Drink the Dregs

by Val Bauer

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    - Includes all 4 original songs, plus 2 bonus tracks:
    “How to Love” and “Winter of This Town,” neither of which are available anywhere else
    - Handmade: Cut and sewn personally by Val and his Opa Val Bauer
    - Hand silk screened by Val
    - Hand numbered
    - Limited edition of 35


    What’s the story behind this thing?

    I bought a second-hand leather jacket. It was originally supposed to be a black rock ‘n’ roller sort of jacket, but I found this maroon leather trench coat and I thought it was too sweet to pass up. I then cut (and tore, and sometimes yoinked) it apart into CD wallet-size rectangles. This is A LOT more work than you might think (and what I thought) it would be! (YOU try cutting up a shit ton of leather with ordinary household scissors!)
    I took my fabric over to my Opa’s house to use his industrial sewing machine – he’s a retired tailor. He decided to help me out in my project, so that afternoon his sewing room was busy with the two of us running off wallet after wallet simultaneously until they were all done.
    I designed the covert art, burned the image to a silk screen with photo emulsion, and printed each wallet myself. Screen printing on leather is not smooth sailing, I found out.
    I learned a lot from this project – mainly that working with leather can be a real bitch. It was a huge commitment of time and energy, but it was a labour of love, and I’m pleased to say that the final product is finally ready to share with you fine people. I hope you appreciate the work that went into this as much as I appreciate your support.

    Cheers and beers,
    Val

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released June 2, 2011

All songs written by Val Bauer

Recorded in Liverpool by Danny Monk
Produced by Danny Monk, co-produced by Val Bauer

Gary Cheung played drums
Val sang and played bass, mandolin, and all guitars, except:
Thomas Engebretsen played lead guitar on
"The Beginning of the End"

Cover photo by Bjørn Bancel

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Val Bauer Portland, Oregon

Earnest confessionalism following in the tradition of songwriters like Ryan Adams and Elliott Smith, built on a foundation of emo/pop punk. Val's music is about the struggle, but also the optimism that it's possible to not have to accept what's given us; that we're all fighting the same fight, and that we're not alone. ... more

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Track Name: The Beginning of the End
I got a lover like a trainwreck
Sometimes she writes a bad check,
But most of the time she’s good to me
Meets me at the station,
Wakes up to make me bacon,
Switches sides with me so I can sleep

And I’ve never loved anyone like this before
But I don’t know if I can keep hanging on

Cos sometimes we’ll go out walking
Too fast, and without talking,
And she’ll stay ten steps ahead of me
Sometimes she may apologize
But sometimes won’t look me in the eyes,
Keeps her light switched off so she can’t see

And I’ve never loved anyone like this before
But I don’t know if I can take this anymore

Won’t you come back to me,
And see the things you’re saying,
The way they make me feel?
Love, please come back to me.

And I’ve never loved anyone like this before
But I don’t know,
I don’t know,
I don’t know…
Track Name: The Whiskey Shakes
Summer packed up its things and hit the highway,
And all it left me with was a case of the greys:
Something endless cups of tea and bottles of whiskey won’t chase away

And you say, yeah you say you’ll never again
But when the day quiets down, that’s when you start to begin
And you start to forget, and you start to pretend
Until the morning, and the afternoon, then start it again.

It’s just a lie you tell to feel all right
That you’ll break so you can feel all right again

And I saw through the window of someone else’s life
A black crow attack a pigeon that it left there to die
And he fell to the street, and I fell to my knees
Because I think I know – oh yeah, I know just what it all means

Cos my old lady called me up, saying, “Please have a drink,
Or two, or five, or eight in the honor of me.
Cos I was given a thing that I don’t want to keep.”
And I said, “All right, Ma, but that ain’t a life I can lead,”

But it’s just a lie I tell to feel all right
That I’ll break so I can feel okay
It’s just a lie I tell to feel all right
That I’ll break so I can feel all right again

Summer packed up its things and hit the highway,
And all it left me with was a case of the greys:
Something endless cups of tea and bottles of whiskey won’t chase away
Track Name: Steel Reserve
You got a steel yard for a front yard
And a sign in the window asking God to be on your side
And the rail man says, “They don’t run here no more.
But there’s tracks under those weeds, if you look, if you try.”

And you know you’re close to the courthouse
When you see neon signs flashing, “Bail bonds sold here”
And I saw you under the shade of a rundown apartment building
You were taking your clothes to the laundromat, singing,

“La da da, la da da da da”

And I don’t know where you come from
And babe I sure as hell don’t know where you been,
But we can’t go back to the place that brought us here
There’s no way out, no way out. We’re singing,

“La da da, la da da da da”

And you can’t for something that ain’t comin
When you know that it’s not on its way
But we still march on, though it’s been oh! so long
Since we last had the taste of love on our lips
Singing…
Track Name: Strolling Into the Sunset
This town is dead:
There’s nowhere to go, there’s no one around
This scene is dead:
All the old venues are closing down

And I know…

I used to have something to say,
But it’s all gone away
But I guess that’s okay
I used to have something to say
But it’s all gone away
But that’s okay
Cos you won’t give me anywhere to play it anyway

This scene is dead:
All the old venues are closing down
This age is dead:
I can’t let it go, but I can’t turn around