Friday, August 31, 2007

TLASILA: Think Tank, Day One, 2PM-7PM

Hello Again,

We've analyzed our hallucinations from the recording of The Cortege... Below, the first half of the first day. (August 25, 2007.) Captions will follow... Here at HQ we're still a little bleary from the glorious ordeal.

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(Ben Wolcott preps his camera as the session revs into first gear...)



(Mark Morgan begins the first improvisation; we used the track he, Ben and Graham Moore created as the basis for The Cortege's lead-off song, "Bright Lights, Theatre, Furs." Thus, the methodology was established... I arrived with lyrics and melodies; BW, MM and GM improvised structures designed to fit specific metrical units determined in advance by Rat. Overdubs were added last. A very efficient technique... The final mix will be the product of intensive subtraction.)



(Ben, probably still jet-lagged from the flight from LAX; as ever, TLASILA's MVP.)



(The core unit of Wolcott, Morgan and Moore convulsed and coalesced into various duo/trio improvisatory permutations throughout the afternoon of the first day. Can't really see Graham from this vantage, but he and Mark record as BW sits one out.)



(TS' handwritten lyrics to "If I Am the Rodent," replete with corrections and tweaks.)



(Kelly Jamison and Mark Shellhaas add Balto martial flavor to the Cortege goulash.)



(Rat's organizational schematic...)



(Gaybomb tracks on the floor of the control room...)




(Rat, in contemplation. They don't call it the Think Tank for nuthin'.)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

From the Maude Sessions...

Below, please find six snaps from the Morgan/Smythe sessions for their new duo project, Maude. The recordings were engineered by Patrick Spurlock, and were tracked at Sightings' obscenely spacious rehearsal cube in Brooklyn, New York on the evening of August 24, 2007. Pithy captioning to follow...











Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Groggy but Unperforated...

We made the drive from NYC to Atlanta in far less time than expected - Patrick drove like a fucking demon and we pulled into Blossoming Noise HQ in time for Graham to catch the tail end of the WFMU broadcast (if he finished hauling in the newly deposited boxes of Blind Cave Salamander's eponymous disc and White Mice's Excremantraintraveinanus album, that is). Another three hours of road hogging and we found ourselves in arboreal South Georgian redoubts. I bade M. Spurlock adieu, checked messages, then collapsed...

Rat will be wearing the cute pink mixer/producer's apron for The Cortege; the Night Ranger EQ curves await! I've been white-knuckling the reins long enough, and it's time again for a fresh, demented perspective. In this war correspondent's biased opinion, Andrew and Don did a brilliant job with Noon, and I'm certain Mr. Falestra will carve The Cortege into either a cultural apotheosis or 600-story soy turkey. Either way, you, the hopelessly addicted consumer of genre-free froth, are the winner!

The Goodbye Blue Monday gig was agreed to as a favor to Atlanta-based sound poet and hard drivin' biker The Subliminator, and we were happy we made the call to comply. GBM is a long, narrow arts space/internet cafe/jumble shop situated under the L tracks in Bushwick, Brooklyn, with a doleful but nonetheless welcoming ambiance. The cramped room opens into a equally crowded patio/iron works, with views of adjacent, threadbare apartments and little else. In Bushwick, even a sliver of atmosphere seems to suffice.

Tony Conrad came to the gig and videotaped our set! I didn't recognize him, being the blind and brain-fogged cur that I am, but Graham spotted him straight away and spoke to him afterwards. The stage was stuffed with the remnants of the Cortege team: Kelly Jamison and Mark Shellhaas, Misty Martinez, the über-ebullient Nandor Nevai, Chris Grier and Graham Moore, Rat Bastard and myself, along with Miami expat (and hip-hop vid choreographer/Namaste yoga trainer/Casio keyboard addict) Jessica Vile and James Kritzler of Austrailan neo-no exemplars ON/OXX. (Patrick Spurlock would have performed, but the club didn't have a D/I box for his electronics array.) My head was fucking killing me after three days of intense tracking (we re-recorded The Cortege in its entirety for WFMU earlier Monday), but I resolved before our evening-closing set not to puke down the bell of Misty's sax, and we managed to perform seven of The Cortege's eleven songs before Nandor drove the TLASILA front loader into the Mariana Trench with a pair of crazed, two-minute improvised 1-2-3-4 encores. My final words to the audience were "hair is for the homeless," and that was that. Mark Morgan attended, but sat the firefight out, preferring to peer through closed fingers on the sidelines. "I haven't seen To Live and Shave in L.A. from the audience's perspective since 1999," he said, and thus he and Sightings bassist Richard Hoffman grimaced into the shambolic din. Honored by their presence, as always. Caveat: the show wasn't meant to serve as our RAOA audition piece. It was done strictly for fun, and for no fee. That noted, duds were outnumbered by close (and often semi-ecstatic) approximations of selections from the Cortege playbook.

Photos from the Think Tank and WFMU sessions and the Goodbye Blue Monday festivities to follow.

Maude:

On Friday evening Mark Morgan and I decamped to Sightings' rehearsal space in Brooklyn to record demo improvisations for our new duo project Maude. Accompanied by Patrick Spurlock (who tracked the session straight to laptop), we laid down 45 minutes of material. About a quarter of the demo seemed release-worthy, so look forward to an eventual ejaculation/exclamation. We might even get around to mounting a duo tour of the States in 2008 if our respective schedules clear.

Best,

Tom

RIP Hilly...

Obit.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

We're at Goodbye Blue Monday...

Hello... Much to relate, but the full recap will have to wait until our retun to HQ. We finished the new album (The Cortege) late Sunday night; earlier today we re-recorded it in sequence for the WFMU session scheduled to air tomorrow around 4:30 EST. My head is throbbing, but the torture ends soon.

On the album:

Rat Bastard, Ben Wolcott, Don Fleming, Nandor Nevai, Misty Martinez, Mark Morgan, Chris Grier, Graham Moore, Andrew Barranca, Dimthings (!), Mark Shellhaas, Kelly Jamison, Patrick Spurlock, Andrew W.K., Cherie Lilly, and me. Quite the mob.

At WFMU:

Rat, Graham, Chris, Mark S., Kelly, Patrick, and yours unholy.

The gig has begun, so I need to break off until later. Guesting with us tonight is James from Aussie freaks ON/OXX...

Cheers,

Tom

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Communique from the Deep...

Just received a note Ned Hayden - he wanted me to know that the Audible Hiss imprint is alive and well. To which I can only add: "hooray"!

Historians may note that Audible Hiss released To Live and Shave in L.A.'s An Interview with the Mitchell Brothers album and New Songs with Drug and Pornographic Themes EP, as well Harry Pussy's Zéro De Conduite EP, a memorably oddball solo album ("Studio We": Benefit for Radio Alice) by HP's Bill Orcutt, a Transmission platter (featuring HP's Adris Hoyos and the Shadow Ring's Graham Lambkin), additional releases by Arthur Doyle, Donald Miller, and The Tower Recordings, and one or two others I can't presently recall.

TLASILA wish the always affable Mr. H the very best of luck.

Cheers,

TS

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Demo Derby Victory Lap: Checkered Flag Shoved Up the Pitted Arse of Propriety...

TLASILA - Discothèque 70: Guinée vs. Pierre Boulez



We come to the end of our 45-day drive-by/shovemix series with Bembeya Jazz National, Keletigui et ses Tambourinis, and Balla et ses Balladins (from the brilliant 1971 Syliphone label compilation Discothèque 70: Guinée) ganging up against the frissons generated by the InterContemporain Ensemble's 1999 recording of Maestro Boulez's extraordinary Répons.

This is the muzak blaring 23/7 at my dream death club, and I wanted to share it with you.

(In Hell, perhaps, but love is sharing, after all...)

Discothèque 70: Guinée vs. Pierre Boulez represents the 43rd and final mashup EP in a series which yielded 190 individual mixes with a combined duration of six hours and 24 minutes.

I prefer to keep busy...

(There are an additional nine mixes from four abandoned efforts - Alva Noto vs. The 4-Skins, Arvo Pärt vs. The Human Beinz, Maria Muldaur vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Tenjo Sajiki v High School Musical - and one privately distributed EP, Grateful Dead vs. Mötley Crüe. Noto, Muldaur and HSM were quickly redirected to more [un]suitable pairings, but the Pärt / Beinz collision never collagulated to taste.)

We hit the studio over the weekend - thanks for helping with the realignment.

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(Four tracks, 16 MB, ripped at 320 kbps.)

Here.

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See you in NYC,

TS

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Für Elise (ORLAAM / Québécois edition)

TLASILA - Céline Dion vs. Voivod



D'elles contre Dimension Hatröss. My heart will go on brain scan, Piggy.

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(Four tracks, 16.9 MB, ripped at 320 kbps...)

Ici.

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Au revoir pour maintenant,

TS

Lucifer Prefers Mr. Mister...

TLASILA - Huey Lewis & the News vs. Karlheinz Stockhausen



Unsichtbare Chöre rebuffs Sports in second summation tones; The Five Satins file suit against Ray Parker's eyes...

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(Four tracks, 14.2 MB, ripped at 320 kbps.)

Here.

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Respect, of course, to Culturecide. (Viz. 01.)

TS

Kleinere Schätze vom Haus von Eb.er (Vol. 2)

K2 with Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck - Noise Tournament Vol. 4

(Kinky Music Institute / Banned Production VSPS 04 / BP 79 7", 1995.)

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Side A

01 K2 with Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck - Swell Junk Minds

Side B

01 Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck with K2 - Nagel/Ei-Rail/EG

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Not super-rare, but then that's not the point. Defiantly out performances, blithe derangements of sound. Slurp it up if bereft.

(17.2 MB, ripped at 256.)

Here.

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Regards,

TS

Roach Lake Filled Instead with Gummy Dreads...

TLASILA - Meredith Monk vs. Emerson, Lake and Palmer



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(Five tracks, 23 MB, ripped at 320 kbps; I shall resist the urge to construct a variation on "cranial antipasti.")

By your leave.

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TS

Monday, August 20, 2007

Beaver Bear Fox Box Blue Slip Squelch Squawk...

TLASILA - Bobby Bare vs. The Music Machine



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(Four tracks, 19.5 MB, ripped at 320 kbps.)

Here.

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The eagle never hunts the CB slang referent, but one must admit Truck Gold is a marvel of taxonomic concision...

TS

Mitternacht am... Krug-Störschub!

TLASILA - Maria Muldaur vs. Apparat



(Apologies for the "jug-glitch" mangling...)

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(Four tracks, 20.1 MB, ripped at 320 kbps; the mirrors are smoked but the sobriquets are stewed.)

Here.

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Bis Morgen,

TS

Henri in a Mortgage Pickle, and Don't Spare the Shabu Shabu...

TLASILA - Incapacitants vs. Jack Nitzsche



Kosakai and Mikawa lob their '95 hiss-fest Operorue at the oft-troubled wunderkind's Chopin '66. Barbs are subsequently swathed...

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(Four tracks, 22.6 MB, ripped at 320 kbps.)


Here.

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Drinking to stay afloat,

The TLASILA Buoyancy Crew*

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* By the way, this was our 600th post. Writing a little something every day is good for the soul...

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Why Zidane Lost It...

Materazzi reveals words of World Cup slur.


ZZ was a dolt to fall for Materazzi's come-on; conversely, MM forever proves himself a foul (albeit undeniably cheeky) little fucker for uttering the insult...



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TS

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Kleinere Schätze vom Haus von Eb.er (Volumen 1)

Crawl Unit / R.H.M. (Randy) Yau - Japan Tour 08:98

(Powertech Industries/Auscultare Research PURAUS 001 7", 1998)



Side A

01 Crawl Unit - Two Fragments and an Apology

Side B

02 Randy Yau - Scherzo: 7810003



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(10.9 MB, ripped at 256 from the original vinyl at OHNE HQ, Aarau, Switzerland, June 2002.)

Here.

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Best,

TS

Friday, August 17, 2007

Even My Creeps Have the Heebie-Jeebies...

TLASILA - Normal Brain vs. High School Musical (with special guest Marcel Duchamp)



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(Four tracks, 20.1 MB, ripped @ 320; Monsieur Duchamp appears on track four.)

Here.

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Cheers,

TS

Toward the Finite, with Haste...

TLASILA - Lava House & Lil Boosie vs. Tom Verlaine



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(Four tracks, 14.9 MB, ripped @ 320.)


Here.

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TS

Thursday, August 16, 2007

RIP Max Roach...

Read the New York Times' obituary.

Nicolai or Noto-Polyfoto or Nicoulai or Noto oder Was?

What the Hell is this? It was recorded / transcribed from Rudolf Eb.er's original copy, and I'm just a gnat hair shy of 1,000% positive that it isn't Carsten's 1998 flexi release (with accompanying 16-page booklet) Endless. I was scrupulous about copying pertinent information from the various treasures I ripped from Odin's archive, but perhaps I erred...

Differences: Nicolai was spelled N-I-C-O-U-L-A-I (its Slavic variant) on the sleeve; where the Endless flexi runs approximately 3:30, this untitled piece bores into your doublewide at an efficient 2:30. Endless dates from 1998, whereas this recording is given a 1995 point of origin... I admit the light in Dave Philips' studio space may have been too dim for me to properly resolve an "8," but at this five-year remove I can no longer be certain. CN's early (pre Raster-Noton) label was yclept Noton Archiv für Ton und Nichtton, but I ascribed the flexi (as per printed credit info) to "Nichtron," its title as Archiv für Ton. (The "EV" matrix was common to Evatone discs of the day.)

I'm either correct or totally fucking astigmatic.

Anyone know this long-gone lil' pup?

Carsten Nico(u)lai (aka Noto-Polyfoto) - Archiv für Ton

(Nichtron Flexi, matrix # EV 119560-18T, 7" flexi-disc, 1995)

"Recorded, mixed, and edited by Carsten Nicoulai."



(Above, Herr Nicolai seems equally confused.)

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(5 MB, ripped @ 256; positive identity not yet ascertained.)

Here.

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(Below, for the sake of impious transparency, the Endless booklet and flexi; images pilfered from Discogs.)





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Until Later,

TS

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ye Olde Cantilevered Virtue...

TLASILA - Judy Garland vs. Wolf Eyes



Vague disquiet and aching melancholy square off in this folding chair match of the genre titans...

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(Four tracks, 18.6 MB, ripped @ 320; rainbow treatments courtesy MD.)

Here.

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A biento,

TS/TLASILA

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Prerequisites for Necrosis...

TLASILA - Rush vs. Joanna Newsom



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(Five tracks, 32.6 MB, ripped @ 320; six of one, half a dozen of the other...)

Here.

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TS

Monday, August 13, 2007

RIP Elizabeth Murray...

Obit.

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(Yikes, 1982.)



(This Pair, 1987.)



(Red Shoe, 1996.)



(Phone Call, 1989-90.)



(Shack, 1994.)



(Smoke, 1993.)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Paul Simon/Sonore Collab Forthcoming...

TLASILA - Edie Brickell vs. Tim Daisy & Ken Vandermark



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(Four tracks, 21.1 MB, ripped @ 320 kbps; George Raft or simulacra.)

Here.

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TS

Prima di ultime cadute di goccia della rottura, Querida...

TLASILA - Freddie Fender vs. Super Italia Vol. 26



Remember what we're after here: revelation through (seemingly) involuntary collusion. PRE in all its flowering/wilting, and then some...

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(Four tracks, 22.9 MB, ripped @ 320.)


Here.

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Mil Gracias,

Tomas

Les Tricoteuses: Examimed

Here.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Seth and Katie Sitting in a Tree, R-E-I-T-E-R-A-T-I-N-G...

TLASILA - Kate Voegele vs. Anal Cunt



It's Bay Village against Beantown in a meta-brawl for all the m-m-marbles!

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(Four tracks, 18.9 MB, ripped @ 320; if you're reading this, you're probably metro.)

Here.

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Have a Blessed Day,

Natas

Frederick Karl Pruetzel as the Venusian Rift Valley Crust Vault in...

TLASILA - Chico Magnetic Band vs. Document 02: Sine



Ryoji Ikeda, Dumb Type, Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano fail in their attempt to disrupt the CMB's ungovernable wake. No surprise then that a fallback strategy of suicide by absorption should win a maddening measure of quietude...

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(Four tracks, 21.5 MB, ripped at 320; sleep should not be a concern.)


Here.

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Yours,

Tom/TLASILA

I Strand Corrected...

Horrid pun intentional, as I've only yesterday found (and dutifully re-mastered, encoded, and otherwise buffed) an audience recording of Roxy Music's amazing performance at the Summer Garden Party 4 fest at the Crystal Palace Bowl in London on July 29, 1972.



The event occurred a week prior to the release of their epochal "Virginia Plain" single (which vaulted them into UK stardom and out of dismal gigs supporting the likes of Loggins & Messina and Arlo Guthrie), and only a few weeks after the release of their brilliant eponymous debut album. (For Your Pleasure was even better, but that's another, as yet discovered, bootleg...)



Audio quality is far from ideal, but your labors will yield naught but bliss. The band were in ferocious form, especially Bryan Ferry. His vocals here are absolutely perfect.

(Messieurs Mackay and Thompson were also quite crazed...)

Fuck knows what the audience thought of them; partisan maundering is audible. Of course, Roxy were to Stone the Crows what Metalux are to Dave Matthews, so skepticism was likely the order of the day.

As it's perhaps the earliest (near-)complete RM show yet unearthed (their closer, "Re-Make/Re-Model," unfortunately fades out after a minute), I'd recommend one ignore the ambient hiss and low-end muddle and take the plunge.

01 Virginia Plain (fades in)
02 The Bob (Medley)
03 Would You Believe?
04 Ladytron
05 2HB
06 Sea Breezes
07 If There Is Something
08 Re-Make/Re-Model (truncated)

Roxy Music:

Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry, Rik Kenton, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, and Paul Thompson.







(Illustrations pilfered from Phil Manzanera's invaluable Roxy Music archive site.)

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(92.8 MB, ripped at 320 kbps, re-mastered upon acquisition; insanely good, despite the audio miasma.)

Here.

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Cheers,

Tom

Friday, August 10, 2007

TLASILA Emblazoned at B2B...

Dan Hosker (Undrskor, Harry Pussy, Doersam, Holy Terrors, Memories of Underdevelopment, etc.) has just sent me the link to Band to Band, a site that seems to want to fuse the Wiki-driven content splatter of Discogs with the anal retentive meticulousness of Pete Frame's old Rock Family Tree genealogies.

The kicker: their home page illustration of the B2B process features Andrew W.K., To Live and Shave in L.A., and Don Fleming's Backbeat Band project!



Madness, I tell you! Madness! (Or, The Specials. I was never in either of 'em, however.)

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