A new(ish) song by The Harvey Girls
1990. An Artifact. Or, maybe a corpse. Rescued from a well-worn cassette, this and two more songs are the last remaining remnants of the last original band, at the end of the long, dark tunnel that was the 1980's. I gave up writing & performing my own material for about 8 years right after this, and am just now beginning to appreciate the few things of beauty that I manage to wrench out of a squalid, painful part of my life. I wrote the music, though it was really molded in collaboration with the band at rehearsals, and the singer, my then-girlfriend, wrote the lyrics, with a little help from me on the melody & harmonies. The song is essentially an abstract take on our failing relationship & was the last thing of note we did before breaking up, then (separately) finding sobriety. We recorded the music live, (3-piece) and overdubbed the vocals. The 2-inch tape is out there somewhere, but the cost of baking the tape (Stupid Ampex 456) and transferring to digital is prohibitive right now. But someday...
Guitar-driven title track from Detroit foursome LISBOA's self-produced 2004 EP. Horns and strings courtesy of the Eastern Market Baroque Philharmonic. Sometimes the choice, it chooses you. Kierkegaard references and overbearingly emotive vocals courtesy of yours truly. Here's to your weekend, friends.
Three guitars and a teensy bit of aggression in this song by my old band New Blind Nationals.
So Afroblanco and I have a band together with some other guys. (I am on guitar, he on doumbek and other percussion.) Here is the first of a few songs to come over the coming weeks. Cheers.
"Oh, yeah! You're a sucker!" "Works everytime!" "Let the other ones talk!" Though it's not the subject of the lyrics, this song always seemed somewhat appropriate to MetaTalk to me. I've been meaning to upload it since Mefi Music came together, but little things here and there seemed to always get in the way. The incarnation of the band that recorded this swiftly broke up later that same year. We've all gone on to other bands. Anyhow, here it is now. The year: 2002. The band: Knife Skills. The method: Tascam 4-track. The location: A & D's concrete wall, shed/apartment in Brooklyn, NY. The safetyfork: Bass.
This song showed up in the middle of a very stoned 45 minute jam session with my band The Next, for which I play the drums. None of us remember making this song. It's kinda fun and catchy.
Thanks to two class cancellations due to ice storms in the Capital, I was able to arrange and record this Valentine's day treat. Imagine Huey Lewis, baritone, with a banjo.
This is another song my old band. It's mixes ballad with a slight hardcore influence
A bouncy pop song from my old band New Blind Nationals. This song always reminded me of The Promise Ring
The heart is a lonely trucker
one man's case against cuddling
Here's an unfortunately prescient political power-pop tune I penned in '02, as recorded by Detroit's own rock foursome LISBOA at our (then) modest home studio in our first collective foray into DIY recording. RIFYL: The New Pornographers and dudes/lady-dudes in that vein. Honky tonk piano (emphasis on the "honky"), a Hammond, some e-Bow, a little vibraphone, and a few too many "nah-nah-nah-nahs," but whaddya gonna do, right? Hope you dig it, friends.
3 song medley I remastered from my old band 10-96's seminal release "No Retreat...." I ripped it off of vinyl and transferred it into Pro Logic and then into mp3..... Opinions welcome! (About the sound quality, that is.... I am looking to burn copies of the whole album to send to some labels for re-rerelease)......
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!
One of my bands, The Man So Cool, did some recording a couple weeks ago for a demo disc. We're still working on final vocals and proper mixes, but this is a pretty good rough mix of one of the songs. Links to the other three songs can be gotten over yonder.
This is one of the first raw demos of the composition which I was able to play with one of my Ibanez guitars...to be precise with ibanez rg. I'm planning to add a better version soon.
Somewhere I read about how you can effectively kill populations of people by just doing your job in a big corporation, and not questioning the decisions above and below you. It was termed the "slow cowardly death" of the people affected. After reading MeFi for what feels like years, I finally became a member, so I thought I'd share something. I recorded this last year to test out my home studio, and have something to play at funerals.
True story. Kid owes drug dealers money, so he tells them his aunt is on her way home from cashing her tax refund check. She is gunned down on her porch in front of spouse and kids.
The Archers of Loaf meet the Bay City Rollers in this humble contribution to the grand tradition of cheeky break-up tunes. Terrible puns abound, but you've been warned. From LISBOA's 2003 EP Either Origami, available here for five lousy clams. Crank it up, friends.
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.
This is a tune from a 1995 release called "Samm Bennett's History of the Last Five Minutes", from the Knitting Factory label. The CD is currently out of print. The guitarist is Hahn Rowe, everything else is me. I've been thinking about re-releasing this and possibly my earlier KF CDs on my own label (Yay! Rights have reverted back to yours truly!) but I've got a bunch of new songs I wanna release first. Thought I'd just throw this one out there into the ether. Anyway, [lyrics inside] and, hope you enjoy...
Raucous rock song from my friends' new band.
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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 off the upcoming EP from Victor Furious & The Murder of Men, a Nashville-area local group. Looking for some feedback, as a move to NYC is forthcoming. Music is (self) classified as laughing-gas rock. Let them know what you think - eponymous website and MySpace.
A song by my last band - I played (bad) backup guitar. Recorded live at a show at my college
Putting the "b" in "subtle," Detroit's LISBOA pens a political power-pop tune that pulls no punches. Alliteration is always awesome. Sounds like: Kansas City's best (i.e., only) Cheap Trick cover band meets Propaghandi at an after-hours bingo parlor. In drag. Dig the horns, dudes and lady-dudes.
Another slice of power-pop rock from LISBOA's self-produced 2005 LP Live from the Grand Hotel Abyss [iTunes link], with a title indirectly inspired by a mefi thread of all things! By the way, you should totally pick up a copy of the mefi compilation CD: it features another track from LISBOA as well as a bunch of great tunes from some genuinely talented mefites, too. Plus, proceeds go to, you know, the kids.
I wanted to end the 23rd Century song posts on an upnote, so here ya go. This is also our Queen tribute, so be ready for my bad Brian May impersonation. Sorry for posting so much, I hope it hasn't been too irritating.
Power-pop tune from Detroit foursome LISBOA.
When I first got my digital 8-track recorder, I wanted to make a test song to learn it's functionality. This song showcases some wild off-key singing as well as my inability to track an instrument without a single mistake. It's about a little mishap I had shortly after I started dating my current girlfriend.
Another track from the new 23rd Century Album, and because you demanded it, one more song after this one. You can DL the whole album for free from our website.
I got some positive comments last time, so it seems like The Rollercoaster Project is your cup of tea. Here's his remix of Another Number by The Cribs. This is an official remix, which was released on their Hey Scenesters single. Said the Gramophone had nice things to say about the remix, as did some wag reviewing it on Amazon (scroll down to "Temi Amazon"). Again, do let us know what you think. <crass commercialism>You can find out more about The Rollercoaster Project, and download (or buy physical copies) of more of his stuff on my label's website</crass commercialism>.
A song from a recording session I did with my brother's band (He's the singer). The band is called Beautiful Blonde Pineapple!
The second to last song I plan to post here, this one was intended to be fun, not work. Thanks very much for the kind words on the previous songs, everybody!
The second song from the new 23rd Century album. This one is written by The Platypus.
This is an extremely remixed version of Evil by Interpol. It was produced by my friend and label-mate The Rollercoaster Project, whose music is guitar-driven experimental electronica. If you like this, you can download a couple of tracks from his debut album (sadly now sold out) or download the title track from his upcoming single (and purchase it). I'd love to hear what you think. He has a few more (unrecognizable!) remixes, which I'd be happy to post.
The first song off of the new 23rd Century album - "Will The Moon Explode In...The 23rd Century?" The entire album (and our first album, as well) can be downloaded here.
Now that the US mid-term elections are over, here's a song about politics.
Classical music meets instrumental tango salsa rock. Live recording from the Ohio Action benefit show, October, Kenyon College. I took the solo on this track, replacing vocals with a violin "guest vocalist."
i just finished moving my pile of equipment from the garage into the house for winter, and to celebrate i did a special mix of the latest song from the project mentioned here to share with y'all.
I've been messing around playing the guitar for about a year, but I recently got a drum machine and decided to start trying to write some songs. This is my second. The song has lyrics, but I haven't recorded the vocals yet. Recording was done in Garage Band.
One in Japanese, fellows. I know there are a few of you who speak Japanese out there, so if the lyrics of this song don't really make sense, don't get offended, take it on a "best effort" basis. The lyrics were translated by the girl who sings in it, who is half Mexican, half Japanese. Also, if anyone can provide confirmation that it actually says something, it would be great, all this time we've only been able to hope the words actually say something and they were not taken from a refrigerator manual.
"Once I was running, running from..." 2 distorted acoustic guitars, a bass, a beatbox, one person yelling and some whistling.
I am the drummer in this kinda punkish/metalish rock band called The Next. And this is one of our songs. It is very, very different from the sort of thing I tend to do whilst solo. And this is the best recording of it we've made, thusfar.
A selection from the recently released album "e4/e5" ...songs about elected servants and employed servants. Songs about shock and awe, the beatniks, & holy Moses. Songs about Paul Bunyan, Tammy Faye, & Zelda Fitzgerald. Posthumous songs, sacreligious songs, contradictory slanderings... Jewelry store robberies, the language virus, & the reawakening of the languished American dream?