||All Your Frickin Base Already
||Naked (Four-Minute Cover)
||Abe Vigoda's Dead (Premortem Mix)
||Umati (in progress)
||The Ninja-Zombie Show
||Don't Listen To Arcanta
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Years ago I recorded two messages off my voicemail -- one from some non-English-speaking lady who got a wrong number, one from my dad -- and had the thought I wanted to use them as samples in a song. I've finally done so, though the result is something I'm not even sure I'd typically listen to. I still like it, though. I'm calling it "power intermission music".
2: All Your Frickin Base Already
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Yeah, you remember All Your Base Are Belong To Us, huh? Back when it was all the rage with the kids, I got this tune in my head and it wouldn't shake loose. Recording this was less creativity and more self-defense. As such, it's not really as polished as it could be, but eh.
3: Older (Cover)
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A cover of "Older" by They Might Be Giants. EMusic used to have the original as a free track on TMBG's Long Tall Weekend, but don't anymore, damnit. Oh well, pretend you've heard it before you download this anyway, I guess.
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Originally "LiPpOS", but the capitalization was getting on my nerves. Lauries' Planet of Sound is a music store in my neighborhood, and they recenly moved a block south to a larger space. This was another case where a tune got in my head and wouldn't let me go until I recorded it. I have the commercial written in my head, too; that storyboard's fighting with me to get itself drawn, as well.
5: Naked (Four-Minute Cover)
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A cover of "Naked" by Assemblage 23, which is a heavy-beat EBM song. Makes it seem an odd candidate for an acapella version, but there you are. I can't help spotting the four or so mistakes in it, but I had to force myself to let it go, finally. There's a clip of the original on the A23 site in the "hear" section (it's on the album Failure), but if you like that kind of music, I'd highly recommend just buying the album.
6: Abe Vigoda's Dead (Premortem Mix)
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Music: Bauhaus (cut from "Bela Lugosi's Dead")
Lyrics: Greg Peters and myself
At Debb's suggestion, I recorded a parody of "Bela Lugosi's Dead", with most of the lyrics written by Greg Peters.
7: O Nutria
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Lyrics (coda): Greg Peters and myself
Guitar (coda): Scott Fischer
Louisiana has an overpopulation of Nutria, a semiaquatic rodent technically named myocaster coypus but more commonly known as "swamp rat". They're destroying the swamplands by eating all the cypress that holds it down, so the state wants to limit their reproduction. How do they do this? One, pay trappers $4 for each one they kill, and attempt to convince people to use the furs for clothing; two, attempt to convince people to eat them. Really. More details at nutria.com, which used to have a bad midi-based NutriaSuite Theme Song, the suckitude of which inspired me to write my own Nutria anthem.
8: Umati (in progress)
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Drums: some drum software I currently forget the name of
The is loosely based on music at the end of Parasite Eve. This is all I have done so far; need to get together lyrics and some non-chorus parts.
9: The Ninja-Zombie Show
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A theme song I put together for Scribs.
10: Don't Listen To Arcanta
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Several years ago, Debb and I went to a Faith and the Muse concert, and the opening act was this guy, Arcanta. He was all chanty and reverby and kinda world-musicky, which was kinda neat but kinda tiresome, but the main problem was that he went on forever. The little venue had strict show end times, so they had to cut their concert short. This really kinda ticked us off, because they only rarely tour.
So, I wrote the lyrics for this song that night, and finally recorded the damn thing.