As an accompaniment to the Nakedly Examined Music podcast, I’m launching a project to collect song explanations from our musician listeners: Song Self-Exams. This video explains how to do one of these and explains one of my songs relevant to the project of the new podcast. The point is to really listen, to open yourself to a work, not to treat it like a commodity.
I got a chance to sit down and chat with my old bandmate Dave Hamilton to talk about my musical “career.” Listen to the episode. Also some news about my new album and a request for you to help me come up with artists that my stuff sounds like.
A peppy, pretty Mark Lint song about how you shouldn’t kill yourself even if you’re basically a waste of space. About its cursed origins, and a quick very premature semi-announcement about a possible new PEL spinoff podcast about songwriting.
A couple of new recordings: one dark, one-man band number written and recorded in just the last couple of days, and one peppy pop fiesta that came together over the last year. Also, some news on eventual album releases.
A new theme song for our favorite proto-feminist martyr. Isn’t it hard enough just being your daddy’s brother? Please just work the system from within!
A tune for the Freud episode to listen to late at night, in a recording where past and present meet. Plus, a recap of Mark’s music-completion efforts.
A newish song about blocking out religion. Very soothing!
A fake country song for our Gadamer episode with a lot of swearing in it. Enjoy!
The definitive version of an acoustic tune written in 1987, completed for our Whitehead episode. With oboe and ukulele!
A song about grief… but need it aim to be merely beautiful, or sublime (in Burke’s sense) as well?
One-man-band recording types needed to help record the longest Xmas song ever as a musical affront to all those persons and institutions that richly deserve it. Artists also needed to help with images for the video: contact Mark now if you want to get in on it!
The song from the end of #106, about a comfortable, stable state of indecision, featuring plentiful keyboards by Swedish listener Daniel Gustafsson.
A song recorded in 1994 about a lonely cat, resung for the new millennium.
Two old tunes revisited, one about fantasizing about a natural paradise, the other about waking up and realizing your life isn’t so bad.
The song for ep. #101, inspired by Maimonides’s talk of negative theology, where the only claims about God you can make are about what he’s not.
Listen to “Axiomatic” by Mark Lint & the Simulacra (as well as the version by New People). For our Gödel episode, I thought it fitting to remix one of the last-to-be-completed tracks for the Mark Lint & the Simulacra album (mostly recorded in 2000 with folks in Austin, but still not done now due to Continue Reading …
Listen to “Yours to Keep” by Mark Lint & the Madison Lint Ensemble, featuring Bob Linsenmayer, as well of the original demo of the song with Steve Petrinko. Pop music has at least the pretense that it’s fundamentally disposable, and this is part of what makes it fun. (I say pretense because in my case–as Continue Reading …
Listen to “Take a Hike” and “Goldfish” by Mark Lint and Stevie P. After my college band The MayTricks broke up due to my leaving for grad school in Austin, I returned to Ann Arbor for several quick visits and recorded new material with my co-front-guy Steve Petrinko. Sometimes he would just record some drums Continue Reading …
Listen to “Falsifiable.” It was not my intention to write a tune specifically to go with this episode, but just before we recorded it, I did get this sort of disco thing going in my head, and jotted down some lyrics, and it just wouldn’t let me alone. I waited until it was too late Continue Reading …