516 tracks by Robert James

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This was written in April of 2014. Most of the songs from that month were duds, but this one was okay. I trimmed a little fat and even at this funeral dirge tempo it's a lot faster than the original. It still clocks in at over five minutes…
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The fascists will be gone from power in four days (barring further coup d'états of course)... what am I going to write about when the adults are in control again? This was written for the 2018 RPM Challenge. I know all of the guitars used…
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This one comes from the 2014 RPM Challenge. Structurally speaking this is very similar to the original. I shortened a couple of solo sections but otherwise everything is the same. The feel though is (to me at least) completely different…
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This was the title track to last year's RPM Challenge. It's only been 11 months but this is the third different version of this I've done already. I thought this would be the best of them but it probably is not. It's faster and it's in a different…
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I think it was the summer of 2016. I was trying to work on 50/90 and I set some rules for myself involving double tracking the crap out of everything and not using any GarageBandy short cuts like direct signal guitars with amp sims and copying…
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I think this is the third time I've uploaded a version of this song to this account. I also think I've been unhappy with the mix of all three. Oh well. I might remix this. I say that a lot when I post new recordings, but it might actually…
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Is it obvious from listening to this that I was over it long before the tracking was finished? It's a sloppy mess and it deserves it. Listening back now, it's maybe not as bad as I thought it was, but it's still not that good. Are we tired…
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I didn't have very much hope for this one as I was working on it, but now that it's done I kinda like it. It's not a hit by any stretch, but it's kinda fun to play and not so bad to listen to (in my uber biased and 100% non-objective opinion…
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Usually when I do an album in a month thingie the first idea that comes to me ends up being the best song. Not this time. This song is the first of the month and I'd give it an "eh" at best. King Crimson fans might get a giggle of pity out…
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Let's address the one bar long elephant in the room. I was recording guitars and just riffing along, oblivious to the world when I reached bar #59 and the bass and drums dropped out. I just kept playing even though I had neglected to put in…
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This one isn't bad. Simple, basic, somehow it has two choruses... not sure how that happened. It kinda feels single worthy, as if this little monthly thing were an actual album which is pretty laughable. Maybe it's good enough to go onto some…
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December 2020 and he posts a song called recounts... I wonder what this one's about. I don't hate this one, but it's close. It's okay, I guess. I'm trying new pedal/amp setting combinations this month and it pretty much all sounds like crap…
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This one... the more I listen to this the less I like it. I was digging the chorus at first but now... did I steal this from someone? I'm starting to think it might be coming from Kings X/Dug Pinnick? Like, if Dug Pinnick was walking down the…
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Interesting, this is the third of three songs for this month that were written on guitar rather than the usual keyboard or MIDI bass. Note that the three songs are the first to be mixed, and show up first on the playlist for the month. Does…
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This is a surprise. It was literally a throw away and here I am putting it second on the December playlist. I needed 10 songs and I only had nine so I setup a funky little drum loop, put crap loads of delay on my guitar and just started playing…
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Welcome to December Music. This is my 11th straight month of doing an album in a month project. I'm quite a bit behind the previous months' pace, but I'm starting to make good progress now. I think I like this one because it was actually…
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The 10th and final song for the third round or re-recorded Quarantine Tunes is now complete. I wish it closed with a better effort though. I don't dislike the way this came out, I just had higher hopes. This song is probably the most difficult…
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Long backstory: I was at a band practice and Greg the singer was telling a story about an acquaintance of his who had recently let it be known that he believed the Earth was flat. Seriously. We had a good laugh. A day or two later my wife…
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I like this song, and I've recorded it twice now, but I don't think either recording lives up to its potential. I've been in Covid lock down for nine months now so I might just be crazy. Who can tell? I cut a little out of the original…
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This was the only song from the 2015 RPM Challenge that did anything for me at the time. I clearly remember that. What I didn't remember until I read the notes from that 2015 alonetone post (which I did about four minutes ago) was that the guitar…
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