Reinventing The Dumbass

by Jordan Carr

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Chris Buckmister This album is chock full of honesty. It's an album you can play in the background and enjoy, but you will really appreciate it if you LISTEN. Nice work, Jordan. Favorite track: Hellfire & Brimstone.
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“This Bad Boy is a tongue-in-cheek enigma, but his booze-soaked, acoustic-punk Springsteen impression works.” – Jay Boller/Vita.mn

“When did I start believing my own lies?” – Jordan Carr

Reinvention is a process Jordan Carr won’t be quitting anytime soon. The Minnesota singer/songwriter went from spending his youth in juvenile detention centers and punk bands, to composing an entire album of hungover reflection from a jail cell. He’s a free man now, but there’s still plenty of reflecting to be done.

Carr’s 2013 solo debut “Reinventing the Dumbass” is just that. Eight emotionally-crafted songs epitomizing the colors of recklessness, regret, and self-actualization, marking Carr as a logical successor to Paul Westerberg, another Minnesota native familiar with heartbreak and self-composed disaster. It only takes a few seconds of listening to “Reinventing the Dumbass” to understand.

Carr’s debut album has been called “the perfect heartbroken drinking soundtrack" (Austin Kaus/ 605 Magazine) and full of “broody, booze-soaked acoustic goodness” (Jay Boller/ Vita.mn).

After 3 years of touring, international travels and further adventures best left off the record, Carr is back to penning more of his self-proclaimed "bad boy blues," only this time with a full-band backing him, Jordan Carr and The Boys, who are currently recording the follow up to “Reinventing the Dumbass” and expect to release the project in summer of 2017.

Through the songs of self-sabotage and self-medication, Carr’s grin cuts through the speakers with a glimmer of hope and a cheers to continued growth.

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released July 26, 2013

Recorded and produced by Colin Scharf, Mixed by Jesse McInturff, Mastered by Danny Morrison, all songs written and performed by Jordan Carr.

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Jordan Carr Minneapolis, Minnesota

After a year of recording and a year of incarceration, Jordan Carr is now ready to share his heartfelt and blackened acoustic music with anyone sitting behind a glass of strong drink. “What Carr has done with ‘Reinventing the Dumbass’ is make the perfect heartbroken drinking soundtrack,” says Austin Kaus of 605 Magazine. ... more

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Track Name: Ronnie (Let's Do It Like We Used To)
Ronnie called me up and said "i'm in your town, lets fucking rage
Let's do it like we used to
lets do it like we used to"
he said, "I just got off of house arrest,
and I'm about to beat my girlfriend's ass,
come on don't let me down.
You're the only friend I've got left in this town."

Ronnie pulled up with a bottle in hand and a song on the radio and said,
"do you remember this one?
Do you remember this one?"
He belted out some Third Eye Blind, tipped the bottle back and with a glimmer in his eye, "tonight's our night,
tonight we're gonna try

to out drink the midnight sky
and pack our noses til we can't get high.
Tonight let's do it all
tonight, let's do it all before we're old

Stumble down to the bars six shots deep
stumbling over people's feet
through all the bathroom lines
yeah, all the bathroom lines
Ronnie rolls up with a round of Rumpleminz
man, all these girls see through our shit, but
every once in awhile
I catch a little smile
and we

out drink the midnight sky
and pack our noses til we can't get high.
Tonight let's do it all
tonight, let's do it all before we're old

Man, all of these years are catching up
and all of these drinks are kicking in
and all of these songs I'd like to sing along with
for one more year before I give in
then Ronnie sang,
he said, "I gotta tell ya something, friend"
he said, "I'm sick of hearing about the real world, yeah"

So, let's out drink the midnight sky
and pack our noses til we can't get high.
Tonight let's do it all
tonight, let's do it all
Let's out drink the midnight sky
and pack our noses til we can't get high.
Tonight let's do it all
tonight, let's do it all before we're old
Track Name: Snow Day
Wake up from the silence
imagine my surprise when
the window tells a tale of another year gone by
when did our summer end?
when did this snow begin?
when did I start believing all of my own lies?

waking up to sunday mornings
tired of making choices
but what can I say
there's no one left to blame
I guess I'm taking this one for the team

Won't someone come and stop me
this all feels so familiar
like I lost control of all those moves I've always failed to make
I'm sure that I won't miss this
I've never been so sure of anything
Fuck all these rotting, fading memories

waking up to Sunday evenings
tired of fucking breathing
how can I explain
how much I hate each day
that I'm not part of something more than this

Won't someone come and stop me
this all feels so familiar
like I lost control of all those moves I've always failed to make
I'm sure that I won't miss this
I've never been so sure of anything
Fuck all these rotting, fading memories

Wake up from the silence
imagine my surprise if
the window tells a tale of another year gone by
when will our summer end?
when will the snow begin?
when will I stop believing all of my own lies?
Track Name: A Soothing Melody
what should you say
what should you do
when it all comes down to you
factor in
the countless sins
the "I wants" and "I'm coveting"
All my friends,
I'm your thief
Stilling your phrases as I please
but, it's not so bad to be the robbed as it is to do the job
trust me
unlike these visionaries and all of their visions that they see
I'm not visible until I get six or seven inside me

like this bottle thats so empty
like the conversations in this room
and if it's so plain to see
how come no one leaves
procrastinating but I'm doomed to your death
these ties form a noose around our necks
cutting off circulation to what seems to be our so called friends
useless in the end

I've been lazily dying
I do not dare say Ive been trying
and if this picture screamed a thousand words
I guess a thousand words have gone unheard

I've been lost
in this rhyme
that is taking all my time
and there's a carpet pattern stuck behind these bright blue eyes
if I ever asked what's missing
I am sure you'd come a guessin'
I'm known to lack some sort of ambition
a drunken voice says to me
"this thing feels empty"
well, I tried to be everything you'd need
a soothing melody
a sticking summer breeze
my soothing melody,
please don't let me become a fading memory
Track Name: Hellfire & Brimstone
another year of telling stories
another year of telling lies
another year of telling you what i think you want to hear

so, line em up
lets put them down
keep them coming all night long
on't worry, baby, I ain't drinking no Rumpleminz tonight
i'm just having one or two
here

so line them up
lets kick them back
keep them coming just like that
see my girl thinks that I'm just having one or two but she don't know
the Boys are back in town

but one day she'll get closer
to finding out the truth
one day she'll have so many questions
that I guess I'll have to answer to

but I'll just say "I don't remember"
"I get just as drunk as you"
I'll just say I don't remember anything
hell, that ain't far from the truth

so line them up
lets knock them down
one hundred proof shots all around
if you keep pouring
i'll keep drinking
if you keep chopping
i'll keep sniffing
my loyalties away

but one day she'll get closer
to finding out the truth
one day she'll have so many questions
that I guess I'll have to answer to

but I'll just say "I don't remember"
"I get just as drunk as you"
I'll just say I don't remember anything
hell, that ain't far from the truth

one day you'll get closer
to finding out the truth
one day you'll have so many questions
that I guess I'll have to answer to

but I'll just say "I don't remember"
"I get just as drunk as you"
I'll just say I don't remember anything
hell, that ain't far from the truth
Track Name: I'll Be Damned
These rooms are always changing
but, these cells the look the same
my cellmates come and they go
my sentence still remains
these rooms are always haunted
but I'm the only one who knows
I can't believe I'm back here
as a rat I saw no ghosts

these canon balls hit their mark
as these walls come tumbling down
I've kind of always wanted
to see this side of town
I scratch another line into my cell wall
before I make my great escape
I spent so many years here thinking this place would be my grave

So, I wait for the moment
and I'd die to feel alive
and I wonder what this world looks like
through someone else's eys
I wonder what I'm thinking
and what in the hell am I doing here
I'm a walking, talking consequence
I'm the rat of the year
I'll be damned

It's been almost a year now
as I look into this mirror
sometimes I'll get to thinking
maybe this could be my year
but I know that they're still out there
the ghosts I never saw
and I know they won't stop haunting me
until I give them what they want

Still, I wait for the moment
and I'd die to feel alive
and I wonder what this world looks like
through someone else's eys
I wonder what I'm thinking
and what in the hell am I doing here
I'm a walking, talking consequence
I'm the rat of the year
I'll be damned

yeah, i'll be damned

if I get caught
Track Name: Knights In Tallahassee
knights in tallahassee
stumbling through yards
days in Minnesota
drowning in bars
I have never stopped yearning
for those nights we used to share
and I can't wait to get back to you

i can remember boarding ship
and i can remember setting sail
i can remember how it felt
running my fingers through your hair
i remember when you were here

i can remember where we stood
and i can remember where fell
i remember loosing grip
and i remember when you slipped
i remember finding hell

as captain of this ship i've sank so far down
i can't believe, no I can't believe that you're not around
i've been traveling from coast to coast
from sea to shining sea
every coast line's got a story about me

I can remember cursing God
i can remember being told to move on
I remember lying there
as a darkness filled the air
I remember moving on
and I can remember coming back
I remember those four hospital walls
I remember being told
that I was lucky to be alive
I remember growing old and alone

as captain of this ship i've sank so far down
i can't believe, no I can't believe that you're not around
i've been traveling from coast to coast
from sea to shining sea
every bartender's got a story about me

I swear I see your face
when I wake up from these dreams
I swear if I reached out
yeah. I swear if I held on
I could keep you hear with me

like knights in tallahassee
stumbling through yards
days in Minnesota
drowning in bars
I have never stopped yearning
for those nights we used to share
but I can't seem to get back to you
Track Name: The Never Ending Hangover
I'm busted
hungover
on this lazy afternoon
I'm fearful
and awaiting
my verdict to come through
I've spent so much time
pretending I'm fine
if nothing else
I've become a good liar

Now, I'm wasted
and paceless
and now
I'm outta booze
I've just been sitting here
thinking about you
and all of the times
that you saw me through
now i've got all of these pictures
but I don't have you

Oh, world,
won't you sing me a song
pass me that bottle
and i'll sing along
heartache
and dispare
I know all too well
I've got nothing but time left
so what the hell

Now, i'm heartless
yet heart-broke
as I lye on the floor
surrounded by people
that I could care less for
I'm certain I'll die
never feeling alive
I catch a glimpse of your body
and I chop another line

Oh, world,
won't you sing me a song
pass me that bottle
and i'll sing along
heartache
and dispare
I know all too well
I've got nothing but time left
so what the hell

EVERYBODY

Oh, world,
won't you sing us a song
pass us that bottle
and we'll sing along
heartache
and dispare
we know all too well
we got nothing but time left
so what the hell