Todd Tamanend Clark’s ‘The Deathguard Remnants‘ (2014) and ‘The Pink Chunk Unearthed…‘ (2015) are two releases on cassette on No Basement Is Deep Enough available from Sea Urchin. Both of them are wild, psychedelic releases beautifully packaged. The Pink Chunk cassette comes in a green hand made sock topped with a polyurethane blob, spray painted pink. Insanity’s tuxedo. A fold-out insert with an accompanying text and photos is included, but those are insane too. And Todd Tamanend Clark’s cassette comes packaged in a hand made trapezoid leatherette pouch with a strain of black hair extension attached to it. Inside the pouch a nice triangular fold-out insert with track list can also be found. Sea Urchin distributes the very last copies of this mind-blowing release. Take a look in our catalogue for more information.
New in our Counter Culture Chronicles catalogue are recordings of Jack Kerouac and Fielding Dawson on cassette.
Counter Culture Chronicles #7 contains two interviews of Jack Kerouac, both interesting but for different reasons. The first one is an interview by Charles Jarvis and James Curtis which was broadcast on 8 October 1962 on WCAP radio in Kerouac’s hometown Lowell, Massachusetts. Jarvis and Curtis set out to interview Kerouac about his new book ‘Big Sur’, but find themselves taken for a ride by a relaxed and high-spirited Kerouac. The B-side of the cassettes contains an older and very different interview of Kerouac by heavy-weight journalist and writer Ben Hecht which was broadcast on television in October 1958, shortly after the publication of Kerouac’s ‘The Dharma Bums’. At the time, one year after the publication of ‘On The Road’, Kerouac’s star was rising whereas Ben Hecht was the granite literary institution of an older American generation. The interview is a clash of generations.
Counter Culture Chronicles #8 contains a one-hour long reading of stories by American author Fielding Dawson at the Central Park Grill, Buffalo, NY. The reading, for a sometimes noisy crowd, was recorded by Allen de Loach on 2/7/1974. Dawson enrolled in Black Mountain College in 1949 alongside Robert Rauschenberg and Kenneth Noland to study painting under Franz Kline and writing under Charles Olson. After having served at a military hospital as a conscientious objector to military service, Dawson returned to New York and immersed himself in the burgeoning art scene and frequented Max’s Kansas City, where he met Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock and many other artists. Dawson wrote about them all in a seemingly stream-of-consciousness style, influenced by Olson´s ‘projective writing’, in which form follows content.
No Basement Is Deep Enough is a Serbo-Belgian cassette label run by Ignace de Bruyn and Milja Radovanovic. The label explores the fringes of music, art and poetry and focuses on obscure recordings of what they call ‘the semantic prisoners of the false prophets of the cultural hegemony’. No Basement Is Deep Enough packages their cassettes as wild, at times outrageous, art objects and releases them in limited hand made numbers. From now on Sea Urchin distributes those.
Yannis Livadas (1969) is a Greek experimental poet, writer, jazz scholar and translator who lives in Paris, France. His translations from English into Greek include works by Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Harold Norse, Gregory Corso, Frank O’Hara and Ezra Pound. Livadas’s highly individual poetry incorporates an idea of experimentalism that is based on ‘organic antimetathesis’: the scaling indeterminacy of meaning, of syntactic comparisons and structural contradistinction. Livadas’s poetry thus stretches beyond the limits of individual expression and aesthetics. While remaining firmly rooted in individual experience and thought, it opens up new perspectives and creates unforeseen vistas in the solid and carefully chosen images of the poet’s personal surroundings.
The Sea Urchin chapbook ‘Strictly Two‘ brings together and at the same time opposes two of Livadas’s finest poems: ‘My bones in the soup of my grave’ and ‘A poem I once wrote’, both translated from Greek into English by Livadas himself. ‘Strictly Two’: two poems that run deep and carve their way through the basalts of truth.
Robert Filliou (1926-1987) was a French poet, writer and artist affiliated with Nouveau réalisme and Fluxus. Filliou conceived the celebration of Art’s Birthday in 1963. He claimed that 1,000,000 years ago there was no art at all until one day, on 17 January to be precise, art was born when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Art’s birthday – which, by the way, happened to coincide with Filliou’s own – saw its first public celebration on 17 January 1973 in Aachen, Germany and in Paris, France. Filliou’s ‘Whispered History of Art’, now released on vinyl as Slowscan vol. 30, is a Fluxus mythology about the origin of art. The playful and humorous lecture was recorded by Ondine Fiore at the New Wilderness Studio, New York in December 1977 and is introduced by Dick Higgins. Courtesy Filliou recording: Archivio Francesco Conz. Verona.