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“The Food Poisoning”

By Richard Swift

All instruments and production by Richard Swift. ©2013 Richard Swift dancontestwinner (ASCAP)
 

Musician, artist, and producer Richard Swift is based in Northern California. He is a member of The Shins, and has produced records for Damien Jurado, The Mynabirds, and Laetitia Sadier. His solo albums include The Novelist (2005), Dressed Up for the Letdown (2007), and The Atlantic Ocean (2009).

 

Esopus 19 (Spring 2013)
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Esopus CD #19: Customer Service

During Esopus’s relocation to Brooklyn, we spent countless hours ironing out the wrinkles of the move by dealing with telephone and cable-company representatives, ISP technical-support staff, billing-department account supervisors, and shipping company “logistics specialists.” Many of these individuals were clearly human beings, but a number of others—the live-chat companions “Brad” and “Ashley C.” come particularly to mind—we weren't so sure about. One afternoon, as we endured yet another endless loop of tinny, upbeat music while waiting for “a representative to be right with us,” it occurred to us that customer-service experiences could provide rich source material for the Esopus 19 CD. The enthusiastic responses from the musicians we approached made it clear we’d hit the jackpot. The 12 resulting songs, inspired by everything from telephone-support nightmares to Kafka-esque encounters with direct-loan servicing, create a communal catharsis for participants and listeners alike.

TRACK LIST

 
01
Jacob Garchik
The Tip Jar
 
02
Jens Lekman
Regarding a Package
 
03
Literature
Boring
 
04
Basia Bulat
White Rose
 
05
Richard Swift
The Food Poisoning
 
06
Jim Schoenecker
Slow Today
 
07
Pastimer
Last First
 
08
Cakes Da Killa
Operator
 
09
Taliesin
One Station Leave
 
10
Black Pus
Pay My Bill
 
11
Dag Gabrielsen
The ELIZA Effect
 
12
Dirty Beaches
Please Hold