The Marble Tea

The Marble Tea

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Children's songs for adults. Indie Pop tunes for the young & the weary. The occasional weeper for the disaffected. And something to make you smile....

Biography

Children's songs for adults. That's how Knight Berman Jr once described the music he writes and records as the Marble Tea, but it doesn't tell the full story. Grown-up topics like hiding from the law, excruciating ennui, and impotence have all found their way into songs in some fashion or another, and his affirmation that "I haven't met a child yet that I could sit and have a smoke with" further distances us from that original statement.

Berman's I'm Batman EP was selected as CD of the Year for 2004 at IndepenDisc.com, and three of his recordings were featured in the toddler-friendly LittleWalks New York video. Along the way, he's contributed to a compilation of "tiny pop songs," tribute records to Richard Brautigan and the Jazz Butcher, and provided theme music for cartoons on the internet.

With the release of his Fantastic Day EP in 2006, Berman continues to examine the underlying connection between life's smallest things and the grander design behind it all through an unpretentious brand of indie pop.

So what does the music sound like? Comparisons to the Magnetic Fields, Jonathan Richman, Robyn Hitchcock, early Beck, the Kinks - even "a happy Lou Reed" - have all been made and may serve as a nice starting point.

He is currently working on numerous projects which are generally chronicled at the Marble Tea Webthing (www.marbletea.com), including the release of a freely downloadable song every month.

Lyrics

I'm Batman

Written By: (Berman)

i've got a secret to tell
i only say this coz i know you well
i may seem timid and i may seem shy
but late at night i'm a super guy

i'm batman
i'm batman

there's no boy wonder and there's no alfred
there is a batcave, it's my backyard shed
my batmobile's a toyota corolla
i don't know a penguin but i know a joker

i'm batman
i'm batman

there's no boy wonder and there's no alfred
so get the comic books and movies out of your head
the world's full of evil all over the world
put on this little mask and be my batgirl

i'm batman
i'm batman

Fantastic Day

Written By: Berman

i didn't say i was looking
for a way to be good
i didn't say i was looking
for a way to be bad
what i said was i needed
a place to be felt
whether with a soft feather
or a leather belt

it's a truly fantastic day today
just a perfect fantastic day today

i don't mind being taken
around the block
in your car with the window
down you're so hot
under trees through the street
with the radio on
singing loud and offkey
to that tom jones song

it's a truly fantastic day today
just a perfect fantastic day today

i've got news for the teenage kids
on the corner
i don't need sega-vision
or time warner
just give me all the air
and that cool breeze
we'll buzz around like
a couple of honey bees

it's a truly fantastic day today
just a perfect fantastic day today

Mercury

Written By: Berman

I was standing outside of the Mercury Lounge
Having a smoke with my good friend Mau
Looking at all the people go wandering by
Past the cars and the buildings and under the sky

Somebody better do something
Somebody better do something

If it isn't you then it has to be me
Designate what the picture is we see

There's a hat and a dress and a coat or two
Patent leather becomes an angled shoe
There are scars on the body and psyche too
As a movie walks by just out of view

Somebody better get it down
Somebody better get it down

It's enough to stand by and watch it go
Or we could make a leap and join the show

[Repeat First Verse]

Discography

* Back in Time / Demi Moore [Single, 2008, Presto MusiCo]

* English / Drake [Single, 2007, Presto MusiCo]

* Fantastic Day [EP, 2006, Presto MusiCo]

* Slave to the Tuna! [Downloadable EP, 2006, Presto MusiCo]

* I'm Batman [EP, 2004, Presto MusiCo]

* Hoga-Rama [Downloadable EP, 2004, Presto MusiCo]

Set List

Not performing live at this time.