CAT #: RVNGNL01
November 10, 2009
The dystopian frontier is near, but never fear. In the new era of endlessness where we hide ourselves as humans among androids, there is hope. On Endless Bummer, the second album from Pink Skull, the producer duo of Julian Grefe and Justin Geller rip out the tracking chip and jump the grid on a quest for purity among putridity.
Endless Bummer was engineered by Quentin Stolzfus (Mazarin) and recorded live to 8 tracks on 1″ tape at Alex Ounsworth’s (of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) studio outside of Philadelphia. The ‘in the moment’ feel accomplished at the 200 year old barn doesn’t typify traditional dance or ambient recordings but rather creates a hauntingly stoned environment that allows the album as much free form as it does structure.
The result of this balance parallels the Bummer along the various lines of PIL’s Metal Box, The Orb’s Pomme Fritz EP, the tropicalia Dada-ism of Tom Ze, and Eno & Cluster. Living / breathing electronic music made beyond the computer screen for bigger screens, Bummer could easily soundtrack a remake of Videodrome as well as it could a Kubrickian classic.
Endless Bummer is available on vinyl and mp3 formats. Each LP comes with a digital download of the full album (+ three bonus tracks) and Beardo Tyrannicus, a collection of original and found works by Pink Skull, laid out by Will Work For Good across two 18” x 24” newsprint posters. Look for Pink Skull’s frenetic live show on select dates supporting the release of Endless Bummer.
About the packaging…
For the living / breathing packaging of Endless Bummer, Pink Skull and Rvng prepared a list of 1000 different “bummers” informed by our symptomatic culture (ranging from “ADULT DIAPERS” to “ZOMBIE INVASION”) and letter pressed 900 of these across a variation of three flo-colored jackets printed with vegetable-based inks at Stumptown Printers.
The 60 hours spent slaving over the letter press at Silver Spring, MD non-profit arts center Pyramid Atlantic took on an endless if not hallucinogenic feel but never veered into bummer territory.
A1. Peter Crushing
A2. Chicken Dream Inside Egg
A3. Circling Bwi
A4. Ritualistic Bug Use
B1. Endless Bummer
B2. Oh, Monorail
B3. Fast Forward to Bolivia, 2000 Years Later, Our Hero Finds Himself…
B4. The Inconsiderate Neighbor, As Played by Justin McNulty (And Don’t Even Get Me Started on Those Shoes)
B5. Fired, So Fired
01. Peter Crushing
02. Chicken Dream Inside Egg
03. Circling Bwi
04. Ritualistic Bug Use
06. Endless Bummer
07. Oh, Monorail
08. Fast Forward to Bolivia, 2000 Years Later, Our Hero Finds Himself…
09. The Inconsiderate Neighbor, As Played by Justin McNulty (And Don’t Even Get Me Started on Those Shoes)
10. Fired, So Fired
11. Several French Revolutionaries Standing on the Back of My Neck
12. Gonzo’s Cointreau
13. When Falling Straight Through A Goat