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Travelers of Tyme present “Music for Lovers!”

February 14, 2011


Travelers of Tyme engineer music precisely for holidays such as St. Valentine’s Day, a complex and contradictory day. For some, it is a day of romance, of flowers, sweet kisses, and nostalgic, warm conversation. For others, it is a day of heartache, of loneliness, and perhaps dark fantasies involving the Hallmark company and the calling of robotic minions to do biddings against the makers of cards. Regardless of where you find yourself this February 14th, we encourage you to lower the lights, pour a snifter of wine or whiskey for yourself and your special friend, if you have one, and switch on “Music for Lovers.” The Travelers cannot guarantee you will enjoy all of your experiences on this planet — but we CAN guarantee that we will make them sound better!

So go ahead, talk softly over “Music for Lovers.” Clink your glasses, kiss your kisses, whisper your sweet nothings into real or imagined ears. “Music for Lovers” is music meant to sway softly in the background, like a silhouetted palm tree in a warm, sea breeze. It is music to live to and, of course, music to love by!

(Note: listen at work and watch your productivity increase by 40%!)

Thank you, as always, for choosing Travelers of Tyme for all of your musical wallpaper needs. And Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your beloved, whether in flesh or fantasy.

Professor Yaya & Doctor Klem
The Travelers of Tyme


Travelers of Tyme present: “DC Metro” a new single for $1

January 25, 2011
  • This single that is a tribute to the Washington D.C. metro supports the efforts of the Travelers to create a full-length and go boldly where no band has gone before. Available in most elite formats from $1→WhatYouChooseToGive! 

    Originally entered into the Washington Post Metro-Music contest. The B-side got 2nd place and attributed oddly to John Yaya! ( Keeping the mystery alive in 2011!

    DOWNLOAD CONTAINS: Desktop backgrounds of cover art to adorn your computational device!

Picture it: a lonesome subterranean train platform. A balding man in a rumpled black suit stands, waiting, anxiously checking his watch, too often. He rocks on his heels. His train is late, so very late. And what is his final destination? Not one of us can answer that with any certainty, can we? So we might as well be patient. (Just don’t tell that to the Waiting Man. Our secret…) 

An empty train arrives – but it’s not the Waiting Man’s train. As the doors open, they unfold in slow motion as a beautiful brunette in a crisp pant suit emerges like a swan from a swirling gray mist. She seems not to walk but to hover, gliding across the platform, a gorgeous spectre existing beyond Tyme and space. With a wink and a slight smile to the Waiting Man, she mounts the escalator and is carried into an unknown fog above. What is her final destination? Who can say? Perhaps she has already arrived!

As for the Waiting Man, his train is still running late. And it always will be.


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The Travelers of Tyme present “Misty Businesswoman” b/w “Last Train to Limbo,” 2 songs constructed using sound samples of the Washington DC Metrorail. Whether you are waiting, in transit, or have already arrived at your destination, this music is specially designed to enhance your travel experience.

Thank you for spending six minutes and fifty-five seconds with us. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your Tyme in this Universe. It is a pleasant one.


Professor John Yaya and Doctor Klem
The Travelers of Tyme


November 4, 2010

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Detholz! demo – “Next New Now”

January 2, 2008

*A note to music fans everywhere: a band in need is a band indeed. Visit and help a great Chicago band hobbled by a disastrous car accident last Fall!

Welcome to Detholz! Mp3 Blog Episode XX! And welcome to your Future — ’08 for a Safer State! Happy New Year to one and all!

2008 marks Detholz! 12th year as a musical entity– hard to believe we’re all getting this old! So, in the spirit of aging gracefully– and since the Iowa Caucus closes up shop this week– I thought I’d dip into the Detholz! back catalog from a stage in our musical development we’d prefer to forget: the Disco Period.


Here is our love paen to America (circa 2003), trussed up in the requisite platforms and ruffles:


*Note: the original demo tracks for “Next New Now” have been lost, so the quality of this mp3 isn’t great. If any of you DH! archivists out there still posses a higher quality version of this demo, I will happily replace the lo-fi version posted above.


“Next New Now” was the working title of the album that eventually became “Cast Out Devils” (released Halloween 2006). Originally, I had envisioned that we would pen a record full of danceable pop numbers like this one. As it turned out, Detholz! doesn’t do straight-up disco all that well– and the other members bristled at playing in that style– so we abandoned this course after preparing 2 songs: “Next New Now,” and its companion, “Palaces of Delight,” which I may post at a later date.

As I recall, the lyrics were mostly stream of consciousness. Detholz! eschews politics in its songs, but if I had to pigeonhole this one I’d say it’s a confused love song to Lady Liberty. At the time this was written, we were most of the way through George W. Bush’s first term in office and the Iraq invasion was in full swing. A confusing time for most Americans, no doubt!

Rather than reference specific events, I chose to depict the love/hate feelings that I have for America as an overweight, wayward tourist with a short attention span whom you can’t help but love. She’s the elusive and slippery dream girl with a shopping bag in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other.

Well… it made sense to me at the time.


As I had just begun my stints in other Chicago acts Baby Teeth and Bobby Conn in 2003, I had become enamored with R&B/disco, which up to that point I had avoided religiously. Both of those bands draw heavily from dance music of various flavors.

Given the musicianship of Detholz!, I figured we could tackle the “dance” genre with the best of them. Having listened to a few old live recordings from this period, I think we did a decent job, but there’s no doubt that as a group we’re uncomfortable with the “four on the floor” disco format. Speaking of the Caucuses, our “Caucasian” leanings may have gotten the best of us here!

The most successful part of this song is, in my opinion, the bridge. As I recall, I was listening to a lot of Barry White and Isaac Hayes tunes around the time I wrote this, and most likely copped the bridge from one of their songs– especially the staggered hi-hat/bass hits.

A side note: this song was intended to be an entirely different animal as evidenced by the intro. Deerhoof’s “Milk Man” had just been released– a brilliant record. I had seen them for the first time at a warehouse show in Oakland– so, we were all going ga-ga over Deerhoof at the time. This is clear from the intro to this song, which was an attempt to appropriate some of Deerhoof’s angular phrasing.

Why it turned into the disco monstrosity that it became is anybody’s guess. Feel free to weigh in on the scales of justice– just be sensitive. Miss America is easily offended!

Tune in next Wednesday for the 2nd 2008 installment of the Detholz! Mp3 Blog…. Until then, “God bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.”



It’s a perfect day for a halter top
It’s a perfect day for a coup d’etat
Take a holiday at the Pentagon
Take a break from the heat with an ice cream cone

I love the sweat on your head
When you sit in the sun
Under your visor from the Smithsonian
Your bracelet states that your colors never run

Next New Now
Show me around
Tell me secrets that you’re ashamed of
Why don’t you take me down
Lay me right down
Show me everything that you’re made of
Show me how
Next New Now
Why don’t you take me down?
Take me, shake me down

In the sky above there’s a loud report
There’s an American flag sewn on your jeans shorts
In a reflecting pool, some mini-watersports
Your tiny battleships are sailing off course

I love your bullet-proof hair
I love your bullet-proof ways
I love your cottage-cheese thighs on Sundays
I love the way you say “Out of Many, One”


I waited for you
I would have waited all night
In the fading Washington sunlight
Like a white obelisk, I saw you from afar
Driving away in a luxury car

Get in to get out
Get out to get in
Put your hand on your heart
Put your heart in your hand
I’m always wrong
So you must be right