July 2

A la Habana

An ode to Havana in a mongrelized "guagancó" rhythm. It's badly sung in Spanish, and awkwardly played using congas, bongos and a batá. I've included my original lyrics in Spanish and an English translation. [more inside]


Lex

This song explores the relationship between linguistic dependencies and musical dependencies. [more inside]


June 29

Boston Jig

Getting in just under the wire for the May/June city song challenge, this is a short little banjo tune from Buckley's New Banjo Method of 1860. Fretless minstrel banjo, parlor guitar, bones and tambourine.


Cuando Viene El Mal

A song from my new acoustic band Love Monkee, from our set at the His Lai Buddhist Temple last month. Special thanks to drlith, who translated the chorus for me in this AskMe. Video of the last half of the set. [more inside]


June 28

Launching into OuterSparse

A happy flight through space, dodging comets and surfing on gas clouds. [more inside]


June 26

Lord Bless the Ladies

Written by James Buckley, from his 1868 Banjo Guide. Fretless stroke style banjo with a simple 2nd banjo accompaniment.


Jackson (Lucinda Williams Cover)

My entry for the May/June 'City Songs' challenge. [more inside]


June 25

Anthony Street Reel

Another Frank Converse tune, from his 1886 Analytical Banjo Method (PDF link). [more inside]


June 24

Non Senza Luce

Piano solo: short, mostly melancholy and dark, but...


June 19

Adversa

This song illustrates a quote from the Tao Te Ching -- “Existence and non-existence create each other”. [more inside]


June 18

TIRED - Haunted Housewives

Another song from my old old old old old old band's 1995 release Worm Temper Tantrum Terrors. This one is a mellow hit. [more inside]


Accidents

An experiment in writing songs without choruses. [more inside]


On The Banks of Sacramento (wubmachine remix)

Whereupon we invite an algorithm to make mincemeat of a rather squalid song and out comes happy accidents. [more inside]


June 17

LIE LACK - Haunted Housewives

A creepy sound collage by my old old old band Haunted Housewives. Closing track from 1995's Worm Temper Tantrum Terrors cassette. [more inside]


Alls I got are the pictures, the movies; gonna be a big star, never gonna be a big star.

Where once again we prove the inverse proportionality between effort and output. [more inside]


June 15

London, Will You Miss Me

My entry to this month's music challenge, written on the bus back from town. [more inside]


Over the Georgian

Home demo for a future studio production. A retelling of the Wyandot legend of Kitchikewana. Lyrics below the fold. [more inside]


June 12

Sky Flows

Sampled a slack guitar to create a kind of organ-sound. [more inside]


June 9

Hard Rain

A lonely cosmic country rock song loosely inspired by Neal Stephenson's Seveneves [more inside]


June 6

Winter Song

A piano composition written a while ago at the end of autumn for the first snowfall. The changing of seasons; the coming winter; delight in the sounds of children playing in the fresh fallen snow. [more inside]


June 5

Cetupsalmus

This piece was inspired by the humpback whale's song. [more inside]


How to get to Never Never Land

I have started a new project: making and posting video directions to various Tokyo live music venues, for the benefit of the Directionally Challenged. This is the first of the series. I thought it might be interesting to first listen to the audio directions alone, letting your imagination fill in the visuals, then head over to the video to see how reality and your imagination matches up.


June 3

Metafilter Podcast Theme - Daft Punk version

Somehow the idea of doing an alternate podcast theme riffing on Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger got into my head a while a go, and here it is. [more inside]


May 31

The Crow on the Cradle

A quick recording of a way I've been messing around with approaching an old song. I think the time-signature change makes it seem a bit more bitter and a little less sinister, which is interesting, if not necessarily better.


May 29

I, I, I

Trying some further electronic stuff.


def dev puts @development end

Finished my online web dev course. It was time to relax and take a break from writing code...


May 27

Men's Retreat

New recording of an old song with the following Garageband synths: "hip hop kit", "pop flute" and "shimmering harpsichord" (IIRC). Song about good friends who have, by now, all moved away. I'd love any thoughts on this. [more inside]


Sundre Says

Home demo for a future studio recording. An atmospheric tune about driving at night through small-town Canada. Lyrics below the fold. [more inside]


May 26

Deos

This song is based on Koran 1:1-2. Each of its three voices has a different character. [more inside]


May 25

A Smuggler's Song

Somewhere between Show of Hands and the Mountain Goats, we find this story of a man in a boat off the coast of Cornwall, drunk, armed and fearful. [more inside]


May 21

Going

Piano, drums, bass. [more inside]


Aleutian Letter

Home demo for a future studio recording. A contemplative tune about a man working on the DEW Line in 1950s Canada, writing a letter home to his estranged wife. Lyrics below the fold. (Pardon the tentative lead vox, as this one's a tiny bit above my normal range and it's brand-new.) [more inside]


May 17

Coma

As in comet. Carbon 7, doing the free-form space jazz thing, again. [more inside]


May 15

Fiddle tunes for a Friday

Fiddle tunes on mandolin, that is. Just a little medley of some fiddle tunes I know in the key of D. Whiskey Before Breakfast/Soldier's Joy/St. Anne's Reel/Liberty/Whiskey Before Breakfast


May 14

I Am On Your Side

The sad robot loves you and will never leave you. [more inside]


Winter in July

A cover of the a song by the 6ths, from the awesome album Wasps Nests.


May 13

Why Worry (Dire Straits cover)

30 years ago today, on 13 May 1985, Dire Straits released their number-1, 9-times platinum, Grammy-winning fifth album: Brothers in Arms. ‘Why Worry’ is track 5 of the nine great songs on the album. [more inside]


May 12

track 9

It's late and I can't sleep, so I made a quick, self-indulgent, sloppy little thing. [more inside]


May 10

Walls

Remix of Wall, by Nils Frahm. With samples from Fefa Naa Efe, by Fela Kuti.


May 9

Paranoid Shepard

This is an endlessly rising Radiohead cover vignette; a section from Paranoid Android rises a whole step and repeats itself, and does so again, six times total, before returning to where it started, as a kind of large-scale take on the Shepard tone. [more inside]


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