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Baby Bug

There's been a flurry of interest in cicadas lately, what with the little critters showing up in their millions in the US of Al. Here in Japan they grace us with their noisily enthusiastic presence once a year like clockwork, so I figured I'd employ one of 'em as drummer. The bug rushes the beat like hell, but there's something about its phrasing that I couldn't resist. The video (at YouTube or Vimeo) features the indefatigable critter itself, so be sure to tune in!
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 13, 2013 - 5 comments

Discrete Magic

A bit of semi-long form semi-ambient semi-minimalist semi-something something something. Unfortunately, this is at a stupidly low bitrate because it's 22 minutes long, so higher bitrate MP3 and FLAC are available. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Jun 16, 2011 - 1 comment

No Can Do

Live at Cozmo's Cafe, Shibuya, Tokyo, February 17, 2011. Video here. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 19, 2011 - 4 comments

Polk Salad Annie

Here's my humble version of Louisiana-born singer/songwriter Tony Joe White's most well-known tune. Recorded live at SABACO in Waseda, Tokyo on December 9, 2010. Loved this song ever since I first heard it at age 12. Here I'm using is the Vietnamese jaw harp called the Dan Moi, plus a wobbly, warbly drone from the JUNO 60 analog synth. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 13, 2010 - 5 comments

Dan Moi Mini #1

Fifty six seconds of music from a jaw harp from Vietnam, played by a guy from Alabama, recorded in a room in Japan. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 10, 2010 - 2 comments

Only Passing Through

I posted a solo version of this tune back in January 2010, but this is the Medicine Bone version, recorded at a gig the other night right here in ol' Tokyo town. Video at YouTube.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 28, 2010 - 2 comments

That's the Way it Wiggles

I've been doing a lot of gigs lately, so why not post some of the music here, right? This one is from a jaw harp mini-festival I was part of on March 28, 2010. I'm playing the Vietnamese jaw harp called the Dan Moi, along with a bass line from my JUNO 60 analog synth. Video of this same performance can be seen at YouTube.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 30, 2010 - 9 comments

Paraselene Motorway

Other acceptable responses would be "Moon Dog Highway," "False Moon Interstate," or "I'm Making Crap Up Because Titling Instrumental Pieces is an Exercise in Futility in the First Place" [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Mar 27, 2010 - 0 comments

Essential Elements for Imaginary Instruments

A look back at grade school music class. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Mar 23, 2010 - 1 comment

Little Bug on the Floor

This fast and dirty recording is from the mic on a Sony CyberShot camera. It's no audiophile's dream, for sure, but I just felt like getting some recent jaw harp tunes down to live video the other day, as I had a free hour in a big conference room. The room is definitely present in the recording. Anyway, video of this performance can be seen at YouTube and Vimeo. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 4, 2010 - 11 comments

Only Passing Through

...we're all in Folsom Prison, but there ain't no Johnny Cash... Recorded live in performance at Nana Hari, Tokyo, on January 17, 2010. For this song I'm playing the Vietnamese jaw harp known as the Dan Moi. Video of this performance at YouTube and Vimeo. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 20, 2010 - 15 comments

My Own Personal Light Show

Meditations on a thunderstorm. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Aug 26, 2009 - 0 comments

Low, High, MetaFilter Noise.

Demons of MetaPhonia? [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Aug 26, 2009 - 1 comment

Mozzarella (Producer's Cut)

This is what happens when the whole band is present, overdubbing together--and you're still stupid, but now there's one more of you! [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Aug 11, 2009 - 11 comments

Run Run Run

Looking through the lyrics, I had no idea what we were going to do for this track. Man vs sun, however, knew from the get-go. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Jul 12, 2009 - 6 comments

Femme Fatale

Skeedly Scoodly doo-bee a-scoo-boop WHOA ba-deedly doot-'n doo-wow. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Jul 3, 2009 - 6 comments

Mozzarella

Part two of the epic Cheese trilogy. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Jun 26, 2009 - 3 comments

The Great Curve

One of my favourite songs by Talking Heads--an experiment of sorts. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Jun 4, 2009 - 1 comment

O'er Cresting Phrygian Waves

A return to roots, an experiment with new textures. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on May 29, 2009 - 1 comment

Groove for Tomatoes (A Prayer)

A sequel, of sorts. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on May 26, 2009 - 1 comment

Japonisme (2)

MeFiMu stalwart micayetoca asked me if there was anything else from the Japonisme project, so I dug up this other one that I'd done a while back. It's just a simple little ditty that uses an a cappella vocal (slowed down a bit) from a 7" record I picked up at a flea market, to which I've added a rhythm track and some bamboo jaw harp. I put it to some video footage I shot here in Tokyo, too, and uploaded it to YT earlier today. If you'd like to see it...
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 25, 2009 - 9 comments

Pour Me Another Box of Wine

An instrumental from Sailor Martin representing his state of mind most of the time: noisy, jug bandish, sloppy, yet unexpectedly chipper and mellow. Listen closely and you can hear Sailor Martin singing along in the background. Entry number 7 for the RPM challenge.
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 19, 2009 - 4 comments

I Married Her for Her Money (She Married Me for My Lies)

My 6th RPM song for Sailor Martin. A close harmony country song about love and deception. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 18, 2009 - 2 comments

Cupcake, When You Have a Chance

This month's themes (cupcake, brisk, interstitials) didn't exactly turn the inspiration amplifier up to 11, but, goddammit, I ain't one to run away from a challenge, no sirree. I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. So this one goes out to you, my little cupcake. You know who you are. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 15, 2007 - 10 comments

Used To Ride That Train

There must've been hundreds of times over the years that I've tapped out a rhythm on a pan full of water while doing the dishes, the pitch woozily shifting as the h2o sloshes about. At those times I've almost always thought, hey, I should put this on a track sometime. Of course, I never did, until the first MeFi Music Challenge, with its "water" theme. Along with the big metal bowl full of troubled waters, you'll hear jawharp, talking drum, bombo drum, bell, shaker and vocal. [Lyrics and more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 5, 2007 - 10 comments

Just Blew Into Town

Here's a song from the RPM '07 CD that I just popped into the mail today. In the end I was able to get 8 presentable tunes together within the space of the month. Whew!
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 1, 2007 - 11 comments

Blues Wrapped Round My Head

In a slow count of 5, here's some kind of convergence of Burma and the blues, or thereabouts. "scissors cut paper / paper blows away / stone smashes scissors / and so it goes / another day / but it's all downhill from here / at least that's what sisyphus said /ah you're fucked six ways from sunday / with the blues wrapped round your head"
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 23, 2007 - 6 comments

Until You Kiss Me

"i blew across the great plains like a plastic bag / from the broken heart of town to the dock of the bay / there ain't that much to say about the wide wide world / people everywhere just sleepwalk in their own little way / and ain't no hope of waking up / until you kiss me babe"
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 16, 2007 - 20 comments

Flat Fix

This is a tune from a 1995 release called "Samm Bennett's History of the Last Five Minutes", from the Knitting Factory label. The CD is currently out of print. The guitarist is Hahn Rowe, everything else is me. I've been thinking about re-releasing this and possibly my earlier KF CDs on my own label (Yay! Rights have reverted back to yours truly!) but I've got a bunch of new songs I wanna release first. Thought I'd just throw this one out there into the ether. Anyway, [lyrics inside] and, hope you enjoy...
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 10, 2007 - 7 comments

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