Saturday, February 28, 2009

Three Resurrected Drunkards: Performance #2!

Hello Again,

My new duo project with Pit Noack, Three Resurrected Drunkards, recklessly and reverently christened after Nagisa Oshima's 1968 film, will air more of its disagreeable laundry on March 6 at Silke Arp Bricht in Hannover. Sell something and fly over - we have recently minted songs and a wicked speaker array... Pit's playing six ten tape decks, and I'm singing.



(Poster designed by Claudia Franke, adapted from a sketch by Stefan Roigk. Click above for a larger version of the image...)

Bis Bald,

Tom

Nina Kuzma-Sapiejewska: A Sense of History...

The Times today posted a three-minute audio slideshow of Ms. Kuzma-Sapiejewska, the justifiably renowned Chopin interpreter, recorded in her Largemont, New York apartment. She's lived there for 20 years...

"I find that... the civilization would be very poor if we didn't have this music..."

Chopin was cool, romantic, and very, very tragic, and, despite the muttered misgivings of Glenn Gould, should remain required listening. Try Fantasy for piano in F minor/A flat major, for starters.

TS

Friday, February 27, 2009

Irratiated Survivors of a Potent Image...

TLASILA - Malange Adama Baroza vs. Soledad Bravo

A rushing noise between the doo-wops...



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

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A hedge of disembodied street maps,

TS

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tempeh Crumbles the Crust Underneath...

TLASILA - Rainald Grebe & die Kapelle der Versöhnung vs. Black Easter

Incomparable paste, grated grind...



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(Two tracks, 8.16 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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Don't ever touch,

TS

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Horse-Heads' Brains Condemmed...

TLASILA - Rebecca Lynn & Dickie Lee vs. Holy Toy



Disfigured face seeks shelter in unimaginative slapstick...

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(Two tracks, 9.44 MB, ripped @ 320.)


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Giant fire-breathing silent spectacular,

TS

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Why Not Hugh Jackman on Lead Vox?

Or Matthew Broderick? Or, Nandor Nevai? Even more obtrusively violet than Sunday's Oscar broadcast.




Link courtesy of TLASILA / Rope Cosmetology stalwart Balazs Pandi!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Königswortherstrasse, Midnight...

Shot from the door of Silke Arp Bricht. It was wet and cold, and my shaking was a matter of principle...



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

Spring can't come too soon.

TS

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Fotograf auf Fußweg...

Captured on the Neues Rathaus footpath between Willy-Brandt-Allee and Culemannstraße...



TS

Thursday, February 19, 2009

"Sandy... Sandy-Boy..."

(Amended 19 February 09.)

Wow... Just watched an unblemished, near-pristine print of Samuel Fuller's Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street, filmed in 1973 as a special episode of the long-running German krimi series Tatort...

Music by The Can! With Glenn Corbett's moustache! Anton Diffring with a secret office full of rapiers and broadaxes! Microfilm! Lurid blackmail sequences! Great handheld sixteen-millimeter Köln Karneval footage! And glycerin tears streaming down the face of Christa Lang!

An extraordinary film...

TS

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Even Newer on Karl Schmidt Verlag!

KSV 013 Und Andere - 31. Januar (CDR)



An evening's five-hour club crawl, crushed, reassembled, looped to infinity, then rolled into a gesticulating lump and shoved into the corner of a coat check...

Recorded by Karl on 31 January 09 at Silke Arp Bricht and Club Glocksee, Hannover.

01 Plissement A (37:14)
02 Fifteen-Hour Collapse and Half-Plissement (33:40)
03 Synopsis (7:04)



Edition of 15.

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Pricing:

€ 7.49 within the EU, €9 outside the EU. Postage paid. Add €1 for each additional album.

So, one disc ordered from Portugal = € 7.49. Two discs ordered from the USA = € 19. Three discs ordered from China = € 29. Four ordered from France = € 32.96. Et cetera...

PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com

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Many thanks, as ever,

Tom

One (Albeit Stunted) to Grow On...

TLASILA - Kajem vs. Rage



A heap dismissed as run-of-the-mill...

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(Two tracks, 6.87 MB, ripped @ 320.)


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Enforced sterilization with romantic interest,

TS

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New on Karl Schmidt Verlag!

KSV 009 Karl & die Leidenschaften - Unnötigerweise Auto-Getunete Klassiker (CDR)



Apologies for the delay, but this project was far easier to whip up than complete - I've just finished the final mix this evening. As the album and composition titles suggest,
seventy-seven album-length recordings have been unnecessarily Auto-Tuned, folded four to nine times, then stacked like damp West Georgia cordwood and mixed for maximum clarity. The harmonies relentlessly seethe and subside...

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01 Siebenundsiebzig Fehler (77:13)

Composed, edited, mixed and produced by Tom Smith, Lisbon, Portugal and Hannover, Germany, December 2008-February 2009.




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Without whom: The Users, Pathman, John Surman, Jandek, Evil Moisture, Annie Gosfield, Kleenex, Krzysztof Penderecki, Joe Walsh & Barnstorm, Blue Orchids, Anthony Braxton, Lou Reed, Mauricio Kagel, Sickboy Milkplus, Roland S. Howard, Spizz Oil, Stevie Wonder, Sick Things, The Mothers of Invention, Thomas Leer, The Revillos, Ut, Young Marble Giants, Pharoah Sanders, Snoop Dogg, Fucked Up, Hybrid, The Clash, Harmonic 313, Flying Lotus, Ludus, Dark Day, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Matchbox, Metal Boys, Claro Intelecto, Butthole Surfers, Motörhead, Charles Bukowski, Gaetano Donizetti, Giorgio Moroder, Ace Young, West, Bruce & Laing, Cabaret Voltaire, Blue in Heaven, Nick Drake, Black Uhuru, Public Image, Ltd., Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Scuba, The Avengers, Will Sargeant, B Movie, Ambidextrous, Gil Evans Orchestra, Eater, 4” Be 2”, Johnny Cash, Pierre Arvay, The Cramps, Years on Earth, Dusk & Blackdown, Rod Modell, Neu Deutsch, Roberto Carlos, Breakage, Su Tissue, Pop in Germany Vol. 6, John Martyn, Ludwig van Beethoven, David Tagg, Asmus Tietchens, Herbert Eimert, Zbigniew Karkowsky, and Robert West.

Edition of 15.

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Pricing:

€ 7.49 within the EU, €9 outside the EU. Postage paid. Add €1 for each additional album.

So, one disc ordered from Portugal = € 7.49. Two discs ordered from the USA = € 19. Three discs ordered from China = € 29. Four ordered from France = € 32.96. Et cetera...

PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com

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The latest batch of orders (those received from the final three days of our Lisbon holiday to today) goes out tomorrow. Many thanks, as ever, for your kind support!

Additional new releases will debut Wednesday and Thursday!

Best,

Tom

Monday, February 16, 2009

Intimate Diary of a Working Schnook...

I teach English to managerial and clerical workers at various corporate behemoths in Lower Saxony. Rising with the civilians will take some getting used to - to arrive on time for my first class today I had to wake at 5:30, board a tram at 6:25, and then a train at a quarter past seven. Infinitive, past present, past participle, drink drank drunk, again and again. It's good to be forced to defend one's mother tongue...















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Up with the jackdaws,

TS

Sunday, February 15, 2009

One Perfect Moment...

Claudia and I went for a late afternoon walk in the snow. This 45-second excerpt caresses the very meaning of life itself with unusual tenderness...

Fourteen New Collisions: Day 7

TLASILA - Charles Aznavour vs. C.C. Catch



Rumbling away from the clammy hand...

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(Two tracks, 8.63 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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A blood-soaked screamer miscast,

TS

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fourteen New Collisions: Day 6

TLASILA - Joe Stampley & the Uniques vs. George Beverly Shea



Wobbling reserve wins its spurs...

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(Two tracks, 8.46 MB, ripped @ 320.)


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Watch the canine lead amongst long-forgotten leaking barrels,

TS

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fourteen New Collisions: Day 5

TLASILA - Wouter Hamel vs. The Chapin Sisters



With a spectacular rock slide, a battle-hardened plagiarist turns smoldering hero...

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(Two tracks, 7.45 MB, ripped @ 320.)


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Never managed to imitate hair and fangs,

TS

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fourteen New Collisions: Day 4

TLASILA - Mi:ne vs. Super Djata Band



Ape is given condemned man, was relative youngster...

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(Two tracks, 7.96 MB, ripped @ 320.)


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Eight million old-fashioned perfect teeth,

TS

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fourteen New Collisions: Day 3

TLASILA - Åge Aleksandersen vs. Cavity



On the trail of a legendary peaked cap...

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(Two tracks, 5.81 MB, ripped @ 320.)

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One might be excused for the introduction,

TS

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fourteen New Collisions: Day 2

TLASILA - Mors Vincit Omnia vs. Odin



Consumed by a more appropriate uprising, we leave them to their mechanical hearts...

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(Two tracks, 5.99 MB, ripped @ 320.)


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The boy's mother, strikingly composed,

TS

Monday, February 09, 2009

Fourteen New Collisions: Day 1

TLASILA - Maxayn vs. Neu



Disembodied with a non-speaking part, a grainy close-up of a minimum of fuss...

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(Two tracks, 5.65 MB, ripped @ 320.)


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Convenient forest of back-projected capes,

TS

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Two Decades of Wasted Effort Coming to Woeful Fruition!



(Click above for a larger version of the image. Graphic by Karl Schmidt.)

No less than two discs, possibly as many as five. Probably no DVD. As comprehensive as the time allotted allows, but lean, mean, and factual. No errant hagiography, no foul pustule unexamined...

I can't see it being released before 2010, but a late 2009 liftoff is still within the realm of the semi-probable. I neither need nor want to rush it. In this instance, slower is better, and I'm sure that Menlo Park understand this more profoundly than anyone.

You'll have everything, from the original 1990 demos (excerpts from each of the four May-July cassettes), the 1991-1993 sessions (including the very first pre-Miami studio tests, crazed home recordings, and edit experiments), all of Spatters of a Royal Sperm, bits from My Limp Went Husserl on Me, most of Prostitution Heute!, a honey-glazed chunk pried from the still savory, million-hour larder of previously unreleased live material from the Smith/Bastard/Wolcott trio's 1994-1996 heyday, scads of Wigmaker outtakes, a portion of the abandoned Tony Conrad, Fat-Ass album, a section devoted to the two TLASILA 2s, TLASILA 3, Born in East L.A., TLASILA 1975, and last year's TLASILA 666, more than you can imagine from various '97-'08 subterranean forays, low-fidelity concert transcriptions, hastily organized and unfathomably tweaked radio sessions, and madness, always blood-flecked madness... Basically, one delicious autopsy after another, and then the "hits" from all the official TLASILA releases, from 30-mm to the final 2010 studio release, circling back again to the May 1990 demos, and terminus...

Essayists have been selected to pen contextual analyses and shocking, tell-all reminiscences; one or two photographs will likely accompany their texts.

Keep your lids peeled!

Best,

Tom

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Two Shots of Jack and No Françoiz Breut...

CP and I are listening to music and drinking bourbon. Earlier, we attended the final concert in Pit Noack's salon series - Calexico's Volker Zander performed two very satisfying solo contrabass pieces...

Nothing more to add, really - the rest is pleasant and personal. Life continues to amaze...

TS

Friday, February 06, 2009

Volker Zander at Pit's Salon...

Below, a few photos from this evening's gathering at Pit Noack's flat, on the occasion of the 24th and final performance in his long-running (and necessarily intimate) concert series. Earlier in the evening, Calexico's Volker Zander entertained us with three captivating contrabass pieces. It provided a fitting end to Herr N's exceptional project...

The last snap was taken in an imbus (takeaway joint) off Limmerstrasse soon after CP and I left the gathering...









The incidental "neutral corner" recording I made will soon be issued on Karl Schmidt Verlag as KSV 015. Keep your eyes glued to your monitor for additional details...

Best,

Tom

Thursday, February 05, 2009

A Miserable Day of Death...

(Amended 6 February 09)

This day, eternity desired a rarefied cadre: Hank Crawford, whose alternately gruff and silken alto helped shape the contours of Ray Charles' early sides; Lukas Foss, the mercurial composer, whose extraordinary Baroque Variations frequently scrambled your humble scribe's younger mind; the great Ray Dennis Steckler, and may his detractors be forever damned (I saw Eegah! at the decades-dead Cook Theatre in Adel, Georgia on its release - at six years of age! - and was scared out of the precious few wits I'd managed to collect as a perpetually freaked tyke); and LUX INTERIOR! No!!!



(Left to right: Interior, Steckler, Foss, and Crawford, behind Mr. Charles. Click above for a larger version of the image.)

I dropped out of college and moved to New York in late 1976, in time to prowl the corrosive East Village in search of a band, an idea, a girl, something. I failed to ignite (and in retrospect, that failure was of course the ultimate spark), but in my five months of intolerable hunger, poverty, and utter fucking joy I saw a handful of amazing gigs, both at Max's and CBGB. I saw Blondie open for Suicide at the latter fuckhole (Vega wore a length of high-tensile chain around his scrawny stem of a neck, and swung it, meekly, but with sufficient attitude to frighten the Bergen County attendees), and missed a Cramps performance at the former, wholly tubercular boîte by minutes. Nevertheless, I paid the $2 (or $2.50, or whatever the Hell it was) admission and soon found myself sitting less than the length of beheaded Fijian pornographer's gravure cylinder from a glowering Poison Ivy, who'd clearly just had some sort of row with either Miriam Linna or King Lux. Heaven, droogs, sheer heaven. I marveled at their downtrodden style and cursed my luck for missing the opportunity to be smashed over the head with "Human Fly." Cut to Athens, January 1, 1979. The Cramps are scheduled to perform at the dire Georgia Theatre, but the gig is canceled at the last second, to the understandable chagrin of the quartet, which by this date comprised Nick Knox, ex-Electric Eel, the late, motherfucking cool-ass Bryan Gregory, and the aforementioned Rorschach and Purkhiser. I was at last at the right place at the right time, as the owner of Wuxtry Records (if fading memory serves) invited the combo to tear it up in the attic of his shop. They did, and I was standing at the immediate fucking front, inches from Ivy and an occasional recipient of Lux's Bryllcreme'd saliva, which doubtless seethed with pathogenic amoebae. The usually dour Gregory grinned like a drooling fool and Pylon fans finally had their chance to witness true, relentless cool in palpitating black.

For Psychedelic Jungle, for the monumental Live at Napa State Mental Hospital video, Lux, we salute you!

Ivy, a legion of fans share your loss, and wish you well...

TS

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Alfama Overlook: Infinite Retinal Burn...

I'd forgotten about this photo in the clamor and chaos of our final day in Lisbon. It was taken at the overlook nearest the flat where we were staying.

The horizon seemed less an azure caul than a thread through the infinite; the breeze was extraordinary - warm, reassuring. The ghosts of those old stones slithered past, whispering in Hassaniya and Latin, thinking of lost loves, the refrains of favorite Fado ballads, and, always, empty bottles...



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

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

RIP Max Neuhaus...

The first paragraph of a January 9, 1968 New York Times article entitled "Electronic Music Hits Open Switch":

Something went wrong last night with Max Neuhaus's instrument, a Motorola MC-1120-T Dual Keyer Gate with Snub Inputs, so his recital at Carnegie Recital Hall never quite got on the track. The event was billed as "Three Hours of Sound Construction," and it gave every prospect of being a thriller...

Makes perfect sense to me.

Sleep well, sir...

Omid Joins the Small Particle Space Debris Environment...

Iran sends first homemade satellite into orbit... Allāhu Akbar!

More here.

Monday, February 02, 2009

A Wee Dram of Din Before the Hubbub...

My favorite image from the many celebrations we haunted on the drunken cusp of January 30-31. CP stands in the kitchen of our flat as our guests and we prepare to take flight and descend upon Silke Arp Bricht...

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Final Stroll Before the Shutters Were Drawn...

Our last walk through Alfama to Chiado, January 30, 2009. I miss this city terribly...









(The digital blur makes it difficult to discern what's going on in this photo, but if you look at the street you'll see the rippling of water over the centuries-old cobblestones. That should provide a clue... Give up? Members of the emergency bomb squad were out on the boulevard, washing their trucks with fire hoses...)