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]


The Lift

Not quite a song about a city, but about a specific room in this old mining village in the Cascades of Washington. Features baritone guitar, slide guitar, bowed guitar, pump organ. Also a rerecording of this song. (By the way, any advice on how to record electric guitar on the cheap would be appreciated. At the moment I am just putting my ZoomH2 microphone in front of an amp.) [more inside]


May 5

The Golden Age (Beck cover)

A synthed out, vocoded take on Beck's extremely non-synthy song off of Sea Change, as an excuse to fiddle around with Reason 8. [more inside]


Aircraft Recognition

Short and sweet. A song about aeroplanes overhead with minimal vocals. Live rehearsal recording by Sredni Vashtar


May 4

Nostalgia

This one has maybe the most tracks of any song I've ever made. [more inside]


Carl Sandburg (Sufjan Stevens cover)

threeants' lovely cover of Chicago reminded me of this version of another song off that same album that I recorded ten years ago, and made me realize I never posted it to Music. So here it is! [more inside]


May 2

Chicago (Sufjan Stevens cover)

Felt inspired to throw together a cover of an old favorite for the May/June challenge. [more inside]


May 1

Breathe/Pigs Medley

A proof of concept. This was our first complete take at this at rehearsal a couple weeks ago. My prog tribute project, The Yes Men. All live, recorded in the garage by John. [more inside]


43.459885, -93.570367

Not sure how to describe this one, but I sampled a lot of disparate stuff and used some found sound I have.


April 29

Untitled Salt Lake Song (04.28.2015)

A catchy tune about two guys who take a twin engine plane out for a joyride and crash into the Great Salt Lake. Proper title TBD. [more inside]


Piano Sketch #2 (meditation)

The only song I have ever written & recorded start-to-finish while living on a boat. Thanks to the Carnival Imagination for having slack enough security that I was able to sneak onto the showband keyboard after-hours to record this (2006)


April 25

Evening Prayer Blues

My quick little take on Evening Prayer Blues by Deford Bailey. I originally came to this by way of Bill Monroe, Mike Compton and Alan Bibey mandolin arrangements of it. [more inside]


April 23

Ganymede Suite

A structured improvisation for double bass, piano & tabla. Feat Kimberley Shepherd - piano, Kazuko Sato - tabla. Co-written with Kimberley Shepherd. [more inside]


April 21

For David

A song for a departed friend. [more inside]


April 17

Fruitbattery

A short piano solo! Minor key, triplet feel, maybe a little jazzy, better suited to Halloween than early spring, but what can I do? It's a free download at BandCamp complete with suitably batty artwork. [more inside]


April 14

Where No One Has Gone Before

A little tune about toxic masculinity with a splash of Star Trek. [more inside]


April 7

Antisocial Dance Party

Dancing is for squares. [more inside]


Ghost Streets

your ghost is very beautiful, but visits far too often [more inside]


Weapons Up (Double Dragon Mixtape: The Mixtape)

A full-length extended version of the 10 second snippet that I had previously made for the game, Double Dragon Neon. I wrote the full version recently after my car was broken into, and I was visited by a very friendly and helpful LA County policewoman. [more inside]


April 5

Cruise Blanche

#newwave is the only #truwave [more inside]


April 4

Root Down (Fantastic Planet Remix)

Another Beastie Boys Remix [more inside]


April 3

the circulation of stars

This started out as a Beepbox loop. (The mp3 arbitrarily fades out after 2 times around. The original will loop in-browser for as long as you let it.) I think it sounds pretty okay.


April 1

Dizzy Gillespie Quintet f/ Skrillex - One Note Samba (1968, RARE!!)

Long considered a forgotten masterpiece, this meeting of master jazz artists took place almost 50 years ago in Munich, leaving the audience speechless. Features Skrillex on the Wobble Bass, James Moody on flute, and Lalo Schifrin on piano [more inside]


March 30

Wicker Man (Elton John parody)

So griphus and I were watching 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man and my brain got thinking about Rocket Man and, well, here we are.


March 27

Hoopoles mk II

slightly improved. Or slightly different. Not sure [more inside]


Ambush in Toyland

I have, in my possession, a VHS tape which holds all the Christmas specials that aired on that particular year which my folks thought to record all the Christmas specials they could manage with their state-of-the-art VCR. Bless their souls. There's a lot of Rudolph, some California Raisins, and even some Garfield. These are the ghosts of my Christmas past. The specter that looms largest, however, is some Disney business called "Babes in Toyand." There is no way to porn-parody that title; like all good dog-food, it makes its own gravy. That's not why the film haunts me, tho. What haunts me is this exchange: [more inside]


March 26

SFXjam (live improv)

This is a wacky one. Skip to about the 3min mark for the really silly part. [more inside]


March 24

Low (Irradiated Happy House Remix)

[Radioactive] remix of Low, by Juicy J (feat. Young Thug + Nicki Minaj), sequenced with that earwormy single by Envisage Komodos: If you can't get a radio single out of your head, turn it into a happy house track and put Juicy J on it. I used a clean version to make it enjoyable for all. Complete with filter sweeps and a half-time dubstep outro.


vampire deer - squideggs 10

entropy wins [more inside]


March 23

vampire deer - squideggs 9

return of the digitech rds 1900 through additional delay


March 21

vampire deer - squideggs 8

i for one, can't wait to see how this story ends ...


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