Sunday, February 28, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #41

Thumbnails from Mistre Tesfaye's 2004 short feature Tunnelseende...

More on the Swedish filmmaker here.

Keep your eyes on the third car,


"A Flare with the Dark Afterlife of an Omen...."

The ever-prescient Frank Rich, this morning in the Times.

Essential reading.

(Barry Blitt's accompanying illustration...)



Saturday, February 27, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #40

Thumbnails from the exceptionally good 1987 BBC documentary Tarkovsky's Cinema. Unfortunately, no director is credited. Information on the crew is practically non-existent...

Tarkovsky was peerless, a law onto himself. Each of his features is a wonder to behold.

They're all easily available. Watch them.


On the Horizon of the Verge of the Roger Dean Commemorative Print Desecration...

A rabid horde of new releases drops from the pleather support sleeve of the KSV hovercraft/mobile BBQ pit oh-so-soon, droogs. Gird adjacent loins, trim your privates, and prepare your minds (too often teased by others' botched attempts at skullfuckery) for synaptic distress. We are the only label that GUARANTEES you'll lose a substantial portion of your income as a direct by-product of the listening experience. GO!


Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #38

Thumbnails from Aleksandr Sokurov's somber 1989 short, Sovetskaya elegiya...

More about the director here.

Waving without tousling,


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Frogs Knurl Morrow, Lambada Bezels...

Balazs Pandi, the Rope Cosmetology/TLASILA percussionist/fellow traveler (who also often records and performs with Venetian Snares, Merzbow, et al.) just sent this preview video for his forthcoming collaboration with Bong-Ra and Deformer, entitled "Wormskull." That's really all you need to know...

WORMSKULL from Bong-Ra on Vimeo.


Fuck yes.



44 Thumbs, A-Z: #37

Thumbnails from Ivan Ivanov-Vano's masterful 1949 short, Chuzhoy golos...

More about the late animator here.

Dimitri hates Johnny Hates Jazz too,


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bars Sis Sex...

A quintet of pix from this evening's earlier recording session, a second collaboration between Blue Sabbath Black Fiji and yours truly, with super-special guest freaks Pit Noack and Olaf Gehrke!

Click to enlarge, etc.

(Janine and The Major...)



(Pit, decks, tapes...)


And just so you know, this will soon be manifested as KSV 072...



44 Thumbs, A-Z: #36

Thumbnails from Noboru Iguchi's ludicrous, highly exploitative, and very entertaining 2009 splatter/sci-fi video short, Shyness Machine Girl...

(Which is less a sequel than a parallel narrative to his far more viscerally realized 2008 feature, One-Armed Machine Girl.)

Forgiveness is the best option,


Monday, February 22, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #35

Thumbnails from Patrick Bokanowski's much-lauded 1992 animated short, La Plage...

Additional information about the director here.

Only three grains on Omaha,


Honing Comfort: Karl Schmidt Verlag!

Good Morning,

We hope to have all forthcoming KSV releases ready for immediate shipment by the end of the week. Rather than issue them in spastic jerks and cryptic shudders, they'll instead be launched from our forward tubes simultaneously. Take only what you're able to absorb.

The new releases:

KSV 012 Nevai/Myth - Hirtenlieder (Postponed from last year.)
KSV 062 Soi-même - Let the Clots Come (My new project with Liz Peyton 2.)
KSV 063 Screwdriver (sic) - Skewed Plural (Total fucking onomatopoetic sickness, salvaged from the ruin of TSSR.)
KSV 064 Minimal Man / Peach of Immortality & Patrick Miller - Live, Hardart Gallery, Washington, DC, November 16, 1984 (Oh yeah.)
KSV 065 A-Aachen AAL Nevada Jim - Monitor Worm (The short-lived Atlanta trio's collected studio recordings. A two-disc compendium.)
KSV 066 VA - Aerating Hortatory Trove (The complete 1996 Tora Tora Tora Festival recordings. Fourteen discs!)
KSV 067 Juror Murk - Jowl Rig Rumour (New U- und S-Bahn deformations from Karl.)
KSV 068 Silly Art Fick 25 (Live, Silke Arp Bricht, 22 Jan 10) (Two discs.)
KSV 069 Three Resurrected Drunkards - Wohlklang, 13. Feb.
KSV 071 TS - Aarau Adversarials (Turntable experiments from Ohne HQ, 2002.)

Some of these are ready to go now, but give us another few days and we'll unleash the ten-spot.

Thanks for everything!



Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Afternoon, Pt. 1...


Dunno if there'll be a second installment of this thread, as German homework exercises ("trennbar" verbs) await. But it was one helluva good day, with the CP and I taking an extended photo safari romp through the outer boroughs of Hannover.

Before heading out to the burbs, we stopped off at the Kunst Verein to catch the Jason Dodge exhibition.

Below, please find me indulging my vanity whilst standing astride (and being bisected by) the artist's Your death, sub marine.

(Click for a larger version, etc.)

Hope all of you enjoyed a terrific weekend.



44 Thumbs, A-Z: #34

Thumbnails from the peerless Jerzy Skolimowski's fourth short film, 1961's Pieniadze albo zycie...

More on the multi-talented Mr. Skolimowski here.

Knife in the mouth of the menacing eye,


Euro Devaluations Are Giving Me Unusual Palpitations...

Guten Tag!

The financial crisis in Greece has really pummeled the Euro in the last five weeks. Unfortunately, prices for printing and mailing have not decreased accordingly (nor would I expect them to).

That leaves you, my beloved droogs, to soak up the difference.

I have an idea, however. I'll reduce the basic cost of individual releases (except for books, which cost far more to print, especially on demand), but add on a more precise amount to cover postage. I'll eat the printing fees for the most part, which are substantial, as I go for high quality. Guilt trip!

More on this later.



Saturday, February 20, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #33

Thumbnails from Paul Shartis' 1966 protest strobe, Piece Mandala/End War...

More on the late filmmaker here.



What's Blowing My Mind?

This is...

Fucking amazing compilation, just issued. Heavy, heavy, heavy genius on display throughout.


Friday, February 19, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #32

Thumbnails from the great Jean Eustache's 1980 short, Les Photos d'Alix...

Most on the late auteur here.

Wash and hang,


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #30

Thumbnails from Paul Morrissey's prescient 1964 short, The Origin of Captain America...

A bit more on the director here.

She drags the trunk across the floor,


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #29

Thumbnails from Kasper Collin's wonderful 2005 documentary feature My Name Is Albert Ayler...

More on Mr. Collin here. If you don't yet know Ayler (and I assume 99% of the readers of this blog have enjoyed a long and fruitful acquaintance with the man), for fuck's sake, get cracking!


Monday, February 15, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #28

Thumbnails from Mario Canale's 2007 documentary Marco Ferreri, il regista che venne dal futuro...

More on the director here, and his late subject here.

Until Later,


Sunday, February 14, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #27

Thumbnails from Ken Jacobs' brilliant, vertigo-inducing 1960 film Little Stabs at Happiness...

More on Mr. Jacobs here.

Long knives between sheathes,


Three Resurrected Drunkards: Snaps from 2/13


Excellent turnout last night at Wohlklang, and probably the best performance Pit and I have given in the fourteen months we've been working together as Three Resurrected Drunkards.

(Best logo in the city...)

(Pit and TS during rehearsals. Photo by Schubi.)

Wohlklang isn't a traditional venue. It's a speaker shop by day, and a gallery/performance space a few nights each month. While not a large room (it seats about ten people with what passes for comfort), between 30-40 astral navigators were in attendance. Very gratifying...

(Lots of new faces in the crowd. An intimate, relaxed, attentive atmosphere...)

We debuted two new compositions ("And the Right Moves In" and "The Exclamation"), again assayed Rope Cosmetology's "I Must Mourn," and inserted a pair of solo pieces into the middle section of the program...

All in all, a great night! Hope to see all of you there next time... (Everyone of you on Earth. We'll have to squeeze very tightly, but I'm sure we can manage it...)



Saturday, February 13, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #26

Thumbnails from Jacques Demy: Three Early Films...

For more info on the late, indescribably great filmmaker, go here.



Friday, February 12, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #25

Thumbnails from Alex de Renzy's irreplaceable, wholly prescient 1970 documentary A History of the Blue Movie...

More on the late director here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #24

Thumbnails from the video compilation Hermann Nitsch: Die Aktionen 1962-2003.

My blood is still the blood of another,


Rededicated Servers? Trunk Hurler.

Hello All,

If you're in Hannover, come out to Wohlklang on Saturday to see the latest performance by Three Resurrected Drunkards!

"Taking their name from the anglicized title of Nagisa Oshima's 1968 cinematic paean to identity theft and narrative dislocation, Three Resurrected Drunkards wrap a skein of unknowing tightly round textual norms."

Yes, I know. We'll hold a spot in line for you...



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

One Escaping, Two Entrenching...

Three photos from KSV Zentrum:

(Copies of the outer sleeve of Screwdriver (sic)'s Skewed Plural album, aka KSV 063, side by side...)

(The inner and outer sleeves of the Skewed Plural compendium...)

(The folded, ready-for-post version of Panagiotis A. Stathis' Selected Works 2004-2009 album, aka KSV 053...)

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #23

Thumbnails of David Hinton's soothingly contentious 1988 documentary Francis Bacon...

More on the filmmaker here. You should already know plenty about the painter...



Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Adrenalin Elves' Fluke...

KSV: The 50-disc sets are gone. Only produced ten of them, but that seemed sufficient. Purchasers will be wading through the music for quite some time... The last outstanding orders from the most recent release cycle will go out tomorrow. A short break, then another slate will be ready, including the Smack Shire/Screwdriver (sic) resuscitation, the complete Tora Tora Tora compendium (14 discs), the A-Aachen AAL Nevada Jim studio comp, and SAF #25 feat. Child Abuse, Jan van Hasselt, Family Battle Snake, Steven Warwick, und ich. Vielen dank für alles...


44 Thumbs, A-Z: #22

Thumbnails from Lindsey Clennell's totemic 1974 television special, An Evening with Kevin Coyne...

More on Clennell here. (His IMDB profile doesn't list the Coyne teleplay.)

You really should know everything about Monsieur Coyne. Begin here, then go here.

Sometimes and never,


Monday, February 08, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #21

Thumbnails from Agnès Varda's 1958 meditation Du côté de la côte...

More on Madame Varda's exuberant short here.

Mais oui,


Conveying Moors on KSV!

Coming soon on KSV: Screwdriver (sic) - Skewed Plural! This was intended for release in 2006 on The Smack Shire label, but after Gerard Klauder's death, the shutters of TSSR were boarded up permanently. There were hints of a release on a Belgian imprint ca. 2008, but nothing happened. And although I would have preferred to issue this on 10" vinyl, fuck it. It's too irreparably damaged a document, and thus must be heard by everyone, everywhere. Next week! (Or the week after, depending!)


Sunday, February 07, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #20

Thumbnails from Kevin McDonald & Chris Rodley's absorbing, vastly entertaining 1998 documentary Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance...

More on the film here, and on the late, too-great Herr Cammell here.

Time enough to bleed,


Saturday, February 06, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #19

Thumbnails from Christian Hallman & Magnus Paulsson's 2002 porn normalization/family values treatise, Desperately Seeking Seka...

More on the film and its directors here.

Yours Fitfully,


Knead a Teat! (New KSV Megamix!)

Hello Again,

Something for your weekend evening's displeasure: a new Karl Schmidt Verlag megamix, featuring excerpts from our most recent releases. Free for the taking - choose your server poison and, after 18:22, PURGE.

Get it here.

Excerpted: TLASILA - Die Fehde des Gemischs (KSV 030); TS - To Which Clotted Horrors Do You Fail to Refer? (KSV 041); Tom Smith - A Cambric Ticketing Whelk (Music for Naturally Occurring Black Metal λόγος) (KSV 044a); Withered Runes - Unworthy Censer (KSV 047); 40 Berlin Versions (KSV 050); Linda, Viola & Uwe - Sniper Fantasy (KSV 052); Panagiotis A. Stathis - Selected Works 2004-2009 (KSV 053); Gaunt Exes - Schwache Empfangsspannun (KSV 058); Patrick Spurlock - Les Circonvolutions du Cortège (KSV 059); Summer Recreation Camp - Wohlklang, Hannover (6 Dec 09) (KSV 061a), and Alan Courtis & Paz Levinson - Galeria Lunar, Hannover (28 Dec 09) (KSV 061b).

(KSV 044a is only available with my new book; KSV 061a/061b are included as bonus discs in the What's a qNadsat Word for Tank Jazz? rucksack/box and will not be issued separately.)

Safe Trips,

Tom (& Karl)

Friday, February 05, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #18

Thumbnails from Alan Yentob's extremely revealing (snif!) 1975 Bowie documentary Cracked Actor...

More on Mr. Yentob here.

Cheers to you all,


My Little Verlag Has a Capricorn Tag...

The second printing of the new book ought to be disgorged from the foundry sometime Monday. Definitely an improved edition, but purchasers of the first should be comforted in the knowledge that theirs are wayyy crunk-ass, and will likely send their great-great-great grandchildren through Shanghai Community Tech (Des Moines campus) someday...


Thursday, February 04, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #17

Thumbnails from François Chalais' austere 1964 Godard documentary, Le Coup du Mepris...

More on the writer/director here.




Sick, fucking sick, miserably, demonstrably, irrefutably, contagiously fucking ill with a variant of whatever the fuck is going around 'round here and I hate it. Well enough to schlep off to work, but slower than a pensioner rolling a three-wheeled cart of bound TV Guide back issues and infinitely less acute than the cumulative Homestead roster circa '86. Virii begone!


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #16

Thumbnails from Santiago Álvarez's extraordinary 1963 documentary short Ciclón...

More on the prolific director's oeuvre here.



Disadvantages Peeve, Ignite Mettle...

The first printing of my new book is sold out, and that's a glorious development, as I discovered a pair of eggregious typos that I'd failed to expunge. Fug. Need to reposition the odd clump of text as well... After everything's in the post I'm going to take a week off from label angst and relax with my gal in a mammoth bowl of tom ka gai...


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #15

Thumbnails from Ron Rice's 1964 narrative riot (and final work), Chumlum...

More re Mr. Rice here.

Tread loudly,


Naturally Occurring Black Metal λόγος: Accompanying CD...

As promised, the sleeve of the accompanying disc... Gute Nacht!


Naturally Occurring Black Metal λόγος: Hot Off the Griddle...


One last attempt before I pass out: here's a slightly better (though not true color) image of my new book, sans accompanying CD. (The cover of the bonus disc will follow this post, however.) Many thanks for all the orders so far, and good night from freezing rain central! (Sniff, cough, u.s.w.)



Monday, February 01, 2010

44 Thumbs, A-Z: #14

Thumbnails from Standish Lawder's (necessarily) claustrophobic 1970 experimental short Corridor...

A snippet of additional info may be examined here.

The walls are neither closing in nor breathing,


Caught Us Trow Dauphins Uptown...

Tween Om, arrayed 3x5...

Helots or Jinn,


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...