The 65 Cent Dinner

by The Caribbean

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    Edition of 500 singles pressed on black vinyl at the legendary MusiCol studio in Columbus, Ohio. Covers printed by Igloo Letterpress in Worthington, Ohio.

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Washington DC’s The Caribbean has been making experimental pop music since 1999. Their latest album for Hometapes, “Discontinued Perfume,” was praised by Pitchfork, Pop Matters, The Washington Post, Blurt and Magnet. Their music is often described as subtle, crafty, shadowy, cynical, beautiful, observational, oblique and surreal.

For those who haven’t heard them before, “The 65 Cent Dinner” is the perfect introduction to the world of The Caribbean. The sonic details are all here: the hushed vocals, spacey keyboards, deep bass, glitchy loops and catchy chord progressions. The song describes a person “caught at the intersection of euphoric good fortune and dark emptiness,” according to singer Michael Kentoff. The lyrics are a cryptic storytale, and inspired in part by the writings of the poet Weldon Kees (who disappeared in 1955; his abandoned Plymouth Savoy was found with keys in the ignition on Golden Gate Bridge).

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released October 25, 2011

Recorded and Mixed at The National Crayon Museum, 2009-11.
Mastered by TW Walsh, 2011

The Caribbean are, in order of appearance, Dave Jones, Michael Kentoff, Matthew Byars, Tony Dennison, and Don Campbell.
Thanks to Nick Butcher for tape, twig, and leaf loops on "The 65 Cent Dinner."
Songs by The Caribbean -- You Have That Lost Look Again, ASCAP © 2011
www.thecaribbeanisaband.com

The Caribbean and Nick Butcher courtesy of Hometapes (www.home-tapes.com).

Dedicated to Weldon Kees (1914-1955*)

* Probably 1955: his Plymouth Savoy was found abandoned with the keys in the ignition on Golden Gate Bridge, July 19, 1955, and he was never seen again.

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Track Name: The 65 Cent Dinner
Overlander Park
In ordinary dark
I was saved by Man
Introduced me to his helpful staff
I forget this, nearly made me laugh
“You should chill inside this photograph.”

No sooner had I heard
His prepossessing word
I was handed keys
“Take my Audi, there’s a shortcut there
Blast the AC, listen: I don’t care
Sixty-six, one-forty-six Belair.”

“The 65¢ dinner’s a song of the past,”
It read over the mantle at the head of the room.
There was once a great poet over the open vast
Expanse of aqua blue who
Couldn’t resist its sweet call

He said “I’m running for
Zone 8 Solicitor.”
I said, “Great for you.”
He steered me toward the panoramic view.
“You see The City, Michael, I see you.”
Then he turned and motioned “Send him through.”

“The 65¢ dinner’s a song of the past,”
He said over the quiet din of the signing of forms
Then he passed me off to an underling half my age
I knew – no matter what I
Couldn’t resist the sweet call
Track Name: Tonight, It's Over
It's obvious, part of the sound's
Just interference
I won't hear fanciful talk
Of a dying Cosmonaut
Now close your eyes
Concentrate on my voice, please
We can get you out
Here's the code: it's always
Overcast and grey
Then I go: always been that way
You say: by design

Tonight, it's over
We'll rip out all the wires!
They'll never know your away

It's natural:
Part of your pain's
From holding out for so long
Rather than taking a break
You've been in non-stop motion
But so is everyday
All of it fast and unfriendly
We can get you out
Here's the code: it's always
Overcast and grey
Then I go: always been that way
You say: by design