Here's the SMOKE BENDERS, live in Toyama, Japan, from March 2012. The sound is a little gymnasium-y, due to the fact that the gig was in a gymnasium. I'm on electric talking drum for this one. Video here.
Here's the Smoke Benders, folks. We took Hank Williams' lamentation of an unlucky prisoner from its original waltz time and put a NOLA second line feel under it. Cause, hey, who doesn't like a NOLA second line feel, right? Video at YouTube and Vimeo.
From the latest BIG SYSTEM gig. Mostly drumming going on here (WaveDrum and talking drum), but the one verse I broke into (never got around to the next one) is from an old song of mine (someone uploaded it to YT here), and that was enough to give this one a title. Video at YouTube or Vimeo.
Elvis Aaron's #1 hit single for May 25, 1957. My version clocks in at eight seconds longer than Mr. Presley's, and uses slightly different instrumentation: the marron glacé guitar, the one string double drum, a shekere/maraca and talking drum. And, um, I made a... *ahem* ... video for it, which, if I had an ounce of dignity, I never would've posted to YouTube or Vimeo.
My 2-cents-worth on the international diamond trade, in about 2 minutes. Video version at YouTube and Vimeo. [more inside]
Here's a peppy little number that goes out to all you fine folks out there in MetaFilterland. Instruments in use (in order of appearance!) are mouthbow, talking drum, bamboo rattle, scraper, bass drum, pitchpipe, little bell, and ukulele. [more inside]
Took a look at this month's challenge themes and thought: Tom Waits does a much better Tom Waits impersonation than I could ever muster, and I'm just not a 'lots of notes' kinda guy. But, "spooky"... there you go! Submitted for your listening pleasure, my version of this Daniel Johnston song. With lines like "I saw my own heart laying, black with blood", I guess you could say it's pretty damn spooky. Here's a very powerful clip of Johnston performing the song on organ. [more inside]
There must've been hundreds of times over the years that I've tapped out a rhythm on a pan full of water while doing the dishes, the pitch woozily shifting as the h2o sloshes about. At those times I've almost always thought, hey, I should put this on a track sometime. Of course, I never did, until the first MeFi Music Challenge, with its "water" theme. Along with the big metal bowl full of troubled waters, you'll hear jawharp, talking drum, bombo drum, bell, shaker and vocal. [Lyrics and more inside]