The last song from my new record, "Beauty, Grazing at the Trough". Since I completed it last December, I've been posting a song per week, and this is the last one. It's also the last song on the record. After some aggressive, loud, dense songs (some of which are not particularly chipper), I wanted to end things more simply. So this song is acoustic-guitar driven and uses only hand-percussion (including some triangle that I reversed in one spot, to cool effect, if I do say so myself). I also borrowed a friend's Gretsch for the electric guitar parts. Final word goes to a harmonica solo over some pretty arpeggios. Site, myspace.
Loud, bombastic rock. Lots and lots of chords. I was aiming for "Down By The River", or "Polyethylene". Site, cd, myspace.
The weirdest song on my new record. Unrelated harmonies, weird backwards noise, weird melody, weird guitar solos. Tried to make the production fit, though.
A mopey country ballad that someone once told me sounds like Townes Van Zandt. More info here, here, and here.
A little bit of "Sympathy for the Devil", guitars inspired by Jonny Greenwood and The Edge, a China cymbal, Reason, some backwards editing, some speeded-up and smashed together vox, some slowed down vox - let's just see where all this gets me. Site, cd, myspace.
I've been posting a song a week from my new record, "Beauty, Grazing at the Trough", and here's the latest installment! Loud, raucous rock and roll, lifted from Wilco lifting a groovy 70s vibe. "I see you in my dreams at night/sometimes in color, sometimes black and white." Site, cd, myspace.
A goofy romp in the spirit of Elvis Costello, with a sort of "All My Loving" kind of vibe to it. The bridge reminds me of the Beach Boys...Site, cd, myspace.
An unapologetically moody ballad, aspiring to describe the intersection between Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Radiohead, and the Band. Any excuse to use a pedal-steel guitar and brass, really. Site, cd, myspace.