Pyramids

by Joel Magid

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From the first refrain on Joel Magid’s new album, Pyramids, it’s clear that this record is different from his earlier work.

Leaving behind (for the most part) the blown out vocals of Hyenas, Magid’s third album plays heavily with new production techniques, showcasing Magid’s ability to incorporate psychedelic elements into pop-like formulas.

The result of this combination is potent: after listening to Pyramids, you will wake up with these sugary tunes playing in your head, hum them at work, or sing them while walking to meet your friends at the bar.

In addition to the infectious melodies, Magid’s songs—as always—are structured around intelligent lyrics, making Pyramids even more of a pleasure to listen to over and over and over.

We think you’ll love this album.

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credits

released July 7, 2015

Recording Staff & Crew:

Casey Burge : Guitar Solo & rhythm guitar on Since you went away, Bass on Shame, Put a hole in my head, Groove, Back up vocals on Since you went away, Shame, Put a hole in my head
Scott Smith: Drums on Since you went away, Tombs, Bluebells & Carbon, Marionette, Moving Backwards. Back up vocals on Ain’t it cold
Papi Fimbres: Drums on Bluebells & Carbon, Marionette, Shame, special percussion, Lots of Groove
Berg Radin: Back up vocals on Ain’t it cold, Dynamic wit
Andrew Hanna: Lead solo guitar on Marionette
Carlos Segovia: Guitar on Since you went away, Tombs, Bluebells & Carbon, Moving Backwards, special percussion, More Groove
Lilly Maher : Triple Cello on Since you went away
Dan Mahoney: Piano on Tombs, Bluebells & Carbon, Put a hole in my head
Ryan “White lightnin” Wiggans : Trumpet and Clarinet
Scott Matthew Yoder: Guitar on Shame, Bass & spatial guitar on Since you went away, back up vocals on Ain’t it cold
Garrett Brown : Bass & Rhodes on Marionette
MJ Woodis : Bass on Tombs, Bluebells & Carbon, Moving backwards, Back up vocals on Here comes a big black cloud, Since you went away, Ain’t it cold, Tombs, Bluebells & Carbon, Where are you now? Lots of help.
Jeni Wren: Piano on Shame, Back up vocals on Ain’t it cold
Bryan Wollen: Drums on Marionette, Shame, Put a hole in my head
Casey “The Kyd” Robbins: Drums & Lead Guitar on Where are you now, Drums, tinfoil, and frog on Bodies on the ark. Drums, handclaps, and playing the shoes on Ain’t it cold

Andrew M. Kelley: Back up vocals on Here comes a big black cloud, Where are you now?
Brent Schneider: Back up vocals on Ain’t it cold
Lia Lavender Gist: Lead vocals on Tombs, Bluebells & Carbon, Back up vocals on Shame

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Joel Magid Portland, Oregon

Joel Magid's new album Hyenas is an absorbing collection of psych-pop and homegrown melody, with echoes of the phantasmagoric '60s, and a slice of punk-rock DIY-ness for good measure. "Snakes, I Love You" is one of the album's more upbeat numbers, a grimy but catchy slice of basement-prom pop. It's one of Hyenas' many highlights. -Ned Lannamann
Portland Mercury
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Track Name: Bodies on the ark
Bodies on the arc.

Am Dm
You said hey, I said hello
E Am
You said I wish you didn’t have to go
Dm E
I know I know to stay with you would only cause us harm
Am
To stay a little longer
Dm E Am Dm
We would pay the price to place our bodies on the arc
E Am Dm
Because we know so well the characters here in the dark

Is it wrong, is it wrong
E Am
Oh come on, come on, come on, oh come on

E D A
It’s strangely cold when were in bed
B7 E
And it will be tomorrow
D A B7
Just one more night is what you said to belong to you
C# D A B7 E
You don’t have to look to tell we don’t play it very well
Am Dm E Am
We fell in love in this life and all our beauty was a knife
Dm E
I cut the left side you cut the right
Am
And then we both embraced and bled out in the night
Dm E Am Dm
We paid the price and placed our bodies where we pleased
E Am Dm
As characters in the dark we chose to die down on our knees

Is it wrong, is it wrong
E Am
Oh come on, come on, come on, oh come on
Track Name: Here come a big black cloud
Here comes a big black cloud (capo 2nd fret)
E
There’s dirt in my mouth, there’s dirt in my veins
B
There’s dirt in my heart since you went away

I can’t even feign to play my own damn game
B7 E
There are dirt in these words since you went away
F#7 B7 E
Here comes a big black cloud
E
Black clouds on my arms black clouds in my eyes
B
Big rain in my chest because of your goodbyes

I can’t even feign to play my own damn game
B7 E
The sun will not rise because of your goodbyes
F#7 B7 E
Here comes a big black cloud (x2)
A B7 E A
You will not be here I see it very clear
F#7 B7 E
Here comes a big black cloud

SOLO
E
Blue tears on my hands red tears on the walls
B
Black tears in my heart since you won’t take my calls

Murdered all my pride and you’ve murdered me inside
B7 E
Rainbows & Waterfalls since you wont take my calls
F#7 B7 E
Here comes a big black cloud (x2)
A B7 E A
You will not be here I see it very clear
F#7 B7 E
Hear comes a big black cloud
Track Name: Maybe tomorrow
Maybe Tomorrow (capo 3rd fret)

G G7 C C7
Skin sheathing all of us in, stretching with perfection
G F D
It’s brilliantly thin
G G7 C C7
Fleet the dark is far more discreet, for entering a temple
G F D
Constructed of meat
G G7 C C7
Same game we all share the same claim, you think there is a difference
G F D
C’mon, you can explain?
Em D G B/B7 Em
I know as so do you I really do
D C
This frame represents two ends of a continuum
G G7 C C7
To face we haven’t discovered our place yet, but maybe tomorrow perhaps
G F D
If that’s the case
G G7 C C7
We lose friends, ahh such beautiful friends, we state we love each other
G F D
Turns out that depends
G G7 C C7
And from a distance all our problems are so small
G F D
The tiniest wall
G B C D G
Here you have to see the two ends of the line
B C D
Don’t blame it on an external state of mind
Em D G B/B7 Em
I know as so do you I really do
D C D
This frame represents two ends of a continuum and if you want to waste it
F C G
It’s easy
Track Name: Since you went away
Since you went away
Intro: E A7 (x2)
E A7
What would I say to dead flowers on the bathroom floor

That wouldn’t make them rot some more
E
Since you went away
A7
What could I do so you would treat me extra sweet or at least make this pain retreat
C E
Since you went away since you went away
Am E (stop) E/G/E/C/B/A/G
Since you went away they tell me that you’re doing grand
Am G B dom7
They tell me that you’re hanging in the sand, which sounds nice to me
E G# G#7
Darling why must we have the same problems again and again
A A7
I’m getting the feeling we’ve been
C B dom7
Silly fools for all the wrong reasons
E G# G#7
So I will keep pouring libations my dear
A A7 C B dom7
Would could be laughing except you keep leaving with all of your magic
A maj B dom7
And it’s really bumming me out

Intro repeat E A7 (x2)
Solo E A7 A7 C E
Am E (stop) E/G/E/C/B/A/G
Since you went away they tell me that you’re doing grand
Am G B dom7
They tell me that you’re hanging in the sand, which sounds nice to me

How I wish that I was there
E A7
But I am far so very far away from you
C
And lately I don’t have a clue
E C
Since you went away, Since you went away (repeat twice)
Track Name: Tombs
Tombs (featuring Lia Lavender Gist)

Intro D/C/B/Bb/A/G/F/E
D D/C D/B D/Bb D
Takes a lot of mistake for this one perfect take to be gone
D D/C D/B D/Bb D
And the only real waste is the length of our taste to belong
G A7 D
On a little scrap
F#m A7 D F# G
On a little microscopic dot
A7 D
Way out

D D+
And still there are all of these walls
G Gm
And despite how they feel, none of them real
D A7
None of them really here at all
D A7
Way out
D D/C D/B D/Bb D
How we smile, imitate. How we beg to relate all day long
D/C D/B D/Bb D
To think that the dust in our bones, carbon bound might find homes and live on
G A7 D
On a little scrap
F#m A7 D F#
On a little microscopic
G A7 D F# G
Tiny misanthropic dot
A7 D
Way out
Track Name: Bluebells & Carbon
Bluebells & Carbon

D D/C D/B D/Bb D D/C D/B D/Bb
One day I love you, the next day I love you I will be gone
Track Name: Ain't it cold
Ain’t it cold
Intro: A/B/A/B/E
E
Ain’t it cold in this world, ain’t it cold?
B7
Ain’t it cold in this world, ain’t it?
E C G
When you open up your heart and they slaughter it for art
A B7 E A/B/A/B/E
Ain’t it cold in this world?
E B7
Still temptation we can’t help. Oh temptation we care
E C G
How it hurts when we flirt with another green mistake
A B7 E
Ain’t it cold in this world?
C B7 E (x2)
Howl it out
C B7 E C
Howl it out
C B7 E A/B/A/B/E
Howl it out

Solo
E
So if you choose to let it rain inside your heart
B7
Do you really want it to rain?
E C G
Sustain all the pain and have yourself a ball
A B7 E
I’m in love with you
A B7
Still ain’t it cold in this… world

C B7 E (x2)
Howl it out
C B7 E C
Howl it out
C B7 E A/B/A/B/E
Howl it out
Track Name: Marionette
Marionette G G# A

A A/Ab A/G A/Gb
We wait for light but behold darkness
D B7
In a demon-haunted world does it matter what is true
E E/D E/Db Esus B7
Where would we start?
A A/Ab A/G A/Gb
That kind of light is the light that burns me out
D B7
And a mountain of this guilt is surely tantamount
E E/D E/Db Esus B7
To the heart
D E A/A7
But is that you marionette?
D E D/A A E7
Is that you, marionette
A A/Ab A/G A/Gb
Is it such a crime to know what you say
D/A
To the ears that you’re around
B7
The ideas you forge into sound
E E/D E/Db Esus B7
All of the time, all of the time
D E A A7
But is that you marionette?
D E D/A A E7
Is that you, marionette
Gbm E
And though the roads not long
D A
And soon we will be gone
B7 E/Edom/E7
Right now, we can belong
A A/Ab A/G A/Gb
I’d give it all, I’d give it all to you
D/A A
If you could turn around and give it back to me too
A A/Ab A/G A/Gb D/A A
I’d give it all, I’d give it all to you but if Marionette is present then we’re through
Track Name: Where are you now?
Where are you now? Am/G Am/G# Am
Am Am/Ab Am/G
There is a place where you get so low but
Am/Gb
Don’t let me tell you what you already know
D D+5 D6
Fine details scatter and erode with age like a
D7
Mote of dust they blow away
F A F A7
I’ve never known you so far, I often wonder where you are
Dm Dm/Db Dm/C
You scampered off quick like a rat
Dm/B
When I hollered sink and you fell off the map
Gm A7 Dm
Where are you now oh, I want to know
Gm
Where are you now, oh oh
A7
Where are you now?
D D+5
The details scatter and fade like pain
D6 D7
Like a mote of dust we all blow away but it
G A7 D G
Shouldn’t be so hard, no it shouldn’t be this hard oh no it
A7
Shouldn’t be so hard
F A F A7
I’ve never known you this way, I wonder where you are today
Dm Dm/Db Dm/C Dm/B
You really got me you really did balling like a little kid
Gm A7 Dm
Where are you now, oh I want to know
Gm
Where are you now, oh ooh
A7 Dm Gm
Where are you now I want to know where are you now oh ooh
A7 Dm Gm
Where are you, where are you, where are you now
Track Name: Put a hole in my head
Put a hole in my head
intro C Am7 Dm7 G7

C Eb dim
Put a hole in my head and fill it with your smile
Dm7 G7
So the two of us can linger here for a while longer
C Eb dim
Put a hole in my head and we’ll both take a bath
Dm7 G7
Get mostly clean and maybe share a laugh well…
C Eb dim Dm7
Put a hole in my head, Darling and do it right now
G7 C
Put a hole in my head and we’ll both have fun tonight

Solo
C /Am7 /Dm7/G7 (x2) C/E7
A7 D
And now I really gotta go
G7 C
You always keep me out way past the show
C B Bb A7 D
And though it’s easy to find you sitting Center Square
G7 C G
When I find you, you are present and somehow not there
C Eb dim Dm7
Put a hole in my head, Darling and do it right now
G C
Put a hole in my head and we’ll both have fun tonight
C Eb dim Dm7
Put a hole in my head, Darling girl and do it right now
G7 C
Put a hole in my head and we’ll both have fun tonight
Am7 Dm7 G7
Tonight tonight
F G
Destroy my tomorrow, who cares of the day
C/B/Bb/A7/Dm7/G7/C
And we’ll have a good time tonight
Track Name: Shame
Shame
E F#
I hang with you everyday, yes I do
B7 E
And though you want you can’t throw me away no and I
F#
I think you know my name, yes you do. I
B7 E
I think you know my name
E
I am shame, shame, shame
C7 G
I am shame. My name is shame
B7
And you wear me around like a big heavy crown
E
I am shame, shame, shame
C7 G
I am shame. My name is…
B7 E
Circle or square I’ll be right here the same
E F#7 B7 E
When you spend your time with me you’re paying to be free
E F#7 B7 E
& It doesn’t have to be bad it can be lovely
E F#7 B7
For all the times your pretty sure you’ve failed in your heart and
E
When your dreams aren’t exactly what you’ve scaled, tomorrow
E F#7 B7
Without me there’d be no night or day and anyhow
E
I am here to stay
E
I am shame, shame, shame
C7 G
I am shame. My name is shame
B7
And you wear me around like a big heavy crown
E
I am shame, shame, shame
C7 G
I am shame. My name is…
B7 E
Circle or square I’ll be right here the same…
E F#7 B7 E (repeat 3 total)
You know my name, my name, is shame