traditional American tune, played clawhammer style on the guitar. [more inside]
A cover of the classic Five Stairsteps song, put together last week by a bunch of us around the country via Facebook, Dropbox, etc. [more inside]
Kringle steals the singer's girlfriend and takes her to Berlin in his sleigh. Hardly a nice thing to do, especially around the holidays. [more inside]
Three days into December; it has got to be time for some Christmas songs!
Four years ago I wrote this song, with lyrics in Swedish, to communicate my Christmas melancholy to my family. Two years later I was still sad, but now in English, and on camera... [more inside]
Oldish jazz tune played by myself and some friends [more inside]
I was really hoping to get this posted in time for the November Challenge, but technical difficulties and the sudden realization that oh I really need a glockenspiel
combined to -- wait, it's still November in Hawaii? I CLAIM FLAWLESS VICTORY [more inside]
This is one Ummagma track that has been totally turned on it's head, taking what was a dreampop folkrock-ish track and utterly transforming it into an whirling electro-dance track with traces of vocals from Shauna McLarnon. One slight change from the previous version.
A great song by Vera Lynn, not performed by Vera Lynn.
Guitar, vocals, pump organ (back again!), a slinky, and hand sounds. [more inside]
A quick sort-of-improv on the Rhodes for this month's challenge. Playing it through my ProCo Rat for a little oomph. [more inside]
A brief, throwaway cover of Johnny Violent's '90s Gabba classic North Korea Goes Bang
for this month's 60 Seconds and Under
MeFi Music Challenge. Over 9000 hours in
Audacity. [more inside]
60 seconds of corny pop. [more inside]
This is a guitar solo over some jungle beats.
Simple (VERY SIMPLE!) 30 second composition created using the ChucK programming language. [more inside]
Hint: it doesn't like the oil.
(but it has no problem with auto-tune...) [more inside]
...cuts like harp strings.
Travel with me to my freshman year of college, when I tried to do the "rock music." [more inside]
This is the probably most commercial thing I've ever written -- still not sure how I feel about it -- but it was completely accidental. I just had this little 3-3-2 piano riff going and started putting a bassline under it, and the whole thing kind of fell out. I resisted it for months because it seemed so obvious but eventually gave in. Drums are 1-take 3-mics from my drummer but I think they work pretty well.
The interesting thing is that the 1-bar piano riff continues through as an ostinato through the whole thing, never changing.
I guess it's Coldplay's version of Marvin Gaye's SEXUAL HEALING, or something. A bit of U2 in there too somewhere in the scritch scratch guitar that comes in in the second verse. [more inside]
A song I threw together using a sample from the 60s Hercules cartoon ripped off youtube [more inside]
This is one Ummagma track that has been totally turned on it's head, taking what was a dreampop folkrock-ish track and utterly transforming it into an whirling electro-dance track with traces of vocals from Shauna McLarnon. [more inside]
Flyball battle anthem. Not quite "Eye of the Tiger", to be sure, but you can still turn it up and rock out. Electronic instrumental. [more inside]
A short track inspired by Super Mario World. [more inside]
From Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman: The Rock Opera [more inside]
A beat I made in the last week or so [more inside]
On the heels of this
rough draft, [more inside]
Request: a slow-jam and/or somber cover version of End of the Rainbow by September. [more inside]
Request: "I have long wished for a happy, loud, upbeat version of The Beatles 'Michelle.'" [more inside]
The request: A slowed down version of I Will Wait. [more inside]
An Irish traditional tune - a slip jig - played in clawhammer banjo style on the guitar. [more inside]
After flaking on too many challenges I was determined to get this one in under the wire, despite whatever life threw up in the meantime to distract me (quite a lot as it happens, but in a good way).
The Song Request Raffle Challenge: "I have a very small friend named Evie. She is eight months old and would greatly appreciate a children's song with her name in it." YOUR REQUEST HAS BEEN GRANTED! [more inside]
Ludacris cover song done as a jingle. hope you like it.
For the request raffle, a cover of The Rolling Stones' Paint it Black in the surf rock guitar style of Dick Dale. [more inside]
Thanks to Burial,Rihanna,Aaron Swartz,Hilary Clinton,Edward Snowden,JVC Force,Ice T,Nick Cave, Richard Stallman,Bruce Schneier,Jamelia,Spoek Mathambo,Punkture Sluts, Sheriff Fred Abdalla (Jefferson County) ,Anonymous and the ghost of Augustus Pablo for implicitly agreeing to appear in this :)
My Raffle Request submission.
"An over-dramatic, serious blues song about the trials and travails of local politics (like Parks and Rec), featuring lots of crazy citizen requests at public meetings". I wasn't sure about the Parls and Rec. element. I don't watch the show but did take a peek at a vid of an episode which featured a demented public forum. I´ve included the lyrics [more inside]
For the Great Request Raffle
, I was assigned Move Closer
, by Phyllis Nelson.
I'd actually never heard the song before but on repeated listenings it really grew on me. Great slow groove.
Some of the lyrics were super-cheesy so I thought a solution would be to sing it in a different language. Maybe French?
Then it occurred to me to go FULL ON SERGE GAINSBOURG
and here we are. [more inside]
An epic doom metal version of my favorite cartoon theme song of all time. This was a distance collaboration done some time ago with a Polish gentleman. [more inside]
A song about underpants. That's about it.
Pretty much finished version of this sketch
I posted previously. Our drummer is going to put live drums in but we're still trying to figure it out... other than that it's mostly done. Sort of sits in a strange space between studio one, funky soul and white boy reggae circa 1977.
A wheel out of balance is a dangerous thing. [more inside]
Classical piano style experimentation. [more inside]
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