Friday, August 31, 2012

NEW SONG: "Let The Bombs Go Off"

So, I have officially graduated to Studio One. Jesse Schopher, who did all of the work of the Dino Hunter MD Soundtrack, uses it and hooked me up with all of the plugins he uses, and gave me a crash course in mixing and setting up my stems, and this song I did pretty much all by myself, after he showed me how to bus drums and stuff like that.

I've used REAPER and Audacity in the past, but seeing Studio One in action has straight up blown me away, with how good it is for mixing. Maybe it's because it's what Jesse's familiar with, but playing around with this thing has absolutely blown me away, especially using the plug-ins. While it has made things "too easy", when you work 8 to 5 and trying to get this music shit off the ground, any little bit helps.

Besides, I'd like to think my strength lies is songwriting :)




This was another one of those songs that sort of came to me when I was dicking around on the guitar and built around one particular riff, so D# octave was the seed for this song. 

FUN FACT: The working title for this song was "Class 4"

FUN FACT:  JTHomeslice deserves big ups for this:

I've yet to pick it up because I'm not sure if I'm going to be fired after my first week on the job, and I'd like to make it to at the very least the first paycheck.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Echo Chamber Podcast Post Game Episode 8


Hope you didn't die from the explosion!

I just want to introduce Jeff to the least sucky Christmas song:

As far as subject matter goes, this one I had trouble with, since I'm not a very aggressive person and are all like "this sucks that sucks". I keep all my hate on the inside.But my first thought when I hear a bad song isn't "Why did they do wrong?" it's "What didn't they do right?". Or turn it off.

One thing I didn't mention as my least favorite Green Day song: "Ha Ha You're Dead". You see, occassionally I suffer bouts of mental retardation, during one of which I thought the Deadpool movie would still be a thing someday, and looking through some Green Day videos on YouTube, I saw the title "Ha Ha You're Dead" and thought "Hey, this should totally be in the totally-gonna-happen Deadpool movie!"

At first it was all right, but every time it comes on my MP3 Player, the thing just plods along and doesn't live up to the hooks Green Day is known for. 

Then again, it was off Shenanigans, their B-Side album, so it was practically a non-contender in greater context of their catalog.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Why August 26th Is A Good Day

-Working on Lars Attacks and Hell Yeah for Rock Band Network, and should be uploading new versions soon.

-Finishing up 2 new songs! Check my NG account. However I'm also...

-Playing Team Fortress 2's new Mann vs. Machine mode! At first it seemed like too much to take in (upgrades? Waves? What is this witchcraft?!?), but it's a lot of fun, especially if you have a tenacious group of bot battlers.

-Speaking of which, Team Fortress is 16 years old! It started as a mod for Quake, then after the designers were hired by Valve, it was ported over to the GoldSrc engine where it became a mod for Half Life in 1999. The sequel Team Fortress 2 was in development for a while until its release in October 2007. So, no, you're not (that) old.

-Also, today just so happens to be the day that "Status Quo Radio", the first, last and only single by my first band, The Bastards, hit #1 on the Rock And/Or Roll Type Music chart in 1968!

Of course, later that day, the rest of my band died in a freak groupie accident right on the stage of Rock Everyone Demands!, the most popular of all 1960's music countdown shows, save for Best List Undisputed!, it's most heated rival.

That's another story for another time. All I'm saying is, I got some wicked cool scars out of it.


-All my podcast bros seem to have Rock Band Blitz before me. NO I'M NOT JELLY AT ALL!!

-To show how NOT JELLY I am, here's an Adam WarRock vid:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Echo Chamber Post Game Episode 7


-So the reason why Black Album was a major departure for Metallica was because producer Bob Rock worked on stuff that was more glam, like Dr. Feelgood and Slippery When Wet. Metallica still had to make the conscious decision to write the Black Album, but that certainly contributed.

-Musical Un-Intregrity was actually used on Wikipedia for "selling out" in reference to Metallica:
Exact definition for musical un-integrity:
Musical un-intergrity is a specific music industry term for when a band totally sells out and becomes super gay to listen to like all that faggy Justin Bieber shit. Like, when they do something all retarded and shit, and now they're all fuckin' lame and gay and retarded.

Also I'm 14 and just got into Metallica after listening to "One" in Guitar Hero 3 and hearing all the grown ups talk about it, so now I only listen to real music.

See also: Having your band in Angry Birds as pigs.

-One "BIG CHANGE" in music, at least relevant to me: The Aquabats and the lack of horns in their last two albums.
This video sums it up rather well:

I can see where they're coming from: They wanted to keep things lean, and while wanting bigger cuts might equate to selling out, Charge! and Hi Five Soup! are awesome and it's just a different sound, trading one inspiration (fellow ska bands), to another (New wave, ala Devo)

-Due to a conversation I recently had with Owen of Ozone Ent, who edits and hosts the podcast, I am now aware that a Buckner and Garcia song exists for a certain game I recently mentioned.

-The Walking Dead Episode 1 was really good. Like, Deadly Premonition but without those retarded wall crawling baddies.

-So's this:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Echo Chamber Podcast Post Game Episode 5 and 6

Pop music uses auto-tune, ergo I can kill two birds with one stone. I'm not lazy.



I want that cane RIGHT NOW, but all I got is this headset.

So, Saints Row: The Third, eh? Great game, got the base 1000 GS, but toward the end it got really easy, and therefore really boring. When you can be borderline invincible, and have infinite ammo, the risk is gone. Like, "I COULD use this rocket launcher, but I might need it for this next mission" or, "Boy, glad I made it out of THAT scrape!"

A game where you can smack people with dildos getting tiresome.

Don't get me wrong, there were still plenty of fun parts. The story continued to be surprisingly well done, with lots of twists and turns and good characters. Killbane made me think that gold chains and a luchadore mask are the best accessories ever. As it went it on, SRTT came down with a case of the Try-Hards.

Lastly, nobody show Owen/Ozone this video:

OK, cool. He gets kind of face-clawy when Katy Perry and Glee come together.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

WarRock/Math/Lars Show August 10th

Long story short, I got a lot of awesome music for not a lot of money. DIY FTW.

Also, I learned that Lemon Drop shots are for suckers (no pun intended). It's like, "Well, that was a waste, I'm not drunk!" and then you suck on the sugary lemon wedge and it's like "All is forgiven!"

But you're still sober.

I missed WarRock, but managed to come halfway through Math The Band's set. They said, with their music, "Welcome! HERE'S A WALL OF SOUND!!" and it was good. The energy from that set was unmatched.

MC Lars played all the hits, and guested with everybody. No, I'm serious, if at any point they worked with Lars, they came onstage. WarRock rapped on "Generic Crunk Rap", MC Frontalot came on for "O.G. Original Gamer", Schaffer The Darklord did "Do The Bruce Campbell", Justine from Math The Band was on Ahab, and some guy from the band that did "Teenage Dirtbag" played bass for the whole set. Atone point he freestyled using random items the audience had, and he hit that shit 100%.

I picked up the Edgar Allen Poe EP from Lars, Math The Band's EP, and Adam WarRock's new album "You Dare Call Thing Human?".

I will we talking about ALL of this on the podcast this week!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Axe Cop Soundtrack Pitch Video

SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU CAN!! I'd like to thank David and Jesse of Cannibal Troll for helping me out with this.

 I got a job offer today for an engineering job which I've grown to detest for the past few months but hey at least it has medical and pension, because it's ok, I can still be one of those fat guys who "jam" with their other old guy friends covering folk music shit like mrs. robinson or me and julio down by the school yard or whatever other shit the classic rock radio format is trying to shove down my throat at the bar once every month and while we think we're getting somewhere we really aren't, and that will be good enough because it's what I'm supposed to do, even though I'm borderline suicidal for the past month or so and this is just another instance of me shrugging my shoulders and going "I guess" yet again, because I've always felt the pressure to "keep it safe" and "do the SMART thing" even though I'm 24, which I'm told is time to start settling down yet is super young and I still have all my life ahead of me, but fuck all of that, I guess I'm retiring from this music shit for a 42500 a year job, and I'm filled with regret because I never gave this thing a proper shot, and seriously, I feel like I'm trapped and dying and nothing I do is going to change it because fuckers like Mitt Romney run the world and I'm told to be thankful I have a job, and I can't talk to any of my friends about because they have either drank the kool-aid and jizzing their pants over HVAC plans and are content with what they do or are unemployed spending time what I want to do, which I guess means I finally get those people who yell "Get A Job" at the Occupy Wall Street protesters because misery loves company, I guess, so anyway, please give a shit about my music, but nobody has for the past 4 years of this blog, so why should anyone start now,