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A Darker Shade of Blue

The lead track off the album we just released. Like a lot of tracks on the album, I posted early versions of it here on MeFiMu so it might be fun to track the 19-year evolution from acoustic ballad to powerpop anthem.
posted by Sportswriters on Dec 10, 2014 - 3 comments

Kingdom Come (15 Metaphors for Love)

There were originally 23 metaphors but it was 8 too many. [more inside]
posted by Sportswriters on Oct 21, 2014 - 3 comments

Miss America (Q Hut mix)

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]
posted by unSane on Aug 13, 2013 - 6 comments

Lines

I wrote the music for this last summer, and I eventually intend to re-record it with lyrics once I finish them but for now I'm putting it up here as an instrumental and looking for feedback from the MeFi community.
posted by MattMangels on Jan 15, 2013 - 1 comment

The Waiting Game

I've always wanted to write a blue-eyed Northern Soul stomper. And it appears now I have, kinda. Grab some Lucozade and a towel and we'll have a MeFi meetup down at the Wigan Casino. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 16, 2012 - 3 comments

New New Shoes

Chococat asked about a stripped version of this song I posted a few days ago. I tried and failed. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 18, 2012 - 19 comments

New Shoes

One night when I was about twenty I dreamed about looking into a mirror and seeing my father's face staring back. It freaked me out, deeply, because I had made a conscious effort not to be like him. So this is a song about that. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 11, 2012 - 4 comments

Your Ball and Chain (slight return)

I remixed this song I posted a few days ago taking into account some of the feedback and I like it a whole lot better now! [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 12, 2012 - 7 comments

Sunblind

OK, this is a shitty mix, I freely admit, but I need to draw a line under it for the moment. Features an underwhelming banjo solo -- in fact the only thing I can play on the banjo as yet -- and a bunch of notes I really can't hit, but I still like it for the way it kicks off at about 1'45, and in particular the lift at 2'20. It's a hell of a lot of fun to play live too. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 8, 2012 - 6 comments

Dust Samples

Back on the horse! Here's a song I wrote and recorded tonight. The idea was a laid-back, french café sort of sounding tune. It's about interstellar exploration. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Aug 5, 2012 - 2 comments

Carnival of Lies

One-take before-pants demo of a cynical little song that's been buzzing round in my head recently. Video here. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 comments

Light of Day

A bit of mellow but bight piano-based pop in 6/8, ostensibly about getting out of your head and into your life. [more inside]
posted by anthom on Mar 1, 2012 - 0 comments

Hold on to Love

For some reason I entered the New Year feeling despondent, so I wrote this to cheer myself up. So I suppose it's a resolution. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jan 18, 2012 - 8 comments

Don't Fool Me (2011 version)

Are we there yet? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 26, 2011 - 1 comment

On Valentine's Day

On February 11th, 1963, the poet Sylvia Plath committed suicide. This is the song the elderly painter, Mr Thomas, who lived in the flat below hers, did not write about the event. An odd little ballad in 7/8. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 10, 2011 - 26 comments

Occupy My Heart

Entry for this week's Songfight. Set the time signature to 15/8 and janglepop to maximum! [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 2, 2011 - 25 comments

A Town with no Pity

Epic 60s janglepop meets Northern Soul, final version of the tune I've been evolving here and on The Music Incubator. All based on a little piano riff, and therefore my August challenge entry too. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jul 31, 2011 - 7 comments

Rock, Paper, Scissors (the single mix)

Shorter, sweeter mix of this responding to some of the suggestions on the last one. Lost the first intro, cleaned up the drums, changed the harmonies slightly, brought up the melody guitars, and dropped in a blazing little guitar solo, even if I do say so myself! It's under three minutes now -- give it a listen! Now just have to figure out the B-side...
posted by unSane on May 3, 2011 - 18 comments

Rock, Paper, Scissors (1979 Powerpop Mix)

Balls out late 70s powerpop version of the song I posted an acoustic demo of yesterday. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Apr 8, 2011 - 16 comments

Ten Years in a Hundred Dollar Suit (vox up)

I pushed the vocal track a couple of dB on this track I posted yesterday as several people suggested. See what you think. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 6, 2010 - 11 comments

Ten Years in a Hundred Dollar Suit

So Aimee Mann and Bruce Springsteen are in a bar discussing the greatness that is Living on a Prayer, but what they haven't noticed is that Toto are at the next table, and Sonic Youth just walked in the back... [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 5, 2010 - 12 comments

Simple Town (Full Version)

Feisty powerpop version of the a capella song I posted for the challenge. Man, this was another freakin' difficult song to mix, not least because it was the first one I did on my Yamaha HS50m monitors which Chococat recommended.You know when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night in a hotel and accidentally turn on the overhead fluorescents and catch yourself stark naked in the most unflattering, pore-revealing detail and sort of gasp in horror? These speakers are like that. You fight them every inch of the way, not trying to get the song sounding good, but just to stop it sound so goddamn bad. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 24, 2010 - 7 comments

Shotgun

The only good thing about having a sore throat is that for a brief window of time I can hit some low notes. I was too sick today to concentrate on any real work but this was lying around half-finished so I took it another quarter of the way. Despite the title, this is not a murder ballad but a song about the day I realized Ms. unSane might (eventually) become Mrs unSane. Features a totally fake Hawaiian guitar, one of the rare moments where my surf playing has spilled over into one of my songs. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 9, 2010 - 3 comments

Balkan Red Alert Part II

Just sneaking this one under the wire for the Hallowe'en challenge. A thrown-together palate cleanser from the recent power pop -- a piece of Eastern European-flavored surf about the scariest thing I can think of. I actually gave myself the shivers when I was putting together the ending so it's probably worth sticking around for that. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 29, 2010 - 6 comments

Don't Fool Me (2010 version)

Today's espresso-driven shot of melodrama power-pop. Originally written around 1995, I think I finally nailed how it was supposed to sound. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 28, 2010 - 5 comments

The Pink Raincoat (studio version)

Sometimes songs come easy and sometimes they come hard. Everything about this one was hard. The final, sweated over, version of a song I posted a rough demo of a few weeks ago. Hopefully the results are worth it! [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 26, 2010 - 9 comments

You & San Francisco -- Big Hair Mix feat. Major Dundee

At long last, the remix of Y&SF with new vocals and Major Dundee's guitar work incorporated. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 25, 2010 - 4 comments

Child of the Light – Unfinished Mix

A bit of 80s style guitar-rock goodness. I wanted to wait with sharing this until the mix had actually been completed, but the sound guy is taking his sweet time, so here it is. [more inside]
posted by MaiaMadness on Sep 21, 2010 - 1 comment

You and San Francisco (studio version)

Full blown (not to say epic) production of this acoustic demo. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 2, 2010 - 12 comments

From the River to the Sea

A rough mix of a song in progress. Constructive criticism sought! [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jun 30, 2010 - 4 comments

Over

Back to the 4-track cassette box. This was a breakthrough song for me. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jun 28, 2010 - 3 comments

Outta Here

The Byrds meet Gary Glitter at a party hosted by Teenage Fanclub. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jun 25, 2010 - 10 comments

You and San Francisco

Only took me fifteen years to finish this song. Story inside. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jun 23, 2010 - 7 comments

Seventeen Below (Electric Version)

Someone suggested I re-record this with a heavier treatment. So I threw the kitchen sink at it. Guitars, guitars, more guitars, a cello section, some HEAVY guitars, harmonies and a bonus weather forecast. Don't let the quiet beginning fool you. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jun 9, 2010 - 7 comments

Darker Shade of Blue (Electric version)

Amped up version of a song I posted a few days ago. Gnarly guitars, Hammond organ, sweet harmonies, in a Television / Big Star / Matthew Sweet frame of mind. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 31, 2010 - 2 comments

Darker Shade of Blue

Another semi-autobiographical 1995 slice of cheerful melancholia. But a pretty guitar riff and one of my favorite choruses to sing, even if I never really could hit the last note. There's an electric version of this with more of a Big Star / Matthew Sweet feel, but darned if I can find it and anyway I like this one. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 25, 2010 - 2 comments

Seventeen Below

Me, a 4-track, a guitar, some cigarettes and some booze. Probably the most autobiographical thing I've ever written. That I'll cop too, anyway. And one of my favorites too. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 19, 2010 - 3 comments

Traps

A song about how humans fool pests to kill them, from the pest's point of view. Made today in 2 hours. [more inside]
posted by onehalfjunco on Dec 28, 2008 - 3 comments

Original Recipe

This is a recording from Ground Zero in Troy, NY. I played a solo show for about 50ish people and a stuffed pony.
posted by mikey10101 on Dec 28, 2007 - 4 comments

Fumble

Part 2 of my extended musical apology to mathowie. I have to earn my return.
posted by St Urbain's Horseman on Jun 28, 2007 - 10 comments

Prom Night

Kind of rough. We just mic the room and record while we play. No mixing or anything. I play the bass.
posted by Sailormom on Jun 8, 2007 - 6 comments

Spacetalk

A Van Winkle side project, Kurt Kostokos on guitar and drums, and Dave Appelbaum on keyboards. Definately of an exploratory sonic nature...
posted by dappelbaum on Sep 13, 2006 - 1 comment

Meat And Crackers

Me on keyboards with Van Winkle (bass, drums, electric guitar)
posted by dappelbaum on Sep 11, 2006 - 5 comments

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