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written in january while staring at the banks of the mighty lake ontario
For the last song on my record "Innocent Explanations", a trip down memory lane...
The penultimate track from my record "Innocent Explanations" is a Mick Taylor-era Stones-inspired romp with a nod to the harmonic sophistication of Andy Partridge.
From my new record "Innocent Explanations" - a really fun acoustic guitar riff made all the more fun by the fact that I got to record it on a 1963 Martin D-18...
An ode to impatience and frustration. From my new record "Innocent Explanations"
A Les Paul through a 1965 Fender Deluxe, a cello, a violin, a clarinet, and a flute. Inspired by "Eleanor Rigby". From my new record "Innocent Explanations".
Next installment from my record "Innocent Explanations". Written after seeing Paul McCartney at the Garden, where I sat next to Lenny Kravitz. It was late at night, so I had to play quietly as I was writing - hence the acoustic guitar. I hoped to achieve a kind of acoustic-New Wave sound.
From my new record "Innocent Explanations". Inspired by Nirvana, Steely Dan, Stewart Copeland, the Who, and the desire to be freed from any kind of self-conciousness whatsoever. The acoustic guitar is a gorgeous 1963 Martin D-18!
A ballad that aspires to bring to mind late 60s McCartney and early 70s Stones. Drums composed on the Brooklyn Bridge. The next installment from new record "Innocent Explanations".
Latest installment from my new record!
From my new record "Innocent Explanations", a bouncy song inspired by George Porter Jr, and the Band, about singing in the face of catastrophe.
Song #2 from my new record "Innocent Explanations".
First installment from my new record "Innocent Explanations"
Musically I was aiming for Sondre Lerche. Lyrically, I was fresh off the experience of walking around the East Village, popping in to various music venues, and continually being the oldest, most boring guy in the room.
Reason, a Strat, a Vibrolux, and a Tubescreamer - what more do you need?
A groovy little bluegrass-inspired solo acoustic guitar number.
The last song from my new record, "Beauty, Grazing at the Trough". Since I completed it last December, I've been posting a song per week, and this is the last one. It's also the last song on the record. After some aggressive, loud, dense songs (some of which are not particularly chipper), I wanted to end things more simply. So this song is acoustic-guitar driven and uses only hand-percussion (including some triangle that I reversed in one spot, to cool effect, if I do say so myself). I also borrowed a friend's Gretsch for the electric guitar parts. Final word goes to a harmonica solo over some pretty arpeggios. Site, myspace.
Loud, bombastic rock. Lots and lots of chords. I was aiming for "Down By The River", or "Polyethylene". Site, cd, myspace.
The weirdest song on my new record. Unrelated harmonies, weird backwards noise, weird melody, weird guitar solos. Tried to make the production fit, though.
A mopey country ballad that someone once told me sounds like Townes Van Zandt. More info here, here, and here.
A little bit of "Sympathy for the Devil", guitars inspired by Jonny Greenwood and The Edge, a China cymbal, Reason, some backwards editing, some speeded-up and smashed together vox, some slowed down vox - let's just see where all this gets me. Site, cd, myspace.
I've been posting a song a week from my new record, "Beauty, Grazing at the Trough", and here's the latest installment! Loud, raucous rock and roll, lifted from Wilco lifting a groovy 70s vibe. "I see you in my dreams at night/sometimes in color, sometimes black and white." Site, cd, myspace.
A goofy romp in the spirit of Elvis Costello, with a sort of "All My Loving" kind of vibe to it. The bridge reminds me of the Beach Boys...Site, cd, myspace.
A groovy acoustic guitar riff, some drum programming, and vintage Fender gear, all in the service of yet another "good riddance" song - this one an homage to the frustrations of cell phone communication. cd, myspace, site.
An unapologetically moody ballad, aspiring to describe the intersection between Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Radiohead, and the Band. Any excuse to use a pedal-steel guitar and brass, really. Site, cd, myspace.
Going for sort of a "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", "My Old School" kind of vibe with the horns - plus some extremely difficult chord changes to solo over (not gratuitously, I hope). Website, myspace, cd.
The second installment from my new cd. Reminds me a bit of the Who, if I do say so myself. Start off '07 with a little 5/4!
I recently completed an album, and as a devoted (obsessed?) Mefite, I thought it only appropriate to share. The album is lyric-driven rock, this particular tune has a bit of a country flavor. More info here and here, you can preview and/or purchase the album from the fine folks at cd baby.