Have Wars
by Dan
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Teeth Mountain - "Ghost Science"

Inoperable electric bicycles. Playing card designs on credit cards, paying the club with the Jack of Clubs. Bent wire hangers, so many they look like grey grass, wet. A new attempt at farming, shoveling with an old tired shovel. Hitting power lines, unsafely buried inches beneath the thin layer of ground. Unclear what this is made of, at least unclear from here. [MySpace]

MC Face - "MC Face Goin Solo" *EXPLICIT*

I bought an original "pressing" of the MC Face disc from a little table outside a Tom Green taping in Ottawa when I was in high school. The songs themselves are pretty throw-away, but the "interludes", where Face and Tom (both) would talk to characters from the show: Glen, Derek, Phil. And these are great, mostly Face making claims about the people that they deny. But today is not about them either, it's about an even more removed part of the album, the 8-minute gut-melting breakdown that Face has at the end of the album. Throughout the album, Face is insulting Tom for being a pussy or making bad beats, and eventually Tom says "okay fine", and leaves Face on his own. So Face records one more track, a cappella, and it's, in many different ways, completely amazing. First of all, it's a microcosm of Tom Green's whole career; making it up as he goes along, at times brilliant full of talent, at other times brilliant despite himself, ending in insanity, embarrassment, and pride. Secondly, it's a wholly cathartic, spoken-word self-flagellating, near-abusive listening experience. And thirdly, in reference to the narrative, it's the total embodiment of a certain "type" of creative experience. Like that feeling, if you're familiar with it, of trying to do what you thought you were good at and you realize that you're stretched so thin that you just want to collapse, and your mind goes to this MC Face muthafuckin' place, babble and spit and garble and choke. Gorgeous rotting mind ripped open, torn apart, spread on the wall, tried-to-be-eaten and dry-heaving on camera. My fuckin CD sucks. [out of print?]

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Posted by Dan at May 9, 2009 12:32 AM

whoa. great post

Posted by jess. at May 11, 2009 11:49 AM

Kudos for this one Dan.

Posted by Aaron Saloman at May 18, 2009 1:27 PM

That picture is so creepy.

Posted by DrPresident at June 23, 2009 6:49 PM

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