Santa put a new saturation plugin in my stocking. I......may have overdone it a bit on this quick song about appreciating life and what you have - just in time for the New Year. [more inside]
This medieval English carol is certainly not cheerily optimistic-sounding, but might not quite qualify as pessimistic. "Somber" is better - a mood rarely evoked for Christmas. [more inside]
New Years. Listlessness and Watching Your Life Go Bye. But there is Love and Hope nestled deep in in the chorus. [more inside]
Short piano solo: Snow falls on the prairie.
A song about the winter weather or lack thereof, the defining El Niño of my childhood, family troubles, a metaphor about my lack of perspective, and an impression of a musical sheep. [more inside]
Loops of slow disorienting guitar noises, and other sound wierdness. Sections fade in and out of one another, building and cresting. I picture it akin to an adult version of riding on Willy Wonka's fucked-up boat ride. [more inside]
Sonic equivalent of a child smashing toy cars into each other for the anniversary of when a man did a speech and August/September Music challenge. [more inside]
Cover of the Beatles' 'Michelle' as recorded by The Lucky Sperms, a band I was in with Daniel Johnston and Jad Fair. From our Jagjaguwar Records release Somewhat Humorous. [more inside]
Sample reduced synthetics, atonal feedback, and other fancy marginally (ir)relevant musical gibberish. It's loud, and isn't that really all you wanted? [more inside]
A song about Huntsville, AL, for the City Songs challenge. [more inside]
One more 1865 banjo tune for the city songs challenge trifecta! This is another Frank B. Converse composition. Fretless banjo and tambourine, a bit of reverb for extra stateliness.
Another 19th century banjo tune for the City Songs Challenge, this one from Frank B. Converse's New and Complete Method for Banjo With and Without A Master. [more inside]
For the May/June/July Music Challenge, billiebee and I collaborated on a Joni Mitchell cover. [more inside]
An ode to Havana in a mongrelized "guagancó" rhythm. It's badly sung in Spanish, and awkwardly played using congas, bongos and a batá. I've included my original lyrics in Spanish and an English translation. [more inside]
Getting in just under the wire for the May/June city song challenge, this is a short little banjo tune from Buckley's New Banjo Method of 1860. Fretless minstrel banjo, parlor guitar, bones and tambourine.
My entry for the May/June 'City Songs' challenge. [more inside]
Whereupon we invite an algorithm to make mincemeat of a rather squalid song and out comes happy accidents. [more inside]
My entry to this month's music challenge, written on the bus back from town. [more inside]
Felt inspired to throw together a cover of an old favorite for the May/June challenge. [more inside]
not actually, but kinda [more inside]
A rough vocal for a rough congregation. [more inside]
Not a complete theme song, more like the theme of a theme song. It makes mundane tasks like checking the mailbox seem urgent and full of import.
Instrumental piano piece. [more inside]
I was going through some old stuff and liked this one more than I remembered. Once I saw the September Challenge, I had to post. Acoustic guitar with countless f-bombs. [more inside]
For the music challenge, something that sounds like I've been feeling lately. Plenty of pump organ and piano. [more inside]
Here's my entry for the MetaMeta challenge. It's a cover of dobie's track hypotech from a while ago, done with many acoustic layers. Thanks to dobie for actually sending me the lyrics too! [more inside]
Coming late to this great mefimusic challenge. So many I still want to cover, but here's my noir version of umbú's excellent Kitten (in my robot purse), a song that packs way more adorable and awesome into less than three minutes than should feasibly fit. Hope I'm doing it justice. [more inside]
If memory serves, in my pre-teen years, bands At the Open Mic tended to sound a little like this. I wish more of them had covered Cortex's songs. [more inside]
A remix of an old acoustic cover of a Slipknot song. Glitched-out and re-sampled beyond recognition.
This is my cover of http://music.metafilter.com/7288/Pick-me-Up for the April/May Music Challenge. I could make a lot of excuses for how bad this. I didn't quite figure it all out and I re-arranged it a bit. The vocal melody is somewhat different because I had a hard time singing the original and I had to improv on lyrics as I just couldn't interpret the originals totally. But overall, this was interesting and fun. Hope you don't cringe too much Sredni Vashtar
The entirety of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." It seemed like a good idea at the time... [more inside]
Metafilter Music Challenge Jan/Feb 2014 [more inside]
Pretty excited about this one. This was a weird kinda experimental duet I wrote a long time ago and I'm finally starting to mess around with it for reals. It features my lovely and talented friend Pat. As per usual, I could always use some advice. Tricky stuff starts around 1:07. [more inside]
This is about the least effort you could put into wishing a merry f'n Christmas. Now with sleighbells. Of course.
Sometimes I just can't stop myself.
Merry Christmas, everybody.
Merry Christmas, everybody.
Kringle steals the singer's girlfriend and takes her to Berlin in his sleigh. Hardly a nice thing to do, especially around the holidays. [more inside]
Three days into December; it has got to be time for some Christmas songs! Four years ago I wrote this song, with lyrics in Swedish, to communicate my Christmas melancholy to my family. Two years later I was still sad, but now in English, and on camera... [more inside]
I was really hoping to get this posted in time for the November Challenge, but technical difficulties and the sudden realization that oh I really need a glockenspiel combined to -- wait, it's still November in Hawaii? I CLAIM FLAWLESS VICTORY [more inside]
A great song by Vera Lynn, not performed by Vera Lynn. Guitar, vocals, pump organ (back again!), a slinky, and hand sounds. [more inside]
A brief, throwaway cover of Johnny Violent's '90s Gabba classic North Korea Goes Bang for this month's 60 Seconds and Under MeFi Music Challenge. Over 9000 hours in
MS Paint Audacity. [more inside]
60 seconds of corny pop. [more inside]
This is a guitar solo over some jungle beats.
Simple (VERY SIMPLE!) 30 second composition created using the ChucK programming language. [more inside]
Request: a slow-jam and/or somber cover version of End of the Rainbow by September. [more inside]