The Korg Monologue steps forward for a cheeky solo feature! [more inside]
A cast-off 30-second demo of a Christmas tune you might recognize. [more inside]
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]
From the Betty Mitchell Sessions!
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]
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.
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]
and finally, the caution doors ends with a hazy sign off and a test pattern ... and lots of feedback [more inside]
A chill beat made with the op-1. [more inside]
things seem to be getting crazier [more inside]
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]
no, that's not what this song is about [more inside]
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]
sometimes you just have to let go [more inside]
I had the drums and amp mic'ed up anyway, so I decided to lay down this track from Moana.
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.
sometimes i don't know what i'm writing about - sometimes i don't want to know [more inside]
I wrote the lyric melody 25 years ago and placed it to new music tonight [more inside]
confusion [more inside]
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]
sunday mornings were weird and trying [more inside]
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.
i was driving in almena township and someone had 6 crows surrounding a pink flamingo on their front lawn [more inside]
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]
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.
Song about trying not to give up. [more inside]
because it's infrastructure week [more inside]
a really angry song from the new album, the caution doors [more inside]
Classic mash note: Lennon and McCartney stole from each other long after the Beatles split up. A love letter written in guitar riffs. bit.ly/rileyrockindex
If you like the coathangers you'll like this track. Loud, Angry and Punk. [more inside]
Not sure if I can do it justice, but I have loved this song every since I first heard Seven Swans in my college days. Light, soulful cover of a modern classic. I've messed with the harmonies a little, so some of the chords are more dissonant (but in a watery, calm way, not a harsh way, if that makes any sense).
A cover of Wayne Shorter's Juju using Gretchen Parlato's lyrics from her version of the tune. Done in a sort of 90s-ish trip hoppy style. [more inside]
With gman's announcement that he's taking a leave of absence, I told him beforehand that, on the day of his departure, I'd smoke something heady and record an improvised freakout jam. Gabe—I hope wherever you landed, they have internet; this one's for you. [more inside]
Echoey guitars and sparse vocals, a cross between Mazzy Star and Nick Drake. This song is what I was crying about on the tube after Pride in London. [more inside]
My attemp to ripoff the Pixies, Radiohead, etc..
Another OP-1 track, this time with a teeny bit of analog lead from my minilogue. [more inside]
Post of the week...intense acoustic folk song. Guitar, vocals, piano.
"Glianimon" is a lofi pop song, arranged here for guitar and clarinet. [more inside]
A little demo/sketch improvised with a looper, recorded on my phone. [more inside]
This came into my head after seeing Katy Perry and The Residents, one right after the other. It's part of my new goal of working on vocal harmonies.