Flags & Boxes

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Their latest venture is the commercial release of Michelle's fully re-mastered second album Flags & Boxes, in which Melissa provides vocals to Michelle and the incredible array of instruments creating a uniqueness that can only be called Macedo. The album Flags & Boxes was produced by talented film composer Kush Mody (Serial Buddies) and engineered by the talented Nils Montan and Andrew Oedel. The album was mixed by Justin Gerrish (MGMT, Vampire Weekend), mastered by Fred Kevorkian (Regina Spektor), re-mastered by Randy Sharpe (Dixie Chicks), and the Caught Radio Edit was produced by Khris Kallow and MJ Denton. As part of the re-release, fans love the new radio edit of Macedo's hit single “Caught.” You can watch the music video here! "Caught" is currently extremely successful on non-commercial radio all across the country starting from Milwaukee and spreading worldwide.

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released September 1, 2011

Musicians:
Michelle Macedo: Vocals; Piano; Guitar
Melissa Macedo: Vocals
Kush Mody: Piano, Wurlitzer, Organ, Bass, Drums
Nate Mondschein: Drums
Hannah Skinner: Violin-
Keith Ukrisna: Viola-
Rosie Samter: Viola-
Molly Aronson: Cello
Andrew Oedel: Guitar
Darby Wolf: Organ
Dan Rehm: Bass- couldn’t find
Rosie Gradoville: Cello
Amparo Edo Biol: French Horn



PRODUCTION
Music & Lyrics by Michelle Macedo (BMI)
Produced & Orchestrated by Kush Mody
Mixed by Justin Gerrish at DNA Downtown, New York
Engineered by Nils Montan(WERS;Emerson College: Boston,MA)
Engineered by Andrew Oedel (Connecticut College:New London,CT)
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian in NYC

Caught Radio Mix
Produced by Khris Kellow
Mixed by Mario Luccy
Mastered by Randy Sharp

Photos by ©Shannon M. West Photography 2011

© Macedo Music 2011, All Rights Reserved
www.macedomusic.com

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Macedo Los Angeles, California

Macedo is one of those rare female musicians whose music has the ability to define a season.Michelle and her twin sister Melissa's band have transfixed audiences from Boston to Los Angeles so much so that Deli Magazine named Macedo as one of the city’s 100 most popular. Michelle’s songwriting has been honored at the Malibu Music Awards and her songs broadcast on a myriad of key radio stations. ... more

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Track Name: I Help Myself
Verse:
My dress is slowly beginning to resemble a piano
My colors are fading into a distinct black and white
Sky is sunny, Air is piercing and you are on my mind
Hands on the clock only remind me of your heartbeat
Every second is one without you

Chorus:
I help myself by loving you the most
I help myself by talking to your ghost

Verse:
Snow begins to cover itself in the wintertime,
Quickly my mind needs to be with yours and I'm always sure,
I'm always sure
I slept inside your ribcage for days to find my deeper sleep
Sleep has never been this goddamn pure and you are the cure
You are the cure

Chorus:
I help myself by loving you the most
I help myself by talking to your ghost

Bridge:
There are miles and clocks and highways that keep me away from you
When your memory comes flashing back, you'll only have to know
Where the time goes,
I won't keep my distance it's true

Verse:
Sometimes I feel that my heart is made of rust
Give me a sign, a straight premonition,
Tell me you'll pull through if I want you to

Chorus:
I help myself by loving you the most
I help myself by talking to your ghost
I help myself by loving you the most
I help myself by talking to your ghost
Track Name: Collect My Thoughts
Collect My Thoughts

I can't help but thinking that I don't know how to be alone anymore
I can't collect my thoughts
I can't collect my thoughts
I can't collect my thoughts

It's summer outside and I've never felt more like I haven't seen the light.
Its summer here in CA, London England MA and NY

Chorus:
You will

I've never been alone
Not even born alone
I can't collect my thoughts
I know you're not around as much
Too hurt to touch you'd fight for me if need be.

It's just the fear of making sense
The failure of innocence
I can't collect my thoughts
I can't collect my thoughts
I can't collect my thoughts

Chorus:
You will

With all the able ways around the two of us could work it through
You'd think at least you'd even have to try to

Flashing back into the past it's fuzzier than you know
You really think it's going to last

I'm barely here although

I've never been alone
Not even born alone
I can't collect my thoughts

It’s summer outside and I’ve never felt more like I haven’t seen the light.
It's summer here in CA, London England MA and NY

Chorus:
You will
Track Name: Have Some Company
Have Some Company

Verse:
When the stars are out and the sea of doubt starts to rise up in my spine
Wrapped up in your room
Hopefully morning soon
It's the lowest place to be besides with me

Chorus:
If you want to be lonely have some company
If you want to move slowly we can walk for free
And if you're going to be lonely here's some company
And if you're going to move slowly we can walk for free.

Verse:
When the winter chill
Caused its latest thrill
Place it in my thoughts
Just say it loud and say it proud
Softening the blow
When the sun is up changing all our tides into orders of the waves
Hang on to yourself
It's your bravest help
It's the warmest place to be besides with me

Chorus:
If you want to be lonely have some company
If you want to move slowly we can walk for free
And if you're going to be lonely here's some company
And if you're going to move slowly we can walk for free.

Bridge:
Sure as fire and sure as the clues
I'll be waiting there for you to choose
Sure as fire and sure as the clues
I'll be waiting there for you to choose
Sure as fire and sure as the clues
I'll be waiting there for you to choose

Verse:
When the stars are out and the sea of doubt starts to rise up in my spine
Wrapped up in your room
Hopefully morning soon
It's the lowest place to be besides with me

Chorus:
If you want to be lonely have some company
If you want to move slowly we can walk for free
And if you're going to be lonely here's some company
And if you're going to move slowly we can walk for free.

Bridge:
Sure as fire and sure as the clues
I'll be waiting there for you to choose
Track Name: City Lights
City Lights

Verse:
These old city lights
Trash piles
Haven't seen you for a while
It has been lonely whatever that means
I've been caught on the moon
Been stuck on the stars
Being on earth is much too hard

I'm not feeling bad for myself
Just surprised at my kind
All of these people with harm in their minds

Chorus:
The word is out, the heat is too
The word is out, that you've found someone new
Is that true? Someone new?

Verse:
Wars in parts of the world,
In our own bodies too
All of this judgment just acts as a glue
I can't complain, people move on
I am much better off with you gone

Chorus:
The word is out, the heat is too
The word is out, that you've found someone new
Is that true? Someone new?

Bridge:
The word is out
Touched all our lips and still the truth is known
You've always been afraid of hearts and minds who are made of stone
After rushing fires of gossip I do see that I am prone
To an accident
The accident
Was you...

Verse:
Lights are lonelier now
But still glowing strong
And can't and help but think I was wrong
I can't complain
People move on
I am much better off with you gone

Chorus:
The word is out, the heat is too
The word is out, that you've found someone new
Is that true? Someone new?
Track Name: Caught
Caught

Verse:
She is standing in the hallway
Of her summer gallery
And the paintings just resemble
Foreign places

He is speaking in the riddles that his father gave to him
The decoding barely ready
While she's on her way out again

On the phone now, they can hum it
But they still can't find the tune
It is either much too late or much too soon

He is angry, feels forgotten but he rarely ever is
She is unclear and alone now but she rarely ever is

Bridge:
Sidewalks much too soft for her and all of her contenders
Night breeze is too cold for him
And so he will surrender

Chorus:
Snow comes down so hard
Harder to believe
It was ever rain
On its way to you
You just take your time, on your way to me
That's what's keeping you, from ever being free.

Verse:
Pieces seem to just assemble and they slide so easily
Words of friends and trusted poets still hold little strategy.
In the driveway in the winter
The ice seemingly askew
He is trying, she is trying
And that's all that they can do.

It's a slowly aging painting in a summer gallery
So clearly impossible to get through
It's the anger of a stranger
Drawing close enough to you,
Want to tell you that she's lying but I am too

Bridge:
Sidewalks much too soft for her and all of her contenders
Night breeze is too cold for him
And so he will surrender

Chorus:
Snow comes down so hard
Harder to believe
It was ever rain
On its way to you
You just take your time, on your way to me
That's what's keeping you, from ever being free.

It's the fall now of the same year
Of the same old company,
In the city of good fortune, is it choice or meant to be?

Chorus:
Snow comes down so hard
Harder to believe
It was ever rain
On its way to you
You just take your time, on your way to me
That's what's keeping you, from ever being free.
Track Name: Ghost
Here I am surrounding myself
With the things I love the most
Holding onto every last thing just to hear the ghost
Of every time I felt alive or well
Well this is not that time oh well.

Here I am attaching myself to the things I love
Materials are much more satisfying when alone.
And all the times I felt alive or well,
Well this is not that time oh well.

Here I am sitting on a train to New York
A love that does not love me, people are above me
They don't understand
All the lights and the Atlantic shore seems to mean a little to me more

Here I am surrounding myself with the things I love the most
Anything to love you
Most of all just to feel the ghost,
But deep inside we are all a little scared and hard to find
Track Name: Know When You're Around
Verse:
Birds fly low when you're around and
Keep on flying down so
I keep you around all day
Masquerading like a princess
Soaking in the distance
Lying in the low tones of your voice

Chorus:
I could sleep when you're around,
I'd waste my kiss all night
and not deserve the next big choice
Choices are to be had
But mostly are for the bad season

Verse:
When it's negative degrees
I often see the trees are only sleeping they're not dead.
When they burst back into life
I hold onto to the branches
So I know that you'll come back

Chorus:
I could sleep when you're around,
I'd waste my kiss all night
and not deserve the next big choice
Choices are to be had
But mostly are for the bad season
Track Name: Nobody is Perfect (After All)
Nobody Is Perfect (After All)

Verse:
So, wanting you wasn't easy,
After all I'm a girl
So, wanting you wasn't clear
After all it's been trouble from the start

So getting to know you wasn't easy,
You were strong and protected like you should be

Bridge:
Fearing the day we'll have to part
It's been trouble from the start

Chorus:
Nobody is perfect
But you're pretty fucking close
And I'm not pretending, not pretending that
Nobody is perfect but you're pretty fucking close
And I'm not pretending, I'm not pretending it's a
Ghost of a hope I once had, just be glad I've been disappointed.

Verse:
Mystery doesn't work well for me
It's not easy to be calm around you.
So there's a lot of anguish and there's plenty of pain,
There's a lot of risk, it comes from the gain

Bridge:
Fearing the day we'll have to part
It's been trouble from the start

Chorus:
Nobody is perfect
But you're pretty fucking close
And I'm not pretending, not pretending that
Nobody is perfect but you're pretty fucking close
And I'm not pretending, I'm not pretending it's a
Ghost of a hope I once had, just be glad I've been disappointed.

Nobody is perfect
But you're pretty fucking close
And I'm not pretending, not pretending that
Nobody is perfect but you're pretty fucking close
And I'm not pretending, I'm not pretending it's a
Ghost of a hope I once had, just be glad I've been disappointed.

Nobody is perfect
But you're pretty fucking close
And I'm not pretending, not pretending that
Nobody is perfect but you're pretty fucking close
And I'm not pretending, I'm not pretending it's a
Ghost of a hope I once had, just be glad I've been disappointed.
Track Name: My Fault
My Fault

Verse:
I've been pacing the hallways all day
I've been wishing that I was a picture frame
Would it be my fault if you were my barrier?
Picked up last nights clothes from the floor
Honestly I was expecting more when I woke up
It is still my fault if you were my barrier?

Chorus:
Seems like these boys don't know what they want anymore
Seems like these boys don't know what's walking out the door
Seems like he loves me but he doesn't want to stay
Seems like these boys don't know what they want anyway

Verse:
The moon in the stone cold courtyard
Speaking to me
I didn't know he was gone
Would it be my fault?
If you were my barrier?

Simple decay I am not to see,
The love of you ever touch me again
Would it be my fault if you were my barrier?

Chorus:
Seems like these boys don't know what they want anymore
Seems like these boys don't know what's walking out the door
Seems like he loves me but he doesn't want to stay
Seems like these boys don't know what they want anyway

Bridge:
I'm turning out the lights to all the galleries we've ever had,
Photographs and secret stashes,
Only my good grace could last
I'm ripping out the pain stained walls
Disconnecting all your calls
Cutting you in half until I have to
Until I have to, till I have to, till I have to

Verse:
Just speak it aloud and arisen
Soften the blow until you go
Would it be my fault if you were my barrier?

Chorus:
Seems like these boys don't know what they want anymore
Seems like these boys don't know what's walking out the door
Seems like he loves me but he doesn't want to stay
Seems like these boys don't know what they want anyway
Track Name: No One Else
No One Else

Verse:
Before I knew it
I'd gotten to it and no one else
No one else is honest anymore.

Last I heard I was a hermit
All alone with no one waiting at the shore
The sea a song that you ride along
You often slumber in my stronger anymore
A stronger song
For a longer long,
Oftentimes no one else is honest anymore

Chorus:
Did you watch yourself fall through the cracks?
Floating outside yourself
Lessons you weren't able to live up to
Being a woman, a person, a man
Will they love you?
Will they pity you?
Will they take you by the hand?
Sometimes I love you
Sometimes I hate you
How could I not?

Verse:
Before I knew it I'd gotten to it
No one else
No one else is honest anymore.
Last I heard I was a hermit
All alone with no one waiting at the shore

Bridge:
Taking sides and lower tides,
And no one else is into the stronger
No one else is honest anymore and no one else is interested in honest any longer.

Chorus:
Did you watch yourself fall through the cracks?
Floating outside yourself
Lessons you weren't able to live up to
Being a woman, a person, a man
Will they love you?
Will they pity you?
Will they take you by the hand?
Sometimes I love you
Sometimes I hate you
How could I not?

Instrumental

Chorus:
Did you watch yourself fall through the cracks?
Floating outside yourself
Lessons you weren't able to live up to
Being a woman, a person, a man
Will they love you?
Will they pity you?
Will they take you by the hand?
Sometimes I love you
Sometimes I hate you
How could I not?

Instrumental and vocal ad libs
Track Name: Winter Time
Winter Time

Verse:
It's been a little hazy out
It's been a little warm before
I know no matter what you say I'll always want more

You love me cuz I'm interesting
You love me cuz I'm never there
You love me because you don't
And we are both aware

I observe you walking in
Your eyes take to the floor
Like always you so easily forget what you've really come here for

It's just a little colder now
I'm just a little less prepared
You've taken me across the country to a place where I am mostly scared.
I can tell it's wintertime
By the dryness of my sight

Chorus:
Take me off this lonely street
Reflecting all the thrown out meat
Path's not mine for the taking now
All I hear is unbearable sound
Close my eyes and disappear
Invisible to everyone
Wake me up when he is gone

Bridge:
Of all the ways I run to you
Running home is not my way
Of all the warmest bodies
I won't stay

Of all the gifts you gave to me,
Like most of the things
They're never free
I won't stay

Open and close me
Tug and control me
Hate me and fake me
Fix me and break me
I won't stay

Verse:
I'm a little colder now
I'm a little less prepared
You've taken me across the country to a place where I am mostly scared
I 'm a little quiet now I'm a little more reserved
Did all that saving for someone else to store.

Chorus:
Take me off this lonely street
Reflecting all the thrown out meat
Path's not mine for the taking now
All I hear is unbearable sound
Close my eyes and disappear
Invisible to everyone
Wake me up when he is gone (Repeat)
Track Name: Say Goodnight
Say Good Night

Verse:
Do you say goodnight on the river?
Do you wish you were a boat?
Do you say goodnight on the river?
Do you wait for the current to choke?

Chorus:
My voice; quiet and content
Holds your two hands
My mind; silent and benevolent
Waits for you
In the sand

Verse:
Do you say goodnight on the river?
Do you wish you were a boat?
Do you say goodnight on the river?
Do you wait for the current to choke?

Chorus:
My voice; quiet and content
Holds your two hands
My mind; silent and benevolent
Waits for you
In the sand

Bridge:
And it's not quite so often that I meet someone like you
It's not quite so often that I am river captain too.

Instrumental

Chorus:
My voice; quiet and content
Holds your two hands
My mind; silent and benevolent
Waits for you in the sand

My voice, quiet and content
Holds your two hands
My lips, now arrived and eloquent
Wait to see where you stand

My voice; quiet and content
Holds your two hands
My mind; silent and benevolent
Waits for you in the sand
Track Name: Caught (Radio Edit)
Caught

Verse:
She is standing in the hallway
Of her summer gallery
And the paintings just resemble
Foreign places

He is speaking in the riddles that his father gave to him
The decoding barely ready
While she's on her way out again

On the phone now, they can hum it
But they still can't find the tune
It is either much too late or much too soon

He is angry, feels forgotten but he rarely ever is
She is unclear and alone now but she rarely ever is

Bridge:
Sidewalks much too soft for her and all of her contenders
Night breeze is too cold for him
And so he will surrender

Chorus:
Snow comes down so hard
Harder to believe
It was ever rain
On its way to you
You just take your time, on your way to me
That's what's keeping you, from ever being free.

Verse:
Pieces seem to just assemble and they slide so easily
Words of friends and trusted poets still hold little strategy.
In the driveway in the winter
The ice seemingly askew
He is trying, she is trying
And that's all that they can do.

It's a slowly aging painting in a summer gallery
So clearly impossible to get through
It's the anger of a stranger
Drawing close enough to you,
Want to tell you that she's lying but I am too

Bridge:
Sidewalks much too soft for her and all of her contenders
Night breeze is too cold for him
And so he will surrender

Chorus:
Snow comes down so hard
Harder to believe
It was ever rain
On its way to you
You just take your time, on your way to me
That's what's keeping you, from ever being free.

It's the fall now of the same year
Of the same old company,
In the city of good fortune, is it choice or meant to be?

Chorus:
Snow comes down so hard
Harder to believe
It was ever rain
On its way to you
You just take your time, on your way to me
That's what's keeping you, from ever being free.