The Onion A/V Club

"There’s no shortage of quality musical comedy out there, but there’s no one making silly songs quite like Matt Farley, a.k.a. The Toilet Bowl Cleaners. Farley’s written literally tens of thousands of novelty songs over the last eight years or so, putting them up on all the various musical streaming and download services. He publishes under a variety of assumed names, like The Hungry Food Band and The Very Nice Interesting Singer Man. But The Toilet Bowl Cleaners is easily my favorite, with a smiling, unflinching approach to bodily functions and the messes they make. A friend of mine played them for me on a road trip recently, and at first I was extremely put off. But my friend insisted we keep going, and after around 20 songs about farts, diarrhea, and pee, I was dying. The songs are alternately cheerful, angsty, triumphant, and sad, but all are sung with an unflinching earnestness that slowly makes them a true joy to listen to. You can tell Farley has a lot of fun making these songs, and that’s the real pleasure in listening to them. Not every album is great, but some are, especially Never Gonna Flush Again. Here, the artist takes a long look in the bathroom mirror, Windex in hand, and decides never to write poop songs again, no matter how much fans like me clamor for them."

"A man in Massachusetts has written 88 songs about specific New Jersey towns. Actually, 88 epically, purposefully terrible songs about New Jersey towns.  

There are hits like 'Woodbridge is a Heck of a Town' or 'Possibly the Best Song About Union City,' and who could forget 'Isn’t Saddle Brook Great? I Think It Is.'

What would inspire such a thing? And did he really just try to rhyme 'Carasaljo' in his song about Lakewood?

We had questions. Matt Farley of Motern Media had answers.


"I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen in recent weeks that I’ve been obsessed with the impossibly niche world of a backyard filmmaker from New England, but I’ve also been struggling to recommend how they can best join in the fun. Monsters, Marriage, and Murder in Manchvegas & Don’t Let the Riverbeast Yet You! were stand-out titles I could cite as favorites of his backyard horror comedies, but it isn’t until you fully sink into his catalog, taking in years of development over multiple films and sampling dozens of extratextual novelty songs, that the full significance of those crown jewels becomes clear. That’s a lot to ask of someone who’s likely never heard of Matt Farley before, especially in an era where it’s difficult to successfully recommend even a minutes-long YouTube clip. In that way, Local Legends is a godsend. It summarizes everything that is wonderful, daunting, immense, and trivial about Matt Farley as an outsider artist in a single 70min morsel – twenty years of unfathomable dedication to obsessive pet projects made digestible in just over an hour’s time. Miraculously, that infomercial style self-review of Farley’s back catalog also stands as his most substantial, rewarding work to date – a weirdly philosophical meta-commentary on what it looks like to make underseen, underappreciated art in the internet age. We live in a time where it’s more affordable to produce & publish movies & music than it ever has been before, which means that there are so many amateur voices in the game it’s near impossible to get noticed, even for someone as naturally entertaining as Matt Farley. Local Legends captures the essence of Matt Farley & Motern Media, but it also captures the current state of online self-publishing at large and, by extension, what self-funded D.I.Y. art projects look like in the 2010s. If Matt Farley ever 'makes it big,' it will be because of decades of stubborn dedication & repetition, a ton of hard work for potentially very little reward. It almost doesn’t matter whether or not that happens, though, because he’s already delivered his masterpiece in Local Legends, a movie of and about our time in amateur pop culture."

The State Press


The After Movie Diner

"Despite the subject matter and the presumed, traditional, rock, make-up of the band’s musicians, the music of MO75 is anything but predictable. Much like The Beatles’White Album (only obviously better and less messy) the songs are a varied mix of multiple genres. The Big Heist are all multi-instrumentalists who, individually, have different tastes and as this triple collection is a true collaboration, you get elements of rock, folk, pop, rap, punk, grunge and singer-songwriter woven throughout its running time. This keeps the experience of listening to the three volumes back to back consistently exciting and invigorating."

The Guardian

Film Threat

Film Trap

"It would be unfair for me to include KEEP BEING AWESOME! in a list of beginner recommendations, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the staggering work which at 75 dense musical tracks is Farley’s Finnigan’s Wake. It sounds at first like a novelty album by The Very Nice Interesting Singer Man along the lines of Job Songs, but it slowly morphs into the harrowing journey of a man who goes to different towns and punches people in the face. It’s as weird and funny as it sounds, but also very sad. Like every Farley album, really."

Prospector Now

"Even if I’m not in the mood to listen to something as silly as most of Farley’s music tends to be, I’m always pleasantly surprised to find some shining examples of excellent songwriting. A recent Very Nice Interesting Singer Man album called 'Keep Being Awesome!' has some of the catchiest hooks I’ve heard on a rock album in a long time. It feels very much grounded in his Moes Haven days, as well as other rock bands with a similar style of wit and whimsy, such as They Might Be Giants. 

The album also has some dark lyrical content that you wouldn’t expect from the guy who wrote 'Welcome to Fart Town.'"


"'Stay Gluten-Free! Gluten Will Kill You! Watch Out!' by The Hungry Food Band
An obvious homage to the disaffected punk stylings of the Dead Milkmen, the sub-ironic delivery pairs with the uplifting 80s-era keyboard riffs. This dire warning about gluten consumption will make you feel Up With People-level happy about it."


"If you do take a few minutes to explore the absurd world of Morten Media, I suggest you check out the birthday songs, the songs where he reviews movies, the celebrity songs, and maybe even check out the poop songs. But also take a moment to listen to a bit of Moes Haven, because I have a sneaking suspicion that just as much as revenue is a motivation for Farley, an equal motivation might be an over-the-top Hail Mary attempt to get you to listen to the music he actually cares about, existing under an impressive mountain of fake-outs, hoping to be discovered and adored by music fans."


"As someone who makes zines, podcasts, and runs an amateur film criticism blog in the late 2010s, I recognize myself in Farley’s dedication to his miniature media empire. Producing any kind of online content without a major outlet boosting your signal (even media that would have simply been considered Art pre-internet) is essentially just shouting into the digital void, listening to the hollow sound of your own echo. That’s why it’s essential to collaborate on a personal level, to make and share your projects with your friends."

Complete Music Update

"He also took time to record a more serious solo album, under the name Matt Motern Manly Man. A departure from his usual attempts to write a song for every possible search term, it covered more autobiographical stories, such as the time someone drove a snow plough into his garage. Some of that solo material appears in the playlist, but plenty of his more traditional fare stands out too, such as the punky ‘School Psychologist’ and ‘I Have Paintings On My Walls!’, and the more downbeat ‘One Step At A Time’."

Frothy Ruminations

"The climactic scene, the comedy gig itself, is a scream. Turns out Matt Farley is a very funny guy, with plenty of jokes and more importantly great delivery and timing. He accompanies himself on keyboards, singing songs and making people laugh. It’s an excellent moment in a well-done, fascinating semiautobiographcial tale."

Film Bizarro

'Fellow independent filmmakers will recognize themselves here, but I can't help but envy Matt Farley's passion and love for what he does and everyone who is vaguely curious about his work. This is truly an important film about a struggling artist, and I would never have expected that from this guy."

Substream Magazine

'While some of his more well-known songs include “The Poop Song”“Used to Be a Pizza Hut” (which he performed on The Tonight Show), and a variety of birthday, thank you, and congratulations songs with different people’s names subbed in, there’s also a slew of serious, nostalgic, even love songs that Farley has put out, including my favorite, “A Nod to the Gods”, released under the name The Finklestinks.'

The Portland Phoenix

The Hippo Press

"Moes Haven achieves that balance on 'I Am Leaving Town in 90 Days,' blending a David Byrne literalism into a melancholy love song. It’s both goofy and plaintive, as is the Billy Joel-esque 'Sometimes Stars Just Cross.' On 'Tin Roof Tap Dance,' an infectious hook and smart lyrics combine for a two-minute gem"

The Hollywood Investigator


"More people need to know about Matt Farley. Why? Well. That’s hard to explain. And part of the reason his work is so great is that it defies easy explanation. Or is the appeal that it conforms to every explanation? I mean, Farley’s songs are good because they’re really clever and catchy. But he also has hundreds of songs where he’s just saying a word over and over again, or spelling a name, or singing about what he had for breakfast that morning."


"If you have no prior knowledge of Matt Farley’s oeuvre it’s entirely possible that the absurdly wholesome frivolity of Monsters, Marriage, and Murder in Manchvegas will leave you frustrated, especially if you enter it looking for the traditional genre thrills of a microbudget horror film. If you’ve at least seen Don’t Let the Riverbeast Get You! before, if not any of his other films, it’ll feel like reuniting with old friends you only see once a year at summer camp. It’s just a camp that happens to occasionally be invaded by monsters & murderers."

My Husband's Stupid Record Collection

The Wire

"Moes Haven echoes the stripped down work of The Mountain Goats in voice, style and lyricism, and at times demonstrates the Goats’ comic cynicism. In another respect, the band sounds like a more authentic, low-budget version of Jack Johnson. Poppy yet soulful, the songs seem to counter the world’s crushing complexity with an insistence on lighthearted simplicity. Let Farley and Scalzo play music and nothing can get them down. "

The First Song For Your Mixtape

Pando Daily

"Obviously, 74 cents a month is not exactly a fortune. But Farley said he had an epiphany: 'Most people would quit, but I was like, if I can make 20,000 songs that are as successful as "I Love Hugh Grant," I'll be doing pretty well!'

So he set out to do just that, recording song after song after song--most of them inspired by terms that people might search for on digital music platforms. And then, it started to work."

The Worst Things For Sale

Ain't It Cool News

"DON’T LET THE RIVERBEAST GET YOU! is the type of self aware low budgeter I couldn’t help but love. The film’s budget was probably spent on constructing the cheap costume the Riverbeast wears which is basically a wetsuit, spikes glued to kitchen gloves, and a floppy ill-fitting monster mask, but what this film lacks in budget, it makes up in charm."


"The majority of the film's success rests on the shoulders of star, producer and co-writer Matt Farley, who has over reacting down to an art (love the eyebrow acting!). He seriously makes me want to see some of the other films he and director Charles Roxburgh have made together. These guys have talent, passion and a wicked sense of nutty humour that has become almost required to make decent indie movies these days."

Consider The Consumer

"I first came across Matt on the Beautiful Anonymous Podcast, hosted by Chris Gethard. As many likely did, I did some research and was able to track down the man who has proclaimed himself (and rightfully so) the most prolific songwriter in the world, after totaling over 19,000 songs during his tenure as a musician. I became enthralled with Matt and his work, and I’m sure you will too. Here’s our exclusive with the musician."


"Local Legends takes a quasi-documentary approach. Shot in glorious black and white in and around Manchester, New Hampshire, local artist Matt Farley shows us more or less what his life is like. While a goodly amount is fictionalized there’s also a bit of truth going on here as well – it’s really up to you to determine which is which."

The Hollywood Investigator

"Farley's most interesting experiences are fairly mundane, and that's his whole point. It's why Local Legends is so funny. Like David Letterman or Garrison Keillor, Farley has a talent for finding humor in the quirks and foibles of everyday life. His past film collaborations with Roxburgh -- from Freaky Farley to their most recent Don't Let the Riverbeast Get You! -- celebrate the gentle weirdness of small-town Americana, an aesthetic that Farley continues with Local Legends."

The Squeerelist

"Local Legends is a whole concept of its own which helps define indie, low-budget feature film, amateur acting and fun. I am pretty amazed by its extraordinary screenplay structure. You will certainly burst into laughter as you encounter Matt's entourage and get aboard his routine and adventures."

Dig Radio Boston

"If it's fun and games that's great.  But, are people taking this seriously aside from the fact he's getting paid for it?  This isn't serious music…If he wants to be a comedian, you know a Weird Al Yankovic kinda guy, I'm all for it.  But if he's gonna try to pose this as serious music, I don't know if people are gonna buy it."

Philadelphia Magazine

"And it was endless. I found a song about someone I once worked with (Buzzfeed executive editor Doree Shafrir) and a song titled 'Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy Loves Elizabeth Bennet.' The only song I could find with any sort of rage at anyone was one titled “Karl Marx Was A Communist Man,” which praised Ronald Reagan and calls Marx evil. (Other Farley bands were more political. The Extreme Left Wing Liberals have a song titled 'Legalize Cocaine.') Another one of his monikers, The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities & Towns, has a song titled 'Best Song About Philadelphia.' For songs that are essentially music spam, Matt Farley’s project is actually kind of endearing."


Milwaukee Record

"Yes, 'Milwaukee Poop Poop Poop Song!' The 64-second ditty is from City Poop Songs, the latest 48-track album from noted bathroom artist The Odd Man Who Sings About Poop, Puke And Pee. And if you find yourself traveling outside of Milwaukee in the near future—to, say, Austin, Montreal, or Tokyo—The Odd Man Who Sings About Poop, Puke And Pee has you covered, too: 'Poop Song For Austin, Texas!' 'Montreal Poop Song (Canada!)' and 'Tokyo Tokyo Poop Song (Tokyo!)'"


"As Papa Razzi and the Photogs he’s recorded hundreds of odes to celebrities, with songs about Justin Bieber and Supernatural star Jared Padalecki ranking among the most popular. It didn’t take long for Farley to cover the A-, B-, and C-listers, so he broadened his definition of celebrity. Now, all it takes is his seeing a journalist’s name retweeted onto his timeline and Papa Razzi and the Photogs will get to work penning lyrics honoring the likes of Vulture’s own Jesse David Fox and Sam Hockley-Smith. Asked how these less-than-famous subjects respond upon hearing his handiwork, Farley says they typically “say thanks in a way that indicates they’re flattered but confused.”

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