As we’ve teased a few times already on the blog in the past few weeks, we’ve been mixing away at my first solo album. Actually, we’re almost done. With the finish line in sight it’s time to start sharing some of the music with you folks. The album will be released August 10th and will be available as a name-your-price (Yes, that includes free) download via BandCamp. Stay tuned for further details.
The album itself is divided into 2 sections. The first half of the album is a concept EP I worked on during FAWM (February Album Writing Month) this year. These 5 tracks work together to tell the story of an evolving relationship. The EP plays as one continuous piece of music. The second half of the album consists of other songs I’ve written recently that I wanted to share, but are not part of a continuing story. Those songs cover important topics such as the time travel paradox and my horrible potty mouth.
Today’s preview is the title track from the new album and is part of the story/EP section of the album (Hence the rather abrupt end to the track). Now That You’re Here joins the story already in progress. The narrator has welcome the love of his life home but realizes that they are apart so often that it is difficult to interact directly (This is not based on personal experience. TLOTH and I both have jobs that allow us to spend lots of time together).
I use ntrack and now i'm into hydrogen. could you tell me how to integrate them as a slave/host so i can simultaneously work with hydrogen within ntrack? i have xp pro, latest hydro and latest jackaudio s/w. thank you.
When Mark and I used Hydrogen, it was a linux only program. N-Track was a Windows only program at the time. This is all past tense because Mark and I now use MixCraft as our DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and EZDrummer as the basis for our percussion. I specify that because some of this information might be out of date as a result. Mark and I would load one of our laptops into Ubuntu (Linux), program the entire drum track for the song in Hydrogen and export it as a WAV file. Then we’d move the WAV to the main recording computer via a thumb drive. We also had the main recording computer set up as a dual boot with Ubuntu to access it that way.
All that is a really long way of saying that if there is a way to get N-Track and Hydrogen to play nicely together we haven’t figured it out. You might try the N-Track Forums. If a thread doesn’t exist on the topic, starting one might lead to an answer. Hope this helps.
While half of the band was off nerding it up with nerds in the nerdy West Coast (I’M SO JEALOUS!!!1!1!!ELEVEN!!!), the band has still been moving forward with new music!
First, 50/90. Yes, Rob and I are shambling forward on this lunatic’s march toward 50 songs. We’d both promised ourselves that we’d keep it to a dull roar this year and not aim for 50 songs. Rob ‘won’ last year with 51 tracks. I was within shouting distance at 42. This year, we figured we’d focus on staying sane, finishing Rob’s Solo CD, and the upcoming RGPR album. Yadda yadda yadda… we have 10 songs between us already (one of which was my twee / pop / ukulele track ‘Here and Now' we posted here last week). You'll see some of those posted in the coming days / weeks.
Secondly, Rob’s solo disc. Seriously, be jealous of me, because I can listen to most of this now, and you can’t. We’re in the final weeks of mixing, and it’s coming along really well. I think there are about 3 or 4 more tracks to mix, then we work on sequencing. We’ll be posting some tracks here soon, so look out, peeps.
Finally, We’re still aiming to have a new album together by the holidays this year. We’ve planned a session in August to write new tracks and mix old ones. And drink. Maybe some yelling. Then drinks. Be on the look out for some liquid encouragement songs, and possibly a 50/90 Podcast recorded live while drinking. What could possibly go wrong?
While somepeopleweknow are enjoying ComiCon, we’re still working on new music. The Fifty-Ninety Songwriting Challenge is underway, and Rob and I are headlong into writing. We’ll both be posting new music here on the blog (as well as tracks from Rob’s upcoming solo CD!) throughout the summer.
This song is called ‘Here and Now’. I reblogged a post earlier from Kahiwa (a fellow 50/90 and FAWM musician) about this track, but thought I’d post the song itself to the blog. The song is a ukulele driven twee/pop song. It’s a rough demo, because you don’t have time for polished products in 50/90.
Rob and I have blathered on about 50/90 before. It’s a great place for songwriters to challenge themselves, listen to other musicians write and produce, and learn. We’re both headlong into the challenge, and we’ll be demoing a couple songs here on our tumblr.
What Kahiwa is talking about is a song I wrote called ‘Here and Now’, which is pop/electronica/twee/ukulele song. Yep. All that.
Click the linkipoo Kahiwa provided to listen. Or barring that, I’ll try and post it here later today.
Greetings Tumblrinos, it’s Pot Roast pal Rob here to give you an update on band happenings. To me, in the pipe happens before on the horizon, so that’s how this post is going to work.
In the Pipe
After helping Mark release his solo albums over the past year (As a producer) I’m working on my first solo album! The album consists of songs I’ve written during FAWM and 50/90 during the past year. Mark is functioning as the album’s producer. We hope to have the album mixed and ready for release some time in August, so stay tuned to the blog for details. I’m hoping to post a few sample tracks from the album over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.
On the Horizon
The band is also in the process of writing and recording a new album. We’re using 50/90 to write a chunk of new material. The band is also threatening to play it’s first EVER live performance in August so stay tuned for more info on that as well.
Opened with an acoustic version of Close to Me by the Cure. Followed up with an original I *just* wrote for 50/90 called ‘Cutlery’. Had some rambling banter about FAWM and 5090. Then played the last full song I wrote in FAWM called ‘Building Houses’.
People clapped and cheered.
A songwriting duo that lead off the evening came over to me after my set and invited me to play a songwriter’s showcase in September. Thirty+ minute set, and opportunity to network and sell.