June 14

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]


May 19

Like Math

The finished version of a song I posted back in February. Way louder this time around. Just thought y'all might be interested in hearing how this progressed once I got real drums, bass and guitar on it. It feels like I recorded that original demo at once yesterday and a million years ago. More of this kind of thing here.


04 - ninja star by vampire deer

war cry [more inside]


May 18

First Guess

This is an organically assembled doodle recorded to test a Ubuntu Studio laptop conversion. [more inside]


May 16

03 11.58 - vampire deer

does anybody really know what time it is? [more inside]


May 15

Mouth of the Coldest Seas

A tribute to the ancient hidden source of all cold seas and those that watch over it. With vocals by my friend who sings in an actual early music choir! It's also got square waves, organs, and sometimes ambiguous chords.


May 13

The Elevator Clown

From the 12-21-14 Carbon 7 session Inter-Sol-Stice. We went from meeting every couple of months down to 1 or 2 a year, & I fell behind in mixing, so this was somewhat of a forgotten session. A minor epic at 18 minutes, but it holds together. [more inside]


May 11

02 my buddy cain - vampire deer

he's everybody's buddy, just ask him [more inside]


May 9

Birds

Long time no tunes! A simple tune on the classical guitar, sketched out after my daily struggle to learn Chopin & Satie songs. Birds, for interest.


Antisustinance

My high school days, come back to haunt me. I was such a metalhead back then, and not a very good producer so don't bank too much on sound quality. [more inside]


May 8

01 vermont sunrise - vampire deer

another album, vermont sunrise, starts with a song about escapism, which never really works, does it? at least that's what all the old hippies say [more inside]


May 4

Siciliano (BACH)

Change of pace. Flute & piano. This was recorded while rehearsing before playing it as the prelude to a church service. [more inside]


First Respronger

Short bouncy instrumental [more inside]


May 1

After You

Kind of a Bossa nova joint for last week's SongFight deal. [more inside]


1381 GSS (Demo)

Home demo for a forthcoming studio production. A love song from a photo resolution target in the Mojave desert to the aerial reconnaissance pilot flying overhead. [more inside]


April 28

my idea 21

Quick song recorded this morning on Music Memo with (automatically added) bass and drums, and some synthesizers and (fair warning) voice-cracking singing. [more inside]


April 26

The Leaving of Liverpool

I had a great time collaborating with billiebee on a cover of this traditional folk song/sea shanty. The goal was to record a simple arrangement that was different from the more lively covers out there -- to borrow billiebee's phrase, a gentler version. I'm hoping our rendition highlights the lovely melody of the song. [more inside]


April 22

One More About Face 2

A basically complete track from a planned upcoming album (which will also include Where No One Has Gone Before), partly to get feedback and partly just to light a fire under my ass to keep working on the damn thing and maybe finish it this year. As indicated by the title, it's the second (of 3) songs planned for the album titled "One More About Face." [more inside]


April 19

Optimist

Kind of a dirtier, dronier, shoutier version of this demo I did a while back. [more inside]


April 17

Sleepwalker (Cover)

"Maybe I could be the one they adore—that could be my reputation." I had The Wallflowers' "Sleepwalker" in my head earlier and decided to learn the chords and record it. [more inside]


April 16

Starving (Cover)

"Something inside me's changed—I was so much younger yesterday." I learned and recorded this cover of Hailee Steinfeld's "Starving" in a half hour one afternoon last month. [more inside]


pace

Another night and I can pick up where I left off today Another drink and I will sleep right, and the dreams will stay away I thought about what I should do now but I'd rather stay in and keep out from the cold ...you know I'd rather be alone murmurs...


Man Of Fantasy

My high school band, Avatar. We wrote this in 1979 when we were 17, recorded at a one-off reunion in 1986. [more inside]


April 9

1994, 4 Track, Crappy Sound, Surah Song

Old recording on a four track with shitty mics. Attempt at being experimental many years ago. Surah was from a very old recording. Created after many early mornings in Ahmedabad.


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