July 2012 Archives (all archives)

July 31

The Tourist

The lovely closing track of OK Computer, re-imagined as some sort of throwback synthpop thing. [more inside]

posted by cathodeheart at 10:20 PM PST - 2 comments


It's a pretty dented-up song as it stands. I submit my version with all its dings and dents, though, because I'm up against the deadline.

posted by not_on_display at 9:24 PM PST - 6 comments

freeb ird

Random Free Bird midi dumped onto the robot xylophone.

posted by moonmilk at 9:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Karma Police

Well, here it is. I just couldn't pull off any of the ideas I had to make my cover unique, but I really didn't want to fail the challenge completely. So here's my crappy, iPad recorded version of the tune. [more inside]

posted by lazaruslong at 8:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Karma Police

Here there be sludge. [more inside]

posted by DaDaDaDave at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments


Not my favourite Radiohead tune, I'll tell you that much. [more inside]

posted by motty at 7:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Fitter happier and more malicious

Sulking straggler throws hat in challenge ring. [more inside]

posted by freya_lamb at 2:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Paranoid Android

The epic second track off the Roddy's O-Face record. It's pretty hefty compared to the rest of the songs, so make sure you can handle a solid minute and forty five seconds. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 1:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Climbing Up the Walls

My submission, just under the wire. Improvised into my phone just now, while fighting dizzy spells and having just submitted to a biopsy procedure. This is also my first Mefi Music submission.


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

The Tourist

Recorded in my bathroom. [more inside]

posted by qnarf at 7:14 AM PST - 5 comments


an imaginary anthem

posted by at the crossroads at 5:20 AM PST - 0 comments

July 30

Paranoid Android

My song for the OK Computer challenge. Pretty similar to the original, but with my own personal touches here and there. I performed everything, and recorded it in Logic Pro 9. [more inside]

posted by John Cohen at 11:16 PM PST - 4 comments


My contribution for the July challenge. Just a few pianos and vocals. Thanks JaiMahodara for singing. [more inside]

posted by Lutoslawski at 10:23 PM PST - 17 comments

No Surprises

I downloaded a karaoke file to help find out how the arrangement was put together (although the file I downloaded seems to have some odd deviations from the original track). Somehow I ended up rearranging the tracks and assigning them to string quartet, woodwind, church organ, marimba and dulcimer. And TR808. Not real, of course. I liked the way it sounded enough to keep it. And then I put vocals on it, and I don't know whether it didn't all go (as Satie would put it) au form du poire. [more inside]

posted by Grangousier at 4:00 PM PST - 15 comments


Sweet, I tracked down the opening track off Lofi Computer. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 1:16 PM PST - 0 comments


Electronic instrumental, 80's style arpeggio, loud bass and an extremely simple melody. [more inside]

posted by surrendering monkey at 11:01 AM PST - 2 comments

July 29

No Surprises

I really have no explanation for what I was thinking on this.

posted by InfidelZombie at 8:39 PM PST - 5 comments

July 27

The Egg That Never Was

Another long instrumental noodle-athon. Making it up as we go. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 10:44 PM PST - 0 comments

3 AM (Night Of The Cougar)

59 seconds of punk written by Riot Dog's 20 year old drummer Levi, on a subject that should be readily apparent.

posted by InfidelZombie at 12:09 PM PST - 1 comments

July 26

Theme for Trilby

Not every cat deserves a theme song.

posted by Ardiril at 5:10 PM PST - 1 comments

Polyethylene [parts 1 & 2]

A cover of a B-Side from Radiohead's OK Computer. [more inside]

posted by onehalfjunco at 9:56 AM PST - 1 comments

Subterranean Homesick Dylan

It's well known that Radiohead went to Bob Dylan for inspiration on the title of Subterranean Homesick Alien; it's less well known that they actually lifted the song structure and lyrics themselves from this rare demo recording. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 9:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Resistor - Insecure

This one is a sparkly nugget of synthpop about the bitter, self-sabotaging adolescent lurking within all of us. Or at least within me. It's classic Resistor. [more inside]

posted by ludwig_van at 9:23 AM PST - 0 comments

Fitter Happier ((Russian language version))

My assigned tune from OK Computer. For mouth bow and Russian vocal. Video here.

posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:44 AM PST - 6 comments

July 25

karma kops

I downloaded a random MIDI file of Radiohead's Karma Police and sent it, almost raw, to this robot xylophone which couldn't understand most of the file. It sounds terrible. There's also a boring video version.

posted by moonmilk at 9:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Subterranean Homesick Alien

Version # 7248 of this song. My entry into the OK Computer MeFi Challenge. [more inside]

posted by dobie at 7:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Airbag(ft The Dev Cave)

My cover of Radiohead's Airbag for the July 2012 MeFi Music Challenge. [more inside]

posted by owtytrof at 6:21 PM PST - 1 comments

Earth Bound

I covered this already but found this version I now have brain cancer and can no longer play. [more inside]

posted by american caesar at 3:40 PM PST - 2 comments

(half) lucky

As sang by the paranoid android. Right before running out of battery.

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

July 24


MeFi Music Challenge July 2012 cover of "Subterranean Homesick Alien" off of Radiohead's OK Computer. [more inside]

posted by Rube R. Nekker at 7:33 PM PST - 2 comments

July 23


This is what happens when a wimpy acoustic guitar player writes a song entirely with a vintage synthesizer. [more inside]

posted by danb at 7:07 PM PST - 0 comments

vampire deer - unwritten 4

a totally improvised guitar solo through 2 alesis nanoverbs, a dod dimension 6 (dual fx) and a behringer virtualizer pro - i love old cheap rack fx [more inside]

posted by pyramid termite at 4:50 PM PST - 0 comments

July 22

Time after Timer

My version with the help of Miles [more inside]

posted by Disbro at 10:23 PM PST - 0 comments

July 20

Climbing Up the Walls

Well, this is my cheater because Let Down is my song. But it is turning out to be difficult, so I've been working up a few others to play when I get pissed off at Let Down. [more inside]

posted by TheRedArmy at 10:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Karma Police (Tragically Straight Version)

A little spit-polish on the learning-to-play-it demo I recorded after I got the assignment. I had to get it mixed and off the desk before I spent the rest of my life adding the goofy little fills I missed the first time through. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 5:03 PM PST - 8 comments


After many failed attempts, here is my contribution to the project. [more inside]

posted by Doleful Creature at 10:05 AM PST - 13 comments

July 19

Exit Music (Again?)

It's time to come clean... [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:53 PM PST - 0 comments

Need last minute touring help in NV/CA!

Know of any venues between Reno and Los Angeles that might need a band for this Saturday night? [more inside] posted by platinum at 11:05 PM PST - 2 comments

July 18


If any of our previous posts for this challenge have been successfully creepy, then hopefully, this will be the stuff of nightmares... [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:14 PM PST - 13 comments

July 17

Let Down

Time for a short break from the creepy. Turns out, all that needed changing was one word, and this was actually a bit of Mississippi Delta Blues in disguise--mostly because nobody in Mississippi has ever heard of the word "drivel." Sit back on your front porch with a cool glass of lemonade for this one. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 10:27 PM PST - 3 comments


I learned how the play the song the proper way, but then I threw it all out the window for... whatever this is. [more inside]

posted by naju at 8:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Climbing Up The Walls

For some reason, finding out that the song was inspired by a moribund sanitarium brought to mind monks.

posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:09 PM PST - 9 comments


just a instrumental thing I did while trying out some new software.

posted by MadRat at 12:17 PM PST - 0 comments

Px Viy

As I've been advised to stay home in the evening (, I redownloaded FL Studio after a long hiatus and spent last night fiddling around with it again. I'm a bit rusty and I found the new interface (10.x) overly complicated and counter-intuitive from what FL used to be in older versions, but at least it's something to do -- it's also just a demo version of FL and prevents saving progress, so this came out in one go, unedited, as you'll hear.

posted by ageispolis at 12:48 AM PST - 1 comments

July 16


From sort of creepy to really creepy. From cover/arrangement/orchestration to abstraction. This is not your Major's Lucky. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 10:09 PM PST - 6 comments

She Talks To Rainbows

A Ramones cover from the latest Red On Strike album. For comparison, here's our previous attempt at recording this song, and a video of us doing it live a couple weeks ago.

posted by InfidelZombie at 9:41 PM PST - 1 comments

July 15

Paranoid Android

My attempt at the Bohemian Rhapsody of my generation. [more inside]

posted by onehalfjunco at 5:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Waves of Waves

"Waves of Waves" explores the sounds which constantly and invisibly lap at our feet, as observed from one particular vantage point on the Westside of Los Angeles. The piece reveals the simultaneously fragile and expansive nature of territories and communities. [more inside]

posted by mykescipark at 12:31 PM PST - 1 comments

Exit Music (for a Film)

It's probably a different film now (could still be Romeo & Juliet, but they might have to use chainsaws now). Headphones are best, for maximum crunchification. [more inside]

posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 10:40 AM PST - 28 comments


take a trip with me... inside your mind [more inside]

posted by dubold at 4:38 AM PST - 7 comments

July 14

Pissin' In The Sink

An instrumental I wrote in 2008 for my Carvin electric 12-string. I was going for a honky-tonk piano sound.

posted by Ardiril at 8:59 PM PST - 0 comments

Exit Music

Not a part of the Monthly Challenge, but the first song I recorded on my tenor ukulele. [more inside]

posted by nile_red at 8:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Subterranean Homesick Alien

In the six months they were together, Roddy's O-Face went through three bassists, the last of whom insisted on being called "The Colonel" at all times. This was a song about the town they were all going to high school in. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 8:11 AM PST - 3 comments

My ambient tune "Morning" showed up in this touching Source Filmmaker video (then on Valve!)

Morning is the first of four pieces from a release that I did earlier this year called "Within the Darkness." Quiet, atmospheric textures. I woke up one morning and this fellow on YouTube named MetalSeer had put up this really nice video from Valve's Source Filmmaker. [more inside]

posted by dep at 4:11 AM PST - 2 comments

July 13


Forgive me gatecrashing the challenge. I've never consciously heard "OK Computer" or this track. I just read through the lyrics and this one resonated for some reason - serendipitously enough given it's Friday 13th! Hope no-one is offended by this effort bearing absolutely no relation to the original other than the lyric. Feels a bit like I've drunkenly decided to juggle with some Meissen china or something... [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 1:18 PM PST - 13 comments

An Unnamed Country

A quiet piano driven song cut and pasted on itself.

posted by ianK at 10:28 AM PST - 1 comments

July 12

Paraynoid Randroid

You get what you pay for.

posted by Ardiril at 9:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Karma Police

Here's another Roddy's O-Face track off their Lofi Computer album! If I remember right, Ned wrote this one, and it's about his ex-girlfriend's cop dad and the time he drew a magic marker Hitler stache on her at a party when she passed out, or something like that. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 4:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Zola Jesus - Trust Me [I-495 Bridge Reconstruction]

A live performance of a "reconstruction" of a Zola Jesus song performed at Sonic Circuits Broken Mic Night. [more inside]

posted by azarbayejani at 2:24 PM PST - 0 comments

Paranoid Android

My allotted song for the July Metafilter Music Radiohead Extravaganza. [more inside]

posted by chococat at 11:16 AM PST - 28 comments

Hollow Saturn

Starts out atmospheric as we slowly descend through the thickening clouds. [more inside]

posted by Devils Rancher at 7:01 AM PST - 2 comments

July 11

Nirvana- Zappa

I know I uploaded a previous version. But now I've completed a solo part with my friends who played lead guitar and pedal steel. The rest is me trying to work out this Zappa tune with my own words, midi instruments, and staying true to the basic idea, western theme, music, but with a 'now' twist. I hope you enjoy it, and send me any thoughts that might occur to your wild elephant mind.

posted by Disbro at 9:27 PM PST - 1 comments

Cook, Peary, and Byrd

Here is my entry into the "Educational Song" challenge from March of last year. (THIS IS AS FAST AS I WORK, PEOPLE.) It is a searing exposé / sing-along waltz that reveals the truth about early arctic exploration. My dad plays trumpet, my friend Jessica plays trombone and sings, my wife Sue sings just a little bit, and MeFi's own dubold and Pecinpah sing as well. Lyrics and (yes!) citations are inside. [more inside]

posted by Karlos the Jackal at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

No Surprises

As recorded in Tom's mom's garage by the infamously unfamous punk ingenues Roddy's O-Face. From their first and only album, Lofi Computer. [more inside]

posted by cortex at 4:03 PM PST - 14 comments

July 10

Exit Music (For a Campfire)

So, y'all know that Thom Yorke has a ridiculous power and range to his singing right? Well I don't. [more inside]

posted by carsonb at 5:42 AM PST - 7 comments

July 9

Let Down

My attempt at the July challenge... [more inside]

posted by dubold at 1:05 PM PST - 10 comments

let down - vampire deer (radiohead)

my cover of the radiohead song ...

posted by pyramid termite at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

July 8

Subterranean Homesick Alien

Radiohead's Subterranean Homesick Alien, the mariachi cover. [more inside]

posted by hanoixan at 2:56 PM PST - 42 comments

July 7

Climbing up the Walls

It's always best when the light is off. [more inside]

posted by Elmore at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

The True 300 (Mexican Clowns)

Another Riot Dog song, written by our bass player Steve about 300 clowns who got together in Mexico City to laugh for peace. [more inside]

posted by InfidelZombie at 8:17 AM PST - 1 comments

If You Want Me To Stay

Another jam (Sly cover) at yet another gig, circa 1994. It would have been totally forgotten and unremarked were it not for the fact that someone taped it. [more inside]

posted by bonefish at 1:00 AM PST - 1 comments

July 6


Another ditty for the baritone uke

posted by pugh at 9:32 PM PST - 1 comments

Karma Police

Fun with samples on my entry for the MeFi Music Album Challenge. [more inside]

posted by modernserf at 5:42 PM PST - 18 comments

Green Boots

This might be a good song for a sunny summer weekend! My wife Sue sings it. Other ingredients: Autoharp, marimba, and a boss baritone sax solo supplied by MeFi's own man vs sun. [more inside]

posted by Karlos the Jackal at 4:57 PM PST - 2 comments

July 5


Bouncy Tech House piece [more inside]

posted by djdrue at 3:11 PM PST - 0 comments

Long Cool Blonde

Hau' weg das Zeug! [more inside]

posted by MajorDundee at 1:58 PM PST - 4 comments

will you still love me tomorrow (cover)

I like this song, so I sang it in a room by myself.

posted by pugh at 12:31 PM PST - 5 comments

My Country 'Tis of Thee - Fingerstyle

That, or God Save the Queen. Your choice. [more inside]

posted by The White Hat at 10:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Surf And Destroy

Some beach music off the new album from my punk band Riot Dog. Oi! Oi! Oi!

posted by InfidelZombie at 8:16 AM PST - 2 comments

July 3

Do the Vampire

A plain-jane cover for The World Famous. [more inside]

posted by uncleozzy at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Heard and Said

I tried to imagine what Duran Duran's "Notorious" would sound like if it were originally written by Japanese funk band Zoobombs.

posted by NemesisVex at 7:01 AM PST - 2 comments

July 2

mmHg — Drumline II (Check It While We Flip It) (ft. Bonez, Nepaul, and Halfknot)

This a remix of an earlier drumline-based song by me using an a capella rap recorded by 3 MCs and allowed for use — the fusion makes a nice catchy result.

posted by dacre at 11:48 AM PST - 0 comments

July 1

3 Legged Dog

A very short and simple ode to my dog who I love. [more inside]

posted by ORthey at 9:53 AM PST - 9 comments