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I decided to work up a Bach Bourrée (BWV 996) as a belated "do what scares you" challenge, since I don't usually try to play classical music. Soon after I learned it, I couldn't stop myself from messing with the groove, adding touches of swing and Cuban rhythms.
I wrote this instrumental fingerstyle song half a life ago, but I wanted to try out the electric piano and drum set that I bought recently, so I pulled it out of the vault.
A rerecording of an ode to a dead shopping mall, in a Penny Lane or Kinks-like mode. My dad sat in on tuba.
Here is my cover of Whistling in the Dark for the Mefi Music tribute to the They Might Be Giants' album Flood, for the album's 25th anniversary.
Something of a duck-billed platypus of a Brazilian tune.
A round of sounds.
This is the song in the background of the radio play below.
Here is the other radio play scene that I did about a band called the Goat Guys. Unlike the first one, where the band sucked, at this gig they killed.
A radio play scene in which a band called the Goat Guys bomb their first gig. It is an excerpt from the young adult novel Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys by Francesca Lia Block.
A collaboration with nicolin: a bossa nova collage that takes its time.
My son, who is 3, was in a goofy mood and made up this song. I backed him up with sloppy disco punk led by a preschooler's elastic sense of time.
A sleepy, ramshackle Daniel Johnston cover that I'm fond of.
My son's singing debut just in time for Xmas.
A bossa nova Elliott Smith cover.
This is my best shot at singing an a capella Brazilian cowboy song.
I love by the grace of god's amazing voice, and it's really fun to try to keep up with her melodies.
This is my first cross-country collaboration with my old friend Blue Bar. He wrote the song--it's a melancholy waltz. He also sings on the track, and plays guitar. I fill in on accordion and drums.
The Roberta Flack version of this song was #1 when I was born, but I decided instead to follow the lead of the Chi-Lites, a Chicago group that rivaled Philadelphia's Delphonics.
I gathered up my son's toys and made a song with them.
I've been working on figuring out how to throat sing in a vaguely Tuvan way. This is my first recorded attempt.
Includes the rejects.
A submission to the unofficial "Seven Nation Army" challenge.
I started with a cavaquinho (uke), but then it spiraled out of control.
Amnesty Month has inspired me to dust this one off: a grimy cover of a Brazilian tune.
This is a song I've loved for a long time by the Minneapolis band Trip Shakespeare. For some reason, now felt like a good time to cover it.
As a tribute to the last eight years, I give you this moment of temporary insanity committed to tape in 2003.
This is my first try at a request. It changed my life.
A song rescued from cassette imagining the changes that the internet will bring.
Here's a first crack at adding a little gospel organ.
Lost chapters in American history, episode one: a rivalry between two founding fathers takes a shocking and scandalous turn.
modular, snap-tite interlock pop. A song about recording alone.
An arrangement of a great poem by headspace.
My submission to the spy challenge.
I added a guitar accompaniment to By The Grace of God's gorgeous a cappella country waltz.
I was inspired by Cortex's argument here that "songs that explicitly talk about how great rock and roll are rarely rock."
A song from a promising project called Lek that ended up short-lived as we found ourselves living far away from each other. Lyrics and melody by the same friend K who sang the Bjork cover that I posted a while ago. The music is by the rest of us.
More 12-string fingerstyle. This time the tuning is DADDAD.
I have no idea why I decided to choose that name half a life ago. It is a 12-string fingerstyle barnburner played with pinky slide.
To rock or to pick? That seemed to be struggle that played out on this old cassette that I recently dug up and digitized. This is another 12-string fingerstyle tune in an alternate tuning (Cc Gg Cc gg gc ce). I played around with tuning the double-coursed strings to different notes.
Another fingerstyle tune from the cassette time capsule. This one was recorded on a six-string with my friends backing me up on cello and percussion.
A fingerpicking tune I four-tracked way back when (1990).
This is an experiment to see if I can create a drum machine beat that swings.
Ode to a doomed shopping mall.
A friend of mine had a terrible crush on her podiatrist, so I wrote a song about it.
A requiem for the post to end all posts
A cover of 'Human Behavior' by Bjork sung in Portuguese.
Divabat's singing debut
A song to convince a dog