MC Murph!

Oh man. Remember when I was MC Murph?

Aww HELL no.

Advisory Intro, M.C. Murph – from “Artistic Apocalypse”

That’s how the last M.C. Murph record starts – with Larrisse, my then girlfriend, forever immortalized saying “the staff of nquit records would like to advise you that portions of the following program contain language which may be offensive to certain members of your family. listener discretion is advised”

Which makes me laugh. It’s also funny because I think that was the exact quote that the hip-hop show at KUNM, the campus radio station at UNM, was required to play before it got going. I mean, obviously, they had their own recording that didn’t get all jumbled.

The next track is this one:

Magnetic Poetry, by M.C. Murph

This is also an intro track – instrumental. It’s called Magnetic Poetry because the little phrases I’m saying/whispering are actual magnetic poetry phrases that were on me and Larrisse’s fridge for a really long time during that time. Also weird was I put together all that mish mash of voices in my electronic music class at UNM with Manny Rettinger, using this software called Deck, which I never touched again. I remember I kept that little chunk of audio on a zip disk. Zip disks came out, they were sort of little crosses between hard drives and floppies – more capacity. Then Jaz disks came out and were like a gig, and zip disks sort of went away.

My regret on this is that in the mastering stage of this record, I made most of the songs too bright and harsh, especially this one. I have the pre-master mix, i could fix it maybe, but i can’t fix it out in the world. It’s released, iTunes has it, Borders, Barnes And Noble, it’s in everybody’s catalog, and once that’s done, it’s that audio, period.

That explains to you why things like reissues or special editions come out. That’s so labels or artists can go back when new technology comes and fix something that they don’t like, and reissue it. I guess it wasn’t really that way before digital distribution though. I mean, before, you could sort of just have subsequent copies of a record or tape or even CD be different. Young M.C. did that. I had his tape a long time, and then it got eaten or melted or something, so I bought a new one. The last song on the first side was the same rap, but a totally different music sample. It shocked the hell out of me. WHAT THE HELL????

But now, once iTunes has ahold of it, they have THAT audio, and there’s no mechanism for you to change your audio. If you have to fix something, you do another release. Title it something else, new barcode, the works. “Artistic Apocalypse remastered version” or something. Maybe I should do that. The goddamned fucking distributor spelled half the goddamn song titles wrong. Go look:

Artistic Apocalypse on iTunes

The best typo is that they call the last song, which is called “Whinerz”, Whirlwheez – WHIRLWHEEZ????

God. *laugh*

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