These United States

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These United States

These United States is the new DC - a wide-eyed amalgamation of psyche- folk and the punk rock ethic, a band of merry pranksters spinning something fiercely, unapologetically positive out of the sinking reality of an empire gone Titanic. At the helm of the lifeboat, Jesse Elliott, gonzo-journalist-turned- troubadour, whose rag-tag States have criss-crossed the continental U.S. and Europe for nearly 300 shows in their first two years of operations, supporting and sharing stages with the likes of Califone (Thrill Jockey), Richard Buckner (Merge), Page France (Suicide Squeeze), Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (Polyvinyl), Catfish Haven (Secretly Canadian), Karl Blau (K), Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter (Barsuk), and Georgie James (Saddle Creek). For his project’s debut release, Elliott called upon an old friend – David Strackany, known to the music world as Paleo, author and sole executor of last year’s remarkable Song Diary (365 songs in 365 days, what Paste Magazine called “a streetfight of freakish prolificacy”). The result of this collaboration, A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gate to the Garden of Eden, is a 36- minute allegorical whirlwind through time, space, and sound – think Paul Simon narrating an Andrew Bird master-minded break-in of Bowie’s near- infinite Labyrinth – to be released in March 2008. Between them, Elliott and Strackany roped in upwards of 30 DC- and Midwest-based musicians, and the mixing prowess of District stalwarts Chad Clark (Beauty Pill, Smart Went Crazy, producer for Fugazi, Dismemberment Plan) and T.J. Lipple

A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gate to the Garden
Song
Preface: Painless Favorite License Buy
First Sight Favorite License Buy
Kings and Aces Favorite License Buy
The Business Favorite License Buy
Jenni Anne Favorite License Buy
Diving Boards Pointed at the Sky Favorite License Buy
Burn this Bridge Favorite License Buy
Sun Is Below & Above Favorite License Buy
Remember Dear Favorite License Buy
Slow Crows Over Favorite License Buy
So High So Low So Wide So Long Favorite License Buy
Only the Lonely Devil Knows Favorite License Buy


What Lasts
Song
The Great Rivers Favorite License Buy
One You Believe Favorite License Buy
What Do You Want With My Heart? Favorite License Buy
Dug Him in the Dirt Favorite License Buy
Nobody Can Tell Favorite License Buy
Just This Favorite License Buy
Life&Death She&I Favorite License Buy
Ever Make You Mine Favorite License Buy
Water & Wheat Favorite License Buy
What Lasts Favorite License Buy


Crimes - Instrumentals
Song
Six Fast Bullets (Five Complaints) Favorite License Buy
West Won Favorite License Buy
Heaven Can Wait Favorite License Buy
When You're Traveling at the Speed of Light Favorite License Buy
Get Yourself Home (In Search of the Mistres Whose Kisse Favorite License Buy
Study The Moon Favorite License Buy
Susie at the Seashore Favorite License Buy
Those Low Country Girls Favorite License Buy
Old John Chapman Takes a Good Long Walk Favorite License Buy
Pleasure and Pain and Pride and Me Favorite License Buy
Honor Amongst Thieves Favorite License Buy
We Go Down to That Corner Favorite License Buy


Everything Touches Everything - Instrumentals
Song
I Want You To Keep Everything Favorite License Buy
Everything Touches Everything Favorite License Buy
The Important Thing Favorite License Buy
The Secret Door Favorite License Buy
I'm Gonna Assemble A City Favorite License Buy
Good Night Wish Favorite License Buy
Night & The Revolution Favorite License Buy
End Favorite License Buy
Will It Ever Favorite License Buy
Good Bones Favorite License Buy
Conquest & Consequence Favorite License Buy


What Lasts - NYC Session
Song
Damned and Redeemed Favorite License Buy