April 6, 2014

fresh smegma

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 4:29 pm


Sea Urchin is excited to join forces with Pigface Records from Portland, Oregon! Since 1979 Pigface Records has had a dual mission: reflecting the personal, L.A. centric freak aesthetic of the improvisational group Smegma and revelling in aspects of the current and past Portland scene. After the initial burst of vinyl and cassettes (1979-86) Pigface Records was dormant for some 25 years. The label has been reinvented by founder Ju Suk Reet Meate as a cassette label to carry on its work into the future. Follow this link for more information about Pigface Records, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Smegma and others: http://smegmamusic.com/site/

Three absolutely great Pigface releases on cassette are now available from our catalogue:

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Ju Suk Reet Meate was born in 1952 to a non-musical family in Covina, California and played trumpet in the fourth grade through his high school marching band, but then stopped playing music altogether. However, shortly after moving to Pasadena in 1972 and with no further musical training, Ju Suk Reet Meate started the band Smegma, which continues to this day. He moved to Portland, in 1975 and started Pigface Records, putting out tiny quantities of 45s , EPs, LPs and cassettes, some with hand-drawn covers. He has played live gigs (mostly in Portland), several times a year ever since. Recently, he has performed collaboratively as ‘The Tenses’ with Rock and Roll Jackie (also of Smegma) and solo.
SOLO 1978 & 1979, Volume II was recorded in various locations in Portland Oregon 1978 and 1979 as ‘real time’ improvisations with no overdubs, edits, or remixing. Some final EQing and editing was done in Smegma’s Studio in January 2013. Many tracks were recorded on portable cassette decks with automatic level control. Ju Suk Reet Meate plays guitar, record player, bowed sheet metal, trumpet, vocals, gnome synth., 1880′s pump organ, bass guitar played with feet, and 1/4 inch reel-to-reel multi-head tape loops.




The improvisational ensemble ‘Smegma’ came into being in Pasadena, California on November 23, 1973. Despite having no formal art or music training, several friends decided to experiment with playing ‘real’ music. They tried a ‘band without musicians’ concept by allowing musicians only for special parts as needed. The only other rule was, “NO HIPPY MUSIC” or any other contemporary sounds. They developed their own ‘primitive suburban folk’ approach and traditions. They were aware of the LA freak scene (Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Wild Man Fischer), but it was only 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 peers.
The wild, improvised pieces on Wild Blue Yonders were recorded in 2011 at Smegma’s Studio in Portland and Juan’s Studio in Pasadena by Ju Suk Reet Meate. The cassette is a reissue of the 100 copy LP on Ideal (Sweden), which was released at Perspectives festival, 21 April, 2012. Smegma here is: Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Donkey Flybye, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Rock and Roll Jackie, John Wiese, Madelyn Villano, Rogue Iiniki, and William Cyrus Ford.




This cassette is a 40-year anniversary edition with original recordings by Ju Suk Reet Meate in Altadena, California on May 16 1974, except Side B, track 3, which was recorded on May 20, 1974. Final Editing and EQing was done in January 2014. On this recording Smegma is: Paul Rioux, Ace Farren Ford, Amy, Bev, Dennis Duck, Chuck-O-Fats (Donkey Flybye), Cheez-it-Ritz, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Chuck, and Cheez-Bro.


March 31, 2014

No Easy Walk to Freedom – tighthead fourie and the loose forwards

Filed under: music,politics — ABRAXAS @ 10:41 pm

March 27, 2014

recondite – cleric

Filed under: music,niklas zimmer — ABRAXAS @ 10:54 am

March 25, 2014

gozaran – time passing

Filed under: film,frank scheffer,music — ABRAXAS @ 8:50 am

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first published here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/gozaran-time-passing-film-review-266435

March 17, 2014


Filed under: art,music — ABRAXAS @ 10:54 pm


February 26, 2014

The Heshoo Beshoo Group – Amabutho

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 2:15 pm

The Heshoo Beshoo Group – Lazy Bones

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 2:12 pm

The Heshoo Beshoo Group – Emakhaya

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 2:09 pm

From their one and only record from 1971.
I’m partial to Cyril Magubane’s guitar but Henry Sithole on alto, Stanley Sithohole on tenor, Ernest Mothle on bass and Nelson Magwaze on drums are all from the top draw.
An sublime mix of American jazz influences and South African jazz style

Joe Malinga Quintet – Kipit

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 2:06 pm

song for alex – ross campbell

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 2:02 pm

February 20, 2014

frances-marie uitti plays scelsi at the italian academy, new york, march 5

Filed under: Giacinto Scelsi,music — ABRAXAS @ 9:21 pm


February 19, 2014

african choral legacy – joshua pulumo mohapeloa

Filed under: christine lucia,music — ABRAXAS @ 5:42 pm



Filed under: 2010 - the exhibition of vandalizim,music — ABRAXAS @ 5:29 pm


February 17, 2014

lorde – tennis court

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 9:35 am

February 14, 2014

carlo mombelli – stories

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 11:38 am


February 13, 2014

country conquerors unplugged

Filed under: Country Conquerors,music — ABRAXAS @ 12:24 pm

February 7, 2014

wyclef jean – diallo

Filed under: music,politics — ABRAXAS @ 2:15 am

February 6, 2014


Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 5:34 pm

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keep reading this article here: http://nplusonemag.com/the-sound-of-musiek

February 3, 2014

bob marley – live a life of love

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 2:56 am

January 29, 2014

aretha franklin – (no, no) i’m losing you

Filed under: dick tuinder,music — ABRAXAS @ 8:30 pm

January 11, 2014

vastrap magic

Filed under: afrikaaps,music — ABRAXAS @ 6:18 pm


grape – stories of the vineyards in south africa
jeanne viall, wilmot james and jakes gerwel
isbn 978-0-614-04938-8

carl wilson on the kalahari surfers

Filed under: music,politics,warrick sony (kalahari surfer) — ABRAXAS @ 2:34 pm

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first published here: http://www.randomhouse.ca/hazlitt/feature/avant-apartheid-south-african-protest-punk-dangerous-time

January 8, 2014

blaine l. reininger @illuseum

Filed under: illuseum,music — ABRAXAS @ 10:59 am


January 7, 2014

born for greatness – biography of frank leepa

Filed under: music,music and exile symposium — ABRAXAS @ 12:40 am


sankomota’s singer and guitarist’s life is celebrated in this biography by mpho a leepa.
published by geko publishing
order your copy from

front cover photograph by aryan kaganof

December 31, 2013

Archie Shepp + Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual trio – Brother Malcolm

Filed under: music — ABRAXAS @ 11:17 pm

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