2009 update: This site was last updated a few years ago. For my latest music project, check out Ruby Lament. And I'm actually spending more time these days doing standup comedy and less time on music. Viva la evolution!

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An Introduction to Matt Ruby's "I Never Do This Sort Of Thing"
By Dave Reidy

If hooks are pop music's currency, Matt Ruby is a rich man. But a hook only keeps you around for so long. For a song to be more than a passing fancy, it needs substance. It needs dark chocolate inside the colorful candy shell. On his first solo collection, I Never Do This Sort Of Thing, Ruby's shadowy lyrics provide that contrast.

i never do this sort of thing

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  • 01  i bet the devil loves you
  • 02  gunshy MP3
  • 03  i can stop (if i want to) MP3
  • 04  i never do this sort of thing MP3
  • 05  movie love
  • 06  stephanie
  • 07  do u wanna ride
  • 08  plenty more where that came from
  • 09  you don't know how to keep it
  • 10  broken locks

written, performed, and produced by matt ruby
additional backing vocals by brin lorenc
drums on track 2 by rich romeo

© 2005 vooza music

Matt RubyWritten, performed, and produced by Ruby (former frontman for the well-regarded Plastics Hi-Fi), I Never Do This Sort Of Thing has a stripped-down vibe. His raw voice, reminiscent of Lou Reed or maybe Stephen Merritt in his upper register, measures out noirish tales of sex, drugs, and love gone wrong. British invasion melodies nestle up against grooves that evoke Dr. Dre or D'Angelo. Meanwhile, stark instrumentation swirls in the mix, usually in the form of vintage guitar and keyboard tones.

The songwriting is what lets you really sink your teeth in though. The driving drum and bass of "I Bet The Devil Loves You" set the scene for an addled theological come-on. "Gunshy" wraps fear of intimacy in a breakneck pop package. "Movie Love" recalls a bygone era, at once evoking and rehabbing its sound. "Do You Wanna Ride" is a head-bobber with a rock-solid groove.

CD Cover When you listen to I Never Do This Sort Of Thing for the first time, you might hear overtones of Bowie, Beck, or the Beatles. But sometimes influences inhabit Ruby's songs in more subtle ways. How many listens will it take to hear The Turtles in the organ on "You Don't Know How To Keep It," or Tom Petty in the 12-string riff that caps "I Can Stop (If I Want To)"? Who else are you going to hear? The Eurythmics? Buddy Holly? The Zombies? Maybe all of them, maybe none. The only sure thing is that with sticky hooks and the lyrics to back them up, you'll want to lick all the way to the center.

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The album is available at independent music stores and small, independently owned regional chains all over the United States. It is also available in countries all over the world, including Canada, England, Benelux, Germany, Japan, & Australia. If your local store doesn't carry it, ask them to order it through Carrot Top Distribution.

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matt ruby bio

Matt RubyNYC-based singer/songwriter Matt Ruby first captured attention as frontman for his previous band, Plastics Hi-Fi. That outfit combined psychedelia with pop hooks to create a buzz in the Chicago scene in the early 00's. The band released a few records, toured the country, gigged with acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Alex Chilton, & Grandaddy, and even supplied the Chicago Blackhawks with their ad campaign song for the 2003-4 season.

The usual sturm und drang of rock life eventually took its toll though. The band parted ways and Ruby took some time off to travel the world, shoot some photos, and gig with other bands.

In 2004, Ruby began to craft a different, more shadowy sound in his home studio. The new songs combine a low-voiced rock vibe with vintage sounds (farfisa, fuzz, 12-string, melodica, etc. — all performed by Ruby), Motown inspired songcraft, and dusky R&B grooves. Ruby's thick lyrics about thin chicks, thin hours, and thin grips top off the tracks.

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press

Press raves for Matt Ruby's previous band, Plastics Hi-Fi:

Option: "winsome winding, power-pop that's timeless"

Chicago Tribune: "a blissed-out charmer"

Minneapolis Star Tribune: "a deliciously conceived multicolored extravaganza"

NewCity Chicago: "most buzzed-about status"

Illinois Entertainer: "transcendent"

Spin.com: "the best sounding home recordings i've ever heard"

Chicago Sun-Times: "for Chicago fans of psychedelic pop, there are only two words they need to know — Plastics Hi-Fi"

Cincinnati City Beat: "better than any of their higher profile peers"

Chicago Reader: "each spin so far has revealed more and more nice detail"

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lyrics

01 i bet the devil loves you

i bet the devil loves you she said with a grin i whispered gently heaven is empty i bet the devil loves you yeah alright yeah alright you shine like a supernova and hiss like a snake walking a wire to dance in the fire it's always the quiet ones who got something to hide i hear you screaming awake yet still dreaming i bet the devil loves you yeah alright yeah alright i bet the devil loves you she said with a grin i whispered gently heaven is empty i bet the devil loves you

02 gunshy

i'm not through breaking hearts yet i'm not through telling lies i'm still undercover i'm still in disguise cuz i am just a little gunshy i try and try and try but i'm gunshy i'm lost at sea i'm up a tree i'm gunshy i'm crazy if i do or if i don't i'm floating free i'm like a breeze i'm gunshy i pray i will but i know i won't i wanna be a camera soaking in the view i wanna be a tourist swim in someone new so i am just a little tongue tied i don't wanna lie but i'm gunshy i'm lost at sea i'm up a tree i'm gunshy i'm crazy if i do or if i don't i'm floating free i'm like a breeze i'm gunshy i pray i will but i know i won't i saw you fill the tank up i know you cleared the coast but love comes like an angel and leaves just like a ghost and i hate to be a tough guy hate to see you cry but i'm gunshy i'm lost at sea i'm up a tree i'm gunshy i'm crazy if i do or if i don't i'm floating free i'm like a breeze i'm gunshy i pray i will but i know i won't

03 i can stop (if i want to)

Amplifieri wanna feel something real before i'm out of time fuck these scars these passing cars this body isn't mine and it ain't no big deal it ain't no big deal it ain't nothing i can't beat i can stop if i want to i can stop if i have to i can stop if i want to i can stop if i have to a whiter bleach a sweeter peach it feels so good to need don't you know heaven's rose is buried in the weeds and just a little more just a little more a little more is all i need i can stop if i want to i can stop if i have to i can stop if i want to i can stop if i have to i'll take anything that you've got to give i'll take anything that you've got to give dim the lights put up a fight show me what you got break the plates storm the gates baby take a shot oh girl i'm almost there yeah i'm almost there i'm almost where i need to be i can stop if i want to i can stop if i have to i can stop if i want to i can stop if i have to

04 i never do this sort of thing

sha la la she's kinda drunk she's kinda stoned says she really should be going home sha la la first it's the shirt and then the shoes and right before it starts she says to you i never do this sort of thing i never do this sort of thing i swear yeah yeah yeah sha la la she's kinda drunk she's kinda stoned says she really should be going home i never do this sort of thing i never do this sort of thing she swears yeah yeah yeah sha la la she never does this sort of thing

05 movie love

well i hate to be the one to break yer heart in two but someday yer gonna learn just how much they lied to you and played you for a fool fate can be so cruel movie love ain't true the sky's not blue just looks that way movie love's a joke it bums a smoke and then walks away and i don't wanna tell the lies that you chicks love to hear i don't wanna wear a mask and pretend i'm sincere when i know deep inside all the things you hide movie love ain't true the sky's not blue just looks that way movie love's a joke it bums a smoke and then walks away they leave out some scenes all the in-betweens are gone withdrawn and cut so clean and yer so innocent i'd hate to see you bent movie love ain't true the sky's not blue just looks that way movie love's a joke it bums a smoke and then walks away it leaves you broke and in disarray yer gonna choke so just walk away while you can

06 stephanie

stephanie always with yer guard up leaving me alone and feeling hard up can't you see i could be the one to turn the tide stephanie i'm not gonna hurt you you'll be back in bed before yer curfew can't you see i could be the one to turn the tide oh stephanie i'll take you out under the stars i've got a telescope and i can show you mars stephanie come a lil' closer yer a song in need of a composer can't you see i'm the one you really want inside oh stephanie i'll take you out under the stars i've got a telescope and i can show you mars stephanie always with yer guard up leaving me alone and feeling hard up can't you see i could be the one to turn the tide

07 do u wanna ride

driving along riding a tide one on the road and one on the side yer hanging round with rumble strip eyes i'm slowing down to tell u some lies do u wanna do u wanna do u wanna do u wanna ride so what do ya know what do ya say are u feeling the urge to come out and play cuz i got a bird that wants to crow for u i got a key to open the zoo do u wanna do u wanna do u wanna do u wanna ride

08 plenty more where that came from

hell no we ain't done there's plenty more where that came from we shot the moon now let's drink the sun there's plenty more where that came from well i may be broke but i got something in the bank start revving the car cuz i got fuel left in the tank hell no we ain't done there's plenty more where that came from we shot the moon now let's drink the sun there's plenty more where that came from like fish in the sea like stars up in the sky like leaves on a tree my heart's filled with an endless supply hell no we ain't done there's plenty more where that came from we shot the moon now let's drink the sun there's plenty more where that came from this could be our final chance so baby shut yer mouth and dance just lock the door now close up the blinds crawl under the sheets cuz there's no end to what we might find hell no we ain't done there's plenty more where that came from we shot the moon now let's drink the sun there's plenty more where that came from

09 you don't know how to keep it

Farfisaketel on the rocks with a lemon a pack of parliaments down to seven this is how you wage the war this is what ya came here for it's not the same anymore yet still yer here again what you want you don't know how to keep it what you want you don't know how to keep it you do everything to hide it but i can see yer heart's divided what you want you don't know how to keep it what you want you don't know how to keep it you tell me that you just can't surrender but darling yer a great pretender you don't trust what you can't use mixing up lust and abuse stick yer faith into a noose and kick the chair away what you want you don't know how to keep it what you want you don't know how to keep it

10 broken locks

i saw in you something holy i saw something true i saw in you something fragile something torn in two it was a lost jubilee it was a beautiful idea days shine a light on love that you try on in the night sometimes you get it wrong sometimes you get it right the only thing i'm ever sure of is where i shouldn't be all these broken locks have got me thinking maybe it's the key i sing a dark serenade i lead a hollow parade days shine a light on love that you try on in the night sometimes you get it wrong sometimes you get it right i saw in you something holy i saw something true

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