Once again, it's that song that I just can't stay away from. This time it's coming at you from the Hokuriku region: live in Kanazawa, Japan, from my trio, the Smoke Benders. Our tuba player Daysuke Takaoka is channeling the deep didgeridoo spirits on this one. Video here.
Breaking out ye olde Hungarian mouth bow once again for this little number, recorded live at gaijin haunt What the Dickens in Ebisu, Tokyo, on the first day of May in the year of Two Thousand and Eleven. Video here.
i put down the phone / left a bag of cookies on the corner / filled my brain with a soft white light / sent all my 8-track tapes / to my cousin down in mississippi / took my foot off the pedal, and gave up the fight... A brand new song, live in Tokyo, May 1, 2011. Video here.
Here's another tune from an earthquake/tsunami disaster relief benefit show that i was part of on April 8, 2011. This one is a traditional gospel number. Video here.
A long one-take improvisitation played live with Ableton echo and a vocal beat loop I recorded that I knob-twiddled while I played.
Who Hit John tries our hand at this old standard. [more inside]
Breaking out ye olde stick dulcimer again for this one, plus the trusty stompbox. Live in beautiful downtown Shibuya, February 10, 2011. Video here.
There was once a girl, but that was long ago. A letter to a past love, recorded in one take with four microphones. KOLN • Bandcamp • Lyrics
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.
Performed by my group from the improv module at uni and recorded at our gig a couple of weeks ago. Originally by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. [more inside]
Originally by Umphrey's McGee, performed by my band for the improv module at uni at our gig a couple weeks ago. [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]
My group from the improv project at uni performing Chameleon by Dave Barnes at our gig last week. [more inside]
This tune is another example of a lyric directly inspired by a Metafilter comment. Shortly after reading the comment, I wrote the lyrics, and posted them in that same thread. Got around to singing it (well, it's half sung, half intoned, actually) the other night. Video here. [more inside]
Recorded live at Sabaco in Waseda, Tokyo, on December 9, 2010. I'm playing my new Hungarian mouthbow. There's a wee touch of distortion here and there in the recording, but nothing we can't live with, I s'pose. Video here. [more inside]
the last track on my htmpng efforts
Sometimes you just wanna turn your diddley bow around and bang on it, y'now? Video here. [more inside]
Another version of a song I've posted here twice before. This one is performed using my brand new mouthbow, which uses a band of rattan instead of a metal string. Video here. [more inside]
Another improv track riffing off of the previous Bearded Dragon. This was the last time the Slimelords/the Next ever played together. We broke up shortly after some pictures of us were taken together that same night.
I was part of a bill the other night that included some amazing khomus (jews harp) players from Sakha, Siberia. It was an evening of boing and twang that I was honored to be a part of. Here's a piece of mine from that night - I'm playing the mouthbow. Video here.
This is the third in a three part installment here at MeFiMu of diddley bow/stomp box tunes from The Pink Cow. Straight outta Shee-boo-ya, Toe-kee-yo, Jay-pan! Video here. [more inside]
Another tune with the one-stringer and ye olde stomp box, from deepest Shibuya. All the ghosts in Alabama are singin' it... Video here. [more inside]
Another version (again, live) of a tune I've posted here before, but that time was with jaw harp. This time it's with my diddley bow and stompbox. I love my stompbox. Recorded two nights ago at a joint called the Pink Cow in Shibuya, Tokyo. Video here. [more inside]
Normal For Once in Toronto [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]
Another live tune, from July 2010's Sengawa Jazz/Art Festival in Tokyo. here I'm playing a diddley bow, the Marron Glacé Guitar. Video of this same performance can be seen here.
I just can't stay away from this song, it has a power over me. This time it's with my diddley bow (the Marron Glacé Guitar). At the end of the song, Death momentarily overtook me and made me attack the instrument with one of these. Video of this same performance at YouTube.
Yes, I know, it's Gaga, and it's overplayed, and likely to polarise opinion. But on the other hand, despite all of that, this really is a good song. (And you can tell it's a good song because it survived me butchering it with a uke.) Video version is available here. [more inside]
The latest sound, kids: run yer thumb piano through a cheap pitch shifter. Recorded live at Super Deluxe, Tokyo, July 5, 2010. Video of this same performance may be viewed on ye olde YouTubes.
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.
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.
Another live recording of a Motown tune. This time I'm not doing the lead vocals, but the backing vocals are me (and one of the guitarists), and so is the vocal impro bit in the middle. I also had a hand in the arrangement. [more inside]
Another live recording from the Motown project at school last autumn, this time a slightly lesser known song by The Temptations. [more inside]
Live recording from my school's Motown Cover project last autumn, of the classic tune by the Jackson Five. Enjoy! [more inside]
Paracast theme song [more inside]
Live recording from a song contest at my old high school, in 2005. This is a sort of symphonic metal-type song. I was very inspired by Nightwish at the time. [more inside]
A recording from my vocal exam last week, of the song Teardrop, originally by Massive Attack. [more inside]
A recording of live synthesis made in Da Vinci park. [more inside]
Here's a raw, punked rendition of a tune that up until now I'd been doing in a mellower vein, but I was feeling just a little edgy, I guess, for this gig in Kamakura the other day. Proximity to the famous giant Buddha there didn't get me into a serene state or anything, so the result was this pummeling version performed on one of the roughest, crudest instruments one might imagine, the Marron Glacé Guitar. Video at YouTube.
Another live recording from a concert at my school in spring 2009. Music and Lyrics by me, vocals also me. [more inside]
Another tune from the same recent Medicine Bone show as this one, with special guest Ken Kawashima on harmonica. Video at YouTube and Vimeo.
Live recording from a concert at my school in spring 2009. Female vocals by me, and I wrote the lyrics. [more inside]
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.
5:30 in the morning at the park by Da Vinci middle school, me and my sampling synth and some birds under a roof [more inside]