A while ago I did a sloppy cover of this great song by The Muffs.
I've was in a bit of a Beatles mood last weekend, and recorded this as well as my previous post of "And Your Bird Can Sing". It's been fun to redo the songs with my arsenal of sampled orchestra, etc. I'm not the greatest singer, but I've learned a lot listening to the original, and working with my own voice.
A live version of Terry Riley's piece "In C". [more inside]
Another cover. I'm really sorry about the clipping at the end! [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.
I've been kicking around the idea doing a cover of this song for years now. Finally, I'm getting around to laying down sketches. [more inside]
This is a cover of a Ryan Adams song off his album Demolition. Unashamedly cheerful and bouncy, even if I have no idea what it's actually about. Video is here. [more inside]
First album I ever bought for myself was Mariah Carey's "Music Box", and it was mostly for the single "Hero". Accordingly, I had to cover that for this month's challenge. I wasn't sure what the hell to do with it, so I recorded an instrumental with: drums, piano, upright bass, melodica, two acoustic guitars, baritone uke, banjo, harmonica, another harmonica in a different key, some flute thing I found, thumb piano, and theremin and also some more theremin, almost all of those just playing improvised melody takes. [more inside]
That song you've heard everywhere. [more inside]
It was 1978. I was 13. And I bought my first album, The Motors, because I loved this song more than life itself. [more inside]
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]
This corny old thing just crept into my head this morning and I decided to record it, all quiet and romantic like. [more inside]
To celebrate my 12th MetaFilter Birthday (a few days early, but so what?): a song recorded in late 1991. It's a cover of one of my favorite Posies b-sides from way back when. [more inside]
Cover of the oft-covered song by the un-coverable Daniel Johnston. Main track recorded in my dorm bathroom in the winter of 2009 by drumming a banjolele with a pencil.
Cover of the Carpenters song. [more inside]
A Ramones cover, from their last album Adios Amigos.
Part 3 of a live 27 minute improv. This is the final 12 minutes. [more inside]
A perfectly good John Cale song, ruined by yrs truly last night. [more inside]
Popgasmic cover of the Carpenters' sappy-but-intriguingly-odd tune for the Carpenter's Coverfight which went live today. [more inside]
Lofi acoustic waltz version: piano, drums, harmonica, solo vox. The song adapts surprisingly to 3/4 time. [more inside]
Atmospheric alt-country song about realizing the person you're with would be better off without you. [more inside]
Minutes 6 thru 15 of a 27-minute improv, in which Fred Surprises Dennis and I by singing the melody to Within You, Without You, by The Beatles, followed by a musical conversation. [more inside]
This is a rocked up cover of a Chris Knight song that we fell in love with a while back. [more inside]
This is a cover of one of my favorite songs from when I was a child (it came out when I was ten, to be exact). One of those "story of my life" numbers with a simple and catchy tune. Welp, Internet, I got a wild hair and decided, "let's record a version of this fucker." So I have. [more inside]
Supertramp's classic, covered for the 'uncool' challenge. Featuring resonator guitar in Open G, pump organ, polka accordion and Ayn Rand. [more inside]
Sort of a spare, dirge-like rendition. [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]
Kind of a Mash-up. Inspired by a lame joke a friend made. [more inside]
a cover of an incredibly uncool song... [more inside]
I'm not ashamed to admit that I love the Eurovision Song Contest. So here's a cover of Iceland's entry from the 2009 Contest, originally sung by the very lovely Yohanna. Video version (of my cover, not the original) is here. [more inside]
The words were taken from Nathaniel Tarn's translation of Pablo Neruda's "Canto II" from The Heights of Macchu Picchu. The music is original. This was recorded a few years ago...
Cover of the Nick Lowe song. I just found a CD with a bunch of 1998 recordings, including this one. [more inside]
My love/hate song is a cover of Delbert McClinton's country/gospel classic (actually written by Frankie Miller & Jerry Lynn Williams) accompanied by the pump organ. [more inside]
Just what the world needs: another cover of a hit pop song by a white guy with his guitar. [more inside]
This is an a cappella cover of Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot". It was the bonus track off of my latest mixtape, Hardly Broken II: Still Standing [more inside]
An arrangement of the classic song for banjo and a little bit of toy piano. [more inside]
Pretty straight-up cover of the Zep song. Live rehearsal recording. [more inside]
For the Challenge: I attempt to massage a horrible song by a horrible band into something Not Bad. [more inside]
I seem unable to cover songs (even those I hate) without making them sound completely earnest.
Inspired by vampire deer and DaDaDaDave and their covers of Creed, I couldn't help myself. This is a self-serious slam poem version of Higher, with a bit of my dad's Lutheran minister preaching style mixed in. [more inside]
A much better mix/edit of this.
I got to really hate this mofo over the last couple of weeks. So I had no choice but to record it. [more inside]
My 12-string and I take a fingerpicking stab at the Husker Du classic. [more inside]
See, I think about weird stuff. Like, what would happen if you combined Creed and (a really sloppy, tuneless version of) The Buzzcocks? Heh, well, you'd get the Creedcocks, wouldn't you? And you know, I think they might sound a little something like this... [more inside]
Here's a quickie for this months challenge to record a song you hate. Fix You, by Coldplay recorded as a really slow, lo-fi, slightly out-of-tune and very out-of-rhythm bedroom song. A tiny preview of my new pump organ makes it's way into this recording (which you can check out here) [more inside]
A song by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, hastily covered as a means of testing out Garageband on the iPad. WARNING: Contains muffled swearing. [more inside]
Some rollicking bluegrass as a spoon to the heart of Bryan Adams, Kevin Costner, and basically that whole period of the early 90s. [more inside]
this is a take on 'Flyball's Lament' by the Great Big Mulp, which was also covered by ORthey... I made up some additional lyrics about space hazards some time last year, and I've been playing it at parties and whatnot - basically whenever people talk me into playing in front of a crowd. [more inside]
For the May music challenge. One of Jason Mraz's most popular songs, which to me evokes images of boorish fratboys slamming PBRs, wearing nice hats stupidly and casually observing how sensitive they are because this song is on their iPod. [more inside]