October 27

04 freedom - vampire deer

well, did it happen 150 years ago or last night? [more inside]


October 26

Rat's Gone To Rest

I got this tune from the book "Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes" by Jeff Todd Titon, super fun to play on guitar. [more inside]


A Whiter Shade of Pale

The Procol Harum song on solo acoustic guitar and voice. Recorded as an iPad Pro video, reverb added with MicSwap Video Pro, then exported as audio. Fifth take, as evidenced by the exasperated opening.


October 25

03 - sunspot - vampire deer

everyone's got something like a sunspot - maybe [more inside]


October 24

Spear and Magic Helmet

This is a heartfelt anthem sung by bugs bunny to elmer fudd about their unhealthy love/hate relationship. I just found and digitized it from a cassette of demos that is old enough to qualify for decent car insurance rates. [more inside]


Four Friends Mazurka

A little mazurka that fell under my fingers a week or so ago. Thinking about my small circle of friends who have been supporting each other this year! [more inside]


October 20

02 topeka lion - vampire deer

well, look, these things happen [more inside]


Because I could not stop for Death

This is my response to The-Mother-of-All-Earworms post last week.


October 18

Piano Winter Jam 2020

Having a cheeky improv session on the piano


Outside Context Problem

Guitar + bass + programmed drums. Instrumental. Gets noisy and saturated at times.


01 el gallo - vampire deer

the title song of the new album, el gallo - it starts as a western and ends like a fever dream [more inside]


October 11

Uncle Pen

An old-time take on a bluegrass tune. [more inside]


Some Of Shelly's Blues

I've been playing around with a different feel for this Michael Nesmith classic. Recorded on iPad Pro, first take, rough vocal.


October 9

covita

don't cry at me, Pooperina! [more inside]


October 4

Wisdom Like Silence

Dark, ambient, noise, instrumental. Guitars, bass, programmed drums. [more inside]


September 22

The End of the World

Music: Arthur Kent Lyrics: Sylvia Dee Originally Recorded by: Skeeter Davis [more inside]


September 21

Future Knocks

This is one of the first songs I ever wrote. It's called "Future Knocks", written back in 1992. The verses sound sad, because they were about growing up, the choruses are anything but though, about holding on to the moment. [more inside]


September 17

Jaylen (Please Don't Bean My Man)

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]


September 13

The should have killed us when they had the chance

Slow burn instrumental. Bass, guitar, my son on keys (he's 13 today!). [more inside]


September 11

Song 1

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.


September 7

Heroes On My Sleeve

I saw a video this evening where someone had a name written, well, so I thought, um, yeah. [more inside]


September 6

Out Of Context Problem

Ambient instrumental. Just bass + guitar.


September 4

Sweet Nell

A modern old-time fiddle tune, written by Rob Pine and Jim Mullany, played to test my small pedalboard and electric violin. [more inside]


September 3

Better Watch Your Step (It's The Charleston Shoe Thieves)

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]


August 28

Brush Fire | Indie Rock, I guess?

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]


August 23

For Now, For Now

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]


August 21

Gan Ainm No. 1

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]


Burn

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.


August 16

Let Me Into The Blaseball

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]


August 12

Trapeze Act

Nightmarish song about an anxious trapeze artist. Motion sickness warning. [more inside]


August 7

Langelier

another pop song [more inside]


A Grand Unslam

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.


August 5

Workman 9 to 5

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]


July 31

Mirrorball

pop song with a train beat feel [more inside]


Serenade

Franz Schubert Op. 90, No. 11 [more inside]


July 28

Pulse

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]


July 26

Mood Lights

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]


July 25

TestRun

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.


July 24

Piano Jam 2020

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.


Time (the Revelator)

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]


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