This is a song I recorded around 2007. Used a digital 4-track; it's not overly polished so we'll call it a demo.
Another tune recorded during my brief exile on Awajima Island. Video here.
Over the last few days, at a former elementary school on the island of Awajishima, I recorded a number of songs. This one is the newest of those: written on the train out of Tokyo on 3/17 and recorded on 3/18, in a rather reverberant hallway/stairwell. Video here.
A new (very early) rough mix from a chamber pop project I'm doing called "Wishing Well Divers." It's sung from the perspective of Truth personified as a stalker patiently pursuing a corrupt business man. It features cello, piano, acoustic guitar, and an early, rough vocal cut (there are some changes still coming to the vocals, and the guitars will get a boost in the mix ). At any rate, it's a glimpse of where this is going. I welcome any (gentle) feedback. Lyrics below the fold. [more inside]
My girlfriend wanted me to write a simple ukulele song. This is it. Short and sweet. [more inside]
I guess it's an ode to cocaine. [more inside]
When my daughter was 6 we had fun recording a Beatles tune. 6 years later I have a 6 year son who also loves the Beatles.
Breaking out ye olde stick dulcimer again for this one, plus the trusty stompbox. Live in beautiful downtown Shibuya, February 10, 2011. Video here.
another piece on 12-string acoustic. [more inside]
There was once a girl, but that was long ago. A letter to a past love, recorded in one take with four microphones. KOLN • Bandcamp • Lyrics
Another "get me out of this musical funk" cover. The more I hear Dylan sing this, the more I think this may be his most beautiful song. Here's my try. [more inside]
Apologies for my absence — again. I will be releasing an album under the moniker Kings Of Last Night this year, and I want to share with you an outtake, a B-side if you will, a sketch of a song that didn't make the album but deserves to be played on the internets. That song is "Pilot", a story of aviation, extended metaphors, the fourth wall, and disaster. External links: KOLN • Bandcamp [more inside]
While testing out my new mic stand, I figure I'd urge people toward their greatest best.
Live in concert at Barrelhouse, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, on December 12, 2010. Vocal and stick dulcimer. Video here.
Live in deepest Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Accompanying myself on my Hungarian mouth bow. Video here.
Acoustic cover of my favourite song in all the world.
instrumental on 12-string acoustic. [more inside]
The one allotted cover for Nasoalmo: a cover of E C Ball's Trials Troubles Tribulations.
Because mrs ozzy isn't much into Wagner, we walked down the aisle to this at our recent knot-tying. (With many thanks to frecklefaerie, of course, for the inspiration.) [more inside]
The first track finished in my NaSoAlMo/hometpng efforts. Long live November! [more inside]
Some kind of folk-ish song with a dash of electric thrown in. It's the beginning of a narrative – not sure what exactly. Includes a way too ambitious lyrical reference to Amazing Grace. [more inside]
AcoustoFolksyCountrySappiness! [more inside]
Improvised song collaboration. I adore the outcome of this moody song. My friend Mark is on vocals, I was on guitar. Bass and piano were added later by me. We literally made this up as we recorded it. Never have made-up, almost gibberish lyrics sounded so meaningful. [more inside]
My acoustic cover of the Mefi favourite by Ke$ha.
Another bedroom-recorded song. [more inside]
My break-up song, written a number of years ago. [more inside]
Another lo-fi acoustic tune about the end of the world. Not too cheerful stuff. [more inside]
I asked Jessamyn what she wanted for her birthday, and she asked me to write a sincere song for her. I just finished the recorded version, but I did get to sing it to her, live and in the middle of the woods, on her actual birthday. NOW THAT'S SINCERE! [more inside]
As autumn arrives, it always gives me a feeling of glorious sad sentimentality, almost like a chemical reaction. Whether I actually have something to feel sentimental about or not, those chilly sun-filled days create a longing like a chemical reaction. This song is that feeling for me, when you can't get back the past, but flounder to try. Guitar and vox recorded live with a single guitar overdub. [more inside]
A cute little folk song that I wrote for a girl a few years back. [more inside]
To "tap the admiral" means to drink on the sly. You might feel a little woozy after listening to this tune, which begins with a chorus of sixteen blown alcoholic beverage bottles in hocket. [more inside]
Acoustic cover of Keane's Spiraling. [more inside]
Quiet plucked acoustic guitar and vocals. This song completes the lyrical cycle that includes "My Cirripedian Friends" and "A Brand New Fabrication". [more inside]
A reverse audio postcard to a friend on vacation.
Mainly testing out a new mike. Acoustic guitar, sequencer and some cheesy drums. Oh, and a singing bowl...
It's my mom's birthday today. She's awesome and she puts up with a lot from me in terms of my being a random, vagrant son who doesn't call home enough. Happy Birthday Mom! Miss you, Love you - B
Another impromptu song. [more inside]
Old-time fiddle tune performed by the usual gang at The People's Pint in Greenfield, Massachusetts. [more inside]
The lyrical counterpoint to "My Cirripedian Friends". [more inside]
Back in 2007 I posted this same song (a studio version) which eventually made its way onto my 2009 CD release, Roomful of Ghosts. Here's a live version of the tune, recorded June 25, 2010, at Super Deluxe in Tokyo. Video of this same performance here at YouTube, and just for good measure, here's the video for that studio version as well.
This is a song about drowning at sea, denial and adventure. [more inside]
An old-time chestnut on guitar, mandolin, and my new Menzies tackhead banjo [more inside]
I posted a solo version of this tune back in January 2010, but this is the Medicine Bone version, recorded at a gig the other night right here in ol' Tokyo town. Video at YouTube.
Mrs. Archivist and I are collaborating on musical project. Recording includes acoustic and electric guitars, synths, traps, accordion, and cello. [more inside]
A new song, hot off the presses, recorded live in concert just a little more than 24 hours ago, as of this posting. Video of this same performance at YouTube and Vimeo.
This is the first thing I have almost finished from my trip out to the middle of nowhere. [more inside]
Cover of the Ewan McColl classic, at the original speed for once. So I know covering a classic like this is pretty dumb -- how you gonna compete with Johnny Cash, Peggy Seeger and Roberta Flack? But I was really curious about something I read, so I wanted to try an experiment. [more inside]