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Thursday, October 25, 2007


the saddest story ever told

here's a cover i did of a magnetic fields song during the summer.

the saddest story ever told (mp3 / 1.1MB)

some peculiarities:
~guitar track
~violin track (four)
~bass guitar track

as for the drums, i used a practice pad, a piece of wood, a belt, and a tin cup. i tried this organic approach that i've heard fellow cadets do before and was inspired by. if it's not too grating a sound for you, i think it sounds pretty cool at points.

i also like my bassline, but i'm not one to brag.

i miss you, cadets. it's come to my attention that you couldn't upload stuff for a while. it's been fixed. party!!

also, major ups to ART PARTY events happening in new orleans again!!

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Yet another song. An original this time.

Wrote it just now. Beers and tears helped. Here's the lyrics if anyone is interested.

The THX-1138's - Georgia Blues

I despise time, I try
to escape death everyday.
But the clouds they all look black
They’re also going to cry.

And I’d really like to pray
but Jesus ain’t my friend.
What difference will it make
When I cause my own end?

They could call this prison growing up
But I call it a Southern Belle
And they’d call it breaking up
When I’m really breaking down
My life is heading nowhere
They’ll call me Crash n’ Burn
They could call it a part of life
But it feels more like death

All the times that I wept
All I needed was her smile
But the night I hang myself
I would like to see her cry

And the mind is always numb
From numbing it with smoke
I would really like to stop
But I’m afraid that it might hurt

At the clouds and the sky I was screaming
Nobody heard
At my friends I was pleading
Nobody turned
Then I’d crawl up to my mother
She helped me with my weight
Every dog has its day, I’ve had mine,
I want it back.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007


another Johnny Cash cover

from Cadet Aldo

The THX-1138's - Cocaine Blues

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Thursday, April 26, 2007


cover song

do these breach copyright laws somehow?


O Valencia

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Monday, April 23, 2007


cover song

This is the song that Trash Trash Trash will be debuting tomorrow at the Dragon's Den in New Orleans. Recorded it for fun.
-MC Scrotum

The THX-1138's - Folsom Prison Blues

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Saturday, April 21, 2007



Here is a short tune I made for one of the lovely Morgan's poem. I got a recording interface, so I went a little crazy with the voices. Is it too much?


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A cover song

I made this in about 2 hours total out of bordum. Real sloppy.

Village Green

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Friday, April 20, 2007


Open D Tuning



My simplest song ever. 3 Layers.


Monday, April 16, 2007


baby cymbal

There used to be a tiny little baby cymbal on the drumset at Joe's apartment. It was so tiny and cute and we all talked about how it probably feels next to the big "real" cymbals. So after this conversation, I wrote this song real quick and recorded it on garageband. In a perfect world, there would be little baby ding sounds and lots of percussion background. Sadly, this version is just me and a guitar.



Sunday, April 15, 2007



last summer, Scandaliz Vandalistz attempted, and some would say succeeded, in writing a new song after we recorded our album. it's based on a true story-- back in the day, before she was famous, madonna used to go to lots of parties in new york and ask to join everyone's band. she happened to ask my aunt's best friend if she could join their band and they totally said no.... mostly because their band just sat around and played music in a closet. sooooo my sister, cadet morgan rosebud, wrote a poem/song about it, which we borrowed, adapted, and added to, and the result was our song "little brains" which turned out to be a really great song played live.... we never got any real recordings made of it, but i've recently discovered that we used my laptop during some practices, so there's a couple really early versions floating around on my computer. today i've decided to share them and i hope you enjoy.... please keep in mind that we were still in the process of writing the song at this point, and that it sounds crappy because it's recorded from a laptop microphone.
Little Brains with just vocals and guitar

Little Brains with the full band

Madonna! you can’t be in our closet band! cuz!
We’re in a closet in a closet in a closet...
Hey Madonna! you suck! you suck!
We don’t need your fashion show!
We don’t fit in the places you go!
Madonna asked if she could be in our band
and we said NO! cuz!
We’re in a closet...
we’re a closet...

We’ve made a world in here
We’ve got plenty to wear
Sick and Tired of breathing bad air
Needing a change in the atmosphere
We hide away in a place that’s small
but there’s no wiggle room, so it makes us feel tall
a tiny space filled with tiny kids
our brains are little, but our thoughts are big
so so so so so big!

In here! our minds are free!
Floating around with the dust bunnies
in the closet...
We learned your rules
and now we’re done with them!
we don’t want a part in your pretension
necessity is the mother of invention
we put ourselves away,
it’s dark in time of day
in here it’s like another dimension
but it’s a closet...
life in closet...


(It’s a small world after all)

No tune! we’ve broken all our strings
No room! this place is shrinking
the good air’s all gone
maybe we were wrong
about the closet...
obsessed with a life of prevention
now closet is the necessity of invention
the sun is brighter than this little light bulb
and we’ve started to forget what we’re missing

we’re in a closet
and we’ve lost it
we’re in a closet
and we've lost it
we’re coming out of it!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Polyrhythms and lyrics and stagnation of musical inspiration

I play everything. I had 4 songs i was working on at once and this one just happened to be the lucky one to actually get finished. The other ones are being neglected as punishment for their lack of appeal to me personally. As always, the title is meaningless.

Thinking About Thinking (Blues)

Also, if anyone lives in memphis and is interested in writing songs (clarification: i dont want to just "jam". i have enough musician friends who can sit down and play by ear and make some free-jazz cacophony. but i want to sit and talk about music, preferably with someone who knows more than me, and come up with something worthwhile) I can play drums and bass amateurishly, guitar somewhat adeptly, and anything on piano as long as i rehearse it a bit. I have a room stocked with instruments for at least the next two months when my roomate moves out, at which point i will probably only legitimately possess a 100$ gibson epiphone acoustic guitar.

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Monday, March 26, 2007


songs from katherine.

"math rock (M4A file)" - claire (singing, guitar) katherine (bass, oohs)
anna-claire (piano, doos) jake (clarinet)

"drool (M4A file)" - katherine (singing, guitar), claire (piano, oohs)
recorded by jake at his house the other day.

much love,


Thursday, March 15, 2007


A song (with lyrics and beats)

This ones pretty simple, i wanted something i could just write some easy lyrics to. it started out as an exercise in polyrhythms but i dont think i really captured the percussion sound i wanted in the end.

Seas Of Violet

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Saturday, March 10, 2007


A conceptual Song

this one has 3 parts it pretty much came out randomly

Ghost Train


Monday, March 05, 2007


A conceptual song (and some other shit)

with an awkward ending. the title is just something i thought of while listening to the song when it was like half done.

The Frog And The Crane

Edit: i found this when cleaning off my computer desktop of all the minute and a half diddes i have cluttering it up i figured id post it. im playing bass my friend tim wrote the chords to this song and plays guitar, kevin plays drums. we werent really satisfied with this but it was as close as we got out of like 5 tries. its a little sloppy.

Running Along (Electric Redux)



church of space (THE SONG)


The Art Party is loosely affiliated with the COSMOS (church of space mystical organisation of spirituality).

little has been known about the Church of Space--until now. this is basically all that exists about it.



What is the ultimate reality?
The cause of causality?
Others think that they do know,
But they always fail to show
What it is they think they see,
Faith can't be so easy.

The Church of Space still seeks the answer,
Amidst aquarius, capricorn, and cancer.
We don't say we claim we know,
but into SPACE we must go
to perform stellar experiments
on our exponential firmaments.

Have Mass on Mars and commune on the moon.
On Earth, you'll never see the stars come into bloom.
We say Pluto's a planet, not just a rock.
Blast off into our holy flock.
If you want a truly universal faith,
We await you in outer space.

Look at all these earthly churches
Pontiffs on their purchased perches
They read books while we write them
Their chants pale next to our bright night hymn
Space is full of contradiction,
but still better than earth's simple fiction

Terrestrial religion is lazy,
but outer space is fucking crazy!
Quasars spitting gamma rays,
Pulsars with their radio waves
You might think that space is quite a rave,
but Saturn isn't just a place to play.

words by admiral alanna and cadet tom
music by cadet tom

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Thursday, March 01, 2007


A Song the whole family

This one took me a while. it started with the bass and i just started adding things. i didnt name the song until everything was finished, so nevermind the title. Also its kind of LOUD at times.

Aliens In Iraq


Monday, February 26, 2007


A song

Theres alot going on here. Im trying to add a trombone but my lips and lungs arent quite up to it yet.

Space Shanty

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Thursday, February 15, 2007


Songs that arent mine

Two covers. Props to whoever guesses the originators. Both involve vocal harmonies, one is pre-cigarettes one is post-cigarettes, so see if you can figure that out too.


Smothered in Hugs

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A New Song

I play everything on this. I 'm debating whether or not i should add lyrics, be they my own or someone else's. The title is completely meaningless.

Ocean Bullet

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Digital Hamn!

In high school, I fronted Hamn!, a very silly and very chaotic punk band. I made "digital" versions of some Hamn! songs after my first year of college under the name Deli Beats and here's some of the "best" tracks. If you are absolutely insane and want a free copy of the Hamn!/Digital Hamn! cd, email me (delibeats@gmail.com) and we'll figure something out.

Seventh Vegan Protest Song

Hats Off To Strap-Ons

It's A Nice Day

Sex With Shotguns

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Sunday, January 28, 2007


sneak preview to the TTT sessions.

Here's a quick view of one of Trash Trash Trash's hit songs, "Rastarats."


Vocals: Admiral Alanna
Drums: Cadet Aldo
Bass: Cadet Daniel
Piano: Cadet Tom
Commentary: Cadets Brandon & Leroy & Warren

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Friday, January 26, 2007



All me

Running Along Pt. II


Sunday, January 21, 2007


Near Jasper

This is a song that trey wrote and then sent to me to embellish with other instruments. in addition to trey and his guitar, i can be found playing the following:

electric guitar

Near Jasper


Saturday, January 20, 2007


A Song

that i recorded a while back but have never posted and i think you will all enjoy thoroughly

Chase That Ends In Happy


Friday, January 19, 2007


A Song

But really its just two smashed together sloppily.



Wednesday, January 17, 2007


A song, I tell ye.

An unfortunately incomplete song. It's incomplete because I have no means of recording songs on my computer except with the default windows thing (Sound recorder I think it's called) and it only let's you record 60 seconds. So if the other fellow cadets know of a better and easier (and free) way to record for more than 60 seconds I'd appreciate the information.

This is a song written when my morale was down, we shall say. If I would have had the appropriate progam i would recorded it all with more lyrics and stuff. Hope you enjoy. I'll post another one another day when i find it. All the songs I write I write them under the pseudonym "The THX-1138's" after the George Lucas film starring Robert Duvall.

A Kiss on the Cheek


Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Another Song

I recorded this a while back. The title is indicative of the state in which it was originated. I added some flourishes yesterday and a bass.

Sad Drunken Haste


Monday, January 15, 2007


A song

This is a song of mine that Trey created some lyrics for. I also sing some.

Crushed Up Pills


Saturday, December 30, 2006


A recent song

Her Life Now

It's about my mom.


Sunday, December 24, 2006



I only contributed a tiny part to this, I thought some people might enjoy it.


Hunter Daniel - Drums
Me - Em
Katherine - Bass
Alice - Guitar and vocals
Kevin - background vocals
Brock - the noticably good vocals
Bozeman - funk organ


Saturday, December 16, 2006


Singing Telegram

Katherine and I decided to be entrepreneurs this summer and offer singing telegrams to raise money for the SV funds. Chuck Vicious was the only taker. So Alanna, Katherine and I wrote this for his friend Sam that works at the Quik Mart on Madison. We recorded the telegram for fun (and posterity) with Producer Joe when Katherine came to visit me in Murfreesboro. Katherine plays bass, I play guitar, Charlie drums. Katherine and I both sing. Duh.




A Song

I made up this little ditty this a long time ago on the finger piano, which is a little african, hollow, body apparatus with an opening directly under some little metallic prongs you pluck with your thumbs. I added a little mini piano which was just a C scale I think, a harmonica, and wind chimes. It's kind of quiet and off rhythm.



Monday, December 11, 2006



message from peter pan 0:47 (download)


Saturday, December 09, 2006





Friday, December 08, 2006


we do it too (mp3)

here's a ditty i wrote about a year ago. it's got a jazzy sound, sort of, what with the walking bassline and vibraphone. it's something that i think sounds pretty cute.

again, it's all synth, which makes me sad, but you get the idea certainly.

the song is called "we do it too." when i wrote it, i knew what we did too. but i forgot what it is we do... i think it's something hypocritical.

what do you think we do too?

we do it too 2:36 (download)


Wednesday, December 06, 2006


A Song

Chords written by my friends Duncan and Tim, who play acordian and guitar respectivly on this track. I can be found playing the mandolin. I also added those wierd organ hums throughout the song afterwards. I had alot of trouble trying to add drums to this song, so I decided to leave it as it is. The "wind noise" is sort of annoying, as is the 17 seconds of silence intro. Also, the ending is slop.

Running Along


Tuesday, December 05, 2006



Inspired by a nytimes article about a violin maker and a violin etude I have been working on. It was hard to record with everyone practicing for juries in the practice rooms, so you might hear some jazz trumpet in the background if you listen hard enough. There is: guitar, violin (pizz and bowed), voice, and some percussion (which is really just me lightly banging on the f-holes of my violin).



Monday, December 04, 2006


happy clam

phased guitar and lip whistle.




Wednesday, November 29, 2006


i could sleep forever

a roughish recording.




Monday, November 27, 2006


Eastern Landscapes

Eastern Landscapes.mp3

I recorded this acoustic guitar rhythm in New Standard Tuning while messing around with it one day. For anyone unfamiliar with NST, it was devised by Robert Fripp (probably best known for being the creative impetus behind King Krimson) to balance the advantages of students enlisted at his "League of Crafty Guitarists". The tuning is in 5ths like a cello or mandolin, CGDAE, with the bottom string being tuned up to a G, which is a minor 3rd (which actually requires a higher gage string as I found after breaking about 4). Pretty much every chord you play is an inversion, and scale patterns make a little more sense. This song is very simple and in C I believe with the exclusion of one little repeated bridge where it gets dark. After recording the acoustic rhythm, I sent the file to a bunch of musician and/or creative friends of mine and asked that they add something to it to see how each would approach the song. The version I ended up using (and adding all the wierd kitchen percussion and toneless slide gutiar to) has lyrics by Trey Kirk, who also did all that vocal distortion himself which I haipply left in unaltered.

This was a departure for me, mainly because most of my songs are vaguely structureless and, for lack of a better term, exist as nothing more than crude "sound collages" I create by sloppily layering transitions and harmonies together. I wanted to make an actual "song" with a little more continuity and tradition (although there are some wierd parts too I'm sure you'll like).


Friday, November 24, 2006


Gwildor's Funeral Dirge

This is a song I made a while back but recently decided to open up and tinker around with.

Gwildor's Funeral Dirge


Monday, November 20, 2006


The March of Plants

This is another conceptual song i made. sort of a "mrs o leary's cow" almost.

The March Of Plants

i play all the instruments myself, those included:



Wednesday, November 15, 2006


A song (mp3)

I recorded this with my friend Kevin in about the span of two hours with no forethought. We were bored and decided to make a song with "multiple parts" and "transitions" and this is what we came up with. The title is some quickly contrived pun on 2 Jethro Tull albums.

Passionate As A Brick


Thursday, November 02, 2006


joy in simple things (mp3)

this is a song that cadet kat and i wrote together in spring 2005. it can be found on our band Scandaliz Vandalistz's album, I Forgot Where I Was Going So I Came Back, which we released indepedently in august. violin by cadet alice, guitar by katherine, vocals by me and katherine.
joy in simple things 2:15 (download)


Middle of July, the fireworks are over
Running around in circles
Simply waiting for Godot
And I was feeling kind of numb
Taking an icy shower
Then I heard a knocking on the door
Whoever is it?
It was you

Hey look, I've got a shovel and a pail
Why don't we sail,
And look for whales?
No use waiting for something that never comes
At the beach, we'll have some fun
Don't be blue
The sky is blue
So don't be blue

The sun is shining down
So lovely to be with you
Before you came I was a mess
Worrying over nothing
But to hear the tap of your feet along the boardwalk shows me joy in simple things
I found Godot a while ago with you

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étude no. 1 (mp3)

this is an étude for piano and cello that i wrote about a year ago as well. it's an étude because it's highly technical and maddening.

the american heritage dictionary defines maddening as "Tending to drive insane." i think you'll agree. i'd love to have a talented cellist and pianist play this for me. if you know any, i can deliver manuscripts unto you.

étude no. 1 1:55 (download)


Tuesday, October 31, 2006


banana royale (mp3)

here is a short ditty that i wrote whilst at home in new york during the irrelevant autumn (katrina) semester last year. it's called "banana royale," as it has a sort of regal tone. yet it has the word banana in it because i'm just ridiculous.

Ba Na Na Royale 1:07 (download)


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