March 2010 Archives (all archives)

March 31

If You Was Shane MacGowan You'd Be Dead By Now

A practice demo of a song arranged for my Irish-American band, The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 9:26 PM PST - 3 comments

March 30

it shows

This is an angry, broody, dark, but pretty song. I'm proud of it, I think it's one of my best! Includes a pretty sweet xaphoon (!) solo by yours truly, plus background vocals by my wife. [more inside]

posted by edlundart at 8:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Oh The King

A tune about an odd man who used to roam around my neighborhood as a kid. He wore a crown sometimes. Featuring chococat on drums. [more inside]

posted by ORthey at 8:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Video, Video

I've been digging the sounds of Earth a lot lately and this video from Prinzenallee cracks me the hell up. Oh, and this one from Mac Lethal, which has old friend DJ Sku as the driver (he's Mac's DJ). What have you been watching/listening to lately? posted by sleepy pete at 12:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Clunker Bunker?

Anyone else wish there was a means by which to withdraw or quarantine tracks that, upon reflection, could do with a little more work (or be quietly put out of their misery)? I've done one or two of these now (ok, ok maybe more than one or two), and it's a source of moderate frustration that the facility doesn't there a persuasive reason why not? If it bugs the admins, there could simply be a "cooling off period" of say 3 days from initial upload after which you're stuck with it......... posted by MajorDundee at 11:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Kilkenny Square

The demo of a reworked version of an older song, arranged for my Irish-American band, The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 9:05 AM PST - 6 comments

That's the Way it Wiggles

I've been doing a lot of gigs lately, so why not post some of the music here, right? This one is from a jaw harp mini-festival I was part of on March 28, 2010. I'm playing the Vietnamese jaw harp called the Dan Moi, along with a bass line from my JUNO 60 analog synth. Video of this same performance can be seen at YouTube.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:43 AM PST - 9 comments

March 28

Dance Into the Fire

A brand new song, from a gig I did on March 25, 2010, at Super Deluxe here in Tokyo. Video of this same performance at YouTube here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:39 PM PST - 1 comments

Sorry You Died

A song begun a few years ago and just recently finished. I recorded the initial acoustic guitar track last summer in the boathouse, using a condenser and also the stero mic on my video camera. While fighting off mosquitos. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 5:07 AM PST - 14 comments

March 27

Axel F cover sorta

I was messing around with some VST plugins the other day and this is what it turned into... I liked it so much i felt that i had to share it with others... hope you like it

posted by Greynaab at 9:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Tess's Lament

Music: Dundee. Words: Thomas Hardy. From the fanciful e.p. Shelf Life. Familiarity with Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles will help to contextualise things. A version with a female vocalist would be cool (and more apt). Regardless of the merits of the song, I think this is one of my better recordings in terms of arrangement, production and dynamics. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 4:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Paraselene Motorway

Other acceptable responses would be "Moon Dog Highway," "False Moon Interstate," or "I'm Making Crap Up Because Titling Instrumental Pieces is an Exercise in Futility in the First Place" [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:23 AM PST - 0 comments


Another live recording from my new band, Medicine Bone (previously). This is one of band-mate Ken Shima's songs, which he's singing here. I'm on walking drums. I love drumming to this tune. Video of this same performance on YouTube.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:16 AM PST - 8 comments

March 26

Watching You Sleep

Wow, yet another electro-acoustic song, this time from Thanks To Science, We've Got Love. [more inside]

posted by Jon-A-Thon at 10:27 AM PST - 1 comments

March 25

O Captain! My Captain!

Music: Dundee. Words: Walt Whitman. Poetry-set-to-music from a notional e.p. called Shelf Life [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

March 24

Mask of Anarchy

With respect to Shelley. I wrote this song many years ago and recorded it on garage band tonight. It has meant a few things.

posted by By The Grace of God at 5:39 PM PST - 6 comments

March 23

Newbie gear questions

So, I touched on this in a previous question, but I'm trying to figure out what sort of audio/MIDI interface I actually need. (more ...) [more inside] posted by dnash at 9:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Essential Elements for Imaginary Instruments

A look back at grade school music class. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 3:28 PM PST - 1 comments


The tenth track from Inchoatery, and the finale—a letter to the ex. Probably the most structurally complicated song on the whole album. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 7:57 AM PST - 7 comments

March 22

Last Dance at Marienbad

Cinephile IDM, short and sweet. The name says it all.

posted by ford and the prefects at 11:57 PM PST - 1 comments

Bad Carnie

Carnivals should be happy. [Not recommend for people who find clowns frightening.]

posted by Brent Parker at 9:48 PM PST - 1 comments


Sometimes, when you least expect it, a thing happens. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 1:44 PM PST - 1 comments

What do you do (production-wise) to your acoustic guitar tracks to make them sound oh so good?

What do you do (production-wise) to your acoustic guitar tracks to make them sound oh so good? [more inside] posted by ORthey at 8:01 AM PST - 14 comments

March 21


just one of those days - weight-o-the world is so too much, it's funny

posted by scottMontgomery at 11:56 PM PST - 1 comments


acoustic Joy Division cover [more inside]

posted by l2p at 11:15 PM PST - 3 comments


False clawhammer on a true J-45.

posted by blue bar at 8:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Grand Canyon (The Magnetic Fields)

A cover of the great song by The Magnetic Fields, recorded by myself but for a cover band that is beginning to form called the Magnetic Feel-'er-uppers. Features Bb stairwell guitar, whistling, and harmonica/harmony.

posted by Corduroy at 3:22 PM PST - 8 comments


a sony digital recorder and ableton and pitch fuckery [more inside]

posted by Moistener at 12:03 PM PST - 1 comments

March 20

Not So Kind

A very short little song wherein I take the harshly honest route toward an old friend. [more inside]

posted by ORthey at 3:05 PM PST - 10 comments

March 19

Dos Guitarras y un Gringo

micayetoca, this one's for you, man! Does this sound too gringo? [more inside]

posted by snsranch at 6:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Robot Ninja Zombie Bear

Another SongFight! song. It's about a robot nin...uh, yeah. Moving on. [more inside]

posted by davejay at 9:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Homemade Napalm Part II

Polystyrene + Benzene + Gasoline = ? [more inside]

posted by man vs sun at 7:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Send me your overdubs!

Looking for ringers to collaborate on a quick internet music track! [more inside] posted by Cantdosleepy at 5:47 AM PST - 4 comments

March 18


Persistent piano piece composed based on rules derived from the multiplication table. Starts softly, gradually gets louder. [more inside]

posted by edlundart at 10:18 PM PST - 8 comments


Another RPM track, and a little more bass flute for everyone's audio diet. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 7:12 PM PST - 2 comments


The ninth track off of Inchoatery. The other side of the story. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Six is where you take the three and make it two times

I was alone. It was late at night. March was approaching its end and I had to sing a song about the multiplication table. I had no lyrics. I recorded some guitars and then pressed record on the vocals to see what would happen. [more inside]

posted by ORthey at 2:15 PM PST - 11 comments

ninety second instrumental #2

More fashion house/website music, but they didn't go for this one either... hey, whaddayagunnado?

posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Digital Distribution Headaches?

Does anyone have experience using a digital distribution service like say Tunecore, CD baby, etc, if so could you share your experiences. Secondly has anyone ever seen a comparison table of all the different services: there are so many with differnt deals and fixed / percentage prices. I'm a bit overwhelmed. [more inside] posted by mary8nne at 8:15 AM PST - 7 comments


Really quick and dirty, from memory. R.I.P Alex. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 12:29 AM PST - 23 comments

March 17

Tell It All

Track eight off of Inchoatery. One of those trying-and-failing scenarios—merely grabbing your boot straps and yanking doesn't always do the trick.

posted by cortex at 2:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Squawk 'n' roll.....

Currently exhibiting at London's Barbican Curve, French sonic artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways....... posted by MajorDundee at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Ode on an Irish Pub

Who's getting wasted today? I said Who's Getting Wasted?! Well alright!! Hope you're drinking lots of green beer, remember to tip your bartenders. We've been Tam and the Shanters, thanks for coming out tonight! [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 11:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Cover Me

This another electro-acoustic tune of mine with distinct hints of Ennio Morricone. [more inside]

posted by Jon-A-Thon at 11:10 AM PST - 5 comments

March 16

Ready for War

My friends made a rap song...then they asked me to remix it for an album they're releasing soon. Here is the result. It samples the amazing reggae song, Uptown Top Ranking by Althea and Donna.

posted by cloeburner at 9:04 AM PST - 4 comments

March 15

horse penguin

Anyone up to a song almost real-time? posted by Zenabi at 5:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Sex Cloud (Strike Two)

This is from a collection of recordings of a band I was in with some of my favorite people called Hitodama. None of us used or use drugs but it is recommended listening for all drug users. [more inside]

posted by dagosto at 5:31 AM PST - 1 comments

March 14

Trek of the Nautilus

Track 4 from our RPM album, Demons of Gyrophonia & the Rotatable Tremulant All-Stars, and the first time I've played theremin in almost a year. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 9:47 PM PST - 1 comments

100 Ho!

A March challenge piece (featuring Max)

posted by blue bar at 4:51 PM PST - 7 comments

March 13

factory break room by vampire deer

song 11 of 11 of cornfield - thanks for listening and commenting [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 7:29 PM PST - 0 comments

March 12

wolves by vampire deer

song 10 of 11 of cornfield [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 7:09 PM PST - 1 comments

fresh prince of bel air cover

if you're gona dance to this it must be the carlton.

posted by pwally at 5:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Team-building exercises for musicians?

I posted this question over in AskMe, and then remembered that we have a whole music section. [more inside] posted by lekvar at 3:46 PM PST - 10 comments

March 11

queen of alaska by vampire deer

song 9 of 11 of cornfield - old fashioned rock and roll song about our favorite politician [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 8:49 AM PST - 3 comments

kringle park

Track 2 from my RPM album, totalitarianism. Rather more lyrical than track 1. [more inside]

posted by ropeladder at 6:56 AM PST - 0 comments

Artificial Sky

real song, fake horns [more inside]

posted by chaff at 12:09 AM PST - 5 comments

March 10

My Funny Valentine

I wasn't able to take lessons like I planned, but I thought I'd post my take on the classic Rodgers and Hart song anyway, after a long hiatus. Hope you enjoy! [more inside]

posted by StrikeTheViol at 7:59 PM PST - 1 comments

Vignette #3 - A Carpet Of Stars

Last one of these doodles. Dates from early 2005. All done on a Strat with a bit of delay and a pinch of chorus. Oh and I forgot the fleeting appearance of a Precision Bass. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 2:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Get You Laid

Track seven from Inchoatery. As much a mixing stunt as anything—trying to synthesize a drinking-buddy monologue in a crowded bar while the band plays on. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 11:48 AM PST - 3 comments

north star line by vampire deer

song 8 of 11 of cornfield [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 7:47 AM PST - 1 comments


This one's about community- mostly about survival by peaceful cooperation. I know, I'm an idealist! [more inside]

posted by pedmands at 12:51 AM PST - 3 comments

March 9

graffiti song

old/well-loved song. been meaning to throw this up for a while. jazzy ditty about the internetty world. needs a competent brass bit if anyone's interested. [more inside]

posted by es_de_bah at 10:55 PM PST - 6 comments

hey obviously

First track from my RPM album, totalitarianism. [more inside]

posted by ropeladder at 6:33 AM PST - 1 comments

fountain by vampire deer

song 7 of 11 of cornfield [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 6:25 AM PST - 2 comments

March 8

Sitting On Top of the World

This is my other brand new band, the Ghost Steppers. We do old-time, early blues, jug band, mountain music: all traditional stuff, no originals. Here's our rough-and-ready take on an old favorite, originally written and recorded by the Mississippi Sheiks, that's been interpreted by many, many folks over the years. I've changed the lyrics a bit (maybe more than a bit) but that's part of the longstanding folk tradition, of course. Video of this same performance at YouTube here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:26 PM PST - 10 comments


Track six from my new album, Inchoatery. A 5/4 instrumental follow-up to Drunk Again. Theremin solo!

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

Caminito verde

A tribute. [more inside]

posted by micayetoca at 4:24 AM PST - 14 comments

March 7

Vignette#2 - Widow's Weeds

An observation on the bitterness of divorce - not, thankfully, from personal experience. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 3:13 AM PST - 4 comments

March 6

What's The Frequency, Kenneth?

In my encroaching senility I might be repeating myself here, but I've been thinking (oh please God no, I hear you sigh....). Anyone else think it would be useful to start a modest library of technical notes - under the above rather apt title - that could gradually build into a resource for MeFiMoos to dip into? Could simply be a bunch of links to good advice on a topic, so needn't be onerous. If we agree the headings/topic areas (EQ, Mastering, etc), we could simply drop a link or a note etc into the box (as it were) when we find something useful. Clearly, to be effective this would require a new sub-section in MeFiMu. If space is a problem, personally I think this would be more useful than the "Most Favourited Since The Last Ice Age" charts. :-) posted by MajorDundee at 10:04 AM PST - 13 comments

March 5

Hurt So Bad (Linda Ronstadt cover)

I always wanted to hear this Linda Ronstadt song covered by Garbage. [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 9:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Drunk Again

Boozy lounger from Inchoatery. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 5:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Vignette #1 - Beachcomber

I'd forgotten about this and several other "short stories" I've recorded over the years. At the risk of sounding pretentious, they're basically vignettes that are more or less complete in themselves. Naturally, most of them are utter shit - but there are two others that I think have some merit which I'll upload. They may as well see the light of day.... [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 4:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Shangri-La (Live Bootleg Cut)

This is a live recording of my new song Shangri-La. The audio was recorded on a handheld recorder by one of the audience members. Apologies for the dodgy sound quality...but I just had to post my first bootleg! [more inside]

posted by Me, The Snake at 12:13 PM PST - 1 comments

big man by vampire deer

song 6 of 11 of cornfield [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 10:20 AM PST - 0 comments

I'm Worried About You

Here's my new band, Medicine Bone, from our official first gig at Velvet Sun in Ogikubo, Tokyo, February 27, 2010. Ken Shima is on guitar, and sings plenty of his own tunes in the band too: it's a collaborative effort. This is one of my tunes, though, a blues. Video of this same performance at YouTube. [more inside]

posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:22 AM PST - 6 comments

I Talk To Myself

This song started off as a 30 second pitch for a cell phone commercial. [more inside]

posted by Jon-A-Thon at 1:06 AM PST - 6 comments

March 4

Down At The Supper Club

Samples from the film noir The Pay Off over beats, with some choppy Benny Goodman samples thrown in for melody. [more inside]

posted by hiteleven at 5:23 AM PST - 0 comments

March 3

Years Spent feat. Lil Wayne (NSFW)

glitchy fun!

posted by ageispolis at 10:16 PM PST - 2 comments

March MeFiMu Challenge: Multiplication!

Hi Mefi musicians, flapjax here. I received a suggestion just the other day that I want to go with for March. I'll simply reprint Mefier Mhead's enthusiastically worded letter verbatim: I think a great idea for the music challenge would be to sing the multiplication table. There are high-priced multiplication table songs out there but they are overpriced garbage. You guys could do so much better! Think of all the kids you could help. Many kids, particularly learning disabled, learn the times table by listening to the multiplication table sung to music. A few suggestions would be to maybe make it fun with a few rhymes here and there (like three times three is nine… a mighty fine design…), repetition, repetition, repetition, and go slow. You could even have one person do the twos, another the threes and so on. So, have at it, y'all! Please tag your submission "multiplication" in addition to the usual "mefimusicchallenge" posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Song 3 - Driving Reprise

A track I'm working on for a concept EP. Worked on it instead of going to compsci lecture today. Crazy resonators. Way more rhythmic than anything I've done in a while. [more inside]

posted by azarbayejani at 3:49 PM PST - 4 comments

emily by vampire deer

song 5 of 11 of cornfield [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 9:58 AM PST - 1 comments

Uh Uh

Track four from Inchoatery. More Microkorg than you can shake a stick, and a lot of other changes from the demo I posted last month. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 7:59 AM PST - 8 comments

March 2

The World is Only Bad

An acoustic/alt-country (I suck at picking a genre) song off my album I recorded last year. [more inside]

posted by bingwah at 9:48 AM PST - 8 comments

March 1

I've heard of "musical prose" but...

Ever written a song, or do you know of any song(s), where the lyrics are prose? As in no rhyme, no meter, no poetry - just a paragraph of prose. I'm assuming such a thing has been done by someone, just don't know that I've ever heard it... [more inside] posted by dnash at 2:00 PM PST - 17 comments

So Fuckin' Free

The second track off my new album, Inchoatery. Sort of a pop-rock braggadocio, the euphoric declarations of someone still feeling the relief instead of the pain of a breakup a long time in the coming.

posted by cortex at 11:09 AM PST - 5 comments

cornfield by vampire deer

song 4 of 11 - cornfield [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 5:58 AM PST - 0 comments