Merry Effing Christmas!

Merry Effing Christmas
Yes, I made a Christmas song! Fittingly entitled “Merry Effing Christmas,” it sort of exhibits my feelings on the holiday. I’ll save the details of the songwriting process for later, but right now I just want to announce the thing. It was sent for digital distribution yesterday with a release date of December 16th. Depending on your preferred streaming service of choice, you might not get to hear it where you want in time for Christmas unfortunately. But it will be on Bandcamp and YouTube on the 16th for sure, since I’m in control of those outlets. Amazon tends to be pretty quick with putting music up. iTunes is a little slower. And then for the various streaming services, Spotify is usually on time, but the others are less swift in updating.

So yeah, an awesome Christmas song is coming to your earholes in a couple weeks. It’s a fun and upbeat little ditty. I’ll remind you once or twice in the meantime, but still, don’t forget!

Robby Reviews Dope’s Blood Money Part 1

Robby Reviews Blood Money Part 1
I love Dope, the band. After hearing “Debonaire” and “You Spin Me ‘Round” after their first album came out, I was hooked. An interesting thing about the band is that while their first 3 albums were released in short successions, the last 3 have had long breaks in between. They’ve done small tours here and there, so it’s not like Dope has ever been completely dormant, but the flow of new music is slow. The new Dope album called Blood Money Part 1 is out now. I’ve been listening to it for a couple weeks now, and I have some thoughts. Continue reading “Robby Reviews Dope’s Blood Money Part 1”

Robby Reviews PlayStation VR

Robby Reviews PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR is a thing I’ve had for a little over 2 weeks, so I feel like I can give a proper review. I don’t belive it’s something you can review very convincingly after only a day or two of using it. Between personal usage and being in the company of others using it, there’s been enough time for me to notice the good and the bad with this thing. Continue reading “Robby Reviews PlayStation VR”

Jam Session #9

Jam Sessions
I’ve been sitting on this Jam Session for a while now. I recorded it on September 19th, so it’s been almost 3 weeks. Normally I post these within a few days (sometimes even a few hours) of recording them. When that happens, I can explain what I was thinking while jamming out or whatever. This time though, I don’t even remember. I do like how it sounds because it’s kind of like, dance-metal or something. What this recording does spur is a problem I find myself running into every so often: not remembering how to play my own songs. There are definitely a few guitar parts on the Punk Rebel Renegade album that I don’t remember how to play, but hat topic can be saved for another day.

Anyway, yeah, I like this song. I’ve been trying to transcribe the guitar parts to MIDI for a lot of these Jam Sessions for 2 reasons. First, it makes it sound more like how it would sound in a fully-finished song, so it’s nicer to listen to or whatever. Second, and possibly more importantly, it prevents me from forgetting how to play the guitar part. The bassline isn’t the exact same pattern as the guitar, but it follows the same notes and general progression.

As Robby Suavé public catalog of music grows, the more I can get a grasp of what makes my good songs sound good and what makes the not-so-good ones not-so-good. I think this recording shows that. The dance beat, the poppy bassline, and the slightly erratic endings to a few of the measures make for a more interesting song, I think. What do you think of it?

Robby Reviews Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid

Robby Reviews Die Antwoord's Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid
Awwww yeah. Last week Die Antwoord’s new album entitled Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid came out. My anticipation for it was pretty great. Their last album, Donker Mag, to me, was…good, not great. The concept was cool, but I didn’t find myself listening to it much. Their first two albums, $O$ and Ten$ion, were awesome. I ate those up. While Donker Mag went into these slower, quieter songs, Mount Ninji brings back the rap rave that was much more present on their first two efforts, but it’s still sounds new. it hasn’t even been out a week yet, so I feel like it’s too early to say this, but this might be my favorite Die Antwoord album. Continue reading “Robby Reviews Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid”

Random Blog Post #11

Random Blog Post
Oh, you want to know what I’ve been doing lately, huh? Well, just last night I finished up some music for a cool podcast you might have heard of. It was effectively about 30 seconds long, which is what I was going for. After I was done, I realized how fun and different it was for me. It had clean guitar of all things in it! That’s crazy! But yeah, I entertained the idea of adding vocals to it for the “final” version, but ultimately decided against it. But I’m still hoping it’s not just me that thinks it’s a cool song and I’ll be able to do more with it than just leave it as a 30 second thing. Why am I keeping the podcast a secret? I don’t know. I’ll probably make a big deal about it when it ends up in an episode. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #11”

Suavé Things: Another T-Shirt!

Stranger Things Shirt
It’s time. It’s time for another Robby Suavé shirt. Spoiler: I mostly put these out for sale just so I can buy myself one. Stranger Things is a 9 episode series on Netflix that you should watch if you like awesome things. And if you’ve watched even one epsiode, you certainly remember those opening credits. The logo presenting itself, along with the accompanying score, creates a special feeling when you watch it. It puts you in the mood to watch the episode.

That’s how I feel about it anyway. If you share my opinion, maybe you’d like to get a shirt with a shirt that says “Robby Suavé” in the style of the Stranger Things logo. I know I do! It’s only available until September 9th though, so hurry!

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Jam Session #8

Jam Sessions
More musical musings. While I was jamming this out a few days ago, I don’t think I was intentionally trying to make it sound like anything. Listening to the recording, it reminds me of Metallica’s cover of “Free Speech for the Dumb” and Rammstein’s “Adios.” In this sample, it doesn’t include the more “Adios”-ish guitar riff. I took out that part and a couple others, so you’ll have to take my word for it, I guess.

Like most other jam sessions, it began by me playing a guitar unplugged. It started sounding cool, so I decided to record it. This time, however, it was even more hastily than usual, so the recording ending up being pretty bad. So I layered the drum track over the open-air recording that I EQ’d the crap out of, and it turned into this. Do you like it?

Random Blog Post #10

Random Blog Post
It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these, so I’ll write one now while I’m lunch break. My workplace had blocked this site a few months ago for some reason. This site was buggy to say the least, and I wonder if it was still being caught by some kind of malware catcher thing. I don’t know. It works now, and that’s what matters.

So what’s new? I’ve ran into some recording problems. The problem is that depending on what equipment I use to record, not only do I receive minor electrical shocks to myself, the recordings also get mangled. The shocks I can avoid by wearing long sleeves or one of those cotton wristband things. I have yet to figure out how to eliminate the recording problem. There are a lot of factors going on, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the amp or the guitar because I’ve tried using different amp and guitar combinations and the shocks still occur. It could be a grounding issue or maybe something with a power strip. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #10”