36 posts tagged with mefimusicchallenge by cortex.
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Everything Is Fucked (Keep On Going)

A wrote a little pep talk, for myself and for anyone else who needs one, as we wade through the fuckedness of all this. Catchy and short and angry and upbeat and exactly a minute long. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 20, 2016 - 25 comments

Rocket City

A song about Huntsville, AL, for the City Songs challenge. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 31, 2015 - 4 comments

It Ain't Easy (Bowie cover)

I think I may be kicking off the summer Ziggy Stardust Cover Album project with this intentionally muddy, garage-blues riff off my assigned track. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 11, 2013 - 21 comments

Another Brick in the Major

Take Another Brick in the Wall parts 1, 2, and 3, jam 'em all into one quick bluegrass shitkicker, throw it into a major key, and you get this. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 20, 2013 - 7 comments

Margaritahell

As made famous by gloomy pirate Jimmy Bummer. E minor with ukulele and guitar. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 16, 2013 - 5 comments

Let Down

Lofi Computer stumbles on.
posted by cortex on Aug 2, 2012 - 4 comments

Exit Music (for a Film)

Another track from Lofi Computer. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 1, 2012 - 2 comments

Paranoid Android

The epic second track off the Roddy's O-Face record. It's pretty hefty compared to the rest of the songs, so make sure you can handle a solid minute and forty five seconds. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 comments

Airbag

Sweet, I tracked down the opening track off Lofi Computer. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 30, 2012 - 0 comments

Subterranean Homesick Dylan

It's well known that Radiohead went to Bob Dylan for inspiration on the title of Subterranean Homesick Alien; it's less well known that they actually lifted the song structure and lyrics themselves from this rare demo recording. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 26, 2012 - 5 comments

Subterranean Homesick Alien

In the six months they were together, Roddy's O-Face went through three bassists, the last of whom insisted on being called "The Colonel" at all times. This was a song about the town they were all going to high school in. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 comments

Karma Police

Here's another Roddy's O-Face track off their Lofi Computer album! If I remember right, Ned wrote this one, and it's about his ex-girlfriend's cop dad and the time he drew a magic marker Hitler stache on her at a party when she passed out, or something like that. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 12, 2012 - 10 comments

No Surprises

As recorded in Tom's mom's garage by the infamously unfamous punk ingenues Roddy's O-Face. From their first and only album, Lofi Computer. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 11, 2012 - 14 comments

Hero (cover)

First album I ever bought for myself was Mariah Carey's "Music Box", and it was mostly for the single "Hero". Accordingly, I had to cover that for this month's challenge. I wasn't sure what the hell to do with it, so I recorded an instrumental with: drums, piano, upright bass, melodica, two acoustic guitars, baritone uke, banjo, harmonica, another harmonica in a different key, some flute thing I found, thumb piano, and theremin and also some more theremin, almost all of those just playing improvised melody takes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 29, 2012 - 15 comments

Old Man (cover)

My best effort to turn a Neil Young song I've always disliked into a big blustery rock thing. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 31, 2011 - 8 comments

Additional Small Things

I loved ianK's minimalist take on All The Small Things the other day, and I thought it'd be fun to fill it out with a bunch more acoustic instrumentation and harmony vocals. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 25, 2011 - 6 comments

Everything I Do (I Dun Fer You)

Some rollicking bluegrass as a spoon to the heart of Bryan Adams, Kevin Costner, and basically that whole period of the early 90s. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 9, 2011 - 22 comments

Oh Come All Ye Slothful

A pragmatic carol for hungover sinners. Oh come let us eat breakast.
posted by cortex on Dec 27, 2010 - 6 comments

Silent Night

Extremely spartan recording, for me. Vox, piano, a simple vox harmony, and a melodica solo. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 22, 2010 - 2 comments

Have Yourself a Walken Little Christmas

A special encore performance by Christopher Walken and the Lounge Fellas.
posted by cortex on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 comments

Heart of Glass

A busy, silly, energetic million-things-going-on-at-once cover of the Blondie song that was #1 the day I was born. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 1, 2010 - 20 comments

O Holy Night

This is one of my favorite bits of not just holiday music but music in general, but it's not something I usually hear people rock out to. This is my attempt to help change that. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 8, 2009 - 14 comments

Oh Balloon Boy

This is my messy pop-rock interpretation of mikepop's excellent parodic adaptation of the old murder ballad "Darling Corey", which this sounds basically nothing like. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 6, 2009 - 12 comments

Femme Fatale (VU+N cover)

Now with less German supermodel. Plus, I play drums! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 28, 2009 - 10 comments

Femme Fatale

As realized by the Christopher Walken & The Lounge Fellas. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 7, 2009 - 23 comments

Acappellujah

It's still June for another hour and seventeen minutes, server time. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 30, 2009 - 5 comments

Zimmerlujah

An attempt to anger both Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 19, 2009 - 11 comments

Hillbillujah

This is the soundtrack to a movie about Leonard Cohen going on a rafting trip in rural Appalachia. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 18, 2009 - 15 comments

Halle Hula

When Elvis Met Leonard. Nothing but uke, vox, and questionable taste. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 17, 2009 - 45 comments

Brubekujah

Stealing the 5/4 shuffle from Take Five and injecting it into Leonard Cohen: non-trivial. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 11, 2009 - 23 comments

Hallelujah, Hoarse (cover)

I thought I'd take one for the team and kick off June's "Cover Hallelujah" Music challenge. This is a scratch recording I made about a year ago when I was home sick and had lost most of my voice. If you ever wanted to hear Excessively Husky-Voiced Cortex, this is your chance. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 4, 2009 - 15 comments

It's Jay!

A less-than-one-minute theme song I wrote five years ago for a fictional sitcom about a guy I worked with at the time. A music challenge twofer that I have had in the can for half a decade. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 14, 2008 - 11 comments

The Dangers of Buying an Older House

A moody composition on behalf of the things in our new house that very much want us to know we were there first. Happy Halloween! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 31, 2008 - 7 comments

Amenoukihashi (Bridge)

This is a sort of a memoir of the early romantic life of the Japanese gods Izanagi and Izanami, based on my almost complete ignorance of the subject.
posted by cortex on Aug 31, 2007 - 8 comments

Green and Long and Mean

This is a song that is very informative about the characteristics and dangers of snakes.
posted by cortex on Jul 20, 2007 - 9 comments

The Bottom Falls Out of the Clouds

A song about the rain—I seem to write a lot of those—and for the inaugural round of the Mefi Music Challenge.
posted by cortex on Jun 28, 2007 - 16 comments

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