Labels come and labels go, and goodness knows we have a glut of them in this musical universe of ours. But the fact that Ju Suk Reet Meate, of the West Coast collective collectively known as Smegma, is bringing Pigface Records back to life is welcome news indeed.
Mr. Reet Meate has been a part of the area’s experimental scene since the ’70s and has a great ear for music that’s mind-expanding, cockles warming, and hunger satisfying. The label was part of this world from its first release in 1978 – the Pigface Chant cassette by Smegma – and through other great vinyl and cassette missives like the ’82 compilation Flies Like Holidays and EPs from Rancid Vat and the Hellcows. But since the late ’90s, the label has been on the shelf, collecting dust and racking up collector’s prices on Discogs and eBay.
With Mr. Reet Meate and Oblivia making all kinds of waves with their band The Tenses, it seems the perfect time to bring this imprint back to life. And he is wasting no time with five cassette releases already on offer.
There’s two Tenses releases – one a collaborative effort with Giggles and the other a split with fellow art splatter joyriders MSHR, a collection of Reet Meate’s solo works, and two cassettes of material by the late great Lee Rockey.
As far as I can see, the only way to nab these bad boys here in town is to hit up the good people at Clinton Street Record and Stereo, but hopefully they will expand their reach or even offer them up via mail order in the very near future.