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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.
In This World
New recording from my band, Low-Tech Riff Raff. Kind of mournful. [more inside]
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]
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.
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.
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.
Not So Kind
A very short little song wherein I take the harshly honest route toward an old friend. [more inside]
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.
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]
Of the songs that my band recorded recently [previously 1 • 2], this is my favorite. It's also the most difficult for us to play. But that's what practice and cheap recording is for, yeah?
Cover of the Dock Boggs song, on banjo naturally. [more inside]
Banks of the Ohio
DMelanogaster and I try the traditional music challenge. Banks of the Ohio is the story of Willie killing his proposal-rejecting lover. (see also Knoxville Girl)
Tumbalalaika, a traditional Russian Jewish love song. Generally sung in Yiddish, presented here in English. [more inside]
The Ballad of Spooky and the Spaz
The love of two awesome people celebrated [more inside]
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]
So We'll Go No More A-Roving
As it's Valentine's Day, here's a song about love. Well, kind of about love. Actually it's about the end of love, as it fades due to age and fatigue, and the death of romance. Errr...happy Valentine's Day! [more inside]
Separate My Heart
A little synth-folk ditty, with my friend Alaina singing lead. The idea was to write a murder ballad from the woman's perspective.
shallow song/airport fiction
First song posted from our band. Two ukes and a guitar. Feedback appreciated. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
My Voice on Carl's Home Answering Machine
Does what it says on the box, with guitar. Solve the Limerick Challenge! [more inside]
Thinking About Drinking
A happy fun cover of a Meat Purveyors song. [more inside]
Oh Death (live)
In the very first hour of the brand new year of 2010, I was on a stage in Tokyo, part of Mike Watt's yearly "We Jam Econo" event, singing about death. Video of this same performance can be seen at YouTube or Vimeo. [more inside]
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]
A song inspired by the time my high school baseball coach instructed me repeatedly to hit the opposing batter in the head.
Sobering Up (2009)
About three and a half years ago, I uploaded the eleventh song on Mefi Music. This autumn, I finally got my arse in a real studio, and did it properly. [more inside]
Remains To Be Seen
Inspired by Aled Lewis' "The Horde" [more inside]
Jeff Buckley's Ozark Melody
In the summer of 1996, less than one year before he died, Jeff Buckley wrote and recorded this song which was released for free on the Internet, but never on any of his albums. [more inside]
Angeline the Baker
Traditional old-time fiddle tune in D, instrumental clawhammer banjo & guitar. [more inside]
Bound to Pins and Needles
Ahoy! I finally had...well...made a free few hours to work on some music. Here's what I made. [more inside]
A traditional old-timey tune as recorded by my pseudonymous string band, Crookneck John. [more inside]
A version of a traditional shanty song, recorded mono with a guitar. [more inside]
A song I wrote about a trip to Texas with a girl in 1989. [more inside]
Little ditty about young love, the joys of suburban Massachusetts in autumn, and the allure of all those wonderful things behind the counter at drugstores. [more inside]
Let It Go Or Give In, Take 2
This is a wicked rough, one take demo of one of the seven songs I will be recording with a full band for my EP. I would love to hear about what you think. [more inside]
The Bottom Falls Out of the Clouds (demoriffic version)
cortex was kind enough to let me borrow the lyrics from his song "The Bottom Falls Out of the Clouds" (which he wrote for the first ever MeFi Music Challenge), and allow me to set them to new folky/acoustic/lo-fi music for this month's challenge. [more inside]
Synthesizers in Our Mouths
Twelve string guitar and vocals with some alchemical effect lines Inspired by a lucid dream I had the other day. [more inside]
Summer's nearly over, but never fear -- it's always the sunniest season on your HiFi! Ford and the Prefects and the Don Ho Symphony Orchestra present "Hawaii," this year's breakout good-times swingle. [more inside]
Another swing at this old folk song. My first effort with 2x Korg DS-10s.
In a huge creative drought for awhile, I found this old thing I wrote and recorded years ago. When I was new to Garageband. [more inside]
Bridges Over The Thames
This is my first contribution to MeFiMu, so go easy on me! [more inside]
I love this song! Upbeat, dancy, kind of weird. [more inside]
My Baby Crying
Bill Fox song appears for the first time on the internet: Bill re-retires out of shame. [more inside]
The 8-Fold Path
Heaven, no strings attached. [more inside]
A Long Way Down
Another new demo song from my new band, Bring A Guillotine. A little more laid back than the previous track uploaded. Enjoy!
Gaffer Tape and Glue
I read a friend's blog this morning and she had a line in there about how she felt like her heart was stuck together with gaffer tape and glue. 10 minutes later I had this, another 20 and I had recorded it using Garageband and my mac's internal mic. As I haven't written anything in about two years, I'm pretty happy with this writer's block break. [more inside]
A song that was sort of spontaneously written just over ten years ago. One of my sad songs about water. [more inside]