Pacific Nature Recording Company
After Your Yellow Dress released their debut album, Songs For the Backseat, Alex and Carrie we’re permanently separated. In mid August they briefly united in Ohio where they played a few scattered shows (notably one with Brother Bird, now All Blood, in Mansfield). Over the summer Alex had acquired a 4-track Tascam tape recorder which he brought to Ohio to give to Carrie to record songs. In the August heat of Medina, Ohio, the duo recorded their last track together, the melancholy instrumental (featuring a ukulele duet between Alex on bartione uke and Carrie on concert uke), "Uke Instrumental Pt. 2".
Back in Orange County, Alex had been performing with Tim and his brother Ryan at various house shows, coffeeshops, and parks playing new and old Your Yellow Dress songs. The boys performed a number of times at legendary LA House Show Venue Ports ‘o Call and The Construct in San Clemente, making numerous friendships and connections that would creat opportunities for future tours and albums. The glories of Tecate and grilled corn were discovered along with the annoyances of airport delays leading to some silly covers and new songs like the title track "Airport Delays" (written after an all day delay on Continental trying to fly out of, coincidentally, Ohio for a relative’s wedding). 
Up in the Bay Area for college, Alex and Tim recorded Your Yellow Dress's most popular song (according to Last.fm), a cover of Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam's "Paper Planes". The original track by MIA was a huge hit at the time and was constantly in rotation at every college party and event they attended. While Alex had never paid much attention to the song, Tim brought it to his attention and they quickly rewrote it, imbuing it with a twee-as-fuck sensibility with handclaps (augmented by Alex’s floormate Blake) and 4 part harmonies on “take your money”. One of the only songs requested at live shows, Your Yellow Dress continued playing the cover for years in various styles from ska punk to garage rock. 
The two other tracks rounding out the EP are "Crazy (Demo)" and "Major Chords (Happyships)". The latter was taken directly off their debut album and showcased on the EP. This two part song was originally played as a three part medley live, adding Kimya Dawson's "Tire Swing" and some beautiful intertwining vocal harmonies between Alex and Carrie. For legal reasons Kimya’s song wasn’t included on the recorded version, and because Carrie moved, her voice wasn’t on the track. However, the second part of the song became the first in a series of important DIY pop songs YYD would cover over the years. "Happyships" was one of Watercolor Painting's most popular songs and it was known far and wide across the country. People sang along with it in remote places, and the Redman sibilings that comprised Watercolor Paintings even gave their approval to YYD to play it live at their WCP shows. 
The demo of "Crazy" was recorded (in a few takes/overdubs) in Carrie’s house in Robinson Ranch, CA. The group received some lyrics, via a friend in Arizona named Nathan, from a girl in San Francisco named Kimberly (her last name forgotten over the years) and edited by Alex and Carrie. Carrie made up the melody and Alex provided orchestration, along with a slide guitar solo inspired by of Montreal, heard in both the demo and final versions. If you listen closely you can hear a smoke detector on low battery chirping randomly during the song, sounding erratically from the multiple overdubs and edits. 
But best concluded by Alex himself:

this EP was mostly recorded with heavy hearts and interesting memories that still persist. I feel that somehow the changing emotions from when these songs were record until now are somehow ingrained into these songs. Some of these songs are YYD’s most notorious, and some its most memory filled, but all are worth giving a listen. The stories that could be told involving this EP and its songs are endless and will continue to shape our lives for a long time to come…

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Download from mediafire (or click on album cover): http://www.mediafire.com/?bwu9l1ubued1eu9
Download and Listen at Cllct: http://cllct.com/release/airportdelaysep
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1. Airport Delays
Recorded by Alex and Tim at The Foothill in Berkeley in August 2008.
2. Major Chords (Happyships)
Recorded at The Meadow by Alex in June/July 2008.
3. Paper Planes (MIA)
Recorded by Alex and Tim at The Foothill in Berkeley in August 2008.
4. Crazy (Demo)
Recorded by Alex and Carrie at Carrie’s House in Spring 2008.
5. Uke Instrumental Pt. 2
Recorded by Alex and Carrie on 4-track cassette at Carrie’s House in Ohio, August 2008.

After Your Yellow Dress released their debut album, Songs For the Backseat, Alex and Carrie we’re permanently separated. In mid August they briefly united in Ohio where they played a few scattered shows (notably one with Brother Bird, now All Blood, in Mansfield). Over the summer Alex had acquired a 4-track Tascam tape recorder which he brought to Ohio to give to Carrie to record songs. In the August heat of Medina, Ohio, the duo recorded their last track together, the melancholy instrumental (featuring a ukulele duet between Alex on bartione uke and Carrie on concert uke), "Uke Instrumental Pt. 2".

Back in Orange County, Alex had been performing with Tim and his brother Ryan at various house shows, coffeeshops, and parks playing new and old Your Yellow Dress songs. The boys performed a number of times at legendary LA House Show Venue Ports ‘o Call and The Construct in San Clemente, making numerous friendships and connections that would creat opportunities for future tours and albums. The glories of Tecate and grilled corn were discovered along with the annoyances of airport delays leading to some silly covers and new songs like the title track "Airport Delays" (written after an all day delay on Continental trying to fly out of, coincidentally, Ohio for a relative’s wedding). 

Up in the Bay Area for college, Alex and Tim recorded Your Yellow Dress's most popular song (according to Last.fm), a cover of Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam's "Paper Planes". The original track by MIA was a huge hit at the time and was constantly in rotation at every college party and event they attended. While Alex had never paid much attention to the song, Tim brought it to his attention and they quickly rewrote it, imbuing it with a twee-as-fuck sensibility with handclaps (augmented by Alex’s floormate Blake) and 4 part harmonies on “take your money”. One of the only songs requested at live shows, Your Yellow Dress continued playing the cover for years in various styles from ska punk to garage rock. 

The two other tracks rounding out the EP are "Crazy (Demo)" and "Major Chords (Happyships)". The latter was taken directly off their debut album and showcased on the EP. This two part song was originally played as a three part medley live, adding Kimya Dawson's "Tire Swing" and some beautiful intertwining vocal harmonies between Alex and Carrie. For legal reasons Kimya’s song wasn’t included on the recorded version, and because Carrie moved, her voice wasn’t on the track. However, the second part of the song became the first in a series of important DIY pop songs YYD would cover over the years. "Happyships" was one of Watercolor Painting's most popular songs and it was known far and wide across the country. People sang along with it in remote places, and the Redman sibilings that comprised Watercolor Paintings even gave their approval to YYD to play it live at their WCP shows. 

The demo of "Crazy" was recorded (in a few takes/overdubs) in Carrie’s house in Robinson Ranch, CA. The group received some lyrics, via a friend in Arizona named Nathan, from a girl in San Francisco named Kimberly (her last name forgotten over the years) and edited by Alex and Carrie. Carrie made up the melody and Alex provided orchestration, along with a slide guitar solo inspired by of Montreal, heard in both the demo and final versions. If you listen closely you can hear a smoke detector on low battery chirping randomly during the song, sounding erratically from the multiple overdubs and edits. 

But best concluded by Alex himself:

this EP was mostly recorded with heavy hearts and interesting memories that still persist. I feel that somehow the changing emotions from when these songs were record until now are somehow ingrained into these songs. Some of these songs are YYD’s most notorious, and some its most memory filled, but all are worth giving a listen. The stories that could be told involving this EP and its songs are endless and will continue to shape our lives for a long time to come…

———-

Download from mediafire (or click on album cover): http://www.mediafire.com/?bwu9l1ubued1eu9

Download and Listen at Cllct: http://cllct.com/release/airportdelaysep

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1. Airport Delays

  • Recorded by Alex and Tim at The Foothill in Berkeley in August 2008.

2. Major Chords (Happyships)

  • Recorded at The Meadow by Alex in June/July 2008.

3. Paper Planes (MIA)

  • Recorded by Alex and Tim at The Foothill in Berkeley in August 2008.

4. Crazy (Demo)

  • Recorded by Alex and Carrie at Carrie’s House in Spring 2008.

5. Uke Instrumental Pt. 2

  • Recorded by Alex and Carrie on 4-track cassette at Carrie’s House in Ohio, August 2008.