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Adam's Rib (2007)

Do people still use the word 'jamboree'? Well then, it's a jamboree of musical delights, with one or two pieces of pure filler.

The Uncanny Valley (2010)

This May, Yossarian Lives will release his eagerly-awaited second album, 'The Uncanny Valley'. Its ten tracks expand upon the electro-acousto-pop of his 2007 debut 'Adam's Rib' and branches out into big-band waltzes, ukele emigration ballads and alt-country. Central to the album is the theory of the 'uncanny valley', which conerns man's emotional response to robots. The theory goes that, as robots become ever more lifelike, our emotional response to them will turn from postitive ("Wow, it looks so real!") to outright revulsion ("Oh, the humanity!"). However, as robots grow even closer to mimicking humans, our response will shift back to being positive ("Aw, how could I have hated someone so cute?"). This sharp dip and ensuing rise in positivity is the theory's 'valley'. 'The Uncanny Valley' explores themes of love, death and robots in songs such as 'You, Disassembled', 'Not Quite Her' and 'Don't Tread On Me'. It was recorded by Rob Shiels in February 2010 as part of the RPM Challenge, and contains the s

Out, Demon Doubt! (2011)

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Yossarian Lives

BIOGRAPHY

Yossarian Lives formed himself in 2007 out of the ashes of pop-rock trio What Tommy Said. He learned to play the piano circa 8 years of age, and started on guitar at 12. Several novelty instruments later he took up his first RPM Challenge in 2007. Though he is now a member of Dublin indie supergroup Brazen Lungs, as each new February approaches Yossarian Lives' heart always pitches towards www.rpmchallenge.com with a faint murmur of "Just one more go..." Please listen to 2007's Adam's Rib and 2010's The Uncanny Valley and spread the word about Yossarian Lives!

BAND MEMBERS
Rob Shiels.

YEARS COMPLETED
2007,2010,2011

GENRES
Alternative, ,Alternative Folk

OTHER BAND SITES
http://twitter.com/robgoessolo
http://www.myspace.com/yossarianlivesmusic


Completed Albums

Adam's Rib(2007)

Do people still use the word 'jamboree'? Well then, it's a jamboree of musical delights, with one or two pieces of pure filler.


Brick by Brick
A Big Enough Stick for the Moon
Happy New Year
Doin' the Right Thing
Adam's Rib
The Same Three Words
Maybe (I'm Not as Good as I Think)
People of Paris: We Secretly Love You
Swamp Thing
Court Case (Live on the Late Late Show)

The Uncanny Valley(2010)

This May, Yossarian Lives will release his eagerly-awaited second album, 'The Uncanny Valley'. Its ten tracks expand upon the electro-acousto-pop of his 2007 debut 'Adam's Rib' and branches out into big-band waltzes, ukele emigration ballads and alt-country. Central to the album is the theory of the 'uncanny valley', which conerns man's emotional response to robots. The theory goes that, as robots become ever more lifelike, our emotional response to them will turn from postitive ("Wow, it looks so real!") to outright revulsion ("Oh, the humanity!"). However, as robots grow even closer to mimicking humans, our response will shift back to being positive ("Aw, how could I have hated someone so cute?"). This sharp dip and ensuing rise in positivity is the theory's 'valley'. 'The Uncanny Valley' explores themes of love, death and robots in songs such as 'You, Disassembled', 'Not Quite Her' and 'Don't Tread On Me'. It was recorded by Rob Shiels in February 2010 as part of the RPM Challenge, and contains the s


You, Disassembled   (preferred)
What The Hell Am I To Do Now?
Dear Mr. President (A Colour-Coded Guide to a Successful First Term)
Fix This Break
Not Quite Her
Godzilla versus King Kong, a Tragedy of Forced Emigration
Toronto 3000
Don't Tread On Me
A Plane Away
Christmas Coulda Been (Again)

Out, Demon Doubt!(2011)


Love Is
Ill
Lance Armstrong   (preferred)
I Tried To Win Her Back
A Big Enough Stick For The Moon
Bits
Apostrophe
If I Kill Myself, Will You Love Me Again?
Silence, Please
Doing What You Do