Fixers & Elixirs

by Frederick Julius

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A medicine cabinet of sweet and melancholy indie-pop confections with gorgeous vocal harmonies, jangly guitars, and lyrics that range from darkly humorous to the surreal.

Already being recognized as a small masterpiece of vintage pop, Fixers & Elixirs was recorded in Los Angeles at Mike Post's Moosecat Recording Co. and represents the first full-band effort from Frederick Julius.

Featuring the signature intricate vocal harmonies and lyrics of Matt Geiler, the record also features stellar session drumming and percussion from Butch Norton (Eels, Lucinda Williams) anchoring a slew of talented musicians including:

Freddy Hernandez - Electric and Upright Bass
Kaitlin Wolfberg - Violin
Mike Post - Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Fuzz Bass
Ken Oak - Cello
Andrew Gleason - Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Raymond Richards - Pedal Steel
Artur Zakiyan - Electric Piano, Keyboards, Wurlitzer

Produced and mixed by Mike Post, Fixers & Elixirs was mastered by the legendary Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Blondie, Ramones) at Sterling Sound in New York.

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released May 31, 2019

Performed by Frederick Julius
Words and music on all songs by Matt Geiler
produced by Mike Post


Recorded and mixed at Moosecat Recording in Los Angeles, CA
All songs ©2018 Sick Picnic Music (BMI)
BroCo Records/Sick Picnic Media, LLC

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Frederick Julius Los Angeles, California

Frederick Julius is underground, lo-fi pop music that conjures the vital sound of early Beach Boys records with lyrics that are visual experiments in the surreal. Each title in the ever-growing Frederick Julius catalogue is written and recorded by Matt Geiler in his sleepy bedroom studio, dubbed The Wonder Room, in Los Angeles, CA. ... more

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Track Name: This Package
Take me down a notch
and take me further still.
They wonder if you'll hurt me bad.
I say I know you will.
Can it be the truth that there is nothing left between
the two old friends who cannot bear to say a thing they mean?

Bring me down a bit
and bring me down some more.
I wonder if I'll let you lie enough
to let me score.
Can it be the truth that there is nothing left that's clean
enough for us to want to stay and linger in-between?

Take this package.
Don't you dare unwrap it.
Early is as lately does, so please just take it.
Please just take your baggage.
Don't you dare unstrap it now.
Lately I just feel that earlier I would have carried it.

Let me down a ways
and leave me down below.
You wonder if I've seen enough
to let you know I know.
Can it be the truth that there is nothing left that means
as much for us as all the nightmares both of us have dreamed?

Take this package.
Don't you dare unwrap it.
Early is as lately does, so please just take it.
Please just take your baggage.
Don't you dare unstrap it now.
Lately I just feel that earlier I would have carried it.
Track Name: Good Magic Amanda
Woah, Amanda! Give me some of that good magic.
Woah, Amanda! Give me some of that good magic.
I sure could use some Amanda.

Some of the kids think you can fly.
They say they saw you soaring' by
last Tuesday night up in the sky
under a full moon.
Is that really true, Amanda?

Nothin' changes in this neighborhood.
God, it's so boring I could die.
If you think you can fix me, I wish that you would.
Then I'd have a reason.
Do you think you could do that, Amanda?

Woah, Amanda! Give me some of that good magic.
Woah, Amanda! Give me some of that good magic.
I sure could use some Amanda.

Mix me up some magic, Amanda
I'm so mixed up, Amanda
Mix me up some magic, Amanda
I'm so mixed up, Amanda
Mix me up, mix me up
I'm so mixed up

Since I took your elixir things are turning' around.
I got some color in my eyes.
She's a genuine fixer flying' up in the sky
under a full moon.
I love what you do Amanda.
Track Name: Water In The Walls
A pipe exploded, something’s eroded
there’s water seeping down in the wall
“I hadn’t noticed,” she duly noted.
“Honest, I feel nothing at all.”
La la la la la la la la
I pulled the fridge out just a smidge now
to see how bad it looked from the side
“It’s probably nothing,” she said, “But something
is darkened and wide.”

There’s water in these walls
So much water, too much water in these walls
There’s water in these walls

Just get a grip now, we’ve gotta rip out
everything and start over dry
“I know we need to,” she said, “The bleed-through
is spreading and it’s making me cry.”
La la la la la la la la
I’ll tear our walls down, our cares will fall down
I’ll finish what I started back then
“I think I’m ready,” she said and led me
into the kitchen again

There’s water in these walls
So much water, too much water in these walls
There’s water in these walls

We got a serious problem in our walls (too much water)
We got a serious problem in our walls (too much water)
We got a serious problem

“I just can’t fix it,” she said, “so let’s get
a brand new house and start over dry
I guess that’s something, better than nothing
but I’ll be keeping an eye out

For the water in these walls
So much water, too much water in these walls
There’s water in these walls
Track Name: Jonathan & Jupiter
Miss Nebraska was a beauty queen;
left the farm for a rider of the purple sage.
But good men are few and far between,
none of her soul and always twice her age.
Everything’s boring when you’re constantly soaring
up and away.

Gentle Jonathan was a healing man
riding west on a horse he called Jupiter.
If anyone can fix you, Johnny can;
mend her broken heart and ride along through to get her
back up and soaring; picture-perfect days pouring
down again.

There’s a sweet end to your sorrowful tale
All you need are four legs that won’t fail you.

Sleep, Jupiter, sleep. Jupiter, sleep.
While the stars waltz above you.
Sleep, Jupiter, sleep. Jupiter, sleep.
Jonathan loves you.

Well, Gentle Jonathan had to sail away
on a dark ship to an island where it’s always spring
And Miss Nebraska just dreams all day
of a sun-sweetened morning when she’ll get to sing
“Life wasn’t boring because you kept me soaring.”
And she prays

Sleep, Jupiter, sleep. Jupiter, sleep.
While the stars waltz above you.
Sleep, Jupiter, sleep. Jupiter, sleep.
Jonathan loves you.
Track Name: Say You'll Be Mine
The complications that we got, we can't shake 'em.
It's just the long way 'round again.
I'm outta patience when you stop short of saving me.
Our bedroom's kinda silent like an auction
but no one buys the scene -
unless it sells for free.

Is it even half as hard as we make it?
We play grown-up like a child.
We might as well join the ranks of the young and free.
There's only one patch of grass worth protectin'
and that's where we can both run wild.
So what's it gonna be?

Say you'll be mine
Say you'll be mine
Forever and all time
Say you'll be mine
Say you'll be mine
That's all I need to hear from you
and I know everything will be fine.
If you'll stay with me
and say you'll be mine.

What if I said that I knew your secret?
Would you look behind my ears
and find the soft place where I've been hiding all my dreams?
Some of the lies that your Mom and Dad told you
are just a glass vase crashing down.
But it's the flowers that you need.

Say you'll be mine
Say you'll be mine
Forever and all time
Say you'll be mine
Say you'll be mine
That's all I need to hear from you
and I know everything will be fine.
If you'll stay with me
and say you'll be mine.

A boy and girl get together in the corner
and let the whole room go to waste.
They think the walls and the wood floor cannot see.
Well, they can dance that waltz if they wanna
but when it comes time for the bow
I hope you'll bend with me.

Say you'll be mine
Say you'll be mine
Forever and all time
Say you'll be mine
Say you'll be mine
That's all I need to hear from you
and I know everything will be fine.
If you'll stay with me
and say you'll be mine.
Track Name: Older By 4 Years
You've got a lovely garden.
It must have taken you a while to grow it --
tall and handsome
and held for ransom
whenever I come around.
It's picturesque, that's for certain.
But as you draw the curtain closed I'm hurtin.'
Well, I've got my wild side, too, you know.

So vintage and classic
I have to stop and cough up my last breath because
as opportunity passes by
I drink in the want of her violet eyes.
You know something that I don't
or can't or won't or shouldn't even try
to discern.
When will my distant and proud heart learn?

I'm older by 4 years.
I'm older by 4 years than you.
I'm older by 4 years.
I'm older by 4 years, it's true.
I'm older by 4 years.

There's a restaurant you've never been to,
so there's a chance we could meet on a Monday;
sip soda and slip out the back door
watching over shoulders for anybody
who could get word back to you
that there's too much for us to do
that we might just have to jump and break through
that wall 'round your lovely garden.

I'm older by 4 years.
I'm older by 4 years than you.
I'm older by 4 years.
I'm older by 4 years, it's true.
I'm older by 4 years.
Track Name: I Am The President
Here is a new leitmotif for the age of disgrace
so the sad and dark shadows can pull the sun off their face
and die down, die down, die down
throwing themselves on a furious mountain of snow.
Remember now, remember now
that maybe we do know the right way to go.

Oh, to get swallowed and swirl away
into my dreams of what's good.

Take your place in the theatre
empty seats running in circles and then
someone jumps in waving their hands in a misfit's rage,
being caged, they can't tell when
the right time has come to rip apart stars
and throw them off cliffs by a shivering sea
that's a soup of fake lives
crying mouths forming "o"s
lamenting everything they used to be.

Oh, to get swallowed and swirl away
into my dreams of what's good.

I am the president
I'll make a declaration of myself
I am the rightful king conquering everything of me on the shelf

At the consoles of rocket ships
thousands of candidates teem toward the black.
And, I among them, holding my wife and son
program the one I'm in not to come back;
streaking on course, bound for a colony
where all my fantasies sell out the first night
to a fandom of brothers in a frenzy of ritual tabloid blood
spilled for discovering what's right.

Oh, to get swallowed and swirl away
into my dreams of what's good.

I am the president
I'll make a declaration of myself
I am the rightful king conquering everything of me on the shelf
I am the emperor
I control all the jewels I will display
I am the universe creating the work of my God in one day.
Track Name: Valerie May I
At the end of the street there’s a house dressed in red
with violets and daffodils on the lawn.
A girl moved in today.
When I found out, I went outside to go for a walk down the block
just so I could say,

“Valerie, may I spend the whole day by your side?
I know we could fly!
Valerie, say I can wonder and play ’til you’re tired.
I think we should try!”

She told me, “Hurry inside! We’ve got no time to lose!
Lovers like us can’t wait for the night!”
Her lips were cinnamon flame.
When I found out, she pulled me aside to lay for awhile in her arms.

“Valerie, may I spend the whole day by your side?
I know we could fly!
Valerie, say I can wonder and play ’til you’re tired.
I think we should try!”

At the end of the lawn under a blanket of stars
both of us smile and the universe bends.
We did a lot today.
We both found out something’s blooming inside.
We’ll stay for awhile on the block …

“Valerie, may I spend the whole day by your side?
I know we could fly!
Valerie, say I can wonder and play ’til you’re tired.
I think we should try!”
Track Name: Summer Camp
When we were young we ran around
a summer camp outside of town
Out by the pool I drew you in chalk;
tried to convince you to take a walk
While all the cabins went to bed
we made a break for my car instead

Be careful! You might not last the day!
Be careful! You might not last the day!
When you’re with her it’s all understood
When she leaves it don’t feel like it should
So be careful! You might not last the day!

And by the river where the trees stretched out
you told me what your heart hurt about
I dried your tears right before the dawn
and you walked back with my sweatshirt on
Now I can’t wait until you’re back around
that summer camp outside of town
Track Name: Autumn & Eliot
Autumn and Eliot
Here’s a love story you ain’t heard yet
So unlikely that it’s hard to forget
Autumn and Eliot

Their first kiss was in the backyard
while her mom was making lemonade
She couldn’t see behind her back
but under the shady trees
He lit a fire in her eyes
and she laughed ‘cuz she was so surprised
Sometimes it happens just like that

Autumn and Eliot
Here’s a love story you ain’t heard yet
So unlikely that it’s hard to forget
Autumn and Eliot

Their first goodbye was in the sixth grade
His dad was moving for a job
The summer fluttered by so fast
but on the last night they took a walk
She said “Remember me when you’re gone.”
He whispered “I won’t be very long.”
Sometimes it wraps up just like that

Autumn and Eliot
Here’s a love story that ain’t done yet
So unlikely that it’s hard to forget
Autumn and Eliot

What captures a heart when you’re so young
and holds it captive for life?
You don’t need to fight it when it’s not wrong
What happens when two little souls
hold the universe right in their hands?
Maybe it’s part of a plan

Their second hello was in the airport
while they were running for their planes
A kismet collision in the hall
and as they gathered their scattered things
she was surrounded by his stare
He whispered “I didn’t see you there.”
Sometimes it happens just like that


Autumn and Eliot
There’s a love story you’ll never forget
Got a feeling you ain’t seen nothing yet
with Autumn and Eliot
Track Name: My Fierce Independence
This is a song for Edison.

My fierce independence, my obstinate grinding
and all of my sad devotionals, bookended days
never intertwining with brothers and sisters.
I had a multitude gathered.
But I would have rather walked on alone.

No poet could pen you.
No sculptor could cast you from the clay of the earth.
You know that you've been immaculate --
coddled and cleansed since the day of your birth.
There's magic in starting.
I'm never departing without you.
I won't forget about you or leave you alone.

Your eyes are my lifeblood.
Your smile is a circus.
And your laughter peals across fields of the dead
and make naysayers nervous because they can't catch you.
I'll bet you they can't handle heaven.
That's why they're trembling as you spin and sing.

You're so strong and smart now,
with the soul of a soldier.
You lead me on wonderful magical marches
and I never get older with you in the picture.
I'm pretty sure I am in love with you,
high up above with you helping me fly.

Ride on my shoulders
and play with my chin 'til the sun goes to bed.
Laugh 'til you cry and fall down on me hard
and I'll cradle your head.
I used to dream this.
When I was a boy I could see you.
I wish I could be you and just you alone.
Track Name: Mara
Well it was a hell of a party, that’s true
Summer and smoke sure go nice
with the circle of friends around you
and I didn’t have to think twice
‘cause I knew this play’s closing with a bad review
I know what I gotta do

Mara, Mara I wanna be where you are-uh
Mara, Mara, I wanna be where you are-uh

Well it was a heavenly wedding in blue
Those flowers sure framed you up nice
Some lucky fool’s arms around you
and I didn’t want to look twice
‘cause I knew that he’s closing down the avenue
I’m still gonna drive on through

Mara, Mara I wanna be where you are-uh
Mara, Mara I wanna be where you are-uh

I could just avoid the aisle but I can’t back down
Sit and suffer with a smile until you come around
But it’s too late now

Mara, Mara I wanna be where you are-uh
Track Name: 'Til My Heart Turns Off
I'm done for. I'm bleeding.
There's no way out of this mess but to die --
a lost cause conceding that I'll never walk again.
Hazy ribbons of my last breath
laugh at me from over my head.

My skin's cold. I'm shaking.
I hear you starting the car in the street.
The ceiling is spinning and we'll never talk again.
I'll suffocate in these sheets
like a corpse that retreats into morning
until I am dead.

Tell Mom I'm sleeping 'til my heart turns off.
There's no more reasons left to turn and cough.

Say love is an ocean
whose waters will keep me alive.
Say love is an ocean.

The night time, it drowns me.
But that's no secret 'cause day after day
my sore eyes get redder and I'll never cry again.
Recklessly reeling without you to block me
and keep me alive.

Tell Mom I'm sleeping 'til my heart turns off.
There's no more reasons left to turn and cough.

Say love is an ocean
whose waters will keep me alive.
Say love is an ocean.

I'm sorry. I'm broken.
There's much better jewelry in your drawer than me.
It's okay to wear it 'cause I'll never shine again.
A boring story, I know, but the chandelier overhead
was one of a kind.

Tell Mom I'm sleeping 'til my heart turns off.
There's no more reasons left to turn and cough.

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