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Dan Kilian broke up his band The Ks after many years together, then retreated to his apartment, his computer, his casio keyboard and his guitars. What started as demos for the next band became too worthwhile not to release. "L" is the strangest and strongest material this singular songwriter has ever released. "L" stands for a lot of things: Love, Lust, Loss, Liberation, whatever happens after The Ks, but for you...just listen.

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released April 16, 2015

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Dan Kilian and The Million Man Band New York, New York

Dan Kilian swallows hot coals of worry, regret and sorrow, then spits out rough diamonds of pop music. He's well regarded in the Antifolk scene, and whatever that is happening in Park Slope.

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Track Name: Get Your Coat
Get your coat Get your hat
And let’s get out of here
Get your things and bring me some of that
And let’s get out of here

You’ve been talking to your friends all night
And I wouldn’t want to get between
But by now you must be up to speed
And I can give you something else you need

You and I’ve been catching eyes for hours
The motor’s starting to purr
I bet you live inside a lovely palace
Why don’t you give me a tour?

I’m not going to take you nowhere you don’t want to go
I’m not going to get to nothing you don’t want to show
I know I just only met you
Let’s go make your acquaintance
You and I are only strangers
Let’s feel around the situation
Feel our way around

Get the keys
Start the car
And let’s get out of here
I lit the rag and I set the place on fire
So let’s get out of here
Let’s get out of here
Track Name: Witness The Birth
Go into the tunnel
Into the light
There’s gonna be trouble
But you’ll be all right
Water’s breaking
Nowhere to hold on
Got to start swimming
Into the great beyond
Witness the birth and bear witness
Not everybody can get this
But you got in
You got here first
Witness the birth
And spread the word
Come out screaming
The best you can do
All of your life you’ve been fed through a tube
Now they’re cutting it off
So breath in deep
Time to start waking up from the sleep
Witness the birth and bear witness
Not everybody can get this
But you got in
You got here first
Witness the birth
And spread the word
Spread the word Love
Track Name: You Make Me Make Mistakes
You break me down I collapse
When you come round I fall flat
I shake and cough until you’re gone
Then I wonder how I can go on

You make me ache
You make me ache
You make me high
You make me sigh
I don’t know how much I can take

You make me make mistakes
I say the wrong thing and I’m in the wrong place
I try to take my time but I can’t wait
So I press my luck but I can’t catch a break
And I can’t get it right
I’ll try again tonight

You break my heart Every time
I see your face I go blind
I’m walking off the precipice
Yes I’d risk madness for your kiss

You make me ache
You make me ache
You make me high
You make me sigh
I don’t know how much more of this I can take

You make me make mistakes
I say the wrong thing and I’m in the wrong place
I try to take my time but I can’t wait
So I press my luck but I can’t catch a break
And I can’t get it right
I’ll try again tonight
Track Name: Chairman Mao
Remember Chairman Mao?
How he said “Cut off the body and the body’s dead”?
“Cut off the head and the body’s dead”
We’re playing to the overseas markets
Cash in Cash out It
Always gets dark before it’s darkest
Take a seat and park it
Lost in the forest

Found the bodies with their heads cut off
Lots of bodies Lots of bodies Lots of bodies
Gonna party ’til our heads fall off
Let’s party Let’s party Let’s party

Third and foremost
Ring cash register ring!
Pays off in the long run
Here comes the explanation
FISHHOOK!

You didn’t know?
Maybe you didn’t
The last guy to find out found himself in prison
Or in Hong Kong
Yeah there’s lots of ways to get it wrong
(Venezuela)
There’s lots of ways to get things right
(Nicaragua)
Best way’s to keep your mouth shut tight
(Or in a pit, begging for agua)
Now we’re down in the well again

Ladies and gentlemen: Dizzy Gillespie!

You’re paranoid?
I’m paralyzed
I’m tripping off the noise
I’m tripping off the wires
I’m tripping off the size
Off the amounts
I tried to keep track but I couldn’t keep count
You’re paranoid?
I’m getting annoyed
I had a bad dream like Sigmund Freud
I had a bad dream I’ve been to the pit
Track Name: Drink & Drive (Freedom Reign!)
We can drink and drive if we want to
You can’t tell us no you can’t tell us
You know we’re gonna survive like we always do
You’re just jealous Yeah you’re just jealous

And if we want to park then the Fire Department can go to hell
They can’t tell us!
And if you want us to stop then the cops will have to open fire
You’ll have to kill us!
Come on kill us!

Let us have our fun
We hardly hit anyone
And if you can’t keep up
Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
The rules, and these fools need not apply here
We’re bullet proof So open fire!
Track Name: Free (Like The 4th of July)
All my life I’ve been in prison
Education incarceration
Now I’m working for the corporation
But now there will be no more cooperation

I’m gonna get free like the 4th of July
So look out for me I’m gonna get wild
I’m gonna get free Gonna set it on fire
And I’m blowing it up Gonna light up the sky
I’m gonna get free

All my life I’ve been in prison
Now the government’s got me in its PRISM
I’ve got my freedom of association
And no you do not need to know who with man
You don’t need to know

I’m the enemy
Don’t you tread on me
Don’t anybody try to get ahead of me
I’m deadly
I’ll do it readily
I’m a minute man fighting for my liberty
I’m the enemy
If you’re a friend of me
Then we’re the rebels
And we’re gonna get in trouble tonight

I’m gonna get free
Track Name: Better
Reviews are in And they’re not glowing
But you are You had no way of knowing
How overmatched I would be
You’re the only match for me
But can’t you see?

I’m not the one
You could ask anyone
Anyone would agree
You could do better
You could do better baby
But you’re gonna have to settle for me

How could you know how far I wouldn’t go?
You only saw my potential
And if I never lived up to it At least I own up to it
But it’s time you know
Don’t it show?

I’m not the one
You could have anyone
Anyone could see
You could do better
You could do better baby
But you’re gonna have to settle for me

I’m nothing without you
As it is I’m just a few steps up
You’d be so much better without me baby
But don’t you doubt me
Cause I’m never gonna give you up

You’re gonna have to settle for me
Track Name: A Critique of The War In Afghanistan
How many times we got to get even?
I don’t even know
How many times we got to go?
I don’t even know I don’t even know
How do we know when the job is done?
I don’t even know
How do we know when to turn and run
I don’t even know I don’t even know
How many times?
How do we know?
How many times?
I don’t even know

Why do we do this every time?
I don’t even know
Why we always the last to know?
I don’t even know I don’t even know
What the hell are we thinking?
I don’t even know
What have we got to show?
I don’t even know I don’t even know
Why? What? Why? What?
I don’t even know

Hand over the reins before it rains
At least a dead man can’t complain
First you bring the grain then you bring the fox
With a goose in its belly and a body in a box

Why do we do this every time?
I don’t even know
Why we always cross that line?
I don’t even know
What the hell are we thinking?
I don’t even know
Track Name: We Hide In Plain Sight
We hide in plain sight right out in the open
In broad daylight hoping the system
Is overwhelmed by the secrets it collects
We’re the small detail they did not detect

And we hide in plain sight

We hide in our homes and at our jobs
But every time that the diamond’s been robbed
Or the safe is cracked or the sacred text
Gets leaked page by page to the press

We hide in plain sight

We’re the ones who miss-set the minute hands
We’re the contras dealing in contraband
We’re the glitch on the digital switch
We’re the ones they don’t know what to do with
We’re the ones they won’t know what to do about
We’re the ones digging in when there’s no way out
For too long we have not been free
And it comes down to people like you and me

And we hide in plain sight
Track Name: Tired
I’m tired I’m tired
I mean I’m really tired
I’m tired I’m tired
I hit that bed so hard

My bones are digging into my guts
My knees are loose and my feet are fucked
My back is buckling My hands are numb
I feel an itch but I don’t know where from

I’m tired I’m tired
I mean I’m really tired
I’m tired I’m tired
I hit that bed so hard

Got to go to bed boys
Got to go to sleep
Oh please God please God
Let me sleep

I’m tired I’m tired
I mean I’m really tired
I’m tired I’m tired
I hit that bed so hard

I’m tired
Track Name: Death's Dog
Death’s dog is made of bones
He has to wear a black cone
To keep him from biting himself
And burying himself
In the back yard lawn
I hear him moaning all night long
And howling at the moon like a coyote
Now I know he’s coming to get me

I can hear Death’s dog scratching at the door
Go away boy you’ve got to stay outdoors
But he’s scratching scratching scratching at the door

I laid a blanket out in the garage
Death’s dog got out got into the garbage
Chewed and scattered What a disaster
I can hear the voice of his master
I hear someone whisper my name in the night
I’m shivering and thinking of dog bites
Death’s dog’s got worms and fleas and flies
And red hot coals for eyes

I can hear Death’s dog
I hear Death’s dog
And bony fingers twisting the knobs
Claws clicking on the kitchen floor
Now he’s sniffing at my bedroom door

I can hear Death’s dog scratching at the door
Track Name: Good Help Is Hard To Find
Tried to be your man but you made me your maid
Tried to give you my love but you made me your slave
And when the governess was found face down in the wading pool
I knew you had to blame someone and we all know the rules
The butler did it But I have to quit it
And I know you’re gonna lose your mind
Good luck good luck cause good help is hard to find

I guess you didn’t know who you were kissing
Closed your eyes and half the silver has gone missing
You can assemble the staff in the hall
Go through their possessions and summon the constable
But you won’t find one spoon anytime soon
In anything that’s mine
So good luck good luck cause good help is hard to find

I guess I played above my station Now I’m putting in my vacation time
I’m going on hiatus and you’ll have to wait a long long time
Till you find a man like me in that stack of resumes
Good luck with your misery Watch your days turn grey

Tried to be your man but you made me your maid
Tried to do the job but I never got paid
And when I left I made my bed and I tucked my corners in
And it’s like I said you’ll never get a better manservant
You can look upstairs You can look downstairs
Me I’m not looking behind
Good luck good luck cause good help is hard to find
Track Name: Too Good To Give Up (Too Hard To Take)
Too good to give up Too hard to take
Our deepest love is our greatest mistake

We want it too much We want it to match
Our fondest bond is our cruelest catch

So what we gonna do? Hold out until June?
Ride it through July wondering why?

And who we gonna tell all our stories to?
How we gonna know if the stories are true?

Couldn’t you tell that the story was you?

We want it to end We want it to start
My closest friend don’t take it so hard

Too good to give up Too hard to take
Our deepest love is our greatest mistake