A song about brought-back-from-the-dead Blaseball pitcher Jaylen Hotdogfingers whose beanballs now convey a deadly and contagious ailment to anyone she hits. Lyrics by @phasmantistes, and apologies once again to Dolly Parton. [more inside]
Slow burn instrumental. Bass, guitar, my son on keys (he's 13 today!). [more inside]
My old computer choked on even basic things, and that killed my interest in making music. This is a lot more fun when I can throw things around without worrying about it hanging for 30-300 seconds.
I saw a video this evening where someone had a name written, well, so I thought, um, yeah. [more inside]
Ambient instrumental. Just bass + guitar.
A modern old-time fiddle tune, written by Rob Pine and Jim Mullany, played to test my small pedalboard and electric violin. [more inside]
A jazzy bit of fair warning, from the Charleston dugout's own Esme Ramsey Quartet. Featuring Esme on vox and upright bass, Joe Voorhees on piano, Gunther O'Brian on drums, and Antonio "Bony" Wallace taking a solo on his own xylophonic ribcage. [more inside]
I've briefly interluded from my normal style of electronica music in order to focus more on a sort of indie rock sound, because clearly we need more of that totally not done-to-death genre, right? I'd appreciate any feedback, though, as I have a hard time being objective and either love or hate most of my creative output. I've also included an impromptu creative writing piece inspired by the general idea in my head I had for this song. Details inside, yada yada. [more inside]
While halfassedly doing chores today, I made up a personal anthem, and then immediately had to "orchestrate" it for a tiny marching band. Lyrics below the cut. [more inside]
This is a little tune I wrote a few months back. I was thinking about Irish slow airs, and wanted to have some of that feel, combined with some harmony stuff I've been playing with. I was down visiting my parents, and showed it off for them, and they demanded I record it for them, so here it is! [more inside]
More concertina and bayan based minimalist weirdness, this time with trombone! Noisy bits are just clickety clacking the bayan's keys, and crumpling some paper.
While most recording equipment is destroyed by the ambient cosmic horror rays that suffuse a typical blaseball game, we've unearthed a rare crowd sing-along performance captured on hand-carved vinyl by an especially stalwart Charleston Shoe Thieves fan. Here, then, is "Let Me Into The Blaseball", an absolutely legally non-infringing original song that blaseball fans have been known to sing in what short time the Blaseball Gods choose to grant them. [more inside]
Nightmarish song about an anxious trapeze artist. Motion sickness warning. [more inside]
another pop song [more inside]
More music about Blaseball, this time the story of the time Morrow Doyle hit a grand slam in the 15th inning and shattered the universe. Time went backward, the play got erased by timelords, and the Shoe Thieves and their Event-sharing rivals Breath Mints have played one more game than the rest of the league, a game lost in an alternate branch of reality.
A little bit of a song about Charleston Shoe Thieves player Workman Gloom, their dog and teammate (and Shoe Thieves pitcher) Beasley Gloom, and the life that is stealing shoes and playing blaseball. [more inside]
pop song with a train beat feel [more inside]
Franz Schubert Op. 90, No. 11 [more inside]
I'm learning to play the bayan (Russian Chomatic button accordion) and the concertina, and accidentally fell into Terry Riley / Steve Reich territory. [more inside]
This morning I manged to catch the crest of a creative wave and surf it to the expression of this little track. This song is all about layers and details with an upbeat, positive chillout vibe. Consider it a minor antidote to 2020. [more inside]
A doomy electronic track. Think John Carpenter and Drive Like Jehu. 5 tracks of the Jupiter-X and a searing guitar. Heading into a weekend of violence on Capitol Hill in Seattle, feeling an impending sense of unease and resigned confirmation of the conflict to come. A diary entry, a stake in the moment of time. Hoping that predictions are wrong, pouring out my stubborn vulnerability that all my fears are for naught.
Piano improvisation based on the initial riff that eventually goes into a groove section which I loop and add bass/drums. And then there is an outtro part after the groove with a cheeky solo on the fretless bass.
More microKORG experimentation, this time a Gillian Welch cover. I've finally gotten around to listening to this album recently, and a lot; it's really latching on to me. The title track is gorgeous and where I can't match Welch's vocals I can get weird instead, so: vocoder time. [more inside]
This was a sort of contemplative outro track for an album I released on Soundcloud earlier this year. The highlight is probably the delightfully warbly horn synth I stumbled across that did a decent job of filling out the song's character with its wandering melody.
A short improvisation on the Roland JD-XA synthesizer using the 4-voice analog synth engine w/ arpeggiator and its wonderful filters!
Self-love song with guitar and lots of synthesizers. [more inside]
Part of a country/folk Clash covers project I'm doing. [more inside]
After coveting the things for 15+ years I finally went and bought a microKORG synth/vocoder from a person in town who was selling it slightly used for cheaper. I have been playing with it all morning and here is an attempt to put several pieces together in a hastily improvised song. [more inside]
Almost a cover, but not really.
it's a thing that sounds like new order, the feelies and lcd soundsystem
Thought I was writing my own song with these chords today, but realized I had stumbled on everything i wanted, and decided to embrace it.
A song that dates back many years and many arrangements. [more inside]
Post-rock instrumental. Guitar, bass, programmed drums.
Well, here's a rock song I made. I'm not good at descriptions. The rest of the ep is various places as 'Microvague'. [more inside]
Free-form dark instrumental jam. Bass, guitar, keys, programmed drums, traffic noise. [more inside]
Track 2 from my new release Carefully Introducing Problems. Drone/dark ambient/spooky synth/a touch of Berlin School. 100% of proceeds from the album will be donated to Reclaim the Block and Afrorack. Today, June 5, it is #bandcampfriday and I will be personally matching donations. [more inside]
Love song, guitar by me, bass and drums by Music Memos app. [more inside]
I've been playing with armoured-ant's excellent Hey It's Okay, and I liked this little short version.
Important information from Boris Johnson.