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Way up high

I've decided to face my embarrassment and post this song. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Dec 27, 2008 - 10 comments

For Heidi

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]
posted by mediocre on Dec 24, 2008 - 5 comments

Dammit: Reprise

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.
posted by tmcw on Dec 23, 2008 - 0 comments

The Accursed Hat, Version II

A rendition of Jofus' brilliant cowboy epic. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Dec 17, 2008 - 8 comments

Santa Claus is comin' to town

A cover of the "I'll be watching you" of Christmas songs, recorded with my dear friend okclementine. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Dec 13, 2008 - 9 comments

Chiefest Microns

Instrumental banjo waltz, written this afternoon. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Oct 26, 2008 - 16 comments

Elves in Iceland

Sort of a cheating entry to the wildcard challenge - a flowy, stringy instrumental. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Aug 29, 2008 - 8 comments

Whiskey Pearl

Mostly an experiment in banjo, trying to apply the clawhammer style to a more bluegrass style song. [more inside]
posted by mediocre on Jul 25, 2008 - 7 comments

Sierra Madre Breakdown

Deliberate Strangers - from Hog Wild and Pig Bitin' Mad [more inside]
posted by stubby phillips on Jun 28, 2008 - 1 comment

Oh! Susanna

Classical banjo and fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Jun 3, 2008 - 10 comments

Go Home Metronome

An exhausting afternoon called for extensive multitracking and math-rocking minus the thinking part. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 13, 2008 - 2 comments

Movin' On Up

The lazy cracker, banjo-infused version of the Jeffersons theme song. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on May 12, 2008 - 13 comments

Tell Yourself

I suppose this is the equivalent of my last yay new instrument song. Banjo, 'lectric guitar, 'lectric drums, singin. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 6, 2008 - 2 comments

My little place

A repetitive, driving song featuring my first foray into recording piano-ery. It also has a jammy rockout outro (rockoutro?). [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Apr 8, 2008 - 4 comments

Music To Accompany A Rush To The Liquor Store Before Closing

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]
posted by mediocre on Apr 6, 2008 - 7 comments

No Going Back

This is not the happiest song I've ever written. [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Apr 1, 2008 - 6 comments

Sunday Front Porch

Early morning front porch music... [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Mar 31, 2008 - 2 comments

My Bones

Recorded at O'Duffy's pub on that infamous night. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Feb 29, 2008 - 3 comments

La Tarea

A musical version of an old Spanish assigment from high school that I found in a box. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Feb 25, 2008 - 11 comments

Louis Collins

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]
posted by ORthey on Feb 14, 2008 - 8 comments

Stay

cover of the song by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. Fingerstyle guitar, vocals, banjo. Created for the 2008 Songfight! Gift of Music sidefight.
posted by The White Hat on Feb 1, 2008 - 6 comments

Further Than a Stone

Written by the mando player, Hamdog. I'm playing fiddle - everyone had a blast with this. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Jan 10, 2008 - 16 comments

As kids

A short instrumental, played over an old tape of me reading something in French as a kid. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Jan 9, 2008 - 20 comments

Michigan Boy

Here's one with me singing and playing the harp. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Jan 8, 2008 - 8 comments

holden/elie

A requiem for the post to end all posts [more inside]
posted by umbĂș on Jan 7, 2008 - 25 comments

Janie in the Lake

More banjo / fiddle stuff. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Jan 4, 2008 - 8 comments

Blue Train

Old-timey / bluesy ditty from our new album. That's me on fiddle. :D [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Jan 3, 2008 - 11 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

So Does Everybody Else, Only Not So Much

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.
posted by ORthey on Dec 13, 2007 - 8 comments

Weighin' me down

English, French, backup vocals, slide, banjo, bam!
posted by ORthey on Nov 30, 2007 - 20 comments

Jessamyn's Song

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)
posted by snsranch on Nov 29, 2007 - 20 comments

Culture Clash

Micayetoca and I in a fun collaboration. Features banjo, vocal percussion and a big bass. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Nov 26, 2007 - 11 comments

A Shrieking Blue

Very short, two sparse verses, some pickin'. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Nov 10, 2007 - 10 comments

Your Melodies

Basically a song about a failed friendship, which as we all know is best done with several banjo tracks!
posted by ORthey on Nov 2, 2007 - 10 comments

Old Man

A cover of my very favorite Randy Newman song, which is also maybe the saddest song I know.
posted by ORthey on Jul 28, 2007 - 6 comments

Sidewinder

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.
posted by ORthey on Jul 10, 2007 - 6 comments

Fume [Beck]

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.
posted by erikgrande on Jul 10, 2007 - 5 comments

the River Girl

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.
posted by verysleeping on Jul 5, 2007 - 14 comments

The most frozenest river around

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!
posted by ORthey on Jun 29, 2007 - 12 comments

Every artery

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.
posted by ORthey on Jun 11, 2007 - 10 comments

Overheated

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.
posted by ORthey on May 6, 2007 - 15 comments

Stuck out on

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!
posted by ORthey on Apr 15, 2007 - 8 comments

HI I'M ON METAFILTER AND I COULD OVERTHINK A PLATE OF BEANS.

See here and here and here. I'm posting this to music because Cortex insisted.
posted by buriednexttoyou on Apr 9, 2007 - 31 comments

Shake your head if yes

A rambling instrumental with banjo, whistling, and a few other ingredients. Mix well and serve chilled.
posted by ORthey on Apr 1, 2007 - 14 comments

Little boy

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!
posted by ORthey on Mar 11, 2007 - 9 comments

Shape of My Heart

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...
posted by god hates math on Mar 9, 2007 - 10 comments

Oh mon cher

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.
posted by ORthey on Feb 23, 2007 - 9 comments

Power of Love

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.
posted by The White Hat on Feb 14, 2007 - 5 comments

You Are My Sunshine

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.
posted by cortex on Feb 6, 2007 - 22 comments

Banjo Lullaby

On preview, this sounds at least 1/4 slower than it should be. Posting anyway. It's my best so far.
posted by snsranch on Dec 27, 2006 - 6 comments

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