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Always On My Mind (cover)

Resonator and baritone uke, trying to channel Willie Nelson though maybe via John Darnielle a little it turns out.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 8:24 AM on July 24, 2015 (2 comments)

Dark as a Dungeon

An old Merle Travis song that I learned years ago when I first started getting into bluegrass. Another chance to break in the new resonator guitar, and do some fun chorus harmonies.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 8:20 AM on July 16, 2015 (3 comments)

In The Pines

I went and bought my first resonator guitar yesterday, a Gretsch Honey Dipper (evidence), and this seemed like a good tune to try and break it in on.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 9:21 AM on July 10, 2015 (8 comments)

(I'm Gonna Drink A) Fifth Of July

Twitter joke that turned into an actual country song an hour later. I'm in Huntsville with nothing but my ukulele, so this didn't get the full band treatment I'd otherwise do, but it works pretty well like this.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 1:06 PM on July 4, 2015 (9 comments)

Metafilter Podcast Theme - Daft Punk version

Somehow the idea of doing an alternate podcast theme riffing on Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger got into my head a while a go, and here it is.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 11:25 AM on June 3, 2015 (7 comments)

Paranoid Shepard

This is an endlessly rising Radiohead cover vignette; a section from Paranoid Android rises a whole step and repeats itself, and does so again, six times total, before returning to where it started, as a kind of large-scale take on the Shepard tone.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 8:01 PM on May 9, 2015 (4 comments)

The Golden Age (Beck cover)

A synthed out, vocoded take on Beck's extremely non-synthy song off of Sea Change, as an excuse to fiddle around with Reason 8.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 4:24 PM on May 5, 2015 (6 comments)

Carl Sandburg (Sufjan Stevens cover)

threeants' lovely cover of Chicago reminded me of this version of another song off that same album that I recorded ten years ago, and made me realize I never posted it to Music. So here it is!
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 3:39 PM on May 4, 2015 (2 comments)

Wicker Man (Elton John parody)

So griphus and I were watching 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man and my brain got thinking about Rocket Man and, well, here we are.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 11:30 AM on March 30, 2015 (8 comments)

Your Racist Friend (Y Tori Kant Even)

It's past due for the 25th anniversary of Flood, but here's a cover of They Might Be Giant's Your Racist Friend done roughly in the style of Tori Amos.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 7:08 PM on January 25, 2015 (12 comments)

Choke a Moff (Taylor Swift parody)

I apologize to basically everyone.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 4:20 PM on November 6, 2014 (26 comments)

Istanbul not Constantinople

An extremely hasty rough draft of a They Might Be Giants cover.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 5:51 PM on October 15, 2014 (11 comments)

The Crapshoot Review Songs II

A medley of contractual obligation songs based on iTunes reviews of a podcast.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 9:20 AM on April 28, 2014 (3 comments)

It Ain't Easy (Bowie cover)

I think I may be kicking off the summer Ziggy Stardust Cover Album project with this intentionally muddy, garage-blues riff off my assigned track.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 3:25 PM on July 11, 2013 (21 comments)

I Knew You Were Tribbles (When You Dropped In)

Taylor Swift needs to write more songs about classic Star Trek episodes, but until she gets around to it herself I'm doing what I can to rectify the situation.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 1:29 PM on March 4, 2013 (8 comments)

Another Brick in the Major

Take Another Brick in the Wall parts 1, 2, and 3, jam 'em all into one quick bluegrass shitkicker, throw it into a major key, and you get this.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 9:35 AM on February 20, 2013 (7 comments)

Margaritahell

As made famous by gloomy pirate Jimmy Bummer. E minor with ukulele and guitar.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 5:40 PM on February 16, 2013 (5 comments)

Let Down

Lofi Computer stumbles on.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 2:40 PM on August 2, 2012 (4 comments)

Exit Music (for a Film)

Another track from Lofi Computer.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 2:18 PM on August 1, 2012 (2 comments)

Paranoid Android

The epic second track off the Roddy's O-Face record. It's pretty hefty compared to the rest of the songs, so make sure you can handle a solid minute and forty five seconds.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 1:34 PM on July 31, 2012 (7 comments)

Airbag

Sweet, I tracked down the opening track off Lofi Computer.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 1:16 PM on July 30, 2012

Subterranean Homesick Dylan

It's well known that Radiohead went to Bob Dylan for inspiration on the title of Subterranean Homesick Alien; it's less well known that they actually lifted the song structure and lyrics themselves from this rare demo recording.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 9:41 AM on July 26, 2012 (5 comments)

Subterranean Homesick Alien

In the six months they were together, Roddy's O-Face went through three bassists, the last of whom insisted on being called "The Colonel" at all times. This was a song about the town they were all going to high school in.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 8:11 AM on July 14, 2012 (3 comments)

Karma Police

Here's another Roddy's O-Face track off their Lofi Computer album! If I remember right, Ned wrote this one, and it's about his ex-girlfriend's cop dad and the time he drew a magic marker Hitler stache on her at a party when she passed out, or something like that.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 4:08 PM on July 12, 2012 (10 comments)

No Surprises

As recorded in Tom's mom's garage by the infamously unfamous punk ingenues Roddy's O-Face. From their first and only album, Lofi Computer.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 4:03 PM on July 11, 2012 (14 comments)

Hero (cover)

First album I ever bought for myself was Mariah Carey's "Music Box", and it was mostly for the single "Hero". Accordingly, I had to cover that for this month's challenge. I wasn't sure what the hell to do with it, so I recorded an instrumental with: drums, piano, upright bass, melodica, two acoustic guitars, baritone uke, banjo, harmonica, another harmonica in a different key, some flute thing I found, thumb piano, and theremin and also some more theremin, almost all of those just playing improvised melody takes.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 1:06 PM on February 29, 2012 (15 comments)

(I Don't Know If I Love You But) I Like Like You A Lot

For when you're trying to find the perfect way to tell your Valentine that you like like them. Because nothing says romance like contrastive focus reduplication.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 10:16 AM on February 14, 2012 (9 comments)

I Can't Help Falling in Love with You (cover)

This corny old thing just crept into my head this morning and I decided to record it, all quiet and romantic like.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 12:44 PM on February 1, 2012 (10 comments)

Ode to a Buttered Cat

A folk epic about airport security and cats and butter, as told recently by mie.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 3:59 PM on January 30, 2012 (14 comments)

Whiter Shade of Pale (cover)

Lofi acoustic waltz version: piano, drums, harmonica, solo vox. The song adapts surprisingly to 3/4 time.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 12:17 PM on November 30, 2011 (14 comments)

Old Man (cover)

My best effort to turn a Neil Young song I've always disliked into a big blustery rock thing.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 3:22 PM on May 31, 2011 (8 comments)

Additional Small Things

I loved ianK's minimalist take on All The Small Things the other day, and I thought it'd be fun to fill it out with a bunch more acoustic instrumentation and harmony vocals.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 11:17 AM on May 25, 2011 (6 comments)

Everything I Do (I Dun Fer You)

Some rollicking bluegrass as a spoon to the heart of Bryan Adams, Kevin Costner, and basically that whole period of the early 90s.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 12:51 PM on May 9, 2011 (22 comments)

Osama's Dead (So I Wrote A Funny Song)

This is a song about how I feel weird about writing this song.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 9:28 AM on May 2, 2011 (7 comments)

Quit Hogging All The Crazy (It's My Birthday)

An appeal to President Obama, because I'm tired of him getting all the good nutters.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 2:41 PM on April 26, 2011 (13 comments)

Wicked Little Town (cover)

One of my favorite tunes from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, given the super lofi iPhone Fourtrack treatment. Guitar, melodica, piano, drums.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 6:10 PM on April 7, 2011 (4 comments)

I See A Darkness (cover)

For null terminated.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 9:26 AM on January 6, 2011 (8 comments)

Oh Come All Ye Slothful

A pragmatic carol for hungover sinners. Oh come let us eat breakast.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 10:37 AM on December 27, 2010 (6 comments)

Silent Night

Extremely spartan recording, for me. Vox, piano, a simple vox harmony, and a melodica solo.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 4:07 PM on December 22, 2010 (2 comments)

Have Yourself a Walken Little Christmas

A special encore performance by Christopher Walken and the Lounge Fellas.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 1:18 PM on December 21, 2010 (3 comments)

Fish Are Great

So yesterday dmd mentioned in IRC that his wife miagaille was going to be stuck in a hospital room for a few days being very bored because of some neural testing stuff, and how she'd be amused if I wrote a song, and I was like "just a song about anything? Like, 'fish are awesome'?" and he was like, yeah. Yeah, that would work.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 5:21 PM on December 7, 2010 (8 comments)

You Believe It Yourself

A last-minute SongFight entry with a one-liner lyric.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 10:33 AM on September 30, 2010 (3 comments)

Strange Attraction (Cure cover)

Uptempo garage rock take on the chimey classic.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 12:55 PM on September 27, 2010 (1 comment)

Nathan Fillion

So this afternoon on twitter, Nathan Fillion said: "I want my own theme song. Original. Short and long versions. Write music? Post it. Let's hear." Twist my arm.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 4:35 PM on September 23, 2010 (15 comments)

There Ain't Love In Your Heart

Country Western waltz ballad. Featuring faux-pedal steel and more twang than I usually evidence.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 12:00 PM on September 6, 2010 (6 comments)

Flying Over

The year is 1996. I'm in my neighbor's tiny basement studio. I am making my first remotely professional recording. I am earnest. I am 17 years old.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 7:50 PM on September 2, 2010 (6 comments)

I'm Looking Through You (Beatles cover)

So scody had a medical adventure today, which got me thinking about how awesome scody is and how much I enjoyed hanging out with her and being music dorks in LA last fall, and this is one of the songs I remember really enjoying during our drunken singalongery.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 2:48 PM on August 31, 2010 (14 comments)

When Did You Know

I had an idea for a sort of epic slow-build, slow-burn song but I didn't have time to work out an appropriately epic-in-length arrangement so this is a little under two minutes long instead.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 8:15 AM on August 27, 2010 (4 comments)

Moses Made the Middle Part

Noisy old testament stuff.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 10:50 AM on August 16, 2010 (9 comments)

Ballad of Steven Slater

Astro Zombie's words, my music, Steven Slater's epic flight-attendant flameout.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 1:06 PM on August 10, 2010 (122 comments)

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