Mix Master Mike frequently samples the intro to Killing In The Name for his sets. I decided to sample the outro, where Zach de la Rocha is yelling "ALL OF WHICH ARE AMERICAN DREAMS". The bass line is spliced out of Evil by Interpol since Carlos Dengler has got some crazy tone. This is a pretty slow jam, so it borders on the line between hip-hop and dance. Enjoy.
Here's another song by drowsy, my one-person band, and once again daja sings guest vocals. Voice and autoharp and nothing else, recorded live to four track cassette (but we only used two of the tracks).
Another "can it be a rap song?" From the point of view of an elf that worships the a-bomb ("the hallowed ground is los alamos..."). It's only 2 minutes but it's packed, pay attention. There is nothing like this, I would say modestly, so I don't know what will happen when people hear it. The elf is a theme on the album... a nuclear terrorist in this case.
buriednexttoyou filter: last September, he posted a demo of his song, Moving Pictures. I immediately fell in love with it, and recently decided to make a cover of it. I asked him if he wouldn't mind, and he didn't, so here it is. He is got serious talent, and If you are one of those who loves finding great new music, good surprises await you at his site.
I knew I had to play the flute. I found a bundy on ebay, and when I received it, began to play right away. This recording features guitar, flute and harmonica. Improvisation as usual, raw bossa vamp as background, no composed melody as such. Could have been longer without the telephone.
Ever since this post, I've had this song in my head. Been goofily singing it to myself pretty constantly. So I decided to just record it a capella for no reason whatsoever. It's not jazz (slightly bluesy in spots though) & of course it's not as good as Nillson's but I figure maybe I've gotten it out of my system now. I mean, how often does a girl get to record herself singing about decomposing whales? ;)
It's my usual setup - bedroom recording, loop pedal + Telecaster. This is my more recent sort of loop song, and it has more of a jazzy feel. I run the Tele through a compressor before the loop, too. Yeah, this one's a little long, but I just really, really like it. I recorded it a few minutes ago and was just so happy with how it turned out (I had no idea what it would be) that I'm done for tonight.
Another Townes Van Zandt cover, though I think this is the best thing I've produced [at home] yet. Amazing what a little compression will do. A beautiful, simple, moving song that I can't do justice to.
which stands for : guitar flute harp flute guitar. Last year my sister gave me her old dell inspiron 3800. I installed audacity on it and was in for multitrack recording. Actually, I didn't know that I could listen to the previous tracks and recording at the same time. So I recorded the first four tracks trying not to lose the tempo and then moving the track so it fitted with the rest, adding layer by layer. By the time I recorded the solo I had managed to listen to the background. Composition is not too ambitious, it was just a matter of testing.
A jokey, sloppy kind of thing recorded in 2005 for a web project that never got off the ground. As in many of my songs, I seem to be suffering from some type of sinus issue here. Perhaps the flipside of buriednexttoyou's awesome Arboretum from last year, this song tries to be positive about the milestones, the things you can do once nineteen, in Ontario, Canada. Yes, I know the Paul Hardcastle tune. why am I posting this?
There is a movie called Zoo I read about this morning. It is about men who have sex with horses. I located and downloaded a piece of horse-man pron, sampled the horse's insane whinnying, and the passed it through a compressed filter of a sample of the guitar downstroke from A Flock Of Seagull's I Ran [mashed up] with the keyboard riff from The Killers Somebody Told Me. The result makes for aggressive stadium fodder. It's kind of how I am feeling today. Enjoy on monitor speakers.
Remember what I said about electronic sound reacting strangely around me?
This is what I meant. Believe it or not, this is the recording of a record skipping. And that's all.
Guitar accompaniment by Tom Anderson.
A song I recorded several years ago. I thought I would someday go back and fix the numerous rythmic imperfections and scratchy guitar but have since lost the make file, changed recording software and generally made my peace. Beware of turntable.
This is the current 'live' (as in, I've played it once in a bizzarro jam-show) version of this song. It's a single take, straight through, using my favorite pedal (a Headrush E2). I'm really, really going to beg for criticism (constructive, or other kinds), since I don't know really what to do with it or what to improve. So, crits? Thanks guys
A lovely, understated tune recently released on Elliott Smith's posthumous collection of outtakes, "New Moon" on Kill Rock Stars. Being an obsessive fan of Smith's, I figured I'd upload my cover in tribute. It doesn't come close to matching his briliance but then, who does? Also I flubbed the solo a bit, just so you know.
In a cave, several hundred feet underground, a mysterious glow can be seen in the distance. Beyond the dark corridors, a strange music fade in as you're getting close. The spiders are here, tall as houses, moving gracefully, feeding their babies, chanting soft lullabies under the crystal dome of a large chamber. One of them approaches and weaves shining threads of sound. You're not really frightened. Actually you feel rather comfortable as you're listening to the friendly speech. Going back ?
If I keep this up, I'll go on tour with a Minutemen tribute band.
(I need to improvise a wind screen for the mic.) Enjoy!
Note: I never did get a new guitar. I had a friend rewire my Mustang. It sounds alright.
I've been recording a new song every week, and and uploading to the web every Wednesday this year, for something I call "Hump Wednesday" (as it's the hump day, right?) Anyway, this week marks week 20 of this (questionable) endeavor. Here's an archive of all the tracks to date - I have more info as to how/why I'm doing this on my MySpace page, which I'll link to if anyone asks.
ps: my tunes are short, abstract but catchy electronic pieces, done with just my iBook and some homemade software. If you like Solex, Cornelius, or Mouse On Mars, you might like this...
Another excerpt of a previous too long post. Tired of playing over improvised and random changes, I brought the Ellington tune to Olivier. I played the rhythm track, he played the melody, then I managed to play a solo. Hope you like it.
We'll Drive This Car ('Til Hell Is Shooting Out the Stars) - Selected Letters
We just played our last show ever this Friday night (a house party at Kenyon College in Ohio - we're all former or current students there) and I wanted to post one of our best songs to commemorate a great year. I miss them already.
Selected Letters is:
Ira Ochs on the bass guitar
Joe Donohue on the guitar
Alex Murphy on the drums
Evan Axelbaum on the saxophone
Riley Witte on the oboe
Jeremy Sher (that's me!) on the violin
Recorded on New years eve, 2002. 2 incredibly talented musical friends of mine accompanied by 5 marginally talented bafoons attemping to make music out of anything and everything. Included in this track is a 1980's casio keyboard, accordian, kazoo, banjo, beer bottles, bass, clapping, and lots of booze. Lots of booze. I think its kind of catchy.
The Smoke Alarm Sessions, cont'd. At a very young age, I developed a ginormous crush on DannyKaye. Soooo on a whim, Barry and I decided to take an uber-sweet little quick-talk Frank Loesserduet from one of my favorite DKmovies and rework it into a ballad. We're both in love with it, but it hasn't ever been performed in public yet. Here it is.
It was 1999, I'd just graduated from trackers to fruityloops, and I was listening to a LOT of Warp and Boards Of Canada, and I made this. It's still my favourite, despite being the first tune I ever completed. Tsk.
Here is an oldie but goodie. Originally recorded in 1959 by Phil Phillips, Sea of Love has been covered by many over the years. This is my take on it that I recorded for my girlfriend as a birthday present a few weeks ago. Short and sweet.
A wonderfully sloppy version of an old Irish folk tune, recorded for the laugh, wherin an old man goes into a pub and is told to hit the road until he produces a shilling and is told to stay til morning!
My favorite jazz standard, done as a solo acoustic guitar piece. Apologies for the audio clipping at 2:02.
(For some reason, the MeFi audio preview is playing it in a lower key and slightly slower; I'm not sure how to fix this, so I'll leave it as is.)
I recently dislocated my shoulder, and assumed music was out of the picture for a month or two. But I was getting pissed off at not playing, and discovered if I capoed everything up really high and didn't play anything too fancy, my arm could handle short bursts of pickin'. So I made a simple song, part French and part English.
Hi, This is not what you can call a song : rather a collection of recordings pasted together. As in the Real Book, some standards are included. But this track also includes sounds taken from the real world, like a street scene, or rehearsals. It is a deliberate effort to try to match apparently unrelated recordings, from different sources. The Real Book, paradoxically, features charts for some idealistic land. Here, I wanted to use sounds both from the inside (music) and from the outside (raw field recordings) to see how ironically they are related and to provide some contrast. What you're about to hear : a saxophone playing Don Quichotte, a late night Dulcinea, two versions of a standard, and guitar comments.