Thursday, December 9, 2010

FAQ (well, question)

Recently I've gotten the same question a few times about the chronological discontinuity that is my released and unreleased material.
So, in the effort to bring some clarity, here is what I've written, released and unreleased, with explanations about when they were written:

8-Legged Dance Moves (Demo 2005) - written, you guessed it, in 2005. Released in 2005, deleted from the internet in 2006, and re-released in 2010

The Album Formerly Known As "8-Legged Dance Moves" - written between 2005 and 2006. Most of the songs we re-recorded in 2007 and 2008. Released in 2009, due to some hold-ups with the art and manufacturing process.

Perfect Life & Other Stuff - A full length album written in 2006. The songs had a different feel than those that were written for TAFKA8LDM. I don't know when I will get to record this, but I am going to re-do a lot of the synths and will be hiring a metal drummer (lots of double kick stuff. I think I know just the guy...)
The title is pretty much indicative of the tone. Life felt totally incredible back then with a few minor setbacks.

Scissor Shock split - Written and recorded in 2007. An additional track was recorded in 2008 for the download-only release, which is kind of hard to find.

Dusk/Dawn EP - Written in 2007. I actually started to record these in 2007 as well, but I didn't like the way it sounded and scrapped everything except the compositions.
I plan on releasing it, but I have no idea when I'll get to that.
Written during a very low point in my life, before, and after certain life changing events transpired. Dusk and Dawn represent each of those. They will be released together, but separated (be it two discs, two folders, two sides of one vinyl or tape... etc.... probably not vinyl or tape, don't fear

From The Magical Prince's Mouth - Written in late 2007 and early 2008, all in the winter time. One song was actually written in 2005.
My plan was to do have this out right now on Placenta Recordings Vinyl, but things came up obviously. I'm planning on replacing a lot of the 8-bit sounds I used with the real thing (be it NES, GB, GG, Amiga, C64, whatever) and making it the closest I'll probably ever have to a chiptune album.
Real drums and guitar parts on most songs have not been ruled out either though.
It'll get done when inspiration and free time strike at the same time.
Depressing-ish album! I was in a lousy place at that point in my life after the events related to DD.

Sparkle Fountain - Full length written in 2008 when I was going to school in New York City.
I will be releasing this mid-next year if all goes according to plan. Jon has already begun to learn the songs, I've already started taking notes and done some scratch vocals (even some final vocals on one song,) and I've begun to practice my orchestral percussion parts.
Unlike Bad Happy, this album approaches Bubblegum Octopus as a band, instead of as an electronic project.
Think "progressive operatic chip-punk" and you're basically there. A few songs will be breakcore infused like Bad Happy though, and there is one song that's all out TAFKA8LDM style. Like what would have happened if I stuck with that sound.
Still in paranoia/anxiety/ultra derealization land at this point.

Split with Kindergarten Hazing Ritual - Not out yet, but my songs were written in 2008.
I plan to get this recorded and released in 2011. It's going to be free!

Take Control (Yatagarasu split) - Written, recorded, and released in 2009.
Oddly enough, this was at a point in my life where I began to "take control" of my circumstances and get out of the year and a half of ultra low-point.

My God Is The Cat King (Dental Work split) - Songs were written between 2008 and 2010, all the vocals were recorded in 2010. Also released in 2010.

Weakness Electronics (Watabou split) - Written all in 2010 at the same time I was recording MGITCK. To be recorded in 2011. Might be a free one!

Split with Spreaders - To be released on Lazy Roar, hopefully in 2011. 1 song written in 2008 and 3 songs written in 2009.

Split with A Beautiful Lotus - To be released by Robo! Robotica!!. 5 really short songs I wrote between 2006 and 2010. It's quite a bit grindy, contrary to most of what I'll be putting out from here on.

Clotilde (split with Les Trucs) - Was going to be released by some tiny label, but they decided they were too good for us or something, so I don't know what's going. Written and recorded in 2010.

Possible Party: Part i - By virtue of it being "rarities from 2005 - 2010" you know when it was written and recorded. It was released for free in spring of 2010.

The Kitten's Rejoinder - This is compilation of my split EPs from 07 - 10 (Scissor Shock, Dental Work, and Yatagarasu) with three bonus tracks. To be released this year or January of 2011.

Bad Happy - The songs were originally mostly written in 2009, but 2010 saw new songs get added and almost everything got TOTALLY revamped, updated, and otherwise crazy.
I am in the process of recording and have approximately half of it ready for mixing. Will be done before my March tour to support the album.

I can't ever know things - Album I am writing now. Harvest Autumn Mind, a song sketch I posted on my Soundcloud, is from this.
While that song is basically a weird cut-up of a rock song I wrote with synths added, most of the album is weird, slower paced, breakcore-ish stuff that focuses more on heavy, busted beats, atmospheric and moody synths and noise, and strong melodies.
I'll be surprised if there are any real instruments on this album that don't get mangled to hell.
I'm aiming for a 2012 release with it.

In addition to these, I have some less defined BgO song collections composed:

8-Legged C-Sides - Songs that were written for the demo but didn't make it and didn't get recorded again for TAFKA8LDM. I am not even going to think about this album until I'm either totally out of ideas or hit by some kind of insane inspiration.

7&7&7&7# - Tentative name for the B-sides of Dawn/Dusk and Perfect Life & Other Stuff.
Currently a huge disorganized mess.

White White Winter - Tentative name for a small collection of songs I wrote at the same time as Falcon Breeze (end of 06/early 07) that don't fit in with PL&OS, TAFKA8LDM, or anything else. Will be a free release.
Lonely Pop Disco will be on this.

Sparkle Fountain B-Sides - Songs I wrote for Sparkle Fountain, but will not be on the album in 2011. They aren't bad, but I don't have the desire to work on them for a while.
I'll probably have a better name for the album than this, haha

Okay, at this point, I can tell what the most likely three things you are thinking:

Response 1: Bull shit! You're just saying all this to look good!
Response 2: Why are you teasing us? What's wrong with you!?
Response 3: How did you let this happen?

My response:
Unfortunately, Number 1, I have indeed composed hundreds of songs.
Not just weird electronic music either. I am an instrumentalist as well and I find myself writing more songs than I know what to do with there as well.

Number 2, my intent is not to tease you, but I do want to get some excitement in the air for the future of BgO and I do want everyone to know that the extended periods of time spent between my releases have not been totally unproductive.

Number 3, answering you is what I've wanted to really be doing all this time... so this may take more than a sentence or two.

It's no secret that I make my music "for myself"
I write want I want to hear, I write what I feel represents me, etc etc etc.
Unfortunately for me, getting recordings that match my standards can be kind of hard.
Even if my vocals sound exactly perfect to what is in my head, I don't always like the quality of the recording or the processing of the signal. It's just hard with the technological and acoustic limitations of my "studio" (Read: My room with a bunch of gear in it) to get things to sound right without a lot of finagling/retakes/etc.
I don't really even have the means to rehearse my vocals much, so I basically learn the songs as I record them most of the time.

Another problem is that my house is chaotic, so recording time is on a weird schedule.

That all being said, for a long time, I was pretty okay with just writing the songs and thinking I'd record them in the future.
Now, it's the future, so I'm slowly working my way through the massive backlog.
Unless you have an awesome studio/etc to let me record in, there's not much you can do to help me. One thing you can do though that really does help is send me positive vibes, encouraging feedback online, and keep on my case (NICELY) about adhering to my schedule.

Here's what I want to get done:

December 2010/January 2011: The Kitten's Rejoinder
February or March 2011: Bad Happy
May/June/July 2011: Weakness Electronics, Clotilde, ABL split, KHR split
September 2011: Sparkle Fountain
December 2011: From The Magical Prince's Mouth
March 2012: Perfect Life & Other Stuff or I can't ever know things

I'm really, really hesitant to post this... but I think this is plausible.
I've made a lot of schedules that I've really messed up on in the past, but I want badly for this one to work.

Oh and labels, if you're reading, take note. I'm going to need help (^o^!)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Busy time of the year

Hey all, I've been busy as of late.
Working myself mad on Bad Happy, trying to get The Kitten's Rejoinder prepared for release, rehearsing with Ultra Death Men and Giggle The Ozone, and trying to organize Christmasasaurus Vol. 5 as last minute as I thought possible, haha

Mob Boss recording has entered the pre-recording rehearsal phase.
For various reasons, I'm just going to do everything except for drums, which will be handled by Jon of Ultra Death Men. I don't know what I'll put this out on yet, but I'm feeling a semi-free album that will come with all future merch orders is the best idea.

Jayme is not out of the band, he's just too busy right now to put effort in, and because they are my songs anyway I'm going to just record them to kick start things.

I have my Bandcamp page up and running to fill the void left by myspace turning into a complete trainwreck.
Not quite a website, but I'm still working on that.

I'm slowly filling in all the lyrics and some descriptions of the songs.
Nothing important, just some anecdotes about their origins, the recording process, whatever.
I know some people have wanted the same treatment I gave Possible Party: Part i to be given to TAFKA8LDM

Well, that's all for now.
Sorry there's nothing exciting...

...oh wait, just kidding! I have some shows!

Bubblegum Octopus December 30th, Yspilanti, MI @ a house party. Ask me for the address.

Bubblegum Octopus January 6th, North Hollywood, CA @ Hustle House with Monomate, NVR-NDR, Halloween Swim Team, and Vyncent Flaw

Bubblegum Octopus January 7th, Isla Vista, CA @ Biko Garage with Monomate, Treasure Mammal, and Coach McGirt

Giggle The Ozone January 21st, Brooklyn, NY @ Vaudeville Park

Bubblegum Octopus & Pyrrhic January 28th, Sunderland, MD @ tba w/ Watabou

Bubblegum Octopus January 29th, Baltimore, MD @ Hexagon Space w/ TALK TO ANIMALS

In March... I'll be playing South By Southwest, followed by another tour with Yatagarasu covering Texas, Oklahoma, and more on the way back to New York!
More details on that stuff soon.