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  • SPECIAL EDITION alternate jacket vinyl with chapbook
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    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.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Humble & Brilliant via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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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.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Humble & Brilliant via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    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.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Humble & Brilliant via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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about

Memory is like magnetic tape; imperfect, unreliable, always degrading. Everything goes away away and the more you squeeze it close the more you crush it. This song lives somewhere between Radiohead’s “Videotape” and The XX’s “VCR,” but stands on the shoulders of a Halifax monument: Universal Soul’s “Video Cam.”

lyrics

Memories and reminiscing, ever missing yesterday,
Settled in a retrospective haze.
Never even said I needed evidence to take away,
I just gotta make it stay the same.
“Remember that shit? I know you don’t remember jack!”

Hot seasons, seeking out breezes and the shade. Between grades on beaches. Freezing lemonade.
Before we measured heat in degrees of centigrade, we lived in an age of reason; then it changed. When it rained, it poured, and when it snowed, it stayed. I met a kid and played and didn't need to know his name. Rode a bike to school, ball games and drum lessons.
First communion, confirmation, confession.
Undressing for a bath in the tub, fat and unpleasant, acting tough but lacking guts. Laughing it up in class, but had to duck out the back in a rush, 'cause kids were mad and destructive – that sucked.
Had enough battered trust to know not to try no more, just draw Ghostbusters, robots and dinosaurs. Hide indoors. Why endure quiet riots and silent wars? I tried to horde a private source of life support that I could store as memories.

Not breathing, asleep without dreams and yet awake, I see vague, uneasy shapes that jet away.
Before we measured feet in centimetres in the day, I feel it all receding. Who needs it anyway?
I clutch at vapours, take a stand, unsteady though. Like a “Paper Snake,” I can't let it go. Blank tapes ready, ain't they pretty? Hey, kids, I'm really gonna take it with me.
“My video cam is gonna shoot you,” so you can live forever in the future.
I practise permanent taxidermy and that way, I know I'll never lose you.

There's a hole in my head where rain gets in, and sets in the vague impressions, sloshes about and then washes out and leaves me plagued with questions.
Spatial relations, textures, tastes and objects I got, but I can't place a face out of context. I must confess, I just guess and cross fingers. Lost in thought, wishing lost thoughts lingered.
Hot winters, late summers in strange beds. Uncomfortably numb, functionally brain dead. Frayed threads bind my various cells; I'm losing my mind and it's scary as hell.
Maybe it's just as well I can't tell when my grip starts to slip on things my hands held.
Some would just lie down, not me; I will nail everything to the ground that I see.

“I got cha, I got the video camera! I gotcha, I got the video cam!”

credits

from Humble & Brilliant, released March 10, 2011
beat and rap by Jesse Dangerously

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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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