Iris Nova

by Mudville

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“The roll call of guest musicians (on Iris Nova) is testament to the immense respect that bassist Benny ‘Cha Cha’‚ Rubin and singer Marilyn Carino carry in the underground musician-scene in New York City. ‘Wonder Boy’‚ allows Marilyn Carino to deliver the vocal performance of a lifetime, powerful to the point of bringing you to tears. It’s a song that can rank alongside major-league acts like Radiohead, U2 or even REM for that matter. For those who are getting increasingly impatient waiting on the long awaited third album from Portishead, you need to download this now.” — Straight No Chaser

“In the hands of the smoldering vocalist Marilyn Carino and the producer, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist Ben Rubin, down-tempo beats, haunted-matinée-style organ playing, and electronic flourishes coalesce into something familiar yet wholly unique.” (John Donohue) — The New Yorker

“Smoldering like the remnants of a fire, or maybe the beginnings of what will become a blistering blaze, (the twelve tracks on Iris Nova) are a musical force… a slow burn coaxed into well-fueled flames that produce considerable amounts of heat. Adding interest to Carino and Cha Cha’s chemistry are lyrics that are ethereal, quirky, and questioning, complementing the evocative production with ease. ‘Brooklyn’ is a funk-rock romp that comes close to matching the grit and eclecticism of the borough of its title. The genre-blending that some musicians work so hard to achieve here seems effortless, genuine, and unique.” — Okayplayer.com

**** (FOUR STARS) “Wecome back to Mudville – an ever-expanding pasture of thoughtful lyrics, whirling rhythms and unpredictable soundscapes… a pageantry of maturing sounds and measures, confident attitudes and different genres. Iris Nova challenges the listener as well, offering up 12 tracks of musical brain food that are for the realist and idealist alike.” — American Songwriter

credits

released March 13, 2007

Produced by Benny Cha Cha

MUDVILLE is:
Marilyn Carino – vocals
Benny Cha Cha – sounds*
Lyrics* by Marilyn Carino. Music* by Marilyn Carino and Benny Cha Cha
* except where noted

Recorded at:
The Mood Mill, Almonte, ON, Canada by Ken Friesen ken@kenfriesen.com
House of Cha Cha, Brooklyn, NY by Benny Cha Cha www.houseofchacha.com
Kaleidoscope Sound, Union City, NJ by Randy Crafton, assisted by Dan Fleisher www.kaleidoscopesound.com
Additional recording at:
John Kilgore Sound & Recording, New York, NY; www.johnkilgore.com
Freedman's Home Cooking, Brooklyn, NY
Studio 4D, Brooklyn, NY

Mixed by Benny, Ken and Marilyn at The Mood Mill, Almonte, ON, Canada
Mastered by Gene Paul at DB Plus, New York, NY, assisted by Jamie Polaski www.gandjaudio.com

CD design and layout by Jason A.G.
Iris Nova logo by Jason Ratner www.jratnerdesign.com
Photography by Anna Keenan www.annakeenanphotography.com
Styling by Pepper Pastor www.pepperstar.com
Marilyn’s clothing by Miranda Fidler/Mudville Collective
www.myspace.com/mirandino

Thanks to the following for their encouragement, generosity and hard work in helping make this record possible:
Fiona Bloom www.thebloomeffect.com, Jim Campilongo, Jessica DuLong www.jessicadulong.com, John Walter Bollinger, Brian Charette, ALL the superb musicians who played on Iris Nova, Ken Friesen, Gene Paul + everyone at DB Plus, Randy Crafton + everyone at Kaleidoscope Sound, John Kilgore, Charity MacDonald www.dddeyes.com, Mike Mills, Ralph Farris, Nate Shaw www.nateshaw.com, Dred Scott www.dredscott.com, Jason Ratner, Anna Keenan, Miranda Fidler, Barry Heyman www.heylaw.com, Nelson Kim nelsonkim123@gmail.com, Trevor Gale + everyone at SESAC www.sesac.com, Mike Jones + CDForge www.cdforge.com, Lucy Beer at Elemental Consulting www.elemental-consulting.com, www.myspace.com, Teddy Kumpel www.teddybut.com, Tim Luntzel www.luntzel.com, David Phelps www.davidphelpsguitar.com, Richard Weinstein, everyone at the Rockwood www.rockwoodmusichall.com, Moms and Dads, Nichiren Daishonin, Daisaku Ikeda, Linda Johnson and the SGI family www.sgi-usa.org.

Marilyn Thanks Ben with much love and appreciation.

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Track Name: Eternity
They say its all for nothing
Creation no more than a place of mocking woe
A waking wait in slumberland (yeah, time is a lion - no one can rely on it)

They're asking, "Where's my promised glory, where's my fate?" They don't know they're closer to the truth than God (so sentimental)

They're the seekers sick and pleading for the vision to see
Eternity
A cloud to make a home, some alchemy of life's debris
They are seekers who will live to die of wishing to see
Eternity
Trade imitations for the wonderful law

We stand in heaven's doorway, in hell's parade at every moment
So instead of mourning why not let's celebrate
Every day out of life

In place of real emotion
Kill off that little love your heart can find
For those not of your kind
Be that your foolish maker’s disaster plan?
Oh yeah, you got it in writing

They're the wonders not perceiving they're a wake on the sea
Eternity
Clean as the stars are old
Ever the burning brightly free
We are wonders ever feeding what the minute could be
Eternity
Leave all your bets, it’s such a wonderful law

Rare as the dust of worlds on one finger is your bone and memory
And love is only love, a cold wind can turn it to pain
We could be all we ever wanted
Or head for a crash landing
Track Name: Wonder Boy
This one's a little like you, soul-dark and rainy-eyed
You run in your sleep, I'm still in motion
You take it hard and you hold it deep
But ah, I call it sweet and wonder, boy
Has anyone loved the blood inside you?

You know me, I'm the girl with the gun
but I can't shoot anyone
Under your bed you want us to live
in silver, blue and yellow

In the stars a war, in the stars a war...

Some say there ain't no way,
but I say, "where shall we go today?"
and wonder, boy
has anyone loved the blood inside you?
Track Name: Wicked
Here we go again
no plots or wishing can stop it now
that ragged march
This spurious sin

You smile the light of me, ply the fight in me
we fly at the sun, ghosts at our back

What we call upon is wicked
a carryover from some time long gone
Every time we almost rated
you bit the hand and it bit you back
you bit the hand and it bit you back

What you want I got
I pour it out till you drown
For you I’m ground
and like an anchor you drag me around

And what’s it gotten us –
a draw at naughts and crosses and bloody fingers
For all I could have, it wounds more to doubt

What we call it now is wicked
just fence to mend and cross to bear
To bury us in want is wicked
you bit the hand and it bit you back
you bit the hand and it bit you back

over and over
bowling me over
sleeping alone

I shouldn’t want you but damn my eyes I do
Track Name: Brooklyn
The billboard boys got so much nothing to flash

just some bandit rich man’s name

The Kings losers got two-cent words, itchin’ to burn, they fly so low
just puffing and muscle

And when the rages say it’s such a hated display

I’ve got to look ‘round and wonder

I’ve never found me a rose so red, a face so black, a heat so hard -
It made me a soldier

Falling in and out of love, in and out of love

From every corner they’re coming like trains, bangin’ their weight
Lord, how’s it only a dust-up?

And white knowers raid immigrant ships, licking their lips

and baking the remains

The Red Middle Mighty hate seeing such flesh sucking and shaking, mixing up browns
It gives those prigs a heart attack!

But that D.R. baby-mama, spilling out over the sides –

I wonder, “There but for what go I?”

Falling in and out of love, in and out of love

Call it world island, am I world island

love me worlds apart - make me your star then break my heart

You got no time to cry me oh my for all that shit that’s going on

Oh, ain’t you the hard one!

You got a notion that home is a myth, love is a trick - we are the same leather
I’ll take your venal straight money-cheap bait brotherly hate dare-of-fate

war on the avenue

Oh, but can you take me as I am?

Can you take me as I am, falling in and out of love?
Track Name: Joy
There are no worries where I dwell
There are no worries where I dwell, in Joy

From the earth I came
Promised to speak what I have learned of Joy
Until the people awaken

The candle that lights the hole
Dark for a thousand years
While we live and die is Joy

The mud your daddy gave
Turned into bricks to make a home is Joy

Bow to your mirror
Bow to your mirror

There will the blossoms rain
And golden ropes they mark the road to Joy

A sea full of rivers -- feed in
Track Name: Duke
A single merry soul, wise to the dust and diamond
At home with all the world, no man would be his jailer

Face buried in my hands, he bring me back around
Safe, taken in his hands
into his carved-wood land
oh, I want to be there

Gray skies are just clouds passing over
Gray skies are just clouds passing over

A daily prayer for all the living was his dream
I never knew my heart could be so blue and smiling

A phrase opening a can of stars
Now many could be born into his carved-wood land
oh, I want to be there

Gray skies are just clouds passing over
Gray skies are just clouds passing over

A winter-dark lie he traded for
a fable of feast
Behind his eye, a distant shore
A heaven up in Harlem
oh, I want to be there
Track Name: Sado
There was a war, sugar man, I won it
Long the fever ran, it burned me
But in my wicked rooms the sun played

I've been waiting for you
in the low horizon that I rise on
I've been waiting for you

Once I thought I knew I owed the world
I sold myself for family, a friend
The moon's weight on all the ways out
and bearing the wound of digging for you

I've been waiting for you
in the waters of carried oceans
I've been waiting for you

Where had you fought, sugar man
your own war?
In peace with you alone disturbing me
Played all the rules, we saved the day and all we've found
When we take to the air, burn up the ground
Track Name: This Hollywood Life
Who said gravity's a joke?
it plays well in this chair
that get-along-and-stare, tow-headed oyster thinks that he's free
How to get a lock and over, my my, when I'd rather be wandering the aisles?

Oh, I like this Hollywood life

Call to the vipers, weaned on TV
in line ahead of me
oh, I see what they see
this time I recognize my enemy's might
beautiful in the Safeway light

Oh, I like this Hollywood life

Oh, I'm doing what I like
in packages of vain dreams I head away, over
Oh, it's the bane of me
to watch dirty urban birds baptize the whole
corral of shopping carts so full of soul

Oh, I like this Hollywood life

Sixteen days running we made the old scene
if only I could leave for the coast
some nu-lite companions all Roxy-ed and lean
I suspected them faked out and sore
but I could keep going for seventeen more
Track Name: Sparkle
Pack it up Madonna, your ruse is on fire
they're quaking on your hustle in Camelot and Sing Sing tonight
siren of wondermen, our sweetheart turned you on
six days and counting, and counting on relief

Savior-lover, here and a long ways away
you want to breathe, well well, come back down, air is free

When all I can muster is my own poisonous singing
blow me a kiss from the land of the living

Who's the copilot, I'm the copilot
you be the brave Mr. Almighty ok

And will you sparkle, Sparkle
factory-trashed ruins they run in the road for you
Sparkle, Sparkle, why did you where did you go?

And oh, how we worry
see what you've done to your friend after you traded your peyote for tea
Martyrs are swinging, but they don't adore you
grounded on deep purple knees, in envy and awe of the cool world before you, but not I
I came up on the knife, there's a fire in my life
the broken, the slave, the old going your way

And will you sparkle, Sparkle
I'm punk on this house but I'm too bent to follow you
Sparkle, Sparkle why did you where did you go

Faith in a can isn't anything, man
but it fights with your life like cologne on the subway

And will you sparkle, Sparkle
A matador even in pieces beside me you sparkle, Sparkle
feed my mind one more time
Track Name: Wicked (Voodoo Bossa mix) (BONUS TRACK)
Here we go again
no plots or wishing can stop it now
that ragged march
This spurious sin

You smile the light of me, ply the fight in me
we fly at the sun, ghosts at our back

What we call upon is wicked
a carryover from some time long gone
Every time we almost rated
you bit the hand and it bit you back
you bit the hand and it bit you back

What you want I got
I pour it out till you drown
For you I’m ground
and like an anchor you drag me around

And what’s it gotten us –
a draw at naughts and crosses and bloody fingers
For all I could have, it wounds more to doubt

What we call it now is wicked
just fence to mend and cross to bear
To bury us in want is wicked
you bit the hand and it bit you back
you bit the hand and it bit you back

over and over
bowling me over
sleeping alone

I shouldn’t want you but damn my eyes I do