it's so high-pitched and quirky. [more inside]
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]
been messing around with this tune for a couple of weeks,needs alot of work yet,but it was the first thing i recorded in about 6 yrs (using a mini disc player of all things)
A four-part a cappella take on an old English nursery rhyme. The melody is traditional; the harmonic lines were written by my friend Laura, who also sings each line. This is our first attempt at this (her first performing, my first recording/producing) and I'm still trying to think of ways to make it better.
A version of the traditional tune, with very nontraditional backing.
Live in concert at Barrelhouse, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, on December 12, 2010. Vocal and stick dulcimer. Video here.
Live in deepest Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Accompanying myself on my Hungarian mouth bow. Video here.
The second song I recorded after this one.
A new instrumental song. [more inside]
Brought the strumstick out the other night, for a solo gig in beautiful downtown Ikebukuro. This is a tune I've posted here before, in another incarnation. Video here. [more inside]
Acoustic cover of my favourite song in all the world.
Another track from Nasoalmo [more inside]
final song of cadillac hill
song 4 of 10 of cadillac hill
Guitar, banjo, and vox arrangement of the shapenote tune, The Church's Desolation, number 89 in The Sacred Harp. A quick fingerstyle arrangement of Old Hundred (49 on the top) was tacked onto the front. [more inside]
A relationship, coldly thought out from beginning to end, in just 97 words. [more inside]
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]
Another uke-y croon, mellow and heartfelt. [more inside]
AcoustoFolksyCountrySappiness! [more inside]
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]
A quick song after a very long day, and the first song to end up in the pristine new pages of my new notebook.
My acoustic cover of the Mefi favourite by Ke$ha.
Another bedroom-recorded song. [more inside]
More uke-pop about girls. [more inside]
An improvisational rendition of the classic Finnish folk tune on piano and bass, folk jazz style. [more inside]
My break-up song, written a number of years ago. [more inside]
Another lo-fi acoustic tune about the end of the world. Not too cheerful stuff. [more inside]
I always know the tricks you play, but I still get taken. Another poppy (and slightly ominous) uke tune. Hope you like it! [more inside]
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]
A cute little folk song that I wrote for a girl a few years back. [more inside]
Those familiar with relatively obscure early blues, and/or those who've seen the R. Crumb documentary Crumb might know this one, originally recorded in 1930 by Geeshie Wiley. Here's the Ghost Steppers (duo incarnation) performing the tune on August 16, 2010. The one-year-old who was gleefully running about the room and occasionally trying to ascend to the stage may occasionally be heard in this recording. He was damn cute. Video at YouTube.
Quiet plucked acoustic guitar and vocals. This song completes the lyrical cycle that includes "My Cirripedian Friends" and "A Brand New Fabrication". [more inside]
Once again it's the Tomato Can Sanza (run through my trusty el-cheapo pitch shifter) in action, in another tune from my set at the 2010 Sengawa Jazz/Art Festival in Tokyo. Video at YouTube. [more inside]
I started writing songs on ukulele about a year ago after giving up on the banjo. This is the sort of quaint, happy vibe that I like hearing with the uke. And yes, Paul was my favorite Beatle. [more inside]
The lyrical counterpoint to "My Cirripedian Friends". [more inside]
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.
This is a song about drowning at sea, denial and adventure. [more inside]
An old-time chestnut on guitar, mandolin, and my new Menzies tackhead banjo [more inside]
A song from our band Thous & Thees [more inside]
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.
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.
On the subject of insomnia in a foreign country. [more inside]
A brand new song I really wanted to record right away, even though I didn't have any instruments with me. So I used a plastic water bottle... Rubbermaid brand, I believe, and recorded it straight to video with my new camera, which has a pretty decent mic on it, as it turns out. The video's at YouTube.
three double basses and a vague recollection of the tune = this.
needs editing, and i need to rework the rythm of the lyrics
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.
Big Ghost's version of this, which gets nice and jam-bandy, we feel. Thanks in advance for continuing mixing/mastering advice. [more inside]
This came tugging on my pants leg this week, almost fully formed. Thanks, muse! It's about, well, a meteor shower. Warning: non-zero James Taylor quotient.
This is a new song from our band Thous and Thees. [more inside]