JOAN

by JOAN

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Bold, welcoming, beautiful, often funny. JOAN is touched, a genre-hopping soul parade.

JOAN is...
Nick - The Word. Think 'Leonard Cohen + Prince'
Mittnacht - The Sound. Think 'all the Beach Boys combined'

All Songs on this record, 'JOAN', copyright (c) 2015 by Joan (Nick Farago + Hank Mittnacht) and Matt Fishman (Executive Producer)

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released June 1, 2015

Album cover photo by Kyle Denuccio

Album Credits:

JOAN's motto is "the feel is the family." There are many wonderful people in the JOAN "family" without the help of whom we literally wouldn't have been able to make this debut album happen. We'd like to thank each of these individuals for their respective contributions in helping us realize "the feel."

Matt Fishman - Our brilliant executive producer. In addition to overseeing the overall production (recording, mixing, incessant editing + refining) of this album, Matt played keys on 'Greenwich Dives', 'Firefly', 'Mrs. Discover', 'Miami Night', 'The People's Bread', 'Lion Tamer', 'Sweetest Kiss', and 'Life of Dogs'. He played bass on 'Greenwich Dives', 'Mrs. Discover', 'Miami Night', and 'Sweetest Kiss', he played trombone on 'Firefly', 'Mrs. Discover', 'Sweetest Kiss', and 'Life of Dogs', and he wrote the percussion parts for all the songs (with the exception of 'Right!', 'Proud of That', and 'Sunnyside'). Matt also sang harmonies in 'Firefly', 'Mrs. Discover', 'The People's Bread', and 'Life of Dogs,' whistled in 'Lion Tamer', and snapped in 'The Shame', 'The People's Bread', and 'Sweetest Kiss'. Thank you for embracing and encouraging our weirdness, Fat Matt! We love you.

George Farmer - George has played bass for a number of broadway productions. Needless to say, he's really good. He's also a cool enough person to have contributed the killer bass tracks to "Firefly" and "Mrs. Discover" out of nothing but the kindness of his heart.

Jeri Silverman - A sweetheart with a sweet voice! Jeri sang harmonies in 'Lion Tamer', 'The Shame', 'Sweetest Kiss', and 'Proud of That'. Her voice exudes raw and beautiful energy, and we are honored to have had the pleasure of working with her. ***Her super nice boyfriend, Josh Adler, also contributed mouth horn and positive vibes on 'Sweetest Kiss'.

Joan Puchalski - We share names and a penchant for middle-shelf whiskey. JOAN has a beautiful and silky voice, and she sang backups on 'Lion Tamer', 'The Shame', and 'Sweetest Kiss'.

Graeme Daubert - Bass player for JOAN's live act (he's also the frontman of Alpenglow). Graeme is a soulman with a soulman's voice and hum, which one can hear on 'Jesus Freak' and on 'Life of Dogs'.

Chris Jobson - Effervescent and a born musician. Chris threw down some crisp cello parts on 'Greenwich Dives' and 'Life of Dogs'. He also contributed some notable shouts on 'The People's Bread'. We love you, Chris. Don't move to LA! There's a couch for you here if you want it (seriously, though).

Franz Rueggerberg - An old friend with a raspy voice that cuts straight to the heart. Franz sang vocals at the end of 'The Shame' that will undoubtedly inspire tears from some listeners. We love you, Franzy boy.

Yannick Hughes - Another old friend. Yannick is the vocalist of Cool Company (Matt Fishman's main squeeze), and has the kind of delicious-sounding voice that music people attribute only to great divas. He shows off his pipes at the end of 'Life of Dogs'.

Not all of the members of the JOAN family were directly involved in the music making process of this album. Importantly, these individuals have come to play crucial roles in helping the band to actualize its identity and to spread its music. We'd like to now thank each member of the JOAN team respectively:

Nanda Golden- JOAN's fearless and ingenious marketer and manager. When we met Nanda, he was sitting at a picnic table on a crisp autumn evening in 2014. He sat with his notepad and offered us a seat when we couldn't find one. Something clicked. He's since helped us to illuminate and articulate our identity succinctly and honestly. He's also become a dear friend, and we look forward to continuing to work and grow and cook with him!

Amelia Kreminski- Nanda introduced us to Amelia on a cold winter night at Union Hall in Park Slope. She asked us questions and took notes. In addition to infectious smile, we're impressed by her talents as a writer and as a sensitive observer of music and human interaction. To our east Texas buddy and rebellious prom queen contender-- nothing but love!

Jue Yang- Punk rock screen artist guru. She's got spunk and love and true talent as an artist of aesthetics, of coding, of semantics, of language, of storytelling. Like two pieces of jade fused together, her being is powerful and deliberate. She also has an impressively discerning palate.

Chloe Mossessian- The Jean Luc-Godard of her generation. JOAN is lucky enough to have sweet Chloe as their videographer (stay tuned for the 'Mrs. Discover' music video). We're looking forward to a lifetime of collaboration with her.

Courtney Mooney - Our resident minister and spiritual compass, who understood and embraced JOAN's vision from the beginning. Court laid down some silky attitude in the hip-hop section of 'Firefly', side by side with her soul-mate Nick.

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JOAN is band based around Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Our feel is called 'Soul Parade'. Every month, we host an event and release a single!

Bold, inclusive, beautiful, oftentimes funny - anyone who feels the spirit of JOAN is welcomed into it.
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Track Name: Greenwich Dives
Soon as the train arrived
Straight to the Greenwich dives
Living it up untouched
By the teeth, and the bad vibes

Finally found my home
Finally found my guy
Living it up, proud enough
To dance cheek to cheek
Cheek to cheek

Lets try and find a way, to live again
Lets try and find a way, come on, to live again

Days we made the bed
Days we danced with death
Darkness came so quick
One night, you were sick

Asking man what’s the crime
Ain't love, God’s design?
Darkness came so quick
Like a plague, we got hit

Lets try and find a way, to live again
Lets try and find a way, come on, to live again

In the days of love and in the days of learning
I remember it well
In the days of sex and in the days of dancing
I remember it well
In the days gone by, we found pleasure, in our pride
Breaking out the chains I wouldn’t trade for anything
Goodbye, goodbye

Lets try and find a way, to live again
Lets try and find a way, come on, to live again
Track Name: Firefly
Artists, believers,
That’s us, on the magic bus

Smoking, I’m choking
Breaking up, on the magic bus

Slow down if you’re seeing the faces in the fire

Creepy, creepy is the magic bus
We’re breaking up

It’s just us, and the
Fireflies, in the, darkest night
Like a divine guide to all, that I want to be
I saw, fireflies, in the, darkest night
Like a divine guide to all, that I want to be

Shooters, cruisers, that’s us
On the magic bus

Freaking, feeling the world around us
Getting up

Tricky are the maps on the magic bus
Bumpy are the roads ahead of us
Let it bump

Let it bump, into the stratosphere, yea we’re weird but there’s nothing to fear, just a bunch of dopey dogs, don’t you know?

It’s just us, and the
Fireflies, in the, darkest night
Like a divine guide to all, that I want to be
I saw, fireflies, in the, darkest night
Like a divine guide to all, that I want to be
Track Name: Mrs. Discover
Hello to all the lovers
Hello my name is Mrs. Discover
Hello to the people of
the bad bad bad bad world

Hello to all the haters
I love you too!
Hello to all the haters
You’re so damn cute!
Hello! To the bad bad bad bad world

Because the spies, with their eyes
Oh they turn they turn they turn
And the tears, of the girls
Oh they burn they burn they burn

And the world, as it spins
Is a spitting, image of you
So hello, from the deep, dark, blue

Hello from the deep dark blue
Hello from the deep dark blue
Hello from the deep dark blue
Hello from the deep dark blue

Hello to all the dovies on lover’s lane
Walking, talking, doing their thing
I respect you, and you and you and you and you, and, you too

Hello to the people of San Trope
Brazil, Japan, Germany
I know, you all, know my name
Mrs. Discover, I’m here to stay, hello!

Because the spies, with their eyes
Oh they turn they turn they turn
And the tears, of the girls
Oh they burn they burn they burn

And the world, as it spins
Is a spitting image of you
So hello, from the deep, dark, blue

Hello from the deep dark blue
Hello from the deep dark blue
Hello from the deep dark blue
Hello from the deep dark blue

Hello! Hello! Hello! Hello!
Hello from the deep dark blue!
Track Name: Miami Night
Neon lovers on I-95
Getting high

Wearing t’s man it’s 85
What a life

In the Miami Night
In the Miami Night
In the Miami Night
In the Miami Night

Hialeah to Ocean Drive
Ride or die

I must admit man we do it right
305

In the Miami Night
In the Miami Night
In the Miami Night
In the Miami Night

Bathroom lines, two at a time
What’s to hide?

Highs crash into the sunrise
Immortalized

In the Miami Night
In the Miami Night
In the Miami Night
In the Miami Night
Track Name: The People's Bread
To the people, we are devoted
To the mothers, we show devotion

In the human revolution
Joan’s gonna keep you fed

Because the funk is the people’s bread
The funk is the people’s bread
The funk is the people’s bread
The funk! The bread!

To the fighters, we’re at your service
Girls and women, that means you

In the human revolution
Joan’s gonna keep you fed

Because the funk is the people’s bread
The funk is the people’s bread
The funk is the people’s bread
The funk! The bread!

The funk! The bread!
The funk! The bread!
The funk! The bread!
The funk! The bread!
Track Name: Jesus Freak
Jesus freak mama, Jesus freak pa
I got a Jesus freak brother
And I’m a freak to them all
Jesus freak mama, Jesus freak pa
I got a Jesus freak brother
And I’m a freak to them all

Oklahoma city, 1980
Papa preaching fire and brimstone on the mount
Hell, wrath, repentance
I felt no fire

I said Jesus, wouldn’t have it that way
I said Jesus, wouldn’t have it that way

Jesus freak mama, Jesus freak pa
I got a Jesus freak brother
And I’m a freak to them all

Of course I rebelled
What was I supposed to do?
Running wild was a cry for help
A cry for truth

I said Jesus, wouldn’t have it that way
I said Jesus, wouldn’t have it that way

Jesus freak mama, Jesus freak pa
I got a Jesus freak brother
And I’m a freak to them all
Jesus freak mama, Jesus freak pa
I got a Jesus freak brother
And I’m a freak to them all

Take me away
Track Name: Lion Tamer
Every night I love you darling
Every day I miss you

Every moment comes so sweetly
Every moment with you

All of my days, all of my nights
Missing you, missing you my love

In the forlorn afternoons I,
Hear the thunder

In my head the clouds descend and
Rain forever

All of my days, all of my nights
Missing you, missing you my love
All of my days, all of my nights
Missing you, missing you my love

The lion, inside you, roars for a better man
The tamer, respects, what he can and cannot have

Lion of mine (repeats until end)
Track Name: Right!
In the winter where the devil dwells, right? Right!
It looks like heaven but it feels like hell, right? Right!

They say, do what you can
But I’m a left, left handed man
Right? Right!

I bought a soul off the internet, right? Right!
It just looks like a dog chomped on it, right? Right!

They say, do what you can
But I’m a left, left handed man
right? Right!

I need bubble, gum and booze, right? Right!
Whatever gets me through, right? Right!

Through, through to you
Through, through to you
Track Name: The Shame
I’m all about it now, why?
Because god is on my side, why?

Well I’m in deep deep trouble, why?
Because god told me so, why?

He’s in the background singing, why?
Are you so gullible?

I’m a sinner tonight
I can’t help walkin the line

Save me from the flames
I swear I won’t do it again
Save me from myself
Because the shame keeps walking on me

It’s all a mystery, why?
He keeps forgiving me, why?

I know I’ve hustled people, why?
They’ve hustled me, why?

And we all keep walking the line

Save me from the flames
I swear I won’t do it again
Save me from myself
Because the shame keeps walking on me
Save me from the flames
I swear I won’t do it again
Save me from myself
Because the shame keeps walking on me

When I’m getting high
On me when I’m going, out at night
On me when I need a light
Because the shame, the shame keeps walking on me
(repeats until end)
Track Name: Sweetest Kiss
Girl of mine, I’m so shy
You got me working overtime
For what, a touch?
That’s just not enough

Miss beautiful, you’re too cool
To love a man who’s vulnerable
So what? I blush
Is love not enough?

So stand up

And show me! Your sweetest kiss
Don’t tell me, you can kiss like this
Aw show me, you’re sweetest kiss
Don’t tell me, you can kiss like this

You’re mighty fine, I’m too kind
Is it just, not worth trying?
To talk it out, just us, on the couch

Miss self-aware, you’re too scared
To have a hand run through your hair
And feel the rush, that electric touch

I’m talking bout lips, tongue
Trading, gum
Real real girls, come on, don’t be shy

And show me! Your sweetest kiss
Don’t tell me, you can kiss like this
Aw show me, you’re sweetest kiss
Don’t tell me, you can kiss like this

Will all the people, clap your hands?
All the people, clap your hands
(repeats until end)
Track Name: Proud of That
I feel like, I just need a shoulder
Someone who can be there when
I’m crying

I just feel, like I need someone
To be there when I’m sad
Holding on to what we’ve got
Is just bad

What I need, is what we had in the beginning
Nothing much to talk about, just living

But I’m proud of how it all went down
I’m proud we’re not dragging it, to the ground
Remember the scene when the night seemed to sing

Stop cuz your man’s on fire!

Singing for the people who do, what feels right
But what’s changed? It’s all a game we decide
To play, we go or we stay
I just hope, you find your way, back home

Stop cuz your man’s on fire!

I got you, stuck in my heart but I refuse
To let you go
I got you, stuck in my heart but I refuse
To let you go
I got you, stuck in my heart but I refuse
To let you go
Track Name: Sunnyside
Sunnyside, downtown child you’ll find me, smiling
Head in the sugar of my lollipop pop pop, pop

Sunnyside, downtown mama you’ll find me, driving
Blasting AC in my truck truck truck truck, truck

Nowhere to go it’s a small town, and I’m broke

Who’s writing me love letters, when my heart is a mess?
Who’s writing me love letters, when my heart is a mess?
My heart is a mess my my my heart is a mess
My heart is a mess, my heart is such a mess!

Sunnyside, downtown child you’ll find me, grinding
Slicing up pies for the tourists in the big brown hats, hats

Nowhere to go nothing to do it’s a small town and I’m broke,
Damn!

Who’s writing me love letters, when my heart is a mess?
Who’s writing me love letters, when my heart is a mess?
My heart is a mess my my my heart is a mess
My heart is a mess, my heart is such a mess!

Do you know what it means to live in a small town nowhere to go nothing to do no money at all? Do you know what Americans live through, on a day to day basis? Do you even care?

Sunnyside, built to survive
Sunnyside, built to survive
I’m built to survive, built to survive
Sunnyside, built! To survive
Track Name: Life of Dogs
Up at 5, do or die
Suicides in the sunrise

9am, I’m at it again
What’s the difference between me and them?

That’s the life of dogs
That’s the life of dogs
Yea we ripping it up
That’s the life of dogs
No we ain’t giving it up, ain’t giving it up

2 o clock, I’m breaking rocks
Not gonna stop till I get my shot

9 at night, I’m still in this fight
In my head the crowds ignite

That’s the life of dogs
That’s the life of dogs
Yea we ripping it up
That’s the life of dogs
No we ain’t giving it up, ain’t giving it up

In the dog you find the hero
In the fight you find the man
(repeats through final chorus)

That’s the life of dogs
That’s the life of dogs
Yea we ripping it up
That’s the life of dogs
No we ain’t giving it up, ain’t giving it up