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The physical edition of Cakes & Cookiesis a limited 7" single + CD + cookie set.
The CD is packaged with a 7" single of "Fast Friends" b/w "Catherine" and "Pistachio." The first 100 records will be pressed on black and white split-color vinyl like a black and white cookie. Hand numbered. Letter-pressed. 300 piece pressing. Art by Kara Smith. Each order comes with a delicious homemade cookie or sweet treat from the Kaufman-Nero kitchen. The records will ship on or around July 26, 2011. PRE-ORDER HERE: http://seriousbusinessrecords.com/releases/show/66-Cakes-and-Cookies
Rocketship Park is masterminded by a multi-instrumentalist, song-man, producer, vocalist, and auteur by the name of Josh Kaufman who also collaborates with Jack and the Pulpits, Dawn Landes, Caithlin De Marrais, Yellowbirds, the National, Josh Ritter, Balthrop, Alabama, Benji Cossa, Higgins, Seb Leon, and too many more to list.
SBR48 /// ROCKETSHIP PARK /// Cakes and Cookies
1. Swan (2:17) 2. Fast Friends (3:36) 3. Stuck With Me (3:06) 4. Pistachio (2:10) 5. It's Not You (3:04) 6. Catherine (0:34) 7. Crossing the Street (3:29) 8. Cakes and Cookies (2:28) 9. Head (2:52) 10. See You (4:55) 11. Standing There (3:13)
7" tracklist A. Fast Friends
B. Catherine / Pistachio
Lyrics, credits, high-res photos can be found here.
CAKES AND COOKIES
If you're looking for something to tell you the band in question tours extensively and has enjoyed the good favor of the blogosphere, has pioneered its own micro-genre or commands legions of street-teaming fans, forget it. Rocketship Park is simply a hidden musical diamond in the infinite clutter of the twenty first century. Unless you've been directly involved in the growth of this project, there is only one point of entry for you.
Listen to the record!
Once you've done this, if you need more information, read further. Rocketship Park is masterminded by a musical auteur by the name of Josh Kaufman. Josh spent many years writing and recording hours and hours of fantastic songs beloved and worshiped by his friends but never officially compiled or released, much less promoted. It wasn't until 2006 that he mobilized Rocketship Park, an entity designed as a band but ultimately evolving as his solo vehicle. In 2007, with the help of some incredibly talented friends, Josh and his band made Off and Away, the first Rocketship Park record. NPR described how Kaufman "fleshed out smooth, folky songs about life and loss, family and friendship, while harnessing a simple, seemingly effortless beauty." These songs scored the lives of a loyal and devoted few.
In the intervening years since Off and Away's release Kaufman has become a busy side-man, a working musician and producer whose unique talents have brought him to the studio and/or the stage with the likes of Dawn Landes, Caithlin de Marrais (of Rainer Maria), the National, Josh Ritter, Yellowbirds, Balthrop Alabama, Benji Cossa, Higgins and too many more to list here. These artists play with Josh because nobody can do what he does. He's not just a guitar player, a keyboardist, a bassist, a drummer, a producer, an arranger, a singer, a composer, a song-man, a lyricist, or the greatest guy ever, although he is all of these things exquisitely and without peer; Josh is a force of Josh. Nowhere is this force better embodied than on the eleven pop songs that comprise Cakes and Cookies.
Kaufman's busy touring and recording schedule kept him from finishing the second Rocketship Park record for nearly three years but ultimately allowed him the time to mold an utterly seamless work. Cakes and Cookies resulted from several years of sporadic sessions with Serious Business' Travis Harrison, engineer Halsey Quemere, and an expanding cast of collaborators including Dawn Landes and the National's Bryan Devendorf. Kaufman's pop songs speak multitudes in verse and chorus. To deem his compositions "catchy" would be accurate but would undersell their eloquence and power. He makes beautiful, utterly delightful pop music no one else could ever make.
----- Produced by Josh Kaufman and Travis Harrison with a lot of help from Kevin Fish, Eric Jackson, Mike Phillips, Brian Kantor, Annie Nero, Bryan Devendorf, Halsey Quemere, Steve Salett and Dawn Landes. All songs by Josh Kaufman (Turtle Tunes ASCAP) All instruments by Josh Kaufman unless noted below. All recording, mixing done at Serious Business Music, NYC unless noted below. Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music, NY Cover drawing by Kara Smith
1. Swan (2:17) Trombone, Vocals: Eric Jackson Recorded in 2006 at Halsey Quemere's old home studio in downtown Brooklyn, NY Mixed by Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison 2. Fast Friends (3:36) Recorded by Kevin Fish at Lyonsville Studios in Kingston, NY and Halsey Quemere at Serious Business Music, NYC Drums: Travis Harrison Synth, Singing, Guitar: Kevin Fish Percussion, Singing, Guitar: Brian Kantor Mixed by Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison 3. Stuck With Me (3:06) Basic tracks recorded by Steve Salett at Saltlands in Brooklyn Drums(and very high male voice): Bryan Devendorf Organ, Guitar: Nate Martinez Backing Vocals, mix wisdom: Dawn Landes Mixed by Travis Harrison 4. Pistachio (2:10) Recorded by Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison at Serious Business Recording Studios, NYC Percussion: Brian Kantor Vocals: Eric Jackson Bass, Vocals: Kevin Fish Mixed by Halsey Quemere 5. It's Not You (3:04) Basic tracks recorded by Steve Salett at Saltlands in Brooklyn, NY Drums: Bryan Devendorf Backing Vocals: Annie Nero and Eric Jackson Mixed by Travis Harrison 6. Catherine (0:34) Recorded and mixed at Josh and Annie's home in Brooklyn 7. Crossing the Street (3:29) Recorded by Halsey Quemere at Manhattan Center, NYC Drums, Percussion: Travis Harrison Drum, Bass, Singing: Annie Nero Pedal Steel: Mike Phillips Guitar, Singing: Eric Jackson Mixed by Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison 8. Cakes and Cookies (2:28) Recorded by Kevin Fish at Lyonsville Studios in Kingston, NY Drum: Jake Lyons Drum: Jordan Crowell Bass, Singing: Eric Jackson Organ, Singing: Kevin Fish Lady Voice: Dawn Landes Mixed by Travis Harrison 9. Head (2:52) Recorded by Halsey Quemere at Serious Business Recording Studios, NYC Drums, singing: Brian Kantor Bass, Piano, Singing: Kevin Fish Missus Singing: Annie Nero Pedal Steel: Mike Phillips Mixed by Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison 10. See You (4:55) Recorded by Kevin Fish at Lyonsville Studios in Kingston, NY Pedal Steel: Mike Phillips Doo and hmm Singing, Recorder: Dawn Landes Twelva, Wurlitzer: Kevin Fish Guitar, Trombone: Eric Jackson Percussion: Travis Harrison Mixed by Travis Harrison 11. Standing There (3:13) Recorded by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Recording Studios, NYC Backing Vocals, Bass and Tambourine: Annie Nero Drums: Brian Kantor 12 string Guitar, Organ: Kevin Fish Pedal Steel: Mike Phillips Mixed by Travis Harrison "Swan" how i tried to see him but he was halfway gone just a battered bird then he used to be a strong, strong swan "Fast Friends" fast friends by the time of our meeting old pals by the the time we finished eating it's just that part of you that brings me in a message in your glance that reads i've got your secret safe with me your heart, it beats a code i read fast friends by the time of our meeting a closeness that kinda feels like we're cheating it's just that part of you that looks like sin maybe that we're older now we'll know how to begin and skip the chase a silly game that time erases stop dead in our tracks like we're hunted bow snaps and our pulse begins a pumping we stick out like a flower in a bed of grass we're hanging on that single stem for times we had that passed too fast we never let those feelings last, no we never let those feelings last fast friends "Stuck With Me" September by the bridge watching ships dock in waiting for my friend's friend's friend's folks walk aboard as i wave to them we flap our hands in the wind, wind, wind whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa where's that money i spent when my ship came and went is it peaches aboard that ride gliding into a sunset sigh what am i missing on the other side am i wasting my time, time, time whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa where's that money i spent have you ever wanted someone but you were all by yourself just by the bridge watching ships dock in see those passengers on board bringing lovers to other shores clouds open up and i get real soaked having just missed my boat, boat, boat a horn blows and the river sings i watch another ship come in whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa there's only one guarantee that is that i'm stuck with me "Pistachio" envy the pistachio cause she is so sweet inside protected by her shell she hides so sublime, just a fine old time in the shade mother nature has made sometimes she is much too closed to unfold, to unfold she isn't crazy, she's just nuts the fort she's been dealt, protects her from all but patient prey just a fine old time in the shade mother nature has made sometimes she is much too closed to unfold, to unfold and that's ok, i think it's alright. "It's not you" when you're waiting for someone to pick up on the other side for an answer that sits inside oh my, oh my, that's just a waste of time you're giving away a piece of you, you're giving away the thing that's true baby i don't wanna go to sleep tonight, something in my heart just doesn't seem right ooo, and it's not you i've been warned before when i wasn't felling strong to shake and nod yes, just so i belong takes away the thread that holds me together like a boy in trouble i'm playing with bubbles you're giving away a piece of you, you're giving away the thing that's true baby i don't wanna go to sleep tonight, something in my heart just doesn't seem right ooo, and it's not you you're giving away a piece of you, you're giving away the thing that's true i don't wanna go to sleep tonight, something in my heart just doesn't seem right ooo, and it's not you ooo, it's not you "Crossing the Street" walking into traffic head on what a fool am i leaving you behind on the opposite side of the cross oh, i never know what i lost unless i learn to notice the way you hold my hand and pose so many questions i can hardly understand oh, i hope you're thinking about me oh, i don't want to act so mean is this to love, what i learning of with every fall i see your face and hear your call is this to love, what i learning of with every fall i see your face and hear your call "Cakes and Cookies" heard ya singing and i felt the power near the stadium by the sea with some friends who need me for my laughter another partner for the summer's scene something so temporary, out of the ordinary embraced but feeling more alone saw you waiting by the cakes and the cookies and alarmed by the beating in my chest i don't think it was the sugar rushing through my veins when we lay down to kiss something so temporary, out of the ordinary embraced but feeling more alone ringing phone, a voice i haven't heard for a long, long time my turn to speak, but how can i compete when i can't even make up my mind if i've been bad or if i've been fine something so temporary, out of the ordinary embraced but feeling more alone "Head" i know i shouldn't feel like this, i've a love at home one who really cares for me and knows where i come from with every feeling i resist another coin gets tossed heads means leave and tails is stay i think i'd better use my head today oh, playin games with myself, and these games they don't help things that make us feel real good are floating around us an idea of love to conjure up but never to discuss baby, baby playin games with myself, and these games they don't help, no they don't help i'm falling into old habits not sure where i belong in between station and song, stuck in static playin games with myself, and these games they don't help, no they don't help "See You"
when ya gonna step into the light
when will you peak out to view
when will you make your presence known
baby i just want to see you
will you be the flower that unfolds
will you really open up soon
will you grow strong in the sun
baby, i just want to see you
baby i just want to see you
patiently waiting little man
trying so hard to understand
look at what you've grown into
baby it's so good to meet you
baby it's so good to meet you
baby it's so good to meet you
there's no apologies
or now i'm feelin scared
there's only standing there
notice in my eyes
all the times that have gone by
and the sun that is so bright
and the sun that is so bright
and the sun that is so bright blocks out tomorrow
tomorrow oh, oh.
and don't forget about Off and Away (SBR16) 2008
"Check out the deceptively intricate folk-pop of NYC songwriter Josh Kaufman’s Rocketship Park project. His latest effort, Cakes and Cookies, is as delicious as advertised – seemingly effortless songs revealing layers of carefully arranged sound on close listen – banjos, trombones, strings, pedal steel, etc. – and feature homespun, unaffected melodies that sound like old friends. The record features a wealth of talented collaborators, including The National’s Bryan Devendorf drumming on a handful of tracks."