Sunday, September 06, 2009

The End of the Good Life

I've finally gotten enough crap reinstalled after my computer fried to record a bit, and here's the result. It's pretty rough, but some of that is intentional. The song is so simple and straightforward that I decided to really mess about with the arrangement, so it's basically a little loungey sad song composed of record pops, guitar line noise, and ukulele. I think it could use a better vocal track, but then I could use a better voice. We'll see if Santa provides either this year.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


In honor of this lovely study of sasquatch distribution patterns, here's an old Love Button song. I haven't listened to this in like a decade, but here it is!

For what it's worth, yes I am the same Dan Warren quoted in that article, and it's hilarious to me that in literally minutes someone had twisted my words to call global warming into question. I feel like a real scientist now!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Jagadish Chandra Bose

It's been a while since I recorded something for a Musician's Lounge contest, but finally I'm back at it. A power surge (I think) killed both my studio computer and my MOTU recorder a few weeks ago, so I recorded this one using a temporary setup that's a bit wonky in many ways. If it sounds a little off, that's why.

Anyway, the contest was to write a song about this guy Jagadish Chandra Bose, who was quite an interesting Indian dude. He worked in fields as diverse as botany and physics, helped with the development of radio, and is considered the father of Indian science fiction.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Motivational Speaker

Here's one from Crush the Infamous Thing. The music is a combination of samples and me playing instruments. The vocal track is this really weird motivational speaker from the south named Glenn Turner. He put out a bunch of albums in the 70's telling people that they could be awesome like him if they'd just focus. He was a really weird guy - strong southern accent, harelip, and a moon landing conspiracy theory nut to boot. I've obviously chopped up the samples to make him say what I wanted him to, but it's really only a very incremental change from how weird that record was to begin with.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Ska version of Lovefool

Here's an old one from an SA cover contest. It's my take on a ska version of the Cardigans' "Lovefool".

Thursday, March 05, 2009

French song

Here's one I made for my homie AltF4's Time Traveling Bears cartoon. He wanted something very French, and this is what he got. Lyrics by me and AltF4, translated into broken French by my sister Wendy. It's been a while, but if I remember correctly the lyrics mean something like:

The Americans always steal French culture
All French hate traveling in time
Stay out of France, yankee scum
Go, eat the shit, eat the shit

Check out the cartoon at newgrounds if you get a chance!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Work in progress - The Birth of Anubis

This is part of a much larger project I'm working on, and will probably change substantially before it's done. I don't want to reveal the whole story yet, but this chapter deals with the birth of a boy with the head of a dog. He's unnaturally intelligent for a child, but violent and unpredictable. Because of this, he is kicked out of his village to roam the world.

To be continued...

Oh yeah, it's also the first song I've ever recorded where I play banjo. Super-ultrathanks to Thomas Anderson for giving me his old beater banjo to fix up!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


Here's one off of Crush The Infamous Thing. All of the words are Jim Baker. The drums are sampled from a Steven Drozd solo thing, everything else is me.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

Still reposting the most popular songs from the old podcast - this one is my remake of Leonard Nimoy's "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" from a few years back. White guy rap!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Here's my cover of the Velvet Underground song "Heroin". It's completely inappropriate, but so are most good things in life.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Spine Full of Pop Rocks

Hey there. This one's a distant memory from Make Room For Dada. I've said it before, but everything from that album needs to be taken in the context of what the album actually was - me learning how to use a new set of musical tools. I learned an awful lot while making it, but the actual quality of the music is wildly uneven. This is one of the better ones, in my own opinion.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

International House of Dancakes is moving, and I'm gonna go teabag your cat.

Well this here is the first post of the new International House of Dancakes Podcast, and I figured I might as well make it as stupid as I possibly can. Blogmatrix is going down at the end of the month, so I really didn't have a choice. That's all right, I'd been meaning to move the files to my own hosting anyway. Hope people can still find it, though.