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Interstate Medicine

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Singer/songwriter: for most people, the term still brings to mind the sound of one voice and a fingerpicked guitar, or a quiet piano, sketching a monochromatic study of one individual’s emotional landscape. Mike Baker, who performs and records as the Northern California alternative pop/rock act Radio Nowhere, is not that kind of singer/songwriter.

Possessed by kaleidoscopic musical visions and a tendency to spend more time singing about hostage crises than inner pain, Baker plays a whole pawnshop’s worth of different instruments and handles all of the engineering and production chores in solo pursuit of his own brand of panoramic sound.

It’s an amalgam of loud guitars, mistreated beatboxes, catchy choruses and a reverence for classic pop song form that marks Radio Nowhere as something like the missing link between Tom Petty and Duran Duran. Fans who’ve always loved these artists, plus Neil Finn, Aimee Mann, Counting Crows and Elvis Costello, but wished that they’d turn their guitars up a little bit, will definitely notice a kindred spirit at work in Radio Nowhere.

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Radio Nowhere first came to public attention on the San Francisco Bay Area bar & coffeehouse scene, while Baker was working an endless series of strange day jobs – rooftop acorn remover, online rock’n'roll trivia oracle, farm animal impersonator (including a stint as the successor to the late, legendary Mel Blanc [aka Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc.] as the famous Berkeley Farms cow) – devoting nights to honing his skills as an electric guitarist and building up his catalog of original songs.

A demo tape of these songs caught the ear of several local musicians, most notably original Counting Crows drummer Steve Bowman. “We went mountain biking in the Oakland hills," Baker recalls, "and in between crashes, he told these hilarious stories about opening for the Rolling Stones. I screwed up the courage to play him my demo, he really liked it and offered to help me put a band together.” With Bowman as de facto musical director, a rock star lineup that included members of Primus, Mazzy Star, and the bands of Chuck Prophet, Peter Gabriel, and Jackson Browne came together to record Baker’s debut album and join him onstage.

“The core of the band was there and sounding fantastic,” remembers Baker, “but we really needed keys. One of my friends, a public school teacher in Richmond, said ‘oh, there’s this guy at my school who plays piano – he might be interested’: turned out to be the guy who’d played piano on Van Morrison‘s “Moondance” record, and a bunch of Bonnie Raitt‘s stuff besides. I said I thought he’d do…”

The resulting album, “Interstate Medicine” – underwritten entirely by friends and fans in a pioneering example of crowdfunding – garnered critical acclaim and an award from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Several songs from the album were picked up by radio stations worldwide, and soon ecstatic reviews were coming in from places like Scotland, Germany, Australia, and India.

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Before long, acclaim for the first album began to transition into demand for more music. Radio Nowhere's subsequent releases - "Days Between Stations" and "Under Strange Skies" - start with Baker’s old standbys – acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums and piano – and spike them with buzzy synths, dubbed-out snares, effected washes of sound and the odd sample to create music poised somewhere between then and now, organic and electronic, sloppy and robotic.

You might guess that Baker's lyrical preoccupations don’t exactly fit with the bland love songs and anodyne navel gazing that pervades pop radio and TV drama soundtracks these days, and you’d be right. A quick scan of Radio Nowhere’s lyrics reveals references to New World history, kidnappings, capital punishment, latent Catholicism, medieval torture devices, genocide, shanghaied sailors, running from the highway patrol – “all the catchy stuff!” he says. The songs also toy with an element that seems to have gone AWOL from much of today’s music – humor – with occasional sly twists and asides in the manner of Bob Dylan or Elvis Costello.

Radio Nowhere is currently ensconced in the studio, working on an album’s worth of new songs that will be released one by one, as they’re finished, throughout 2012. The new tracks are developing in very different directions, yet each one is still stamped with Radio Nowhere’s trademark devotion to thoughtful lyrics and widescreen sound.

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released January 1, 2002

All songs by Michael Baker

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Radio Nowhere is a singer/songwriter-led band from Oakland, California, in the United States. A friend told me that we sound like the missing link between Lyle Lovett and Led Zeppelin, and that sums it up pretty well. ... more

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Track Name: Cortez & Pizarro
LYRICS

well a long long long long time ago
before i was born that's all i know
there were two young cruel brave young men

their king said hit the road and come back again
they got the gig 'cause the king thought they had what it took
and the aztecs shivered and incas shook
they saw the white sails and muskets long
thought these are gods/but they were wrong

to the native people's sorrow
here come Cortez and Pizarro
Hernando and Francisco
hacked their way to heaven blow by blow
men of god in Spain they worked for someone else
in Mexico

they burned their ships upon the shore
said we ain't goin' back to Spain no more
in the smoking embers on the sand lay the future of the land

to the native people's sorrow
here come Cortez and Pizarro
Hernando and Francisco
hacked their way to heaven blow by blow
men of god in Spain they worked for someone else
in Mexico

now gifts were gave/hands were shook
but men are men/and man they took

now the thing that brought this on for me
was my cool earring and my new goatee
the mirror shows a 16th century caballero
so i thought i'd get some armor and grab my steed
ride down across the border and over the seas and
apologize from atop my palomino

for the native people's sorrow
for Cortez and Pizarro
Hernando and Francisco
hacked their way to heaven blow by blow
men of god in Spain they worked for someone else
in Mexico
Track Name: Sister Rosa
LYRICS

well her name was Rosa/she sang Moon River
she sang it like nobody else
she stood by the microphone/but not too close
and she filled up that stage/all by herself

well outside they were towing cars/inside they were drinking
and they had all brought their scars/gonna bleed their way to fame
well she wore a cheap dress but she was/no damsel in distress
she opened her mouth and i lost track of my name

Sister Rosa/sing so sweet and high
pull me into your Moon River/as you go sailing by

well the devil sat next to me, he had a martini in each hand
and he was buying but i just don't drink gin
and he poured his words out like water in the desert
said it's been way too long since i had a swim, and he said
son i don't see no ring/let go of your good thing
settle the bill with your wages of sin
don't know whether to run or hide or take this ride
i don't see no one by her side
and when that Moon River came rollin' i
jumped my body in

Sister Rosa/sing so sweet and high
pull me into your Moon River/as you go sailing by

and she said/i don't know the words
well that's alright/and she said
i can't carry a tune/well don't get uptight
and then she closed her eyes and we were all out of sight
and she sang like a whole choir of angels all through the night
whoa Rosa keep on singin'

ooh yeah

well it was last call for alcohol and all the model citizens had gone home
i was left with the devil and man he was sauced
so we took a walk around the block and i
got my soul back outta hock and he
left in a cloud of brimstone and exhaust and i
don't know if i won or if i lost

Sister Rosa/sing so sweet and high
pull me into your Moon River/as you go sailing by
Track Name: Curandera
LYRICS

i've taken a lover into my bed
whispers of Spanish float 'round her head
and sometimes her skin smells like chilis and sunlight
and sometimes she wakes
in the middle of the night
she gets long distance calls from Barranca del Cobre
something about her always looks hungry
and i want her so much i'll follow wherever she goes
but i don't see the thorns here for the rose

and high up/in Mexico
Curanderas bought her soul
now i see shadows/at high noon
and my heart changes/with the moon

she went to say Hail Marys down at the mission
says she's on the hook for the sin of sedition
what union she's running from just her confessor can tell
but today i have not heard them sound the bell

and high up/in Mexico
Curanderas bought her soul
now i see shadows/at high noon
and my heart changes/with the moon

oh, mother of pearl/birds of paradise
Sierra Madre earth/Cuernavaca night
and i feel a burning through her skin
branded by her tears
like an animal she cries out
but i see nothing
nothing in her mirrors

i try to tell her the things i can't show her
she drops the needle, the music takes over
we dance until the blood flows and the saints intervene
and she prays for just one night without any dreams

and high up/in Mexico
Curanderas bought her soul
now i see shadows/at high noon
and my heart changes/with the moon
Track Name: Picture Of You
LYRICS

black Chrysler '71/slides by on the freeway
suicide doors and a hole in the floor
so you can see if you're enjoying the ride
new twist-off, hand on the wheel
get a jump on the weekend
40 riding shotgun 3-day beard dog tags and a picture of you

picture of you
smiling like you knew what this was what it was coming to
i tried to get through
but you're never home and you're never alone
what can i do

start talking after the tone/no name just a number
television turned up counterfeit C-cups
screenplay work on the side
she's playing for the long goodnight
i'm keeping the engine running
missionary drive-by no alibi
trying to picture anybody but you

picturing you
smiling like you knew what this was what it was coming to
i tried to get through
but you're never home and you're never alone
what can i do

breakdown on the 405/drivetime dj weekend
living in first gear nothing left to see
here nobody's leaving alive
one station spinning the dial
wall street's running the countdown
couple quarts low got nowhere to go with a
bullet and a picture of you

picture of you
smiling like you knew what this was what it was coming to
i tried to get through
but you're never home and you're never alone
what can i do
Track Name: Starfish/Sunflower
LYRICS

word has come down/the clouds are gathering
electricity show/got a ticket for me
change in the weather, changin' his mind/finger to the wind
who will throw the switch and let me in


hey black robe/don't you darken my door
checked every page of your book/ain't no picture of me
and i know that you've come to lend a hand
got a passport stamped for the holy land
but i can't say no rosary
to someone who gave up on me
so just tell me now/what color is the sky


starfish/sunflower
i tried to reach you before they shut off the power
in these final seconds of this
very ordinary hour


well i been runnin' scared/about ten years gone
one step up on the long lean arm of the law
over the border, crossin' the line/no time left to pray
let the water come and wash my name away


well i been through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole
ain't no such thing as an eye for an eye
and you have watched it all come down to this
still you don't know what it means to shoot and miss
and you watch my candle goin' out
don't it even make you doubt
or think there but for the grace of god go i

starfish/sunflower
i tried to reach you before they shut off the power
in these final seconds of this
very ordinary hour
Track Name: Caroline
LYRICS

my girl/she's got such bright blue eyes
and my girl/always brings me a surprise
she got such smooth and creamy
lies/so sweet/they're good enough to eat
and she hands them out/when i show up for trick or treat
she always turns a trick or two to teach me that i
don't know up from down in from out or left
a little to the right/she sighs when i give up without a fight
as she's running my red lights/she whispers hold on tight

Caroline/where do i sign up for her grapevine
is there anybody there/i can never trace her line
and she won't tell me her sign/i've got to make her mine

and i can tell/when she's coming
mmm, i ain't so dumb
there's a way that the earth moves
when some chick so wicked this way comes
she brings her earthquake weather
my pets put paws upon their eyes
and every time she climbs onboard
i'm sure my ship is going to capsize
she's a mutiny besides/i feel like Captain Bligh

Caroline/i swear i'm gonna leave that girl behind
you know it isn't fair/that she commits the crime
and i wind up doing time/i've got to make her mine

and she slides/offsides/no flags/she's wide
and suddenly i'm caught in her high tide
she's a walking homicide/drive-by/superspy/in hi-fi
she's a KGB undercover dragonfly

they call my flight/no strings/it's a green light
full-time free-fall/and i say ooh yeah it's alright
don't you wait up for me to call

Caroline/ain't scared of nothing/she's so fucking fine
she won't take me anywhere/'til it's after my bedtime
and she says she'll show me hers/if i show her my gold mine

Caroline
Track Name: Electric
once we stood in summer under Arizona skies
halfway to the border/i kept a weather eye
she said once i saw a butterfly/glowing velvet rust
but when i took it in my hand/it crumbled into dust
while we walked i hadn't noticed but we'd come upon the tracks
she came from down in Mexico and that freight train brought her back

tell me it's not so
summer blooms don't disappear beneath the winter snow
if we can feel electric once you know
it'll be there when we touch again
that voltage never goes

then i was in Morocco on a cloudy Atlas night
the fire was spitting sparks/we traded tenderness for sight
she raised her head then i could hear that far-off whistle blow
she looked at me/already i could feel the undertow
said i don't want to see you fading in another railroad car
someone told me once you can't catch lightning in a jar

tell me it's not so
summer blooms don't disappear beneath the winter snow
if we can feel electric once you know
it'll be there when we touch again
that voltage never goes

so i'm westbound on the coastal line
steaming towards the waves
will i be swept away again/will no one come to save me
i have been a whispered prayer/rolling down the years
and i have seen them turn away/laughter in my ears
why is my love wasted on so many rolling stones?
they have gathered nothing/and i am left alone

tell me it's not so
summer blooms don't disappear beneath the winter snow
if we can feel electric once you know
it'll be there when we touch again
that voltage never goes
it's been there all my life
it arcs through everything
i know
Track Name: Alabama
hey Alabama, you sing as good as you look?
anyone can drop a line, lessee if you can set the hook
hey Margarita, they're counting down to last call
can i get you another, they tell me that you like 'em tall

oooh pistolera, sleepin' with a thirty-ought
must be daddy's little girl, you're born with it, can't be taught
i hear he took your mama, pay him back and keep the change
ain't nobody bulletproof/he's just always out of range

and everything that you say
may be used to stop you running away
can't take losing you to the other side
i'm bringing you back alive

hey senorita, been waiting for you by the phone
somebody got your lawyer/i guess you heard that he ain't home
heard you were stuck in Ensenada/runnin' from a 5 to 10
now i'm just waiting on a visa
come and look for you again

and everything that you say
may be used to stop you running away
can't take losing you to the other side
i'm bringing you back alive