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14 songs. All KILLER! + these quotes:

'Your new album is one of your best and a wonderful addition in a long continuum of a uniquely fascinating musical career. Terrific band as always and you keep maturing as a songwriter. You are the rare musician who follows his own muse and in turn takes us to unexplored emotional territories in song. You are an inspiration to all true musicians who must create in order to sustain their very being. Your purity, daring and vision elevate you to the refined air with other musical gods.'
- Oedipus

'Whoa! Another phenomenal heartcheck!
Once vowing to never work with a band anymore, we, the avid fanbase, can only thank our lucky stars that Mr. Rick Berlin was seduced by the karaoke glory & musical brew of The Nickel & Dime Band. Like barflies & best buddies, this album is a match made in heaven (well if not, at least your favorite neighborhood bar). Every single song will nail you to the wall, from the musical simplicity of the arrangements which somersault over and through your ears & mind, to the phenomenal reality of each theme & context that songwriter Rick chooses to pursue. Absolutely perfect that at this latter stage of his life, he has chosen a perfect vehicle to amplify, to illuminate, and to enliven the long dark journey unto........tomorrow. We'll be groovin' right along with him!! This is an incredibly enjoyable collection of songs - a stunning victory for the zeitgeist. Bravo!!!'
- Mr Curt

'Dude N+D is the best band in the hood right now. You guys erupt. Someone told me the I'm a slut vid "Stopped Traffic"...?'
- Morgan Shaker (Whitehaus)

" The Nickel & Dime Band has more gravitational pull than the Earth"
- TJ Wenzel (The Temple)



"A great party in the best sense of the word"   
- Adam Sankowski (The Grown Up Noise)



"They CRUSH it live!"
- Brandon Beaver (Buried Beds)



"Ya know what? They have soul. True soul"
- Patricia Sheehan (Burke Distro)

"Berlin is the consumate front man"
- Scott McMicken (Dr. Dog)

'Thank you so much, Rick Berlin, for just fucking existing. You are so awesome. You are a fucking inspiration and always will be'
- Amanda Palmer

'You guys opened up a new passage in here (points to his heart)'
- Caleb Hannon (14 years old)

'I think everyone wishes they had your guts, Rick. You are one in infinity'
- JoanAsPoliceWoman

ink:

“In another world, far, far away, Rick Berlin will get million-dollar produc- tion from Lee Townsend, Larry Klein, or T Bone Burnett. Stephin Merritt will reject him as an opener on his tour because he feels threat- ened. All the same, Berlin will take his place among the pantheon of American singer-songwriters, along with Merritt, Randy Newman, and Tom Waits.” -Jon Garelick, The Boston Phoenix

“Rick Berlin doesn’t make records. He makes movies. I called his last one a mas- terpiece, and ‘Paper Airplane’ pretty much dwarfs it.” -Joe Coughlin, The Noise

“Rick Berlin is a giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting and strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s, when
his innovative band Orchestra Luna was on Epic Records and harnessed a potent blend of theater and music years before the Tubes. Throughout the decades and the shifting fortunes of the business Rick has continued to make music with intelligence and integrity, building an international rep- utation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwrit- ing that’s drawn favorable comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits and Leonard Co- hen - although Rick rocks more than both. His most recent band, the Shelley Winters Project, recently split after two terrific CDs, but Rick’s still busy creating. He recently (2004) completed a new solo album, Me & Van Gogh, at Hi-N-Dry Studio with Billy Conway (Morphine) producing. He fol- lowed this (2006) with Old Stag (2008) - solo piano plus string quartet (arranged by Brendan Cooney who writes string parts for Buried Beds and Dr. Dog). Then Paper Airplane (2010) produced by Rick and Dennis Brennan. Always On Insane (2012) is with a full, intense 8-piece band.” -Ted Drozkowski, The Boston Phoenix

“Rick Berlin’s one of only a very small handful of people who would dare to even attempt this kind of music and then have the mystifying chops to pull it off all-around.” -Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

credits

released 04 July 2012
cast:

rick mclean (guit, vox)
tom appleman (bass, keys, vox)
rob manochio (guit, bass)
al radzikowski (kit, vox)
jesse adams-lukowsky (guit)
sammy dudley (trombone, vox)
dino govoni (sax)
rick berlin (vox, keys on 'as long...')

recorded at:
dimension sound (jamaica plain, ma)

joe stewart (engineer)
rick berlin (producer)
the nickel & dime band (arrangements)
bob weston (Chicago Mastering Service)
all songs by rick berlin (lobsterland music, ascap)
copyright 2010
the whitehaus familly record (label)

adam wells (gonzo photographer)
nick kent (design)

special thanks:
carol bednarz (benfactor)
all friends & fans (especially those who pledged our kickstarter campaign)

web:
rickberlin.com
nickelanddimeband.com
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nickel-and-Dime-Band/328477860457?ref=ts

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Rick Berlin (now playing w/ THE NICKEL & DIME BAND) Jamaica Plain

A giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting + strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s. He continues to make music w/ intelligence + integrity, building an international reputation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwriting that's drawn comparisons to Waits + Cohen ... more

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Track Name: (I'm A) SLUT
SLUT

Im a slut
Im a ho
I’ll be anything
you want
Im a slut
Im a ho
all ya gotta
is want me

Im a slut
Im a ho
I’ll be anyone
ya lookin for
+ I’ll listen
+ I’ll laugh
I am yr pornographic
piece of ass

Im a priest
a politician
Im a rock star
Im a fag
Im a ceo
Im a newsman
Im yr Mommy/Daddy
Im a bear

Im a slut
Im a ho
I am woman
+ so much more

+ I’ll listen
+ I’ll laugh
I am yr pornographic
piece of ass

Im a slut
Im a ho
all ya gotta do is want me
Track Name: NO ONE CAN BE EVERYTHING
No One Can Be Everything

no one
can be everything

when ya think ya found the answer
in just one lover's eyes
the joke is on both o' you, babe
out the window
your truth will fly

no one
can be everything

cuz the buddha is inside you
his reflection is what you see
another life another friend is just a
hit song fantasy

no religion, no doctor
no bullets in a war
no best friend, no college
no candy in the store
we just fall in love
trip wire in the dark
an echo, a laugh
a touch, a face
a shiver, a spark

no religion, no doctor
no bullets in a war
no best friend, no college
no candy in the store

when ya fall in love
you make up everything

no one can be everything
Track Name: HILARY (Galway Girl)
Hilary (Galway Girl)

oo oo (she's just a galway girl)

hi hi hi hilary
hi hi hi hilary

well she graduate
from art school
n cooks on
centre st
n she kick ass at darts
she always say hi
when ya see her at the bar
n she laugh a lot
but she real smart

hi hi hi hilary
hi hi hi hilary

her hair change color
every single week
n she call ya when
ya have a bad day
she act like a sister
but she more than that
she a hugger
n she ok

hi hi hi hilary
hi hi hi hilary
Track Name: KARAOKE (for Karaoke Samurai - MARK)
KARAOKE

it's just the musician in me

my heart
is at the centre
of the songs
i sing
my day job
takes a back seat
karaoke, karaoke
is my thing

it's just the musician in me

ya can be ugly
ya can be hot
ya don' need t carry
a tune
when yr up there
with a microphone
oh baby, karaoke

it's just the musician in me

climb any tower
ford any stream
you can be when you close your eyes
anyone, anyone ya want t be

it's big in japan
it's big in pakistan
everybody feel like a rock star baby
karaoke
karaoke

it's just the musician in me
Track Name: I LOVE YOU IN THE RAIN
i love you in the rain

i love you in the rain
when you r soaking wet
take off yr clothes
lay back on my bed

oh...

i love you in the sunshine
w the river at yr back
let's go in the water
+ i will kiss yr neck

oh...

i love you most at night
when you come over late
the air is soft as cobwebs
+ my big room is safe

oh...

the older i get the less i know
but one thing i learn
is when it's time t go

mm...

(i love you in the silence
when you r not around
filling up that empty space
that makes me smile in a crowd)
Track Name: 7' WOMAN
7 foot woman

i was at a party
upstairs in a house
music in the kitchen
everyone come out
n way down in the hallway
this woman's quite a sight
standin' @ least 7 feet
dressed up for the night

she's so big ya can not see the sky
oh no

+ she had a cheerful face
dancin' near the stairs
shakin' up her great big body
shakin' out her hair
her hands they look like lobster claws
her feet in giant shoes
her laugh could shake the room apart
n get us on the news

she's so big ya can not see the sky
oh no

ya gotta love this lady
man she is really tall
better be yr friend tonight
r you git busted - you git busted...in th' jaw

solo

i wonder what she thinkin'
bein' way up there
lookin' down at all of us
tryin' t be fair
get herself a boyfriend
it got t be real tough
he lookin' at them boobs o' hers
git lost in there, git lost in there, git lost in there
Track Name: KITCHY
KITCHY

fires r burnin
+ the streets r cold
+ winter is comin'
+ im still alone
+ i miss ya baby
i miss ya bad
but im gonna stay happy
even when im
sad

come back baby...

walk about th block
til my feet r sore
a stranger's face
like a hard locked door
a wall o' beer
a late night stab
a body is found
could it be my dad

i act like a hard guy
inside im weak
th tears i shed
no one can see
got friends all over
n that's real cool
but when im sober
i feel like a lonely
fool

but it ain't that big
it ain't that tough
it ain't the end
n you ain't that much
Track Name: BEER BELLY
BEER BELLY

I got a beer belly
Aint nuthin gonna do about it
Got a beer belly
Ain't gonna change

Get a 6 pack after work
I love my corner bar
Cold one in my hand
's Heaven

I don't trust anybody 'f he don't drink
I don't trust myself when I'm drinkin
South Beach diet dat f hairdressers
...not me.

Got a big t-shirt
n baggy pants
When I'm drunk
I got a dirty rant
Anything pretty after 18 beers...
C'mere baby

Got a beer belly
You wanna touch it?
Ain't gonna change
Don't want to
Track Name: AS LONG AS IT TAKES
as long as it takes

baby it should get easier
ill help you if ya try
baby it could get easier
it's ok t cry
it's ok

darkness + terror
jealousy + hate
all the love you believed in
+ now yr heart breaks
+ now

put your head on my shoulder
arms round my waist
i'll hold here you forever
as long as it takes
as long

you'll make it across the river
the fire will burn yr skin
+ oh the cancer of losing
is the only way
you win
Track Name: I'M JES' SAYIN'
im jus sayin'

im jus sayin

can ya meet me on the corner
+ i'll show you a sky
cut w/ romeo n juliet midnight stars
+ an upright piano upstairs
from where we are
playin' a song like a sailor
smilin' sadly up
at mars

im jus sayin

there's a cat in the yard
howlin' with love
there's an eyelash on yr face
i could make something of
but im im here all alone
n im high as a kite
wishin yr body was close by
close by me
tonight

im jus sayin

can you unlock the key to my heart?

im jus sayin

the air smells like lilacs
+ id eat em if could
gently, like kissing you softly,
here i would
there's a marque moon like
silver on sand
+ the tide drags our spirit
away, far away
from land

im just sayin
Track Name: SUMMER ROOF
SUMMER ROOF

up on a summer roof
in the middle of the hood
the city lights spread out so pretty
+ man we felt so good
hey yeah

we drank til the stars got blurry
we laughed til the moon looked drunk
we stared at the distance between us
we wr cool we wr sexy we had fun

we spit off the edge on the sidewalk
we pissed on the trees out back
bare feet on the tar like soft black skin
yr eyes lt up like crack

so many answers are silly
+ love never waits for clues
we lost count of the times we was up there
just screaming away the blues

i will walk you home
we might get mugged
i would kiss you if yd let me
but the sun was comin' up

up on a summer roof
in the middle of the hood
the city lights spread out so pretty
+ man we felt so good
hey yeah
Track Name: PARTY COMIN' UP THE STAIRS
party comin' up the stairs

there's a party
comin' up
the stairs
to my house
got no business doin' anything
w/ drugs
right now

i turn out
the light
pull down
the shade
cuz the weed i smoked
tonight
made me crazy
n afraid
of how much
i love
to get high ai ai ai
maybe i should git religion
find rapture
in da sky-y-y

my voo doo doll
is stuck
w pins n
dirty needles
my head feel like
a slide trombone
whacked
n feeble
cuz o' of how much
i love
to get high ai ai ai
maybe i should git religion
find rapture
in da sky-y-y
Track Name: SALUT
salut

i salute you
tip of finger
to my eyebrow
w/ a smile
+ a nod
i salute you
cuz ya know me somehow
+ i feel less lonely
when yr around

an instant tells a story
a look says the rest
+ i am feelin happy
cuz tonight
just was The Best

no words
r needed
no blood
is on the line
i salute you
like a soldier
on a battlefield
or doin' time

i salute you
on a dance floor
at a funeral r
in a bar
when yr crazy
r unhappy
r just being
who ya are
Track Name: ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
All In This Together

Don’t hate me cuz Im different
Don’t diss me when I’m stoned
Don’ fight me over nothing
If I'm hot or if I cold
You say I got no money
Ya say I'm in a rut
My color is my Blindness
I've stolen every crutch

Wr all in this together
Wr in the same damn boat
Wr in this together
R we’re going up in smoke

Don’t blame it on the Other
Yr job when you get mad
Or the sadness or the silence
Or the darkness in this land
Cuz I believe in silver lining
I believe in having dreams
I believe in you + me, babe
We can balance on this beam

Wr all in this together
Wr in the same damn boat
Wr all in this together babe
R we’re going up in smoke

Somethin's goin' on here
You can feel it in yr bones
What's up for you is up for me, babe