Saturday, December 31, 2011

Official Universal Best of 2011...

Hallo Again,

Here's the list. All others lie.

No kudo-looping, friends, labelmates, former associates, etc.

Best of 2011

Exercise One - "Snakepit" / "Phantom Voice"



Oops, party's starting! More to follow...

ZTS







Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Achtung! SMACK SHIRE Sale!!

Hello Everyone,

As you're doubtless aware, we're currently ensconced Stateside for the holidays. I've been tearing through the archive, and blasting open the panic doors leading to the most obscure redoubts.

Dunno if you have any of the recordings the late Gerard Klauder and I issued on our Smack Shire imprint, but if you don't, I suggest you get your mitts on them ASAP.

The suspects:

TSSR 1001 After That It's All Gravy - Band on the Run

TSSR 1002 The Reverend Lester Knox of Tifton, Georgia - Put Your Face in Gwod: The 366th Revival

TSSR 1003 Tarot or Aorta: Memories of a PRE Festival

TSSR 1004 To Live and Shave in L.A. - God and Country Rally!

TSSR 1006 Sightings Tom Smith - Gardens of War

TSSR 1007 Xex - Group: Xex (expanded reissue)

(TSSR 1005 was never issued, due to Gerard's death. It was later released on Karl Schmidt Verlag as KSV 063.)

How about a SALE?

How about shipping from the USA?

How about 36 hours only? This offer is valid ONLY THROUGH DECEMBER 30TH!

And, how about sick Xmas 2011 prices?

Order now and get all six Smack Shire albums for $36, shipped anywhere, postage included.

Or, for $7 each, adding $1 for each additional album (if you need more than one) for shipping.

PayPal to tlasila (at) gmail (dot) com.

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OK?

We'll have a new KSV release announcement on the 30th, after the sale is over. If you want ANYTHING from the TSSR archive, act now! I won't be dragging all these boxes back to Germany with me...

Best,

Tom

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

RIP Bert Schneider...

R.I.P. Bert Schneider... Who? Oh, he was the co-producer of The Monkees. (Episode 57, "Monkees Blow Their Minds," prefigures the amazing film Head - also produced by Schneider - and features an insane intro segment with Frank Zappa, one later borrowed for the 200 Motels movie.) As a producer, Schneider also gave us Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show, Hearts and Minds, and Days of Heaven. Not a bad way to be remembered...



The New York Times' obit can be found here.

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TS

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Busier Than Ever, But Soon Coming Up for Yams...

Jetting off for a three-week tour of the wreckage of America on Saturday! Four days in NYC, a leisurely drive down the eastern ribbon, five days in Georgia, a few in Florida, and back again to Manhattan. Two (a-)musical performances scheduled: Richmond on the 22nd, with fellow Rope Cosmetologist Ryan Parrish, and on January 4th in NY with Sightings, Don Fleming, Fat Worm of Error, et al. If you see us, rub up against us for good luck...

TS

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Thieves' Who's Who: Debut Berlin Gigs...

Thieves' Who's Who - my duo project with the lovely and talented Wouter Jaspers - will perform a pair of gigs over the weekend in Berlin. See us at O Tannenbaum on Friday, and/or at Brunnen70 on Saturday...



Yours,

TS

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rest, Obscured Scum...

So: the VHS masters for Peach of Immortality's 1991 Succumbs (restored) compilation and To Live and Shave in L.A.'s Spatters of a Royal Sperm, the unfinished 1992 long-form video directed by the late Doris Wishman, have been transferred to digital. The former will be reissued via Karl Schmidt Verlag in 2012, and the latter will be re-edited/"completed" for the bonus disc of the re-release of Ms. Wishman's A Night to Dismember DVD. Three cheers for climate-controlled storage (i.e., Mom's house back in the USA)!

Yours Faithfully,

Tom

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

RIP Pat Passlof...

Another titan passes... She was a native of Brunswick, Georgia. A homegirl...



(Ms. Passlof with her husband and fellow artist Milton Resnick...)



(Passlof's Housetop, from 1958.)


"... canvases vibrate with unpredictable line and thick, luminous color..."

The Times obit may be found here.

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TS

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Hope Leatherette's a Spinoff...

Hello Friends,

Still folding and tucking. Must be barreling toward a career in custom curettage for the next null-and-void hereafter. As the last orders of Blue Before Blackface lazily drift into HQ, available post-prod time recedes. Still, all KSV enthusiasts are likely to enjoy a Very Merry...

Yours,

TS

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Why Hand-Folded Is Better Than Hand-Wrung...

Hi Again,

A mosquito just picked the green start button of my laptop as the spot where it wished to die. Its proboscis was bent, bereft of function. Must have had a rough afternoon. It fluttered, tried to right itself, flew a few inches into some cords, then expired...

Got the snap-front bags from the supplier, and so I've begun folding and packing the remainder of the outstanding orders for the KDTS Blue Before Blackface set. The first spool had 42 audio discs, and six PAL DVDs. That took a little over an hour to assemble. Slowly, surely...

Images from the aforementioned struggle:























The above? About 67 minutes of our time, happily given over to thee. We'll try to have the lot in the post by late tomorrow afternoon, Saturday at the latest. At the very latest latest, well, uhh, let's not think about that right now...

Cheers,

TS/KS

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

KDTS Blue Before Update!

(Amended 2 Nov 11.)

Hello Everyone,

Hope all is well out there.

If you ordered Blue Before Blackface a few weeks back, you'll notice that KSV hasn't yet claimed your funds. Why why O why? Well, the company that supplies the snap-front bags we're using for the release informed us they'd run out of them. (I won't take your hard-won geld before orders can be filled. Remember, we make everything on-demand. There is no inventory.) This occurred after I returned from Berlin with the first six orders, which were purchased by Daniel at Rumpsti Pumpsti. (No other copies of the six-disc/one-DVD set have gone out thus far.) Much irritated thumb-twiddling ensued, as is always the case when delays throw themselves in our path. The bag company finally got new stocks in their sumptuous showrooms on Tuesday, but because of work I couldn't pick my share of them up until today. Why bother with the fucking bags? Cos the discs look so cool inside 'em.

A tedious, wholly anodyne tale, but true. We're meticulously transparent here at KSV...

So, with 45 new snap-front bags in my larder, all I have to do is fold, snap, and post. (The discs for all extant orders, including DVDs, are already burned.) In the post maybe by Friday? I'll grab everyone's cash just before the mail drop.

Oh yeah, there are seven sets left, so if anyone still hasn't thrown their lot in with us, now's your fat chance...

Alles klar?

Love,

Tom

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

November 1st, and the Children Are Barking...

Hi Again,

Still here, just absurdly busy. So much content in the holding pens - I hope to add at least a portion of it in the next few days. Lots to report, including: excellent solo/solo/duo concert the Saturday before last (October 22nd) with Wouter Jaspers at the Oberdeck here in Hannover; saw the Daniel Richter 10001nacht exhibition at Kestner Gesellschaft - mostly very blah, unfortunately; Weasel Walter, Jim Magas, Azita Youseffi (no shit) and I (and perhaps others from the original sessions - who knows?) will be reuniting as Miss High Heel, but probably only for a new series of recordings; I'll be opening for Sightings at Friese in Bremen on November 19th, and we'll be performing together as the Sightings Tom Smith quartet in NYC on January 4th (venue TBA); Rope Cosmetology's website is almost up and salivating - we'll be on tour in Europe during the first three weeks of March - we'll have our first non-KSV releases out by then (if luck holds) as well; a newly commissioned Three Resurrected Drunkards C-90 will soon be available via an Australian imprint whose name escapes me at present; there'll be a new TLASILA C-60 soon as well (info will be posted as soon as my mind clears); the three-disc Shave remix box on MonotypeRec is in production, but probably won't see the grim light of doom until 2012; Epuration is also now set for a 2012 release; I decided to stop giving interviews for The Cortege - you've never seen such insipid fucking inquiries; and, not that you wouldn't have guessed, but there's been lots of tweaking and editing, as usual, at KSV HQ...

That's it for now.

Love,

TS

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

KSV: Mid-Okt Flood...

Hi Again,

New releases via KSV. All single-disc efforts. €8.49 Eurozone, €11 elsewhere, postpaid. PayPal to the usual address...

Girded?

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KSV 162 Contrarian Composers Series #1: Lazim



KSV 163 Contrarian Composers Series #2: Niccolò Malipiero



KSV 164 Contrarian Composers Series #3: Gbessi Hazoumé



KSV 165 Contrarian Composers Series #4: Choe Iseul



KSV 166 Contrarian Composers Series #5: Nested Corruptions



KSV 167 Tom Smith - Poor Dears (Solo Vocal #4)



KSV 170 Four Flawed - Interlingua '11



KSV 173 Iodide Stud to Antimalarial - Night Gistss



KSV 174 Toys Moaned Urine - Haggish Lily Quirt



KSV 175 Volcano the Bear - 30. Juni, Oberdeck, Hannover



KSV 176 Bled Creche - Mainspring Ovum



KSV 177 Christian Galarreta - Resonances



KSV 180 Blue Sabbath Black Fiji - Annulled Alleles



KSV 181 Kunt - Stormbell Steambooty



KSV 182 Astma - Consumer Vorticism



KSV 185 Crank Sturgeon - The Kiss-Lunch-Ibiza Loop



KSV 186 Dental-Exorzismus - RPV



KSV 187 Bill Orcutt - Freise (16. Okt, Bremen)



KSV 188 Ava Mendoza - Oberdeck (17. Okt, Hannover)



KSV 189 Eradicates Own - Boohooed Book Trait



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More info, edition sizes, etc., tomorrow. Off to bed!

Ciao,

TS/Karl

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ava Mendoza / Bill Orcutt / KSV Update...

Hi All,

Excellent set by the formidable Ava Mendoza just under an hour ago at the Oberdeck. Last night, Bill Orcutt fed us the raw, undiluted EYE at Friese in Bremen. Superb back-to-back events - what a great time to exist. Both artists have authorized their performances for release on KSV, so I beg your indulgence while I complete sleeves and editing and add them to the bulging larder in queue. OK?

Yours Sincerely,

TS

Sunday, October 16, 2011

KSV Addenda Addenda!

Hi All,

Nineteen new albums (and one new book) will be available from Monday via Karl Schmidt Verlag, including the first five installments of our Contrarian Composers series, and releases by Astma, Christian Galarreta, Volcano the Bear, Kunt, Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, Crank Sturgeon, Four Flawed, Toys Moaned Urine, and more. Pull your peepers from their stalks and place in range of your smart device, as info will soon flow...

Re Blue Before Blackface: about twelve sets left. Make a note to move, if need be.

Best,

TS

Thursday, October 06, 2011

KSV 179 Addenda...

Hi Again,

Can't quite afford the 5xCDr/DVD Drumm Smurf box? There's a special "Sediments" edition available at the usual KSV single disc price (€8.49 Eurozone, postpaid, and €11 elsewhere, also postpaid), one that collapses the five-disc tangle into a raging 64:39 inferno of mothlight.

The sleeve, as you can weep/peep below, is nearly identical.



No extras, just the hand-folded sleeve and the muzak, but for demons on a budget, hard to fuckin' flail...

Note: the Sediments mix comes along with the full-blown box, so don't buy it if you've already shelled out for KSV 179 proper. OK?

PayPal via the usual channels.

Who said we didn't love you, albeit semi-anonymously?

Cheers,

TS

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Blue Before Update...

Achtung: KDTS tour box already 20% sold, so... Make your move or etc.

Available from Friday on KSV...

Hello Droogs,

Incredibly busy here - the last weeks have been non-stop erotic neurotic necrotic, with scarcely a moment to slash and burn, much less turn worms. The usual backdated updates will follow. More news than I can relate at present, but...

KSV 179 Kevin Drumm Tom Smith - Blue Before Blackface (5xCD/DVD)



Five hours of audio culled and cudgeled from the May 2011 tour recordings, with accompanying video jumble.

€34 Eurozone postpaid; €41 elsewhere, postpaid.

PayPal: tlasila@gmail.com

Edition of 50.

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Best,

TS/KS/Linda

Monday, September 12, 2011

New at TLASILA Soundcloud...

New uploads are ready for the twitchiest of fingers at TLASILA Soundcloud. Go go go go go!

TS

First Review of The Cortège...

First review of To Live and Shave in L.A.'s forthcoming album, The Cortège. For reasons that should be abundantly clear to even casual enthusiasts, I'm posting this with mixed feelings! Nice that MM got a proper nod. He killed on the song referenced herein (and elsewhere on the alb, natch).

See below...



TS

Saturday, September 10, 2011

RIP Jordan Belson...

I distinctly recall when and where I first read about Jordan Belson's work (South Georgia, in the ancestral bedroom, probably around 1970, in the Underground Film paperback), and when and where I was sitting when I watched Re-Entry for the first time (in the home of Miami Beach artist Charles Recher, early 1991). Belson's work will have lasting influence, and the news of his death is occasion not for sadness but for joy - his work was rarely prosaic, and often wondrous...



(Left, Henry Jacobs. Right, Jordan Belson.)

Obit here.

TS

Monday, September 05, 2011

Illiquidity Studies A-U: SoundCloud Re-Post!

New to TLASILA SoundCloud: the twenty-one Cortège remixes comprising the 2008 "Illiquidity Studies" set, originally exclusive to our official (and now basically abandoned) MySpace page, now disinterred and burnished for your leisure (dis-)interest.



Dip your toes into the furnace,

Tom

Urgh...

I've now got the same cold everyone in Northern Germany has been passing back and forth for the last two weeks. Damn. I expect to be at home for the next 48 hours, so I'm extending the KSV Open Vault Amnesty another two days. Take your time...

Best,

TS/KS

Saturday, September 03, 2011

KSV Open Vault Weekend!

Hello All,

Pretty blasted after my DJ set last night at Centrum. We went very late into the evening/morning, and I've only had a few hours of unconsciousness to balance the endorphin overload.

From now until Monday morning, the KSV vaults are open! If there's anything you missed first time round, now's your chance to attack. All books are available, and most of the CD releases are too. Ask if you have any questions.

The seventy-two disc version of 72 Hours (KSV 115)* and the 50-disc 2010 box What's a qNadsat Word for Tank Jazz? (KSV 061) are not currently being offered for sale.

(*The hard disc and two-disc "supermix" versions of KSV 115 are still available.)

Look around, make a decision. PayPal to the usual address.

Cheers,

Tom, Linda, and Karl.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

SHOCK FLASH! Billy Is Back!!!

Warning! Warning!

Ex-Melted Men/To Live and Shave in L.A. surrealist provocateur Billy Taylor is in Germany and will be giving the full Mr. Misty treatment to the lucky throng attending his performance tomorrow night at Walther! Do everything in your power to attend!



(Click above for a larger image.)

Be there!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Soundcloud TLASILA: New Cortege Preview (Re-)Mix

Hi All,

Our Soundcloud page is up and palpitating. There'll be TLASILA tracks, KSV previews, TS solo stuff, Rope Cosmetology material, OHNE fetish items, etc.

As for now, go here.

Best,

Tom

Monday, August 29, 2011

Modal Renunciation #37

Adele, in we're "Grenade" Pitbull Pitbull and Fire's interactive ends...



TS

Sunday, August 28, 2011

My New Toaster Oven...

Fan Death sent a test pressing for The Cortège.



And so shall it remain. (No turntable.)

TS

Modal Renunciation #36

To Pitbull themselves. Now, been "deep" Britney been...



Tom

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Modal Renunciation #35

We judge, though have looking event on us, but ignore given...



TS

Friday, August 26, 2011

Modal Renunciation #34

We're ignore we Fire's the that what's but the -- crossed we neglected...



Tom

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Modal Renunciation #33

Arcade been Arcade the now, egregiously...



Third and final renunciation series of sixteen begins today...

TS

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Modal Renunciation #32

Effectively lurid measures demand rip-offs, thighs, atmosphere...



(A third and final group of sixteen unspool from Thursday.)

TS