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(Another) Sunny Day

This has been the worst winter in 20 years where I am. It's still snowing horizontally as I speak. So I wrote a summer song as a big middle finger to the damn cold. [more inside]
posted by sweet mister on Mar 15, 2014 - 2 comments

 

Everything Begins (1992 demo by Shrimp Tractor)

I've been digitizing some cassettes, and found this, which I'd COMPLETELY forgotten. It was the first time I had ever set foot in a recording studio, and the first song of mine that ever got recorded properly. Story inside. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jun 26, 2013 - 0 comments

Friday Harbor

Sailing Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands [more inside]
posted by Annika Cicada on May 25, 2013 - 0 comments

Womankind (demo)

In June 2010, I posted a song called Womankind. I was just digging through some old demo recordings and found the demo for this song. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Apr 24, 2013 - 0 comments

Underfoot

This was a fast and dirty demo I made up to teach my band the song. Kinda like how it came out, so I figured I'd throw it up here. Nice little garage rock tune. Nifty synths. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Feb 1, 2013 - 2 comments

Hold On To Love (simplified version)

I decided to rearrange this song that I posted before to take out some of the crazy modulation and make it more straightforward. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 10, 2012 - 4 comments

Move On (What you got?)

This is a balls out little rush of a song that I came up with on my iPhone of all places. After I got the first line I realized it was going to have to continue in the same vein so I went over to AskMe for help. I just meant this to be a rough sketch but I ended up liking the feel of it even though it's ridiculously ragged. The song's a sort of statement of intent, I guess. Equal parts Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick and the Stones, more or less. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Apr 27, 2012 - 14 comments

Carnival of Lies

One-take before-pants demo of a cynical little song that's been buzzing round in my head recently. Video here. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 comments

Girl on a Swing (Ballad of a Cavalryman)

This is a super-rough demo of a song I wrote yesterday for the 'Has Been for Years' song fight. It's a gothic little waltz using a resonator guitar, told from the point of view of a trooper in the 7th cavalry who was killed at Little Big Horn while waiting to be relieved by Reno's troops. Recorded before I put my pants on, for the challenge. Video proof is here. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 18, 2011 - 5 comments

Schwankfeld's Blues

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]
posted by Gygesringtone on Oct 14, 2011 - 4 comments

Rock, Paper, Scissors

I've been trying to come up with a love story titled ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS for a movie, but this fell out instead. Video link inside. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Apr 7, 2011 - 6 comments

Blue Sketch #1

A demo of a composition of my own I'm working on. If you've got ideas on direction or structure or whatever, comments are welcome. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Jan 11, 2011 - 1 comment

The Pink Raincoat

It's really freakin' hard to write a song about someone you weren't in love with. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 7, 2010 - 4 comments

Flying Over

The year is 1996. I'm in my neighbor's tiny basement studio. I am making my first remotely professional recording. I am earnest. I am 17 years old. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 2, 2010 - 6 comments

From the River to the Sea

A rough mix of a song in progress. Constructive criticism sought! [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jun 30, 2010 - 4 comments

Eastern Legend

Mrs. Archivist and I are collaborating on musical project. Recording includes acoustic and electric guitars, synths, traps, accordion, and cello. [more inside]
posted by archivist on Jun 26, 2010 - 2 comments

Back on my Back Again

Another slice of 1995 Big Star/Television influenced indie ephemera from my 4-track cassette box. I still really love this guitar riff and the herky jerky power pop stuff at the end of the chorus. A song about not wanting someone to feel bad for dumping you. When I first heard Sloan, I thought 'man, they stole my sound' although really we both stole Velvet Crush's. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jun 12, 2010 - 3 comments

Darker Shade of Blue

Another semi-autobiographical 1995 slice of cheerful melancholia. But a pretty guitar riff and one of my favorite choruses to sing, even if I never really could hit the last note. There's an electric version of this with more of a Big Star / Matthew Sweet feel, but darned if I can find it and anyway I like this one. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 25, 2010 - 2 comments

Circles

Really old demo recording that I recently found on a decaying tape. [more inside]
posted by chococat on May 9, 2010 - 16 comments

WT Fuck

A rehearsal demo of a rejiggered older song, meant for my Irish-American garage band, The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Apr 7, 2010 - 0 comments

Do You Kiss My Girlfriend With That Mouth

A whole lot of naughty in two minutes in this practice demo for my Irish-American band, The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Apr 4, 2010 - 0 comments

Uh Uh

Another RPM demo, this one a super-upbeat thing about neurotic fears about what one's ex is getting up to. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 13, 2010 - 10 comments

Sleep in the temple

I recorded my first band. ( Nessie James & The Unknowns) Was my first paid studio gig time. This is the 2nd mix of sorts. Still more to add. [more inside]
posted by american caesar on Oct 29, 2009 - 1 comment

Andrita Street

Demo for a song about my neighborhood here in Los Angeles...with mouth trumpet!
posted by ford and the prefects on Aug 21, 2009 - 2 comments

snake (demo)

Another entry in my recent demo series of posts. I posted a not-quite-done version of the track here, featuring piano and overly heavy drums. It's a song about the old classic video game "Snake". I'm sure I'll revisit the "proper" recording some day, but in the meantime, this is a nice performance. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Aug 7, 2009 - 3 comments

come careening (demo)

This is the demo I recorded for this song posted earlier. I slapped some kind of distortion effect over it to approximate the feel I wanted in the final version. Although it's too hazy-sounding and the vocals are nearly unintelligble, I really love a lot of things about this recording. It sounds like some kind of important uncovered secret to me. Anyway, this post is part of an "evolution of my songs" series I started here and here.
posted by edlundart on Jul 21, 2009 - 11 comments

the vase (demo)

As a follow-up to this post, here is the demo I recorded for the song I posted a long time ago here. As before, the idea is to share something about the evolution of my songs for anyone who might care.
posted by edlundart on Jul 19, 2009 - 4 comments

undulate underling (demo)

A demo that I later recorded and posted here. I'm posting this as a contribution along the lines of what others have done before me -- providing a window into my songwriting. Plus, I wouldn't be surprised if some prefer this version.
posted by edlundart on Jul 15, 2009 - 6 comments

Not Nice

Another from the waste-bin of demos that never went anywhere. Gauging from the effects unit, I'd say 1996; at least pre-1997.
posted by chococat on Jun 30, 2009 - 2 comments

Money (not a Pink Floyd cover)

Hey, times are tough, money is tight, and posting Hallelujah to Mefi Music sure ain't gonna pay no bills. So, lately I've been putting together a demo, with an eye toward getting a little voiceover work. Here's an outtake...
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 20, 2009 - 9 comments

Syllogismobile (demo)

Transuniversal love story. [more inside]
posted by doubtfulpalace on May 17, 2009 - 2 comments

The Garden of Forking Paths

Just another folk-rock song about Jorge Luis Borges. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Mar 17, 2009 - 4 comments

The Magazines of the Modern World (Demo)

This is a demo of a song I wrote for my band. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on Feb 23, 2009 - 5 comments

Inauguration Day

A simple ambient pop song I wrote and recorded today with my organ, Macbook Mic, and some instruments lying around the house.
posted by ageispolis on Jan 20, 2009 - 1 comment

if only you had waited

Weird demo. Probably 10 years old. Releasing it to the ether; good riddance.
posted by chococat on Jan 6, 2009 - 3 comments

I Know

A little something I whipped up. It's about the town I live in called L√ľneburg. [more inside]
posted by chillmost on Dec 20, 2008 - 5 comments

i will (radiohead cover)

Spur-of-the-moment lo-fi live cover of the Radiohead song off Hail to the Thief, to which I added a couple of equally rough overdubs and some reverb. The guitar is out of tune and poorly played, but the vocal melody tweaks are kind of fun. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Nov 12, 2008 - 7 comments

monster

demo/demonstration [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Sep 20, 2008 - 8 comments

What About Tonight

You won't care tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by chococat on Jul 15, 2008 - 6 comments

The Ballad of Daisy and Jay

I've always loved The Great Gatsby - it, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, have some significance here in Minnesota. I tried to get some personal elements into the characters for this. [more inside]
posted by kingbenny on Jul 8, 2008 - 9 comments

Things I Used to Know (demo)

"Our minds are permeable to forgetfulness; I myself am distorting and losing, through the tragic erosion of the years, the features of Beatriz." -- Jorge Luis Borges [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on May 16, 2008 - 6 comments

Spider Song

A demo recorded in a hurry. [more inside]
posted by motty on Apr 24, 2008 - 2 comments

The Last Time I Saw Moscow

A very lo-fi one-take recording by The Grandma Sylvias. Acoustic guitar and vocals only; all apparent distortion is coming from knobs turned very high. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Mar 4, 2008 - 0 comments

Ambient Evil

My husband and I are writing and playing music together. We're just starting to do some recording. Here's one of our first attempts. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 on Feb 18, 2008 - 4 comments

Storyline

A song about friendship. [more inside]
posted by txsebastien on Dec 27, 2007 - 3 comments

Alone

A song of loneliness and betrayal - sounds fun, right? [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie on Dec 12, 2007 - 2 comments

Out of It (singalong demo)

This is the title track for my next album and I need some backup vocals! [more inside]
posted by frenetic on Sep 28, 2007 - 5 comments

You Promised There Would Be Girls [demo]

I wrote and recorded this today - it's basically a stream-of-consciousness account of one of the stranger and more entertaining parties I've attended.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 4, 2007 - 6 comments

Fumble

Part 2 of my extended musical apology to mathowie. I have to earn my return.
posted by St Urbain's Horseman on Jun 28, 2007 - 10 comments

Late Century

An apology to mathowie
posted by St Urbain's Horseman on Jun 19, 2007 - 5 comments

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