SEA URCHIN NEWS
03.10.2021

Smegma - Name of the FrameNew from Moloko Plus:

Smegma – Name of the Frame

Smegma came into being in Pasadena, California on November 23, 1973, when several friends decided to experiment with music, despite having no formal artistic or musical training. They developed a ‘band without musicians’ concept, only allowing real musicians to join in when special parts were required. In the course of time Smegma (which was a perversion of the band name Magma) developed a so-called ‘primitive suburban folk’ approach to music. While being aware of the dominant music scene of LA of the period (Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Wild Man Fischer), those musicians only remained a distant influence. John Cage, Harry Partch, Eric Dolphy, Sun Ra, Buckminster Fuller and many other great minds of previous generations were more influential than their contemporaries.

Most Smegma members moved to Portland, Oregon in 1975 while at the same time becoming involved with the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), to which they contributed LPs, cassettes and visual art. Smegma’s approach of playfully paying tribute to the great music of earlier generations, deconstructing contemporary music and pushing music into new territories has always generated a small but expert number of admirerers from all over the world.

Moloko Plus has now released the beautiful Smegma CD Name of the Frame, which contains recordings from the late 1970s and early 1980s plus a long solo recording by Smegma core member Ace Farren Ford from 1974. Artwork by Ace Farren Ford forms the basis of Robert Schalinski’s excellent design of the digipak. All tracks originally recorded by Ju Suk Reet Meate with final editing done in Portland, Oregon in April 2021. Order now


 

30.09.2021

Collectible album: Bill Orcutt - Cracked MusicNew in our Collectible catalogue:

Collectible album: Bill Orcutt – Cracked Music

Cracked Music is a solo album, released on Orcutt’s own label Fake Estates in 2016. The music of this album was created with the help of the open source coding program Cracked that was developed by Orcutt himself. “Lately I’ve been trying to find a more personal approach for making sound on the computer,” Orcutt explains in The Wire of April 2016, “something that feels like a software equivalent to one of the cheap Silvertone or Kay guitars I use – something primitive and stripped down, where the inner workings are exposed and easily modifiable, and the music feels like it’s being made by you rather than by the program.”

This is a mint copy of Bill Orcutt’s limited edition album Cracked Music, complete with text insert and signed by Orcutt in Rotterdam, September 2016.

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29.09.2021

Rick Griffin a.o. - Tales from the Tube No. 1New in our Collectible catalogue:

Rick Griffin a.o. – Tales from the Tube No. 1

American artist Rick Griffin originally produced his comic Tales from the Tube as an insert for Surfer Magazine in 1972. An expanded 32-page version of the comic was published separately by The Print Mint, Berkeley the following year. Apart from Griffin’s own work it contained contributions by S. Clay Wilson, Robert Crumb, Bill Ogden and other renowned comic artists. Unique to the Print Mint edition of this zine are four pages at the centre printed in colour on glossy paper. The condition of this particular copy is fine with only minor damage to the spine, slight yellowing of the newsprint pages and a 60¢ sticker covering the original 50¢ cover price. Read more and order


 

21.09.2021

Ernest Ryman - Teddy BoyNew in our Collectible catalogue:

Ernest Ryman – Teddy Boy

Teddy Boys and Girls were a British rock’n’ roll subculture in the 1950s. Drawing inspiration from British Edwardian-era dandies Teddy Boys wore drape jackets, drainpipe trousers, loose-collared white shirts, Slim Jim ties and suede creepers, while Teddy Girls (or Judies) wore drape jackets, pencil skirts, rolled-up jeans, cameo brooches and clutch bags. The violent and delinquent life-style of the Teddy Boys and Girls was documented and sensationalised in the 1953 film noir Cosh Boy by Lewis Gilbert and in Ernest Ryman’s 1958 pulp novel Teddy Boy, a hardcover copy of which has been made available from the Sea Urchin archives:

“Jimmy Alban is a Teddy boy whose career ends in murder, and this is the story of his successive steps on the path towards an unusually mean and horrible crime. But it is only towards the end of the story that the paths of Jimmie Alban and Charlie Bowker cross. Charlie also claims to be a Teddy boy, but in his case the reasons for a distorted view of life become apparent as we follow his progress through Fulwood, which is an Approved School – one of those places to which we send youthful delinquents…” (from the blurb of the book)

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31.08.2021

Ed van der Elsken - BagaraNew in our Collectible catalogue:

Ed van der Elsken – Bagara

In 1956/57 Van der Elsken travelled through the interior of Central Africa on the equator. A selection of the thousands of photographs he took during that journey was published by De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam in 1958, most of them printed black and white. Bagara means ‘buffalo’, an animal which – according to Van der Elsken – personifies the savagery and vitality of Africa. Designed by Jurriaan Schrofer, the book presents a brutally honest insight into life and death in Central Africa at the time. Bagara counts as one of Van der Elsken’s major publications; an exhibition devoted to Bagara was organised by Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem in 2004.

This particular copy of the sought-after first printing is fine: no damage or ownership marks. It comes with a copy of the accompanying text booklet by Van der Elsken and Jan Vrijman slipped into the dustjacket. The dustjacket itself shows some staining and wear and has a small tear. Read more & order