Side 3

by JOHN COMMON

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The recording sessions for Beautiful Empty produced too much music for one album. So the band decided to release a followup companion piece named Side 3. It's a continuation of the ideas, feelings, musicians, instruments, and rooms that created Beautiful Empty. Side 3 isn't a b-sides record – it's the third side of Beautiful Empty. With 6 songs and a run time of over 24 minutes, it packs more punch than a typical EP. But John Common is a notoriously prolific writer, so it's no surprise.

Take a sip from each song and see what you think:

"The Dreamers" looks at those days when "we were smart and young" through the lens of experience that may or may not be wiser.

"Good Heart" is a gorgeous ballad sung by John and Jess with nothing but piano as accompaniment. It sounds like the lost song to Breakfast At Tiffany's.

"Clap Hands" is a reinterpretation of Tom Waits' original song from his seminal album, Rain Dogs. This one is filled with lo-fi trashy grooves and field hollers.

"Don't Follow Virginia" proves that JC&BFoL aren't afraid of a waltz. Only, this waltz has a gypsy circus driving through the middle and an ending that soars out above the river.

"Do You Know My Name" in 7 words: Dark and epic -- a painfully honest appeal.

"Thinking 'Bout God" is what happens when you escape the gravitational pull of Southern Baptist bible camp and ask unsettling questions late at night.

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released November 1, 2011

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