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Headphones

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

Balkanofellini

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

Vertnaut

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

Stealers

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 - 0 comments

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

Paint

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

Balkanofellini

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

Practicalities

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

Alberta

You may need a drink after listening to this song. I apologize. [more inside]
posted by sarastro on Feb 15, 2013 - 1 comment

Anglesey

A song about the lovely location called Anglesey.
posted by haines on Jan 10, 2013 - 6 comments

Homeward On

A sort of sixties-ish jangly folk-pop demo with a couple of synthy touches.
posted by howfar on Jan 6, 2013 - 1 comment

St Paul's

A folk-song mainly about St Paul's Cathedral and its history, with themes of love, hope and continuity. [more inside]
posted by howfar on Dec 31, 2012 - 5 comments

Eochaill

A song I did for a competition two weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by LN on Nov 19, 2012 - 4 comments

The Song That No-One Hears

Inspired by this MeFi post, this is a song about the world's loneliest whale. [more inside]
posted by ZsigE on Sep 23, 2012 - 0 comments

Annie Took the Money

Last of the tunes recorded earlier this month in a little house in the mountains. Vocal and stick dulcimer. A very prolific songbird who was just outside can be heard throughout this performance. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 25, 2012 - 1 comment

Hobo Blues

Ever since I first saw John Lee Hooker's utterly captivating, almost terrifyingly powerful performance of it, I've been a lover of this song. RL Burnside covered it as well. This is my humble (and following those two performances, I really mean that) offering, from a little house in the hills of Nagano prefecture, Japan. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 20, 2012 - 1 comment

Couldn't Tell You Why

Another tune recorded the other day at a little house in the woods. Just vocal and stick dulcimer, and a little bird outside that joins me for the very last note. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 18, 2012 - 1 comment

New Ways To Tell Old Lies

This is about that weirdo gazillionaire creep who wants to be president. Video of this same performance at YouTube or Vimeo.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 16, 2012 - 7 comments

In The Curve

I did a youtube recording of this lovely tune. Decided to give it a pass through the iPad, since I'm on a roll lately. Folky ballad. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Aug 6, 2012 - 4 comments

Omaha

I have been looking for songs about Omaha lately and have found there aren't many. So I wrote one. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Aug 6, 2012 - 2 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

An Unnamed Country

A quiet piano driven song cut and pasted on itself.
posted by ianK on Jul 13, 2012 - 1 comment

My Country 'Tis of Thee - Fingerstyle

That, or God Save the Queen. Your choice. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Jul 5, 2012 - 2 comments

Arboreal

Glitchy acoustic guitars and a piano.
posted by ianK on Jun 12, 2012 - 1 comment

The Ballad of Knocksink

Simple guitar and vocals track. The Ballad of Jackson and Bonnie.
posted by Elmore on Jun 6, 2012 - 0 comments

Happy Birthday, 1951

Instrumental tinkly cut and paste tune.
posted by ianK on Jun 5, 2012 - 3 comments

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