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Something Happening / Always Happening

by JPW

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Ah ahh (woo) Ahh woo Oo wee ohh
Set it down you've been out scrambling Through the brushes like a thief in the night Past the line where it dips into deepest mauve Fabric of time Spirit of space Here it all goes Weightless, but wrathfully Weightless but wrathfully so Now you have some sense in the darkness Feel around, some sense of the vast of it Spill it out The deepest of notion, the deepest of notion Heavy hair on the wing of an eagle Halfway up, the ascent of the mountain You can't fall But the car won't drive Way down low in the wealth of the canyon Bloody stones and a soaking branch Watch the waves of the sparks Through our eyelids I have supped the water of ages I got found by the babbling brook But it's lower down Lower than swimming So pick it up if that has to happen A steady friend in the wealth of the canyon Whispering low The voice of everyone And also no one
I was cruel in my time Left unsaid On the line Heard it ringing in my heart Silent answer Quiet start I was true in my crime I was something Flint and fine I was cruel in my time Left unsaid On the line
Why should they oppose me? A splash on the horizon Call for it to open To blossom, like a crime Raw action On route The road that knows no law Why should I suppose then The option or the stall For then I call it present A thought and then a time Raw action On route The road that knows no law
If allowed I would say A clarifying word from the stage A whole new dispensation A whole new thing But it ain't what it used to be If allowed I would say
An evident statement Statuesque Orange through the blinders The light making friends Awaiting the day A vision of truth Till I see the light What more can you do? Down at the station A hymn in my head The instrument taken A laser of trade Awaiting the day A vision of truth Till I see the light What more can you do? Demand of the darkness A path in the line But halfway from Eloy I lost my mind Awaiting the day A vision of truth Till I see the light What more can you do? I'm not looking to run Love crunch Standing back Quiet Halfway back
In a way you could say that it was blinding But I felt like I finally, saw it through And I woke up Dazed Like in the song You know the one I think you do? Back then, they could really Ohh Back then they could and they still do
Everything is always happening Everything at one time



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"Every jangly guitar chord ever broadcast over AM radio is still out there vibrating, one wave among many in the ever-expanding cosmos. They hear Roy Orbison's three-octaves loud and clear at the other end of the galaxy, the Vox Continental minor/major organ stabs from '96 Tears' teeter around the edge of some celestial Kirby Crackle, The Ronettes' broken hearted melodies bounce off purple deserts on the dark side of Venus. The songs are out there, you simply have to tune your instruments to them.

Jason Woodbury is a galactic citizen, dialing in from the Sonoran Desert on planet Earth. 'Something Happening/Always Happening' is the debut from his project JPW. It’s a collection of songs you might hear on the radio after a cosmic camping trip, familiar but far off. Songs for stepping out of the spaceship to crack a goddamn cold one on a blurry summer day, taking a moment to enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass.

Woodbury's voice may be familiar to those interested in the more theologic strains of American songwriting. For the last decade, he’s penned liner notes and criticism, and contributed to Aquarium Drunkard, hosting the weekly Transmissions podcast and Range and Basin on Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab, a radiophonic showcase for his love of comic books, science fiction, and mysticism. All of that is legible on the surface of 'Something Happening/Always Happening,' but here listeners are gifted with another side of Jason's voice: his singing, which is just as unhurried and serene as you'd expect.

Mostly self-recorded by Woodbury with longtime musical collaborators Zach Toperek and Zane Gillum, the album was produced by Michael Krassner of Boxhead Ensemble, a long running instrumental combo which has aligned members of Dirty Three, Califone, Will Oldham, Gastr del Sol, Jim O'Rourke, and many more. A natural outgrowth of their work together on Range and Basin and shared love of Arizona's diverse topography, Krassner wandered deep into the sounds, adding guitar and piano to the ghostly tones, percolating Rhythm Ace drum machine beats, and sand dune surf guitars. The result is mood music in a sense—listen casually and you might even miss the unexplained aerial phenomena before your eyes. But by the time the final/title track, built on a sample of Link Cromwell's (Lenny Kaye) 'Crazy Like a Fox,' reaches its atomizing 9th minute, Woodbury's thesis is clear: not only are we all made of star stuff, that stuff is alive and vibrating. Adjust your frequencies and hear it sing."

— Ben Seretan


released September 9, 2022

Fort Lowell Records


JPW is:
Jason Woodbury: vocals, bass, guitar, rhythm machines
Zane Gillum: bass
Zach Toporek: drums, keys, bass, guitar, percussion
Michael Krassner: guitar, piano, keys
Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev: string arrangements, violin
Danny Frankel: conga
Stephen Hodges: drums

Produced by Michael Krassner at the 7-Track Shack

Recorded by Jason Woodbury, Zach Toporek, and Michael Krassner

Design: Lauren Bailey (Chaoticnogood)

Cover photo: Dorothea Lange, November 1940, taken in a cotton field near Coolidge, Arizona, via US National Archives and Records Administration.

All songs written by Jason Woodbury, except “Wealth of the Canyon” (Woodbury / Krassner) and “Halfway to Eloy” (Woodbury / Toporek)


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