Hi. I'm Marc With a C. I make up songs and things. Reportedly, I'm In love with everyone I know.

 

Marc With a C & The Expansion Pack are excited to play at Orlando Nerd Fest on August 9th. Are you going? Are you excited? Do you like questions? Any requests that we can take into consideration and ultimately leave out because we already rehearsed the setlist tonight? Do you have any gum?

doing a clever thing is not a “life hack”. knock it off. 

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TL;DR: A limited time stream of my old band playing a song I retired years ago. Lo-fi because that’s what exists. 

Dear nightowls. Ready for another limited-time stream of a rare Marc With a C track? This’ll be gone by 10:00 AM PST, enjoy while you can. But first, read up on it:

It’s documented elsewhere, but from 2002-2004, I was sometimes backed up by a loud rock and roll combo. We called ourselves Marc With a C & The Malk. We didn’t always get along, and we could rarely agree on setlists, rehearsal times and who was actually in the damned group sometimes. 

In early 2004, practically every trace of the songs from my first album Human Slushy (and the EP that followed) had disappeared from our setlists, as we tried to induce excitement for an album that would ultimately never be finished: the first version of Bubblegum Romance - which I’d eventually release in August of that same year sans band, recorded with the bare minimum of equipment and musicians to get the song across. We didn’t know it, but we were spinning our wheels at this gig.

When we played this show at Will’s in Orlando in March of 2004, the audience probably didn’t expect us to play a 50-odd minute set made up of almost nothing but songs from what would become an aborted album - and when those songs eventually appeared, they’d be drastically different. This led to a rather restless audience. 

Towards the end of the set, we threw in two “oldies”: “Laura, I Need Medicine” and “Well Fucked Sailor”. The song streaming above is the latter to close the show in a drastically different arrangement than the album version. I don’t remember when I retired the song for good, but it was probably shortly after this performance - one of the people I mentioned in the words had passed away and I was feeling very uneasy about the lyrics. Plus, by 2005, I was in a happy and committed relationship that continues today - didn’t seem right to be all whiny about old relationship woes anymore. 

For all the flack I sometimes give this era of my career, this track (which I hope you’ll listen to in it’s entirety) proves that on a good night? Marc With a C & The Malk could fuckin’ slay. Sadly, we just weren’t built to last.
This was recorded with one microphone at the sound booth. Wish I had better quality to offer you, but this is all that exists.

Thoughts?

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Say, who’s up for another limited-time stream designed for night owls?

This is the demo version of a song that appeared on my 2013 album Popular Music. The main differences between this and the one that came out are: 

  1. This had a more cutting keyboard tone. Some people don’t realize that this song has no guitar on it at all. 
  2. I didn’t really know where the song was going just yet, so some of the vocals are kinda rough, and there are a few minimal lyrical differences.
  3. The arrangement is COMPLETELY different after the middle section. I really like this arrangement, but when making the album itself, that many repeats seemed like beating a dead horse. This one has it’s own sort of… naive charm. 


Enjoy. It’ll be up until 10 AM PST. 

Thoughts?

Sorry,you missed it.

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tl;dr: a limited time stream of an old song i had to rework at the last second due to technical problems, gone at 10:00 AM PST

In 2008, I made a very lo-fi album called “Linda Lovelace For President”. But it wasn’t supposed to be lo-fi. I’d given myself five days to record the album. On the first day, during the first take? My intended recording equipment suffered a few catastrophic failures. As I’d blocked the time out to record around 14 songs in five days, this left little time for sleep, let alone rethinking the process or borrowing equipment. 

I begrudgingly returned to my trusty four-track and tried to make what was originally intended to be a very densely orchestrated album on little more than a cassette tape in the time alotted. I suffered a lot of generational loss doing things this way, so bouncing the tracks so I could put, you know, a bass line on a song?  Out of the question. I had four tracks, period. One for guitar, one for drums (recorded with one microphone), one for vocals, one for backing vocals. That’s it. 

For this reason, many of the songs that made it to the album received drastic reworkings at the last possible second, as the original arrangements weren’t working out and everything was stripped to the barest essentials. This track is an idea of the original intention for what I’d do with “Satellite”, a song that had been kicking around since 2002. I gave it “the old college try”, but the flaws were so obvious that I’d decided instead to do a simpler solo rendition on the album at the last minute. 

Some of those flaws? I had to kick on a chorus pedal while recording live since I couldn’t use a DAW for the acapella outro, but that created a phasing problem. Also, as I was chain smoking the entire time due to the stress of the situation - I’ve since quit - I kept running out of breath during the acapella part and found it hard to stay in tune at all. Also, the tapes had to be dumped into a failing computer. That explains the digital glitch you’ll hear early in the tune. And that failing computer also wouldn’t let me retrieve the original lyrics to “It’s All Gonna Be All Right”, so I wrote some stupid ones at the last second which is a decision I’ve regretted ever since. But that’s a whole other story. 

"Linda Lovelace For President" was supposed to be the inverse of the album that preceded it, "Normal Bias". "Bias" was stark and monochrome, whereas "LLFP" was supposed be be the technicolor antidote. Here’s an idea of what one of those arrangements was like before I went back to basics. This will give you a glimpse into my decision to abandon analog recording altogether the following year. 

I’ll let this stream until 10:00 AM PST. Thoughts?


GONE NOW. SORRY

fandomania:

Up this month we have two very different releases, both released within the last week. Not much else to say, except that it’s possible that there might be a part two this month depending on whether or not I get to a couple of others. Before that, I plan the promised covers and parodies list that I mentioned last month. So stay tuned for more good stuff!
(Continue reading New Geek Music for July 2014 at Fandomania)

Cool review of the new Claire and The Potatoes album here!

fandomania:

Up this month we have two very different releases, both released within the last week. Not much else to say, except that it’s possible that there might be a part two this month depending on whether or not I get to a couple of others. Before that, I plan the promised covers and parodies list that I mentioned last month. So stay tuned for more good stuff!

(Continue reading New Geek Music for July 2014 at Fandomania)

Cool review of the new Claire and The Potatoes album here!

merchguysteve:

Yeah, my Bobby used to do a lot of nice stuff for me:

Openin’ doors, orderin’ for me at restaurants, holdin’ my hair back when I had to puke, slappin’ me around a little bit when I got outta line.

*sigh* You know, a real man.

But now, it’s nothing but “Olivia this” and “Olivia that”. And I know it’s what I said I wanted, but I just wasn’t ready for this.

And I’m thinkin’ it’s time to take a stand.

It’s one or the other.

It’s one or the other.

As many of you know, I’m in a new band named Claire and The Potatoes. Our first album, Have An Okay Time With Claire and The Potatoes is out TODAY. As in, right this second. You can literally have it right now. 

But mostly? Please enjoy our new album! (And tell everyone you can, please,)

If you’ve seen me play a solo live show in the last few years and thought “jeez, I wish I had a recording of that”? You are very nice.

And also, you need “The Real Live Sound Of Marc With a C”. Available now as a VERY limited vinyl release (half of the stock is sold out), plus you can get it on CD or download it for any price you want. Contains “Life’s So Hard”, “Drunk Classic Rock Fans”, “Nerdy Girls”, “Free Bird”, “Love My Little Squiddy” and either 11 or 13 more, depending on which format you want it on. I made it for you. Please enjoy it!

Listen/purchase: The Real Live Sound Of Marc With a C by Marc With a C

Last night, we kicked off the Claire and The Potatoes record release show by unexpectedly playing unamplified in the corner of The Geek Easy. 

We’d like to thank all of you for making the Claire and The Potatoes record release show at The Geek Easy such a smashing success. Not only did we have a great time, but your enthusiasm for our little band is positively humbling. Thanks to you, it was a packed room, a great vibe, and we nearly sold out of our first pressing of the new album… and it doesn’t even come out until Tuesday! If you missed it, here’s what we played:Preshow song: Honey You (unamplified at the bar)Actual set: It’s a Beautiful Day / Empirical Arguments / Olivia Rules Everything Around Me / The Real Enemy / Different Take On Faith / A Shot At Love / Lead Me On / I Wanna Be Your Shadow / You’ll Do / Tour AnnouncementFirst encore: So Hard To Be True / Pinball Wizard Second encore: Sleepcure Theory AdvancerThe album comes out on Tuesday, and you can still pre-order it here: http://claireandthepotatoes.bandcamp.com/Also, major thanks to Bucket of Nails and Figments for opening up the show! But especially… you.

We’d like to thank all of you for making the Claire and The Potatoes record release show at The Geek Easy such a smashing success. Not only did we have a great time, but your enthusiasm for our little band is positively humbling. Thanks to you, it was a packed room, a great vibe, and we nearly sold out of our first pressing of the new album… and it doesn’t even come out until Tuesday! If you missed it, here’s what we played:

Preshow song: Honey You (unamplified at the bar)

Actual set: It’s a Beautiful Day / Empirical Arguments / Olivia Rules Everything Around Me / The Real Enemy / Different Take On Faith / A Shot At Love / Lead Me On / I Wanna Be Your Shadow / You’ll Do / Tour Announcement

First encore: So Hard To Be True / Pinball Wizard 

Second encore: Sleepcure Theory Advancer

The album comes out on Tuesday, and you can still pre-order it here: http://claireandthepotatoes.bandcamp.com/

Also, major thanks to Bucket of Nails and Figments for opening up the show! But especially… you.

TONIGHT! A free show wherein my new band Claire and The Potatoes will celebrate the release of our debut album. (You can get all the details and RSVP at this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/647254058686375/)

The show is at The Geek Easy in Orlando, which is in the back of A Comic Shop. All ages are welcome, but there’s gonna be some alcohol flowing, for sure. Bucket of Nails and Figments open the show.

Doors at 8 PM. Show at 9 PM. Please come and see what this new band is all about! Not a bad way to spend your Saturday night, right?


(I can’t even begin to describe the literal amount of blood, sweat and tears it took to make this record a reality, nor can I properly communicate how proud we are to finally let you hear it and pick one up. I’ll probably wax a bit more poetic about it all once the album is released “into the wild” on Tuesday. Or a few days afterwards. I dunno, I’m really busy and I want to take a day off soon.)

TONIGHT! A free show wherein my new band Claire and The Potatoes will celebrate the release of our debut album. (You can get all the details and RSVP at this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/647254058686375/)

The show is at The Geek Easy in Orlando, which is in the back of A Comic Shop. All ages are welcome, but there’s gonna be some alcohol flowing, for sure. Bucket of Nails and Figments open the show.

Doors at 8 PM. Show at 9 PM. Please come and see what this new band is all about! Not a bad way to spend your Saturday night, right?

(I can’t even begin to describe the literal amount of blood, sweat and tears it took to make this record a reality, nor can I properly communicate how proud we are to finally let you hear it and pick one up. I’ll probably wax a bit more poetic about it all once the album is released “into the wild” on Tuesday. Or a few days afterwards. I dunno, I’m really busy and I want to take a day off soon.)

Recording, Mixing and Mastering Your Way to a 60s Throwback Sound with Claire and the Potatoes

Here’s the third installment of a four-part interview I did about my new band,Claire and The Potatoes!

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Marc With a C (that’s me) and The Expansion Pack had to record a rehearsal recently (for reasons). This is what we sound like together in a room, no frills, just plugging in and going, microphone crackles and all. 

This is a limited time stream. I’ll leave it up until 10 AM PST. 

Maybe one day more of this rehearsal tape will see the light of day (for reasons)?