This morning I manged to catch the crest of a creative wave and surf it to the expression of this little track. This song is all about layers and details with an upbeat, positive chillout vibe. Consider it a minor antidote to 2020. [more inside]
Exclusive to MeFi music, Snowdrifts as originally recorded! From Where The Trail Leads. [more inside]
The title song from my new online-only album Where The Trail Leads. Stream or downlaod for free. [more inside]
An upbeat instrumental piece. [more inside]
Some recent discussion on MeFi about the band a-ha reminded me that I'd recorded this acoustic cover of one of their songs a long time ago. This is actually based on an arrangement by Kings of Convenience, who made some interesting changes to the original song structure. Me on vocals and guitars (nylon-string and steel-string). [more inside]
Acoustic guitar and voice. Pretty straight as far as my memory of the proper song goes. [more inside]
This short (1:16) instrumental ditty is what happened when I started learning a new recording platform that came with loops of instruments I'd always wanted to play or include on my recordings: pedal steel guitar (I was super excited about this especially -- I've wanted to work with pedal steel for a really long time), baritone guitar, and mandolin. And did I mention the bossa drums? Not sure if I went overboard but I had fun and liked the result. [more inside]
I'm happy to present my collaboration with not_on_display: this is our version of a neat little tune that was included in The American Songbag (a 1927 folk song collection by Carl Sandburg); the song there was itself derived from a late 19th-century song by William S. Hays. [more inside]
I had a great time collaborating with billiebee on a cover of this traditional folk song/sea shanty. The goal was to record a simple arrangement that was different from the more lively covers out there -- to borrow billiebee's phrase, a gentler version. I'm hoping our rendition highlights the lovely melody of the song. [more inside]
Improvised acoustic guitar / singing. Recorded on phone. A bluegrass standard, but I'm playing it as a stream of consciousness improvisation. Usually these days my playing is pretty much by the book, but here I was thinking about ecstatic / outside players like John Fahey and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. No patching in. Only one take. No overdubbing. Get it right in the moment. Be real and accept flaws as long as they don't spoil anything important. [more inside]
Short acoustic guitar instrumental I came up with last night. Recorded into my phone in two parts: main part & random notes added part (for spice).
Recorded this quick and dirty into my phone, so there's a few bumps here and there, but overall OK. Not really my optimal vocal range though...
A quick and simple acoustic recording of a simple song about love.
My version of Turlough O'Carolan's tune John Irwin, for fingerstyle guitar. [more inside]
Mississippi John Hurt- and John Fahey- inspired fingerstyle guitar tune. [more inside]
I was going through some old stuff and liked this one more than I remembered. Once I saw the September Challenge, I had to post. Acoustic guitar with countless f-bombs. [more inside]
An quickish acoustic one, with lyrics about my dad, his melanoma, and a couple of other things. Has probably the most acrobatic bridge bit I've ever done. [more inside]
A rock song that bounces. Come for the guitar, stay for the sing-along ending. [more inside]
The entirety of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." It seemed like a good idea at the time... [more inside]
Atmospheric alt-country song about realizing the person you're with would be better off without you. [more inside]
My 12-string and I take a fingerpicking stab at the Husker Du classic. [more inside]
A reading of a poem accompanied by some acoustic guitar. [more inside]
You just want an excuse to dance. KOLN • Bandcamp • Lyrics This is the penultimate entry in a series of outtakes that did not make it onto the album "Damn Poets", to be released soon. (It is implied that the tracks on the album are superior to these outtakes. This is true.) If you like my songs, I would very much appreciate if you'd consider leaving your email. You will not be spammed; you will be among the first to find out when Damn Poets drops.
There was once a girl, but that was long ago. A letter to a past love, recorded in one take with four microphones. KOLN • Bandcamp • Lyrics
Apologies for my absence — again. I will be releasing an album under the moniker Kings Of Last Night this year, and I want to share with you an outtake, a B-side if you will, a sketch of a song that didn't make the album but deserves to be played on the internets. That song is "Pilot", a story of aviation, extended metaphors, the fourth wall, and disaster. External links: KOLN • Bandcamp [more inside]
From a new thing I'm (slowly) working on. It's just guitar, piano and vocals at this point, but there's a cello part and some additional vocals to come. This is a rough working cut with scratch vocals, but I like how it's shaping up already. Hope you like it. [more inside]
Woke up this morning with a sore throat and my voice about an octave lower than usual so I figured it was time to record a cover of Roger Miller's despicable novelty hit that was #1 on the country charts the day I was born. Despicable because it's a song written from the perspective of a complete cunt. So I brought some self loathing to the table, along with the sore throat and my complete inability to play blues guitar.
Acoustic guitar song about the consequences of too much alcohol. [more inside]
Can cover, E7 and A7. Response to two challenges. [more inside]
Another from the Shot Heard 'Round the World (by popular request, I swear). Also recorded in Vermont, summer 2005 and Brooklyn, that fall. Title says it all I guess - violins, shakers, african bells, trombone, flanged guitar solo, air organ. [more inside]
An arrangement of a great poem by headspace. [more inside]
In the kitchen I can hear you whistling // like no one's listening // When no one's up but you and me // we'll eat and watch cartoons on TV
I'm sorry that I've met you, but it's really not my fault.
By chance I just came across this recording I made over a year ago. The song is by the chronically underrated I Am Kloot.
I wrote and recorded this today - it's basically a stream-of-consciousness account of one of the stranger and more entertaining parties I've attended.
The new album is more or less finished, so I thought I'd offer you guys another sneak peek. A shoot-from-the-hip rock song - Let's drink to the things that died too soon.
On a sad day last spring, our benevolent dictator banned the tag from Metafilter. After a night of heavy drinking I woke up in a canoe in the Andes and composed this eulogy.
At empyrean's request. I needed a break from mixing my own songs anyway, so I threw together this quick & dirty cover of the Counting Crows song in 15 minutes, and uploaded it warts and all - one take off the top of my head, complete with missed notes, words, and chords. Enjoy.
A cover of a song by Wilco or Loose Fur, depending on how you look at it. [more inside]
We're just blowing our own horns. We're just growing our own horns.
Acoustic song about the American Dream. Written and performed by Zack Austin. Thanks for listening.