Monday, June 30, 2008

Aspects of Speech We Might Admire...

TLASILA - Half Church vs. Smegma

"The unconscious is the true physical reality." / Move away from clarity.



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Graft in a flash that time before a fall,

TS

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sound as a Sponge of Freedom-or-Something...

TLASILA - Billy Mackenzie vs. Psycodrama

"A bowl of fruit, a crotch, or a crucifixion scene."



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Sisyphus finally bored,

TS

Old-School Badasses at the Height of Their Powers...

From Sam & Dave's 1966 European tour, backed by Booker T & the MGs...

(As for subtextual discontents, let the unpacking begin.)

The Cortege: Super-Secret Kraut-Peek...


Hello,

While recovering in Lüneburg from the EuroShave ultra-marathon, I burned a copy of the "épuration" mix of our forthcoming Cortege trilogy for my host, journalist Andre Pluzka. He's just written a sneak preview blurb about the first ox cart in the soon-to-be-squealing procession for Schelendrian.

Hope you've been practicing your German...

TS

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To Live and Shave in L.A. - The Cortege

Das inzwischen weltumspannend arbeitende Ausnahme-Avant-Kollektiv gibt sich auf „The Cortege“ sehr track - und seltsambeatorientiert und entfaltet daher seine schon immer sehr spezielle musikalische Lyrik in überschaubareren Dimensionen.

Diese neue Pointiertheit ist weniger ein Zugeständnis als logische Folge der Ausformulierung der Visionen, ein Blick hinter die nächste Grenze, die es im Sturm der Sequenzer zu nehmen gilt.

Groß.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Framed and Fruitful as the Obedient Wretch...

TLASILA - The Fates vs. In Flames

A slave child of dreadful hearing? You are a dead man if you have to go for pasturage!



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How smart a lash that indolence of office,

TS

Friday, June 27, 2008

Bound Up with Ambivalance: A Moral Dramatization...

TLASILA - DJ Donna Summer vs. The Jess Roden Band

One morning we woke by an asynchronism of desire...



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(Four tracks, 18.9 MB, ripped @ 320; another in our infrequent Under the Sirocco? self-help series.)

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The party must in every way eradicate Victorian homes, distanced in time,

TS

Almost Unique to South America: Towers, Moats and Gates...

TLASILA - Lithops vs. Directing Hand

Of radical ideology, self-doubt, a pretext for occupation (destroyed in the earthquake of 1667)...



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Attacked by the Avars (previously confined to brothels),

TS

Thursday, June 26, 2008

"Merely Resurrected" Carved and Cubed...

Smooth Assailing has just posted a review of our recently-issued Heavy Psych tape, a moody lil' C-40 titled Merely Resurrected. I've taken the liberty of pilfering the text and reproducing it below...

TS

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to live and shave in l.a.

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san fran's kevin mceleney sent me a handful of tapes, most of which were of his noise project droughter, but he also gave me a tape that he put out by tlasila.

merely resurrected c40
[2008, heavy psych]


this time out, the group is comprised of rat bastard, gaybomb (andrew barranca), ben wolcott, graham moore (runs blossoming noise), chris grier, tom smith and the mysterious fyntik, which, if tom's to be trusted, is "elvira solodkaja’s pet parakeet". i have no reason not to believe that.
what thee fuck. admittedly, i haven't dove too far into to live and shave in la's discography, but the stuff that i have heard was in more of an experimental, free-rock sort of vein. not happening here. this is carefully carved up, collagey experimentation. seeing as how all of the above members are credited on the tape's insert (and when you take the name of the cassette into consideration), this comes across to me as being tantamount to a remix, since i highly doubt that seven people, or six people and a parakeet, took a hands-on approach to the final product that i'm currently listening to. but really, i have no fucking clue. what i do know is that i love it. for sounding like tlasila's catalog ran through several of gaybomb's card readers, replete with the skips and scratches of segments being spliced together, merely resurrected is incredibly musical. the most impressive thing is that it achieves that by completely disfiguring their sound and re-presenting it in a stunning fashion. there are specific parts of tones which are chewed up and then continually spewed back out, subtle, ultra-brief snippets of guitar are snagged, and then repeated until they take on a completely different form, even smith's vocals will be disfigured into milliseconds of stammering gasps for air, while repetitious layer after repetitious layer comes in to provide a rhythmic or melodic foundation as a tapestry of even more dynamic noisy quilting gets pieced together underneath it. it's mind bogglingly schizo, and definitely off its meds, yet it's crafted so bloody perfectly.
from a concrète standpoint, tlasila are at an advantage, since they're plundering from works that are originally musical in origin (like a noise version of john oswald), but anyone could do that (and have it sound like crap). i feel like their enormous success with this tape hinged on a) the seemingly flippant way that incredible passages of music are continually strung together from what, for all intents and purposes is, sheer disorder. b) the ubiquitous sense of control. sure, this is multi-layered and it definitely feels like a lot of shit is happening at once, but never did i get the feeling that something was haphazardly slapped together; the balance between chaos and calculation was just right. c) this one might be the most important: the aforementioned use of layering. those memorable, repetitious patches which served as the groundwork, allowed for the constant cycling of collages underneath it, so that when they brought in new sonic themes, say, a background drone, would overlap into that segment. during this time, they could switch out that drone for a new foundation. i think that the staging of it was brilliant and made for smoother transitions. well, about as smooth as cut-up audio collages can be. tom smith's credited as mixing and producing this, so, if the way that this came out was all him, i've got to tip my proverbial sombrero to the man. if not, y'know, either way, i'm really impressed. very rad tape.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Orange-Cranberry Molds Dissolve...

TLASILA - D. Nyoukis & F. Apism vs. Luca Formentini

Crescent Chicken: easy! Impossible Tuna Pie? May be prepared ahead...



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(Two tracks, 8.04 MB, ripped @ 320; the 67th in our 209-part Country Style Kiev series...)

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May be cut into tiny squares for Wood Ducks in Glass,

TS

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Clothed in Primal Tombs...

TLASILA - Tradition vs. Bran(...)Pos (2008)

Tell me the name of the clustered bloom... The "blind age"?



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I am the hazel copse,

TS

Monday, June 23, 2008

I'll See Your Aesopian Metaphor, and Raise You a Lifeless Ideology...

TLASILA - Chic vs. Mystic Moods Orchestra

A fraudulent smear campaign; flies hover over gaily festooned wounds...



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Resectioning the psychomontage,

TS

R.I.P. George...





(The clip above ends abruptly, but no matter - it displays Carlin's ever-adroit ire to excellent effect. The Countdown interview, while comparatively brief and constrained by the necessities of format, was slyly caustic; in retrospect, far more poignant for its reserve.)

Also: George Carlin Reads More Blogs Than You Do

Sunday, June 22, 2008

TLASILA Euro 2008 Fliers, Pt. 1

From Klub Kocka*, Split, Croatia.

One of two transparencies screen-printed for our performance there. Many thanks to Igor Mihovilovic for his sterling effort.



(Click above for a larger version of the image.)

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(*Pronounced COS-ka.)

Achtmonatige Ziegen-Creme...

To Live and Shave in L.A. - 30-minuten männercreme

(1994, Love Is Sharing Pharmaceuticals, CD LISP 94601-2)

Availability: sold out.



01 "Long Reach" Composite
02 Pictures at an Exhibition
03 Pull Chains of Memphis
04 New! Skin Chamber Lite!
05 We Demand the Right to Piss in Different Colors
06 Amp
07 This Is Colleen's Incredible True-Life Story
08 Se Vende "Humor Me" Demo
09 Stefania
10 Long Georgette Jacket
11 Lee Krasner 1949
12 Piss, My Heart
13 Hitchhike to Oregon!
14 Weakness Spits
15 No More Was Needed to Inflame My Balls
16 Throbbing Gristle at the Berlin Wall
17 Mandan on the Rise
18 LEF-Mux "Theme" Plasti-Cast
19 Trip Right Over It
20 Get Fit to Herbie Mann!
21 Unobscured Miss
22 For Your Pleasure
23 Foul Therese
24 Hackworth
25 Slot-Tod
26 Strength Into My Blows
27 C-93 "Tag" Plague
28 Good Old Gospel Ship
29 Stars of Fingers
30 I Shall Eat Peyote
31 A Passerby
32 Goëtic Circle of Pacts
33 A Thirst for Love
34 Lena K.
35 Very Wide Pink
36 When I Was with Estée Lauder
37 Why Are Her Hands Ungloved?
38 Hafler Trio Completists' Feud-Song
39 Blind Woman Blind Son
40 Shot Your Mouth Off

Recorded at Sync Studios, Telemundo Studios, and Churchill's Hideaway January 1992 to November 1993 by Tom Smith and Rat Bastard. Mixed by Rat and Tom; produced by TS.

Tom Smith: voice, tape, optical readers
Rat Bastard: bass guitar

Adris Hoyos: outburst and percussion
Bill Orcutt: guitar
King Felix: synthesizer
The Lady Tigra, Tracie Phillips, and Oscar Perez: backing vocals

Music and lyrics TS, except 22 (Bryan Ferry) and 28 (traditional).

(162 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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The previously posted links are dead. Want another taste?

Get part one here, part two here.

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Next? "Helen Butte" vs. Masonna Pussy Badsmell.

Best,

Tom

Painter-Monk, Waterlogged Road...

TLASILA - Birds of Delay vs. Phil Parnell

"I could not have hoped for a close-up, or panorama, or polyphony."



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Too dependent on life,

TS

A Minor Hiccup in September 1787...

TLASILA - Basil Kirchin vs. Pussy Galore

In the rubble-strewn alum quarries, registrars in alarm...



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Heavy mercury, burning sulfur, gecko droppings,

TS

Friday, June 20, 2008

Erosion's Inoperative Intent...

TLASILA - Sickboy vs. Aosoth

Wherein the gestural gleefully trumps the material...



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Myriad confusions within the enclosure,

TS

Liz Armstrong's Vice Mag Piece on Rat Bastard...

... may be found here.

Prolapsed Distinctions...

TLASILA - The Move vs. Greg Kelley

Ironic textures fashion the implements of their own bisection...



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Let the amputee crawl slowly to his disillusionment,

TS

Thursday, June 19, 2008

He Was Told to Slit the Boots...

TLASILA - Ben Frost vs. Pink Skull

A red star and a slogan: "Wounds are a gift from God."



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A fisheries expert returned to the group reading,

TS

Obediance, Nod, Bend, Bow...

TLASILA - Classics IV vs. Mark Stewart

Fee for farm. Follow me beeline!



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His Judy's a wife's wit better,

TS

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Between Thumb and Forefinger, Volition...

TLASILA - Gas Shepherds vs. The Stranglers

Scream or croak or stretch a smile and spit out a crooked hand...



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Fifteen yards from the steps,

TS

Resist the Urge to Build Environments to House Your Works...

TLASILA - Anton Bruhin vs. Bokrug

Replete with treasures from an ambiguous nostalgia...



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(Two tracks, 5.29 MB, ripped @ 320; the least turbid entry in our ongoing Wassily, Mississippi series.)

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The model is discarded in the words that embody,

TS

"I'm Voting Republican"

1,200,000 views and counting. Obvious, yeah, but as Donald Barthelme was unavailable...

Monday, June 16, 2008

MMJ > POI > OMG

Our Chris Grier alerted us to this recent, unsettling anomaly, courtesy of the hominids at Blender. For fuck's sake...



(Click above for a larger version of the image.)

A detailed view:



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Why, why, why?

Best batten down the other hatches,

TS

Laid Out and Rotting? "Sure, Tremendous..."

TLASILA - Marcus Schmickler vs. Bent Fabric

Never shame the thirsting eye...



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Th' expense of enchantment in a waste of slaughtered saints,

TS

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Photo Credits: Hysterical Blackout, Prometheus East...

TLASILA - Anstam vs. France Gall

No foreign sky, still-defended, stuck to pipes and beer...



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(Two tracks, 6.74 MB, ripped @ 320; the eleventh in our thrice-monthly Girl Powdering a Folding Chair series... )

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Ah God how the formal feeling thrusts,

TS

The Near-Great Cannot Droop Morosely...

TLASILA - Cdatakill vs. Ian North

Bluntly refusing to accept sentience, I racked the right-hand corner...



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There was a square palette, nausea, a thirty-hour offense,

TS

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Swollen, Tense, Pierced by Spokes...

TLASILA - Woody Herman vs. Ladytron

Drag crusts from each of them...



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Rafts laden with pearls from distant provincial docks,

TS

In All Three Periods I Was Inarticulate...

TLASILA - Oswald Wiener & Gerald Reuhm vs. Black Dice

Allocate under various themes: Zadkine's gouaches again, a possible brochure...



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This is the 250th mashup we've posted. (That's 881 tracks created since June 2007, nearly 28 hours of splatter and spackling and eye cheese... And you thought we didn't love you!)

More on the morrow.

Toujours, Hail Luficer,

TS/TLASILA

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

"Work on One Thing at a Time Until Finished..."

TLASILA - Nigger Kojak & Liza vs. Merrilee Rush

"I was leading multiple lives. Thus, whatever it is that I chose to regard as my story is lost, drowned, indissolubly fused with the lives, the drama, the stories of others."



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(Two tracks, 8.13 MB, ripped @ 320; the seventh in our 15-part Technique or Faith series...)

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"Like the spider, I return again and again to the task..."

TS

Sickness Abounds Blog: TLASILA Links...

The good folks at Sickness Abounds recently uploaded a pair of Shave releases.

They're both still in print, but how can one grouse?

To Live And Shave In L.A. - The Wigmaker In Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg / Les Tricoteuses

An outstanding, perilously eclectic blog (albeit a little too heavy on the industrial-goth tip). Explore at your leisure...

A Detour of Devotion...

TLASILA - Twinkle vs. The Advisory Circle

(It's hard to free oneself from snapped strings.)



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Only a few insertions to be made,

TS

Abeyances Cum, Morrows(s) Limn...

Burning DVDs for the Cool Palm; a groaning grab-bag of sulfurous polemic and dizzying trash... I've fallen in love again with Russ Meyer's Common-Law Cabin, a rapturous ode to lust, greed, sloth, misogyny, the hapless, and the fetid.

Six screengrabs:



(Above, Jack Moran and the ever-corrosive Babette Bardot.)



(The title sequence, before the fade.)



(Afterwards. A majestic prop...)



(Ken Swofford recognizes oncoming doom.)




(Just before impact...)




(Not at all convincing, but with Meyer behind the Moviola, few in the audience noticed.)

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Hell Yes...

Andrew Sullivan, from his Daily Dish blog:

"A new generation, a new model of viral campaigning, a new mode of discourse, a new moment."

It's too easy to be cynical; even a sliver of hope is better than none...

What Happened to Graffiti and the Dripped Swirls and Skeins?

TLASILA - Winners vs. David Watson

Dionysian song fed the catch-all rumor mill...



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Thanks to Eva Aguila (from Winners, Gang Wizard, and three thousand other great groups) for sending a hi-res image of the cover of the outstanding Mega Dick EP!

TS

Saturday, June 07, 2008

One or the Other of My Lives Is Public...

TLASILA - Keith Hudson vs. Scooter

Glamorous magazine poses ran to the pile outside...



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Small-scale works, sandbanked texts,

TS

"Let There Be No Sense of Time..."

TLASILA - Steve Lacy vs. Charlie Daniels

Beneath the bombing mind of man, a million scattered bits...



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Meager provisions and sentiments,

TS

Friday, June 06, 2008

Our 1,000th Post!

To celebrate the occasion, we go deep into the overripe heart of the deliriously banal:

TLASILA - Los Norte Americanos vs. Skyhooks



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Many thanks to everyone for their unwavering support, their undying hatred, and their simultaneously skewed and astute critiques...

Love,

Tom/TLASILA

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Of the Petty Sniping and the Holy Struggle...

TLASILA - Josef Beuys vs. John Fred & His Playboy Band

A strong coffee with a sugar for dessert, witches on a broom, an old man's disgorged glance...



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Motionless the last six days,

TS

When the Vogue Began to Ebb...

TLASILA - Missy Elliott vs. Sunny Murray

It's not the initiation of an eye...



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A recourse to heredity,

TS

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Four Great Things About Germany...



(André Pluzka, with his daughters Greta and Lorna...)



(A certain tall palm, partially obscured by mammoth dots...)

Monday, June 02, 2008

The Dark Figure in the Illegal Bar Eschewed...

TLASILA - Frank Sinatra vs. David Soul

Nightmarishly slow movements in the exhibition entryway...



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Transposed metropolis,

TS

Sunday, June 01, 2008

I Suggest an Accident on the Rig...

TLASILA - Ryoji Ikeda vs. Agon Ensemble

Bazin speaks of seeking hells of obligation, long takes and Indian Bazaars...



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Deploying black magic to rout clear indications,

TS

Regression at Variance...

TLASILA - The Count & Siden vs. Blood Stereo

As an internal process, ruination is armored against all openings...



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In texts first collected through a resistance of recognition,

TS