Every Day Is Judgment Day

by Blind Willies

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Cremo Tango 03:47
42 Jews 02:43
Prey 03:10
Dig A Hole 04:39
Loretta 04:10
Break Free 04:12
Steal Away 02:19
Big City 03:20


All the songs on the album are about freedom and whatever the opposite of freedom is, within ourselves and in our relationships with others. There’s no shortage of political and personal definitions of freedom. Politicians, whether fascist or democratic, use freedom as a tool, a badge of honor, a gun, a token pin on a lapel. At Auschwitz, ARBEIT MACHT FREI, forged in iron, stood as a warning and a promise at the main entrance gate. Work makes you free. In George Orwell’s 1984, the façade of the Ministry of Truth building has three slogans carved into its concrete: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. They’re just words, but words resonate and evolve and mutate and become what we want them to mean. Kris Kristofferson sings "Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose." Nothing left to lose is a common state of being where millions of people live.

Cremo Tango was inspired by Tadeusz Borowski’s autobiographical story collection This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, and by the day I spent walking inside Auschwitz-Birkenau. My inspiration for Big City was the pleasure I’ve enjoyed these last few years singing songs with children. The two songs seem natural bookends to me so that’s where they are. Horror and hope, surrender and survival, hate and love, atrocities and possibilities. The songs between are a river of reflections on those themes.

The album is dedicated to Pete Seeger, Maurice Sendak, Lou Reed, and Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who saved thousands of children from being exterminated.


released June 15, 2014

All songs written by Alexei Wajchman* ©2014 (BMI)
Produced by Blind Willies
Recorded and Mixed by Justin Phelps
at Cloud City Sound, Portland
Additional overdubs recorded by Kyle McGraw
at Faultline Studios, SF; Daniel Riera; Max Miller-Loran
Mastered by John Baldwin in Nashville, TN

Alexei Wajchman: vocals, guitars, banjo, harmonica
Misha Khalikulov: cello
Max Miller-Loran: keys, trumpet
Alex Nash: drums
Daniel Riera: bass, flute

Savannah Grace Harris: backup vocals (3, 11, 13, 15)
Adam Nash: lead electric guitar (4, 5, 6, 9, 14)
Rob Reich: accordion (1)
and the Capp Street Revisionist Choir

Art Direction, Design: B. Wajchman
Photoshop Gypsy: Ariel Sommer
‘Every Day Is Judgment Day’ woodcut by Heather Rickard
‘Liberty’ cover painting, Anonymous

*Steal Away is a traditional arranged by Blind Willies

SPECIAL THANKS to Isaac Pingree and everyone who helped
and hosted us at home and in Europe.


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