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Familiar smells here in the morning
Black espresso, Irish tea.
Swear I saw her again this morning.
Can it be you, Valarie?

Familiar sounds in here this morning.
Sorta like bacon, with a tee.
Mispronounced, what am I feeling?
Can it be my Valarie?

Is that you, Valarie?
Can Valarie see me?

I best be on my way.
I’ll just be on my way.

But I’m taking Valarie with me.
And we’ll live on and on.
She’ll live on and on.


from Powder Kegs Beneath Dagger Trees, released February 21, 2012
Trakan – Vocals, Guitars, Valarie’s Banjo
Diana Jewell – Vocals
Rosie O'Connell - Vocals
Heather Perry – Bass
Merilee Phillips – Cello
Chris Warren – Drums



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Trakan Chicago, Illinois

With rock-forward energy and surprise instrumentation throughout, Trakan's dynamic new release is a trip through the phantoms, weeds, and cabdrivers of Trakan's psyche. Bilingual English/French paint surreal backdrops for his agitated growl (think Frank Black, Tom Waits). Female vocals sweeten the tension, alongside notable performances from Rocco Labriolla (Joe Pug) and Deanna Varagona (Lambchop) ... more

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