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La Isla Bonita

A cover of the Madonna song, for September's uncool music challenge.
posted by edverb on Sep 28, 2011 - 7 comments

I Knew It All Along

In at the last minute for June's MeFiMu challenge. Loud autoharp pop. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jun 30, 2011 - 3 comments

After the Summer Has Gone

I thought this month's "Summer Song" challenge would be a slam dunk -- breezy, fluffy bubblegum! I can do that! I regret to report that Things Did Not Go As Planned. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jul 31, 2010 - 9 comments

My Favorite Sunbeam's Gone Away

A deliriously cheerful song of complete misery. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Feb 9, 2010 - 7 comments

The Ghost of Christmas Pluperfect Subjunctive

A Post-Christmas song for you, featuring autoharp, marimba, and some other things. Thanks to orthogonality for helping with the name! [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Dec 29, 2009 - 6 comments

Slide Your Left Hand to the Right (A Little)

This jaunty ditty features my wife singing lead and chococat playing the ukelele. I mostly just stand around. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Nov 2, 2009 - 6 comments

Say When

Just in time for the first day of Autumn, here's a fuzzy, sunny love song that I made for you. Give it a listen and hang on to that Summer feeling for another two-and-a-quarter minutes. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Sep 22, 2009 - 6 comments

Arms and Hands

We're trying to decipher notes taken down on arms and hands. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jun 21, 2009 - 6 comments

Thanks to the Wishing Well

If not for MeFi Challenge deadlines, I might never actually finish a song. This one has only two chords (D and G). Instruments used, in order of appearance: Autoharp, marimba, marxophone, triangle, glockenspiel, and accordion. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Apr 30, 2009 - 8 comments

I Gave You Lots of Presents (But You Left Me In the Past)

A tale of love long lost. If you're going to try and buy happiness, remember to keep the receipt. Autoharp, vocals, and a little bit of honky-tonk toy piano. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Mar 30, 2009 - 11 comments

I'm Not So Sure It's Not a Broken Heart

My recent music contributions here have maybe not really supported this statement, but: more than anything else, I like making catchy bubblegum pop songs. This is one of those. Autoharp, marimba, and a whole lot of new wave synth. See inside for tangential MetaFilter connections! [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Mar 6, 2009 - 13 comments

Girlfriend Song

It's okay to submit a MetaFilter Music Challenge song at the last minute (Pacific Standard Time) if the song itself is less than a minute long! You can't get blood from a stone, but you can get feedback from an autoharp. Here's a tender punk rock love song for you. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Nov 30, 2008 - 8 comments

Henry Pants

This is a song that I sing to my cat. Because he has a lot on his plate and a short attention span besides, this song is less than a minute long. It features autoharp, glockenspiel, and the "Min-O-Matic" rhythm box. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Nov 12, 2008 - 8 comments

Which Would You Rather Be?

Just in time for Election Day! This is a nice song to sing on your way to or from your local polling place. (If you sing it at the polling place -- or at work, or really in any polite company -- you will be frowned at, at the very least.) If you've already voted, that's okay -- you can sing it while watching the returns, or simply learn it for next time. If you're not in the United States, that's okay, too -- it will probably still apply. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Nov 3, 2008 - 5 comments

The Girl at the End of the Road

I guess this might be interpreted as a stream-of-consciousness horror story. There's maybe three or four different autoharp tracks here, including a distorted autoharp that I really dig. And a backwards autoharp! These autoharps say "Happy Halloween!" [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Oct 31, 2008 - 5 comments

Fingers

This song will, in less than a minute, explain how to live your life. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Sep 29, 2008 - 9 comments

monster

demo/demonstration [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Sep 20, 2008 - 8 comments

Treehouse

For the MeFi Music Challenge: Here is a happy little song about insects for the education and edification of children. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Aug 28, 2008 - 8 comments

Too Late to Sleep

Here's a track for your next narcoleptic dance party. It may be the only song in the world to feature both the Stylophone and the Violin-Uke. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jul 28, 2008 - 9 comments

2 Cigarettes (cover)

For this month's MeFiMu Challenge: Here's my fuzzy, fizzy, buzzy cover of chococat's original, one of my very favorite MeFi songs. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jun 9, 2008 - 13 comments

When We Were Small

Moody ruminations with autoharp and marimba accompaniment. I just finished it, so it's still pretty hot -- watch your fingers. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Apr 24, 2008 - 3 comments

When My Baby Was Mine

My one-person band, drowsy, delivers this delicious 1950s-inspired retro-pop (with crunchy autoharp topping!) directly to your doorstep. Quick, answer the door! [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Apr 4, 2008 - 3 comments

Deeper Towards My Maker

A belated MeFi Music Challenge entry, a waltz in D major. [more inside]
posted by edverb on Feb 4, 2008 - 0 comments

Watching Cartoons With You

In the kitchen I can hear you whistling // like no one's listening // When no one's up but you and me // we'll eat and watch cartoons on TV
posted by edverb on Jan 19, 2008 - 6 comments

A Minute to Let That Thought Sink In

The gnawing emotions of uncomfortable notions. A low-fi MeFi music challenge entry. [more inside]
posted by edverb on Nov 29, 2007 - 3 comments

There Are No Answers

A funeral march in D minor. [more inside]
posted by edverb on Nov 28, 2007 - 3 comments

Happy

Here is a cheerful ditty for all of you. My one-man-band, drowsy, usually uses autoharp but this song doesn't have any. It does have toy piano, if that's any consolation. (Please let me know if it is not.) [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Nov 28, 2007 - 6 comments

Groovebooty

A groovy little excuse to abuse a wah pedal
posted by edverb on Nov 3, 2007 - 8 comments

get the door

simple, mellow track for the long awaited summer. still experimenting with bent instruments. thoughts?
posted by RobertFrost on Jun 13, 2007 - 5 comments

Postcard

Here's another song by drowsy, my one-person band, and once again daja sings guest vocals. Voice and autoharp and nothing else, recorded live to four track cassette (but we only used two of the tracks).
posted by Karlos the Jackal on May 29, 2007 - 2 comments

her theme

A song I recorded several years ago. I thought I would someday go back and fix the numerous rythmic imperfections and scratchy guitar but have since lost the make file, changed recording software and generally made my peace. Beware of turntable.
posted by RobertFrost on May 21, 2007 - 4 comments

The Words That Escape

An instrumental about words.
posted by edverb on May 14, 2007 - 0 comments

221

How many autoharps is too many? 'Cause this song has four. (more info in the first comment.)
posted by Karlos the Jackal on May 14, 2007 - 4 comments

Let Me Wear Your Ring

drowsy, my autoharp-driven one-person-band, briefly expands to two with daja's guest vocals on this song. Pure pop bliss in two minutes or less. Served up winsome and bitter, just the way you like it.
posted by Karlos the Jackal on May 7, 2007 - 5 comments

Me and the Pedestal

By drowsy, my one-person band. Pop music with autoharp and drum machine!
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Apr 1, 2007 - 7 comments

bent+acoustic

Back from the dead! Original description: A quick-and-dirty first attempt at combining circuit bent instruments with acoustic guitar. I know some people frown at the idea of forcing bent instruments into measure and meter but there's a 24% chance that those people are no fun. Did it work? I dig it. Any suggestions?
posted by RobertFrost on Mar 30, 2007 - 6 comments

slow happy south

I put this together days after being given a banjo as a gift. It is made up of the one roll and four chords I knew at the time (about a year ago). It doesn't really kick in for like :40 so give it a bit. (horn stabs at the end are sampled.)
posted by RobertFrost on Sep 4, 2006 - 4 comments

MA:46 - Tunnel Dwellers Anthem

I'm working on a collection of songs of various genres for a concept album about life in a ruined West Coast city sometime in the future. This song is a demo track of a melodic industrial / rock tune about an oppressed group lashing out.
posted by thedaniel on Jul 12, 2006 - 4 comments

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