Vladimir and the Curiosity Shoppe

by Band Practice/Party

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1.
Picture Yourself (free) 03:05
Picture yourself one day you’re married With a home and job and family And children running around White picket fence and Reader’s Digest A Sunday Mass to feel blessed In this familiar town All those things I knew so well, All those things I lived back then I miss those simple, carefree days, Will I live them through again? Picture yourself one day you’re driving Screaming kids on the highway On the way out of state Not quite the trip that Kerouac spoke of But you’ve got to take good care of The things you wanted so much All those things I knew so well, All those things I lived back then I miss those simple, carefree days, Will I live them through again? Picture yourself one day you’re happy With a grand piano that will Sit for seventy years A portrait of Mum and Dad and Junior Still looks young and rosy On his wedding day All those things they knew so well, All those things they lived back then I miss those simple, carefree days, Will I live them through again? Out on the porch there you’ll be strumming A vintage Hohner acoustic You picked up long ago That you were playing since you were twenty Songs of hope and of promise Remember them with a smile Remember them with a smile Remember them with a smile
2.
Twenty-Five (free) 03:14
Twenty-five, or two and five Spelled with two prime numbers Twenty-five, or five times five And sum of two square numbers Twenty-five, la la la Five more than a full score If you count by fountain pen Count five groups of tallies Suddenly I found myself beginning to sit still Suddenly I found that I was picking up the bill Yet my scribbles from so long ago still send me chills Still send me chills Twenty-five is silver, please When it's my anniversary Twenty-five is manganese If you're into chemistry Twenty-five is a quarter of The big old sum one hundred Twenty-five is the quarter coin The head of our first president Dusting off my old Nintendo really made me feel Like those days I weren't in charge of making any deals They assure me, son, you ain't seen half of what is fun They say I'm still young Twenty-five golden rings On five lucky hands they fit And every year, many like This day in December
3.
Dead Parents (free) 03:55
I met you the day that both your parents had died You leaned into me and told me that you’d never cry That all that you’d ever needed you had inside I am to admit, I certainly sounded like lies (Chorus) All I needed to know And all I had left to show Was the look in your eyes The dream in your mind And I wanted to be And I wanted to see All you could be All that you are Wanted you more Than I know you are You are the heart You are the land The only girl That I could stand I was lonely, on my own You’re the only, one I phoned Deep in my heart I was calling out for your love So I wandered the streets until I had had enough. (Chorus) You’re the one that got this right All we have is one more night You and me and the out of sight All we have is one more night To get it right. You were always, on your own But when I called up, no one’s home Nobody loves you like I said that I would Nobody loves like that, nobody could. (Chorus)
4.
My Kind Idea (free) 03:27
As we walk into a room of freezing cold You laugh and say hello my friend My fear my kind idea And I brew a kettle drumming tea for you Yellow foggy silver blue I feel its sweet appeal And you in the armchair all alone Ooh, tell me something about the past decade Of blue and the monochrome tube We can swing and rock till We both have had our fill Of time and of space and of fun But we know we will never be done The nightclubs and bars and disco lights Ooh, don’t compel us As much as our habit of Staying up talking all night As I fell into your arms Fallen out of harm The charm of a dream of mixed rhymes And the fancied invention of lines Later on, the sun is in the room again Chased away the moon again The mirror is frosty dear In a daze, gentle wind a warm embrace And everything is in its place So near come for me here The Sunday review is on the lawn Ooh, we should go out, see what it’s all about The bricks in the old custom house We can stop and wonder In front of a window of a shop That is closed for the day And the sights that we’ll see on the way
5.
Marcher (free) 03:05
Drawn together young embraces Sat like loveless seeds who perish You remember, May, when we were young Found us in the cool November sun I sensed something looming towards me Vaguely, just beyond my arm’s reach Oh, won’t you watch with me? Oh, won’t you watch with me? I drift like a ghost through a fate that I keep holding on Long nights we stayed up in sentry Gazing, playing, side by side we Saw the joy that passion could have brought Lost the joy that passion would have sought May, now I feel you, my tears fall in vain on your tomb
6.
Sylvia (free) 03:41
Smile, Sylvia I don’t know when I’ll love again But smile as you fly around the planet smile As you count another year Smile, Sylvia The books I’ve read will come again Alive, curious and waiting to be Know your letters A to Z Baby Life, Sylvia Won’t be so bad, won’t be so sad Life if you stop and play in the middle of strife If you sing a song when something’s awry Sing If they hurt you no matter how they try If they push you there’s no need to comply Turn the world upside down And then you’ve found it Go to sleep and Smile, Sylvia I don’t know when I’ll love again But smile as you fly around the planet smile As you count another year Smile, baby, smile
7.
Frankenstein (free) 03:13
A wintry day of dismal rain, Falala, it falls against The window panes, the withered stains, Tralala, the spark of feeling anew! I have been waiting all this time to make you mine, I have been waiting all this time. So young and fine, sublime, divine Are the words I’d use to tell About my pride, synthetic bride-- Weialala, a portrait of my mind! I have been waiting all this time to make your face come alive, I have been waiting all this time as time goes by. Everyday I live to bring me closer to you, And through the window nature looks so heavenly, But nothing compares to the beauty of my dream. I have been waiting (all this time) I have been waiting (all this time) I have been waiting all this time. (I have been waiting.) I have been waiting (all this time) I have been waiting (all this time), I have been waiting all this time to make you mine.
8.
The Drifter (free) 04:25
The night I wasn't home I was a little stoned I was tripping out to the beat of a disco Whatever happened next I bet it was complex I woke up in the heart of San Francisco With me and you and everyone we know From all of the places we've found All the smiles and eyes and sparks from long ago They spun like a merry-go-round I walked along the shore I walked along some more I found it hard to talk and hard to swallow With me and you, and people I don't know We played on this big haunted ground All the smiles and eyes and sparks from long ago They spun like a merry-go-round Yodel lay ee ooh Yodel lay ee ooh Yodel lay ee ooh Yodel lay ee ooh Yodel lay ee ooh Yodel lay ee ooh So then I reached the park As it was getting dark I was introduced to a stomach in peril My senses came to light As the world sank out of sight I found my rented home in a street oh-so-narrow Oh me and you and everyone we know Flew out of the old lost and found All the smiles and eyes and sparks from long ago They spun like a merry-go-round Yodel lay ee ooh Yodel lay ee ooh Yodel lay ee ooh Yodel lay, yodel lay ee ooh Yodel lay ee, yodel lay ee ooh Yodel lay ee, yodel lay ee ooh
9.
Silver (free) 02:11
Oh love affair, sweet love affair Oh what a pretty holiday Oh caramel, sweet caramel Chocolate and taffy apples The antique shop with silver things And figurines who dance and sing We’ll look into their globe so clear And feel we’ve gone back twenty years Oh love affair, sweet love affair Let’s go and ride the Ferris wheel! High, little ones, low, little ones Look at the tiny people The tracks and gears, and ramps and beams Are all my childhood plans and schemes The strange contraption on the walk Fascinates the old and young The clock strikes nine and from the poles The bubbles fall as if they’re snow We’ll watch the lights light up the town And then we’ll skate beneath the palms Oh love affair, sweet love affair Oh what a pretty holiday Oh caramel, sweet caramel A tall caffe macchiato

about

Band Practice/Party is a shabby and chic acoustic rock band from Oakland with a predilection for playing in the out of doors: accordion, banjos, bicycle bells, guitars, mandolins, recorder, shaker eggs, sleigh bells, trumpets, ukuleles, violin, &c. Vladimir and the Curiosity Shoppe is a collection of our original songs.

We would like to express our support to the Oakland arts community following the Ghost Ship fire. Please consider donating to the Oakland Fire Relief Fund (www.youcaring.com/firevictimsofoaklandfiredec232016-706684).

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released January 27, 2017

This album features the following voices and musicians: Lisa, Steven, Russ, Ciana, Molly, Vijay, Devin, Hilary, Maya, & Kate

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