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The Ichthyologist

by GIANT SQUID

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    This is the 2021, remastered by Tim Green, reissue of Giant Squid's iconic double LP, originally released in 2009. Gatefold jacket with poster insert and stunning color vinyl.

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    This is the 2021, remastered by Tim Green, reissue of Giant Squid's iconic double LP, originally released in 2009. Gatefold jacket with poster insert and stunning color vinyl.

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1.
Panthalassa (Lampetra tridentata) The dreams are upon me again of impossible seas filled to the brim With equally impossible things with preposterous amounts of teeth Hereto I command an immortal ship and all ten hands on deck Standing abreast with the finest men, each thick headed and hell bent On seeing this storm through, for reasons all their own Patching the sails with the shirts off their back, I need not sail alone The highest crests will fall like the rest under our battered hull The beast filled troughs our bow will cross atop their cartilage skulls The chill of the wind carries the hymn Of things sounding disappointingly human I’m quick to remind my men to ignore these beauties with green skin A sure sign their blood is too thin Singing lampreys that will suck you dry This sea has no end You will all give in Only a matter of time before I bring you all bliss
2.
I awaken from what can hardly be called sleep Starving as if I had two stomachs to feed An ebb and tide of images in my mind of the two of you Keeps my guts painfully empty The tar boils and churnss The tar boils and churns I carve out and deny these infections on my soul And watch them spawn lives of their own Leaving snail trails of scars over what little of me is still pure As they crawl towards where… The tar boils and churns The tar boils and churns Aborted parts of my psyche are all found nourishing themselves at these pits Bubbling forth from the recesses of my mind where all I am slowly falls in Abominations of my being are incessant teething
3.
Sutterville (Vibrio cholerae) Finally, the horrible river has crawled back to bed Leaving our bog like streets now damned with the dried up dead Did you think it wise to build on the swollen banks of this delta? When news surfaces of the latest death toll, will you rethink your new capitol? Will our streets ever be dry again? Festering pools left behind will be the death of this city Breeding things with wings will only be the beginning When your governor rowed down J. Street to the inauguration Could he smell the cholera? My offer stands to build my land uphill You need only name it after me, Sutterville We’ll raise our streets 14 feet above the river’s reach
4.
Dead Man Slough (Pacifastacus leniusculus) I left your lover in the slough Spilled his guts but none of it was true I left your lover in the slough All the letters he wrote you were left in plain view I recited them out loud as I was running him through I left your lover in the slough Crayfish will do as they wish No need to stick around and watch Crayfish will do as they wish with every inch of him Out here past the muck and brine, I wait beneath the power lines And now its half past nine He’s never been this late before Crayfish will do as they wish Cattails beyond the pale hide the reason why he’s late I almost can’t blame him I may have done the same And would expect to pay when caught on someone else’s claim Crayfish will do as they wish with every inch of him
5.
Throwing A Donner Party At Sea (Physeter catodon) Our ship struck twice by a whale Now dig in and bail before it is too late With the brine up to our knees All I can think is how you’ll be first to be eaten You will You will With the shit this deep you have to leave All the things behind that you can’t eat Far too many adrift at sea You are our chosen source of meat With the brine up to our knees All I can think is how you’ll be first to be eaten You will You will
6.
Sevengill (Notorynchus cepedianus) Down here I wait with all my benthic friends Underneath the gate listening to lives end Those with seven gills will investigate Each thunderous crash and corresponding shape In great detail, I described you to each of them In case the bridge, is how you choose to end I’d like to have some last words with you before You end up on the Farallones’s rocky shores Where the real beasts await to have their way With all the failures washed out from the bay A hundred years have passed, since just last autumn Please come to the bay, see who now lives on the bottom I’d like to have some last words with you before I forget how to walk upon these muddy shores And cease entirely to breathe like a man Seeing things only with the tips of my hands My heart is crushed by the jaws of regret Upon knowing where you now make your bed The depths at which I’ve chained you to I pray those shackles eventually rust through Held under by chiton like lies Amongst the corpses, I’ll never surface Debris bouncing off my hide Covered in detritus, I’ve lost purpose What comfort lies in years of hating me? Haven’t you in some way found a rare peace? Please, realize you’re very soul’s at stake You’re still a man, and I was just a tool of fate Your bite marks riddled my soul It got damn cold, with all those holes So I left it on shore for all the gulls There wasn’t much left, still probably more than yours
7.
Mormon Island (Alluvial Au) They found gold here but they never found me Underneath the temple down on main street Where the men spent their dust and one took my life In a town where two rivers collides I’m still here After the fire but before the water They made sure to leave no one on the bottom All the graves were lifted to higher ground Yet where I lay they never found I’m still here
8.
Blue Linckia (Linckia laevigata) If you were to severe my arm, I would grow one more As I regenerate I’ll still have another four It would not be the first time autotomy has saved me If you were to severe my legs, I would grow two more As I regenerate I’ll still crawl on the floor These pieces please feel free to keep all for yourself They’ll eat and breathe and grow into unsightly things Haunting you with their resemblance of me Though lacking any sort of heart, I figure they’ll fare better in your company They’re all yours now Please keep them well fed because they’re all yours now
9.
Emerald Bay (Prionace glauca) I swore I saw you sitting on my bow With a foot long smile trying to convince me That it’s okay to give into the waves And that I wouldn’t feel a thing When the hounds of the sea start to take apart me Ending my suffering If I should pour the rest of my bottle overboard will it sting the eyes- Those black eyes staring up at me from behind all those teeth? Or should I save the last sip for my frozen gut and my blue lips?
10.
Rubicon Wall (Candona tahoensis) I chose this place because it has no bottom to interfere with my fall Anaerobic beds of silt preserving still the shock of what I saw Vivid descriptions I’d do anything to forget But here I am crushed by a millions tons of regret I will rest in one piece away from clawed things That otherwise would eat what’s left of me The world is not ready for what I saw down there That fateful day, starting an endless autumn, words did sear my pupils Liquid acrylic quickly will freeze a broken will in water heavy as tar Somebody please take me to the deep where I can carry the weight of this burden You left for me to carry in frigid waters high above my head Surrounded by the dead, frozen like me in the salt-less sea You can pay your respects at the shore Goodbye, my love

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Engineered, mixed, produced by Matt Bayles
Trumpets, flute, oboe, and Karyn Crisis recorded by Billy Anderson
Mastered by Ed Brooks

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released August 16, 2009

Aaron John Gregory - vocals, guitars, banjo, keyboards, lyrics
Jackie Perez Gratz - vocals, cello
Bryan Ray Beeson - bass
Christopher Melville Lyman - drums

Additional musicians:
Nate Perkins - trumpet on Panthalassa, Throwing a Donner Party at Sea, Blue Linckia
Anneke Von Geiserbergen - vocals on Sevengill
Kris Force - violin on Mormon Island
Karyn Crisis - vocals on Throwing a Donner Party at Sea
Cat Gratz - oboe on Emerald Bay
Lorraine Rath - flute on Sevengill

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GIANT SQUID San Francisco, California

San Francisco / Sacramento based progressive doom-rock, scientists, GIANT SQUID, metaphorically collide concepts of marine biology with historical human tragedy into heartbreaking stories of loss, triumph, rage, and metamorphosis. Active from 2002 - 2015. ... more

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