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Mark Robinson

Canada's Green Highways

SIDE ONE

Aluminum
100% Guaranteed
Angels in Waiting
Wonderful
Dilated Pupils
Peanuts & Cracker Jack


SIDE TWO

Misplaced on the Kitchen Floor
I'm Still Breathing
Syvain Cote
Arlington Station


Vinyl LP (LP) ($16.66)

Black vinyl,
full-colour jacket.

Compact Disc (CD) ($14,44)

6-panel folder, in jewel case
with clear tray.

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MARK ROBINSON Black Christmas album
MARK ROBINSON KingXMas album
UNREST Mark E Robinson poster
MARK E Sammy Supreme My Man 7 inch album
SUPERSTAR Mark Robinson album
OLYMPIC DEATH SQUAD Blue Mark Robinson album
MARK ROBINSON Tiger Banana album
MARK ROBINSON Taste Em Series album
MARK ROBINSON Origami and Urbanism album
MARK ROBINSON Catalog and Classify single
MARK ROBINSON Canada's Green Highways CD album
MARK ROBINSON
"Canada's Green Highways"
CD cover
MARK ROBINSON Canada's Green Highways vinyl LP album
MARK ROBINSON
"Canada's Green Highways"
LP jacket
MARK ROBINSON Canada's Green Highways postcard
MARK ROBINSON
postcard
MARK ROBINSON Donning deutsche chapeau Ryan Nelson illustration
MARK ROBINSON
"Donning deutsche chapeau"
Ryan Nelson illustration
MARK ROBINSON Feverishly enjoying grapes Ryan Nelson illustration
MARK ROBINSON
"Feverishly enjoying grapes"
Ryan Nelson illustration
MARK ROBINSON Canada's Green Highways Ryan Nelson illustration
MARK ROBINSON
Cover illustration
by Ryan Nelson

LINER NOTES


PLAYERS

Mark Robinson, vocals, guitar


GUEST PLAYERS

Juliet Swango, vocals

D. Trevor Kampmann, additional sounds


PRODUCED AND RECORDED BY

D. Trevor Kampmann, (Trevor/hollAnd)

at pulCec, Washington, D.C., USA

November-December, 2000


MUSIC COMPOSITION

Mark Robinson,

© 2001

(BMI)


ILLUSTRATION (CD)

Ryan Nelson


PHOTOGRAPHY (LP)

Evelyn Hurley


COVER DESIGN (CD)

Mark Robinson, Teen-Beat Graphica


JACKET DESIGN (LP)

D. Trevor Kampmann, pulCec


FONTS

Letter Gothic,

News Gothic,

Ryan Nelson (handwritten),

Rotis Semi-sans,

VanDerLeck


ILLUSTRATION CAPTIONS

Donning Deutsche Chapeau

Feverishly Enjoying Grapes


ET CETERA

"Dedicated to Bridget Cross, The Cold Cold Hearts, and Lois Robinson."


Tim Moran was going to show up for the recording session and perform additional guitar parts, but didn't make it because of the 12 inches of snow in Arlington, Virginia that morning.


REVIEW

"Mark Robinson certainly had his work cut out for him after coming off of one of 2000's best indie pop records. He set a standard in that vein of music with the numerous releases that he put out under many guises on his own Teen-Beat label. Canada's Green Highways is no different in that Robinson maintains a very high level of sophistication for a style of music that is viewed by many as disposable. This record is more complex than the previous year's Tiger Banana as Trevor Kampmann oversees production duties here. Known for his brilliant low-tech electro as hollAnd, Kampmann lends a conservative yet experienced hand in the crisp final product. One can sense his presence on tracks like '100% Guaranteed' where a cheap drum box provides the backing beat to Robinson's cool and passionate vocals. Though these lyrics are not quite as personal as usual, Robinson seems a bit more at ease on this record and takes more chances instrumentally. While the odd track may resemble Tiger Banana's four-chord, stark, skeletal song structures, Robinson has found a perfect pop formula not unlike Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys' and he truly makes it sound easier than it really is."
- Ken Taylor, All-Music Guide


"I got nothing to say really...except I just listened to my LP of this and thought, man, it's too bad this is such an unknown gem, so I should go write a review of appreciation on Amazon. If you like Unrest, this is probably the best offshoot, and I'm including Grenadine and Air Miami, which are better known, but not as simple and perfect. This was a great live show, too. Wish I had an Olympic Death Squad t-shirt."
- Andy Davis, Amazon


"Here's a fun trick to play on your friends. Put Mark Robinson's new solo album, Canada's Green Highways, in the CD player and then queue up track 9, "Sylvain Cote," and try to convince everyone that it is a song from David Pajo's upcoming album.

While Robinson's latest solo album, Tiger Banana , seemed like a long weekend of funning around that turned into a limited edition CD, his new release shows more care and effort, as heard in the many layers and careful construction of the over nine minute "Sylvain Cote." The song (named after a Washington Capitals hockey player) is a delicate, instrumental drone that uses several guitar overdubs to create a crystalline structure of lightly bouncing progressions. Little more than subliminal use of drums is added as the song seems remarkably compact for its epic length.

Like this song and the Tiger Banana album, little more than guitar and voice are used on the rest of Canada's Green Highways. If you've heard Robinson's other albums, the music here will seem familiar, as Robinson takes few chances outside of "Cote" and, as he's often done before, revisits several guitar themes on his solo songs that he made full pop songs out of with his previous bands.

"Peanuts & Cracker Jacks" uses a downward guitar progression you've definitely heard before as Robinson uses his old vocal trick of focusing on familiar, interesting sounding phrases. Like Flin Flon's role call of Indian cuisine or Olympic Death Squad's "Ski Jump," here Robinson invites you to "take me out to the ballgame," sung with the same melody as the ballpark standard. Even more like "Ski Jump," though, is "Angels in Waiting," the entire lyrics to which are provided in the liner notes as "Angels in waiting/Angels y'know."

Other songs are a bit more lively though and will help to remind you why you fell in love with Unrest and Air Miami oh so many years ago. "100% Guaranteed" is a short, fast, perky song that uses producer Trevor hollAnd's expert use of synthesizers to great effect. HollAnd also gives "Wonderful" an interesting sound as its drum machines and mild industrial grunts fill out the space well behind the rhythm of the guitar and the light keyboard melodies. "I'm Still Breathing" is a light, pillowy song with Juliet Swango of The Rondelles providing backing ewwws and ohhhs while Robinson provides two intricate guitar parts and sparse vocals to create a very soothing, pretty song.

As Teen-Beat is now over 15 years old and Mark Robinson is still sans band, his recent solo albums find him in an odd place. He both seems to want to experiment in radical new directions (his series of electronica EPs made from sine waves or the instrumental drone of "Sylvain Cote") while he also seems still to be wrapped up with recreating the past, writing the same type of songs he has since Imperial f.f.r.r., even though they will never be as successful without the requisite drummer and female bassist. While Canada's Green Highways is quite fun to listen to, you have to hope the next major style change or femme fatale partnership comes soon."
- Jim Steed, Fake Jazz


Mark Robinson, Teen Beat 97, 715 Wakefield Street, Arlington, Virginia

RELEASE DATE

May 21, 2001


FORMAT

compact disc
vinyl L.P.


LENGTH

CD:
36 minutes, 47 seconds

10 tracks

LP:
36 minutes, 47 seconds

10 tracks


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 297

PUL003 (LP)


DETAILS

LP

500 pressed on black vinyl.


JACKET:
full-colour on coated stock.


LABEL:
blank silver metallic ink labels.


Manufacturing managed by Darla Records, Sacramento, California.


Pressed by
Record Technology, California?


Released with both the pulCec and Teen-Beat imprints.


CD

1,942 pressed.


INSERT:
6-page folder and tray card. All printed in one colour: Pantone Warm Grey 2.


JEWEL CASE:
with clear transparent tray.


LABEL:
Pantone Warm Grey 2 and white inks.


Printed and pressed by
Specialty, Olyphant, Pennsylvania.


POSTCARD

1,000 printed.


One side colour and one side black and white.


Printed by
Modern Postcard, California.


DISCOGRAPHY


SINGLES

Em: Taste
Em: Proposal
Em: Presentation
Em: Performance
Babe Rainbow
Catalog & Classify


ALBUMS

Black Christmas
KingXmas
Sammy Supreme My Man [Mark E. Superstar]
Superstar [as Superstar]
Blue [as Olympic Death Squad]
Tiger Banana
Canada's Green Highways
Em: Template
Origami & Urbanism
An Architectural Classic


COMPILATIONS

Extremism...
Teen-Beat Fifty
1999 Teenbeat Sampler
2000 Teenbeat Sampler
2001 Teenbeat Sampler
2002 Teenbeat Sampler
2003 Teenbeat Sampler
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2003
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2004
2004 Teenbeat Sampler
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2005
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2006
Teen-Beat No.1 Record Label
2010 Teen-Beat / Other Music Sampler


ALSO

Eggs, A Pit with Spikes (Ruined by Robinson)
Tuscadero, The Mark Robinson Re-Mixes
Teen-Beat Circus Tour No.2
Teen-Beat 15th Anniversary Celebrations
The Mark Robinson tee-shirt
Teen-Beat's Sweet 16th Anniversary
Mark Robinson poster
Teen-Beat's 17th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 18th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 19th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 20th Anniversary Commemorative
Mmm Pop Muzik radio programme
Teen-Beat's 21st Anniversary
Mmarkk
Teen-Beat Graphica Exhibition


RELATED

Air Miami
Clarence
Cotton Candy
Flin Flon
Fred & Ginger
Grenadine
Rhonda Harris
Unrest
William & Vivian


SONGS

Almond Dainties
Aluminum
Angels in Waiting
The Anti-Kidnapping Song
Arlington Station
Astro
Auld Lang Syne
Babe Rainbow
Between
Blinking Lights
Broken Christmas I
Broken Christmas II
Bye-Bye Bunny Smith Sqare
Caitlin
Can't You Wait?
Catalog & Classify
ChDemo
Chimney Head
Christmas on 'S' Street
The Christmas Song
Deck the Halls
Difficult Situations
Dilated Pupils
Do You Hear What I Hear?
The Dorothy "Dottie" Doyle Shortcut
Empire
Eyeball
Fantastic and Spectacular
French Good Looks
Full-length Taffeta Gown
F.U.S.A.
Goodbye Bunny Smith Sqare
Greg Hershey Where are You?
Hair Messer-Upper
Hospital Bruiser
Hustler
I'm Still Breathing
I Am the King of Prussia
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Jingle Bells
Lake District
Leo, Lord
Lost Innocence
Maple Leaf
Meet
Merry Christmas
Merry Little Christmas
Misplaced on the Kitchen Floor
Mmm Pop Musik theme
Neues Forum
Newfoundland
New Teen-Beat Theme
New York License Plate
Nineties Go Time Salsation
Nkd Santa
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Little Town of Bethlehem
100% Guaranteed
Origami
Peanuts & Cracker Jack
Perks and Presents
Putting Up Good Numbers
Rain
Rewind, Welcome Back
Rip Off
Rindge & Latin Scuffle
Ruggles Muggle Toodle-Loo
Rudolph
'S' St. Intro
Sammy's Mean Mustard
Santi Bomb
Sashimi Sashay
Saturday Nite Xmas
She Makes Me Free to Be Me
She Was Precise
Shut My Mouth
Short Sleeve
Show Your Age
Shut My Mouth
{Silence!}
Silent Night
Ski Jump
Sskii Jjumpp
So Movie Star
Sometimes I Can Breathe
Spalding
Spoo-kay
Spray on the Fixative
Starfighter
Stuttgart Please Please
Syvain Cote
Taste
Tasty Black Licorice
Teen-Beat Theme
Telephone Diary Talker
This Is Riot Gear
The Time of Our Lives
To the Ocean
Two-Wheeled Love Machine
Up On a High-Winded Creature
Urbanism
Vive la France
Volunteers Conquering Fires
Wakefield Street
Water Crashing In
(We Don't Need No) Fascist Groove Thang
Welcome Back, Eject
When You Swim
The Whippany Elks
Whippany Parsippany
White Christmas
White X-Mas
Why Hello, Dali!
W.N.Y.U.
Wonderful
Xmastoyou
Yeah, Uh-Huh