August 5

08 - last all night - vampire deer

no, that's not what this song is about [more inside]


August 4

Magali

This song started as a joke and turned into something quite different. My friend and her husband have a lovely cat with an inspiring life story. During a recent visit, she said I should write a song about Magali, and after laughing about possible lyrics, it turned into a heartfelt song about the sweet, loving bond between a man and his cat. [more inside]


July 31

07 - dirge for briars

sometimes you just have to let go [more inside]


July 30

How Far I'll Go

I had the drums and amp mic'ed up anyway, so I decided to lay down this track from Moana.


July 29

beach week

Put together with my niece on a family reunion trip to Mission Bay. Lots of handclaps and arpeggiator (too many handclaps?) Another mostly op-1 track.


July 28

06 - the caution doors - vampire deer

sometimes i don't know what i'm writing about - sometimes i don't want to know [more inside]


Destination

I wrote the lyric melody 25 years ago and placed it to new music tonight [more inside]


July 27

05 - may is tumbling over - vampire deer

confusion [more inside]


July 26

to the wolves

This is the only advice I have for new parents these days. Had to salvage this song from a lost-when-near completed track, so the mixing is what I could work with, but I'm pretty happy with it. Enjoy! [more inside]


July 24

04 - angel sinister - vampire deer

sunday mornings were weird and trying [more inside]


July 23

Don't Be Afraid

Hi All, Been awhile (years?) since I posted some music here. Wondering what folks might think of the current kind of thing I've been working on. Thank you.


July 22

03 - 6 crows and a pink flamingo

i was driving in almena township and someone had 6 crows surrounding a pink flamingo on their front lawn [more inside]


July 21

Curriculum Vibe

Almost ten years old: Came across one of my favorite songs from my band Big Ghost. One of our first attempts at home recording with drums. It's about backyard baseball, magic tricks, social anxiety and flirting. [more inside]


Citypages

A song about surviving a pretty wild and punk rock youth. I wrote and recorded this under the name Dame Kraft. It will be cleaned up and made better and eventually released.


Falling Awake

Song about trying not to give up. [more inside]


July 18

02 - building these blues - vampire deer

because it's infrastructure week [more inside]


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

Juju

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

gman

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

Alight

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

Doodlebug001

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

Ventura

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]


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