Re:sound Theme

I chime in this week with the shortest sonic blast in 52 Teeth history: my 10-second “bumper” theme song that will play before my submissions to Re:sound on Chicago Public Radio.  Here, in gloriously hi-fidelitous AIFF format, is my “Re:sound Theme“. Lyrics: “It’s Abraham’s Re:sound song / It’s the Re:sound wrap-up song.”  (Perhaps a tip … Continue reading

Too Hot to Rock

Something in the air today made me want to make some STOOPID electro-rock, so here is this week’s entry, “Too Hot to Rock.”  Lara asked me if this was meant as a tribute to LCD Soundsystem.  Hm…. well, maybe so.  I can’t say that I’m a devoted fan or anything, but I did enjoy the … Continue reading

Shame That Tune

Here’s my first attempt at writing a theme song for my new game show, “Shame That Tune“, which debuts on Friday June 11th, at the Hideout, here in Chicago USA.  The concept of the show, which will be co-hosted by the irrepressible Brian Costello, is as follows: Three contestants, one by one, tell a quick, … Continue reading

Depression Jig

With this week’s jaunty number, “Depression Jig,” 52 Teeth is goin’ country, y’all.  I woke up on Saturday morning with the Stones song “Dead Flowers” in my head.  Mick’s reference to “makin’ bets on Kentucky Derby day” makes it an anthem back in my home state, and here it was, at long last, the first … Continue reading

The Entertainer 2.0

Oh, thank heaven for band practice.  Last week, I was tired, Jim was sick as a dawg, and Peter was in the midst of a longstanding battle with mucous.  I trotted out last week’s blog track, “The Entertainer,” and things were going okay, but there was no lightning in the air.  Seemed like it’d be … Continue reading

The Entertainer

This week’s song, “The Entertainer,” is either very funky or very square.  Considering that my arrangement is a tribute to Scritti Politti’s Cupid & Psyche ’85 (awesome video alert), it’s probably a little bit of both.  It’s definitely weird. A few months ago, I was going through an Elvis Costello deep-listening phase.  I noticed that … Continue reading

Walking on a Wire

What can you say about a song that’s been breaking your heart for fifteen years?  Eventually, you’ve gotta cover it, right?  Such is the case for me with Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Walking on a Wire,” from their 1982 masterpiece, Shoot Out the Lights.  My introduction to Richard Thompson, like that of a few other … Continue reading

All About to Happen

A few suggested study questions to assist in your enjoyment of “All About to Happen“: 1. Is this song too callow a rip-off of Yo La Tengo’s “Autumn Sweater”? 2. What’s with the New Order/Cure fetish lately?  Isn’t {songwriter} aware that the synth-rock revival has come and gone? 3. BONUS: What is the secret connection … Continue reading


“Betcha” is another attempt to wrap my gawky arms around that slippery ideal, American roots rock-n-roll.  Running down a dream, if you will.  Here are some possible influences: Tom Petty (very likely), Lucinda Williams, Dylan (at least as far as my weird vowel pronunciations are concerned), Sheryl Crow (for straight-aheaditude), and Richard and Linda Thompson’s … Continue reading

Money (John Mayer Hotel Room Theme)

For maximum impact, read the full post and then click the link: “Money” is another song (like “Cereal and Beer”) that came to me in a dream, and quite a strange dream at that.  I was hanging out with John Mayer in his hotel room.  In real life I dislike John Mayer, but in this … Continue reading