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This Is Your Book of Kills

by Jim Shelley & Book of Kills

"...The sound of a man finding the courage to evolve and, more importantly, to continue in the face of stifling indifference and ignorance because he MUST make music, because he'll never be like me or you."
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  Song Share Time Download
1. And No One's Laughing Anymore
3:21 $0.99
2. Fade to Fall
2:17 $0.99
3. Let Me In
0:55 $0.99
4. Pineapple Dog
3:26 $0.99
5. 3 Lunes
1:42 $0.99
6. The Danger That Can Drive You Home
1:40 $0.99
7. Never Ending
0:22 $0.99
8. Hello Teenage America
2:13 $0.99
9. Can't Pin That On Me
1:02 $0.99
10. Angels On the Lam (Version One)
2:39 $0.99
11. Last Good Dream
3:20 $0.99
12. Shake My Tree
2:41 $0.99
13. Who Is He Crushing Now?
4:06 $0.99
14. Different Story
2:10 $0.99
15. Different Story (Christmas Mix) [Bonus Track]
2:16 $0.99
16. The Shape of Your Eyes Go Round My Heart (Outtake)
1:28 $0.99
17. She Has Mad Machines (Outtake)
1:49 $0.99
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Album Notes

1. And No One’s Laughing Anymore (3:21)
2. Fade To Fall (2:16)
3. Let Me In (:55)
4. Pineapple Dog (3:25)
5. 3 Lunes (1:42)
6. The Danger That Can Drive You Home – Version 1 (1:39)
7. Never Ending (:21)
8. Hello Teenage America (2:13)
9. Can’t Pin That On Me (1:02)
10. Angels On The Lam – Version 1 (2:38)
11. Last Good Dream (3:19)
12. Shake My Tree (2:41)
13. Who Is He Crushing Now? (4:05)
14. Different Story (2:10)
15. Another Christmas Day (2:16)
16. The Shape Of Your Eyes Goes Round My Heart (1:23)*
17. She Had Mad Machines (1:43)*

All songs written and performed by Jim Shelley, except “Shake My Tree” which is traditional and features additional lyrics and a new arrangement by Jim Shelley.

Recorded July 9 – September 22, 2008.

Ain’t Records
206 High Street
Bridgewater, Virginia 22812

Notes: “And No One’s Laughing Anymore” - I think I wrote this with a good friend of mine in mind. I remember that he was going through some tough relationship problems. I found the sound byte of the two girls talking somewhere on the internet. They're a couple of groupies from the '60s talking about why they follow musicians around. “Fade To Fall” - Originally when I started writing and recording the songs that would comprise This Is Your Book Of Kills, I had become so weary of creating drum tracks over the years that I decided every song (if it needed drums) would just have a single pattern running throughout the song a la The Raveonettes. I changed my mind later, I guess. “Let Me In” - believe it or not, this is one of my favorites from the album. Later I regretted not turning it into a full song instead of this fragment. I wrote the words to “Pineapple Dog” years ago but had never been able to use them in a song. I think I thought they were too silly. The “drums” on this song are actually a couple of cardboard boxes. I also used a toy tambourine that belonged to my son, Christian, when he was just a tyke. I'm too cheap to go out and buy a real one. However, I recently bought a slightly better toy tambourine for my grandson, so I'm pretty much set for tambourines. “3 Lunes” does indeed feature three lunes (a type of haiku-like poem) that I wrote back in the '90s. I discovered them in a box out in the garage and turned them into a song. I don't remember exactly where I got the samples for the music. I think I created some of them on my old keyboard that I bought way back in 1996 and which I still use. “The Danger That Can Drive You Home” - This is the original version of the song, though when I recorded this track I quickly discarded it as unsuitable and did another longer version. Turns out that this was (easily) the better of the two. I think I added a couple voices and a guitar. “Never Ending” - actually it isn't never ending, being only 21 seconds long. “Hello Teenage America” - maybe my favorite song on the album. I created the chorus out of some long-discarded lyrics I found out in the garage. Thank goodness I save almost all my lyrics, whether I use them or not! I think I took the words to “Can't Pin That On Me” from some movie I was watching one morning while I was getting psyched up to record. “Angels On The Lam” is another first draft of a song that ended up in a much different arrangement on the 1997 album So Far In Every Direction. This one's better. “Last Good Dream” is one of those songs where I sort of feel sorry for myself. I like it though. “Shake My Tree” is actually the first song I recorded for the album. I originally had no intention of including it as one of the tracks, but ended up feeling as though it fit in well with the rest of the songs. I started it in the iMusic program, but quickly discovered that that program was just not powerful enough to allow the sort of arrangement I envisioned. The sound is a bit on the dodgy side, but maybe that's part of its charm? This is my take on a very old traditional tune from (probably) the early to mid-1800s. “Who Is He Crushing Now?” is my riff on John Lennon's “What's The New Mary Jane?” I like the musical saw and the water flute. I stole the line “the beauty of time is that it's snowing” from the Steve Miller Band. “Different Story” - This was a throwaway, but as is so often true with my “throwaways”, it became one of my favorites on the album, though it's almost unbearably simple. “Another Christmas Day” - I don't need to tell the story of this one again, now, do I? “The Shape Of Your Eyes Goes Round My Heart” - I took the chorus from a surrealist poem of the early part of the last century. The rest of the words were toss-offs. This was a demo. In other words, I would've re-recorded it, using this recording as a blue-print for a fuller realization of the song. It might show up on another album one day in a better-realized arrangement. Who knows? The same goes for “She Had Mad Machines”, only this is a simple acoustic demo that I made out of some old discarded lyrics. (JS – 1.08.2010)



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