This slice of basement-made soul doesn’t feel finished. But with the apocalypse predicted to begin today,  I figure what the hell,  I’ve run out of time. Consider it my celebration of the Rapture.

So This Is How The World Ends

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I don’t know that these will become as regular as the Sonic Scrapbook, but why not give it a go. In fact, the last audio scrap, Let’s All Meet in Liberation Square, inspired this effort. Shortly after posting Al Jazeera made available much of its footage of the Egypt protests available for use via a Creative Commons license. So, I decided to try to set the music to video, and this is what I cobbled together:

Another quick and dirty basement ditty, named in honor of events which transpired in the Middle East during its creation.

Let’s All Meet in Liberation Square

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This is actually more than a scrap. It’s a song I wrote awhile back when I was playing in The Ernies. We recorded it, but I wasn’t entirely satisfied with that rendition – we pushed the pace faster than we normally played it live. (Although, having just given it a fresh listen, I’ve decided it has worn well.)


This basement version has a different, more claustrophobic vibe.


Her Heart’s Not In It

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Nick Lowe at The DakotaMinneapolis, MN


Oct. 5, 2010
















Nick Lowe has mellowed over the years, but I guess that’s not a bad thing – I suppose I have too. And let’s face it, he might’ve had more edge to him when I first saw him in 1977, but even songs like (I Love the Sound of) Breaking Glass were more impish than threatening. He just never seemed as angry as Elvis Costello, Graham Parker or other contemporaries. So, I’ll take the current gentle version of  (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding without complaint.

I started feeding my son Ben a steady diet of soul music before he could consume solid food, so it’s gratifying to see all that work paying off more than two decades later. To hear what I mean you must to give a listen this tune he and some friends recorded: 

James Brown RIP

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Here’s what makes this cool, besides its obvious funkiness. The young men recorded it with one mic in a day and a half of just screwing around. As I understand it, Ben laid down some drum tracks and suggested a lyric. Then, like a good boy, he came home for dinner with his parents. (Yes, we do still insist on the occasional family dinner and this was a couple days before he headed back to Beijing.) Meanwhile, his pals recorded the bass (Eric Graalum), guitar (Matt Germscheid) and vocals, (producer Brendan Golle, Eric and Matt). The next day Ben went back and added trumpet parts. Now, mind you, Ben has never really played much trumpet. He had to learn some to earn his music education degree and he’s been messing around with it this summer, but this was really his debut.

How can you not be impressed? JB isn’t rolling in his grave, but I bet he’s doing a few splits.


Here’s a cheesy slice of disco funk that came to me over the weekend:

What Happens Now?

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