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Turning Pount

I see a fork ahead, as I’m sure you do. The fork, as always, is whether the better angels of our nature win the latest battle, or we descend into chaos.

Essentially, as I see it, we will, on average, eschew the garbage information that we are now presented with in the same way that the Enlightenment overthrew millennia of utter bullshit.

Or, we will, on average, succumb to technological fabulism on a grand scale.

If I were to bet, I would lay my chips on the truth if for no other reason that contemporary civilization requires systems of knowledge that yield predictable outcomes. 

We are so far down the path of predictable outcomes that fabulism cannot last long. 

Fabulism may work in the short term, but the window of fabulism is quite short–about half the wavelength of the economic cycle.

When things go really wrong economically–and those in thrall of fabulist world-making discover that their bad ideas yield bad economic outcomes, they snap to pretty quickly.

There hasn’t been a bad economy for nearly ten years. When it happens again, all of the fluff about alternative facts will be wiped clean. At that point, America becomes nothing but pragmatic.

The other fork, though, may suck us under is if a shocking event akin to 9/11 happens before the economic downturn. If that happens, there’s no stopping the fabulists.

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New Record Coming in 2015

Animal Hours started production on our second record in January. We gathered together the same team as last time and spent an incredible week recording the basic tracks for ten new songs. So far, they sound amazing. We can’t share the details just yet, but expect a lot of new music from Animal Hours this Spring.

In celebration of breaking ground on the new record, we’ve released a new video for Challenged from our 2014 record Do Over ›

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Challenged Video

Video for the song Challenged from the 2014 Animal Hours record “Do Over” now available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/animal-hours-do-over-itunes

We are the challenged
Trying again to make it right
Through stony days and lonely nights

We are like islands
Trying to reach across the sea
I think I see you, do you see me?

We start like flowers, closed and small
But when we bloom we’re ten feet tall
We stretch to the sky to see it all
Sometimes we fall

Maybe we’ll make it
Thousands of miles away from home
Maybe we’ll burn up in the air up there

We are like flowers in the sky
We burst into bloom over two miles high
We sail the clouds as we say goodbye
Before we die

We have a moment
To shine the stars from a distant past
We can make it count but we can’t make it last at last

We are the flowers shaped like suns
Shining our light with everyone
Burning so bright ‘til we come undone
As we all become

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Do Over Breaks Into The Charts

For the second week in a row, our record Do Over has charted on the @CMJ Top 200!

Big thanks to @KCSUFM in Fort Collins, Colorado and @883WLFC in Findlay, Ohio.

Thanks also to:

We’re grateful to all of you for playing our record and getting our music out to all of your listeners.

photo (cropped) by Michael Flick (https://www.flickr.com/photos/17773534@N03/3398557401/in/photolist-6bjuHg-dumWsk-6V5pR-2Q1EJh-9wYvpe-8oz6w2-5Erubi-6VtAmP-4b8h7g-6x7P2U-6e4am7-Bzfpe-iY5dEo-2Q1Euq-7wfyt1-66gQiF-dLJoEy-2wfiMr-Hp82w-5HU8ec-5HU5p2-5HYpZ1-uW4jY-5HU8Y8-9kzPdt-5HU822-9gtJuV-dHs2Ao-4RSaCS-4RN3TF-bxeFSD-dJ8S5Q-7FnPKE-89ppMV-7Dqaoa-bsLZUi-nZaYRQ-nGP7dM-6hucbr-2NZssD-aG7r9F-mvSWUE-eKuPwR-esLzzB-9gUVXa-6RJfdH-6R3FQs-4Dhr2d-paDmNN-ax5Yo)

Animal Hours Interview by KDUP Music Director Mason Lindblad

I had a great chat with KDUP music director Mason Lindblad the other day and he’s just posted it online. I felt a little weird talking about myself for that long, but we had a good time and covered a lot of interesting ground including art, the craft of writing, my next record release, and growing up in a dome in the middle of nowhere with a very small sample of popular culture frozen in 1975 as the base for an overarching songwriting aesthetic.