February 28, 2011

#036: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

CoversJasonMichaelMike PNatashaSarahVirginia

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Sarah: Vocals
Michael: Vocals, Percussion
Mike P: Guitar
Jason: Bass, Backing Vocals
Natasha: Keyboards
Virginia: Accordion

An attempted reggae-version of this golden oldie that devolves into a swinging accordion groove and a wonderfully-botched ending.

January 31, 2011

#035: Neruda Out Of Balance

Neruda Out Of Balance

Virginia: Vocals
Mike P: Guitar
Jason: Bass
Michael: Percussion, Vocals

An attempt to swing some background music while Virginia reads some Spanish Neruda poetry on top. Out of balance, out of days, out of ways to cope with our three-wheeled feelings…

December 31, 2010

#034: I Found Out

JasonJonMichaelMike PSarah

I Found Out

Sarah & Michael: Vocals
Jon: Bass
Jason: Percussion, Harmonica
Mike P: Guitar

Hey 2011, I found out you were here and I decided to stay away. To not go out and play. I know that I can be a star, so I decided when I woke up I would walk all night. I`ll lose you 2010, and you can’t follow me anymore. The key to your door, sure – I can go there, but I can`t grow in it. I will look at you completely and dream you away. Tomorrow when I wake up and see the sun again, I might wish it was you, but right now, let`s find out what we`ve got left.

October 6, 2010

#032: Common People

CoversJasonJonMichaelMike PSarah

Common People

Sarah & Jon: Vocals
Michael: Piano, Synths, Additional Bass
Jason: Bass, Harmonica
Mike P: Guitar

Pulp’s working-class anthem stripped of all it’s bombast, revealing itself as more of a folk song. Recorded at the end of a long night in our standard one-take/warts-and-all style.

September 8, 2010

#028: Love Me Tender

CoversJasonJonMike PSarah

Love Me Tender

Mike P: Guitar, Vocals
Sarah & Jon: Vocals
Jason: Percussion

An entertaining car crash of a cover, where it doesn`t seems like we`ll be able to get to the end of the song without incessant laughter or multiple re-starts. (The picture is Elvis’ birthplace.)

September 1, 2010

#027: Under The River

JasonJonMichaelMike PMoods & TripsSarah

Under The River

Michael: Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar Bits
Sarah: Vocals
Jason: Guitar, Vocals
Jon: Guitar
Mike P: Bass

One of our favorite songs, an epic number about the soul of a city resting under the river. Sarah goes on to list the numerous types of city workers and people who frequent this place and know of it’s worth.

May 5, 2010

#020: March of the (Bohemian) Pigs

AcapellaCoversJasonJonMichaelMike PSarah

March of the (Bohemian) Pigs

Sarah, Jason, Jon, Michael, Mike P: Vocals

Michael had it in his mind that an acapella/barbershop quartet version of this Nine Inch Nails tune would sound amazing. And on one fateful night he indeed got his wish, with a little bit of Bohemian Rhapsody unexpectedly tagged on at the end.

March 25, 2010

#015: Antonio’s Corpse

Antonio`s Corpse

Sarah: Vocals
Natasha: Piano
Jason: Vocals, Ukulele, Harmonica
Michael: Vocals, Bass
Virginia: Accordion
Mike P: Guitar

This was a melodramatic Tom Waits-style polka that we did, which not surprisingly turned out to be a lot of fun. Lyrics are all over the place, but basically, Michael is in a restaurant where paintings are walking around talking about him. They don`t like his belt. Jason then describes a corpse he is looking for. Sarah can`t find her Antonio. We tell her that we saw his corpse in the field yesterday. Jason says some things in Spanish, and then there are ice sculptures of dead swans. The end.

February 23, 2010

#012: Absolutely Cuckoo

CoversJasonJonMichaelMike PNatashaSarah

Absolutely Cuckoo

Sarah: Vocals
Jon: Guitar, Distant Vocals
Mike P: Guitar
Michael: Percussion, Backing Vocals
Natasha: Piano
Jason: Ukulele, Harmonica

Our cover of the first track from 69 Love Songs, which we did with little forethought to rehearse, hence it sounding endearingly sloppy and loose. That’s kind of the norm around here, you know.

January 25, 2010

#007: Dry Elixir

Dry Elixir

Michael: Vocals, Bass, Keyboards
Jason: Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Mike P: Guitar, Percussion

A moody upbeat number with some warped vocals in Spanish and English about alchemy, translation, and the elixir of life.

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