Here’s an exceptionally juicy update on my upcoming acoustic album! In this post I’ll recap what I’ve done since my last update and also give you some audio goodness! Read on!Continue reading “Acoustic Album Update #4”
My new album Heat Stroke came out 3 years ago! It was unleashed unto the world on January 27th, 2015. I wanted to document the writing, recording, and preparation for release of the album. You know, just in case someone cares. I think I genuinely care, but maybe there are others out there that might be interested. Some of this might have already mentioned in the Recording Heat Stroke series, but this should be less fluffy. I’ll preface this by saying I’ve rewritten this retrospective once completely, and again once or twice partially. Originally, I talked a little bit about each song in the order that I remembered working on it. I thought it would be more interesting that way, but after reading it over, I decided that wasn’t the case. And that’s mostly because for about half of the songs I wasn’t absolutely sure when I started working on them. Or if I did remember the order, I was going back and forth between them all the time, so it was hard to say which I really started in which order. Anyway, I’ve since reworked this so that the songs are talked about in the order that they appear on the album. Enjoy. Continue reading “Heat Stroke – The Retrospective”
Oh, you would like to listen to one of my many songs-in-progress? You want to hear a kind of crappy sounding, shortened, semi-live, no-vocals version of it? Well, here you go. Right now, I’m referring to this piece as “YDWK.” What do you think? Whatever album it ends up on, it’ll partner well with another unreleased song that I like a lot called “Eff It.” Tell me how much you love it, hate it, or don’t care about it in the comment section below or on Twitter or wherever you want.
P.S. Blast beats are awesome.
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”
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”
Hi. Are you interested in listening to miscellaneous audio recordings of me jamming in my “studio?” Then you’ve come to the right place. This is the first in what will probably be a long series of blog posts dedicated to recordings I’m currently working on. Since I’m in the process of getting Boobs, Butts, and Feets remastered, getting a collection of cover songs out there for you to listen to, and working on new music, I’m always jamming out.
For me, jamming out can be noodling around on a 6 string guitar, or a bass, or even experimenting with beats and synths and electronic sounds. Sometimes I might even jam out on vocals. I don’t always record my guitar playing, but if people seem to enjoy listening and reading about what I’m playing, I’ll do more of these.
Today’s jam session is comprised of a short drum loop and me playing guitar over it. The audio was recorded by my iPhone positioned somewhere between my PC speakers and my guitar amp. All things considered, the actual recording isn’t too bad. Even though it clocks in around 4:30, it doesn’t explore much. It’s mostly just playing around the chugging introduced in the beginning to varying successes. The entire session lasted about 15 minutes, and you’re not missing much by not hearing the other 10 minutes, trust me.
So you want to hear some song samples from my new album, Heat Stroke? Well, you’re in luck! I happen to have a mashup of most of the tracks on the album. right here! Below you will find a streamable audio file that contains about 15 seconds of 8 of the 10 songs that will be on the album to tide you over until release. Why not all 10? The first track is a shortish intro that is hardly musical. And another one isn’t quite done in the mastering process. No other reason.