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There once was a band called Men of Science. It was comprised of two childhood friends, and they made many albums. Their music brimmed with youthful enthusiasm, humor and occasionally a rueful longing for seasons past and galaxies far away. They weren’t afraid to take artistic chances. They were the opposite of self-conscious. I had […]

To the Sea!

June 21st, 2012

Catalan indie group Manel tends to feature middle-class characters in everyday settings, aggrandized by heroic or mock-heroic balladry. This song is no exception–it’s just about going to the beach with a friend or loved one. See Manel’s live version with choir at the Palau. Our version is a little downtempo and slightly maudlin, hope it […]


August 29th, 2011

Mike: erf came to visit. We recorded this. There’s something much “better” in the pipe. erf: I wouldn’t say that it is necessarily “better”. I mean, this is a subjective measure, isn’t it? Mike: … erf: Fine. We did this very quickly, wanting to record a second thing before the conclusion of our first in-person […]

Cantspeak (Dropout)

March 15th, 2011

Yesterday, I dug through a few hard drives looking for some digital photos. I found (most of) the photos, but I ended up finding something more interesting… pretty much every song I’ve recorded on my computer since 2001. Multitracks and all. My packrat tendencies have paid off, I suppose. Since this is a gem site, […]


November 19th, 2010

8-bit cover of Rude Boy minus the bridge. MW – Gameboy

Karma Police Here’s an instrumental cover of Karma Police made using Mario Paint Composer. Enjoy! Also, I’m new posting, so if anyone has any pro-tips (like how to embed the audio dealy) then I’d love to hear it.

Play With Fire

October 17th, 2009

Play_with_Fire_HG Sorry Bill, but I had this one queued up for today. This one is an early Rolling Stones song. Their 60’s and early 70’s records always struck me as being raw and non-pretentious. No pitch correction. Guitar, piano and organ. Once again I sound like a comatose David Bowie. Enjoy.

An humbling experience

July 4th, 2009

billiejean Michael Jackson died last week. It’s barely at the edge of my memory, but I remember listening to Thriller on tape until my walkman broke, listening to Dangerous on my stereo. I didn’t even realize how much I had listened to Bad until I bought it again this week and started playing it – […]

I attempted to make an arrangement of Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie, an ancient piece credited to Thoinot Arbeau who published it in the 16th century.  I was thinking of using it for my game because it has a very distinctively renaissance sound. I haven’t decided if I’m actually going to though. For one, I’ve […]

believerse This is something that me and a friend have started working on for a new project. It’s just the part with my verse. We’re still working on it. Thanks for listening! -Donny Jarko

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