A lo-fi cover of a lo-fi song by the Mountain Goats, from Zopilote Machine. Made in GarageBand, vocals recorded with built-in mike. I'm brand-new at this, so I welcome technical advice about how the mixing, recording, use of loops, etc. can be improved.
This is much more the style I usually work in. Poppy, punky, and fuzzy. Maybe it's just because of the low grade equipment I use, but my songs always turn into big saturated buzz-fests. At least with this one, it was no accident. As usual, recorded by myself with guitars and robots. Hope you enjoy. Lyrics inside.
Here's a track from my album about wanting to be a robot. I figure lots of you folks can probably relate. My band is currently touring the east coast, with dates in VA, NC, WV, MD, PA, NJ, NY, CT, and VT. Details inside!
Under an archway, cross a cobblestone floor through an old wooden door. There's an apartment, and someone lives there, but does anyone care?
Boisterous, jangly, synthy indie/ post-punk from The Ghost of Mankind. This is a rehearsal recording with a couple of cringe-inducing moments. This track, along with the previous two (1, 2), comprise an unreleased three-song EP tentatively titled Elegiac, almost recorded in summer 2003.
A Metafilter exclusive! This is the studio version of my contribution to the meficomp. It's the second track from my new album, which is available now.
Guitars, guitars, and a phase shifter from The Forget.
Imagined Hungarians waltzing instrumental style.
Another Square Waves song for your enjoyment. The plan is to put this song (and the other one I posted last week) out on a 7" (double A side).
The opening track from my upcoming LP. Handclaps, ooh bop bops, fiddles, and flutes.
Lyrically naughty, musically atmospheric. Features guitars, vocals, brushed drums, African thumb harp, clothes hangers, and a shy half of a fake symphony orchestra.
This is the closing track of my debut LP, Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies, to be released 4/20/07.
Song about a Detroit waitress.
My wife accidentally broke a vase. This song resulted. It was recorded in a couple of days inbetween other projects. I used no clicktrack, metronome or drum beat, so the timing is nice and loose (in a good way, I hope). It's short, so listen twice!
A new song from a new band I am in called The Square Waves. This song is sure to be a hit on the Canadian charts, or at least a podcast intro or something (hint hint).
From the Monumental Box Tribute, a Guided by Voices cover project by Postal Blowfish comprising 5 CDs of Robert Pollard's earliest work.
This song is not exactly new (it's only slightly younger than Forwards/Back), but I didn't properly finish recording it until tonight. The levels/panning in a couple places could maybe use a little more tweaking to help everything in the mix stand out, but it's correct enough for now.
The second recording of my first visit to my school's media center. It's a song idea that I've been toying with for a long, long time. It's in 7/4... if you like that sort of thing.
I have a bunch of song ideas that I drafted a couple of years back, and am finally getting back to fleshing them out and putting lyrics vocals to them. Only problem is, I kind of forgot where I was mentally, so I'm not quite sure of what to write. This one was one of my favorites, and suggestions for theme ideas?
at the marriot the proletariat can find himself a bed he's been workin' day and night man was better off dead
This is the part where we start to fall apart (watch your goddamn radio).
Okay, so that's not me singing or playing the guitar. But it's the first song I ever wrote. My good friend Sarah Kenvyn then did a bit of a rewrite, wrote some music, and recorded it. Thanks, Sarah!
I forget why Tony Danza was in this song title, but man have you ever seen that guy naked? This is another rockist song from my old band New Blind Nationals. It's got the three guitar attack but with a pulsing disco bass line underneath. I'd like to pretend that Franz Ferdinand stole their best ideas from me while I was sleeping.
Mostly instrumental. (I'd keep the repeated line, but replace the wordless vocal bit with some horns if I had access to any, and have them carry on through the rest of the song.) Much, much more guitar layering than I usually do. Strangely (?), I think my favorite parts of the song are skittering electronic bits of the drum track and the bass line.
Another laptop song. I'm not sure I like the vocal melody enough that it will will stick. I didn't really "write" it so much as I made it up on the spot several weeks ago at an open mic just after I'd finished the words (which I do like) and the backing track (which I also quite like). I get the feeling I'll get annoyed with it in six months and go back and make up another melody (which has happened several times before). It's the only song I know of about a thief who steals weather.
I can't believe it never occured to me until tonight to post what is by far my most famousest song! This is not actually the recording I made back in August '05. This is a somewhat improved version that I made about a year ago. The improvements were really just redoing the vocals so they weren't as bad, and putting in the electric guitar part. It's funny-ha-ha.
Beep beep beep. The main keyboard line in this song and much of the chord structure started life as a guitar part. This is the first thing I wrote that uses nothing but my laptop. I was watching it snow, and the basic idea(s) for the song just sort of ... popped in there.
I think this is still probably the best thing I've written. It's arranged sparely. It's really not anything more than a more nicely-recorded version of the two-track sketch that I record immediately after finishing writing a song just to have a rough sketch of the structure and main vocal melody. I haven't got a more full recording, because... Well, every time I try to flesh out the song, I end up feeling like I've bludgeoned something delicate. I'll get it some day, but for now, I think it works best when played simply.
This arrangement still needs some embellishment, though I think it works okay as is. Probably one of my better vocal turns.
The poltergeists that you can't see will come for you while you sleep.
The oldest song I've written that I'm still willing to play, think about, work on, etc., etc. It's also changed rather radically from its even shorter original form, and it's gone through a couple lyrical rewrites. It grew a beat about six months ago. I think this is probably the final form structurally and lyrically, but I'd probably work on it more if I thought I could improve the sound quality significantly.
Mmm, 6/8 time... The vocal's less questionable than the other songs I've posted, but it is quite raspy in places because I ended up doing it in a couple takes after already having spent an hour two whipping the screamy bits of M.A.D. into shape, so my voice was a bit shot.
WE CAN DO THE MUTUALLY-ASSURED DESTRUCTION
A long time ago, this song used to have words. They were super lame. Now it makes for a good guitar freak out. The drums were the first thing I ever made in Ableton Live. Doing the tempo changes at the end in Live was a pain (but I still love you, Live!). I think the drums sound a bit stiff and robotic (in a bad way), but it's still about the best I can do with real drum sounds. The vocal's a bit dodgy, but is Good Enough For Now.
This is another song my old band. It's mixes ballad with a slight hardcore influence
The heart is a lonely trucker
one man's case against cuddling
Piano-based song written for my wife, for our recent wedding. As usual with my songs, it's slow and sparse. A lot of vocal layering going on, and some electric guitar to round things out in the chorus. Enjoy!
listening to half-recorded version on headphones, stoned. auditory hallucination of beautiful melody to add. oops, it's from 'this is the day' by the the. used it anyway. this song also available for use in television commercials.
Another Division of Planes song from Trembling Wires, but with a different vibe than Ghost. I think this is the most mellow track on the ep, actually. Recorded by Scott Norton at Headgear Recording Studios and mastered by TJ Lipple at Silver Sonya.
A quick lil' song from my band DIVISION OF PLANES. Recorded by Scott Norton winter of 2006 at Headgear Recording Studios in Brooklyn, NY for our upcoming ep Trembling Wires. Mastered by TJ Lipple at Silver Sonya. Both TJ and Scott did an excellent job. We got the masters back from TJ last week. I'll post a few more when I can.
Another song about a girl. Her name was Loretta. By Esther.
These are the greatest days, and this is optimism rock from The Forget.
Recorded in an airplane hangar in Louisville back in August, we used the built-in mic on my friend's iBook, and Garage Band to do the multitracking. Sounds pretty kickass for how low-tech it was, if you ask me. Just two guys, I played drums, my friend played guitars and bass.
A song by my last band - I played (bad) backup guitar. Recorded live at a show at my college
Another from Esther. The vocals could use quite a bit more post-production work, but overall, I'm happy about how this one turned out.
An entreaty to hit me in the head, but good. By Esther.
More fuzzy lo-fi goodness from Esther. We always enjoyed the hell out of playing this one live, but were never able to capture that same energy on disk. This was our best effort.
A new song from my solo project. The lyrics are about the time a friend betrayed my confidence. So, it's a party song. Get other mp3s at the website.
A calm and smooth falsetto song with lyrics lifted from an emergency first aid poster (with some additions turning it into a love song). Features guitar, bass, piano, and electronica-style rhythmic vocal snippets.