Big announcement on Tuesday.
I’ve got a secret.
This week can go and suck about a thousand fucks. I was supposed to have had a brand new super secret thing out this week, but pressing plants in roughly four countries have fucked it all up. So, whatever, Here’s a recording from another super secret thing I’m working on. I hope you enjoy it. Or don’t. Whatever. It’s your time on this earth, you can like what you like and hate what you hate. I’m not gonna hold your hand through it, Is this track pointed? Yes it is. If the shoe fits, put that motherfucker on and go and take a walk until you’ve got blisters. Streamable until 3 PM EST. After that, who gives a fuck, it’s just a song, and none of us have any rights anymore.
It’s gone now.Played 180 times.
Thanks to Bull Moose completely dropping the ball on Record Store Day with the R.E.M. Unplugged box set, I think that I’m going to be spending a lot less time in record stores. The day used to be “hey, our shops are fun as hell, let’s celebrate them for a day”. Now it’s “who can line up earliest to be the luckiest eBay flipper on the block”, and I’m not interested.
Here’s the story. There were 1000 copies available in the US. Bull Moose Records was gonna have Mike Mills in the shop to do a signing on Record Store Day. This meant that they got 100+ of those boxes. Which lead to some cities not receiving them at all.
By having a stranglehold on a large number of copies of this box set for their own interests, hundreds of fans lost out. Factor in that they totally screwed up on Monday’s online sale for the remaining copies, many fans like myself were led to believe we wouldn’t have to pay a third party an exorbitant amount to get the album - until we got the “sorry, our server screwed up, blah blah, blah” email today and our orders were cancelled. High hopes were immediately dashed. At this point, it’s going for HUNDREDS of dollars on auction sites. (Seriously, look it up, it’s ludicrous).
They got my hopes up, couldn’t handle the demand that THEY manufactured, and now I and hundreds of other fans have to do without unless we want to pay scammers. Instead of celebrating record stores, they’ve convinced me that online sales are pretty much the way to go when I want to shop.
You read that correctly. Me, Marc With a C, of all people? Completely disillusioned by record stores now. The “thrill of the hunt” doesn’t really compare to the fact that I feel completely flipped off by shopping through brick-and-mortar stores now.
I’m not saying that there aren’t shops doing it right (Park Ave CD’s in Orlando, I’m looking in your direction), but more often than not, I’m going to pay less online and know exactly where I stand from a faceless electronic transaction.
I’m also not saying that you shouldn’t continue to support your local record stores if that’s your bag. Just that… well, Bull Moose is more or less responsible for RSD, and they’re responsible for making someone like me, a dyed-in-the-wool hardcore fanatic, collector of music and supporter of record shops say “I guess the internet is doing a better job now”.
Bull Moose, you’ve made me disappointed in record stores, and you’ve made me not want to support them. I didn’t think it was possible.
The thing I’m recording is making me sad and depressed and wanting to crawl into bed forever so I think I’m getting the desired effect.
I’m a big boy. I can take it.
Orlando folks, save the date.
Here’s a portrait that Thomas Thorspecken was drawing of Claire and The Potatoes while we played at Earth Day today
Played 16 times.
Mom without saw, and dad without wife
They’re making awful plans you’ll get cancer in your hands
On Monday, (inspired by this post from squidsenpai), I decided to give all of my albums away for free download for 24 hours. As I went to go slap the pricetags back on everything tonight, I was shocked to find out that on the Bandcamp pop charts? My albums were currently ranked as follows:
#4: An Introduction To Marc With a C.
#5: Popular Music
#6: MF’s Be BS’n
#9: Pop! Pop! Pop!
#22: Good Clean Fun
#23: Human Slushy
#24: Bubblegum Romance
#25: This World Is Scary As...
#26: Life’s So Hard
#27: Bubblegum Romance
…and those are just the albums in the top thirty.
I’m completely gobsmacked and honored. To say “thank you” in the best way I possibly can, I’m going to extend giving the albums away for free until this Friday, 4/18/14 at 7 PM EST. Mostly because… well, being so highly represented (thanks to your support) on those charts seems like a weird time to say “just kidding, now you have to pay for all that music”. Just feels dirty, can’t bring myself to do that kind of bait and switch. Especially not when this has been made possible by your kindness in sharing my music with your friends.
If you or someone you know would like to download my silly little pop songs for no money at all, please head over to marcwithac.bandcamp.com.
I hope you’re all enjoying the music, and… from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.
Only three and a half hours left to get all of my albums for free (or any price you want, really, but money isn’t the point). Go, go, go!
In case you want to see some footage of us playing at last Saturday’s show, portions of the gig are heavily featured in this episode of The Tim Tracker. At least that’s what I think it’s called. Anyways, nice to see some footage surface!