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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”

Jam Session #13

Jam Sessions
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?

The Making of the Best Song Ever, “Eff It”

Robby Talks About "Eff It"
Should I have made this a Random Blog Post? I don’t know. To me, this song is so awesome that it deserves many essays written about it for years to come.

“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””

Jam Session #12

Jam Sessions
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.

Random Blog Post #15

Random Blog Post
Hey, I haven’t posted in a while. “Kill the Buffalo” is very close to being done. I’m trying to get it sound really good, namely the drums and guitars. Previously I had mentioned (I think) that I recorded a bunch of guitar tracks. Normally that means the guitars sound big and awesome. But when you use the same guitar with the same amp and effects, it may sound big, not maybe not so awesome. So I’m going to re-record the guitar a few more times with different guitars and/or effects, so that it will sound big and awesome.

What else am I doing? I don’t know. Hm. I did sift through all the musical projects I’ve started in the last couple of years to see what I have to work with. There are probably 20 good-sounding songs that are basically done except for the vocals. So my plan is to listen to the songs, get inspired, and throw vocals on them. That makes it sound less well-thought-out than it actually will be, but that’s what it’ll amount to in a sense.

So yeah, that’s what’s going on. “Kill the Buffalo” will be out when it’s ready. And then my next album will be out…later this year…maybe?

Jam Session #11

Jam Sessions
Listen to my new drums! I made a short drum loop and played some guitar over it. A new guitar-recording tactic was put into place, and this is the end result.

Part of me would love to make more music like this. Like, more metal or whatever. If I could figure out how to vocalize over it, I would definitely do it more. The drums aren’t perfect either, but they sound more…authentically metal, probably. This is 3 minutes of mostly the same riff, but there’s a couple other parts in there too somewhere. What do you think of it?

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””

Jam Session #10

Jam Sessions
Well, well, well, Jam Session #10. It’s fitting to celebrate this milestone with a taste of an effing awesome song early in development. As always with these, the sound quality isn’t the best. More often than not, it’s recorded in an open-air environment with the Music Memos iOS app. I did add a little EQ and such to the beginning to make the rest of the song stand out more, and I overlapped the drum track over the live recording so you could hear them better. But it’s essentially a live recording. It’s difficult to tell probably, but I’m using new drum samples. Very metal.

I do have an idea of what I want this song to become, like lyrically and conceptually, but I’m not sure yet. All I know is that when that riff starts at about 9 seconds in…I’m feeling it! It’s nothing groundbreaking obviously, but it’s a style or feeling that I don’t think I’ve explored as much as I’ve wanted. Then the verses turn into a jackhammering type thing, which I’m excited to figure out how to vocalize over. I need to find some words that rhyme with “plaid.” Bad, mad, sad, fad…hm…

Anyway, what do you think?

Random Blog Post #13

Random Blog Post
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”