It’s time for another one of these, right? Over the long weekend, I workshopped roughly 10 million ideas. You could put them into 3 categories: crap that I never want to revisit, stuff that shows promise but will need additional time, and music that is pretty awesome that just needs tweaked. Today I’m bringing you a piece from the last category. If I gave these posts subtitles, this one would be called Playing With Myself. Don’t get excited. I just meant that it’s composed of mostly boring drum loops, a guitar, and another guitar played over that. Let’s get into it. Continue reading “Jam Session #15”
Back in June, I put a couple of cool Robby Suavé shirts up for sale on Amazon. Yes, that Amazon. Amazon.com. If you search for “robby suave shirt” or whatever, you’ll find those shirts. It’s awesome. They’re only $15, and you should buy them. How was I able to get shirts on Amazon, you ask? Oh, I’m so glad you asked. That’s what I’m going to tell you right here and now!
In May or something, I received an e-mail from Amazon informing me that I had been chosen to be a part of their Merch by Amazon program. Right away, it appeared to be a shirt thing, so I was interested. I have no idea WHY I was chosen though. I mean, I have my music on there, but that seems to be a weird stipulation for being chosen to be a part of this Merch thing. It looked promising, so I signed up. Continue reading “Robby Reviews Merch by Amazon”
KyzrWölf. Maybe you know him better as Kaiser Von Loopy or Loopy or even Rob Lupie or one half of Hanzel und Gretyl. Whatever the case, while we are waiting for the next Hanzel und Gretyl album, he created this wonderful album called Reichstar. It’s super awesome for a multitude of reasons, and I’ll explain those below. If you don’t like reading, but you’ve read this far, know that it is very much worth listening to.
There are lots of reasons to like this album. I mean, first of all, it’s awesome that it came out of nowhere. We got a HuG remix album last year that was done by Loopy under the KyzrWölf name back in 2013. But I don’t think anyone had any reason to believe KyzrWolf was going to be something outside of the HuG camp. On top of that, it’s new sounding while also being familiar. Those samples of bombs dropping and zieg heils that you hear a lot in Hanzel und Gretyl songs are present and accounted for. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s technologically impressive because it was recorded with no real instruments. Yes, those guitars and basses are not real! I actually conversed with him via e-mail and we discussed. Good times. Continue reading “Robby Reviews KyzrWölf’s Reichstar”
So this is a cool, techno-ish, dancey thing. Uhhh…I don’t know what else to say about it other than that it’s cool and perhaps more professional than most of my other electro-songs. One thing different about this piece is that it’s less of a jam and more of an excerpt of an early version of the song. I mean, it’s not mindblowing, but it’s not like it’s shoddily put together or anything.
Anyway, what do you think? Do you enjoy the more booty-shaking tunes like this more than the gravel-in-the-throat, heavy nonsense?
Hey, let’s do another one of these things. There’s a song I started working on last week that I’m super excited about that I could showcase here. But it’s not very far along, and no one would get the joke behind it. So I’m doing this one instead. More than anything, what I’m exhibiting is how a handful of my new songs sound in demo form. Like, the sound quality, the overall tone.
Unlike most of these Jam Sessions, this one is an actual soundboard recording. It’s not an open-air recording taken by my iPhone hastily placed somewhere. You may notice the guitars sound pretty awesome. And you may also notice I’m refining the drum sounds as well. Actually, maybe you may not. I mean, for the drum part on this one, it’s a super simple drum loop, but it still gives you an idea of what I’m going for. Keep in mind that this is a demo. It’s not final or mastered. It’s just me screwing around. But you can get a taste of that kick drum and that nasty guitar. Yum.
Anyway, yeah, this is a song that I have no lyrics to or any idealized theme or anything. I’m simply calling it “15” for now, just because it’s the 15th untitled song for the next album. Note that it’s not the 15th song I’ve started constructing for the next album, it’s just the 15th untitled one. What do you think of it?
Awwww yeah. Here’s some cool news for you! For some reason, I got selected to be a part of this cool new Amazon Merch program. Right now it’s just for t-shirts, but hey, what perfect timing. It’s getting hotter than a mothereffer in here (and out there).
There are some weird ins-and-outs about the program, but because of it, the way I’m going to roll out shirts is going to be a little different. It actually might make it better anyway this way, but whatever. Continue reading “New (and Old) Shirts Are Here!”
“Eff It” began its life in 2013. I’ll admit it now that the guitar riffs were inspired by Wayne Static’s “Assassins of Youth” and maybe a bit of Marilyn Manson’s “No Reflection” too. I think I was learning how to play “Assassins of Youth” at the time. And then a few days later I was working on some original material, and that style of playing was still stuck in my hands or something.
So the riff was first. It’s not especially complex, but it’s a tad out of my usual style. I played it and played it until I could make up words on the fly while strumming the power chords. And that’s when it happened… Continue reading “The Making of the Best Song Ever, “Eff It””
It’s time for another Jam Session! This one is a little different from the usual. It might even be less interesting to listen to, but I’ll give you some context behind it. This is a relatively straightforward, gross sounding, synthy section of a song I’m working on. The possibly-interesting tidbit to this is that most of my songs actually start out this way. A musical riff may start out as something I’m hammering out on guitar, but if I feel like it’s going to be easier to simply work it out in MIDI notes, I’ll do that.
So that’s what this is. What musical notes are here are sort of a wimpy version of what I worked out on guitar before. Rather than take the time to record a rough guitar track (which I sometimes do), I laid the musical ideas in MIDI instead. When the song is done, there will certainly be more notes, more than likely performed on a guitar. Right now, the song is clocking in at about 2:30, which is good: I’m shooting for shorter songs. Earlier this week, I began putting lyrics to the music, and they’re a little ridiculous, in a good way. So ridiculous in fact that I might tone it down a little bit so it’s not so silly.
Anyway, so yeah, here’s a little taste of something I’m working on. If the final song turns out well, maybe it’ll be cool to listen to this little bit of it to see how it progressed.
Almost everybody that I think listened to it said they liked it. That’s awesome. It could just be my imagination, but it seems like my audience has changed a bit over the last year. If anything it has grown, but it’s different. It concerns me a little, but I’ll roll with it.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that it’s getting next to no plays on streaming services. Decent hits come up on “Pretty Little Ditty,” “XXX 666,” and “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic,” but yeah, nothing on “Kill the Buffalo.” Why? I have no effing idea. I mean, it’s easily as good, if not better, than all these other apparently more liked songs in my catalog. Interesting.
Maybe when the music video comes out, it’ll get more traction. Or maybe when it’s bundled along with my next album, it’ll be appreciated a little more. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. I like it.
Next week, there will probably be a new Jam Session. Be ready.
Awwww yeah. That’s right. My new song “Kill the Buffalo” is ready to be heard! If you like your songs heavy, about specific clothing patterns, shortish, and a tad strange, “Kill the Buffalo” is for you!
Creating this song has been quite the experience for me. My goal with these upcoming songs is to pay more attention to certain aspects and less attention to other aspects compared to my older songs. I’ll get into all that stuff in a later post.
Oh, you wanted to know when you’ll be able to listen to “Kill the Buffalo?” Sure, I’ll tell you. The release date is April 28th, 2017. Hey, that’s less than 4 weeks away! Can you believe it?! And if all goes as planned, there will be an accompanying video to go along with it. Then…maybe a full-length album will be imminent…
Fun times. Let’s do this crap.