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John & Tanya - City Of Dreams
This is a dark folk song about Depression-era New Orleans. It's a collaboration between my wife and I.
The Ghost Of Emma Goldman
Based on a true story. [more inside]
Green Green Rocky Road
Dave van Ronk cover
More Than Anything
Experimenting with layering chords together in this short folky uke/guitar song. Also hoping the vocals blend well with the feel of this one. [more inside]
My first recording to share: this is the old-time banjo tune Spotted Pony, played on my new (to me) Bart Reiter fretless banjo, equipped with NylGut strings. Tuning is double-C.
Auld Lang Syne, ragtime fingerstyle arrangement
It's been five years since my last attempt at arranging Auld Lang Syne. I thought I might try to start a small fire under it this year. [more inside]
Way Down in the Hole
After seeing the Muppet Movie this weekend, I was reminded of a project I led back in '08 called Doctor Teeth. This Tom Waits arrangement is one of a few recordings we made, despite having never played a show. [more inside]
The first of the album in a month efforts. [more inside]
No Last Request
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.
You Are Now Origami Swan
Another improvised electro-acoustic/glitch tune.
The Cavalryman's Lament, (Girl on a Swing)
Orgiastically melodromatic Jacques Brel-inspired version of the strange little ballad I posted a couple of days ago. [more inside]
Folk Song 2
Next song in a series of electronic pieces with sampled acoustic instruments.
Folky electronic music.
Millimeters of Mercury — I Will Never Love Again
this song was birthed of an experiment to compose a Folk-style song and then doing it electro-style instrumentally and vocally. so the result is a folk-ish drum beat and accompaniment (and chord progression in the chorus) with electronic actual drums, synth bass, electric piano and electro vocals. enjoy, and never love again.
Under Radiant Signs
Another acoustic guitar thing. [more inside]
Recorded onto an audio cassette in about 1982 from a radio/cassette player with built-in mic. As a bit of a laugh between recording our more earnest efforts at Irish folkmusic (posted earlier here).The Early Puritans we called ourselves up there in Stockholm. Does it count as a September offering? [more inside]
That's the Way It Wiggles
Recorded this at home the other day, using the stick dulcimer and a stomp box. Lyrics and video here.
If You Believe
Another tune recorded in the woods of Nagano Prefecture. Video here.
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah
A ragtime arrangement of one of the most ear-wormy, riffiest songs I know. [more inside]
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.
Sandy River Belle
Another quick rendition of a traditional tune on the banjo.
Old Joe Clark
A quick rendition of the traditional tune on an Enoch banjo with a touch of guitar.
The Bitter Withy
Six-year-old Jesus was a bit of an asshole. This is an old traditional English song. I think I first learned it off a Watersons record. [more inside]
All The Small Things
I seem unable to cover songs (even those I hate) without making them sound completely earnest.
Cave Creek Jail (The Real Deal EP Version!)
So a good long while back I posted an early demo version of this song. This, right here, is the final finished product that is on the EP. [more inside]
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.
Every Breath You Take
It's a little known fact that wedding band and creepy stalker favorite "Every Breath You Take" is actually a cover of an old folk standard, as this recently discovered outtake from the "Another Side of Bob Dylan" sessions shows. The glossy adult contemporary arrangement popularized by Sting and the Police has unfortunately displaced the traditional arrangement in popular memory.
Down the Road
Breaking out ye olde Hungarian mouth bow once again for this little number, recorded live at gaijin haunt What the Dickens in Ebisu, Tokyo, on the first day of May in the year of Two Thousand and Eleven. Video here.
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.
Random Act of Cruelty
Recorded live at Super Deluxe, Tokyo, April 22, 2011. I'm playing strumstick and stompbox. Video here.
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.
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.
No Lights, No Sirens
Me back in country mode. Written by a band of a friend of a friend long 6 years ago, Sixty Acres. Recorded tonight. Even missed Must See TV! [more inside]
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.
A song written for a friend going through a bad break-up.
Just came across this the other day, fishing around in one of my drives. I recorded it four years ago as a simple take, direct to 2-track in one pass, with WaveDrum and vocal. I think I'd originally intended to add more tracks and flesh it out, but listening now I thought, hey, it's OK as is, stripped down to barest essentials and presented as a live take. Unfortunately, since the vocal and drum are on the same stereo track, I couldn't do as much post processing as I would've liked (especially comp on the drum) but c'est la vie.
A simple and complicated ditty about simple and complicated plans. [more inside]
Acoustic guitar cover of the Lady Gaga song. [more inside]
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.
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.
Pigs Ate My Roses
Another tune recorded during my brief exile on Awajima Island. Video here.
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.
My girlfriend wanted me to write a simple ukulele song. This is it. Short and sweet. [more inside]
If I Had To Do It All Over Again,
Baby I'd Do It All Over You. [more inside]
Cape of Blades
an instrumental song with acoustic guitar, harmonica, samples, birds, drums and beats.
Cee Lo Green's Fuck You on an old Gibson A4 Mandolin
A quick and dirty arrangement for Valentine's Day. [more inside]
My first song posting to MeFi Music. A song about being down on your luck. [more inside]
There was once a girl, but that was long ago. A letter to a past love, recorded in one take with four microphones. KOLN • Bandcamp • Lyrics
sad glockenspiel song
it's so high-pitched and quirky. [more inside]
Leave Her, Johnny
Here is an entry for the January Challenge! It is by me and rangefinder 1.4. It is a cover of "Leave Her, Johnny," a traditional sea shanty that was sung by sailors at the end of a voyage, as they were preparing to leave their ship ("her" in the song). [more inside]