Recorded in November, after a summer reading Peter Guralnick's awesome two-part biography, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love.
A guitar, a buzzing tube amp, a me. Some clapping. From a new collection of songs called Cake Dome, written and recorded entirely in the 29 days of February, 2012. I made a video, which you can watch on Vimeo or YouTube.
I've never really been much of a "chat on the phone" person.
The first completed song out of the 10 I'm supposed to have done by the end of the month for the RPM Challenge. Don't think I'm going to make it at this rate. [more inside]
I thought it was really darkly comical; you might find it depressing. [more inside]
I made my children to sing on another Christmas song. In three-part harmony. Merry Christmas, everybody.
Cover of the Carpenters song. [more inside]
More of a slow-building groove than a "song." Probably recorded about 10 years ago, I honestly can't remember. [more inside]
Sort of a spare, dirge-like rendition. [more inside]
A riff song about using a kid's room to hide contraband. Two tube amps, a 1970's generic-brand Japanese drum kit and some other stuff.
Sort of a sappy one. [more inside]
I entered this over at Songfight a few months ago. The song for that week had to be titled "Boron Rod." I didn't know what that was so I had to look it up. [more inside]
Another pep talk for the anxious and non-confrontational. [more inside]
My attempt at a "summer song" for this month's challenge. [more inside]
Cover of The Rascals' song that was a Billboard #1 hit on the day I was born. With a bit of a nod to "The Model." [more inside]
This song was #1* on the day I was born. [more inside]
Really old demo recording that I recently found on a decaying tape. [more inside]
A tune about an odd man who used to roam around my neighborhood as a kid. He wore a crown sometimes. Featuring chococat on drums. [more inside]
A song begun a few years ago and just recently finished. I recorded the initial acoustic guitar track last summer in the boathouse, using a condenser and also the stero mic on my video camera. While fighting off mosquitos. [more inside]
Antisocially romantic. [more inside]
From the "Island of Misfit Toys" scene in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. What was wrong with the doll? [more inside]
Cover of a Byrds cover of an old Louvin Brothers song. [more inside]
It's so hard to see through the filth and the grime.
I can't stand it when a couple will fight with, swear at, humiliate or completely demean each other in front of a room of people. It happens a lot. [more inside]
In the style of Leonard Cohen. Just kidding. For the Velvet Underground challenge thing. [more inside]
Brazilian Infomercial fodder. [more inside]
Another from the waste-bin of demos that never went anywhere. Gauging from the effects unit, I'd say 1996; at least pre-1997.
Cohen, prison style. [more inside]
I don't know what this is; kind of a pseudo-jugband, neo-bluegrass-ish, Hee-Haw with a whiney singer. [more inside]
For May's "remake your first song" challenge. [more inside]
For the April "write a song with only two chords" Music Challenge. Brought to you by the chords E and A. [more inside]
It's the same, dark road. The same, dark room.
At least I hope it will be. [more inside]
Weird demo. Probably 10 years old. Releasing it to the ether; good riddance.
Ya. Kind of a Norman Bates take on it.
Cover. As requested by Mr. cortex.
Cover. Obviously. [more inside]
Sort of a pathological sibling rivalry. Not autobiographical.
Water as escapism.
I was in a band called gleaner in the late 90's and we recorded four songs at a "real" studio. This was an attempt to make a (power)poppy, happy thing about a stalker-y kind of person. This is the second of the two songs from this session that were mine. The first is here. [more inside]
For this month's challenge, in the "Spy Music" category. [more inside]
You won't care tomorrow. [more inside]