Monday, December 31, 2007

Favorite Music of 2007

Happy New Year!

Not much time for palaver - I'm racing to complete a pair of illustrations for a German kultur mag (crude Photoshop collages, but that's what they asked for!), and then I'm off to party in the ATL...

Hope all of you have an uproarious NYE, and a terrific 2008...

Best-of lists are inherently ass-fucked, but a rundown of office favorites? Not a problem. As many of you are aware, we keep it simple at TLASILA HQ: three albums, three singles, and we're out. All were captivating, all were repeated and studied and dozed off to and admired for hundreds of repeat plays.

Our aesthetic is the most rigorous of all possible aesthetics, and all other fuckers are WRONG. This is the hot global truth.

Caveat: if you are a friend to, a member (or close associate) of TLASILA, your work is excluded from competetion. Fair is fair.

Selection process revealed:

I listened to thousands of recordings in 2007, but these are the ones I came back to time and again. Got it?

Favorite ALBUM

Burial - Untrue

(Hyperdub HDBCD002 CD)



Runners-Up

Ez3kiel - Naphtaline

(Jarring Effects CD0337 CD)


Eedl - Everse

(spa.RK sp 14cd CD)

Favorite COMPILATION (only one selection)

Space and Time

(Hotflush HFCD001 CD)

Favorite SINGLE

Compound One - Get Loose

(Compound One CMPD 001 12")

Runners-Up

Goth-Trad - Cut End / Flags

(Deep Medi Musik Medi-05 12")


Substance & Vainqueur - Libration / Resonance

(Scion Versions SC 04 12")

That's it. Everyone else's records can go fuck themselves.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

TS/TLASILA

Everything Must Go!!! (Pt. 3)

TLASILA - Post-Christmas Depression vs. King Crimson's Red

Wherein Del Reeves, Eddy Arnold, Ferlin Husky and Floyd Cramer hogtie Marc Charig and Mel Collins in the E'G Records canteen...





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(Four tracks, 14.3 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Happy New Year!

Tom

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Everything Must Go!!! (Pt. 2)

TLASILA - Xmas Scrum vs. Plateau

Excess ranch-flavored inventory pushes back against late-90s tech hegemony!

(Dudley, Sheriff, Carter and Snow decline to record for Cleopatra, and so stand recused...)





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(Four tracks, 15.7 MB, ripped @ 320.)


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Prepare to meet your inner obsolescent,

TS

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Everything Must Go!!! (Pt. 1)

TLASILA - Electro Punk: Viva La Revolution vs. Smoky Mountain Christmas

Wherein we begin the arduous process of shedding seasonal skeins... The Cumberland Gap Reunion thus find themselves in a slow dance clinch with Oliver Koletzki, Dumb Blonde, Black Strobe, and Kiko. Hey!! Not enough tongue!



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(Four tracks, 13 MB, ripped @ 320.)


This one's for my mom... Happy Birthday!

Get it here.

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Best,

TS

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius (La Grande Bouffe Edition)

Hello Again,

Below, please find all twelve courses of our all-you-can-deflect buffet of Yuletide excrescence...

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TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius



(Twelve tracks, 49.7 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Happy Holidays!

TS

Friday, December 28, 2007

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 12

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 12: Conway Twitty's A Twistmas Story vs. Hilary Duff's Santa Claus Lane

"On the twelfth feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / twelve Gurdjieff disciples dozing / eleven Briatharogam a keeling / ten Zoroastrians a zithering / nine Gnostic Luciferians deriding / eight gealdorcraeftigan sniffling / seven Celtic polytheists bearding / six megaliths crumbling / five texts by Iolo Morganwg! / four herding omens / three Rosicrucians / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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(Twelfth course, 5.02 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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"In palace, cabin or in cot,"

TS

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 11

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 11: Collin Raye's Christmas: The Gift vs. Jim Reeves' Christmas Songbook

"On the eleventh feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / eleven Briatharogam kennings keeling / ten Zoroastrians a zithering / nine Gnostic Luciferians deriding / eight gealdorcraeftigan sniffling / seven Celtic polytheists bearding / six megaliths crumbling / five texts by Iolo Morganwg! / four herding omens / three Rosicrucians / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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(Eleventh course, 3.69 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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"Seized with such a fit of coughing..."

TS

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 10

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 10: Clint Black's Looking for Christmas vs. Kenny Rogers' Christmas in America

"On the tenth feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / ten Zoroastrians a zithering / nine Gnostic Luciferians deriding / eight gealdorcraeftigan sniffling / seven Celtic polytheists bearding / six megaliths crumbling / five texts by Iolo Morganwg! / four herding omens / three Rosicrucians / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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"Old money, and new money too..."

TS

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 9

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 9: Burl Ives' 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection vs. Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas in Larryland

"On the ninth feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / nine Gnostic Luciferians deriding / eight gealdorcraeftigan sniffling / seven Celtic polytheists bearding / six megaliths crumbling / five texts by Iolo Morganwg! / four herding omens / three Rosicrucians / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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"Scraps of Chinese philosophy fell from her..."

TS

Merry Christmas und C Новым Годом!

All the best of the holiday season to you and yours...



Love,

TS for TLASILA

Monday, December 24, 2007

RIP Oscar Peterson...

Another titan ambles off to Valhalla...



(Above, the late Mr. Peterson...)

''A jazz player is an instant composer,'' Peterson once said in a CBC interview, while conceding jazz did not have the mass appeal of other musical genres. ''You have to think about it, it's an intellectual form,'' he said.

Obit.

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 8

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 8: Buddy Emmons' Christmas Sounds of the Steel Guitar vs. Loretta Lynn's 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection

"On the eighth feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / eight gealdorcraeftigan sniffling / seven Celtic polytheists bearding / six megaliths crumbling / five texts by Iolo Morganwg! / four herding omens / three Rosicrucians / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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(Eighth course, 4.31 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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"The deafening 'Here you are!'..."

TS

Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 7

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 7: Buck Owens' A Merry ''Hee Haw'' Christmas vs. Marie Osmond's Magic of Christmas

"On the seventh feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / seven Celtic polytheists bearding / six megaliths crumbling / five texts by Iolo Morganwg! / four herding omens / three Rosicrucians / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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(Seventh course, 3.72 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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"Walked rapidly toward the North River..."

TS

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 6

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 6: Brenda Lee's Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree vs. Merle Haggard's A Country Christmas

"On the sixth feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / six megaliths crumbling / five texts by Iolo Morganwg! / four herding omens / three Rosicrucians / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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(Sixth course, 3.96 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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"The pulse ran slow..."

TS

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 5

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 5: Bill Anderson's Christmas vs. Nashville Superpickers' - Pickin' on Christmas

"On the fifth feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / five texts by Iolo Morganwg! / four herding omens / three Rosicrucians / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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"She had a raincoat on..."

TS

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Next: Hop Sing and U Roy in Rail Steel Clash 1868!

TLASILA - Christmas on the Ponderosa vs. Studio 1



(Click above for a larger version of the image.)

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(Four tracks, 13.9 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Perhaps paleocon turd Tom Tancredo's great-grandchildren can someday know the joys of manual labor, say, as indentured servants in China, 2038?

Be wary, as ever,

Tom

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 4

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 4: Bellamy Brothers' - Tropical Christmas vs. Sammy Kershaw's - Christmas Time's A Comin'

"On the fourth feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / four herding omens / three Rosicrucians / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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"On the brink of waiting..."

TS

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 3

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 3: Amy Grant's A Christmas Album vs. Ray Stevens' Christmas Through a Different Window

"On the third feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / three Rosicrucians / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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Toss off those buckles and D-rings,

TS/TLAS

Tardy Again...

Hello,

Sorry about being late with the last few days' mashups - I've been absorbed with the itinerary for TLASILA's forthcoming European tour. We'll be on the continent throughout April and well into May, covering a lot of ground in the process.

Keep yr peepers parked here - later in the evening I'll drop a few stinkbombs for you all.

Best,

TS

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 2

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 2: Alan Jackson's Honky Tonk Christmas vs. Toby Keith's Classic Christmas

"On the second feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / two athamés / and a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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Clean Plate Club members queue after the jump,

TS

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Pt. 1

TLASILA - The Twelve Feasts of Praamzius, Part 1: Adam Brand & Friends' Christmas in Australia vs. Vince Gill & Olivia Newton-John's 'Tis the Season

Everybody!

"On the first feast of Praamzius / my Svarog gave to me / a bar of homemade saffron soap left on the display case adjacent to the orange-cranberry scones at the Starbucks just off I-10 and Garth near mile marker 793..."



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(First course, 3.84 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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The feast continues tomorrow,

TS

Monday, December 17, 2007

Kringle's Mirrored Stovepipe Sliced by Errant Guywire...

TLASILA - Pulse Emitter vs. Slade

Wherein Golden Cancer Aches' deceptive skeins inhibit anaphase interkinesis in the otherwise illimitable Slayed? Noddy and Lea scoff at alliterative sympathy ploys and instead compose the A-side "Polyp a Chayre"...



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(Four tracks, 15.1 MB, ripped @ 320.)

Heer!

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Best,

TS

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Horus Likes His Muselix After All...

TLASILA - An Evening with John Denver vs. Led Zeppelin, O2 Arena, London, December 10, 2007

You gotta figure Bonzo gave old Deutschendorf enough of a head start... Failing a proper altocumulus grudge match (bootlegged coughing fits and multiple takes of "Moby Dick" lashed to Oh, God! line flubs?), this substitution card must suffice.



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Never gonna listen to the New Cactus Band again,

TS

Sidekick Marries Splitnik in Gemütlich Sond-Flick...

TLASILA - Dennis Day vs. Watersports & Changeling

Wherein the 1955 Christmas Is for the Family platter by Jack Benny favorite Day takes on the burble and roil of W&C's self-titled droneoscopic '06 split... All the notes (and associated shards) fall noiselessly into place.



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Buy something nice for a harridan - what the Hell!

TS

Friday, December 14, 2007

Charybdis Blows Off Odysseus for a Quick Clop with Pliny

TLASILA - The Most Awesome Line Dancing Album vs. Yellow Swans

Wear your hazmat cans for this 'un... Y-Swans' At All Ends finds itself in twain on Lacy J. Dalton's perfidious shoal. (And then it gets worse...)



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You're only ever a shuffle step away from the Argonaut Drive-Thru,

TS

Thursday, December 13, 2007

R.I.P. Ike...

The Luigi Nono of R&B has left the goddamned building...

Ike Turner Dies in San Diego at Age 76



Both genius and fiend, Turner blazed a tumultuous trail.

He was an incredible bassist, songwriter, and arranger, and would have been well served by intensive regimens of anger management therapy...

Farewell, mad dog madman!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Post-Stockhausen: The Lull

Hello,

I've a slew of mixes to post, but life and work have really intervened of late. I should be up-to-date here by evening.

In the meantime, with great thanks to Veronica:



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Best,

TS

Athena Was Goddess of Shortwave, Non?

TLASILA - Nana Mouskouri vs. Medroxy Progesterone Acetate

Wherein the Greek chanteuse's Colour Collection compilation is vacuum sealed within MPA's '07 Supplications delivery node...



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Align your tires with the direction of your intended travel,

TS

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Your Overstolz Traces a Larder...

TLASILA - Sarin Smoke vs. Slim Pickens

During which Swanson and Carter's recent Smokescreen is occluded by the late Mr. Lindley's eponymous 1980 detour...



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Happy Entrails,

TS

Santa's A-Pickin', and Blixen's A-Convulsin'...

TLASILA - Buck Owens & Susan Raye vs. Musica Elettronica Viva

Another in our limited-edition series of seasonal Dodge Coronet/Citroën Dyane pile-ups...



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Happy Jesus Narrative Manip,

TS

Monday, December 10, 2007

Under Heavy Manierismus...

TLASILA - Prince Jazzbo vs. Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation

Wherein the royal Mr. Linval Carter's immortal Kick Boy Face peels out across Future Doomjazz Corpses' fissured, coal-strewn surfaces...



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See You Bright and Early,

TS

Saturday, December 08, 2007

In (Serrated) Memoriam

TLASILA - Karlheinz Stockhausen vs. Feist

1-2-3-Streichquartett...

(A deuce proffered in support of a contention of affection.)



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Spirits convulse,

TS

Abschied...

Karlheinz Stockhausen died Wednesday, December 5th, at his home in Kuerten-Kettenberg, Germany.

His passing was announced earlier today by the executive board of the Stockhausen Foundation for Music:

On December 5th he ascended with JOY through HEAVEN’S DOOR, in order to continue to compose in PARADISE with COSMIC PULSES in eternal HARMONY, as he had always hoped to do: You, who summon me to Heaven, Eva, Mikael and Maria, let me eternally compose music for Heaven’s Father-Mother, GOD creator of Cosmic Music.

May Saint Michael, together with Heaven’s musicians in ANGEL PROCESSIONS and INVISIBLE CHOIRS welcome him with a fitting musical GREETING.




Grieve not, for the import of his works - at least from this biased vantage - is incalculable.

Obituaries:

New York Times

Der Spiegel

Der Stern

Le Monde

BBC

The Guardian

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Ticking Beneath the Tarmac of Orly-Paris Runway 4...

TLASILA - Stinky Toys (le disque jaune) vs. Goem

During which we pit Elle and the Toys' needlessly obscure 1979 deuxième album against de Waard and friends' recent Robbed collection. Nothing goes awry.



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Une soirée cool dans mon caleçon,

TS

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Rite Craves the Ceaseless as the Brain Feigns Death...

TLASILA - Crazy Frog vs. The Soft Boys

Specifically, the Crazy Hits: Crazy Christmas Edition (or, as we refer to it at HQ, Winter Hits) collection; herein we graph the results of its Mississippi Fungus Match with Rew, Metcalfe and Co.'s 1976-81 comp of some years' impertinence...



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Now, disturb their rest...

TS

Skin Isn't All It's Hacked Up to Be...

TLASILA - Ed Kuepper vs. Aril Brikha

Rooms of the Magnificent dislodge footprints of Ex Machina, proprietary beading notwithstanding...



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See you in the sluice,

TS/TLASILA

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Leveller...

Chimps Exhibit Superior Memory, Outshining Humans

For video, click here.

Pulsing in the Wake of the Purge...

TLASILA - Lily Allen B-Sides vs. Sonic Youth B-Sides

01 "Absolutely Nothing" vs. "I Killed Christgau..."

02 "Blank Expression" vs. "Rewolf"

03 "Cheryl Tweedy" vs. "Satan Is Boring (Supermix)"

04 "Everybody's Changing" vs. "Non-Metal Dude..."



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Use your nap time well,

TS

A Slender-billed Curlew Walks Into the Lump Cabin Beverage Room...

...and asks "Have you heard the one about the NO I WON'T WRITE THE WORD 'SNOWBIRD'!"

TLASILA - Anne Murray vs. Ophydian


The Scotian warbler and Torino's uccelli della lega del metallo tussle as per edict...



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Hovering above the canopy (and beating the HELL out of the far too obvious, while still remaining true to precepts, etc.),

TS

Monday, December 03, 2007

Wolfgang Flür / Fotheringay Split Shock!

TLASILA - Steeleye Span vs. Silver Apples

Wherein Hark! The Village Wait awakens next to the Apples' eponymous debut in an oscillating trough of pork rhizomes...



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Ta,

Sir Speeded Once Furiously

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Ye Olde TLASILA Vid: Unearthed!

It's been a decade since I've pried open the original ('93-'95) TLASILA video vault, and almost as long since I last shoved a VHS tape into a VCR. As sleeplessness has returned, my reluctance to gulp down doses of Ambien has doubled. What to do with one's cancerous early hours? Watch Ben, Rat and myself be pelted by debris as we run through early versions of Wigmaker songs at Churchill's in the autumn of 1995, that's what. Or, marvel at the cohesion of the group during our first foray into dank Detroit redoubts with Weasel Walter on saxophone and Nandor Nevai on trombone... God, Miami seems three lives ago. I found: tapes of my ex-wife Angie and I making out on the set of Doris Wishman's ill-conceived, straight-to-oblivion feature Dildo Heaven; a newsreel I directed for the now-defunct Alliance Film and Video Project on the arrival of Fred Phelps' inbred, thoroughly batshit Westboro Baptist mob on South Beach to picket the funeral of gay Real World cast member Pedro Zamora (they weren't exactly accorded a warm welcome), and very early "noise scene" footage of TLASILA and Harry Pussy live at Washington Square in April '93. Pretty amazing stuff...

I've really got to put a proper retrospective Shave DVD together.

On the television monitor I see a proscenium ankle deep in newspaper, plastic cups, and other detritus; minutes before, a pit escapee actually launched himself from the middle of the Churchill's stage... It seems as though we played 30 or 40 shows in Miami before anyone took notice - watching a dude stage dive to "Is This Good for Vulva?" seven freakin' years before its release completely blows my mind.

Oh yeah, I found the master footage of our '95 appearance on Danny Jesup's über-mongrel Miami Springs cable access show. (Which was shot in the rear room of an incomparably sterile commercial real estate office.) As we performed a song from the (then-unreleased) Mitchell Brothers album, the staff videographer zoomed in on the cover of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run. Fucking classic.

Below, a pair of still frame grabs from our '95 Detroit set with Weasel and Nandor. Rat's outline is unmistakable in the first (WW's to his left in the image); in the second, you can see NN playing trombone in the center and my elongated form on the right...





Best,

Tom

Beelzebub prefers Mark's Texas Hots to the Wiener's Circle (or Mel's, for that matter)...

TLASILA - Pengo vs. Deicide

You gotta admit, however, that Christ had a way with culinary improv... A stand-off?



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A mere thimbleful will do,

TS

Friday, November 30, 2007

No Mention of "Yankee Reaper" Scheduled in the Short Term...

TLASILA - Hell Rell vs. Van Dyke Parks

Each legless diagram fighter aids his armless, chicken-kicking cousin...



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Never alone in the delirious dark,

TS