Thursday, February 28, 2008

The CD is in the mail

So, we've completed our CD. It's titled, "Wreck Oar Dings". It's eleven all-new all-cabo-joe-and-chop-chop and it's done. It was conceived, written and recorded in the past 28 days. We did a first draft of the cover and that's what we sent to the RPM Challenge.

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

We Are Done

We are creating the final mixes right now and will have the album all sequenced tonight. I did not think that we were going to make it. We each lost our voices this month due to colds, and our work and family have been crazy.

Tomorrow we will put together our package to send in to RPM.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Four new songs conceived

Two of them are instrumentals and have been recorded, "Black Tar Haircut" and "Halitosis Constipation". The other two songs need lyrics completed, music written and to be recorded.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The month is almost over

Current mood: awake

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.

Keep it,

Cabo Joe and Chop-Chop

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Three more songs recorded

Three more songs were recorded tonight. The songs aren't done, yet. But it was huge towards getting this done.

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
Canned Heat
Don't Wanna Fight

We technically still need to write three more songs. And if we do then the track listing will likely change.


Cabo Joe

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Now, I'm Sick

So, Choppers was just starting to feel better and suddenly, I start getting sick. I think fate really doesn't want us to record this album. Here is the status of our songs:
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.

Cabo Joe

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

So, that cheesy song...

We had some studio time tonight. Sadly, the only song we had was that cheesy one that I mentioned before. It will now likely make it on the album. I'm glad I never mentioned the title of the song.



I just read Chop-Chop's post from Sunday. I had no idea that he felt that way... and I don't really care. If we are going to get this record done then someone has to take the lead. So, with that, I am done with this tiff. I will say nothing more to justify or defend my actions.

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.


Cabo Joe

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Recording #3

We recorded guitar and some vocals for "Got Not Attraction". Due to a technical malfunction, we lost two hours of recordings. That's a lot if you consider that we only 4 hours in the studio tonight. So, when we thought that we were halfway done, we realized that we were just at the beginning.

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,

- Choppers

Friday, February 15, 2008

I've Lost My Voice

Yep. Your ol' friend Chop-Chop seems to have lost his voice. We recorded the music and some vocal tracks for "You Never Say Hello To Me" tonight. My voice is so quiet and monotone, however, we will have to scrap those recording and record again when I get better. The song is sounded good (except for the vocals) so that's song #2 almost done.

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

New Song: I Sing Through Your Eyes

Current mood: cynical

We've recorded our first track for the RPM challenge. Check it. Enjoy the song? Leave a comment.

First Song Recorded

So, we were able to record "I Sing Through Your Eyes" last night. You can hear the track on our My Space page or on our RPM Challenge page.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Almost Half Way...

We are almost half way through this month and what do we have to show for it? Nothing. We have written ideas (pieces of songs). No songs are complete. No songs are recorded. We kind of suck. Sorry.

Cabo Joe & Chop-Chop

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Blasphemy Is A Four Letter Word

We can't call this our next song, yet. It's just an idea... no lyrics and no music. It's about the anger that happens when you get peanut butter on you hand from trying to get the last bits at the bottom of the container.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Surprise! Song #5

I was working on some instrumentation that I thought we would be part of the song, "We Are Good Boys". This melody came out of nowhere and took the song over. I decided to take a break and I went out for a walk. On the walk, lyrics for the chorus came very quickly, I had to keep repeating them to myself on the walk because I had nothing to write them down on:
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.

Cabo Joe

Saturday, February 09, 2008

You Never Say Hello To Me

With chorus that ends, "laughable like sin", I was able to jot down some lyrics last night for what I guess could be our fourth song. So far, I can see no connection or theme between the songs. But, I've got this feeling that when properly sequenced, we'll get a story that rocks.

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

Songs 2 & 3 in Development

So, Chop-Chop was sick yesterday with a cold or something. I think the British saying (as learned from the Sex Pistols) is that Chop-Chop is a "lazy sod." I have no idea what a "sod" is. I think is should "lazy sos" as in "lazy sack of s#!%."

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.

Cabo Joe

Thursday, February 07, 2008

How Cabo Joe Met Chop-Chop

In a piece-meal form, we will attempt to document the history of the band.

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.

Violin - Cabo Joe

So, Cabo Joe had his first Violin lesson yesterday. He's been hiding out because he wanted to surprise me by bringing this new instrument into the mix. Sadly, yesterday, he learned it will takes months before he could even hope to be confident/competent on the thing. So, the record will probably not feature the violin that much (if at all).

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

First Song - Got No Attraction

So, I started working with a bass line and few lyrics to a song that I'm calling, "Got No Attraction." I haven't heard from Cabo Joe since last weekend. He knows that we are doing this challenge, but he's been very quiet. He might not even know I set-up this blog, yet. I e-mailed him the user name and password so he can log-in here and do posts and what not. I guess, we'll have to wait and see... maybe he's been working on some stuff.


Saturday, February 02, 2008

RPM Challenge

Current mood: salty

We've decided to take a break from recording the new album to take the RPM challenge 2008. You learn more about the challenge at their website,

Cabo Joe & Chop-Chop and The RPM Challenge 2008

We are in. This blog will begin as a diary into the creation of our album during this month of February 2008. The album will be at least 10 songs long with a running time of no less than 35 minutes. The songs will all revolve around a central theme or story. At this time, we have no idea what that theme or story is. We'll keep you posted on our progress. We'll probably post some song clips and lyrics and other such things as we go. We thank you for your support.

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

The Power Of Three: Love Song

Current mood: bitchy

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.


The RPM Challenge

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, ( 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 (, 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?

To recap:

• 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.