The Awkward Stage

The Awkward Stage

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Smart, touching indie pop expertly arranged and delivered.
From heartfelt crooners to blazing, and catchy rockers.
Very original lyrics and melodies.

Biography

Leader and principal song writer of the Awkward Stage, Shane Abram Nelken is a popular Vancouver multi-instrumentalist who has played with A.C.Newman,the New Pornographers, Nicole Atkins, Sparrow, etc. as well as contributing music to the award winning documentary The Corporation.
Heaven Is For Easy Girls marks his first solo outing
under the Awkward Stage moniker.
The album is produced by The New Pornographers'
drummer Kurt Dahle who plays on it as well.
Shane currently works as a cremationist in Vancouver.

Lyrics

So Stupid, So Smart

Written By: shane nelken

Towards your learning focused all of your desire, when I was burning, discussed the properties of fire;
Does it occur to you now, in the ashes all alone? That you scrambled for all but water and the phone, all but water and the phone. You're so stupid, so smart perfecting the science of breaking my heart. You are so stupid so smart studying the physics of my falling apart.
The part that lets me, that mechanism slumbers in a logic soft and warm in the arms of numbers, it's a clever mind that builds the bomb, that builds the bomb; that sets it off and cries for mom and cries for mom you're so stupid so smart perfecting the science of breaking my heart. You are so stupid so smart studying the physics of my falling apart.
So very well read, a lifetime there in books inside your head. Can you read nothing in my looks?
The bullet's coming, son.
Calculate your loss or run.
Write a report on ballistics when it's done; trajectory tells you passion fired the gun, passion fired the gun and you were so stupid so smart perfecting the science of breaking my heart, you were so stupid so smart studying the physics of my falling apart.

The Morons Are Winning

Written By: shane nelken

There is a war on and all of the morons are winning.They are winning year to year.
There is a war on and you're on the front lines grinning. You are grinning ear to ear
You lovers, you G-men, descend on me
slowly, we're approaching the hottest of days,
To not let things get to me, I wish you could show me before I set this
thing ablaze.
The earth, it is still it's the darkness that's spinning 'round me in my tin foil helmet, the war's for my will and
the morons are winning, me in my tin foil helmet...
I've lead the charge against all of their mind controllers
Blocking the signal transmitting through my back molars
Oh, encircle me slowly (shut up, shut up) proceeding with caution, baby
Oh, you want to control me(shut up,
shut up) to concede in exhaustion, baby
Wearing the face of concern with your free medications
Stealing my thoughts and my top secret calculations.
Oh, I'd like to be free, love (shut up, shut up) if the men in the black cars let me
Oh,and if you're not who you say, love(shut up, shut up) may this helmet of foil protect me
I've lead the charge against all of their mind controllers,
Blocking the signal transmitting through my back molars;
Wearing the face of concern with your free medications
Stealing my thoughts and my top secret calculations
In your warming breath, a swarming death,
In your warming breath, a swarming breath.
In your warming breath, a swarming death,
In your warming breath, a
swarming death.
There is a war on and all of the morons are winning,
Winning year to year.
There is a war on and you're on the
front lines grinning, you are grinning ear to ear.
You are grinning ear to ear.

Discography

The Awkward Stage "Heaven Is For Easy Girls"
full length c.d.
released on Mint records Oct.10th 2006
'Slimming Mirrors, Flattering Lights' released June 10th, 2008 on Mint records

Set List

The set is approximately 40-60 minutes of original material.