Josh Kaufman's Rocketship Park returns for a second album. The physical manifestation of this record is a 7" single + CD + cookie set.
The full album on CD is packaged with a 7" single of "Fast Friends" b/w "Catherine" and "Pistachio." 300
pieces. The first 100 records will be pressed on black and white split
vinyl like a black and white cookie. Hand numbered. Letter-pressed. Art
by Kara Smith. Each order comes with a delicious homemade cookie or
sweet treat from the Kaufman-Nero kitchen. ROCKETSHIP PARK: Cakes and Cookies (SBR48)
If you're looking for something to tell you the band in question tours
extensively and has enjoyed the good favor of the blogosphere, has
pioneered its own micro-genre or commands legions of street-teaming
fans, forget it. Rocketship Park is simply a hidden musical
diamond in the infinite clutter of the twenty first century. Unless
you've been directly involved in the growth of this project, there is
only one point of entry for you.
Listen to the record!
Once you've done this, if you need more information, read further.
Rocketship Park is masterminded by a multi-instrumentalist, song-man,
producer, vocalist, and auteur by the name of Josh Kaufman. Josh
spent many years writing and recording hours and hours of fantastic
songs absolutely beloved and worshiped by his friends but never
officially compiled or released, much less promoted. It wasn't until
2006 that he mobilized Rocketship Park, an entity designed as a band but
ultimately evolving as his solo vehicle. In 2007, with the help of
some incredibly talented friends, Josh and his band made Off and Away,
the first Rocketship Park record. NPR described how Kaufman "fleshed out
smooth, folky songs about life and loss, family and friendship, while
harnessing a simple, seemingly effortless beauty." These songs scored
the lives of a loyal and devoted few.
In the intervening years since Off and Away's release Kaufman has become
a busy side-man, a working musician and producer whose unique talents
have brought him to the studio and/or the stage with the likes of Dawn
Landes, Caithlin de Marrais (of Rainer Maria), the National, Josh
Ritter, Yellowbirds, Balthrop Alabama, Benji Cossa, Higgins and too many
more to list here. These artists play with Josh because nobody can do
what he does. He's not just a guitar player, a keyboardist, a bassist, a
drummer, a producer, an arranger, a singer, a composer, a song-man, a
lyricist, or the greatest guy ever, although he is all of these things
exquisitely and without peer; Josh is a force of Josh. Nowhere is this
force better embodied than on Cakes and Cookies.
Knowing Kaufman's brilliance explains his popularity as a collaborator
with other artists. That busy touring and recording schedule kept him
from finishing the second Rocketship Park record for nearly three years
but allowed him the time to buff it into an utterly seamless work.
Cakes and Cookies resulted from several years of sporadic sessions with
Serious Business' Travis Harrison, engineer Halsey Quemere, and an
expanding cast of collaborators including Landes and the National's
Bryan Devendorf. Kaufman's pop songs speak multitudes in verse and
chorus. To deem his compositions "catchy" would be accurate but would
undersell their eloquence and power. He makes beautiful, utterly
delightful pop music no one else could ever make.
Listen to the record! Out June 28. PREORDER IT. SBR48 /// ROCKETSHIP PARK /// Cakes and Cookies
1. Swan (2:17)2. Fast Friends (3:36)3. Stuck With Me (3:06)4. Pistachio (2:10)5. It's Not You (3:04)6. Catherine (0:34)7. Crossing the Street (3:29)8. Cakes and Cookies (2:28)9. Head (2:52)10. See You (4:55)11. Standing There (3:13)7" tracklist
A: Fast Friends
B: Catherine / Pistachio
-----Produced by Josh Kaufman and Travis Harrison with a lot of help
from Kevin Fish, Eric Jackson, Mike Phillips, Brian Kantor, Annie Nero,
Bryan Devendorf, Halsey Quemere, Steve Salett and Dawn Landes.All songs by Josh Kaufman (Turtle Tunes ASCAP)All instruments by Josh Kaufman unless noted below.All recording, mixing done at Serious Business Music, NYC unless noted below.Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music, NYCover drawing by Kara Smith1. Swan (2:17)Trombone, Vocals: Eric JacksonRecorded in 2006 at Halsey Quemere's old home studio in downtown Brooklyn, NY Mixed by Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison 2. Fast Friends (3:36)Recorded by Kevin Fish at Lyonsville Studios in Kingston, NY and Halsey Quemere at Serious Business Music, NYCDrums: Travis HarrisonSynth, Singing, Guitar: Kevin FishPercussion, Singing, Guitar: Brian KantorMixed by Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison3. Stuck With Me (3:06)Basic tracks recorded by Steve Salett at Saltlands in BrooklynDrums(and very high male voice): Bryan DevendorfOrgan, Guitar: Nate MartinezBacking Vocals, mix wisdom: Dawn Landes Mixed by Travis Harrison 4. Pistachio (2:10)Recorded by Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison at Serious Business Recording Studios, NYCPercussion: Brian KantorVocals: Eric JacksonBass, Vocals: Kevin Fish Mixed by Halsey Quemere 5. It's Not You (3:04)Basic tracks recorded by Steve Salett at Saltlands in Brooklyn, NYDrums: Bryan DevendorfBacking Vocals: Annie Nero and Eric Jackson Mixed by Travis Harrison 6. Catherine (0:34)Recorded and mixed at Josh and Annie's home in Brooklyn 7. Crossing the Street (3:29)Recorded by Halsey Quemere at Manhattan Center, NYCDrums, Percussion: Travis HarrisonDrum, Bass, Singing: Annie NeroPedal Steel: Mike PhillipsGuitar, Singing: Eric Jackson Mixed by Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison 8. Cakes and Cookies (2:28)Recorded by Kevin Fish at Lyonsville Studios in Kingston, NYDrum: Jake LyonsDrum: Jordan CrowellBass, Singing: Eric JacksonOrgan, Singing: Kevin FishLady Voice: Dawn Landes Mixed by Travis Harrison9. Head (2:52)Recorded by Halsey Quemere at Serious Business Recording Studios, NYCDrums, singing: Brian KantorBass, Piano, Singing: Kevin FishMissus Singing: Annie NeroPedal Steel: Mike Phillips Mixed by Halsey Quemere and Travis Harrison 10. See You (4:55)Recorded by Kevin Fish at Lyonsville Studios in Kingston, NYPedal Steel: Mike PhillipsDoo and hmm Singing, Recorder: Dawn LandesTwelva, Wurlitzer: Kevin FishGuitar, Trombone: Eric JacksonPercussion: Travis Harrison Mixed by Travis Harrison 11. Standing There (3:13)Recorded by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Recording Studios, NYCBacking Vocals, Bass and Tambourine: Annie NeroDrums: Brian Kantor12 string Guitar, Organ: Kevin FishPedal Steel: Mike Phillips Mixed by Travis Harrison"Swan" how i tried to see himbut he was halfway gonejust a battered bird thenhe used to be a strong, strong swan "Fast Friends" fast friends by the time of our meetingold pals by the the time we finished eatingit's just that part of you that brings me ina message in your glance that reads i've got your secret safe with meyour heart, it beats a code i readfast friends by the time of our meetinga closeness that kinda feels like we're cheatingit's just that part of you that looks like sinmaybe that we're older now we'll know how to begin and skip the chasea silly game that time erasesstop dead in our tracks like we're huntedbow snaps and our pulse begins a pumpingwe stick out like a flower in a bed of grasswe're hanging on that single stem for times we had that passed too fastwe never let those feelings last, no we never let those feelings lastfast friends "Stuck With Me" September by the bridge watching ships dock inwaiting for my friend's friend's friend'sfolks walk aboard as i wave to themwe flap our hands in the wind, wind, windwhoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoawhere's that money i spentwhen my ship came and wentis it peaches aboard that ridegliding into a sunset sighwhat am i missing on the other sideam i wasting my time, time, timewhoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoawhere's that money i spenthave you ever wanted someone but you were all by yourselfjust by the bridge watching ships dock insee those passengers on board bringing lovers to other shoresclouds open up and i get real soakedhaving just missed my boat, boat, boata horn blows and the river singsi watch another ship come inwhoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoathere's only one guarantee that is that i'm stuck with me "Pistachio" envy the pistachiocause she is so sweet insideprotected by her shell she hidesso sublime, just a fine old time in the shademother nature has madesometimes she is much too closed to unfold, to unfoldshe isn't crazy, she's just nutsthe fort she's been dealt, protects her from all but patient preyjust a fine old time in the shademother nature has madesometimes she is much too closed to unfold, to unfoldand that's ok, i think it's alright. "It's not you" when you're waiting for someoneto pick up on the other side for an answer that sits insideoh my, oh my, that's just a waste of timeyou're giving away a piece of you, you're giving away the thing that's truebaby i don't wanna go to sleep tonight, something in my heart just doesn't seem rightooo, and it's not youi've been warned before when i wasn't felling strong to shake and nod yes, just so i belongtakes away the thread that holds me togetherlike a boy in trouble i'm playing with bubblesyou're giving away a piece of you, you're giving away the thing that's truebaby i don't wanna go to sleep tonight, something in my heart just doesn't seem rightooo, and it's not youyou're giving away a piece of you, you're giving away the thing that's truei don't wanna go to sleep tonight, something in my heart just doesn't seem rightooo, and it's not youooo, it's not you "Crossing the Street" walking into traffic head onwhat a fool am i leaving you behindon the opposite side of the crossoh, i never know what i lostunless i learn to notice the way you hold my handand pose so many questions i can hardly understandoh, i hope you're thinking about meoh, i don't want to act so meanis this to love, what i learning ofwith every falli see your face and hear your callis this to love, what i learning ofwith every falli see your face and hear your call "Cakes and Cookies" heard ya singing and i felt the powernear the stadium by the seawith some friends who need me for my laughteranother partner for the summer's scenesomething so temporary, out of the ordinaryembraced but feeling more alonesaw you waiting by the cakes and the cookiesand alarmed by the beating in my chesti don't think it was the sugar rushing through my veins when we lay down to kisssomething so temporary, out of the ordinaryembraced but feeling more aloneringing phone, a voice i haven't heard for a long, long timemy turn to speak, but how can i competewhen i can't even make up my mind if i've been bad or if i've been finesomething so temporary, out of the ordinaryembraced but feeling more alone "Head" i know i shouldn't feel like this, i've a love at homeone who really cares for me and knows where i come fromwith every feeling i resist another coin gets tossedheads means leave and tails is stayi think i'd better use my head todayoh, playin games with myself, and these games they don't helpthings that make us feel real good are floating around usan idea of love to conjure upbut never to discussbaby, babyplayin games with myself, and these games they don't help, no they don't helpi'm falling into old habitsnot sure where i belongin between station and song, stuck in staticplayin games with myself, and these games they don't help, no they don't help "See You"
when ya gonna step into the light
when will you peak out to view
when will you make your presence known
baby i just want to see you
will you be the flower that unfolds
will you really open up soon
will you grow strong in the sun
baby, i just want to see you
baby i just want to see you
patiently waiting little man
trying so hard to understand
look at what you've grown into
baby it's so good to meet you
baby it's so good to meet you
baby it's so good to meet you
there's no apologies
or now i'm feelin scared
there's only standing there
notice in my eyes
all the times that have gone by
and the sun that is so bright
and the sun that is so bright
and the sun that is so bright blocks out tomorrow
tomorrow oh, oh.
Josh Kaufman, Travis Harrison
Quemere, Harrison, Fish, Kaufman, etc