Oak & Ash – Cat Faber and Atlanta Housefilk

Ominous, beautiful, and technically experimental.

Apparently, this is based on something by Seanan McGuire, and maybe it makes more specific sense if one has read this thing by Seanan McGuire, but out of context it’s just haunting.

Lyrics, chords, and sheet music available here
(if this doesn’t play from your dash, try going to the permalink.  I’m not sure what’s up with the file, but sometimes it’s finicky.)

Treebeard's Song – Christopher Lee


R.I.P. Christopher Lee.
We will always remember you and your work. As a tribute, I’m sharing this song he performed with the Tolkien Ensemble, singing as Treebeard.
“In the willow-meads of Tasarinan I walked in the Spring.
Ah ! the sight and the smell of the Spring in Nan-tasarion !
And I said that was good.
I wandered in Summer in the elm-woods of Ossiriand.
Ah ! the light and the music in the Summer by the Seven Rivers of Ossir !
And I thought that was best.
To the beeches of Neldoreth I came in the Autumn.
Ah ! the gold and the red and the sighing of leaves in the Autumn in Taur-na-neldor!
It was more than my desire.
To the pine-trees upon the highland of Dorthonion I climbed in the Winter.
Ah ! the wind and the whiteness and the black branches of Winter upon Orod-na-Thön !
My voice went up and sang in the sky.
And now all those lands lie under the wave,
And I walk in Ambaróna, in Tauremorna, in Aldalómë,
In my own land, in the country of Fangorn,
Where the roots are long,
And the years lie thicker than the leaves
In Tauremornalómë.“
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Al Jabr – Will Sturman


So a while ago I wrote a filk song about a relatively unloved character in an obscure comic book, to the tune of the random folk song that was stuck in my head at the time, “The Lowlands of Holland.”  If you don’t know the song, it’s not relevant, but it’s a nice song.

…and then yesterday somebody left me alone in a recording studio.
Forgive my somewhat unsteady guitarring, and the fact that the scansion may or may not entirely hinge on a mispronunciation of one Arabic word.

Anyway, Al Jabr is the character sometimes referred to as “medieval Muslim Tony Stark,” this song is basically fanfic about what happens in the distant future when everyone on your superhero team but one is immortal.

Squirrel Girl – Adam WarRock


Adam WarRock “Squirrel Girl” (Free Download)


Who doesn’t want a song about Squirrel Girl, right? Big ups to friend-of-the-site Erica Henderson on the Marvel gig. If you don’t remember, she did the last Rap-A-Thon poster for me (image), and she’s just a generally cool lady. Also big ups to Ryan North, who I don’t know personally, but whose work I love. If you haven’t checked out Marvel Comics’ Squirrel Girl, you should. It’s great. I wish Marvel would do more of this kind of stuff, it reminds me of the Marvel Adventures comics that used to be around. There was some great stuff in that series.
I’m generally done touring for a while. But I got some interesting shows on the horizon:
This Saturday: Collector’s Corner – Baltimore, MD (info)
March 27: Rutgers Geek Week – New Brunswick, NJ (info)
April 4: UCLA Geek Week – Los Angeles, CA (info TBA)
April 10: Univ. of North Texas GeeKon Event – Denton, TX (info TBA)
April 23: The Symposium – Cleveland, OH (info)
April 24: ICE Comic Expo – Chicago, IL
May 2: Super-Fly Comics FCBD! – Yellow Springs, OH
Come out and say hi!

I dunno MARVEL NOW? – Adam WarRock



Adam Warrock made this amazingly bad ass GRAVITY FALLS rap…..and now he made a Hawkeye rap.

Seriously, listen to this, I’m geeking the hell out right now.

clint would put this on his ipod fo sho

I like it, but he missed a great opportunity by not making the second-to-last line “Ain’t you that Iron Fist dude?”

Mount Tam (Anima Urbis) – Leslie Fish

If there be anything here
That cometh not in the name of the powers of light
Then in the name of the powers of light let it be gone

This is an odd song – hard to parse, kind of urban fantasy, and probably about knocking California into the ocean or something.  I like it a lot.
By Leslie Fish, lyrics and chords available here.  There are…way too many chords in this song.  Fish has a “one word, one chord” style of text-setting, but this is an extreme example of the trope.
According to the liner notes for Avalon Is Risen, the chorus has been effectively used as a banishing ritual.