You can't look at her without sizing her up. You can't size her up without plotting how you'll cut her down. It's almost automatic now, the assessment of conquering. The timid ones are no fun anymore, too easy to fluster them and catch them off balance. The willing ones don't make for much of a puzzle, and besides, if you're honest with yourself, there aren't that many of them anyway. But this one, holding court in the center of the room, brimming with wit and brains, is, for all her loudness, clearly beloved by the others. She's old enough to know the appeal of her youth but too young to understand that it won't last forever. You want to shrink her down to a manageable stature and stash her with your other trophies.
This is nothing new to her, either. She swiftly notes a fellow arrogant attention-seeker across the room, in your case a middle-aged man, but still ruggedly attractive (you hope), with a pocket full of thrilling stories demonstrating worldliness, sexual prowess, a scathing sense of humor, and occasionally questionable judgement in the name of heroism. A cock of her head and a skeptical smile let you know that she acknowledges your challenge and accepts. The rules now dictate that the evening cannot end before one of you emerges victorious, the vanquished jingling inside a pocket with all the other stories.
from Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show
released November 27, 2014
Jean Rohe – mandolin, guitar, lead vocals
Ilusha Tsinadze – acoustic and electric guitars, dobro
Christopher Tordini – acoustic and electric bass
Liam Robinson – accordion, keyboards
Skye Steele – violin
Rogério Boccato – percussion
Richie Barshay – percussion
James Shipp – vibraphone and percussion
And everyone sings.
Ljova Zhurbin – viola on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11
Dave Eggar – cello on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11
Tony Hdez – radio announcer on 4
All songs by Jean Rohe
Produced by Jean Rohe & Liam Robinson
String arrangements on “Fisherman”, “Pacific Street”, “Water”, and “O Bright Star” by Liam Robinson.
“Who Shall...” incorporates part of a Russian children's song in translation, “May There Always Be Sunshine (Пусть всегда будет солнце)”.
Field recording in “Umbrella” from Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011.
Recorded by Chris Bittner at Applehead Studios in Saugerties, NY
Additional recording by Oliver Straus at Mission Sound, Brooklyn, NY, and Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY.
Mixed by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal
Mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side Music
Illustrations by Melanie Chopko
Photo by Jen Painter
Layout and design by Ilusha Tsinadze