In the past couple of weeks, I found myself going back to a piece that I'd started working on a few years ago -- probably because it's in a slower triple meter that's somewhat calming for me. This is a condensed one-minute version, featuring piano and guitar, for the 60 Seconds and Under #2 MeFi Music Challenge. [more inside]
Here's my submission (finally) for the assignment I got for the Great Raffle Request Challenge a few years back. The request: "Record a song (cover or original) on an instrument you don't really know how to play." This one's for Secretariat! [more inside]
I've been cranking out a lot of songs almost involuntarily lately and many of them seem to sort into a genre I think of as "Tragicomic Americana," a traditional mode of American blues, country, and folk songwriting that ruminates on heartbreaks and losses exaggerated to such dramatic extremes, the effect becomes darkly comic, like Hank Williams's "There's a Tear in my Beer," for example. Well, FWIW, here's my latest attempt to make a minor contribution to that grand tradition... [more inside]
One of the first compositions I wrote when I bought a guitar looper, recorded in my friend's apartment last June. Anxiety, illness, helplessness.
It was 2004 and I was staying with some new found friend in California, sleeping on his couch while I filled a Production Asst. for a straight-dvd-movie filming in Hollywood, Ca. He had this Digital multi-track recorder handed down to him by a friend, which he told me didn't work. It worked off a Zip drive disk, where it stored what you recorded. I believe the drive was probably failing frequently (wasn't that the case with all of those zip drives?)... [more inside]
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.
Tides and lilts, ebbs and flows. Something romantic, yet superfluous permeates 'River Town', with a spacious element opening up for sweepingly dreamy female vocals. At least that's how we see this Ummagma track. [more inside]
In the spirit of "Superstar" by legendary art-punk band Sonic Youth (who were covering The Carpenters chart-breaking track), here is 'Back to You'. Sonically similar, but content-wise very different. No superstar imagery from the perspective of a groupie here. Just some self-searching and hopefully grounding elements. [more inside]
What happened was this: I discovered an Ableton tutorial about how to create a pretty convincing shitty-old-tape effect, and then I upgraded my phone to iOS 7 and heard the new ringtones (which are actually really nice), and then I started noodling around, and I made a little thing of which I am unreasonably fond.
I bought a cheap casiotone keyboard. I have to figure out how to learn to play it, but in the meantime... drone!
Smooth dreaming and a swirl of energy-filled ethereal waves take the listener on a flight or sailing trip of sorts. The lo-fi nearly Billy Bragg element of this lo-fi output gets a bit velvety with vocals from Alexx Kretov and blissed out with all this chorus and reverb and that is exactly what was intended with this track. Enjoy!
Whispy male vocals and plenty of air for dream-weaving delicately frame this ethereal song. While "Photographer" is one of Ummagma's more melancholy songs, it's far from depressing. This one stands in the light. Features male vocals by Alexx Kretov (Ukraine).
A sub-2-minute garage-pop type of deal [more inside]
Hank Williams and tons o' tape delay! [more inside]
A bit of synthy iPhone silliness [more inside]
An annoying little new wave ditty [more inside]
Another acoustic guitar thing. [more inside]
Normal For Once work-in-progress mix [more inside]
A song written for a friend going through a bad break-up.
A very crap-quality song I wrote using three chords on a synthesizer keyboard and a terrible singing voice. Anyone who knows me knows that this entire thing is a massive satire, so don't take the lyrics or the cheesiness at face value. On second thought, I am probably even more cheesy than this song tells. [more inside]
Normal For Once in Toronto [more inside]
My acoustic cover of the Mefi favourite by Ke$ha.
Another bedroom-recorded song. [more inside]
My break-up song, written a number of years ago. [more inside]
Another lo-fi acoustic tune about the end of the world. Not too cheerful stuff. [more inside]
A bit of lo-fi pop goodness. [more inside]
The lyrical counterpoint to "My Cirripedian Friends". [more inside]
This is a song about drowning at sea, denial and adventure. [more inside]
This is what Slipknot would sound like if they were only one guy in his bedroom and didn't yell so much.
Cytochrome C - producer, MC. A lo-fi raptastrophe. [more inside]
A short song with some talking. Two tracks of ukulele, a drum loop, one canned organ blast, distortion. It's 8 degrees outside and the song reflects that. Recorded by The Grandma Sylvias, January 2010.
This is the song that the set of subsets of the natural numbers would write if it had a difficult adolescence and listened to a lot of early R.E.M. [more inside]
Last night's lo-fi dubstep trip-out. [more inside]
A song I made for an animated movie that might exist about people that are addicted to stars. [more inside]
Just some music I just made just now. [more inside]
The four-year-old barfed in preschool this morning and the two of us are home for the day. We just recorded this song: he's singing and playing drums, I'm shaking the rattle. It seems to be about bees, bears, and tyrannosaurs chasing each other through the forest. I like the ringing declaration "I'm a fly! I'm a fly!" that closes the song. Also, the lead singer peed himself a little right at the end, which I think is pretty rock and roll.
cortex was kind enough to let me borrow the lyrics from his song "The Bottom Falls Out of the Clouds" (which he wrote for the first ever MeFi Music Challenge), and allow me to set them to new folky/acoustic/lo-fi music for this month's challenge. [more inside]
A NSFW song about Mary (full of grace!) recorded in 2001 on a Tascam 4 track with an SP-202 and some ridiculous records and friends. From the same album as last year's Tryptophantastic. [more inside]
A new song about my bad tendency to just pack up and leave without warning. [more inside]
An old lo-fi loopy ambient motif.
Another new song, recording in the lowest-fidelity I can manage. This time a country blues song about scary things. [more inside]
My first new song in quite a long time, recorded in as deliberately lo-fi and distorted a manner as possible, because that's what I like. I'm now 40, so it's time for me to start singing country. Therefore, I have written a murder ballad. [more inside]
Another in my "Old Songs" series, where I record lo-fi versions of songs I wrote quite a while ago. This one came from sometime about 1996, and, as far as I can tell, it was composed in a fit of Brechtian depression after listening to an evening of Yiddish art songs. [more inside]
A song written and recorded today in one go. Can you guess what it's about? [more inside]
Lo-fi jangly short atonal pop. [more inside]
My wife and I did this cover of a song by the Donner Party. Best lyrics ever. [more inside]
A track from my new project called Mustache, as seen in the phrase "In Space, There Is No Mustache". [more inside]
A song written by my good friend Dylan Jones, as performed by my band - the Goddamn Handclaps. [more inside]
A happy happy holiday fuzzy buzzy song. Play at loudish volume. [more inside]
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