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Thoughts and Prayers

A little meditation (in three verses and accompanied on the 1-string guitar) on the oft-used phrase. Video of this performance at YouTube or Facebook.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 11:43 PM on November 18, 2017 (2 comments)

Things Are Getting Frightening

With this tune I reveal once again my unscrupulous leftist agenda by *politicizing* Halloween. And the video introduces an old friend of mine, Esmerelda the Skeleton. Hell of a gal, mighty fine dancer.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 11:33 PM on October 26, 2017 (5 comments)

Get Rid of the NRA

Just some opinions, set to the music of a three string guitar. Video of this same performance at YouTube or Facebook. High quality (AIFF) audiofile available for free download at SoundCloud.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 2:32 AM on October 6, 2017 (5 comments)

Take A Knee

Topical song. Recorded live in one take, fast and dirty, at home. Vocal, three-string guitar and stompbox, all coming out of a 15 watt VOX guitar amp. I videoed the performance too, which you can see at Facebook or YouTube. If you'd like to download an AIFF audiofile, you can do so at SoundCloud.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 4:28 AM on September 27, 2017 (6 comments)

Loathsome Slug

A little number about that orange-skinned lunatic who's running for president. Please listen. Or watch here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 12:53 AM on October 10, 2016

GOT TO CHANGE

A song about the epidemic of police murders and violence against black people in America. Written July 8th and recorded July 9th, 2016, at Polarity Studio, Tokyo. Samm Bennett: vocal & diddley bow. Video of this live performance viewable HERE.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 9:41 PM on July 8, 2016 (5 comments)

Go Bernie Go

My humble contribution to the election effort. Video of this same performance here. High quality audio download (AIFF) available at Soundcloud here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 6:43 AM on February 15, 2016 (20 comments)

Dirty ol' TPP

Topical song. Wrote this today, and recorded it straightaway. Check the live video of this same recording here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 7:09 AM on October 7, 2015 (4 comments)

How to get to Never Never Land

I have started a new project: making and posting video directions to various Tokyo live music venues, for the benefit of the Directionally Challenged. This is the first of the series. I thought it might be interesting to first listen to the audio directions alone, letting your imagination fill in the visuals, then head over to the video to see how reality and your imagination matches up.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 12:18 AM on June 5, 2015 (1 comment)

I AM NOT A BOT - a message to Twitter

Some very special guests appear here, helping me to explain the little problem I am having at the moment with social networking site Twitter. This is the audio portion of a video, which may be viewed here at YouTube.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 2:03 AM on March 2, 2015 (6 comments)

Ferguson, Missouri

This song addresses the situation in Ferguson and the frightening militarization and violence of today's police forces across America. I made a video for it, which you can view here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 7:27 AM on August 15, 2014 (14 comments)

Woman in Black

A song inspired by this story. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 9:45 AM on July 31, 2014 (1 comment)

Eric Garner Is Dead

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner, accused of a minor infraction of the law, died at the hands of the New York Police Department on a Staten Island street. Tody, July 23, 2014, I wrote and recorded this song about the incident. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 2:00 AM on July 23, 2014 (4 comments)

The Devil Walks the Earth

Here's a live recording of a song I premiered at a gig two nights ago (July 18, 2014). The bassist accompanying me is Keigo iwami, from the Swamp Root Jimmies. The song is anti-war, anti-greed, anti-death. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 1:39 AM on July 20, 2014 (6 comments)

Gone Getaway

Here's my band, the Swamp Root Jimmies, recorded live at a show in Tokyo on June 25, 2014. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 7:06 PM on July 6, 2014 (2 comments)

What Was That Sound I Heard

A song concerning the September 15, 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. I made a video of historic photo images to accompany the song, which may be viewed here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 8:56 PM on April 24, 2014 (5 comments)

Homeless Jesus Creeps Me Out

I'm often inspired to write little songs and poems in Metafilter threads, as some of you here might have noticed over the years. I've decided that from now on, whenever time allows, I will not only post those kinds of things as text in a thread, but will record and post them here at Metafilter Music as audio, and in as timely a fashion as possible. This song was inspired by a comment posted by homunculus in a post I made about a statue of Jesus.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 2:25 AM on April 14, 2014 (4 comments)

Democracy Stolen

Wrote this about the execrable Supreme Court ruling of April 2nd, 2014. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 12:19 AM on April 4, 2014 (5 comments)

Cold Cold Highway

From the recent, second gig of my new band the Swamp Root Jimmies. God I love these guys. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 8:22 AM on March 15, 2014 (3 comments)

March 11 2011

Written and recorded on the third anniversary of the Great Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 2:29 AM on March 11, 2014 (1 comment)

The US National Anthem

Hey, the old one is clunky, hard to sing, and it's all about bombs and war and stuff. I wrote a better one.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 10:53 PM on February 13, 2014 (5 comments)

Random Pictures of Strangers

As happens from time to time, a comment someone made here at Metafilter was the spark of inspiration for a song. This was the comment, and here's the song.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 10:32 PM on February 4, 2014 (6 comments)

Talking To Some Chickens

The other day I was talking to some chickens. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 6:08 AM on January 14, 2014 (3 comments)

Swamp Root Liver Cure

This is the unofficial theme song for my new group, the Swamp Root Jimmies. It was recorded live at our inaugural gig in November 2013. Lyrics and link to video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 10:05 PM on December 26, 2013 (3 comments)

Man With Three Mules

This morning at around 10am I was reading Metafilter, and I came across this post. The moment I saw the headline, "There is a man wandering around California with three mules", I knew I'd have to write a song. Fortunately, today I had the morning completely free. So I wrote the song, and recorded it, and now, here it it, four and a half hours from the original inspiration (woulda been four hours only, but, damn, I was hungry, and HAD to eat lunch), uploaded, for your listening pleasure.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 10:39 PM on September 11, 2013 (8 comments)

Never Took a Dollar from a Dead Man

This is S&H, from a show we did just the other night here in Tokyo. I'm so digging working with percussionist Habu Hiroshi, he's really bringing the groove. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 3:40 AM on September 10, 2013 (6 comments)

Oh Death (by S&H, live, April 2013)

Well it isn't the first time I've posted this song to Metafilter Music. Nor is it the second, third or fourth. But, in my defense, I'd say that all of these versions are, well, rather different from each other, in their various ways. This fifth one is from my duo band S&H, and was recorded live at a little African restaurant in Shinjuku. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 2:11 AM on August 3, 2013

Suffragette City

When I was assigned this tune for the David Bowie 'Ziggy Stardust' challenge, I was a little worried that I couldn't really manage it, somehow. But I had fun with it and I think it turned out OK. Plus I got this total blam-blam to help me with the promo clip, which you can viddy, my little droogie, at YouTube or Vimeo.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 4:01 AM on July 18, 2013 (24 comments)

Baby Bug

There's been a flurry of interest in cicadas lately, what with the little critters showing up in their millions in the US of Al. Here in Japan they grace us with their noisily enthusiastic presence once a year like clockwork, so I figured I'd employ one of 'em as drummer. The bug rushes the beat like hell, but there's something about its phrasing that I couldn't resist. The video (at YouTube or Vimeo) features the indefatigable critter itself, so be sure to tune in!
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 4:43 PM on June 13, 2013 (5 comments)

Honey Babe

On electro-acoustic drum kit, with pitch-a-ma-skronked vocal. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 10:52 PM on April 26, 2013 (3 comments)

I Had To Crawl To Arizona

Here's something brand new from a show I did last week. Dusted off the trusty old drum machine for this one, and brought in a couple of squeezy dolphins and an old friend from Kansai to help out a bit. Video (or is that a fax?) here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 12:59 AM on March 14, 2013 (7 comments)

Tail End of the Home Stretch

From a Third Person show from a couple nights ago in Nagaoya, Japan. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 7:46 PM on March 4, 2013 (3 comments)

Down the Road

Yours truly on stick dulcimer and vocal, Habu Hiroshi on percussion. Our band is called S&H. Lyrics and other versions of the song here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 5:54 PM on February 6, 2013 (4 comments)

If I Could Just Pull It Off

This little number rhymes "burning bush" with "tush". Also "Otis Redding" with "bedding" and "wedding". And "golden ladder" with "pancake batter". Plus, so much more. You are urged to listen. Video and lyrics here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 11:56 PM on November 1, 2012 (1 comment)

It Gets Better

Wrote this tune early in the month, shortly after seeing the Challenge announcement, and would've posted it much sooner, but other commitments plus a dose of good old fashioned procrastination delayed the recording until this afternoon. The last day of the month, of course! Just in under the gun, then, is my submission for this month's Mefi Music Challenge.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 1:20 AM on October 31, 2012 (6 comments)

Bring Your Money Down To Honduras

Upon reading some articles that were brought to my attention via this Metafilter thread, I was inspired to write this little song.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 12:58 AM on September 25, 2012 (4 comments)

Ching Dong Boss

This is the Smoke Benders, coming at ya live from beautiful downtown Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Featuring the amazing Numa Naoya on his amazing little drum kit and yours truly on original WaveDrum. And random hollerin'. Lyrics and embedded video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 5:58 PM on September 19, 2012 (1 comment)

Where You Put the Money

From a solo gig, August 2012. Uses a little 4-note bass line (loop) and a snare drum. And vocal, including muted trumpet imitation. Pretty minimal stuff. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 11:56 PM on September 8, 2012 (3 comments)

Annie Took the Money

Last of the tunes recorded earlier this month in a little house in the mountains. Vocal and stick dulcimer. A very prolific songbird who was just outside can be heard throughout this performance. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 7:28 AM on August 25, 2012 (1 comment)

Hobo Blues

Ever since I first saw John Lee Hooker's utterly captivating, almost terrifyingly powerful performance of it, I've been a lover of this song. RL Burnside covered it as well. This is my humble (and following those two performances, I really mean that) offering, from a little house in the hills of Nagano prefecture, Japan. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 10:24 PM on August 20, 2012 (1 comment)

Couldn't Tell You Why

Another tune recorded the other day at a little house in the woods. Just vocal and stick dulcimer, and a little bird outside that joins me for the very last note. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 1:14 AM on August 18, 2012 (1 comment)

New Ways To Tell Old Lies

This is about that weirdo gazillionaire creep who wants to be president. Video of this same performance at YouTube or Vimeo.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 6:50 AM on August 16, 2012 (7 comments)

Fitter Happier ((Russian language version))

My assigned tune from OK Computer. For mouth bow and Russian vocal. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 12:44 AM on July 26, 2012 (6 comments)

Hate That Train That Carried My Girl From Town

Here's the SMOKE BENDERS, live in Toyama, Japan, from March 2012. The sound is a little gymnasium-y, due to the fact that the gig was in a gymnasium. I'm on electric talking drum for this one. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 10:02 PM on June 9, 2012 (6 comments)

Jacaranda

This is from my newest band, the Dosages, from a gig we did last month, providing live musical accompaniment for bondage master Arisue Go, who ties up young ladies and suspends them from the ceiling. Hella gig, eh? There's a video (plus videos of two more tunes from the same show) here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 4:21 AM on February 21, 2012 (5 comments)

Lonesome Whistle

Here's the Smoke Benders, folks. We took Hank Williams' lamentation of an unlucky prisoner from its original waltz time and put a NOLA second line feel under it. Cause, hey, who doesn't like a NOLA second line feel, right? Video at YouTube and Vimeo.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 6:24 PM on January 25, 2012 (2 comments)

It Would Be Love

Another one featuring the amazing WaveDrum. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 8:08 AM on December 24, 2011 (2 comments)

Jingle Bells

Impromptu version of the holiday classic. This closed out the night for the Smoke Benders' last gig of 2011. Video here.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 3:20 AM on December 22, 2011 (5 comments)

Ain't No Train

Dusted off ye olde WaveDrum (it's been a while) for a solo gig the other night, and played it over a simple bass line (from ye olde JUNO synth) which I have on ye olde iPod, for a new version of a song that appears on ye olde Roomful of Ghosts, and which ye can see on ye olde YouTubes and Vimeos.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 6:52 PM on December 10, 2011

Soon As the Rain Lets Up

From the latest BIG SYSTEM gig. Mostly drumming going on here (WaveDrum and talking drum), but the one verse I broke into (never got around to the next one) is from an old song of mine (someone uploaded it to YT here), and that was enough to give this one a title. Video at YouTube or Vimeo.
posted to MeFi Music by flapjax at midnite at 5:56 PM on December 8, 2011 (1 comment)

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