Memphis Recap – Gonerfest 2016

Trampoline Team perform in Memphis during Gonerfest 2016
Trampoline Team perform in Memphis during Gonerfest 2016, photo by Time Warp Week Ends on 35MM film

Anton Jackson over at VultureHound gives the best recap of Gonerfest so far. A series of highlights of the fuzzed out, eclectic, and desperate, American and Australian garage rock scene. Nots, Chook Race, Pity, Trampoline Team, Giorgio Murderer, and so many more it’s really hard to keep up.

Anton highlights the camaraderie that takes place in Memphis during those three days. I’d like to do the same. There is a genuine feeling of love and appreciation throughout the fest. One of the things Zac Ives says during the Opening Ceremonies is ‘Take care of each other!’ It’s true! How many times did I see a passed out Japanese festival-goer during the shows and leaned in to offer assistance only to be told to go away because they are sleeping! I guess the music is just so good it touches everybody in the same way.


Near the end, Anton mentions meeting someone from Montreal, Canada. That person is me! You see, I really exist. I’m not just a Nots internet promotional bot!

Nots – Cosmetic (2016)

Tell me about the album title. Why did you choose Cosmetic?

I read the word in a Nazim Hikmet poem from his book Human Landscapes. He used it to describe the façade of a political system, and the word just has a really great dual meaning. There’s the obvious implication of it — that it’s covering something up, or that it’s face value. I felt like a lot of the songs addressed themes that sort of lie within the idea of having one face on, but something completely different is underneath, or implying that what you see may not be the truth — that truth with a capital T is very relative.



Giorgio Murderer Kills It At Gonerfest 2016

Memphis was abound with energy during the not-so-secret afterparty on Saturday at Murphy’s (1589 Madison Ave). A crowd of the most hardcore fans, hanger-ons, and tag-alongers celebrated to the robotic futuristic punk sounds of the one they call Murder. Backed by members of Trampoline Team on keyboards, drums, and bass, Giorgio delivered the pummeling bounce to the excitement of euphoric fans who started crowd surfing in the cramped quarters of the bar/venue.

Other highlights include an energetic afternoon set by Kool 100’s, a blistering speedy flammable set by Fire Retarded (Hey Bobby!), a ski-masked robbery by Pity, and a celebratory incantation by the legendary Kid Congo Powers.

cumsttainFor my part, I met the two-man operation behind KLYAM Records out of Boston. I first thought they were Archie & The Bunkers, but getting past their pre-pubescent adolescent looks they are actually greasy sleazy freaks of the unknown kind! More stories and pictures to come as I develop my rolls of film, including some Super8 footage of Nots conducting the opening ceremonies.

Prince Waly & Myth Syzer – ‘Junior’

Damn, if you venture on the French side of rap, rare are the occasions where something is as powerful as its American counterpart. Lo and behold, Prince Waly, brings the NYC conversational 90’s flow to the forefront, full of internal rhymes, offbeat pauses, and deadpan wisdom, usually the servings of a young Nas, Rakim, or early Jay-Z.

Myth Syzer, usually on the electronic side of hip-hop production, tones down the blips and J Dilla bass booms, to deliver a beat that sounds like Premier meets Pete Rock in the summer of 1992. A scratched sample from slain Harlem rapper Big L crowns the chorus while Prince Waly spits cryptic reflections on street smarts, moral implications of crime, and hopeful yearning. Soul music for soulless times.

World Press Photo 2016

Photojournalism exhibition sponsored by the Illuminati. An amount of dead bodies that rival a Tarantino film. This year, a special focus on abused and exploited children. Refugees star without compensation. Liberal white guilt on display. Images are printed on foam cardboard giving no texture or sense of reality. Two personal projects about pregnancy feel like student works (probably related to members of the jury). Nothing memorable. Same as the junk on any newsfeed online. Avoid at all costs, unless you want to count dead bodies or abused children.

Most poignant picture would be the Lybian refugees on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea. The diversity of expressions in the black faces resonate deeply with the convoluted emotions of being in the world today: as a fleeing fugitive of disastrous conditions brought upon by destructive rich white men! Photo by Francesco Zizola.

An overcrowded rubber dinghy sailed from the Libyan coast is apprached by the MSF Bourbon Argos search and rescue ship. 26 August 2015.
An overcrowded rubber dinghy sailed from the Libyan coast is apprached by the MSF Bourbon Argos search and rescue ship. 26 August 2015.

Nots – Cosmetic LP (2016)


Second LP from Memphis underground rock/punk quartet, Nots. Just their name illicits questioning and encrypted mystery. These four individuals deliver the pummeling, bass-heavy, distorted psych guitar twang I’ve expected, but this time ‘turnt up’ the psych a notch. Lyrically, they still tread the same waters of Watergate, emerging paranoia, science-fiction forms, whether on the metaphysical bouncy anthem ‘Blank Reflection‘, or directly through their negation of mainstream culture on ‘Entertain Me‘. Nine numbers of bent distorted heat. My personal favorite, title-track ‘Cosmetic’ slows down their usual tempo by half, and delivers a classic drawn-out glorious hardcore stomping number that would fit quite nicely in a George A. Romero zombie flick. Quite serious, and untouchable, like electroshock therapy. Wouldn’t be surprised if FBI, CIA, MI-6 already have a file open on these guys.

LP comes with limited edition cream-pink vinyl, glossy insert sleeve also comes with lyrics.