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If You Believe

Another tune recorded in the woods of Nagano Prefecture. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 comments

The Silence Could Be Heard

How I spent 4 minutes and 52 seconds of my summer vacation. Recorded yesterday, in the woods. Video YouTube or Vimeo.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 19, 2011 - 5 comments

All The Small Things

I seem unable to cover songs (even those I hate) without making them sound completely earnest.
posted by ianK on May 24, 2011 - 8 comments

Not Anywhere Anymore

i put down the phone / left a bag of cookies on the corner / filled my brain with a soft white light / sent all my 8-track tapes / to my cousin down in mississippi / took my foot off the pedal, and gave up the fight... A brand new song, live in Tokyo, May 1, 2011. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 6, 2011 - 14 comments

Random Act of Cruelty

Recorded live at Super Deluxe, Tokyo, April 22, 2011. I'm playing strumstick and stompbox. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 2, 2011 - 4 comments

John the Revelator

Here's another tune from an earthquake/tsunami disaster relief benefit show that i was part of on April 8, 2011. This one is a traditional gospel number. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 26, 2011 - 4 comments

Grateful Wanderer

Many of the gigs I'm doing these days here in Tokyo are fundraisers for Tohoku quake/tsunami disaster relief. This tune was from one such concert. The video for it has been added to the Artsts Support Japan YouTube channel, and it can be seen here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 18, 2011 - 8 comments

Bless Your Pretty Bones

Another tune recorded in a former elementary school classroom on Awaji Island, Japan, during my March exile from Tokyo. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 14, 2011 - 2 comments

Leon's Song

A song written for a friend going through a bad break-up.
posted by ianK on Apr 9, 2011 - 4 comments

Poker Face

Acoustic guitar cover of the Lady Gaga song. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Mar 26, 2011 - 0 comments

No Such Place As Home

Yet another tune recorded in a classroom at the former elementary school were I was a refugee for a few days. Here I'm playing a berimbau they had lying around. Not playing it in the usual way (caoiera-style, you know), but just kinda strumming it. Your basic one-note accompaniment. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 25, 2011 - 3 comments

King James (Failed) Crusade

This is a song I recorded around 2007. Used a digital 4-track; it's not overly polished so we'll call it a demo.
posted by deacon_blues on Mar 25, 2011 - 1 comment

Pigs Ate My Roses

Another tune recorded during my brief exile on Awajima Island. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 23, 2011 - 5 comments

For a Little While I Was Free

Over the last few days, at a former elementary school on the island of Awajishima, I recorded a number of songs. This one is the newest of those: written on the train out of Tokyo on 3/17 and recorded on 3/18, in a rather reverberant hallway/stairwell. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 22, 2011 - 2 comments

Follow

My girlfriend wanted me to write a simple ukulele song. This is it. Short and sweet. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Mar 9, 2011 - 2 comments

Philippine

There was once a girl, but that was long ago. A letter to a past love, recorded in one take with four microphones. KOLNBandcampLyrics
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 4, 2011 - 0 comments

Hope You Catch the Drift

Live in concert at Barrelhouse, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, on December 12, 2010. Vocal and stick dulcimer. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 14, 2011 - 7 comments

Baby Please Don't Go

Live in deepest Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Accompanying myself on my Hungarian mouth bow. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 26, 2010 - 0 comments

Blues Wrapped Round My Head (live, 2010)

This is a live version of a tune I originally posted here back in 2007. Video here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 19, 2010 - 3 comments

Spanish Bombs

Acoustic cover of my favourite song in all the world.
posted by ianK on Dec 11, 2010 - 6 comments

An Anger

Some kind of folk-ish song with a dash of electric thrown in. It's the beginning of a narrative – not sure what exactly. Includes a way too ambitious lyrical reference to Amazing Grace. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Oct 24, 2010 - 0 comments

Letters

AcoustoFolksyCountrySappiness! [more inside]
posted by sarastro on Oct 7, 2010 - 2 comments

Is There Any Difference?

Improvised song collaboration. I adore the outcome of this moody song. My friend Mark is on vocals, I was on guitar. Bass and piano were added later by me. We literally made this up as we recorded it. Never have made-up, almost gibberish lyrics sounded so meaningful. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Oct 5, 2010 - 6 comments

Tik Tok

My acoustic cover of the Mefi favourite by Ke$ha.
posted by ianK on Sep 24, 2010 - 5 comments

I Have a Window

Another bedroom-recorded song. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Sep 23, 2010 - 0 comments

Every Wave of Sound

My break-up song, written a number of years ago. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Sep 16, 2010 - 4 comments

Bring Us Your Leader

Another lo-fi acoustic tune about the end of the world. Not too cheerful stuff. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Sep 14, 2010 - 2 comments

Sadie

As autumn arrives, it always gives me a feeling of glorious sad sentimentality, almost like a chemical reaction. Whether I actually have something to feel sentimental about or not, those chilly sun-filled days create a longing like a chemical reaction. This song is that feeling for me, when you can't get back the past, but flounder to try. Guitar and vox recorded live with a single guitar overdub. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Sep 1, 2010 - 8 comments

A Lot To Prove

A cute little folk song that I wrote for a girl a few years back. [more inside]
posted by clcapps on Aug 26, 2010 - 0 comments

Landfall

Quiet plucked acoustic guitar and vocals. This song completes the lyrical cycle that includes "My Cirripedian Friends" and "A Brand New Fabrication". [more inside]
posted by ianK on Aug 14, 2010 - 6 comments

A Brand New Fabrication

The lyrical counterpoint to "My Cirripedian Friends". [more inside]
posted by ianK on Jul 8, 2010 - 4 comments

Until You Kiss Me (live, 2010)

Back in 2007 I posted this same song (a studio version) which eventually made its way onto my 2009 CD release, Roomful of Ghosts. Here's a live version of the tune, recorded June 25, 2010, at Super Deluxe in Tokyo. Video of this same performance here at YouTube, and just for good measure, here's the video for that studio version as well.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 7, 2010 - 1 comment

My Cirripedian Friends

This is a song about drowning at sea, denial and adventure. [more inside]
posted by ianK on Jul 4, 2010 - 1 comment

Old Joe Clark

An old-time chestnut on guitar, mandolin, and my new Menzies tackhead banjo [more inside]
posted by usonian on Jul 2, 2010 - 3 comments

Only Passing Through

I posted a solo version of this tune back in January 2010, but this is the Medicine Bone version, recorded at a gig the other night right here in ol' Tokyo town. Video at YouTube.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 28, 2010 - 2 comments

Over Amsterdam

A new song, hot off the presses, recorded live in concert just a little more than 24 hours ago, as of this posting. Video of this same performance at YouTube and Vimeo.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jun 26, 2010 - 4 comments

Ready To Rock

Solo, live at CAY in Aoyama, Tokyo, April 14, 2010, accompanying myself on the strumstick. Video of this same performance at YouTube or Vimeo.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 16, 2010 - 13 comments

To Tennessee

Recorded April 7, 2010, in a conference room in Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan. For this tune I'm using one of my sardine can sanzas. Video of this same performance may be seen at YouTube.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 12, 2010 - 5 comments

Fighting the Civil War

The recent announcement of Virginia's "Confederate History Month", and this comment in particular, in a Mefi thread about it, inspired me to write this song. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 9, 2010 - 7 comments

Better Take Care of Me

Recorded April 7, 2010, in a conference room in Ichikawa City, Chiba, japan. The instrument is a kind of mouthbow, although it's not actually bow-shaped: it's one of these. Video of this same performance at YouTube.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Apr 7, 2010 - 4 comments

Dance Into the Fire

A brand new song, from a gig I did on March 25, 2010, at Super Deluxe here in Tokyo. Video of this same performance at YouTube here.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 28, 2010 - 1 comment

Not So Kind

A very short little song wherein I take the harshly honest route toward an old friend. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Mar 20, 2010 - 10 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

The World is Only Bad

An acoustic/alt-country (I suck at picking a genre) song off my album I recorded last year. [more inside]
posted by bingwah on Mar 2, 2010 - 8 comments

Tumbalalaika

Tumbalalaika, a traditional Russian Jewish love song. Generally sung in Yiddish, presented here in English. [more inside]
posted by archivist on Feb 21, 2010 - 4 comments

Little Bug on the Floor

This fast and dirty recording is from the mic on a Sony CyberShot camera. It's no audiophile's dream, for sure, but I just felt like getting some recent jaw harp tunes down to live video the other day, as I had a free hour in a big conference room. The room is definitely present in the recording. Anyway, video of this performance can be seen at YouTube and Vimeo. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 4, 2010 - 11 comments

You Came Out of Nowhere

i keep thinking there's something i need to do - and i keep not doing it... Recorded live in performance at Nana Hari, Hachobori, Tokyo. Here I'm accompanying myself on the strumstick. Video at YouTube and Vimeo. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 25, 2010 - 5 comments

Only Passing Through

...we're all in Folsom Prison, but there ain't no Johnny Cash... Recorded live in performance at Nana Hari, Tokyo, on January 17, 2010. For this song I'm playing the Vietnamese jaw harp known as the Dan Moi. Video of this performance at YouTube and Vimeo. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 20, 2010 - 15 comments

As I Slowly Disappear

Recorded live in performance at Nana Hari, Tokyo, on January 17, 2010. Accompanying myself on the strumstick. Video at YouTube and Vimeo. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 19, 2010 - 5 comments

The Garden of Forking Paths

This Borges-inspired track appears on the new Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies EP, Labyrinths, available now for streaming and download. The demo was posted here. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Jan 6, 2010 - 7 comments

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