Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Very Sad News...

I've just received word that my maternal uncle, Bill Bozeman, has died. I'm gutted...

Uncle Bill was so beloved by our family - he and his late wife, my mother's sister Estelle, provided day care for me as a young kid by allowing me to hang out in their veterinary practice for hours on end after school and on Saturdays. Such a wonderful, warm, genuinely decent person.

Dr. Bozeman gave me my first shortwave receiver! I was 13, and totally blown away by his act of largesse. God, I dread this funeral...

TS

Monday, February 25, 2008

On the Floating Corpse Question...

TLASILA - Kris Kristofferson vs. Johnny Ringo & Asher Senator

For Turner, evocations of pale green suits would continue....



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Faded from memory outside of it,

TS

Big Toes, Mere Matter...

TLASILA - Ákos Rózmann vs. Alexis Korner

What form do you suppose a life would take if desire, in delirious cadence, rendered it a skeletal bird?



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(Four tracks, 12.9 MB, ripped @ 320; the penultimate installment in our Ghostly Flâneur series.)

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Nature is a temple of doubt and torment,

TS

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Not Surprising Considering the Singles-y Feel...

TLASILA - Battle of the Shitstackers: Day Three

Wherein our dystrophic surviving contestants shuffle into the offal sluice of infamy...

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10 Final Match



11 Old-Timers' Day



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Remove your hand at the wrist,

TS

Oxford Shirts, Boat Shoes, Columbia University...

TLASILA - Battle of the Shitstackers: Day Two

Here's where the slurry flows into frenetic catarrh...

Semi-Final #1



Semi-Final #2



Out-of-Competition Interpolation



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Final synthesis on the morrow...

TS

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Refined Shoegaze Aesthetic...

Mark Morgan (Sightings, Maude, TLASILA, Cocaine, etc.) earlier today forwarded a Pitchfork snooze nugget which seemed to beggar credulity even more than their usual, mightily soporific blend of Klaxons/Cat Power/Arctic Monkeys alerts. In my reply, I admitted that the tour I've been waiting for would necessarily demand, nay, lustfully bray for the participation of each of this generation's Faux Division podlings, including Interpol, She Wants Revenge, Editors, and the members of the cast of Anton Corbijn's Control charged with assaying the roles of the former Warsaw. A snarky fucking response, granted, and an event rather unlikely to occur.

As ever, we come to the rescue.

TLASILA - Battle of the Shitstackers: Day One

Round 1:

Editors vs. Interpol



Round 2:

She Wants Revenge vs. Control OST



Round 3:

Control OST vs. Editors



Round 4:

Interpol vs. She Wants Revenge



And, airing out of competition:

Round 5:

Monaco vs. New Order



Round 6:

Revenge vs. Joy Division



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The negative reaction continues tomorrow!

TS

The Four Elders and the Four Storytellers...

TLASILA - The Kingsmen vs. Goldfrapp

"Swarming with a crowd of those old rakehells..."



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Cunning Little Hole vs. Drink Into the Entrails,

TS/TL&S

Thursday, February 21, 2008

McScandal '08...

I've just read "For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk," the New York Times' piece on Senator John McCain's relationship with Alcalde & Fay lobbyist Vicki Iseman, and I found it neither overtly louche nor motivated by desires to backhandedly endear the Arizona congressman to far-right paleocons.

The crux of the authors' argument may be found in the following passages:

1) "But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity."

2) "... the concerns about Mr. McCain’s relationship with Ms. Iseman underscored an enduring paradox of his post-Keating career. Even as he has vowed to hold himself to the highest ethical standards, his confidence in his own integrity has sometimes seemed to blind him to potentially embarrassing conflicts of interest."

3) "In interviews, the two former associates said they joined in a series of confrontations with Mr. McCain, warning him that he was risking his campaign and career. Both said Mr. McCain acknowledged behaving inappropriately and pledged to keep his distance from Ms. Iseman. The two associates, who said they had become disillusioned with the senator, spoke independently of each other and provided details that were corroborated by others."

4) "In late 1999, Ms. Iseman asked Mr. McCain’s staff to send a letter to the commission to help Paxson, now Ion Media Networks, on another matter. Mr. Paxson was impatient for F.C.C. approval of a television deal, and Ms. Iseman acknowledged in an e-mail message to The Times that she had sent to Mr. McCain’s staff information for drafting a letter urging a swift decision. Mr. McCain complied. He sent two letters to the commission, drawing a rare rebuke for interference from its chairman. In an embarrassing turn for the campaign, news reports invoked the Keating scandal, once again raising questions about intervening for a patron."

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The article, attributed to Times reporters Jim Rutenberg, Marilyn W. Thompson, David D. Kirkpatrick, and Stephen Labaton, makes no claim of a romantic entanglement between Ms. Iseman and Senator McCain, nor can there be found any reference to "disgruntled" employees, nor is its timeline restricted to events occurring before the year 2000.

It's not "merely an eight-year old story," nor did the Times appear to "sit" on the article to maximize its toxicity, nor has the Times appeared to use the piece - and here the metaphors become particularly insipid - as some sort of unregistered Glock in an instance of "drive-by journalism."

Bloviators invited on the sets of the various MSNBC programs viewed by your faithless scribe from 7:45 PM last evening, the time the story ostensibly broke, until just a few hours ago, have nonetheless ridden those memes to death's hallowed perch.

The piece isn't about the exhumation of a trove of incriminating porn involving Iseman and a rolled-up copy of the Keating Five verdict.

No, it's about serial conflicts of interest, potential violations of ethics laws, and that old DC standby affliction, hubris.

Read it for yourself.

For an analysis of the Times' motives in publishing what some consider to be an underdone slice o' drive-by, read Gabriel Sherman's piece in the New Republic.

The Washington Post's take on the McCain-Iseman relationship initially focuses on the actions taken on behalf of the senator by John Weaver, who was characterized by authors Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Michael D. Shear as McCain's "closest adviser." Weaver left McCain's presidential campaign in 2007.

From the Post story:

"John Weaver... said he met with Vicki Iseman at the Center Cafe at Union Station and urged her to stay away from McCain. Association with a lobbyist would undermine his image as an opponent of special interests, aides had concluded. Members of the senator's small circle of advisers also confronted McCain directly, according to sources, warning him that his continued ties to a lobbyist who had business before the powerful commerce committee he chaired threatened to derail his presidential ambitions."

Chris Cilliza's piece in The Fix, the WaPo's political blog, concisely recounts the events of the last 24-odd hours...

And yes, this has everything to do with TLASILA, our music, the aesthetic impulses therein, etc. If you've listened to Noon, or the sound samples of The Cortege we've posted on MySpace, or paid attention to our Noise Against Fascism set, as flawed as it was, or found resonances within Les Tricoteuses, Horóscopo, or The Wigmaker, then you're already aware...

STOP PRESS:

Like I said, but better, and from a much different perspective:

How to Defeat John McCain

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She Went Platinum at 16... And Us? A Toy Tractor Slathered in Lead Paint, and Two Copper Kettles...

TLASILA - The Lady Tigra vs. Heitor Villa-Lobos

Ahhhh, Tigra... She recorded and performed with the nascent, pre-männercreme To Live and Shave in L.A. from 1991 to 1993. A total pro and trooper...

In concert, she whispered improvised vocals over our dissonant, cassette-shriek blare; she appears on several of 30-mm's tracks, including "Amp," "Hitchhike to Oregon," and "Slot-Tod."

I'm very pleased that she's re-emerged, lovelier than ever, with a new album, Please Mr. Boombox. It's on my mp3 player, and I dig. Snap it up if you've a taste for heady effervescence.

Now, on to desecration!



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Reaching Out to Cut It to the Quick...

TLASILA - Ministry & Co-Conspirators vs. Xiu Xiu

"According to the above example, a property possessed was observed for buckling wooden shutters..."



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Graphic glissandi refused to consider,

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Stiff Winds Dangling from Her Wrists...

TLASILA - Six Teens vs. Tokio Hotel

I saw blood in loose ends...



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That, plus third person,

TS

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Indistinct, Hidden Behind Other Noises...

TLASILA - Zatox & Activator vs. Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs

A close-up was a severed head; for us it's still a turban.



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Destroy veracity,

TS

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"About a half quarten of whiskey..."

TLASILA - Scarface vs. Glow Kids

They placed a small stone under the next moment, walking on the last of their illusions...



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The poor brief self-deceived space,

TS

The Earlier Books Are the Grumbling Big Dog...

TLASILA - Henry Cow (BBC Sessions bootleg) vs. Natasha Bedingfield (Pocketful of Sunshine)

The novel is presented in the form of a coming-to-mind...



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The lost collapse seeks a lymph,

TS

Monday, February 18, 2008

Decent Young Fellow, Trying to Remember...

TLASILA - Sandy Nelson vs. Shirley Collins

"Is it to be the rim of the address of welcome?"



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Brows and pages of newly ill peers,

TS

Tour Update: 17 Feb 07

Hi Everyone,

Here's the updated itinerary as of 18:38, Sunday, February 17:

April 9 Lille -- CCL 59
April 10 Brussels -- Domino Festival
April 11 Antwerp -- Dennis Tyfus (venue TBA)
April 12 Tilburg -- Wouter Jaspers (venue TBA)
April 13 Rotterdam -- WORM
April 14 Utrecht (pending)
April 15 Groningen -- Audio Office (venue TBA)
April 16 Hannover -- Pit Noack (venue TBA)
April 17 Arhus -- LJUD
April 18 Copenhagen -- Klub Argot
April 19 Lüneburg -- Jeckyll & Hyde
April 20 Berlin -- Festsaal Kreuzberg
April 21 Wroczlaw -- OPT (Osrodek Postaw Tworczych)
April 22 Warszawa -- Aurora
April 23 Poznan -- Rozbrat
April 24 Praha -- Chateau l'enfer Rouge

We bid aideu to Sudden Infant...

April 25 OFF DAY

April 26 Bratislava -- urbSounds Collective
April 27 Eger (pending)
April 28 Budapest -- 666 Cent (venue TBA)
April 29 Zagreb -- Mate Skugor (venue TBA)
April 30 Split -- Igor / Karmakumulator (venue TBA)
May 1 Ljubljana -- Menza pri Koritu / DRMK
May 2 Trevsio -- Luca / 8mm (venue TBA)
May 3 Bologna -- XM24
May 4 Roma -- Nick / Spasticalia (venue TBA)
May 5 Torino -- United Club
May 6 Milano (pending)
May 7 Marseille -- L'Embobineuse

Gaybomb joins the tour...

May 8 Barcelona -- Victor / Murders in the Rue Morgue (venue TBA)
May 9 Valencia -- Red Shoe
May 10 Madrid -- Nicolash / For Noise's Sake (venue TBA)
May 11 Getaria -- Gaztetxe de Getaria
May 12 Toulouse -- Le Lieu Commun
May 13 Lyon -- Sonic Lyon
May 14 Lausanne -- Cinéma Oblò

May 15 OFF DAY

May 16 Geneva -- Club 12
May 17 Leipzig -- Noch Besser Leben
May 18 Hamburg -- Thomas Beck (venue TBA)
May 19 Metz (pending)
May 20 Paris -- Instants Chavires

Note: We had to flip the Warsaw and Poznan dates to accommodate the final night of Aurora - after our gig they're closing for good... An ill omen?!! Mwah-ha-ha!

We've cancelled the planned April 8 gig in Strasbourg - we've given those (garbled, insert phrase "very kind folk") more than enough time to extract their melons from their colons... April 25 will now be an off day - when in Prague, go sightseeing!
Amsterdam is again in play - we'll see if they respond to the most recent titilations. Eger, Hungary has made inquiries for April 27... Still nothing firm for Milano, but there is action behind the brocade...

If any news breaks, however, we'll post it here, at
our MySpace profile, and on our official website...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Orgasmatron Under Attack!

TLASILA - Motörhead vs. ABBA

By request...



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Eatmorespeedyoufuckingfreaks!

TS

Swamp Lions Rip Divorcee Lust Strip!

TLASILA - Meco vs. Rafael Toral

The shocking story of crawling death working the southpaw sweet-talker!



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Sex stimulants - kill-cruise of the sin happy alley of 1,000 sins?

TS

The Folly of Attacking Iran

From Tom Tomorrow's site, This Modern World, with thanks:



And from the lower bowel of Hell:



Saturday, February 16, 2008

Many of the Fathers Assigned Tenuous Bodies to the Angels...

TLASILA - Roberta Flack vs. Nath Family

Imprisoned in flesh, these can never be saved...



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Good, hence more evil,

TS

Friday, February 15, 2008

A 45-hertz Tone Strokes the Public's Heart and Soul...

TLASILA - Beaver & Krause vs. The 5.6.7.8's

"I explained that we're not interested in over-arranged, intrusive cuts, but rather adjustments of the fatigue cycle, the symphonic carillon..."



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Fervently against the implementation of Schulke II,

TS

Registers Evoked in Their Fullest...

TLASILA - Wynona Carr vs. Metamorfosi

The fantasy of seduction stirs the manifest complexes governing paranoia, melancholy, and artisanal or tribal objects...



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Popova quoted by "Meredith Dimly" in Bratz,

TS

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fuck McCain...

http://lessjobsmorewars.com/

Bartender! Three Unadorned Abshire Homes!

TLASILA - Dizzie Gillespie vs. Body Vehicle

"When I took photographs outdoors with the Rolleiflex, market share became a roadshow dance..."



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Buses follow with Patti Page,

TS

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Shot in Documentary Style (Alluded to without Name)

TLASILA - Levande Livet vs. Ken Nordine

The focus is on the dictator at home.



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Sterile after decades of counterpoint,

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Godlike Is As Godlike Does...

It (whatever the fuck that might be) seldom gets better than this...

I Want to Paint Something Untitled, the Tower Itself, Marks and Signs...

TLASILA - Wouter Van Veldhoven vs. The Moody Blues

While delighting in discrepancy, black chadors localize a painterly pose...



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These pieces play on personal CD players,

TS

When Housewives Get Bored, They Turn to Rolls of White Seamless Paper...

TLASILA - Aidan Baker vs. Enya

Under the surgeon's knife, her green eyes and lithe grace whispered of silk...



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No one will ever believe I staggered blindly,

TS

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Uncorrected Proof for Unsettled Distribution...

TLASILA - Jana Hunter vs. Billie Holiday

So slim that she might have sagged under a loud sob...



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Appeased with exquisite backdrops,

TS

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Still Not Too Late to Attend...



(Mobile phone snap by TS at the intersection of Highways 76 and 129, Nashville, GA, February 5, 2008.)

But What Caused the Shock That Caused an Infection?

TLASILA - C.W. McCall vs. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

She sighed and scratched herself and gleamed like pure silver...



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Use the oath,

TS

As a Matter of Fact, Red Curtains...

TLASILA - Ghedalia Tazartes vs. Hateform

The bedroom was austere, trembling like a well-heeled stigmata...



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The well-known lack,

TS

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Making Conversation for the Sake of a Telltale Recess...

TLASILA - Sha-Na-Na vs. Pulse Emitter

Here were miles of rippled purples, commodities brandished...



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Poizat reports asthmatic attacks,

TS

Earle Brown was provoked by Grundy as well...

TLASILA - Kool G Rap vs. Krill.minima

BG: "Go on, you've got another ten seconds. Say something indeterminate."

EB: "Omit this bastard tone!"



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Goeyvaerts,

TS

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Loosens Pious Care by Degrees...

TLASILA - Glen Campbell vs. Sala-Arhimo

(Got into a fight an hour after he first walked into the vacant space surrounded by chairs...)



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Short forms find it in Hell,

TS

Monday, February 04, 2008

I First Discovered These Presets at My Uncle's House...

TLASILA - Rascal Flatts vs. Hecker

The props still cease to recollect...



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Spirals of glee,

TS

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Buttercups, Daisies, Owls Not What They Seem...

TLASILA - The White Lodge's Twilight Vision vs. Roxy Music's Stranded



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Avoid mirrors when brushing,

TS

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Succinct.

From the Guardian, re readers' lists of dream guests for Jools Holland's BBC variety program, on the occasion of the series' 200th episode:

camellotment /Comment No. 918401

February 1 13:19

London/gbr

Hip New Band (On a Major)
Token Jazzer
Woman Alone With A Piano And Her Thoughts
Folk Legend
60s Star Back With 1st new Studio Album in years
Painfully Cool American Art-Rock Dullards.

Am I doing this right?

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A Fever Late, and in the Fit...

TLASILA - Library Tapes vs. Swing Out Sister



The pierced ball before the image...

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My pool is shaped like Madrid, dreadful dark,

TS

Friday, February 01, 2008

Peter Hook: Amplification and Effects...

TLASILA - Josh Groban vs. Howard Stelzer

"Our Love to Admire represents a departure for the band..."



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Earrings, gold and silver necklaces and a laptop,

TS