Thursday, January 31, 2008

There Are Worse Things Than Trepanation Advocacy...

TLASILA - Shooter Jennings vs. Autechre

During which Put the O Back in Country seeps into the pores of Quaristice, and goddamn the Botox...



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(Two tracks, 6.9 MB, ripped @ 320; another in our Fuck Yes Roll the Dice micro-burst series...)


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Don't Stop Yer Howlin',

TS

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Scaling Another Stack of Acceptance Letters...

TLASILA - Soil Sing Through Me vs. Leo Kottke



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(Two tracks, 6.58 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Sinking Swimmingly,

TS

I Walk on Gilded Eye Stalks...

TLASILA - Borknagar vs. Hisato Higuchi

Wherein the former's 1996 eponymous fingerbowl takes on Butterfly Horse Street, the latter's '07 radial fossa...



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(Two tracks, 7.67 MB, ripped @ 320; another in our Shrew Lung Stereo series...)


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Beating off for you, only you,

TS

Monday, January 28, 2008

Boundless, Infinite Loathing...

(Not nearly as deleterious as it's cracked up to be.)

TLASILA - Boston vs. Talvekoidik



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(Two tracks, 5.85 MB, ripped @ 320; another in our continuing "No More Than a Mouthful" series...)

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Good to have all your voices in my mind again,

TS

Re-Sanding Booglitch Totems...

TLASILA - Status Quo vs. Opitope

Wherein Dog of Two Head barks up the polypropylene husk of Hau...



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(Two tracks, 5.85 MB, ripped @ 320; another in our alkaline salt snack series.)


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Adriatic holiday countdown starts in five,

TS

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Thank Satan for Paleo-Evangelicals...

(Amended January 29, 2008.)

FCC Seeks To Fine ABC $1.4M For Indecent "NYPD Blue" Episode

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $1.4 million fine against 52 ABC Television Network stations over a 2003 broadcast of cop drama NYPD Blue.

The fine is for a scene where a boy surprises a woman as she prepares to take a shower. The scene depicted "multiple, close-up views" of the woman's "nude buttocks" according to an agency order issued late Friday.

ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Co. The fines were issued against 52 stations either owned by or affiliated with the network.

FCC's definition of indecent content requires that the broadcast "depicts or describes sexual or excretory activities" in a "patently offensive way" and is aired between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The agency said the show was indecent because "it depicts sexual organs and excretory organs - specifically an adult woman's buttocks."

The agency rejected the network's argument that "the buttocks are not a sexual organ."

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The "woman" in question was NYPD Blue series regular Charlotte Ross, and "Nude Awakening" the episode that blew the minds of the hapless FCC castrati. It first aired on ABC Television on the evening of February 25, 2003.

Below, please find screengrabs of the unspeakably obscene sexual and excretory organs noted in the agency's filing.
























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God, I'm feeling sick!

Prepare to rot in Hell, voyeurs!!

TS

Recursive Tendrils Squeak...

TLASILA - The Buckinghams vs. Janek Schaefer

Does your brickbat have a dental plan?



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(Two tracks, 7.29 MB, ripped @ 320; another in our budget Titanium Flow series...)

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My Buddha Machine only plays the theme from the Turkish version of My Favorite Martian,

TS

Friday, January 25, 2008

Overrun by Light...

TLASILA - The African Dawn vs. Nicola Ratti

"The ill-fated, causing us to twitch..."



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(Two tracks, 8.01 MB, ripped @ 320; the latest in our Mud for Husks and Bones series...)


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This is the stone that broke my illumined neck,

TS

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Croaking a Guess at the Edge...

TLASILA - Amy Winehouse vs. Carsickness

1 Microbo-radio
1 radocobo
1 fleeting illusion of being



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(Two tracks, 8.06 MB, ripped @ 320; one-third of the Mere Vivere occultation...)

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Ground the alibi below the window,

TS

Valencia Promo Mix...

Hello.

We were asked to create a promo track for our May 9 gig in Valencia, Spain; if you'd like to hear another four minutes of Cortege excerpts, click here.

Cheerz,

TS

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cortege Previews Posted!

TLASILA - The Cortege

Two full-length albums, one on vinyl LP, one on CD, the latter informed and inspired by the former, each illustrating the harrowing, always mutating Shave dynamic.

The LP features eleven new TS compositions performed by sixteen members of the TLASILA collective, brilliantly mixed and produced by Rat Bastard. The band has never sounded better.

The compact disc version features jagged electronic recapitulations of seven of The Cortege's cuts, plus eight new Moore/Myth songs inspired by Rat's insane, extinction-event engineering.

Where Rat's mix is a precise, warts-and-all representation of TLASILA's first studio encounter with the new material, the CD analogue, mixed by Graham and produced by GM/TS, provides a scuzzed-out peephole into the transformative Shavian process, one that veers from '07's mashed-up redoubts to explore a far more virulent avenue of contagion.

TLASILA: Rat Bastard, Ben Wolcott, Mark Morgan, Don Fleming, Chris Grier, Graham Moore, Gaybomb, Nondor Nevai, Misty Martinez, Dimthingshine formerly Dimthings, Patrick Spurlock, Mark Shellhaas, Kelly Jamison, Andrew Wilkes-Krier, Cherie Lily, Don Hasseler, and Tom Smith.

The funeral train arrives March 2008 on Blossoming Noise...

Listen to four previews here.

Hostile Faces Disowned by the Bureau...

TLASILA - Tiger B. Smith vs. Zaimph

He who refuses to surrender is a biblical disaster epic, a first dressing gown...



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(Two tracks, 8.04 MB, ripped @ 320; another in our continuing Relieved and Even Flattered series...)

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Tonight you can make all the noise you want,

TS

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Expelled from the Professions...

TLASILA - Disrupt vs. Fr. Pat Berkery

"We seek to achieve a near-absence of stimuli..."



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(Two tracks, 6.8 MB, ripped @ 320; the most recent in our Requisition of Compulsion series.)

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Roads blocked off, rail passengers filtered,

TS

Monday, January 21, 2008

When It Came to Fetishes, Her Curves Contained Tags and a Five-Metre Glaze...

TLASILA - Ella Fitzgerald vs. Blurt

"Sex was great. I designed bicycle taxis..."



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(Two tracks, 7.24 MB, ripped @ 320; the last of our Deaf Soft Porn Florist series...)


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Besieged by opacity,

TS

Until Ellen Throws Her Cigarette in the Sink...

TLASILA - Yui Onodera vs. Juno OST

I was, as the French say, bouleversé... (In VHS format, driving a car.)



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(Two tracks, 7.98 MB, ripped @ 320; another in the ocasional Scissors Poised at Bare Legs series.)

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We give birth in the being of the Volk,

TS

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Just a Pissworth of Green...

TLASILA - Fat Boys vs. Magma

He disliked the name but not the location...



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(Two tracks, 7.52 MB, ripped @ 320; another in our Hellish Dark Soft Hat series...)

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His organs donated to radishes,

TS

Thomas Paine, Son of a Quaker Corsetmaker...



(Razr pic by TS, Atlanta, 18 Jan 08.)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Close Our Fists Over Streaked Silence...

TLASILA - Pilot vs. Hosono & Yokoo

More self-projection than irritation...



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(Two tracks, 6.87 MB, ripped @ 320; the sixth in our Minutes of Brooding Vowels Scorned series.)


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No crucial experiments distinct in memory,

TS

Adamantly Eat Ant 0/2/5

Unassailable tithers work putts. Cad shining moron sunup, shun roadie. Erect Go the... Bowling ivy handlebar pup: canastas' insomnia yarn Wigmaker! Jauntiest sins! Sarcomata rule whim, immeasurable potions snot spy. Foreseeable virile whit nth nil: Monsieur Six Rotor 77/41!

Eclectics friend-only dances found,

ST

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Manquette for the Set of the Ballet "Unartificial Insemination"...

TLASILA - Ron 'Pate's Debonairs vs. Kraken



"Pouring out rhymed abuse, sea shells on their ears..."

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(Two tracks, 8.01 MB, ripped @ 320; commissioned by our readers after years abroad.)

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One does not get better but different and older,

TS

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

In a Word, Mathematical Symbols...

TLASILA - Chris Watson vs. Blood, Sweat & Tears

Over the din of battle they relied on ensuing press reports...



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(Two tracks, 7.52 MB, ripped @ 320; the sixteenth in our limited Hunger, Lice, Big Girl in Apple-Green series...)

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Pulsating Cultural Capital,

TS

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Atlanta: Afternoon, Day Seven

Hello,

We're still working on the final mix... Apart from a few hours off here and there (we took a break last night to eat Indian and watch Lindsay Anderson's If...), we've been poised over the console for a week straight. It's coming together...

New tour dates have been added - Torino, Lille, Bratislava, and Hannover. Consult our MySpace blog for precise info, as the Euro2008 page on the TLASILA web hasn't been updated since the 12th. (No Wi-Fi down in the bunker.)

Love,

TS

Without a Tie, Hardly Decent...

TLASILA - The Banana Splits vs. Aan

I couldn't bear to drink from a glass I had already lined with cerise...



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(Two tracks, 7.38 MB, ripped @ 320; the latest in our diurnal Reposed Upon the Earth series.)

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She led a very sheltered wicked crudity,

T/TL&S

Monday, January 14, 2008

I Am Sitting in the Smallest Room...

TLASILA - KTL vs. Akira Ifukube

Forty-eight serial variants are used to deceive...



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(Two tracks, 7.74 MB, ripped @ 320; the most recent iteration of our Good Fugue Morphology meme...)


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The music itself bears few clues,

TS

(P.S. Indeed, this marks Mr. Ifukube's second trip to TLASILA's seldom-vaunted Compositeur's PVC-wear Hamlet...)

Body Surfers Slid Along the Torch...

TLASILA - ''Sneaky Pete'' Kleinow vs. Lamella

So, you took it to another outfit?



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(Two tracks, 8.33 MB, ripped @ 320; another in the recurring Clump Clump Clump Clump series...)


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Draped with a dry cleaner's bag,

Anon

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Though Lewdness Court...

TLASILA - Gene Pitney vs. Eyvind Kang

Wherein Mr. P's 1963 opus Meets the Fair Young Ladies of Folkland runs happily afoul of Mr. K's sanguine '007 selection The Yelm Sessions. May the best sac fungi reign!



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(Four tracks, 13.4 MB, ripped @ 320.)


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Milkplus has just signed in,

TS

Atlanta, Dawn of Day Three...

I've been tripping (very good 'shrooms) with friends all night. Great oscillating conversations establishing, among other tangents:

1) Bats masturbate to To Live and Shave in L.A., and only to TLASILA...

2) My semen de-Nazifies on contact.

3) Nothing can void or impede mediation - in other words, there are no field recordings, only microphone placements. Their degree of ultimate efficacy is dependant on innumerable variables, and you've seen that Hallmark Channel mini-series already.

4) Andrew Cuomo is a foul wanker-shitter...

Very busy recording here at Blossoming HQ; we've done nine tracks in two days, with lots of cartilage and soft organ tissue yet to be fabricated.

The Miss High Heel album looks sexy as Hell.

Yours Affectionately,

Tom

AFOS Part III: The Daily Beauty That Makes Me Ugly...

TLASILA - A Flock of Seagulls vs. Jazz Finger

The Story of a Young Heart's clipped obelisks abut shrub-to-shrub against the quickset swine of The Little Girl on the Plane Who Turned Her Doll's Head Around to Look at Me...



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Pliny saw it coming, but failed to trim...

TS

Thursday, January 10, 2008

RIP Michael Griffen

(Amended January 10, 2008.)

Today we welcome Priya Ray and Robert Price to the blog:

Michael Griffen (Noggin, Behead the Prophet) sadly passed away Jan 5th.



What can one write about a man who led a life so indisputably vital? His energy left most people utterly depleted.

I met Michael sometime in the mid-to-late 90s. I was living in Miami, and he was touring with Behead the Prophet. The group played that night, and later crashed at my house. I was intrigued by Michael from the moment I met him. Beside the fact that he played violin in a metal/punk band and I played violin in a psychedelic/punk band I was in awe of how a 62-year-old man had the same energy and tenacity of a teenager. We talked about free music, our views on learned improvisers, art, and pretty much everything else we could think of talking about, but for some reason it never occurred to us to play music. A year later my band Kreamy 'Lectric Santa went on tour and we ended up in Bellingham Washington, where Michael lived. We were having a bad tour experience so Michael invited us to house to make some noise. Robert, Paul and I ended up going to his house, which was dreamlike. The living room was dedicated to playing and recording music. He had everything from a drum set to the the guts of a piano in there. I've played free music before I had met Michael, but that was the first time I ever played with a person and felt that there was something divine about it. It was like a great force had entered the room and there was nothing anyone could do about it except keep playing. Michael and I played a few more times together and everytime we would get together the crazy, indescribable energy would take over. We would always talk about what had just happened with excited disbelief. I wished that this was something that we could have done on a regular basis, but geography and life got in the way.

This morning I received the phone call informing me of Michael's passing. I was not really shocked, but saddened by the realization that the moments of the inspiring spirit and pure creativity that I, his fans, friends and family shared with Michael are now to be filed away to memory. Then again, when I think of Michael I know he would encourage us ALL to go out create our own new unexplained moments of greatness.

--Priya Ray

It seems absurd that such an intense, seemingly superhuman being would leave this world so quietly. He lived life and inspired many to explore free music without pretension or attitude. Giving up the guitar for the violin, he was a self-taught master. I feel deeply saddened having recently spoken to him and feeling his illness wasn't as bad as it had been in recent years. He sounded like his old self, filled with life and ideas. He even had some writing projects in the works. My heart goes out to his family and all who experienced the wonderment of meeting and playing with him.

--Robert Price

AFOS Part II: Slowly Disappearing Summer Beaches...

TLASILA - A Flock of Seagulls vs. Miscarriage

Wherein the latter's lone, eponymously yclept spoor spoons with Listen's lilac dead-header...



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A mumbled "Good Night," still discerned,

TS

AFOS Part I: The Complex Illusion of Age...

TLASILA - A Flock of Seagulls vs. The Haunting

Wherein our electro topiaries pit their eponymous bay laurel against Hallway's Guangdong penjing...



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(Two tracks, 7.24 MB, ripped @ 320; the first of a three-part Caesar Kutz '94 series...)

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A baby's cry from offstage,

TS

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

"Queen-Anne's-Lace" (Seventh-Gen Xerox)

TLASILA - Benny Goodman vs. Slow Dancing Society

Tie her to the fence and down to the principal's office...



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(Two tracks, 6.27 MB, ripped @ 320; the latest in our recurring Chocolate Cream Soldier's Hit-and-Run series...)


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Forget the ribbon of laughter,

TS

Monday, January 07, 2008

Fast Fading Violets Make Your Old Pecker Curl...

TLASILA - Jean Claudric vs. Jackie-O Motherfucker

But the old world swallowed a hundred times worse...

(Pop 74 contra Valley of Fire.)



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(Two tracks, 7 MB, ripped @ 320; another in our occasional Angular Pumpkin Eater series...)

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Shake off the shell,

TS

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Fate Raises Up, Fate Casts Down...

TLASILA - Michael Flower vs. Kitaro

Gin an' whiskey kin make you lose yo' threnody...



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Stop all the clocks,

TS/TLASILA

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Huggabroomstik Are So Not Antifolk!

TLASILA - Burial vs. Yellow Swans & Ashtray Navigations

A hurried laptop droplet. Graham re-patches the modular; Bobby takes our blood pressure...

(Untrue vs. Psychedelic Used Car Lot Blues.)



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(Two tracks, 7.53 MB, ripped @ 320. No time for the usual quartet; I trust this aperitif will suffice.)

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We trudge through the lobes,

TS

From Al Giordano's Blog, "The Field"...

It’s a Small World After All: Foreign Press Goes Ga-Ga Over Obama

Friday, January 04, 2008

At the New Roxy, Only Teen Field Recordists Making Field Recordings of Northern Field Recordists...

(Broken link repaired 12 Jan 08.)

TLASILA - No Thanks vs. Touch 66

And the circle of vicariousness slowly splays through the l(e)ast of us...



01 BJ Nilsen vs. The Clash

02 Oren Ambarchi vs. The Damned

03 Christian Fennesz vs. X-Ray Spex

04 Chris Watson vs. Subway Sect

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(Four tracks, 10.3 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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No Sleep Till ER IV,

TS

The Droner You Plod, the Blisser You Ought Not...

TLASILA - Non-Horse vs. James Gang

Fate, absolved, decrees this pas de deux. (Curse Dart blares, while Rides Again scrapes and shudders...)



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Question Anything,

TS

RIP Henry Chopin...

The spirit of yet another titan is released into the void...



A remembrance may be read here.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Re: "Nothing Happening There..."

Hello,

Just back from two and a half days in Atlanta with the Blossoming Shave crew. New Year's Eve at Eyedrum was fun, but mostly low-key. It was good to be with Graham, Bobby and company; their unforced conviviality and genuine decency are a constant source of delight. Didn't drink that much at the party, just a couple of glasses of bourbon... I didn't feel the urge to indulge, but others weren't so reticent!

Still perplexed by the comment posted by Phil Todd (he ran the admirably eclectic Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers imprint for a number of years, and records and performs to this day as Ashtray Navigations). TLASILA Blog received his post at 5:30 AM; of course, at that moment I was a bleary-eyed wreck. I later typed a polite response, but at the time of receipt I groused about the comment with Graham and the party that had gathered in the basement of the Moore manse. I eventually passed out, sleeping soundly for the first time in months... During the morning I dreamed I'd been carrying on an affair with Julie Cafritz, for fuck's sake (must have been triggered by the conversation I'd had with Don Fleming on the drive up to Atlanta); Mr. Todd's remarks had passed to dim cerebral redoubts by mid-afternoon.

Now, I'm viewing the text for a second time, and it makes as little sense as before.

"BURIAL, Tom? Ha ha - 'tis this years Portishead/Moby, i.e. music for (Brit) Guardian readers to pretend to dig so they can be down wit da kids...NOTHING HAPPENING THERE... oh well happy new year (and new ears?) to ya from an old mucker who can recall you waxing lyrical about Humble Pie Live At The Filmore..."

I'd not read the Guardian's review of Untrue, but now that I have it hardly seems a primer for the sad stereotypical twit Phil evoked:

"Where Burial's widely lauded debut evoked a lonely wander through a washed-out, night-time London, the dubstep enigma's follow-up glows a little brighter, finding company in out-of-joint R&B vocals. Over corroded two-step beats, crooning come-ons ("I can't take my eyes off you") loom strange and distorted, like faces materialising out of context in a dream. Swathed in blurry synths and vinyl crackle, Archangel's refrain of "Tell me I belong" is gorgeous in its desperation, while Raver has a kind of ruined euphoria, like a dance anthem dimly remembered a lifetime later. As addictive as its predecessor, Untrue confirms that Burial possesses not just the keen ear of a Lee Perry or Martin Hannett - the album teems with unplaceably familiar noises which might be the hot click of a lighter or the cold scrape of metal on metal - but a capacious heart."

A tad on the stiff side, but no clarion for liberal Knightsbridge 30-somethings to buy Hyperdub hoodies en masse.

"NOTHING HAPPENING THERE..."

I have suggested in interviews that our tastes in music are mediated as much by biology as by culture, socialization, or aleatory operations (i.e. pure dumb luck).

To that end, I totally vibe with Burial.

One wouldn't necessarily associate Han Bennink with, say, Alphonse Mouzon or Gene Krupa
. Why then would Phil drag Portishead and Moby into Daft Comparison Alley?

(Because P and M are "soft." Thus, Burial is soft. And stodgy old boogie monsters Humble Pie seal the deal!)

Phil, my friend, your construct is pure ad hominem, and its text speaks at least one rather sizable volume about your biases. (Which nonetheless have a certain atopic allure.) And hints toward -- if I may be bold -- a tightly-clutched valise of anxieties.

As for me, I could give a toss what anyone thinks/writes/speaks about my listening habits.

We should be insanely ecumenical. There should be no forbidden sounds.

Cool is for cunts.


Love to all, especially future Tory MP Todd,

TS

*(Phil was an early supporter of To Live and Shave in L.A. - he was kind enough -- or, sufficiently addled! -- to issue three of our releases way back in the mid-90s on his BWCD label. Gracious to a fault, genuinely talented, prodigious in his oft-sterling output, Herr Todd remains a damned fine fellow.)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Don't It Make My Bloodshots Fog?

TLASILA - Quosp vs. Crystal Gayle

During which the latter's follicles are part-foiled. part-trothed by the former's latticework.

(Or so spins conventional pre-m*x wisdom...)



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Bright and early next time,

Tom

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

1) Holocaust 2) Rwandan Genocide 3) 2004 Tsunami 4) New Wave

TLASILA - Spectre Folk vs. Billy Joel

During which Requiem for Ming Aralia goes pork belly to sand trap with Glass Houses...



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(Four tracks, 12.2 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Many thanks,

TS/TLASILA666