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Recorded live at Open Books in Long Beach, CA on July 24th, 2007. This was the first time Chris and C.J. ever played together live, and the second time ever playing together at all.


released June 17, 2011

Chris Schlarb: guitar, gizmos
C.J. Boyd: bass guitar, harmonica

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Chris Schlarb.

Album concept and design by C.J. Boyd.
Photography by Dominique Hamilton.

C.J. and Chris would like to thank Shea Gauer, Open's hospitble proprietor.


As of 7/25/11, the books still available at C.J. Boyd shows (or through to accompany the music:

Oresteia - Aeschylus
Selected Poems - Anna Akhmatova
Endgame / Act Without Words - Samuel Beckett
Other Voices, Other Rooms - Truman Capote
Dialogues II - Gilles Deleuze & Claire Parnet
Experience And Education - John Dewey
Hard Times - Charles Dickens
Selected Poems - Rita Dove
Medea, Hippolytus, Alcestis, The Bacchae - Euripides
Absolom Absolom - William Faulkner

The Book of the Eskimos - Peter Freuchen
On Creativity and The Unconscious - Sigmund Freud
The Princess Bride - William Goldman
The Federalist Papers - Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
Buddhism - Bradley K. Hawkins
Introduction to Metaphysics - Martin Heidegger
The Old Man in the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
Theogony / Works and Days - Hesiod
How to Lie with Statistics - Darrell Huff
Selected Poems - Langston Hughes

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion - David Hume
Four Major Plays - Henrik Ibsen
The Turn of the Screw / Daisy Miller - Henry James
Pragmatism - William James
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
The Fox - D.H. Lawrence
The Sensuous Man - "M"
The Prince - Machiavelli
Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
The Iceman Cometh - Eugene O'Neil

Animal Farm - George Orwell
Timaeus / Critias - Plato
Values in a Universe of Chance - Charles S. Peirce
Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin
Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger
No Exit and Three Other Plays - Jean-Paul Satre
Pygmalion / My Fair Lady - George Bernard Shaw / Alan Jay Lerner
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Antigone - Sophocles
The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington

The Wisdom of Insecurity - Alan W. Watts
A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
The Blue and Brown Books - Ludwig Wittgenstein
On Belief - Slavoj Žižek


These books have already been purchased, and are therefore no longer available (last updated 7/9/12):

1. Simulacra & Simulation - Jean Baudrillard
2. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide... - Ntozake Shange
3. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
4. Mutant Message Down Under - Marlo Morgan
5. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
6. Walden / Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau
7. The Inferno - Dante (Robert Pinsky, trans.)
8. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
9. Caligula and Other Plays - Albert Camus
10. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
11. Birth of Tragedy / The Case of Wagner - Friedrich Nietzsche
12. Manifest Der Kommunistischen Partei - Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
13. The Voice of the Master - Kahlil Gibran
14. The American Way of Death - Jessica Mitford
15. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley




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