Music

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Magic Ride (2018)  This album has been a year in the making. Actually more than that. The title track was started about 10 years ago at a hipster cafe in Albuquerque, NM. I wrote the initial lyrics with a friend of mine, Su Avasti and it was a tongue-n-cheek number using the Albuquerque transit system as a metaphor for God. Back then it was called “Climb on in” and was a blues song, “Climb on in, to the Rapid Ride.” Now the song has been made more universal and is called “The Magic Ride.” It is a song about letting everyone on the bus, no matter who they are. Kind of the opposite sentiment to much of what is represented nowadays in our country’s exceptionally dismal mode of discourse. I also co-wrote another song with my then 6-year old song. It’s a song about the game “Minecraft.” I’ll let you figure out which one. The other songs were were written when I was at the beach over the summer of 2017, so that’s how they sound to me. One of the songs is just a surfing song. So stop asking if it’s right, hurry up and get inside, and climb on board the magic ride!

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Monkey Lizards (2017) All new songs and their first album. They tell stories about Kylo Ren, sunglasses that fight fascists, finding your parallel self somewhere out there in the multiverse, dying alone in the desert, and of course love.

Other albums by John Thayer: 

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Trash Richer Than Money (2014) John’s last album written and recorded in Albuquerque, NM. Songs about moving, roots, midlife crisis, and Trash. Nate Watson plays cajón.


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When are We Ever Gonna Use This? (2012) This album is thought of by many to be the quintessential indie-rock-nerd album all about public education ever created. Songs to make you laugh, cry or just scratch your head out of confusion.

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The World is Yours (2010) – Songs about family, fitting the universe inside an espresso cup, the end of days, misunderstood monsters, and having kids.

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Finish What You Start (2009) – A light-hearted folk album.. It tastes just as good as a green chile B.L.T. Includes Art Jarvis on Bass, Ron Romero on electric guitar, and Ken Battat playing a wooden box. Songs about not being able to sleep, how hard it is to be a teenager or a dog, and Charlie Brown and Lucy, who betrays him.

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The Life and Teaching of Guru Muru (2009) – A concept album and musical guide to the important teachings of John’s alter-ego at the time, the out-of-work history teacher, former bus driver, and heretical spiritual advisor. Sort of like having coffee with Kurt Vonnegut and Pope John Paul II.


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It Could Always Be Worse (2008) – 14 songs. A fusion (or confusion) of country, rock, folk with a little punk and hip-hop thrown in. Ezra Bussmann and Art Jarvis are prominently featured on this record.

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Border Town (2007) – This album is a love letter to New Mexico. 11 songs including “Border Town”, “I Saw God at Frontier Restaurant”, “Sisto Abeyta for President” and a new version of “Día de los Muertos”, an old classic.


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Feelin’ Pretty Free (2002) – A little bit more rock than folk. This is what happens to a songwriter after a summer reading Noam Chomsky. 10 songs for the price of 10 songs.


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Tall Tales & Broke Dreams (2001) – 14 acoustic stories. Characters include Gene Simmons, Darth Vader, Elian González and Alan Greenspan.

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