Obscurity

by Marc With a C

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Alexand(er|ra) Yst I loved the line about Harry Potter and Jesus being fictional characters and not having much impact on life in Your Goddamn Birthday. Sadly, too many people believe one of these fairy tales. I also enjoy how One Of These Are Gonna Be Your Day uses exactly the rhyme scheme it mentions during the section it mentions it. It took me several listens to notice that. With nearly every new track I listened to though, I found a new favourite. I definitely recommend this album. Favorite track: One Of These Are Gonna Be Your Day.
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1.
Could we dwell on something else or maybe change the subject? I’ll check my privilege at the door so you won’t get too upset But the things that separate us – what used to make us unique? We’re wavin’ ‘em like a handicap of why our lives are always incomplete. The food’s chock full o’ hormones and so are all the kids I could always say the right thing if we could all agree what that is I can’t come right out and say it but you all know what I mean Every statement’s now a trap on searchable rectangular machines What a surprise that I’m aging and the world confuses me Old man yells at iCloud but lately I’m just whispering I’m a person on a planet but if you pan back far enough You can’t see indignation – in fact, you can’t really see all that much Everyone gets confused and sometimes we all wanna quit The problem’s not the platform, it’s really how you stand on it And if the point is giving everyone at the table their own seat Please don’t wear yourself out when the conversation comes back to me
2.
I go to parties I don’t wanna attend Everybody there wants to be my friend My selfies all get about 1000 likes, I’m good at everything and I don’t even try I’ve been around the block, I’m really good at sex I’m a gender-fluid otherkin just like my parents I'm terribly popular I was blessed with good genes and high cheekbones, Maybelline based their stuff on my skin tones I still talk about how lonely I am, it might seem true but then again They say that everybody gets the blues But when they do? They just mean you I'm terribly popular I got tons of money so I get stuff for free, rappers run their new diss tracks by me I sleep alone in a princess bed, a million folks retweeted what I just said Is this my drink or just a sponsored ad? Don’t you want my life now, dad? I'm terribly popular
3.
It’s your goddamn birthday But I don’t wanna celebrate you Maybe someday when you’re nicer Maybe I’ll enjoy being with you Imagine if we both had iPods – or maybe just one and we shared earbuds You’d whine until you get to hear the group I don’t like And then I’d whine because now I’m listening to a band I don’t like But I’d put up with it for a little while You’d eventually ask me what’s wrong and I’d emphatically say that I’m fine Because it’s your goddamn birthday But I don’t wanna celebrate you Maybe someday when you’re nicer Maybe I’ll enjoy being with you Please stop calling me “muggle” - You say I can’t understand your love of Harry Potter But he had as much impact on me as other things that don't exist like Jesus Christ But something that was popular were the jerks who made high school hell for you And that doesn’t make them right but listen, I gotta be real with you (in just a second) You say you don’t have a victim complex and to drive that statement home You took to social media to share a nine-point essay all about All the things that your ex did to you and how you didn’t deserve that crap Like when she said you had a victim complex and you broke up with her (REMEMBER – YOU BROKE UP WITH HER) It’s your goddamn birthday But I don’t wanna celebrate you Maybe someday when you’re nicer Maybe I’ll enjoy being with you
4.
After years of speculation, conspiracy theories, and tin-foil hats It turned out the Illuminati wasn’t rumor, it’s a fact The presidents were involved and all of Hollywood too Your nutty religious neighbors – honestly, everyone but you It’s lonely like a low-rent Truman Show All of us control everything you’ve ever known Santa Claus was just a construct to prop up the patriarchy Your parents bought into it so the truth would remain foggy Eyes Wide Shut was really a documentary of all the fun we have without you C’mon, you gotta admit it’s funny It’s lonely like a low-rent Truman Show All of us control everything you’ve ever known If I were kidding, I would totally tell you, bro All of us control everything you’ve ever known The shadow government is only there to fuck with you And yes, all that shit on dollar bills, too It’s the makers of Bacardi, the annoying paparazzi The Muppets, even Fozzie? We’ve always known the truth And we thought you’d get the picture, in fact we thought we were being blunt Each time we all appeared successful while you felt stuck in a rut And that’s why you don’t get pop culture, and you feel outside of us all I have to break it to you – you are I know it’s lonely like a low-rent Truman Show All of us control everything you’ve ever known If I were kidding, I would totally tell you, bro ...but, y'know.
5.
03:05
It was the day after leg day and I’d just done cowgirl twice My limbs were shaking when you entered my life We lined up like a crime scene, chromosome by chromosome When you saw something in me you couldn’t get at home We talked about hard limits but I forgot to include White knights who think I might need to be rescued I said no to bareback and no kissing on the mouth But nothing in my eyes said I wanted out Did you ever stop to think that you’re the desperate one? Maybe I don’t need saving though you say your mind’s made up Maybe I like this makeup, maybe I like this red light Maybe you’d just bore me night after night It’s not the world’s oldest profession but it’s probably pretty close According to my recollection? It’s me you chose And I was happy with that arrangement, Attachment ain’t my thing I’m a limited time engagement, I’m a fling I suppose our menu doesn’t really specify This girlfriend experience does not add up over time But maybe if you saved up and you paid for enough nights I could get paid to pretend that you just saved my life Did you ever stop to think that you’re the desperate one? Maybe I don’t need saving though you say your mind’s made up Maybe I like this makeup, maybe I like this red light Maybe you’d just bore me night after night
6.
John gets out of jail on the first so you know he’s gonna stay at my house He’s gonna call me “the c word” and that’s the nicest thing he does with his mouth He may be in his fifties but don’t look a day over 72 He’s gonna try to break your fingers when he shakes hands with you Think fast Candice has a son to raise but I can’t send a gift for his birthday She doesn’t need my pity, she’s doing fine on what her husband makes But she’s happy to call the cops merely on a silly whim It turns into a domestic charge and now they’ve gotta take somebody in But that’s just how it is nowadays You’ve gotta accept people for who they are Linda’s got a new boyfriend and most of her family is dead But what could she do if she’s up against old age and heroin? She’s not gonna raise her daughter though she fought for custody She’d rather drink in her family’s honor – it can’t be her fault, can’t you see? That’s just how it is nowadays You’ve gotta accept people for who they are Who are you to suggest another way? We’ve gotta accept people for who they are You can name ‘em, you can shame ‘em, but if this world takes all kinds Then the second you complain you are just another bully in disguise Mary’s nodded out again but should we really wake her up? Gettin’ high at the pharmacy is what this nation’s founded on People went to war to fight so we could be degenerates Innocent people gave their lives so we can all be hypocrites That’s just how it is nowadays You’ve gotta accept people for who they are Even when we’re tempted to complain We’ve gotta accept people for who they are
7.
Here's a song for the sad girls in Illinois You don't have to smile if there's nothing to enjoy Things can't always be this bad Your mind says yes it can Can things always be this bad? Here's a song for the sad girls in MetroWest Wondering who's stalking them this week on their friends list Folks can't always be this bad Some folks say yes we can Can folks always be this bad? Here's a song for the sad girls who feel lonely Now you've got a song to tell yourself someone's thinking about me Life can't always be this bad Yet life says yes it can Can life always be this bad?
8.
You won’t be jumping out of your skin forever Pretty soon the jitters have gotta go away Things can’t always feel so damn untethered Pretty soon it might just be okay Though it’s tough to say since this sounds so cliché like a rhyme scheme that goes A A A You can use this song like lingerie, you can stain it up once and throw it away But one of these are gonna be your day Look at your pulse and really think about it: a few beeps and then a slow decay You can search in vain for angioscopics but we’re more than just an alphanumeric display Though that’s tough to say since this sounds so cliché like a rhyme scheme that goes A A A When Gilmour led the Floyd brigade? They still had "On The Turning Away" And one of these are gonna be your day Most of what we know is temporary, a few sleeps and the bad dwindles away You can search for islands that you don’t get or you can be your own Daniel Faraday Though that’s tough to say since this sounds so cliché like a rhyme scheme that goes A A A If you’re in a hole you didn’t make, maybe it’s just special K But one of these are gonna be your day But one of these are gonna be your day
9.
She had a dream that pushed her buttons which she thought about all day Some dude said she had nice feet and a pair of beautiful/hairy legs. Now, she’s bald from the neck down but still hopes to find the guy Who still finds her attractive no matter her grooming style The lies will tell you beauty is skin deep but skin can trigger people to be creeps All we long to hear from someone? All they ever have to speak? Is “you may not be perfect but you’re perfect for me” She posted her dream online and one dude volunteered But he compliments everyone left and right so he might not be sincere Like when he started to flirt with a real close friend of mine While he had a fiancée and we all agreed that he crossed the line The lies will tell you beauty is skin deep but skin can trigger people to be creeps All we long to hear from someone? All they ever have to speak? Is “you may not be perfect but you’re perfect for me” They say true love is blind but who’s to say what’s true? Love’s however she defines it and the same goes for you Don't yuck someone's yum when they speak to specify But I hope you find whatever you want and you are satisfied The lies will tell you beauty is skin deep but skin can trigger people to be creeps All we long to hear from someone? All they ever have to speak? Is “you may not be perfect but you’re perfect for me”
10.
03:42
She said I must really like The Mountain Goats, I said “no more than the next guy, I’ve got a nasal voice and I’ve read a few books but I guess I like him fine” She said I look just like John Hodgeman, I said “I get that a lot, We both wear glasses and a roundish face, but can’t I just look like Marc?” She said my songs are just so funny, I said “I’m glad I made you smile, Humor isn’t what I’m after but sometimes it’s nice to forget your troubles for a little while” She asked if I really like nerdy girls, do I really love everyone I know? She asked why I don’t play "You’re My Princess" all that much anymore Who says I’ve gotta make sense to get where I wanna go? Who said that a square peg should even fit into a hole? Obscurity’s success, obscurity’s the goal Obscurity means if you hear this song it’s accidental She asked why I don’t tour, I said “How long you got?” She got distracted by something else and started humming someone else’s song I’m only ever as good as the attention that I get If you trust me with your leisure time I’ll promise not to squander it Who says I’ve gotta make sense to get where I wanna go? Who said that a square peg should even fit into a hole? Obscurity’s success, obscurity’s the goal Obscurity means if you hear this song it’s a goddamn miracle
11.
I'd say I don't want a funeral but nobody'd listen Funerals are like birthday parties and they ain't always 'bout the victim What matters is how it feels when all the attendees leave Like when I was at a funeral and I heard my songs sung back to me Death ain't no joke and death is eternal Some think it's a bunch of clouds, church says its a fiery inferno It could be blackness so maybe we'll finally rest We might be unconscious thinking about how wrong everything went But I'd think... Please don't let my art die It's about the only thing I did right with my life I tried so hard to be obscure to make the right people smile Please don't let my art die I've seen some great stuff and I've seen some bad But when I die some will pretend they always had my back I was pretty hard to pin down, but they'll still exaggerate While I'm floating in the ether thinking about the art I didn't make Just think about my homebase, how they'd treat me like a joke Yet sometimes I'd win awards when the people could vote I don't deserve special treatment but I really tried my best And I hope you don't forget that moving on to what comes next Please don't let my art die It's about the only thing I did right with my life I tried so hard to be obscure to make the right people smile Please don't let my art die Please don't let my art die It's about the only thing I did right with my life I tried so hard to be obscure to make the right people smile Please don't let my art die Please don't let my art die
12.
07:00
You’re gonna make me lonesome when you throw out that CD That biscuits the only link there ever was between you and me The format was fallible, on that we can agree No more physical reminders, now there’s only memories That’s right, even on our best days, there’s only memories Let’s throw out the old stuff so we can make room for new phones Which don’t do what we want and never make us whole, but hey We’ll never need shelves again and we might not even need a home We can all crash with our parents with our friends with our friends in rectangles Let’s all aggregate some content with our friends in rectangles Aggregate! (Are you aggregating?) We won’t consume classic media because it’s only in SD But we'll fawn over cat videos on a teensy four-inch screen And when your parent’s house burns down, yeah, when it all goes up in flames At least there’s no more family albums, no, there’s nothing much to save Besides the cat that you take pictures of there’s nothing much to save Please don't let my art die It's about the only thing I did right with my life I tried so hard to be obscure to make the right people smile Please don't let my art die We can talk to people nearly halfway around the globe We can delete our contacts, run the jewels and watch the throne Or we can have a Skype date with someone we barely know And I can send virtual hugs while we all sleep alone I hope your choices keep you warm while we all sleep alone Goodnight!

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Get it on cassette from Needlejuice Records at needlejuicerecords.com/product/obscuritytrilogycassette!

Obscurity is the follow-up to Marc With a C’s full-length album Unicorns Get More Bacon (2016) and EP Half Serious, Half Kidding (2017) and features more of Marc’s signature blend of biting social commentary and technological cynicism with energetic 1960s-style jangle pop melodies. Marc With a C is joined in Obscurity by Blinker the Star’s Jordon Zadorozny, who also produces the album (and has also produced music by Chris Cornell, Mandy Moore, Sam Roberts Band... and then there's the songs he wrote with Hole, etc.)

Obscurity focuses on the literal and figurative gaining of and losing a voice, conditions which the low-profile musician susceptible to throat ailments is well-acquainted. Through the generosity of his Patreon donors, Marc was able to travel from his home base in Central Florida to Canada to work with and learn from Zadorozny.

Obscurity is mastered by Kramer (Butthole Surfers, Low, Daniel Johnston), who previously worked with Marc With a C on Unicorns Get More Bacon. The new album’s Canadian ties are reflected in the cover art, created by Katharine!, a Canadian-American artist/illustrator and Marc With a C’s long-time collaborator.

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released February 2, 2018

All vocals/guitars, 84.4% of bass, 45% of keys and "misc" percussion performed by Marc With a C
All drums, 55% of keys, 16.6% of bass, and 5% of backing vocals by Jordon Zadorozny
(Wait. Jordon DID play a riff consisting of two guitar notes twice. Can you spot them?)

All songs written by Marc With a C
Recorded and produced by Jordon Zadorozny at Skylark Park in Ontario, Canada
Mastered by KRAMER at Noise Miami
Art by That Katharine!
Photo by Vikka Leoni Pérez-Puelles

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For 20 years, DIY indie pop singer-songwriter-storyteller Marc With a C has devoted himself to making raw, lo-fi music about a hi-def world.

Through countless original albums, EPs and live recordings, Marc With a C uses infectious melodies and salty language to tell the stories of a generation caught between the analog and digital worlds.
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