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  • SPECIAL EDITION alternate jacket vinyl with chapbook
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    The last 50 vinyl copies of "Humble & Brilliant" are being issued with a unique and super-limited jacket, designed by Hayden Myers of Mister Hayden Comics, and printed by Melanie Yugo of Spins & Needles craft/DJ collective!

    The labels are the same as before, illustrated by Bryan Lee O'Malley and Hope Larson.

    The new chapbooks are 5"x6" and very convenient for carrying around to read or start cooking fires.

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  • 64-page chapbook of lyrics and liner notes. Reads like a novel or textbook, only more brilliant!

    **Now much tinier! 4x5" pocket edition is just as clever but way cheaper to ship to you.

    Features a foreword written by Buck 65, several indices and appendices, and beautiful illustrations by Eisner-winning cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Lost At Sea) and Ignatz-winning cartoonist Hope Larson (Chiggers, Mercury, Grey Horses).

    This version of the chapbook is bound using perfect binding, which is like a real paperback.

    Also includes immediate download of [numtracks]-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

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  • Compact Disc (CD)

    now you don't have to carry your cumbersome MP3 player or turntable in the jeep when you want to blast tunes up and down the beach... I promised I would never make a cd but I missed the 90s too much and here we are.

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about

Anti-pornography makes strange bedfellows of religious woman-haters and feminist activists. I don't agree with puritanical, misogynist, body-shaming concepts of obscenity, and it's hard to be against objectifying sexy imagery per se (cause it is often lovely), but it is evident that pornography as an institution is being wielded as a force to undermine and devalue women as people in our culture. And I hate that.
How can we protect the autonomy of people to do and represent what they want with their own bodies, and the bodies of enthusiastically consenting others, while also not just letting men treat women like they lack all human value?
There aren't a lot of rapping Dworkin apologists, but I'm one. I think that listening to the various, often conflicting, even more often challenging, voices of women is the responsibility of a man who wishes to help end oppression.
It's too easy to just pretend everything's fine. You've seen porn. Everything is not fine.

lyrics

“Du sovas,” in Swedish, and then, in German, “Willst nicht glauben.”

As a young man, I would hate my peers for horndoggery, and stay up late with tears and pornography for company. It was years before novelty gave way to drudgery. I fear I probably failed to form properly. Poor non-believer robbed of all his common decency. Godless heathen and Jesus doesn't want him either. Fine with me – I'm not just teasin'. I copped some Z's in Sunday school, carved through the horseshit and argued abortion.
You're just toeing the line. I read the Bible, it left me blind – it said that women were unclean twenty-five percent of the time! What is this hideous shit? Leviticus isn't legitimate, idiot! If you really get into it, so little is good that we should get rid of it. Pardon me, the garden of Eden is rich in allegory, but you ruin it when reality's switched for childish stories.
Form and tradition are sort of worse than neglect. You've gone swimming; both porn and religion distort a person's perspective on women.

“Let the record show their religion was filthy”

The pages featured nekkidness, the book wasn't Genesis. Unclean young teen, slowly budding feminist strolling up the edifice, old enough to get it twisted. The total of the benefits was never listed. The toll is hard to measure; it always starts with pleasure and ends with swollen parts that could stay cold and hard forever.
Shut it off shut it off shut it off shut it off shut it off, god, I wanted it to be pretty but it's not but it's not but it's not but it's not. Why?
I look for smiles that don't look plastered on for pity, just to make 'em say, “unhhh,” like Master Don Committee. I have this monster in me and I don't think pictures put it there, but did the monster put the pictures out there? Or was it in the air all the time?
We all want it! Some of us can't have it! Is it fair to malign, compare it to crime or call it a bad habit? Consider the jackrabbit – it's not too vague, the bunny logo – we ain't all singing “I Got You, Babe,” like Sonny Bono.
It's a bloody nose, though; nobody knows which way to tilt the head. Trying not to spill the red wine, we let it be filth instead. It seems like guilt is dead, and shame just makes denials rise higher. Judge, jury, and therapist declare a mistrial by fire.
I admire strangers as objects in proxy sex but is it dangerous? The answer's not yet obvious, but how could it not be yes?
So is it like cars where we shrug and accept the casualties?
Why is it men can fuckin' dismiss the threat so casually?

“You are sleeping... (spit on it)
You do not want to believe.
You are burning people."

At the beginning, it was Andrea Dworkin and Catherine MacKinnon who had the opinion porn was a bad thing that happened to women. They petitioned and got commissioned to draft a proposition in opposition, but the law's position was the constitution would not permit them.
I don't think it was a bad decision, but I do think we have to listen 'cause as it stands, it's a man's man's man's world that women just happen to live in. It's sick how when I say "we" in this case, it's gender specific – just a simple tic to tick off the list for those who can never quite remember statistics.
It goes together like December and Christmas, discovering the True Meaning of Othering; one shudders to think that that's what makes us massive racists, but moreover passive rapists. When all we want to do is masturbate, it's exacerbated, which exasperates us, and makes it all the harder to prevent. Once you've started to resent the scent of martyrdom and stuttered your defense.
Is it smarter to pretend we don't know what they're talking about?
Come on, it's your sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, daughters and their friends.

credits

from Humble & Brilliant, released March 10, 2011
beat and rap by Jesse Dangerously
scratches by Bad DJ Budget Cuts

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rap legend Jesse Dangerously Ottawa, Ontario

Genuine Independent Rap Legend (GIRL)

member of Backburner crew

partially culpable for the nerdcore problem

"Sapphire meets Sappho meets Saafir meets Jonathan Saffron Foer;"
"not the Black Frank White, just the white Frank Black;"
"Wiz Khalifa meets Pat Califia;"
"like Buck 65 but faster and fat."
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