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ENCORE. or, an incomplete and contradictory history of jaylen hotdogfingers, her trials and tribulations

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violet_rain3 A great album that manages to tell a story with some absolute bangers! Lots of really emotional tracks that stick the landing. The instrumentation of rogue ump is so hauntingly beautiful accompanied with perfect lyrics. An additional shoutout to get normal, hurt people and mike townsend (knows what he's gotta do) Favorite track: rogue ump.
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Edward Hyena Redemption in one song, and this is a great metaphor for pushing yourself to do something that needs to be done, no matter how hard. Favorite track: mike townsend (knows what he's gotta do).
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remi_wolf it's such a weird melancholy sound that hits in such a way that i feel like everything that makes me *me* is scraped out and raw and it's just. it feels like a hymn to a god you have no choice but to worship. Favorite track: rogue ump.
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    Cassette + Digital Album

    a 31-minute cassette tape of ENCORE. or, an incomplete and contradictory history of jaylen hotdogfingers, her trials and tribulations. transparent blue shell in a cardboard o-case.

    SIDE A
    jaylen (do anything)
    mike townsend (knows what he's gotta do)
    lose you
    new sparks for old friends
    ablaze

    SIDE B
    rogue ump
    into the shadows
    never forget number 46
    hurt people
    get normal

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    font "compagnon" from the Velvetyne Type Foundry, by Chloé Lozano, Juliette Duhé. Léa Pradine, Sébastien Riollier and Valentin Papon

    Includes unlimited streaming of ENCORE. or, an incomplete and contradictory history of jaylen hotdogfingers, her trials and tribulations via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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1.
jaylen i don't want to lose you i'd do anything to get you back i'd do anything to get you back jaylen i don't want to lose you i'd do anything to get you back i'd do anything to get you back
2.
mike townsend has to get out of bed mike townsend's got the voice in his head and he can't remove the heavy feeling and it persists through the morning commute he's running late, so he texts "i'm en route" but he can't remove the heavy feeling and it's the coffee with one sugar but he wonders where they took her and the radio comes on and he cannot help but to hear "they found a way to get her from the shadows, but we need someone to go to where the map shows" mike townsend knows what he's gotta do "if you need respect, then you might just earn some, it's a journey you might not return from" mike townsend knows what he's gotta do the radio's blasting and he's singing along mike townsend hears his favourite song but he can't remove the heavy feeling the static hits when he's nearly there the null mixing with the waves in the air and he can't remove the heavy feeling he downs the coffee with one sugar and still he wonders where they took her and the radio comes on and he cannot help but to hear his hand is hovering at the gate now, and he's trying to think of a way out, but he closes his eyes and talks to himself in his head "they found a way to get her from the shadows, but they need someone to go to where the map shows, i'm mike townsend, and i know what to do. i need respect, and i just might earn some it's a journey i might not return from, i'm mike townsend, and i know what to do. there's a chance that this is the end, but i know i have to do it if it saves my friend, i'm mike townsend, and i know what to do. i can feel my spirit is leaving me, but i get power from the team, cause they believe in me, i'm mike townsend, and i know what to do, i'm a disappointment, i'm a credit to the team, there's a coldness in my blood, and i know what that means, i'm mike townsend, and i know what to do,
3.
rogue ump 02:43
monday morning i arrive three hours early to see the sky before the moon obscures the sun before the players think they've won i take position four steps back from the home plate i am the cross-section between this mortal plane and its fate for unknown reasons, Jaylen burned in the first season, the Great Return the book forbidden, open wide the gods had spoken, Jaylen died when the meeting of the council had adjourned we thanked the gods for we knew the commissioner had done his job then five seasons came and went not a worry, no undead the sky grows dark and we decide who will live and who will die but when Hotdogfingers appeared atop the mound, cheating fate i took a secret vow to ensure their debt is paid and so, i wait and now the players arrive at last and i am grinning behind my mask for i see darkness coming forth and i know balance will be restored
4.
lose you 04:06
we almost made it to the end of the season without our curse comin to bite us in our rear end day 95 had come and gone and we were coastin but then boyfriend was collected by the void ocean and jaylen cried because she knew there was now a fine for our team too and she said tot clark oh tot clark i don’t wanna lose you i don’t wanna lose you oh tot clark oh tot clark this shouldn’t be on you i don’t wanna lose you things managed to turn out fine for our boy in wraps we made it to the semifinals and we felt on track but five hit batters on the wings left us nervous we watched in horror as mike wheeler became a furnace as ashes drifted onto his cheek malik’s fur stood on its end as jaylen screamed and she wailed cat boy oh cat boy i don’t wanna lose you i don’t wanna lose you oh cat boy oh cat boy this shouldn’t be on you i don’t wanna lose you and the fans wailed out we don’t know how much more that we can take but they don’t know nothin bout the depths to which someone can go through pain cause she still steps up and tries her best while her undead heart breaks inside her chest and she says tot clark oh tot clark i don’t wanna lose you i don’t wanna lose you oh cat boy oh cat boy i don’t wanna lose you i don’t wanna lose you i’m sorry everybody this shouldn’t be on you i don’t wanna lose you i’m sorry i’m so sorry i don’t wanna lose you i don’t wanna lose you
5.
A thousand miles down and a thousand to go In this place that she now calls a home Ripped away from her friends when she was meant to ascend With her lungs full of ash and just burnmarks to show Taking one for the team Has never cut so deep But now she's back on the field Sparks dance round her eyes She's ready to pay the price Making the most of her borrowed time There she goes again, with that flickering smile The unstable ace, steady toeing the line Now she's back with her friends, bound to them til the end With Mikeyboy in her heart and pitches to throw She's checking her pulse for the last time tonight Walks up to the mound, sees the fear in their eyes Spins the ball in her hand, ready to make this right The debt must be paid, for her team and for Mike Taking one for the team Has never cut so deep But now she's back on the field Sparks dance round her eyes She's ready to pay the price Making the most of her borrowed time
6.
When we left the void I must admit I was overjoyed Jaylen had returned with us We just assumed it was worth the fuss But as I looked on A funny feeling began to dawn Maybe she had come back wrong And maybe this isn't where I belong Forever in her shadow I guess it's my time to go I mean, What else can you do When all your best friends look right through you Forever in her shadow I guess it's my time to go I mean, What else can you do When all your best friends look through you
7.
I left all of you several season ago Did you even really know me back then And now that I'm back I've got bills to pay Is this what you wanted is this what you wanted Everything is different but i can see it in your eyes You can’t see you’re blinded by those mottos that you live by "Hold on to the past Keep your darlings safe inside Just keep on looking back Remember you’re here forever Everything's safe When nothing can change Don't hit refresh Why don’t you just press replay."
8.
ablaze 04:49
The Talkers look up at their sun Rather, what sun is still visible It's a dark day here, and they know it won't stop for anything And as the Tigers walk up to the field With two of them struck by a payment of some sort They won't have any words for an "are you okay?" Though they know what their answer will be The game has begun And the cheering and chanting falls on deaf ears Maybe one of them has scored by this point But that moment's been lost on them The numbers don't matter now All that matters is leaving The dread sinks in even deeper There was never any going back It strikes them all at once As their captain flickers in the moment A voice is heard in a distant flash of lightning And it's even more strained than before The spirit of Violence has followed them all the way to here He knows what's about to happen And he's telling them to wake up But the Gods have already sent down their angels And their eyes glow white as they descend These monsters have found a new purpose And it's to prey on instability A force of nature beyond comprehension has taken over this game The brightest light on the darkest day There's no fighting it now
9.
hurt people 02:50
ctrl and z together until my keyboard breaks in half i say "sorry" to the people who are looking at the graphs over and over, and then all over again i copy-paste apologies, til i lose all my friends it's not my fault it's not my fault i just hurt people i hurt i just hurt people i hurt i want them to stop staring when i walk out on the field i wonder if this lesion is ever going to heal but there's stuff i gotta do, they yell at me for more if he gave it up for nothing, then nothing's what it's for it's not my fault it's not my fault i just hurt people i hurt i just hurt people i hurt
10.
get normal 04:16
take a moment and raise your glass i try to shake it but the feeling won't pass i can't get up again no matter how i try the bigger the loss, the harder the sting it's hard to feel like you've lost everything i can't get up again no matter how i try can we get back to normal? can we get normal after this? it feels like my world is crumbling it feels like the world is crumbling down can we get back to normal? can we get normal after this? it feels like my world is crumbling it feels like the world is crumbling down i'm feeling held back when i want to move on i can hear mike townsend's favorite song i can't get up again no matter how i try when you carried all of us and then you lost it all then how can i even lift the ball? i can't get up again no matter how i try can we get back to normal? can we get normal after this? it feels like my world is crumbling it feels like the world is crumbling down can we get back to normal? can we get normal after this? it feels like my world is crumbling it feels like the world is crumbling down if we can't get to normal if there's no normal after this how are we to keep going? how are we to keep going? if we can't get to normal if there's no normal after this how are we to keep going? how are we to keep going?

credits

released September 25, 2020

jaylen (do anything) & mike townsend (knows what he's gotta do) by rain (rainrain.bandcamp.com)
rogue ump by slothfella (slothfella.bandcamp.com)
lose you by zack.ry (@zackleston, zackry.bandcamp.com)
new sparks for old friends by zandterbird (@zandterbird)
into the shadows by tegan eden (@TeganEden | teganeden.bandcamp.com )
never forget number 46 by june september (juneseptember.bandcamp.com)
ablaze by azuretone (azuret.bandcamp.com)
hurt people & get normal by rain (rainrain.bandcamp.com)

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font "compagnon" from the Velvetyne Type Foundry, by Chloé Lozano, Juliette Duhé. Léa Pradine, Sébastien Riollier and Valentin Papon

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