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Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever - we always will be. Best Friends Forever. Just you and me.... Written and performed by Julian Mount (aka: JtJ)
posted by JtJ on Feb 19, 2012 - 2 comments

You (a tachanun)

This is what happens when I write a religious ballad. A tachanun is the part of Jewish morning prayers that come at the end. They're very depressing, and say things "We were led like sheep to the slaughter" etc. This is my interpretation. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Jan 24, 2012 - 0 comments

John & Tanya - City Of Dreams

This is a dark folk song about Depression-era New Orleans. It's a collaboration between my wife and I.
posted by soundacious on Jan 22, 2012 - 1 comment

The Ghost Of Emma Goldman

Based on a true story. [more inside]
posted by motty on Jan 15, 2012 - 0 comments

Green Green Rocky Road

Dave van Ronk cover
posted by backseatpilot on Jan 14, 2012 - 2 comments

More Than Anything

Experimenting with layering chords together in this short folky uke/guitar song. Also hoping the vocals blend well with the feel of this one. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Jan 3, 2012 - 1 comment

Spotted Pony

My first recording to share: this is the old-time banjo tune Spotted Pony, played on my new (to me) Bart Reiter fretless banjo, equipped with NylGut strings. Tuning is double-C.
posted by fritley on Jan 1, 2012 - 7 comments

Auld Lang Syne, ragtime fingerstyle arrangement

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]
posted by The White Hat on Dec 29, 2011 - 5 comments

Way Down in the Hole

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]
posted by The White Hat on Nov 28, 2011 - 2 comments


The first of the album in a month efforts. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Nov 22, 2011 - 0 comments

No Last Request

Another world premiere, friends, from a tiny little joint in deepest Koenji. Once again I'm bangin' on the back of my diddley bow, with nothing else but a drone and a stombox to accompany my mournful cries. Lyrics and video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Nov 9, 2011 - 2 comments

You Are Now Origami Swan

Another improvised electro-acoustic/glitch tune.
posted by ianK on Oct 25, 2011 - 0 comments

The Cavalryman's Lament, (Girl on a Swing)

Orgiastically melodromatic Jacques Brel-inspired version of the strange little ballad I posted a couple of days ago. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 21, 2011 - 8 comments

Folk Song 2

Next song in a series of electronic pieces with sampled acoustic instruments.
posted by ianK on Oct 19, 2011 - 1 comment


Folky electronic music.
posted by ianK on Oct 13, 2011 - 5 comments

Millimeters of Mercury — I Will Never Love Again

this song was birthed of an experiment to compose a Folk-style song and then doing it electro-style instrumentally and vocally. so the result is a folk-ish drum beat and accompaniment (and chord progression in the chorus) with electronic actual drums, synth bass, electric piano and electro vocals. enjoy, and never love again.
posted by dacre on Oct 9, 2011 - 0 comments

Under Radiant Signs

Another acoustic guitar thing. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Oct 3, 2011 - 1 comment


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]
posted by jan murray on Sep 5, 2011 - 6 comments

That's the Way It Wiggles

Recorded this at home the other day, using the stick dulcimer and a stomp box. Lyrics and video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 3, 2011 - 2 comments

If You Believe

Another tune recorded in the woods of Nagano Prefecture. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 comments

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

A ragtime arrangement of one of the most ear-wormy, riffiest songs I know. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Aug 28, 2011 - 8 comments

The Silence Could Be Heard

How I spent 4 minutes and 52 seconds of my summer vacation. Recorded yesterday, in the woods. Video YouTube or Vimeo.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 19, 2011 - 5 comments

Sandy River Belle

Another quick rendition of a traditional tune on the banjo.
posted by tmcw on Aug 9, 2011 - 2 comments

Old Joe Clark

A quick rendition of the traditional tune on an Enoch banjo with a touch of guitar.
posted by tmcw on Aug 7, 2011 - 2 comments

The Bitter Withy

Six-year-old Jesus was a bit of an asshole. This is an old traditional English song. I think I first learned it off a Watersons record. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on May 25, 2011 - 0 comments

All The Small Things

I seem unable to cover songs (even those I hate) without making them sound completely earnest.
posted by ianK on May 24, 2011 - 8 comments

Cave Creek Jail (The Real Deal EP Version!)

So a good long while back I posted an early demo version of this song. This, right here, is the final finished product that is on the EP. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on May 21, 2011 - 1 comment

Oh Death

Once again, it's that song that I just can't stay away from. This time it's coming at you from the Hokuriku region: live in Kanazawa, Japan, from my trio, the Smoke Benders. Our tuba player Daysuke Takaoka is channeling the deep didgeridoo spirits on this one. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 19, 2011 - 9 comments

Every Breath You Take

It's a little known fact that wedding band and creepy stalker favorite "Every Breath You Take" is actually a cover of an old folk standard, as this recently discovered outtake from the "Another Side of Bob Dylan" sessions shows. The glossy adult contemporary arrangement popularized by Sting and the Police has unfortunately displaced the traditional arrangement in popular memory.
posted by Et En Arcata Ego on May 17, 2011 - 16 comments

Down the Road

Breaking out ye olde Hungarian mouth bow once again for this little number, recorded live at gaijin haunt What the Dickens in Ebisu, Tokyo, on the first day of May in the year of Two Thousand and Eleven. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 11, 2011 - 4 comments

Not Anywhere Anymore

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.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 6, 2011 - 14 comments

Random Act of Cruelty

Recorded live at Super Deluxe, Tokyo, April 22, 2011. I'm playing strumstick and stompbox. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 2, 2011 - 4 comments

John the Revelator

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.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 26, 2011 - 4 comments

Grateful Wanderer

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.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 18, 2011 - 8 comments

No Lights, No Sirens

Me back in country mode. Written by a band of a friend of a friend long 6 years ago, Sixty Acres. Recorded tonight. Even missed Must See TV! [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 14, 2011 - 3 comments

Bless Your Pretty Bones

Another tune recorded in a former elementary school classroom on Awaji Island, Japan, during my March exile from Tokyo. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 14, 2011 - 2 comments

Leon's Song

A song written for a friend going through a bad break-up.
posted by ianK on Apr 9, 2011 - 4 comments

Alabama Bound

Just came across this the other day, fishing around in one of my drives. I recorded it four years ago as a simple take, direct to 2-track in one pass, with WaveDrum and vocal. I think I'd originally intended to add more tracks and flesh it out, but listening now I thought, hey, it's OK as is, stripped down to barest essentials and presented as a live take. Unfortunately, since the vocal and drum are on the same stereo track, I couldn't do as much post processing as I would've liked (especially comp on the drum) but c'est la vie.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 5, 2011 - 2 comments

Prussian Blue

A simple and complicated ditty about simple and complicated plans. [more inside]
posted by DNAshwood on Mar 26, 2011 - 3 comments

Poker Face

Acoustic guitar cover of the Lady Gaga song. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Mar 26, 2011 - 0 comments

No Such Place As Home

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.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 25, 2011 - 3 comments

King James (Failed) Crusade

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.
posted by deacon_blues on Mar 25, 2011 - 1 comment

Pigs Ate My Roses

Another tune recorded during my brief exile on Awajima Island. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 23, 2011 - 5 comments

For a Little While I Was Free

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.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 22, 2011 - 2 comments


My girlfriend wanted me to write a simple ukulele song. This is it. Short and sweet. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Mar 9, 2011 - 2 comments

If I Had To Do It All Over Again,

Baby I'd Do It All Over You. [more inside]
posted by TheCoug on Mar 2, 2011 - 0 comments

Cape of Blades

an instrumental song with acoustic guitar, harmonica, samples, birds, drums and beats.
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo on Feb 22, 2011 - 3 comments

Cee Lo Green's Fuck You on an old Gibson A4 Mandolin

A quick and dirty arrangement for Valentine's Day. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Feb 14, 2011 - 0 comments

Vagabond Song

My first song posting to MeFi Music. A song about being down on your luck. [more inside]
posted by jnrussell on Feb 8, 2011 - 8 comments


There was once a girl, but that was long ago. A letter to a past love, recorded in one take with four microphones. KOLNBandcampLyrics
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 4, 2011 - 0 comments

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