Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Where the Riled Things Are"...

Another extraordinarily incisive riposte of contempo wignuttery from The Daily Show.

(I'd post the video here, but Comedy Central's embed code is rife with errors. Watch it on their dime instead...)


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Portraits of the Quietly Depraved...

Hi Again,

Before we drift off to sleep here at KSV HQ, two snapshots from the evening's festivities...

(Pit Noack, basking in the Abendrot...)

(Core of the Coalman, connecting...)


Sleep Well,


Leave the Rick Wakeman Behind...

Hello Again,

The CP and I just returned from Silke Arp Bricht where we witnessed (and documented) another installment of Pit Noack's long-running salon. An excellent night out, despite (or because of) the slow, steady drizzle hanging low and cold outside.

Herr N, somewhat hampered by a mild flu, opened the proceedings with a very tasty set of improvised tape deck manipulations. This was followed by San Francisco violinist Core of the Coalman, who skillfully lashed remaining synaptic threads to random passing undercarriages.

Look for a release soon on KSV!

Hope everyone is well.


Monday, September 28, 2009

KSV September 2009 Preview Mix!

Good Morning,

Download the new Karl Schmidt preview mix of the eight new KSV releases here!

An info file is included. Your tears are optional...



Sunday, September 27, 2009

In the Attic...

Guten Abend,

Below, three portraits shot during an investigative stroll through the attic of our apartment building here in Hannover.

For late September, a very beautiful day. The light was perfect everywhere.

(Even made me look quasi-human, albeit oddly resinous! Alas, beauty is ever confounding...)


Saturday, September 26, 2009

KSV: Eight New Releases!

(Amended 27 Sept / 13 Oct 09.)

Hello Droogies!

Since late August, Karl and I have been working round the clock to smuggle a cache of degenerate skullfuckery directly to your mom's backdoor. Just a few minutes ago we jumped the gate, dropped off the rucksack, ripped away our fake moustaches, exchanged our doctored Bolivian passports for dual Iranian/Israeli documents, and took the nearest photon accelerator back to HQ for this debriefing. Ready?

KSV 025 VA - Karl Schmidt Verlag: Was du nicht wissen wolltest... (2xCD)

The label's first 25 releases fused, unmercifully chopped at odd angles, then sewn back together again. Brain-blowing ur-cacophony, six months in the unmaking.

Disc One

101 Untwists Chastened Willows (70:27)

Disc Two

201 Hatch Midst Milk Storm (76:59)

Edited, mixed and produced by Tom Smith for KSV.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 15.


KSV 045 Eugene Chadbourne - Live, Silke Arp Bricht, Hannover, 19 Sept 09

(2xCD, plus limited bonus disc)

Hot off the subhuman switchboard, this document of Dr. Chadbourne's recent two-hour stand at local culture dungeon Silke Arp Bricht will flay your remaining azure seedlings. Needless to sputter, more spittoon-dunked greatness from the North Carolinian rake maestro.

Disc One

101 Pt. 1 (53:00)

Disc Two

201 Pt. 2 (48:48)

Disc Three (limited to the first ten orders)

301 Version (TS mix) (54:03)

Composed and performed by EC.

Recorded by Karl at SAP, Hannover.
Edited and produced by Tom Smith for KSV.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 20.


KSV 046 Academia Riding Rust - A Perforated Rink

If you're as nauseated by All Tomorrow's Parties' fetid penchant for hauling elder cabals out of semi-retirement to perform ancient texts for lazy rubberneckers as we are, then this screed is right up your core collapse! ARR took Suicide's recent (and wholly unnecessary) ATP live run-through of their '77 Red Star debut platter, squeezed it through the galley porthole of Mark Knoffler's 700-foot runabout, and drove the point past the vacant lot where the Dirty Three's last shred of dignity was found gagged, broken, and defiled. You know what comes next...

Composed by ARR.

01 A Perforated Rink (42:21)

Edited, mixed and produced TS for KSV, September 2009.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 15.


KSV 043 Ikea Cafe Ambiance vs. Schützenfest Autumn Carnival

Recorded September 5. A day trip to the home furnishings colossus, then a slow stroll around a particularly threadbare carny encampment. A flourishing ace shunts sons; hot hypermedia tots curtly purr "Barracuda therapy tiller..."

01 Ikea Cafe Ambiance (17:03)
02 SAC (12:02)
03 Composite (17:03)
04 Version (17:39)

Recorded by Karl at Ikea, Hannover, and the Schützenfest Autumn Carnival, Küchengarten, Hannover, on September 5, 2009.

Mixed and produced by Tom Smith at KSV HQ, Hannover.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 10.


KSV 042 Christopher Fleeger - 1977, USA

A document of the San Francisco-based improvisor's bracing, consistently satisfying early September performance at Silke Arp Bricht. Such a relief from the usual, respectable dull presence offered by other abstract sound artists... Fleeger's footage of venerable mice provide explicit links between militia postulations and dowagers' palms. Epic, and epicene.

Composed and performed by Christopher Fleeger.

Recorded live by Karl at Pit's Salon, Silke Arp Bricht (foyer), Hannover, on September 2, 2009.

Opening/closing remarks by PN.

Edited and produced by TS for KSV.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

CF: modified pads, mallets, brainwave amplifier

01 Complete Set (40:47)
02 Version (TS mix) (19:05)

Didn't realize until after the set that Herr Fleeger's a homeboy - he grew up less than 60 miles from my sleepy native hamlet...

Edition of 15.


KSV 040 Three Resurrected Drunkards - Baukasten: Exact Linearity

The third release from the duo of Pit Noack and Tom Smith, one that takes their shattered aesthetic (as represented by rehearsal and live recordings made at the titular venue in August) to illogical extremes of abstraction.

Composed and performed by PN and TS.

(Extracted elements of "I Must Mourn" composed by Tim Lane Seaton & Tom Smith/Rope Cosmetology.)

PN: cassette decks, prepared tapes, speaker array.
TS: voice

Recorded by Tom at Baukasten, Hannover, and by Pit at Zum Zigaretten, Hannover, August 2009.

Edited, mixed, and produced by TS for KSV, September 2009.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

01 Nitrate Lyricist (6:22)
02 Clarinetist I Try (6:41)
03 Beak Aunts (6:10)
04 Absent Auk (25:56)
05 Proper Monsoons (10:59)
06 Drachma Lipstick Knot (9:29)

Edition of 15.


KSV 039 Anne - An Innkeeper's Totems

Anne is an orphaned keyring amulet. This is her first album for Karl Schmidt Verlag.

Anne has little patience for Beatles/Stones schlager remakes. Her wrath has been made flesh...

01 Anne Pt. 1 (21:26)
02 Anne Pt. 2 (10:50)
03 Anne Pt. 3 (16:02)
04 Anne Pt. 4 (18:02)

Composed, recorded, mixed and produced by Anne at Mallard Kvetch Rigs, Celle, Germany, August-September 2009.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 15.


KSV 038 Gaunt Exes - Trunk Situ

Karl Schmidt and TS collaborate at long last! The assemblages were crafted by Herr Schmidt, and the vocal shards were injected into soft, pulpy tissue by Smith. Very fucking dangerous to your ears. (Defaced shipwrights' adzes agree.)

Likely to scrub pesky foul notions from your latest tony infrared summons...

01 Quota Torments (20:09)
02 Irk Me (20:46)
03 Omit Copse (20:53)
04 Papal Louse Op (4:57)

Composed and performed August-September 2009 by Karl Schmidt (assemblages) and Tom Smith (voice and electronics).

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 15.


That's the update!


Single discs are € 8.49 EU / € 10 Elsewhere

Two-disc sets are € 14 EU / € 16 Elsewhere

PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com




Friday, September 25, 2009

Eyelashes Helm Tower...

(Amended 26 Sept 09.)

Oops! Still tweaking a few of the new releases, so you'll have to wait until tomorrow for the KSV avalanche. Eight new albums, two of which are double sets...



Talking Points Memo has posted an entertaining gallery of the flakes, closeted über-queens, unrepentant racists, Christ fuckers, snake-oil-slathered charlatans, flat-earthers, and flat-out dolts who attended last week's Values Voter Summit in Washington, and who comprise, by and large, the contemporary Republican Party.

If page ten's profiled feeb hasn't been blowing greasy biker dick at a Flying J toilet in Tempe, then Rat Bastard never babbled on for hours about American Music Club to any of us, ever.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Viewing Fifty Enactments...

Posted by Alice, with appreciation, on the My Modern Met blog:

25 Magnificent Modern Day Movie Illustrations

They're not all to the poster's hyperbolic standard, but the majority are very cool contemplations of the images we already too well know...

Posted by Alice, with appreciation, on the My Modern Met blog:

25 Magnificent Modern Day Movie Illustrations

They're not all to the poster's hyperbolic standard, but the majority are very cool contemplations of the images we already too well know...


Head for Higher Ground...

Meine Freunde,

A gargantuan KSV new release tsunami will slam ashore tomorrow. Toss your heirlooms atop the pyre and gird your loins for impact!

Bis Später,


Monday, September 21, 2009

Unlicensed, But Some Experience with Humours...

Dr. Chadbourne left us earlier today. Below, a photo from Saturday's examination.

(Eugene Chadbourne, applying the rake to a stuffed bird adorned with a wig and construction helmet, September 19, 2009. Click for a larger version of the image.)

KSV will be releasing Eugene's performance later in the week. Stay tuned...


Friday, September 18, 2009

Gormless Is As Peerless Does...

Awesome photograph. TLASILA/Rope Cosmetology hero Balazs Pandi rips the spotlight away from H.P. Baxxter as the other Scooter-ers (plus one) blithely emote.

(Click above for a larger version of the image, taken earlier today in Budapest.)

Köszönöm, B!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Below, evidence of the European experience. After ten months, I'm as slender as I was when I first went off to college in '74.

I attribute the restoration primarily to fresh bread and a girlfriend with a particularly sharp tongue. It's heaven, I gotta tell ya...

(Pleasantries noted, fuck having an automobile.)

Yours Fitfully,


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

KSV Update: 9/13/09

Hello, dear droogs. Just a quick note to inform you that all copies of the most recent fusillade of releases (Alpha 66, Maude, Female Reggae Showcase, Katja Fregatte, and Rope Cosmetology) have been sold. Daniel at Tochnit Aleph will have a few copies of the Ropecosm and KF albums by mid-week, so if you're coming late to the trepanning, there's still time to be dissected.

A goddamned tsunami of KSV goodness is looming. I want to complete each and every one of the component tidal surges before I make the announcement, so patience, bitte.

Many thanks, much love,


A Very Bitter Pill...

Frank Rich, again, defines the bigger picture.

(Graphic by Times illustrator Barry Blitt.)

Obama is fifty trillion times the man of his predecessor, but as Real Time's Bill Maher put it on Friday, the President really, really needs to get in touch with his "inner asshole."


Related: at Bag News Notes, they take wignut watching to an altogether higher level. Always essential.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Cede Peeper Hung Uphill...

The fifteenth in our original series of hybridized remix EPs, first posted to TLASILA Blog on July 26, 2007. This is the final re-post in conjunction with the impending release of the Shave triple-disc set Die Fehde des Gemischs. Grab as many of the original 15 as you need...

TLASILA - Hugh Le Caine vs. Deep Purple

"HLC's Compositions and Demonstrations and the Purp's Live in Stockholm (12 Nov 70) go headband-to-convertible in this brazenl introspective staredown..."


(20 MB, ripped @ 320 kbps...)



Dice I nonstop monitor as mosts,


Lonely Portents...

The fourteenth in our original series of hybrid remix EPs, first posted here on July 26, 2007:

TLASILA - Chet Baker vs. Goblin

"Not for soft palates... Baker's Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe clambers into the deathdrome against Goblin's Zombi: L'Alba Dei Morti Viventi."

Links have been dead for months... An opportunity to reload!


(Four tracks, 22.9 MB, ripped @ 320.)



A glamorized return,


Friday, September 11, 2009

Cab Ed Effeteness: Vulture Jug Rill...

The thirteenth in our original series of hybridized remix EPs, first posted here on July 25, 2007:

TLASILA - Sutcliffe Jügend vs. Blues Traveler

"Genre Whore Hookup Pt. 662: Blind Date with Feedback and Bandolier."


(Four tracks, 14.9 MB, ripped @ 320 kbps, principals strangely uncomfortable around women...)



Nuture (or pretend-murder) your fears,


Circadian Jell Herded a Rung...

The twelfth in our original series of hybrid remix EPs, first posted to TLASILA Blog on July 25, 2007:

TLASILA - Milli Vanilli vs. Vinko Globokar

Go sweetener ad, reweigh!


(Four tracks, 13.4 MB, ripped @ 320.)



Valving, I kill million,


Punk Prong Rink, Ace Stiffener...

The eleventh in our original series of hybrid EPs, first posted here on July 24, 2007:

TLASILA - Mike Jones vs. Jerry Reed

"Instances of syncopation are strictly incidental, but odd frissons flare at the margins..."


(Four tracks, 15.7 MB, ripped @ 320.)

Links have been on ice for a very long time. Get the EP again here.


Metatarsal sheriffs snoring,


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Amaranth Patterns Faint...

The tenth in our original series of hybridized remix EPs, first posted to TLASILA Blog on July 24, 2007:

TLASILA - Pita vs. Manhattan Transfer


(Four tracks, 17.1 MB, ripped @ 320.)



Deed Pomp vs. Tortellini Pit,


Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Vandal Ban Too?

The ninth in our original series of hybrid remix EPs, first posted here on July 23, 2007:

TLASILA - Alva Noto vs. The Band

Incarcerations loved...


(Four tracks, 18.1 MB, ripped @ 320.)



Nor Sonny Megadeath's kopek,


"Their Dam Is Built of Paper..."

Monbiot was pissed off yesterday...

"Every new arrival on the dole queues, every delayed operation or potholed road or crowded classroom for the next two generations will be achievements to be laid at the gates of the City of London. Yet the bankers have seldom had it so good."




Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Barbeques Suety...

The eighth in our original series of hybridized remix EPs, first posted to TLASILA Blog on July 22, 2007:

TLASILA: Prurient vs. The Lovin' Spoonful

Perchance, a Treks' shiv swills...


(Four tracks, 19.5 MB, ripped @ 320.)

Links long dead. Get the re-up here.


Plentiful visor pronoun,


Monday, September 07, 2009

Rope Cosmetology: Casement Ledges Where Moss Has Grown...

Hello Again,

Finally. After months of adjustments, the fourth Rope Cosmetology album, Spezial Gedankengefüge, has been completed. Orders will ship tomorrow.

Here's the revised running order:

Week 1

101 Visit When in Sympathy (10:12)

102 Hamletmaschine (5:42)

103 I Must Mourn (5:30)

104 Otherwise She Agreed (5:36)

105 Grateful, But Some Fur (20:05)

106 All Is Lead, Corporeal (9:46)

107 Jean Heap Came Off His Pen (composite) (5:02)

108 Third Symbol May Stumble (12:41)

Week 2

201 Set Rehearsal (7 Apr 09) (52:07)

202 Dirges One Ruined (5:16)

203 Visit When in Sympathy (10:46)

204 The Cortege (8:07)

205 Rope Cosmetology (2:21)

The third disc, a 45-minute DVD of various short videos shot during (and around) the April sessions, will also be included.

Thanks very much for waiting on us to finish the album. It's a collection of rehearsal recordings, so there are occasional flubs, errors, missed beats, blown notes, etc., but THIS GROUP DESTROYS and I don't think you'll mind the odd imperfect moment.

Yours Faithfully,

Tom, for Tim, Ryan, Feri, and Balazs.

Re: Mount Bosavi Crater, Papua New Guinea...

This place must surely rule.

Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered in Papua New Guinea...

Sunday, September 06, 2009


The CP and I ventured into the Steintor neighborhood earlier this evening to view Hans-Christian Schmid's latest film, Storm. Reviews have been mixed, and that's understandable, especially after the intensity of Requiem, his previous feature from '06. A two-hour drama about the Bosnian war crimes tribunal in Den Haag, Sturm (its German title - we saw it at the Hochhaus–Lichtspiele undubbed, with Deutsch subs for the English/Dutch/Russian dialogue) is depressing as fuck, but good.

Here's a five-minute Deutsche Welle documentary on the film:

Saturday, September 05, 2009


Caroline Myss recently penned a searing editorial for the Huffington Post, and as you TLASILA Blog readers are free-thinking fuckers, I urge you to affix your oft-poisoned orbs to this address posthaste. Sensational.

Off to a birthday celebration, but before I join the revel, a quick notification that all outstanding KSV orders (save copies of the almost-completed Rope Cosmetology 2xCD/DVD) went out earlier today. The Ropecosm release should be in the mail by Tuesday at the very latest...

Bis Dann,


Friday, September 04, 2009

KSV Alert!

Hello Droogz,

Two days ago I found an additional four hours of Rope Cosmetology rehearsal recordings that I'd mislabeled and thrown onto a miscellaneous folder in a new external drive. As the pending, long-overdue Spezial Gedankengefüge double-disc is comprised of similar recordings, I've been forced to reconsider the album's running order, especially as several of the rediscovered takes are superior to those I'd previously selected.

I've been thrown off the KSV schedule again by the demands of work and the recent move, so I beg for indulgence from everyone who ordered the release. As a sick fucking perfectionist (who is well aware of the ultimate unattainability of perfection) I want to make sure that your minds aren't just scrambled beyond restructuring, but well and truly fried, scarfed down like wasabi macadamias, and BLOWN.*

As for the other titles purchased and awaiting shipment, all outstanding orders should be in the post by Saturday noon.

Lots of new releases on the horizon, so save your ducats and prepare for the onslaught of tremulous cool...



(* And, as some of you may have noticed, I've been obsessively re-working the artwork of the new Ropecosm release. Forgive this and the other delays, bitte...)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

As Threatened, Pix from the Move...

The old flat on Dieckbornstr., in the throes of its decommissioning:

And, after the move...

(Scenes from the fourth floor, and ravages therein. We're still unpacking, of course.)

(We have a bakery on the opposite corner; it's a mere twenty-second walk from the flat. Paradise...)

But... We'll really miss Adolf!

(Photo by Claudia Franke. Click above for a larger version of the image.)

Auf wiedersehen,


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

A Haemorrhage Muffin Torn...

The seventh of our original series of hybrid remix EPs, first posted to TLASILA Blog on July 22, 2007:

TLASILA: Nitro vs. John Cage

A cracker's newest ryes...


(Four tracks, MB, ripped @ 320. The latter two tracks were specially recorded for this posting...)



To ebbed hollowing sots,


Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Happy New Year from the Harz...

Hello Droogs, Happy 2019! I‘m in the Harz region of Germany, enjoying a three-day getaway to cap off an eventful year, one marked by celeb...