July 2008 Archives (all archives)

July 31


Fulfilling two of the Challenges for July: Wildcard (music you hate = techno) and Music (ripped off James Bond Theme riff). Also, going for the trifecta, it's a cappella (June's Style Challenge). And it's still July 31st in some parts of the world, so I think this should be allowed in the door.

posted by not_on_display at 10:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Marra Wanna Be Like Me

Just a goofy little tune I do. This is one you either like or dont. But should or shouldnt. I dont wanna be a song pusher. Lite up and follow the bouncing what ever you see bouncing and sing along. The words will have this tune stuck in your head like a bad jingle gone wild.

posted by american caesar at 10:34 PM PST - 3 comments


An abstract electronic piece; some of the piano riffs later through the song sound like they're being pushed too fast, which led me to the title. [more inside]

posted by blinks at 6:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Pipeline building?

How can we attract more folks from the other parts of the site? [more inside] posted by umbú at 5:58 PM PST - 58 comments

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The actual title of this song is 「聞いてはいけない、言ってはいけない」, which is pronounced "Kiite wa Ikenai, Itte wa Ikenai". I probably ought to be more out than I am, but I like seeing the reaction of people who don't suspect when I do come out. (Doesn't work on other gay men, though.) [more inside]

posted by NemesisVex at 1:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Dirty Little Secret

Got any bands that you're embarrassed to like or look back on and wonder "what the hell was I thinking?" I used to have this big thing with Michelle Branch, people would flip through my cd book and find her cd and I'd say it was my sisters. During middle/high school I got sucked into that whole emo/punk thing when it was just starting (New Found Glory, Something Corporate, The Used...) I try to play those cds now and it hurts. One band that people always give me crap for is They Might Be Giants but that's not embarassing, they rock something fierce. posted by BrnP84 at 12:01 AM PST - 35 comments

July 30

Tasty Treats

It's kinda unfair because I work nights and have a headstart on most of you on these challenges. Not the most polished song (most of my stuff isn't) but I thought it was kinda fun.

posted by BrnP84 at 10:49 PM PST - 8 comments


This is one of my favorite songs off our new album. It's kind of a country rock power ballad about a mom and her little girl trying to find a new life for themselves.

posted by platinum at 10:21 PM PST - 8 comments

The Boys of the 10th

A new song. An Irish-ballad inspired soldier's tale. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 9:35 PM PST - 2 comments

she's sleeping

awkward stuff. Same finger pattern as cooloop or lullaby or from the bridge, but different mood.

posted by nicolin at 5:59 AM PST - 8 comments

July 29

Kick is a Brick

Work in progress: a departure from my typical songwriting, in that there's nothing funny about it. At least, I hope not. Short and cheap scratch recording, feedback on the song appreciated.

posted by davejay at 11:09 PM PST - 12 comments

A Widow's Prayer

A new song. A ballad of a rowdy man and a bad end. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 8:46 PM PST - 3 comments

you've got a ring of radiation

you pretend to be me, I pretend to be you [more inside]

posted by February28 at 6:39 AM PST - 14 comments

A Familiar Tune

Coming soon to the closing credits of a Japanese RPG near you. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 6:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Happy Accidents

Brian Eno says, "Honor thy mistake as a hidden intention." Care to reveal some of yours? [more inside] posted by Karlos the Jackal at 5:39 AM PST - 15 comments

July 28

slinky saturday

A sunshiny ode to arcs and Saturdays. [more inside]

posted by sleepy pete at 9:30 PM PST - 9 comments

At The Bar (NSFW lyrics)

Playful hip hop song about a typical summer night in Portland with me and my friends. Beats by me (kapn.fülz), mic work by myself and partner on all my rap tracks, Juicy Karkass. [more inside]

posted by mediocre at 8:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Royal Quiet Deluxe

This is a live recording of Royal Quiet Deluxe, my band from 1998. The track features manipulated drum machines and vocals, bass, and two chickens playing keyboards. [more inside]

posted by chinese_fashion at 9:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Days Like This

It seemed time for an uncomplicated pop song (not that any of my songs are super complex in the first place). But in this nice little package you get everything you’re looking for in a standard radio-friendly pop song (does anyone listen to the radio anymore?)... [more inside]

posted by hillelc at 7:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Too Late to Sleep

Here's a track for your next narcoleptic dance party. It may be the only song in the world to feature both the Stylophone and the Violin-Uke. [more inside]

posted by Karlos the Jackal at 1:23 AM PST - 9 comments

July 27

Touching Down

Part one of a three part sci-fi inspired thing.

posted by eyeballkid at 1:11 PM PST - 5 comments


Solo guitar. One quick and dirty take, recorded with the windows open. [more inside]

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

Secret Asian Man

Pretty cheesy cover of a super cool song, this is a little more rockin

posted by BrnP84 at 11:33 AM PST - 2 comments

July 26

Kitten (in my robot purse)

My submission to the spy challenge. [more inside]

posted by umbú at 10:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Pacific Street (Hem Cover)

My favorite Hem song. It was first an outtake from Rabbit Songs then later a track on Eveningland. [more inside]

posted by eyeballkid at 1:19 AM PST - 6 comments

July 25

Second chance music glance

What music (song) post -- yours, someone else's -- do you wish had gotten a closer look or a bigger response in terms of comments/feedback? [more inside] posted by cortex at 10:59 AM PST - 32 comments

I'm Gonna Miss You When I'm Gone

A minor key song about marriage and betrayal, written in 1990. Part of my Old Songs project. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Whiskey Pearl

Mostly an experiment in banjo, trying to apply the clawhammer style to a more bluegrass style song. [more inside]

posted by mediocre at 6:57 AM PST - 7 comments

July 24

Heist Scene

An old favorite genre of film, and part of every good spy flick, is the Heist, the soundtrack to which always goes like this. This scene from our "movie for the ears" music challenge is described inside. [more inside]

posted by AppleSeed at 6:23 PM PST - 4 comments

July 23

Spies! Again!

For the Spy Music Challenge, an almost-straight rip from what everyone hears in their heads when they stand in front of a mirror in a tuxedo. A little repetitive, but I was going for production values, so imagine this as a background piece to intro credits. [more inside]

posted by aleb at 10:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Ground Squirrel

The Ground Squirrel sees in all 11 dimensions.

posted by BrnP84 at 9:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Mistress Song

I played a gig last week with a violin player and a bassist and they recorded it. This is one of the tunes. [more inside]

posted by motty at 7:09 PM PST - 2 comments

summer's gone

two more guitar loops based compositions, like this previous one or this old one.

posted by nicolin at 5:28 AM PST - 3 comments

July 22


Part of my Old Songs project. A deliberately "Oriental" song in Hebrew, taken from the text of Ruth 1:16. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 11:23 PM PST - 1 comments

I kill you. You die.

It may be hard to believe, but I didn't listen to the song while singing it. Dirty words in a short song.

posted by sleepy pete at 9:59 PM PST - 17 comments

La vaquera

For the spy challenge. [more inside]

posted by micayetoca at 3:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Barking Nymph

Jazzy power-punk ballad for those long summer bike rides. I think I meant for this to be soft and sparse, but you know how I do. Could use some help with a new name for this. [more inside]

posted by es_de_bah at 8:50 AM PST - 10 comments

SkyMall (Jonathan Coulton cover)

A few months ago I decided I wanted to try and do a cover. Based on the result, it was clearly a bad idea. I probably should have been discouraged but instead, after months of therapy, I decided to try again. The victim this time was one of my favorite artists - Jonathan Coulton and his excellent song SkyMall. [more inside]

posted by hillelc at 12:12 AM PST - 4 comments

July 21

No Name #2

One-track Garageband quick'n'dirty demo. Elliott Smith/Cat Power? [more inside]

posted by oceanview at 11:36 PM PST - 3 comments


I just came up with this and recorded it on the H2 (I upped the volume a bit in Audition afterward). I'm pretty bad at finger picking and this owes a lot to John Fahey and Roy Harper. Not that they're bad at finger picking.... There's a faster and shorter version as well, but I liked the drone of this one more.

posted by sleepy pete at 9:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Say U.N.C.L.E.

It's a cover, but not exactly. I was too lazy to figure out the whole song, so I just took the basic hook and had some fun with it. First time working in Reason.

posted by itchylick at 8:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Lazy Mary

The strangest thing happened to me the other day. I was flipping through the radio dial, and every station was playing a cover of Lou Monte's version of Lazy Mary in a style that I despise. It sounded something like this. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 6:12 PM PST - 9 comments

CD or not CD?

Physical CDs- things of the past? [more inside] posted by COBRA! at 11:22 AM PST - 19 comments

July 20

undulate underling

A short, lyrically strange new song partly based on a dream. [more inside]

posted by edlundart at 9:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Re: Mix

I want to start remixing songs - how do I get the stems/individual tracks for a song? [more inside] posted by god particle at 10:48 AM PST - 3 comments

July 19

Tags for MeFi Music Challenge songs

Tags for MeFi Music Challenge songs... [more inside] posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:42 AM PST - 6 comments

I'd Oblige You

A live recording from my band.

posted by Tlogmer at 12:00 AM PST - 4 comments

July 18

Theme From Squidboner

For this month's challenge, in the "Spy Music" category. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 10:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Falling In Love With A Woman Reading Numbers

This is my entry for the spy music Mefi Monthly Music Challenge. The track is about an isolated Chinese secret agent in Canberra, falling in love with the disembodied voice that reads out numbers to him from China. I'm not that happy with the title. [more inside]

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

Not Enough to Keep Me Satisfied

I wrote a country song awhile back but never got around to figuring out how it should end. The latest Mefi Music Challenge provided suitable inspiration. [more inside]

posted by quadog at 10:57 AM PST - 4 comments

July 17


Solo guitar, live improv, one take to disc. [more inside]

posted by aldus_manutius at 4:16 PM PST - 1 comments

My Fresh Pie

A new song, recorded seconds after having been written. A man comes to town song. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 8:22 AM PST - 7 comments

July 15

Victor's a Dictionary

Written back at the turn of the millennium (oh the good old days) this song is about our old friend Victor. He’s an ethnic Chinese, Australian born doctor who abandoned medicine (and Sydney) to embrace the “structured” world of computer programming and the United States. Once you understand the laws that govern Victor’s existence you can compile him quite reliably. [more inside]

posted by hillelc at 11:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Numbers Station

My entry for July's monthly music challenge, a spy-themed beat featuring samples taken from numbers stations. [more inside]

posted by Hoopo at 6:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Down in New Orleans

This was a song I wrote about a fictional women that I didnt really meet. In fact I havent ever stopped in New Orleans I may have drove through along time ago. This song is one of three done at a studio. The drummer was way to uptight for my music. He kept saying he could play john bonham solo's and Im thinking this isnt really the place for Mr Bonham. I need Ringo here. Anyway they over recorded drums with alittle crackle. I had a friend do the bass and lead style playing and he held it togther enough to make it listenable. Thats when I went home studio after seeing the money I could throw away. Anyway this song was before the hurricane period as well by a year Id say. I just really wrote it cause I wanted something fresh for the studio and upbeat. Anyway Listen

posted by american caesar at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Stan Lee (rough mix)

Rough mix of a Derailleur song about Stan Lee. How many guitars are in this song? Lots. Lots of guitars. [more inside]

posted by COBRA! at 1:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Seven Shades of Blue

Another song recorded live at the cabin for the album. [more inside]

posted by kingbenny at 11:18 AM PST - 3 comments

What About Tonight

You won't care tomorrow. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 12:38 AM PST - 6 comments

July 14


posted by elektrotechnicus at 10:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Private Island

Wrote this a few years ago. An introspective song about a place to be introspective. [more inside]

posted by hillelc at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments

July 13

Then She Begins ...

Tonight, I created a really, really, really good remake of an old song of mine. I don't even know if I have a copy of the original anymore, but ... whoa ... this thing ended up being kind of epic. Features horns and toy pianos, a reed organ, both regular and electric ukulele, some drums. I even tried my hand at playing the bass. Short, simple lyrics within (of which I am also rather proud)! [more inside]

posted by The Great Big Mulp at 10:33 PM PST - 18 comments


Gonna be late for breakfast! [more inside]

posted by erikgrande at 9:33 PM PST - 8 comments


This song came at a very strange and weird time. Ill shorten her up abit story wise. I was in a accident good while back now fully recovered now. I was doing Christmas music for family and friends who helped in my complete recovery. Now a painted picture. I had a broken jaw rippied off the tip of my nose and knocked out 9 teeth. Bike accident ouch. Again fully recovered and happy to be here still. So where this song came from I dont know but the timing was in the middle of christmas recording. I ran with it anyway cause I hadnt really ever did wording like this and the song poured out. Anyway that set the strange stage for Water. I hear some Willie in there somewhere. LIsten

posted by american caesar at 7:52 PM PST - 1 comments

Fake It

Kind of a loud rock song. First single off my next album.

posted by frenetic at 2:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Like a Rolling Stone

I've tried to cover this song so many different ways, whatever happened to that Bobby Dylan guy anyway.

posted by BrnP84 at 12:31 AM PST - 2 comments

July 12

Out of Gas

This is a short song I've made for my girlfriend in the past half hour or so. It is a true story.

posted by The Great Big Mulp at 7:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Spooky Bitch

Messing around with Ableton Live. It might be too long, but I don't care. [more inside]

posted by chillmost at 4:25 PM PST - 1 comments


Another short Garage Band track that includes the sound of me repeatedly popping the base of an old stock pot in and out.

posted by Hoopo at 9:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Champagne for Breakfast

A new countrypolitan song about dreaming of a woman and waking to find her gone. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments


Title still feels like a placeholder; waiting there for the proper, more apt one to make itself known. Apart from that it's another cornucopia of sameness just like the other stuff. Boogie shoes not required.

posted by Wrick at 12:41 AM PST - 1 comments

What influenced your musical taste most... radio, tv, film or literature?

What influenced your musical taste most... radio, tv, film or literature? [more inside] posted by sleepy pete at 12:13 AM PST - 23 comments

July 11

Settle Down

This was a tune done last year on home studio equipment. Was just a feeling like a pleasant thought that drifted through my mind. As I wrote it very fast it kinda flowed as a rockabilly verse. For some strange reason when I hit record for the I played it for slow and mellow. Then I over tracked myself and I was just comitted to the slower version. I would still like to do this elvisish 50 style. I may be hooking up with a studio man here soon. I feel I cant play as good as I want to and Im limited to my timing and rythem. Any way I try and I do all parts myself. I love music it flows through the soul. Listen

posted by american caesar at 6:06 PM PST - 3 comments

My Girl

We were young. We had a 4-track, a room full of instruments, and several pots of coffee. We'd just learned how to mess with vocals by speeding them up or slowing them down. Things got weird. [more inside]

posted by COBRA! at 7:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Your Turn

A breakbeat/big beat spy song -- one part Propellerheads ripoff, one part Space Ghost nonsense. [more inside]

posted by spiderskull at 12:02 AM PST - 8 comments

July 10

In The Bar Tonight

This was a happiely done shes gone song. When I first wrote it I thought to myself " If she hears this then shell know and we will be ok again" Needless to say she is still gone and all I got was this dam T-shirt. This was my first and only studio demo session in where I did my first three recorded songs. Sorry for the song restart at the end just me being lazy on a edit. Listen Ps: as the story goes she has heard this one I know for sure

posted by american caesar at 3:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Reveal your secrets

What makes a good rhythm section groove? [more inside] posted by umbú at 11:51 AM PST - 20 comments


Musically I was aiming for Sondre Lerche. Lyrically, I was fresh off the experience of walking around the East Village, popping in to various music venues, and continually being the oldest, most boring guy in the room. [more inside]

posted by fingers_of_fire at 11:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Black Rock Lizard dance remix

Wait for it... Here's a kicky little dance remix of a tune I previously posted. [more inside]

posted by lothar at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments


Part of the unofficial internal mic mefi challenge. A song about a car accident outside my apartment building and the people that come to watch. [more inside]

posted by dobie at 8:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Terry (The Probably Drunk and Definitely Angry Stewardess)

Song about an unreasonably angry stewardess. Everyone's written one of these. [more inside]

posted by hillelc at 7:36 AM PST - 6 comments


A new song about my bad tendency to just pack up and leave without warning. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 7:21 AM PST - 2 comments

July 9

(Everybody Likes) Internal Mics

Today cortex and Hoopo wrote, recorded and posted quick songs done with their Mac's internal microphone and GarageBand, a couple of hours apart. I've decided to make it a trifecta. [more inside]

posted by davejay at 11:06 PM PST - 6 comments


A short, sloppy no-editing-or-do-overs track made in less than half an hour with Garage Band, 2 glasses of stale water on my coffee table, a dirty spoon, a jar of change, internal mic, and likely one drink too many.

posted by Hoopo at 8:38 PM PST - 8 comments

casanova ruins

I was walking around in the garment district at night on valentine's day years ago, and spotted a beautiful woman walking alone across the street. Despite being glamorously dressed up, she looked like she had lost all faith in men. She was carrying a heart-shaped balloon and huge flowers. This song is sort of about that. [more inside]

posted by edlundart at 8:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Learning Covers

What are your tips on learning others' songs, especially a lot of them in a short amount of time? [more inside] posted by arcanecrowbar at 8:04 PM PST - 7 comments

bad first song

This my hello world for my new macbook, recorded in GarageBand using the internal mic. It is short and terrible.

posted by cortex at 5:43 PM PST - 14 comments

I said Id write your song

Most people who write some of their stuff are inspired by the break up part of their relationships. This song is about a women I onced loved who asked me when do I get my song. After hearing other songs about past relationships. Most women inspire only one song in my lifes tails. She on the other hand has become the focus of the her that I speak of in so many songs. Only thing is she doesnt ever get to hear these songs. She has moved on and is happy with someone else. I also have moved on but Im just happy alone I guess. The beginning of the song was meant to sound some what of the begining of The End by the Doors as I remember setting the stage. I still write mostly of her to this day even though Im over her. Listen

posted by american caesar at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Good recordist reading?

What do you folks read, as far as recording-oriented sites, magazines, and books? [more inside] posted by cortex at 11:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Dear Hilary

A cover of a song by Burning Airlines. Not about the senator from NY. [more inside]

posted by onehalfjunco at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments


Rob da Bank played this on his Radio 1 show in 2005, so it's my most successful track by a factor of about 1,000,000. I hope you like it.

posted by nthdegx at 7:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Et ne oblirate as

An old lo-fi loopy ambient motif.

posted by jchgf at 2:04 AM PST - 5 comments

But When Cindy Dances

The first song I ever wrote, dating back to 1986. A pop song about a real Cindy and a possibly invented dance, sung in a fragile and especially twee manner. Part of my Old Songs project. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 12:37 AM PST - 3 comments

July 8

The Ballad of Daisy and Jay

I've always loved The Great Gatsby - it, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, have some significance here in Minnesota. I tried to get some personal elements into the characters for this. [more inside]

posted by kingbenny at 8:35 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you use signal pre-processing when tracking vocals?

What signal preprocessing techniques do you use when capturing vocals? [more inside] posted by saulgoodman at 7:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Leaving on a Jet Plane

MEFI MUSIC CHALLENGE July [more inside]

posted by Meatbomb at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Rule 34

If you don’t know what “Rule 34″ is, just pull out your trusty Urban Dictionary and look it up. Go ahead, I’ll wait. [more inside]

posted by hillelc at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

July 7

If I had a Nickel

Just a song I wrote in while living in Austin Tx. *Warning* to listeners I do make use of that four letter word But I feel its in the taste of emotion that came with the feeling from writing this tune. The song wrote itself in about five mins as I just spit out the words. It wasnt till years later that I recorded it and it hasnt ever really changed in format or wording as I did try a cleaner version but as I said the emotions cry for the dreaded "F" word. I used to play on the streets down on 6th street alot just for fun. Anyway The message is we are really all the same and we could probably all do good if someone wasnt telling us how bad we are all the time. Lou Reed Once Said " Critics are like assholes everyone has one" The song is writtin around that thought. Please take no Offense I mean none its just a feeling put to music.

posted by american caesar at 9:08 PM PST - 2 comments

July 6

Playing Games

My first chiptune. [more inside]

posted by god particle at 9:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Nixon In China

A nice little ditty from my old band's first (and only) E.P. I'm not sure what it's about, but it groove along nicely. My friend Stuart played vibes on the track.

posted by black8 at 8:43 PM PST - 8 comments


Kind of a break from recording and re-recording songs to be played live this year, this is kind of a folksy, reverb and acoustic-heavy, simple and short composition. Harmonizing my vocals is such a bummer lately, since it reveals how limited one's range is... [more inside]

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

Where does everyone play?

What do you guys do/think about performing? Bedroom musicians, playig with bands, solo, open mic nights, gigs, etc? [more inside] posted by tmcw at 6:04 PM PST - 24 comments

Controlling your peaks

I've read that when mixing, you don't want any of your meters to go over 0dB. I know that when recording, going over 0dB will result in clipping distortion which sounds terrible. However, when working with VSTi instruments, I can go as far as I want over 0dB and not have any distortion. So is there any reason to keep things below 0dB in this case, especially since I'm probably going to end up limiting things in the end? posted by god particle at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

One Kiss from You

A maudlin love song from an old man to a young woman. Written in 2001. Part of my Old Songs project. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 11:29 AM PST - 2 comments

New to Home Recording

What do I need to start recording at home? [more inside] posted by SamuraiCarChase at 9:57 AM PST - 18 comments

I Burned This Song

For this month's LYRIC Challenge. It has a very simple backing track, consisting of three elements: a drone (from my trusty Juno 60 analog synth), little wooden bells (from the 100 yen shop!), and my daughter's plastic ukulele, which has a picture of Maisy Mouse on it.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:58 AM PST - 9 comments

July 5

I went Looking for the lord one day

A song about a time in my life when I hit a cross road. I happy to report I still have my soul as it wasnt ever for sale.

posted by american caesar at 10:37 PM PST - 5 comments


A cover of a friends song, on my new banjo-uke. [more inside]

posted by Corduroy at 10:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Munich - 1970HundredThirtyTwoFifty

Another tale (the first, and only) involving Agent Expatokeydokey.. The fire sounds are from a hookah coal. The noise is from a failing cable from the psr-520.. or from me

posted by xorry at 7:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Beyond the Individual

Beyond all reason or common sense. But it has pretty girls.

posted by fcummins at 3:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Jimmy the Shrew

A song about a villain, written in 2000. Part of my Old Songs project. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 6:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Jonathan's Things

An early song; back when all I needed was an intriguing title to enable me to create something. Ah yes, the good old days.

posted by Wrick at 5:36 AM PST - 3 comments

July 4

Time To Get Up

This is a rerecording of an older song of mine (probably my favorite). I hadn't listened to it in a while and was struck by how much fuzz noise there was. I put a capo on, added some stuttering percussion and some very light harmony towards the end, and I would love any thoughts on this new version. There is a discussion on criticism in MeMuTalk, and I would like to let it be known that my songs are always put up for criticism, whether one word or one paragraph. Comments make my day. [more inside]

posted by Corduroy at 2:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Let's Sneak Off

Polygamy (or more accurately - group marriage) gone awry. [more inside]

posted by hillelc at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Let the Band Play On

Part of my Old Songs project. A moody tune from 1999 about the terminus of a relationship. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 12:30 AM PST - 4 comments

July 3

Stone Mover

Another demo for our album that is in production. Sung by my friend and drummer Neil who has recently found his voice. A song of regret and the often crushing weight of unconditional love. [more inside]

posted by dobie at 7:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Whisky For My Toothache

Been a long dry spell in terms of writing. [more inside]

posted by motty at 6:36 PM PST - 3 comments


Here is an improvisational song written from the perspective of an older Calvin finding Hobbes in a box. It's recorded in one take with Mythbusters on in the background, and the chords are from this comment by sleepy pete. As such, I also tried to write the lyrics in his style. [more inside]

posted by Corduroy at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Bob-omb Battlefield

An arrangement of a Super Mario 64 song that I made with my friend Matt. Instrumental, two acoustic guitars. [more inside]

posted by danb at 10:19 AM PST - 20 comments

Urban Pleasure

A song about being young and living in the city and trying to stay sane. [more inside]

posted by chillmost at 9:14 AM PST - 4 comments

The gear thread

What gear do you use to record? [more inside] posted by danb at 7:18 AM PST - 45 comments

July 2

Hey Ya

An a cappella arrangement of the Outkast release, somewhat inspired by Mat Weddle's fantastic acoustic cover. [more inside]

posted by Galvatron at 11:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Wasn't We a Pair

Part of my Old Songs project. A tale of loss and regret told in the manner of a Mexican ragtime cowboy song. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 9:58 PM PST - 1 comments

The Spyware who lagged me

mmmm spy music [more inside]

posted by BrnP84 at 9:43 PM PST - 3 comments

School Bus

A new song this summer. I had a postable semi-instrumental version of this, but decided to wait until I fleshed it out. Thus, this is a pretty fleshed-out version, with vocals and about 12 tracks. [more inside]

posted by tmcw at 6:54 PM PST - 5 comments

The Bitter with the Suite

Howdy y'all, and welcome to the new Music Talk page! The mods have come through big time for us here, and I'm just pleased as goddam PUNCH! Big thanks to all! So, let me start with a question for you MeFi Musicians (and non-musicians, should there actually be one or two that stop by here). It's a 2-part invention question, actually: What do you think, so far, has been the BEST thing about MeFi Music, and what, up to now, has been the WORST thing about it? And, as a coda, feel free to add your suggestions about how to make it better and better from here on out. posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:56 AM PST - 79 comments

July 1

I'm the Same Man

Part of my Old Songs project. An unforgivably bitter song about the end of a relationship, written in 1998. [more inside]

posted by Astro Zombie at 9:49 PM PST - 1 comments

Who put the exlax in the Marijuana Brownie

Kinda a cruel party joke dont ya think?

posted by american caesar at 8:00 PM PST - 1 comments

KILLBOT: DESTROY! (sh!t mix)

A song for the killer robots to march to, mixed haphazardly [more inside]

posted by god particle at 1:44 PM PST - 2 comments


Sort of strived for emotional content with this one. If the first part is asking questions, the second is not liking the answers.

posted by nthdegx at 10:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Gideon (MMJ cover)

Quick solo acoustic cover of the My Morning jacket song. [more inside]

posted by kersplunk at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments