It’s time for another random blog post! It’s been too long since the last one. While on Christmas break at work, I had hoped I’d be able to work on a lot of music. That didn’t happen. Between not having as lengthy of a break as usual and screwing up my left thumb, putting guitar riffs together is something I couldn’t manage very well. My thumb still hurts. I don’t know what I did to it. Hm. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #13”
It’s New Year’s Eve! Once upon a time, this was my favorite holiday. Now…it’s not. Anyway, I did one of these Year-in-Review things last year, and it was kind of fun. I read, watched, and played a lot more stuff this year than last year, so this should be more interesting to write and read.
Books, movies, video games, and books are the things that I am ranking here. Nothing else matters, not even the presidential election. Like last year, I’ll give my top 3 picks for each category in no particular order, probably. Continue reading “Robby Reviews the Year 2016”
Yes, this Friday, December 16th, 2016, this little song called “Merry Effing Christmas” by Robby Suavé will be available for you to buy, stream, steal, or ignore! Work on it began in late October if my memory serves me correctly. As is probably predicted by anyone, working on a Christmas song in October is strange. While everyone was getting dressed up as vampires and witches, gobbling up candy, having fun and whatever, I was holed up at my computer, constructing a song about Christmas instead. Not that I didn’t have fun making the song of course, but…it’s complicated. Continue reading “The Making of 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!
What have I been dooooooing?! Here’s what I’ve been doing: I’ve been working on a buttload of music. It’s been easygoing and stressful at the same time somehow. It’s not because of deadlines I’ve imposed on myself or anything like that though. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #12”
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”
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”
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 that 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?
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”