Archive for the ‘beastie boys’ Category

uncle debunkle

October 11, 2007

uncle debunkle” (click for mp3)

hey kids! welcome back to the steiny show. this weeks song is a slow, grindy, old-school hip-hop tune, about an imaginary (or is he?) uncle who is surrounded by folk lore and hearsay.
i wanted to rap again, cause it’s been a few weeks, and for this one, i sort of channeled some combination of the beastie boyz and fresh prince. it’s pretty simple, rhymy, goofy, and deliberate. i kept thinking about that line from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-air” – “and i yelled to the cabby ‘yo holmes! smell you later!‘” and that helped keep me inspired. ๐Ÿ™‚

lyrically, the uncle debunkle character just openned up the possibilities to talk about a bunch of ridiculous things, and fit them into a rhyme scheme. pretty fun to write, and a really easy starting point/subject matter, cause it’s specific to this character, but also totally open ended.

the string quartet at the end is based on the high sine wav line from the main track. a variation on a theme sort of thing. also, i just can’t avoid bringing a little theater into the mix these days for some reason.

hope you dig it.

thanks for listening!!

-uncle debunkle

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bohemian stove

July 21, 2007

hey kids! thanks for tuning in. “bohemian stove” is a goofy dance song. shake yer money maker!

i might do another version of this one, cause my performance is a little awkard at times, but i kinda like that about it too. so i’m not sure. i wrote a lot of words for this one, and tried to fit a fair number of them into a pretty small space in time. ๐Ÿ™‚

i’ve been doing a lot of these tunes recently, honing my MC skillz. it’s been fun, in part because of the rhythmic game of it, but also because hearing myself do it is very funny to me. a friend of mine (micah barber!) came up with a funny rapstar alias, MC Def G…or M CDEFG. alphabetastic! so, for the time being, i think of this rapstar alias as that MC character.

so, what does MC Def G rap about? well, generally, def g get’s a little idea and then tangents on into oblivion. part of the idea with this character is to deliver lines with some level of urgency or importance, but to actually be saying little to nothing of any real substance. again, something i think is funny. there’s another one on jonsteinmeier.com called “the curl” that’s in the same vein. it somehow digresses into something about finding cheez in outerspace. NOT the original idea. ๐Ÿ™‚ speaking of outerspace, and inspiration for a couple of the bohemian stove lines is Dr. Octagon, who i cannot recommend highly enough. i specifically recommend the Dr. Octagonecologist album.