April 2011 Archives (all archives)

April 30

Music Challenge for May

Hallelujah (one more time, with feeling)

Yet another cover of the Cohen standard, but at least I've got an excuse this time. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 6:07 AM PST - 5 comments

between the stars

A live take to the Zoom H2 [more inside]

posted by sleepy pete at 1:09 AM PST - 6 comments

April 29

Um... sorry, but this song might not be about you...

Hey Mefi Musicians! Do you or have you ever had a significant other? Did you feel your songwriting was at all compromised? How do you continue to write the songs you feel you need to write? [more inside] posted by Corduroy at 3:25 PM PST - 16 comments

April 28

The Great Dog Spirit

A reading of a poem accompanied by some acoustic guitar. [more inside]

posted by snsranch at 8:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Ain't Misbehavin' (#3)

Another cover of this awesome song, which I will be playing until the day I die. I'm getting damned good at stride piano if I do say so myself.

posted by koeselitz at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

A sickly imitation

A “cover” of Autechre's Cichli made by splicing together tiny pieces of nearly every other song released by Autechre, making a tour through their discography in reverse chronological order. My minimalist video makes this a bit more entertaining and easier to follow by flashing each song's title every time a piece of it is used. [more inside]

posted by mubba at 9:51 AM PST - 2 comments

April 26

Acoustic guitar pickup for live work?

Looking for recommendations for an aftermarket pickup for an acoustic guitar, purely for playing live (I have the recording covered). [more inside] posted by unSane at 8:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Quit Hogging All The Crazy (It's My Birthday)

An appeal to President Obama, because I'm tired of him getting all the good nutters. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 2:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Do the Wrong Thing

Sometimes you need to do the wrong thing. This is the first track from the PRISONERS album THIS IS ALL OF THE TIME. We recorded it at the Hive in Vancouver in January. [more inside]

posted by dobie at 10:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Change my voice

I am laying down some hip-hop tracks with vocals. I don't like how my voice sounds. Outside of Auto-tune, what other things can I do to make my voice sound slightly different without making it sound ridiculously vocoded / auto-tuned posted by jasondigitized at 7:43 AM PST - 13 comments

John the Revelator

Here's another tune from an earthquake/tsunami disaster relief benefit show that i was part of on April 8, 2011. This one is a traditional gospel number. Video here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:42 AM PST - 4 comments

April 25

World Fall Down

Just a quick little doodle from this year's RPM Challenge album. And, yes, this is my first MeFi post. Be gentle.

posted by DiscountDeity at 5:54 PM PST - 3 comments

April 24

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

A sweet little recording of the old favorite of Fats Waller's that I put together today. Warning: contains crooning.

posted by koeselitz at 8:55 PM PST - 0 comments

Two-Three Tips?

I'd like to learn a simple 2-3 rhythm. [more inside] posted by tybeet at 4:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Poets' Corner

Crossed my mind the other day whether it would be good to have a kind of sideline of MeFiMu where poetry could posted for comment etc. I don't mean lyrics - which aren't synonymous with poetry imo (discuss, if you can be arsed) - although I guess they could be included in Poets' Corner provided they were clearly tagged as such. [more inside] posted by MajorDundee at 8:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Prisencolinensinainciusol - Oll Raigth!

My fairly quick and dirty house-techno remix and update of Prisencolinensinainciusol. More info.

posted by loquacious at 3:18 AM PST - 4 comments

April 22

In This Game

This is a re write of sorts. I just felt like recording something. [more inside]

posted by american caesar at 7:03 PM PST - 2 comments

April 21

Yo Momma! (was an immigrant too)

Bonus Features: White guy rapping. Cowbell. Hard rocking segment. [more inside]

posted by snsranch at 7:32 PM PST - 2 comments


Lyrical noodling with units of measurement. [more inside]

posted by nanojath at 8:05 AM PST - 1 comments

April 19

C Minor - Part 1

Ballad-ish, classical-ish instrumental piece - first part of a three part instrumental piece all in C minor. [more inside]

posted by miss cee at 10:03 PM PST - 1 comments

April 18

Grateful Wanderer

Many of the gigs I'm doing these days here in Tokyo are fundraisers for Tohoku quake/tsunami disaster relief. This tune was from one such concert. The video for it has been added to the Artsts Support Japan YouTube channel, and it can be seen here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:15 PM PST - 8 comments

April 17

Thracian Gift Horse

An instrumental electronic song I wrote last month, which straddles the line between tense and laid-back. [more inside]

posted by mubba at 2:39 PM PST - 0 comments

April 15

classroom chorus

A bunch of bored Intro to Music History undergrads, coerced into making some weird sounds. [more inside]

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

Sister Soldier

Semi-acoustic demo of a song that, sadly, tells part of a story still unfolding. [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Robot Choir

The robots are our friends. But the relationship can get a bit monotonous at times. And violent. Get this song at Bandcamp. This is the final entry in a series of tracks that did not make the album. Sign up to find out when the album drops, and stay tuned!

posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:45 AM PST - 6 comments

April 14

No Lights, No Sirens

Me back in country mode. Written by a band of a friend of a friend long 6 years ago, Sixty Acres. Recorded tonight. Even missed Must See TV! [more inside]

posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Bless Your Pretty Bones

Another tune recorded in a former elementary school classroom on Awaji Island, Japan, during my March exile from Tokyo. Video here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:55 PM PST - 2 comments

From Here on Out

A short instrumental fade-in type piece from my Armless Victory project

posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 11:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Steinberger TranScale players?

Does anybody out there play a Steinberger 6-string with the TranScale system? [more inside] posted by mintcake! at 10:07 AM PST - 0 comments

April 13

SynthXploration 1

If this jumps around a little, it's because I was just looking for a way to demo sounds from ZynAddSubFX. [more inside]

posted by AppleSeed at 4:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Future Tense

The somewhat triumphant return of Steel Tigers Of Death! [more inside]

posted by lumpenprole at 3:21 PM PST - 4 comments

April 12

The End of The Beginning

My second effort in the electronica realm. This has sampled acoustic guitar, and is a sort of chillout tune with soul. I'm actually pretty proud of this one. Sounds to me like a sunset.

posted by koeselitz at 8:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Rock The Casbah

What with revolutions going on in the Middle East, this seems like a particularly appropriate song right now. It's a cover of the Clash's fantastic original, although I have to say I'm not sure Joe Strummer would recognise it as being anything close to his creation. Video version is here. [more inside]

posted by ZsigE at 4:11 PM PST - 3 comments

April 10

Three Legged Dog

An ode to a certain dog who really likes breakfast. Made with NanoStudio on my iPad.

posted by koeselitz at 1:40 PM PST - 0 comments


This is a song I wrote while working in a sandwich shop in Providence, RI in 1997. I was contemplating a move to California once I'd saved enough money. The chorus is borrowed from an old band-mate, Joe Healey. [more inside]

posted by grubby at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

April 9

Leon's Song

A song written for a friend going through a bad break-up.

posted by ianK at 8:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Dog Explosion, Pt. 1

My next-door neighbours have a Scottish terrier which, upon being let into the backyard from inside the house, immediately yips so loudly that each bark forces it off the ground in a fit of screechy rage. Trey has a similarly annoying stupid-nosed Pekingese living above him, though its alleged "bark" is more of a failure, altogether. It's almost like someone timestretched the sound of basketball trainers on a gymnasium floor. There's no real attack; the sound just appears, then vanishes, only to return moments later. In retribution for these grievances, we have now made two separate attempts to make the latter dog explode via sonic assault. It's not supposed to be good; it's supposed to be incendiary. Please also enjoy this video for part 2. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 12:40 AM PST - 2 comments

April 8

Blitzkrieg Bop/Old Home Place

My bluegrass band's trying to learn how to use one mike! [more inside]

posted by agog at 8:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Sometimes I pretend I'm an opera singer.

I'm interested in getting some voice advice/lessons from musicians, and possibly collaborating with musicians in the future. [more inside] posted by two lights above the sea at 6:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Rock, Paper, Scissors (1979 Powerpop Mix)

Balls out late 70s powerpop version of the song I posted an acoustic demo of yesterday. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 5:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Virtual instruments for Reaper

How do I get a decent bass guitar on my laptop (in Reaper)? [more inside] posted by team lowkey at 3:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Hawkeye Pierce

Ol' Hawkeye used to be my idol; now he is not. [more inside]

posted by Pecinpah at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

LA Instrumental

A new instrumental noodling song from my band The Dustys. [more inside]

posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Let It Go Or Give In (The Real Album Version!)

I've posted this song and then it's evolved version - now here it is in its FINAL (almost) entirety. [more inside]

posted by pazazygeek at 8:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Here Comes Sunrise

Another song from my archive. I wrote and recorded this in 1984. Recorded originally on my Tascam 1/2 inch 15 IPS multi-track. [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 8:24 AM PST - 2 comments

That Beach Boys Vocal Sound

What makes the Beach Boys Harmonies & Voicings sound so "Beach Boys"? Is it particular arrangement of the different voices? [more inside] posted by mary8nne at 5:58 AM PST - 9 comments

April 7

Wicked Little Town (cover)

One of my favorite tunes from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, given the super lofi iPhone Fourtrack treatment. Guitar, melodica, piano, drums. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 6:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Ukulele Whore

My own take on the ukulele lady. [more inside]

posted by jenniferteeter at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Rock, Paper, Scissors

I've been trying to come up with a love story titled ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS for a movie, but this fell out instead. Video link inside. [more inside]

posted by unSane at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments


Another short, fast-paced sampled beat. [more inside]

posted by sputgop at 12:02 AM PST - 2 comments

April 6

2011.03.24: Cello, Mandolin, Baritone Ukulele (Part 2)

The second and final chapter of our little improvised suite of minimalist strings. This bit features a rhythmic drone on electric mandolin. Enjoy. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:16 PM PST - 0 comments

What is this song?

What is this song? [more inside] posted by Cantdosleepy at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments


Jennifer Teeter's first song written on the ukulele. Also, she plays mouth trumpet. [more inside]

posted by jenniferteeter at 7:29 AM PST - 27 comments

April 5

2011.03.24: Cello, Baritone Ukulele, Electric Mandolin

Part 1 from a small suite of minimalist, all-string improvisations. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 6:20 PM PST - 0 comments

Alabama Bound

Just came across this the other day, fishing around in one of my drives. I recorded it four years ago as a simple take, direct to 2-track in one pass, with WaveDrum and vocal. I think I'd originally intended to add more tracks and flesh it out, but listening now I thought, hey, it's OK as is, stripped down to barest essentials and presented as a live take. Unfortunately, since the vocal and drum are on the same stereo track, I couldn't do as much post processing as I would've liked (especially comp on the drum) but c'est la vie.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:52 PM PST - 2 comments

April 4

Fame, fatal fame.

Hey, Astrozombie, you fucking fuck, is that you in Wired?? [more inside] posted by unSane at 6:35 PM PST - 15 comments


Experiment in mood... An ominous political speech. [more inside]

posted by starman at 5:06 PM PST - 0 comments

Improvising options

Could you provide me with some improvising ideas? [more inside] posted by nicolin at 9:27 AM PST - 16 comments

April 2

To Tennessee + Gonna Move to Kansas City

Playing the djembe that lives at Cozmo's Cafe, Shibuya, Tokyo. The first tune is my own, the second is a traditional southern number I heard on one of the Alan Lomax Smithsonian collections: Alabama: Deep River of Song. Video here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Cycles that Surround Us, 2nd Movement

Who *doesn't* love experimental music?! Demo for a piece in which the performers read the music in circles (and sub-circles). [more inside]

posted by audiodidactic at 6:09 PM PST - 4 comments