existentialism – mekons
paperback with CD
In July 2015, the fabled mekons recorded an album of new songs, existentialism, at the Jalopy Theater in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with the help of 75 "mekoristers". The recording took place in real time using a single microphone, in accordance with the notion that a record need not take more time to record than it does to listen to. Rather than release the album with the usual packaging, the band decided to put together a book of writing and art that responded to each of the 12 tracks. Contributors include mekons past and present, but also artist pals such as Jock McFadyen, Jo Claewaert, Martin Billheimer, and Helen Tsatsos, and writer friends including Megan Abbott, Johnny Dowd, Jeffrey St. Clair, John Williams, Emma Bolland, and Wendy Frith.
So here it is, a 96-page book of art and writing, a 12-track CD of all new material (with a bonus video track), plus the access code to view Barry Mills's half-hour Mekonception, in which footage of the recording session has been transmuted into a video art document. We've sold out already, but the band will be selling it at their upcoming Canadian/California shows; if you can't make it to those, you can also order from Bloodshot Records.
TRACK LISTING: Flowers of Evil, Part 2 / Skintrade / O Money / Bucket / Fear and Beer / Onion / Traveling Alone / Nude Hamlet / 1848 Now! / Simone on the Beach / The Cell / Remember / Flowers of Evil, Part 1 (bonus track and video)
Meanwhile here's a video for one of the tracks, "Fear and Beer."