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Additional Small Things

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]
posted by cortex on May 25, 2011 - 6 comments

vampire deer - walks like a lady

the demons forced me to do a cover of a journey song - now i must shower
posted by pyramid termite on May 24, 2011 - 2 comments

All The Small Things

I seem unable to cover songs (even those I hate) without making them sound completely earnest.
posted by ianK on May 24, 2011 - 8 comments

Songbird (Kenny G cover)

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]
posted by baniak on May 21, 2011 - 5 comments

Tequila Sunrise (The Eagles)

This is a horrible rendition of a horrible song. Does it even make sense? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on May 20, 2011 - 9 comments

Higher (the slam poetry version)

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]
posted by Corduroy on May 20, 2011 - 8 comments

Every Breath You Take

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.
posted by Et En Arcata Ego on May 17, 2011 - 16 comments

vampire deer - my sacrifice

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 ...
posted by pyramid termite on May 16, 2011 - 5 comments

I Go Blind

I got to really hate this mofo over the last couple of weeks. So I had no choice but to record it. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 16, 2011 - 8 comments

Prelude-Midnight (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

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]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on May 14, 2011 - 2 comments


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]
posted by DaDaDaDave on May 12, 2011 - 8 comments

Fix You

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]
posted by Corduroy on May 12, 2011 - 12 comments

Everything I Do (I Dun Fer You)

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]
posted by cortex on May 9, 2011 - 22 comments

I'm Yours But Not Really

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]
posted by jnrussell on May 4, 2011 - 10 comments

A sickly imitation

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]
posted by mubba on Apr 28, 2011 - 2 comments

Babies Come From Wood

Questionable advice from a '50s educational LP. [more inside]
posted by mintcake! on Mar 30, 2011 - 1 comment

Intellectual Property

So what exactly is the difference between trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets?
posted by ochenk on Mar 27, 2011 - 9 comments

Solomon Silkwood

A rockin' tale from the early history of Dallas, Texas. [more inside]
posted by erikgrande on Mar 23, 2011 - 2 comments

The First Seven Lines...

of Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Mar 4, 2011 - 0 comments

My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles

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]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Feb 26, 2011 - 2 comments

Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in my Armpit One Midsummer Morning

Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe. By Grunthos the Flatulent. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Feb 25, 2011 - 1 comment

The Goat Guys song (at the good gig)

This is the song in the background of the radio play below.
posted by umbú on Feb 8, 2011 - 4 comments

The Goat Guys Rule

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]
posted by umbú on Feb 7, 2011 - 3 comments

The Goat Guys Suck

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]
posted by umbú on Feb 5, 2011 - 1 comment

The Remainders Pt II

Groovin' version of our previous song. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Feb 1, 2011 - 4 comments

Leave Her, Johnny

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]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jan 31, 2011 - 13 comments

This is That

I have no idea what this is, but at least zephyr_words sent me a great bass track for it.
posted by ORthey on Jan 31, 2011 - 12 comments


Zenabi and I put together a song for the January MeMu challenge. Here are the goodies. [more inside]
posted by mintcake! on Jan 31, 2011 - 12 comments


Two musical minds meet, in the deepest reaches of space.... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 31, 2011 - 16 comments

Chromatic Satori

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]
posted by malocchio on Jan 31, 2011 - 12 comments

"The Remainders"

The Remainders are me (odd man from the original drawing) and anyone who found out late about the challenge. Details... [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jan 31, 2011 - 12 comments

Better Late Than Never

A bit of lighthearted rock opera storytelling by minifigs and me. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Jan 31, 2011 - 19 comments

cloches oiseaux

A collaboration with nicolin: a bossa nova collage that takes its time. [more inside]
posted by umbú on Jan 31, 2011 - 15 comments

The Night We Shot Bingo Elvis

A sordid tale of greed, revenge, and bingo. [more inside]
posted by baxter_ilion on Jan 30, 2011 - 4 comments

Looking Down The Barrel of The World Famous & Hoopo

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]
posted by Hoopo on Jan 30, 2011 - 7 comments

Clap Around

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]
posted by reklus on Jan 25, 2011 - 6 comments

Amazing Grace

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.
posted by TheCoug on Dec 31, 2010 - 3 comments

Auld Lang Syne

In keeping with tradition, here again are the Demons of Gyrophonia ringing in 2011 with the same old song. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Dec 31, 2010 - 0 comments

Oh Come All Ye Slothful

A pragmatic carol for hungover sinners. Oh come let us eat breakast.
posted by cortex on Dec 27, 2010 - 6 comments

We Three Kings

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]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Dec 25, 2010 - 1 comment

Deck the Halls

Hopefully your halls have already been decked. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Dec 25, 2010 - 1 comment

Ukrainian Crab Carol (Shchedryk)

Alright, time to ruin Christmas with the gift of Crabtone. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Dec 24, 2010 - 0 comments

Angels We Have Heard On High

More like Black Angels We Have Heard On High, amirite? [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Dec 24, 2010 - 1 comment

Coalstockings (Blacklung)

Now for, perhaps, the most abstract experiment on the album, and another test of our previously stated theory. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Dec 23, 2010 - 0 comments

Mountain Instrument Medley

A swirling medley of carols from Cousin Jim's back porch. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Dec 23, 2010 - 1 comment

Little Drummer Boy

roll truck roll on dulcimer, firemonkey on trumpet [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Dec 22, 2010 - 1 comment

Winter Wonderland

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.
posted by SamuraiCarChase on Dec 22, 2010 - 1 comment

Bad Santa

An original composition by our own Tommy Scheurich, and another experiment in instant festivity. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Dec 22, 2010 - 4 comments

Silent Night

Extremely spartan recording, for me. Vox, piano, a simple vox harmony, and a melodica solo. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 22, 2010 - 1 comment

Up on the Housetop

Because this holiday tune appears on every beginning band's premiere concert program, it's one of my favorite to mock. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Dec 22, 2010 - 0 comments

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