A quiet acoustic diddy. Written for my old band, The Big Lie, by my former bandmate, Chris Knott.
Traditional Zapoteca song.
Julia / you've got a lovely uvula / I wanna take you to Florida / so please say yes We'll start a family / play lots of D&D / and watch the Goonies / on VHS
For the cortex compilation. Recorded today as a quick one-take solo acoustic guitar piece. Hope you like it!
Inspired by the Gullah singers of the Georgia Sea Islands, with their marvelous a capella style. My friends and I sat in a half circle in my living room and as each singer took a turn leaning in to sing the lead, the others all around filled all the little spaces with harmonies.
this song was written awhile ago for the opening credits to "Cat Attorney" a dramedy featuring goneill's cat. Unfortunately, the pilot was passed on by every major network, and even a few cable channels. yes, i was unemployed when i wrote this. also: had the flu. trivia: Lars Von Trier was supposedly interested in directing an episode.
This is a cover of the Disney song, with me on two acoustic guitars. Recorded Dec. 4, 2000.
This was inspired by Senator Barack Obama's courageous stance against 8th grade graduations, which I heard about on NPR's Wait Wait, Don't tell Me back in August of 2005.
Working draft of a song I'm engineering—written by friend and former bandmate Brian, who is on guitar and vocals, with keys added by moi. Feedback/criticism desirable. This is my first real effort to play producer/engineer to someone else's material.
Another acoustic living room demo, same lineup as last one. This is an original, inspired by the way the my timing seemed to be so screwed up back in my single days. I'd get a crush on someone who didn't know I existed. Then, sometime later, they'd be interested in me... but I was already over them. Someday I want to record this with a cello in the arrangement.
I'm singing and playing the Reggie Lucas-written hit off Madonna's first album, but I just threw in George Harrison's wistfully lilting lick on the Beatles' "Revolver" classic for fun.
A little muted trumpet, a little harp, a little harmonies and a lot of existential angst
Acoustic cover, me and Chris Otto sharing vocals. Living room demo on Tascam 4-track tape deck, recorded around 8 years ago or so. A song I've always loved to sing. Sorry the last couple of seconds are clipped off; I'm not sure why.
This one is really lo-fi as I don't have the master tape and it's a 21 year old rough demo -- and I do mean rough. :) Recorded Spring 1985 in dorm room A-1016, The Evergreen State College. (More inside.)
Semi-acoustic cover of "Mrs. Green" by the power pop band the Posies. This was done by a 3 piece band (two guitars, one bass) group I was in a while back. (We never could find a drummer, so...) I'm singing lead and also a back up part near the end. The other band members are Chris Otto and Terri Doherty. Chris did lead guitar, backing vocals, and some keys. Terri played bass. I think I did some random percussion and guitar strumming as well. (Please delete when/if covers are determined to be a problem here.)
Melancholy acoustic folk-pop!
This is an acoustic cover of the wonderful TMBG song Ana Ng, done on a four track recorder many years ago. Though I did once see "I don't want the world, I just want your half" painted on a bridge (it was really surprising and cool to discover), we substituted "Homies '88" in its place because we had recently seen that on a bridge and thought it a bit absurd that someone took the time and effort to paint such a doofy message.
sultry love number in the Phrygian mode, with oboe d'amore, pedal steel, and vibes
I've always loved this spiritual, and I loved recording it as well. It was a balmy evening in New York, and as I was singing, I felt as much in the center of the world as far far away....
I recorded this song two years ago. I wrote it and never got around to finishing it. Like all songs I can't figure out how to end, I threw a neat little instrumental on the end. IMO, I've come a long way since this song - if only my recording equipment made me sound like it! If there's anyone out there that could suggest a recording mic (at a reasonable price) that would work well with my voice (help: making my voice sound richer) - go for it!
This is off of my album "Long Story," recorded in summer 1999. It's instrumental acoustic guitar, with some Spanish guitar touches. If you like it, let me know, and I can post other parts of the album. It starts and finishes a bit abruptly because, on the album, each song musically runs into the next.
This is a cover of Oasis' Wonderwall.
A little acoustic riff I recorded a little bit ago, I want to add it to a song. A little rough around the edges I know! Just bought this recording hardware and I have been testing it out.
A short, pretty, desperate conversation about need and rejection. Plus arpeggios!
This is an acoustic cover of the very excellent They Might Be Giants song Welcome to the Jungle. As a gag, the beginning instrumental bit copies the Guns N' Roses song Welcome to the Jungle. Though my old "band" did this, just about every instrument on this track (including the backup vocals) was done by one bandmember.
Another song from my 4-track college days. Beware! Moody folk music ahead. Yes, it's about a girl. Isn't every song? (More Info.)
Cover of a John Vanderslice song about Requiem for a Dream.
A very New York-bred outlook at old-time Cuban music, recorded entirely with .. violas! This was my attempt to create asymmetrical but memorable melodies, clear textures crammed with material, and experiment with multitrack viola as a concept, an ensemble. The sound of the classic Cuban bands had all that - except the violas, that is. This track appears on my newly released CD, the VJOLA: WORLD ON FOUR STRINGS
Cowgirl campfire song, lead-in to a solo CD I did in February. Thanks to Eideteker for the file conversion.
A song I wrote for the wedding of a couple friends; performed by my brother and me five or six years back.
Now that the summer's ending, there's a cold wind blowing in / So we've got to build some shelter, before it rains again
From 1993-1998 I was the Mean Spirit'd Robots. Here's a little song from '96 or so. Hope you like!
Before the web, before I left college, I wrote songs. Lots of songs. This is from a tape I recorded in my apartment somewhere around 1993 on a shitty Tascam 4-track.
punchy, tuneful and melodic - written by a quiet phone in London. Brrrr Brrrr
Another song from our record, it's a quiet sad folky love song. I'm singing and playing the acoustic guitar.
Late night drive, out of state...
Ooh, bop bop, ba-ooh, bop bop. All I know is the road and I love you.
My band recorded this for a Song Fight. It's quirky casio acuostic rock, with just a hint of out of tune accordion, and percussion supplied by a djembe. That's me singing.
It's okay - I was a student when I wrote this. And yeah, I suppose it's spoken word.
Indie acoustic fock. Written and recorded some time in 2002. Sorry the vocal's a bit quiet.
A fading red sun and black trees. Written in a fleapit of a kitchen under the glare of a striplight in West Ealing. Be patient and wait for the drums to kick in.... ...the song got us all our gigs in 2005
Someone is reliable but grouchy. Something very bad might have happened. I got my neighbour to play the accordian.
Acoustic demo about what I did during the Cold War.
Demo of a song about being far away from the spy you love. With acoustic guitar and tuba.
There was an episode of Will & Grace in which Harry Connick Jr's character cheats on Grace and then tries to get back together with her. Embarrassingly enough, that TV show was the inspiration for this song.
"You're gonna die, man!" "Yeah. Someday."
Upbeat acoustic indie folk rock blues! Most of my songs are about drinking.