26 posts tagged with diddleybow.
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Thoughts and Prayers

A little meditation (in three verses and accompanied on the 1-string guitar) on the oft-used phrase. Video of this performance at YouTube or Facebook.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Nov 18, 2017 - 2 comments

Things Are Getting Frightening

With this tune I reveal once again my unscrupulous leftist agenda by *politicizing* Halloween. And the video introduces an old friend of mine, Esmerelda the Skeleton. Hell of a gal, mighty fine dancer.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 26, 2017 - 5 comments

Dirty ol' TPP

Topical song. Wrote this today, and recorded it straightaway. Check the live video of this same recording here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 7, 2015 - 4 comments

Bless Your Pretty Bones

From the inaugural gig of my new clatter trio, the Metaphors, here's a tune I posted (in a solo version) here earlier this year. Video at YT or Vimeo.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 2, 2011 - 3 comments

No Last Request

Another world premiere, friends, from a tiny little joint in deepest Koenji. Once again I'm bangin' on the back of my diddley bow, with nothing else but a drone and a stombox to accompany my mournful cries. Lyrics and video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Nov 9, 2011 - 2 comments

Two Eyes Seen

Return of the Smoke Benders. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 3, 2011 - 7 comments

Car Alarms and Crackheads

The Smoke Benders return once again, to kick out the proverbial jams. Flubbed the lyrics a little bit, but hey, it's only rock and roll. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 16, 2011 - 2 comments

I Used To Hate You But Now I Love You

This month's Challenge got me to thinking: with 'hate' being such a profound and powerful emotion, isn't it odd that there are really so few songs that really employ it as an idea or as inspiration? I mean, 'love'? Heck, you can't spit without hitting a love song, but hate, that's a different story. So anyway, this is a song of hate and love. Love and hate. Simple as that. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 29, 2011 - 3 comments

Trying To Boogie

From deepest Ikebukuro, in the heart of downtown Tokyo, it's the Smoke Benders, trying our damndest to boogie, y'all. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 26, 2011 - 1 comment

Bringabye

Once again, friends, it's the Smoke Benders: Daysuke on tuba, Naoya on drums, and me on pocket drill, diddley bow, light-triggered synth and vox. Live in Toyama, Japan. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 5, 2011 - 3 comments

Whole Bag of Wrong

Here's another one from the Smoke Benders' recent Hokuriku tour. Clocking in at 8 minutes, it's a wee bit longer than previously posted tunes here. It goes through summa them changes and all, and includes some psychedelic diddley bow solos. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 23, 2011 - 3 comments

Oh Death

Once again, it's that song that I just can't stay away from. This time it's coming at you from the Hokuriku region: live in Kanazawa, Japan, from my trio, the Smoke Benders. Our tuba player Daysuke Takaoka is channeling the deep didgeridoo spirits on this one. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 19, 2011 - 8 comments

Ain't I Lucky

Here's another tune from the Smoke Bender's [previously] first gig. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 29, 2010 - 6 comments

Boom Chicky Boom

I've just started a new band. It's a rollicking affair, kind of a neo-primitive, New Orleans funk/blues explosion, with tuba, drums, and yours truly on diddley bow (etc) and vocal. This is the first song of the first set of our first gig, and was a completely impromptu, unrehearsed affair. These guys can read my mind, and I think it's gonna be a really fun band. Well, it's already a really fun band, actually. I do hope you enjoy it. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 21, 2010 - 4 comments

Ain't a Damn Thing (We Humans Can Do)

Yesterday I dashed off a little song for the alligator bites an electric eel thread. I actually do this kind of thing pretty frequently in Mefi threads, but this one garnered more favorites than usual, so I was inspired to record it today. The bare bones arrangement (vocal, diddley bow and stomp box) reflects the fact that I only had about an hour to do this thing...
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 17, 2010 - 2 comments

Twist and Doubt (spoken version # 2))

Sometimes you just wanna turn your diddley bow around and bang on it, y'now? Video here. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Nov 19, 2010 - 2 comments

Keep Your Hands Off Of It

My cover of a Jerry Lee Lewis outtake, a breathtakingly stupid song. Video at YouTube or Vimeo. Note: audio version includes special introduction not heard on video! Video, on the other hand, includes beautiful girl with weird hair emerging from a tube! [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Nov 1, 2010 - 8 comments

Come On Round Here Baby

This is the third in a three part installment here at MeFiMu of diddley bow/stomp box tunes from The Pink Cow. Straight outta Shee-boo-ya, Toe-kee-yo, Jay-pan! Video here. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 29, 2010 - 3 comments

Doo Dah Day

Another tune with the one-stringer and ye olde stomp box, from deepest Shibuya. All the ghosts in Alabama are singin' it... Video here. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 25, 2010 - 4 comments

That's the Way it Wiggles

Another version (again, live) of a tune I've posted here before, but that time was with jaw harp. This time it's with my diddley bow and stompbox. I love my stompbox. Recorded two nights ago at a joint called the Pink Cow in Shibuya, Tokyo. Video here. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 22, 2010 - 6 comments

Watched You Drive Away

Just in under the wire for September's "transpo" Challenge theme.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 30, 2010 - 4 comments

Better Take Care of Me

Another live tune, from July 2010's Sengawa Jazz/Art Festival in Tokyo. here I'm playing a diddley bow, the Marron Glacé Guitar. Video of this same performance can be seen here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 10, 2010 - 3 comments

Oh Death (live, July 2010)

I just can't stay away from this song, it has a power over me. This time it's with my diddley bow (the Marron Glacé Guitar). At the end of the song, Death momentarily overtook me and made me attack the instrument with one of these. Video of this same performance at YouTube.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 14, 2010 - 5 comments

Wouldn't That Be Fine

Here's a raw, punked rendition of a tune that up until now I'd been doing in a mellower vein, but I was feeling just a little edgy, I guess, for this gig in Kamakura the other day. Proximity to the famous giant Buddha there didn't get me into a serene state or anything, so the result was this pummeling version performed on one of the roughest, crudest instruments one might imagine, the Marron Glacé Guitar. Video at YouTube.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 26, 2010 - 4 comments

All Shook Up

Elvis Aaron's #1 hit single for May 25, 1957. My version clocks in at eight seconds longer than Mr. Presley's, and uses slightly different instrumentation: the marron glacé guitar, the one string double drum, a shekere/maraca and talking drum. And, um, I made a... *ahem* ... video for it, which, if I had an ounce of dignity, I never would've posted to YouTube or Vimeo.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 7, 2010 - 24 comments

Riding Your Train

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.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 1, 2010 - 5 comments

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