• 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

      A Different Face
      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Elementary Penguins.
      Blind Mime Oswald Speaks
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Skin Disguise Remix
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Dog
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Fluffy Porcupine Sunny Day Blind Mime Remix
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Herr Elsewhere
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      I Wonder Im Watching
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Ache
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime All Their Creeds
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Cordless Clown Car
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.

    • 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 03/15/15 06:01:13PM 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 03/14/15 01:58:19PM Regarding Cosmic Confirmation, @me said: "Nice song. Like it!" --Kirk Lynch

      On 03/14/15 01:57:44PM Regarding Cosmic Confirmation, @me said: "You are writing some pretty incredible songs here. Really good recording job." -- Dave Berry

      On 03/25/15 12:23:14PM 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 11:55:00AM 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

      Cries From the Anthill
      #1 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Happenstance.

      his collapsing figures
      #2 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Happenstance.

      I lied
      #3 | 1 this week | 3 total plays

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

      Preserving Disorder
      #4 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Happenstance.

      Feel Better Now
      #5 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

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

      It Hurts Every Time
      #6 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words & music by Bryan Baker. From the album Elementary Penguins.

      Hey! Can Anyone See
      #7 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

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

      Zombie Son
      #8 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Time Slips.

      I Love My Machine
      #9 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

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

      Verbally Gerbil'd
      #10 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.

      Cosmic Confirmation
      #11 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Losing Battles.

      The Full Effect
      #12 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Time Slips.

      A Different Face
      #13 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Elementary Penguins.

      No More Sorrow
      #14 | 1 this week | 5 total plays

      words & music by Bryan Baker. From the album Itch.

      Maybe So
      #15 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words and music by John Benjamin. From the album Losing Battles.

      Dog
      #16 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.

      Talk About Your Feelings
      #17 | 1 this week | 1 total plays | New Entry

      words and music by Bryan Baker. From the album Losing Battles.

      We Hide Ourselves Away
      #18 | 0 this week | 1 total plays

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

      Beware the Night
      #19 | 0 this week | 1 total plays

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

      Dear Charlie
      #20 | 0 this week | 1 total plays

      words & music by Bryan Baker. From the album Elementary Penguins.

    • Experimental  

      Experimental

      Blind Mime If I Fell Off This Earth Tonight
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Dog
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Edison's Voice
      . From the album Happenstance.
      Preserving Disorder
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Happenstance.
      There Goes Me Place In Soci
      . From the album Happenstance.
      Starshine On Me
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      I Wonder Im Watching
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Eleven
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      You're Coagulating In It (m)
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Anguish Wall
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Bent Fluxus (master)
      . From the album Happenstance.
      Lost Robot
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime The Breakup
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Jeremy Talks Tapegerm mixdown
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Oswald Speaks
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      You're Coagulating In It (m)
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime All Their Creeds
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Gabriel Deserted
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Blind Mime Fluffy Porcupine Sunny Day Blind Mime Remix
      . From the album Tapegerm Vol. 1.
      Cries From the Anthill
      music by Bryan Baker. From the album Happenstance.