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Robby Reviews the Year 2015

Robby Reviews 2015
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these Robby Reviews posts. Aside from what I did post, by the time I had a couple more done, the things I was reviewing weren’t very new, so it seemed weird to review them.

Anyway, I don’t think I’ve ever done this, but this will be a post dedicated to my favorite things that came out in 2015: movies, music, video games, etc. For the sake of spoilers (and time), I ironically won’t include much review for any of these. Keep in mind that all of my favorite media and such may or may not mimic what most people like. Each movie/game/album title is a purchase link, to make it easier for you to buy them just because I want you to. Without further ado… Continue reading “Robby Reviews the Year 2015”

Random Blog Post #6

Random Blog Post #6
This could have been another Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets post, but there’s not too much to mention on that front. Not that there’s a lot to report on anything specifically, but there are tidbits and tadbits about lots of different things. And that’s what these Random Blog Posts are for. Well, if they weren’t before, they are now, because I said so. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #6”

Random Blog Post #5

I often wonder if my schtick is being serious about being unserious or being unserious about being serious. Maybe it’s both. Maybe it’s neither. Maybe the concept doesn’t even make sense, but when I think about how I think about making music or art or whatever, seriousness is one of the big barometers that comes into play.

As an example, I will mention a track from my Heat Stroke album, “Novelty.” There are elements of that song that are too serious in my opinion. The ambiance with the rain and strange noises create a certain feeling that the lyrics and vocal delivery don’t quite mesh with, by design. I feel like if you took out all the vocals on that song and replaced them with some dark poetry and some sinister growling, it would be effective at being serious. I guess my point is that I don’t want to make “serious” music, whatever that means, because as I sit here attempting to figure out what that is, I’m at a loss. Maybe “pretentious” is a better word for what I’m thinking of. I don’t know. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #5”

Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 7

I unintentionally left you hanging for more Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade content over this last month or so. Sorry. Between the site being down and the songs being rolled out at different rates to the various digital outlets, it made for difficult marketing. Not that I intended on marketing the album, but it was awkward to even mention it. Since it’s available everywhere now, I’ll try to make this the last entry in this blog series. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 7”

Back in Business!

Did you notice that this site was down for a while? Yeah, that was unfortunate…I’m not completely sure what the root cause of it was, but my server got infected, and I had to clean what was probably thousands of files. That may sound like a huge undertaking, but it was mostly just deleting a bunch of files I didn’t even need anymore. The biggest problem was finding out why the site was taken down and working with the host to get it taken care of. That took, what, 2 weeks to fix? Geez.

It’s always bad to have your site die unexpectedly, but it happened right as I launched Punk Rebel Renegade. It’s a collection of songs unheard by pretty much anyone that I recorded 4 years ago. Even though it’s old to me, it’s just as new to you as Heat Stroke was to anybody. But since it is technically a 2011 album, I didn’t want to start a huge hype train for it anyway.

I’m going to talk more about Punk Rebel Renegade in a future post, but I just wanted to announce that robbysuave.com is back, and I’ll be working on overhauling the Music page and adding Punk Rebel Renegade to it. I need to figure out how I’m going to organize this site now that there’s some content to actually organize. I think I’ll have lyrics, download purchase links, etc. all on the Music page instead of having a separate Lyrics page. Maybe I’ll add tabs too. Ha.

Random Blog Post #4

It’s time for another random blog post! I’ve been posting about nothing but Punk Rebel Renegade for a while, so why not talk about something else for a change? How about some insight into the possibly boring parts of what I’ve been doing and learning lately? If nothing else, it’ll be a good way for me to reflect on what I’ve been doing musically for the last year or so.

Just production-wise, I’ve learned a lot. Ever since I started seriously recording music in 2001 or 2002, I made it a point to NOT look for tips and tricks on how to do anything. It’s kind of like how I approach playing guitar or singing or anything else; I feel like if I learn the “right” way to do something, I’ll feel like I have to do it that way and never experiment. There are some exceptions to this way of thinking. I mean, if I have a problem with a very particular thing, I’ll attempt to search out a solution. And usually there isn’t just one answer, so it’ll point me in the right direction to try some other things. For example, I was having trouble getting good recordings when micing a guitar amp. It turns out there’s a science to microphone placement. There’s a general area that is usually good to have your microphone placed in relation to the amp, but you can also try other placements to get different sounds. Continue reading “Random Blog Post #4”

Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 6

I just realized that I haven’t really explained what I’m actually doing to resurrect one of my favorite musical projects, Punk Rebel Renegade. It’s an album I originally recorded in 2011 with fairly primitive equipment. Despite that, it actually sounded pretty good. But for whatever reasons, revisiting these old recordings shows how far I’ve come as far as production goes.

The number one thing that’s giving me grief are all the plosives and sibilants in the vocal tracks. These are the harsh noises you get when you make a P, B, S, and T sounds, basically. I used 2 or 3 different microphones during the recording of Punk Rebel Renegade. I feel like I sometimes used a pop filter, but man, cleaning up all these imperfections is tedious. And if I had used a pop filter, there would be very little need to do what I’ve been doing. Simply put, I’m locating these unwanted sounds, cutting out some frequencies, and usually lowering the volume too. I’ve tried to automate the process as much as possible, but it’s still time-consuming. Years ago, apparently I didn’t notice sound issues like that, but I definitely do now. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 6”

Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 5

Nope. This isn’t going to be the last time you hear about me “resurrecting” Punk Rebel Renegade, my unsung 2011 album. If this is your first time hearing about it, Punk Rebel Renegade is an album I recorded about 4 years ago. I never really released it, but I was done with it by the end of August 2011. Since I never felt finished with it, it’s hard to say when the supposed sell date would have been. But I’m going to roll with August 30th, 2011.

You can read the past installments of Punk Rebel Renegade here. I’ll let you read up on what I’ve talked about so far if you haven’t already read it all. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 5”

Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 4

I’m pretty sure this will be the last installment of Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade because I know I’m just a few days from sending my audio files to be mastered. Like with Heat Stroke, I plan on doing a retrospective, so there are things I will save to talk about there.

So back in Part 2, I explained where Punk Rebel Renegade started, I guess. I spent most late nights/early mornings recording these songs. It wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but I did discover that it’s apparently impossible for me to feel very badly if I’m making music. Hunger, sleep-depravity, exhaustion…none of that seemed to hinder my creativity. If anything, it might have spurred it a little bit. Since my brain wasn’t letting me play these riffs I was coming up with very easily, I was forced to spend more time on them. I can’t really remember there being a specific time where the extra time made the basic song idea better, but then again, I can’t really remember anything about recording Punk Rebel Renegade. It’s not a joke, even though it is kind of funny.

I could probably triangulate a fairly precise date if I tried hard enough, but I’m pretty sure I was working on preparing the title track for use in Rock Band via the Rock Band Network. This would have been in 2011. I know that much. You know, I don’t mention RBN as much as I should. Not that I have a huge fanbase or anything, but I can’t imagine anyone that anyone found my music from somewhere other than Rock Band. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll talk more about that in a future Random Blog Post or something. Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 4”

Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 3

resurrectingprrIf you wanted me to lazily continue from the last installment, sorry. I’m going to talk about copyright stuff.

Let me start by saying I’m totally cool with how this works. I’m not going to fight it. I’m not going to even complain about it. But there are 2 songs on Punk Rebel Renegade that feature some copyrighted content. I mentioned them before, but one was a quick little vocal rendition of Quiet Riot’s “Cum On Feel the Noize.” And the other one was a near identical ripoff of the first verse or two from Nine Inch Nails’ “Somewhat Damaged.” Continue reading “Resurrecting Punk Rebel Renegade, Pt. 3”