I've decided to face my embarrassment and post this song. [more inside]
I just recorded this in as long as it took to play it on a whim and a prayer solely to impress a girl. Just me, noodling on the banjo. [more inside]
A revision of my earlier version of this cover, since I had a night to burn at school. Bigger, a bit less background noise, a little more banjo.
A cover of the "I'll be watching you" of Christmas songs, recorded with my dear friend okclementine. [more inside]
Instrumental banjo waltz, written this afternoon. [more inside]
Sort of a cheating entry to the wildcard challenge - a flowy, stringy instrumental. [more inside]
Mostly an experiment in banjo, trying to apply the clawhammer style to a more bluegrass style song. [more inside]
Deliberate Strangers - from Hog Wild and Pig Bitin' Mad [more inside]
Classical banjo and fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune. [more inside]
An exhausting afternoon called for extensive multitracking and math-rocking minus the thinking part. [more inside]
The lazy cracker, banjo-infused version of the Jeffersons theme song. [more inside]
I suppose this is the equivalent of my last yay new instrument song. Banjo, 'lectric guitar, 'lectric drums, singin. [more inside]
A repetitive, driving song featuring my first foray into recording piano-ery. It also has a jammy rockout outro (rockoutro?). [more inside]
This is a solo banjo tune I've been working on recently, in the Old Time Clawhammer style. It always brings thoughts of waking up at 6:45pm, hung over, and realizing you only have 15 minutes to get ready and walk a mile to the liquor store. [more inside]
This is not the happiest song I've ever written. [more inside]
Early morning front porch music... [more inside]
A musical version of an old Spanish assigment from high school that I found in a box. [more inside]
Quick 'n' dirty cover of Mississippi John Hurt's old song played on my resonator guitar. Levels are a bit off, volume jumps up and down a little... but here it is anyway. [more inside]
cover of the song by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. Fingerstyle guitar, vocals, banjo. Created for the 2008 Songfight! Gift of Music sidefight.
Written by the mando player, Hamdog. I'm playing fiddle - everyone had a blast with this. [more inside]
A short instrumental, played over an old tape of me reading something in French as a kid. [more inside]
Here's one with me singing and playing the harp. [more inside]
More banjo / fiddle stuff. [more inside]
Old-timey / bluesy ditty from our new album. That's me on fiddle. :D [more inside]
More or less self explanatory, eh? [more inside]
Adaptation (more or less) of an Ogden Nash poem of the same name. Essentially an apology from an aging man who spends his time boring people with the same stories.
English, French, backup vocals, slide, banjo, bam!
Well boys and girls, I imagine this is what it would sound like if one was lucky enough to hang out on the front porch with our favorite banjo picking librarian. Yes, that's jessamyn on banjo! (collaboration)
Micayetoca and I in a fun collaboration. Features banjo, vocal percussion and a big bass. [more inside]
Very short, two sparse verses, some pickin'. [more inside]
Basically a song about a failed friendship, which as we all know is best done with several banjo tracks!
A cover of my very favorite Randy Newman song, which is also maybe the saddest song I know.
Tuned the guitar way down and added some banjo. This song does this thing where it equates "snake" with "girl." Like a metaphor, see. Also: it seems to play better through headphones (possibly because of the use of stereo). But maybe I just have bad speakers.
I've seen a few covers recently and decided to dig up this bluegrass version of Beck's Loser B-side masterpiece. Warning: contains the word "fuck", stark depictions of inhalant abuse, and piping hot banjo rolls.
A song by my band, the Notes and Scratches, kind of about Vivian Eliot and featuring a bunch of water. I sing and play the acoustic and the harmonium.
A song inspired by crossing the frozen river Neva in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This song is short, simple, and basically three choruses and no verses. That's right - screw the verses!
A song mostly inspired by having a stressful job where I deal with lots of nervous/frustrated/severely impolite people, and its effect on me. It's a little rough because the main track is recorded on a boombox with a verrrrry old cassette.
I recently dislocated my shoulder, and assumed music was out of the picture for a month or two. But I was getting pissed off at not playing, and discovered if I capoed everything up really high and didn't play anything too fancy, my arm could handle short bursts of pickin'. So I made a simple song, part French and part English.
My lyric-writing "system" has often been dozens of little stickies on the desktop, thoughts, ideas, scribbles... and then sometimes when I'm frustrated I'll make a song made up of various combinations that seem to make sense. Like this one!
A rambling instrumental with banjo, whistling, and a few other ingredients. Mix well and serve chilled.
Mildly inspired by a sleepwalking incident when I was about 8. Come to think of it, musically it's somewhat similar to the last song I posted (Oh mon cher) - but this one's in English!
This is a cover of The Backstreet Boys' Shape of my Heart, done with only banjo and voice. I recorded it for a weekly covers contest that a few friends and I came up with. I'm less than excited about the production, but oh well...
A short song in French complete with banjo and an electric chord organ, which thankfully only has a few keys so can be played by a chump like me.
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.
Let's call it EMOldtimey. Or, really, let's not. It's not a damned clean rendition, but with this old heartbreaker you don't have to be. My pre-verbal niece was purported to love it, and that's good enough for me.
On preview, this sounds at least 1/4 slower than it should be. Posting anyway. It's my best so far.