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So Far in Every Direction

by Jim Shelley & Book of Kills

Expanded edition of the 1997 album now featuring twenty-two tracks. Upon the album's release, critic Bryan Baker called it, "...the best homemade music I've heard this year."
Genre: Rock: Lo-Fi
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Swing Shift
0:41 $0.99
2. Port
4:31 $0.99
3. Stanley the Steamer
4:13 $0.99
4. Angels On the Lam
3:37 $0.99
5. If I Should Fall
4:13 $0.99
6. This Time Maybe
3:44 $0.99
7. Especially for You
2:31 $0.99
8. Turn My World Around
5:22 $0.99
9. Fire in Brooklyn
2:25 $0.99
10. Psychic Diving
2:55 $0.99
11. When You Wish
3:23 $0.99
12. Starchy
4:26 $0.99
13. Kisses of the Crying Cooks
1:53 $0.99
14. Yeah Yeah Yeah
1:29 $0.99
15. Intro to Fa
0:34 $0.99
16. Free Assembly
4:47 $0.99
17. Heartbroke & Skinned Up
1:23 $0.99
18. Yer Garage Need Painting
1:18 $0.99
19. Takes 2
2:58 $0.99
20. Count Your Fingers
0:55 $0.99
21. Remember to Forget
1:43 $0.99
22. Avant Garde or Fucked Up Shit
1:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
From the original compact disc insert:

(10.12.98 @ 6:49 PM) Shift Work (:40) How can you ever imagine that you could understand a single thing I sing? How could I ever imagine you'd care? She had such a beautiful face. I never saw it coming. Port (4:31) This song is four minutes and thirty-one seconds long. Monster truck madness. Loading. She's gone now. It's like she was never here. Somehow that seems wrong. Stanley the Steamer (4:13) Poor old Syd. They fed him nails and nems and hung him in the closet till Christmas was just a memory. Two-headed dog. Red dress. Angels on the Lam (3:35) I am listening to hear where you are. I am cleaning the shelves. I am feeling the heat. It takes all I've got just to turn my face the right way. If I Should Fall (4:13) How odd. Once I called this song “If I Should Disappear” but then I didn't anymore and it was a new song. This for the same person who is still not here. She took off her clothes. I wasn't there. This Time Maybe (3:43) Sometimes my songs are long. Sometimes my songs are short. Maximum free space. Plastics. Airplanes. Did you remember to call me? Especially for You (2:31) Have you ever cried over a song? I didn't think so. Yes? Sorry. I jump to conclusions so easily. And the band played on. Turn My World Around (5:23) Some old songs are just old. Some aren't. So? I am still waiting. Fire in Brooklyn (2:26) There was, too. An old lady died. People were sad. But then they forgot. That's the way it is. Quilts are warm. Tile floors are cold. Psychic Diving (2:55) Everywhere I look I see you. Except when I open my eyes. Break your mirrors. Wash your face. Flush your toilets. There. You feel better now, don't you? When You Wish (3:23) I was angry. I didn't know what I was saying. Forgive me. I will wait as long as you need to make up your mind. Do you carry a gun? Starchy (4:26) Sometimes words just can't carry you over the mountain top. She just screams. I look in the mirror and see a young girl with tight lips standing behind me. Yeah Yeah Yeah (1:31) How many meaningful memories do you possess? Let's cut to the chase. Let's call a spade a spade. Soft. All your friends think you're a loose cannon. You know you're just damaged goods. Kisses of the Crying Cooks (1:54) Say what you wanna say. Who let that fat guy in here anyway? Brown dress. Intro to F.S. (:35) And. Free Assembly (4:32) Fat. Fleshy. Meaningful. Movements. Milky. Sugar is a state of mind that I must not attempt. What if no one hears because it's not worth it to try? Heartbroke and Skinned Up (1:23) Or something. Yer Garage Needs Painting (1:20) Do you really expect me to kiss you in this condition? I am speaking to you. Let me know your answer. Takes 2 (2:59) Which is true. I am one. You are two. Call me. Insert Here (:54) Some folks just need more. Mars attacks. You stumble. Remember to Forget (1:42) So easy to say. Avant Garde or Fucked Up Shit (1:34) Do I really have to spell it out for you? The spirit is willing but limbs are breaking. I am leaving. You should give me what I want. It is the right thing. You want it too. I will go now. . .thank you.

So Far In Every Direction

1. Shift Work* - 00:40
2. Port - 04:30
3. Stanley the Steamer - 04:12
4. Angels on the Lam - 03:36
5. If I should Fall - 04:12
6. This Time (Maybe) - 03:43
7. Especially for You - 02:31
8. Turn My World Around - 05:22
9. Fire in Brooklyn - 02:24
10. Psychic Diving* - 02:55
11. When You Wish - 03:23
12. Starchy - 04:25
13. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah - 01:31
14. Kisses of the Crying Cooks (R. Pollard) - 01:53
15. Intro to F.A.* - 00:33
16. Free Assembly - 04:31
17. Heartbroke and Skinned Up - 01:23
18. Yer House Needs Painting* - 01:17
19. Takes 2* - 02:57
20. Insert Here* - 00:55
21. Remember to Forget* - 01:42
22. Avant Garde or Fucked Up Shit* - 01:33

(*Previously unreleased)

Performed by Jim Shelley
Wind, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, piano, tambourine, casio,
drums, box, drum machine, programming in general, harmonica

Produced by Itchy Boy
at Big Garage Studios
Bridgewater, Virginia
June-July 1997

Written by Jim Shelley
except where noted above.

(C)opy if you must (P)ay if you can!

Graphix by Disko Magic Designs

Ain't Records
206 High Street
Bridgewater, Virginia 22812

“If it's Ain't Records, it ain't records!”


'Jim Shelley's newest finds him in a quiet, contemplative mood, and among the subjects he's contemplating is love, happy and otherwise. "Angels on the Lam," "Especially for You," and my pick hit from this set, "Turn My World Around," explore romance in poignant and melodious ways. But Jim's not gone all mushy on us; "This Time (Maybe)" delivers a rare dose of psychedelic BOK, "Starchy" experiments with electronics and Angry Jim checks in with the smoldering "Fire in Brooklyn" ("The path to glory/leads to a locked door/and every one of our dreams/is rotten to the core") and the Dylanoid "When You Wish Upon a Star." I'm continually amazed by Jim's gift of melody; his cover of Bob Pollard's "Kisses of the Crying Cooks" pales by comparison with the song that follows, "Free Assembly," a gorgeous tune with a surfy guitar that reminded me of Echo and the Bunnymen. That no label, major or indie, has seen fit to put the man in a proper studio is case-closed evidence of the intrinsic bankruptcy of the music business. Are they all deaf?' - Jim Santo's DemoUniverse (November 29, 1997)

'Veteran home taper and reviewer, Jim Shelley has been there and done that. That his own music should be so good should come as no surprise. His lyrics are sharp and his folk rock style befits him. To me, occasionally he sounds melodically like The Cure but frankly his music is more compelling. Well produced and uniquely delivered.' - Don Campau, No Pigeonholes (January 1999)

'...Jim Shelley's last homemade CD is what I have been using as a picture in my head of what homemade music is all about. I've been using it as a goal to aspire to when making my own first homemade CD. From packaging to recording to everything, his latest CD is the best homemade music I've seen and heard this year.' - Bryan Baker, Homemade Music (March 1999)

'Book of Kills is the one-man recording project spearheaded by Jim Shelley. Shelley is a longtime home-taper who is a true musical chameleon. This compilation of 21 tunes is culled from Jim's cassette releases, and what a compilation it is. One minute he sounds like Neil Innes...the next minute it's Tommy James...and yet a song or two later he sounds like John Lennon. But whatever the comparison, the thing that shines through clear and true is a man who has a genuine knack for writing sincere and moving introspective pop tunes. The arrangements are sparse, allowing the listener to fully appreciate the melodies and chord changes. This is so much more real than most of the doodoo being squat out by record companies. This is, perhaps, because the idea isn't to sell product...but to produce truly quality music with integrity. There's no e-mail to give or web site to share (isn't THAT a fresh idea?)...only an address. Ain't Records, 206 High St., Bridgewater, VA 28812. This is worth going out of your way to obtain. An excellent obscure delight.' (Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Babysues.)' - BABYSUE Magazine (July 1999)

'Book of Kills – SO FAR IN EVERY DIRECTION: This is Jim Shelley’s first digital effort (that I’ve listened to, anyway). We reviewed his earlier works (way back when) were impressed then... but this collection of 22 toonz’ will have you in pure bliss if you love well-crafted lyrical adventures. There are sections where he reminds me of George Harrison’s early solo albums (which is a GOOD thing), but pieces like “Turn My World Around” track 12’s “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” are without question all original compz that will make you a fan instantly! For fans of finely crafted lyrical folk music with both acoustic electric guitar(s), this gets a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Since this is a HOMEMADEMUSIC Association (fellow) member, I’m giving the cover/label art a rating (first ever, Jim) too... it gets a FIVESTAR ***** for exceptionally clean graphics, nice layout & perfect label placement. Contact at Ain’t Records, 206 High St., Bridgewater, VA 22812, at his shop on HOMEMADEMUSIC.com (http://www.homemademusic.com/artists/aint ), or via e-mail to bookofkils@aol.com.'
Rotcod Zzaj, aka Dick Metcalf
Perpetrator Instigator, Zzaj Productions
5308 65th Ave SE
Lacey, WA 98513
rotcod@olywa.net -Improvijazzation Nation (November 1999)

'One of the reasons we started Homemade Music was our growing frustration at knowing many true artists whose work had little exposure and no real champion. This release was a sort of centerpiece for us because of the sheer magnitude of Jim Shelley's (aka Book of Kills) and that feeling that So Far In Every Direction was, we felt, a culmination of what motivates hometaping artists to continue to create beautiful music in spite of it all. This is a must-have addition to any homemade music collector's collection.' - Written by Bryan Baker of GAJOOB as an introduction to SO FAR IN EVERY DIRECTION (August 2000)

'This latest release by BOOK OF KILLS is a wonderful thing. The melodic bass lines and drum machines remind me of the best of Brit-pop circa 1981. This is easily one of the best homemade products that I’ve heard all year.' - Mad Monkey (AutoReverse Winter 1999)
- See more at: http://bookofkills.com/press/#sthash.FPpMJbXa.dpuf



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