Fits and Starts: Volume One

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Kevin Cryderman
Running length
60 tracks
Running time
228:13

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Nothing to You (melancomic ballad) 4:10 14,586
2 Crawling After You (country folk innocence) 2:49 7,040
3 The Star-Spangled Banner (The Times They Are A-Changin') (new folk twist on an old… 4:15 4,128
4 Breathe (depressing acoustic ballad with strings) 4:58 1,545
5 Sappy Love Song (sensitive singer-songwriter) 3:24 2,702
6 Watching Anime (with lyrics) 3:50 643
7 In All Sincerity (ultra-mellow alt-folk) 5:16 6,404
8 Home (classic folk ballad) 4:02 468
9 Pedestal (playful ascerbic folk) 3:30 9,507
10 Paper Cup (tortured earnest folk) 4:25 3,454
11 Invisible (busking in the tube/subway) free download 3:15 131
12 Memories of Love (sensitive singer-songwriter) free download 3:10 233
13 Solitary Man (modern troubadour folk, homage to Bob Dylan) 2:31 902
14 The Quotidian Inferno (straight folk, no chaser) 1:57 1,254
15 Lawn Chairs (alternative folk-rock) free download 4:57 551
16 A Simple Operation (classic folk pop) 2:41 475
17 Girl Like You (quixotic pop delusions) 2:50 254
18 Sunny Days (sunny pop silliness) 4:02 1,351
19 Never Mind (alternative pop) 2:45 345
20 The Night Is Coming Down (bluesy bar band rock) 4:29 1,913
21 Rich and Shameless (a large serving of mafia electric blues, slathered in our own… free download 3:00 297
22 Hats Off To (Led) Zeppelin (acoustic blues homage) 5:10 2,092
23 Falling Down (solo acoustic raga rock) 5:51 1,240
24 Fool's Paradise (acoustic riff pop-rock) 3:10 459
25 Everybody Wants a Gun (trashy, lo-fi grunge + satire) 2:07 624
26 Psychopath Killer (heavy metal + satire) 4:54 755
27 Personification (grunge rock) free download 3:42 197
28 Lost (dark metal ballad) 4:18 4,528
29 Something in the Way (grunge ballad, re-written lyrics) free download 4:15 3,647
30 Riff (slightly gothish new wave alternative rock) 2:54 1,127
31 Psychopath Killer (demo version, with the original lyrics) free download 4:47 192
32 Tree Fallin' (logging campire folk + parody + eco-political satire) 4:17 126
33 Minimum Wage (folk ska + satire) 6:17 138
34 (I Don't Want To be A) Folk Singer (jazzy anti-folk) free download 2:56 205
35 Icons (Dan Bern homage) free download 3:19 397
36 Another Beer Drinking Day (singalong drinking song) free download 2:42 45
37 Solitary Woman (slightly obscene waaaay-past-drunk singalong song) free download 3:46 97
38 Shotgun (Western, beer shotgunning standoff) free download 3:08 127
39 Watching Anime (wedding processional instrumental feat. Dan Anies on cello) 3:51 356
40 Imperfections (electric guitar instrumental) free download 4:41 219
41 Watching Anime (piano version 1 by Burke Scarbrough) free download 4:44 469
42 Rubato (lo-fi mellow instrumental) free download 1:20 131
43 To Her (lo-fi mellow instrumental) free download 2:02 355
44 Imperfections II (electric guitar instrumental) 4:59 292
45 Watching Anime (piano version 2 by Burke Scarbrough) free download 4:25 506
46 In Medias Res (short film score credits) free download 2:22 352
47 Wishing Well (new wave ballad) free download 4:42 252
48 Reconciliation Day (new wave version) free download 3:59 435
49 Sylvia (solo acoustic version) free download 2:58 224
50 The Future (original version, feat. Joby Baker) free download 4:41 129
51 Nasty (extended version) free download 4:59 322
52 Greed (solo acoustic version) free download 3:29 163
53 Courting the Muse (extended version) free download 7:16 83
54 White Picket Fences (outsider folk) free download 3:28 107
55 I'm So Sorry That I Love You, Baby (outsider folk) (late 1960s-style garage rock… free download 2:47 63
56 Falling in Love with a Fantasy (outsider folk) free download 5:41 63
57 Songs from the Second Floor (Global DJ with vocals, feat. DJ Plain View) 2:31 575
58 Daddy (morbid adult contemporary) free download 5:07 156
59 Q100.3 FM Morning Show Theme (failed entry for a radio jingle contest) free download 0:44 163
60 Not the Same (psychadelic, syd barrett) free download 3:38 149

About this album

While Sufjan Stevens may have his infamous 50-states series, The Magnetic Fields its 69 Love Songs, and Sean Wright his hyper-prolific album-a-month project, Kevin Cryderman has FITS AND STARTS (formerly entitled IN ALL SINCERITY), an eclectic and ever-expanding Internet-only album with ‘restaurant menu’ type descriptions for each song. Spanning Cryderman’s entire recording career from day one (just weeks after he first started playing guitar), the overall project is a candid behind-the-scenes look at an artist’s development in fits and starts and various directions or experiments , ranging from the creatively successful to the spectacularly awful (sometimes intentionally so).

Volume One’s menu categories are:

MELLOW ACOUSTIC SINGER-SONGWRITER/AMERICANA: Tracks 1-15
POP: Tracks 16-19
BLUES-BASED: Tracks 20-24
GRUNGE AND HEAVY METAL: Tracks 25-31
HUMOR-TINGED SATIRE: Tracks 32-35
DRINKING SONGS: Tracks 36-38
INSTRUMENTAL: Tracks 39-46
NEW WAVE AND SYNTH-BASED: Tracks 47-48
COURTING THE MUSE ALTERNATE VERSIONS: Tracks 49-53
OUTSIDER/BASEMENT/GARAGE FOLK: Tracks 54-56
RANDOM RADIO: Tracks 57-60

Functioning as a kind of box set from an unknown artist, FITS AND STARTS makes available songs from the ‘Cryderman archives,’ which consists of boxes of cassettes, digital files in various formats, and folders full of lyrics with (and without) chord changes. Cryderman occasionally takes some of these old songs that had never even been recorded in demo form, records them, and adds them in. FITS AND STARTS also includes songs from abandoned album projects and tracks currently being developed to fit into (or be discarded from) album projects, past, present and future.

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