Beach Boys House: Dirt Sounds
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Beach Boys House: Dirt Sounds is a hand-made record containing soil from the house where Brian Wilson grew up in Hawthorne, California. The house no longer exists. There is a modest statue commemorating the location in a small, slightly derelict neighborhood. Dogs, cats, birds, cars, planes, a helicopter and various gardeners’ power tools all lend their sonic presence along with the wind and Jeff’s occasionally audible breath as he wanders the neighborhood. The audio is an 18 minute field recording of the location on an afternoon in 2016, almost exactly 50 years after the album Pet Sounds was released.
The records were made by pouring clear resin and dirt into silicone molds. Produced over a six month period by Jeff Hassay and LeRoy Stevens, each record is unique and weighs between 400 and 600 grams.
Jeff Hassay (born 1975, Fountain Valley, CA) lives in Los Angeles. He publishes books under the moniker Stagger Fancy Press. Recent titles include The Tony Clifton Story, 2012, Ingo Swann’s Penetration, 2013, Rare Salinger, 2014 and Morrissey: Complaints and Apologies, 2014. Upcoming releases include a book of poetry entitled Today in Space, and Strategic Boogie Woogie, a collection of writings and letters by musicians about music and art.
As a musician and producer, his audio releases include Kath Bloom, This Dream of Life, 2017 released by Caldo Verde and Enter Das Ram, 2016 with Rachel Mason, released by Cleopatra/Practical. A forthcoming box set of albums made in collaboration with Imaad Wasif under the name Acid, will soon be released by Narnack.
Jeff co-runs the Finley gallery in Los Angeles with Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer. They have shown art by George Haas, Jonathan Richman and Laura Owens amongst others.