October 2008 Archives (all archives)

October 31

On Halloween

A song of great longing (and lots of autotune). [more inside]

posted by Monstrous Moonshine at 8:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Funky Monster Dance

Deep in the City, a multicolored monster lurks, waiting to devour cavalier hipsters whilst they cavort in a dingy loft. [more inside]

posted by dagosto at 4:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Favorite Song + Favorite MefiMuscian Willing to do a Cover = \m/ ROXXORZ \m/

(See this thread for context) The basic idea is to request a specific MefiMusician to cover a specific song of your choice. Try to make a list of more than one to help spread the wealth. Discussion of exactly how this will actually work is going on in the thread linked above. I thought I'd just get this thread open, at least. I only have one idea so far, so I'll wait until I think of some more before actually posting a list. posted by Corduroy at 12:56 PM PST - 120 comments

The Dangers of Buying an Older House

A moody composition on behalf of the things in our new house that very much want us to know we were there first. Happy Halloween! [more inside]

posted by cortex at 12:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Upon Returning to the New Hampshire Fall

A song about my return from the Northwest this summer to my New Hampshire homeland, who has been deserted by all my peers. No banjolele, but harmonies and fog and mirrors percussion. Also a standard tuned guitar playing with a DAADAE guitar. [more inside]

posted by Corduroy at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

The Girl at the End of the Road

I guess this might be interpreted as a stream-of-consciousness horror story. There's maybe three or four different autoharp tracks here, including a distorted autoharp that I really dig. And a backwards autoharp! These autoharps say "Happy Halloween!" [more inside]

posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:47 AM PST - 5 comments

October 30

Giant Electric Flying Insect

A song about a common situation - you know, when you go out on a date and your girl gets kidnapped by a giant robot bug. [more inside]

posted by awfurby at 9:07 PM PST - 7 comments

JMC (Election Remix)

John McCain meets Barack Obama in a chance enounter, post-election but pre-inauguration. Recorded by the 7-piece Seattle band "Awesome" at my studio in sunny West Seattle. [more inside]

posted by Aquaman at 1:04 PM PST - 2 comments

New Challenge idea from micayetoca

I've received an interesting suggestion for the Challenges that I think warrants a thread of its own, as it's something that is a little more involved, and we might want to figure out how to put into place. I think it's a pretty cool idea. The suggestion is from micayetoca, and I'll reprint the relevant portions of his mail here, cause I think this is something that could and should be discussed among all interested parties here at MeFiMu. He writes: "How about opening a "requests" challenge, where any MefiMusician can sign up and say "I'm willing to take requests this month", collect people's requests for a month and then each musician that gets requests chooses which one he'll do? I know it has different levels and it requires a more active participation, but perhaps it could work. Whaddaya think?" So, indeed, MeFi Musicians, whaddaya think? posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:13 AM PST - 30 comments

October 29

Where's My Pony (pb)

The Great Big Mulp came up with this, and I wished I'd thought of it first. Then Cortex mentioned this, and I realized I had thought of that one first -- so I stayed up late tonight to beat him to the punch. [more inside]

posted by davejay at 1:41 AM PST - 10 comments

October 28

Mister Bones

The infamous Mister Bones makes yet another appearance in the cultural repertoire. Come for the song, stay for the bonus creepiness at the end. [more inside]

posted by nosila at 7:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Wisconsin Death Trip

A noise-rock take on Robert Wilkin's "That's No Way to Get Along". 100% racist invective free, guaranteed- BECAUSE YOU ASKED FOR IT. Nothing offensive but the screams and the sound quality.

posted by 235w103 at 7:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Fun Party

Short and sweet old fashioned dance party located in a community. [more inside]

posted by dagosto at 2:09 AM PST - 12 comments

October 27

Criminal (TTP Remix)

a remix of The Roots' song "Criminal" [more inside]

posted by god particle at 10:19 PM PST - 2 comments

This Boy

Cover. Obviously. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 12:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Your Covers Blown (or played)?

Cover Version Suggestions? - whats your top 10 songs ripe for a cover version in this day and age? [more inside] posted by mary8nne at 6:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Saltines Assemble!

"You may control Nilla wafers, but my saltines are safe." "Counterfactual. To wit: SALTINES ASSEMBLE!" [more inside]

posted by doubtfulpalace at 2:18 AM PST - 4 comments

October 26

Chiefest Microns

Instrumental banjo waltz, written this afternoon. [more inside]

posted by The White Hat at 8:53 PM PST - 16 comments

October 25

Say It (Over and Over Again)

I'm a big fan of Frank Loesser's lyrics and Jimmy McHugh's melodies, so I decided to add a few to my repertoire. When I'm learning new songs, I record myself a capella to see how my voicings are sounding and what I need to work on. It's bare, but I thought this turned out kind of sweet.

posted by miss lynnster at 6:21 AM PST - 4 comments

October 24


This is supposed to be in Latin: A call to wake the dead. [more inside]

posted by snsranch at 9:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Ugly Monster

Inspired by those grotesque masks. [more inside]

posted by AppleSeed at 8:41 PM PST - 2 comments

October 23

Two "Go For It" Minuets

Written for a short film produced this past summer. Although they bought a fake TV news theme from me, these two were passed up after the producers bought the rights to The Scorpions' rock you liek a hurricane

posted by dagosto at 11:43 PM PST - 6 comments


That song you remember from grade school. [more inside]

posted by doubtfulpalace at 10:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Charm that Snake

A lost gem from Athens, GA., circa 2004.

posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 9:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Shut Up, Throw Up (Your Hands)

SHUT UP & LISTEN TO MY SONG it's a demo.

posted by god particle at 3:46 PM PST - 0 comments

October 22

Heavy Boy

Possibly the geekiest use of "Nature Boy". [more inside]

posted by eurasian at 11:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Gold Star (Feel Like A Ghost)

Not a ghost story, but some spooky moments nonetheless. A cranky pop rock + alt-country-ish tune I wrote for FAWM 2008... [more inside]

posted by scottandrew at 12:08 AM PST - 3 comments

October 21

Berlin Alexanderplatz


posted by 235w103 at 7:15 PM PST - 13 comments

You Do

Sad nintendo music for a sad nintendo boy. [more inside]

posted by azarbayejani at 6:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Halloween lyric needs music

Halloween challenge lyric needs a tune. The music I wrote for this lyric came out sounding like it belongs to another song. So I am posting the words here in case someone wants to collaborate - there's still time to make the challence deadline. [more inside] posted by AppleSeed at 2:44 PM PST - 1 comments

The Zombie Apocalypse Part 2

Part two of a two-part spoken word tale of terror, telling the horrifying story of some unexpected survivors of a plague battling the undead in the basement of the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 7:49 AM PST - 2 comments

October 20

Demented Children's Songs

A nightmarish take on children's music. I always imagine myself stuck in a carnival funhouse being chased around by evil clowns when I listen to this. From 1995 and one of the first songs I ever wrote. Some completely out of control layering towards the end! [more inside]

posted by csimpkins at 9:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Perfectly Awake First Time

This is the center piece in a 5-song ep length project I finally got around to "releasing". (Translation: I uploaded it to my website and posted a myspace bulletin. Strange times we live in.) [more inside]

posted by nosila at 11:19 AM PST - 1 comments

The Zombie Apocalypse Part 1

Part one of a two-part spoken word tale of terror, telling the horrifying story of some unexpected survivors of a plague battling the undead in the basement of the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Part two tomorrow.

posted by Astro Zombie at 1:07 AM PST - 7 comments

October 19

Creature From the Deep

I bought an old box of Fruit Brute on eBay last week and it had one of those paper records attached to it. The song was so rad, I had to digitize it to share with MeFi. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 4:23 PM PST - 12 comments

vicodin casio

i'm sick of waiting for the punch that drops me to the floor. [more inside]

posted by sleepy pete at 12:46 AM PST - 7 comments

October 18

That's All

I'm jumping back into music with both feet right now, so here's another rehearsal recording for your listening pleasure. This sweet tune was introduced by Nat King Cole back in 1952. You young whippersnappers probably remember it from elsewhere though. Sigh. [more inside]

posted by miss lynnster at 10:13 PM PST - 0 comments

October 17

Mean to Me

Back to practicing new repertoire with my freakishly adorable guitarist Barry. Yay! Sooo, here's a pretty straight and peppy little version of an old standard tune by Fats Waller. [more inside]

posted by miss lynnster at 5:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Vignette 2

A quick 'n' dirty instrumental with some mute-picking that sort of sounds like violin plucking. But isn't. [more inside]

posted by ORthey at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

October 16

Holy Diver

Yes, that wasn't an idle threat. For your listening pleasure, I present to you Dio's "Holy Diver" on ukulele, electric ukulele, drums, and far too many vocal tracks. [more inside]

posted by The Great Big Mulp at 11:24 PM PST - 13 comments


a quick and dirty version of the monster's reaction to promises. A lament for the most famous of the walking dead. Some Waxman implied.

posted by sleepy pete at 11:22 PM PST - 9 comments

That's Easy For You To Say

My submission to the "a song sung in a language you don't speak" challenge. [more inside]

posted by micayetoca at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments

October 15

Where We Live

A song I wrote to put off studying for my math exam [more inside]

posted by azarbayejani at 11:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Emma's Song

A song I wrote in 2002 for a friend of mine, Emma Howell, after she drowned in Brazil. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 9:34 AM PST - 10 comments

October 14

You, The Automaton

you're just kind of minding your own business, you know, cruising along. you're doing things, but you're not really there. you're just going through the motions, spaced out and numb to the world around you. you are the automaton. [more inside]

posted by god particle at 8:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Suck the Punk

For Sarah [more inside]

posted by BrnP84 at 8:05 PM PST - 0 comments


For Stephen. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 1:56 PM PST - 3 comments

October 13


I have my first show this weekend and this is one of the songs for it. [more inside]

posted by god particle at 6:38 PM PST - 5 comments


So, I was planning on recording my ukulele rendition of Holy Diver (yes, that one), but my allergies were acting up so I felt like crap. So, that's what this song is about. And it's NSFW. [more inside]

posted by The Great Big Mulp at 5:00 PM PST - 7 comments

The Kingdom Must Come Down

This song is off my album "Lights Upon us". It starts off like a slow folk-country song but then picks up a bit. [more inside]

posted by bingwah at 4:09 PM PST - 5 comments

October 12

Thirty-seven Seconds

My wife went out of town, and she took our son with her. It was the middle of the night, and I was playing ukulele, hoping that I wouldn't wake my daughter up. [more inside]

posted by davejay at 11:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Love Lockdown (Tiger Tiger Panther Remix)

My first remix [more inside]

posted by god particle at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Mnemosyne (It's autumn in the country I remember...)

A tango-influenced setting of a hundred year-old poem by Trumbull Stickney, "Mnemosyne" is the title track of our new CD, recorded by Ljova and the Kontraband (music by Ljova, sung by Inna). Mnemosyne is the Greek goddess of memory, and this is a song of nostalgy and of memories that turn color like autumn leaves yearning for rebirth with a vibrant song in the spring.... We've long been looking forward to sharing this song with you all. [more inside]

posted by barmaljova at 12:18 AM PST - 6 comments

October 11

I Trust You To Kill Me

My very first MeFiMuCh entry, this one is Halloween themed. It is dark and spookily minimalist electronic pop with ghostly vocals and lyrics about being at the end of the world (via zombie apocalypse) with a loved one and the logistics of love in the time of zombies. Interesting to note, this song was originally written on banjo as a folk song. But when trying to add some electronic elements to it experimenting with the recorded version I decided to make it a straight electronic song. [more inside]

posted by mediocre at 1:16 AM PST - 5 comments

October 10

Apfel Augen

This is an instrumental, and the "biggest" song I've ever tried to record. It has some really nice vocals by Leah Wilmoth (who sang in my last upload), and a CACGBC tuned guitar. Also a banjolele. I haven't heard it on speakers, yet. I would love to hear any thoughts on this piece. [more inside]

posted by Corduroy at 7:37 PM PST - 17 comments

The Shape of Water

A friend's Tweet caught my ear. I tried to get it out of my head. It didn't work. [more inside]

posted by allaboutgeorge at 5:44 PM PST - 1 comments

Song for Sleeping

A little piece I made for a friend who was having trouble sleeping.

posted by minifigs at 3:49 AM PST - 2 comments

October 9

Todo Los Dolores (Devendra Banhart cover)

Jumping in on the music challenge to cover a song in a language you don't speak. I have no idea what I am saying in this song. [more inside]

posted by buriednexttoyou at 6:01 PM PST - 3 comments

8 More Miles to Louisville

More "americana" from that woodshed in Sweden. Recorded on a battered radio/cassette player in 1984(?) so its low fi. We called ourselves The Early Puritans on the occasions we actually got paid for a gig. [more inside]

posted by jan murray at 4:30 PM PST - 8 comments

October 8

7 Places

Another Ran/Run tune. This time abit more melancholy, with some nice strings.

posted by johanze at 9:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Your Gaze

Another song done in a jazz-pop style, this one inspired a little bit more by ACO than Basia. The ending chord is meant to segue into "Imprint".

posted by NemesisVex at 8:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Lights Upon Us

This is the first song off my album I just finished recording. I guess it's very folk-like.

posted by bingwah at 6:02 PM PST - 5 comments


the finished version of "they glow" [more inside]

posted by god particle at 5:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Transcribing in the woodshed.

I'd like to use the act of transcribing to take my playing to the next level. [more inside] posted by Bearman at 11:10 AM PST - 6 comments

October 7

last night a werewolf fell in love with me (silver lipstick remix)

a Halloween sing-a-long for somnabulists [more inside]

posted by February28 at 4:56 PM PST - 2 comments

October 6

Trust (v2)

A polished up, broken down, mangled, different version of the song I posted a few days ago, and this time it's kind of complete. Criticism welcome & encouraged!

posted by tmcw at 1:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Deixa Isso Pra La

For the current MeFiMu Challenge, here's a song in a language I don't speak. This bit of Portuguese proto-rap is a longtime standard in Brazil. [more inside]

posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:04 AM PST - 9 comments

October 4

Here come santa claus

Im a nut for Christmas music and the whole holiday season and spirit. [more inside]

posted by american caesar at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

October 3


An improv ensemble decides to start improvising as a pizza order is placed. We will not stop until that pizza is delivered. Very experimental and 41 minutes long. [more inside]

posted by man vs sun at 5:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Unknown songs that define a time for you?

I'm trying to avoid a "Let's just list sentimental songs" thread, since that's not what MeFiMuTa is for... [more inside] posted by mediocre at 4:56 AM PST - 3 comments

About this month's MeFiMu Challenge...

There were zero, yes, ZERO submissions for last month's Music Challenge. Why, heck, even yours truly didn't turn nuthin' in, and I generally don't miss a month. So... the current October Challenge is a little different: the NEW part is simply this: make something scary. A Halloween song of some sort, perhaps, like maybe a children-type scary song. Or just something incredibly frightening, like, say, a Carpenter's cover. And the OTHER part of the October Challenge is to choose one of the tragically neglected Challenge themes from LAST month. Cause, really, those weren't bad! I mean, cover a song in a language you don't speak? Man, I thought MeFiMusicians would be on that like white on rice! Not to mention the mashup Challenge, which should be fun and interesting, no? Anyway, here's hoping that a few more Challenge tunes roll in over the course of this month. As always, don't forget to tag your submissions appropriately, and remember, keep your tape heads clean. OK, that's all! posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:08 AM PST - 31 comments

October 2


An in-the-works version of an old song, this time with new toys. [more inside]

posted by tmcw at 5:37 PM PST - 2 comments


Sort of a pathological sibling rivalry. Not autobiographical.

posted by chococat at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

In Your Head

From Dan the neighbor. [more inside]

posted by BrnP84 at 2:20 AM PST - 3 comments

October 1

snowing glowing land

This song is about a superhero salesman and cocaine.

posted by degoao at 2:58 PM PST - 2 comments