19
Jul

Found near Ashland and Chicago Ave.  

13
Jul

I find this version oddly compelling.  It’s a cover of Depeche Mode’s Enjoy The Silence.  In polka form.  With accordions.   

13
Jul

It’s not a commercial for audio gear unless it features a guy who looks vaguely like Robert Plant playing gratuitous hairmetal guitar.

08
Jul
16
Jun
Please to be enjoying this picture of Wesley Willis.  

Please to be enjoying this picture of Wesley Willis.  

14
Jun
14
Jun

Oh look.  A video for one of my songs.  Courtesy of these fine folks.

12
Jun

For one brief, glorious moment, both of my neighbors were playing R. Kelly today at the same time.

12
Jun

This article just rode its tall bike straight into my post-post-ironic heart.

From the article:

I know you. You’re a male between, what, 18 and 35? Probably well educated but slightly underachieving, kind of nerdy in an ironic-so-it’s-okay kinda way, and a huge fan of independent rock music. And if you’re like most people in this demographic, it’s always been a dream of yours to be in a band. Not just any old local band that stinks up basements and the occasional opening slot at the student union or some dump in the warehouse district. But a real band-one that tours and draws crowds and gets interviewed and written about and inspires people as much as you’ve been inspired by your punk rock heroes.

Well, gather around, kids, ‘cause Uncle Pat’s gonna disillusion your ass.

Bluntly put, being in a working band is one of the most overrated experiences a person can have. Sure, there are some advantages, if you manage to pull it off. You get to travel a bit, meet new people, be creative, and postpone that vaunted institution known as reality for another few years. It all looks so enticing that, surely, it must be a lifestyle worth pursuing, right? Ninety-nine percent of the time, definitely not. In fact, I aim to persuade you that you’re better off just going straight to graduate school or getting your career on track and remaining an honest, ordinary music fan with no pretensions of rockstardom.

Here’s a breakdown of the whole being-in-a-band thing that should illustrate what a load of rubbish it is. Best wishes.

http://www.chunklet.com/index.cfm?section=article&IssueID=2&ID=41

11
Jun

Nilatir

The A-side to the Disconap 7” record.  Probably dating from around 2000.  

This was my first attempt at “real” lyrics, and while I can’t say it holds up too well, I’m still partial to it for purely nostalgic reasons.  And yes, the fact that it spells ‘ritalin’ backwards was my ham-handed attempt at being clever. 

Nilatir by mattmarque

10
Jun

I will feel so good when you’re gone.

This isn’t the first song I ever wrote, but it’s close.  I’m actually a little embarrassed by it from my vantage point of over a decade.  Still.  

I will feel so good when you’re gone. by mattmarque

From the out-of-print demo tape ‘Lightbulb, Fork, String.’

10
Jun

Department of the Interior

I’m actually excited about this one. Like everything else, it needs a ton of work, but I think it’s starting to resemble a real song. Or at least it will if I can find the right vocal melody.

I’m including the original loop for comparison’s sake, since there’s a fair amount of changes that have occurred since I wrote it. (Warning—it hasn’t been trimmed, so it’s basically 7 minutes of the same thing with a short coda at the end).

Incidentally, the original loop was featured in a short student film which I have unfortunately lost the link to.

Department of the Interior by mattmarque

10
Jun

This Dream I Had.

First song I started working on after Nothing Personal, and I’m still not sure what to make of it.

It’s really just an extended part, so it’d need a lot of work before it became something I’d want to sing over.  I’m including it here mainly because I keep forgetting about it otherwise.

This Dream I Had by mattmarque

09
Jun

A Darkness in the Glare

Here’s another one I’m working on.  Apologies for the audio in some places, as well as the lack of vocals.  I’m still trying to nail down the overall framework, so a lot of this is still a rough sketch.

On the one hand, I like the speed of the final version, and the way the bell/chime sound comes back in towards the end.  On the other hand, the second half seems forced and ‘samey,’ and is missing the drastic shift of the second version.

As for the super early version, all I can say is that I like the guitar that comes in during the verse, but I’m not sure how to steal it and incorporate it into the later versions, so I may just abandon it altogether.  

Incidentally, A Darkness in the Glare was going to be the title of my next record.

A Darkness in the Glare by mattmarque

09
Jun

You Who Enter

Somewhat of a before/after of a song (tentatively) called You Who Enter from my upcoming record.  The original draft lacks vocals, organ and embellishments, but I figured I’d include it here anyway.

I should also note that the final version here isn’t actually final, because it still needs to be recorded in a proper studio.  More of this hereafter.

New Recordings by mattmarque

P.S.  You wouldn’t believe how long it took me to ‘seat’ that crash in the second, more complete version.

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My name is Matt Marque. I make music for Truckstop Records. I live in Chicago.

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