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Ballad of Steven Slater by cortex

Ballad of Steven Slater is a fun rock song with a subject ripped from the headlines! It’s about a flight attendant who got fed up, walked off the job dramatically, and became a folk hero. A year later, he gave an interview to the Huffington Post, he was in better shape, and avoiding media. Good luck!

This Was Hardly A Moment by cortex

Romantic comedies have tropes like meet-cutes, and sparks found in a moment of connection. This Was Hardly A Moment is a rock song that takes a look at those tropes and says, “uh, no.” There are songs about love at first sight, and this is like an anti-love song.

Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom by cortex

Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom is a dumb, fun, and short punk rock song. Oh, and it’s catchy, too.

The title’s inspired by a weird news item.

Heart of Glass by cortex

Heart of Glass is an awesomely eclectic cover of the 1970’s disco Blondie tune: it features “acoustic guitar, ukulele, mandolin, piano, jazz organ, vibes, panflute, synth vox, drumset, a couple of bean shakers, tone blocks, clapping-and-stomping-in-the-bathroom, kazoo, and at least three vox takes.” It manages to perch just on the edge of falling apart, which is a really fun and interesting place for music. It sounds like a party, though it’s all by one guy.

Don’t Stop Kazooin’ by cortex

Don’t Stop Kazooin’ is a gleeful kazoo quartet cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” I love cortex’s happily lofi covers, can you tell? Tomorrow will be different.

You Got It by cortex

You Got It is a raucous bluegrass Roy Orbison cover.

Kids by cortex

Kids is a lofi cover of a song by MGMT. It’s raucous and fun.

Rewrite by cortex

Rewrite is a plucky musically-upbeat rock song, with banjo and guitars. Lyrically, it’s a big dislodged chunk of post-breakup catharsis.

It’s from cortex’s “record an album in a month” challenge, which produced Inchoatery, which has gotten some play here.

Drunk Again by cortex

Drunk Again is a weightless indie pop tune, vibrophone and ukelele just floating along. It’s about the “feeling no pain” part of drinking and wallowing. It’s another track off his “make an album in a month” project, Inchoatery.

Uh Uh by cortex

Uh Uh is a dancy little pop rock song from cortex, part of an attempt to make an entire album in a month – which succeeded as Inchoatery. Another track or two may appear here.

Edit: Consider this a Saturday bonus track!

Where Is My Mind by cortex

Where Is My Mind is a cool little garage rock cover of the Pixies tune, with a theremin wailing away and rockstar guitars.

Oh Balloon Boy by cortex

Oh Balloon Boy is a raucous lofi pop rock song. The lyrics are from mikepop (first song here!), and the rest from cortex. The song’s based on the balloon boy hoax of October 2009. I feel like I should have some useful tag for music drawn from real-life events. News? Non-fiction, perhaps? “Reality” sounds ridiculous here.

Edit: If you’re wondering where he went, Falcon “Balloon Boy” Heene surfaced earlier this year in a very young metal band.

Affording Good Beheadings by cortex

Affording Good Beheadings is a poppy song in part about ritual suicide, backed by a ukelele and with backup singing also by cortex.

It’s Mefi Music song #4000!

The Bottom Falls Out of the Clouds (demoriffic version) by rangefinder 1.4

The Bottom Falls Out of the Clouds (demoriffic version) is an acoustic and folk cover of a song from cortex. It’s sort of pretty, and slow, not downbeat exactly, but enjoying a rainy day.

Femme Fatale by cortex

Femme Fatale is cortex’s piano rock / garage rock cover of the Velvet Underground song. It’s his second shot at it; his first take involved a Christopher Walken impression, which also makes a secret appearance in the background here.

Happy [Tenth] Birthday, Metafilter by cortex

Happy [Tenth] Birthday, Metafilter is a bluesy piano pop lovesong to Mefi. There’s an acoustic guitar and cortex harmonizing with himself.

Halle Hula by cortex

Halle Hula is a hula-flavored cover of Hallelujah, just ukelele and singing and *so much* joy.

Frog versus Toad by The World Famous

To give the full title, Frog versus Toad (Are Part Of A Zombie Bot Army From The Future) is an upbeat techno song that heavily samples Metafilter Podcast, episode 38. It makes the mods both sinister and goofy.

This is the first time I’ve tagged mathowie on here!

Catastrophes by cortex

Catastrophes is folk rock – a cello and a piano backing some earnest and defiant singing by Brian Rozendal.

O Superman by cortex

O Superman is a non-electronic and mostly acoustic cover of the experimental Laurie Anderson song. This is fairly unusual and experimental in its own right.

Metafilter’s Down (And So I Hit F5) by cortex

Metafilter’s Down (And So I Hit F5) is an epic and heartfelt rock ballad to a crashed website.

(Of course the site got up again. You’re never gonna keep it down.)

I’ll Stab You (for Sumru) by cortex

I’ll Stab You (for Sumru) is a parody of Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You,” with lyrics about a specific game of Diplomacy. If you haven’t heard of it, Diplomacy is a board war game of intense scheming and two-faced political alliance-building and backstabbing. The game seems smart and challenging and highly recommended, with some really big caveats.

Where was I? Oh yeah. The song is a decent mimickry of an earnest song, with a piano and nice synth strings in the background.

Young Devin Funck by cortex

Young Devin Funck was a twelve-year-old boy who tangled with a ten-foot-long alligator, and lived to tell the tale. Astro Zombie wrote poetry, and cortex did his best Johnny Cash.

Take On Me (a cappella cover) by cortex

Take On Me (a cappella cover) is not faithful to the original, but it’s hilarious & really entertaining.

I’ll call those off-kilter covers.

Green and Long and Mean by cortex

This is an educational song about how (some) snakes are Green and Long and Mean. To be fair, not all snakes are mean; some snakes are very friendly, willing (eager, even) to give full-body hugs.

This concludes the second Music Challenge, snakes.

Edit: Whoops! This was meant for Monday’s post.

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out by cortex

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out is a Great Depression-era folk song by Woody Guthrie.

Sgt. Pepper 2.0 by cortex

Sgt. Pepper 2.0 is a Metafilter-centric parody of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life,” put together by cortex, using lyrics from It’s Raining Florence Henderson.

Note: cortex pronounces “LOL” as “lohl,” not (as I thought) “lawl.”

88 Lines About 44 Mefites by cortex

88 Lines About 44 Mefites is a fun song about the personalities & events of Metafilter, & it’s entertainingly densely annotated.

Dr. Who Goes To (Final Fantasy) Town by cortex

Dr. Who Goes To (Final Fantasy) Town is a combination of the themes of Dr. Who & Final Fantasy, as played by Pink Floyd.

Bush and Koizumi Visit Graceland by cortex

Bush and Koizumi Visit Graceland mixed news & a love song.

Scooby Doo by cortex

Scooby Doo is a goofy beatboxing song, built around the phrases “Scooby Doo” & “Eric’s, Eric’s, Eric’s mom.”