New EP Announced: No Brain – Out September 24
Media provocateurs Negativland and visual collaborator SUE-C have confirmed a fall tour and a new Negativland EP will be released September 24. See below for a full list of dates and full info on the EP.
“We’re hearing voices, but who’s doing the singing? Is that a phone or is it your nervous system? Is Cultural Jamming countercultural? And…is it safe to go inside? We’ll all have a chance to find out together (if we dare) this September, when Negativland, in collaboration with SUE-C & Co, presents the first leg of their new live show: IT’S NORMAL FOR SOME THINGS TO COME TO YOUR ATTENTION.
Created in collaboration with “live cinema” visual artist SUE-C www.sue-c.net, the legendary sound collage group’s new audio-visual performance project is about the world we live in, the minds we use to perceive it, and the technology that inevitably inserts itself between. Negativland creates art that draws attention to its own frame, and any frame designed to be invisible (as all the most lucrative ones are). In today’s media climate, it’s harder than ever to resist the voices you think are your own.
If going to a concert sounds like the risk you’re looking for, safety protocols permitting — then we’d love to see you in the room. If not now, when; it’s not going to stop being normal for things to come to your attention.
Negativland & SUE-C on tour:
9.15.21: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
9.16.21: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
9.17.21: San Francisco, CA @ Gray Area
9.18.21: Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
9.20.21: Portland, OR @ Holocene Portland
9.21.21: Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s Pub
9.22.21: Olympia, WA @ Capitol Theater
9.23.21: Seattle, WA @ Clock-Out Lounge
9.25.21: Yakima, WA @ The Seasons Performance Hall
11.7.21 or 11.8.21: Bisbee, AZ @ Central School Project
11.9.21: Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
11.10.21: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
11.12.21: Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
11.13.21: Albuquerque, NM @ Guild Cinema
11.15.21: Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art House
11.16.21: Austin, TX @ Mohawk
11.17.21: Houston, TX @ Rudyards
11.19.21: New Orleans, LA @ Santos Bar
11.20.21: Pensacola or Tallahassee, FL, TBA
11.21.21: Atlanta, GA @ Earls
11.22.21: Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
11.23.21: Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
Seeland Records • SEELAND 035
7” vinyl EP
Four songs in just under nine minutes: what do they have in common? They’ve got NO BRAIN, and they’re the new vinyl EP from your grandparents in NEGATIVLAND.
Just as all those decades of Media Literacy courses finally seemed to be sinking in, along came Social Media to scramble our lines of sight on where all these voices are really coming from. Every tactic we modern citizens used to resist the one-way feeds of Broadcast Media — from skepticism, to research, to signal jamming — is just as easily used against us in today’s all-way environment. The four songs on this record juxtapose the voices of media experts from the ancient 90’s with voices culled from the modern landscape of Social — from the users still operating under the old rules, to the rationalizations of tech CEOs making billions off the software that’s eaten them. How does one follow the money on a free platform? Who’s got the megaphone? Can non-sequiturs exist? What takes less time to update: a website’s auction to determine which ads are being loaded onto your page, or your own perceptual mechanism making a call on everything you don’t need to know?
All of this and more, made hypnotically catchy through Negativland’s time-honored use of Funny Noises and Weird Beats, could be coming soon to a nervous system that is You.
• A continuation of the recent interconnected Negativland albums TRUE FALSE and THE WORLD WILL DECIDE.
• Guest artist Prairie Prince on drums.
1. Megaphone Guy (1:38)
2. Mr. Nobody (0:32)
3. No Brain (2:17)
4. Sequitur (4:19)
Order The World Will Decide here
Check out Negativland’s Chrome Extension: DISCERNMENT.CRX
Demo video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZsRFxzw6sg
Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 Floptops known as Negativland, a multimedia collective originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland surreally re-arrange these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and “culture jamming” (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement.