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(sorry people who are my myspace friends and who are also on my mailing list -- you're kind of getting spammed by me today)

As some of you might know, I have a couple of CDs I put together called Imaginary Internet Man and Plastic and Thread. They are basically random collections of whatever original songs I'd recorded when I put the CD together. This gives them (particularly Imaginary Internet Man) an eclecticism that I sort of like, but I've come to realize that they aren't really suitable for use as demos to give to club owners and the like -- there are lots of songs on them that I would be very unlikely to ever play live.

So last weekend I recorded some songs, added a few older songs that I thought were appropriate, and put together a demo.

- listen to Jake's demo -

(Note that clicking on that link will open up a flash player that will immediately start playing the recordings.)

I'm pretty happy with it! Now to start sending it out ...

The songs on the demo are:

1. I Believe To My Soul (composed by Ray Charles)
2. That'll Never Happen No More (composed by Blind Willie McTell)
3. Railroad Bill (composed by Andy Breckman)
4. A Dozen Lovely Roses (composed by Jacob Haller)
5. Barstow (composed by Jay Farrar)
6. You're the Tea in my Teacup (composed by Jacob Haller)
7. Caldonia (composed by Fleecie Moore)
8. Hybrid Car Blues (composed by Jacob Haller)
9. Watching Killer Robots Eat Your Head (composed by Jacob Haller)
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I think the new pop filter works pretty well. I made seven recordings but many of them are of things that I have recorded previously. The others are:

* San Francisco Bay Blues by Jesse Fuller
* Catholic Girl by the Sentimental Favorites
* A Dozen Lovely Roses by me
* Barstow by Jay Farrar

I haven't recorded introductions yet so these are not in the podcast at this point.

'A Dozen Lovely Roses' and 'Barstow' are recorded to run into each other, but they don't have to be listened to that way.
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Last night, I felt like making some recordings. So I did. Here are two of the results.

First up we have a relatively new original song, Photo Album. [introduction]

This is the song I wrote for the Songwriters In The Round event at AS220 a few months ago. It was written on the assigned theme, which was 'Childhood Photographs'. [I was really afraid that one or more of the other singer/songwriters would have written similar songs, but nobody did.]

Song #2 is a song by Paul Geremia called Stone Sober Blues. [intro] I've always liked this song, partly because (in my interpretation) the singer is supposed to be pretty seriously drunk. Anyway, I've recorded it here on piano. Ignore the obvious mistake at the end!
As always, all the recordings are available on my website and can also be retrieved from my podcast. Also, you can see previous posts of mine with the tag 'podcast'.
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When I was out walking earlier I stopped into a bookstore and noticed that there were books by Paul di Filippo and Rudy Rucker that I didn't own yet, so I snapped them up -- probably won't get to read them for a while, but still very pleasing! (The di Filippo is Shuteye for the Timebreaker, and the Rucker is The Hollow Earth.)

Also while I was out walking I got a call from Keith Munslow in which he said that if I wanted to I should bring CDs for tonight, since he is hoping to set up a merchandise table. (Also, he said that there's about a 50/50 chance he'll ask me to do a second song tonight, so that is exciting!)

So when I came home I finally got around to putting together a new CD of original material, which I named 'Plastic & Thread' for no good reason. I also made a few new copies of 'Imaginary Internet Man'.

The tracklist for my old CD, Imaginary Internet Man, is:

tracklists, for people interested in such things )

Obviously, the old CD is the better deal, but the new one has song songs that people have been asking me about, so I'm glad I finally put it together.

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I bought some new microphones yesterday and wanted to try them out. Also, I continue to be obsessed by tomorrow's Songs of Social Consciousness show, which I will put some more information about at the end of this message under a cut.

I'll be doing three or four songs, so here are some old songs I'm thinking of doing, plus two new ones, plus two new songs which I should under no account play at this show, I think.

Old Songs:And here are the new songs (the first one is an original song):And, finally, here are the two ringers:As usual, these songs can be retrieved from my music web page and you can also get them via podcast.

Information about the show )
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I just made a little halloween recording for all y'all -- happy halloween!

Now I will go back to bed.
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Hey, I almost forgot -- I recorded a couple of new things this week!

The first is an Andy Breckman song called 'Passing Trains'. [spoken introduction] When I went to California the other week for the marriage of my friends Rachel and Larry, I brought my backpacker guitar and one of the songs I played was the only Andy Breckman song I knew, Railroad Bill. Larry had not only heard of Andy but had himself learned a different song of his, Passing Trains, and he played it for me. Once I got home I ordered Andy's two CDs and set about learning the song. It's a pretty little thing.

The second song is Sister Kate. [spoken introduction] This is a song I remembered my father singing from way back, but I could never quite figure out the chords or remember all the lyrics. I still am not sure that I have the chords completely right, but hopefully it is close enough, and I got Dad to type up the lyrics and send them to me. I also got a little backstory: it turns out that this song is a combination of several other songs (which would explain why trying to find the lyrics online was such a puzzling experience), and this particular combination and arrangement was put together by my dad's cousin Johnny, who taught it to dad and then proceeded to forget completely about it. I think I will try to get this song included in the Killdevils repertoire.

As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.

As long as I'm talking about podcasts I might as well recommend one that doesn't have anything to do with me: The Sound of Young America, which features interviews with people like Terry Gilliam, John Hodgman, Chris Elliot, Michael J. Nelson, and many other people who I think are pretty great. The podcast archives go back a really long way, which is another think I like about it, and you can also see all the archives on its archive page.
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Hey, more recordings!
  1. I Wear A Croth [introduction] (September 14, 2006) -- vocals, guitar
  2. Spike Driver Blues [introduction] (September 15, 2006) -- vocals, backpacker guitar
  3. Potato [introduction] (September 27, 2006) -- guitar, accordion, washboard, vocals
  4. Mighty Long Time [introduction] (September 30, 2006) -- guitar, accordion, vocals
As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.
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I recorded a couple more songs, plus added something I recorded in 2004.
  1. I Walk The Line [introduction] (August 21, 2006) -- vocals, guitar
  2. The World's In A Tangle [introduction] (August 22, 2006) -- vocals, guitar, piano
  3. Stealing [introduction] (August 23, 2006) -- vocals, dual guitars

Thanks to everyone who's filled out my poll so far.

As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.

I guess it's time to start packing up for the music party. See some of you there!
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Hey, my fiftieth podcast! And recordings of songs by Andy Breckman, Woody Guthrie, and John Brunner!

I've mentioned Andy Breckman before. Before he became a hotshot TV producer he was a humorous folk singer (here is his description of his tour with Don McLean, which is followed by a response from McLean in which he calls Andy a 'dufus') and his song Railroad Bill is an example of the kind of song I would like to write if my brain worked that way.

[livejournal.com profile] cgoldfish suggested a while ago that I record Guthrie's Car Song. I was hindered for quite a while by a complete inability to make car sounds with my mouth, but then a couple of days ago I figured out how to make some pretty substandard motor noises, and the result is here.

The result of the Brunner poll was clear: a surprising number of people wanted to hear Faithless Jack the Spaceman. So here it is, a simple arrangement for vocals and washboard. I will try to record the other songs people wanted sometime soon.

  1. Railroad Bill [introduction] (July 6, 2006) -- guitar, vocals
  2. The Car Song [introduction] (July 7, 2006) -- guitar, vocals
  3. Faithless Jack the Spaceman [introduction] (July 8, 2006) -- vocals, washboard
As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.

Update: Fixed links. Grrr.

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Two original songs! Plus an Erin McKeown cover.
  1. The Limit (for Kate H.) [introduction] (May 30, 2006) -- guitar, vocals
  2. Worst Meal (for Christy H.) [introduction] (May 31, 2006) -- guitar, vocals
  3. Didn't They [introduction] (June 1, 2006) -- guitar, vocals

'The Limit' was written for [livejournal.com profile] katylady74's birthday (which was last Tuesday). 'Worst Meal' was written for [livejournal.com profile] christychristy's birthday (which is this coming Thursday).

I'm not sure that I'll be able to get any recording in today -- in fact I seriously doubt I will -- but I expect to do some tomorrow.

As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.
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The last time I made one of these posts was May 6. Phoo.

Anyway, I've recorded a few things since then:

  1. I Can Hear You [introduction] (May 7, 2006) -- backpacker guitar, whistling, vocals
  2. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It [introduction] (May 22, 2006) -- guitar, vocals
  3. Older [introduction] (May 29, 2006) -- guitar, vocals

However! I've done some more recording today so there should be at least a few new recordings this week, including two new original songs, and hopefully this will put me back on track.

As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.
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  1. Cities [introduction] (May 4, 2006) -- piano, guitar, accordion, vocals
  2. Swinging Doors [introduction] (May 6, 2006) -- guitar, accordion, vocals
  3. Gypsy Woman [introduction] (May 6, 2006) -- piano, vocals
As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.
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Just a few this week:
  1. Waist Deep in the Big Muddy [introduction] (April 28, 2006) -- guitar, vocals
  2. Before You Accuse Me [introduction] (April 29, 2006) -- piano, vocals
  3. Caldonia [introduction] (April 29, 2006) -- piano, accordion, vocals
As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.
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Here's what I've got this week:
  1. I Am Not Your Broom [introduction] (April 16, 2006) -- a capella
  2. Charlie the Chimp [introduction] (April 17, 2006) -- a capella
  3. Big Road Blues [introduction] (April 18, 2006) -- guitar, vocals
  4. A Habit [introduction] (April 19, 2006) -- backpacker guitar, vocals
  5. Leaving Home [introduction] (April 20, 2006) -- guitar, vocals
A pretty good week of recording, I'd say! I'm not sure I'll do as well this coming week, but hopefully I'll record one or two things on Sunday.

As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.

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If anyone's interested, here's a recording of the lyrics I wrote earlier today. (This is tomorrow's podcast recording, so this is an opportunity to get a jump on things, I guess.)

It also features the Martin backpacker guitar that I was thinking about buying earlier this week and which I did, in fact, buy earlier this evening. So if you are a fan of tiny, very trebly guitars, check it out!
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After a kind of a lengthy quiet period, I put up some more podcast recordings yesterday and today. A few of them are from recordings I made at last week's party:
  1. Watching Killer Robots Eat Your Head (live) [introduction] (April 14, 2006) -- guitar, vocals -- [original version]
  2. Hybrid Car (live) [introduction] (April 15, 2006) -- piano and vocals with Chris Monti on guitar
  3. Little Red Riding Hood (live) [introduction] (April 15, 2006) -- guitar and vocals with Chris Monti also on guitar
and there's also one completely new one: As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.

While I'm at it, here are recordings of all the songs that Chris and I did, starting with the solo songs I did at the beginning of the second set. (There's a lot of audience noise in the first set -- you can get a sense of this from the 'Cow Cow Blues' recording below -- so I don't think I'll link to that unless people are interested, and I haven't finished transferring the MC Copulation set yet -- and once I do I'll just send it to the good MC himself to do with as he wills.)

So here's the solo stuff I did (including one of the podcast recordings above):

  1. Cow Cow Blues
  2. Watching Killer Robots Eat Your Head
  3. "Pumpkin, Mrs. Farnsworth" introduction
  4. "Pumpkin, Mrs. Farnsworth"
  5. Avocados And Beer
and here are the recordings with Chris Monti (again including a couple of items that got podcasted):
  1. St. James Infirmary
  2. Hybrid Car
  3. She's An Angel
  4. Little Red Riding Hood
  5. Down By The River
  6. Waterbugs
  7. Beans & Cornbread
  8. The KKK Took My Baby Away
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Four recordings this week:
  1. The Lion Song [introduction] (April 2, 2006) -- guitar, accordion, vocals
  2. Sam Hall [introduction] (April 3, 2006) -- guitar, vocals
  3. The KKK Took My Baby Away [introduction] (April 4, 2006) -- acordion, guitar, vocals
  4. The Colorado Trail [introduction] (April 5, 2006) -- guitar, vocals
As always, you can see a list of all the recordings on the main page of my music website and instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast on the podcast page.

punk

Apr. 4th, 2006 09:24 pm
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Man, I'm posting to livejournal a lot today. I should watch more teevee or something.

Anyway: I should probably wait until Saturday to post this, but I'm sort of perversely pleased with this, so I present my accordion-and-guitar rendition of the Ramones's The KKK Took My Baby Away. I think it proves for once and all that I'm just not that punk. (Although that was the subject of a certain amount of disagreement at lunch today.)

That was today's podcast. Tomorrow's is going to be a bittersweet cowboy song.

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