Nots – “Entertain Me” (2016)

New heat from Nots who continue on their path of total destruction to expose the dualities of appearance/truth and body/spirit. “Entertain Me” is an indictment of the society of the spectacle and the media industry bent on psychologizing the individual through capitalist consumption.

That’s cool–But how does it stand as music? Not as infectious as “Fix” or as fervent as “Dust Red”. Rather, sprawling, in a stripped-down psychedelic way, but punk. At 7 minutes, it is the longest Nots song ever, and obviously the album closer. Seems out of place as a single, but I’ll take it. The message contained within is of utmost importance: Entertain Yourself Before Anyone Else Does

The press release, penned by Natalie Hoffman, lead singer and composer, is an accurate description of her artistic ethos (“where genres begin to blend and nothing is easily classified”), and of the political statement inherent within the song:

“Entertain Me” is a song in a constant state of movement and deterioration around one central, repeating part. No two live versions of it sound the same. Drawing influences from experimental no wave, postpunk, and psychedelic music, “Entertain Me” takes its cues from the edges of genres, where one begins to blend into another, and nothing is easily classified. The lyrics reflect the cyclical, distorted nature of the song, addressing different facets of the grotesque horror show going on in American politics and how they are portrayed- the rise of Trump, the reality-TV-like nature of American news, the almost-forced compliance of the viewer, and the for-profit-constructed “right” of the viewer, the consumer, to require constant entertainment in order to participate, and to live.

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UK Roots of Acid House

Dean Cavanagh, screenwriter, and music producer, under the name Culture Is No Friend of Mine, writes about the UK roots of Acid House. A very cool example of a DIY scene in the 80’s that would launch an international phenomenon. Dean was there from the start, and the way he connects the different locations, as well as the different personalities and impulses that propelled the scene forward is interesting.

UK Roots of Acid House by Dean Cavanagh

Unfortunately, he has taken his artwork offline. They were photoshop collages of popular and art culture iconography mixed with elements of death and decay. It was a genius interpretation of the danger of cultural indoctrination. His new project, Sabbatical Sounds, revisits the dance, house, dub, and Northern Soul sounds of his youth.

Nots – “T.V. O.D.” (The Normal cover)

Nots continue on their path of destruction, covering the underground minimalist dance classic “T.V. O.D.” by The Normal a.k.a. Daniel Miller, founder of UK synth-pop label Mute Records. There is no better choice of a song to cover for the dystopian science-fiction influenced Nots. In fact, “T.V. O.D.” is based on J.G. Ballard’s novel “Crash”. Previously, Nots also based a song on a science-fiction novel, Philip K. Dick’s “The World Jones Made”. More nightmare music for the dysfunctional dystopian reality we seem to be trapped in. We’ve been waiting a long time for Nots to cover a classic song. Great choice!R-2266-1402229348-1166.jpegTo be precise, it is actually the b-side to that single that is influenced by “Crash”. However, it is “T.V. O.D.” that really brings out the kind of decaying sci-fi world portrayed on “We Are Nots” (2014).

The Staches (Geneva, Switzerland)

A more punk version of The Limiñanas, travelling through The Greenhornes and Thee Headcoatees. The Staches mix garage pop, psych, and post-punk. The vocal delivery is half-sass, half-spoken-word blase poet. They toured part of the USA recently, but didn’t make their way to Canada. Hopefully that’ll change. Also, the band includes members from post-punk bedroom lo-fi funk of Mauradeur.
Very cool package design and videos complete the effect. Purchase LP0003001645_10


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