A little improv song, testing out some of my new gear. Vaguely inspired by Bill Withers. [more inside]
Cover of the oft-covered song by the un-coverable Daniel Johnston. Main track recorded in my dorm bathroom in the winter of 2009 by drumming a banjolele with a pencil.
Dave van Ronk cover
Made famous by The Andrews Sisters in 1949, here I use a beautifully understated jazz guitar version by Pizzarelli and Vignola as backing. It's been a long while since I recorded something to post, so I hope you enjoy it!
It's been five years since my last attempt at arranging Auld Lang Syne. I thought I might try to start a small fire under it this year. [more inside]
Instrumental. We used electric and nylon guitars, glockenspiel, electric bass, and a drum set [played by 2 guitarists, so don't judge]. Criticism [aside from the drums] welcome. [more inside]
This is the lead-off track from The Flood, the new album by Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies, released today. [more inside]
So closes another chapter of the Gyrophonic discography. We end Step Outside with two tracks, which elide into each other. The second track begins around the 4'20" mark. [more inside]
Imagine how frightening it would be to awaken on a strange, distant planet. With no pants. [more inside]
An annoying little new wave ditty [more inside]
A little tune about some teenage girls I know who could easily kick my ass. I've been working on a session of drum tracks I had my brother do before going into the peace corp for two years, and this is the first song nearing completion. Still getting used to working with real drum tracks. Any pointers and criticism would be great! [more inside]
Another improvised electro-acoustic/glitch tune.
Next song in a series of electronic pieces with sampled acoustic instruments.
Folky electronic music.
Another acoustic guitar thing. [more inside]
A ragtime arrangement of one of the most ear-wormy, riffiest songs I know. [more inside]
This instrumental track was originally named "Em wrong" because it came out of absentmindedly playing my guitar while watching tv and accidentally strumming an E minor chord incorrectly on the 3rd fret. The resulting song has an uneasy, mysterious vibe. [more inside]
Snazzy tune by my buddy Pat with a baddass, rocket-ship-style ending. Looking for feedback on the mix, as I'm using a new DAW. Thanks. [more inside]
Another quick rendition of a traditional tune on the banjo.
A quick rendition of the traditional tune on an Enoch banjo with a touch of guitar.
A riffy instrumental I recorded a long time ago on a cassette 4-track.
An incomplete mix of a song I'm working on about a bear who joined the Polish Army (the subject should sound familiar). [more inside]
"July" is the promo single from the upcoming Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies EP. "July" is the feel-good song of the month, if not the century. "July" is a tale of love, summertime, and ephemeral youth, told in the timeless language of pop music. [more inside]
Here's a sparse, new version of one of the first songs I uploaded here, The Long Trail. [more inside]
An attempted Hendrix-style wedding song for a friend. [more inside]
A lovely string quintet (of sorts), and the second track from the 2011.06.09 session, with our friend and guest performer, Luke Furman. [more inside]
Getting back into the flow of some bedroom recording on a Sunday.
Just what the world needs: another cover of a hit pop song by a white guy with his guitar. [more inside]
A little rough, a little raw. Just a little old-time blues instrumental.
I seem unable to cover songs (even those I hate) without making them sound completely earnest.
Short little thing, decent guitars and frustrating digital drums. [more inside]
Minimalist guitar piece. All one guitar. Imagine a tractor factory at night
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...
Sometimes you need to do the wrong thing. This is the first track from the PRISONERS album THIS IS ALL OF THE TIME. We recorded it at the Hive in Vancouver in January. [more inside]
A song written for a friend going through a bad break-up.
Balls out late 70s powerpop version of the song I posted an acoustic demo of yesterday. [more inside]
Experiment in mood... An ominous political speech. [more inside]
Myself and Peterkins getting mellow on a Sunday afternoon. All acoustic, guitar and double bass, with added percussiveness from Peterkins.
Playing with Garageband's guitar effects. Lots of distortion to cover up my lazy fingers. [more inside]
Acoustic guitar cover of the Lady Gaga song. [more inside]
Playing around with Saturn's Radio Emissions.
Just playing around with an open C6 tuning, which always makes me think of Led Zeppelin.
Is this Metal? Inspired by this MeFi post about Metal and this MeFi post about Metal as a catalyst for world peace, I set out to write and record this instrumental over the weekend. Rough edges are OK in Metal, right? You should probably turn this up as loud as it will go.
Just a short instrumental (my favorite kind) comprised of a train beat, steel guitar riffs and some other riffs thrown in for good measure. [more inside]
Baby I'd Do It All Over You. [more inside]
Who Hit John tries our hand at this old standard. [more inside]
Cover of the old favorite, an impromptu Valentine's day gift. Me on acoustic and electric guitars, my little old organ, and vocals. [more inside]
This is a song from the batch I recorded when I recorded Cold Dip and It Could Always Be Early. It has an absolutely ludicrous number of tracks for a song that has nothing but guitars and harmony, and I feel the need to just release it and see how others react to it. [more inside]
A silly pop song that I wrote for my band Boeufcake. We've been playing together for years, but we have few recordings worthy of sharing due to the tediousness of multitracking and the shit kicking good time we'd rather have drinking beer and playing loud. Be aware, there's a couple naughty words in this song. [more inside]