September 18

Caroline

Folky, catchy murder ballad. [more inside]


Partial Photonic Boundary

Simple post rock instrumental. Guitars, programmed drums, crowd sample. [more inside]


September 17

Taxi in Cairo

New song for the album featuring guitar, horns, strings, piano, drums, crooning [more inside]


September 16

Tell Her I Love Her

An astronaut's lament [more inside]


September 11

Open to the Sky

Dark ambient "uneasy listening" from my new Bandcamp release, 11 Spells. Software and Eurorack synthesizers.


September 9

Big red sky

It's been a while since I posted any of my new songs here. What do you think of my kind of new direction (and quality of the recording)? Alternative folk-ish, acoustic song with clean vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonies. Sounds happy but the lyrics are not. [more inside]


September 8

Ed Steamhams - Cooking Out Loud

Oh ye gods, Ed's song is ruined! But...what if I were to write parody lyrics and disguise them as his own songwriting? Oh ho ho ho, delightfully devilish, cortex! [more inside]


September 6

The Counterforce

I'm fairly sure when I picked up my guitar tonight I only intended to practise for a bit, not make a short garage instrumental called The Counterforce, yet here we are. [more inside]


September 5

Life, Alexander

I say that I wrote this song the day my son was born. What I mean is that sitting in a hospital room after a day full of chaos, with my partner asleep and safe for now, I opened my computer to stare at the screen and type out the few lines I had in me. I wrote what felt in that moment like advice--the only advice I had to offer to the tiny baby in an incubator in an adjacent wing. After an early morning of liver failure, pacing, sobbing, and an emergency C-section, I didn't have a lot left. "Most important: learn yourself" I put it away and forgot about it for months. Then this music happened along and the two fit together. "Find your thoughts inside your head / make them your own, we'll bend" That once-tiny baby will be six in just a couple months. Sometimes I hold him so close that he winces and wriggles from my grasp. Someday sooner than I'm ready for, he'll understand what all these things mean. "You will amaze us / learn to amaze yourself" Recorded this in my living room with a borrowed Music Man amp and my Tele with a 58 on the cab (I think) and for some reason a shotgun mic a few feet away from my face, sort of aimed down at me and at the amp. I'd eventually like to do this with a full band, but I think it works like this for now.


September 3

Arps-speriment #3: Soothing Arps

Arpin' again


September 1

uke bass ditty bath

I played around with my uke bass tonight while keeping umbuzinho company as he splashed around in the bath.


August 28

Communion Prelude

Prelude played by flute with piano. Written by Charles Callahan for flute and organ. [more inside]


August 19

Arps-speriment #2

The Korg Monologue steps forward for a cheeky solo feature! [more inside]


August 15

Third King From the Sun

A cast-off 30-second demo of a Christmas tune you might recognize. [more inside]


August 13

Falling Awake (2)

Rerecording of Falling Awake. I'm recording an album (right now!) with a friend, which is very exciting. The direction is very different for me, a kind of uplifting take on my melancholy songs. This one builds, and is heavily indebted to Northern Sky by Nick Drake. Features guitalele, drums, harpsichord, organ, bass, piano, harmonies at the end. We're still recording and this hasn't really been mixed, so all thoughts welcome! [more inside]


Lark

From the Betty Mitchell Sessions!


August 12

Georgia St.

A crazy cross-collab that took place in late 2011 with the help of my unreal pals, Warren and Danye. Big ups to Dan for finding this one on his laptop! [more inside]


Bluebird Wine plugs in

That is, I just got an electric guitar for the first time and it features heavily in my new song, "Georgia." Catchy, moody indie folk/folk rock tune.


August 10

wake up song (in D: for Dog, did he begin to pray?)

This is one of two plus songs written by mistake/default around iphone wake-up tones. Y'know, you wake up at some godawful hour with that godwaffle loop in your ear and eventually you're going to make something of it. I mean...you'd hope, Godwaffles. You'd hope. [more inside]


August 9

10 - vaporwave - vampire deer

and finally, the caution doors ends with a hazy sign off and a test pattern ... and lots of feedback [more inside]


August 7

Vibtone

A chill beat made with the op-1. [more inside]


August 6

09 - stop the whole damned train of the world

things seem to be getting crazier [more inside]


August 5

Florida Lee

Carbon 7 is an improvisational/experimental trio that creates spontaneous music at the moment it's recorded. I left a tad of dialog at the beginning, so you could here our "process." Dennis gives Ron a hard time about choosing a key, then I call out C# & start it off. Clocks in at a whopping 26.5 minutes, but it evolves slowly the entire way. [more inside]


08 - last all night - vampire deer

no, that's not what this song is about [more inside]


August 4

Magali

This song started as a joke and turned into something quite different. My friend and her husband have a lovely cat with an inspiring life story. During a recent visit, she said I should write a song about Magali, and after laughing about possible lyrics, it turned into a heartfelt song about the sweet, loving bond between a man and his cat. [more inside]


July 31

07 - dirge for briars

sometimes you just have to let go [more inside]


July 30

How Far I'll Go

I had the drums and amp mic'ed up anyway, so I decided to lay down this track from Moana.


July 29

beach week

Put together with my niece on a family reunion trip to Mission Bay. Lots of handclaps and arpeggiator (too many handclaps?) Another mostly op-1 track.


July 28

06 - the caution doors - vampire deer

sometimes i don't know what i'm writing about - sometimes i don't want to know [more inside]


Destination

I wrote the lyric melody 25 years ago and placed it to new music tonight [more inside]


July 27

05 - may is tumbling over - vampire deer

confusion [more inside]


July 26

to the wolves

This is the only advice I have for new parents these days. Had to salvage this song from a lost-when-near completed track, so the mixing is what I could work with, but I'm pretty happy with it. Enjoy! [more inside]


July 24

04 - angel sinister - vampire deer

sunday mornings were weird and trying [more inside]


July 23

Don't Be Afraid

Hi All, Been awhile (years?) since I posted some music here. Wondering what folks might think of the current kind of thing I've been working on. Thank you.


July 22

03 - 6 crows and a pink flamingo

i was driving in almena township and someone had 6 crows surrounding a pink flamingo on their front lawn [more inside]


July 21

Curriculum Vibe

Almost ten years old: Came across one of my favorite songs from my band Big Ghost. One of our first attempts at home recording with drums. It's about backyard baseball, magic tricks, social anxiety and flirting. [more inside]


Citypages

A song about surviving a pretty wild and punk rock youth. I wrote and recorded this under the name Dame Kraft. It will be cleaned up and made better and eventually released.


Falling Awake

Song about trying not to give up. [more inside]


July 18

02 - building these blues - vampire deer

because it's infrastructure week [more inside]


July 16

01 - you will not win - vampire deer

a really angry song from the new album, the caution doors [more inside]


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