A bit of a production experiment; rather than use a click track + programmed drums, I used a click-free guitar track as the bed, and layered performed keyboard drums on top. A slightly trickier process but thought it would result in more authentic feel/better pocket etc. An instrumental demo track based off Milton Nascimento's "Cravo e Canela". Recorded in the fall of 2015 in Rosebud, AB.
This is a recording of a performance I did last Friday of Hozier's "Take Me to Church" at my medical school's Evening of the Arts. I'm super proud of how it turned out. (Video here.) The first minute or so is the intro from the host of the show, then the song begins.
A traditional fiddle tune, recorded live at the Rainspout festival in Yachats, OR, November 2015. [more inside]
This is another arrangement of a video game, but this time I wrote the original, as a Nintendo-compatible authentic chiptune, and then later turned it into this by improvising on piano, and sending it to my dear friend Jeff to play violin over it. My job BEST JOB OF WORLD.
A proof of concept. This was our first complete take at this at rehearsal a couple weeks ago. My prog tribute project, The Yes Men. All live, recorded in the garage by John. [more inside]
Live tune from The Harvey Girls. [more inside]
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.
Here's my band, the Swamp Root Jimmies, recorded live at a show in Tokyo on June 25, 2014. Video here.
From the recent, second gig of my new band the Swamp Root Jimmies. God I love these guys. Video here.
Carbon 7, plus guest Fred Mitchim on the flute. Making it up on the spot, as usual. [more inside]
Carbon 7 again, making it up as we go, per usual. This one seemed to come from a slightly dark and empty space. [more inside]
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.
The same song I posted a couple of weeks ago, but this time with live everything, including Hammond, drums, and Rhodes. No sims or samples involved... all recorded in the (very reverberant) Quonset hut. Mostly done as an exercise, turned out to be interesting I think. [more inside]
A little tune I wrote a while back. [more inside]
A 13th Floor Elevators song, recorded live at Trailer Space Records last Saturday night. [more inside]
A team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has spotted sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star. [more inside]
Acoustic tune for this month's challenge [more inside]
One fish was the first fish to walk on land, one fish was the first fish to breathe the air. [more inside]
Carbon 7 again -- This was the opening salvo at our Solstice show last month. 10 minutes-worth of us making it up as we go. Recorded live at the Carousel Lounge. [more inside]
This little number rhymes "burning bush" with "tush". Also "Otis Redding" with "bedding" and "wedding". And "golden ladder" with "pancake batter". Plus, so much more. You are urged to listen. Video and lyrics here.
A spontaneous 20-minute creation by Carbon 7. The first song from our first live show a couple weeks ago. We tripped a breaker at 20:44 or it would have gone longer. [more inside]
From a solo gig, August 2012. Uses a little 4-note bass line (loop) and a snare drum. And vocal, including muted trumpet imitation. Pretty minimal stuff. Video here.
A live performance of a "reconstruction" of a Zola Jesus song performed at Sonic Circuits Broken Mic Night. [more inside]
In which we jam out on our axxxes. I have temporarily given up even naming these... things. Another long spontaneous session by Carbon 7, my space-rock improvisational trio. [more inside]
Here's the SMOKE BENDERS, live in Toyama, Japan, from March 2012. The sound is a little gymnasium-y, due to the fact that the gig was in a gymnasium. I'm on electric talking drum for this one. Video here.
A live version of Terry Riley's piece "In C". [more inside]
My new psychedelic improv trio, Carbon 7. We're making it up as we go along. [more inside]
This is from my newest band, the Dosages, from a gig we did last month, providing live musical accompaniment for bondage master Arisue Go, who ties up young ladies and suspends them from the ceiling. Hella gig, eh? There's a video (plus videos of two more tunes from the same show) here. [more inside]
A song about our favourite morally dodgy chemistry teacher [more inside]
Another one featuring the amazing WaveDrum. Video here.
Impromptu version of the holiday classic. This closed out the night for the Smoke Benders' last gig of 2011. Video here.
Dusted off ye olde WaveDrum (it's been a while) for a solo gig the other night, and played it over a simple bass line (from ye olde JUNO synth) which I have on ye olde iPod, for a new version of a song that appears on ye olde Roomful of Ghosts, and which ye can see on ye olde YouTubes and Vimeos.
From the latest BIG SYSTEM gig. Mostly drumming going on here (WaveDrum and talking drum), but the one verse I broke into (never got around to the next one) is from an old song of mine (someone uploaded it to YT here), and that was enough to give this one a title. Video at YouTube or Vimeo.
From the inaugural gig of my new clatter trio, the Metaphors, here's a tune I posted (in a solo version) here earlier this year. Video at YT or Vimeo.
Another world premiere, friends, from a tiny little joint in deepest Koenji. Once again I'm bangin' on the back of my diddley bow, with nothing else but a drone and a stombox to accompany my mournful cries. Lyrics and video here.
A brand new song I performed for the first time a coupla nights ago, at a little joint in Koenji, Tokyo. Video at YouTube or Vimeo. Lyrics here.
My band, Mice in Cars, recorded live at 529 in East Atlanta during Nophest. This was the song's debut. Sloppy, but man! Dig those drums!
The Smoke Benders return once again, to kick out the proverbial jams. Flubbed the lyrics a little bit, but hey, it's only rock and roll. Video here.
Extended glitchy soundscape, recorded live using today's Google "Les Paul" Doodle and some hardware effects.
Pretty straight-up cover of the Zep song. Live rehearsal recording. [more inside]
MeFiMu debut of the Electric Drum! From the Smoke Benders' recent Hokuriku tour, this is a tune I've posted before in a solo version. Video here.
Once again, it's that song that I just can't stay away from. This time it's coming at you from the Hokuriku region: live in Kanazawa, Japan, from my trio, the Smoke Benders. Our tuba player Daysuke Takaoka is channeling the deep didgeridoo spirits on this one. Video here.
Breaking out ye olde Hungarian mouth bow once again for this little number, recorded live at gaijin haunt What the Dickens in Ebisu, Tokyo, on the first day of May in the year of Two Thousand and Eleven. Video here.
i put down the phone / left a bag of cookies on the corner / filled my brain with a soft white light / sent all my 8-track tapes / to my cousin down in mississippi / took my foot off the pedal, and gave up the fight... A brand new song, live in Tokyo, May 1, 2011. Video here.
Here's another tune from an earthquake/tsunami disaster relief benefit show that i was part of on April 8, 2011. This one is a traditional gospel number. Video here.
A long one-take improvisitation played live with Ableton echo and a vocal beat loop I recorded that I knob-twiddled while I played.
Who Hit John tries our hand at this old standard. [more inside]
Breaking out ye olde stick dulcimer again for this one, plus the trusty stompbox. Live in beautiful downtown Shibuya, February 10, 2011. Video here.