Song description....let's see......ummmm.......it's a pop song. Enjoy. [more inside]
Shorter, sweeter mix of this responding to some of the suggestions on the last one. Lost the first intro, cleaned up the drums, changed the harmonies slightly, brought up the melody guitars, and dropped in a blazing little guitar solo, even if I do say so myself! It's under three minutes now -- give it a listen! Now just have to figure out the B-side...
Yet another cover of the Cohen standard, but at least I've got an excuse this time. [more inside]
A song written for a friend going through a bad break-up.
Balls out late 70s powerpop version of the song I posted an acoustic demo of yesterday. [more inside]
A simple and complicated ditty about simple and complicated plans. [more inside]
It's been weeks since I posted anything. This damn song is mostly why, with a side of overwork and a helping of broken leg. [more inside]
Another one from my band, Boeufcake. [more inside]
A silly pop song that I wrote for my band Boeufcake. We've been playing together for years, but we have few recordings worthy of sharing due to the tediousness of multitracking and the shit kicking good time we'd rather have drinking beer and playing loud. Be aware, there's a couple naughty words in this song. [more inside]
Song about the Oregon Trail 'pooter game [more inside]
A short pop instrumental I wrote shortly after arriving in Las Vegas in 2005 as an exercise in voice leading and chord soloing.
A song JaiMahodara put together for our good friends, a lesbian couple, by request. The song is meant to be silly and a little tongue in cheek, so we hope no one takes offense. [more inside]
Millimeters of Mercury is back after the end of finals at USC to present this decidedly retro electropop song that bounces and pounds in B flat major, occasionally straying into harmonic minor and dabbling in diminished chords and flat sevenths. Enjoy. =]
Inspired by a short conversation with my girlfriend. [more inside]
I pushed the vocal track a couple of dB on this track I posted yesterday as several people suggested. See what you think. [more inside]
So Aimee Mann and Bruce Springsteen are in a bar discussing the greatness that is Living on a Prayer, but what they haven't noticed is that Toto are at the next table, and Sonic Youth just walked in the back... [more inside]
Feisty powerpop version of the a capella song I posted for the challenge. Man, this was another freakin' difficult song to mix, not least because it was the first one I did on my Yamaha HS50m monitors which Chococat recommended.You know when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night in a hotel and accidentally turn on the overhead fluorescents and catch yourself stark naked in the most unflattering, pore-revealing detail and sort of gasp in horror? These speakers are like that. You fight them every inch of the way, not trying to get the song sounding good, but just to stop it sound so goddamn bad. [more inside]
A piece of pop fluff for the a capella challenge. [more inside]
p p powerpoptastic innit.....sort of [more inside]
Song from my band Steady Habits' upcoming EP, "Making Enemies at the Bar". Late 90s-esque third wave ska in all its pop-punk influenced glory. Saccharine as hell, but whatever. If you dig the track and want to help us put it up on vinyl, feel free to pop some scratch into our Kickstarter site. Thanks dudes!
The only good thing about having a sore throat is that for a brief window of time I can hit some low notes. I was too sick today to concentrate on any real work but this was lying around half-finished so I took it another quarter of the way. Despite the title, this is not a murder ballad but a song about the day I realized Ms. unSane might (eventually) become Mrs unSane. Features a totally fake Hawaiian guitar, one of the rare moments where my surf playing has spilled over into one of my songs. [more inside]
The (hopefully) final mix of Y&SF with all the problems fixed and Major Dundee's epic solo finally loud and proud before the last chorus. [more inside]
Final mix of the song I posted a couple of days ago incorporating a couple of changes suggested by uncleozzy. [more inside]
Sometimes songs come easy and sometimes they come hard. Everything about this one was hard. The final, sweated over, version of a song I posted a rough demo of a few weeks ago. Hopefully the results are worth it! [more inside]
At long last, the remix of Y&SF with new vocals and Major Dundee's guitar work incorporated. [more inside]
The horns in this bouncy lo-fi surf-garage number? Synthesized. But the off-key backup vocals? They're real.
More uke-pop about girls. [more inside]
I wrote and recorded this song in 1992 in Walnut Creek, California near San Francisco. I remember I was preparing to climb Mt. Whitney. I was pretty prolific in my songwriting then. It was about my first girlfriend, and how we pretty much took our time, and spent many years together during our youth in a healthy relationship. I think it's a pretty good example of a formula pop/love song. I hope you like it! [more inside]
I always know the tricks you play, but I still get taken. Another poppy (and slightly ominous) uke tune. Hope you like it! [more inside]
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]
Postal Service-like electronic pop track. Features my vocals for the first time! [more inside]
I thought this month's "Summer Song" challenge would be a slam dunk -- breezy, fluffy bubblegum! I can do that! I regret to report that Things Did Not Go As Planned. [more inside]
I wasn't at all happy with the first version of this challenge track that I posted. So I redid it, and now it makes me feel all sunshiney inside. [more inside]
This is the second of two summersongs... this one is my attempt to shake off the summertime blues and write something genuinely hopeful, complete with a spoken intro and healthy helpings of cheese and bubblegum all round. [more inside]
My attempt at a "summer song" for this month's challenge. [more inside]
A bit of lo-fi pop goodness. [more inside]
A lovely electronic pop track, a prerelease from Good Old Neon's forthcoming album, Radiant City. [more inside]
A song that I wrote really quickly and got stuck in my head for a few days. [more inside]
A rough mix of a song in progress. Constructive criticism sought! [more inside]
Back to the 4-track cassette box. This was a breakthrough song for me. [more inside]
On the day that I was born (in San Diego), the Archies' quintessential bubblegum pop song was a #1 hit (in England). This is a pretty straightforward version, although the guitars and bass and drums have all been replaced with marimbas and glockenspiels. [more inside]
The Byrds meet Gary Glitter at a party hosted by Teenage Fanclub. [more inside]
A pop song about rendered duck fat. [more inside]
Based on a chopped and sliced sample of a heart beating, in this track Millimeters of Mercury (my "stage name") pulls his shields of extreme Auto-Tune down slightly to let you get a little more close and personal.
Another slice of 1995 Big Star/Television influenced indie ephemera from my 4-track cassette box. I still really love this guitar riff and the herky jerky power pop stuff at the end of the chorus. A song about not wanting someone to feel bad for dumping you. When I first heard Sloan, I thought 'man, they stole my sound' although really we both stole Velvet Crush's. [more inside]
One of my contributions to an XTC tribute album project from 2001. The song, written by Andy Partridge, was taken from a rough demo floating around on bootleg cassettes, but never actually released by XTC. [more inside]