Song about an unreasonably angry stewardess. Everyone's written one of these. [more inside]
The first song I ever wrote, dating back to 1986. A pop song about a real Cindy and a possibly invented dance, sung in a fragile and especially twee manner. Part of my Old Songs project. [more inside]
If you don’t know what “Rule 34″ is, just pull out your trusty Urban Dictionary and look it up. Go ahead, I’ll wait. [more inside]
A nice little ditty from my old band's first (and only) E.P. I'm not sure what it's about, but it groove along nicely. My friend Stuart played vibes on the track.
Polygamy (or more accurately - group marriage) gone awry. [more inside]
A new song this summer. I had a postable semi-instrumental version of this, but decided to wait until I fleshed it out. Thus, this is a pretty fleshed-out version, with vocals and about 12 tracks. [more inside]
A song written for my oldest nephew (he's the giggling in the beginning and the talking at the end). His nickname is the monk, not little sprout. [more inside]
This song is about a love rectangle. The singer is in love with Betty, she’s in love with a boy who treats her like crap. He is in love with Betty’s rich best friend who treats both him and Betty like crap. Everyone’s pretty much miserable except possibly for the best friend who’s oblivious to people’s feelings. [more inside]
Inspired by the Marginal Revolution thread giving advice on what to do if you find yourself suddenly transported back to Europe 1000 years ago with nothing but the clothes on your back. [more inside]
Laid-back, blues-inspired pop song for the June '08 lyric challenge. The phrase "life is all about conflicting desires" did not sink in initially. But on further reflection, I understood how this is true. Such conflict can lead to inertia or abdication of choice, resulting in disappointment. I did all the parts on this track: vox, keyboard, drum programming, and electric bass. I'm happy with the music, but the mix needs work. Dedicated to Jessamyn, of course (for what became the bridge). Lyrics inside. [more inside]
Acoustic number in the works, just looking for some advice & feedback about this song (see description) [more inside]
"Our minds are permeable to forgetfulness; I myself am distorting and losing, through the tragic erosion of the years, the features of Beatriz." -- Jorge Luis Borges [more inside]
Slice of acoustic girl singer pop. [more inside]
Moody ruminations with autoharp and marimba accompaniment. I just finished it, so it's still pretty hot -- watch your fingers. [more inside]
My one-person band, drowsy, delivers this delicious 1950s-inspired retro-pop (with crunchy autoharp topping!) directly to your doorstep. Quick, answer the door! [more inside]
The Olivers are on some rough seas right now, but here's something to guide us all to better shores. [more inside]
Russian DJ a prisoner of the Caucasus
Island of bad luck
This first time I presented this song, I made a drastic edit to the melody that turned out to be unsuccessful. Also, my singing sucked. [more inside]
Due to popular demand, here's yet another mix of "Secret Book" with vocals, as originally posted here and here. [more inside]
For the RPM Challenge. [more inside]
Lo-fi jangly short atonal pop. [more inside]
Context: For those who haven't heard it, the previous album (Will the Moon Explode in ... the 23rd Century?) is about mysterious problems with the moon that seem to indicate impending disaster. At the end of the album we have treated the symptoms but are uncertain as to whether or not we have cured the moon. [more inside]
This song is from the band I have been with for the longest, LOX-P, and was recorded at the same studio and under the same conditions as the last song I posted, War Waltz. On this recording I am the bass player, however I wrote the guitar line as well. Hope y'all like it. [more inside]
This is a new version of Secret Book, of which I originally posted an instrumental version here. On the new mix, my wife Lori sings beautifully, and I wail a bit at the end. [more inside]
Sung by The Infamous Benny Hill, this one is an ode to a female scientist he knows.
This is the first song off our new album, The Continuing Adventures of the 23rd Century in ... The 23rd Century. [more inside]
This is a cover of Engine by Neutral Milk Hotel. The original was the B-side of Holland, 1945. I made this recording in honor of the tenth anniversary of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. [more inside]
This one I did for the musical version of NaNoWriMo (aka RPM). It's part of a planned concept album/musical (in the vein of Tommy or The Wall) called Comeuppance by my band Ready Demolition. This is the third demo I did tonight. Lemme know whatcha think. [more inside]
I met a guy who claimed he was a soldier from the future, here to save humanity. I wrote a song about him. It has been described as "derivative and campy" which may well be true. It's also up on YouTube. with pictures. [more inside]
Here's a song about those times when picking a random direction and hitting the road seems like best idea ever. [more inside]
Song from long ago about infatuation; remixed, remastered. Gratuitous orchestra hits at the end provided free of charge. [more inside]
This is a pop track from my new album "Save You From Yourself" featuring my friend Jerin on harmony vox. [more inside]
A while ago I posted a song from an old tape-album called It's Amazing What Some People Can Believe, and said I'd tell people when I'd uploaded the whole thing to my website. I forgot. Mea culpa. This is, as it were, the second single. [more inside]
I think this is one of the catchier songs I've come up with in a while, though I never seem to be a good judge of that. At any rate, it's a short and simple track about intense love gone missing... or something like that. [more inside]
No, not that Surfer Girl. I wrote this years ago back when the internet was still pretty new and AOL chat rooms were becoming popular. Recorded on my first Mac with no bass and a drum machine that I had absolutely no idea how to work.
A dancey pop kinda thing. I finished all the recording and rough mixes for my next album so I'm starting to enjoy making music again. Also: trying to be less of a perfectionist so I maybe don't go bonkers.
The first mostly completed track in a larger project my wife Lori and I are working on under the name Tangemeenie, called "The Gilded Age." It's obliquely about the romantic (and so often foolhardy) impulse to knock down giants just to watch them fall. Lyrics inside. [more inside]
Here is a cheerful ditty for all of you. My one-man-band, drowsy, usually uses autoharp but this song doesn't have any. It does have toy piano, if that's any consolation. (Please let me know if it is not.) [more inside]
This is the first thing I've recorded in awhile. It's a song about Christmas that I wrote for Surfjam Stevens. I recorded it in my bedroom with a little help from my friends. [more inside]
a man sitting in a chair on the second floor looking out the window.
My earlier foray into music, when I couldn't think of anything to write about. [more inside]
Not in my town. Not in any of my five towns. [more inside]
Eighties inspired electropop with vox verse and instrumental dance hook. That's Arundhati Roy you hear at the beginning. I just had to use that beautiful voice of hers somewhere.
A simple, melancholy electro instrumental that I recorded a couple of years ago. Percussion ideas came from various hip-hop sources; the melody is my own. I use it as background music during a spoken-word segment of my live shows. [more inside]
Tender love song with an intriguing, unusual structure