A Collection of song lyrics by Jeff Mellin, featuring photographs by John Soares and an introduction by Garrett Caples
"While it's often difficult to gauge the worth of pop lyrics printed on the page without musical accompaniment, it's remarkable how well Skin & Bones reads, as lyrics in the poetic sense," says Caples. "Jeff's lyrics considered as poetry at their best evoke the only-just stylistically-belated, yet entirely individual and intense poems of Weldon Kees; even at their least effective, they have the readable lightness of Edward Arlington Robinson, and everyone knows Paul Simon made 'Richard Corey' a better song than it ever was a poem, which illustrates my point nicely."
Skin & Bones also features photographs by the award-winning photographer John Soares, another long-time Stereorrific collaborator. Stereorrific plans to release a companion CD of Mellin's best recordings later this year, including new material he's recorded with producer Pete Weiss, members of the Stereorrific group Orange Nichole and Doug Yule of the Velvet Underground.