Saturday, March 15, 2008

TLASILA: Vedder Vedder Bedwetter (Contiguous Mix)

Hello Everyone,

Here’s the second in our respost series of early TLASILA albums:

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Vedder Vedder Bedwetter (Contiguous Mix)

We’d envisioned VVB as a pitiless, contiguous bombardment. Fifth Column refused to release it without concessions to bourgeois norms (i.e., providing their audience of portly Fetish Night devotees a quasi-comprehensible, oft-demarcated product), and thus the conceit was dashed on the shoals of hubris.

01 Vedder Vedder Bedwetter (71:16)

Recorded at Waterworks, New York; The Studio, Miami; Lounge Ax, Chicago; Zoot’s, Detroit; Local 506, Chapel Hill; The Knitting Factory, New York, and The Green Room, Ypsilanti, December 1994-February 1995 by Greg Tallenfeld, Rat Bastard, and Tom Smith.

Rat Bastard - bass
Tom Smith - voice, edits, tape manipulation
Ben Wolcott - oscillator and treatments

Bill Orcutt - guitar
Don Fleming - guitar and backing vocals
Ned Hayden - alto sax
Jared Louche (née Hendrickson) - guitar and backing vocals
Nandor Nevai - trombone
Weasel Walter - tenor sax

Music TLASILA / Lyrics TS.

Originally released as Fifth Column CD 9868-63189 in 1995, with the following track sequence:

01 5 Seconds Off Your Ass
02 Grams, Paths
03 Pig Off, Ass Full
04 Bucks, Rears and Throws the Rider
05 Dungstar Supervivisect!
06 Throws Cunt a Tear
07 O. Ruddock d. H.S. Mauberly
08 Long-Drawn and Staccato "Lousy Dime"
09 Shits Upon the Debris and Burns
10 Handballed "Viet"-Clasp
11 The The, Which Radiance Overdrenched
12 In Such Wise She Cannot Stir
13 Miff Mole, Witch-Leery Scot
14 Shut the Second She Clawed
15 Rug Trilogy: Christus
16 Like the Two-Part Nod
17 Nigh to the HM Threshold
18 M. Polk, Prop.
19 Cobwebs with "Trap" Primrose
20 Glas Employed an Urn
21 Schwann Death in June Reference
22 "Good Bait" Made Butt of Insult
23 The Sink Mentioned in the Scriptures
24 Rubberist, Unwept
25 The The Perms
26 And Hammer, the Crown of Thorns
27 From Gloss "Polytope" Flexi
28 "A," the Swinging She-River
29 Blind Hole Without a Piss-Eye
30 Ulalume / Fram Decal Split
31 Brother Falling, Twat from Fool
32 Left Bro. at Doors
33 T.C.B. Dropskirt
34 Die, One and Five

Sleeve design by Syd Garon, unfortunately mangled by Fifth Column’s staff buffoon. Naturally, the physical elements of the original artwork -- including the found Polaroid around which the album's "M. Polk" narrative was spun, and a postcard from a Christian gun shop (!) in Alabama sent to me by Boat Of/Method Actors/Beauty Contest stalwart David Gamble -- were never recovered. (Only the Photoshop files exist.) I’ve grown to accept the FCR version, but the intended sleeve was infinitely more arresting. I've written to Sydney about unearthing hi-res images of the VVB artwork; if he's successful in his expedition, I'll post the original art here, and the visual reorientation can begin.

Availability: out of print.


Get it here.

(163 MB, ripped @ 320.)


Next? An Interview with the Mitchell Brothers.




kingpossum said...

OK I did it. I listened to John Denver vs. Led Zeppelin at the O2 Arena. Humility accomplished! Pretty fucking awesome, in a word (or three). Tracks 2 and 4 especially strong. I'll never doubt you again.

BTW, thanks for posting the OOP 'Shave stuff. RIP Lounge Ax.

ommyth said...

No prob, KP. Happy you enjoyed the mess-up.


Bruno said...

So, what did the original intended cover actually depict?

ommyth said...

Hello BB,

It was similar, but the FCR version omitted and obscured pertinent details for reasons both arbitrary and craven. I've contacted our friend (and VVB sleeve designer) Syd Garon about locating the original zip discs (remember that now wonderfully archaic mid-90s format?) and forwarding hi-res scans of his artwork. Lest ye forget, Syd was the bassist in Frosty, the director of Wave Twisters, and the creator of sleeves for Harry Pussy, the aforementioned Frosty, and TLASILA's Wigmaker and Noon and Eternity.

I reckon the oaf who worked for FCR is washing cars in Montgomery County, Maryland...



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