Familiar Techniques

by Downward Dogs

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released August 24, 2012

Recorded and mixed by Brian Speaker at Speakersonic Studios, Brooklyn NY
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice
Cover art by Alabaster Rhumb
Layout by Brooke McGowan
Horns arranged by Blair Frowner
All songs by Joe Yoga ©2012 Sunshine and Wind (BMI)

Bill Chambers: Bass
Blair Frowner: Tenor Sax
Zach Huckel-Bauer: Trumpet, Vocals
Ryan Roger: Drums
Joe Yoga: Vocals. Guitar

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Downward Dogs New York, New York

Downward Dogs bring acoustic punk up from the curbsides of New York with a sound that's a little bit lounge, a little bit swing, and all rock and roll. Picture Pixies and Steely Dan rumbling in a Burger King parking lot. Brass and drone braying from mono speakers. Big choruses, swaying anthems, yelping lyricism, old kids on new drugs staring at stars in the puddles. ... more

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Track Name: Urban Planning
I know you saw me looking at the sidewalk
But right now I can't find the strength to care
Yeah I miss what I lost
You guessed right
But I'm content to leave it there

Cause I don't spread out like the street
And its wide reach never meant that much to me
I see the curb and the curb sees me
I check my face and you're watching

I know you think I'm thinking a thought in here
Kindly you'll give it a rest
Every moment costs me something I recall
Are you next?

Cause I don't spread out like the street
And its wide reach never meant that much to me
I see the curb and the curb sees me
I check my face and you're watching
Track Name: Sad Machine
Fell in love with a sad machine
I love the way that she parted the streets
Her arms are new but it's a familiar technique

Fell in love with a sad machine
She never fails to impress the hell out of me
Like the way that she assimilated my dreams

And I am finally going to know

Fell in love with a sad machine
I love the way that she thought she could talk to me
Always willing to fill the show for me
Her predictions always getting the best of me
Her arms are new but it's a familiar technique
Track Name: Small Hands
I can get away with it all now
Your eyes are deep inside but I see em
It’s been
A couple years since the war now
I saved the days cause I knew I’d need em

And this is it
I have a mouth for you
And you were there
When he picked your world apart
And you were there, small hands
Yes you were there

I am
Drunk and high and I’m upstairs
I am elegant with my small hands
You wait
And you separate and you call the kids away
As the static turns to noise

And this is it
I have a mouth for you
And you were there
When he pushed your lips apart
And you were there, small hands
Yes you were there

I am
Revolution and I am dead
But I’ve never felt better
He will find you
Far too big for such small hands
Overgrown and screaming for weather

And this is it
I have a mouth for you
And you were there
When he pulled your legs apart
And you were there, small hands
Yes you were there

And I will vouch for you
Track Name: The Wrecking Crew
I met the crew when I was green
I left it but it never left me
the truly hungry stomach can tell a missed opportunity

and now I am a vessel
i am the thing you can't get away from
an image in a puddle split by rain but hey
it still kinda looks like you
no matter what you do

i wavered when i hit the first part
a reputation torn in two
in the corners of a greenpoint bar i stayed
but didn't want to smoke with you

and now it's all sticky and mean and love sucks
and fools all we
maybe i should have stayed asleep
and let the devil make his mess all over me
so that he could see:
no logo
no flag
nothing to defend

i know it must be rough for you me
gathering men under cover of night
to me it's the end of the world,
still the ladies hit the panic light

and then poof! everything was dead
but everything has come back to die again
i'm never short of help at the tombs
but we need more room
so bring in the wrecking crew
to do what they do
Track Name: Humor
Today mistakes were made
It rained, it left the wall stained
What makes a man sick?
What makes a man sick?

Well, apparently not the years and now years
Of living up to my neck in it

It takes the rain
It takes a hurricane

I feel like a freak survivor
Just because I stayed
But I have grown a little less cynical
Somewhere along the way
Still, I can't believe I just said that
I can't believe we made it here alive

And neither can you from the look on your face
What made us wise,
Made us realize the stakes?

It takes the rain
It takes a hurricane

Some days, some days it's all great
Some days we kick the world away
I went and I stayed
I took the last train

Early on the couch the morning
Comes in
And flesh it out that soundtrack did

It takes the rain
It takes a hurricane