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””
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 robbysuave.com 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 robbysuave.com, 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”
Ugh. Since my last BBAF update, the real last one, Part 6, my time has been spent getting the movie sample stuff squared away and also listening to the songs over and over again. These two very different tasks are probably equally intensive for very different reasons. Let me explain. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 8”
LOST POST! I could have sworn I published this a month or so ago, but…apparently not. At the end of it, I was talking about planning for the releases of the “Alcoholic” singles. Since that’s over and done with, I took it out. But you can read the rest of what I had intended for you to read a long time ago. Read on. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 7”
I 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”
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”
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”
Since the last time I posted, I haven’t made any major progress with the album, but when you’re talking about an album that was technically finished almost 8 years ago to begin with, there’s going to be a time when there’s just not that much left to do. I’m still making minute changes, but mostly what I’ve been doing is listening to the album over and over again in my car and at work, making notes to changes I want to make. Then I get home, I’ll make those changes, render out new audio files to listen to, and the cycle continues.
I’ve detailed most of what I’ve been doing in the previous entries of Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets. If you haven’t already read those, feel free to. This post isn’t really going to be about releasing the album officially; it’s going to be about why I’m doing it. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 4”
If I gave subtitles to these posts, I would call this one Adventures in Movie Samples. Probably. Maybe. Unless I thought of something better, which probably wouldn’t be that difficult. Hm. Nevertheless, this week’s babble is going to be about what movie samples mean for the official release of Boobs, Butts, and Feets. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 3”
I’ll start with the sort of technical stuff I’m doing. Back in the day, when I first started recording, I used a computer program called Sonic Foundry Acid 3.0 to put my music together. I started using it in 2001, maybe 2002, when it was relatively new. And that’s what I used for years, up until 2010 when I switched to Cockos’ Reaper, which is what I continue to mostly use. So everything I recorded before 2010 was using Acid. (Note: I realize every time I refer to myself as “using Acid” is funny.) At this point, Acid 3.0 was over 10 years old. It was designed to be used within Windows XP and earlier. We’re well past those days. Needless to say, it doesn’t run well in Windows 7. It crashes. It’s slow. There’s some bugginess with it that I’ll explain further down this page. In short, it would be a nightmare to do this remastering project completely within Acid. So… Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 2”