July 16

01 - you will not win - vampire deer

a really angry song from the new album, the caution doors [more inside]

Cold Turkey Roll

Classic mash note: Lennon and McCartney stole from each other long after the Beatles split up. A love letter written in guitar riffs. bit.ly/rileyrockindex

July 15

Boy On Holiday

If you like the coathangers you'll like this track. Loud, Angry and Punk. [more inside]

July 14

To be alone with you (Sufjan Stevens cover)

Not sure if I can do it justice, but I have loved this song every since I first heard Seven Swans in my college days. Light, soulful cover of a modern classic. I've messed with the harmonies a little, so some of the chords are more dissonant (but in a watery, calm way, not a harsh way, if that makes any sense).

July 13


A cover of Wayne Shorter's Juju using Gretchen Parlato's lyrics from her version of the tune. Done in a sort of 90s-ish trip hoppy style. [more inside]

July 11


With gman's announcement that he's taking a leave of absence, I told him beforehand that, on the day of his departure, I'd smoke something heady and record an improvised freakout jam. Gabe—I hope wherever you landed, they have internet; this one's for you. [more inside]

July 9

Gloucester Street

Echoey guitars and sparse vocals, a cross between Mazzy Star and Nick Drake. This song is what I was crying about on the tube after Pride in London. [more inside]

July 8

I Don't Want to Know

My attemp to ripoff the Pixies, Radiohead, etc..

phone monkey

Another OP-1 track, this time with a teeny bit of analog lead from my minilogue. [more inside]

July 7

Get out get out get out

Post of the week...intense acoustic folk song. Guitar, vocals, piano.

July 5

I don't mean to be mean, but this isn't "Fantasy Island"

"Glianimon" is a lofi pop song, arranged here for guitar and clarinet. [more inside]

July 3

Don't Start

A little demo/sketch improvised with a looper, recorded on my phone. [more inside]

I've got an eyeball

This came into my head after seeing Katy Perry and The Residents, one right after the other. It's part of my new goal of working on vocal harmonies.

June 30


Content Warning (inside the fold) [more inside]

Deeper Well (Emmylou Harris cover)

I love this song. Cover with guitar, piano. From her 1995 album Wrecking Ball, which Wikipedia calls "career redefining."

Forget About (Sibylle Baier cover)

Cover of this beautiful song by Sibylle Baier. Guitalele, flute/clarinet/marimba/wurlitzer piano synths. [more inside]

June 29


I sat in bed and doodled around in Animoog.

June 27

Trial By Fire

Written for a songwriting competition, it's a lofi/funk/power-pop kind of thing. To ensure songs were not written in advance, entries were required to include a siren in their song somehow, so, y'know, that's why there's a siren in the song. [more inside]

June 25

both sides now, now

lofi recording of somewhat didactic relyricization of joan baez classic, prepared around the time of the tiki torch society's march on charlottesville. [more inside]

June 24

The Insertion

Here's a demo electronic track. 505 Drum Machine, Nord Lead 1, Arp Odyssey and a Crumar Stratus though a few effects. It's maybe Daft Punk Tron Soundtrack-esque?

All day

Post of the week! This is a new (and improved?) version of a song I posted quite a while ago (as "Drinking all day"). Light, airy, one-chord country song with moody lyrics. Added second guitar part, violin, harmony vocal. I think I'm getting somewhere with my recording capabilities--what do you think? Any thoughts on the mix?

June 23


A quick demo of a short instrumental that was inspired by, written and recorded on and named after the red guitar I bought the other day and mentioned on the MetaGoodness thread.

June 22

A Cautionary Tale

Colbert sounded like Led Zeppelin in his bit that rides the cusp between humor and a sheer release of pent up indignation, so I added guitar accompaniment.

June 21

This Is Not A Test

Origin story. [more inside]

Received Wisdom

Another fuzzy, rather lo-fi outing for Sredni Vashtar... [more inside]

June 18

Want Trouble

Moody, jazzy little tune that explodes towards the end. About the delicious dread of falling in love when both people have baggage. This is my second big attempt at faking swing drums, so pointers would be helpful. As per usual, I started out wanting a sparse mix but it got away from me a bit. [more inside]

June 17

Vox Inhumana

From my newly released album of the same name, at starthief.bandcamp.com. Something on a spectrum of drone/ambient/abstract electronica. [more inside]

June 16

a cloud of lettuce

A free jazz-ish interpolation for guitar synthesizer and laptop studio. [more inside]

June 13

fly away - first time

I lost my good friend a while ago. I made this with him and I miss him dearly. I just want him to be somewhere, so here he is. [more inside]


I like it again. This is the piano track I posted before (now without the synth, and with vocals and backing vocal harmony) but I think I've mostly solved the problem that to me the whole thing felt kind of lifeless. (At least I felt confident enough to replace the old track with this on SoundCloud, hope that was wise.) What do you think?

June 12

I don't know what I like to do anymore

What's in it: a sad, simple little guitar / vocals song.

June 10

I belong to you

Wrote a new song that I still like, unlike the last one I posted! Textured, mellow, summery indie/country with guitar, percussion, strings, vocals.

June 1

Emergency Contact

One of the few times when the melody and the lyrics arrived simultanesouly. I was adding my wife as an emergency contact to my phone and it came to me that this was a new kind of relationship ritual. [more inside]

May 28


Flowing, dark piano and atmospheric synth. TBH I've been tinkering with this for so long that I'm not sure if I like it anymore. (It's like the "if you a repeat a word enough times it doesn't even sound like a word" effect--I don't hear what I once heard in it.) But I really liked the piano part when I first came up with it. What do you think?

May 25


Wolves. [more inside]

May 18

va como oye

Another all op-1 track, wanted to try creating a custom drum kit from the built in FM radio. Quickly escaped my normal musical comfort zone but pretty fun nonetheless.

May 14

Nest Mess

Breezy song about hanging out in LA [more inside]

May 13

Lorem Ipsum

An experiment wherein a drum-sequencer drives a vocaloid while some psuedo-random oscillators modulate parameters of both. Made in Reason 10.1

May 4

Streets of New York

Here is the much improved, finished version of a song I posted before in "help me describe this." Expansive, trance-like, sort of indie folk song.

April 27

Regime Change

Junior High Drama [more inside]

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