Despite my lack of religion and the fact that this song has been done to death, I thought I'd give it a shot.
Does just what it says on the box, and then some.
I made my children to sing on another Christmas song. In three-part harmony.
Merry Christmas, everybody.
Thought I'd jump in to the holiday spirit at the last second:
Here is a version of Amazing Grace I did back in 2003 for guitar, 2 musical saws, and xylophone (the toy kind with wheels that you drag around by a string). Recorded into Cubase via the tiny microphone on my old 12" powerbook.
In keeping with tradition, here again are the Demons of Gyrophonia ringing in 2011 with the same
. [more inside]
A pragmatic carol for hungover sinners. Oh come let us eat breakast.
And finally, The Christmas Album
closes on a low note--literally, this time. After all, where's the fun in having a contrabassoon at your disposal if you're not going to do something wacky with it?*
*Headphones recommended for maximum head-rattling [more inside]
Hopefully your halls have already been decked. [more inside]
Alright, time to ruin Christmas with the gift of Crabtone. [more inside]
More like Black
Angels We Have Heard On High, amirite? [more inside]
Now for, perhaps, the most abstract experiment on the album
, and another test of our previously stated theory. [more inside]
A swirling medley of carols from Cousin Jim's back porch. [more inside]
roll truck roll on dulcimer, firemonkey on trumpet [more inside]
It's one of my least favorite christmas carols, so it seemed appropriate to tackle it instead of something that I cherish (and therefore wasn't willing to tamper with). Decided to drop a verse or two, because let's face it...who isn't a little sick of christmas music.
An original composition by our own Tommy Scheurich, and another experiment in instant festivity
. [more inside]
Extremely spartan recording, for me. Vox, piano, a simple vox harmony, and a melodica solo. [more inside]
Because this holiday tune appears on every beginning band's premiere concert program, it's one of my favorite to mock. [more inside]
We all thought as hard as we could, to come up with a Christmas song
that none of us hate, so we could do it semi-reverently, in a manner which at least resembles proper. It took so many takes to get it right that now we hate this song, too. [more inside]
"What should we play next
?" "How about Silent Night
?" "Okay." [more inside]
A cover of a holiday classic. This is my first real multi-track project. [more inside]
Sometimes Christmas cheer comes in bottles and baggies.
The first of two experiments on The Christmas Album
, testing the hypothesis that [x] + sleighbells = instant festivity. [more inside]
Be patient. I'm told the melody appears in here somewhere
. [more inside]
A quick introduction of our two newest toys, and the first track off our new Christmas album. [more inside]
Quick and dirty cover of Chris Rea's gruffly charming classic. Hope Chris doesn't mind me breaking in and rearranging the furniture a little. Merry Christmas everyone!!
one of my least favourite carols, but still... [more inside]
wasn't just about the techno noise. He was an enormous fan of Laurie Andersen's Oh, Superman and had assembled a vocoder himself by taking apart the family's old tube TV. His mother Olga, who was not an educated woman, could not write without speaking aloud, and so one day when he heard her writing a letter, he snuck a microphone under the rickety table, fed it to his home-made recorder, and began to play along... [more inside]
A quick surf-punk blast thru the Ukrainian folk song
which was neutered into Carol of the Bells. For the challenge, obviously! [more inside]
I recently discovered this bit of classic radio-recorded vinyl. Enjoy a blast from the (present) past. [more inside]
A little seasonal cheese for your cellphone.
With apologies to chococat
... [more inside]
An arrangement for solo electric guitar.
A Post-Christmas song for you, featuring autoharp, marimba, and some other things. Thanks to orthogonality
for helping with the name!
Santa Clown is coming to town. [more inside]
Instrumental version of an earlier upload - on reflection the singing sounded less like herald angels and more like cats fucking, except not quite feline enough. Dammit. Anyway - if your Crimbo party starts to sag invite that irritating relative or co-worker to sing along and make an utter twat of him/herself! Remember to point out they have to do it a la John Lydon....
In which "say your prayers" is somewhat threatening. [more inside]
A Christmas song written by me and sung by Tay Zonday. [more inside]
My second entry to Hark! The Herald Banjo Rings 2009
. Clawhammer banjo and guitar. [more inside]
Just a little carol we recorded for our holiday card. roll truck roll on dulcimer, firemonkey
on trumpet and horn. [more inside]
Picking up on media hype about a strange new star that's getting beardy-wierdies very excited, local New Wave outfit The HeBeGeeBees (Maurice, Barry and Ruben) decide the time is ripe to release their debut single. Recorded live at a packed-to-the-rafters Holiday Inn Bethlehem, the track is coupled with the riske “Herod Blew My Camel, No Really". [more inside]
From the "Island of Misfit Toys" scene in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
What was wrong with the doll? [more inside]
A mildly country version of silent night. Tune+Bucket=Success [more inside]
Cover of The Waitresses classic recorded for Christmas 2006 and featuring my daughters Jennifer and Stephanie on vocals. Their English accents make it sound like a Bananarama outtake.
I will shortly be uploading something that will almost certainly qualify for the "Naughty" podcast even if it doesn't make the cut.....
(Quickly) recorded for the December MeFiMusic Challenge. [more inside]
dreaming of a, blah blah blah [more inside]