• About  

    About

    Welcome to bakersongs.com. My name is Bryan Baker. I'm not the awesome guitarist or the bass/guitar player for Minor Threat and Bad Religion. I'm probably best known as the publisher of GAJOOB, a little zine and website about the art of homemade music and people around the world making it. I was host of Cassette Culture Shock on KRCL Radio in Salt Lake City, and I also started Tapegerm, which is a community of artists collaborating on experimental music, homemademusic.com, and a few others. I love all kinds of sound recording.

    This website collects the songs and other recordings I've been creating in my home studio for the last thirty years. You'll find very raw 4-track cassette recordings alongside more modern stuff. Lots of little rock songs along with lots of experiments. Hopefully there is something in each one that makes them worth a listen. My goal is to travel the world collaborating with people in their home studios, funded by someone making a cover of  into a hit, or something like that. 

  • Songs & Recordings by Bryan Baker  

    Songs & Recordings by Bryan Baker

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    • Blog  

      Blog

      Vox Populi Review (Slug Magazine 1990)

      Reviews


      Vox Populi Review (Slug Magazine 1990)

      Seldom do I find myself so apprehensive about undertaking a critique. But how can I do justice to the inventive BLIND MIME ENSEMBLE? Vox Populi is doing all those melodious and tangible things that superficial pop and its derivative forms aren't presently. Plus giving it that authentic radical twist!

      Just who is theman behind this adventurous soulful voice? The proficient and multifaceted Bryan Baker. A weaver of tales, hopes, discontents, aspirations and augmented deliver at the apex of emotion. Call me maudlin (I know you will) but my soul takes flight whenever I hear Vox Populi.

      Baker and his collaborative Ensemble (Joe Maki, Wayne Baker, Brian Catwell, Cara Marie Baker, Gregg Allen and Cleo the demented Basset Hound) have the uncanny ability to mirror life and its many stories. And in turn, recording and capturing these tales in a cassette memoir. There's a certain crime of passion in "I Didn't Start the War" (god the truth butchers!) Other excellent pieces are the ironic "Black and White Rainbows," "Dancing In a Minefield," "The Joker Laughs At You," and "Pantomime For the Blind," which has but one fault -- it's too short (give me more!). However, the capricious "Footprints" (my fave song) has just the right incline, suspense, emotive pulse and ending! Besides songs, there's also some superb instrumental works "Ghost Hunting," "Blush" and "Pendulum" (to name a few) that warrant acclaim and critical approval for their airy, livid refrains.

      Mr. Baker, my music library and I think you're a real lifesaver and genius in which to deify... undauntingly! Even the Bealtes would be proud of your liberating pop. Don't be no rand-and-file fool, get B.M.E.'s Vox Populi at Imagine Music, Budget or Grunts & Postures. You'll feel ageless and indefatiguable when you do. And by god, what a mighty feeling!!

      review by Lars

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      Welcome to bakersongs.com

      Blog


      Welcome to bakersongs.com

      I started recording at home around 1982 on a big metal Studiomaster 4-track cassette deck I bought from Guitar Center in Centerville, Utah. It was like a regular pilgramage, travelling over the mountains, through Sardine Canyon, past Brigham City, through Ogden, Layton and then exiting at Centerville west to Guitar Center. I bought the 4-track, a bass and a Drumatix drum machine and I was hooked. I recorded my first song as soon as I got home. It was called Don't Go.

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    • Additions  

      Additions

      Another Invisible Man
      words by Bryan Baker, music by Ken Clinger and Bryan Baker. From the album Collaborations.
      Wednesday's Grownup
      words and music by King Arthur. From the album cover songs.
      Maybe So
      words and music John Benjamin. From the album cover songs.
      I Started a Joke
      words and music by Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb. From the album Live Recordings.
      Yesterday
      words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. From the album Live Recordings.
      Kite On a String
      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Live Recordings.
      Kite On a String
      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Unreleased.
      Kite On a String
      words and music by Bryan Baker and Michael J. Bowman. From the album Collaborations.
      What Tomorrow Brings
      words by Bryan Baker, music by Rotcod Zzaj and Bryan Baker. From the album Collaborations.
      Rainbow Serpent
      words by Ken Clinger, music by Bryan Baker and Ken Clinger. From the album Collaborations.

    • Videos  

      Videos

      Invention Day with Allye @ Beacon Heights Elementary Invention Day with Allye @ Beacon Heights Elementary by me: I shot this video during "Invention Day" at Allye's elementary school and then put this together ...
      The Chair We Share The Chair We Share by me: Music & lyric by bf baker published by blind mime music, ASCAP. All rights reserved. Visit bfbak...
      Come Be My Girl Come Be My Girl by me: Music & lyric by bf baker published by blind mime music, ASCAP. All rights reserved. Visit bfbak...
      Black and White Rainbows Black and White Rainbows by me: music & lyric by bf baker
      Cosmic Confirmation Cosmic Confirmation by me: Utah songwriter Bryan Baker performs his song from his home studio on acoustic guitar. Music and...
      Sunny Again  - home studio performance Sunny Again - home studio performance by me: Visit http://bfbakermusic.com for more music. SUNNY AGAIN music & lyric by bf baker It's Sunny ...
      How to set up a home recording studio with your cat How to set up a home recording studio with your cat by me: GAJOOB's Bryan Baker sets up his home recording studio with the help of his daughter's cat, David...
      BF Baker's Recording Studio BF Baker's Recording Studio by me: A little video walkthru of the studio.

    • Comments  

      Comments

      On 03/14/15 02:57:44PM Regarding Cosmic Confirmation, @me said: "You are writing some pretty incredible songs here. Really good recording job." -- Dave Berry

      On 03/14/15 02:58:19PM Regarding Cosmic Confirmation, @me said: "Nice song. Like it!" --Kirk Lynch

      On 03/25/15 01:23:14PM Regarding Hey Ruth, @me said: "Since the end of the year is nearing, time to put together our favorite Songfight Entries of 2004 (apologies if this is in a thread already.)

      1. Pompeii - Gettin' All Sweaty
      2. Level Nivelo - Blueberry Hassle
      3. Pompeii - So Kind Stacey
      4. Glenn Case & Eddiebangs - Take a Pill
      5. Jonathan Mann - Pass/Fail
      6. Mother Funker - Save a Pony From the Glue Factory
      7. Johnny $ - Can't Take Our Love Away
      8. Dylan Nau - She's On My Mind
      9. Loyalty Day - Talk About Your Feelings
      10. Blind Mime - Hey Ruth "

      --Bolio

      On 03/15/15 07:01:13PM Regarding Unless I Change My Mind, @me said: "I like his voice a lot! If you haven't heard it I really like his uicmm." -bill

      On 03/15/15 12:55:00PM Regarding She's On My Mind, @me said: "I dont' know what it is.. but everytime his tracks come up on shuffle... I instantly know who it is...and I love it. Moody...dark... and strangely sensual... " --Leaf

    • Top 20  

      Top 20

      This week's top 20 plays

      What Tomorrow Brings
      #1 | 3 this week | 3 total plays | New Entry

      words by Bryan Baker, music by Rotcod Zzaj and Bryan Baker. From the album Collaborations.

      Kite On a String
      #2 | 3 this week | 3 total plays | New Entry

      words and music by Bryan Baker and Michael J. Bowman. From the album Collaborations.

      I Think I'm Needing You Too Much
      #3 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      . From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      Footprints
      #4 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      . From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      Better Stop Shaking.aif
      #5 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      . From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      Child's Play
      #6 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      . From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      bfbaker Black and White Rainbows orig
      #7 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      . From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      Far From Home.aif
      #8 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      . From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      Pendulum
      #9 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      Hey, Baby
      #10 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Rain Come Down.

      When the Shepherd Sleeps
      #11 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Homemade Music Vol. 1.

      Without You
      #12 | 1 this week | 2 total plays

      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      Alice
      #13 | 1 this week | 2 total plays

      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      A Pantomime For the Blind (excerpt w Gregg) 01
      #14 | 1 this week | 2 total plays

      . From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      bfbaker Hey Can Anyone See orig
      #15 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      . From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      Say It
      #16 | 1 this week | 2 total plays

      words by Bryan Baker, music by Michael J. Bowman and Bryan Baker. From the album Collaborations.

      Another Invisible Man
      #17 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words by Bryan Baker, music by Ken Clinger and Bryan Baker. From the album Collaborations.

      Hangover
      #18 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      . From the album Vox Populi (4-track recordings).

      Rainbow Serpent
      #19 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words by Ken Clinger, music by Bryan Baker and Ken Clinger. From the album Collaborations.

      Maybe So
      #20 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words and music John Benjamin. From the album cover songs.

    • Experimental  

      Experimental

      Blind Mime Disconnect Notice
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      You're Coagulating In It (m)
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Skin Disguise Remix
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Backbreaker
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Mash Torpedo
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Oswald Speaks
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Gabriel Deserted
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Homage
      . From the album Happenstance.
      You're Coagulating In It (m)
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Ellis Island
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Preserving Disorder
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Happenstance.
      I Wonder Im Watching
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime If I Fell Off This Earth Tonight
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Anguish Wall
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Herr Elsewhere
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      I Love My Machine
      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      The Legendary Nerd Editors
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Cries From the Anthill
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Happenstance.
      Lost Robot
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Dog
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.

  • 5 Songs @ Random  

    5 Songs @ Random

    What Tomorrow Brings
    words by Bryan Baker, music by Rotcod Zzaj and Bryan Baker. From the album Collaborations.
    Secondhand
    . From the album Baby Fred.
    Come On, Do This
    words by Don Campau, music by Bryan Baker, Don Campau. From the album TBD (with Don Campau).
    Monsters
    Words & music by Bryan Baker & Wayne Baker. From the album Rain Come Down.
    Beware the Night
    words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Rain Come Down.

  • 5 Videos @ Random  

    5 Videos @ Random

    Come Be My Girl Come Be My Girl by me: Music & lyric by bf baker published by blind mime music, ASCAP. All rights reserved. Visit bfbak...
    The Chair We Share The Chair We Share by me: Music & lyric by bf baker published by blind mime music, ASCAP. All rights reserved. Visit bfbak...
    Sunny Again  - home studio performance Sunny Again - home studio performance by me: Visit http://bfbakermusic.com for more music. SUNNY AGAIN music & lyric by bf baker It's Sunny ...
    BF Baker's Recording Studio BF Baker's Recording Studio by me: A little video walkthru of the studio.
    Invention Day with Allye @ Beacon Heights Elementary Invention Day with Allye @ Beacon Heights Elementary by me: I shot this video during "Invention Day" at Allye's elementary school and then put this together ...