Since 1979 Pigface Records has had a dual mission: reflecting Smegma’s personal, L.A. centric freak aesthetic and revelling in aspects of the current and past Portland scene. After the initial burst of vinyl and cassettes (1979-86) there was a 25 year or so break. Pigface Records has been reinvented by founder Ju Suk Reet Meate as a cassette label to carry on this work into the future. Sea Urchin is excited to join forces with Pigface Records! → Go to our new catalogue
Article on Ju Suk Reet Meate’s reborn Pigface Records label on the Willamette Week website, 24 April 2013:
Outer Worlds #10: Pigface Records Reborn
Even if you’ve never had the privilege of visiting the Northeast Portland home of Ju Suk Reet Meate and Rock & Roll Jackie, if you’ve heard some of the deliciously overstuffed music the two have recorded as The Tenses or as members of the long-running collective Smegma, you might be able to envision what it looks like.
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Sea Urchin is happy to distribute René van der Voort and Manuel Padding’s Counter Culture Chronicles releases. CCC has recently released two C-90 cassettes which contain rare recordings of Jack Kerouac and Timothy Leary. See our catalogue for more information.
The front of this hallucinatory postcard, published by Cold Turkey Press in a limited edition of 36 copies, shows a collage by the recently deceased Norman Ogue Mustill. It is “Mustill in a light sorta mood, or so he thought”, writes his friend Jan Herman, “light for him, anyway: no severed bodies or bloody stumps. He did not always ream out the human race. He had a feel for the vulnerability of pop culture, which he liked to satirize”.
When Cold Turkey Press publisher Gerard Bellaart asked Jan Herman to add a couple of lines to Mustill’s collage, Herman came up with a strange and slightly disconcerting cut-up text called ‘The Condition’: “Thus, from San Francisco to the farthest capitals of the Occident”, the text reveals, “they saw take hold The Condition in all its ugly and irrefutable proportions.”
→ Jan Herman – The Condition
Cameron Jamie‘s KOPBF Book XI brings together 20 raw and direct sketches from one of the artist’s notebooks. Photocopied b/w on both sides of semi-transparent sheets of paper vellum, the sketches form dazzling layers in all sorts of shades of black and grey. Birdlike creatures and other biomorphic shapes emerge and then sink away again in multi-layered lines and grids while turning the pages of this slim edition. Not only does the translucency of the paper vellum add an extra dimension to the drawings, its milky white look and skin-like feel add an almost sensual quality as well.
This book is a sleeping beauty waiting for action. Run your fingers through and watch it go wild. KOPBF Book XI appears in a signed and hand-numbered edition of 100 copies.
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Nelson Algren – On The Heart It Don’t Matter How You Spell It
“Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.”
American writer Nelson Algren (1909-1981) is probably best-known for ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’ (1956) and his earlier novel ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’ (1949). Algren’s protagonists invariably belong to the lower walks of life. From the frog perspective of pimps, whores, junkies, and drunks Algren looks up at the world and comments on its dealings.
In his poem ‘On The Heart It Don’t Matter How You Spell It‘ Algren knocks Frank Lloyd Wright – “the saint of American architecture” – off his pedestal and pitches Wright’s modernist architecture against “ragged tents pitched on the open prairie” and Wright’s desire for immortality against “a secret remembrance inscribed on the heart”.
Heathcote Williams – My Dad and My Uncle
‘My Dad and My Uncle‘ is an unusually personal poem by Heathcote Williams, “written upon learning that WWI centenary Remembrance plans are to be given £50 million by the UK government, BBC News, 11 October 2012″. Recounting the experiences of both his father and his uncle Jack in the army during WW1 and the impact these events had on their lives, Heathcote Williams composes a powerful and heartfelt protest against war and any “sentimental patina” or “mythologized tales” hiding its ugliness and senselessness.