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Asleep at the Knife

Turns out my version of the serenity prayer involves a lot more quantum sci-fi and psycho-killer imagery. Been working on this for a good while, trying to figure out how to program drums for a slow 6/8 time. Pretty happy with how it finally came together, but I'd love some pointers. Still worried it's a bit too saturated, but that's kinda my MO. Lyrics in the fold. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Oct 16, 2017 - 1 comment

Take It With You

Re-Recording of a song I wrote some 20 years ago. Happy Sad Spacey Dream Pop.
posted by Annika Cicada on Jul 2, 2017 - 2 comments

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.
posted by Maaik on May 19, 2017 - 7 comments

The Killing Floor

This is a really rough early home studio demo of a song in development for my new recording project, The Wishing Well Divers' "Tragicomic Americana." Ironically, just as I've been working on this song, which thematically concerns stigmitization and marginalization, and well, being face down on the floor, I had a health scare last night that left me literally face down on the bathroom floor for a half hour. I've got no job, health insurance, family support, or cash cushion right now, so this song has taken on new personal meanings for me just since I started recording it a couple of days ago, with new worries about health problems and their potential to make it harder to find work and insurance. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Mar 31, 2017 - 5 comments

My Secret Marilyn Monroe

About 24 years ago, between 1992--1995 or so, I played in a popular art rock band in Panama City, Florida, called Killing Darlings. An old friend recently gave me access to his stash of the lo-fi recordings we produced over the years with that band, and this is one of them. There's a longer playlist of recovered tracks over here on Sound Cloud. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Sep 12, 2016 - 5 comments

The First Kiss

Pretty guitars and synths and lots of delay and a deep and lovely bass line to boot.
posted by Annika Cicada on Aug 9, 2016 - 4 comments

Instance - go with it

Here's the B side "go with it" from my latest project, Instance. [more inside]
posted by Annika Cicada on Aug 3, 2016 - 5 comments

Way Back

Some kind of indie rock song. [more inside]
posted by TheNegativeInfluence on Jul 12, 2016 - 3 comments

H. Factor

Some of the most inspiring music out there focuses on the positive elements of humankind and society, blah blah blah. But there comes a time when even musicians' gearing towards that tendency get fed up and write something outside of their 'regular' thematic 'boundaries'. This seems to be the case with this Ummagma song. Enjoy and visit the band on Facebook...
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 10, 2015 - 2 comments

Balkanofellini + bonus @Ummagma

There is one thing that I really admire in certain artists and that is flexibility. I love it when a band can perform across a spectrum of genres and especially when they manage to pull it off well. Starting out with Ummagma's Balkanofellini, which seems appropriately named when you envision those awesome soundtracks to all of Federico Fellini's films (by Nino Rota), combined with all the Balkan eclecticism of Emir Kusturica's films (soundtrack by Goran Bregović). Well there you have it. A hybrid. Thought you might also like a few quick offerings of other Ummagma tracks, so here is Human Factora">, Risky, NIMBY, and Upsurd, Orion, BFD and Outside
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 8, 2015 - 0 comments

stupid sexy monsters

Punked up waltz about how to avoid bedbugs. Still a little iffy on how the vocals are mixed. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jul 6, 2014 - 2 comments

Merry Xmas

Did my best Yo La Tengo impression for this misanthropic (and so timely!) track about the holidays. [more inside]
posted by grumpybear69 on May 16, 2014 - 4 comments

Ambiguous Sense of the Future

Powerful swirling and driving full sonic force, enveloped in a mishmash of postrock, shoegaze, and noise rock. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 20, 2014 - 1 comment

BFD

Eastern European countries are home to remarkably sounding native folk music, and it is particularly welcome when any element, or even remnant, of that is mixed in with any form modern music. What a grande fusion it can be. That is what we feel happened with this song.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 16, 2014 - 2 comments

Pick me Up

Surprisingly jaunty for us, with a descent into ultra-fast strumming at the end. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Apr 9, 2014 - 3 comments

Sredni Vashtar - The Loop

Four chords, a guitar loop and loping drums. Trying to keep things simple for once. More here.
posted by srednivashtar on Jan 19, 2014 - 5 comments

Brilliant Pebbles

Another rough and ready rehearsal recording from Sredni Vashtar [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Jan 10, 2014 - 2 comments

White Light Music Night

Late night and off-kilter, a love song for the otherwise apathetic. Recorded at rehearsal in South London by Sredni Vashtar and then (lightly) polished. One day we'd like to record this properly (do the vocals properly for example). One day. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Dec 28, 2013 - 1 comment

Titry

Actors are always celebrated for their chameleonic ability to change characters and roles. Ummagma possesses this quality, among a small number of shape-shifting bands currently out there. This song is very different from anything else created by Ummagma. Hope you enjoy this. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 22, 2013 - 3 comments

Photographer

There is such a thing as light-imbued melancholy. This song shows that @Ummagma is among a cozy handful of bands nowadays who seem to thrive on achieving that combination. You can find Ummagma here too. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 17, 2013 - 3 comments

Human Factor (revisited)

The lyrics to this Ummagma song seem very timely considering what is happening in the world these days, with a bed of music that drums up intensity. You might particularly enjoy the ending.
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 12, 2013 - 0 comments

Flame

Recorded at rehearsal by Radiateur [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Oct 14, 2013 - 1 comment

Fibonacci

Another venture into songwriting from our band, radiateur. This one is a Frankenstein song comprising of riffs and motifs written over the years and assembled at leisure. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Sep 9, 2013 - 3 comments

BFD

Reminiscent of the Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest contribution to the film "Strange Days", this Ummagma track offers an eclectic earful of modernity meets tradition, complete with Carpathian whistle and balanced out with successive male and female vocals. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 4, 2013 - 0 comments

Back to You

Somewhat reminiscent of Sonic Youth's cover of the Carpenters' "Superstar", this song still seems to have a unique quality all of its own. When we recorded this Ummagma track, we didn't know about that cover but since then, this has been the feedback received and we also feel a similarity there too. What do you think? I'm also posting the lyrics here. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 30, 2013 - 0 comments

Sometimes With You

Sometimes with you, I forget myself and laugh! (headphones recommended) [more inside]
posted by IngeChiles on Aug 30, 2011 - 0 comments

Virgin Ears & Old Man Lies

This is my attempt at a GBV-style rocker. I put a guitar solo at the end as (kind of) a goof. I hope the musical irony gods will forgive me. Mixing this was a real bitch. I think I could go back and mix this 20 more times and still not be happy, but I gotta let it go. Any specific mixing/EQ advice on this is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Feb 23, 2011 - 2 comments

Corporate Culture

I don't hate my job. Really, I don't. [more inside]
posted by hamfisted on Sep 23, 2009 - 2 comments

Forget Regret

song about drugs & cops &tc [more inside]
posted by nutate on Sep 21, 2009 - 2 comments

U

An love letter to the letter "U" [more inside]
posted by raisindebt on Apr 30, 2009 - 8 comments

In A Room

Cover I did hastily yesterday afternoon of The House of Love's beautiful song "In A Room". [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Mar 28, 2009 - 3 comments

Forcefield

The power of passive aggression, in song form. Meant for listening loud in headphones, although what isn't?
posted by snofoam on Nov 8, 2008 - 4 comments

Cinematheque

An old New Blind National's song from when we were listening to a lot of Spoon. [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Aug 4, 2008 - 2 comments

'Til We're Dead

I think I managed to write a somewhat upbeat song! Well, upbeat if you ignore the title and lyrics. It's got: hammond organ, celesta, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and some epic "Woo-oo-oooh" back up vocals.
posted by inoculatedcities on May 26, 2008 - 18 comments

Memory Hole

A sad/angry song about the place where all the things we'd rather forget end up. Inspired by MeFi politics filter, where I was first introduced to the concept of "the memory hole," which in turn gave rise to this song. (This is a redux post after I accidentally posted an old mix before.) [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Apr 28, 2008 - 9 comments

Change Your Plans

I think this has potential, I just don't really know where to go with it. So for the moment, I'm posting it and moving on.
posted by thepressdelete on Jan 12, 2008 - 9 comments

I Love Tea Parties on the Ceiling

An old song based on this scene from Mary Poppins that I told melissa may I'd post a long time ago. [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Dec 7, 2007 - 11 comments

Faster Peach

Your eyes, diamonds rough as a fist, chipped away. [more inside]
posted by melissa may on Dec 6, 2007 - 9 comments

Some Shady Leaves

Tender love song with an intriguing, unusual structure
posted by Afroblanco on Sep 6, 2007 - 2 comments

The Marching Glum

Navelgazer and I are in a Brooklyn-based indie-rock band called The Olivers. This past weekend, we recorded 7 songs for our new album. This one is called The Marching Glum. Please let us know what you think - we are curious as to how people will like our new material. (previously : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
posted by Afroblanco on Jul 23, 2007 - 11 comments

Chivalry

The second recording of my first visit to my school's media center. It's a song idea that I've been toying with for a long, long time. It's in 7/4... if you like that sort of thing.
posted by tmcw on Mar 9, 2007 - 3 comments

Face The Music (Tony Danza)

I forget why Tony Danza was in this song title, but man have you ever seen that guy naked? This is another rockist song from my old band New Blind Nationals. It's got the three guitar attack but with a pulsing disco bass line underneath. I'd like to pretend that Franz Ferdinand stole their best ideas from me while I was sleeping.
posted by drezdn on Mar 2, 2007 - 3 comments

Tanks and Planes

Another song from my old band, this one mixes balladry with a hardcore influence. Noteworthy because it's one of the few songs I named (after a misremembered Radio Shack game from the 80s that I never actually played).
posted by drezdn on Feb 23, 2007 - 2 comments

Dissent

This arrangement still needs some embellishment, though I think it works okay as is. Probably one of my better vocal turns.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 22, 2007 - 3 comments

End of the Good Songs

Another jangly guitar thing in the style of say Built to Spill from my old band New Blind Nationals, this one would jokingly close sets on occasion (it also has one of my favorite bass parts)
posted by drezdn on Feb 21, 2007 - 3 comments

Sturtevant By Night

Three guitars and a teensy bit of aggression in this song by my old band New Blind Nationals.
posted by drezdn on Feb 20, 2007 - 5 comments

Cancer Patient

Mmm, 6/8 time... The vocal's less questionable than the other songs I've posted, but it is quite raspy in places because I ended up doing it in a couple takes after already having spent an hour two whipping the screamy bits of M.A.D. into shape, so my voice was a bit shot.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 18, 2007 - 4 comments

M.A.D.

WE CAN DO THE MUTUALLY-ASSURED DESTRUCTION
posted by sparkletone on Feb 16, 2007 - 4 comments

Used Up

A slow bouncy pop song from my old band, New Blind Nationals
posted by drezdn on Feb 16, 2007 - 7 comments

Invocation

A long time ago, this song used to have words. They were super lame. Now it makes for a good guitar freak out. The drums were the first thing I ever made in Ableton Live. Doing the tempo changes at the end in Live was a pain (but I still love you, Live!). I think the drums sound a bit stiff and robotic (in a bad way), but it's still about the best I can do with real drum sounds. The vocal's a bit dodgy, but is Good Enough For Now.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 15, 2007 - 7 comments

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