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:
JU SUK REET MEATE – SOLO 1978 & 1979, VOLUME II
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.
SMEGMA – WILD BLUE YONDERS
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.
SMEGMA – THE PIGFACE TAPE
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.