More 4-track clearance. This time, it's a happy, bouncy ditty from 1993: two guitars, some whistling and happily mumbled lyrics. Recorded probably with Fleetwood Mac's Tusk on the brain, with all knobs turned up to eleven. [more inside]
This is a new version of Secret Book, of which I originally posted an instrumental version here. On the new mix, my wife Lori sings beautifully, and I wail a bit at the end. [more inside]
Cumbia. [more inside]
A little acoustic guitar ditty that sounds like something that would be perfectly suited for a front porch. [more inside]
This is a cover of Engine by Neutral Milk Hotel. The original was the B-side of Holland, 1945. I made this recording in honor of the tenth anniversary of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. [more inside]
This is a southern rock song about starting over, shedding your skin. It's my favorite song that I have ever recorded, and one of the first ones I ever recorded as well. [more inside]
A song for lovely miss V. [more inside]
Here's another song, aptly named for its one beat per syllable nature. [more inside]
It's a song about playing make believe games, and pretending that everything's going to be alright, when really it's all gone to shit. It's also somewhat of a sea shanty.
Bluesy folksy track, an ode to Johanna [more inside]
For those in a good mood, I offer a song of loss and betrayal. Enjoy! [more inside]
A song about a night out on the town [more inside]
My friend and I play a lot of acoustic music around local coffee shops in town. Here's one of the many mandolin tunes we wrote in my living room last summer. I'm on mandolin and my friend is playing backup guitar.
A song about breaking up with the love of your life, only to watch them to find the love of their life straight afterwards. [more inside]
cover of the song by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. Fingerstyle guitar, vocals, banjo. Created for the 2008 Songfight! Gift of Music sidefight.
Acoustic version of a previous entry. [more inside]
Mostly midi version made when I was studying sound engineering. We had to do a song for an assignment using Logic. I took an old vocals and acoustic song of mine and re-jigged with awful out of time drumming and wacky samples. Got a decent mark too.
Seasonal melancholia from the Stockholm archipelago. Not a guitar in sight. Well they are in sight - but not in sound. They are due on the next track. Biding their time in the shadows. [more inside]
Here's a song about those times when picking a random direction and hitting the road seems like best idea ever. [more inside]
A composition for acoustic guitar.
An instrumental, rough mix of yet another track from Tangemeenie's work-in-progress, "The Gilded Age." This one takes a low-key, folksy kind of turn. [more inside]
Another gentle ballad from Sweden. It grows on you. Keyboards by composer Anders Magnusson Song by me. [more inside]
This is a pop track from my new album "Save You From Yourself" featuring my friend Jerin on harmony vox. [more inside]
Acoustic piano ballad. Nostalgia [more inside]
Old-timey / bluesy ditty from our new album. That's me on fiddle. :D [more inside]
This is a recording from Ground Zero in Troy, NY. I played a solo show for about 50ish people and a stuffed pony.
A song of loneliness and betrayal - sounds fun, right? [more inside]
Mostly acoustic strumming. Maybe the simplest song I've ever written - but I like it, for a' that. [more inside]
I was about to depict a complex scenery, but it wasn't very popular the previous times I did. Let's say that this is one with a strange groove. Like, hypnagogic. To be more specific, let's say some fairies are gathered around a sleeper. Maybe black, african fairies. Summoned by a griot. Softly singing. Well, forget it.
This is the first thing I've recorded in awhile. It's a song about Christmas that I wrote for Surfjam Stevens. I recorded it in my bedroom with a little help from my friends. [more inside]
A couple cover songs, sex, and cake. [MNBSFW] [more inside]
Just me and the acoustic. Short and sweet. About a year old. [more inside]
Just A quick instrumental all mixed in the Gopher Hole done with my acoustic guitar.
A song about dying [more inside]
remixing some acoustic guitar with a breakbeat
By chance I just came across this recording I made over a year ago. The song is by the chronically underrated I Am Kloot.
The song people always play to their darlin'. Those verses though, so heartbreaking. [more inside]
A rough demo, a single take. My attempt at an acoustic, romantic kind of thing. Inspired by life! Damn those high notes. [more inside]
Cover of a Leadbelly tune. [more inside]
A short song about falling over. [more inside]
Two minutes of mellow guitar picking on a song I sketched out. Just sit back and relax. [more inside]
An acoustic demo I did a while ago for a Derailleur song called Superhero. [more inside]
This is a true story of my ventures right after Katrina. I recorded the tracks yesterday on my birthday. It is a condensed version of the song. The original story still continues today while living in Kentucky
I wrote this very recently and decided to record it while it was still fresh. It still needs a lot of work instrumentally, and structurally as well. I'm thinking about working with some musician friends to spruce it up a bit. I would love feedback!
While it pains me as an older brother to say this, I think these songs written by my sister and friend are something. They're both 15 and budding musicians! The ID3 tags are subject to change, they're undecided re: group name.
Another home recording. I wrote and recorded this song in 3 days. It was fun. Slow acoustic melodies with spare soloes and some cool harmonies at the end.
I've decided to work some more on two previous posts to create a more enjoyable tune. I wanted to include some kind of march too. I think I'm through with this white butterfly now.
Fellow wants to cross a bridge, but it floats up into the sky. Woman comes along but she turns into smoke. Fellow throws a fistfull of dirt in the air, gets a new idea, goes and does some other stuff. Then there's a happy ending. Written for the "bridge" challenge, but I reckon you knew that already. Guitar by Ken Kawashima, who can also be heard here and here. Lyrics inside.
This is one that I put together thinking about the time I was working down in Jupiter, Florida. I was sitting on the fender system of a bridge fishing, watching the pelicans diving in the water doing some fishing of their own. They were so close to me that I could feel the breeze as they passed by me. Watching them and the sail boats in the inlet inspired me with this instrumental. This song I recorded about a year ago and thought that it might fit into the "bridge" music challenge.