The Michael J. Epstein Memorial LibraryJun 13, 2012 Daytrotter Studio, Rock Island, IL

  1. Welcome to Daytrotter
  2. Amylee
  3. Holy Ghost
  4. Stranger

Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry

There's a call hanging out there in the balance that a save is needed. It might be a bit of an over-exaggeration, but the feeling is that the better part of the universe is in a bit of a tailspin and there's no net stretched tautly below it. It's on-course for a horrific splatter, all broken bones and dead expressions. The impact is going to kill it. It's falling, screaming its jiggling face off - and no one's hearing a thing. The folks in the band Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library sound like the saviors that we might need to pull hard on the reins and get the graffiti-ed and pissed upon universe out of its own destiny. They insist that they think they can shine brighter than a billion solar bursts. They're damned sure of it.

They wonder if that's enough to get the job done because, see, they've never rescued a universe before either. They're these comets that are planning on swooping in during one glorious night and waving that wand that will reverse the trend. It seems like a wholesome and ideal transformation of lemons to lemonade.

Even in the face of a downward spiral, Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library songs have a feeling of amazement to them. There's disbelief when they sing, "Sometimes I find it strange that I'm alive/And even stranger/Stranger that I'll die." One stands to wonder which is harder to believe. We feel that it's neck-and-neck and both are hard to wrap a head around, no matter how hard you try. It's whimsical, in a way to even consider either of them. It's better to just chalk it up to insanity

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