Saturday, October 31, 2009

New (and Renewed) from Karl Schmidt Verlag!

Guten Abend!

Today we temporarily reissue KSV 048 (in an edition of five; hurry if you missed out the first time, as one's already been scooped up via advance order), and release KSV 049 (in a limited run of 15). Details follow...

KSV 048 Silke Arp Bricht: 29. Sep (Core of the Coalman vs. Pit Noack)

Our first and only re-press. Get it now, or do without. It's up to you!


KSV 049 Atelier Grammophon 16. Okt: Generator 2

The debut public performance of the new (and altogether superlative) improvisational duo of Joerg Hufschmidt and Andreas Brüning. You read about them in these labyrinths earlier in the month. Listen to the preview file (containing mixed extracts from both releases) and make your move.

Andreas Brüning - bass guitar and treatments
Joerg Hufschmidt - bowed and plucked electronics and motorized devices

01 Soundcheck 2:37
02 Interim Version 16:55
03 Complete Set 48:28

Recorded by Karl at Atelier Grammophon, Hannover, on October 16, 2009.
Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ.

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

Edition of 15.

Pricing: €8.49 within the EU; €10 elsewhere. Add €1 for each additional album.


Sleep Tight,


Friday, October 30, 2009

Re: TLASILA Remix Box...

(Amended 1 and 2 Nov 09.)

Wow... The newly received mixes from Family Battle Snake and super-producer (and bosom bud, and TLASILA member) Don Fleming are just fucking excellent. Can't wait for the rest of you to bend your cochlea far lower than you'd perhaps previously dared. A proper dousing awaits...


Postscript: received Cock Rock Disco luminary Terminal 11's mix just after swaying home with Claudia from Silke Arp Bricht at 1:50 Sunday morning. Damn! Very, very good...

Post-postscript (2 Nov 09): the newly received Staplerfahrer mix is also exceptionally good. DAMN!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Shavebox(es): Update...

(Amended 30 Oct, 1 Nov, and 9 Nov 09.)

Hello Again,

The TLASILA remix project, The Grief That Shrieked to Multiply, is now deeply and profoundly bonkers. It's grown to a three-disc set (CDs, not CDRs), and the folks at Monotype have encouraged us, dared us to go further, at every orthopedically-shod step of the way. As of this late hour, this is the confirmed line-up (meaning, we requested their submissions, and they have been received): rm74 (aka Reto Mäder), Howard Stelzer, Aprox., Alexei Borisov, Carlos Gifoni, Truth Serum, Andy Ortmann, Richard Divine, Kasra Mowlavi, Otto Von Schirach, 16 Bitch Pileup, Medroxy Progesterone Acetate, RWL (Ralf Wehowsky), Anton Nikkilä, Dave Phillips, Dino Felipe (whose original submission - prior to its pruning - snarled and sputtered for 38 sun-poisoned minutes!), Larsen, Micose & the Mau Maus, Graham Moore, Sudden Infant, Don Hassler, Sickboy Milkplus, Patrick Spurlock, Ironing, Duran Duran Duran, Igor Mihovilovic, Tree Creature, Rudof's Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, Thee Majesty, Weasel Walter, Blevin Blechtum, Wouter Jaspers, Astrid Hagenguth & Pit Noack, William Fowler Collins, C. Spencer Yeh, Stefan Roigk, Cornucopia, Raionbashi, Evil Moisture, Phillippe Petit, Issac Linder, Jared Louche, Kevin Drumm, Family Battle Snake, Don Fleming, Terminal 11, Staplerfahrer, Chrissy Murderbot, Magas, Dylan Nyoukis, Achim Wollscheid, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and Aaron Dilloway.

The above luminaries quaffed darker than dark matter before switching on their vintage Magnetophons.

Yes, it's that good.

As for the 20-year retrospective on Menlo Park, I'm still puzzling over its contents, but I'd be surprised if it wasn't also a three-CD set. I've filled an external drive with over 100 200 (yikes!) GB of all manner of TLASILA material, beginning with the first trio of 1990 demos, extending to the present. Don't fear - it will be dripping with insanely rare treasures and mega-peculiarities.

More Tomorrow,


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Three Hundred and Sixty-Three Days Later...

This has been the happiest year of my life.

Below, the CP, standing in front of a doorway on Limmerstrasse. Dusk was upon us, but even in dim light, she was luminous...

(Click for a larger version of the image.)

Year Two begins Saturday at midnight.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Likening New KSV Release Volleys to Ungovernable Forces of Nature Pt. 660...

Greetings from KSV Zentrum!

Karl and stooped insiders are preparing a month-long new release fiesta set to begin Friday. Gird exposed loins and open the moth-ridden vaults, because you'll want more than an arthritic handful.

On October 30th we'll be re-releasing our document of late September's sterling Silke Arp Bricht performances by frequent Caroliner contributor Core of the Coalman and Hannover improvisor Pit Noack (it sold out so quickly that even our regulars were unable to obtain it, so we're issuing a one-time-only second edition of five); at the weekend we'll also be offering the debut Atelier Grammophon performance by superb Hannoverian avant-concrète duo Generator 2 (KSV 049).

These releases will follow, accompanied by the usual nervous tics and deafening borborygmi:

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Die Fehde des Gemischs (KSV 030). Three discs. We know you've been waiting...

TS - To Which Clotted Horrors Do You Fail to Refer? (KSV 041). Fifty-plus miniatures, sung and performed by our initialed resident hierophant. Many moons in the making.

Withered Runes - Unworthy Censer (KSV 047). Relics of the late 60s Cambridge scene, fondly dismembered.

40 Berlin Versions (KSV 050). A five-hour birthday party is cross-sectioned. Consider this as a warning.

Crvi - 2 Adaptive Behaviors (KSV 051). New sounds from Split, Croatia's wormiest overlords!

And a still-unnamed album from our Romanian mastering prodigies Linda, Viola & Uwe (KSV 052)!

Plus: Tom Smith - Naturally Occurring Black Metal λόγος (KSV 044). An 80-page photo-book with accompanying CD. Strictly limited edition of ten. 45 Euro, postpaid. Once they're gone, they're gone to Norway.

And, at the beginning of December, What's a qNadsat Word for Tank Jazz?, a hulking 10-month anniversary box containing the first 50 KSV releases, two bonus CDs, a DVD, and a poster. Limited edition of 10. 160 Euro, postpaid. Each takes a week to assemble, so if you've an interest, reserve your place in queue now!

You know where to ask and what not to wear. Avanti!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Inching Up to the Vapor Trail...

Crazy weekend... Spoke to Evan (my son) for the first time since he was sent to Afghanistan seven months ago. I was so happy to hear his voice that I wept and sniffed and blubbered all over myself. (I'm a sentimental dope, but then you knew that.) He couldn't say much, except that he and his colleagues had "been busy." Oy-pigfucking-vey...

His stint is over in April. Got to get him over here to a biergarten, pronto. Or maybe to a decent Berlin museum. Or both, and multiples of all things calming and civil.

Claudia and I have been on a bit of a movie binge, although we seem to leave half of them unfinished - usually with only 10 minutes to go - due to fatigue. (We work a lot.) Michael Haneke's Das weiße Band (aka The White Ribbon) was stellar. Less tightly controlled, and only slightly less compelling, was Angelos Frantzis' A Dog's Dream. Our first hike through the director's oeuvre.

Just listened to the first few minutes of Aoki Takamasa's new Raster Noton album, RN Rhythm-Variations. I love it when things sound exactly as you know they'll sound long before you listen to them...

More Soon,


Friday, October 23, 2009

Invert a Cataleptic Mime...

From The Guardian: "Climate map shows world after 4C rise..."

Interact with the forecast here.

Air conditioning won't save you,


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Balazs Recommends...

This behind/beneath/beyond-the-scenes video of ageless Hungarian chanteuse Kati Kovács!

Cheers to B for the link!


Monday, October 19, 2009

A Devilled Unit Sown...

It's hard to imagine anything more compulsively anti-everything than this excoriating '78 wisp of pop perfidy, delivered in rigorous smallscreen rictus mode by German comedy stalwarts Helga Feddersen and Dieter "Didi" Hallervorden. (Of course, it was a huge, huge hit in Deutschland.) Total destruction of the O-mind...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Paramedic Damage Only Onus...

Frank Rich, again. Obama is much loved in these parts, but power corrupts, or at least abrades, and its centers must always be critically engaged. A sterling analysis...


Saturday, October 17, 2009

"At least there was no clay..."

Claudia and I just watched one of her favorite films; I'm still reeling from it...

(François Ozon's masterful 2000 disquisition, Sous le sable. Charlotte Rampling is brilliant throughout...)

Off to bed now, so updates, photos, and various other promised effluvia must wait until morn.

Yours Faithfully,


Coercive Site Swop...

Hello Everyone,

Below, please find two images taken before and during last evening's Generator 2 performance at Atelier Grammophon.

The tall fellow with the ossified dreads is Bocker, aka Andreas Brüning (you may remember Herr B from KSV 003, the long out-of-print Extrakte und Deformationen album), and the chap in the blue t-shirt is Joerg Hufschmidt (who prefers spelling his given name ohne umlaut)...

(Photos by Karl Schmidt, with thanks...)


Friday, October 16, 2009

Generator 2 at Atelier Grammophon: A Hampering Tremolo...

The CP and I have just returned from the debut live performance of Generator 2 at Atelier Grammophon. Great new duo, equally cool new venue...

Full info, pix, and a KSV document to follow.

We're gonna watch Tony Richardson's incredible 1965 film The Loved One now. Chat with all of you later!


New New New New from Karl Schmidt Verlag!

Good Morning,

We have a new compendium ready on the pad for immediate launch...

KSV 048 Silke Arp Bricht: 29. Sep (Core of the Coalman vs. Pit Noack)

An exciting, intimate evening of full-bore instrumental (and concrète) improvisation. Jorge Boehringer (aka Core of the Coalman) soared, and Herr Noack (my partner in the duo Three Resurrected Drunkards) played what was perhaps his best solo set ever. Exceptional musicians, and two superb sets of immersive, forward-thinking sound.

01 Pit Noack - Untitled (17:19)

(PN: tape decks, prepared cassettes, speaker array)

02 Core of the Coalman - Untitled (39:29)

(Jorge Boehringer: viola and treatments, voice)

03 Version (18:08)

(Mixed by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover, 6 Oct 09)


Recorded live by Karl on the H2 Zoom.
Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Here's info cribbed from Core of the Coalman's Facebook profile:

"We are influenced by many things we read, and also people that we talk to. Also we are influenced by our environments, both actively and passively. By actively I mean I practice an attentiveness to landscapes I move through both "urban" and "rural" and am influenced by many things entering my senses and mind in these environments, not to mention the environments encountered while dreaming. I learned this other artists and philosophers and their work. So its original."


Edition of 15.


€ 8.49 EU / € 10 Elsewhere

PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com


Best Best Best Best,


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New TLASILA Album Coming Soon...

Hello Again,

I'm writing from work, in the basement teacher's lounge, adjacent to the language library and the virtual training room. The latter cell looks more like a Guantanamo Delta Block indoctrination lab, albeit one designed by Karl Lagerfeld after a near-lethal overdose of mescaline. Plush leather recliners in an axial array, chic headphones on headrests, and blankets... Everywhere, blankets...

A new TLASILA live album, culled from the archive of the 2008 European tour, will be available soon. Titled Annihilated Valve, So..., the compendium documents our labors in Valencia, Spain. Amazing lineup, as per our aught-eight wont: Sickboy Milkplus on laptop and treatments, Balazs Pandi on percussion, Gaybomb on card readers and prepared magnetic strips, and yours post-perfect on vocals. The Discos Buen Pony label will be doing the honors, and we are indebted to Jose and his colleagues for making these magic defenestrations come to life.

More info soon...

Bis Morgen,


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We're Here...

Hello Again,

Back-dated entries from last weekend's Berlin excursion, photos from our various revels in the capital, and new info about forthcoming To Live and Shave in L.A. (and related) releases will be revealed tomorrow.

Sleep well,


Monday, October 12, 2009

Fetal Dryad...

A trifle, but an amusing one. The image below is, in this truth-seeker's septic opinion, the best of the compound-orb'd lot...



Friday, October 09, 2009

Hooray for Obama!

The Nobel! Fantastico!

Off to Berlin...

We headed to the capital for the weekend. Updates (post-dated and possibly real-time) will follow, including those related to the KSV mail-out.

Lots of pix and sounds? You know it.



Thursday, October 08, 2009

Reconstruction of Unimagined Accidents...

(Amended October 13, 2009.)

Hello Again,

Trundling off to bed soon, but before overheads are snuffed and I get to dreamily drowse next to the wondrous CP, evidence of the horrors that await KSV aesthetes...

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

(From left, clockwise: KSV 045 Eugene Chadbourne - Live, Silke Arp Bricht, Hannover, 19 Sept 09; KSV 039 Anne - An Innkeeper's Totems; KSV 038 Gaunt Exes - Trunk Situ; KSV 046 Academia Riding Rust - A Perforated Rink; KSV 042 Christopher Fleeger - 1977, USA; KSV 025 Karl Schmidt Verlag: Was du nicht wissen wolltest...; KSV 040 Three Resurrected Drunkards - Baukasten: Exact Linearity, and KSV 043 Ikea Cafe Ambiance vs. Schützenfest Autumn Carnival.)

Bis Morgen!


Monday, October 05, 2009

Not Exactly Rock 'n' Roll, But Most Assuredly Genocide...

Okay, my pursuit of a 100% vegan life has been often derailed by necessity, the dictates of aesthetics, and lust (sorry, but caviar cannot be scrubbed from one's diet, especially if you're offered the relatively good stuff), but one gun I've assiduously stuck to fires no-cola hollow points. As a Southern waif, I was given Coca-Cola (and occasionally, its sub-variants) as a substitute for water. Questioning its propriety seemed as close to apostasy as a young atheist tended to veer in tiny Adel, so when I jumped the ethical fence after the inaugural OHNE tour in 2002, I donned the tattered robes of the heretic once and for all. I can count the Cokes I've quaffed in the intervening seven years, and most of them were consumed to lessen the effects of particularly dire hangovers. The point is, sugary soft drinks are fucking toxic, and I say tax the shit out of them. Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity has been pondering this very same issue, and they've developed a calculator to help us determine just how much revenue could be generated from taxation of Pemberton's old cocawine.

Using Yale's revenue calculus, my tawdry home state of Georgia, currently governed by oafish Republican turncoat Sonny Purdue and unlikely to ever pass such a tax on their beloved elixir, could generate $745,679,560. In one year...

Hail Toothless Satan,


Friday, October 02, 2009

A Hyped Hotfoot: 2. Okt

Captured on the No. 7 tram to Mühlenberg. Ominous portents resolve the less disagreeable elements of themselves...

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

A Hyped Hotfoot: 1. Okt

Snapped earlier today on the train from Helmstedt to Hannover. Words (and triple portions of wurst) fail...

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To Live and Shave in L.A.: Ireland September 2018!

Hi all, We're heading over to Eire at the end of next month to perform in four cities. Along for the ride with Rat Bastard and myse...