A little meditation (in three verses and accompanied on the 1-string guitar) on the oft-used phrase. Video of this performance at YouTube or Facebook.
With this tune I reveal once again my unscrupulous leftist agenda by *politicizing* Halloween. And the video introduces an old friend of mine, Esmerelda the Skeleton. Hell of a gal, mighty fine dancer.
Topical song. Wrote this today, and recorded it straightaway. Check the live video of this same recording here.
From the inaugural gig of my new clatter trio, the Metaphors, here's a tune I posted (in a solo version) here earlier this year. Video at YT or Vimeo.
Another world premiere, friends, from a tiny little joint in deepest Koenji. Once again I'm bangin' on the back of my diddley bow, with nothing else but a drone and a stombox to accompany my mournful cries. Lyrics and video here.
The Smoke Benders return once again, to kick out the proverbial jams. Flubbed the lyrics a little bit, but hey, it's only rock and roll. Video here.
This month's Challenge got me to thinking: with 'hate' being such a profound and powerful emotion, isn't it odd that there are really so few songs that really employ it as an idea or as inspiration? I mean, 'love'? Heck, you can't spit without hitting a love song, but hate, that's a different story. So anyway, this is a song of hate and love. Love and hate. Simple as that. Video here.
From deepest Ikebukuro, in the heart of downtown Tokyo, it's the Smoke Benders, trying our damndest to boogie, y'all. Video here.
Once again, friends, it's the Smoke Benders: Daysuke on tuba, Naoya on drums, and me on pocket drill, diddley bow, light-triggered synth and vox. Live in Toyama, Japan. Video here.
Here's another one from the Smoke Benders' recent Hokuriku tour. Clocking in at 8 minutes, it's a wee bit longer than previously posted tunes here. It goes through summa them changes and all, and includes some psychedelic diddley bow solos. Video here.
Once again, it's that song that I just can't stay away from. This time it's coming at you from the Hokuriku region: live in Kanazawa, Japan, from my trio, the Smoke Benders. Our tuba player Daysuke Takaoka is channeling the deep didgeridoo spirits on this one. Video here.
I've just started a new band. It's a rollicking affair, kind of a neo-primitive, New Orleans funk/blues explosion, with tuba, drums, and yours truly on diddley bow (etc) and vocal. This is the first song of the first set of our first gig, and was a completely impromptu, unrehearsed affair. These guys can read my mind, and I think it's gonna be a really fun band. Well, it's already a really fun band, actually. I do hope you enjoy it. Video here.
Yesterday I dashed off a little song for the alligator bites an electric eel thread. I actually do this kind of thing pretty frequently in Mefi threads, but this one garnered more favorites than usual, so I was inspired to record it today. The bare bones arrangement (vocal, diddley bow and stomp box) reflects the fact that I only had about an hour to do this thing...
Sometimes you just wanna turn your diddley bow around and bang on it, y'now? Video here. [more inside]
My cover of a Jerry Lee Lewis outtake, a breathtakingly stupid song. Video at YouTube or Vimeo. Note: audio version includes special introduction not heard on video! Video, on the other hand, includes beautiful girl with weird hair emerging from a tube! [more inside]
This is the third in a three part installment here at MeFiMu of diddley bow/stomp box tunes from The Pink Cow. Straight outta Shee-boo-ya, Toe-kee-yo, Jay-pan! Video here. [more inside]
Another tune with the one-stringer and ye olde stomp box, from deepest Shibuya. All the ghosts in Alabama are singin' it... Video here. [more inside]
Another version (again, live) of a tune I've posted here before, but that time was with jaw harp. This time it's with my diddley bow and stompbox. I love my stompbox. Recorded two nights ago at a joint called the Pink Cow in Shibuya, Tokyo. Video here. [more inside]
Just in under the wire for September's "transpo" Challenge theme.
Another live tune, from July 2010's Sengawa Jazz/Art Festival in Tokyo. here I'm playing a diddley bow, the Marron Glacé Guitar. Video of this same performance can be seen here.
I just can't stay away from this song, it has a power over me. This time it's with my diddley bow (the Marron Glacé Guitar). At the end of the song, Death momentarily overtook me and made me attack the instrument with one of these. Video of this same performance at YouTube.
Here's a raw, punked rendition of a tune that up until now I'd been doing in a mellower vein, but I was feeling just a little edgy, I guess, for this gig in Kamakura the other day. Proximity to the famous giant Buddha there didn't get me into a serene state or anything, so the result was this pummeling version performed on one of the roughest, crudest instruments one might imagine, the Marron Glacé Guitar. Video at YouTube.
Elvis Aaron's #1 hit single for May 25, 1957. My version clocks in at eight seconds longer than Mr. Presley's, and uses slightly different instrumentation: the marron glacé guitar, the one string double drum, a shekere/maraca and talking drum. And, um, I made a... *ahem* ... video for it, which, if I had an ounce of dignity, I never would've posted to YouTube or Vimeo.
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.