Hospital Productions

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Hospital Productions
Founder Dominick Fernow
Country of originUnited States
Official website Official website

Hospital Productions is an American record label founded in 1998 by Dominick Fernow, commonly known as Prurient.

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Hospital Productions was founded in 1998 when Fernow was 16 years old. [1] Many cassettes and CDrs were released in its early years, many of Fernow's own creations under the name Prurient, as well as various local acts. In 2006, a Hospital Productions store was established in the basement of the record store Jammyland. After Jammyland left, Hospital Productions moved into its space and operated until December 1, 2011. [2] [3] Hospital Productions continues to operate as a label. [4]

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A live release (Bread and Genesi), sold as an exclusive cassette release, was later re-released digitally and on vinyl with added bonus tracks. Another album release (Green Graves) was only obtainable with the pre-order of a 20 CD collection of a completely different artist (Skin Crime). And a digital release from 2019 (Simulated Thunderstorm) was marketed as a continuous 90-minute mix. It was instead released as two tracks that have different titles and running times, but are in fact identical. One track merely has an extra two minutes of silence on the end.

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Suicide Estate or Suicide Estate Antibiotic Armageddon is an EP by JK Flesh, a moniker of English musician Justin Broadrick, and was originally released on February 27, 2016 through Hospital Productions as a cassette. Since then, the EP has been rereleased numerous times in different formats, ultimately culminating in a widespread digital release in February 2017, and a double LP in November 2017. Each edition features a different tracklist.

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Rainbow Mirror is a triple album by the American musical project Prurient, the performing name of the artist Dominick Fernow. It was released on December 1, 2017 through Profound Lore Records. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Prurient project, Rainbow Mirror was released as a 4xCD and as a 7xLP, which was distributed by Hospital Productions. This Hospital Productions release bundled Rainbow Mirror with a limited cassette version of Godflesh's 2017 album, Post Self. The 8-panel digipak version of the album includes a short story by Fernow and Scott Bryan Wilson.

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  1. "Hospital Productions Retail Store Closed". The Esoterrorist. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  2. "Hospital Productions New York record store closes". The Wire. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  3. "East Village Record Store, Hospital Productions, Closes Its Doors". East Village Radio. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  4. Micah, Jared. "Hospital Productions retail store closed; go occupy something to stop this". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 4 December 2013.