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Monday, June 18th, 2012

Original, traditional, cover

Here's the brand-new podcast from Mountain Station,

posted afternoon of June 18th, 2012: Respond
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Monday, April 9th, 2012

Kitchen Concert

Happy Monday! Here's me and John:

posted morning of April 9th, 2012: Respond
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Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Three dance tunes

And one more. Devil's Dream by The Modesto Kid

posted evening of April 7th, 2012: Respond
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Friday, March second, 2012

With Chifawfaw on the side

The latest addition to The Kitchen Tapes is my arrangement of Nat King Cole's "Frim Fram Sauce" -- and right now it feels like this playlist is complete, it encapsulates my sound very nicely. I'm going to keep recording songs and uploading them to YouTube or SoundCloud or whatever other such service; but The Kitchen Tapes playlist will remain as is -- I'll start working on the next playlist. I've been doing a lot of asking friends to listen to it and link to it over the past week or so -- if you are one such friend I hope you don't mind the spamminess of it all. (And thanks for the link, cleek!) Very happy and proud about how the tapes are sounding -- I have this thought in mind that somehow if enough people put the link out, it could find an audience not composed solely of my close friends and family... If you listen to it and like what you hear, do me a favor and pass it along.

(What I mean to say, I'm really excited about having made a record.)

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

East Tennessee Blues

Latest addition to The Kitchen Tapes mix is short and sweet. It is an old fiddle tune that I've been wanting to learn for a long time; last night I went ahead and tried it out. After five or six takes I got a version I'm pretty happy with.

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Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Kitchen Concert

More scraping fiddle in my kitchen. No singing for you tonight. Enjoy!

The Kitchen Concert

Set listing
  1. Jeremy's Breakdown (The Modesto Kid) -- I added this track to the Kitchen Tapes.
  2. Harvest Home
  3. The Swallowtail Jig
  4. Drowsy Maggie
  5. The Road to Lisdoonvarna.

    posted evening of February 26th, 2012: 3 responses

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Musical Interlude

C'est moi! Scraping and singing. Enjoy.

The Kitchen Tapes


Set listing

(The embedded video is a YouTube playlist. After each song, the next one should start. Use the fast-forward and rewind buttons to skip around, or visit YouTube to get links to the individual songs.)

  1. The Sailor's Hornpipe (trad.) 1:30
  2. Frim Fram Sauce (Nat King Cole via Diana Krall) 2:59
  3. John Hardy was a desparate man (I am not sure if this is trad. or by a Carter) 3:55
  4. East Tennessee Blues (trad.) 1:28
  5. Barbara Allen (trad, Child ballads) 6:08
  6. Serpent at the gates of wisdom (Robyn Hitchcock) 4:03
  7. Jeremy's Breakdown (The Modesto Kid) 1:19
All songs arranged by The Modesto Kid. That's like nearly 22 min. of music! Fully a ¼ of it Barbara Allen, whoa...

Recordings are made with Kodak Zi8, whose built-in mic is for all its smallness and cheapness, one of the best recording instruments in my house. Edited and saved using Windows Live Movie Maker and YouTube's "edit video" function.

Update: I changed the set listing a bit, so the first two comments below will no longer make sense. ("Humoresque" used to be included and is no longer, since it (a) was not recorded in the kitchen and (b) did not rise to the level of these tapes.) A word about the arrangements: I'm really taken with this form! It seems like something brand-new.

posted evening of February 19th, 2012: 2 responses
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