Sunday, October 07, 2007

Majin Stand-In Strapped to Milk Roast Pretz; Rubber Nagra Records Tar Pool...

TLASILA - Akira Ifukube vs. Mouthus

Wherein the maestro's Film Works Vol. 8 performs the chakai for Follow This House, which counters with a Vellus hair omelet.


(Four tracks, exactly 20 MB, ripped @ 320...)



Tomorrow, then?


Portsmouth Sinfonia: Toxic Clouds of Sound, and Not a Hosanna Too Soon

The Portsmouth Sinfonia - Hallelujah: The Portsmouth Sinfonia at the Royal Albert Hall

(1974, Transatlantic TRA 285 LP, out of print.)

You can Google/Wiki/Discog and read others' impressions for yourselves, but for my blood-spattered tenspot the Sinfonia are on par with, and certainly as important as, Xenakis, King Tubby, the Pistols, Big Mama Thornton, Cage, Ut, Ayler, Schimpfluch, Take That, etc. Hallelujah was their second release, one that highlighted the inadvertently comic but no less subversive nature of their work. Wonderful from crackpot intro to gargled conclusion.


01 Mr. Michael Bond's Address

02 From the Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a-March-Tchaikowsky

03 From the Karelia Suite, Op. 11-Intermezzo-Schubert

04 March Militaire in D Major-Schubert

05 Piano Concert No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 23- Tchaikowsky

06 Overture 1812-Tchaikowsky

07 William Tell Overture-Rossini

08 From the Messiah (Pt. 2)-Hallelujah Chorus-Handel (with the Portsmouth Sinfonia Choir)


Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London, May 28, 1974.

(Above, the Portsmouth Sinfonia at the RAH, with slowly circling demonic mob... Click both photos for larger images.)


(95.2 MB unpacked, ripped @ 320. I cleaned the vinyl as best I could; certain of the more noticeable pops were removed digitally.)





The Smack Shire Ghost Site Haunts the 'Net...

It's been nearly a year since Gerard Klauder's suicide, and the Smack Shire website continues to function...

GK was a resolutely lapsed Catholic; one doubts he took the Eucharist while slumped in the front seat of his dad's Italian roadster. But even as carbon monoxide snuffed out his last, stubborn, sensate impulses, he must have sensed that transubstantiation was as likely a fate for him as, say, retirement at 67.

My belief? He either became his father's garage, or fused with the purloined code of the old TSSR index page. With the latter, a simultaneously brilliant and god-awful projection of (his) fractured identity, he could certainly have done worse.

(We'd rather have him moping about in corporeal redoubts, of course.)

Rest well, you sick fuck.



Postscript from the future:

Our friend Gerard Klauder, prolific audio terrorist, TSSR co-founder, and indefatigable lunatic, died in October of 2006. The diabolical bastard designed the final iteration of the Smack Shire label website to resemble a dead-end/404/expired domain page purchased on the cheap by spam squatters. Brilliant, but extremely fucking annoying, as the site still stands, and less observant fans continue to send orders despite admonishments. PLEASE, FOR FUCK'S SAKE, STOP ORDERING FROM THE SMACK SHIRE SITE! Gerard is dead, and his PayPal (and website/ISP/password) info died with him.

As of August 27, 2008, we're no longer accepting any orders for TSSR back catalogue. We're on permanent haitus.

Any orders sent to GK's former address are done so at the sender's risk - no albums will be shipped, nor will refunds be sent, as I have neither access to nor responsibility for any accounts of his that may still be functioning. Any orders sent to the TLASILA address will be immediately rejected.

I'll bring a few boxes of the six albums released by the Smack Shire along with us on the 2010 farewell trek, but until then, the vault will remain sealed.



Diamanda Galás: The Metalanguage Album

Diamanda Galás - Diamanda Galas

(1984, Metalanguage LP 119; out of print.)

This was sourced from a cassette I made in '86 of my original Metalanguage vinyl copy. I still have the album, of course, but as it's quite old and otherwise impossible to find I'd rather not pull it from the vault. This must do for the moment.

(Sound quality of the tape is on a par with the Faust. Eros. Tot bootleg I posted some months ago, but I'll probably re-up it again before the end of the week - levels are HOT.)

Needless to say, this is an astonishing collection, one fairly screaming to be reissued...


01 Panoptikon

02 Tragouthia Apo To Aima Exoun Fonos (Song from the Blood of Those Murdered)


Diamanda Galás: voice

Richard Zvonar: tape manipulations and signal processing on side A, recording of multi-voiced backing tape on side B.

Side A recorded Feb. 1984 at 1750 Arch Studios, Berkeley, CA.

Side B recorded Oct. 1981 by Ed Herrmann at KOPN, Columbia, Missouri, on the Ionizations Concert Series with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts & Missouri Arts Council.


(72.4 MB, ripped @ 320.)


Redoubled #3


Another Shave micro-compilation. The third and final entry in the series was extracted from folders marked "208" through "309," unearthed in the back-up hard drive/lye pit used to extinguish outtake material discarded during the second day of sessions for Noon and Eternity.

There's hour upon hour of the stuff; Noon was a veritable Smile of dread and catarrh.

(Uhh, wait - so was... Okay, we've got shared meta-spittle and ur-day sweats, but at least we've reached a Mercator spine about which we can disagree.)


03 309 to 208 (1:03)

(One track, 2.43 MB, ripped @ 320.)





Happy New Year from the Harz...

Hello Droogs, Happy 2019! I‘m in the Harz region of Germany, enjoying a three-day getaway to cap off an eventful year, one marked by celeb...