March 2009 Archives (all archives)

March 31

Here Comes Your Man (preschool version)

OK, so the mods said on the podcast they liked MeFiMusic posts with kid participation. Emboldened by this I am posting a cover of the Pixies' "Here Comes Your Man," vocals and drums by my son, age 3, cheap keyboard by me attempting to follow his innovative tempo changes. Only listen to this if you really like "Here Comes Your Man," or listening to preschoolers getting their shriek on. Actually, you might also like this if you like preschoolers and hate "Here Comes Your Man" so much that you want to hear violence done to it.

posted by escabeche at 9:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I Play: Jazz AKA Silly Jazz

Next in my "Can I Play" Series. I'm not a natural jazz player (as you'll hear) but always wanted to be. I thought I'd give it a go with this piece, and I've titled it "Silly Jazz" as its ... well pretty silly really. Theres a few slipped/buzzed notes in there but you get the drift :)

posted by Admira at 5:08 PM PST - 0 comments

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

"Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal." Text by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Setting by Allen McCullough.

posted by greekphilosophy at 10:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now (Thumbs-Up Dance Remix)

Some classic Joni with a heavy injection of DANCE. [more inside]

posted by CarrotAdventure at 9:50 AM PST - 3 comments

The Nightmare

I had this dream, woke a wrote his poem. A spoken word piece. The cat in the background was my cat going nuts while I was recording. She hates it when I play this track. It freaks her out. [more inside]

posted by cjorgensen at 6:42 AM PST - 0 comments

March 30

Getting a Tan

Music for Spring. Another oldie from the 1980's. The Beat Meters was my 7-piece Pop-Dance orchestra with 2 girl singers in front, bass, drums, guitars, keys & sometimes 2 drummers/percussionists. We spent a crap-ton of money on a 4-song demo, but due to a revolving door of personnel, never managed to really get the thing off the ground. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 8:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Winter Morning

Slow, melodic piece I wrote for a friend of mine to give them something to chill out to - similar in style to all my previous pieces (except the electric guitar ones obviously)

posted by Admira at 3:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Numbered Days

One of many one note grooves I recorded back in the day [more inside]

posted by metagnathous at 2:31 PM PST - 3 comments


Cheap drum machines and lots of digital effects undermine a spot-on lou reed impression. [more inside]

posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:42 AM PST - 3 comments

I Gave You Lots of Presents (But You Left Me In the Past)

A tale of love long lost. If you're going to try and buy happiness, remember to keep the receipt. Autoharp, vocals, and a little bit of honky-tonk toy piano. [more inside]

posted by Karlos the Jackal at 1:38 AM PST - 11 comments

March 29


Recorded in two parts, its a soothing slow piece. Not overly long or complex. It got its name as when I came up with the first guitar line, someone fell asleep while listening.

posted by Admira at 3:01 PM PST - 3 comments

hyperluminous quasar

Something a spacecraft might hear on the edge of the solar system

posted by wastelands at 1:58 PM PST - 2 comments

March 28

Fell in Love With a Girl [White Stripes]

Me and my almost-13-year-old son Mikey at it again (we recently did a cover of "Son of a Gun"). Our two-man band, Megakelvin, put together another pop-punk number, the White Stripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl," a song Mikey fell in love with through the video (which, as you remember, was done in Lego). Since then, he's consistently had this one among his favorites. Here's our take. I think he brings the RAWK.

posted by grubi at 4:51 PM PST - 4 comments

In A Room

Cover I did hastily yesterday afternoon of The House of Love's beautiful song "In A Room". [more inside]

posted by inoculatedcities at 11:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Over the edge

For the music challenge amnesty. I'm often a bit intimated by the challenges but one thing I can definately do is play an instrument the wrong way. [more inside]

posted by freya_lamb at 8:04 AM PST - 4 comments

March 27

When the Water Rise Up (New)

A rerecording my song "When The Water Rise Up," done as a sort of jug band gospel tune. With the Red River flooding, it seemed somehow appropriate. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 7:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Secret Agent Love Scene

MY attempt at the spy challenge in the month of amnesty. Sexy sax with a chance of knifes in backs. [more inside]

posted by dagosto at 4:43 PM PST - 8 comments


Pretty entrancing, happy song written after seeing the Mountain Goats with my girlfriend. It's all electronic, so don't expect anything similar to The Mountain Goats. It's just happy, is all. [more inside]

posted by azarbayejani at 10:18 AM PST - 1 comments

March 26

full mix (early) - 04/12 - pre-life

Harmless bongos. Hongos.

posted by xorry at 7:23 PM PST - 0 comments


Just a tune that popped in my head. So I did a ruff Draft. From the same love different pain series.

posted by american caesar at 6:52 PM PST - 0 comments


On one level, it's about the struggle between good and evil. On all levels, it doesn't really make sense. [more inside]

posted by man vs sun at 4:20 PM PST - 0 comments

paint another layer on

Ever get drunk and watch daytime tv and then get kinda pissed off? This is an oldy, but I've been playing it with my band lately, so I revamped it and remixed it. [more inside]

posted by es_de_bah at 10:01 AM PST - 7 comments

March 25

One more month of Challenge Amnesty? Vote here.

The "amnesty month" idea (for March MeFiMu Challenge) got a pretty good reception, and there's been a fair number of submissions. But I'm thinking another month extension might be a good idea. I have a feeling some of y'all might go for that, and there's a hella lotta good Challenges from past months that are still crying out for some love. But, I'd like to put it to a vote. All in favor, say "aye". All against, say "enormous flaming marsupials". And please note that your humble MeFiMu Challenge coordinator will be in the woods, waaaaay offline, between March 29 and April 1 (and that's Japan time). When I'm back on the nets, I'll check in here, tally the results, and April will either be another amnesty month (which is, er, my vote) or we'll have some new Challenges. Okay? Let the voting begin. posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:33 PM PST - 47 comments

Irish Waltz

My one and only piece in 3/4 time - another instrumental guitar piece, this one moves along at a lively speed. I came up with it while visiting Ireland, hence the name.

posted by Admira at 2:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Evening Star (E. A. Poe)

A spoken word piece I did sometime back. I used a tascam audio interface, my edirol pcr-30 keyboard, my mics, Garageband 2 and a lot of bit crunching. [more inside]

posted by cjorgensen at 2:28 PM PST - 2 comments

No Tomorrow

Experimental monotony-rock alert. Listen at own risk. [more inside]

posted by nanojath at 10:36 AM PST - 2 comments

March 24

Late Thaw

I'm neither a jazz writer nor a jazz singer, but that didn't stop me from trying. It's part of an album I'm gradually releasing online. [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 1:59 PM PST - 1 comments

March 22


My family used to take holidays down in Mollymook, and I came up with this one while there. The mood of the piece reflects the mood I was in, its relaxed, slow and languid. Hope it takes you there.

posted by Admira at 4:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Low Down Feeling

An accoustic version of a song from my band, Red Tractor Factory [more inside]

posted by Ironmouth at 3:16 PM PST - 1 comments

galactic halo

A mellow, trippy piece with a discordant edge. File under "dark ambient for stoners."

posted by wastelands at 2:25 PM PST - 3 comments

March 21

The Chestnut Tree Cafe Lounge

By: Fralex9 Seattle, WA Rough mix of The Chestnut Tree Cafe Lounge from our demo recording today.

posted by augustweed at 11:03 PM PST - 1 comments

full mix (early) - 01/12 - bad dau

I recently found a bunch of old cds.. this is one I had put together around 2000 (I would have been around 16). Track 1.

posted by xorry at 10:55 PM PST - 0 comments

Does this new "About the Studio" page make my butt look big?

I know, not a very clever title. It's all part of a general spring cleaning on the Steam Powered Studio website. [more inside] posted by Liv Pooleside at 1:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Opening track

I'm busy piecing together an EP, and I want the opening track to give the impression of cacophonous serenity. I just patched this together, but hoping to get feedback on where it takes your mind...

posted by Christ, what an asshole at 1:08 AM PST - 4 comments

March 20

Autotune plugin suggestions? Or better ideas?

To pitch correct, or not pitch correct...and requests for software recommendations if the answer is "pitch correct." [more inside] posted by malocchio at 5:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Portable Acid

Something a bit shorter and more polished with the Korg DS-10 Nintendo DS synth.

posted by nthdegx at 8:57 AM PST - 0 comments

March 19


Instrumental guitar piece, played on my classical guitar but might be suited to an electric guitar. I wanted to see if I could pull off a rocky sounding piece on a nylon string guitar. As always, hope its enjoyed by all

posted by Admira at 9:59 PM PST - 1 comments

naivE remix

Remix of a friends' band recording (and some side project done with me) from sometime around 2001-2002. I'm certainly in the mood for a party (same era) There was also an intro using bits of this mix, but I think it's only on some ancient mini-DV tape for now..

posted by xorry at 7:53 PM PST - 2 comments


Reading from the Tao Te Ching, sections XLVII, XLVIII and XXXVI. [more inside]

posted by man vs sun at 4:53 PM PST - 0 comments

Mbira Experiment 1 of 2

WARNING: High pitched feedback. Sorry about your ears to everyone streaming the RSS. [more inside]

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

How do I start a band?

I want to be in a band. But I don't know how to make that happen. Help? [more inside] posted by ocherdraco at 12:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Harpy Go Lurky

A quick, light-spirited, no-frills guitar/banjo instrumental.

posted by ORthey at 9:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Wilson's Hill

My Korg DS-10 Synthesizer arrived yesterday so I took it and my Nintendo DS to Wilson's Hill to play. [more inside]

posted by nthdegx at 3:42 AM PST - 2 comments

March 18


A new Grandma Sylvias track. Sort of supposed to be a cross between "10:15 Saturday Night" and Delta blues. Features hesitant guitar playing, a burst of noise at the end, occasional whistling, and the usual tape hiss.

posted by escabeche at 3:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Together (You are not alone)

Short, vaguely uplifting sample-based beat. [more inside]

posted by sputgop at 12:09 AM PST - 6 comments

March 17

I Command You to Be My Woman

I wrote this for a buddy who proposed to his girlfriend via Songfight this past weekend. I couldn't write anything serious so I wrote this instead. [more inside]

posted by frenetic at 1:10 PM PST - 21 comments


A song inspired by the recreation of the 808 Cowbell by Francis Preve. Basically just started off with a simple chord progression and Francis Preve's "Less Cowbell" patch, and went off from there.

posted by azarbayejani at 11:32 AM PST - 1 comments

The Garden of Forking Paths

Just another folk-rock song about Jorge Luis Borges. [more inside]

posted by ludwig_van at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments


An attempt to create a recording of the late-90s boozehound anthem Tubthumping that sounds as flat and obnoxious as the hundredth chorus of fratboys singing along with it did by the end of that decade. Happy St. Paddy's Day!

posted by cortex at 10:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Who's Got the Nerve

A St. Patrick's Day song from my pierced and tattooed puppet, Sailor Martin. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 12:11 AM PST - 0 comments

March 16

Cloudy Day

Relaxing, slow but intricate instrumental piece played on my classical guitar. I can play this and just totally zone out for ages. Hope you enjoy zoning out to it.

posted by Admira at 2:24 PM PST - 1 comments

Chocolate Phase (excerpt)

Cheap Cheap Imitation Imitation [more inside]

posted by speicus at 12:16 AM PST - 5 comments

March 15

East of the Middle

Stylistically I'm not sure where this piece sits, the opening scale is a little Middle Eastern (deliberately) but the rest of the piece ... well have a listen and see what you think. I always intended to record a lead guitar over the top (but never got around to doing it...), so its a little repetitive in the middle section.

posted by Admira at 2:12 PM PST - 0 comments


Doo doo doo, doo doo doo, la la la, la la la la. The new hit single from Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies. A chamber-pop meditation on time, aging, and death. [more inside]

posted by ludwig_van at 11:43 AM PST - 4 comments

March 14

El aparato

As requested by umbĂș. [more inside]

posted by micayetoca at 9:42 AM PST - 13 comments

March 13

Melodion or Melodica?

Suzuki Melodion vs. Hohner Melodica [more inside] posted by Hoopo at 5:52 PM PST - 4 comments

The Score

A new direction for me... Italo-disco-cyberpunk-house-pop?

posted by clcapps at 3:53 PM PST - 1 comments

Daychee, Daychee

Help transcribing Japanese lyrics? [more inside] posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 8:57 AM PST - 4 comments

March 12

The Ground Squirrel turns spy

I'm not sure if this would work better in a spy movie or a cheesy 70's porno.

posted by BrnP84 at 10:24 PM PST - 4 comments


Third in my "Can I Play" series, can I play pseudo Japanese koto sounding music? the opening and closing melody is in the hirajoshi scale, hence the name of the song. Performed in two parts on my classical guitar.

posted by Admira at 8:36 PM PST - 3 comments


Reading from the Tao Te Ching, sections XXXI and XIV.

posted by man vs sun at 5:51 PM PST - 5 comments

To Sleep

Inspired by the Buffalo, NY plane crash in February.

posted by hanoixan at 9:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Over My Shoulder

Here's another one that my girlfriend and I recorded. The piano track is pretty rough (it was late!) but we liked how it came together in the end and decided not to scrap it. [more inside]

posted by saraswati at 5:17 AM PST - 6 comments

March 11


Slow relaxing instrumental guitar piece I recorded some time ago, sounds deceptively easy to play :) One of my longer pieces at nearly 4 minutes.

posted by Admira at 8:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Have lyrics and music; will travel. If someone shows me how.

I have lyrics I have written. I have music (this awesome song posted by The White Hat, which inspired my words and which he has given me permission to use). I don't need to worry about my inability to sing, as I'm thinking spoken word might be the best way to combine the two. But how do I, as someone with basically no experience at recording and mixing music, best combine the two into a song? Where do I go/what do I do from here? posted by Effigy2000 at 4:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Son of a Gun [Vaselines cover]

A song made famous by Nirvana, I recorded it this afternoon with my son Mikey on the lead vocals. It's fun, bouncy, and it even rocks. Mikey's almost 13 and I think, despite having a rough little voice, he can hit the notes and maybe even could be a heck of a singer one day if he so chose. "Let's rock!"

posted by grubi at 4:13 PM PST - 7 comments

come careening

Layers of soft guitar distortion with pseudo-indian instruments thrown in, under a falsetto vocal over a deeper background vocal going through a guitar amp. I'm kind of proud of the lyrics, which are about staying true. [more inside]

posted by edlundart at 1:03 AM PST - 6 comments

March 10


Fast moving piece performed on my classical guitar - I think I'd had too much caffiene when I came up with this one, its short, fast moving, and hectic (as the name suggests).

posted by Admira at 8:02 PM PST - 0 comments

March 9

New Melancholy

Recorded in three parts, on my classical guitar. Theres some dissonance in the melody, its reasonably polyphonic in sections, I was experimenting and I'm not 100% sure it works, but the tune sticks in my head after I've heard it. Hope the dissonance doesn't make too many people wince, and its enjoyed by all.

posted by Admira at 7:15 PM PST - 6 comments


A dog loses his boy. Part of my album for the 2009 RPM Challenge. [more inside]

posted by hanoixan at 12:59 PM PST - 1 comments

moonlight cemetary - vampire deer

the 11th and last song in my rpm album

posted by pyramid termite at 9:46 AM PST - 1 comments

March 8


A minimal microtonal piece in 5/4. [more inside]

posted by idiopath at 8:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Waitt's Lake

A short, breezy instrumental for classical guitar, keys, and drums. [more inside]

posted by baltimoretim at 3:46 PM PST - 1 comments

what do you think about that? - vampire deer

song 10 of the rpm album

posted by pyramid termite at 9:01 AM PST - 0 comments

March 7


An entry to the amnesty challenge, trying out the "wrong" challenge. [more inside]

posted by idiopath at 5:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Goodbye, dear heart

Cheer up, emo me. [more inside]

posted by bicyclefish at 3:18 PM PST - 5 comments

D-Mass vs. Thirsty (AKA Time of Year Instrumental)

A collaboration between myself and Ottawa-based producer/DJ/bass&keyboard-player/singer/rapper/radio-show-host (did I miss anything?) D-Mass from a few years back arranged and recorded in his old living room. [more inside]

posted by Hoopo at 2:33 PM PST - 3 comments


2 minutes and 30 seconds of crap

posted by wastelands at 5:49 AM PST - 3 comments

March 6

Same Dark Road

It's the same, dark road. The same, dark room.

posted by chococat at 9:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Laid Off

In the soundtrack to my life, this song is the last two days. [more inside]

posted by idiopath at 3:46 PM PST - 11 comments


A fairly grim song, I suppose, mostly one chord, almost too long to upload here. With strings. And a guitar solo. [more inside]

posted by Grangousier at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

too sweet - vampire deer

9th song in my rpm album this year

posted by pyramid termite at 10:21 AM PST - 0 comments

I'm Not So Sure It's Not a Broken Heart

My recent music contributions here have maybe not really supported this statement, but: more than anything else, I like making catchy bubblegum pop songs. This is one of those. Autoharp, marimba, and a whole lot of new wave synth. See inside for tangential MetaFilter connections! [more inside]

posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:16 AM PST - 13 comments

March 5

Bored of the Usual Drum Samples

Recording your own drum samples. Tips / Advice / Recommendations? [more inside] posted by mary8nne at 11:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Forest (Coniferous Mix)

A remix of a song I made that was leagues better than the original. Only 1 element of the original remains. [more inside]

posted by Hoopo at 9:30 PM PST - 1 comments


My girlfriend and I recorded a bunch of songs over the weekend. This is my favorite.

posted by saraswati at 8:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Lost in the Desert

A lengthy (slightly self indulgent) electric guitar piece, I've performed it live with drums and bass but this is recorded just with guitars. Its quite rocky, especially half way through the piece. Bit of a change of pace from my previous postings, hope everyone likes what they hear. If anyone wants to record some drums for it I'd be happy to hear it!

posted by Admira at 2:43 PM PST - 0 comments

unrequited - vampire deer

8th song - just me and a piano

posted by pyramid termite at 10:06 AM PST - 0 comments

Turbo Nugget

I have a problem: I can't stop writing songs for my beloved puggle. Turbo Nugget is what we call it when he can't take the excitement and sprints a few dozen laps around the house, followed by a nap. I felt this was best expressed in chiptune form. [more inside]

posted by jake at 9:39 AM PST - 9 comments

March 4

Real Bad Dad (Theme Song)

This was for an internet cartoon that never took off. [more inside]

posted by dagosto at 9:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Clap Your Hands

A song I made out of depression and boredom. At least, to the extent that I feel editing is depressing and boring. [more inside]

posted by Hoopo at 6:40 PM PST - 3 comments

The Best War

Believe it or not, this song was not written about the Iraq war. In fact, it was a reaction to something I was sensing in the air back before the first Gulf War, circa 1990. I changed the wording slightly to reflect the times, but the song still works beautifully. The recording is from my new collection 2 O's, 2 E's (a reference to how I spell my last name). You can download the entire album and lots more stuff at

posted by soundacious at 3:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I play flamenco?

Second in the "Can I play" series... I'm not formally trained in flamenco in any way shape or form, and listening to professional flamenco players and then this reveals that I can't play flamenco. But I did want to call it Faux Flamenco so I guess it sits in that style well enough. In fact its really bad - since I use a pick in the first section! In my defence, I don't have nails. It starts out slow but ramps up dramatically later on.

posted by Admira at 2:23 PM PST - 3 comments


For this month's "Amnesty" mefi music challenge, a breakbeat style take on the "spy music" contest of a couple months back. [more inside]

posted by orville sash at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

vacation - vampire deer

song 7 of my rpm project - more blues - i have better vacations than this

posted by pyramid termite at 9:45 AM PST - 0 comments

March 3

Failing Inspiration

For the second in as many attempts at the RPM Challenge, I have created a work that in its sustained and complete for is extremely challenging to listen to. [more inside]

posted by nanojath at 9:59 PM PST - 1 comments

I Stand In Line

A Chococat tune. [more inside]

posted by BrnP84 at 9:33 PM PST - 3 comments

The Snake

Amnesty Month has inspired me to dust this one off: a grimy cover of a Brazilian tune. [more inside]

posted by umbĂș at 9:06 PM PST - 6 comments

March MeFiMu Challenge

This month's Challenge is a one-parter: Amnesty Month - submit songs based on any previous music challenge that you may have missed. It was suggested by AppleSeed. I though it was big enough to stand on its own, so I decided to forgo the usual 3-part (Lyric / Music / Wildcard) format. Anyone displeased with this month's Challenge please feel free to vent here! The last two months have seen pitifully little in the way of contributions to the Challenges. Precisely 2 submissions for January, and 2 for February. The Christmas theme for December, however, had a whole buncha takers, so I guess it's just ebb and flow. I hope this month sees a little more interest in the Challenge. We shall see! posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Creep (acoustic STP cover)

My attempt to exorcise some high school nostalgia. The lyrics are as dumb as they always were, but now there's banjo and mandolin! [more inside]

posted by cortex at 2:36 PM PST - 14 comments


Classical guitar instrumental, written while thinking about the loss of a long time friend, which was a bittersweet moment. Its in a major key, with a bit of a melancholy feel to it.

posted by Admira at 2:16 PM PST - 2 comments

brand new morning - vampire deer

the 6th song of my rpm album - you can pretty much taste the acid on this one

posted by pyramid termite at 8:45 AM PST - 0 comments

March 2

All I Believe

A cover some friends and I will be performing at a cabaret here in New York in a couple weeks. [more inside]

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

Clowning Around

A little upbeat piece I came up with one day mucking around with some friends - not the greatest recording quality, the microphone I used was actually one of those headsets that I clamped over the guitar. Still its one of my favourites, hope everyone gets into it.

posted by Admira at 1:34 PM PST - 2 comments

final sale of summer - vampire deer

the 5th song of my rpm album, which is a more serious look at today's economy

posted by pyramid termite at 7:59 AM PST - 1 comments

Stargate Defender

A dubstep workout on the 808 kit, with liberal usage of videogame samples. [more inside]

posted by First Post at 5:00 AM PST - 4 comments

March 1

Sin Ti

I went through a phase of naming my pieces in Spanish as I always find it hard to come up with names for instrumental pieces - its still just as trite as in English but it makes me feel better. Anyway this is a slow relaxing instrumental guitar piece.

posted by Admira at 1:19 PM PST - 2 comments


Song 1 from my 2009 RPM Challenge album [more inside]

posted by nanojath at 1:41 AM PST - 1 comments