“Mega Bog’s second album, Happy Together evokes a different kind of lush, green fantasia — something about its wobbling saxophone and loosey-goosey guitar suggests a mysterious caper beneath the fronds of a vast weeping willow.”
— Laura Snapes, NPR, Bandcamp

Awaited for years by the large nationwide cult of Boggers in the know, Erin Birgy’s second LP at the helm of the fog-shrouded ship they call Mega Bog is an instant and timeless classic.

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by Vanessa Haddad

It’s equal parts nostalgic and futuristic, mapping a new, jazz-literate and free form of songcraft onto the model of the traditional guitar-based band.

It’s poetry on roller skates, defying recognizable structures in favor of a stream-of-consciousness flow that guides Erin’s lyrics around their many soft and uncertain turns. It’s an inspiring example of a unique vision carried to its most honest and vulnerable realization.

Happy Together was assembled on tape amidst a lot of movement, including Erin’s relocation from Seattle to New York. Like Joni Mitchell or Beefheart, Birgy has a seemingly magical ability to steer a diverse bunch of players into her own dream-world. And this album has a lot of players, many with big credentials we’ll refrain from mentioning (except for Zach Burba and Will Murdoch from iji, and James Krivchenia from Big Thief, who earn mentions for being particularly present).

Considering its variety of personnel and its long gestation, Happy Together is a remarkably consistent and complete record that cuts the deepest when experienced from start to finish, as it arcs from the surreal bubblegum tempos of “Diznee” and “Marianne,” through the extended dreamscapes of songs like “192014,” and out to the free-wheeling catharsis of “Blackout” and “Fwee.” Take the journey.

Side A
Diznee
She’s History
Marianne
TV MAC
192014
London

Side B
Modern Companion
Worst Way
Blackout
Black Rose
Fwee

 

Mega Bog is the moniker of song-dribbler Erin Birgy, a Pacific Northwest rodeo child with an unmistakable laugh who was allegedly cursed upon conception.

Over the past 8 years the band has stretched and wandered in a crescendo towards musical freedom. Now based in New Mexico, Birgy has adopted a band of wiggly jazz cartoons lifted from bands like Big Thief, iji, Big Eater, Pillwonder, Causings, Hand Habits, Heatwarmer, Little Angry and others.

Melodies always lush, erotic, and free. Chords always dissonant, abstract and evolutionary. Dizzying fusion of lounge, pop and bouncing rocks under poetic tantrums of love gone all the way wrong. Listen closer.

 

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HAPPY TOGETHER 

DIZNEE

 

I used to be liked and funny

Then I picked on a lot of nice children

Then the big boot came in

Got me running

Shed a pound

Gain a frown 

Get arrested

Even

 

Much like your lovers' money 

It's uncertain

Becomes quite the burden

Too 

And when you get it

It's not really as good as you expected 

 

Soda fountain on the fritz 

In the ritzy 

Underground Billy Goat bar 

There's a man with a gun in his hand 

Says he hates my laugh 

And wants me gone 

 

Get yourself in check 

Before you start 

Talking about murder

With a cheeseburger 

In your hand 

 

---

 

SHE'S HISTORY (song by Ezra Tenenbaum)

 

He is colosseum smoke

Lava cools 

An ancient statue 

Broken 

 

He's a slow retreating sea

Well, he is gone 

Or he

Is history

 

So I write it down

Forgotten language that 

Cannot be found

Well, he is history 

 

Left to scripture

Left to rust

He told me I should study up

On him

But there's nothing

I could learn

No, there's nothing 

 

So I write it down

Forgotten language that

Cannot be found 

Well, he is history

And his silence

It does not speak to me

Still he means so much to me

Though, he is history 

 

---

 

MARIANNE 

 

Marianne 

You know

The skin's sucked off your nose

The moment you 

Go outside

The king's true crime

Is wearing you like a filthy necklace 

And fold 

Not

Those suckers can stuff their cocks

Go on & bleed the rag

Pride your thighs 

There's too much to love in a dirty napkin

 

Don't get me wrong

I'm never really joking

You are the song

When no one's even listening 

 

The business can go hang

Got plans on a wilder plane

That psycho's smiling at me

Still 

Are you milking the lily that wants to be milked ? 

 

See my business is no business

Flight of the Ibis seven years 'round the world 

Fine to say I'm learning, too

How about you 

I can't make you

But some respect is due

 

---

 

TV MAC 

 

Hey

The day's gone wrong

I fell into a hole

It's a nice one

But, hard to breath

You could try and teach me

Avoid all of these holes

But, this one's mine

It's meant for me

I'll die there

Probably 

 

With a look on the inside

See a good woman stranded

She's beautiful

But, hard to please

Who's got time for patience with others

When you're such a piece of work

You're such a piece of 

Me

 

Hey, the day's gone wrong, again 

I fell into a hole, again

 

---

 

192014 (NINETEEN TWENTY FOURTEEN) 

 

Feigning the progress

Most words don't quite fit

As I walk towards the market

I know he likes to sit

 

Moon sequence 

Grapefruit

Come help at Magic Lanes

Hold the spotlight

See I've gone dirty

So you loosen up your chain

Covers gone ruffled 

Statue becomes my face

And your figure, too

Lies limp and rude

And you say

"It's getting late"

 

So I told you about my share of evil

You cocked your head and pointed towards the door

You said

"I thought you were stronger than that so I don't believe you"

And I said

"The universe needs you to be so much more"

 

So when's it your turn to start working towards the light

And how do you plan on giving me back any of my precious time? 

 

---

 

LONDON 

 

When told to leave it alone

Go leaping

Don't linger

Make the money with your ass

And go

 

They will be waiting for you

At the junction

With a ripe orange

And as you leave the tunnel

The light

A raspberry eye

Spots you from the moss

And follows you past the ferns

At the cleaners 

Through the market's neon signage at dawn 

And the river's broad water

 

Now you are reaching the home

You were for looking 

Look

There he is, asleep

Near the Age of Reason in blue

And he looks so good

Breath, swallow

This air

That honors you

Often and very warm 

 

---

 

WORST WAY

 

Honey

What did I forget? 

I could of swore I pulled it out the oven

I could of swore I made a friend

And sugar 

I never meant to leave you

Hang

I could of swore I pulled you out the oven

I could'a swore I did my best

 

And, honey

I don't know if I'm still here

I don't know my place

In this new fear

I don't know how I will be there for you

For you

 

Get along, child

Forced to sway

Get along, sugar

Though it feels like

It's the worst way

It's gotta be the worst way yet

The worst way

 

And did you know

I'm looning 

My bath made

Hot

Falling along

My several fevers 

(Wish wash)

Burn out collapse

My several fevers

 

Get along, child

Forced to wait

Get along, sugar

Though it feels like 

 

It's the worst way

It's gotta be the worst way, yet

x2

 

If I knew a man who would make me question my place so much

It would be you 

 

And if I knew a man who would blame the rape on me

Because it hurt his feelings

That was you, too

 

Get along, child

Faces

Are left

In the window

The mirror

In the floor

In my bed

You'll get along somehow

Though you'll mostly feel dead

 

It's the worst way

It's gotta be the worst way, yet

This is the worst way, yet

It's gotta be the worst way, yet

The worst way

Gotta be the worst way

 

---

 

BLACKOUT

 

Well, my foot's out the window

So how'm I gonna drive 

 

My heads in a bed of impossible palm trees on an ugly, cold

Chicago night

 

And if it rains this time

I'm only flavor to the fire

 

I told you

I'd love to be bold

I would love to come over

Lick both holes

And you take that notion

I see you're swollen

Honey

So roll with it

Roll up into

The honor

Within me

You know, it's never

Ever

Going to be

 

And if it rains this time

I'm only flavor to the fire

 

You give me your heart, again

I'll show you my best

Let's get back in the car

Honey

 

You give me your heart

And sit on my chest 

Leave a mark on the moon that scars

 

---

 

BLACK ROSE

 

Hear the writer waver, too

Walk down the stairs towards her office

Re-realizing a notion I thought had expired

That requires a kinder heart

So far

 

The ceiling gets dark 

And the stars leave their mark

In an unlikely way

It's warmer, and

More contained 

 

And the spider's old girlfriend

Gives reverence

You know she'll not be far away

She's the spirit we all relate

 

And she sings from a black rose

 

---

 

FWEE

 

How could I have known

There's a person out there who means me no harm

And you do me so well

Without all that longing

 

Put your hand out as far as you want to

And kick rocks around like you're

Free

To bruise

And you do

 

Because fweedom is certainly useful

Pouring love in a musical being 


GONE BANANA 

AURORA / 99
 

We're going driving again

The pressure's on

Bellies full, scowling

The heavy deed's not gonna

Ruin my fun

 

We'll get hit by a train

and what difference would it make

Except the driving

Will be done

 

Can you still hear my voice in the trees

I haven't left this room

In weeks

Some call for a blessing

Some reassurance

All I can welp right now is

 

There's cum on the phone

And I felt so alone

But he's doing it

For me

There's cum on the phone

And I felt so alone

But we're trying

You see

 

Can you still hear my voice in the trees

I haven't left this room

In weeks

Some call for a blessing

Some reassurance

All I can welp right now is

 

There's cum on the phone

And I felt so alone

But he's doing it

For me

There's cum on the phone

And I felt so alone

But we're trying

Don’t you see

 

And if I were to leave a little sock on the shore of a sea that we've both know so well, so separately…

 

---
 

GOOBIE KRISHNA

 

A haircut in the lawn

When all is half but gone

A pocket knife shines as bright as

The dull sky

 

I passed out in the van

With whiskey on the phone

I never cried as much as I did there

 

Some dude stole my solo

So I

I kicked him to the floor

Then I was punished like a woman

 

But Christian tells me I
Oh, Christian tells me I

Oh, Christian tells me that I'm still good

 

No one

No one

No one

No one

No one

Is gonna leave me hangin' around like you did

Like you did

 

---

 

COLOGNE IN THE NIGHT
 

I'm getting closer to the lighthouse

Your name is written there

But there's a body of black water

Who told me not to bother

 

Instead of real feelings

And not doing what I should be doing

I'm dwelling

Milkier

I'm dwelling milky

Confusion

 

Wet

Alone

In the night

 

I beg shadows to be true creatures

To come and do me in

I resent what's real

And what could have been

And what could have been

And what could have been

And what could have been

 

No
 

---
 

WET MOSS
 

See, I've almost drowned

You drag me out

It catches up to you

 

And when I die

I'll be fine

But think

Right now

Of what we could do

 

Don't lay down

Deep your legs wrapped around

(Lips keep moving)

The top of my chest

 

Vines still pound

Upside down

(Sweeter than syrup)

From bashful berries

 

Lick me til the daylight shines

Lips like paper

Lips like paper

 

Eyes

Warm

Red

Cool evil
 

---

 

GONE BANANA

 

Well

I’ve stolen five cold hearts

Only stuck around

To watch

One of them melt

On the beach

And even that responsibility seems to

Escape me

 

Now I'm on the bus

Seems almost every other day

Watching the money go

The people glow

Headed north

Well

I'm not headed that way

 

And I've got a boyfriend

He is 16,375 whole

Miles away

That seems to be the way

That I play this game

Now

And probably for a long time

 

And at night

I get so loose

I find my only excuse is that a

Another’s not around to wipe

The poison away

To keep a clean face

Look at me directly say

 

“Hello

Darling

I still love you

Mo matter"

 

But watch me endure

With this bottle of wine

Slips through my chest

Feeling divine

And I see a word in the corner

It leads me to believe

(are you ready, oh, look are you ready, are)

I'm leaping

 

Here we

Go

 

---
 

YEAR OF PATIENCE

 

My heart has gone ape-shit

So I will move into the moon

Lonely & hopeful

But my knuckles are bloody

I can't pay attention to anything

I'm doing

 

The fire in my spirit is raging

But my thumbs are still cold

 

This has been my year of patience

And when you try me

My patience went gray

A little higher

A little over

Missing the point with reticence so great

 

And in my dream

The mountain erupted & you & I were still breathing

 

The walls of water came down

So hard

I knew it

 

---

 

CHILIDOG

 

A star-filled flight

A nauseous night

A glass of water from

A new friend of mine

 

Another sigh

Why haven't I gone to London

The cool lake will have to wait

Another time

 

Chilidog

So adult

Get your coat on

Get out the door

Do something that's good for yourself

And no one else

 

Chilidog

Full grown

Grown & growing

Grown & growing

Grown & growing

Grown & growing...

 

---

 

LADY RACHEL (song by Kevin Ayers)

 

She climbs up the stairs

By the light of a candle

And the door with no handle

Is closing behind here

Again

 

She places the light

On a chair by the window

Says a prayer while the wind blows

And into her bedclothes

She hides

 

Now she's safe from the darkness

She's safe from it's clutch

Now nothing can harm her

At least now very much

 

What will you dream of tonight

Lady rachel (x2)

Who will you dream of tonight

Lady Rachel (x2)

 

She climbs up the hill

And is handed a parcel

She unwraps the parcel

And discovers a castle

Inside

 

She climbs up the stairs

By the light of a candle

And the door with no handle

Is closing behind here

Again

 

Now she's safe from the darkness

She's safe from it's clutch

Now nothing can harm her

At least now very much

 

What will you dream of tonight

Lady Rachel (x2)

Who will you dream of tonight

Lady Rachel (x2)


SOME UFO EP

SETTLING SOMETHING

 

There’s a sun

Breaks the speech

Like my voice

It tries to leave me

Mental woman

Alone

You want me alone

 

To be a root

Unearthed

On the sidewalk

Warm and shriveling

It feels bad

 

There is more respect to give

On the muddy hump

Your braid

Or something damn-near like it

More invisible

Dishonest

 

Do your feet

Sink deep

Speak thick with history

I pay attention

 

Now, you’re telling me

That I’m getting poor

And my tendons start to swell

There’s a phantom in the lake’s head

And our season end’s up squelched

 

---

 

PLACE OF THUNDER

 

I dreamt about your death and I was lonely

I found you in the city

Your old form feeding

Warms arms glowing

& then you turned into a bird

 

---

 

ASH GUPPIE

 

The doe you killed in the clovers

Her blood runs down my shoulders

And she stains

We meet in real time

And I will stain back

I’ll stain deep back

Into the world

 

Life after death

Pieces of me get freaky and stretched

 

Back to the den

Made of deadwood

The spirit rolls me over

I am not used to this

 

Blackberries

Everyday

Taste the ash

Little Sister let fall away

And the mountain shows

Her new face

 

---

 

PLAYING A JEALOUS WOMAN

 

Goth jaws

Get soft

It’s like a

Whole new world

 

The weight of a

Bone

Get’s called in on

A meteor's birth

Look inside

My home

See it carrying me

 

A copper horse

Heavy brisket

Pouring out

Seeds

 

The weight of our mother

The weight of our mother

Mounted

Mounted

Oh

 

Goth jaws

Get soft

It’s like a

Whole new world

 

The weight of a

Bone

Get’s called in on

A meteor's birth

Look inside

My home

See it carrying me

 

A copper horse

Heavy brisket

Pouring out my

Seed

 

---

 

TO BE ME (song by Dear Nora)

 

It was gettin’ kinda’ freaky in here

Until I turned off the light

And drank a beer

And I imagined

I was floating over San Francisco

And civilization was gone

 

And then I turned the light on

 

Then I looked through the photographs

All the moments captured

I can’t take back

No, I can’t take back

All that shit I did

Way back then

Way back when

 

Lie down with me

I’m gonna’ show you how it is

To be me