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True Love

July 30th, 2009

TrueLove The guitar part and the melody+lyrics came to ┬áme in a flash! On the interstate. And I envisioned them as being like the Fall, sounding like a cacophony sort of. Well, that didn’t work out well at all. Shows what I know, right? The guitars sounded much too thin and not at all what […]

Steno Steno

July 29th, 2009

Steno Steno I suppose a brief introduction is in order, this being my maiden Hellagems voyage and all. Some here already know me through my various jaunts to Atlanta to visit billjings, good friend and Cake or Death cohort. I currently reside in Jacksonville, Fla., although I’m in the process of moving to Mississippi (fortunately, […]

Landlord (Eat a D*#k)

July 28th, 2009

This is NSFW (and definitely rated R for language). In the spirit of Felix, I quickly recorded this with voice and ukulele using the Voice Memo function on my iPhone while I tried to clean up my old place hastily so my landlord could start getting the house ready for the new tenants. I was […]


July 25th, 2009

I took an old midi sketch that I did a few years ago and fleshed it out in fruity loops. Now it is a fully viable cheesy videogame loop. anxiety For this, I was thinking of one of those haunted mansion, point-and-click games like those old NES/Mac games that include Shadowgate, Deja Vu, and uninvited. […]

I’d Like To Ask Them How

July 23rd, 2009

IdLikeToAskThemHow I’m jumping on board the weekly train. Let’s see if I can keep up. This song doesn’t really successfully convey my feelings about how I’m not too keen on tattoos but everyone I know has one, and I like the people I know a lot. Still, I don’t want any. There’s a bit of […]

The 1990s was a major decade for both video games, and the music industry. Hip-hop was beginning to take a substantial piece of the market away from rock and roll, and gamers were putting down their quarters and purchasing home video game systems. These two cultural forces meshed in the form of one of Nintendo’s […]

Been Caught Tweetin’

July 16th, 2009

BeenCaughtTweetin So one time a friend of mine posted the title of this song (with a G) to twitter. I dunno what it was about, but having been followed by random avatars for crimes as varied as mentioning zappos or some technology or another, I think I have some idea how she feels. Having said […]


July 14th, 2009

Here is another one of my old video-game-style midis that I rerecorded with my current resources. I originally composed this about seven or eight years ago. About 5 years ago I tried to record a live instrument version with guitar, but it wasn’t coherent at all. The recording here is my recent attempt that I […]

A Brick Wall

July 14th, 2009

On the Hella Gems email list we’ve talked about how the posts have started to dry up around here, so I’m unilaterally going to double my output on Tuesdays. Having made this decision rather recently, I threw this song together yesterday. It does not really traverse much new ground for me, and by and large […]

The Lion is Dead

July 8th, 2009

download (7.1 MB) After Michael Jackson died, my inclination was to do the same sort of thing that Bill did, which is to record either an MJ cover or a dance song in that sort of vein. As usual, my braggart inclinations gave way instead to introspection, so I started tinkling on the piano instead. […]

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