64 posts tagged with cover by cortex.
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Halle Hula - live from Hāpuna Beach

Sat down yesterday with my new uke, at a beach on the west cost of the Big Island, to revisit my Cohen/Elvis parody from several years ago.
posted by cortex on Sep 22, 2016 - 4 comments

Always On My Mind (cover)

Resonator and baritone uke, trying to channel Willie Nelson though maybe via John Darnielle a little it turns out. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 24, 2015 - 5 comments

Dark as a Dungeon

An old Merle Travis song that I learned years ago when I first started getting into bluegrass. Another chance to break in the new resonator guitar, and do some fun chorus harmonies. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 16, 2015 - 4 comments

In The Pines

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]
posted by cortex on Jul 10, 2015 - 8 comments

Paranoid Shepard

This is an endlessly rising Radiohead cover vignette; a section from Paranoid Android rises a whole step and repeats itself, and does so again, six times total, before returning to where it started, as a kind of large-scale take on the Shepard tone. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 9, 2015 - 4 comments

The Golden Age (Beck cover)

A synthed out, vocoded take on Beck's extremely non-synthy song off of Sea Change, as an excuse to fiddle around with Reason 8. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 5, 2015 - 6 comments

Carl Sandburg (Sufjan Stevens cover)

threeants' lovely cover of Chicago reminded me of this version of another song off that same album that I recorded ten years ago, and made me realize I never posted it to Music. So here it is! [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 4, 2015 - 2 comments

Your Racist Friend (Y Tori Kant Even)

It's past due for the 25th anniversary of Flood, but here's a cover of They Might Be Giant's Your Racist Friend done roughly in the style of Tori Amos. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 25, 2015 - 12 comments

Istanbul not Constantinople

An extremely hasty rough draft of a They Might Be Giants cover.
posted by cortex on Oct 15, 2014 - 11 comments

It Ain't Easy (Bowie cover)

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]
posted by cortex on Jul 11, 2013 - 21 comments

Another Brick in the Major

Take Another Brick in the Wall parts 1, 2, and 3, jam 'em all into one quick bluegrass shitkicker, throw it into a major key, and you get this. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 20, 2013 - 7 comments

Margaritahell

As made famous by gloomy pirate Jimmy Bummer. E minor with ukulele and guitar. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 16, 2013 - 5 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

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 Dylan

It's well known that Radiohead went to Bob Dylan for inspiration on the title of Subterranean Homesick Alien; it's less well known that they actually lifted the song structure and lyrics themselves from this rare demo recording. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 26, 2012 - 5 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

Hero (cover)

First album I ever bought for myself was Mariah Carey's "Music Box", and it was mostly for the single "Hero". Accordingly, I had to cover that for this month's challenge. I wasn't sure what the hell to do with it, so I recorded an instrumental with: drums, piano, upright bass, melodica, two acoustic guitars, baritone uke, banjo, harmonica, another harmonica in a different key, some flute thing I found, thumb piano, and theremin and also some more theremin, almost all of those just playing improvised melody takes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 29, 2012 - 15 comments

I Can't Help Falling in Love with You (cover)

This corny old thing just crept into my head this morning and I decided to record it, all quiet and romantic like. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 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

Everything I Do (I Dun Fer You)

Some rollicking bluegrass as a spoon to the heart of Bryan Adams, Kevin Costner, and basically that whole period of the early 90s. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 9, 2011 - 22 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

Silent Night

Extremely spartan recording, for me. Vox, piano, a simple vox harmony, and a melodica solo. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 22, 2010 - 2 comments

Have Yourself a Walken Little Christmas

A special encore performance by Christopher Walken and the Lounge Fellas.
posted by cortex on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 comments

Strange Attraction (Cure cover)

Uptempo garage rock take on the chimey classic. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 27, 2010 - 1 comment

I'm Looking Through You (Beatles cover)

So scody had a medical adventure today, which got me thinking about how awesome scody is and how much I enjoyed hanging out with her and being music dorks in LA last fall, and this is one of the songs I remember really enjoying during our drunken singalongery. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 31, 2010 - 14 comments

Town in a Lake

My loud sloppy garage rock version of Jessamyn's song about Randolph being in a lake. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 15, 2010 - 12 comments

Heart of Glass

A busy, silly, energetic million-things-going-on-at-once cover of the Blondie song that was #1 the day I was born. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 1, 2010 - 20 comments

La Isla Bonita (cover)

This just kind of happened. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 30, 2010 - 9 comments

Don't Stop Kazooin'

Journey's Don't Stop Believin' as a kazoo quartet improvisation. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 29, 2010 - 20 comments

You Got It (bluegrass cover)

Roy Orbison gets the lofi FourTrack treatment. This is pretty rough stuff, but has convinced me that with some care You Got It could be a fucking tremendous bluegrass number. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 28, 2010 - 2 comments

Hotel California (cover)

An abbreviated acoustic take on the done-to-death Eagles song, on uke, banjo, upright, and brushes. Another breakneck iPhone/FourTrack recording. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 27, 2010 - 11 comments

Kids (MGMT cover)

Another loud, sloppy, first-takes-only FourTrack cover. One of my favorite earworms, though I should really have listened to it a few times to figure out how the verses go. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 26, 2010 - 4 comments

Runaway Train (Soul Asylum cover)

The break-neck lo-fi fest continues with this cover of a song I just loved to death back in high school. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 16, 2010 - 7 comments

Complicated (Avril cover)

I still don't know why exactly I just did this, but here is a deeply lo-fi cover of Avril Lavigne's Complicated, from vague memory and sight-read lyrics, on an iPhone using the Sonoma Wireworks/retronyms application FourTrack. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 15, 2010 - 12 comments

Where Is My Mind

Pixies cover, with the debut of my new theremin (and a little bit of my new cowbell). [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 3, 2010 - 16 comments

Femme Fatale (VU+N cover)

Now with less German supermodel. Plus, I play drums! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 28, 2009 - 10 comments

Femme Fatale

As realized by the Christopher Walken & The Lounge Fellas. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 7, 2009 - 23 comments

Acappellujah

It's still June for another hour and seventeen minutes, server time. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 30, 2009 - 5 comments

Zimmerlujah

An attempt to anger both Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 19, 2009 - 11 comments

Hillbillujah

This is the soundtrack to a movie about Leonard Cohen going on a rafting trip in rural Appalachia. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 18, 2009 - 15 comments

Halle Hula

When Elvis Met Leonard. Nothing but uke, vox, and questionable taste. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 17, 2009 - 45 comments

Brubekujah

Stealing the 5/4 shuffle from Take Five and injecting it into Leonard Cohen: non-trivial. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 11, 2009 - 23 comments

Hallelujah, Hoarse (cover)

I thought I'd take one for the team and kick off June's "Cover Hallelujah" Music challenge. This is a scratch recording I made about a year ago when I was home sick and had lost most of my voice. If you ever wanted to hear Excessively Husky-Voiced Cortex, this is your chance. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 4, 2009 - 15 comments

Monotonethumping

An attempt to create a recording of the late-90s boozehound anthem Tubthumping that sounds as flat and obnoxious as the hundredth chorus of fratboys singing along with it did by the end of that decade. Happy St. Paddy's Day!
posted by cortex on Mar 17, 2009 - 15 comments

Creep (acoustic STP cover)

My attempt to exorcise some high school nostalgia. The lyrics are as dumb as they always were, but now there's banjo and mandolin! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 3, 2009 - 14 comments

O Superman (cover)

Here's an attempt to cover O Superman without copying it; no synths, no vocoders, no sampling or looping. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 11, 2009 - 24 comments

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