August 1

III. Never the Gauges

Another one! [more inside]


July 31

Rocket City

A song about Huntsville, AL, for the City Songs challenge. [more inside]


Rapahanock Jig

A fun one by James Buckley, 1860. Solo gourd banjo, eAEG#B tuning. [more inside]


Kensington

I wrote this with my brother back in 1993 on a night we were thrown out of home and had no where to go. We spent the night sleeping on the steps of McPherson library in Philadelphia. [more inside]


July 30

II. King of a Small Town

The next from Earth and Sky. [more inside]


Cotton Pod Walk Around

Yet another Frank B Converse piece from 1865, trying to get the hang of playing a banjo and foot tambo at the same time. Audio straight from the iPhone. [more inside]


July 29

I. Tell Me Again

I put together a short EP (I'm calling it Earth and Sky) that loosely orbits around two maybe-related stories. This is the opening track. [more inside]


New York March

One more 1865 banjo tune for the city songs challenge trifecta! This is another Frank B. Converse composition. Fretless banjo and tambourine, a bit of reverb for extra stateliness.


July 27

Going Round

Guitar riff by CarrotAdventure


July 25

Philadelphia Jig

Another 19th century banjo tune for the City Songs Challenge, this one from Frank B. Converse's New and Complete Method for Banjo With and Without A Master. [more inside]


July 24

negative man

To Don Joyce. Acoustic.


Always On My Mind (cover)

Resonator and baritone uke, trying to channel Willie Nelson though maybe via John Darnielle a little it turns out. [more inside]


July 21

Free Man In Paris

For the May/June/July Music Challenge, billiebee and I collaborated on a Joni Mitchell cover. [more inside]


Ain't No Junkie

Hard feelings, othertronics. [more inside]


July 20

Malkop

Retro, funky, electro


July 18

Illustrated Resonators for Reverbs

I had been looking for an excuse to use a few ableton live effects (namely a resonator on a vocoded vocal track). I figured I'd try it out on this weakerthans song. [more inside]


July 17

Flumen

This song combines two elements: a water motif in the top staff and a context-free grammar in the bottom. [more inside]


July 16

Dark as a Dungeon

An old Merle Travis song that I learned years ago when I first started getting into bluegrass. Another chance to break in the new resonator guitar, and do some fun chorus harmonies. [more inside]


July 14

Ducks on the Pond

A solo clawhammer banjo recording of a traditional old-time tune. [more inside]


July 13

Actuary of the Year

Brief remix of the Kim Possible clip.


July 11

Do You Feel?

Final mix. My on & off again pop Combo, Buzzie. I posted the live rough from the session back in Feb, and "we" finally got it done. [more inside]


July 10

In The Pines

I went and bought my first resonator guitar yesterday, a Gretsch Honey Dipper (evidence), and this seemed like a good tune to try and break it in on. [more inside]


July 9

A Dead Man

A late Father's day rap song for my late father. [more inside]


July 8

WaveSpace

Prickly noises. Handclap nation othertronics [more inside]


July 4

(I'm Gonna Drink A) Fifth Of July

Twitter joke that turned into an actual country song an hour later. I'm in Huntsville with nothing but my ukulele, so this didn't get the full band treatment I'd otherwise do, but it works pretty well like this.


July 3

Singing in the Shower on the 4th of July

I got a new headset mic (like for Skype calls) and wanted to test it out. Not bad! Anyway, happy BBQ and Beer day tomorrow, if you're in the US! Or hell, even if you're not!


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]


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