Alex Minoff

by Alex Minoff

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released 23 October 2012

Recorded by Robert Carranza at Glenwood Sound, Burbank, CA
and by Nikhil Ranade at Upstairs, Arlington, VA.
Additional recording done around Washington, DC.
Mixed by Jonathan Kreinik at Boombox Magnetica.
Mastered by Burleigh Seaver at Home Run Studio.
Jon Theodore: Drums and Percussion
Valeri Georgiev: Kaval on Secrets
Alizée De Pin: Vocals on Might As Well and Sang Froid
Bryndyn Weiner: Tapan on Go Home
Varol Saatcioglu: Gaida on Bitola
Photography/Design: Matt Batista
All words and music written by Alex Minoff, except Sang Froid - words by Alex Minoff and Alizée De Pin.
Thanks to Matt Baker and Action Music, Dani Yanich, Larry Wiener, and all the musicians and technicians.
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Alex Minoff Belém, Brazil

A veteran of numerous, beloved indie bands, Alex breaks out with his first solo release. While sonically echoing past projects, this record finds Alex going in a new, more pop direction, deftly synthesizing the musical and lyrical witticisms of Edwyn Collins, Lee Hazlewood, Del Shannon and Serge Gainsbourg. Here, Alex is joined by a bevy of guests, including incomparable drummer, Jon Theodore. ... more

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Track Name: Two Things
Baby I'm so deep inside my mind
You and I are just parallel lines
We can watch the same stars sparkle forever
Side by side, but never together

But I only ever loved two things
And both of them are you

Baby I can't reach you on the phone
And your mother tells me your never at home
Last night I saw you on my TV
But you wouldn't even look at me

And I only ever loved two things
And both of them are you

Suddenly I'm my own best friend
The only one I can talk to
Though I'd rather live through winter again
Than meet someone new like I ought to

I've heard all of the reasons
And all the reasons are lies
She's the best of all seasons
She's got the springtime in her eyes

Baby I'm so deep inside my mind
Where everything is happening all of the time
And no one tells me what to do
And no one tells me to forget about you

Cuz I only ever loved two things
Yeah I only ever loved two things
And both of them are you
Track Name: Hard Labour
Oh to live my life completely unaware
Would be a pleasure more beautiful than blue
Instead I have to pretend like I don't care
About my shirt or my shoes
Ugly people, there's a lot of them
And I haven't got the luxury of the bomb
So all that's left is to live my life
Like a painting or a song

Live my life like a painting
Live my life like a song
Live my life like I know what's going on

What's the use in this mindless nostalgia
Cuz I was there the first time around
And second chances are hard to find
At least that's what I've found
And I never asked for this form of hard labour
To be creative and have no ideas
Like Greta Garbo with none of the talent
And all of the tears

But I'd give my life for a painting
I'd give my life for a song
I'd give my life just to know what's going on

Last night I ran into Clark Gable
As usual, he was looking real smart
Before I asked him about Carole Lombard
He stopped me and lit a cigar
He said, "You'll never make everyone happy
And life is just playing a part
And if you want to be a man like me
You gotta treat your life like it's art."

He said, "Live your life like a painting
Live your life like a song
Live your life like you know what's going on
And you will never be wrong."
Track Name: Secrets
Tell me all your secrets and I'll tell you mine
I haven't anything to hide
I only want to see the light behind your eyes

Forget about the future between me and you
Making up is hard to do
You'll only end up waiting for the day we're through

We'll go to the movies
We'll go to the beach all right
But when the credits roll
We'll let each other go into the night

They say the good die young but, baby, we're still here
You shouldn't have to shed a tear
Just put your hand in mine and our pasts will disappear

We'll go to the movies
We'll go to the beach all right
But when the sun goes down
We'll let each other drown into the night
Track Name: We Did It All
We did it all, we did it all
Like no one before
We did it all, we did it all
Now you don't need me anymore

I know you think you're wild and slick
And that your good looks are only rivaled by your wit
But you're making me crazy, you're making me sick
I need to spend some time alone and get a grip

We did it all, we did it all
Remember how good it was?
We did it all, we did it all
Or am I the only one who does?

Now I'm just another fool at best
Trying to make the most out of the least, or less
Gotta find something to fill this space in my chest
Or maybe this is just as good as it gets

We did it all, we did it all
And now our time is past
We did it all, we did it all
A love like ours can never last

When I think of all the things I missed
The songs I've never sung and the girls I've never kissed
And you're still on stage, you can't resist
But I'll be in the front row to boo and hiss
I'm wearing new clothes, listening to music
If you call me on the phone all you're gonna hear's a click
I'm dying to stay home, I'm dying to take a trip
I'm dying to drop bananas on the floor and watch you slip
Track Name: Might As Well
You go out with a new guy every night
And act like it's OK
You crashed a Maserati, that ain't right
You shrugged and walked away
When you see my friends, you're impolite
They remind me every day
And you'll never watch a movie that's black and white
Well I don't feel that way

If you want to make fun of me, that's fine
You might as well
Cuz you're the only thing that's on my mind
Even though I tell myself
That I never ever want to fall in love again
Especially with someone like you
No, I never never want to fall in love again
But what else can I do?

If you ever skipped a party it'd be your first
You'd stomp your feet and cry
And your moods are always changing from bad to worse
You're dishonest and you lie
When you go back home, you drive a hearse
Even though nobody's died
And the way you choose your clothing is so perverse
That I just don't know why

I absolutely need to see you tonight
I might as well
Cuz you're the only thing that feels this right
Even though I told myself
That I never ever want to fall in love again
Especially with someone like you
No I never ever want to fall in love again
But what else can I do?

No I never ever want to fall in love again
Especially with someone like you
Yeah I never ever want to fall in love again
but what else can I do?
Track Name: Go Home
I like blue
And I like shoes
I like a well-dressed woman
With no tattoos
I like a Rohmer film and an ice cold beer
Have no fear
I'm a simple man
What about you?

I like basketball
And Claude Chabrol
And by most calculations
I'm considered tall
I have a nice TV but an average career
Let me be clear
I'm a simple man
Give me a call

They say an artist is never poor
So why am I in so much debt?
And though it's just another Saturday night
I don't wanna go home yet
No, I don't wanna go home yet
Why am I in so much debt?
I don't wanna go home

I've been to England
And I've been to France
I even went to Kenya
When I had the chance
I'll go anywhere but if you want me near
I'll stay right here
I'm a simple man
Do you wanna dance?

Am I just another lonely guy,
A has-been who never was?
I just need a little love in my life
Cuz lonely is as lonely does
Lonely is as lonely does
A has-been who never was
I don't wanna go home

You know I've never ever been in a fight
I rarely ever get upset
But it's just another Saturday night
And I don't wanna go home yet
Track Name: I'm So Bored With You
Ooh, I'm so bored with you
Ooh, I'm so bored with you
There was a time when everything between us was cool
Your sort of depression never left me blue
But I gotta move on now cuz talk is all you do
Ooh, I'm so bored with you
You plan for a future where all of your dreams will come true
But there's more to arriving than just wanting to
And you go on and on as if you were still at school
Ooh, I'm so bored with you

Listen to the words I say to you
The world needs listeners, too

There was a time when everything between us was cool
Well whatever happened to the Golden Rule?
I guess you've moved on now and although it may sound cruel
Ooh, I'm so bored with you

Listen to the words I say to you
I'm so bored with you

Ooh, I'm so bored with you
Track Name: Sang Froid
C'est une jolie maison rouge
Une aimable petite pension
Pas de portes, pas de cloisons
Je vais m'étendre sur la pelouse

Pour partir
pour partir plus loin
partir plus loin de toi
Adieu

C'est un endroit de passage
Une capitale de la nation
Pas de portes, pas de cloisons
Un départ sans mes baggages

C'est une jolie plage ensoleillée
Loin de tous les bastions
Pas de portes, pas de cloisons
L'ancre est déjà levée

C'est une jolie lune noire
Ou il n'y pas de population
Pas de portes, pas de cloisons
Sans jamais être trop loin
Track Name: Bitola
There's a place that I've seen
Full of beautiful things
And its name is Bitola
There's music in the park
And films after dark
And I think about things

The breeze blows her hair
As she walks through the square
In the heart of Bitola
At an empty cafe
She's so faraway
She doesn't even know I'm there

Could her eyes reveal
What poets conceal
In my dreams of Bitola
Her memory is never dead
As I lie awake in bed
It happened yet it's unreal
Track Name: If You Want It, You Want It
Why do you cry
When you're trying to get what you want
Cuz I can't deny
What you want if it makes you feel alive

But it's taking all my time
And it's mixing up my mind
Unfortunately it will never be 1963 again

The limit's the sky
Cuz you're far too beautiful to deprive
And if you want it, you want it
Hey, that's fine

Why do you lie
When you could get away with more insidious crimes
Like mine
And still appear to the naked eye, divine

But you're wasting all your time
And it tears me up inside
Unfortunately it will never be 1963 again

Taking me for a ride
With a shameless sense of pride as your guide
And if you want it, you want it
Hey, that's fine

Blistering sunsets in Timbuktu
Snow-capped relations in Kathmandu
Patiently waiting for me and you
And all you'll ever love is all you'll ever do
It's all you'll ever do

The world's in your eyes
It's so easy to idealize
But if you want it, you want it
Hey, that's fine

But unfortunately it will never be 1963 again