Instrumental nylon string guitar, borrowing harminocally from Mr Cohen, but in my own style. Hope everyone enjoys it. [more inside]
When fussbudgetry and wankery collide...sexily. [more inside]
Godawful Danzig impression? Check. Complete lack of shame? Check. [more inside]
Influenced in all honesty by freya_lamb and wilco. And coffee shops. And random bars on 'punk' night with the acoustic Brittney spears covers that no one pays attention to. And the noise. Oh ~ it's half some jens lekman. Also dedicated to tired, exhausted folks with good things going for them.
An attempt to anger both Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. [more inside]
This is the soundtrack to a movie about Leonard Cohen going on a rafting trip in rural Appalachia. [more inside]
When Elvis Met Leonard. Nothing but uke, vox, and questionable taste. [more inside]
Cohen, prison style. [more inside]
Here's my version of the esteemed Mr. Cohen's paean to the religion of love. I dropped the rhythm and chord changes, and made a new melody. The very minimal accompaniment consists of three tracks from my trusty old JUNO 60 analog synth. That's it! Video version (photos by yours truly) at Vimeo and YouTube.
You won't be able to escape this in the clubs this summer. Unless you just stay away, which is what I recommend. [more inside]
An accordion based tribute to a Swedish broken heart. very rough audacity+headset recording. [more inside]
I've been in a string quartet frame of mind for the last few weeks. The abrupt end is intentional. Not sure why.
I finished this just in time for it to be the first dance at my wedding. [more inside]
Cover of Hallelujah for the June challenge. [more inside]
Note: Disco = Broken [more inside]
Stealing the 5/4 shuffle from Take Five and injecting it into Leonard Cohen: non-trivial. [more inside]
Although the song says the distinction is irrelevant, this is definitely the BROKEN hallelujah. [more inside]
my take on the monthly challenge fairly faithful but with some harmonies. One take for guitar and vox, one take for harmony, no level altering (it needs it, it also needs the guitar rerecording, but no time!). Again recorded by singing and playing at my mac. One day I'll set up my recording gear!
Includes the rejects.
June Challenge entry. With sincere apologies to Mr Cohen and fans of the song. [more inside]
I thought I'd take one for the team and kick off June's "Cover Hallelujah" Music challenge. This is a scratch recording I made about a year ago when I was home sick and had lost most of my voice. If you ever wanted to hear Excessively Husky-Voiced Cortex, this is your chance. [more inside]
Bicycle chase scene in Central Park. Tried to do this like an old time radio gag... [more inside]
A "cover" of my "first" song. [more inside]
I posted this track before, but that mix is a bit outdated. So I'm offering it up again for the first song challenge. [more inside]
For this month's MeFiMu Challenge, here's a song first written in 1986 and first recorded and released in 1991. This version was recorded earlier today. Rewrote the last verse. The old is new again...
A submission to the unofficial "Seven Nation Army" challenge. [more inside]
The first song I can remember "writing." Circa 1986. Re-recorded here for anterity. [more inside]
One of the earliest songs I've ever made (one of the only I could find) remade with slightly better skills and slightly cheaper equipment. File under easy listening holographic lounge soundtrack. [more inside]
One track of face-slapping, three tracks of voice. That's it!
I think I actually covered both challenges with this. It's chase music made out of one of the earliest string quartets I'd ever taken a crack at. [more inside]
For May's "remake your first song" challenge. [more inside]
When I was 12 or 13 or so, I loved to play around with a MOD tracker I'd downloaded. This is a remake of the first real song I wrote using it. [more inside]
This is a "cover" of the first track I wrote on Reason, after getting my first midi controller. If you're a fan of Debussy, you might recognize the chords. [more inside]
I started with a cavaquinho (uke), but then it spiraled out of control. [more inside]
One of the first songs I ever wrote, remade in a multi-million-dollar studio by a band that broke up shortly after it was recorded. The original version is here. [more inside]
If not for MeFi Challenge deadlines, I might never actually finish a song. This one has only two chords (D and G). Instruments used, in order of appearance: Autoharp, marimba, marxophone, triangle, glockenspiel, and accordion. [more inside]
For the April two chords challenge: As usual, a repetitive song. This time written in a slightly confusing time signature. [more inside]
Languid and lingual. [more inside]
For the April "two chords" Challenge. The two 3-note chords even share a note in common, so we're talking a total of five notes serving as harmonic accompaniment for this song. Played on the strumstick. There's a hoop drum, too, of indeterminate pitch. I posted a lo-fi, live version of this song to YouTube as well, direct from my 6-mat tatami room at home. You can see it here.
Bluesy, down-home saga of rebellion. [more inside]
On man.. the first line and the rhythm were written while walking to class three or four years ago in a wisdom tooth Vicodin sunshine. A couple of days before April this year I woke up early some Sunday morning and just started playing the same two 'chords' over and over again (A7#9sus4 (just bar the 5th) and Amaj .. although it probably was closer to Amin/E to Amaj/E). Combine that with a corrupted version of the 'Why don't you move back to Massachusetts!' line from Do the Right Thing and you've got something sounding like early tired Sunday mornings. [more inside]
'Ataraxia' is Greek for 'tranquility', which is what I was trying to convey with this piece. [more inside]
A song written for the very specific occasion of riding home on a bicycle in a light drizzle. [more inside]
Can cover, E7 and A7. Response to two challenges. [more inside]
So, what was it, November when the MeFi Challenge was unofficially "requests for covers from other MeFites"? But this goes even further back... sometime last summer, Jessamyn said she wanted to do a cover--with me!--of Guided By Voices' "Everywhere With Helicopter." "OK," I said, "but you have to sing and make jangly noises with things around your apartment." [more inside]
A song recorded with Synthesizer and guitar. My submission for the two chords competition [more inside]
A little two-chord reverie that shuffles around for a bit and then disappears. [more inside]
This is an old song, but it only uses two chords (well, okay, so there's a third, brief chord, but still), and it's taken me four years to get around to the massive amount of hiss reduction the song required to make it postable. Because I'm lazy.
Very short and perhaps sweet. I've been working on this kind of music for a while and this is a good example of where I'm at with it right now. Two Chord Challenge!!! ENJOY! [more inside]
For the two chord challenge, though a bit of a cheat because it's more like two notes... [more inside]