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."

The State Press


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."

The Guardian

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

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."


"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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