the re-issue of this album is hereby dedicated to Abbie, Sean, Mark, Corey, Marlee, Romeo, Ross, Gebhardt, Marvin, Bill, Foil, Samson + Delilah, Molly the Black Labrador (RIP), Molly the Human Who Now Lives in Washington, J. Shanks Kindlon, André, Fieman, Ladybot and the whole Vocab Crew, Esposito, Bugman, Frank Drake, Peter the Artist in Brooklyn, Michaela, the Troof, Yung Paul, Elizabeth, Blessing, Gill, Jeremy P. H., and side-chain compression.
released October 11, 2011
TRUE FACTS ABOUT THIS ALBUM:
1. This album was released just over 3 years ago today (the 13th of October, 2014). I made it on a Dell Laptop (Inspiron 1420) that couldn't process Ableton very well and crashed all the time.
2. lo-fi music is often most gratifying as the product of limited means, ignorance, or both. this album is a case of both. for an even lower-fi experience, the original MP3 version is floating around on mediafire *somewhere* if you'd like to find it.
3. some of these tracks were used as the on-set music for the (many) dance scenes in my friend J. Shanks Kindlon's wonderful, exuberant, hand-crafted, award-winning short film "Vocabulary of the Mysteries" (vocabularyofthemysteries.com
) The soundtrack was eventually redone by myself and our mutual friend Mark. It's great. I hope we can get it uploaded some day. Til then, you'll have to hope you can catch a one-off, limited screening that my mans hosts while plotting his global takeover.
4. JSK showed this album to friends of his when he went to college in the great city of Philadelphia, and as a result I made many dear friends.
5. I was really high when I made this.
6. Once, after this came out and I was working on new material, I went on an LSD//MDMA-fueled bender for 3 days and nights, during which I mostly sat at my computer and listened to the new material I was working on, hoping for some valuable insights. I watched my poster of Giacomo Puccini wiggle and wave in the overhead lamplight, and I think he even winked at me. I developed a heavy yen for gobstoppers. I was off the wall, I was in the bed, I was under the covers. ----- After this weekend, I became profoundly depressed.
6. In fact, I went to rehab shortly after I made this.
7. After I got clean, I was very worried that the quality of my musical output would decrease exponentially.
8. My experiences with drugs were incredibly important in my development as a musician and composer. My experiences with getting clean turned out to be even more important in this development. experimentation and earnestness have proven the most valuable and gratifying assets during both stages of this phase of my life called Apostrophe S.
9. many friends have supported me (emotionally, psychologically, financially, domestically) during these times, and to them I am forever grateful, and true thanks requires a scope of expression far beyond the means of human language.
10. "Hitting My Stride" also appears on "Bottom of the Barrel Beats" as "The Beat From My First Album." I swear to GEE OH DEE!, if I don't get MF DOOM to rap over it someday, my life will not have been worthwhile.