song 3 of my rpm album, 10 pounds of blues in a 5 pound bag [more inside]
song 2 [more inside]
i did another album for rpm this year - 10 pounds of blues in a 5 pound bag - in this song, i go to work, leave work, meet the president and go back to work and yes, it's all blues this time [more inside]
I, for one, welcome our new 2017 overlords. Written and recorded on a Zoom H4, New Year's Day 2017.
Or what happens when a Deccani wedding band loses the trumpet and discovers the blues. [more inside]
It is tradition among my people to collect 8-bit chiptune soundtracks that contain brilliant music, and learn and arrange them so that others may find joy in their melodic beauty! [more inside]
I went and bought my first resonator guitar yesterday, a Gretsch Honey Dipper (evidence), and this seemed like a good tune to try and break it in on. [more inside]
Mississippi John Hurt- and John Fahey- inspired fingerstyle guitar tune. [more inside]
Acoustic fingerstyle blues instrumental. My first effort at writing a riff blues, and also my first effort at recording. Completed as a final assignment for a Berklee Music MOOC. [more inside]
A glitchy, beat filled song that uses vocals from Grinnin in Your Face by Son House. [more inside]
This is a little fingerstyle blues thing I've been working on for a while, indebted to Mississippi John Hurt and a little bit of John Fahey. [more inside]
My Raffle Request submission. "An over-dramatic, serious blues song about the trials and travails of local politics (like Parks and Rec), featuring lots of crazy citizen requests at public meetings". I wasn't sure about the Parls and Rec. element. I don't watch the show but did take a peek at a vid of an episode which featured a demented public forum. I´ve included the lyrics [more inside]
I dug the old portastudio out of storage and threw together a quick demo of an old classic. I may be redoing a more polished version later, so constructive critiques are welcome. [more inside]
I think I may be kicking off the summer Ziggy Stardust Cover Album project with this intentionally muddy, garage-blues riff off my assigned track. [more inside]
Delta blues cover of Alt-J Breezeblocks. Consider May's challenge: Accepted. [more inside]
Little bluesy tune I made back in 2009 with help from some friendly sheep. For all the flaws in the recording I'm still fond of it. [more inside]
Another from the session that I posted about several days ago. [more inside]
Nasty. Brutish. Shortish. In 5/4. [more inside]
This — and not my post from a year ago — was actually the first sketch of my cover of "Keep Your Hands To Yourself". Be warned, this is not pretty, more like a scribble on a wet napkin than a drawing. It's first-take everything, rushed, and I think it was my first stab at using GarageBand. (Everything before that had been made with Audacity or 4-track.) [more inside]
Ever since I first saw John Lee Hooker's utterly captivating, almost terrifyingly powerful performance of it, I've been a lover of this song. RL Burnside covered it as well. This is my humble (and following those two performances, I really mean that) offering, from a little house in the hills of Nagano prefecture, Japan. Video here.
This is about that weirdo gazillionaire creep who wants to be president. Video of this same performance at YouTube or Vimeo.
Another track from my RPM Challenge album. Kind of a minor mode blues-rock thing. [more inside]
First semi-organized attempt at recording. [more inside]
I've been kicking around the idea doing a cover of this song for years now. Finally, I'm getting around to laying down sketches. [more inside]
A moody one... [more inside]
After seeing the Muppet Movie this weekend, I was reminded of a project I led back in '08 called Doctor Teeth. This Tom Waits arrangement is one of a few recordings we made, despite having never played a show. [more inside]
Needed a break from some other music projects, so here's a little song I put together today that turned out more melancholy than I intended. Hope you enjoy it?
Off of my combo's demo, this is a 12 bar blues I wrote in college, the changes are a little... non-standard. [more inside]
Here's a new recording I made last night. It's a song of my own composition. I feel like it's a strong interpretation, and I think my style is becoming more personal. [more inside]
last song of summer
A 59 second original jazz tune. [more inside]
From deepest Ikebukuro, in the heart of downtown Tokyo, it's the Smoke Benders, trying our damndest to boogie, y'all. Video here.
Pretty straight-up cover of the Zep song. Live rehearsal recording. [more inside]
A little rough, a little raw. Just a little old-time blues instrumental.
Breaking out ye olde Hungarian mouth bow once again for this little number, recorded live at gaijin haunt What the Dickens in Ebisu, Tokyo, on the first day of May in the year of Two Thousand and Eleven. Video here.
Who Hit John tries our hand at this old standard. [more inside]
Live in deepest Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Accompanying myself on my Hungarian mouth bow. Video here.
The one allotted cover for Nasoalmo: a cover of E C Ball's Trials Troubles Tribulations.
song 4 of 10 of cadillac hill
Just in under the wire for September's "transpo" Challenge theme.
Those familiar with relatively obscure early blues, and/or those who've seen the R. Crumb documentary Crumb might know this one, originally recorded in 1930 by Geeshie Wiley. Here's the Ghost Steppers (duo incarnation) performing the tune on August 16, 2010. The one-year-old who was gleefully running about the room and occasionally trying to ascend to the stage may occasionally be heard in this recording. He was damn cute. Video at YouTube.
Another quick composition, in the vein of blues or something. [more inside]
Woke up this morning with a sore throat and my voice about an octave lower than usual so I figured it was time to record a cover of Roger Miller's despicable novelty hit that was #1 on the country charts the day I was born. Despicable because it's a song written from the perspective of a complete cunt. So I brought some self loathing to the table, along with the sore throat and my complete inability to play blues guitar.
Another tune from the same recent Medicine Bone show as this one, with special guest Ken Kawashima on harmonica. Video at YouTube and Vimeo.
From a recent live show with my band, Medicine Bone. The key we did this in wasn't the best for me, so I ended up kinda screaming it. And the recording is dirty and clipping. So, it turned out just about right. Oh, and the best thing is that old buddy Ken Kawashima (hear him with me here, here and here) was in town and graced us with some of his superb blues harpery. Video at YouTube and Vimeo.
Long time listener, first time caller...err...poster. It's a bluesy sort of number in the religious tradition. The recording was done at home with GarageBand. Comments or suggestions on arrangement, recording technique, instrumentation, whatever, appreciated.
Relaxin' at home with my new Marron Glacé Guitar, a diddley bow which was given to me recently by the maker, Mr. Tim Can. Thank you, Tim! Sometimes one string is all you need! Video of this same performance at YouTube.
Another live recording from my new band, Medicine Bone (previously). This is one of band-mate Ken Shima's songs, which he's singing here. I'm on walking drums. I love drumming to this tune. Video of this same performance on YouTube.
This is my other brand new band, the Ghost Steppers. We do old-time, early blues, jug band, mountain music: all traditional stuff, no originals. Here's our rough-and-ready take on an old favorite, originally written and recorded by the Mississippi Sheiks, that's been interpreted by many, many folks over the years. I've changed the lyrics a bit (maybe more than a bit) but that's part of the longstanding folk tradition, of course. Video of this same performance at YouTube here.