November 2009 Archives (all archives)

November 30

Let Me Know

A short, sweet synthpop/r&b jam. I've been listening to Confessions alot lately, and this is sort of my take on the modern r&b genre.

posted by clcapps at 8:26 PM PST - 0 comments

Native Instruments Sale

"Synthsgiving" looks like a pretty sweet deal on Reaktor ($/€99), among the other Native Instruments stuff... expires today. [more inside] posted by weston at 2:51 PM PST - 0 comments

November 29

Unwed Fathers

This is a cover of John Prine's sad little song about a girl, a bus, and a man who done her wrong. Also babies. [more inside]

posted by ZsigE at 4:21 PM PST - 2 comments

That's where I'm At

This is a song I did last nite with my cousin on drums. I'm tracking music on my home studio. [more inside]

posted by american caesar at 12:23 AM PST - 0 comments

November 28

Cats Takin' a Bath

A quick and stupid song (which is also a quick and stupid video) about cats taking a bath. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 5:59 AM PST - 17 comments

November 26


arabic dubsteppy tune at hip hop tempo with sounds of a tokyo airport [more inside]

posted by ageispolis at 11:27 PM PST - 3 comments

November 25

Alice's Restaurant

Alice's Restaurant. I was just fooling around tonight and thought I would try and do Alice's Restaurant. [more inside]

posted by american caesar at 11:36 PM PST - 1 comments

Non traditional acoustic covers

I am starting a 2 man acoustic band. What fun, non traditional songs should we include in our set? [more inside] posted by jpdoane at 10:49 AM PST - 8 comments

A Million Dimensions

I got infected by the spirit of National Motivation via Trend Month, and started writing and recording music for the first time in a long while. This is the first song that popped out. [more inside]

posted by baxter_ilion at 9:37 AM PST - 0 comments

November 24

Lover you can save me

This is a better mix of yesterdays post. I backed off allot of vocals. [more inside]

posted by american caesar at 10:51 PM PST - 1 comments

Cold Water (Tom Waits cover)

Recorded live from a gig I played last Friday at the Cameron House in Toronto, with a new band called Roughlands. I'm on upright bass [more inside]

posted by CarrotAdventure at 8:25 AM PST - 1 comments

Boss Man Song

A song from the POV of the Boss Man. [more inside]

posted by saulgoodman at 6:50 AM PST - 3 comments

November 23

You can save me

This is a remix of a song from when I recorded a band.

posted by american caesar at 7:35 PM PST - 0 comments


Originally by Ani DiFranco; this version, by way of Keller Williams. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 1:42 PM PST - 1 comments

The Ballad of Cherry Hill

This is the lead-off track from the forthcoming EP, Labyrinths, by Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies, to be released 1/7/10. It's a wistful slice of indie-pop about insomnia, suburban isolation, and the boredom of hometowns. [more inside]

posted by ludwig_van at 12:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Fake RPG Soundtrack: Hero's Theme

This tune represents the hero of an RPG video game. Plucky, upbeat, and intrepid, it marches along with a gentle lilt, describing the heroic potential of our protagonist. Yet there's also a tender side to the main melody; during emotional scenes, expect to hear this theme repeated in an undertone. [more inside]

posted by zhaytee at 10:49 AM PST - 2 comments

November 22

Thugg Lyfe

Suggestion for an upcoming challenge: grab lyrics from your favorite gangsta rap song and use them in a decidedly not-hip-hop style. [more inside] posted by man vs sun at 9:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Thanksgiving at the Club

Today we're having a giant Thanksgiving feast/talent show at my place. I decided to make a Thanksgiving themed Baltimore Club track to celebrate. [more inside]

posted by cloeburner at 12:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Fake RPG Soundtrack: Main Title Theme

This is the main title theme for an RPG (as in, video game) that doesn't actually exist (outside of my head, anyway). It's an orchestral piece with strong emphasis on melody and emotion. [more inside]

posted by zhaytee at 10:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Jeff Buckley's Ozark Melody

In the summer of 1996, less than one year before he died, Jeff Buckley wrote and recorded this song which was released for free on the Internet, but never on any of his albums. [more inside]

posted by joetrip at 8:19 AM PST - 20 comments

November 21


a piano song

posted by at the crossroads at 8:00 PM PST - 4 comments

The Man Who Sold The World (For A Fistful Of Dollars)

One or two MeFites have suggested I take a shot at a Bowie cover. 'tis, played for laughs (obviously - I hope). The idea for the spaghetti garnish came from seeing the cover of the original US Mercury version - the UK equivalent featuring a shot of Dave trying hard to look all coquettish in one of his mum's best frocks. Offered up with apologies to DB, Ennio Morricone and fans of the original track. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 9:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Twist and Doubt (spoken version)

This performance recorded live at Super Deluxe, Tokyo, on October 27, 2009. If you'd like to know what that string instrument is that's accompanying my voice, well, one video is worth a thousand words... [more inside]

posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:39 AM PST - 6 comments

November 20

An old chestnut......

Yup - another whinge about the charts. I know we've been here many times before but..... Should add that I have no wish to piss anyone off or start a fire (which is kind of oxymoronic innit?), but I think there is a genune issue here. [more inside] posted by MajorDundee at 11:23 AM PST - 21 comments

November 19


Another mashup. This time, it's Rihanna vs. the Eagles. [more inside]

posted by onehalfjunco at 10:57 AM PST - 2 comments

November 18

Good Advice

Remember everything they told you in those after school specials? It was all true. [more inside]

posted by Fuzzy Monster at 9:02 PM PST - 0 comments

Paddy O'Shay

A very rough demo of a new song for the Peter O'Tooles about a remarkable man. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 10:14 AM PST - 0 comments

Angeline the Baker

Traditional old-time fiddle tune in D, instrumental clawhammer banjo & guitar. [more inside]

posted by usonian at 6:20 AM PST - 9 comments

November 17

The Undiscovered Country Song

A quiet song about looking around for all the people you've misplaced over the years. Guitar, piano, cello, recorded live using a field recorder. Vocals overdubbed later at home. Unreleased from a new Tangemeenie side-project my wife Lori will eventually also contribute vocals to, called "The Wishing Well Divers." [more inside]

posted by saulgoodman at 9:18 AM PST - 4 comments

November 16

The Great Bush River

A song for the Peter O'Tooles about a famous river in Northern Ireland, although it is conceivable that there is some additional, and less savory, meaning to the song. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 2:39 PM PST - 0 comments

November 15

Kodachrome Ghosts (demo)

An unfinished guitar-free thing I keep coming back to. Kind of old-fashioned I suppose, but it has a cleanness of line that appeals to me. Suggestions for improvements very welcome - I already know the vocal needs re-recording. But does the track modulate enough? Does it need to have more oomph?? It is really a wee bit linear and.......boring??? [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 3:28 PM PST - 7 comments


A little bit of Jazz topped with a few blues riffs on a funky little plate placed on a table of natural ambiance. [more inside]

posted by The Audio Invasion at 9:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Data transfer?

What is the best way to send a Sonar project 1000 miles? [more inside] posted by Zenabi at 12:42 AM PST - 5 comments

November 14

Our Town

Just another game song i was working on...tried to make it sound like a lazy laid back easy going town theme ... let me know how i did ..

posted by Greynaab at 5:00 PM PST - 4 comments

What is the function for IP consumption?

During a discussion concerning the eventual exhausting of all IP addresses, fnerg asked "What is the function for IP consumption?" then remarked, "Hey, that rhymes!" I liked the sound of that...

posted by ba at 12:27 PM PST - 1 comments

I'll Be Fine

An Irish air for the Peter O'Tooles about the unintended and disappointed effect of too much alcohol on an amorous evening. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 11:54 AM PST - 0 comments

arrested development

(or: use of facebook interests page as failed communication device) [more inside]

posted by raisindebt at 8:54 AM PST - 3 comments

November 13

Can't Spell Undead Without U

Breakups? Hard enough on the living, but harder for zombies. [more inside]

posted by allaboutgeorge at 1:27 PM PST - 1 comments

evil boss theme

This is a song i am working on for a theme to one of the bosses in an RPG i am working on with my brother.

posted by Greynaab at 1:05 PM PST - 0 comments

Atriplex - Saladin Circle

Some shifting noise and randomness. [more inside]

posted by Jimbob at 6:06 AM PST - 1 comments

Robot Army

A little robot dreams of world domination.

posted by gmm at 1:24 AM PST - 4 comments

November 12

violent night.

ok.. but what if I had played my guitar like I was closing my eyes imagining pretending to be metallica, (hey no lawsuits please some kind of monster, it truly doesn't sound like y'all at all, and only happened in pretend land. ("That's where I'm a pirate") playing silent night, while also playing a backing that sounds (a little tiny) "velouria" (ish) [more inside]

posted by infinite intimation at 9:31 PM PST - 0 comments

Bound to Pins and Needles

Ahoy! I finally had...well...made a free few hours to work on some music. Here's what I made. [more inside]

posted by nosila at 7:26 PM PST - 3 comments


A drinking song in waltz time for the Peter O'Tooles, telling a tale of semi-sober pub hookups; loosely borrowed from "Irish Lullabye." [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 12:20 PM PST - 0 comments


Aether: in ancient thought, the elemental god of the "bright, glowing, upper air," the changeless substance that fills the universe above the terrestrial sphere. This is what I imagine traveling through it sounds like. [more inside]

posted by googly at 12:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Dear Santa

A Christmas track for this year's XMas EP. [more inside]

posted by CharlesV42 at 10:14 AM PST - 0 comments

Otom Null

Last night's lo-fi dubstep trip-out. [more inside]

posted by cloeburner at 6:38 AM PST - 0 comments

November 11

Sandy Boys

A traditional old-timey tune as recorded by my pseudonymous string band, Crookneck John. [more inside]

posted by usonian at 4:56 PM PST - 6 comments

County Down

A song for the Peter O'Tooles where I seem to be using the names of locations in Ireland as a metaphor for oral sex, which I am sure they don't appreciate and for which I apologize. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 11:18 AM PST - 0 comments

Home (a sketch)

a quick-strummer. some warbly stanzas.

posted by punkbitch at 1:45 AM PST - 4 comments


just noodling with the time bending (stretch&/or.compress) effect w. pedal, zoom707 what if i tried to make my guitar sound or talk like mario 8bit sound [more inside]

posted by infinite intimation at 12:00 AM PST - 3 comments

November 10


A song I made for an animated movie that might exist about people that are addicted to stars. [more inside]

posted by cloeburner at 10:55 PM PST - 1 comments

Lowlands Away

A version of a traditional shanty song, recorded mono with a guitar. [more inside]

posted by tmcw at 9:40 PM PST - 1 comments

Broken Wheel (skelp version)

Having used my current DAW for the last 3 years, and spending countless hours re-recording tracks that were too slow, I finally discover that it does have a varispeed function. Just how fucking dumb is that.......? [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 2:37 PM PST - 7 comments

She Too Rah'd My Loo Rah'd

A love song, and, possibly, an extremely flithy one; second song for the Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 8:57 AM PST - 1 comments

Two Fair Brides

A rollicking hillbilly song about a couple of runaway brides.... [more inside]

posted by slipperystar at 5:09 AM PST - 0 comments

November 9

Butcher (Leonard Cohen cover)

Had I my druthers, I would be in a blues duo akin to The Black Keys or The Pack A.D. But I'm not, so I have to make do with smacking my Epiphone around and putting amp simulation on my voice. If ever I find a drummer who shares my vision, we will cover this song properly. [more inside]

posted by Saellys at 6:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Songwriting/Composition for Practical People?

I'm interested in learning more about songwriting / composition. What I'm not interested in are the glut of "How to get rich writing top 40 hits for dummidiots" titles out there. [more inside] posted by usonian at 1:07 PM PST - 17 comments

The Lady's not for Burning

By the Maggie Thatcher Experience. I'm re-submitting as I got a message saying it was pulled last time because it looked like an advert (lots of html links) - No links this time. Hope it's now ok. I am a newbie. please be gentle with me. Yours, The Maggie Thatcher Experience [more inside]

posted by at 11:59 AM PST - 0 comments

End of the World

A nifty remake of a classic....tried for eerie, don't know if it succeeded....

posted by slipperystar at 4:50 AM PST - 2 comments

November 8

Walkabout (Atlas Sound cover)

In which I decide to stop candy butt-ing around it, and attempt to join the reverb drenched, echo cave sound of today. This doesn't really sound like anything I've done before, so I'd love to hear a couple reactions. [more inside]

posted by Corduroy at 11:55 PM PST - 1 comments

Forbidden to Face the Natural Light - Part 1

Part 1 of 3 of a concert work for brass, percussion, and This American Life! This work is basically a "setting" of the Peabody award-winning expose into Guantanamo Bay, "Habeas Schmaebas" Ira Glass gave me permission to compose this work, which premiered in Boston under Brian Kaufman and his brass ensemble back in March. This is one of my first posts, and though I know its a little out of left field I still hope you'll enjoy it. Parts 2 and 3 to come...

posted by The3rdMan at 12:22 PM PST - 1 comments

November 6

My Sister the Giant

I'm doing an album this month, and this is the first thing I've recorded for it. I think the album will be mostly or completely instrumental, but we'll see. [more inside]

posted by tmcw at 9:03 PM PST - 3 comments

The Christian Life

Cover of a Byrds cover of an old Louvin Brothers song. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 8:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Oh Balloon Boy

This is my messy pop-rock interpretation of mikepop's excellent parodic adaptation of the old murder ballad "Darling Corey", which this sounds basically nothing like. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 2:11 PM PST - 12 comments

joe's last mix

A fantastic piece of symphonic music with deep connections to electronica, joe's last mix by Tanner Menard is a fun ride (this performance is by one of my ensembles with me conducting). I've posted this before, but he and I are doing something different with the piece, and I'm wondering if any of you are interested in participating.... [more inside]

posted by LooseFilter at 8:10 AM PST - 1 comments

November 5

Best of the Web: new mix

flapjax at midnite was kind enough to do a mix for me that brings out the vocals better.

posted by ocherdraco at 5:08 AM PST - 2 comments

November 4

Joe Wilson's Lament

Not as current as a balloon boy song, but hey...I wrote it after being at the gym and seeing Joe Wilson on every TV news channel. It's pretty 'topical', I think. Think of it as a love song between Joe Wilson and Obama. [more inside]

posted by sredefer at 9:35 PM PST - 1 comments

Derry Pair

The first song for my new Irish band, The Peter O'Tooles, about a comely young woman from Derry and her desirable fruits. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 7:23 PM PST - 0 comments

Reincarnation Blues

What I would sound like if I were trying to sound like Bob Dylan - if Dylan were simultaneously "bringin' it" and "keepin' it real". [more inside]

posted by crapples at 8:12 AM PST - 0 comments

November 3

National Motivation via Trend Month

Home Taping, anyone? [more inside] posted by ignignokt at 2:22 PM PST - 8 comments

The Life of Perfect Creatures

The first Earthling sent into orbit was a dog named Laika. She didn't know that they had no intention of bringing her home. [more inside]

posted by chimaera at 11:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Balloon Boy ballad collaboration

A couple of days after balloon boy I worked out some lyrics for a ballad while riding my bike around town. Now I just need a banjo player... [more inside] posted by mikepop at 5:58 AM PST - 13 comments

November 2

Best of the Web

From this comment I made. [more inside]

posted by ocherdraco at 11:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Space Gait

An electronic dance song I made the other day, but now with more of the flavor of today. [more inside]

posted by cloeburner at 10:29 PM PST - 0 comments

Slide Your Left Hand to the Right (A Little)

This jaunty ditty features my wife singing lead and chococat playing the ukelele. I mostly just stand around. [more inside]

posted by Karlos the Jackal at 9:14 PM PST - 6 comments

The Falcon and The Showman

Background music for watching footage of the Balloon Boy balloon sailing along.

posted by mundy at 11:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Man vs Blue, Mvt. VI: Finale (May 11, 1997)

The final movement of my first (and, so far, only) composition, a multi-movement improvisational piece for acoustic vs. electronic instruments, based on the 1997 rematch set of chess games between Garry Kasparov and the computer, Deep Blue. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 12:00 AM PST - 1 comments

November 1

Goodbye Horses (cover)

Here is a cover of Q Lazzarus's "Goodbye Horses" made famous I'm told in Silence of the Lambs and Clerks 2.

posted by frenetic at 6:37 PM PST - 10 comments