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Birdhouse in Your Soul

Even -- or especially -- in the darkest hours of the night or the wee hours of the morning, there is still a Birdhouse in Your Soul. For the Flood project, here is a cover by chara and me.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 7:28 AM on January 12, 2015 (27 comments)

Long Story Short, Short Story Shorter

I was really hoping to get this posted in time for the November Challenge, but technical difficulties and the sudden realization that oh I really need a glockenspiel combined to -- wait, it's still November in Hawaii? I CLAIM FLAWLESS VICTORY
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 1:36 AM on December 1, 2013 (7 comments)

Cook, Peary, and Byrd

Here is my entry into the "Educational Song" challenge from March of last year. (THIS IS AS FAST AS I WORK, PEOPLE.) It is a searing exposé / sing-along waltz that reveals the truth about early arctic exploration. My dad plays trumpet, my friend Jessica plays trombone and sings, my wife Sue sings just a little bit, and MeFi's own dubold and Pecinpah sing as well. Lyrics and (yes!) citations are inside.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 9:07 PM on July 11, 2012 (4 comments)

Green Boots

This might be a good song for a sunny summer weekend! My wife Sue sings it. Other ingredients: Autoharp, marimba, and a boss baritone sax solo supplied by MeFi's own man vs sun.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 4:57 PM on July 6, 2012 (2 comments)

I Knew It All Along

In at the last minute for June's MeFiMu challenge. Loud autoharp pop.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 10:29 PM on June 30, 2011 (3 comments)

Leave Her, Johnny

Here is an entry for the January Challenge! It is by me and rangefinder 1.4. It is a cover of "Leave Her, Johnny," a traditional sea shanty that was sung by sailors at the end of a voyage, as they were preparing to leave their ship ("her" in the song).
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 10:49 PM on January 31, 2011 (13 comments)

After the Summer Has Gone

I thought this month's "Summer Song" challenge would be a slam dunk -- breezy, fluffy bubblegum! I can do that! I regret to report that Things Did Not Go As Planned.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 10:50 PM on July 31, 2010 (9 comments)

Sugar, Sugar

On the day that I was born (in San Diego), the Archies' quintessential bubblegum pop song was a #1 hit (in England). This is a pretty straightforward version, although the guitars and bass and drums have all been replaced with marimbas and glockenspiels.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 8:28 PM on June 25, 2010 (14 comments)

My Favorite Sunbeam's Gone Away

A deliriously cheerful song of complete misery.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 7:16 PM on February 9, 2010 (7 comments)

The Ghost of Christmas Pluperfect Subjunctive

A Post-Christmas song for you, featuring autoharp, marimba, and some other things. Thanks to orthogonality for helping with the name!
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 10:55 PM on December 29, 2009 (6 comments)

Slide Your Left Hand to the Right (A Little)

This jaunty ditty features my wife singing lead and chococat playing the ukelele. I mostly just stand around.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 9:14 PM on November 2, 2009 (6 comments)

Say When

Just in time for the first day of Autumn, here's a fuzzy, sunny love song that I made for you. Give it a listen and hang on to that Summer feeling for another two-and-a-quarter minutes.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 12:37 AM on September 22, 2009 (6 comments)

Arms and Hands

We're trying to decipher notes taken down on arms and hands.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 3:14 AM on June 21, 2009 (6 comments)

Metafilter Orchestra - Pandora's Music Box

Metafilter Music Collaboration #2 is finished! This song involves 20 MeFites collaborating on an original song -- Exquisite Corpse style, which means that each contributor only got to hear one other contribution. Full credits and details inside.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 9:19 PM on June 1, 2009 (47 comments)

Thanks to the Wishing Well

If not for MeFi Challenge deadlines, I might never actually finish a song. This one has only two chords (D and G). Instruments used, in order of appearance: Autoharp, marimba, marxophone, triangle, glockenspiel, and accordion.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 6:41 PM on April 30, 2009 (8 comments)

I Gave You Lots of Presents (But You Left Me In the Past)

A tale of love long lost. If you're going to try and buy happiness, remember to keep the receipt. Autoharp, vocals, and a little bit of honky-tonk toy piano.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 1:38 AM on March 30, 2009 (11 comments)

I'm Not So Sure It's Not a Broken Heart

My recent music contributions here have maybe not really supported this statement, but: more than anything else, I like making catchy bubblegum pop songs. This is one of those. Autoharp, marimba, and a whole lot of new wave synth. See inside for tangential MetaFilter connections!
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 2:16 AM on March 6, 2009 (13 comments)

I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock'n'Roll (cover)

This was requested by micayetoca, and so here it is. Features Marxophone and autoharp.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 1:22 AM on February 11, 2009 (4 comments)

Half Empty Waltz

MeFi's own es_de_bah takes over vocal duties on this one -- I didn't feel like I was the right person to sing it, and so I spent some time going through the "Music Collaborator" Mefi Wiki page until I found someone who would be. (It was his excellent song "a perfect preservative" which made me consider him in the first place.) In addition, my dad plays trumpet; I play Magnus chord organ, flute, and interesting percussion. It's a waltz.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 10:31 PM on January 30, 2009 (9 comments)

The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side (cover)

ORthey requested that I do a cover of "The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side" (by The Magnetic Fields) and so here it is. He wanted me to use autoharp and drum machine, but because I am churlish I did not in fact use either. And to add insult to injury, I didn't even sing it myself! I got my wife to do it!
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 3:54 PM on December 5, 2008 (8 comments)

Girlfriend Song

It's okay to submit a MetaFilter Music Challenge song at the last minute (Pacific Standard Time) if the song itself is less than a minute long! You can't get blood from a stone, but you can get feedback from an autoharp. Here's a tender punk rock love song for you.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 11:59 PM on November 30, 2008 (8 comments)

Henry Pants

This is a song that I sing to my cat. Because he has a lot on his plate and a short attention span besides, this song is less than a minute long. It features autoharp, glockenspiel, and the "Min-O-Matic" rhythm box.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 12:06 AM on November 12, 2008 (8 comments)

Which Would You Rather Be?

Just in time for Election Day! This is a nice song to sing on your way to or from your local polling place. (If you sing it at the polling place -- or at work, or really in any polite company -- you will be frowned at, at the very least.) If you've already voted, that's okay -- you can sing it while watching the returns, or simply learn it for next time. If you're not in the United States, that's okay, too -- it will probably still apply.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 11:09 PM on November 3, 2008 (5 comments)

The Girl at the End of the Road

I guess this might be interpreted as a stream-of-consciousness horror story. There's maybe three or four different autoharp tracks here, including a distorted autoharp that I really dig. And a backwards autoharp! These autoharps say "Happy Halloween!"
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 3:47 AM on October 31, 2008 (5 comments)

Fingers

This song will, in less than a minute, explain how to live your life.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 1:50 AM on September 29, 2008 (9 comments)

Treehouse

For the MeFi Music Challenge: Here is a happy little song about insects for the education and edification of children.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 11:05 PM on August 28, 2008 (8 comments)

Too Late to Sleep

Here's a track for your next narcoleptic dance party. It may be the only song in the world to feature both the Stylophone and the Violin-Uke.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 1:23 AM on July 28, 2008 (9 comments)

2 Cigarettes (cover)

For this month's MeFiMu Challenge: Here's my fuzzy, fizzy, buzzy cover of chococat's original, one of my very favorite MeFi songs.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 6:42 PM on June 9, 2008 (13 comments)

When We Were Small

Moody ruminations with autoharp and marimba accompaniment. I just finished it, so it's still pretty hot -- watch your fingers.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 1:29 AM on April 24, 2008 (3 comments)

When My Baby Was Mine

My one-person band, drowsy, delivers this delicious 1950s-inspired retro-pop (with crunchy autoharp topping!) directly to your doorstep. Quick, answer the door!
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 4:10 AM on April 4, 2008 (3 comments)

Happy

Here is a cheerful ditty for all of you. My one-man-band, drowsy, usually uses autoharp but this song doesn't have any. It does have toy piano, if that's any consolation. (Please let me know if it is not.)
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 5:07 AM on November 28, 2007 (6 comments)

Postcard

Here's another song by drowsy, my one-person band, and once again daja sings guest vocals. Voice and autoharp and nothing else, recorded live to four track cassette (but we only used two of the tracks).
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 3:47 AM on May 29, 2007 (2 comments)

221

How many autoharps is too many? 'Cause this song has four. (more info in the first comment.)
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 5:08 AM on May 14, 2007 (4 comments)

Let Me Wear Your Ring

drowsy, my autoharp-driven one-person-band, briefly expands to two with daja's guest vocals on this song. Pure pop bliss in two minutes or less. Served up winsome and bitter, just the way you like it.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 4:45 AM on May 7, 2007 (5 comments)

Me and the Pedestal

By drowsy, my one-person band. Pop music with autoharp and drum machine!
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 3:50 AM on April 1, 2007 (7 comments)

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