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Don't Fool Me (Live)

Another live version of a song I posted several versions of previously. With living video!
posted by Sportswriters on Jul 1, 2014 - 2 comments

Someone to Love (live)

Live version of a song I posted a demo of a while back, featuring my friend John on the mighty Hammond A100 (a B3 essentially). An interesting moment, in that it's the culmination of a long journey that I lived out here on MeFiMu, originally as unSane, then Sweet Mister, and now Sportswriters. [more inside]
posted by Sportswriters on Jun 29, 2014 - 3 comments

Miss America (Q Hut mix)

The same song I posted a couple of weeks ago, but this time with live everything, including Hammond, drums, and Rhodes. No sims or samples involved... all recorded in the (very reverberant) Quonset hut. Mostly done as an exercise, turned out to be interesting I think. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Aug 13, 2013 - 6 comments

Way Back When (studio version)

Final version of the rough acoustic demo I posted a few days back. A bit of blue-eyed soul, a bit of BONNY era Prefab Sprout, a bit of TEMPTED era Squeeze and a few 10cc harmonies, and the guitar from Alison. Did I miss anything? [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 16, 2013 - 5 comments

Way Back When

In which my Prefab Sprout obsession results in a nakedly sappy love song speculating about the origins and end of the universe. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 10, 2013 - 4 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

Live and Learn

Final version of the song I posted a few days ago. Also my New Year's challenge entry. The usual 70s-tinged nonsense. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 15, 2013 - 6 comments

Live and Learn (posted for discussion)

I wrote this song on New Year's Day. There are some things I love about it and some things I don't entirely. Help me figure out what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 7, 2013 - 19 comments

The Waiting Game

I've always wanted to write a blue-eyed Northern Soul stomper. And it appears now I have, kinda. Grab some Lucozade and a towel and we'll have a MeFi meetup down at the Wigan Casino. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 16, 2012 - 3 comments

Topsy

I had this riff knocking around for a while and I decided to do what I sometimes do, which is just slather overdubs on it, and different changes, and let it go wherever the hell it wants to. That's what happened here, only things got a little out of hand. Like Topsy, it just growed. It made me smile, so I thought I'd post it. Rough as a badger's arse, but it has a certain loony charm. Parts of it will probably turn into a song eventually, but this version is it's own thing... [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 24, 2012 - 1 comment

New New Shoes

Chococat asked about a stripped version of this song I posted a few days ago. I tried and failed. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 18, 2012 - 19 comments

Your Ball and Chain (slight return)

I remixed this song I posted a few days ago taking into account some of the feedback and I like it a whole lot better now! [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 12, 2012 - 7 comments

Evolutionary Love Song

This a love song about the first two creatures to evolve from out of the sea to live on land. Quickie recording - link to (possibly better) video inside. [more inside]
posted by jrengreen on Sep 18, 2012 - 0 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

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

Time to Get Up

I don't know why I keep going back to this song I wrote when I was 17, but here's new version of Time to Get Up that I recorded yesterday. Starts slow, but includes lots of organ, a little cardboard box banging percussion and Leah Wilmoth's reverb'd out harmonies. Recorded on a Zoom H2. Wear headphones.
posted by Corduroy on Feb 28, 2012 - 6 comments

Don't Fool Me (2011 version)

Are we there yet? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 26, 2011 - 1 comment

On Valentine's Day

On February 11th, 1963, the poet Sylvia Plath committed suicide. This is the song the elderly painter, Mr Thomas, who lived in the flat below hers, did not write about the event. An odd little ballad in 7/8. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 10, 2011 - 26 comments

The Cavalryman's Lament, (Girl on a Swing)

Orgiastically melodromatic Jacques Brel-inspired version of the strange little ballad I posted a couple of days ago. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 21, 2011 - 8 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

A Town with no Pity

Epic 60s janglepop meets Northern Soul, final version of the tune I've been evolving here and on The Music Incubator. All based on a little piano riff, and therefore my August challenge entry too. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jul 31, 2011 - 7 comments

Rock, Paper, Scissors (the single mix)

Shorter, sweeter mix of this responding to some of the suggestions on the last one. Lost the first intro, cleaned up the drums, changed the harmonies slightly, brought up the melody guitars, and dropped in a blazing little guitar solo, even if I do say so myself! It's under three minutes now -- give it a listen! Now just have to figure out the B-side...
posted by unSane on May 3, 2011 - 18 comments

Rock, Paper, Scissors (1979 Powerpop Mix)

Balls out late 70s powerpop version of the song I posted an acoustic demo of yesterday. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Apr 8, 2011 - 16 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

It's That Riff Again

It's been weeks since I posted anything. This damn song is mostly why, with a side of overwork and a helping of broken leg. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Mar 18, 2011 - 7 comments

Can the Hive Mind help me with this riff?

I wrote this simple little Mellotron piano chord progression this morning but it's baffling me. Can anyone suggest how I get it to loop back around to the beginning again? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 20, 2010 - 16 comments

Ten Years in a Hundred Dollar Suit (vox up)

I pushed the vocal track a couple of dB on this track I posted yesterday as several people suggested. See what you think. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 6, 2010 - 11 comments

Ten Years in a Hundred Dollar Suit

So Aimee Mann and Bruce Springsteen are in a bar discussing the greatness that is Living on a Prayer, but what they haven't noticed is that Toto are at the next table, and Sonic Youth just walked in the back... [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 5, 2010 - 12 comments

Simple Town (Full Version)

Feisty powerpop version of the a capella song I posted for the challenge. Man, this was another freakin' difficult song to mix, not least because it was the first one I did on my Yamaha HS50m monitors which Chococat recommended.You know when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night in a hotel and accidentally turn on the overhead fluorescents and catch yourself stark naked in the most unflattering, pore-revealing detail and sort of gasp in horror? These speakers are like that. You fight them every inch of the way, not trying to get the song sounding good, but just to stop it sound so goddamn bad. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 24, 2010 - 7 comments

Simple Town

A piece of pop fluff for the a capella challenge. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 18, 2010 - 9 comments

Shotgun

The only good thing about having a sore throat is that for a brief window of time I can hit some low notes. I was too sick today to concentrate on any real work but this was lying around half-finished so I took it another quarter of the way. Despite the title, this is not a murder ballad but a song about the day I realized Ms. unSane might (eventually) become Mrs unSane. Features a totally fake Hawaiian guitar, one of the rare moments where my surf playing has spilled over into one of my songs. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 9, 2010 - 3 comments

You and San Francisco (Lighters Out Mix)

The (hopefully) final mix of Y&SF with all the problems fixed and Major Dundee's epic solo finally loud and proud before the last chorus. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 7, 2010 - 0 comments

Don't Fool Me (Fixed Mix)

Final mix of the song I posted a couple of days ago incorporating a couple of changes suggested by uncleozzy. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 3, 2010 - 3 comments

Don't Fool Me (2010 version)

Today's espresso-driven shot of melodrama power-pop. Originally written around 1995, I think I finally nailed how it was supposed to sound. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 28, 2010 - 5 comments

The Pink Raincoat (studio version)

Sometimes songs come easy and sometimes they come hard. Everything about this one was hard. The final, sweated over, version of a song I posted a rough demo of a few weeks ago. Hopefully the results are worth it! [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 26, 2010 - 9 comments

You & San Francisco -- Big Hair Mix feat. Major Dundee

At long last, the remix of Y&SF with new vocals and Major Dundee's guitar work incorporated. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 25, 2010 - 4 comments

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

You and San Francisco (studio version)

Full blown (not to say epic) production of this acoustic demo. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 2, 2010 - 12 comments

You and San Francisco

Only took me fifteen years to finish this song. Story inside. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jun 23, 2010 - 7 comments

Don't Fool Me

Full on vocal harmony twin electric 12-string assault, my attempt to collide the Monkees with the Byrds with a side of the Go-Betweens. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 24, 2010 - 3 comments

Time To Get Up

This is the first song I've ever recorded using real mics instead of my laptops internal mics. Also, first time I've played a bass. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Feb 8, 2010 - 12 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

SCNMNR

A new 'episode' of the "Evolution of a Song" series started by chococat a while ago. [more inside]
posted by micayetoca on Jun 3, 2009 - 7 comments

Fashion Victim Blues

Three merged takes showing (hopefully) the evolution of a song [more inside]
posted by Jofus on Aug 15, 2008 - 7 comments

Never Gonna Stop

I was in a band called gleaner in the late 90's and we recorded four songs at a "real" studio. This was an attempt to make a (power)poppy, happy thing about a stalker-y kind of person. This is the second of the two songs from this session that were mine. The first is here. [more inside]
posted by chococat on Aug 4, 2008 - 9 comments

Time To Get Up

This is a rerecording of an older song of mine (probably my favorite). I hadn't listened to it in a while and was struck by how much fuzz noise there was. I put a capo on, added some stuttering percussion and some very light harmony towards the end, and I would love any thoughts on this new version. There is a discussion on criticism in MeMuTalk, and I would like to let it be known that my songs are always put up for criticism, whether one word or one paragraph. Comments make my day. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Jul 4, 2008 - 11 comments

It's Time to Get Up

A short song about sleeping in and not having someone to rely on. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Jan 11, 2008 - 9 comments

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