This is the first song I ever wrote. It's also perhaps the saddest?
I wrote this.
Sorry about the whistling.
This is from our JUST released album, The Story Is Everything. We're trying to beat a crazy deadline and sell 17 CDs before the end of the day tomorrow (Thursday, May 17). If we do it, we can bring physical discs to the Kerrville Folk Festival next weekend. Here's the link, should you happen to feel generous. Thanks for listening!
This song was inspired by our singer's video chats with her long distance beau. It is on the new Red On Strike album Her Own Little World, now available for download on Bandcamp. [more inside]
I decided to rearrange this song that I posted before to take out some of the crazy modulation and make it more straightforward. What do you think? [more inside]
This just sort of happened.
A trace of various examinations of questions I have had about melody, beauty, tradition. This is not the degenerate case, but rather it is about the degenerate case. [more inside]
Little acoustic ditty I wrote a while back. Forlorn love, all that. [more inside]
I've always had a soft spot for this Postal Service song, so here's an acoustic cover featuring resonator guitar, pump organ, and ten copies of me. Lighters out for the last chorus, please.
One-take before-pants demo of a cynical little song that's been buzzing round in my head recently. Video here. [more inside]
Short instrumental with multi-tracked acoustic guitar. I apologize for how quiet and fuzzy the recording is. This is my first upload on MetaFilter but I have other stuff posted under the same username on Youtube if you care to listen to anything else. Thanks!
Best Friends Forever - we always will be. Best Friends Forever. Just you and me.... Written and performed by Julian Mount (aka: JtJ)
For Valentine's Day, 2012, a ragtime arrangement of two unlikely bedfellows: Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and the 1817 JC Lowry tune Pisgah (58 in The Sacred Harp). [more inside]
My 2nd FAWM song of the month. A waltz about the ocean. [more inside]
This is a dark folk song about Depression-era New Orleans. It's a collaboration between my wife and I.
Dave van Ronk cover
It's been five years since my last attempt at arranging Auld Lang Syne. I thought I might try to start a small fire under it this year. [more inside]
My friend John has a Victorian-style punchcard music box. We put the punched strip for a well-known Christmas carol in upside down, and this is what we got. [more inside]
After seeing the Muppet Movie this weekend, I was reminded of a project I led back in '08 called Doctor Teeth. This Tom Waits arrangement is one of a few recordings we made, despite having never played a show. [more inside]
A song I wrote about something I'm sure most people can relate to....had myself crackin up durring mixdown!...it's ALLme....yup... even the crowd...ha ha ha!
This is a super-rough demo of a song I wrote yesterday for the 'Has Been for Years' song fight. It's a gothic little waltz using a resonator guitar, told from the point of view of a trooper in the 7th cavalry who was killed at Little Big Horn while waiting to be relieved by Reno's troops. Recorded before I put my pants on, for the challenge. Video proof is here. [more inside]
A few weeks back, I bought an acoustic-electric guitar. I want to go back to the songs where I faked guitar parts and replace them with real ones. I posted this cover of The System's "Don't Disturb This Groove" a long time ago. This new version changes the strumming style enough to necessitate the addition of a bass part. [more inside]
Another acoustic guitar thing. [more inside]
Wanted to do a song this morning, so this is one I wrote a few years ago. [more inside]
Recorded onto an audio cassette in about 1982 from a radio/cassette player with built-in mic. As a bit of a laugh between recording our more earnest efforts at Irish folkmusic (posted earlier here).The Early Puritans we called ourselves up there in Stockholm. Does it count as a September offering? [more inside]
A quick semi-impromptu-one-take-in-my-pajamas recording of a sad little Wilco/Elliot Smith-ish song that's been buzzing around my head. Using a crappy MXL mic which I really don't like, but was the closest to hand. [more inside]
Recorded this at home the other day, using the stick dulcimer and a stomp box. Lyrics and video here.
Another tune recorded in the woods of Nagano Prefecture. Video here.
How I spent 4 minutes and 52 seconds of my summer vacation. Recorded yesterday, in the woods. Video YouTube or Vimeo.
Cover of the Nick Lowe song. I just found a CD with a bunch of 1998 recordings, including this one. [more inside]
I entered this over at Songfight a few months ago. The song for that week had to be titled "Boron Rod." I didn't know what that was so I had to look it up. [more inside]
Green-colored acoustic guitar midi. [more inside]
My one minute song recorded on Garage Band. (circa 2005).
I don't often deliberately set out to learn a cover, but I love this Jawbox song a lot and wondered if I could somehow squash a bassline and two guitar parts down into one. Not sure if I succeeded, but this is a lot of fun to play.
I seem unable to cover songs (even those I hate) without making them sound completely earnest.
My 12-string and I take a fingerpicking stab at the Husker Du classic. [more inside]
i put down the phone / left a bag of cookies on the corner / filled my brain with a soft white light / sent all my 8-track tapes / to my cousin down in mississippi / took my foot off the pedal, and gave up the fight... A brand new song, live in Tokyo, May 1, 2011. Video here.
Recorded live at Super Deluxe, Tokyo, April 22, 2011. I'm playing strumstick and stompbox. Video here.
Here's another tune from an earthquake/tsunami disaster relief benefit show that i was part of on April 8, 2011. This one is a traditional gospel number. Video here.
Just a quick little doodle from this year's RPM Challenge album. And, yes, this is my first MeFi post. Be gentle.
Many of the gigs I'm doing these days here in Tokyo are fundraisers for Tohoku quake/tsunami disaster relief. This tune was from one such concert. The video for it has been added to the Artsts Support Japan YouTube channel, and it can be seen here.
Another tune recorded in a former elementary school classroom on Awaji Island, Japan, during my March exile from Tokyo. Video here.
A song written for a friend going through a bad break-up.
I've been trying to come up with a love story titled ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS for a movie, but this fell out instead. Video link inside. [more inside]
Myself and Peterkins getting mellow on a Sunday afternoon. All acoustic, guitar and double bass, with added percussiveness from Peterkins.
Also recorded around 2007, this along with the other song I posted are all that remains of 30+ recordings. "Irony" - inspired by the Reverend Peter Popoff of televangelist fame.
You just want an excuse to dance. KOLN • Bandcamp • Lyrics This is the penultimate entry in a series of outtakes that did not make it onto the album "Damn Poets", to be released soon. (It is implied that the tracks on the album are superior to these outtakes. This is true.) If you like my songs, I would very much appreciate if you'd consider leaving your email. You will not be spammed; you will be among the first to find out when Damn Poets drops.
Acoustic guitar cover of the Lady Gaga song. [more inside]
Yet another tune recorded in a classroom at the former elementary school were I was a refugee for a few days. Here I'm playing a berimbau they had lying around. Not playing it in the usual way (caoiera-style, you know), but just kinda strumming it. Your basic one-note accompaniment. Video here.