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A Heartbreak Cliche

I've been cranking out a lot of songs almost involuntarily lately and many of them seem to sort into a genre I think of as "Tragicomic Americana," a traditional mode of American blues, country, and folk songwriting that ruminates on heartbreaks and losses exaggerated to such dramatic extremes, the effect becomes darkly comic, like Hank Williams's "There's a Tear in my Beer," for example. Well, FWIW, here's my latest attempt to make a minor contribution to that grand tradition... [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Oct 6, 2016 - 0 comments

Apples and Walnuts

A few weeks ago I was asked to play at the wedding of some friends. I don't really have anything appropriate, but was (against the odds) able to write something for it. This is it. [more inside]
posted by Grangousier on Sep 27, 2016 - 3 comments

Worry About The World (cover/mashup)

This is a cover of a song my dad wrote (that I actually found via combing through his post history on Metafilter after he died) [more inside]
posted by aspenkf on Sep 22, 2016 - 8 comments

I wanted to

Another acoustic song! I'm really digging this thing where I limit myself to two strings, probably because I'm lazy.
posted by pugh on Aug 27, 2016 - 1 comment

Angeline the Baker

Improvised acoustic guitar / singing. Recorded on phone. A bluegrass standard, but I'm playing it as a stream of consciousness improvisation. Usually these days my playing is pretty much by the book, but here I was thinking about ecstatic / outside players like John Fahey and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. No patching in. Only one take. No overdubbing. Get it right in the moment. Be real and accept flaws as long as they don't spoil anything important. [more inside]
posted by lucasgonze on Jul 6, 2016 - 5 comments

Kicking up the Dust (original)

Acoustic folk heartbreak. [more inside]
posted by BlackPebble on Mar 31, 2016 - 8 comments

All The Time

The first song from my new EP - Americana fingerpicked singer-songwriter folk-rock-ish type music
posted by saul wright on Feb 12, 2016 - 2 comments

The War On

Satire. [more inside]
posted by chococat on Nov 26, 2015 - 9 comments

You Only Care...

Just finished writing a new song :) I was trying an experiment using to convey a good part of the emotion in it. Oh also, playing with a new tuning I found while trying to learn a Nick Drake song. CGCGCG I like it but I'll have to play with it more.
posted by Drew Eddy Jones on Nov 3, 2015 - 3 comments


I wrote this with my brother back in 1993 on a night we were thrown out of home and had no where to go. We spent the night sleeping on the steps of McPherson library in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by kmartino on Jul 31, 2015 - 0 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

Jackson (Lucinda Williams Cover)

My entry for the May/June 'City Songs' challenge. [more inside]
posted by BlackPebble on Jun 26, 2015 - 2 comments

The Crow on the Cradle

A quick recording of a way I've been messing around with approaching an old song. I think the time-signature change makes it seem a bit more bitter and a little less sinister, which is interesting, if not necessarily better.
posted by howfar on May 31, 2015 - 2 comments

A Smuggler's Song

Somewhere between Show of Hands and the Mountain Goats, we find this story of a man in a boat off the coast of Cornwall, drunk, armed and fearful. [more inside]
posted by howfar on May 25, 2015 - 2 comments

Whiskey Before Breakfast

An arrangement of the traditional fiddle tune with its not-often-heard lyrics. Full album now streaming on Bandcamp. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Feb 18, 2015 - 3 comments

Black Rabbit

A friend of mine lost her pet black rabbit recently. A conversation about it led to me digging out this old (c. 2007?) recording. [more inside]
posted by howfar on Feb 4, 2015 - 2 comments

River Town

Where does one genre begin and another one stop? I'm asking myself the very same question every time I hear that this song is indie or pop rock or folk rock or dream pop. Well, whatever one calls it, I hope you enjoy this. [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on Dec 29, 2014 - 1 comment


Two minutes about my paralyzing self-consciousness about working on my music in the presence of other people. [more inside]
posted by valrus on Nov 14, 2014 - 4 comments

In Western Lands

Sam Gamgee's song in the tower of Cirith Ungol. Words by JRR Tolkien, melody by Stephen Oliver. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Oct 29, 2014 - 4 comments

Ferguson, Missouri

This song addresses the situation in Ferguson and the frightening militarization and violence of today's police forces across America. I made a video for it, which you can view here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 15, 2014 - 14 comments

Woman in Black

A song inspired by this story. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 31, 2014 - 1 comment

The Devil Walks the Earth

Here's a live recording of a song I premiered at a gig two nights ago (July 18, 2014). The bassist accompanying me is Keigo iwami, from the Swamp Root Jimmies. The song is anti-war, anti-greed, anti-death. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 20, 2014 - 6 comments

Chocolates For Sarah

A waltz written by a friend of mine in honor of our fiddle teacher, Sarah. [more inside]
posted by hades on Jun 28, 2014 - 3 comments

Beat Heroes Die Too Soon

Another acoustic guitar, piano and vocal sample-based song.
posted by ianK on Jun 15, 2014 - 1 comment

It's Not So Bad

An quickish acoustic one, with lyrics about my dad, his melanoma, and a couple of other things. Has probably the most acrobatic bridge bit I've ever done. [more inside]
posted by TheNegativeInfluence on May 27, 2014 - 4 comments

What Was That Sound I Heard

A song concerning the September 15, 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. I made a video of historic photo images to accompany the song, which may be viewed here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 24, 2014 - 5 comments


If you are anything like me, you sit in awe during all the 'musical moments' laced throughout any Fellini film (music composed by Nino Rota). Combine that with the unexplainable excitement during those lively Balkan snippets of any memorable scene of most Emir Kusturica films… that is what this song feels like… to me anyways.
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 24, 2014 - 3 comments

Homeless Jesus Creeps Me Out

I'm often inspired to write little songs and poems in Metafilter threads, as some of you here might have noticed over the years. I've decided that from now on, whenever time allows, I will not only post those kinds of things as text in a thread, but will record and post them here at Metafilter Music as audio, and in as timely a fashion as possible. This song was inspired by a comment posted by homunculus in a post I made about a statue of Jesus.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 14, 2014 - 4 comments

Democracy Stolen

Wrote this about the execrable Supreme Court ruling of April 2nd, 2014. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 4, 2014 - 5 comments


It's just a live acoustic recording I made on my iPad but I enjoy listening back to it. Hopefully you will too. (my own song)
posted by groklock on Mar 12, 2014 - 5 comments

March 11 2011

Written and recorded on the third anniversary of the Great Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 11, 2014 - 1 comment


A song from my album that I've just released through Tunecore. If you like it there's more listen links at my site www.groklock.com. Let me know what you think!
posted by groklock on Mar 6, 2014 - 1 comment

Random Pictures of Strangers

As happens from time to time, a comment someone made here at Metafilter was the spark of inspiration for a song. This was the comment, and here's the song.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 4, 2014 - 6 comments

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

In memory of Pete Seeger, a two-uke rendition of one of his best-known tunes. Video here if you're interested. [more inside]
posted by ZsigE on Jan 29, 2014 - 0 comments

no blade tom

...cuts like harp strings.
posted by dagosto on Nov 22, 2013 - 7 comments

I Will Wait (for the Mefi Music Raffle)

The request: A slowed down version of I Will Wait. [more inside]
posted by thisclickableme on Nov 3, 2013 - 3 comments

So Much More

Just got a new zoom h6 to record with. Guitar, vocals, whistling, and a 1930's Dogherty pump organ. [more inside]
posted by TheNegativeInfluence on Oct 15, 2013 - 6 comments

Hobo's Lullaby

Just a cover I did right now of the Woody Guthrie song. Either a car or plane or a train going over the hellgate bridge at 1:32.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 14, 2013 - 2 comments

Never Took a Dollar from a Dead Man

This is S&H, from a show we did just the other night here in Tokyo. I'm so digging working with percussionist Habu Hiroshi, he's really bringing the groove. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 10, 2013 - 6 comments

A Waltz for David Pauley

Inspired by this post, I wrote a song about getting murdered in the woods. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 31, 2013 - 2 comments

Blue Chalk

Cover of an old John Gorka tune. This is a quick demo version. I might record a more polished version later, so suggestions for improvement are welcome. [more inside]
posted by tdismukes on Aug 24, 2013 - 1 comment


Quiet guitar for a quiet afternoon. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Aug 21, 2013 - 0 comments

Oh Death (by S&H, live, April 2013)

Well it isn't the first time I've posted this song to Metafilter Music. Nor is it the second, third or fourth. But, in my defense, I'd say that all of these versions are, well, rather different from each other, in their various ways. This fifth one is from my duo band S&H, and was recorded live at a little African restaurant in Shinjuku. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 3, 2013 - 0 comments

You Must Dance Near the Fire, Along with Ghosts

It's an acoustic folk song about how you must dance near the fire. The verses are ad-libbed. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jun 2, 2013 - 4 comments


If you let your imagination drift towards southeastern Europe, somewhere wedged between Fellini's Italy and Emir Kusturica's Balkans, and then you put such wanderings into a soundtrack, this is likely what you would end up with - Balkanofellini :) [more inside]
posted by Brodyaga on May 6, 2013 - 1 comment

Beautiful Moment

Peter Gabriel meets Daniel Lanois and Chicane. Here in this song, I'd say that Ummagma comes closest to having a Peter Gabriel moment. Somewhere in between his Sledgehammer and Passion phase. Fortunately, the other elements making this track unique kick into play and it's hard to put your finger on anything else. So just listen instead...
posted by Brodyaga on Apr 24, 2013 - 0 comments

Micro Macro

Indietronic ethno-ethereal fusion is how I would describe this Ummagma track, which is the first Ummagma song you've heard here with male vocals. I feel like this tune has a strong gypsy fusion lifeline running to it from some mysteriously brilliant source, call it what you will. :) Once again, any feedback is appreciated. We've also ventured into indietronic a little here.
posted by Brodyaga on Mar 29, 2013 - 1 comment

Through The Fire And Flames (acoustic cover)

You've probably heard DragonForce's highly entertaining power metal piece de resistance before (maybe in Guitar Hero III). This is like that, only not. [more inside]
posted by ZsigE on Mar 24, 2013 - 2 comments


Acoustic tune for this month's challenge [more inside]
posted by Crane Shot on Mar 5, 2013 - 1 comment

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