Sunday, November 30, 2008

RIP Jørn Utzon...

"On the edge of the possible."

Read the Times' obituary here, and access the Sydney Opera House's tribute pages here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sleep Conquered (For the Nonce)...

It's finally finished. Kevin sent me the raw materials in 2003, and I toiled over them, in the usual, damnable, mad fits and listless starts, for the next five years. In recent months, I've stumbled, propelled to dead ends. A trip to Berlin with CP in the first week of November engendered a series of epiphanies, a handful of which happily provided newer perspectives on the problem. And now...

Tom Smith & Kevin Drumm - Reconquer Sleep or Disappear

KD - guitar and laptop
TS - voice and manipulations

Recorded by Kevin Drumm, Tom Smith, and Patrick Spurlock, 2003-2008. Edited, mixed and produced by yours truly.

Hope you can all hear it soon. One track, 53 minutes in length. A dream reverie...

Best,

Tom

Friday, November 28, 2008

Star Photographs of Magda...

TLASILA - Emerson, Lake & Palmer vs. Marianne Faithfull

"You disappoint me. This is all in my book..."

(Revisiting, for the sheer enjoyable Hell of it.)



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(Four tracks, 12.7 MB, ripped @ 320.)

Here.

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Always a little suicide,

TS

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Confab re: Cortege v3.0...

TS:

Hey... Just after midnight here. Listened to "Bright Lights," "Flattering," "Rodent," and "Cortege." The mixes are all excellent. You do things I wouldn't think to do, and that excites me... The songs as tracked at Think Tank are in their absolute nascence, so I'm still fairly embarrassed by them -- my vocals are particularly erratic -- but that rawness also suggests the sort of laceration brought on by a sudden loss or similar social shock. That you've crafted a plausible narrative undercurrent from the mad dross we slapped down in haste is extremely comforting. Wish you could have seen the Euro crew tear through the material -- the songs absolutely came to life on tour... Stillborn though it may have been, you've managed to breathe new life into the album...

Did you add a new guitar part to "Flattering"? If so, I approve...

DF:

good, glad you are liking it. it was actually really fun to mix. i didn't add anything, just moved shit around a lot. most of my guitar parts were crap, so i usually just pulled a few good seconds and repeated it a few times. "flattering" was one of the only ones that i had a decent part throughout, just moved misty to fit into the right spaces. and created a recurring loop of you singing "hell" with one of ben's parts. i really think your vocals are great, i wanted them front and center in the mixes with everything else in support. did manage to get everyone who played into various mixes, but stripped away tons of dreck. i like it in the order it's in as well. i made two versions of "bright lights," calling the first 1.0 - "fur piece" - it's meant to be more of a prelude.

lemme know when you've had a chance check it all out.

- df

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

There's a Tooth Inside That Old Slow Roil...

Found on Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish blog, then traced back to its page of origin. A sterling meditation...

Version Three Update...

It's excellent... More Thursday.

T

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Planks of the Bridge...

Don Fleming has just sent his mix of The Cortege to me via iPhone from New York. I'm nervous as Hell. Yet another iteration to absorb, each track a murderous tangle of conflicting emotions...

TS

Monday, November 24, 2008

Analog Suicide and Hull Curve, Live at Pit's Salon, Hannover...

Captured only a few minutes ago...



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And photos, too:





(Karsten Fecht, aka Hull Curve, from Hannover. He mixed pre-recorded tapes on an array of monophonic decks. An immersive dawn travelogue...)












Batur Sonmez, aka Analog Suicide, from Istanbul. Iron filings, silvery shards, titanium chaff. Tetsuo splayed overhead...)













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Look forward to eventual collabs 'twixt both Analog Suicide and Hull Curve. I made digital recordings of both gents' sets, and in time such a split release (already proposed) may grace your preferred playback device...

TS

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wading Mainstream Through Last Century's Art Pond...

Claudia, Michael, Tobias and I walked first to a vernissage at someone's atelier, then to the Glocksee to swill rum and talk shop with Mark from Berlin, who later offered me a DJ gig in February. (Deutscher Schlager, natch.) Gloriously doused, we groused, stumbled, and made love upon the ruins. Much wine was spilled on our return from rubbernecking the scenes of cultural wreckage...















(CP takes control...)






Saturday, November 22, 2008

It Ain't Ketamine...

We had a freak early snow this evening. Hannover just gets better and better...

(CP assures me this feeling will pass.)

So, to the precip pix:







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(Drunken digital photography by Claudia Franke und Karl Schmidt.)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Quantity X bei Dreharbeiten zu "Das alte Gewehr 2"...

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Vixens of the Mortal Ring

(1998, Spite Recordings Spite 28 C-90, edition of 50, out of print.)

This is the last of the early-period TLASILA cassettes to be uploaded. Enjoy, if you're able to tolerate the ragged tonalities and brazenly inconsistent production values therein...



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Side A (44:46)



The Laurel Tree, London, England (18 Feb 98)

01 Soundcheck
02 Veit Harlan, Brown Dress Bob
03 Demons Hip Naltrexone with Sick

Instants Chavires, Montreuil (Paris), France (24 Feb 98)

04 Lord When I Die Please Don't Let Me Leave Behind an Unfinished Task

Microgroove Studio, Decatur (Atlanta), GA (25 Nov 97)

05 From Withers to Belly Line (version)

Dottie's, Atlanta, GA (21 Jan 97)

06 Kopenhagen Lounge

Astrocade, Philadelphia, PA (28 Oct 96)

07 I What Dampness Did



Side B (44:47)



Firehouse Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (26 Apr 96)

08 Premonitory for the Premonition

The Attic, El Paso, TX (24 Apr 96)

09 He-Head the Police Obtain

Churchill's, Miami (29 Feb 96)

10 Bloated Unnnnhhhh-Ass Hard
11 Spasming Cunt Powerful His
12 Her-His Frantically Hips

The Zipperhead Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (12 July 95)

13 When My Rifle Went Sour with Preposterous Headdress

Churchill's, Miami (27 Apr 95)

14 Displaced by Double Bed



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TLASILA:

Tom Smith (1-14), Rat Bastard (1-4, 6-14), and Ben Wolcott (5, 7-14)

with

Billy Taylor, Greg Chapman and Nandor Nevai (1-3)
Andy Bolus (5)
Fred Ware III (7)

Recorded, mixed and produced by TS 1995-1998.

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(223 MB, ripped @ 320 from the original Spite C-90; hi-res artwork scans are included.)


Part 1 / Part 2

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Dr. Mabuse is watching you,

TS

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cafe Glocksee / ...und der böse Wolf / C'maxX...

Images drawn from the previous days' carousing and one very satisfying (yet still slightly hungover) cinematic indulgence...