San Quentin

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an off-white blemish on a perfect palette of blues

sea green converging with Marin money hues



Tamalpais looks downward upon the wealth-exempt wound

500 acres with a con in every room 



while the sun-soaked saunter smiling through Northgate Mall

breathing grey specters sickly scratch cell walls



Samaritans of privilege spewing script liberal speak 

wretched truth on the Bay’s edge - oh, the ease in turning cheek 



it’s not human if we don’t have to look



in death’s glowing chamber, stone cage to stone plaque

window watching strangers witness life unpacked



under a redwood halo comes love and regret

sinner self-forgiveness while the saint freely forgets



if there’s a problem, we’ll lock it up





devaluation - the slow strain on the core

treatment by covering the sore

demonization enables error without remorse

systemic - avoidance of the source

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from Thread, released September 17, 2013

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Great Apes San Francisco, California

Jan. 13: Fireside Lounge, Alameda
March 3: Oakland

Insert hype-up descriptors here. Plain and simple, Great Apes are a lyrical punk band from San Francisco. While we all have been or are in an array of more complex projects, this band is founded on pop-sensible simplicity and the notion that music, much like a bio, is often at its best when it’s spit out intensely, with concision and honesty. ... more

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