Category: Studio Updates

More Awesome Than Awesome – The Retrospective

Here we go. I like to write these retrospectives after I release an album. Whether or not anyone likes reading them is a different story, but…whatever. Leading up to the release of the album, I gave a decent amount of looks behind the scenes. But these retrospectives are kind of long form and include audio clips and such. The plan was to publish this long before now, but I felt like part of the story is to see how it performed after the release. So this is going to be cool, maybe. Let’s get to it.

You can read a lot about the recording of More Awesome Than Awesome in previous posts below. I don’t want to rehash old information. Let me just tackle each track individually. I’ll try to keep the commentary to a minimum. Continue reading “More Awesome Than Awesome – The Retrospective”

My Next Album Will Be Better or Worse Than My Old Stuff

Better or worse?
Whoa. Apparently I didn’t publish this when I meant to. I wrote it 2 weeks ago, I think. I’ll post it now.

I’m in the final stages of producing my new album. Last weekend was very productive. At the moment, I have 14 songs set to appear on the album. It’s fun to talk about things in a theoretical sense, so that’s what I’m going to do now. This will be even more fun for you because you haven’t heard most of what I’m talking about. Continue reading “My Next Album Will Be Better or Worse Than My Old Stuff”

My Next Album Will Be Awesome

The final throes of getting an album put together are upon me! Before I get into specifics, let’s take a look at what I’ve been doing since January of 2015.

The second half of 2014 was spent recording Heat Stroke, which released in 2015. I don’t want to spend much time talking about that album right now for two reasons. One, I’m going to post a neat retrospective on it here next month. And two, I don’t like it that much. Heh.

A few months after Heat Stroke was released, I put out a proper mastered version of 2011’s Punk Rebel Renegade. That was a fun project. I remember having some tumultuous yet exciting times during the recording sessions, and revisiting it to release it in mid-2015 was entertaining as well. A year later, I put out a final version of 2008’s Boobs, Butts, and Feets, probably my most interesting album to date. Continue reading “My Next Album Will Be Awesome”

The Making of “Kill the Buffalo”

Today I am going to talk about what went into creating my newest masterpiece, “Kill the Buffalo.” I’m super excited about it. Sometime last year, I began to notice people at work wearing lumberjack-style shirts. Affectionately called Buffalo Plaid, the design of these now-trendy shirts irked me. Why are all these people wearing such a stereotypically Canadian lumberjack pattern? I mean, it’s not an exceptionally good looking design. I don’t know, but they still do it, and that’s why I’m making a song about it. Continue reading “The Making of “Kill the Buffalo””

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 9

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets
Ugh. I didn’t want to have to write this blog post. I didn’t want to need to have to write it. I certainly didn’t think it would happen, but looking at what I’m about to describe in a positive light, it taught me some things about The Business.

So I’ve debated with myself over whether or not I should call any businesses out over this or if I should just leave them anonymous. I figured it wouldn’t be fair because other similar businesses might have done the same thing. I doubt it, but whatever.

Anyway, you may have noticed that disappeared for exactly a month. And those were the weeks in which I was trying to get Boobs, Butts, and Feets out to the public. During the weeks or even months leading up to an album release, I’ve grown to enjoy posting about what I’m doing once a week or two. Without warning, my web host deactivated my account. This disabled my website, my e-mail, and other stuff. Lame. At this point I don’t even remember exactly how it went, but I remember a week or two before they shut me off, my work computer was blocking me from visiting, saying it was infected with malware. So I contacted my host, explaining the problem, and they said there weren’t any viruses or anything. Soon after, my site is down without warning. What I’m pretty sure was days later, I got them to sort of explain what happened: that I had infected files…that was irritating for obvious reasons. But I did what I needed to do to remedy that problem in a few hours probably. But did they reactivate my account? No. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 9”

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 6

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and FeetsI hit a bump in the road of getting the movie samples rerecorded for the album. The peak of that bump is visible, but I’m not quite to the top yet. I didn’t want to record all the movie lines myself, because it would sound sillier than it was meant to be. While recording myself and others, it became apparent that it’s tough to mimic the audio from a movie scene accurately when you have people available to record. It’s also difficult to figure out how to arrange people to record the vocal recordings in the first place.

More than that though, I’m trying to mimic how the movie audio sounded in my songs. For whatever reason, I put weird effects on some of them so that they’d sound kind of crazy. And now it’s essentially impossible to recreate those effects. You may remember that I had this trouble with the vocal tracks. But with these movie parts, I have to record new parts in addition to screwing with them to make them sound like they did in these musical masterpieces.

Early on, months ago, I (thought I) knew which parts I wanted to record in lieu of simply eschewing them. These are ones whose absence would bother me greatly whenever I listened to these refreshed versions. It took a while, for various reasons, but I managed to obtain those recordings. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 6”

New Single! Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic

Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic
As the days go by, I become more and more legit, for better or for worse. It’s not very punk, rebel, or renegade to release a single, but…whatever. You’re going to be able to listen to my super popular hit (in Rock Band) song “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic” very soon! At the end of this blog post, you’ll find links to stream and/or download it. Continue reading “New Single! Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic”

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 5

Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets
Sometime in December, I typed the paragraphs below. Since then, quite a lot has happened, and that will be revealed in another post. Stay tuned later in the week (probably) for that.

There’s not much to report on the status of the impending release of Boobs, Butts, and Feets. Mostly I’m waiting on getting new recordings made to use instead of the uncleared movie samples. Update on that: Getting permission to use movie samples is impossible. Bleh. So as I talked about before, there are quite a few movie samples on the album. Some are going to be taken out completely, and others are going to be re-recorded by me and a couple volunteers.

Since there’s not much new to announce about progress on the official album release, I thought I would go over some reasons why you should be interested in it. This will probably get a little market-speaky, but I’ll try to keep that to a minimum. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 5”