Presents The Farm Tapes, Vol. 2

by Todd Parker

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The Farm Tapes Series features demos, finished recordings and sonic experiments recorded between 1985 and 2001 by Todd Parker with the only requirement being that the recordings were produced on a cassette 4-track machine. A Fostex X-15 was used until 1989 and from then on a Yamaha MT3X was the primary recorder.

The Farm Tapes, Vol. 2 contain recordings that span the era from 1993-1994 in between the Tadpoles recording the He Fell Into Sky and Far Out albums. During this time, after the Tadpoles were a fully fledged live band with a distinctive sound and approach, I felt the need to form a separate project that I called "Witch" in order to experiment and to record ideas that may or may not have been Tadpoles-appropriate material. As it turned out, a few of these tunes ended up remade by Tadpoles, such as Nazareth (on Far Out album), Sense, Snow Down (on Smoke Ghost album), while Disconnect appeared in a remade form many years later on the first Todd Parker and The Witches album, Greetings from the Star Chamber. The project name Witch ended up being used by a later J Mascis band..creating the need for Todd Parker and the Witches to be created.

released December 4, 2015

Compilation ©2015 Todd Parker/Bakery Records

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released December 4, 2015

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Todd Parker Hoboken, New Jersey

Todd Parker, songwriter/guitarist/vocalist/founder, of the 1990's Hoboken/NYC psychedelic rockers, Tadpoles. After releasing 7 CDs, Tadpoles went on indefinite hiatus in 2000. Parker took a decade off and returned with a solo album "Greetings From The Star Chamber" in 2010 and continued on.

For the full Tadpoles bio, see their link on Bandcamp as well as Todd Parker and The Witches on Bandcamp.
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Track Name: Valentine
I've been waiting for my valentine
Been so long since you've been mine
Keep me waiting here all the time
I'll close my eyes and watch the windows fly

Second season of the wicked witch
Caught me thinking 'bout what follows it
A winter storm and there's no place to hide
I think I'll get inside my valentine

Valentine, you get me high
Track Name: The Incredible Melting Man
I am the incredible melting man
Puddle getting bigger
I am the incredible melting man
My mind is getting smaller
My brain is getting bigger

I'm swelling up
Releasing gas
Getting ahead
Releasing fast
I'm swelling up
Releasing gas
Getting ahead
Releasing fast
Swelling up
Releasing fast

I'm the incredible melting man
Incredible melting man

My mind is getting smaller
Track Name: SFDZ
Can you see it too
Dive into the blue
When you're really wet
Watch out for the net
Track Name: Nazareth (Original Demo)
Nazareth ~
You're taking my mind
You're taking my money
You're taking my time

Nazareth~
You're making my mind
You're making me money
You're filling my time

Nazareth~
Its just like a train
That's going insane
That's leaving today

Nazareth~
Please make me deal
With that I would kill
So I can feel real

Nazareth~
Can you spare me dime
Cause I want to get high
If I can't I will cry

Nazareth~
I love all your lights
They really shine bright
Man you're right out of sight

Nazareth~
I'll take you to bed
A dream in my head
Until I am dead

Nazareth~
You're taking my mind
You're taking my money
You're taking my time
Track Name: That Lady
Thats no way to be now
I'm gonna show you somehow
That's no way to be
You're surely gonna lose the key

All along you were invited
To end your trip with me
All along, so frightened
That's all this will ever be
Track Name: Sense (Original Demo)
Take a look around and see what you can find
Follow me down to the sea

Stop along the way at a place that we can hide
The lock on the door is the key

A lady gathers grass and watches where she's been
She hopes none of her neighbors will see

She's stepping inside of the bus that's turning green
For once in her life she is free
Track Name: Midnight At The Laundromat
We can't make up our minds
Good help is hard to find
Sincerely we're ok
If this was some other day

We can't make up our minds
We can't make up our minds
We can't make up our minds

If you want to beat my brain
Won't cause me any pain
Just don't try to get inside
I have nothing left to hide
If you want to beat my brain
Won't cause me any pain
Just don't try to get inside
I have nothing left to hide

I have nothing left to hide
I have nothing left to hide

We can't make up our minds
We can't make up our minds
We can't make up our minds
We can't make up our minds

I have nothing left to hide
I have nothing left to hide
I have nothing left to hide
I have nothing left to hide
Track Name: Tell Me When You Lose It
Sunday morning felt like taking a walk
Went down to the station I could not talk
The barber man asked me boy, where have you been
If you find my brain I think I need a trim

Tell me when you lost it and I will stop
Ran her fingers through my hair without a drop
We had a cup of tea and said goodbye
Tell me when you lose it baby, and I won't cry
Track Name: Snow Down (Original Demo)
Its snowing, cool out all is fine
And my eyes are bugging out of my mind
And my ears are falling out of my head
And I fear, honey, that we are dead

You see, here the weather doesn't change
Its all you can do to stop and rearrange
Its snowing, cool out all is fine
And my eyes are bugging out of my mind

Its snowing, cool out all is fine
Track Name: Disconnect (Original Demo)
Since I've been gone a long time
You, waiting around for the sunshine
Since I, I can't see
No-one will be like me

Since I've been gone a long time
I'm waiting around for the sunshine
Don't expect to be there soon
And I come back to you
Don't expect to be there soon
When I come back to you
When I come back
When I come back
When I come back to you.