Patrick Porter--A Swan at Smiley's CD + MP3

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A Swan At Smiley's is a track record of a hot, dizzy summer spent in a basement apartment on Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado. Porter had just arrived home from an ugly year in New York City, living on the edge of the Bronx with a ballerina who fed him rice cakes and cat food. Abandoning NYC, Patrick woozily established himself in the aforementioned apartment, a tiny space with creaking, warped floorboards, dripping ceiling pipes, and two tiny windows that looked right out on Colfax clomping sneakers, bus stop benches, and sirens--just at the corner of the Royal Host Motel and Smiley's Laundromat, which is, the sign says, the "World's Biggest". Wanting to make an album but lacking funds, things started slowly. The first and last songs on the LP are Dictaphone recordings made on the lounge piano at a local Ramada Inn. "I sat in there and banged on the keys until the guy in the tie and nametag gave me the boot," says Porter. "I told him, 'I'm making an album.' He seemed nonplussed."

In the spring, Patrick sold a bunch of paintings at a gallery and immediately bought some swanky recording equipment. One by one the songs started rolling. "Wait For Another" was the first imagined; a punch-drunk hoedown dedicated to the feeling that life might get better someday, but for the time being, pass the buck to someone else. "5 Quarters for Saint Pedro" is a song written for Pedro Gonzalez, who lives behind Smiley's. 5 quarters for a tallboy at the Capital Hill bodega. "Mr Sandbags" is written for everyone he saw there, dragging ass up and down the pavement, seemingly forsaken by all and asunder. It was a period filled with girl trouble.

"It was a great summer; I have fond memories of it. Things were relatively solvent. I'd record everything that came out of my head, sit on the stoop and drink beer with the neighbors, paint on old doors and windows I found in the alleys, walk to the Lion's Lair, play "Funky Drummer" on the juke, dance. I love that walk between Broadway and Colorado Boulevard along 15th, all that pink and green neon, all the banging and clanging and cop cars and hookers strutting their wares in sweatpants, and free BLTs at Pete's Kitchen. It was good, it all found its way into the record. It is kind of a bittersweet love note to Denver, my old lowdown underdog hometown. I am proud of this record." A Swan At Smiley's is the first of four records Porter refers to as the "Denver 4". The second, Cry Me a River, Sing Me a Raft, is also included on this release in 320kbps DRM-free mp3 format.

Track List:
01. White Way Rain (Wine the Rain)
02. Wait for Another
03. Schopenhauer Rock
04. Blues for Annteta
05. Sakes Alive
06. Geese
07. Not Very Good
08. Ten Million Horses
09. Goodbye Teta
10. Mr. Sandbags
11. Ain't Got No Friends
12. Police
13. 5 Quarters for Saint Pedro
14. Doritos for Breakfast
15. Old Souls
16. On the Yard

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ALSO CONTAINS Cry Me a River, Sing Me a Raft 12 song release as 320kbps MP3s (cd only)


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