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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]
posted by Sokka shot first on Jun 10, 2017 - 3 comments

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.
posted by saulgoodman on Jun 10, 2017 - 2 comments

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]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Apr 26, 2017 - 11 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

A Lot Like Math

Demo of a punk song about my kid. [more inside]
posted by Maaik on Feb 22, 2017 - 2 comments

You Must Build a Fire

A fast and dirty lofi cover of a beautiful song originally by Crooked Fingers that's meant a lot of different things to me at different times in life. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Feb 1, 2017 - 2 comments

Humbler than Thou

Yesterday I sat down behind the old Roland VR drum kit I passed down to my son at Christmas this year to adjust the hardware and give the set up a test run. I recorded a quick video of myself improvising a little groove, but later in the evening, I couldn't help myself and came back to the recording and used a free multitracking app on my phone to record some ridiculous overdubs. The sound quality is awful, of course, but this was a lot of fun to make and really helped me keep my spirits up yesterday on coronation day. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Jan 21, 2017 - 5 comments

Prior Conviction

I made a really janky demo of a dumb pop punk song I wrote years ago and then a friend of mine laid down drums for it [more inside]
posted by Maaik on Jan 18, 2017 - 5 comments

Thoughts in B-flat

In the past couple of weeks, I found myself going back to a piece that I'd started working on a few years ago -- probably because it's in a slower triple meter that's somewhat calming for me. This is a condensed one-minute version, featuring piano and guitar, for the 60 Seconds and Under #2 MeFi Music Challenge. [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Nov 23, 2016 - 3 comments

Chimes & Oatmeal

Here's my submission (finally) for the assignment I got for the Great Raffle Request Challenge a few years back. The request: "Record a song (cover or original) on an instrument you don't really know how to play." This one's for Secretariat! [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Nov 17, 2016 - 9 comments

Limes from Lemonade (lo-fi demo)

This is a lo-fi demo of a new song I wrote recently. It was an experiment in seeing what I could sketch out with the least effort just using my phone. I doubled and harmonized with my own vocals in the chorus, but didn't have any multitracking software on my phone to do it, so I used a freeware app that let me record and mix a second vocal as input to the waveform of my original performance. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Sep 27, 2016 - 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

Back to You #dreampop #shoegaze

When Sonic Youth surprised the whole world by pulling off the most amazing cover of a song by The Carpenters ever (I couldn't really fathom listening to any of the originals, to tell the truth), who would've thought what a big impact their version of 'Superstar' would have had. Still to this day, this songs is constantly referenced whenever people speak about Sonic Youth. Here's presenting one track with a similar vibe. 'Back to You' by Ummagma [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 4, 2015 - 3 comments

Black Rabbit

A friend of mine lost her pet black rabbit recently. A conversation about it led to me digging out this old (c. 2007?) recording. [more inside]
posted by howfar on Feb 4, 2015 - 2 comments

Beautiful Micro Disco

Well, what you've really got here is 'Beautiful Moment' by Ummagma, which is a lofi acoustic/electronic blend with passionate and melodic male vocals and also 'Micro Macro', which begins in neo-ethno-folk territory but ends up with a burst of indietronica. To boot, here is Ummagma 'Lama (Irregular Disco Workers Remix)' to really throw a wrench in this acoustic lofi approach to making music :)
posted by Brodyaga on Jan 5, 2015 - 0 comments

Menya Twayne

A psychedelic trance inspired by scrambled eggs and geometry. [more inside]
posted by BHPSTR on Jul 28, 2014 - 0 comments

Beautiful Moment

I recall watching John Waters movies in my teenage years and always thinking, THIS is the soundtrack to not only my but millions of people's teenage years. Well, this song is the soundtrack to a peaceful blissful moment, based on the moment when it was created, every time I hear it. Hope you will also enjoy.
posted by Brodyaga on Jun 19, 2014 - 3 comments

Balkanofellini

If you are anything like me, you sit in awe during all the 'musical moments' laced throughout any Fellini film (music composed by Nino Rota). Combine that with the unexplainable excitement during those lively Balkan snippets of any memorable scene of most Emir Kusturica films… that is what this song feels like… to me anyways.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 24, 2014 - 3 comments

River Town

Tides and lilts, ebbs and flows. Something romantic, yet superfluous permeates 'River Town', with a spacious element opening up for sweepingly dreamy female vocals. At least that's how we see this Ummagma track. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 11, 2014 - 2 comments

The Calm Kiev

We once used to wonder what it would sound like to whip up a healthy feisty mix of dream pop and hip hop - rap and now, thanks to this tasty earbite, we have an idea. Definitely taking a walk on the dark side, underlined by both the music and vocals, this is still definitely worth the listen.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 10, 2014 - 1 comment

Back To You

In the spirit of "Superstar" by legendary art-punk band Sonic Youth (who were covering The Carpenters chart-breaking track), here is 'Back to You'. Sonically similar, but content-wise very different. No superstar imagery from the perspective of a groupie here. Just some self-searching and hopefully grounding elements. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 5, 2014 - 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

Escritiore Conundrum

An old thing that's been sitting too long, I envision this as the music playing in your head when you've gone to bed, can't sleep, and have gotten back up and gone back to your workspace to crunch on that ONE odd thing that's been bugging you about your latest project. [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on Oct 13, 2013 - 1 comment

Appear Amid

Song from 2010. I think this was the peak of my abilities in trying to make my whistling sound like some sort of saw/e-bow/loon combo. Identical guitar part to the end of my song Apfel Augen. Whistling with stairwell reverb, guitar, and a couple pulsing effects I added in a just-now-at-3am-we'll-see-what-it-sounds-like-in-the-morning fever.
posted by Corduroy on Jan 11, 2013 - 2 comments

Taxi in Cairo

A return to lo-fi, less-than-a-minute songs as my laptop mic coughs up its last breaths. New songs played with Ouds and recorded on nicer microphones coming soon! [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Nov 19, 2012 - 4 comments

ian curtis' bathroom surprise

Oh shit. I lost the power supply to the br-532 in the move, so to be econimical i got a br-800 which arrived this week.. i recorded all this within the last 2 hours and about a half hour ago realized i had no idea how to get it off the damn thing. turns out it was the same way as the 532 but to make a short story short used the mixing on the 800 and um.. here we go.. straight off the br-800.. also played bass for the first time in 500 years
posted by xorry on Aug 31, 2012 - 3 comments

Let Down

Lofi Computer stumbles on.
posted by cortex on Aug 2, 2012 - 4 comments

Exit Music (for a Film)

Another track from Lofi Computer. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 1, 2012 - 2 comments

Karma Police

Here there be sludge. [more inside]
posted by DaDaDaDave on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 comments

Paranoid Android

The epic second track off the Roddy's O-Face record. It's pretty hefty compared to the rest of the songs, so make sure you can handle a solid minute and forty five seconds. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 comments

Airbag

Sweet, I tracked down the opening track off Lofi Computer. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 30, 2012 - 0 comments

Subterranean Homesick Alien

In the six months they were together, Roddy's O-Face went through three bassists, the last of whom insisted on being called "The Colonel" at all times. This was a song about the town they were all going to high school in. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 comments

Karma Police

Here's another Roddy's O-Face track off their Lofi Computer album! If I remember right, Ned wrote this one, and it's about his ex-girlfriend's cop dad and the time he drew a magic marker Hitler stache on her at a party when she passed out, or something like that. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 12, 2012 - 10 comments

No Surprises

As recorded in Tom's mom's garage by the infamously unfamous punk ingenues Roddy's O-Face. From their first and only album, Lofi Computer. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 11, 2012 - 14 comments

two princes

February Challenge - "What was the first single you ever bought?" [more inside]
posted by dubold on Feb 7, 2012 - 9 comments

Millimeters of Mercury — Contemplation

mmHg says chill.
posted by dacre on Feb 5, 2012 - 0 comments

Whiter Shade of Pale (cover)

Lofi acoustic waltz version: piano, drums, harmonica, solo vox. The song adapts surprisingly to 3/4 time. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 30, 2011 - 14 comments

Higher!!!

See, I think about weird stuff. Like, what would happen if you combined Creed and (a really sloppy, tuneless version of) The Buzzcocks? Heh, well, you'd get the Creedcocks, wouldn't you? And you know, I think they might sound a little something like this... [more inside]
posted by DaDaDaDave on May 12, 2011 - 8 comments

Wicked Little Town (cover)

One of my favorite tunes from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, given the super lofi iPhone Fourtrack treatment. Guitar, melodica, piano, drums. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 7, 2011 - 4 comments

The Sound Remains the Flame

Just playing around with an open C6 tuning, which always makes me think of Led Zeppelin.
posted by BigHeartedGuy on Mar 10, 2011 - 0 comments

Them's The Pits

Educated clowns need no monkey suits to entertain the crowds.

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posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 19, 2011 - 2 comments

Steam Stove

This is a song from the batch I recorded when I recorded Cold Dip and It Could Always Be Early. It has an absolutely ludicrous number of tracks for a song that has nothing but guitars and harmony, and I feel the need to just release it and see how others react to it. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Feb 8, 2011 - 2 comments

rock and roll

one. two.
posted by By The Grace of God on Jan 3, 2011 - 4 comments

Silver Lining

A low fi version of the Stiff Little Fingers song that somehow feels appropriate for this New Year. [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie on Dec 31, 2010 - 0 comments

Piano

Hard to believe, but I've been here 3 years and 3 days. So, I just got a bunch of my earliest recordings from my dad's computer so I thought I'd post this one from when I was 17 to mark the occasion. Creatively titled "Piano" because of the extended use various E keys on my mom's piano. Definitely wear headphones, secret bonus track at the end. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Dec 27, 2010 - 1 comment

Pink Saturday

The horns in this bouncy lo-fi surf-garage number? Synthesized. But the off-key backup vocals? They're real.
posted by allaboutgeorge on Oct 14, 2010 - 4 comments

the two of us

I had a few hours to myself this morning and wrote this song. [more inside]
posted by dobie on Sep 11, 2010 - 12 comments

Your Little One Way Street

Once again it's the Tomato Can Sanza (run through my trusty el-cheapo pitch shifter) in action, in another tune from my set at the 2010 Sengawa Jazz/Art Festival in Tokyo. Video at YouTube. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 12, 2010 - 0 comments

Follow Alexandria

A song from our band Thous & Thees [more inside]
posted by multivalent on Jun 30, 2010 - 2 comments

Mutations

My band MYELIN SHEATHS has a LP coming out, and this is the first song on the record! ROCK! [more inside]
posted by Quartermass on May 30, 2010 - 12 comments

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