This is a super-rough demo of a song I wrote yesterday for the 'Has Been for Years' song fight. It's a gothic little waltz using a resonator guitar, told from the point of view of a trooper in the 7th cavalry who was killed at Little Big Horn while waiting to be relieved by Reno's troops. Recorded before I put my pants on, for the challenge. Video proof is here. [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]
Slept late while the wife and kids were out of town, woke up and wrote and recorded this. Without pants, naturally. [more inside]
I'm ducking out of the woodshed for a moment to meet this month's "pantsless" challenge. I recorded this with no warm-up, first thing after waking up. It's a take on the Miles Davis standard "Four." [more inside]
For the October Pantless challenge. This is a hair away from extemporaneous. [more inside]
A short song about a lazy morning made today in a state of undress for the music challenge. [more inside]
If you like reverb and delay, then this song's for you. I don't really know how to describe this one. It was done for this month's challenge, so it was hasty and under-thought and turned out better than I expected.
So this months challenge theme was uncool... so i remixed / grungified a song that was played by Funerary Violinists... [more inside]
A cover of the Madonna song, for September's uncool music challenge.
Entry for the Uncool Challenge. [more inside]
This is the last track thegreatbigmulp and I did for the February "make an album in a month" challenge. [more inside]
a cover of an incredibly uncool song... [more inside]
Quick lo-fi recording of the Morecambe and Wise classic closing song, introduced in about as near to a music-hall style as I can manage. Featuring me, my uke, and a whistling verse. (Twice.) Video is here. [more inside]
A kid's song about food. For the September challenge (uncool) [more inside]
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]
MeFi Challenge 2fer. It's riff based AND uncool. The only reason I decided to finish this song is because I like how the guitar and bass oppose each other during a couple of parts. Kinda emulating Zappa a bit here. Enjoy!
A ragtime arrangement of one of the most ear-wormy, riffiest songs I know. [more inside]
George Clinton gave us P-Funk. I'm giving you an R-Soul lick. As it were. Two licks for the price of one actually. Aren't you the lucky ones.... [more inside]
Piano improvisation for the "riffology" challenge. [more inside]
A riff song about using a kid's room to hide contraband. Two tube amps, a 1970's generic-brand Japanese drum kit and some other stuff.
This is from a completely clean signal. No effects. Bask in the horror, and take off that bloody ring! [more inside]
This is a song I wrote about some photos I found of people in my family. This isn't some kind of metaphor. Dammit, this is real. [more inside]
A little riff-based instrumental rock track that I've had kicking around. [more inside]
guitar-free instrumental rifferama from the early noughties.
Epic 60s janglepop meets Northern Soul, final version of the tune I've been evolving here and on The Music Incubator. All based on a little piano riff, and therefore my August challenge entry too. [more inside]
A concise instrumental fantasy. [more inside]
This is a thing Mulp and I just did. HELP!!! [more inside]
In at the last minute for June's MeFiMu challenge. Loud autoharp pop. [more inside]
This month's Challenge got me to thinking: with 'hate' being such a profound and powerful emotion, isn't it odd that there are really so few songs that really employ it as an idea or as inspiration? I mean, 'love'? Heck, you can't spit without hitting a love song, but hate, that's a different story. So anyway, this is a song of hate and love. Love and hate. Simple as that. Video here.
For this month's challenge, I offer a song about hating being loved. [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]
Inspired by the challenge. I hope that counts. [more inside]
All love, no hate. [more inside]
A short song about a long distance relationship. [more inside]
Post-crunk for haters to get their hate on to. Cut up vocals from 7 songs in the first verse, huge reverb in the second, and the third verse is just the stripped down beat to blow up your sound system.
Q: What's cooler than being cool? A: Ice cold. [more inside]
My best effort to turn a Neil Young song I've always disliked into a big blustery rock thing. [more inside]
Easy listening cover of the song by They Might Be Giants. [more inside]
From the Gospel According to Britney
For the Challenge: I attempt to massage a horrible song by a horrible band into something Not Bad. [more inside]
I loved ianK's minimalist take on All The Small Things the other day, and I thought it'd be fun to fill it out with a bunch more acoustic instrumentation and harmony vocals. [more inside]
the demons forced me to do a cover of a journey song - now i must shower
I seem unable to cover songs (even those I hate) without making them sound completely earnest.
As a saxophonist who loves (real) jazz, I hate pretty much everything Kenny G has done. He took a wonderful and expressive art form, sucked out all emotion, joy, and creativity from it, and left a hollow, dessicated husk in its place. To top it off, he hoodwinked the American public into thinking his vision of jazz was what jazz is and always was. In short Kenny G is the Karl Rove of music. [more inside]
This is a horrible rendition of a horrible song. Does it even make sense? [more inside]
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]
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.
i just couldn't bring myself to do a journey song - just couldn't do it - so runner up is creed, a band that i rather dislike, except - even though they do this in their usual sludgy, draggy style, i hear something in this song they didn't - and so ...