Another slice of 1995 Big Star/Television influenced indie ephemera from my 4-track cassette box. I still really love this guitar riff and the herky jerky power pop stuff at the end of the chorus. A song about not wanting someone to feel bad for dumping you. When I first heard Sloan, I thought 'man, they stole my sound' although really we both stole Velvet Crush's. [more inside]
One of my contributions to an XTC tribute album project from 2001. The song, written by Andy Partridge, was taken from a rough demo floating around on bootleg cassettes, but never actually released by XTC. [more inside]
Someone suggested I re-record this with a heavier treatment. So I threw the kitchen sink at it. Guitars, guitars, more guitars, a cello section, some HEAVY guitars, harmonies and a bonus weather forecast. Don't let the quiet beginning fool you. [more inside]
(to Get What You Want). Another Salvaged From Cassette™ production. Circa 1986. The Beat Meters were my Funky Dance-pop orchestra. [more inside]
an original song. :) ever had a bad break-up? i have. [warning, there's some explicit language toward the end. okay, there's a lot of explicit language at the end. ;)]
Amped up version of a song I posted a few days ago. Gnarly guitars, Hammond organ, sweet harmonies, in a Television / Big Star / Matthew Sweet frame of mind. [more inside]
Another semi-autobiographical 1995 slice of cheerful melancholia. But a pretty guitar riff and one of my favorite choruses to sing, even if I never really could hit the last note. There's an electric version of this with more of a Big Star / Matthew Sweet feel, but darned if I can find it and anyway I like this one. [more inside]
Full on vocal harmony twin electric 12-string assault, my attempt to collide the Monkees with the Byrds with a side of the Go-Betweens. [more inside]
A 1991 recording of one of my songs, recorded at Egg Studios in Seattle. I'm not quite sure what I think of this one, all these years later. It's a love song, of sorts. [more inside]
From my old band, recorded about 6 years ago. The crappy coda on the end was my bad idea, but I can't edit it out now.
Another rehearsal demo for my Irish-American band, the Peter O'Tooles. This one is a bit naughty. Apologies to anybody actually from Bangor. [more inside]
A practice demo of a song arranged for my Irish-American band, The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]
The demo of a reworked version of an older song, arranged for my Irish-American band, The Peter O'Tooles. [more inside]
Wow, yet another electro-acoustic song, this time from Thanks To Science, We've Got Love. [more inside]
This another electro-acoustic tune of mine with distinct hints of Ennio Morricone. [more inside]
This song started off as a 30 second pitch for a cell phone commercial. [more inside]
Love song meets murder ballad. [more inside]
A short song written by my daughter Zoe (8 years old) [more inside]
A deliriously cheerful song of complete misery. [more inside]
laid back with cheesy sounds...
This Borges-inspired track appears on the new Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies EP, Labyrinths, available now for streaming and download. The demo was posted here. [more inside]
Poppy-ska song I wrote a couple years ago about being afraid to ask a girl out. (I did, eventually, but not in the song). [more inside]
About three and a half years ago, I uploaded the eleventh song on Mefi Music. This autumn, I finally got my arse in a real studio, and did it properly. [more inside]
Cover of the Verlaines. [more inside]
It's a pop-type song (with streaks of metal) that tells the tale of a fish and his problems. Lyrics here. [more inside]
A short, sweet synthpop/r&b jam. I've been listening to Confessions alot lately, and this is sort of my take on the modern r&b genre.
This is the lead-off track from the forthcoming EP, Labyrinths, by Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies, to be released 1/7/10. It's a wistful slice of indie-pop about insomnia, suburban isolation, and the boredom of hometowns. [more inside]
A little robot dreams of world domination.
A nifty remake of a classic....tried for eerie, don't know if it succeeded....
This jaunty ditty features my wife singing lead and chococat playing the ukelele. I mostly just stand around. [more inside]
a song by my band, fm campers. don't really know where this falls, genre-wise... electronic rock noise-pop? [more inside]
A dancey electropop tune that I recorded a long time ago, and have only just gotten around to finishing up. Guest vocals by my friend Alaina, and yours truly on the vocoder. [more inside]
Just in time for the first day of Autumn, here's a fuzzy, sunny love song that I made for you. Give it a listen and hang on to that Summer feeling for another two-and-a-quarter minutes. [more inside]
From the band that brought you "Bridges over the Thames" and "The world's most blown mind", The Old Whores Of San Pedro proudly present. Locate the pin, a song inspired by a fire extinguisher. [more inside]
Homesick synths, bittersweet beats. [more inside]
An uptempo, harmony-laden poppy number about a short-tempered, rotund gentleman who seems to be everywhere I go.
Sometimes, somebody likes you for your faults. [more inside]
A song about waiting for your love to return to you, and being afraid of the state she might find you in when she does.
For losers everywhere... [more inside]
A goofy, gleeful, garage-y little summer-in-the-city song. [more inside]
From the back catalog of The Olivers. Somehow this one never made it over here. As always, interested in y'all's thoughts.
Another chill orchestration of guitar, drums, bass, flute, and sax. The solo at the end is one of my favorites. [more inside]
We're trying to decipher notes taken down on arms and hands. [more inside]
Exactly what we need right now. [more inside]
A song I wrote a long time ago. With the help of a friend's vocals... [more inside]
June Challenge entry. With sincere apologies to Mr Cohen and fans of the song. [more inside]
As I was noodling around with these chords, beautiful summer has arrived here in Seattle. I couldn’t help but look out the window of our little music room at the gorgeous weather, flowers, blue skies, and people having fun on the water and asking myself, what am I doing inside on such a lovely day? And the answer is, writing a song about how I love the summer months as long as I’m safely ensconced indoors and out of the sun. It’s not my fault that I’m borderline translucent and in danger of melting in summer sun like a chocolate bar on the backseat of a car in July. But keep in mind, those of us who prefer it inside, aren’t necessarily anti-summer. We love watching it from the safety of air-conditioned shade. [more inside]