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Summer Home

Another quick composition, in the vein of blues or something. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 12, 2010 - 1 comment

Dang Me

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.
posted by unSane on Jun 27, 2010 - 6 comments

Show Me the Way to the River

Another tune from the same recent Medicine Bone show as this one, with special guest Ken Kawashima on harmonica. Video at YouTube and Vimeo.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 25, 2010 - 1 comment

Lonely Teardrop

From a recent live show with my band, Medicine Bone. The key we did this in wasn't the best for me, so I ended up kinda screaming it. And the recording is dirty and clipping. So, it turned out just about right. Oh, and the best thing is that old buddy Ken Kawashima (hear him with me here, here and here) was in town and graced us with some of his superb blues harpery. Video at YouTube and Vimeo.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 19, 2010 - 7 comments

Brother Joseph

Long time listener, first time caller...err...poster. It's a bluesy sort of number in the religious tradition. The recording was done at home with GarageBand. Comments or suggestions on arrangement, recording technique, instrumentation, whatever, appreciated.
posted by Grundlebug on Apr 23, 2010 - 3 comments

Riding Your Train

Relaxin' at home with my new Marron Glacé Guitar, a diddley bow which was given to me recently by the maker, Mr. Tim Can. Thank you, Tim! Sometimes one string is all you need! Video of this same performance at YouTube.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 1, 2010 - 5 comments

Burnside

Another live recording from my new band, Medicine Bone (previously). This is one of band-mate Ken Shima's songs, which he's singing here. I'm on walking drums. I love drumming to this tune. Video of this same performance on YouTube.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 27, 2010 - 8 comments

Sitting On Top of the World

This is my other brand new band, the Ghost Steppers. We do old-time, early blues, jug band, mountain music: all traditional stuff, no originals. Here's our rough-and-ready take on an old favorite, originally written and recorded by the Mississippi Sheiks, that's been interpreted by many, many folks over the years. I've changed the lyrics a bit (maybe more than a bit) but that's part of the longstanding folk tradition, of course. Video of this same performance at YouTube here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 8, 2010 - 10 comments

I'm Worried About You

Here's my new band, Medicine Bone, from our official first gig at Velvet Sun in Ogikubo, Tokyo, February 27, 2010. Ken Shima is on guitar, and sings plenty of his own tunes in the band too: it's a collaborative effort. This is one of my tunes, though, a blues. Video of this same performance at YouTube. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 5, 2010 - 6 comments

Napoleonic blues - second song posted

A song I wrote the lyrics for and worked up the melody and progression with the band. Me on ukulele, Jamie singing and on glockenspiel, Justin on guitar, Ella on cello, Tina hitting a a tin. This was recorded before Christmas, again not the most beautiful of recording quality but it gives you a sense of the band's fuller sound with the cello. Any feedback or critique appreciated as always. [more inside]
posted by multivalent on Feb 17, 2010 - 2 comments

God Knows

I wrote and recorded this last summer about my asshole boss. Minor structural changes have been made since then, but the idea is there. [more inside]
posted by Saellys on Jan 15, 2010 - 2 comments

HAPPY HOUR CAN LAST ALL NIGHT (Instrumental)

A little bit of Jazz topped with a few blues riffs on a funky little plate placed on a table of natural ambiance. [more inside]
posted by The Audio Invasion on Nov 15, 2009 - 3 comments

Butcher (Leonard Cohen cover)

Had I my druthers, I would be in a blues duo akin to The Black Keys or The Pack A.D. But I'm not, so I have to make do with smacking my Epiphone around and putting amp simulation on my voice. If ever I find a drummer who shares my vision, we will cover this song properly. [more inside]
posted by Saellys on Nov 9, 2009 - 3 comments

Vanity (Tattletale)

Regarding living among humans. I've finally completed recording, mixing and mastering the first song using my new Logic Express-based studio. How's the mix? Can you hear everything? Does it have too much bass?
posted by ZenMasterThis on Oct 12, 2009 - 0 comments

Heartsease

A pastoral blues...or something like that. [more inside]
posted by MajorDundee on Sep 14, 2009 - 6 comments

No Brainer Theme

I wanted to do some backwards guitar over a little Bill Laswellish bass and ended up with some sort of half-assed Barney Miller thing. Shit happens, I guess.
posted by metagnathous on Sep 4, 2009 - 0 comments

piano riff.. riff

And then one day I decided to jam on top of my iPhone's ringtone, the piano riff. [more inside]
posted by pwally on Jul 28, 2009 - 4 comments

Heroin (On My Trail)

I think if there was a true heir of delta blues in 1960s and '70s rock and roll, it was more likely Lou Reed than just about anyone else. A lot of delta blues, a little Motown, and a little modern Detroit.
posted by The World Famous on Jul 13, 2009 - 12 comments

River Rise

A song that was sort of spontaneously written just over ten years ago. One of my sad songs about water. [more inside]
posted by Grangousier on May 29, 2009 - 2 comments

Landlocked Memorial Day Blues

A song for Memorial Day, posted a few days late. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on May 27, 2009 - 1 comment

Last Orders (aka Tom Waits For No Man)

Another one from an acoustic-based set recorded some time ago now. A giant cliche in a way, I suppose - but it has a kind of addled charm... [more inside]
posted by MajorDundee on May 27, 2009 - 1 comment

Too Blue

"This was an improvisation, actually the second take (Blue 2, or "Too Blue"), during which I had the memory of the Monterey Jazz festival firmly planted in my head, remembering the incredible musicians and music I heard all over the fairgrounds, playing jazz, soul, and lots 'n lots of blues…" ~ Laurie Z.
posted by Zebra Productions on May 26, 2009 - 5 comments

Everyone Here Wants You (To Go)

Track 1 of our four-track demo EP. I shall be posting more in the future if this gets any kind of reception... [more inside]
posted by jhighmore on Apr 17, 2009 - 2 comments

what do you think about that? - vampire deer

song 10 of the rpm album
posted by pyramid termite on Mar 8, 2009 - 0 comments

vacation - vampire deer

song 7 of my rpm project - more blues - i have better vacations than this
posted by pyramid termite on Mar 4, 2009 - 0 comments

I'm Hard On Her But She's Down On Me

A raucous garage-band blues number, featuring ukulele, tambourine, and harmonica. Entry number 9 into the RPM challenge is a song about a mean woman. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 22, 2009 - 0 comments

Can I Play Blues?

Essentially, I wanted to see if I could do a convincing blues instrumental. Recorded on my strat quite some time ago, don't remember all the settings. Hope its enjoyed by all!
posted by Admira on Feb 19, 2009 - 3 comments

How Am I Gonna Enjoy It When You Just Sit On It

Third RPM song for my puppet Sailor Martin. Ukulele, harmonica, and a whole lot of inappropriate. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 14, 2009 - 1 comment

A Problem

(to your solution)
posted by ageispolis on Feb 11, 2009 - 1 comment

Where is Erykah Badu?

Some bluesy hiphop/dubstep.
posted by ageispolis on Dec 22, 2008 - 4 comments

The SoundBlaster Blooze

Strippers should definitely pole-dance to this one. [more inside]
posted by jtoth on Dec 15, 2008 - 1 comment

alberta winter blues

americans have their desks, canadians have their cold. [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Dec 10, 2008 - 3 comments

Mean to Me

Back to practicing new repertoire with my freakishly adorable guitarist Barry. Yay! Sooo, here's a pretty straight and peppy little version of an old standard tune by Fats Waller. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Oct 17, 2008 - 6 comments

Gone

A new song about my bad tendency to just pack up and leave without warning. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jul 10, 2008 - 2 comments

Whisky For My Toothache

Been a long dry spell in terms of writing. [more inside]
posted by motty on Jul 3, 2008 - 3 comments

A Man is Coming

Another new song, recording in the lowest-fidelity I can manage. This time a country blues song about scary things. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 30, 2008 - 1 comment

Blue Train (the slow one)

I loved baby_balrog and his band's rollicking original of this tune. For this cover, I figured I'd take the train down another track: slowed way down (down on the ground), stripped way down (just vocal and strumstick), and with a little different shade of blue for the engineer's hat.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 29, 2008 - 4 comments

The Worst Decision

Laid-back, blues-inspired pop song for the June '08 lyric challenge. The phrase "life is all about conflicting desires" did not sink in initially. But on further reflection, I understood how this is true. Such conflict can lead to inertia or abdication of choice, resulting in disappointment. I did all the parts on this track: vox, keyboard, drum programming, and electric bass. I'm happy with the music, but the mix needs work. Dedicated to Jessamyn, of course (for what became the bridge). Lyrics inside. [more inside]
posted by AppleSeed on Jun 22, 2008 - 2 comments

Venom

This is a southern rock song about starting over, shedding your skin. It's my favorite song that I have ever recorded, and one of the first ones I ever recorded as well. [more inside]
posted by Slash_fan on Feb 13, 2008 - 1 comment

Bucketful of Money

A characterization of a rich womanizing pimpy kind of guy. [more inside]
posted by strangeguitars on Feb 9, 2008 - 5 comments

Sister in the USA

12 bar autobiography. From that classroom in Stockholm. Every word is true. But the harp is in a minor key. [more inside]
posted by jan murray on Jan 11, 2008 - 6 comments

Ground Zero Blues (Rough Cut)

One week after 9/11/01, upstate New York. Worrying, whinging and existential musing with my friends. Karen says, "At least I'm not dust in New York City." [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Jan 9, 2008 - 9 comments

Blessed Every Day

I was fooling around with a dropped "D" and found this little thing there. Ended up writing some kind of lyrics and sang a little bit. Enjoy!
posted by snsranch on Nov 20, 2007 - 5 comments

Night Terrors

Written to satisfy both a Songfight challenge and the mefi music challenge. Who says you can't spook two horses with one chestnut? Featuring three buttons on my accordion.
posted by The White Hat on Oct 26, 2007 - 3 comments

Beat Guitar (or, Rags to Rags)

Raw bedroom recording of a song that will eventually end up on an album. Lyrics inside. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on Sep 17, 2007 - 4 comments

Calhoun County Blues

This is a true story of my ventures right after Katrina. I recorded the tracks yesterday on my birthday. It is a condensed version of the song. The original story still continues today while living in Kentucky
posted by Randy Curtis on Aug 29, 2007 - 4 comments

Bridge In The Sky

Fellow wants to cross a bridge, but it floats up into the sky. Woman comes along but she turns into smoke. Fellow throws a fistfull of dirt in the air, gets a new idea, goes and does some other stuff. Then there's a happy ending. Written for the "bridge" challenge, but I reckon you knew that already. Guitar by Ken Kawashima, who can also be heard here and here. Lyrics inside.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 26, 2007 - 6 comments

Burn This Bridge

My first one in for the mefimusicchallenge! I won't get a chance to play with this before the end of the month so I'm going to post it as is, I think there's a lot more that can be done with it (aside from generally cleaning it up a bit) but I'd love to hear what you guys think!
posted by TwoWordReview on Aug 21, 2007 - 5 comments

Here We Go Again

Ever had that feeling when you wake up, that today seems just like yesterday? And as the day goes on, you just confirm that it is just like yesterday? And as the week goes on you realize that it is always the "Same Shit Different Day" routine? Well this is my version of that same feeling but said with a different twist. "HERE WE GO AGAIN" This version is ruff and unfinished but I wanted you to hear it anyway. I hope that you enjoy it. **Randy Curtis**
posted by Randy Curtis on Aug 21, 2007 - 5 comments

Cross the 6s

The same old story. Boy meets girl. Boy seduces girl. Girl does one better and seduces the boy. In this case the boy is the Devil hisself.
posted by quadog on Aug 9, 2007 - 3 comments

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