March 2011 Archives (all archives)

March 31

post-quake Japan report

Recorded this too late for inclusion on the current Japan-related podcast, so I'm posting it here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Music Challenge for April

The challenge for this month comes from minifigs and it's to make the ultimate distillation of a band or artists work. minifig's example was the Beach Boys because they have so many signature sounds that would be even more awesome if compiled into one song. Good luck everybody! [more inside] posted by snsranch at 4:12 PM PST - 7 comments


Set off by the recent melodica-related post on the blue, my attempt at an Augustus Pablo tune. [more inside]

posted by Grangousier at 1:13 PM PST - 1 comments

Fuck You You Fucking Fuck

An update of this song, this time made, in entirety, on GarageBand on the iPad.

posted by Astro Zombie at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments

March 30

Babies Come From Wood

Questionable advice from a '50s educational LP. [more inside]

posted by mintcake! at 2:12 PM PST - 1 comments

March 29

MeFiMusic Challenge Idea Wiki is Underway

I've never edited or added to a wiki before but hopefully, this might bear some fruit for us and guarantee that ideas don't get lost in the cracks. [more inside] posted by snsranch at 5:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Bad Romance...Orchestrated, for REAL

The definitive orchestral remixes of "Bad Romance." [more inside]

posted by The3rdMan at 1:35 PM PST - 4 comments

You Will Obey Only My Commands

Some lighthearted dance music for Daleks, from an unusually fertile period in 2009.

posted by mubba at 8:50 AM PST - 1 comments

March 28

Jazz Waltz

A study based on a tutorial in Keyboard magazine. [more inside]

posted by AppleSeed at 7:03 PM PST - 1 comments

Bow, bass and drum

Myself and Peterkins getting mellow on a Sunday afternoon. All acoustic, guitar and double bass, with added percussiveness from Peterkins.

posted by Jonesisdying at 3:23 PM PST - 1 comments

March 27

Kraken (Pirates of the Caribbean 2 score cover) — Millimeters of Mercury

This is a hard dance cover of the theme that plays in the score of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 when the Kraken is nom-noming on the ship. It was fun. Enjoy. :]

posted by dacre at 10:08 PM PST - 0 comments

Intellectual Property

So what exactly is the difference between trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets?

posted by ochenk at 5:42 PM PST - 9 comments


Playing with Garageband's guitar effects. Lots of distortion to cover up my lazy fingers. [more inside]

posted by starman at 3:08 PM PST - 2 comments


Also recorded around 2007, this along with the other song I posted are all that remains of 30+ recordings. "Irony" - inspired by the Reverend Peter Popoff of televangelist fame.

posted by deacon_blues at 9:51 AM PST - 0 comments

March 26

vampire deer - silence

final song of my rpm album, underground hearts - one night stands can be rather strange

posted by pyramid termite at 10:22 PM PST - 0 comments

Golden Ratio

You just want an excuse to dance. KOLNBandcampLyrics This is the penultimate entry in a series of outtakes that did not make it onto the album "Damn Poets", to be released soon. (It is implied that the tracks on the album are superior to these outtakes. This is true.) If you like my songs, I would very much appreciate if you'd consider leaving your email. You will not be spammed; you will be among the first to find out when Damn Poets drops.

posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:00 PM PST - 0 comments

Prussian Blue

A simple and complicated ditty about simple and complicated plans. [more inside]

posted by DNAshwood at 5:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Poker Face

Acoustic guitar cover of the Lady Gaga song. [more inside]

posted by ianK at 9:24 AM PST - 0 comments

March 25

vampire deer - my boss lies to me

song 8 of 9 of underground hearts - from big, big john in the coal mine, to you and me - we've all had employers lie to us

posted by pyramid termite at 9:51 PM PST - 0 comments

No Such Place As Home

Yet another tune recorded in a classroom at the former elementary school were I was a refugee for a few days. Here I'm playing a berimbau they had lying around. Not playing it in the usual way (caoiera-style, you know), but just kinda strumming it. Your basic one-note accompaniment. Video here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:22 PM PST - 3 comments


Playing around with Saturn's Radio Emissions.

posted by starman at 5:50 PM PST - 0 comments

King James (Failed) Crusade

This is a song I recorded around 2007. Used a digital 4-track; it's not overly polished so we'll call it a demo.

posted by deacon_blues at 11:46 AM PST - 2 comments

March 24

vampire deer - underground hearts

7 of 9 of underground hearts - kind of a barometer reading

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

March 23

Solomon Silkwood

A rockin' tale from the early history of Dallas, Texas. [more inside]

posted by erikgrande at 9:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Pigs Ate My Roses

Another tune recorded during my brief exile on Awajima Island. Video here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:24 PM PST - 6 comments

The Electronic Reverie of Admiral Arpeggio

Admiral Arpeggio commands the U.S.S. Totes McGotes, a synth-powered vessel whose arpeggiated journeys through the sawtooth seas of the digital wonderland are well-documented.

posted by CarrotAdventure at 7:17 PM PST - 0 comments

Spy vs Spy

Can anyone identify the musicians in this Carly Simon Video? posted by Zenabi at 5:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Blind Spots

What supposedly 'great' albums or indeed bands do you not get at all? [more inside] posted by unSane at 7:22 AM PST - 105 comments

March 22

The Fallows

A morbid post-apocalyptic Western rock song. If you like symphonic rock this is for you! Features an extended interlude with some fun guitar/violin/cello/flute interplay. [more inside]

posted by Khalad at 9:28 PM PST - 2 comments

For a Little While I Was Free

Over the last few days, at a former elementary school on the island of Awajishima, I recorded a number of songs. This one is the newest of those: written on the train out of Tokyo on 3/17 and recorded on 3/18, in a rather reverberant hallway/stairwell. Video here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Freebird Rescheduled

Audio taken from a video of a gig this past weekend. Coming between our second and third song of the night, I found the gentleman's request to be a tad premature.

posted by bonefish at 5:08 AM PST - 0 comments

March 21

And the next Challenge Meister is...???????

Hey guys, I'd like to do one more challenge for April and pass the torch on to someone new. [more inside] posted by snsranch at 3:57 PM PST - 26 comments

vampire deer - cartoon mice and cartoon cats

song 6 of 9 of underground hearts - remember but don't obsess

posted by pyramid termite at 8:51 AM PST - 1 comments

March 20

August 10

A long one-take improvisitation played live with Ableton echo and a vocal beat loop I recorded that I knob-twiddled while I played.

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

Sweet Sister Starlight

Title track of my new album. [more inside]

posted by motty at 5:36 PM PST - 0 comments

vampire deer - funeral home in a shopping mall

song 5 of 9 of underground hearts - the only mall i ever thought i might get mugged at

posted by pyramid termite at 8:21 AM PST - 0 comments

March 19

ReDo It Again

Re-mixed Beach Boys "Do It Again" .. If you're a die hard Beach Boys fan and might take offense to a remix... save your ears and don't click! [more inside]

posted by starman at 11:25 AM PST - 26 comments

vampire deer - couldn't do it now

song 4 of 9 of underground hearts

posted by pyramid termite at 8:03 AM PST - 1 comments

March 18

Train Ride to Oly

The second preview track to my upcoming album. [more inside]

posted by idiopath at 10:06 PM PST - 3 comments

It's That Riff Again

It's been weeks since I posted anything. This damn song is mostly why, with a side of overwork and a helping of broken leg. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 10:17 AM PST - 7 comments

March 17

Company Car

More from the metal project. [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 10:08 PM PST - 3 comments

vampire deer - change my world around

song 3 of 9 - underground hearts - play loud!

posted by pyramid termite at 10:28 AM PST - 0 comments

March 16

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

I am tired of having a cold. I miss singing too much. And I was thinking... gravelly voices are cool, right? So I finally gave in to the urge; here's me singing and playing my old organ on the old standard by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. One take, no mixing, all the crap left in just like I like it. Pretty sloppy, but at least it's got character.

posted by koeselitz at 9:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Noisey's TV show.

This is a chopped up awful tv show. 53 points if you can figure out what the show is. This is a solo piece, BTW.

posted by reklus at 2:44 PM PST - 8 comments

vampire deer - car keys

2 of 9 of underground hearts - another morning after the party song

posted by pyramid termite at 8:48 AM PST - 0 comments

March 15


I record under the name feast of violet, and here is a demo of a song from my new ep that is coming out on Double Phantom Digital in April.

posted by feastofviolet at 1:37 PM PST - 1 comments

vampire deer - shouldn't have said it

song 1 of 9 of underground hearts, my rpm album, which just about drove me nuts

posted by pyramid termite at 8:00 AM PST - 1 comments

March 13

Dumpster Dave

Yet another piece from the shortened album project. This time featuring Mulp on drums and vocals and me on vocals+other things. [more inside]

posted by reklus at 10:10 PM PST - 3 comments

March 11

songs don't make passes at musicians who wear glasses

Glasses and Headphones [more inside] posted by chococat at 11:38 PM PST - 12 comments

song for Jasper

Two dear friends of mine recently had their first child. This is the emotional piano solo I recorded in celebration. I think it's kind of reminiscent of Keith Jarrett.

posted by koeselitz at 1:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Ableton Pause?

Midi-triggerable track pause in Ableton Live 8? [more inside] posted by Squid Voltaire at 9:50 AM PST - 1 comments

Truth's A Patient Stalker

A new (very early) rough mix from a chamber pop project I'm doing called "Wishing Well Divers." It's sung from the perspective of Truth personified as a stalker patiently pursuing a corrupt business man. It features cello, piano, acoustic guitar, and an early, rough vocal cut (there are some changes still coming to the vocals, and the guitars will get a boost in the mix ). At any rate, it's a glimpse of where this is going. I welcome any (gentle) feedback. Lyrics below the fold. [more inside]

posted by saulgoodman at 9:23 AM PST - 7 comments


Neon nights, bush league frights [more inside]

posted by CarrotAdventure at 5:00 AM PST - 2 comments

March 10

sundog brighten

this actually..."pretty"... [more inside]

posted by daisystomper at 8:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Light Sweet Crude

A three-minute story of summer and infatuation, filmed in Super-8. BandcampLyrics

posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:14 PM PST - 3 comments

The Sound Remains the Flame

Just playing around with an open C6 tuning, which always makes me think of Led Zeppelin.

posted by BigHeartedGuy at 10:13 AM PST - 0 comments

March 9

Elvin Atombender's Enormous Supercomputer

ROBOTS [more inside]

posted by mintcake! at 2:11 PM PST - 4 comments


My girlfriend wanted me to write a simple ukulele song. This is it. Short and sweet. [more inside]

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

Gutter Rat

Another ruff mix from Zeke Clemmens - Middle Aged Man. Our spoof on Punk music. Listen LOUD in headphones. [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 12:25 PM PST - 0 comments

What's up with the potpourri of popery?

that's it, really - just saw a bunch of songs by different people, all about popes. [more inside] posted by dubold at 1:22 AM PST - 7 comments

March 8

H.A.N.S. - Cocaine: A Love Song

I guess it's an ode to cocaine. [more inside]

posted by H.A.N.S. at 9:02 AM PST - 1 comments

March 7

a Voice in the Radio

I haven't posted in a while, and without any good reason. I have a LOT of half-finished stuff sitting on my hard drive, and with a day off, I decided it was time to record some vocals and get at least one song finished. [more inside]

posted by SamuraiCarChase at 5:34 PM PST - 0 comments

March 5

Big American Party!

Mulp and I tried to do the RPM "Record an album in a month" challenge. We failed. Not because of lack of material. But he got sick, I've got a 2 month old baby. We weren't quite set up for recording at the beginning of the month. We did manage 4 or 5 tracks though. This is one. Nothing but 2 monkeys on a couch, a keyboard and some great pedals for this song.

posted by reklus at 6:52 PM PST - 3 comments

The Pope is Dead. Long Live the Pope.

They'd probably save a lot of trouble and idiocy at the Vatican if they would only institute this policy. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 6:12 PM PST - 0 comments

March 4

Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini

Pope Pius III: His Facebook fan page says it all, but that may be because he served as pope for less time than William Henry Harrison served as POTUS. [more inside]

posted by man vs sun at 6:35 PM PST - 4 comments

The First Seven Lines...

of Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses. [more inside]

posted by snsranch at 4:18 PM PST - 0 comments

Rodrigo de Lanzòl-Borgia

What is possibly left to be said of Pope Alexander VI that hasn't already been said? Answer: Honestly, compared to the standards of secular nobility of the time, he really wasn't any worse. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:43 AM PST - 0 comments

Plain Garbage

Another one from our new Middle Aged Man project. [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 1:31 AM PST - 0 comments

March 3

Giovanni Battista Cybo

Meet the inappropriately-named Pope Innocent VIII. Witch hunter. Innovator in the field of immolation. Simonist. Slave regifter. And don't forget about his army of bastard children placed the Vatican on the brink of financial ruin. [more inside]

posted by man vs sun at 6:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Gettin' Outta Dodge

Just a short instrumental (my favorite kind) comprised of a train beat, steel guitar riffs and some other riffs thrown in for good measure. [more inside]

posted by KevinSkomsvold at 5:46 PM PST - 0 comments

Francesco della Rovere

Pope Sixtus IV was another notorious practitioner of nepotism. A member of the Franciscan Order of Friars, he was responsible for the commissioning of the Sistine Chapel, and authorized an Inquisition targeting converted (Jewish) Christians in Spain, at the request of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. He was largely responsible for endorsing the burgeoning artistic movements leading to the Italian Renaissance, but also renewed the crusade against the Turks and reinforced the slavery policy. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:25 AM PST - 2 comments

March Mefi Music Challenge

The challenge for this month, as suggested by moonmilk, is to make an educational or instructive song. [more inside] posted by snsranch at 7:52 AM PST - 17 comments

March 2

Pietro Barbo

Paul II was a poster child (or grand-nephew) of papal nepotism. This fellow made it more difficult to downsize church government because of his tendancy to appoint new cardinals in private. Oh yeah, he also loved bling and some accounts cite his fatal heart attack happening whilst being sodomized by his boy lover. [more inside]

posted by man vs sun at 4:51 PM PST - 0 comments

If I Had To Do It All Over Again,

Baby I'd Do It All Over You. [more inside]

posted by TheCoug at 4:21 PM PST - 0 comments

Enea Silvio Piccolomini

Pope Pius II, surprisingly, seems to have been a pretty legitimately good and interesting person; even serving as poet laureate of Austria before eventually ending up in, and finally head of, the largest organized crime syndicate in history. However, his greatest crime could be seen as being indirectly responsible for the Twilight series. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 10:53 AM PST - 0 comments


Picked up my electric guitar last night for the first time in 3 years, this happened... [more inside]

posted by TheNegativeInfluence at 3:40 AM PST - 0 comments

March 1

I Am Paul Simon/The Mumbambu Project — Millimeters of Mercury

So, similarly to how Paul Simon used a lot of traditional African melodies/chords/etc., in his Graceland album, I decided to employ a traditional Nigerian folk melody/chord progression for a chorus of a (I think) unique electro pounder. [more inside]

posted by dacre at 10:21 PM PST - 0 comments


Blippity blop - just a track made on my EM1, more of a snippet, really.

posted by symbioid at 8:41 PM PST - 0 comments

Alfonso de Borja

You probably knew him better as Pope Callixtus III. His legacy, aside from his advanced age, feebleness and incompetence, is marked by a widely-spread (and patently false) rumor that he successfully exorcised Halley's Comet in 1456. [more inside]

posted by man vs sun at 4:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Buy More Shit!

I liked the idea of taking a commercial like jingle and making it in to a song about anti-consumerism. It ended up being a little more elaborate than that. [more inside]

posted by kakarott999 at 9:51 AM PST - 0 comments

Tommaso Parentucelli

Also known as Pope Nicholas V, he didn't seem like such a bad guy, for the most part...other than the whole "Papal consent to the slave trade" thing. Live recorded video is available. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 8:28 AM PST - 0 comments