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No Time to Cry

My first new song in quite a long time, recorded in as deliberately lo-fi and distorted a manner as possible, because that's what I like. I'm now 40, so it's time for me to start singing country. Therefore, I have written a murder ballad. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 26, 2008 - 2 comments

God Damn You Tom Brown

Part of my old songs series, where I do lo-fi recordings of songs written years and sometimes decades ago. This one is a sort-of Irish folksong about a very mean man. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 22, 2008 - 0 comments

The Rescue at Arisaig

Another true story from my family... [more inside]
posted by LN on Mar 31, 2008 - 3 comments

Shadows & Frost

Seasonal melancholia from the Stockholm archipelago. Not a guitar in sight. Well they are in sight - but not in sound. They are due on the next track. Biding their time in the shadows. [more inside]
posted by jan murray on Jan 22, 2008 - 1 comment

Days of Strong Light

Another gentle ballad from Sweden. It grows on you. Keyboards by composer Anders Magnusson Song by me. [more inside]
posted by jan murray on Jan 7, 2008 - 5 comments

Glimmering Night

Acoustic piano ballad. Nostalgia [more inside]
posted by jan murray on Jan 6, 2008 - 5 comments

Ballad of Josh Millard's Oddly Sized Stationery

More or less self explanatory, eh? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Dec 29, 2007 - 4 comments

Pulling Hard Against the Stream

Someone wondered what I'd sound like with instrumental backing. Here you go. [more inside]
posted by LN on Dec 3, 2007 - 7 comments

The No. 26 Mine Disaster

Written by the incomparable Alistair MacGillivray (who rocks my socks), this song was written after an accident at the No. 26 Colliery in Glace Bay, NS in 1979. [more inside]
posted by LN on Oct 7, 2007 - 3 comments

Gaoth Barra na dTonn

My take on this wonderful Irish Gaelic song, which I learned from Clannad, and which was written by Diarmuid MacDiarmada. Donegaler Mefites, please don't kill me if I've mangled the pronunciation! [more inside]
posted by LN on Sep 13, 2007 - 3 comments

Off Yer Mind

This is Bell Dora, an alt-country band I had until very recently. Here we are, I'm the one in orange.
It's a bit of a ballad, and was my first foray ever into the pedal steel (a crazy-hard instrument). I used the C6 slab.
posted by sourwookie on Sep 6, 2007 - 6 comments

Song for the Mira

Mwahahaha! By request...
posted by LN on Sep 4, 2007 - 4 comments

Bonnie Blue Eyed Nancy

Not written by me, a song I learned ages ago in Ireland. Not much is known of where it comes from, apart from having been collected from Bess Cronin 30 years ago. I learned it from Phil Callery. I love this song for its soaring melody line; you really do imagine you're standing at the top of a mountain!
posted by LN on Aug 29, 2007 - 6 comments

Rideau Ramble

You people are dangerous for my ego. Something a bit different now; a song in praise of my hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. This song was written for the 175th anniversary of the construction of the Rideau Canal. The tune is by a well-known local Irish musician, Frank Cassidy. This tune has a two-octave-and-a-note range, folks. Don't try this at home.
posted by LN on Aug 24, 2007 - 8 comments

The Private's Lament

The companion piece to the Turret Gunner's Farewell. This one's about my other great uncle, who fought in WWI and lived to tell the tale. (A bit more downbeat than TGF, and a bit of creative licence taken regarding his hometown.)
posted by LN on Aug 20, 2007 - 10 comments

The Turret Gunner's Farewell

A song I wrote a couple of years ago as a tribute to my great uncle Bernard, who went down in a Halifax III during WWII. Oh hell. Just listen to the song to get the story.
posted by LN on Aug 17, 2007 - 17 comments

No Two People (Rehearsal)

The Smoke Alarm Sessions, cont'd. At a very young age, I developed a ginormous crush on Danny Kaye. Soooo on a whim, Barry and I decided to take an uber-sweet little quick-talk Frank Loesser duet from one of my favorite DK movies and rework it into a ballad. We're both in love with it, but it hasn't ever been performed in public yet. Here it is.
posted by miss lynnster on May 12, 2007 - 12 comments

Don't Go To Strangers (piano/vocal rehearsal)

Another 2006 rehearsal recording... cleaned up but obviously very rough still. Don't Go To Strangers was written in 1954 by Arthur Kent and David Mann, with gorgeous lyrics by Redd "Frim Fram Sauce" Evans. Many people have covered it, but Etta James' version is the one that infatuated me to give it a go myself. Gorgeous piano work provided by the perpetually kickass Tamir Hendelman
posted by miss lynnster on Feb 22, 2007 - 3 comments

Take Me There

If I was to describe this song with sarcastic overtones, I would say this is a regular run-of-the-mill ageispolis techno song. Well, it's not. This song is anything but typical of what I usually produce. Vocals, emotion, melody, structure... christ, what's gotten into me!?
posted by ageispolis on Feb 20, 2007 - 5 comments

wedding song

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!
posted by edlundart on Jan 30, 2007 - 4 comments

waltz #2

cover of an elliott smith song that cortex has been requesting anyone to do for a wedding ... i did this a few weeks ago, but didn't like the recording ... some remixing and better fx and ... well, it's the best i can do for now
posted by pyramid termite on Aug 25, 2006 - 3 comments

the ballad of sorry casino

Another mean spirit'd robots song; this one was never released. It was written on a bus from nyc to philadelphia, on the ticket jacket. Probably the longest MSR song ever, with the possible exception of "the distribution of wealth in this country really sux"
posted by TonyRobots on Jul 11, 2006 - 2 comments

the long lost light

A slow and sad song I wrote and recorded after a breakup/separation a few years ago. Features a falsetto chorus and acoustic guitar, including an e-bow undercurrent.
posted by edlundart on Jul 9, 2006 - 3 comments

Eponymous 4 - Speechless

Piano and some weird percussion thing. I'm not a singer, so I'm choosing songs where my voice annoys me the least.
posted by NemesisVex on Jul 5, 2006 - 1 comment

criminal

A recent recording of a slow and maybe a little creepy song I wrote a couple of years ago. I'm responsible for all vocals and instruments minus the bass, which was recorded by my Scottish buddy Riadsala.
posted by edlundart on Jun 30, 2006 - 16 comments

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