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version 1.1.2pl14 is a sort of catch-all album. I opened it in 1999 and put miscellaneous computer-aided recordings inside until 2001.

To download the entire album, see the OGG and MP3 directories.

Track list

  1. Sweet Emulsion - Recorded on the BeOS with the cool 3D multitrack recorder they had. Incorporates a telemarketing message from the answering machine. This song is practically the only thing I remember about my summer-long stay in the apartment where I recorded this song. (OGG)
  2. Leonard Shot Everyone Down - My alleged friend Brian Overturf made up this song about me when we were in grade school. I could date it to the month by looking through old issues of Nintendo Power, but really what's the point. It was 1989 or 1990. The goal of the song was to romantically link me with the girl mentioned in the song, who I didn't even know. Nice try, Brian.

    Oh, I should mention that in the spirit of fairness I wrote a sequel to this song in which the girl takes vengeance on me. I'm torn whether or not to put it up because on the one hand, revenge, but on the other hand, I'm just immortalizing this person I don't know in more songs when she never asked to be in any at all. So I'll just quote the best line from the song: "No no no no means no no no no." (OGG)

  3. Annoying Techno Music. It does what it says. Made with a Perl script that generated a csound file. At one point I was very proud of the strange number of measures this song had. I guess it's got 25 measures, that's a little unusual.

    I hate to say it, but "Techno Schmeckno mit DJ Generik" from Bad Stupid Delerious is better than this. (OGG)

  4. Sprinklers, Man - An inflection-for-inflection recreation of a 1995-ish TV commercial for Sheik (!) condoms, in which a "grunge youth" (actual quote from the LA Times describing this commercial) ranted about how condoms were somehow part of a conspiracy. He changed his mind about two seconds after a hot (but not particularly grunge) chick handed him a condom and explained the facts of life to him. I don't know how long this link will last, but here's screengrabs from the commercial so you know I'm not making stuff up. Nice guitar solo in this one. (OGG)
  5. Mark Gave a Monkey Acid - A song about my friend Mark Fasheh, who has ever since the release of this song had to deny giving a monkey acid. The song is actually based on a story Mark told me where he gave a monkey acid (but not in real life), which made the monkey superintelligent. He came back a bit later to see the (fictional) monkey smoking a pipe; the monkey said in an English accent "Good afternoon, Mark! I was just playing chess with a friend over the Internet." (OGG)
  6. Royal Jelly - A rollicking trip through the world of unregulated dietary supplements. Almost the only good song from a whole rock opera I wrote, called Porcelain Puppy versus Demon Dog. At this point the album gets a little less gimmicky and you start getting some real, well-written songs. (OGG)
  7. Urban Creation Myth - As you might expect, a song about the creation of the world. It was a rock 'n' roll creation. The song gets cut off near the end; sorry about that. The original recording is long lost. (OGG)
  8. Hungry Goriya - I associate this song with the feeling of pushing yourself through some strenuous activity because otherwise your thoughts take an unwelcome turn. Hear how the chorus has the exact same words as the verse, and how the vocals get out of sync with the guitar at the end—that's what I mean.

    The goriya (he's hungry) comes from the original Legend of Zelda. Mr. Noodle is a Thai restaurant near UCLA that used to claim "Yummy Asian Noodle" on their menu. They still do, for all I know. (OGG)

  9. FEEDBACK FEEDBACK FEEDBACK. Fourteen minutes of me and Carlos Tarango yelling and making feedback with the karaoke machine. The theme is a monster-truck-like exhibition of feedback happening at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Some of it's funny, but the whole thing is tiring and I don't blame you for not wanting to listen to it. We actually did two takes of this, if you can believe it. This is the second take, which is a little tighter since we'd already explored the improvisation space. (OGG)
  10. Interesting Places to Die - The last two songs on this album mark my return to more traditional songwriting. In fact, this song is practically cliche--it's a song about lost love. Boo hoo! Nice imagery though. It bugs me that I mispronounced "strychnine". (OGG)
  11. Liza Dei - The original song about being trapped in a meme-complex. Great rockin' song, probably the best on the album, and needs a decent re-recording with drum. I couldn't write the last two verses, so I just shuffled the first two verses (I used a similar trick in "Vertigo", but not because I couldn't finish the song). It worked really well. (OGG)
  12. Theme and Fantasia on "Popeye the Sailor Man" - Okay, back to gimmickry. For a few years, this was my test song for multitrack recording software. Two verses of the original Popeye theme song (which ran many more verses than you'd think), with a traditional schoolyard parody sandwiched in between. (OGG)

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