Empty Pleasures and Desperate Measures since 1994.
Now-defunct Californian label Man’s Ruin Records was founded by graphic artist Frank Kozik in 1994. Its first release was “Delta 6” by Experimental Audio Research, post-Spacemen 3 project of Sonic Boom/Peter Kember. Kozikdesigned all the sleeve art for label releases and he was signing artists in all kinds of genres styles, which resulted in vast back catalogue for Man’s Ruin.
Some of the most sought-out records in Man’s Ruin catalogue were those by Desert Sessions, a loose musical collective founded by Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age / Kyuss and included Brant Bjork (Kyuss), Nick Oliveri (QOTSA), PJ Harvey, Dean Ween and many others as contributors at various points. Since the demise of Man’s Ruin Records, most of Desert Sessions albums went out of print.
The beginning of the end for Man’s Ruin started with distribution changes/problems and was made worse by the fact that the label lost its lease and was shut down while attempting to relocate offices. Man’s Ruin website greeted visitiors with the text “sorry mansruin never paid their bill and their site is no longer here” and finally, all label operations ceased in 2002. Afterwards, Kozik left music business for good and concentrated on design.
Some of the artists that recorded for label included Kyuss, Melvins, Dale Crover, High On Fire, Fuckemos, Killdozer, Fu Manchu, Iron Monkey, Queens Of The Stone Age, Unida, Goatsnake, Sons Of Otis, Glucifer and Acid Kings, among many others.
Their full discography can be found here.