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Nov 26, 04 01:40 PM

The Skittish Downloader's Amnesty Plan.


Those of you who've downloaded Skittish illegally sometime between 1999 and now--I'm not gonna insist that you buy it all over again when it's rereleased on December 7--I'm gonna let bygones be bygones. I propose an offer of amnesty:


The real drag, for me, about all the surreptitious downloading is the passing-around of unfinished, rough-mixed versions, sometimes with scratch tracks of certain instruments that I really don't want on the final version, scratch vocals that aren't comped, etc.. (particularly the rough mixes of the new record I'm doing with Dan, ouch, that sucks.)

But many come up to me at shows expressing anxiety about ripping me off economically. Which really doesn't bother me all that much--file-sharing in general has been a real boon for me. (nonetheless, those that stand in the CD-selling line and say, "Could you sign my burned copy of Rockity?" Uh, NO.)

But, if your guilt is truly overwhelming, any of these will be graciously and gratefully accepted.


PS, I did OK at Thanksgiving--that is to say, I ate like a maniac with tremendous sensual pleasure. Thanks to all that wrote nice notes about my battle with the inner fat man--I lost 20 pounds this year, mostly by changing my woefully unexamined teenage rock and roll eating habits. I'm just trying to stay diligent.


Posted by Mike at November 26, 2004 1:40 PM

LOL! I actually purchased your cd through your website, but hats off to you for forgiveness...

hope you had a good holiday.

shout out from Jennifer and the redhead with her!

come on back now ya hear!

Posted by: dragon at November 26, 2004 1:59 PM

What about something for those of us who bought both Skittish and Rockity Roll, but would also love to have legit copies of the extra tracks that come on your recent re-release of both records? Though we love givin' the monetary respect to the MD-man, we are but poor, lowly graduate students. Or at least I am. We cannot afford to re-buy the two CDs just for a few extra bonus tracks (Yeah, I know, remastered, nice packaging, yadda yadda). Perhaps an iTunes release would solve our dilemma fairly and squarely?

Posted by: Chris at November 26, 2004 2:07 PM

that is eff'in hilarious. if i wasn't already going to re-buy both rockity roll and skittish, you'd so be getting a ball pean hammer from me.

Posted by: liz at November 26, 2004 2:17 PM

yeah, i meant pean, not pein. not on the wish list, its a 'special' hammer.

Posted by: liz at November 26, 2004 2:19 PM

I like how the piano and Gold Toe casual socks are the "must haves" on the list.

Posted by: Melissa at November 26, 2004 2:35 PM

enjoy your handcuffs! (a lot)

Posted by: Petra at November 26, 2004 2:35 PM

I've downloaded and bought. I'll buy again.

Posted by: Six2 at November 26, 2004 2:47 PM

i picked the item based on the word 'volant' in it's description.

dude, the unreleashed skittish gives me so much joy i can't imagine not paying you back.

Posted by: marie at November 26, 2004 2:54 PM

i own only rockity. so i will purchase skittish/rockity for sure when it's released. i don't mind having two copies of rockity, especially one of 'em is signed...signed on a night that will likely go down as one of the best nights of my life...despite having since broken up with the woman who made it possible...but for the record: i would never dream to DL unreleased studio tracks. that's just fucked up. ripping money away from the people who created it. i will however unabsashedly DL live bootlegs, cuz that's a long standing rock past time.

happy turkey day mr. doughty.

Posted by: james the s at November 26, 2004 3:26 PM

i too have a signed, purchased copy of rockitty (bought @ the show in toronto). but, i missed my opportunity to buy skittish from the site - and you hadn't been to toronto.

but my order is officially in for the re-release with a tshirt. i feel much better about myself now.

but, here's a request: i love smofe + smang. i would gladly pay for a full copy of it (the one i have was copied from a friend)... any chance of a re-release of that (or a future official live recording)?

Posted by: james walker at November 26, 2004 3:36 PM

I too downloaded most of skittish, but plan on purging them once my copy of the reissue hits my mailbox (with t-shirt I might add). Still Mike, you never know, I may just splurge on you after all, everyone needs new socks for Christmas.
By the way, I agree with James Walker, we need some T.O dates. When you coming?

Posted by: stew at November 26, 2004 4:17 PM

I echo Six2's painful admission:
"I've downloaded and bought. I'll buy again."
Although, I do wonder where the TRL favorite "Unsingable Name" will find itself in the mix...

Posted by: Pourouttherum at November 26, 2004 4:30 PM

for all those who have official copies... you're in luck, check out the itunes music store where for a measley $5 or so you can legally purchase the additional tracks. good stuff and you're supporting a good cause.

although, i'm sure mike would rather have you illegally download the tracks and then buy that 60gb photo ipod to help ease your concience. i'd be happy with that arrangement, myself.

Posted by: shambro at November 26, 2004 6:48 PM

Is there some hipster beacon of light that allows your mail to be delivered without a street address? Admit that you'd rather have the U2 iPod 'cause you're a sucker for a good pop song and I'll totally buy you the bath towel.

Posted by: Tepper at November 26, 2004 11:11 PM

why not the bath sheets instead? there's nothing quite like totally wrapping up after bath -- why shiver?

Ken Burns Jazz collection has been on my list for a while -- one day, it will happen

Posted by: Amy at November 27, 2004 10:20 AM

mmmmmm, dr. bronners peppermint soap.


i prefer the liquid to the bar.

did you know it comes in gallon and also half-gallon sizes?

Posted by: wendy at November 27, 2004 6:34 PM

dr. bronners liquid almond soap is also fantastico. I prefer the liquid, too, so many more options for use, such as a conraceptive douche (maybe they have a formula for doing that with the bar as well). Plus, the quart size almond bottle has a bastardized version of Rudyard Kipling's IF... If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it at one turn of pitch or toss! And lose and start again at your beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss!...

Posted by: sudsy and sterile at November 27, 2004 6:52 PM

mike... i bought my boyfriend the ken burns jazz documentary box set thing for his birthday last year. now that's commitment.

oh, and right on with the peppermint dr. bronner's as number one. that shit is excellent. excellent. i prefer the liquid peppermint though.

so, um, come around again sooner so we can lay the gifts on. not that i didn't purchase the cds and downloaded them inappropriately off the internet. okay. one song. i admit. one unfinished version of one song. damn. dammit. i bought Skittish though. and i even gave you a dollar a year later or so 'cause you were nice and sold it to me a dollar less than what it costed 'cause i was super broke. regardless...

don't worry. i'm buying the dec. 7th edition. for all my friends for christmas. all of them.

Posted by: kimberly ann josephine at November 28, 2004 3:41 AM

Yes, Mike - If we order this stuff, will it be shipped to you? I'll totally do it. I owe you big time. I rock to "Michael Jackson" on a regular basis.

Posted by: Bri at November 28, 2004 3:44 AM

So, do you like to visit Schnauzer country, or have you adopted one of its residents?

Posted by: Lauren at November 28, 2004 10:01 AM

Yep, the deal with the Amazon Wishlist is that what you purchase for somebody is sent to their address on file, which the Wishlistee can opt to keep confidential. Obviously, Mike has.

Posted by: DJ Shipping and Handling at November 28, 2004 11:16 AM

"no sleep, los angeles" - i guess is the best number on the "skittish":) yeaaaaah!:)

Posted by: boozcat at November 28, 2004 12:07 PM

you'll be getting some pens from me, good sir.

Once, at a show in Atlanta, my friends and I were first in the greet line, and you offered to buy my sharpie off me, since you didn't have one. I just let you keep it. And now with these pens, to repent of my various Skittish bootlegs (though I do own all the other discs...even S & S), I will pretend that you will think of me fondly as a fan who has often donated pens to the cause of the small rock.


Posted by: dennisjed at November 28, 2004 3:11 PM

First off, DJ Shipping and Handling: confound you for coming up with a pretty good DJ name!

Secondly, I am not DJ Shipping and Handling.

Thirdly, I love how the towels are advertised as buy one, get one free. That's so cheap and hilarious.

Fourthly, have people already bought you stuff? Gold toe socks? Where's the ball-pean hammer?

Posted by: DJ My Boyfriend is Yar at November 28, 2004 7:42 PM

Click on "Exclusives" on the front page of the iTunes Music Store and get your own copy of "Skittish / Rockity Roll (Bonus Disc) - EP"

Middle row, 5th down

Posted by: Mr. Matt at November 28, 2004 8:37 PM

DJ My Boyfriend is Yar
If you go to the amazon page, at the top click on show purchased items, and you will see what has already been bought'n.

Posted by: Lauren at November 28, 2004 11:36 PM