News: We're pleased to announce that Austin's lauded End of an Ear is the exclusive retailer for titles from the Table of the Elements archive. As of this writing, they're stocking sealed, out-of-print material by artists including Oren Ambarchi, John Cale, Rhys Chatham, Tony Conrad, Jonathan Kane, Stephen O'Malley, Jon Mueller, Neptune, Zeena Parkins, Melissa St. Pierre, Lee Ranaldo and more. Owner Dan Plunkett has been a stalwart supporter of the label since its early '90s inception, and End of an Ear is a world-class shop with an impeccably assembled collection of vinyl, cassettes and CDs, as well as an astounding selection of vintage stereo gear. Whether you're a local Austinite or a visitor for SxSW, swing by and support brick-and-mortar durability and discerning commitment. Cheers!Read More
Table of the Elements
"Kelley is an avatar of the power and humanity inherent in recognizing the radical impurity of human experience. His art searches out dark and soiled places where defects, fault lines and inadequacies are obvious and routine, and where failure takes on the poignant, fragile, even heartbreaking beauty that accompanies any loss of self."
Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times
"In a three-decade career, cut off abruptly by his suicide, at 57, last year, Kelley did it all, in terms of genre: performance, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video, installation, sound art and writing. And he wove together — twisted together — all of that into what amounted to a single conceptual project based on recurrent themes: social class, popular culture, black humor, anti-formalist rigor and, though rarely acknowledged, a moral sense, unshakably skeptical, that ran through everything like a spine."
Holland Carter, New York Times
"Sound goes low, deep to the core of the Earth. It goes high, too: higher than we can tolerate, then higher than we can hear, then higher than any living creature can hear. It goes higher and higher and higher still, until it rains down as sunlight and collects in pools as all the colors of the spectrum. Feel lucky? Reach out and grab just enough to make a single chord. Who knows? It might even be enough for a song."Read More
"It entered our dimension through some appalling portal in 1968, an unspeakable Cuthulian horror that's never, ever going to leave. It lives deep in the ocean, and waits for the humans to summon it via ritual invocation at the RV and Boat Show."Read More
When he fled Harvard in 1961, contrarian Tony Conrad escaped into the restricted ruins of post-war East Berlin. Now he returns, via Tyler Hubby’s celebratory opus, Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present. The host is Volksbühne, Germany’s most iconic theater. Is Tony rolling in his grave? We like to think he’s rolling in the aisles.Read More