Monday, May 4, 2020

New Song - I've Seen the Worst in You (Gumi)

Hey, everybody! I hope you all are hanging in there. It's a strange time, for sure. You know, in school, you learn about wars, The Great Depression, and going way, way back, The Black Death--but you never think about living through a period where people will learn about the things you lived through in a future history class. You just live through it, just like all those people lived through World War II.

Anyway, me and Yasuko are hunkered down while Megumi is busy writing in her home. I mean, she's been really busy. We've been passing files back and forth over the Internet since we can't be together in one space.

We've just wrapped up Megumi's latest song, I've Seen the Worst in You. She wanted kind of a shoegazy sound to it, so we added a bunch of reverb and delays, and Megumi added a really heavy guitar on the track. Megumi also had her friends Ken and Kaori sing a bit of background vocals on it along with Yasuko.





I've Seen the Worst in You

I've been rejected for a long time
social distance is a daily practice of mine
If you want, I can drive your guests away
I do it every day

All I have to do is show up
then watch the roaches leave everything in the dust

Over there is a fat kid getting bullied
I don't care 'cause that fat boy stole my lunch money
It never pays to try and do a good deed
This is advice you should heed

I stop caring so long ago
I just do my best and try to keep the status quo

I've seen the worst in you
You can't hide what will always come through
You like to claim it will be great again
Fat chance! We've reached the end

Who the hell is hoarding all the toilet paper?
Pretty sad that it's coming down to neighbor vs. neighbor
I'm not surprised--but know this
I won't lose to a piece of shit

I stop caring so long ago
I just do my best and try to keep the status quo

I've seen the worst in you
You can't hide what will always come through
You like to claim it will be great again
Fat chance! We've reached the end  (x3)

I've seen the worst
It's not getting any better
I've seen the worst
It's not-
It's not-
It's not getting better

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Vincent Chin

Megumi wanted to cover our elders' song, "Vincent Chin" by Anomie Train.

Vincent Chin was beaten with a baseball bat on June 19, 1982, by two unemployed autoworkers in Detroit, resentful of Japan's inroads into the American automobile industry, who apparently mistook him for being Japanese. He died four days later.




Tuesday, February 26, 2019

New Demo - My Cat Hates My Guts

What's up, folks? Megumi has written a new tune, My Cat Hates My Guts, and we did a demo of it. It's her homage to Shonen Knife.

We're using a PRS Santana SE and a Squier Affinity Telecaster on it going into a Caline Pure Sky pedal and then into the computer (Presonus Studio One).

The amp sim VST we are using is bx_bassdude.

For drums, we are migrating from audio drum loops to using Session Drummer (which we have from the days I used to run Cakewalk Sonar). Session Drummer is a VST so we can use it in any program that uses VSTs. The loaded kit a the Led Zep kit, and the drum patterns are from Groove Monkey (Rock Essentials). It's a lot more flexible this way since we can adjust the individual hits, and we think the Led Zep kit sounds pretty good!





My Cat Hates My Guts
The 3Represents

Verse1

D                            A
My cat, she hates my guts
When I sleep she bites my butt
She pissed my clothes and made them stink
Then took a dump in the kitchen sink

Chorus

G                    A           D
But I'll always love my cat
She's really good at killing rats
The rules of home are understood
I give her food and it's all good

Bridge
Em       G          A    D     A   D

People always tell me to get a dog
and I always tell them to get a cat

F#      Em      B#m        GM7
I'm sorry, I don't trust animals who eat their own poop


Solo 

D                A
D                A
D                A
D                A
G                A       D
G                A       D
G                A       D
G                A       D

Verse 2

My cat, she hates my guts
When she found me, I was down on my luck
I know she always has my back
I can show you where her claws left tracks

Chorus

G                    A           D
But I'll always love my cat
She's really good at killing rats
The rules of home are understood
I give her food and it's all good

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Universal Healthcare Now! - The New Album by The 3Represents

Finally! Megumi, Yasuko, and I have finally finished our upcoming album, Universal Healthcare Now!

It consists of 12 songs that Megumi has written over the years. There are demos for several of the songs out there, scattered about on YouTube, Soundcloud, or whatever. Originally, it was supposed to be out in the Spring, but then it got pushed back to August, and then it got pushed back again until finally we got it done and it should be out soon!

Part of the problem is that we (meaning me) are lazy, and part of the problem is that Megumi kept wanting to redo parts. And I kept wanting to redo the mixing. But it's done. IT'S DONE!!!

The cover of the new CD
As far as the title goes, well, that was Megumi's idea. Yasuko didn't care one way or the other, but I questioned Megumi why she thought of that. I mean, none of the songs have anything to do with healthcare!?

Megumi told me that she thought everybody should have universal healthcare, so if we named our CD Universal Healthcare, then everybody should have our CD!

Well, okay...

Anyway, it will probably take some time for the CD to make its way on CD Baby and especially all the distribution channels like iTunes and Spotify, so keep an eye out for it!

We'll put out a video on YouTube of the single, You Say, soon. Although, it's kind of stupid to say that it's the single--it doesn't mean anything. It's not like it's a separate thing going out to radio stations. But I like to say that because it reminds me of the old days. You Say features Anne McCue on guitar!

Here's the Track List:

01 At the Zoo
02 You Say
03 My Pasmo Card
04 Mochi Mochi
05 Trade My Life
06 Disneyland
07 Making Takonashiyaki with Toyosaki Aki
08 Time's Up!
09 From My Bed
10 Makeinu
11 Stop Walking Over Me
12 You Gotta Try Harder

Update: the album is now available on Bandcamp and CD Baby!
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*All songs feature the Vocaloids Megpoid English and Avanna

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Our Friends Amy and Chris Join Us for a Song


Hey everybody! I hope you all made it through Typhoon Trami okay. It sure seems like we're getting a lot of typhoons here recently!

Our good friends Amy and Chris from America are visiting us, and they got caught up in the typhoon and hunkered down with me, Yasuko and Megumi. Since we were stuck inside, Megumi thought it was a good idea to jam (as long as the power held out, hehe).

Megumi had been working on a song that she felt wasn't really suited for her voice, so she asked Amy if she would sing on it. Chris chipped in on the harmony part.


Megumi is playing a Fender Stratocaster going into a Caline Pure Sky pedal. That goes into the DAW (Presonus Studio One) and the bx_bassdude amp sim through a Presonus Audiobox USB96 interface. Yasuko is playing a Yamaha RBX260 bass that goes into the bx_bassdude amp sim as well.

Megumi wrote the music, but the lyrics are from a Christina Rossetti poem, Song (When I am Dead, My Dearest). Megumi started getting into the works of Christina Rossetti when she took a class on 19th century English Literature and learned about the Pre-Rafaelites.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Using Megpoid English (Vocaloid 3) in the Vocaloid 5 Editor

Hey guys! We've upgraded to Vocaloid 5! We think this is a must upgrade if you are still using Vocaloid 3.

The Vocaloid 5 editor has a bunch of new, very useful features, such as Attack/Release parameters as well as built-in styles for the Vocaloid 5 voicebanks (which are really good. In the future, you'll hear our friends Amy, Chris, Kaori, and Ken singing with us!).

Listen to Gumi singing this Jonathan Coulton song, My Monkey, in the Vocaloid 3 Editor.


Now, listen to Gumi singing this in the Vocaloid 5 Editor.


There are subtle but noticeable differences. You don't have any built-in styles with Vocaloid 3 voicebanks like you would with the Vocaloid 5 voicebanks, but you get to modify many more parameters in Vocaloid 5. This really breathes new life into the Vocaloid 3 voicebanks. Megumi doesn't hesitate to tell Yasuko and me how much she's improved as a singer every chance she gets!

In the remix, which I think sounds better overall, I got to use some new plugins. I'm using Waves Vocal Rider on Gumi's vocals to help smooth it out better, and I'm using my new bx_bassdude plugin on the guitars and bass. This is a huge improvement over the AmpireXT amp sim that comes with Presonus Studio One. If you don't have any need for metal type amp sims and only want that Fender sound, bx_bassdude is the plugin to get!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Time's Up! -- Our Losing Entry in the Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 Song Contest

We entered the Hatsune Miku Expo 2018 Song Contest...and lost. Not even an honorable mention. Yasuko just wanted free tickets to the MikuExpo. But hey, it was still fun, as we had a special guest, Hatsune Miku, sing on it!

The song was inspired by watching a bunch of YouTube videos of Japanese rock bands in the 1950s and 1960s. Very groovy, man!

We were also greatly inspired by a fantastically snarling performance by Cliff Richard and the Shadows of Move It! on TV.



Time's Up!

Verse

I got a call saying you wanna meet me in your room, yeah
I'm here just to work so you better not assume, yeah
I'm not the bride and you sure as hell ain't the groom, yeah

You're crazy if you think I wanna watch you take a shower
You've mistaken me for some kind of delicate flower
Time's up old man, you ain't gonna make me cower

Chorus

We've been keeping silent now for too many years
Exploited and preyed upon and shackled by our fears
here comes the tidal wave baby
it can't be stopped now
Time's up on all of you
Which side will you choose?

Verse

On a movie set or in the halls of Congress
We're not gonna put up with any more nonsense
this needs to be more than just a work in progress

Repeat Chorus

Verse

We're not gonna let this quietly fade away, yeah
We've got way too much at stake, yeah
Time's up we've gotta make a change yeah

Outro

Better move on over, baby, time's up
Did you hear me?
Time's up
Time's up
What did I say?
Time's up
Time's up