The Problem is Last Year

by Dave Linnenbank

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"The Problem is Last Year" is the debut album of electronic musician & songwriter Dave Linnenbank. The songs are drawn from imagination and experience, written in the afterglow of both triumph and defeat.


released July 24, 2012

All songs and sounds by Dave Linnenbank
except for
Lady vocals on "Preface" by Sylvia Chen (

Mastered by Michelle Mancini
at The Mastering Palace

Design by Ashley Riehlin (
Photography by Tom Kershaw (


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Dave Linnenbank Berlin, Germany

Electronic musician & singer/songwriter. It has been said that my music is equal parts acoustic guitar, control voltage, and verse. I can't really argue with this.

Also, Joe Biden called me clean and articulate once.

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Track Name: Preface
running, jumping, hiding
climbing trees and all that time
left with the impression
that the world respects the mind

and we'll go
like the others did
but we don't
know the half of it

and why can't they
build a bridge longer?
science just gets in the way.
Track Name: Bramble
it's an early autumn
and time will never last
though it can't reach bottom
it seems we're dropping fast

empty expectation
hardly pop a frown
drowning information
the truth is going down

the kind of moment
you'll never live down
now five years older
the wrong her's around

heading straight and narrow
until the roads divide
now i'm lost and callow
and tired and tongue-tied

the kind of moment
you'll never live down
now five years older
the wrong her is around

but i control
all this wanton wandering
and next time
i'll see us through

awaiting silence
a dream that hasn't come
wanting just forgiveness
but it's a weighty sum
Track Name: Flint
i'm afraid of these shelves
all talk, no help
but walking out on the lawn
green looks so real

back to sleep, it's safer alone

things get stuck in my throat
stone truths, small notes
and time fails to slow down
tomorrow, next year

better off 'cause i'm on my own

so tip back the hourglass
and spill some time on the floor
it turns out that nothing lasts
so why not walk through the door?

many thoughts drift to you
not that you're new
it just seems right
so right i can't sleep

here i am, i'm not going home
can't you see what things have been sown
it might take two days, just like rome
Track Name: Slight
history is fleeting
still we better try
the leaves are conceding
can't really fly

what do you feel?
so much is off the books.

take comfort in not knowing
wear it like a dress
the sea is barely glowing
no one to impress

now this won't work
maybe it never would
you taste so...

winds blow down hill
chewed up and overjoyed
right foot first
Track Name: Hoff
i don't want you to love me
i just want you to know
not shooting for the rafters
maybe two feet below

and you think much too much
and i drink just enough
and i just love you so

i know the things you say
and you believe the things you see
can't recognize the truth
or relocate the key

and you hurt me so much
and i hurt me enough
and my head's tired of you

and i got wind
and broke down
and lost it
and screwed up
and so
i played
just the cards
i was dealt
nothing wild,
aces low

i know that you are trying
for the first time in so long
and i'm seeking optimism
but 4 in 5 i'm wrong

'cause some nights get so dark
and those thoughts are too sharp
they cut just like brand-new

and i cannot
relax, not enough
as the tide
pulls me down
but i would not
nor can i
change anything
a thing
a thing

but everything recycles
so let's reuse this time
try to reduce attrition
and just commute the crimes

and we tried from the start
to make something with heart
but we failed
better luck next time
Track Name: A Prayer for Second Chances
it was the gold standard, but we drifted
supposed to be more than a temporary stake
not totally worthless, it's still paper

it seems all the numbers and faces are just an allegory

the truth is ideal but, still imperfect
she leaves a deal wanting, save honesty
not looking for polish, not on purpose

and now, everything is just shiny enough to become hazy
things used to have shape and sense

protection from nature, home sweet shelter
the kindness that comes from intimacy
replacing small traumas with such promise

and you and your mane and your shoes and your attitude beckon me
why the pacific northwest?

past may be prologue, but in walks present
believing in one more opportunity
not really deserving, not of your hand

but now, since my head is on straight

i love you
yes, i love you
i will love you
no matter what

no matter what
no matter what
no matter what
no matter what

just you
Track Name: Grane
this is too far
the siren knows
our time is up
so bring what counts
but leave some there
we haven't room

it's an ocean,
it's vast and unspoiled and too cold
it's contagious,
just not from shaking hands

the blues and reds
grab what's still here
feelings not tied down
and take some sand
to fill the gaps
it's all that's left

it's a skyscraper,
dancing to great heights with half-smiles
it's a white flag,
it's time to quit their game

from kindness down
these buildings came
full of promise, full of walls
with sadness gone
the silence grows

strong but not enough
built for something else
woke-up but it's still dark
and light slowly descends

it's a city,
it's lights and alive and on fire
it's a fresh start,
it's bleeding and fury and song
it's an interstate,
shortcut to things not that different
i'm so overwhelmed,
but you know where i am

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