The Muckrakers

by The Muckrakers

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    The 13-song album MAY by The Muckrakers, released in 1998.
    1. BETA
    2. Helvetica
    3. One Night in the Month of May
    4. ...and You in Cloudless Heaven
    5. Leech
    6. Box of Nails
    7. City in Bloom
    8. Chassel Rut
    9. The Arson Song
    10. Walking at Night
    11. Prometheus
    12. Skeletons Everywhere
    13. The Kiln

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In the mid-1990s, Ishpeming, Michigan natives Jonathan Rundman, David Casimir, and Todd Berg wrote and recorded lo-fi garagey grunge-pop. This collection of digital downloads includes remixes from the the 1998 Muckrakers album MAY, plus previously unreleased tracks.


released June 9, 2015

songs written, performed and recorded by Todd Berg, David Casimir, and Jonathan Rundman



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Jonathan Rundman Minneapolis, Minnesota

"bright, catchy indie pop" NEW YORK TIMES
“clever, intelligent songwriting” PASTE MAGAZINE
“clever phrasing and fresh rhymes" PERFORMING SONGWRITER
“literate…excellent…a record for anyone who hasn't given up on the idea that good songs, electric/acoustic guitars, and a great drummer are the key to all sorts of epiphanies” CITY PAGES
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Track Name: The Idea One
idle brain
brain and map will code
code your thoughts
thoughts will always drain
drain and block
block the greedy hand
hand of art
art remains our need
instability open up your skull

helpless. you are the idea one
hopeless. you are the idea one
hear this: you are the idea one
idea one

lack of work
work the weary ear
ear and grave
grave? it's not so hard.
hard to run
run away from fear
fear of will
will not keep a score
lift away the veil intellectual
Track Name: BETA
buy each tape again
but I don't care
looking for the sharper picture
but I don't know where

gotta drive outta town
gotta get it now
do whatever it takes


I don't need two windows
one will work for me
I don't need six hours
in front of the TV

gotta drive outta town
gotta get it now
do whatever it takes


see it in the headlines
about this other place
where people didn't turn their backs
and make the same mistakes

gotta drive outta town
gotta get it now
do whatever it takes
Track Name: Helvetica
New York told me you'd be gone
2000 miles away
Palatino played cold and formal
listing off your days
Times came when time was passing
cannot count the weeks
words on paper without feeling
filling up the sheets
finally you've found your muse
passion soaking every word

Helvetica, yeah it's her perfect way
to hold her things to say

tailed "t"s talking to me
tell of tragic thoughts
transition, temptation, titillation
tired of trying trust
"b"s and "d"s sit mirror image
in "bond" and "divided"
"betrayal" and "devotion"
"beloved" and "despised"
finally you've found your muse
passion soaking every word
Track Name: Box Of Nails
box of nails
bucket of hinges
always a building to fill up some space
lions and rivers
needing a ceiling
take it all under advisement to place

nothing is worse than a windowless wall
saving the workers some time
print the letters and promise forever
follow a number a dime
a box of nails

box of nails
with silver and steel
developing ground in the heart of the land
figures to add
are written on paper
hope that the houses can shiver and stand

box of nails
on every acre
nearly a series of points on a line
turning the earth
on winter and water
every map has a perfect design
Track Name: Chassel Rut
mother warned me not to stray near the rut
once you fall in you may never get out
her good advice was never enough
Chassel rut

I've been in this rut for 25 years
with trucks and boots and bullets and beer
stayed long enough to like it down here
Chassel rut
Track Name: ...And You In Cloudless Heaven
my skies are dark as hell, and you in cloudless heaven
no truth that I can tell, and you in cloudless heaven
I look up to my skies, they fall in all around
no I ain't doing well, and you in cloudless heaven

when we were kids we had such fun
we laughed and played the days away
somehow you've held on to that sun
I struggle just to find a ray
you've been blessed with that appeal
I'm damned with shifty eyes
people know that you're for real
and I live lost in lies

you've always had a heart of gold
while mine is made of lead
you've found someone, you'll both grow old
I sit and cry in bed
you have the life I've always dreamed
is mine your worst nightmare?
you have won while I got reamed
it really isn't fair

jealousy is unbecoming
but I have unbecome
I have no strength to find the pieces
whose whole is now less than their sum
Track Name: The Kiln
keep on working night and day
working in 100,000 degrees
form another world out of that clay
read these words in Japanese
wonder how it goes
wonder how it stays
wonder how the molecules change
I ain't clay but I wonder how
wonder how it is inside the kiln