Category: Jam Sessions

Jam Session #6

Jam Sessions
As per usual, this jam session doesn’t sound all that great. Even when you record with a cool iOS app like Music Memos, you’re only going to get so much quality with a hastily placed phone that is simultaneously recording live guitar through an amp and fake drums and bass through poorly situated PC speakers. Whatever the case, below is a short recording of some crap I was workshopping to myself about a week ago. Notice the more chill vibe, a tempo that is slower than what I normally stick to, the cool and noodly first riff, and the hopefully-easy-to-sing-around chugging second riff.

The plan is to write more about this in a separate post sometime soon, maybe next week. But for the last couple of months, I’ve been working on tons of music. Some of it is for a cool project that I’ll talk more about when it makes sense to do so. Some of it is like, unconscious preparation for a possible future album. And the rest is definitely for my next album. To be honest, I’m not sure if what I’m doing in this little jam makes more sense to be in the semi-distant future album or in the less-distant future.

Jam Session #5

Jam Sessions
Welcome to another edition of Jam Sessions! If you’re new to this series, these are hastily recorded audio files of me jamming out in some sense. Usually it’s me playing guitar over a drum loop. But sometimes it’s more interesting and closer to sounding like a live demo. This particular piece of audio is pretty long for what it is. I edited it a little bit here and there when I was fiddling with knobs and settings, but it’s pretty much a kind of polished, shortened look into what I was playing last night. One of these days, I’m going to release an album that has some killer guitar in it. This audio is a document of me trying to find that guitar sound.

Jam Session #4

Jam Sessions
This audio recording is almost like being here. Where is here? Here is a 90° room that feels even hotter when jacking around on a guitar for half an hour. My balls have sweated off, for sure. It was recorded using Music Memos for iOS. It’s an app that’s been around for a few months now. I remember getting it the day it was announced, and it’s pretty handy. Before, I would use the Voice Memos app. But Music Memos is super handy, and I’ll probably do a Robby Reviews post for it, because I’ve used it enough to know what it does for my workflow.

Anyway, back to this recording. I whipped up a basic drum beat, cranked it up on my PC speakers, and the main riff you will hear featured just came out of me. It’s no masterpiece or anything, but it has potential, possibly. In past Jam Sessions, I’ve truncated the recording considerably, but for this one, I only cut off the first minute and some at the end, because it went into new territory eventually. Let me know what you think.

Jam Session #3

Jam Sessions
Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these. Since Boobs, Butts, and Feets is in the can, I feel like I need to get back to working on new music. A cool problem I have is that I have absolutely no shortage of song ideas. I have dozens of songs in various stages of completion. More than anything though, I’ve been working on more electronic-sounding stuff, and I’m not sure if that’s the direction I want my next album to go. I said before that I wanted to get BBAF out there to kind of counterbalance the guitar-driven stuff that I already put out.

Now, I’m not saying I’m a maestro on the guitar or anything. But I do want to make more guitar heavy songs. Heat Stroke had a lot of guitar on it, but it was far from being metal, except for maybe “Hotter Than a Mothereffer.” I want to do more songs similar to say, “Let It Go” or even “Electro-Heaven” or something. “Eff It” is a song that’s been cooking for years now, and I’m going to keep bring it up until someone tells me it’s not as good as I keep thinking and saying it is.

Anyway, whether or not the style ends up on the next album, I’ve been coming up with some cool guitar riffs. There were a lack of those on Heat Stroke for sure. I thought some of the riffs on Punk Rebel Renegade were cool. The guitar parts actually went somewhere instead of…not going anywhere. Here’s a rough bit of a little something I’ve been working on. I have some lyrics written for it which I like a lot, but I might actually end up using them for a different song.

Jam Session #2

Jam Sessions
Oh, you would like to listen to one of my many songs-in-progress? You want to hear a kind of crappy sounding, shortened, semi-live, no-vocals version of it? Well, here you go. Right now, I’m referring to this piece as “YDWK.” What do you think? Whatever album it ends up on, it’ll partner well with another unreleased song that I like a lot called “Eff It.” Tell me how much you love it, hate it, or don’t care about it in the comment section below or on Twitter or wherever you want.

 

P.S. Blast beats are awesome.

Jam Session #1

Jam Sessions
Hi. Are you interested in listening to miscellaneous audio recordings of me jamming in my “studio?” Then you’ve come to the right place. This is the first in what will probably be a long series of blog posts dedicated to recordings I’m currently working on. Since I’m in the process of getting Boobs, Butts, and Feets remastered, getting a collection of cover songs out there for you to listen to, and working on new music, I’m always jamming out.

For me, jamming out can be noodling around on a 6 string guitar, or a bass, or even experimenting with beats and synths and electronic sounds. Sometimes I might even jam out on vocals. I don’t always record my guitar playing, but if people seem to enjoy listening and reading about what I’m playing, I’ll do more of these.

Today’s jam session is comprised of a short drum loop and me playing guitar over it. The audio was recorded by my iPhone positioned somewhere between my PC speakers and my guitar amp. All things considered, the actual recording isn’t too bad. Even though it clocks in around 4:30, it doesn’t explore much. It’s mostly just playing around the chugging introduced in the beginning to varying successes. The entire session lasted about 15 minutes, and you’re not missing much by not hearing the other 10 minutes, trust me.

Without further ado, here’s the recording. Let me know what you think in the comments, on Twitter, or on my Facebook page.