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Baba Stiltz - Finite Jest 01:09 min
Baba Stiltz - Running To Chris 03:04 min
Baba Stiltz - Wild Ride 02:48 min
Baba Stiltz - Sacramento 03:55 min
Baba Stiltz - You Can’t Put Your Arm Around A Memory 03:03 min
Baba Stiltz - Chasing It (Again) 03:44 min
Baba Stiltz - Big City 03:20 min
Baba Stiltz - Body High 01:39 min
Baba Stiltz - Stockholm 06:08 min
A1) Finite Jest 01:09 min
A2) Running To Chris 03:04 min
A3) Wild Ride 02:48 min
A4) Sacramento 03:55 min
A5) You Can’t Put Your Arm Around A Memory 03:03 min
B1) Chasing It (Again) 03:44 min
B2) Big City 03:20 min
B3) Body High 01:39 min
B4) Stockholm 06:08 min

Short info:
When he‘s not writing or recording, Baba Stiltz immerses in fearless fiction by the likes of Denis
Johnson and Dodie Bellamy; prose where pedestrian details become transcendent in aggregate and
the inner lives of marginal characters are examined as though they were kings. A similar thesis runs
through „Paid Testimony“, the essential second tape of minimalist guitar music from the FilipinoAmerican-Swedish artist.
In recent years, Stiltz has made like Lee Hazelwood‘s Cowboy In Sweden in reverse, making annual
pilgrimages from Stockholm to California and reconnecting with his roots via a guitar and a Fostex 4-
track. He‘s drawn to the less glamorous corners of the golden state, an observant habitué of unkempt
streets and dive bars stretching from LA to Vacaville. It‘s a long stretch from the jetset techno clubs
where Baba originally plied his musical trade, but it‘s where he finds characters and ideas worth
writing about.
The characters on „Paid Testimony“ are on the edge and on the run. Surrounded by flawed men with
big schemes since childhood, he extrapolates characters who plot bank heists and order milk and
vodka in AM hours, the type of confrontation- prone characters who „say some shit, make everyone
uncomfortable and then just split.“ To focus on the rawness
of this document would discount the humor and sympathy with which he treats his characters, not to
mention the subtly- psychedelic songwriting recalling David Berman, early Smog, the original indie
rock minimalist poets.
On the final song, Stiltz looks back on the city that raised him, „Stockholm,“ referencing „young
professionals carelessly living“ before adding „I can‘t say I‘m not jealous even though I live my life just
like they do.“ There‘s an honesty in the small details revealed on „Paid Testimony“, and a defined
sense of place, be it Stockholm, Sacramento or some dim barroom across from the Bank Of America.
Baba doesn‘t quite fit in anywhere. This outsider quality has often been used as a marketing tool, yet
here, it lends a writerly aspect to the proceedings, an unreality to the everyday.