Me and my Swedish guitar player friend Gus are working on a jazz guitar/bass duo project. In this rehearsal recording we play one of the easiest jazz songs ever written and still somehow manage to fuck it up (NFSW, some swear words at the beginning). Also, the furnace is running for pretty much the whole take. Sorry about that.
Track one off our most recent release, a dual album set called Infrared & Ultraviolet. This is the first song on Ultraviolet. For once we get right to the point, & make a short & sweet 8 1/2 minutes. Made up on the spot - totally improvisational. Titled such because there's three of us & we mirror one another as we play. Plus, it breaks space. [more inside]
Carbon 7 is an improvisational/experimental trio that creates spontaneous music at the moment it's recorded. I left a tad of dialog at the beginning, so you could here our "process." Dennis gives Ron a hard time about choosing a key, then I call out C# & start it off. Clocks in at a whopping 26.5 minutes, but it evolves slowly the entire way. [more inside]
A classic Louis Jordan song all about chickens, interpolated with a fiddle reel that's all about chickens. Recorded and broadcast live 11/4/2017 for "The Back Porch" on KLCC 89.7 Eugene, OR. [more inside]
from the new Blueshell album [more inside]
Work in progress, a classic fiddle rag with some new old time fun. Words and arrangement by Mr. Corwin Bolt, played by the Wingnuts. [more inside]
This little song that's somewhat about Don Draper sprung to life while rewatching the entire series of Mad Men. This is the audio of a video that's here, if you're into that sort of thing.
Night Train to Memphis by Roy Acuff Jr, recorded live by Corwin Bolt & the Wingnuts in Eugene, OR, 8/29/2016. Old time fiddle music with a washboard groove. [more inside]
A bit of a production experiment; rather than use a click track + programmed drums, I used a click-free guitar track as the bed, and layered performed keyboard drums on top. A slightly trickier process but thought it would result in more authentic feel/better pocket etc. An instrumental demo track based off Milton Nascimento's "Cravo e Canela". Recorded in the fall of 2015 in Rosebud, AB.
This is a recording of a performance I did last Friday of Hozier's "Take Me to Church" at my medical school's Evening of the Arts. I'm super proud of how it turned out. (Video here.) The first minute or so is the intro from the host of the show, then the song begins.
A traditional fiddle tune, recorded live at the Rainspout festival in Yachats, OR, November 2015. [more inside]
This is another arrangement of a video game, but this time I wrote the original, as a Nintendo-compatible authentic chiptune, and then later turned it into this by improvising on piano, and sending it to my dear friend Jeff to play violin over it. My job BEST JOB OF WORLD.
A proof of concept. This was our first complete take at this at rehearsal a couple weeks ago. My prog tribute project, The Yes Men. All live, recorded in the garage by John. [more inside]
Live tune from The Harvey Girls. [more inside]
Here's a live recording of a song I premiered at a gig two nights ago (July 18, 2014). The bassist accompanying me is Keigo iwami, from the Swamp Root Jimmies. The song is anti-war, anti-greed, anti-death. Video here.
Here's my band, the Swamp Root Jimmies, recorded live at a show in Tokyo on June 25, 2014. Video here.
From the recent, second gig of my new band the Swamp Root Jimmies. God I love these guys. Video here.
Carbon 7, plus guest Fred Mitchim on the flute. Making it up on the spot, as usual. [more inside]
Carbon 7 again, making it up as we go, per usual. This one seemed to come from a slightly dark and empty space. [more inside]
This is S&H, from a show we did just the other night here in Tokyo. I'm so digging working with percussionist Habu Hiroshi, he's really bringing the groove. Video here.
The same song I posted a couple of weeks ago, but this time with live everything, including Hammond, drums, and Rhodes. No sims or samples involved... all recorded in the (very reverberant) Quonset hut. Mostly done as an exercise, turned out to be interesting I think. [more inside]
A little tune I wrote a while back. [more inside]
A 13th Floor Elevators song, recorded live at Trailer Space Records last Saturday night. [more inside]
A team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has spotted sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star. [more inside]
Acoustic tune for this month's challenge [more inside]
One fish was the first fish to walk on land, one fish was the first fish to breathe the air. [more inside]
Carbon 7 again -- This was the opening salvo at our Solstice show last month. 10 minutes-worth of us making it up as we go. Recorded live at the Carousel Lounge. [more inside]
This little number rhymes "burning bush" with "tush". Also "Otis Redding" with "bedding" and "wedding". And "golden ladder" with "pancake batter". Plus, so much more. You are urged to listen. Video and lyrics here.
A spontaneous 20-minute creation by Carbon 7. The first song from our first live show a couple weeks ago. We tripped a breaker at 20:44 or it would have gone longer. [more inside]
From a solo gig, August 2012. Uses a little 4-note bass line (loop) and a snare drum. And vocal, including muted trumpet imitation. Pretty minimal stuff. Video here.
A live performance of a "reconstruction" of a Zola Jesus song performed at Sonic Circuits Broken Mic Night. [more inside]
In which we jam out on our axxxes. I have temporarily given up even naming these... things. Another long spontaneous session by Carbon 7, my space-rock improvisational trio. [more inside]
Here's the SMOKE BENDERS, live in Toyama, Japan, from March 2012. The sound is a little gymnasium-y, due to the fact that the gig was in a gymnasium. I'm on electric talking drum for this one. Video here.
A live version of Terry Riley's piece "In C". [more inside]
My new psychedelic improv trio, Carbon 7. We're making it up as we go along. [more inside]
This is from my newest band, the Dosages, from a gig we did last month, providing live musical accompaniment for bondage master Arisue Go, who ties up young ladies and suspends them from the ceiling. Hella gig, eh? There's a video (plus videos of two more tunes from the same show) here. [more inside]
A song about our favourite morally dodgy chemistry teacher [more inside]
Another one featuring the amazing WaveDrum. Video here.
Impromptu version of the holiday classic. This closed out the night for the Smoke Benders' last gig of 2011. Video here.
Dusted off ye olde WaveDrum (it's been a while) for a solo gig the other night, and played it over a simple bass line (from ye olde JUNO synth) which I have on ye olde iPod, for a new version of a song that appears on ye olde Roomful of Ghosts, and which ye can see on ye olde YouTubes and Vimeos.
From the latest BIG SYSTEM gig. Mostly drumming going on here (WaveDrum and talking drum), but the one verse I broke into (never got around to the next one) is from an old song of mine (someone uploaded it to YT here), and that was enough to give this one a title. Video at YouTube or Vimeo.
From the inaugural gig of my new clatter trio, the Metaphors, here's a tune I posted (in a solo version) here earlier this year. Video at YT or Vimeo.
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.
A brand new song I performed for the first time a coupla nights ago, at a little joint in Koenji, Tokyo. Video at YouTube or Vimeo. Lyrics here.
My band, Mice in Cars, recorded live at 529 in East Atlanta during Nophest. This was the song's debut. Sloppy, but man! Dig those drums!
The Smoke Benders return once again, to kick out the proverbial jams. Flubbed the lyrics a little bit, but hey, it's only rock and roll. Video here.
Extended glitchy soundscape, recorded live using today's Google "Les Paul" Doodle and some hardware effects.
Pretty straight-up cover of the Zep song. Live rehearsal recording. [more inside]
MeFiMu debut of the Electric Drum! From the Smoke Benders' recent Hokuriku tour, this is a tune I've posted before in a solo version. Video here.