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My Chemical Brain

I don’t know crap about this topic but it hasn’t stopped me from having my interest piqued. Specifically, I’m talking about brain chemistry. Both the mechanics of it and the way we manipulate what those mechanics do these days are super interesting. Even more amazing to me is how people’s emotions (usually negative emotions) can be a simple result of a chemical imbalance in their brain. Wow. I realize the drugs we have today are both amazing relative to nothing and very blunt instruments relative to what we’ll have down the road. And while I haven’t tried any of them, I sometimes wonder what people did before they existed. Mostly suffered I suppose. :| [more inside]
posted by hillelc on May 19, 2009 - 1 comment

winter - vampire deer

2nd song on my rpm album - this is a kind of mellow song
posted by pyramid termite on Feb 26, 2009 - 0 comments

68 percent

A happy-sounding very sad song. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Feb 18, 2009 - 4 comments

come here (aberdeen)

This started as a weird tune with pseudo-Indian wailing/cat meowing vocals, guitar feedback, and a one-note sitar solo. It still has those elements, but the track ended up being an almost radio-friendly, catchy (?) pop-rock thing. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Feb 9, 2009 - 12 comments

Never Gonna Bring You Down

A mashup of ELO and another well-known artist. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 4, 2009 - 15 comments

I Don't Want to be Here

Recorded back in '01 for the Chalkhills.org King For a Day XTC tribute compilation CD. Written by Andy Partridge, but never recorded by XTC. This was a one-off project, but eventually led to the formation of my XTC tribute band, and we played it live once or twice. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Jan 1, 2009 - 1 comment

(This Is) The Dream Of Matt And Harriett

A song about my favorite failed Aaron Sorkin show. My good friend Jessica sings Harriett's part.
posted by clcapps on Dec 26, 2008 - 0 comments

You're Not The Only One

My Talking Heads-y song, with tons of autotune!
posted by clcapps on Dec 22, 2008 - 5 comments

Brookline

(Note: NSFW-ish if f*** and a****** are a problem where you work.) For the bulk of the years of growing up that I actually remember, what I would consider the “formative” years, I lived in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Not to be confused with the super irritating Brookline, New Hampshire that would show up in school closing announcements only to leave me extra disappointed.) During and after college I didn’t think much of my high school years at Brookline High School. And in fact, I ended up losing touch with every friend I made there. But thanks to the internets I have reconnected with many of them, some very recently. It’s been super positive, and it’s stirred up all these great memories of my time in Brookline. That’s what this song is about. These three incidents in particular: [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Nov 24, 2008 - 3 comments

Take the Picture

I tend to take a lot of pictures. I found out early on in my photo-taking tenure that the more pictures I took, the more likely that some of them would come out nicely. Of course, I’m always the one behind the camera. As a parent, I also have wondered just how much of the time I spend with my kids they will remember (if any). My father recently asked me if I remembered how we used to watch Star Trek together. I honestly couldn’t remember. He was crushed. It occurred to me that many years down the road when my kids look at our family pictures they won’t see me in any of them because I was the one behind the camera. Something tells me that this detail will be lost on them as they repeat the cycle and tell me they don’t remember me being there. ;) [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Nov 10, 2008 - 5 comments

JMC (Election Remix)

John McCain meets Barack Obama in a chance enounter, post-election but pre-inauguration. Recorded by the 7-piece Seattle band "Awesome" at my studio in sunny West Seattle. [more inside]
posted by Aquaman on Oct 30, 2008 - 2 comments

Gold Star (Feel Like A Ghost)

Not a ghost story, but some spooky moments nonetheless. A cranky pop rock + alt-country-ish tune I wrote for FAWM 2008... [more inside]
posted by scottandrew on Oct 22, 2008 - 3 comments

Creature From the Deep

I bought an old box of Fruit Brute on eBay last week and it had one of those paper records attached to it. The song was so rad, I had to digitize it to share with MeFi. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Oct 19, 2008 - 12 comments

Dear Editor

Awhile ago I spent way too much time reading a thread on the always excellent Marginal Revolution blog discussing possible tactics for dealing with sudden and unwelcome time-travel to 1000 A.D. Clearly the thread needed to be put to music. (OK, it was clear to me at least.) That was so much fun that I thought it might be fun to do it again. And Tyler over at Marginal Revolution was nice enough to participate for another round. Then Tyler announced the topic - “Are Books Overwritten?” Ruh ro. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Aug 5, 2008 - 1 comment

Days Like This

It seemed time for an uncomplicated pop song (not that any of my songs are super complex in the first place). But in this nice little package you get everything you’re looking for in a standard radio-friendly pop song (does anyone listen to the radio anymore?)... [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 28, 2008 - 7 comments

SkyMall (Jonathan Coulton cover)

A few months ago I decided I wanted to try and do a cover. Based on the result, it was clearly a bad idea. I probably should have been discouraged but instead, after months of therapy, I decided to try again. The victim this time was one of my favorite artists - Jonathan Coulton and his excellent song SkyMall. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 22, 2008 - 4 comments

Victor's a Dictionary

Written back at the turn of the millennium (oh the good old days) this song is about our old friend Victor. He’s an ethnic Chinese, Australian born doctor who abandoned medicine (and Sydney) to embrace the “structured” world of computer programming and the United States. Once you understand the laws that govern Victor’s existence you can compile him quite reliably. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 15, 2008 - 4 comments

Private Island

Wrote this a few years ago. An introspective song about a place to be introspective. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 14, 2008 - 5 comments

Terry (The Probably Drunk and Definitely Angry Stewardess)

Song about an unreasonably angry stewardess. Everyone's written one of these. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 10, 2008 - 6 comments

Rule 34

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]
posted by hillelc on Jul 8, 2008 - 7 comments

Let's Sneak Off

Polygamy (or more accurately - group marriage) gone awry. [more inside]
posted by hillelc on Jul 4, 2008 - 4 comments

School Bus

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]
posted by tmcw on Jul 2, 2008 - 5 comments

Betty (Sugar Fix)

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]
posted by hillelc on Jun 30, 2008 - 2 comments

1000 A.D. (Sugar Fix)

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]
posted by hillelc on Jun 26, 2008 - 7 comments

Things I Used to Know (demo)

"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]
posted by ludwig_van on May 16, 2008 - 6 comments

Landing Song

The Olivers are on some rough seas right now, but here's something to guide us all to better shores. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 24, 2008 - 0 comments

Beauty of Love

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]
posted by Slash_fan on Feb 21, 2008 - 3 comments

Jetpack

This is the first song off our new album, The Continuing Adventures of the 23rd Century in ... The 23rd Century. [more inside]
posted by tcobretti on Feb 17, 2008 - 3 comments

Erase It

I song I mixed about regaining lost time. By the Wild Bores [more inside]
posted by salvomix on Feb 4, 2008 - 1 comment

gone

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]
posted by edlundart on Dec 19, 2007 - 6 comments

Surfer Girl

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.
posted by gfrobe on Dec 18, 2007 - 8 comments

Not Anymore

A poppy ditty about a girl's good fortune thanks to yours truly.
posted by markulus on Jun 4, 2007 - 5 comments

Save the Fattest Girl for Me

A pop-rock song about bypassing the supermodels and going straight for the solid girls. Tried to write it catchy, melodic and rockin. Feedback would be much appreciated.
posted by markulus on May 1, 2007 - 13 comments

February Third (album version)

A Metafilter exclusive! This is the studio version of my contribution to the meficomp. It's the second track from my new album, which is available now.
posted by ludwig_van on Apr 24, 2007 - 8 comments

There is a Light

The final song from The Olivers' slap-happy EP. Complete with bald-faced Beatles and U2 references. Listen, Comment, Favorite, and Add To Playlist. Enjoy!
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 18, 2007 - 1 comment

crazy

A cover of the first verse and chorus of the Gnarls Barkley song, primitively recorded live a while back when I had a cold. My wife was really into the song and I recorded this for her as a goof, but it came out kinda good.
posted by edlundart on Apr 17, 2007 - 9 comments

The Road (album version)

The opening track from my upcoming LP. Handclaps, ooh bop bops, fiddles, and flutes.
posted by ludwig_van on Apr 10, 2007 - 7 comments

you've been awake

Lyrically naughty, musically atmospheric. Features guitars, vocals, brushed drums, African thumb harp, clothes hangers, and a shy half of a fake symphony orchestra.
posted by edlundart on Apr 10, 2007 - 6 comments

Summer's Ending (album version)

This is the closing track of my debut LP, Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies, to be released 4/20/07.
posted by ludwig_van on Apr 8, 2007 - 14 comments

the vase

My wife accidentally broke a vase. This song resulted. It was recorded in a couple of days inbetween other projects. I used no clicktrack, metronome or drum beat, so the timing is nice and loose (in a good way, I hope). It's short, so listen twice!
posted by edlundart on Apr 4, 2007 - 11 comments

Tidal Girl

The Fourth installment by The Olivers, my band with Afroblanco and a few other guys. (Previously 1, 2, 3.) This is another fairly earnest pop-rock song that we think is pretty hot, but without your opinions, we have no real way of knowing, now do we? We thank you all for any thoughts or suggestions you might have.
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 2, 2007 - 6 comments

John Hughes

The first song off of The Olivers' EP Cleveland Panda Rampage, though the third one to post. (Previously (1, 2)) Afroblanco and I play in a band together. This is a song, well, not about the noble '80's director so much as inspired by his cheesy yet touching brand of passionate sincerity. As always, we want to hear from the people/spambots. Especially the spambots. Thank you.
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 21, 2007 - 1 comment

No Title

This is a live version of a song I did with Video, a band I'm no longer in.
posted by mexican on Mar 12, 2007 - 4 comments

Summon My Jesus

The second song to post from our new EP. (Previously) This is my band with Afroblanco and some other guys. We're called The Olivers, and are giddy for your comments, snarky or otherwise.
posted by Navelgazer on Mar 2, 2007 - 11 comments

Big Ideas

So Afroblanco and I have a band together with some other guys. (I am on guitar, he on doumbek and other percussion.) Here is the first of a few songs to come over the coming weeks. Cheers.
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 17, 2007 - 2 comments

Postcard From A Volcano

A bouncy pop song from my old band New Blind Nationals. This song always reminded me of The Promise Ring
posted by drezdn on Feb 12, 2007 - 1 comment

Regicide Solution

Here's an unfortunately prescient political power-pop tune I penned in '02, as recorded by Detroit's own rock foursome LISBOA at our (then) modest home studio in our first collective foray into DIY recording. RIFYL: The New Pornographers and dudes/lady-dudes in that vein. Honky tonk piano (emphasis on the "honky"), a Hammond, some e-Bow, a little vibraphone, and a few too many "nah-nah-nah-nahs," but whaddya gonna do, right? Hope you dig it, friends.
posted by joe lisboa on Feb 1, 2007 - 1 comment

Confession

True story. Kid owes drug dealers money, so he tells them his aunt is on her way home from cashing her tax refund check. She is gunned down on her porch in front of spouse and kids.
posted by TLCTugger on Jan 20, 2007 - 2 comments

Take It From Me

The Archers of Loaf meet the Bay City Rollers in this humble contribution to the grand tradition of cheeky break-up tunes. Terrible puns abound, but you've been warned. From LISBOA's 2003 EP Either Origami, available here for five lousy clams. Crank it up, friends.
posted by joe lisboa on Jan 19, 2007 - 3 comments

The Greatest Days

These are the greatest days, and this is optimism rock from The Forget.
posted by dhammond on Dec 30, 2006 - 0 comments

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