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Miss America (Q Hut mix)

The same song I posted a couple of weeks ago, but this time with live everything, including Hammond, drums, and Rhodes. No sims or samples involved... all recorded in the (very reverberant) Quonset hut. Mostly done as an exercise, turned out to be interesting I think.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 1:06 PM on August 13, 2013 (6 comments)

Miss America

Drunk dialling America post 9/11 from Nashville. I miss America.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 5:30 PM on July 31, 2013 (6 comments)

How'm I Going to Get Over?

Another torch song, I guess. Used the new 'drummer' track from Logic Pro X for the drum track... quite impressed the way it adapts the kick/snare pattern to the emphasis in the bassline. LPX is quite nice, but still buggy on my machine. Another hard song to sing, for me anyway.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 12:08 PM on July 22, 2013 (6 comments)

Everything Begins (1992 demo by Shrimp Tractor)

I've been digitizing some cassettes, and found this, which I'd COMPLETELY forgotten. It was the first time I had ever set foot in a recording studio, and the first song of mine that ever got recorded properly. Story inside.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 5:53 AM on June 26, 2013

(If I) Can't Have Love

Super rough demo channeling my inner Janis Joplin.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 5:03 AM on June 23, 2013 (2 comments)

Until You Remember

It's the summer of 1990, we're in a flat at the bottom of Muswell Hill, and my friend Graham and I have just got back from the pub, so naturally we fire up the ancient 4-track reel to reel and the shiny new SR16 drum machine, and record this... the first ever song I multitracked properly. Rescued off a long-forgotten cassette. I'm sure everything was recorded with an SM58.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 11:01 AM on May 23, 2013 (16 comments)

Way Back When (studio version)

Final version of the rough acoustic demo I posted a few days back. A bit of blue-eyed soul, a bit of BONNY era Prefab Sprout, a bit of TEMPTED era Squeeze and a few 10cc harmonies, and the guitar from Alison. Did I miss anything?
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 9:55 AM on May 16, 2013 (5 comments)

Way Back When

In which my Prefab Sprout obsession results in a nakedly sappy love song speculating about the origins and end of the universe.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 5:28 PM on May 10, 2013 (4 comments)

It Gets Better

A long time and a bit ago, there was an It Gets Better challenge, and the late lamented Major Dundee posted this in response, along with instruction to ride it hard and put it away wet. So that's what I did.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 3:30 PM on March 17, 2013 (4 comments)

High and Dry

A cover of Radiohead's H&D on resonator guitar in open G, for the minor/major challenge. I originally intended this to be a shitkicking country stomper but it turned into something quite different.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 10:03 AM on February 23, 2013 (13 comments)

The Ballad of Aaron and Julie

This started out as a quirky little Spoon riff ripoff, then it turned into a moody acoustic number, but when I tried to record it, it took a left turn into mutant son muntano. It ended up somewhere between Squeeze and Gloria Estefan, I think.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 3:31 PM on February 17, 2013 (8 comments)

Live and Learn

Final version of the song I posted a few days ago. Also my New Year's challenge entry. The usual 70s-tinged nonsense.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 11:32 AM on January 15, 2013 (6 comments)

Live and Learn (posted for discussion)

I wrote this song on New Year's Day. There are some things I love about it and some things I don't entirely. Help me figure out what to do with it.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 9:56 PM on January 7, 2013 (19 comments)

The Waiting Game

I've always wanted to write a blue-eyed Northern Soul stomper. And it appears now I have, kinda. Grab some Lucozade and a towel and we'll have a MeFi meetup down at the Wigan Casino.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 5:56 PM on December 16, 2012 (3 comments)

Tubular Carol of the Jingle Bells

Does just what it says on the box, and then some.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 8:27 AM on December 15, 2012 (4 comments)

Topsy

I had this riff knocking around for a while and I decided to do what I sometimes do, which is just slather overdubs on it, and different changes, and let it go wherever the hell it wants to. That's what happened here, only things got a little out of hand. Like Topsy, it just growed. It made me smile, so I thought I'd post it. Rough as a badger's arse, but it has a certain loony charm. Parts of it will probably turn into a song eventually, but this version is it's own thing...
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 4:13 PM on November 24, 2012 (1 comment)

New New Shoes

Chococat asked about a stripped version of this song I posted a few days ago. I tried and failed.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 3:21 PM on November 18, 2012 (19 comments)

New Shoes

One night when I was about twenty I dreamed about looking into a mirror and seeing my father's face staring back. It freaked me out, deeply, because I had made a conscious effort not to be like him. So this is a song about that.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 6:10 PM on November 11, 2012 (4 comments)

Tubular Balls

A backing track for the November 2012 Challenge, namely the iconic piano riff from Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells Pt. 1.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 12:07 PM on November 1, 2012

Your Ball and Chain (slight return)

I remixed this song I posted a few days ago taking into account some of the feedback and I like it a whole lot better now!
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 4:43 PM on October 12, 2012 (7 comments)

Your Ball and Chain

This was a sort-of-answer to a question I asked myself: what would an Adele song for a guy sound like? I guess the answer is, Al Green, kinda. My favorite thing about it is the chord progression, especially the I7-vii7-III-ii7-v7 (Fmaj7-Em7-A7-Gm7-Bbm7) at the beginning. I tried backing vocals but couldn't really make them work.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 3:30 PM on October 6, 2012 (10 comments)

Sunblind

OK, this is a shitty mix, I freely admit, but I need to draw a line under it for the moment. Features an underwhelming banjo solo -- in fact the only thing I can play on the banjo as yet -- and a bunch of notes I really can't hit, but I still like it for the way it kicks off at about 1'45, and in particular the lift at 2'20. It's a hell of a lot of fun to play live too.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 6:31 PM on September 8, 2012 (6 comments)

Stories 'Bout You (pop tart remix)

Major Dundee kindly allowed me to remix his latest (rather wonderful) opus, so here it is.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 6:38 PM on June 17, 2012 (6 comments)

Hold On To Love (simplified version)

I decided to rearrange this song that I posted before to take out some of the crazy modulation and make it more straightforward. What do you think?
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 8:05 AM on May 10, 2012 (4 comments)

Move On (What you got?)

This is a balls out little rush of a song that I came up with on my iPhone of all places. After I got the first line I realized it was going to have to continue in the same vein so I went over to AskMe for help. I just meant this to be a rough sketch but I ended up liking the feel of it even though it's ridiculously ragged. The song's a sort of statement of intent, I guess. Equal parts Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick and the Stones, more or less.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 7:45 AM on April 27, 2012 (14 comments)

Such Great Heights (cover)

I've always had a soft spot for this Postal Service song, so here's an acoustic cover featuring resonator guitar, pump organ, and ten copies of me. Lighters out for the last chorus, please.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 7:32 AM on March 25, 2012 (21 comments)

Carnival of Lies

One-take before-pants demo of a cynical little song that's been buzzing round in my head recently. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 9:48 AM on March 11, 2012 (3 comments)

Airport

It was 1978. I was 13. And I bought my first album, The Motors, because I loved this song more than life itself.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 1:32 PM on February 19, 2012 (3 comments)

Found Out About You

The nearest I ever got to a hit record. 1995-6 4-track cassette demo (God knows how I got all those guitars happening) of a song for my then band Earcandy. I really think this could have launched us if we hadn't all had day jobs. Pretty much irrelevant now, but at the time when we played it we felt like Gods! As it was, we got a bunch of radio play but never followed through because the drummer quit. Oh, well.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 11:03 PM on January 26, 2012 (3 comments)

Hold on to Love

For some reason I entered the New Year feeling despondent, so I wrote this to cheer myself up. So I suppose it's a resolution.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 9:27 AM on January 18, 2012 (8 comments)

Don't Fool Me (2011 version)

Are we there yet?
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 2:02 PM on December 26, 2011 (1 comment)

Happy (Carpenters cover)

Popgasmic cover of the Carpenters' sappy-but-intriguingly-odd tune for the Carpenter's Coverfight which went live today.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 8:40 AM on December 1, 2011 (7 comments)

On Valentine's Day

On February 11th, 1963, the poet Sylvia Plath committed suicide. This is the song the elderly painter, Mr Thomas, who lived in the flat below hers, did not write about the event. An odd little ballad in 7/8.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 6:52 PM on November 10, 2011 (26 comments)

Occupy My Heart

Entry for this week's Songfight. Set the time signature to 15/8 and janglepop to maximum!
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 10:41 AM on November 2, 2011 (25 comments)

The Cavalryman's Lament, (Girl on a Swing)

Orgiastically melodromatic Jacques Brel-inspired version of the strange little ballad I posted a couple of days ago.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 5:07 PM on October 21, 2011 (8 comments)

Girl on a Swing (Ballad of a Cavalryman)

This is a super-rough demo of a song I wrote yesterday for the 'Has Been for Years' song fight. It's a gothic little waltz using a resonator guitar, told from the point of view of a trooper in the 7th cavalry who was killed at Little Big Horn while waiting to be relieved by Reno's troops. Recorded before I put my pants on, for the challenge. Video proof is here.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 12:06 PM on October 18, 2011 (5 comments)

The Logical Song (feat. Ayn Rand)

Supertramp's classic, covered for the 'uncool' challenge. Featuring resonator guitar in Open G, pump organ, polka accordion and Ayn Rand.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 1:30 PM on October 14, 2011 (11 comments)

Gonna Have to Let You Down

Pantless snarky powerpop for the October challenge. Video proof.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 12:06 PM on October 5, 2011 (7 comments)

The Sun Still Shines (when your heart is breaking)

A quick semi-impromptu-one-take-in-my-pajamas recording of a sad little Wilco/Elliot Smith-ish song that's been buzzing around my head. Using a crappy MXL mic which I really don't like, but was the closest to hand.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 5:42 AM on September 5, 2011 (6 comments)

A Town with no Pity

Epic 60s janglepop meets Northern Soul, final version of the tune I've been evolving here and on The Music Incubator. All based on a little piano riff, and therefore my August challenge entry too.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 1:34 PM on July 31, 2011 (7 comments)

Angels

My love/hate song is a cover of Delbert McClinton's country/gospel classic (actually written by Frankie Miller & Jerry Lynn Williams) accompanied by the pump organ.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 7:22 AM on June 28, 2011 (3 comments)

Wayfaring Stranger

First stab at recording my new Estey folding Chaplain's pump organ.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 11:40 AM on May 23, 2011 (9 comments)

I Go Blind

I got to really hate this mofo over the last couple of weeks. So I had no choice but to record it.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 8:39 AM on May 16, 2011 (8 comments)

Rock, Paper, Scissors (the single mix)

Shorter, sweeter mix of this responding to some of the suggestions on the last one. Lost the first intro, cleaned up the drums, changed the harmonies slightly, brought up the melody guitars, and dropped in a blazing little guitar solo, even if I do say so myself! It's under three minutes now -- give it a listen! Now just have to figure out the B-side...
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 6:22 PM on May 3, 2011 (18 comments)

Hallelujah (one more time, with feeling)

Yet another cover of the Cohen standard, but at least I've got an excuse this time.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 6:07 AM on April 30, 2011 (5 comments)

Rock, Paper, Scissors (1979 Powerpop Mix)

Balls out late 70s powerpop version of the song I posted an acoustic demo of yesterday.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 5:56 PM on April 8, 2011 (16 comments)

Rock, Paper, Scissors

I've been trying to come up with a love story titled ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS for a movie, but this fell out instead. Video link inside.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 8:38 AM on April 7, 2011 (6 comments)

It's That Riff Again

It's been weeks since I posted anything. This damn song is mostly why, with a side of overwork and a helping of broken leg.
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 10:17 AM on March 18, 2011 (7 comments)

Can the Hive Mind help me with this riff?

I wrote this simple little Mellotron piano chord progression this morning but it's baffling me. Can anyone suggest how I get it to loop back around to the beginning again?
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 11:48 AM on December 20, 2010 (16 comments)

From Olga

Arnaud wasn't just about the techno noise. He was an enormous fan of Laurie Andersen's Oh, Superman and had assembled a vocoder himself by taking apart the family's old tube TV. His mother Olga, who was not an educated woman, could not write without speaking aloud, and so one day when he heard her writing a letter, he snuck a microphone under the rickety table, fed it to his home-made recorder, and began to play along...
posted to MeFi Music by unSane at 4:53 PM on December 17, 2010 (5 comments)

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