Thursday, February 28, 2008
We've hurriedly gotten distribution set-up and are preparing the CD for duplication. I think it should be released to the public near the middle of April.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tomorrow we will put together our package to send in to RPM.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
The month is almost over. And that means that the 2008 RPM Challenge is also almost over. We've been work as hard we know how to. But, I'm not sure we will complete the challenge.
The good news, however, is that, regardless, we will be releasing the recordings on CD. The challenge states that all recording and mixing needs to be done by March 1st. Even if we don't meet the goal for the number of songs or the length of time, we will still finish recording and mixing by March 3. After that they next steps are much easier. 1) Choose album art. 2) Get UPC Bar Code. 3) Send cover and CD out for duplication. 4) Get CD into distribution channels (physical and virtual).
After all of that, we will go back to working on the album we've been working on for the past couple of months. We hope to have those recording sessions wrapped-up by mid May.
Cabo Joe and Chop-Chop
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The tentative track listing is:
I Sing Through Your Eyes
Got No Attraction
We Are Good Boys
With Your Fate
You Never Say Hello To Me
Don't Wanna Fight
We technically still need to write three more songs. And if we do then the track listing will likely change.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
1 Song Complete
2 Songs need vocal overdubs and/or redos
1 Song needs additional instrumentation
1 song is just lyrics
1 song is stater lyrics and a bit of guitar has been written
1 song is ready to go. We just need to be well enough to record
3 songs remain unwritten/unconceived
I'm guessing the last three songs will not make it to the record, so we will not meet our goal or this challenge. I wonder is RPM will accept an EP?
On no musical note, we will have a photo shoot before Tuesday so that all artwork can be completed for the album. The goal is to burn a master CD Thursday night to send to the RPM Challenge on Friday and then on Monday send the Album art and track to the CD Dupicalication place so they can make the initial set of CDs. These will then be sent to CDBaby for sales and distribution.
So, it's quite possible that by the time you get your tax refund that you will be able to order your copy of this record.
No, I'm going to drink more fluids and get back in bed.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Yesterday was a writing day. I penned some lyrics, but I'm not sure if we'll use them. When your band is known as "The Kraft Mac'n Cheese of Rock", you've got to be cautious about recording a song that takes cheesiness to the next level. Yet, I'm not going to let you know the song title or anything about the song because we may need to use it because we have a song number and time goal to meet with just a little over a week left in this competition.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I think this song will give us about 10 minute or so of music. Maybe a third of our time (35 minutes) goal.
I think tomorrow we won't record. Instead, hopefully we will take some time to write that last bit of songs we need for number (10 songs) goal.
Cabo Joe is being extremely bossy tonight. This was especially true when we had to start over tonight. I'm kind of pissed. I'm glad that are taking some "writing" time tomorrow. I've got too much other crap going on and I don't need to be pestered with his.
Alright. 'til we meet again,
Friday, February 15, 2008
How many days do we have left for this challenge? 14?
We may revise our goal to just be an EP or Maxi-Single. We'll keep you posted.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I sing through your eyes
You say, "It's alright"
It's now or never
For worse, for better
It's day 10 and we have ideas now for half of the songs. Maybe, we can make it after all.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
I'm still sick, so we will likely not lay down any vocal tracks today. Hopefully, though, we will be able to get the home studio set up and record some instrumentals.
I have only about 45% confidence that will get this record done. It's quite disappointing. I feel very creative, but life has commitments and it sometime makes you force to chose between two things that you love; family first... music distant second.
Friday, February 08, 2008
So, last night, as I was out the door to do some grocery shopping a wonderful line came to me, "It seems that all I can remember is pissing blood." I scrambled to find a post-it note and crayon to write the line down. When I got back home I wrote some more lyrics. This song is tentatively titled "With Your Fate".
Then, I went about my night and watched episode 2 of the fourth season of lost. Good show.
Just before I went to sleep I got an e-mail on my phone. It was from Choppers. The email had an attached MP3. The MP3 was a few second of a musical exercise that he'd been working on. He thinks if we layer the parts then it could be our third song. This one is tentatively titled, "We Are Good Boys"
So, hopefully, this weekend we will get together and record some rough demos of these songs. And usually if we can get in the same room, we are much more prolific, if still not proficient.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
I'll start by saying that we grew up in the same town and went to some of the same schools, but we really didn't know each other until much later in life. And that will be all for now.
We still have yet to finish writing a single song. I don't think we are up to the challenge.
I'm feeling ill. I'm going back to bed.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
BTW, if you are looking to hear some recent recordings, check out our MySpace page. We've posted a few songs that we've written for VD 2008.
Friday, February 01, 2008
So, as promised, we've completed a third new recording. It's a remake of the Cure's Love Song. You now have three bomb-tastic songs to make the certain someone swoon. No, need to thank us, it was our pleasure.
We really couldn't do anything with these recordings. It turns out you have to pay money to a publisher to sell these songs. And our label is really cheap. Their excuse was that these songs were not good enough for the album nor were they were good enough for "b-sides" to our singles from the album. Hopefully, you've heard the tracks by now. And you know that these have the potential to be huge hits. Maybe our label is too afraid that we will be bigger than Celine Dion or Bette Midler. Because we are that big they know that we are going drop their cheap-little label for the big time. We are ready to sell-out, please send cash.
This is the challenge: record an album in 29 days, just because you can.
That’s 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material recorded during the month of February. Go ahead… put it to tape.
It’s a little like National Novel Writing Month, (NaNoWriMo.org) where writers challenge each other to write 1,700 words a day for 30 days, or the great folks over at February Album Writing Month (fawm.org), who encourage artists to write 14 new songs in February. Maybe they don’t have “Grapes of Wrath” or “Abbey Road” at the end of the month, or maybe they do—but that’s not the point. The point is they get busy and stop waiting around for the muse to appear. Get the gears moving. Do something. You can’t write 1,700 words a day and not get better.
Don't wait for inspiration - taking action puts you in a position to get inspired. You'll stumble across ideas you would have never come up with otherwise, and maybe only because you were trying to meet a day’s quota of (song)writing. Show up and get something done, and invest in yourself and each other.
Anyone can come up with an excuse to say “no,” so don’t. Many of you are thinking “But, I can’t do that! I don’t have any songs/recording gear/money/blah blah blah...” But this doesn’t have to be the album, it’s just an album. Remember, this is an artistic exercise. Just do your best using what you have in order to get it done. If you have a four-track, become a four-track badass! A mini disc, a pro-tools rig, a Walkman, an 80’s tape recorder – use it. Do your best. Use the limitations of time and gear as an opportunity to explore things you might not try otherwise. If you can afford studio time in a “real” studio, fine, but let’s be completely free of any lingering idea that “good” records can only be made in a studio. If that were so, then all the old scratchy blues records or Alan Lomax field recordings that have changed our culture – the world’s culture – wouldn’t still resonate with us today as they do. Springsteen’s haunting classic “Nebraska” was a demo he did at home on a crappy machine. That album is fricking awesome. What label would put those recordings out now? (See: who cares) There are a million examples of this kind of stuff, but the fact will always be: Well written, honest music is compelling and undeniable no matter what it was recorded on. So put it to tape.
February will come and go whether you’ve joined in or not, but do you really want to be left out?
• This will be fun!
• Ten songs or 35 minutes of recorded material, on a CD, postmarked or hand-delivered by noon on March 1 to:
10 Vaughan Mall, Suite 1
Portsmouth, NH 03801
• Recording can only be done in the month of February – no prerecorded songs.
• All material must be previously unreleased, and we encourage you to write the material during February too.
• Participating bands get their own page on the site, which you can blog to as much as you want. You also get access to the band-only discussion board, where you can swap ideas, resources, etc., and the ability to e-mail and private message with the other participants.
• All the completed albums may be put up in the jukebox on the website, if you so choose, so people can check it out; conversely, if you’d rather not share your work with the public, then no one needs to hear it but us.
Write some instrumentals, split up the songwriting duties amongst band members, form an RPM side project, write songs on the piano or clarinet instead of your primary instrument, make that metal album you’ve always wanted to - buy a ukulele! Just do your best to make the best album you can. Be unafraid.
What if every musician you knew put their music first for 29 days?
What if you recorded the best song of your life?
What if the world was never the same?
What’s stopping us? Nothing. February is Record Production Month. You have no reason to say no, and nothing to lose.