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released July 21, 2013

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Adam Sakellarides Oakland, California

A native southern-Californian, Adam started writing songs on an old guitar from the 70s that his parents won in a raffle. He sings about love, science, politics, socially awkward people, and things like that. Now armed with witty lyrics, catchy melodies, and a bunch of mediocre jokes, he's ready to entertain you. ... more

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Track Name: Buzzing Loudly (The Nerd Anthem)
You're smarter than the rest of us
You're a fan of The Calculus
You don't think coefficients are such a gosh darn drag

You know your digits
Your TI knows no limits
It's time to take a bow so you can brag

If you like to do your calculations
Sum up a very different nation
There's no need for further speculation:

Sing because your math skills are acute
Sing because your grammar's quite astute
Sing because your heart is very proud
Sing because your mind is buzzing loud
ly

You're quite a Nazi
You play Word Yahtzee
You shout your Robert Frost to the rafters

Thou wouldst have more of it
Of Shakespeare and Vonnegut
You're on a first-name basis with Lenscrafters

There's no such thing as synonyms
Draw this up like a homonym
Stand up; you're part of a great nation:

Sing because your math skills are acute
Sing because your grammar's quite astute
Sing because your heart is very proud
Sing because your mind is buzzing loud
ly
Track Name: Kicking and Screaming
Let's elevate you / Let's celebrate you
Let's strap a rocket to your back so we can see if you can fly
Go into a dive / You're wanted alive
You're not allowed to come on back if you're still good to drive

You call us reckless
But you're the mess, here
Please don't make us drag you

Kickin' and Screamin' / Buddy you ain't stoppin' we
Kickin' and Screaming / This'll hurt you more than it ,hurts me

This comes once a year / Your friends are all near
It's your party here and we will not allow you cryin'
We're flying so high / Your probably won't die
I'm glad you didn't notice that I just said probably

You call us reckless
But you're the mess, here
Please don't make us drag you

Kickin' and Screamin' / Buddy you ain't stoppin' we
Kickin' and Screamin' / This'll hurt you more than it hurts me

Now the night is done / Let's have some more fun
Hey they're singing "Closing Time" but I know quite the local gem
Not too far to walk / Forgot how to talk
The best omlette you'll ever have you'll have at 3 AM

You call us reckless
But you're the mess, here
Please don't make us drag you

Kickin' and Screamin' / Buddy you ain't stoppin' we
Kickin' and Screamin' / This'll hurt you more than it hurts me
Track Name: Curiosity
My lineage includes a line of faithful pioneers
You invested in me with your brain trust for many years
You programmed me with panoramic eyes
Got my Uncle's engineering skills and my Russian mother's drive

I've got curiosity
I knew it got the best of me
When I escaped velocity
I'm falling
I'm falling
I'm falling

I was conceived behind the hills of Hahamonga park
Three hundred fifty million miles, never thought I'd venture far
I may be slow, sir, but I know that I'm smart
It takes me fourteen minutes but I send you works of art

I've got curiosity
I know you'll get the best of me
Yeah I escaped velocity
I'm falling
I'm falling
I'm falling

It's cold and lonely way out here
There is no friendly atmosphere
And though this isn't quite the trip of my dreams
I'd rather be way out here than assembling

Exploring my new world, with my laser set on "stun."
All it took was giving up the comfort of the sun
Letting go. I know it's never fun
And though I know I just got here my journey's just begun

I've got curiosity
I knew it got the best of me
When I escaped velocity
I'm falling
I'm falling
I'm falling

I've got curiosity
I'm only mission number three
Yeah I escaped velocity
I'm falling
I'm falling
I'm falling
Track Name: Money On Nothing
You'd make a masterpiece
If acrylic paints were cheap
Canvas prices are steep
Your aversion's woven deep

Painting can offer very mixed results
You can't paint the town red without an easel

You can't waste your money on nothing
money on nothing, yeah
You can't waste your money on nothing
money on nothing, yeah

You want to see the sights
Backpack and travel light
But cable's price is right
Mike Rowe is on tonight

Europe calls out to you collect
Adventure is change you should accept

You can't waste your money on nothing
money on nothing, yeah
You can't waste your money on nothing
money on nothing, yeah

It's easier for a camel to pass through a needle
Saving is quite the sin
You could take a dive into your pile of money
But you don't know how to swim

So open up to us
Your wallet and your trust
Life's better boom or bust
Before you turn to dust

You need not keep your belt fastened
All you have to do is cash in

You can't waste your money on nothing
money on nothing, yeah
You can't waste your money on nothing
money on nothing, yeah
Track Name: Addiction
When you need your caffeine
So you drink your coffee
But you fall asleep at three
That's called addiction

If you like to have a beer
And then you have one more
And then you're on the floor
That's called addiction

I would love to help you
But I forgot steps two through twelve
I would love to help you
But I can only help you help yourself
With your addiction

When like to pick up chicks
But you act like a total dick
and you should probably be fixed
That's called addiction

I would love to help you
But I forgot steps two through twelve
I would love to help you
But I can only help you help yourself
With your addiction

If you like to smoke some pot
And the lyrics you forgot

That's called addiction

I would love to help you
But I forgot steps two through twelve
I would love to help you
But I can only help you help yourself
With your addiction
Track Name: I Can See You
a winnter-take-all system / this is progress
their salesmanship has been quite impress-ive
gathering their own intelligence
doesn't set a great precedent

CHORUS
I can see you but you can't see me
wake up and smell the coffee
they're coming to your backyard
it's a toy / a fire and a spark

if you don't lend, other will
risk low and retain more capital
hacking and tire kicking is still going on
under human control, crammed with bombs

CHORUS

engineered at institutions rumors persist
low-level but ubiquitous
beef up border security
they provoke a new kind anxiety
Track Name: The Introverts
They've super-powers beyond compare (Oh, any day)
Prefer you stay out of their hair (Please go away)
Their super-powers so great (Just trust us)
Have trouble asking out dates (Hey, hi, uh...)

When bad guys come out to play
For a couple of hours they'll fight and stay out

The introverts (the introverts)
The introverts (the introverts)
The introverts (the introverts)
feel kinda tired

Cannot keep eye contact (this is awkward)
Know innumerable facts (Read the forward)
Say zilch for minutes on end (Skip small talk)
Have just a few close friends (We'll text you)

Super-camouflaged and small
At parties blending into walls

The introverts (the introverts)
The introverts (the introverts)
The introverts (the introverts)
sure could use a break

Will always stay on the fence (go either way)
Cannot accept compliments (ha ha no way)
Don't really fly at the bar (too loud to talk)
They need to go home to charge (think I'll take off)

Super-fast to second-guess
I assure you, they might be the best

The introverts (the introverts)
The introverts (the introverts)
The introverts (the introverts)
think it's time to go home

The intro—
—Verts!
Track Name: Your Life For Mine
In the back of Pizza Palace a dimly lit room has been set
with gaudy carpeting and lots of video game cabinets
Of the things that draw the crowd— one particular machine
always pizza grease on the controls for players me plus three

We gather up our quarters and push buttons as we stare
the room is filled censored expletives and lots of gaming prayers
Player four beats the boss almost playing solo,
he leaves us one last quarter and he says "I gotta go"

You gave your life for mine
You gave your life for mine
One last quarter, time by time
You gave your life for mine

We are one player down, but we will try to soldier on
we continue feeding the machine as characters re-spawn
Player three's quarters were gone and close to loss
he said, "don't worry, I got it,"— finished that enemy like a boss

You gave your life for mine
You gave your life for mine
One last quarter, time by time
You gave your life for mine

We're nearly out of quarters, down to me and player two
the last quarter he bequeathed to me— final battle did ensue
We watched the credits roll, we were proud and virtuous
The victory was not mine, it belonged to all of us

You gave your life for mine
You gave your life for mine
One last quarter, time by time
You gave your life for mine
Track Name: Long Way Up
I'm battered I'm bloody
I'm injured I studied

Each procedure and each tactic
But things were flying things were frantic

I'd taken I'd rallied
Misspoken Miscarried

Rose up in the blink of an eye
The crowd was screaming so was I

It's a long way up
But it's never too far to climb
It's a long way up
I'm rising right into my prime

Outspoken and headstrong
I just can't wait too long

To right the wrong And wrong The Right
I just can't take decisions lightly

It's a long way up
But it's never too far to climb
It's a long way up
I'm rising right into my prime

I can see headlines
They can see hairlines
I can see foul play
But oh no, it won't get away
this time

I'm gathered I'm composed
I spit shined my windows

door-to-door I give you time
I give you reason, give you rhyme

It's a long way up
But it's never too far to climb
It's a long way up
I'm rising right into my prime
Track Name: RTFM
We'd like to welcome you to Yourself one-point-oh
Before we begin there's a few things you should know
Contents may have shifted during the shipment
But here's your gift: it comes with their compliments

[CHORUS]
There are no directions here to read
I guess every step is up to me
If a variable's false, you must move on to a "then"
We all wish that we could R.T.F.M.

Basic functions remain easy to use
Your creators will most likely guide you through
Your first few years of basic autonomy
But after that you have your own being to be

[CHORUS]

Basic features are mostly discov'rable
The learning process is creating your own rules
Self-assembly is both science and an art
In fact, being yourself is the hardest part

[CHORUS]