1.
Mike Sempert Of Birds and Batteries
‘Shared Worlds’
Written By Mike Sempert © 2009 War of Vines/BMI
Mike Sempert: Vocals, Guitar
Christopher Walsh: Guitar
Brian Michelson: Drums
Recorded @ Eightmaps Studios and Tiny Telephone
Produced By Mike Sempert
Engineered By Mike Sempert, Scott McDowell
Mixed, Mastered By Mike Sempert
WORD PORTRAIT:
To make music and have it heard by others is an incredible privilege. Through creative work, I've enjoyed a rich inner life and experienced the joy of inspiration. The ultimate reward is in the possibility of making something beautiful and new and meaningful to others.

































2. 
‘Trains’
Written By Nick Shattell
Nick Shattell: Vocals, Guitar
Daniel Edward Harris: Backing Vocals
Micol Cazzell: Piano
Chandler Pratt: Violin
Recorded @ Wave Parade
Produced By not an Airplane
Engineered By Lucky Lew
Mixed, Mastered By Lucky Lew
WORD PORTRAIT:
Pretend like any given instant alive really is something meaningful. It can be beautiful.






















3.
‘I’m Green Today’
Written By Scott Huerta, Mackenzie Bunch
Scott Huerta: Vocals, Piano
Veronica Rogers: Viola
Recorded In The Bunch’s Garage
Produced, Engineered By Scott Huerta, Mackenzie Bunch
Mixed, Mastered By Scott Huerta, Mackenzie Bunch
WORD PORTRAIT:
Nocturnal by choice






















4.
'Cabin Across The Creek'
Written By Chris Doud
Chris Doud: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Recorded @ Heckabad Studios
Produced, Engineered By Chris Doud
Mixed, Mastered By Lucky Lew At Wave Parade
WORD PORTRAIT:
Still making music
Songs keep places, stay moments
Beards go on graying

































5.
'Perseid'
Written By Kristina Esfandiari
Kristina Esfandiari: Vocals, Guitar
Recorded @ A little Studio In San Diego On A One Take Whim
Produced, Engineered By Shaun Rust
Mixed, Mastered By Shaun Rust
WORD PORTRAIT:
I'd sing for anybody who'd drench their trench in beautiful colors, the shade of saffron.























6.
'Better Hold On'
Written By Dave Hanley
Dave Hanley: Vocals, Baritone Ukelele
Recorded @ Colfax Studios
Produced By Dave Hanley
Engineered By Dave Hanley, Kenny "Gun Shot" Michael
Mixed, Mastered By Kenny "Gun Shot" Michael
WORD PORTRAIT:
Someday I will fall again, I will need the help of my good good friends but I won't forget what the preachers says: The angel's sing when the heart forgives.





















7.
“I’ll Leave The Light On”
Written and Performed By Willy Tea Taylor on a 1928 Gibson Tenor Guitar, One Take
Recorded By Adam Groom in Oakdale, CA
WORD PORTRAIT:
Baseball, Westerns, Songwriting, Drinkin’ and a whole lotta Family
































8.
‘Take Yours’
Written By Taylor Vick
Taylor Vick: Vocals, Guitar, Claps
Scott Huerta: Claps, Hair Curlers, Sandpaper
Recorded In Scott Huerta’s Bathroom
Mixed, Mastered By Scott Huerta, Taylor Vick

WORD PORTRAIT: 
A solitary life























9.
‘Ruby Red Deck’
Written, Recorded, Performed By Chance R. Blease
WORD PORTRAIT:
Take the beaten path if riding a dead horse.























10.
‘Tule Fog’
Written By Joey No Knows
Joey No Knows: Vocals, Guitar, Etc.
Recorded By Destructo Bunny @ Yoga For Your Ears
Engineered, Mixed By Destructo Bunny
WORD PORTRAIT:
Hey Dude,
It was great getting to know you this year. Thanks for all the help in math class.
Don’t forget to carry the 2 ha ha ha! Lets keep in touch over the summer.
Next year’s gonna rock!
Best Friends Forever
You Know Who
PS
Sorry to hear about your Mom she seemed like a real cool lady.






















11.
‘Red Moon’
Written By Rose Droll
Rose Droll: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Recorded @ Yellow Studios
Produced By Matthew Sai, Rose Droll
Engineered By Rose Droll 
Mixed By Matthew Sai, Rose Droll 
WORD PORTRAIT:
I care more about making music than I do anything else. Some people think that's awesome and some people 
think it’s awful. I can’t help it either way.






















12.
‘You Can Visit Me’
Written By Matthew Sai
Matthew Sai: Vocals, Guitar
D. E. Harris: Slide Guitar
Recorded @ Farm Dream Studios
Recorded, Produced, Mixed By Matthew Sai
WORD PORTRAIT:
All is forgotten in very little time and yet begins again
From the place where I was told I had a soul, a lunatic sings






















13.
‘Key Lime Pie’
Written By Daniel Gutierrez
Daniel Gutierrez: Vocals, Guitar, Drums
Piano: Briana Rocha 
Recorded in Daniel Gutierrez’s Bedroom 
Produced, Engineered, Mixed By Daniel Gutierrez 

WORD PORTRAIT:
“This one time I was walking around downtown and I ran into some real old dude and he said, “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.” Anyway, life is a lot like that. Except the one being criticized is me. And God stole my shoes before I even had a chance to wear them... Also, women confuse me. Oh yeah, and when I was eight years old, I used to masturbate to a picture of Madonna from the movie A League of Their Own.”






















14.
‘Voice of God’
Written By Sean Fonda
Sean Fonda: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Lap Steel, Organ
Recorded @ Albatross West Studios
Produced, Engineered By Sean Fonda
Mixed, Mastered By Sean Fonda
WORD PORTRAIT:
My doctrine is reference points but I can’t commit to referring to anything in particular.






















15.
‘The Plague And The Swarm’
Written By C. Da Rosa
Porquinho Diabo: Acoustic, Electric and Slide Guitar, Vocals
Recorded And Mixed In Secret
WORD PORTRAIT:
It’s not that the glass is half-full or half-empty…  It’s more that the vessel is rimmed with razor blades and its content poisonous.























16.
‘Burnside’
Written By Micol Cazzell
Micol Cazzell: Vocals, Guitar
Recorded @ Micol Cazzell’s Home
Produced, Engineered By Micol Cazzell
Mixed, Mastered By Micol Cazzell
WORD PORTRAIT:
Incurable Wallflower
































1.
‘Magic Words’
Written By Malcolm Sosa / rademacarenamusic ASCAP
Malcolm Sosa: Vocals, Electric Guitars
Chris Fleming: Drums
Reid May: Acoustic Guitar
Recorded @ The New Old Gardenside
Produced, Engineered By Malcolm Sosa
Mixed, Mastered By Malcolm Sosa
WORD PORTRAIT:
Grew up.  Sort of.  Got a job.  No pets.  No backyard.  Ex-vegan.
































2.
‘Location’
Written By Shelley Short
Shelley Short: Vocals, Guitars, Melodica
Alexis Gideon: Drums
Recorded @ Liophant Studios
Produced, Mixed By Shelley Short, Alexis Gideon
Engineered By Alexis Gideon
WORD PORTRAIT:
How can you be sure what tomorrow will bring?























3.
‘Red Eye’
Written, Performed By Neil Jackson
Recorded @ Taint Of The Earth Studios, Oakdale, CA 
Produced, Engineered, Mixed By Neil Jackson
Mastered By Lucky Lew @ Wave Parade
WORD PORTRAIT:
Writing about songs is like trying to listen to a painting, so I won't explain my songs. Instead I'll write down what I think about as I try to write a song; redwoods, oceans, sand, mud, rust, cobwebs, Steinbeck, bones, the future, cedars, Welles, Christmas and lights, love, friends, life, man being related to the whole thing, and the past.























4.
‘Lil Davy VS. The Giant’
Written By Travis Vick
Recorded In Micol Cazzell’s Living Room
Produced By Travis Vick, Micol Cazzell
Engineered, Mixed, Mastered By Micol Cazzell
WORD PORTRAIT:
Taught from a young age that killing things was bad, and that helping people was good; the longer I am alive, the more confused I become about the rules, and the roles we play. I’m no better than anyone else; just maybe more nervous than some.






















5.
‘Bells Not Whistles’
Richie Cooks: Vocals
Chad Sokolovsky: Keyboard, Organ, Synthesizers
Lucky Lew: Upright Bass, Guitar, Percussion
David Cooks: Backing Harmonies
Recorded @ Wave Parade 
Produced by Lucky Lew, Chad Sokolovsky
Engineered by Lucky Lew
Mixed & Mastered by Lucky Lew @ Wave Parade
WORD PORTRAIT:
From where I stand, I can see past vividly navigating my future, and what was lost has been at the foot of my dreams. As for
what will be gained will be fought for and pried from the poisonous, vile, hands of evil.






















6.
‘Been Here Before’
Sean Duncan: Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Performed By Sean Duncan
Recorded @ Two Channel Studios
Produced, Engineered, Mixed By Sean Duncan
Mastered By Mike Reavill @ Mountain Ghost Studios
WORD PORTRAIT:
I Have Nothing to say and I'm starting to feel like what I have to say.






















7.
‘Travel’
Written By Tony Pennington
Tony Pennington: Guitar, Vocals
Recorded in Tony’s Bedroom 
Mixed By Tony Pennington
Mastered By Lucky Lew @ Wave Parade
WORD PORTRAIT:
Gemini, blue, regular cup of coffee and a cigarette, silent trips, don't ever remember my dreams, love my family and friends, make mistakes and stop to look around while life passes quickly.























8.
‘Beacons’
Written By Scott Bartenhagen
Scott Bartenhagen: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Recorded In Micol Cazzell's Bathroom
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered By Micol Cazzell 
WORD PORTRAIT:
I am known by many names. The Destructor, destroyer of small electronics and fine instruments. The Dreamweaver, teller of stories both uneventful and inconsequential. The Behemoth, he who towers above all. But my true name echoes throughout the halls of Valhalla; Scott Bartenhagen, charmer of mothers, not daughters.






















9.
Written and Performed By Bethany Tea Taylor
‘Glass And Bricks”
Recorded By Chandler Pratt in Ceres, CA
WORD PORTRAIT:
You will find me raising babies, goats, food, flowers, songs and a little bit of hell at The Tea Farm in Escalon, California.






















10.
'Thousands & Thousands'
Written By Josiah Byars
Josiah Byars: Vocals, Drums, Organ, Keyboard, Loops
Matt Scheuber: Guitar
Recorded @ Denim & Tweed Studios
Produced By Josiah Byars, Matt Scheuber
Engineered By Matt Scheuber
Mixed, Mastered By Josiah Byars, Matt Scheuber
WORD PORTRAIT:
I am you.





















11.
‘She’s The Dove’
Written By Baylie J
Baylie J: Vocals, Guitar
Recorded @ Garret’s House
Produced, Engineered By Garret Smart
Mixed, Mastered By Garret Smart
WORD PORTRAIT:
I hope to be an entrepreneur, the soft sound that happens to fit your circumstance.























12.
'Wanted Posters'
Written By Garrett Pierce (All Rights Reserved)
Garrett Pierce: Vocals, Guitar, Organ
Tim Wright: Drums, Organ
Eric Ruud: Keyboard
Casey Sweten: Loops
Recorded in Tim's Barn - Columbia, CA
Produced By Tim Wright, Garrett Pierce
Engineered By Casey Sweten
Mixed and Mastered By Eric Ruud
WORD PORTRAIT:
The voices in my head are just songs trying to come out.





















13.
'18 in Ohio'
Written By Kevin Lee Florence
Kevin Lee Florence: Vocals, Guitar
Recorded @ The Silver Darling Warehouse
Produced, Engineered By Kevin Lee Florence
Mixed By Kevin Lee Florence @ The Hanger 
Mastered By Eric Broyhill @ Monster Lab Audio
WORD PORTRAIT:
My friends 
My wife
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 
These people give words no end, in song or otherwise






















14.
‘Black Thatches’
Written By Steven Michael Werning
Steven Michael Werning: Vocals, Guitars
Recorded @ Steve’s Apartment In Santa Cruz, CA
Mixed By Steven Michael Werning
WORD PORTRAIT:
I like to dance, all the time, often by myself, usually to the dismay of somebody nearby. The same can be said for whistling, singing, snapping my fingers and using my outside voice.






















15.
‘Thread In The Water’ (Early Version)
Written and Performed By Jim Fairchild / Melonomadic (ASCAP)
Recorded In The Back Room On Portrero Hill By Jim Fairchild
Finishing Touches By Mike Cresswell In Los Angeles

WORD PORTRAIT:
Things have been going agonizingly fun.
































16.
‘Lie’
Stephanie Foster: Vocals
Sean Fonda: Piano
Recorded @ Albatross West Studios
Produced By Stephanie Foster
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered By Sean Fonda
WORD PORTRAIT:
Stephanie Foster was born to the farm. When the farm dried up, the city made a little room. When the city quaked, the valley warmed and cradled the young girl. When the road called, the desert, the mountains, the North and the South pulled her clear across it all to the Atlantic Ocean. She never stops thinking about it.



































Produced by Greg Edwards

WORD PORTRAIT:

I don't want to know what's on the other side of this life until I'm done living this one.



























Portraits by Douglas Holcomb

WORD PORTRAIT:

I spend too much time alone, in my head. I create expectations that usually lead to disappointment. So much time has been wasted.
































CD Artwork by Tawny Holt

WORD PORTRAIT:

I find I am usually either in the center of the room, convincing my friends to dance with me, full of confidence and grace or I am on the periphery, melancholic and a stranger at my own party.