Tearist Record Release

To celebrate the release of Tearist's self-titled new album, Family is pleased to host a special performance entitled, Canceled

Wednesday, December 29, 7pm FREE

"For the duration of the new record Tearist will play a copy of the record and by means of violent manipulation effectively destroy it. The simultaneous playing and destroying of the record is crucial to the commercial release. The destroying of the record while playing and hearing the record will evoke a contradiction, the same contradiction that exists in the life/death scenario: to create is to destroy, to live is to die, all death comes from life, and all destruction comes from creation. Finally the actions we perform will work to immortalize the record in it's limited edition and evoke the sense of danger and loss involved in the creative (destructive) act. Simultaneous to creation a loss occurs which reminds the artist/creator of his/her own mortality. The loss, in this case, is the release of the record. We give this to everyone. We lose that which we have created. With this act we cancel this edition." - Tearist

posted by kramer at 4:57 PM

Laughter in the Dark

posted by sammy at 6:50 PM

posted by kramer at 11:38 PM

People have been asking, so I thought I should give a short status update on Crickets availability. Currently you can get copies from Family and the PictureBox sites. Copies went out last week to Quimby's in Chicago, The Drawn & Quarterly and Fantagraphics stores in Montreal and Seattle, as well as Spit And A Half (go to that site-they have shit I didn't know you could find anymore, what an awesome resource), and Last Gasp. So it should be available any day now from those places. Shops that ordered it through Diamond get it next week on the 29th, if they are in the north east, and the rest of the world January 12th.
And that's that. The book is selling way better than I expected across the board. I have just over a hundred copies left. So that's good and surprising and humbling and oddly life affirming (retail has fucked me up). And it means I can do Crickets 4 in the same exact format if need be. I should get on that. These fucking things totally don't draw themselves!

And here are some bonus images from the ol' reference file for this otherwise useless post:

posted by sammy at 10:43 PM

More New Stuff!

Anything can be shipped! Email: orders@familylosangeles.com

Ai Weiwei - Dropping the Urn

Background Noise - edited by Arbet, Egry, & Poillot . Featuring: Thobias Fäldt, Seth Fluker, Shane Lavalette, Peter Sutherland, Ola Rindal, Pierre Le Hors, Coley Brown - Nicholas Gottlund, Mårten Lange, and more

Tonetta Volume II LP- From Black Tent Press. Complete with dick monoprint from the man himself. Plus restock of the first LP

Over and Over - catalogue of performance, staged activity and public intervention work by Katerina Seda

Karnaval - Photos and oral histories of mardigras in Haiti, where men wear drag, black up, wear cow horns, throw lassos and dance with snakes in their mouths. By Soul Jazz books

Herve Morvan - The Genius of French Poster Art. Beautiful book of 1950s-60s work!

Acme Novelty Library Vol 20 - A brand new book by Chris Ware!

Best Company - Book remembering the 1980s 'high-school' sweaters designed by Olmes Carretti in Italy, under the Best Company label

Jim Carroll - The Petting Zoo. New posthumous novel with cover art by Raymond Pettibon

Bidoun Magazine #22 - Arts and culture from the middle east

Larry Marshall LP - With cover art by C.F.

Conor O'Brien - The Passed Note. Includes a short story by Amanda Maxwell

Ed Templeton's Litmus Test zine/photo book - photos from Russia - Published by Super Labo of Japan. Copies are signed

Hamburger Eyes Zines - Six zines by various contributors, including portraits by Ray Potes and Celly Brain, cell phone photography

Jacob Holdt's America: Faith, Hope, and Love - Back in stock!

Mia San Mia - by Hans Haake

Tearist LP - ST. Letter-pressed cover design!

Wholphin #12 - Short films from around the world including Danny Mcbride as George Washington

Role Models - A memoir by John Waters

Big Questions #15 - by Anders Nilsen

Nature Stories - By Jules Renard. Re-issued collection of stories about bats and birds, autumn leaves and the new moon

Cathexis - A dazzling new photo book by Mark Mccoy

Swill Children - Loads of new risographed titles

The Wild Kingdom - by Kevin Huizenga. Glenn Glanges, the modern day Dagwood Bumstead tackles some typically heady topics

Dave Eggers issue of Monokultur from Berlin

Don't forget about the reading/signing for California on Sunday, Dec 19 with Amra Brooks + Sarah Manguso!

posted by kramer at 6:54 PM