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Asleep at the Knife

Turns out my version of the serenity prayer involves a lot more quantum sci-fi and psycho-killer imagery. Been working on this for a good while, trying to figure out how to program drums for a slow 6/8 time. Pretty happy with how it finally came together, but I'd love some pointers. Still worried it's a bit too saturated, but that's kinda my MO. Lyrics in the fold.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 7:02 PM on October 16, 2017

The Ballad of Highway Boy

All this awful flood action has inspired me to dig up the sad old tail of Highway Boy, raised by his trucker brother, because his father was a hurricane and his mother was a cellar door.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 5:24 PM on September 19, 2017 (2 comments)

Tough Love Black Eye

Punk, metal, jazz, slack, folk and noise. This pretty much typifies the grab bag that was my band, Big Ghost. Like trying to get Pavement and RHCP to agree on California rock. It's a mess, but it was our kinda mess.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 3:50 PM on September 5, 2017

Fisherian Runaway (poison frog song)

First song written and recorded since I moved to Napa. Spooky grungy punk that maybe doesn't reflect my sunny new locale. Written about my drummer's frustration with dating, online and otherwise. Lyrics in fold.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 2:31 PM on August 15, 2017 (2 comments)

Hip with the kids

Delirious, teeth-gritted ballad about weapons of mass destruction and grass roots violence. Also, a breathless love song from one monster to another. Also, a way to distract myself while this horrifying evening plays out. Rough mix. Suggestions welcome. Lyrics past break.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 8:38 PM on November 8, 2016 (4 comments)

Ambush in Toyland

I have, in my possession, a VHS tape which holds all the Christmas specials that aired on that particular year which my folks thought to record all the Christmas specials they could manage with their state-of-the-art VCR. Bless their souls. There's a lot of Rudolph, some California Raisins, and even some Garfield. These are the ghosts of my Christmas past. The specter that looms largest, however, is some Disney business called "Babes in Toyand." There is no way to porn-parody that title; like all good dog-food, it makes its own gravy. That's not why the film haunts me, tho. What haunts me is this exchange:
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 12:17 AM on March 27, 2015 (6 comments)

Momma's Boy

Nice little short story song. Ten points to whoever can guess the famous dysfunctional family first! I've been trying to write this song for a year, and then it poured out of me today all at once. Could definitely use a little feedback on how it came out.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 9:33 PM on July 23, 2014 (1 comment)

stupid sexy monsters

Punked up waltz about how to avoid bedbugs. Still a little iffy on how the vocals are mixed. Thoughts?
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 10:41 PM on July 6, 2014 (2 comments)

Kitten (in my robot purse) cover

Coming late to this great mefimusic challenge. So many I still want to cover, but here's my noir version of umbĂș's excellent Kitten (in my robot purse), a song that packs way more adorable and awesome into less than three minutes than should feasibly fit. Hope I'm doing it justice.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 10:24 PM on May 29, 2014 (2 comments)

Medford Girls

This is the studio version of a song I posted a while back. With video! Shot in an abandoned school house. Fun times.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 10:53 AM on May 1, 2014 (7 comments)

MY 50th Mefimusic POST!

Thank y'all for 7 fun years. Here's a new tune I wrote for my band Big Ghost called Great Spirit (get it? get it?) Enjoy!
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 9:22 AM on March 15, 2014 (2 comments)

Spider on a dream

my friend's daughter had a pretty brilliant mishearing of a classic nursery rhyme, and I remembered that Kurt Cobain once said that he wanted Nirvana songs to be simple and pure like kid's songs. One thing lead to another...
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 12:07 PM on March 3, 2014 (2 comments)

you awoke like

Pretty excited about this one. This was a weird kinda experimental duet I wrote a long time ago and I'm finally starting to mess around with it for reals. It features my lovely and talented friend Pat. As per usual, I could always use some advice. Tricky stuff starts around 1:07.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 8:53 PM on January 14, 2014 (3 comments)

stayin in touch

A song written by my brother, who recently came home from a two year Senegal Peace Corp stint. To paraphrase his contention: "If you want to catch up, put your phone down and take your pants off."
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 8:33 PM on January 7, 2014 (1 comment)

Christmas Eve (redhanded)

Yay pop-punk. Prequel to Chrismas and July, which I posted a few days ago. Part of a weird little vein of story song I've been working with lately.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 7:09 AM on September 9, 2013 (9 comments)

Christmas in July

bouncy, spiky little ditty about getting away with murder. Part of a series I'm working on. I'll post the other one tomorrow if y'all enjoy this one.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 11:05 AM on September 5, 2013 (4 comments)

Edgar Allen Poe

Don't feel bad; Edgar Allen Poe couldn't hold his liquor either... This is the last track from my band's first foray into the studio. It's kinda a jokey throwaway tune, but we love it. More to come.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 4:44 PM on June 3, 2013 (4 comments)

Underfoot

This was a fast and dirty demo I made up to teach my band the song. Kinda like how it came out, so I figured I'd throw it up here. Nice little garage rock tune. Nifty synths.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 11:07 AM on February 1, 2013 (2 comments)

4AM Cover

Need a little help. Here's a nice little cover I did with a good old friend I've been playing with since highschool. Need some help. Using a logitech usb mic which I generally like the sound/versatillity/ portability of. Trying to figure out how to cut out the high-pitched noise it comes with.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 10:26 AM on December 3, 2012 (9 comments)

Runnin Out of Fools

Here's a version of the old standard I did with my friend Emily. I love this woman's voice and had a great time working on it.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 8:03 AM on June 18, 2012 (3 comments)

Fourteen

Regression is totally sexy, right? This is a nice listless, lofi version of an old song of mine featuring my friend emily's wonderful violin improv. It's a little rough, and I could use some help on rounding off the edges. (oh, and NSFW at the start)
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 4:23 PM on March 30, 2012 (2 comments)

horrible mirror

upbeat indie pop song for when the days begin to blend together. Submitted for the MMM Challenge, as I've had a demo of this forever without ever really finishing the song. It needs a better title.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 8:35 PM on November 27, 2011 (3 comments)

Medford Grrls

A little tune about some teenage girls I know who could easily kick my ass. I've been working on a session of drum tracks I had my brother do before going into the peace corp for two years, and this is the first song nearing completion. Still getting used to working with real drum tracks. Any pointers and criticism would be great!
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 5:19 PM on November 6, 2011 (6 comments)

Out Up and Thru

Snazzy tune by my buddy Pat with a baddass, rocket-ship-style ending. Looking for feedback on the mix, as I'm using a new DAW. Thanks.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 7:59 PM on August 10, 2011 (2 comments)

last hurrah

bouncy, hyperbolic night-out song, wherein I muse on the merits of Jack Daniels as it pertains to dental hygiene. (not really)
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 7:06 PM on February 6, 2011 (2 comments)

Blackbox Blues (big ghost version)

My band's rendition of this tune, which I posted a while back. It was fun condensing the 9 track arrangement down for a three-piece. Worth the long intro.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 4:22 PM on October 7, 2010 (1 comment)

prayer song

ecstatic punk_metal love song with stereo distorted bass, country inflected vocals, and a few stolen lyrics. Kinda a follow up to this song.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 3:07 PM on July 24, 2010 (5 comments)

scratch ticket salad

been messing around with this recording for a while now. hope you like it. kind the doors plus pavement. kinda better and worse than that sounds.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 8:36 PM on July 7, 2010 (4 comments)

a perfect preservative (big ghost version)

Big Ghost's version of this, which gets nice and jam-bandy, we feel. Thanks in advance for continuing mixing/mastering advice.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 5:27 PM on May 11, 2010 (3 comments)

backseat nudist

Haunted punk from my band Big Ghost. This is my second attempt at recording drums (thanks for all the advice, Mefites!) and my first post that all the band worked on together. so pointers are very welcome.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 7:06 AM on May 8, 2010 (8 comments)

graffiti song

old/well-loved song. been meaning to throw this up for a while. jazzy ditty about the internetty world. needs a competent brass bit if anyone's interested.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 10:55 PM on March 9, 2010 (6 comments)

Asshole Holiday

Tight lil pop diddy about the time my little brother disappeared on New Years day and turned up two months later in the Dominican Republic. This is the first full song I've done on my new computer, which makes me wicked happy.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 4:34 PM on February 2, 2010 (3 comments)

in an aisle seat

Greasy rock song about falling asleep in passenger seats. I could use some help with this. Ok, this is my first attempt at recording with real drums. While I'm happy to finally post something featuring my insanely talented little brother, Mike, I'm sorry to say that the drum recording I started out with was awful and I'm not sure I've made it any better. If anyone has some insight as to what can be fixed and how, or some tips on cheap/lo-fi/hopelessly inept home drum recording, I'd love to hear them.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 1:06 PM on December 1, 2009 (7 comments)

Halloween 97/98

Little ditty about young love, the joys of suburban Massachusetts in autumn, and the allure of all those wonderful things behind the counter at drugstores.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 11:03 AM on October 19, 2009 (7 comments)

Last Girl

Here's to Lon Chaney. Because Bela Lugosi already has a song, and I thought it was high time for a tribute to the man who would've been Dracula, if not for lung cancer.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 9:30 AM on June 18, 2009 (5 comments)

paint another layer on

Ever get drunk and watch daytime tv and then get kinda pissed off? This is an oldy, but I've been playing it with my band lately, so I revamped it and remixed it.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 10:01 AM on March 26, 2009 (7 comments)

come over

last minute valentine's day song for all those lovers and fighters out there.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 9:02 PM on February 14, 2009 (2 comments)

There's a War On

Post-traumatic stress syndrome is a bitch. Pre-traumatic stress syndrome? Well, that can just wreak havoc on your marriage. Let's just hope this song is a relic from those bad old '08 days. (It's proggy-punk-grunge, if you're looking fer a genre)
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 9:20 PM on January 7, 2009 (8 comments)

Skipping Stones (please help)

hey home recording kids: i'm trying to get this song ready for my lady's birthday. could use some help with the mix. I need advice by monday nite. going for cute. what's working / failing? what needs polish?
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 9:47 PM on September 13, 2008 (10 comments)

Chemical Ace

Kinda country plus the Cure. the song's about Einstein and Uri Geller and serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, and the shady little place they all meet.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 7:44 PM on August 14, 2008 (3 comments)

Barking Nymph

Jazzy power-punk ballad for those long summer bike rides. I think I meant for this to be soft and sparse, but you know how I do. Could use some help with a new name for this.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 8:50 AM on July 22, 2008 (10 comments)

Blackbox Blues

Piano! Mellotron! Squealing guitars! Stewardesses! I've been working on this for a few weeks now. It's one of the more complex arrangements I've attempted in a while. I think I'm getting close to done, but I could really use some feed back. Thanks, folks!
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 11:07 PM on April 22, 2008 (11 comments)

a perfect preservative

I pretty li'l ditty about jelly, pirates, and (of course) true love. still getting my bearings as far as recording in my new apartment. two guits and a glockenspiel for the win?
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 10:25 PM on March 19, 2008 (5 comments)

mission has failed reprise (with Video)

I've posted this song here previously, but I wanted to share the video I made for it with the help of my lovely and talented assistant Jacob Guza. Hope you enjoy. NSFW lyrics/youtube
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 12:26 PM on March 6, 2008 (3 comments)

It's Nedroid!!!

Nedroid's unofficial theme-song (with official, Nedroid-penned lyrics!) About five years ago (in the early stage of my mefi lurking) my good buddy, TheMadJuggler asked me to throw together a little tune for his net-buddy, Nedroid. Here's a pretty faithful version of the song I came up with. I post this as the last song recorded in my shitty little Haverhill apartment, as a fan/love letter to a fine cartoonist.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 2:39 PM on February 27, 2008 (1 comment)

Ghosts and Robots

Or "Hooray for the Humans" a meditation in Post-Apocalyptic Folk-Rock! Every now and then, someone favorites (or unfavorites) this little line, which I dropped as a comment on a great post about the world after humans. It's actually the opening line to a song I've been mean to post forever. Here's the cleanest version I've got so far.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 8:43 PM on January 28, 2008 (6 comments)

i'm a piece of hell

I'm a piece of hell, burning like a champ. I'm in love with you. I don't know exactly what you're supposed to do about it. (it's a touch noisy)
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 8:38 AM on January 16, 2008 (7 comments)

should been about cupcakes (now with cupcakes!)

drunken, impromptu collaboration with infidelzombie. my apologies to all.
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 10:54 AM on December 30, 2007 (5 comments)

cakewalk and the pocket lights

Quick little ditty about the joy of watching shitty bands in Northampton. Still not sure how I feel about this one. Little help?
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 9:52 AM on December 29, 2007 (7 comments)

star shapes

This is a song i've been trying to put together for a year or two now. It uses my usual punk + x formula, where here, x = rawhide. The second half is big, noisy, and was tons of fun to make. I"m kinda fond of the lyrics Hope you enjoy. lyrics inside
posted to MeFi Music by es_de_bah at 1:00 PM on December 4, 2007 (14 comments)

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