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Sinaloan Milk Snake Song

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.
posted by escabeche on Jun 28, 2007 - 5 comments

in formal cat

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.
posted by es_de_bah on Jun 19, 2007 - 5 comments

23rd Century

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!
posted by ludwig_van on Jun 18, 2007 - 14 comments

Here Lies a Lonely Man

Under an archway, cross a cobblestone floor through an old wooden door. There's an apartment, and someone lives there, but does anyone care?
posted by dhammond on Jun 18, 2007 - 4 comments

Threnody

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.
posted by milquetoast on Jun 5, 2007 - 4 comments

February Third (album version)

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.
posted by ludwig_van on Apr 24, 2007 - 8 comments

Before I Met You

Guitars, guitars, and a phase shifter from The Forget.
posted by dhammond on Apr 15, 2007 - 1 comment

return of the panda

Imagined Hungarians waltzing instrumental style.
posted by sleepy pete on Apr 12, 2007 - 5 comments

Burn The Bridges to the Shores

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).
posted by Quartermass on Apr 11, 2007 - 4 comments

The Road (album version)

The opening track from my upcoming LP. Handclaps, ooh bop bops, fiddles, and flutes.
posted by ludwig_van on Apr 10, 2007 - 7 comments

you've been awake

Lyrically naughty, musically atmospheric. Features guitars, vocals, brushed drums, African thumb harp, clothes hangers, and a shy half of a fake symphony orchestra.
posted by edlundart on Apr 10, 2007 - 7 comments

Summer's Ending (album version)

This is the closing track of my debut LP, Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies, to be released 4/20/07.
posted by ludwig_van on Apr 8, 2007 - 14 comments

picaresque and proud

Song about a Detroit waitress.
posted by sleepy pete on Apr 7, 2007 - 5 comments

the vase

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!
posted by edlundart on Apr 4, 2007 - 11 comments

All That's Left

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).
posted by Quartermass on Mar 29, 2007 - 6 comments

The Hard Way

From the Monumental Box Tribute, a Guided by Voices cover project by Postal Blowfish comprising 5 CDs of Robert Pollard's earliest work.
posted by dhammond on Mar 19, 2007 - 3 comments

The Jackal

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.
posted by sparkletone on Mar 14, 2007 - 5 comments

Chivalry

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.
posted by tmcw on Mar 9, 2007 - 3 comments

Footfalls

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?
posted by psmealey on Mar 9, 2007 - 3 comments

How I Roll (Demo)

at the marriot the proletariat can find himself a bed he's been workin' day and night man was better off dead
posted by ageispolis on Mar 7, 2007 - 5 comments

Knives Come Out (God Damn Radio)

This is the part where we start to fall apart (watch your goddamn radio).
posted by dhammond on Mar 7, 2007 - 1 comment

Ain't So Lonely

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!
posted by dobbs on Mar 6, 2007 - 7 comments

Face The Music (Tony Danza)

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.
posted by drezdn on Mar 2, 2007 - 3 comments

Time In The Sun

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.
posted by sparkletone on Mar 1, 2007 - 5 comments

Emma Lane

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.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 28, 2007 - 8 comments

What If God Wanted Pasta Sauce

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.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 27, 2007 - 5 comments

Forwards/Back

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.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 25, 2007 - 8 comments

Burn Bright (Burn Out)

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.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 24, 2007 - 5 comments

Dissent

This arrangement still needs some embellishment, though I think it works okay as is. Probably one of my better vocal turns.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 22, 2007 - 3 comments

Haunted Houses

The poltergeists that you can't see will come for you while you sleep.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 20, 2007 - 0 comments

Circling Wolves

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.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 19, 2007 - 2 comments

Cancer Patient

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.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 18, 2007 - 4 comments

M.A.D.

WE CAN DO THE MUTUALLY-ASSURED DESTRUCTION
posted by sparkletone on Feb 16, 2007 - 4 comments

Invocation

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.
posted by sparkletone on Feb 15, 2007 - 7 comments

Inarmed Decision

This is another song my old band. It's mixes ballad with a slight hardcore influence
posted by drezdn on Feb 13, 2007 - 1 comment

Score

The heart is a lonely trucker
posted by The Very Soil on Feb 9, 2007 - 0 comments

Constant Contact

one man's case against cuddling
posted by The Very Soil on Feb 6, 2007 - 1 comment

wedding song

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!
posted by edlundart on Jan 30, 2007 - 4 comments

love scene

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.
posted by snofoam on Jan 23, 2007 - 4 comments

Briscoe

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.
posted by safetyfork on Jan 15, 2007 - 1 comment

Ghost

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.
posted by safetyfork on Jan 14, 2007 - 3 comments

Loretta

Another song about a girl. Her name was Loretta. By Esther.
posted by psmealey on Jan 1, 2007 - 5 comments

The Greatest Days

These are the greatest days, and this is optimism rock from The Forget.
posted by dhammond on Dec 30, 2006 - 0 comments

Sister's Gone by Channel 18

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.
posted by willc on Dec 20, 2006 - 8 comments

No More Parties, No More Fun

A song by my last band - I played (bad) backup guitar. Recorded live at a show at my college
posted by tmcw on Dec 11, 2006 - 3 comments

One Thing's For Certain

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.
posted by psmealey on Dec 6, 2006 - 2 comments

Hit me in the Head

An entreaty to hit me in the head, but good. By Esther.
posted by psmealey on Dec 1, 2006 - 0 comments

Hold Together

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.
posted by psmealey on Nov 28, 2006 - 3 comments

Trope - We're Not The Cool Kids

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.
posted by pollystark on Sep 26, 2006 - 3 comments

elevate

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.
posted by edlundart on Sep 25, 2006 - 11 comments

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