Ever since I first saw John Lee Hooker's utterly captivating, almost terrifyingly powerful performance of it, I've been a lover of this song. RL Burnside covered it as well. This is my humble (and following those two performances, I really mean that) offering, from a little house in the hills of Nagano prefecture, Japan. Video here.
Another tune recorded the other day at a little house in the woods. Just vocal and stick dulcimer, and a little bird outside that joins me for the very last note. Video here.
I did a youtube recording of this lovely tune. Decided to give it a pass through the iPad, since I'm on a roll lately. Folky ballad. [more inside]
Back on the horse! Here's a song I wrote and recorded tonight. The idea was a laid-back, french café sort of sounding tune. It's about interstellar exploration. [more inside]
This is a Posies cover a few of us did for a Dear 23 list (Posies fan list) compilation in the late 1990s. Personnel: Me, vocal and maybe guitar; Chris Otto, background vocal, guitar, autoharp; Terri Doherty: bass. [more inside]
Another ditty for the baritone uke
I like this song, so I sang it in a room by myself.
A very short and simple ode to my dog who I love. [more inside]
I don't think it meets the bar MajorDundee set, but I gave it a shot. Adapted the words from Belladonna. Learned a lot! [more inside]
Late night twiddling. [more inside]
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.