Your Crooked Part

by Yazan

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about

"There is no rambling on 'Your Crooked Part'. Yazan is a howling man, his moans are focused and true. He is high, glistening with sweat and musk and depressed as hell, moaning, singing the blues - his blues.

Sometimes you wake up every day at 4:43 am in a feverish, sweaty pool screaming 'NO' for a year, thinking your heart will explode. And you think you can't take any more of this misery so you cry and cry for help but you're crying to a long-empty room. Sometimes the wickedness settles in the bottom of your spine and aint nothing gonna root it out. Nothing. So you howl. We all want her to come back, whoever her is, but the awful truth is, she gone. Loneliness is the greatest muse and in our darkest hour we find ourselves at our most knee-slappingly, horrifically amusing. The horror of it all is the most honestly hilarious and knowing that truth while your living it maybe the only way you cling to any hope of sanity. We all want someone to need us deeply but what we need most is to hold onto our sanity and not slip into the enticement of madness even when it's absolutely hopeless. We are alone, so alone and my god it's awful funny.

Hollering is good for the soul.

These are real blues songs recorded in a room in an old house with a cast iron wood burning stove with a porch looking out on fifty acres of wilderness outside of Athens, Georgia. "I wanted the record to be raw and emotionally real, but still musically and lyrically playful and rhythmically compelling. It's acoustic dance music, really. Music for an old fashioned house party". Some of the songs, like Devil Knows My Name and Lonely Woman, are one chord songs that feel hypnotic and meditative. The most raw song on the album 'Lonely Woman' has a sense of penetrating. scratchy, deep bellowing sadness - "Lonely Woman is just a story about a woman who is sad and lonely, can't have children, and gets drunk and fucks guys to make herself feel better, so I took her home."

This album has a soul and it may be a sad one but it's rooted in hope. These are new folk songs in the truest sense, it's as if Alan Lomax had misplaced a collection of field recordings from the 50's that were left by a time traveling Palestinian-American from 2012, singing the blues in it's purest form. And you can dance to it." - Greg Barris

credits

released July 10, 2012

All songs written and played by Yazan
Produced by Yazan with Will Manning
All songs recorded by Will Manning at The Pound Pad, Jefferson, GA (villagerecordist.com)
except "Tell Me Baby", recorded by Andrew Dunn at The Tiger Lounge, Brooklyn, NY
Logo, layout, and design by Menkerios Andemicael (menkerios.com)
Photos by Dylan Griffin (dylangriffin.com)
Mastered by Matt Tuttle at IAS Studios (ph: 336-817-6342)

Shoulder Tap Records SHT010

Thank you to everyone that has supported and inspired me in one way or another, including:
Waqaas, Qusaye, Imad Nashashibi, Claire Nicolay, Andrea Nicolay, Carolyn & Nick Nicolay, Martin Celis, Judy & Roberto Celis, Ben Wigler, Andrew Dunn, Joe Exely, Tony Waldman, Steve Milton, Dave Horowitz, Caroline Creaghead, Jonas & Aurora Fields, Dima Drjuchin, Nik Drjuchin, Christine Sullivan, Celine Little & Ross Hyzer, Myrsini Stephanides, Carolinne & Dylan Griffin, Eli Batalion, Matt Schechmeister, Sarah Shanok, Robby & Rachael Grant, Robert & Susan Barnett, Steve & Joann Selvidge, Colin Butler, Grayson Grant, Doug Easley, Talaria Haast, Francisco Bengolea, Bill Mayo, Ezra Huleatt, Samy Burch, Jackie Burch, Molly Burch, Curtis Burch, Kristin Burcham, Ballzack, Odoms, Paul Barman, Greg Barris, Alix Blair, Lex Plasa, Kate Berlant, Tony & Helen Berlant, Ed Moses, Reggie Watts, Alex Gaylon, Brad Steuernagel, Hub Moore, Lee Carella, Robert Hinson, Yasmin Reshmwala, Heidi Girard, Jeremy Scott, Dan Crane, Pootie O'Malley, Bry Webb, Doug MacGregor, Dallas Wehrle, Steve Lambke, Will Kidman, Gaëlle Amerijckx, Finn Smith, Monihan Monihan, Ramzi Dabbagh, Gabi Fastman, Erwann Guennec, Rene Baharmast, Jesse Adelman, John Hemminger, Julie Gueraseva, Stacy Gueraseva, Kate Sweeney, Mark Jackson, Kathleen Csiki, Jonathan Rosenblit, Margaret Monaco, Ashmedi Melechesh, Nigel Filson, Ronan Kearney, Tei Blow, Senay Goitom, Sean McElroy, Shelbi Scott, Solon Barocas, Tim Feleppa, Shelby Bryant, Aerial East, Nat Johnson, Nanny Walsh, Joel Barhamand, Ashley Macknica, Megan Dandois, Simcha Whitehill, Ben Krieger, Christine Costello, Deepak & Tanya Somashekar, Chris Irwin, Dave Hill, Erica Heinz, Ian DeLaune, Laurel Angrist, John F. O'Donnell, Jon Garonce, Madeleine Ribbing-Messihi, Yacine Benzine, Nick Fiore, Paul Fears, Annie Black, Susie Prisk, Murphy Thiel, Ben Wentzel, Theo Coulombe, Esther Bell, Christine Dutton, Erin Schwartz, Charlotte Lang, Robert Hinson, John Argroves

Special thanks to Bogdan & Michelle Zinchenko

Dedicated to Saleem and Nimati, my loving parents

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Yazan Brooklyn, New York

Yazan is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from New York, playing a blend of rural country blues, folk, and psychedelia.

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Track Name: Bye Bye Baby
Had to fold my arms and walk away
You mistreat me baby, and I won't stay
You'll come crawlin back some day
When I'll be walkin the other way
Bye bye bye
Baby goodbye

You hear me singin these lonesome words
I'm a howlin dog, I'm a lonesome bird
You can tell my baby, you can tell my girl, cryin
I won't be long in this world
Bye bye bye
Baby goodbye

You treat me like some lowdown hound
You hear me howlin babe, so don't dog me around
I'd rather be picked up by the pound
Or burying my bone down in the ground
Bye bye bye
Baby goodbye

A pony will race and a mule will plow
But there's no more milk coming from this cow
I hear you crying, lowing now
Trying to quit me baby but you don't know how
Bye bye bye
Baby goodbye

I cried all night and the night before
and babe you know I won't cry no more
Pack my trunk, set it outdoor
You can bury my body down by the shore
Bye bye bye
Baby goodbye
Track Name: Help Me
Oh babe
I can't sleep at night
and babe I wake up tired
I seem to have lost my appetite
Help me baby, help return me right

Oh babe
You're puttin a curse on me
You're making my mind so nervously
I can't take no more of this misery
Help me baby, help me I'm on my knees

Help me baby!

I drank some hot water on a sliver dime
I put out every wicked thing from my mind
I took a pinch of silverweed, and a broken ring
Help me baby, help me don't you hear me cryin?

Help me baby!