Brain Problems

by George Korein and the Spleen

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released 24 April 2013
All instruments and vocals written and performed by GK except:
Guitar on "I'll Go Bananas" by Dylan Sparrow
Bass on "I'll Go Bananas" by Keith Abrams
Some lyrical inspiration for "I'll Go Bananas" by Wendell Edwards
Drum loop on "David and Lisa and Goliath" by Ricardo Lagomasino
Keyboard on "Why Stand Up" by Hattie Walsh-Korein, age 3

Artwork by Dylan Sparrow
Concept by GK

Produced by Barry Knob and George Korein
Recorded at various points in time between 2006 and 2013
Recorded at Retro City Studios by Barry Knob and elsewhere by George Korein, except where noted below
Mixed by Barry Knob
Mastered by Mark Trewella

Percussive Bike Wheel on "Miracle of Humiliation" designed by Michael Anton Parker
Guitar and Piano on "David and Lisa and Goliath" and synth on "Forced to Live" recorded by Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recording
Drum loop on "David and Lisa and Goliath" recorded by Bruce Howze at Red Planet Recording
"I'll Go Bananas" guitar/bass/drums tracks recorded at Sex Dungeon by Dan Angel and James Ryskalchick

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Track Name: Brain Problems
I've got brain problems.

This is the part where the brain problems successfully distract from themselves, and fun slips in -- but not without a price.

Brain problems of many kinds…

Would it make me feel better if you had brain problems too?

No.
Track Name: David and Lisa and Goliath
I'm David and I'm Lisa, I'm George and I am wheezy
and when I'm not on stage I don't want anyone to see me.
I can't stand people and I can't stop rhyming,
I can't start breathing and I can't stop crying.
I'm whining and dying beyond reasonable means
You must be refined to find this seasoned cuisine
A pint of weak sauce on a hill of beans
Almost the most pathetic thing you've ever seen
If it was the most at least it would be something to see
If it was the most at least it would be something obscene
I've got to clear away this garbage so I'm empty and clean
So I can think about new garbage, I'm a garbage machine
and I've got two arms, and two legs and two hands and two feet
Two eyes and two ears, yes I am intact and complete
I'm equipped with the latest, running water and heat
A phone and computer, all this technology
I've got every amenity of the 21st century
So throw open the shutters while I'm still unshattered
and I will sputter and splatter out all my clutter and clatter
I'm David and Goliath, against all odds I will defeat me
If I put my butt into it then triumph will be easy.
Track Name: Autotune My Life
Autotune my life, beat detect my world
quantization, pitch correction for me and my girl
put me on a segway pointed at the promised land
celebrities have handler, well I need that helping hand
Give me a teleprompter, prop me up and give me cues
Give me a hot producer with beats that never lose
My manager will call you and convince you I'll enthrall you
Roll my limp body across the floor, my brand has been delivered
As promised

Restructure my process, Rebuild all my product
ResEquence my thought streams which govern my conduct
Inject me with a will at the base of my spine
I'll stand up straight, captain my fate, that would be mighty fine
Track Name: Pleasure of Food
When you bite a cookie, you want to feel "Yes!
I am having success! I am having the sex!"
But sex is not sweets, with sex you know when you're done
Sweets you eat and eat and sweet satisfaction never comes

Eating when full
Eating for taste
When the cabinet is full,
Eating to clear out space
Eating out of obligation
Eating for something to do
I did it all for the pleasure of food

Trying to get a fix
Cannot scratch the itch
Instant gratification
Spend my appetite something quick
Decisions made by force of habit
The sugar stole my meal
I did it all for the pleasure of food

Compulsive eating
Portion control
Throwing out good food
Letting it grow mold
Going shopping hungry
Decisions made by packaging
I did it all for the pleasure of food

Maniacal determination to finish the plate
Forcing it down is still going to waste
Allergic to tupperware, won't dirty a dish
But i've only got one stomach and that's all that it can fit

I tried to get high on food, i tried to get my fix
It didn't work too well, didn't work one bit
Eating as procrastination, eating for something to do
I did it all for the pleasure of food

I tried sex, I did it 'til it hurts
I tried sleep, sleeping 'til my whole body burns

I tried sleep, until my whole body burns
I tried sex, until i ran out of sperm
Now i've set my sights and appetites on food
I'll find my way to satisfaction, i must eat my way through
Track Name: Why Stand Up
The world has form and I can't function
Laid out on the pavement I'm onto something
Why stand up
The world has form and I can't function
Splayed on the sidewalk I'm onto something
Why stand up
No more fighting murphy's law
No more trying to walk tall
No more doing anything at all
Why stand up

I tried to walk
I bumped my head
I tried to talk
My face turned red
I fell down
Did not get up
I live it down
You live it up

I tried to sleep
Fell out of bed
I tried to die
Only played dead
You get around
Please eat me up
Serving suggestion:
Doused in ketchup

The world has form and I can't function
Laid out on the pavement I'm onto something
Why stand up
The world has form and I can't function
Splayed on the sidewalk I'm onto something
Why stand up
No more fighting murphy's law
No more trying to walk tall
No more doing anything at all
why stand up

I get down, I get down, I get down all the way
Track Name: I Can't Go On, I'll Go Bananas
I can't go on, I'll go bananas
Yes I can't, I can't stand standing it
Track Name: Forced to Live
I don't like thinking and I don't like acting
I just want to die like Michael Jackson
I don't like to make decisions
But I'm forced to live

I don't like thinking and I don't like acting
I just want to die like Michael Jackson
I don't like to have experiences
But I'm forced to live

I don't like to wake up
I don't like to eat
I don't like to wash
I don't like obligations
I don't like to get wired then tired
But I'm forced to live

I don't like when things change my mood
Spoiling my fun or disrupting my brooding
I don't want to face the change
Or endure the boredom of the same
But my body functions properly,
Circulation without pause
Respiration without pause
Thus i'm forced to live

I've got a failure to fail to thrive, I survive, I'm alive
Track Name: Neutral Evil
You want to believe that the protagonist is a good person
Who does the right thing
The protagonist is in a state of calm open-mindedness
Also known as selfish indifferent evil

Two roads diverged, six on one, half dozen on the other
A false equivalency because one road leads to murder
You can't tell the difference when you're morally retarded
Someone taught you morals but they were soon discarded

You weather the consequences, just want unpleasantness to end
When can i be excused, when can silence return
Track Name: There's Something You Should Know
I am at my highest in a state of disgust
Empowered as I stylize my motions
Disconnect fuels a glorious tension, observe
The ritual continues if we still have the nerve

Do we suspend disbelief and method act,
Or deflate the parade with cynical remarks?
Did we sign a contract? Where is the fine print?
How much are we getting paid to play these parts?

There's something you should know about me
Track Name: The Miracle of Humiliation
Now that I've squandered any opportunity
(and there were many)
to live with dignity
I've got to be bold, got to go for the gold:
The miracle of humiliation

May the miracle of humiliation rain down on me
Wash away my faults and folly like a deluge of pee
Or maybe some cool, black, stale coffee

I'm in reorientation, plotting a new destination
Set sail for the miracle of humiliation
The more I try to try less, the more I fail, 'til I fail best
I'm closing in like Xeno, I've nearly found Nemo
In the ocean of pee
May the miracle of humiliation be the solution to me

It's gonna rain