Insomniac's Almanac

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Insomniac's Almanac is in part a diary of obsessive love and part fancifully imaginative impressionist pop-culture worship. Ari weaves a loose collection of songs which chronicle the hope, exhilaration, frustration and despair of relationships while wrapping it all in an upbeat package ripe with sharp wit and clever lyrical twists. A fun listen whether you are on top of the world or laying in a pool of your own drunken disillusionment.

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released September 2, 2008

All songs Ari Vais
Recorded by Ian Love
Mastered by Jimmy Ether

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The Campbell Apartment San Francisco, California

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The Campbell Apartment is made up of Ari Vais on guitar and vocals, Kevin Frank on bass and Steve Mathews on drums.

"One of my favorite songwriters"
- Chris Collingwood, Fountains Of Wayne

"Reminds me of Ween"
- Badly Drawn Boy

"Very Pavement-y"
- Joe Levy, Rolling Stone
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Track Name: Long Distance Relationship (Is A Four Letter Word)
Haven't you heard? Long distance relationship is a four letter word
Pick up the phone, hang up, different time zone, wanna give up

Bummed about the thunder cloud
Silence can be very loud
What you doin? I'm just writing it down down down

Bein alone can be all right
Then there are times, especially at night

I used to love the telephone but now I hate it
The benefits of email exaggerated

I gotta have contact, pretty eye contact, so I say
Haven't you heard? Long distance relationship is a four letter word
Track Name: dna
dna

There's nothing like having something to say
I'm spending Friday nights with dna
And what's in this world not to celebrate
We both can't sleep we like to stay up late

But I've got something I'll just say to you
I'll visit you at work so you know it's true
There's nothing in this world like makin a play
When it feels so right in every way

dna
dna

So who's the double helix who loves her Pabst?
Who's the dancy leg who loves her cats?
The prettiest polymer in all PA
I'm spending Friday nights with

dna
dna

I'd do anything to be your everything
And even if its nothing it's already something great

I don't wanna wait for something to say
I wanna spend the night with dna
And I don't know what else to do
You're in my blood every day

dna
dna
Track Name: River Of Sound
It's getting hot, the middle of the summer
And I'm in love with the sun
I've got the AC on

And all that's happening outside
Is tracking mud on the inside

Stroll the sandy beaches (hot nights)
Meet me in the canyon (summer time)

Floating on a river of sound
Floating on a river of sound
The River Of Sound

Gotta leave the office, it's the middle of a Sunday
How did I even get in?
What is this state I'm in?
I can't remember a thing
I can't remember anything

Stroll the sandy beaches (hot nights)
Meet me in the water (sometimes)

Floating on a river of sound
Floating on a river of sound
The River Of Sound
Track Name: St. Louis
I've known you for two hours
And you have special powers
That only girls from St. Louis ever possess
I wanted to make it last, 'cause some things happen so fast

We met at Vintage Vinyl
'cause things are never final
And we may meet again, I think you know what that means
I wanted to cover your background scenes
And strike down the set of your broken dreams
Let's ride a convertible past Carl's Drive-in
I know it hurts, so let's find the words

Another night at Cicero's
I like to go 'cause Scout goes
We give props to the young bands that are making the scene

You're on the set list, if you know what I mean
Your satellite downtown 10 miles between
I feel like I know you, though I've never been
You're wild at heart so let me play my part

For just two hours
And you have special powers
That only girls from St. Louis ever possess
Track Name: Wife
I'm in love with Josh Waller Weinberg's wife, not on my life, what am I like?
The way she hits your arm to emphasize a point
The way we struck a chord the night we shared the joint
I'm in love with Josh Waller Weinberg's wife

I'm in love, there was just the two of us that night
And it felt all right, though it's not right
The thing about her guy, there's nothing bad to say
And the moment that we had she must have them every day
I'm in love with Josh Waller Weinberg's wife

I'm trying to forget her but I'm lonely all the time
I know she loves him better
Please be mine

He recently has hinted that I don't know right from wrong
But you don't know the half of it, that's why I wrote this song

I'm in love with Josh Waller Weinberg's wife, I know I'm right, seldom in my life
Because their love is solid I will never get a chance
This melody is all I have to get inside her heart

I'm in love with Josh Waller Weinberg's wife, with Josh Waller Weinberg's wife
Josh Waller Weinberg's wife
Track Name: Insomniac's Almanac
Hugs and kisses
Swings and misses

Pabst Blue Ribbon
Miles of sirloin

Wet eyelashes
Milk moustaches

Smiles forever
Four leaf clover

Ray of sunshine
Red and white wine

Clifton riddance
Philly fitness

Smokes and kittens
Furry mittens

Five foot zero
You're my hero
Track Name: How To Be Alone
Learn me some karate and we'll chop the day in half
Learn me up some whiskey and I've always got your back

Cause you're always showin, how to keep it real and
You have really reeled me in again

So bye bye shepherd's pie, I'm goin Atkins on your ass and I ain't ever sayin why
That's the way I'm rollin, on a Sunday morning, and the dust keeps flyin
And I feel like dyin

Where did all the money go that fluttered down from another town
Is it time to leave the ground and find my way to another sound?

It's you I knew all the time, it's you I despised and loved all the time
So screw it I knew it I lost it and blew it on down
So screw it I knew it I lost it and blew it on down

I'm reading How To Be Alone by that guy that wrote The Corrections book
And even as it's sinking in I'm hopin you take another look

At this broken but perfect love, the best and the worst things about being in love
If I could put time in a bottle I'd drink til the end
And if I could put time in a bottle, you were my best friend

Learn me some karate and we'll chop the day in half
Learn me up some whiskey and I've always got your back
Track Name: Addicted To Myspace
I'm addicted to myspace, I'm addicted to her face
I'm addicted to the human race but it's virtual and I'm searchable

And it's been ringin in my ears, on the air every day
I tried to physically find you but I lost my world wide way

I was free for a moment, I thought I'd found my way home
But in the cold light of day break we were even more alone

I'm addicted to myspace, I'm addicted to her face
I'm addicted to the world wide waste, I'm a dick

It even kept me from sleeping, the sun will rise every day
I'm addicted to myspace but less so since you went away

We're all addicted to the web, like fireflies caught in a spider's web
But I testify that I can't live a virtual life, so I've resigned to shut it down

I'm addicted to myspace, I'm a friend of a friend
I can't believe it but it really happened and then it had to end

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

If you feel sick and tired
Of being sick and tired
Of feeling uninspired today

I'm a garage, I'm only a mirage
So join me and we'll fly away

I know it's dark, but we create a spark
Illuminating treacherous terrain

So if you're feeling tired of being sick and tired
I'm planning to get higher right away
I'm hoping we decide to go away
And never sick and tired of being sick and tired
I'm going to the bed you made today
Track Name: Sunday Night Blues
Way down the road, I won't recall, a specific Sunday
But now I know, Sunday blows, Sunday blues

The same TV shows and Sunday night chores, don't stay up past midnight
Because Sunday blows, everyone knows, about the Sunday night blues
The alarm by the bed, the book goes unread
The homework undone, the night ate the sun

And everyone knows that Sunday blows, I got the Sunday night blues
Everyone knows that Sunday blows, Sunday blues
Everyone knows, Sunday blows, Sunday blues
Track Name: Afterthought
What I don't understand is why you always leave when I want you around
I got a feeling I finally lost you, we talked for months without making a sound
And you, too good to be true, I knew, I knew

It's running through in my mind, took a long time to find, but I'm already resigned
Expiration dates keep us fresh and awake
But I remember the late late nights with you, I knew I knew

What I don't understand is why I didn't go when I still had a choice
I always knew that it's improbable to sing songs in another man's voice

It's running round in my mind, can't leave it behind, I'm taking you as a sign
I meant every word, you can rest assured
I'm in your corner for a long long time

What I don't understand is why we used to sigh when no one was around
I got a feeling a finally lost you, we walked for miles without leaving the ground
I knew, too good to be true, me and you, I knew, I knew
Track Name: Stuck
I've always seen you as a pussycat
Forever stuck up in a tree
It happens every day I'm used to you
A long term love hate family

Come down to earth and play the right way
I'm freakin out cause I can't talk to you
Sometimes it seems like we are throwing it away
You bungle everything I do

And I've got nothing to say
Cause if I do I'm gonna blow out
I don't think there's a better way, I'm stuck with you

Can't even buy the way things should be
It might work out in spite of you
Don't think you'll ever get to know me
You make my little black heart blue

It always makes me nuts
Your voice on the phone makes me tense
A feeling in my guts I'm stuck with you, I'm stuck with you, I'm stuck
Track Name: Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired
If you feel sick and tired
Of being sick and tired
Of feeling uninspired today

I'm a garage, I'm only a mirage
So join me and we'll fly away

I know it's dark, but we create a spark
Illuminating treacherous terrain

So if you're feeling tired of being sick and tired
I'm planning to get higher right away
I'm hoping we decide to go away
And never sick and tired of being sick and tired
I'm going to the bed you made today
Track Name: Feverish And Friendly
One two three, can it be, that the lights went out in me
And the only thing that I can think is sleep

What the hell was so important that you had to wake me up at 4am
Well now I'm up so I guess I'll stay up, maybe order Chinese breakfast
And commute again

Lack of sleep is surreal, it's a mellow frequency I feel
And my eyes are itchy, my throat is hollow, my hands are rubber, pillow lover

Make no mistake about it, I'm awake, it's you who's dreaming that you rang me up
I'll be a friend to you, I dreamt of you, I'm feverish & friendly
Cause I made it up

And there's a photograph I painted of you, I hung it on the wall, so white it glows
I was a poster boy for passing out but now it's a new day dawning
And I had to go

One two three, can it be, that the lights went out in me