October 20

A New Flame

What a difference (or not) six years makes. 'A New Flame' is, well, a new version of our earlier song, simply entitled 'Flame'. [more inside]

October 14

chords 'n gourds

An autumnal fingerpickin' instrumental.

Reconstruction (Nothing but the Rain)

This is a "reconstruction" of my most popular song, "Nothing but the Rain," that came out last fall. Formerly a more mellow folksy song, the vocals are different and there is more energetic instrumentation. Can be found in all the usual digital places (Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, etc.) under my name "MK Ellison." Enjoy!

September 30

It Don't Matter Who's First In Line

My golly, it's been years since I posted here! Shame on me. I miss the MeMu community. I recently released an album of kids' music, and thought I'd share a tune here. It's a classroom song about that age-old problem: cutting in line. [more inside]

Down a Hole

Little bit o' indie, little bit o' sadboy, whole lotta pitchy singing. There's a swear in there, so watch out! [more inside]

September 28

Manhattan Skyline

Some recent discussion on MeFi about the band a-ha reminded me that I'd recorded this acoustic cover of one of their songs a long time ago. This is actually based on an arrangement by Kings of Convenience, who made some interesting changes to the original song structure. Me on vocals and guitars (nylon-string and steel-string). [more inside]

September 27

The Last Baseball Game

One day in the future, there might be no baseball. For environmental reasons or whatever. Anyways, this is the opening theme song for the Last Baseball Game


It's been a while but I'm back with an evolving sound (and a changing voice). My new "official" single, "Time," is a midtempo, mysterious, moody alternative rock song with rich vocals. [more inside]

September 8

In the Key of Escape

A soundtrack-y, texture-y work-in-progress experiment with generative features in Reason.

September 4

Both Hands - cover (Ani DiFranco)

Acoustic guitar and voice. Pretty straight as far as my memory of the proper song goes. [more inside]

August 22

07 - orc pie at the mall - vampire deer

you won't get this at sbarro's - and they don't take numenorian express - (cue album end)

August 20

06 - dwarfdub headache - vampire deer

why do dwarves use axes? what good is an axe in a mine?

August 17

05 - smeagol gollum 2020 - vampire deer

thanks to sysinfo for the sudden change of title

August 16

04 - homeless in lothlorian - vampire deer

this really does sound sad, so i won't make any jokes

August 15

Continue Save Retry

My kids have been playing A LOT of OG Zelda. Got rid of this earworm the only way I know how, by leaning in.

August 10

03 - sauronacideye94 - vampire deer

drive by the world's biggest oliphant-cart tire past helleville near the dead marshes and onward to where the half-dead attempt to play baseball ...

August 7

02 - nazgul express - vampire deer

the in-flight movies and the dinners leave a LOT to be desired

August 6

Red Prairie Dawn

Takin a pass at this classic old time fiddle tune by Garry Harrison! Followed by a little acoustic guitar postlude, and then the neighbourhood cat shows up at the very end.

August 5

01 - holiday in mordor - vampire deer

introducing the new album, "jazz noises from middle earth", which is nothing like bo hansson

August 2

Permanent Temporary Structures

This one clatters along at a breakneck pace. Recorded about four years but I just felt the urge to throw a bit more guitar into the mix. Sredni Vashtar is a three piece that gigs occasionally in South London.

July 31


This isn't really about anything. It's just a solo improv piano piece called Principals. [more inside]

July 29

Happy Birthday To You From Dan

It's my birthday. I hope you all have at least as good birthdays in the coming years. [more inside]

July 28

God Give Me Strength

Song by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach. Recorded a while back with me on vocals and Bill Shaouy on piano. One of my favorite songs.

July 25


Well, it's really not the right time of year for this, but it fits my mood today. [more inside]

July 21

Here Come the Warm Jets

An arrangement of Brian Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets for modular synthesizer.

July 18

Mason-Dixon Line

There may be historical inaccuracies. More of the same from a 90s bedroom. [more inside]

July 12

Natural, I Guess

One man band home recording from the 90s. [more inside]

July 2

F9mily (You & Me)

A multi-tracked violin sketch/tiny cover of an excellent song by Lil Nas X that I can't get out of my head.

July 1

Far South Reel

One of the coolest tunes Frank B. Converse ever wrote, from page 105 of his 1886 Analytical Banjo Method. [more inside]

June 29

50 Years

50 years of queer revolution. Capitol Hill in Seattle was alive tonight. This is my love song to all my queer family. Listen in your most private loving spaces. I love you all so much it hurts.

June 28

So Tired Of

If you like Superchunk and the Ramones and wished they had recorded together.

June 18

Wrap-Up Rap for "Wrap-Up Rap"

I thought this MeFi thread on closing credit raps was crying out for a closing credit rap. [more inside]

June 16

Know what u want

this is heartfelt shit. It's all I know I dunno. [more inside]

June 15

Whistlin' Tune

Havin' a play with the gang! [more inside]

June 4

11 - guitar army - vampire deer

one day your children will ask you ... [more inside]

June 2

10 - slip away - vampire deer

just hope [more inside]

Uncle Bob

Moody, somewhat retro instrumental for synths and bass. [more inside]

May 29


Headphone candy.

09 - stay in your grave - vampire deer

another uplifting song [more inside]

May 25

08 - a strange girl - vampire deer

more memories [more inside]

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