Hugging Is Mandatory!

by Reading Group

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all songs by Reading Group copyright 2010
Lacey Guthrie - vocals, accordion
Paul Watkins - guitar
Chris Martin - drums
Paul Rushford - guitar
Jamie Prott - bass


released September 11, 2010

recorded at skull alley 8/18/2010 by Trip "THAT is why you practice before you come into the studio" Barriger with his classy mobile recording unit. Mixed and mastered by Trip at Studio K.

Lacey had falafel for the first time during the recording of this record.

Give us hugs here:
readinggroupbooking at
c/o brightskull records, po box 4831 louisville ky 40204

oh yeah, literacy is punk as fuck.



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Track Name: Fire Escape
We come down hard on the side of sober
With logic in our pockets and impeccable taste
But that wide-throat dive's got the words hungover
Our talking does not follow cleaner blood, but a covered face

I need a god machine
To satisfy my want for pretty things
Something that I can see, all in one place
To that I do add everything you say

And the lazy propsal at my window
Is at once a taking and a chance to turn the dial
That wide-throat dive's got the words hungover
Our talking does not follow cleaner blood, but a riding style

We are in the strangest place
On bring-your-own-ladder day
Calming down a crying baby
Climbing down the fire escape
Track Name: Holy Kisser
On the holy kisser's block
It takes 10 to turn him on
And not much more to get him off
Hand to mouth just to unfold
With corners up, and slightly bored
Is the source

The thicker the dime, the more he chokes up
Like a nightjar's warbling
While the quick and the dead give him bad love
In a birdbath of soft skin

He moves like a woman
And gives good dams everyday

Will makes paper planes with spanish notes
But they do not keep the shape
The thicker the dime, the more it grows
In a birdbath, wet face

He moves like a needletail
And gives good dams everyday
The swift body soaking starts the squeezing of his legs

Oh, holy row
If I cannot go, he calls it home
First, one wants a daft young bird
And doubtless, to carry heavy words
Track Name: Oh, Primo!
I heard that you threw yourself down a flight of stairs because you were so tired
Of feeling terrible for everything you've done
The world was hanging upside down and heads were rolling on the ground
With the head of half the man you used to be

A visionary
In alchemy
A spoiled envy
A man decaying

Oh my god
They've killed them all
The last were shot
Before the fall
And the winter that followed was 20 years long (x4)

Oh tell me what your face looks like in turin on a friday night
And I will time-trip with you back to 1944
I will dress in red and plant explosives underneath the cattletruck
That stole your soul and robbed you of your right to die alive
With the ferassie's and loving guards all stacked up on the clinic beds
No money grows up 'tween your arms, but something does between your legs

A diatribe thing
Though not much speaking
A state of being
And terrifying

{what kind of mass production
new bodies steady burning
and the infirmary not
for healing only hurting
deader apothecary
god damn near full and plenty
in the infirmary and
out in the yard}