Mark Prindle has six delightful 74-minute CD-Rs of homemade music for your very own enjoyment. Each can be purchased for $4 apiece (free shipping), either via PayPal to email@example.com or check/cash/money order sent to Mark at his beautiful home. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for his beautiful mailing address). Here are the CDs so you can decide whether you care to own them or not:
Chicago XX: Chicago's Greatest Hits is the seventh and final CD-R recorded by my old 'band' Low-Maintenance Perennials. Many people would argue that this is better than any of my solo CDs thanks to (a) a strong six-track mix by vocalist/producer Christ Smith, (b) the guitar interplay and songwriting input of superior guitarist Matthew Terrebonne, (c) melodies that were actually written beforehand, and (d) several songs that last longer than a minute. However, it stands far above any of the other (perfectly enjoyable, but filler-heavy) Low-Maintenance Perennials CD-Rs, so I wouldn't recommend any of those unless you already own and love all of my solo CDs.
Nature's Smelly Ass: Maxell Audiocassettes' 1998 Fall Sampler features lots of songs I wrote during my college years. It was my first time using a 4-track so some of the guitars are a bit overloud. Shocking, isn't it? That I would record a CD with guitars that are too loud?
Keep On Zaccin!: Songs From and Inspired By Mystical Excursions on the Experimental Hallucinogen "Prozac" (Fluoxetine) was my first time making up all the music during the recording process (rather than building up a backlog of songs before getting started). I have stuck to this working philosophy to this very day, which is why I don't know how to play any of my own songs. Several people consider this to be my finest CD, for some reason.
Stop, Drop And Roll: A Musical Celebration of Death by Smoke Inhalation is definitely my most popular CD, mainly because it's the one with the best concept. This was my attempt to present, in chronological order, the entire history of rock and roll as funnelled through my poor sense of humor. I tackle 55 different sub-genres from Delta Blues through post-rock. Unfortunately this was before emo/screamo hit big, so there's no emo/screamo on here. Even worse, the entire CD sounds muffled, so you have to turn your treble way up for it to not sound like bassy shit. FUCK!
Only The Good Die Young: An All-Star Tribute To Mark Prindle (1973-2058) is conceptually strong, being an in-depth examination of my lifelong struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (as related in joke form). Unfortunately, I was trying to do way too many things with the 4-track, and the resulting disc is a confusing pish-posh of 10-second musical snippets interspersed with triple-harmony vocals. Personally I'm fond of it, but I can definitely understand why others have trouble with it. You can't even tell where one song ends and the next begins!
Smilehouse: The Tragic Remains of an Abandoned Masterpiece is my debut 16-track digital recording, and will probably be my final CD. In 2002, I purchased the 16-track and excitedly laid down 55 half-songs. Then I was forced to stop work on them so that these worker people could refurnish my apartment. By the time they were finished (several months later), I had lost all motivation and literally abandoned the songs altogether. FOR FIVE YEARS. Finally, in 2007, it occurred to me that if I didn't complete the songs, the machine would eventually break and I'd lose them. So I - as quickly as possible - made up lyrics, added vocals and extra instruments where needed, and finished the goddamned thing in record time. The lyrical concept involves the fact that the 16-track recorder requires each song to have a brief 'title' to differentiate it from the others. Five years ago, I gave each one a brief title describing its sound (ex. "FASTCLEANS," "CLEANBASS," "PUNKVIOLIN"), so upon completion I decided to keep these titles and try to base (most of) my lyrics on them. And voila! The production is FAR better than on any of the other CD-Rs on this page.
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