Intimate, absurd, feral and aggressive in its homemade weirdness, the music of Kommissar Hjuler & Mama Bär is deceptively simple - typically created using just their voices, a cassette-tape recorder and a microphone. Their astonishing suburban dramas are both charming and psychotic, sometimes at the same time.
The husband-and-wife duo have self-published their dada-esque sound poetry experiments on small-edition lathe-cut LPs, tapes, and CDRs for years, usually adorning them with elaborate junk sculptures and paintings. "Asylum Lunaticum" collects the best from their impossibly scarce small-run releases in one place. An ideal entry-point into the singular Hjuler/Bar universe. Recommended if you'd rather spend the big bucks on food and rent and if folks like Henri Chopin, Raymond Dijkstra, Ultra Eczema, Paul McCarthy, Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, Mike Kelley, LAFMS, Dylan Nyoukis, and/or Aaron Dilloway get you all excited.
released June 30, 2013
All music by Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Bär, compiled by Howard Stelzer from private art-edition CDrs and hand-cut vinyl originally published by Der Shoene-Hjuler-Memorial-Fond.