Panorama

by Birds & Batteries

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countmusica B&Bs have been a personal fav for several years and this is their strongest album by lengths. Fluid, focused with plenty of variety, you really can't go wrong with Panorama. Favorite track: The Villain (LP Version).
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Peck This is my favorite album yet by Birds & Batteries. The lyrics are super deep, words to live by. B&B are still very much at large...I've only heard "Let the Door Swing" so far from their new joint "Stray Light". Amazing song, peep the crazy video. Favorite track: We're an Industry.
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Do you like walking into a record store, interacting with a person and buying a record? We feel like its one of the best things a person can do. We're proud to say a hand-full of select record stores are carrying our beloved vinyl pressing of Panorama. The stores are in Oakland, Echo Park (LA), Chicago, Des Moines, Omaha and Tucson. Check out these record store in your town and tell them Birds & Batteries says "hi."

Reckless Records
www.reckless.com
1532 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
773-235-3727

Origami Vinyl
www.origamiorigami.com
1816 West Sunset Boulevard
Echo Park, CA 90026
213-413-3030

Antiquarium Records
www.myspace.com/antiquarium
417 South 13th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
402-345-0294

1-2-3-4 Go Records
www.1234gorecords.com
423 40th Street
Oakland, CA 94609
510-985-0325

ZZZ Records
www.zzzrecords.com
2200 Ingersoll Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
515-284-1401

The Wooden Tooth
417 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
520-358-0075

The Old Well
www.theoldwell.net
2102 3rd Street
Julian, Ca 92036
760-527-4014

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released October 12, 2010

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Track Name: Panorama
Well I want a panorama
Just so I can see it all
360 degrees around me

You could watch a year go by like a house-fly
Time's up on the wall
It's got so many eyes
And not one will sympathize

Oh I want a panorama
One look, wide-eyed and alive
360 and 5 degrees around the sun

Because there's so much to see
And it's racing behind me
But some how, I'm gonna break free
From the boundaries that separate the world from me

Well I could dissipate into the landscape
And fade in to black sand
All my big plans into sparrows and whip-por-wils

And the night jar
And the chimney swift
All carrying them out
Without me, yes I know they will carry them

Oh I want a panorama aaah
Cause we can only try not to always be alone
Track Name: A Million People
You never seem to let go
Of everything you think you know
You never let go of what you know

I know it's hard to do
I know it's hard
But I wish you would

Cause there's a million people
Doin' what your doin'

And if you were my kin
At the table it would begin
And I'd try to talk to you
Maybe we could talk
And I wish we would

Cause there's a million people
Doin' what your doin'
And there's a million ways
That you could change
And I wish you would

Now it's time for you to let go
Of everything you used to know
It's not that hard to do
No it's not that hard
And I think we should
Track Name: Raincheck
I'm gonna have to take a raincheck
Cause every time I do
It just gets me through
Another day, another delay
Don't it slow you down?
You put it off for tomorrow
You gonna have to take a raincheck

Well if I leave, I'm gonna regret it
Because I'll never know what might have been
And if I stay, another delay now
Oh no, no
We'll never know what hit us
And if I leave, I'm gonna regret it

But, if we stay strong, I know we could carry on
And like a stream, we keep on rolling along
And as we grow, we flow to the ocean
Down down down, let my love come falling down
Let it flow on down to the ocean


It seems the safest thing is to postpone
And we could play this game another day
When someone's calling you on the telephone
Oh no no,
Call me back tomorrow
It seems the safest thing is to postpone

If I was the only man left alive
I'd still be forced to decide
What to do.
What to do...

You got friends all over town
And when they see you there, they call out your name
I love to hear your name called out
Then I know we got friends in town

And you got a lot of love with in you
You got a lot of love, we're just hanging around
Don't you hold it back no longer
Down down down, let your love come falling down
Let it flow on down to the ocean

If I was the only man left alive
I'd still be forced to decide
What to do
What to do...
Track Name: Strange Kind of Mirror
If you turn around, we go back
Like a train runs on a track
We used to put that record on
Long ago but not that long...

And now your singin' a song
That I knew when I was young
We can only see ourselves
In the people we love
And its a strange kind of mirror
Yeah its a strange kind of mirror

Well I live through you
And you live through me
I wouldn't know me
If I didn't know you
And we live what we see
We live vicariously
We can only see ourselves
We can only see ourselves
And it's a strange kind of mirror

Well we pull as we connect
We absorb as we reflect
And there is another side
And its not that hard to find...

But the more that I hate
The more I can't relate
There must be something in me
That I don't wanna see
And you remind me
You remind me
Of how bad I can be
And it's a strange kind of mirror

And to the people we discard
I know your workin' hard
But you don't talk like me
We sure as hell don't agree
And I can tell
That your angry
But that just makes me angry

But the more that I love
The more I'll rise above
There must be something in me
That I'm trying to see
And you remind me
You remind me
Of how good I could be
And it's a strange kind of mirror
Track Name: We're an Industry
You and me we are an industry
You and me babe, we're an industry
You and me we are an industry
You and me, you and me

Well its hot at the center of the earth
That spot of pyre and liquid core
She causes natural disasters
And it's hot
At the center of the earth

Tectonic plates belong together
Ahh Ahh
Like all the continents we were held together
In the time of volcanoes

It's hot at the center of the earth
White noise and molten harmony
We cause natural disasters
And it's hot, at the center of the earth

Tectonic plates belong together
Ahh Ahh
Like all the continents we were held together
In the time of volcanoes

You and me we are an industry
You and me babe, we're an industry
You and me, we are an industry
You and me, you and me

Well its hot at the center of the earth
White noise and molten harmony
We cause natural disasters and its hot
At the center of the earth
Track Name: Another Inferno
Sometimes I think that dying is just like driving
Down a dark highway
So far away from you
3AM all alone, no music on the radio
My only guide is the fading light
And all the trucks that moan and shudder
Like ghost ships
The wheels of the soul
They'll be dragged, by dark magnets, up mountains
Through the black and into the night

And sometime's we come upon the glow of another inferno
But they scatter like sparks into the suburbs

Aw and then, nothing again
It's when I'm driving
Down a dark highway
All alone, no radio
That I can't help, thinkin' about, fading out
No I can't help thinkin' about, fading out
No I can't help thinkin' about, fading out
Yeah, I can't help thinkin' about, fading out
Track Name: The Machine & The Vampire
The machine and the vampire
Well they need fresh blood to keep alive
And just to keep goin'
Just to keep the grinding teeth oiled and rolling

Well it's clear now
That evil exists
And it casts a shadow on us all
The things I've done and the things I've seen
Well they changed me

"What doesn't kill you, won't always make you stronger
What doesn't kill you, won't always make you stronger
What doesn't kill you..."
Won't leave you alone

I had no choice but to point a gun at a man
And it cast a shadow over him
But in the city of sand
That man can explode and take you with him

Well it seems that good evil and exist
And they're separated by a name
While others might claim
That two are simply one and the same- oh no

Cause when the teeth touch your neck and break the skin,
They've sucked you in.

I once had a friend, but now he's gone
And I watched him leave in a flash
He walked through the door
I don't wanna tell you anymore
Track Name: The Villain (LP Version)
Oh, city faces
They fade away from me
The mind erases
What the heart can't see
And I'm trading places
With the man across the street and I know
That those city faces
Will fade away from me

And now I am a man of constant sorrow
And I know...
That I've taken all the love I could borrow
And I've seen days of golden suns
But they changed

Now I believe in the villain,
I believe in the thief
Who steals what he is given
And keeps it underneath
I believe in the villain
I believe in the thief
Who steals what he is given
He holds it in his teeth
Now you've become an abstraction
You've become an idea
And when you represent something to someone
Your face will disappear
Yeah you're the core demographic
We're the hands, you're the feet
Now take us where we are going:
Where the heart can't see
Track Name: Some Hypnotic Flash
Cold bones and ring tones
By some hypnotic flash
We are knocked out cold, our switches flipped
We all fall, starry and peaceful

And if the universe fell asleep
We'd never know the difference
But maybe something like an ice-age
Could preserve us, hold us

With electronic lullabyes
All things will sing
Let the centuries pass
And powerlines sway

Baby when we wake up
We'll be together
When we wake up, we'll walk
In the tall grass and remember

When the day comes we will wake up, we will be together
When it comes around, I know we're gonna feel right at home

And if you break through the town walls
Of some big stage production
Tell me where are you in the story?
If you ask me, I'd say the start