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The Garden of Forking Paths

Just another folk-rock song about Jorge Luis Borges. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Mar 17, 2009 - 4 comments

Shutterbug

Doo doo doo, doo doo doo, la la la, la la la la. The new hit single from Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies. A chamber-pop meditation on time, aging, and death. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Mar 15, 2009 - 4 comments

come careening

Layers of soft guitar distortion with pseudo-indian instruments thrown in, under a falsetto vocal over a deeper background vocal going through a guitar amp. I'm kind of proud of the lyrics, which are about staying true. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Mar 11, 2009 - 6 comments

Chupacabra

Another track from my last-minute RPM Challenge entry, "The Very Best of Spaz Rock - Volume I: Monsters of Spaz." Kind of a laid back, funky/clunky little number with soothing moments. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Feb 25, 2009 - 4 comments

come here (aberdeen)

This started as a weird tune with pseudo-Indian wailing/cat meowing vocals, guitar feedback, and a one-note sitar solo. It still has those elements, but the track ended up being an almost radio-friendly, catchy (?) pop-rock thing. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Feb 9, 2009 - 12 comments

Model World

Another demo I put together over the weekend. It's about that place we all go to escape the grind (no, not MetaFilter). [more inside]
posted by self on Jan 27, 2009 - 3 comments

stopping by woods

Back in either middle school or high school, in music class, I wrote my very first melody with a classmate named Mathias Knutzen. The assignment was to take a text from one of our books and create a song with it. We chose Robert Frost's poem and came up with this pseudo-jazzy tune. I always liked it, so I kept the "digital chord sheet" around and played it from time to time. More than 15 years later, here now is a brand new recorded version -- complete with brushed drums and falsetto background vocals. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Jan 20, 2009 - 5 comments

Damn The Man

A quick demo I recorded last Thurs/Fri. Slow building, pretty layered guitar & tom tom-driven indie-jazz type stuff. [more inside]
posted by self on Jan 11, 2009 - 5 comments

There's a War On

Post-traumatic stress syndrome is a bitch. Pre-traumatic stress syndrome? Well, that can just wreak havoc on your marriage. Let's just hope this song is a relic from those bad old '08 days. (It's proggy-punk-grunge, if you're looking fer a genre) [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jan 7, 2009 - 8 comments

Clueless

A bitter rock song first written and recorded not long after my last band's original lineup fell apart. That band's ugly break-up (partly triggered by the failure of our band mates' marriage) coincided with both my mom's cancer recurring in terminal form and my wife's losing her job of four years because we stayed in Germany with my mom too long. So we had plenty of pent up bitterness to spare. We performed this song live as Pocket Novel Mystery after re-forming briefly with a new line-up, but when this recording was made, it was just me and my wife, Lori. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Dec 15, 2008 - 2 comments

Flesh & Bone

"Why did you come to me only to run from me when I tried to protect you? Why did you turn on me when I tried to warn you there were wolves outside your door with rows of jagged teeth and a taste for red meat? I guess that's how it goes when you're only flesh and bone." Get-up-and-dance, old school electro-pop. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Nov 25, 2008 - 8 comments

Brookline

(Note: NSFW-ish if f*** and a****** are a problem where you work.) For the bulk of the years of growing up that I actually remember, what I would consider the “formative” years, I lived in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Not to be confused with the super irritating Brookline, New Hampshire that would show up in school closing announcements only to leave me extra disappointed.) During and after college I didn’t think much of my high school years at Brookline High School. And in fact, I ended up losing touch with every friend I made there. But thanks to the internets I have reconnected with many of them, some very recently. It’s been super positive, and it’s stirred up all these great memories of my time in Brookline. That’s what this song is about. These three incidents in particular: [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Nov 24, 2008 - 3 comments

Take the Picture

I tend to take a lot of pictures. I found out early on in my photo-taking tenure that the more pictures I took, the more likely that some of them would come out nicely. Of course, I’m always the one behind the camera. As a parent, I also have wondered just how much of the time I spend with my kids they will remember (if any). My father recently asked me if I remembered how we used to watch Star Trek together. I honestly couldn’t remember. He was crushed. It occurred to me that many years down the road when my kids look at our family pictures they won’t see me in any of them because I was the one behind the camera. Something tells me that this detail will be lost on them as they repeat the cycle and tell me they don’t remember me being there. ;) [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Nov 10, 2008 - 5 comments

In Your Name

I've spent the past couple of months trying to improve my production skillz with my limited resources. This is the first song to come out of it all (probably because it's the simplest) with more on the way hopefully! [more inside]
posted by TheWaves on Sep 30, 2008 - 3 comments

'Til We're Dead (EP version)

Rerecorded version of "'Til We're Dead" from my forthcoming EP. [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Sep 15, 2008 - 4 comments

Skipping Stones (please help)

hey home recording kids: i'm trying to get this song ready for my lady's birthday. could use some help with the mix. I need advice by monday nite. going for cute. what's working / failing? what needs polish? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 13, 2008 - 10 comments

Lost Time

A rough mix of the title track from my just-recorded EP under the name Green Sees.
posted by inoculatedcities on Sep 9, 2008 - 8 comments

theme from "gone"

A piano-based melody written for my animated short film "Gone" (hear it in context). [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Sep 2, 2008 - 14 comments

Chemical Ace

Kinda country plus the Cure. the song's about Einstein and Uri Geller and serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, and the shady little place they all meet. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Aug 14, 2008 - 3 comments

Dear Editor

Awhile ago I spent way too much time reading a thread on the always excellent Marginal Revolution blog discussing possible tactics for dealing with sudden and unwelcome time-travel to 1000 A.D. Clearly the thread needed to be put to music. (OK, it was clear to me at least.) That was so much fun that I thought it might be fun to do it again. And Tyler over at Marginal Revolution was nice enough to participate for another round. Then Tyler announced the topic - “Are Books Overwritten?” Ruh ro. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Aug 5, 2008 - 1 comment

Cinematheque

An old New Blind National's song from when we were listening to a lot of Spoon. [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Aug 4, 2008 - 2 comments

Days Like This

It seemed time for an uncomplicated pop song (not that any of my songs are super complex in the first place). But in this nice little package you get everything you’re looking for in a standard radio-friendly pop song (does anyone listen to the radio anymore?)... [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 28, 2008 - 7 comments

Barking Nymph

Jazzy power-punk ballad for those long summer bike rides. I think I meant for this to be soft and sparse, but you know how I do. Could use some help with a new name for this. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jul 22, 2008 - 10 comments

SkyMall (Jonathan Coulton cover)

A few months ago I decided I wanted to try and do a cover. Based on the result, it was clearly a bad idea. I probably should have been discouraged but instead, after months of therapy, I decided to try again. The victim this time was one of my favorite artists - Jonathan Coulton and his excellent song SkyMall. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 22, 2008 - 4 comments

undulate underling

A short, lyrically strange new song partly based on a dream. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Jul 20, 2008 - 7 comments

Victor's a Dictionary

Written back at the turn of the millennium (oh the good old days) this song is about our old friend Victor. He’s an ethnic Chinese, Australian born doctor who abandoned medicine (and Sydney) to embrace the “structured” world of computer programming and the United States. Once you understand the laws that govern Victor’s existence you can compile him quite reliably. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 15, 2008 - 4 comments

Private Island

Wrote this a few years ago. An introspective song about a place to be introspective. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 14, 2008 - 5 comments

Terry (The Probably Drunk and Definitely Angry Stewardess)

Song about an unreasonably angry stewardess. Everyone's written one of these. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 10, 2008 - 6 comments

casanova ruins

I was walking around in the garment district at night on valentine's day years ago, and spotted a beautiful woman walking alone across the street. Despite being glamorously dressed up, she looked like she had lost all faith in men. She was carrying a heart-shaped balloon and huge flowers. This song is sort of about that. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 comments

Rule 34

If you don’t know what “Rule 34″ is, just pull out your trusty Urban Dictionary and look it up. Go ahead, I’ll wait. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 8, 2008 - 7 comments

Let's Sneak Off

Polygamy (or more accurately - group marriage) gone awry. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 4, 2008 - 4 comments

Stone Mover

Another demo for our album that is in production. Sung by my friend and drummer Neil who has recently found his voice. A song of regret and the often crushing weight of unconditional love. [more inside]
posted by dobie on Jul 3, 2008 - 4 comments

Hey, Little Sprout!

A song written for my oldest nephew (he's the giggling in the beginning and the talking at the end). His nickname is the monk, not little sprout. [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Jun 30, 2008 - 7 comments

Betty (Sugar Fix)

This song is about a love rectangle. The singer is in love with Betty, she’s in love with a boy who treats her like crap. He is in love with Betty’s rich best friend who treats both him and Betty like crap. Everyone’s pretty much miserable except possibly for the best friend who’s oblivious to people’s feelings. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jun 30, 2008 - 2 comments

1000 A.D. (Sugar Fix)

Inspired by the Marginal Revolution thread giving advice on what to do if you find yourself suddenly transported back to Europe 1000 years ago with nothing but the clothes on your back. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jun 26, 2008 - 7 comments

Slip or Fade

Acoustic number in the works, just looking for some advice & feedback about this song (see description) [more inside]
posted by Slash_fan on Jun 13, 2008 - 4 comments

'Til We're Dead

I think I managed to write a somewhat upbeat song! Well, upbeat if you ignore the title and lyrics. It's got: hammond organ, celesta, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and some epic "Woo-oo-oooh" back up vocals.
posted by inoculatedcities on May 26, 2008 - 18 comments

Things I Used to Know (demo)

"Our minds are permeable to forgetfulness; I myself am distorting and losing, through the tragic erosion of the years, the features of Beatriz." -- Jorge Luis Borges [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on May 16, 2008 - 6 comments

Steel Trap Attacks

The third and final song off the O Captain! My Captain! EP. It's about the dark alleyways of a crazy, lustful mind- and the fruitless help proffered. [more inside]
posted by pedmands on May 15, 2008 - 0 comments

Chester v3

First mix of fer-realz recording of one of my songs: Chester. Per my last AskMefi post, please critique it! [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 7, 2008 - 3 comments

Half

A new song idea, hatched out of procrastination for finals. It kind of grows. I write songs backwards, I realized today. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Apr 30, 2008 - 2 comments

In Piles/On File

Were my rock band to have a "hit single," it would be this. It filts squarely into the description of "thrilling guitar driven indie-rock music" if that's your thing. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Apr 25, 2008 - 8 comments

Blackbox Blues

Piano! Mellotron! Squealing guitars! Stewardesses! I've been working on this for a few weeks now. It's one of the more complex arrangements I've attempted in a while. I think I'm getting close to done, but I could really use some feed back. Thanks, folks! [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Apr 22, 2008 - 11 comments

Fever Dream

A song written and recorded today in one go. Can you guess what it's about? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Apr 19, 2008 - 6 comments

Kissinger's Diaries

A folky ditty about a perceived lack of love in the city.
posted by TheWaves on Mar 20, 2008 - 7 comments

a perfect preservative

I pretty li'l ditty about jelly, pirates, and (of course) true love. still getting my bearings as far as recording in my new apartment. two guits and a glockenspiel for the win? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 19, 2008 - 5 comments

Reservoir

A song about the places that are the most emblematic of your teenage years and the people who you enjoyed spending your time with there. [more inside]
posted by TheWaves on Mar 19, 2008 - 5 comments

Not The One

You know how sometimes you find yourself in a relationship because everyone thinks you just look so damn good together? Me neither. [more inside]
posted by scottandrew on Mar 17, 2008 - 6 comments

The Last Time I Saw Moscow

A very lo-fi one-take recording by The Grandma Sylvias. Acoustic guitar and vocals only; all apparent distortion is coming from knobs turned very high. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Mar 4, 2008 - 0 comments

Secret Book (Vocal Mix - Redux)

Due to popular demand, here's yet another mix of "Secret Book" with vocals, as originally posted here and here. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Mar 1, 2008 - 3 comments

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