Now available from the Sea Urchin Audio & Video catalogue: The Blorp Esette Gazette, Volume Two. On this compilation CD Ace Farren Ford and Ju Suk Reet Meate take you on an intense trip to the farthest corners of the musical landscape. The CD spans a period of almost 40 years (the oldest recording dates from 1976, the most recent from 2013) and unites all sorts of approaches to music into a wild, deconstructionist desert flower.
Textural Sounds is a label run from Portland, Oregon by Cody Brant. Among its releases on cassette and on SoundCloud are LAFMS related pieces and collaborations of John Wiese, Sissy Spacek, Smegma, and Cody’s own band Dead Channel.
Textural 002, now distributed by Sea Urchin, is a cassette capturing a radical performance of Joe & Joe (Joe Potts & Joseph Hammer) at The Smell, Los Angeles, 14 February, 2010, where they opened for Lasse Marhaug and John Wiese. “A dense fog of sound on sound on sound in the cavernous Smell” is what it says on the LAFMS website about this release. Yes. Be engulfed. Swallowed. Deeper. Magma.
Sea Urchin has released on 12” vinyl Heathcote Williams reading a selection of his poems. The LP comes with an offset printed sleeve and an audio-CD that contains all the tracks of the vinyl plus two extra recordings. Jan Herman, who recorded Heathcote Williams in September 2013 and who wrote the liner notes for the LP and CD, writes about the poems published: “Mr. President,” “The United States of Porn,” “Forbidden Fruit, or The Cybernetic Apple Core,” and “Snuff Films at the White House” are poems I think of as CT scans of history. They are history investigated and exposed. In their uncompromising nakedness, they tell the moral truth beneath journalism’s proverbial first draft. And the truth is not that welcoming.”
The LP sleeve and CD wrapper were designed by Anneke Auer. Sound and vinyl production: René van der Voort & Manuel Padding. Recordings © Cold Turkey Press. This Sea Urchin edition is co-produced by Wim Brands. Order now →
The poem ‘Eating The Rich’ by Heathcote Williams was published in 2014 by Cold Turkey Press in a limited edition of 36 copies. The poem comments on the company BiteLabs’ idea to grow test-tube meat from celebrity body cells and sell the resulting meat products to consumers. “Human protein, the latest product of capitalism’s dark art”, is how Williams describes these products to conclude that “…when global collapse causes global food shortage / The blow can be softened by the thrill / Of knowing that fortune may intervene and serve up / A lifesaving dish of celebrity road-kill”. Well, friends, try it yourselves. Bon appétit!
Made available from our archives is a fine copy of Hans-Peter Feldmann’s Die Toten, 1967-1993. The softcover book was published by Feldmann Verlag in 1998 and compiles – in pictures culled from printed matter of the period – the violent deaths of almost 100 people between 1967 and 1993. Deaths that resulted from the escalation of violence in Germany following the murder of student Benno Ohnesorg in 1967 and ended with the deaths of police officer Michael Newrzella and RAF member Wolfgang Grams in 1993. This rare and sought-after artists’ book documents the often underestimated death toll of a radical and violent period in recent German history.