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Old Man Mardigan

October 23rd, 2012

Old Man Mardigan So, it was back in the summer of 2011 when erf and I decided to fight the decrease in creative output and associated malaise with a series of all-or-nothing recording sessions. We were both getting older, and I wasn’t satisfied to let the music be simply discarded as a boyish hobby (which […]

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 […]

High Flyer (feat deValmont)

September 4th, 2011

Today an individual this site knows as deValmont came over and our conversational thread went like this: I started talking about aircraft which convert into cars that can be driven on standard roads. I was thinking specifically about this one: We then talked about the tolerances of aircraft, and how a mechanical failure in one […]

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, […]

Underground Conceited Freestyle

5 minute beat #6

February 14th, 2011


Koala Song

March 21st, 2010

It’s been a while since things got overwhelming and I haven’t been able to record with any regularity. Still, I’ve found a few occasions. Hope everyone is doing well and please excuse the slightly delayed posts. This was recorded in November, for my girlfriend’s birthday. Many thanks to my friend Vincent for guitar and whisper […]


August 27th, 2009

Optimism So I was sitting around depressed this weekend trying to psych myself up. ¬†All I need is to feel a little better, right, and then I just get up off my ass and do… ¬†whatever it is that will better my station in life, right? Go get some cool clothes and some shades, right? […]

The Ballad of Danger

August 18th, 2009

Last weekend was my designated time for making a Hella Gem, but that was taken up by sickness and worry over my cat who I had to put to sleep on Saturday, so I abandoned my personal responsibility for grief. In lieu of something fresh, here is a demo I literally recorded at work last […]

If I Weren’t Scared

August 12th, 2009

IfIWerentScared I’m heading to a wedding tomorrow, so I’m going to go ahead and post this. This song is about my fear that the emotional detachment necessary to deal with the world will dehumanize me.

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