super stardome!