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Black Terry Cat

by Xenia Rubinos

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billypar One of my favorite albums of the last decade and it's been in my brain on repeat this week. I really enjoy the contrast between music that sounds so ecstatic against lyrics that are grappling with painful realities of racism, economic struggles, gender inequities, or broader alienation. I don't have the musical vocabulary to say why the music is brilliant but it feels like a perfect blend of soulfulness and innovation. There's more creativity in one track than in most musical careers. Favorite track: Lonely Lover.
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rendeth Beautiful song with a strong message.
Also gets stuck in my head on a loop, amazing album Favorite track: Mexican Chef.
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Christian Wensauer warm-hearted and intelligent at the same time. Instant new favourite from the very first listen.
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1.
Romeo 00:23
2.
I rule this place with a golden fist I don’t play but to keep you open Hide a little sliver of this feelin in the mist I won’t play but to keep you open Baby where you’re not. I don’t wanna be Baby where you’re not, I don’t wanna be Baby where you’re not, I don’t wanna be Tellin you right now what you mean I’ve got things to make your love grow thicker I’m on planes that make your headspace bigger All my stories make your love so sick make your love heartsick Make you love me love me love me Wherever you go Baby where you’re not, I don’t wanna be Baby where you’re not, I don’t wanna be Baby where you’re not, I don’t wanna be Tellin you right now what you mean I’ve got things to make your love grow thicker I’m on planes that make your headspace bigger All my stories make your love so sick make your love heartsick Make you love me love me love me Give it away give it away let it be said let it be written let it be thought let you be bought where you gon go when they give you the deal Give it away give it away let it be said let it be written let it be thought let you be bought where you gon' go when you’re going where you’re not Baby where you’re not, I don’t wanna be Tellin you right now what you mean I’ve got things to make your love grow thicker I’m on planes that make your headspace bigger All my stories make your love so sick, make your love heartsick Make you love me love me love me Ahh love Don’t be afraid of yourself, don’t
3.
Mexican Chef 03:49
French bistro Domincan chef Italian restaurant Boricua chef Chinese takeout Mexican chef nouveau America Bachata in the back Brown walks your baby Brown walks your dog Brown raised America in place of it’s mom Brown cleans your house Brown takes the trash Brown even wipes your granddaddy’s ass Brown sews the buttons back on your shirt Brown picks the fruits Brown planted in the dirt Brown drives your bus Brown drives your taxi Brown brings your lunch on a bike when you’re relaxing I want it, want it all now I want it all now We build the ghettos and we tear them down Brown lays bricks Brown builds your wall Brown tears them down and builds them again Brown breaks his back Brown takes the flack Brown gets cut ‘cause his papers are whack Brown sits down Brown does frown Brown’s up in a hospital gown Brown has not Brown gets shot Brown got what he deserved ‘cause he fought I want it, want it all now I want it all now We sail the boat that’s gonna take you to town We build the ghettos and we tear them down French bistro Domincan chef Italian restaurant Boricua chef Chinese takeout Mexican chef nouveau America Bachata in the back It’s a party across America, Bachata in the back Toma chocolate Paga lo que debes Tómalo Págalo I want it, want it all now want it all now I want it, want it all now want it all now We’re the ones that make sure the tree falls down When the tree falls down it don’t make a sound French bistro Domincan chef Italian restaurant Boricua chef Chinese takeout Mexican chef nouveau America Bachata in the back Party in America Party in America It’s a party across America Bachata in the back
4.
Black Stars 03:59
Quiero quiero quiero quiero quiero quiero quiero quiero quiero quiero quiero quiero Ghetto ghetto ghetto ghetto ghetto ghetto Quiero tener calor You’re gonna tell him what you wanna You’re a million black stars in that fearless night again You’re gonna tell him what he wants to He’s a million black stars and he’s gonna live a million years Gonna tell him what you wanna You’re a million black stars in that fearless night again He’s gonna tell you what you wanna hear You’re a million black stars in that fearless black night again I know this one’s not too fine, you’ll figure it out Can you tell me which way to run? Quiero quiero quiero quiero quiero quiero Ghetto ghetto ghetto ghetto ghetto ghetto What you’re feelin’ what you’re feelin’s all over me Like an evening star on that evening sea What you’re feelin’ what you’re feelin’s all over Like a midday sun on that midnight sea when it’s… You’re gonna tell him what you wanna You’re a million black stars in that fearless black night again He’s gonna tell you what you wanna hear You’re a million black stars in that fearless black night again I know this one’s not too fine, you’ll figure it out Can you tell me which way to run? What you’re feelin’s all over me Like a big black star burning holes in the sea You’re a dipset, make people upset don’t you know I know this one’s not too fine You’ll figure it out Can you tell which way to run? which way to run Busca, busca Busca aguilas que te lleven lejos de mi
5.
Just Like I 02:54
Every single day I buy just what you sell me Every single day I eat the stuff you feed me Every single day Sacrifice for my family Every single day Living in the places you built for me Oh just like I Oh just like I Oh just like I love, I kill, I kill Oh just like I Oh just like I Oh just like I love, I kill, I kill you Every single day I go to work, I fill my cup Every single day I pray to god to lift me up Oh just like I Oh just like I Oh just like I love, I kill, I kill I’m just like my mother I’m just like my father I’m just like your sister, your brother, your mother Oh with the same teeth with the same teeth Oh with the same teeth I smile, I bite you With the same lips With the same lips Oh with the same lips I kiss, I lie too With the same eyes With the same eyes Oh with the same eyes you use, I watch you With the same hands With the same hands Oh with the same hands, that feed I stab you Oh just like I Oh just like I Oh just like I love, I kill, I kill
6.
Right? 04:18
I feel just like a girl, a girl does in this world You show me all them things, the things i’ll never be We’re running from that past, the past don’t ever change Me wastin’ all that time on things I don’t believe What is it gonna take to make us feel safe When we got that whole world blown up anyway? When we’re gone we’ll all be dust in space Did I get that right? You caught me on some “I wanna be the kinda girl that you like” tip Been wastin’ so much time on that whack shit My purse got big and I lost my keys now i’m stuck outside, but when I get in there i’ll find the things that i’ve been looking for a long long time, ‘cause it’s a lonely house Did I get that right? What is it gonna take to make us feel safe When we got that whole world blown up anyway When we’re gone we’ll all be lost in space Did I get that right? Did I get that right? What’s it gonna take to make us feel safe When we got that whole world up in flames? When we’re gone we’ll all be dust in space Did I get that right? Did I get that right? Two months since you’ve been gone now Where’d you go I can’t find out Two whole months since you’ve been gone Where’s my peace? I can’t find none Dreamt I got you on the telephone Said “I miss you” Love lives long Never felt so much pain, wow Wish I was a time traveler Wish I was a time traveler You turned into a big dreamer Wish their playin' all the best songs You’re out there somewhere time traveler Wish I was a time traveler Wish you’re out there big dreamer Fly so high you’re time traveling I wish, I wish Did I get that right? get that right, get that right What is it gonna take to make us feel safe When we got that whole world blown up anyway When we’re gone we’ll all be lost in space Did I get that right? Did I get that right? What is it gonna take to make us feel safe When we got that whole world up in flames? When we’re gone we’ll all be dust in space Did I get that right? Did I get that right?
7.
5 02:07
8.
Lonely Lover 04:24
I, I just can’t seem to stop the stars from falling I, I just can’t wrap my world around it darling You call, you call me up just like my lonely lover You see, I’ve seen a thousand miles just like this Mami just feel like she needs to breathe today, today Give a little space cause I’m going insane and I just need to breathe today Looking for my glasses in the lost and found Willie smacked Papo then they feel down You call me up just like I was you’re last lost lover You see, you see me more than words could ever Oh, just stab my heart and lay me out to pasture Mami just feel like she needs to breathe today, today Give a little space cause I’m going insane and I just need to breathe today Looking for my glasses in the lost and found Drank my last five dollars it’s raining now Mami don’t feel like she got it down Watch out ‘cause I heard that’s coming around I can’t seem to look inside I can’t deny You won’t deny Cannot seem to look you in the eye You shake (omit “just”) like a thousand thunders Mami just feel like she needs to breathe today, today Well I, I, I can’t seem to Well I, I, I just can’t seem to win Well I, I, I can’t seem to I’m just a little star and I’m falling, I’m falling down
9.
Laugh Clown 04:04
I haven’t plucked my eyebrows since last month One of these days I’m gonna let my mustache grow back in Don’t know where I’m going, only where I’ve been I know that cliche’s tired but I feel it on my skin I was worried that my papa lost the chain his mother gave him the day he left, never saw her again Sometime I feel like a clown, then I laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh Does your brain feel fine When you’re fighting Does your brain feel fine When you’re loosing with your mind Ain’t got no money, got no money Got no job, got no kids No country to live in Who am I? I know what you are but what am I? Well, sometime I feel like a clown then I laugh, then I laugh now I’m laugh clown laughing and sometime I feel like a queen then I stand, then I stand now I’m standing Does your brain feel fine When you’re fighting Does your brain feel fine When you’re loosing with your mind Can you feel your way out of the morning just in time Can you feel your way out of the morning, stand in line Can’t tell just how far it goes baby Can you tell me just how far it goes Oh when in time all wounds do scars grow baby We’ll see how far back it goes Sometime I feel like a clown then I laugh, then I laugh, now I’m laugh clown laughing Sometime I feel like a queen then I stand then I stand now I’m standing standing and sometime I feel like a joke That I tell, then I tell, now I’m telling Does your brain feel fine When you’re fighting Does your brain feel fine When you’re loosing with your mind Can you feel your way out of the morning darkness just in time Feel your way out of the morning darkness just in time Your brain feel fine When you’re fighting Does your brain feel fine When you’re loosing with your mind Can you feel your way out of the morning just in time Can you feel your way out of the morning, stand in line
10.
I Won't Say 03:26
info at the fingertips i know nothing tongue off my lips say something my eyes are blinking i look around i’m only sleeping can’t make my mind up about anything play hide and go seek with a prince charming do what they want you to and while you’re lookin’ round thinkin’ it’s cool you miss the real thing give the numbers to the bigger names i don’t know her she don’t know me we all agree we don’t know anyone i don’t know me i’m only sleeping i won’t say anything at all no, i won’t say anything at all no, i won’t say anything at all anything at all anything at all it’s all in front of us it’s far away it happened very far away leave it for another day never leave for tomorrow what can be done today they’ll smile at you and say, “it’s all ok, you’re only sleeping, you’re dreaming” i’ll leave it up to you to tell the story to your friends write about it on your wall i got so many likes that time you won’t believe me if you’re not there, you’re nowhere where is the place you are? put it down, put it down god is dead (i won’t….) dogs bark fish are jumpin’ the sun is hot babies cry no one knows the reasons why we’re only dreaming i won’t say anything at all no, i won’t say anything at all no, i won’t say anything at all anything at all anything at all don’t lay down don’t lay mami, don’t lay down don’t lay down lay down baby down down don’t lay down lay mami, don’t lay down when you find your way out, come on and find me whose hair is compulsively fried? whose skin is bleached? whose nose is too big? whose mouth is too loud? whose butt is too broad? whose feet are too flat? whose face is too black? look at me look at me look at you look at yourself looking at your selfie where’s your selfie lego your selfie i tried to see my ego but was blinded by my selfie i won’t say anything at all no, i won’t say anything at all no, i won’t say anything at all anything at all anything at all
11.
LL 00:53
12.
See Them 05:00
I see the little bird creeping outside Do you see the little bird? He’s sleepin' I see the little bird, feelin’ up, feelin’ down, feelin’ out, feelin' all his feelings Why do you feel this yellow sun? Do you feel the yellow sun on your back? I’m laying on the mat, strokin’ my cat. Do you pack gats? Would you hit me back? Oh no You see them Tell me why You see them Tell me why You see them Tell my why Don’t you see them, you see them Feelin sound feelin’ fresh I’ll clip you like a coupon I’m saving Fold you like newspapers I wanna hold you like a baby and kiss your neck Who are they to come to tell me where I’m from and what is wrong? We know you made up stories page by page Why you lie? You see them Tell me why You see them Tell me why You see them Tell my why Don’t you see them, you see them How do you spell angry brown girl What you owe to the brown girl? You know where to put the brown girl when she’s fuckin it up Where you gonna put the brown girl now? She’s tearin' it up! Dow daba daba daba daba da ba ba dow (see them) Concentrate, concentrate Concentrate, concentrate Listen to what I’m saying Concentrate, concentrate Listen to what I’m Concentrate, concentrate Listen to what I’m Concentrate, concentrate Listen to what I’m Crack an egg on your head Let the yolk drip down Let the yolk drip down Let the yolk drip Crack an egg on your head Let the yolk drip down Let the yolk drip down Let the yolk drip Squeeze an orange on your shoulder Let the juice drip down Let the juice drip down Let the juice drip Squeeze an orange on your shoulder Let the juice drip down Let the juice drip down Let the juice drip drip Concentrate, concentrate Listen to what I’m saying Concentrate, concentrate Listen to what I’m Concentrate, concentrate Listen to what I’m Concentrate, concentrate Listen to what I’m Find yourself on the edge of a mountain of a mountain of a mountain Find your edge on the head of a mountain of a mountain of a mountain Push you over fall down Push you over fall down Fall down, fall down Down the mountain Among the mountains you are the mountains Among the mountains I am the mountain Aww yeah, what? Uh huh uh huh uh huh uh huh now yeah what aww yeah, what? (huh) How do you spell angry brown girl What you owe to the brown girl? You know where to put the brown girl when she’s fuckin it up Where you gonna put the brown girl now? She’s tearin it up! Dow daba daba daba daba da ba ba dow See them See them
13.
14.
People give names to planets numbers to time measure the distance between before now and after they draw lines across land masses and they call them countries they fight battles they kill they’re born they die they have ideas invent machinery create history all of this to understand just how to be, but to me… It’s strange How strange it is I wonder why they race us like a cat they’re running all over the floor and all over the map oh when you gaze it when you gave it while you struggle I’m just star gazin’ why do shadowboxing? i call over window winnin’ no vino window why the… wash wash them windows wash them wash them well now wash them wash them windows wash them while you will It’s strange How strange it is How strange it is to be in this world How strange it is to be in this world How strange it is to be in this world How strange it is to be To be Mmm why to go where do we go? we’re grinning like a game i’m winning like a flame i wish open i win like a cat i sneak up the wall they cannot find I’m strange How strange it is How strange it is to be in this world How strange it is to be in this world How strange it is to be in this world How strange it is to be To be To be

credits

released June 3, 2016

All songs written by Xenia Rubinos & published by Jaba Jaba Music LLC (BMI). Except “Right?” written by Xenia Rubinos & Marco Buccelli.

Dedication:
Con todo mi cariño para mi querido papa Vicente Rubiños,
hasta siempre
With all my love to my beloved father Vicente Rubiños,
until forever

Thank You:
MB: to the moon and beyond
Mami: singing in the rain

Xenia Rubinos: Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Composer, Bass on Tracks 3, 5, 8, 9, 11
Marco Buccelli: Producer, Drums, Percussion,
Guitar, Programming
Jeremy Loucas: Recording & Mixing Engineer, Acoustic Bass
on Track 14

Frasier Campbell: Saxophone, Clarinet
Sasha Frere-Jones: Electric Bass on Track 13
Jordan Scanella: Electric Bass on Tracks 2, 10
Julian Smith: Acoustic Bass on Track 10

Recorded at MGB Studio, High End Studio, Kaleidoscope Sound, The Playground
Mastered by Vlado Meller at Vlado Meller Mastering
Assisted by Jeremy Lubsey

Joseph Rodriguez / Gallery Stock: Album Cover Photograph
Sebastián Díaz: Additional Photography
Alejandro Mejía: Additional Photography
Xenia Rubinos: Art Direction/Layout
Paul Sommerstein: Legal

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Music maker Xenia Rubinos uses her powerful voice to create beats and melodies from scratch. Her sound grows from a wide palette of influences ranging from Caribbean rhythms and beat music to minimalism and indie rock all delivered with a soulful punk aura. ... more

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