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Tryin’ to get through my front door, But got myself locked out again. As I understand there’s a curve to learning Yeah, I wanna be all that I can. Tryin’ to drive to the address, But got myself lost on the way. As I understand there’s a curve to learning Yeah, I wanna be all that I can. Yeah, it’s a funny time You’re living just to keep it alive What could it be? That’s got me? What could it be? I’m grateful. What could it be? It’s confusing. What could it be That’s got me. Beauty so easy forgotten, I should point it out everyday. Yeah, taking the time to be kind to your mind, Yeah, I oughta be taking my time. Walk to the Circle K, It’s nice to take a walk anyway. What could it be? I’m asking. What could it be? Hey thank you. What could it be? I’m wondering What could it be? What could it be that’s got me.
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I read, “this could be you” With a question mark as big as the poster. Could it really be true? As easy as just calling A number I saw on a street sign? Yeah, this could be you in the big time. But could it really be me? I’ve always thought the spot light was calling. It’s nothing new so maybe Yeah you and I could star in a long running show on the TV A quotable line in a movie Yeah this could be you on the big screen The big screen. They say nothing’s for free, Yeah they really wanna know what you’re made of. I called the number to see, I left my name and number, I hope that they call in a short time. A flier I saw on a street sign, Yeah this could be you in the big time. The big time, Big time...
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All the daylight was gleamin’, While I was still dreamin’, Of a haircut in blue jeans, With the danglin’ of your earings. One cup of coffee in the morning, Once was enough to get me going. One cup of coffee in the morning, Once was enough to get me going. Life lingers on... There’s a new trick with an old card, It’s a lifeguard for the diehards. It’s a walk though your graveyard, Like baseball in your backyard. One cup of coffee in the morning, Once was enough to get me going. One cup of coffee in the morning, Once was enough to get me going. Life lingers on...
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Big Moon 01:24
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So Blue 02:19
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about

"Leisure World is the latest album from singer-songwriter Tyler Blue Broderick, who performs with the project Diners. Not only is it the most eclectic and ambitious album in the songwriter’s (already muscular) catalog to date—it’s one of the catchiest, most realized indie pop records released in years.

Like all of their work, Leisure World—which Broderick scrapped and rerecorded several times before landing on an aesthetic they found satisfactory—draws on the most enduring aspects of pop’s past. Its 13 tracks bring to mind the technicolored melodies of ‘60s pop icons like the Beatles and Zombies, the chilled-out pop proficiency of Laurel Canyon legends like Carole King, and the wry, observational story-telling of Jonathan Richman, and, to cite a more recent artist, Jens Lekman.

But Leisure World isn’t merely a puree of a record store clerk archetype’s most coveted possessions; like all the best pop music, it gleefully somersaults across the bridge connecting the past and future, and much of Broderick’s instrumentation and lyrics feel planted firmly in the present. These are bite-sized, mid-fi symphonies replete with glorious Omichord sweeps, second-hand synths, and layers of sun-kissed vocal harmony. For every scratchy deep cut like “Big Times,” there’s a song like “There’s a Time”—a surefire college radio hit and essential addition to any bedroom pop enthusiast’s spring playlist. Another album highlight is “Cup Of Coffee,” which evokes both the jangling, literate jazz-pop of Prefab Sprout and the dense headphone pop of Point-era Cornelius. (It also contains some of Broderick’s finest lyrics on the album.)

Leisure World arrives at a somewhat tumultuous time in Broderick’s life. Originally from Phoenix, Broderick briefly relocated to Los Angeles, before settling in Oakland this past summer. The record was recorded amidst relentless DIY tours and shows with Diners and a bulk of side gigs, including Broderick’s commitments to the Ned Flanders metal band Okilly Dokilly and songwriting collaborations with artists like Chris Farren. (The co-written “Space In Yr Love” recently surfaced on Farren’s latest solo album, Born Hot.)

Despite that, Leisure World is not a cynical or even tired-sounding record. This is maybe best exemplified by the album’s penultimate track, “Thanks For Listening,” which is gobsmacking in its warmth and earnestness. Performed by anyone other than Diners, “Thanks For Listening”—which the band closed every show with when I toured with them this past spring—would scan sardonic. But I can say with almost complete certainty that Tyler is being serious, which is a beautiful thing. They love the attention, but they also realize they’d be nothing without the people who love them and their music. Nobody’s perfect, but Tyler Blue Broderick might be DIY’s perfect Leo."
- Mo Troper

credits

released April 24, 2020

All of the songs were written and co-produced by Tyler Blue Broderick. “Learning Curve” was written with help from Aaron Ponzo and Dana Telsrow came up with the cool guitar ending on “Cup of Coffee”.

“Leisure World” was recorded between November 2017 and June 2019. The album was recorded, mixed, and co-produced by jalipaz at the audioconfusion studio in Mesa, Arizona with minimal tracking and maximal midi programming done by TBB at the old Lauren Records house in Glendale, California. Carl Saff did the mastering at Saff Mastering somewhere in Chicago, Illinois.

The Leisure World photos were taken by Remy Smith on site at the Leisure World globe in Mesa, Arizona. The inner sleeve portrait was taken by Dale Stellar in Berkeley, California. Trever Ducote did the graphic design and album layout out at the U of A library in Tucson, Arizona.

Tyler Blue Broderick - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, wurlitzer, casio keyboards, piano, synths, sheet metal, field recordings
Tyler Hainlen - drums on “Big Moon”
Aaron Goodman - saxophones
Ark Calkins - drums on “Spinning the Yarn”
Dana Telsrow - guitar on “Coffee”
Mercedes Murrieta - violins, violas
Gabi Manning - back up vocals
Cylinder City band:
Tony DiDomizio - bass guitar
Trever Ducote - drums

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