I came up with the chorus in the shower this morning and decided to record something by day's end. [more inside]
I'm happy to present my collaboration with not_on_display: this is our version of a neat little tune that was included in The American Songbag (a 1927 folk song collection by Carl Sandburg); the song there was itself derived from a late 19th-century song by William S. Hays. [more inside]
"Maybe I could be the one they adore—that could be my reputation." I had The Wallflowers' "Sleepwalker" in my head earlier and decided to learn the chords and record it. [more inside]
"Something inside me's changed—I was so much younger yesterday." I learned and recorded this cover of Hailee Steinfeld's "Starving" in a half hour one afternoon last month. [more inside]
Super 8's "King of the World" is one of my favorite long-lost '90s songs. [more inside]
Better Than Ezra's "Good" is one of my all-time favorite songs. [more inside]
Another Beastie Boys Remix [more inside]
slightly improved. Or slightly different. Not sure [more inside]
Some Garageband piano. Apparently I'm ready for January already.
I made a remix of one of my least favorite Beastie Boys hits. [more inside]
A quick little song inspired by Jessamyn's comment at the two-minute mark on Podcast #88. [more inside]
Written because I am finally starting to get back into recording stuff, and I needed to give myself a simple project to stretch my muscles. So I told myself to write a Stereolab song circa 1994. I haven't listened to Stereolab for few years. Now That I've recorded this, I'm gonna go back and listen to them.
A song I threw together using a sample from the 60s Hercules cartoon ripped off youtube [more inside]
A beat I made in the last week or so [more inside]
Request: "I have long wished for a happy, loud, upbeat version of The Beatles 'Michelle.'" [more inside]
I've not posted for a while because I have a lot of things on the go I can't finish. I'm out of ideas on this one, so fuck it, here goes. [more inside]
Some synthpop kids cover Just Can't Get Enough. Others cover Photographic. I'm in the second group. [more inside]
So I'm taking a Sound Arts class at school - and since I'm the only person who signed up for it, it's become just me and my instructor mucking about on Garageband. This is my third creation, and first song; I provide the words and vocals, and Apple provided the music. [more inside]
This is a cover of Bishop Allen's "Butterfly Nets." While the song is a favorite of teenage girls on with ukeleles on Youtube, I am instead a 34-year-old baritone with Garageband and an OP-1.
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]
Fake-jazz ballad, slightly prurient and hopefully neither too explicit nor plaintive: use only as directed [more inside]
A very short experiement using loops and drum tracks and stuff. Was in two minds whether to post this, the original, or the slowed down version. To be honest there was only 20 seconds in the difference. I think this version has a bit more energy.
A dark and nasty dub-influenced track I threw together today
A slower reworking of a track I made in the late 90s when I was the beat maker for a hip hop group. The song never got made. [more inside]
Ok, it's not that great, but it is the first song where I didn't use any premade loops. It may be bad, but it's all my own work. The song title was just me being contrary.
Another song from our forthcoming country album, "This Is Naughtybilly." A celebration of the various adult actresses from Minnesota. [more inside]
Another song from our forthcoming country album. This is a song written in the filthiest Spanglish I could come up with, imagining a Day of the Dead diorama set in a brothel. [more inside]
The third country song from our forthcoming album "This is Naughtybilly." A trucking song, written using 70s CB slang, told from the point of view of truck stop prostitutes. [more inside]
Just a short little ditty. [more inside]
Just a little organ-bass groove with a garageband drum loop. [more inside]
Recorded live in 2004 by my high school garage band (though we were in my living room [better acoustics] for this take). I'm on the drums. Sound quality is courtesy of my drum teacher and his equipment. Instrumental. (Hear that pause during the chorus? Yeah, MY IDEA). (Download for best quality) [more inside]
Experiment in mood... An ominous political speech. [more inside]
An update of this song, this time made, in entirety, on GarageBand on the iPad.
Playing with Garageband's guitar effects. Lots of distortion to cover up my lazy fingers. [more inside]
Playing around with Saturn's Radio Emissions.
Re-mixed Beach Boys "Do It Again" .. If you're a die hard Beach Boys fan and might take offense to a remix... save your ears and don't click! [more inside]
So you need to get up and get moving and be happy and stoked and cheerful and energetic right this instant? Hurry! Listen to this song! It's an instrumental, it's only 1' 24", and it might be the only chance you've got. [more inside]
Fuller, 4-part, 9 1/2 minute version of a previously posted song, built almost entirely out of samples taken from the Conet Project, a 4 CD set of number station transmissions [more inside]
The horns in this bouncy lo-fi surf-garage number? Synthesized. But the off-key backup vocals? They're real.
Another from my pop/rock experimenting. A song about longing, Portland and the summertime. [more inside]
More of my experiment into writing/producing pop-ish music. I'm poor and just messing around at this point, so it's just Garage Band. Feedback much appreciated! [more inside]
So, I've been experimenting with writing and recording pop music - currently in my bedroom with garageband. I'm an amateur. I may have gotten a little effect happy on this one. But hey, it's a start. [more inside]
Vocals by my son's preschool class, cut up and GarageBanded into a kind of loungey 4-K dance track.
An Accidentally Terrifying cover of Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life", the number one hit song on the day I was born. Born under a bad song. [more inside]
Apple juice-related idiocy [more inside]
Sorry, a little late for 4:20 bros [more inside]
Just a quick Killers cover done on me new macbook pro. Used garage band and laptop's internal mic for the vocals. Got the girlfriend to play the keys for most of it. First attempt really :-)
Poppy-ska song I wrote a couple years ago about being afraid to ask a girl out. (I did, eventually, but not in the song). [more inside]
Inspired by Aled Lewis' "The Horde" [more inside]
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