Monday, February 8, 2010

Two new songs!

I've got two new February Album Writing Month demos for you to chew on. One of them will be fleshed out into a full song some time this week. Leave a comment in the blog if you have a preference for which one.

Hear them both here:



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posted by Jon Eric  9:28 PM 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's here!

At last, Jon Eric's new album, An Air of Legitimacy, is available! You can download these 12 songs from this very website, absolutely free of charge! And in one week, the physical copy will also be available for purchase, for a mere $7.50 plus shipping and handling!

In the meantime, you can still download and enjoy all twelve songs, which are as follows:

1.) False Positive [1] - The one I wrote for Ross Durand, with which he won a Songfight. This is my full interpretation of my own track, newly recorded for this album.
2.) Schadenfreude - As recorded on my E.P. ...One Would Hope. Remastered for this album.
3.) Back from Juvie - As recorded on my E.P. ...One Would Hope. Remastered for this album.
4.) Race to Seven - Originally recorded for Songfight!, but completely re-recorded for this album.
5.) Rhymes with Lucia - As recorded on my E.P. ...One Would Hope. Remastered for this album.
6.) Back to the Well - As recorded for Songfight! Remastered for this album.
7.) We Keep Them Alive - Originally recorded for Songfight!, but completely re-recorded for this album.
8.) Elegy for Industry - Originally recorded for Songfight!, but completely re-recorded for this album.
9.) Your Little Heart - Brand-new! Never before released!
10.) St. Expedite - Originally recorded for an album-a-day, but completely re-written and re-recorded for this album.
11.) Soap - Brand-new! Never before released!
12.) Surrender (Peace) - Brand-new! Never before released!

So what are you waiting for, a handy .zip file to get them all at once? Go listen, and enjoy!

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posted by Jon Eric  4:26 PM 

Saturday, October 31, 2009

One belated, and one brand new

Hey everyone! I'm still plugging away, and although my pace has slowed, my enthusiasm has not!

A few weeks ago I finished (and forgot to post here) a cover I'd been working on, of a little ditty called "Gary" by Paco del Stinko. Similar to the Melvin cover below, this was done as part of a larger group effort; a bunch of us all surprised Paco with covers of his songs, all at once.

Hear my contribution here.

I also, finally, got around to finishing a studio version of my "False Positive." You may remember that this is track with which Ross Durand won a Songfight last summer. I know it's my own work, but I liked it so much I wanted to have a version of my own. So there you have it.

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posted by Jon Eric  2:21 AM 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Three new tracks!

It may not look like it, but I've been busy these last two weeks.

First off, if you purchased my EP, ...One Would Hope, you may have noticed a "Thank You" on the back to the Austin Live Music Academy. This was the organization to which the EP doubled as an audition, and I found out last week that I was accepted! I didn't update immediately because I then left immediately to play Songfight Live: Rock and Rocker in Spokane, WA. It was the ninth annual Songfight gathering, and my first.

I'll be sure to keep you updated when higher-quality audio and video becomes available, but you can start with this video feed, which was streamed live as the event happened, and is now available as an archive. My set starts just shy of thirty minutes into the video.

Finally, there's three new songs to show off today. Well, sort of new.

The first is a cover of a song by my fellow Songfighters The Nutwalls. It's called "Crossroads." I also had the priviledge of playing mandolin with Irwin and Mike Lamb (who now perform as Kasper) on the live version of this song, and that experience contributed to my decision to cover it here.

The second new song is a rerecording of "We Keep Them Alive," the track I did for Songfight back during February Album Writing Month. It features Steve Durand on horns, and I've redone the guitar and vocals, as well as remixed and remastered it. I hope you enjoy it.

The third is a rerecording of "St. Expedite," which you may recognize as the closing track from my 2004 Album-A-Day project, Teenager. This new version is completely rerecorded from the ground up, with a revised second verse and bridge as well. I think the new version is good enough to place on my upcoming full-length album, and I hope you agree.

Drop me a line and let me know what you think!

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posted by Jon Eric  8:08 PM 

Friday, June 19, 2009

Songfight Victory! Plus new(ish) songs!

Last week's Songfight dual-collaboration between Ross Durand and me has proven quite fruitful indeed, as Ross' version of my "False Positive" took first place in the fight! Congratulations to Ross for doing an excellent recording from my rough demo, and thank you to anyone who voted for it. My version of his song got 7 votes.

Rather than competing in this week's Songfight, I've been keeping myself busy revisiting some old tracks for a demo. This demo will double as an audition (for what, I won't yet say) and as an EP, for your listening pleasure. To that end, I've rerecorded my 2006 Songfight entry "Rhymes with Lucia," and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed remaking it.

In other news, way back in 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck my home in New Orleans (thankfully, I wasn't there at the time), I started a song. I played it solo on acoustic guitar a lot around campus, and most people seemed to like it, but it took me forever to figure out how to expand it into a full band arrangement. Only just now, in June 2009, have I completed it. It's called "Phantom," and though it's not as peppy-sounding as most of what you'll find here, I do hope you'll give it a listen and tell me what you think.

Over and Out,

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posted by Jon Eric  9:08 PM 

Sunday, June 7, 2009

"False Positive": Song Swap!

The Songfight title due today was "False Positive," and I did something a little different this time.

I contacted Ross Durand and provided him with a demo to record. He fleshed it out into a full track that's just great.

At the same time, he provided me with a demo, which I fleshed out into a full song of my own. As you can see, we both made huge improvements on each other's source material.

Make sure you go to Songfight and vote for the ones you like!

[Note: technical difficulties have been resolved. Nothing to see here]

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posted by Jon Eric  1:22 PM 

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Songfight song!

Hey everyone! Still haven't finished recording the tracks for 14 Stories, but I've been getting some new gear lately, First and foremost, there's a new track for Songfight!

The title for this one was "Back from Juvie," and I took the "not-using-the-title-in-the-lyrics" route with it. My entry is here, and you might want to listen to the fight at the Songfight home page too, if you like, and vote for mine if you enjoyed it. The initial reviews are coming back quite favorable (like, way more than usual, no joke). I'm proud of it, and I think you'll enjoy it as well. At the very least, you can rest assured that it's the peppiest song in the fight.

Before I did that, though, I recorded a couple of long-overdue tracks. The first was a song that I wrote over six months ago and debuted live at a local event with some friends. I finally got around to recording it not long after I got my new microphone last month, and I'm happy to share it with you today. It's called "Corporate Conscience," and you can hear it by clicking on its title.

Not long after that, I finally got over some chronic procrastination issues, and finished a Coverfight assignment just about five years overdue. I'd been assigned to cover The Idiot Kings' song "So Aggravating" (not to be confused with my own song of the same name). Anyway. Confusing nomenclature aside, I finally recorded the cover, and you can hear it by clicking here.

In other news, I have a shiny new logo now! I'm grateful to Fishboy Rex for creating the old one for me, but I feel that this new one, with its sunburst background and shiny colors, more accurately reflects the style of the music I've been making lately. I tried to create a favicon out of it and failed miserably, but I figure anything is better than that old Hostmonster logo still being there.

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posted by Jon Eric  1:53 AM 

Monday, February 9, 2009


Eight of February's 28 days have passed, and I've got six demos to show for it.

New this evening are:
A cute ballad called "Take it from a Liar"
The emerging album's title track and probable closer, "14 Stories"
And a Mountain Goats-y song about college, called "Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop."

The latter is probably the best of this batch. Check out my FAWM page, and stay tuned for more!

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posted by Jon Eric  12:02 AM 

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Demos are Coming!

For those who didn't know, February is Album Writing Month. Last year, I tried participating, and wound up with two completed songs, only one of which made it online. This year, things seem to be going better, as I've already got three demos recorded and posted, and lyrics for five others, which I plan on recording tomorrow evening.

Check out my page for the goodies, or just go local and see them here, without the encumbrance of an actual site. Yeah.

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posted by Jon Eric  2:20 AM 

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Songfight News!

I forgot to post a news update for the most recent Songfight, titled "Elegy for Industry," which featured an entry from yours truly. The results are in; I tied for ninth.

Among my competition, Raised by Wolves and Jim Tyrell stand out, and I recommend them both heartily.

Now let us turn our attention to the current fight, "Love Me a Little Bit More." Notice another entry from me (making this the first time in almost three years that I've entered two consecutive Songfights). You'll see that the artist is listed as Jon Eric and the Transpacific Babble Brigade. My two supporting guitarists are the loquacious Caravan Ray (hailing all the way from New Zealand), and the even more loquacious Billy's Little Trip (hailing all the way from California).

Also, Billy's Little Trip has taken it upon himself to arrange his own version of the same song. It awaits a few contributions from me before it's officially done, but as soon as he's ready, I'll have it up here on this site for you.

Till next time,

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posted by Jon Eric  9:41 PM 


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