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Sailor's Psalm - 5-piece acoustic

I wrote this awhile back. This is the band performing it at our buddy Todd's house (I'm the fiddler player). I was trying to go for something like a ballad, early 19th century U.S. south, maybe. I think it's pretty. He's singin about drownin hi'self, if you were wonderin.
posted by Baby_Balrog on Mar 12, 2007 - 8 comments

Ain't So Lonely

Okay, so that's not me singing or playing the guitar. But it's the first song I ever wrote. My good friend Sarah Kenvyn then did a bit of a rewrite, wrote some music, and recorded it. Thanks, Sarah!
posted by dobbs on Mar 6, 2007 - 7 comments

Bring Me The Head Of Elmo

Lyrics [with handy reference links!] and more information inside.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 6, 2007 - 4 comments

Just Blew Into Town

Here's a song from the RPM '07 CD that I just popped into the mail today. In the end I was able to get 8 presentable tunes together within the space of the month. Whew!
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 1, 2007 - 11 comments

Blues Wrapped Round My Head

In a slow count of 5, here's some kind of convergence of Burma and the blues, or thereabouts. "scissors cut paper / paper blows away / stone smashes scissors / and so it goes / another day / but it's all downhill from here / at least that's what sisyphus said /ah you're fucked six ways from sunday / with the blues wrapped round your head"
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 23, 2007 - 6 comments

Undefined

Out of several tunes in various states of completion for the RPM project, this is the most presentable. In use for this track are: voice, talking drum, bells (metal and wooden), guiro, synth bass and organ. Every so often I write a song which is overtly political (a protest song, for want of a better term), and this is one of them.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 17, 2007 - 9 comments

Trucker's Lullabye

The title pretty much sums this one up. Recorded at 2am or so with my lovely tele.
posted by tmcw on Feb 15, 2007 - 1 comment

Power of Love

Thanks to two class cancellations due to ice storms in the Capital, I was able to arrange and record this Valentine's day treat. Imagine Huey Lewis, baritone, with a banjo.
posted by The White Hat on Feb 14, 2007 - 5 comments

Floodplain

I have rerecorded this one two or three times since I wrote it in fall of '05. I've never really been able to sing it the way I really want to, which would sound a little like a mix of Brandi Carlile, KT Tunstall, and Janis Joplin (my voice just wasn't made that way). This is the closest I've ever gotten. Hohner-Gruhn guitar, Audio-Technica mic, and GarageBand.
posted by Saellys on Feb 10, 2007 - 3 comments

Stop Payment

This was the perfect one-take song; it came together like magic and I didn't even have clipping problems when I mixed it. If only they could all be so cooperative. Hohner-Gruhn guitar, Audio-Technica microphone, and GarageBand.
posted by Saellys on Feb 7, 2007 - 8 comments

Go

This month, I'm recording the "first draft" of an album that will later be redone in a studio, all professional-like. Tonight I was in an intensely, painfully lonely state, so I decided to record the most intensely, painfully lonely song I've ever written. Hohner-Gruhn guitar, Audio-Technica microphone, and GarageBand.
posted by Saellys on Feb 2, 2007 - 7 comments

Oh Death

Here's my version of this most haunting of American folk songs. It's very stripped-down: just voice, drone, a bass drum and a shekere. In the time-honored folk tradition, I've made a few minor lyrics changes here and there, and the melody I'm using is different from the Dock Boggs or Stanley Brothers versions of the tune. Anyway, it's one of my very favorite traditional songs. Hope you enjoy.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 31, 2007 - 18 comments

Big Rock Candy Mountain

This is the kid friendly version (no booze or smokes). I really avoid singing, but I'm trying to learn.
posted by snsranch on Jan 26, 2007 - 11 comments

Rocks And Gravel

This track is built around a beautiful song from Bob Dylan's Freewheelin' Outtakes bootleg. Enjoy!
posted by ageispolis on Jan 20, 2007 - 4 comments

But I'm Crying

Wrote this one after buying myself a shiny new midi controller. Tapped out a beat and played some chords over it and realised it sounded a bit like Duke Special, which is no bad thing so I ran with it. This is a rough mix/version so any comments or suggestions greatly appreciated!
posted by TwoWordReview on Jan 18, 2007 - 8 comments

Until You Kiss Me

"i blew across the great plains like a plastic bag / from the broken heart of town to the dock of the bay / there ain't that much to say about the wide wide world / people everywhere just sleepwalk in their own little way / and ain't no hope of waking up / until you kiss me babe"
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 16, 2007 - 20 comments

On My Way (Acoustic)

A song from a recording session I did with my brother's band (He's the singer). The band is called Beautiful Blonde Pineapple!
posted by TwoWordReview on Nov 22, 2006 - 2 comments

The True Lover's Farewell

My own version of this folk song, partially inspired by Nickel Creek's rendition of House Carpenter from their album This Side. Recorded in one take, not that that's any excuse.
posted by The Confessor on Nov 1, 2006 - 0 comments

Heat Me Up!

Ljova would love to see your interpretive dance of this. (Please post YouTube links!)
posted by barmaljova on Oct 13, 2006 - 4 comments

CHRIS GARVER - Wasp in the House

A selection from the recently released album "e4/e5" ...songs about elected servants and employed servants. Songs about shock and awe, the beatniks, & holy Moses. Songs about Paul Bunyan, Tammy Faye, & Zelda Fitzgerald. Posthumous songs, sacreligious songs, contradictory slanderings... Jewelry store robberies, the language virus, & the reawakening of the languished American dream?
posted by Satapher on Oct 1, 2006 - 5 comments

Longing for Summer

Mainly an experiment with a new microphone. The vocal needs to be re-done, and made louder. Otherwise, it's okay. Oddly enough, it's about this girl... I hope it's not gauche to post lyrics :-) Longing for summer In the Snow that fell around us All around the town Following children Running In and out of my life Getting drunk and dancing All we had we lost Turned into Ice Waiting for aeroplanes How could You expect much more from me? Did we stand a chance? I tried to keep you Dipping Into London guidebooks Thermals and two bedspreads Even though we knew you'd Never Delay ?
posted by ajp on Sep 21, 2006 - 17 comments

The Cheese Song (in Dmaj)

This might be the first song that directly references a question in the green. I recorded this a few years back as a present to my mum. (The talented Mr Matt Evans added the scritchy-scratchiness.) This is the song as I remember my mum singing it to me. The only difference is that my Mum sang it in a lilting Scouse, whereas I tend to intone it pretentiously. BTW: My question in Ask still stands. I'd love it if anyone knew this song - or anything like it. I fully intend, one day, to illustrate the song as a children's book, sell millions and retire to a caribbean island to kill myself slowly with daiquiris. You have been warned.
posted by Jofus on Sep 21, 2006 - 8 comments

When

A quiet acoustic diddy. Written for my old band, The Big Lie, by my former bandmate, Chris Knott.
posted by csimpkins on Sep 7, 2006 - 1 comment

She Flies Away

me, my guitar, and a computer microphone. Simple but sweet.
posted by calpaully on Sep 4, 2006 - 1 comment

Center of Gravity

More music from Chris Knott. He plays everything on this. I helped clean up the mix.
posted by csimpkins on Aug 26, 2006 - 3 comments

Vincent's Secret Hobby

Folkish rock that may just rip your face off. This is another song from my friend that I helped produce. Good stuff, I swear! *not responsible for said defacing...
posted by csimpkins on Aug 25, 2006 - 1 comment

The Masons Own 'U'

"The Masons bought 'U' the other day. Now there's a lotta words that we can't say." Let Steve and Chris from the Nude Dancer Explosion tell you about them. Plus a totally rockin' acoustic guitar solo. (Slightly NSFW... in a bad word kinda way)
posted by csimpkins on Aug 24, 2006 - 1 comment

flags by vampire deer

i live in a country where the flags fly at half-mast ... 10 of 12
posted by pyramid termite on Aug 2, 2006 - 0 comments

Farewell To Tarwathie

As sung by The Stevedores, a 5-piece band (concertina, banjo/bouzouki, guitar, bass & drums, 3 part vocals) singing tunes of Land & Sea. Active in Seattle from 1997-2000, we were most liked by Irish dancers, union folks and maritime ethusiasts. This lovely piece is about the brave fishing lads who set off each season for months of labor far from the land.
posted by Aquaman on Jul 28, 2006 - 1 comment

Love Behind

Melancholy acoustic folk-pop!
posted by TwoWordReview on Jul 26, 2006 - 3 comments

Amateur

This is the first song I ever wrote. I was fifteen. I've come a long way, baby.
posted by cortex on Jul 10, 2006 - 13 comments

A Face Among the Rest

Another song from my 4-track college days. Beware! Moody folk music ahead. Yes, it's about a girl. Isn't every song? (More Info.)
posted by fraying on Jul 9, 2006 - 2 comments

Bagel on the Malecon

A very New York-bred outlook at old-time Cuban music, recorded entirely with .. violas! This was my attempt to create asymmetrical but memorable melodies, clear textures crammed with material, and experiment with multitrack viola as a concept, an ensemble. The sound of the classic Cuban bands had all that - except the violas, that is. This track appears on my newly released CD, the VJOLA: WORLD ON FOUR STRINGS
posted by barmaljova on Jul 9, 2006 - 19 comments

Sara K, Birthday Song

Birthday song written for my good friend Sara on her 19th birthday. Banjo and Vocals.
posted by The White Hat on Jul 6, 2006 - 2 comments

The Wedding Song

A song I wrote for the wedding of a couple friends; performed by my brother and me five or six years back.
posted by Nahum Tate on Jul 6, 2006 - 6 comments

Somewhere In Between

Before the web, before I left college, I wrote songs. Lots of songs. This is from a tape I recorded in my apartment somewhere around 1993 on a shitty Tascam 4-track.
posted by fraying on Jul 4, 2006 - 2 comments

the Clockmaker's Daughter -- by the Notes and Scratches

Another song from our record, it's a quiet sad folky love song. I'm singing and playing the acoustic guitar.
posted by verysleeping on Jul 3, 2006 - 5 comments

Macintosh Girl

Just your average romeo and juliet sort of love song, with the protagonist finally realizing that because he uses Windows NT things will never work with the Macintosh user he just brought home from the bar. The WinNT dates it to the late 90's, when i recorded it one night while drinking at work. Now, before you Mac fans get all riled up, I use both, then and now, and much prefer my G5 and my wife's Macbook to the PC i'm using to type right now. So there.
posted by th3ph17 on Jul 3, 2006 - 4 comments

Glass Eye

Off the album released in January, here's a blues written almost two years ago featuring Colin Keller on the Drums.
posted by The White Hat on Jul 3, 2006 - 5 comments

Naked Jane - Accident

Late night drive, out of state...
posted by dukejansen on Jul 1, 2006 - 1 comment

Deceiver of Nations

The first protest song I've ever felt compelled to write for my band Pocket Novel Mystery. This is a rough draft, but we'll probably use this one on our next full-length, in one form or another.
posted by saulgoodman on Jun 30, 2006 - 5 comments

Diamond Joe

Low quality stomping country music recorded drunk and presented here in it's straight-from-the-desk unmixed format. Came out pretty good. Nice rattly drums.
posted by Jofus on Jun 30, 2006 - 39 comments

Most of Mine

There was an episode of Will & Grace in which Harry Connick Jr's character cheats on Grace and then tries to get back together with her. Embarrassingly enough, that TV show was the inspiration for this song.
posted by scottreynen on Jun 30, 2006 - 2 comments

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