I loved ianK's minimalist take on All The Small Things the other day, and I thought it'd be fun to fill it out with a bunch more acoustic instrumentation and harmony vocals. [more inside]
the demons forced me to do a cover of a journey song - now i must shower
I seem unable to cover songs (even those I hate) without making them sound completely earnest.
As a saxophonist who loves (real) jazz, I hate pretty much everything Kenny G has done. He took a wonderful and expressive art form, sucked out all emotion, joy, and creativity from it, and left a hollow, dessicated husk in its place. To top it off, he hoodwinked the American public into thinking his vision of jazz was what jazz is and always was. In short Kenny G is the Karl Rove of music. [more inside]
This is a horrible rendition of a horrible song. Does it even make sense? [more inside]
Inspired by vampire deer and DaDaDaDave and their covers of Creed, I couldn't help myself. This is a self-serious slam poem version of Higher, with a bit of my dad's Lutheran minister preaching style mixed in. [more inside]
It's a little known fact that wedding band and creepy stalker favorite "Every Breath You Take" is actually a cover of an old folk standard, as this recently discovered outtake from the "Another Side of Bob Dylan" sessions shows. The glossy adult contemporary arrangement popularized by Sting and the Police has unfortunately displaced the traditional arrangement in popular memory.
i just couldn't bring myself to do a journey song - just couldn't do it - so runner up is creed, a band that i rather dislike, except - even though they do this in their usual sludgy, draggy style, i hear something in this song they didn't - and so ...
I got to really hate this mofo over the last couple of weeks. So I had no choice but to record it. [more inside]
Having already tackled Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Christmas Music, and the Catholic Church, we decided that, for May's Challenge, it was time to up the ante to the second worst thing ever: TSO's non-Christmas music. [more inside]
See, I think about weird stuff. Like, what would happen if you combined Creed and (a really sloppy, tuneless version of) The Buzzcocks? Heh, well, you'd get the Creedcocks, wouldn't you? And you know, I think they might sound a little something like this... [more inside]
Here's a quickie for this months challenge to record a song you hate. Fix You, by Coldplay recorded as a really slow, lo-fi, slightly out-of-tune and very out-of-rhythm bedroom song. A tiny preview of my new pump organ makes it's way into this recording (which you can check out here) [more inside]
Some rollicking bluegrass as a spoon to the heart of Bryan Adams, Kevin Costner, and basically that whole period of the early 90s. [more inside]
For the May music challenge. One of Jason Mraz's most popular songs, which to me evokes images of boorish fratboys slamming PBRs, wearing nice hats stupidly and casually observing how sensitive they are because this song is on their iPod. [more inside]
A “cover” of Autechre's Cichli made by splicing together tiny pieces of nearly every other song released by Autechre, making a tour through their discography in reverse chronological order. My minimalist video makes this a bit more entertaining and easier to follow by flashing each song's title every time a piece of it is used. [more inside]
Questionable advice from a '50s educational LP. [more inside]
So what exactly is the difference between trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets?
A rockin' tale from the early history of Dallas, Texas. [more inside]
of Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses. [more inside]
Also known as Zen and the Art of Going to the Lavatory, also by Grunthos the Flatulent, we present a second excerpt of Vogon Poetry, as we have imagined it. [more inside]
Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe. By Grunthos the Flatulent. [more inside]
This is the song in the background of the radio play below.
Here is the other radio play scene that I did about a band called the Goat Guys. Unlike the first one, where the band sucked, at this gig they killed. [more inside]
A radio play scene in which a band called the Goat Guys bomb their first gig. It is an excerpt from the young adult novel Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys by Francesca Lia Block. [more inside]
Groovin' version of our previous song. [more inside]
Here is an entry for the January Challenge! It is by me and rangefinder 1.4. It is a cover of "Leave Her, Johnny," a traditional sea shanty that was sung by sailors at the end of a voyage, as they were preparing to leave their ship ("her" in the song). [more inside]
I have no idea what this is, but at least zephyr_words sent me a great bass track for it.
Zenabi and I put together a song for the January MeMu challenge. Here are the goodies. [more inside]
Two musical minds meet, in the deepest reaches of space.... [more inside]
For the January challenge, fellow mefite mahershalal and I came up with this little number. Kind of a jazz-influenced instrumental shoegaze number, I guess. [more inside]
The Remainders are me (odd man from the original drawing) and anyone who found out late about the challenge. Details... [more inside]
A collaboration with nicolin: a bossa nova collage that takes its time. [more inside]
A sordid tale of greed, revenge, and bingo. [more inside]
A remix of "Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun" by the Beastie Boys for the January collaboration music challenge, by myself and The World Famous [more inside]
Mulp and I worked on this yesterday. He played bass, synth, guitar + vocals. I did the programming, mixing + vocals. It's a rough mix, but a fun start to a new project. It features mostly instruments modded or repaired by me incidentally. [more inside]
Thought I'd jump in to the holiday spirit at the last second: Here is a version of Amazing Grace I did back in 2003 for guitar, 2 musical saws, and xylophone (the toy kind with wheels that you drag around by a string). Recorded into Cubase via the tiny microphone on my old 12" powerbook.
In keeping with tradition, here again are the Demons of Gyrophonia ringing in 2011 with the same old song. [more inside]
A pragmatic carol for hungover sinners. Oh come let us eat breakast.
And finally, The Christmas Album closes on a low note--literally, this time. After all, where's the fun in having a contrabassoon at your disposal if you're not going to do something wacky with it?* *Headphones recommended for maximum head-rattling [more inside]
Hopefully your halls have already been decked. [more inside]
Alright, time to ruin Christmas with the gift of Crabtone. [more inside]
Now for, perhaps, the most abstract experiment on the album, and another test of our previously stated theory. [more inside]
A swirling medley of carols from Cousin Jim's back porch. [more inside]
roll truck roll on dulcimer, firemonkey on trumpet [more inside]
It's one of my least favorite christmas carols, so it seemed appropriate to tackle it instead of something that I cherish (and therefore wasn't willing to tamper with). Decided to drop a verse or two, because let's face it...who isn't a little sick of christmas music.
An original composition by our own Tommy Scheurich, and another experiment in instant festivity. [more inside]
Extremely spartan recording, for me. Vox, piano, a simple vox harmony, and a melodica solo. [more inside]
Because this holiday tune appears on every beginning band's premiere concert program, it's one of my favorite to mock. [more inside]