Monday, January 31, 2011

Weblet Ruction!

Hi Again,

Finally have the Kevin Drumm & Tom Smith 2011 and Tom Smith: solo vocal mini-sites functional. Kick the windows, fill the tank with formic acid, etc. Basic info, mainly for promoters and semi-curious passersby. Interweaved press notices, the odd download, but nothing too taxing, at least not until the performances begin to accrue...

If you missed Obstacles when it was released toward the end of 2010, you can always download it from the Root Strata blog. Can't attest to the quality of the rip, but if you need it badly enough, why not? They've got the usual distribution ratio of oddments, so make haste if you desire.

Best,

TS

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sometimes They Go in Twos...

First Milton Babbitt, now John Barry.



Rest in peace, with hip, jazz-inflected counterpoint...

Guardian: obit here, clips here. NYT (via AP) here.

My favorite of his Bond themes was Thunderball.

Boat Of performed an extraordinarily fucked version of its main theme (originally sung by Tom Jones at his bombastic apogee) during a live WREK-FM session in 1982. We knew who the greats were...

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TS

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Holy Fuck (Pt. 667.9)...

This one slipped through the kudo cracks, as it was issued on the 20th of December. I was looking the other way.



A relentless, indefatigable recording, outstanding in every respect. It's been on repeat, drilling deep, for the last 90 minutes. Well done Frau Schneider!

TS

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mr. Thang vs. Golden Fang...

Earlier today: so engrossed in the first chapter of Pynchon's latest (Inherent Vice) that the voice of the patient but probably exasperated waitress ("Entschuldigung... Entschuldigung... Entschuldigung bitte... Bitteschön...") seemed to have come from the novel itself...

Not everyone approved, of course, but given TP's CV, I'm willing to gnaw off some slack.

TS

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NK Pix...

As promised...



Entering the sanctum...



Midway through R&G's performance...



Ekstase...



Loki, palpitating.



Bill and Wouter celebrate surviving the performance...

(Click each photo for a larger version...)

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Wish you'd been there,

TS

Monday, January 17, 2011

Eb.er at NK...

An empty stage, save for a single chair. One spotlight. Small kettle of boiling vinegar. Herr Eb.er, shirtless, his bald dome topped by a long, stringy wig, sits. In his right hand, a black strap with two small sleighbells attached. Piercing tonal clusters (controlled by Daniel Löwenbrücke, standing to the right of the stage), sounding almost like synchronized foghorns, penetrate the din. Eb.er tenses his body. Although immobile, after a time he begins to shake. The muscular contractions become more erratic. After a while, he begins to resemble a palsied wraith (I was reminded of the doomed Emperor Antoku character from Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan.) The sonic blasts, interspersed with what seemed to be looped muttering, continue for half an hour. An acrid vapor envelopes the room. Then, a discordant coda, and a physically exhausted Eb.er rises, bows, and leaves the room. Perfect.

Such a great evening.
Very good turnout as well, athough half the audience fled to the bar during the screening of the "color mixing" workshop DVD...

Many friends in attendance. Good series of chats with Rudolf, one of the very few artists whose work I implicitly trust. Couldn't help but imagine this event transposed to old Valdosta haunts. Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck at CJ's Pub & Pool, maybe?

Pix ASAP,

TS

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rudolf Eb.er / Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck: Later This Evening...

Hello Again,

Late last week, my laptop finally collapsed under the otherworldly banality of Vista. Common decency inveigled me to backup, wipe, and restore. This "black," custom-tweaked version of Windows 7 I'm now running seems to have done the trick. Forgive our absence and keep your fingers peeled for backdated posts. (Too obsessed not to pen them, but too frustrated by the OS chaos to hoist them into the ether for your approval.) We've much to catch up on...

Traveling to Berlin later today to attend a rare performance by Rudolf Eb.er/Runzelstirn & Gurgelstøck at NK. Below, the flier:



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

Wish you could all be there with me...

Until Later,

Tom

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

2010 Best-Of...

Hi Again,



(Sorry. Too weak to resist the visual pun.)

An overflowing larder of superb sounds was ours for the asking last year. All we had to do was gaze upward, as oft-brilliant tracks were falling all around.

By now, you now the drill. I abhor kudo-looping, so I never include recordings I've had anything to do with, those made by former or current associates, bandmates, ex-lovers, former flatmates, labels for which I've had the (dis)pleasure of toiling, fellow artists with whom I've shared stages, produced or mixed, supplied vocal samples for, toured with, etc.

Not only is it unethical - at best, a queasy sort of practice - but, basically, it's just really fucking gauche. Honor the other.

By necessity, this dogma draws one away from confortable redoubts. The not-known is sexiest, always. Reject the award, abjure the obvious...

My choices reflect those recordings that made me happiest. All imagined implications are go. There were no other considerations.

(I didn't hear everything worth hearing that was released globally last year - who could? - so I apologize for any and all works I've overlooked.)

Top Three

1) Sog - Abweichung



Profan 032 12"

Perfect EP from this Wolfgang Voigt side-project...

2) Tion - Whistle Stop EP


Tongut TONV50 12"



Unimpeachable three-track earwig that never stops burrowing...

3 tie) A Made Up Sound - Rear Window EP

Delsin 83dsr/ams1 12"



Full fathom pulsing. Crazed version on the flip...

3 tie) Mark Ernestus vs. Konono No. 1 - Masikulu Dub



Congotronics CNG2 12"

Love at first needle drop. My tonearm turned black, but the prosthetic doubles as both outboard motor and knife sharpener...

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Out of Competetion (and probably best of all, but I think one of the Jackie-O Motherfucker people is behind it, and they opened for TLASILA once in Portland):

AU - 2 EP

General Elektro GE AU 2-60238 12"

Startlingly fecund worlds are collapsed within. "Trilogy" is the best track I heard all year...

Honorable? Tons. A random handful, in no particular order:

Tessera Remixes
EP (Sushitech comp. 12"); Thomas Fehlmann - Gute Luft Remixes EP; Audio Werner - Meanwhile; Kölsch - Speicher 68 EP; Francisco Allendes - Planeta X EP; Jeff Mills - Something in the Sky Pt. 3 EP; Kode9 & Spaceape - You Don't Wash (Remixes) EP; Stefny - Echinodon EP; Azari & III - Reckless with Your Remixes 1 EP; Shackleton - "Man on a String Pt. 1-2" / "Bastard Spirit" 12"; Breton - Counter Balance EP; Pinch - "Croydon House" / "Elements" 12"; Pablo Bolivar - Dynamo EP; Dario Zenker - Insirer EP; Moritz Von Oswald Trio vs. Digital Mystikz - Restructure 2 EP; Lone - "Once in a While" / "Raptured" 12"; John Roberts - Glass Eights; Pearson Sound - "Blanked" / "Blue Eyes" 12"...

OK?

Yours Faithfully,

TS

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

TLASILA 2011 Hybrids #4

Hybrids,

Pussy secret of autumn empire? Atlantic thief-tub of green secret born...

TS

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#004



(Click for a larger version.)

Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover, on January 4, 2011.

01 04 (17:55)

Sleeve by Karl.

Vielen Dank!

For Those About to Anon., We Conceive You...

Hi Again,

KSV's most recent signing occurred last month in Wien, where we courted the brilliantly limned teen avant-gardists Come into My Life, Radio Edit to produce something for us. They asked if we'd mind giving the first version of their album away for free once they'd sent it in, and being the goddamned sweeties that we are, we obliged. (Et voila, the preview/debut below.) A second version of the album will appear later in the month, and that iteration will feature an all-new mix and a disc's worth of bonus material. They asked if we'd sell that version of the price of a single KSV disc, and we again agreed. So, despite the vicissitudes, something to look forward to, ja?

KSV 138 Come into My Life, Radio Edit - "... weder Labor noch Topf"



Composed, performed, mixed and produced throughout December 2010 by Come into My Life, Radio Edit at their studio in Wien.

Come into My Life, Radio Edit:

Petra Bordercrossing - devices, voices
Unmanned Klemens - devices, wind machine, beat theft

01 "... weder Labor noch Topf" (61:17)

Sleeve by Petra Bordercrossing.
Mastered by Linda, Viola and Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

*Version 01, free download.*

Here.

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Best,

KS/TS

TLASILA: Good Morning Blue Monday and Goodbye!

Hi Droogs,

Below, the first live public performance of the songs we'd just finished recording for The Cortège. (We did them earlier that 2007 afternoon, if memory serves, for a WFMU broadcast, but only a few friends were sitting opposite in the control room.) Tony Conrad was in the GBBM audience that night, and he was also filming. Wonder if his take was as compelling as the one captured below (much less that of The Flicker)?

I'm looking pretty exhausted, non? It was definitely time for me to leave the States for healthier climes. Liz (aka Misty) however, was as ever rather soft on the eyes...

TS

Monday, January 03, 2011

Target: Wednesday

Hello All,

No, not in the least, not by stretches of imagination conceivable, nor by soporific encomium nor antic coruscation - I haven't forgotten. By Wednesday, photos from the KSV concert, from the New Year's Eve performance, and something else that, at present, seems to have slipped my steeltrap.

(Oh yeah, the shortlist of TLASILA Blog's favorite recordings from 2010!)

Love,

TS

Sunday, January 02, 2011

KSV 2010/2011 Nexus Update

Hello Again,

Pricing, shipping dates, etc.

KSV 090 ommyth - Peed Inks: Visualizations of Hemocyte Morphology



Long-delayed, due to Om's penchant for revising the final photo selection every other freaking day, but... 80-page photobook with accompanying CD soundtrack.

€34 Eurozone postpaid; €39 elsewhere.

KSV 115 Tom Smith - 72 Hours



A seventy-two hour series of interlocked, extended vocal works, contained in an external hard drive with an accompanying 72-page photographic score.

Format options:

1) 500 GB external hard drive with 72 hour-long wav files, accompanied by the book of the 72-page score: €139, postpaid globally. (Limited edition of 15.)

2) 72-page photoscore accompanied by a two-disc condensed mix of the 72-hour piece: €39 Eurozone postpaid; €44 elsewhere.

3) Box with 72 single discs, separate covers for each disc, with the 72-page score and the two-disc special mix, plus an A0 (i.e., huge) personalized poster: €229, edition of 5 (allow 10 days for assembly):

KSV 123 Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson & Tom Smith - Heralds of the New Monumentality



€8.49 Eurozone postpaid, €11 elsewhere.

KSV 124 VA - KSV Zwei Jahres-Jubiläum! (3xCD & DVD)



You really should have been there...

€19 Eurozone; €24 elsewhere.

KSV 125 Karl Schmidt - 500 Pleas for Territorial Ambiguity



80-page photobook with essays, analysis, and guide to aesthetic sublimation.

€34 EU postpaid; €39 elsewhere.

KSV 126 Patrick Spurlock - Xmassilibations



Brilliant new recordings from the TLASILA stalwart.

€8.49, Eurozone; €11 elsewhere.

KSV 127 R'ed-Up Preths - R'ed-Up Preths



Demonic white power/Nazi rock cut-ups from Berlin's crazed hardcore Commie crew.

€8.49, Eurozone; €11 elsewhere.

KSV 128 TS - Thwarted by Abject Spontaneity (Kurzfilme 2010) (DVD)



A collection of shorts helmed by TS in the last year. 60 minutes of impromptu observations and isolated incidents.

€11 Eurozone; €14 elsewhere.

KSV 129 Torstein Wjiik - Analog and Digital Nostalgia



Killer compilation from the mega-tweaked ruler.

€8.49, Eurozone; €11 elsewhere.

KSV 130 Blue Sabbath Black Fiji - Shrinkmen Mirrored



New recordings rudely re-worked by Karl...

€8.49, Eurozone; €11 elsewhere.

KSV 131 To Live and Shave in L.A. - Les poisons délectables (version)


Reissued in a new sleeve with three bonus tracks!

€8.49, Eurozone; €11 elsewhere.

KSV 132 Cthulhu Teenage Desanguination - Lahaie Module X



Beyond witch. Far, far beyond witch...

€8.49, Eurozone; €11 elsewhere.

KSV 133 Pop-Import Bridal Kink - Rheum 1



The Italo Disco is aflame. RUN RUN RUN for your miserable lives!

€8.49, Eurozone; €11 elsewhere.

KSV 135 Poyster, The - Exhalted Golem Cycle



Sick strangeness from KSV's newly signed Sicilian mob...

€8.49, Eurozone; €11 elsewhere.

KSV 136 Jesus Freaks Bremen - Der silberne Planet



Gob-smacked nether-drool from our Herzegovinian neighbors. Way-the-fuck über-gone!

€8.49, Eurozone; €11 elsewhere.

KSV 137 Tom Smith & Blue Sabbath Black Fiji - Silvester Konzert (2xCD)



€11 Eurozone; €14 elsewhere.

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All items ship on Monday, January 17th. Demand will be fierce and our time conversely tight - we'll need a few extra days. OK?

Cheers,

KS

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Addenda...

Hello Again,

This one's less than twenty-four hours old, and, the first Karl Schmidt Verlag release of 2011!

As ever, KSV is your fresh kill resource.

KSV 137 Tom Smith & Blue Sabbath Black Fiji - Silvester Konzert (2xCD)



More on this and the flotilla from the 31st in the next KSV-themed post. Pricing, shipping targets, availability window, etc.

Regarding the Best of 2011 list: still pondering. Anyone who opined that 2010 was a shit year for music really didn't know what the fuck they were yammering on about. Amazing sounds were falling from the skies at regular intervals. If you were looking down, however... I have front-runners in mind, but I want to review them again before issuing a fatwa.

Hope everyone had a great holiday. Mine was exceptionally fine, and I barely broke a sweat in the process...

Liebe,

TS

TLASILA 2011 Hybrids #1

Happy New Year (Again)!

We begin (and will end) 2011 with 365 segments comprising a new series of exclusive hybrid mixes. These exercises tend to help me solve compositional problems and navigate the more perilous iterative straits bred by prolificacy. (And I hope they'll provide you with the odd nod and giggle as well...)

Below, at the red marker.

Best,

Tom

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#01



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

Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover (and on the KSV Mobile from Bremen), on January 1, 2011.

01 01 (18:06)

Sleeve by Karl.

Vielen Dank!

Happy New Year!

(Amended 1 Jan 11 and 2 Jan 11.)

Holy fuck, what a great gig last night in Bremen. The CP has the video, I captured the raw floor feed via the KSV H2, and the venue recorded a 16-channel board mix (without us having to ask; Vielen Dank Holger!). Even the hard-to-please Janin seemed elated, and the New Year's Eve crowd were going completely ape. Perfect...



(Yours truly, with a member of Die Friese's hardcore bartending crew in the background, Janin in the foreground, Charles' red kicks lingering below, and chief theorist Dr. Fulci to the left (our right), approximately 90 minutes away from detonation. Photo by Claudia Franke. Click for a larger version, etc.)



(Janin and Charles, aka Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, minutes before the start of our set. Click above for a larger version of the image.)

The only slight downer: the (genuinely) great Major Murks was supposed to perform with us (we'd rehearsed as a quartet the entire week prior to the show) but, while he lugged his mammoth desktop monitors to the gig, he forgot to bring his Schneider 64k computers! Thus, he was unfortunately sidelined. (The haze was a bit too thick for memory to punch through. Next time, Olaf!)



(Major Murks, sans signature Cheech Wizard hat, on the morning of the 1st at Die Friese, the venue at which we performed. A side note: best vegan tour breakfast ever... Click above for a larger version of the image.)

More re the gig, KSV newness, upcoming gigs, and the TS/KD tour soon!

TS

101 Convergences: #101

Concluding...

Космический рейс (Cosmic Flight) (1936, Vasili Zhuravlyov) vs. La Hora de los hornos (The Hour of the Furnaces) (1968, Fernando E. Solanas & Octavio Getino).



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

Until Later,

TS