July 29

I never said I'd stay

Warm, mellow vocals, guitar, fiddle. My first post!

04 - down in downtown - vampire deer

downtown, no finer place for sure downtown, everything's waiting for you [more inside]

July 25

03 no one gets away - vampire deer

under heavy manners [more inside]

July 24

02 the future - vampire deer

perhaps no future was the optimist view [more inside]

July 23

Memories in Waves

Just some piano.

July 19

Voyager '86

A synthy jam about the magic of summer, youth and minivans.

01 miss misery - vampire deer

new album is called no rain - this song's about someone who's not winning [more inside]

July 16

Things Are Pretty Awful Now

Next time I see you, it's on me.

July 9

Depression Groove

This gloomy synth jam was made on an airplane and finished late at night in my parents' home during an emotionally complicated visit. [more inside]

July 8

Elvis Presley Slow Down

A little finger style Elvis Medley. As slow as I could manage.

July 6

fool's gold (manifest gutterpunk)

a rough recording of a song i wrote the other day. inspired by a number of travelers i befriended while bumming around BC. [more inside]

July 4

Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July

A seasonally-appropriate fiddle tune, with solo fiddle triple-tracked but otherwise unprocessed. The fiddle is in DDAD tuning, which I like a lot. [more inside]

Stand With You

My challenge entry, inspired by the many, many threads on the blue that have helped to educate me, and give me the words to talk about my own experiences, and the courage to stand up with people who have less privilege than me. [more inside]

July 2

Take It With You

Re-Recording of a song I wrote some 20 years ago. Happy Sad Spacey Dream Pop.

July 1

But the moderator, while insisting he was not intoxicated...

...could not explain his nudity. [more inside]


A song written for my 4 month old daughter. [more inside]


Lorena is a song from the Civil War era written by Joseph Philbrick Webster. [more inside]

And the Sunrise Welcomes You Home

A short instrumental piece (featuring synth) in which I basically have fun building from a loop. This is my entry for the MeFi Music challenge to submit music inspired by a MeFi post (I Saw This Thing On The Blue And...). Credit actually goes to three MetaFilter-related posts from last month: two MeFi posts by not_on_display and one MeFi Music post by ignignokt; they inspired me to create electronic music again after a decade+ hiatus. [more inside]

June 28

When the Curtains of Night

I'm happy to present my collaboration with not_on_display: this is our version of a neat little tune that was included in The American Songbag (a 1927 folk song collection by Carl Sandburg); the song there was itself derived from a late 19th-century song by William S. Hays. [more inside]

June 25

Good So Bad

This is my take on a song by one of the hosts of [dopey podcast](http://dopeypodcast.com), the one they close out every episode with. Came out kinda like a ska tune somehow. Got my daughters doing a little background vox.

June 23

Excuse Me

Recent Songfight battle; a lipogram: the lyrics can't contain any letter "A." I was eliminated.

June 20

Won't Take Long

A Ramonesy take on a recent Rolling Stones song

June 14


A (very) quick upbeat pop song featuring my baritone acoustic guitar and heaps of songwriting cliches. [more inside]

Anchors Aweigh

Some more punk rock from Spent - Anchors aweigh, pick up and go, anchors aweigh!

June 10

A Small Grey Box Filled With Joy

I made this upbeat, major-key, low-fi-sounding jam entirely on my OP-1, the same gizmo used in these videos. The transitions aren't as good as they could be, but they're definitely a level up for me. The whole thing falls apart at the end in a glorious heap. A good LET'S GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY instrumental. [more inside]

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

A quick and scarcely rehearsed lofi recording of my take on the classic folk standard/gospel/African American spiritual, with an overdubbed chorus and acoustic guitar.

June 9

Heart's Attack

Another demo recording from Spent, this one a punk rock love song.

Intro Jam

from the new Blueshell album [more inside]

June 4

Postcards From Nowhere

This is one of the first songs I've written--a new wavey pop song about a girl who's in love with a guy who may or may not be a serial killer. The song is an exaggerated account of a long-dormant toxic friendship; I was inspired by the Enigma Variations compilations, as well as the podcast My Favorite Murder and the urban legend of Debbie Harry and Ted Bundy. [more inside]

June 3

A Goddamn Avalanche

This is a thrashy proggy tune that's been brewing in my head for a few years. Guitars, bass, drums, and some Korg Minilogue synth giving it a Cult of Luna-ish feel in spots. [more inside]

June 2

Evil Autoplay

I made a garage-y ditty with my kids using a clown car of musical instruments. [more inside]

June 1

Following You

A demo track from Spent about your favorite Facebook friend.

May 29

Down On My Knees

Catchy little punk rock number from my band Spent, straight from the garage. [more inside]

May 28

So Much for the Tolerant Left (Demo)

This song is dedicated to Richard Spencer's unknown assailant. [more inside]

May 27

The Buccaneer Rap

Pirates for Sail brings you the most barnacle-bedecked hip-hop track of the summer, produced by Brad "Seadawg" Podray of the Scurvy Crew! [more inside]

May 25

07 pop pop - vampire deer

it's like one of those things you can't stop thinking of - but i have a car wash heart [more inside]

May 24

True Love Will Find You In The End (Daniel Johnston Cover)

If you know of him, you may have an opinion that Daniel Johnston is a outsider genius, a troubled victim of hipster exploitation, or simply a not-so-typical independent musician who found his audience. If nothing else, his work is irrefutably full of sincerity and emotion. This little piece of his is one of the great American songs. [more inside]

May 22

Ozark Rag (Practice)

Another old fiddle rag interpolated with a new song by Mr. Corwin Bolt. We were all surprised by the ending. I love fiddle rags, and nobody can convince me that they haven't already come back in style. [more inside]

May 21

06 comstock bar - vampire deer

the funny place is i never did find this place again and drive by it over 10 times a year and still can't figure out where it was [more inside]

May 20

05 - the valley - vampire deer

not the official soundtrack [more inside]

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