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I like Cheese

Originally by man vs sun, recorded while just dicking around with a microphone. [more inside]
posted by askmeaboutLOOM on Jun 14, 2009 - 7 comments

It Was A Great Year (Movies With Robots)

Easy, nostalgic, cinematic electronica. The challenging part was getting the robots to sing - not too mechanically, but not too uncannily either.
posted by gmm on Apr 21, 2009 - 20 comments

come careening

Layers of soft guitar distortion with pseudo-indian instruments thrown in, under a falsetto vocal over a deeper background vocal going through a guitar amp. I'm kind of proud of the lyrics, which are about staying true. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Mar 11, 2009 - 6 comments

All I Believe

A cover some friends and I will be performing at a cabaret here in New York in a couple weeks. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 2, 2009 - 3 comments

Tea For Two

Lately I've been in a mood to sing vintage romantic standards in a very straight up way. Some day I want to do a version of this song inspired by Anita O'Day. This ain't it. You can still feel free to dance, though! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Feb 24, 2009 - 2 comments

Drew Carey Ruined The Price Is Right

I've pinpointed the reason our economy is in shambles. It wasn't the subprime mortgage crisis. It wasn't Bernie Madoff. It wasn't even the president. The moment our global economy collapsed was when Bob Barker retired as game show host. [more inside]
posted by man vs sun on Feb 19, 2009 - 7 comments

How Long Has This Been Going On

Rehearsing some totally new Gershwin torch songs. Well, not new for the Gershwins. They're pretty dead. New for me, though. :) [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Feb 17, 2009 - 7 comments

But Not For Me

Hope to revisit this one day-- piano by the talented Wang sisters: http://www.youtube.com/user/lipatti [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Dec 1, 2008 - 1 comment

i will (radiohead cover)

Spur-of-the-moment lo-fi live cover of the Radiohead song off Hail to the Thief, to which I added a couple of equally rough overdubs and some reverb. The guitar is out of tune and poorly played, but the vocal melody tweaks are kind of fun. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Nov 12, 2008 - 7 comments

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Yes, it's Disney, with some nice jazzy guitar as background courtesy of Adrian Holovaty...I tried to add a few touches of my own, I hope you enjoy.
posted by StrikeTheViol on Nov 11, 2008 - 1 comment

You'll Never Know (A Capella)

Me singing the Harry Warren song, without any backing, feel free to mashup/remix, etc. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Sep 28, 2008 - 0 comments

Habañera

from Bizet's opera Carmen. Recorded with pianist Andy Kraus in the heat and humidity of a DC summer. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Aug 20, 2008 - 13 comments

Bring me lil water Silvie

More three part me... Took the arrangement from the Wailin' Jennys [more inside]
posted by ibfrog on Aug 6, 2008 - 6 comments

undulate underling

A short, lyrically strange new song partly based on a dream. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Jul 20, 2008 - 7 comments

Gone

A new song about my bad tendency to just pack up and leave without warning. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jul 10, 2008 - 2 comments

casanova ruins

I was walking around in the garment district at night on valentine's day years ago, and spotted a beautiful woman walking alone across the street. Despite being glamorously dressed up, she looked like she had lost all faith in men. She was carrying a heart-shaped balloon and huge flowers. This song is sort of about that. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 comments

Wasn't We a Pair

Part of my Old Songs project. A tale of loss and regret told in the manner of a Mexican ragtime cowboy song. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jul 2, 2008 - 1 comment

Beggar's Song

Another in my "Old Songs" series, where I record lo-fi versions of songs I wrote quite a while ago. This one came from sometime about 1996, and, as far as I can tell, it was composed in a fit of Brechtian depression after listening to an evening of Yiddish art songs. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 17, 2008 - 2 comments

You are my sunshine

WILDCARD challenge -- again with the three part acapella harmony [more inside]
posted by ibfrog on Jun 8, 2008 - 8 comments

When I Fall In Love

I started singing back when I was darn near tone deaf and had the breath control of someone recovering from a pool accident. I think I've gotten better, so I'd like people who don't know me to have a listen. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Apr 7, 2008 - 6 comments

Hey Jude

Hey Jude in three part (x2) harmony [more inside]
posted by ibfrog on Mar 19, 2008 - 3 comments

Easy come, easy go

This is about one of those times when you know you really shouldn't, but you just can't help yourself...;) [more inside]
posted by freya_lamb on Feb 29, 2008 - 4 comments

Amazing Grace

Three part improv harmony recorded on a laptop mic. [more inside]
posted by ibfrog on Feb 28, 2008 - 2 comments

Insect Song

Another little bass-and-vocal 4-track oddity; just a common story that everyone's probably seen unfolding at some point.
posted by Wolfdog on Feb 13, 2008 - 4 comments

on and on and on

An atheist's song about the nature of politics and religion in the U.S.
posted by edlundart on Jan 30, 2008 - 5 comments

hospital walls

Guitar-based melancholy song with vocals. I've had this around for several years, and keep thinking I'll continue to dabble with the outro. I think it's time to just let it out. I wrote this after the breakup of a 7 year relationship. I like the lyrics, and the little solo, and many other things about it. The long fade-out ending is over-indulgent and a bit off-key, but imperfect as the song may be, it has heart.
posted by edlundart on Jan 10, 2008 - 6 comments

If I Had Wings (in Yiddish)

If I only had wings, I would fly to you... If I had chains, I would pull you to me... Just open up my heart, you'll see that it's dark and heavy with my love to you... Late last night, we wanted to capture the intimacy and quiet sparkle of this old song ... Hope it brings you a moment of peace and loveliness... [more inside]
posted by barmaljova on Dec 18, 2007 - 12 comments

the end

A "drifty" and atmospheric song about life and death and love, complete with harp. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Nov 24, 2007 - 4 comments

Even Then

What if Wolverine decided to become a carpenter? [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Oct 14, 2007 - 9 comments

For Reverend Green

A simple cover of a song from Animal Collective's newest album, which MetaFilter greeted with a great deal of enthusiasm. I was kind of reluctant to upload this one, because there are some things about the singing that I don't like (mostly timing and range), but I'm curious to hear what you guys think of it.
posted by revfitz on Sep 26, 2007 - 7 comments

Rod Carew

A song about race and baseball.
posted by sleepy pete on Sep 1, 2007 - 5 comments

hungry heart

This is a lazy pseudo-live cover of the Bruce Springsteen song, recorded on a whim a couple of years ago.
posted by edlundart on Aug 29, 2007 - 6 comments

New Orleans 2005

On this 2nd anniversary of hurricane Katrina, I thought I'd post this song, which I wrote and recorded in the days following the disaster. In 2005, when I first posted it to my own web site, I received some comments from folks who were pretty incensed by it. I'd never had such visceral negative reactions to a song. Should you be interested, you can read some of those comments and my replies here. I also just posted a live version (from a gig earlier this month) to YouTube. [lyrics inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 28, 2007 - 5 comments

invisible bees

a swarm in a small room.
posted by nicolin on Jul 25, 2007 - 2 comments

Until You Sever The Snake

Written and recorded for the serpentine challenge now underway. My buddy Ken Kawashima brought in the North Mississippi blues riff and yours truly did the rest. Apologies to animal rights advocates, but some snakes were severed during the recording of this song. Had to be done. [lyrics inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 17, 2007 - 8 comments

Used To Ride That Train

There must've been hundreds of times over the years that I've tapped out a rhythm on a pan full of water while doing the dishes, the pitch woozily shifting as the h2o sloshes about. At those times I've almost always thought, hey, I should put this on a track sometime. Of course, I never did, until the first MeFi Music Challenge, with its "water" theme. Along with the big metal bowl full of troubled waters, you'll hear jawharp, talking drum, bombo drum, bell, shaker and vocal. [Lyrics and more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 5, 2007 - 10 comments

I Like Hat

Acapella sample, killer synth, creepy fembot vocals. A song about hats.
posted by ageispolis on Jul 2, 2007 - 5 comments

to dream

late night meeting with a street musician, near saint anne, in Montpellier. Lots of things to say, many songs in his bag, mostly sharing the same chords (!?). Nice feeling.
posted by nicolin on Jun 20, 2007 - 9 comments

breaking up

Hi, this is the sequel to my previous post : old french song. Actually, this song was the following one we sang during the concert in the church "des frères prècheurs", Arles, in 2006.
posted by nicolin on May 23, 2007 - 1 comment

Tracatacata tun tun

A little something my girl and I put together.
posted by micayetoca on May 14, 2007 - 15 comments

Lexington Avenue Line

In a departure for me, this tune features no percussion, synths, jaw harps, scrap metal or hand held mini-vibrators, but is simply accompanied by... an acoustic guitar. Radical, huh? Anyway, as you might guess from the title, the tune is a kind of meditation on New York City. Hope you enjoy.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 19, 2007 - 9 comments

Blues Wrapped Round My Head

In a slow count of 5, here's some kind of convergence of Burma and the blues, or thereabouts. "scissors cut paper / paper blows away / stone smashes scissors / and so it goes / another day / but it's all downhill from here / at least that's what sisyphus said /ah you're fucked six ways from sunday / with the blues wrapped round your head"
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 23, 2007 - 6 comments

Don't Go To Strangers (piano/vocal rehearsal)

Another 2006 rehearsal recording... cleaned up but obviously very rough still. Don't Go To Strangers was written in 1954 by Arthur Kent and David Mann, with gorgeous lyrics by Redd "Frim Fram Sauce" Evans. Many people have covered it, but Etta James' version is the one that infatuated me to give it a go myself. Gorgeous piano work provided by the perpetually kickass Tamir Hendelman
posted by miss lynnster on Feb 22, 2007 - 3 comments

i am a bear and i am asleep

rambling RPM Challenge song.
posted by sleepy pete on Feb 21, 2007 - 5 comments

After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It (piano/vocal)

Another 2006 CD rehearsal. I love timeless lyrics... and this 1920 tune by Irving Berlin captures human nature perfectly. It was repopularized by an arm-swinging Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The Nat King Cole Trio did it better though.
Piano fabulousness by the astoundingly talented (and now Grammy Nominated!) Tamir Hendelman

posted by miss lynnster on Jan 24, 2007 - 3 comments

Love Me or Leave Me (bass/vocal)

Ok, so here's my spin on another old song. This Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn composition was first featured in Florenz Zeigfield's 1928 Broadway musical Whoopee, starring Eddie Cantor & Ruth Etting, who took the song to #2 on the charts. In 1955, Doris Day starred in a biographical movie about Etting called "Love Me or Leave Me" & her updated rendition became a giant hit. Flash forward to 1967... Nina Simone turned this hokey old Ziegfeld tune into a completely reworked masterpiece of piano & voice (download link is at bottom). My own version (heard best live, I think) is definitely inspired by Nina's, but it could never compare to hers -- I just do my own thing & try to make it my own a bit. It's a fun song to do... audiences seem to love it. Incredible basswork once again provided by bass God Chris Conner.
posted by miss lynnster on Jan 20, 2007 - 10 comments

If There Is Any News

This song is by Skist (my duo with singer/electronicist Haruna Ito). It's from our new CD. [lyrics inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 13, 2007 - 6 comments

Party People (Get On the Dancefloor)

This is a recently recorded song that'll probably go on my next release. I'm not sure yet about the mix, but I guess it's good enough in its current state for a spin around the MeFi block. Party down y'all. [lyrics inside]</small]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 11, 2007 - 9 comments

Flat Fix

This is a tune from a 1995 release called "Samm Bennett's History of the Last Five Minutes", from the Knitting Factory label. The CD is currently out of print. The guitarist is Hahn Rowe, everything else is me. I've been thinking about re-releasing this and possibly my earlier KF CDs on my own label (Yay! Rights have reverted back to yours truly!) but I've got a bunch of new songs I wanna release first. Thought I'd just throw this one out there into the ether. Anyway, [lyrics inside] and, hope you enjoy...
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 10, 2007 - 7 comments

It Must Be The Neighbors

A track from an EP I just released called Friendly Songs. The five songs were written for livejournal friends who responded to a memepost.
posted by ddf on Dec 20, 2006 - 5 comments

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