Wednesday, February 29, 2012

R.I.P. Monkee #4...

Farewell, Davy Jones.

I watched The Monkees, both during its original run and later, when and wherever it was rebroadcast. I especially enjoyed their 1967 release Headquarters, and as multiple-disc bootlegs of their albums began to appear in the early 2000s, I slurped them down and slogged through the usual assortment of false starts and arcane failures. Their brilliant, ill-fated 1968 feature film Head, directed by the oft-great Bob Rafelson and written, as has been noted here before, by a still-struggling Jack Nicholson, should be on everyone's queue/mantle/USB stick. And their rather too obvious but nonetheless outré 1969 NBC special 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee (which featured a crazed opening turn by Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger) is worth getting wasted to again and again.

Most of you know what Davy looked like, even if you were born decades after the fact. No need to post screencaps here. The Monkees were what they were, but from 1967-1969 they aggressively charted a gleeful course of self-immolation. For that, all artists owe Jones and his colleagues an immense debt of gratitude...

The New York Times' obit is here.



Karl Schmidt Verlag Alert!

Hallo Droogz,

We have over 50 new releases simmering on the back burner. Tonight, we'll offer the first thirteen of them for sale. Crowding and shoving are recomnended!



New Links: Vixens of the Mortal Ring...


To Live and Shave in L.A. - Vixens of the Mortal Ring

(1998, Spite Recordings Spite 28 C-90, edition of 50, out of print; 2005, Western Blot CD-R (WBX 05A) edition of 15, different sleeve, out of print.)

(Western Blot version, October 2005.)

Two editions, with the first, in an edition of 50 issued by Spite Recordings, and the second, in an edition of 15, via my occasional Western Blot imprint. Spite, bless 'em, used pretty cheap photocopying, and the text on the sleeve and accompanying inserts was thus near-impossible to read. For the second edition, I jettisoned the found-photo motif and instead employed G'g G'z' Selbstmord. (The music, much to the audience's probable chagrin, was left unchanged, save for the many differences 'twixt versions.)

(Spite version, mid-1998.)



Side A

The Laurel Tree, London, England (18 Feb 98)

01 Soundcheck
02 Veit Harlan, Brown Dress Bob
03 Demons Hip Naltrexone with Sick

Instants Chavires, Montreuil (Paris), France (24 Feb 98)

04 Lord When I Die Please Don't Let Me Leave Behind an Unfinished Task

Microgroove Studio, Decatur (Atlanta), GA (25 Nov 97)

05 From Withers to Belly Line (version)

Dottie's, Atlanta, GA (21 Jan 97)

06 Kopenhagen Lounge

Astrocade, Philadelphia, PA (28 Oct 96)

07 I What Dampness Did

Side B

Firehouse Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (26 Apr 96)

08 Premonitory for the Premonition

The Attic, El Paso, TX (24 Apr 96)

09 He-Head the Police Obtain

Churchill's, Miami (29 Feb 96)

10 Bloated Unnnnhhhh-Ass Hard
11 Spasming Cunt Powerful His
12 Her-His Frantically Hips

The Zipperhead Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (12 July 95)

13 When My Rifle Went Sour with Preposterous Headdress

Churchill's, Miami (27 Apr 95)

14 Displaced by Double Bed


The 2005 version features a newly edited master and  a contiguous mix. Selections 8-12 were left off the second iteration due to time constraints. A great deal of dead air was excised from the original master. 

Restored at 96000Hz / 32-bit by TS.



Tom Smith - voice and electronics
Rat Bastard - bass
Ben Wolcott - oscillators


Billy Taylor (gas leak detector), Greg Chapman (casio keyboard) and Nandor Nevai (drums) (1-3)
Andy Bolus (homemade electronics) (4)
Fred Ware III (revox a77 tape deck and prepared tapes) (7)

Recorded, mixed and produced by TS 1995-1998.

Music TS & TLASILA. Texts TS.


With gratitude,


New Links: Where a Horse Has Been Standing and Where You Belong...


To Live and Shave in L.A. - Where a Horse Has Been Standing and Where You Belong

(Western Blot WB W/L Z, CD, 1998.)

For four years, The Wigmaker seemed an inscrutable rebus. I had only the vaguest notions of where I was going with the album.

Marc Weitz and I spoke long and often about its direction, its potential impact, pre, etc. After one such conversation in 1998, a solution - obvious, imperious, inevitable - just popped into my head. Soon afterwards, a proof of that assertion appeared.

The Wigmaker required an additional 16 months of swamp strip circling to safely land, but Where a Horse revealed its final approach...

From the enclosed insert:

"This is an exercise in problem solving. The twelve most troublesome tracks from the still-in-progress 2xCD The Wigmaker in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg have herein been jostled ("Skincare Movement!" is but protracted glamour fit)."

I would immodestly suggest that the following were fitted with the greatest fucking titles of all bloody time. Thank me very much:

01 Vest Pants and Denim
02 Both Mules $325, Shoes
03 For Metal, $3650
04 Four Chokers About
05 Sheer $160!
06 Cotton and Pale Cotton Leather
07 $2110 Peasant
08 Diamonds and $650, $500
09 Bullfighter Biker Toreador Sleeves
10 Overlay $1200, Overlay Tulle
11 Sleeveless Sheer Signature
12 And Volume-Plastic, Plastic Tulle
13 Skincare Movement!

Tom Smith - dub, edits, disruption
Rat Bastard - bass guitar
Ben Wolcott - oscillators and treatments

Recorded at The Studio, Miami, 1995-1996 by Rat (bass engineering only) and Tom (everything else); re-edited, remixed and produced by TS in 1998 at Microgroove, Decatur (Atlanta), GA.



Issued in three iterations:

The original, a hand-stamped white cardstock sleeve in an edition of 300.

Its rear sleeve featuring a panel from Grant Gaston's "Captain Crud in a Duel to the Death with Toothman," originally published in 1966 by the University of California at Berkeley's Pelican newspaper, and reprinted in 1967 by Fawcett Gold Medal Books for their Wonder Wart-Hog, Captain Crud and Other Super Stuff paperback. I bought the book that same year for 50 cents (its cover price) and I still happily possess it to this day.

The second iteration of the disc (launched once the original card stock package had sold out) found it stuffed into a hand-stamped envelope, crammed into a 7" single bag, and enclosed by an 11X14 poster (detourned from a Nike advert). Eight copies contained bonus inserts: the 1995 Audible Hiss EP New Songs with Drug and Pornographic Themes, a mini-one sheet from the Tora Tora Tora! fest, and the original version's liner notes, albeit scratched through and replaced with handwritten Italian text.

Edition of 100.

Its third iteration (an edition of 100) found Horse secluded in a black cardstock stable. A stud farm (or glue factory) beckoned...


Enjoy, destroy.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Links: 2007 Hybrids EP #23 (aka Natalie Merchant vs. Johnny Rebel)...

(Amended 1 Mar 12.)


2007 Hybrids EP #23. Four tracks, 5:04. Edited, mixed and produced by TS.



Faithfully Yours,


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

New Links: 2007 Hybrids EP #21 (aka Boris Policeband vs. Bright Eyes)...


2007 Hybrids EP #21. Two tracks, 4:01. Edited, mixed and produced by TS.



Dedicated to the desultory,


Friday, February 24, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Links: 2007 Hybrids EP #18 (aka Uriah Heep vs. Low)...


2007 Hybrids EP #18. Four tracks, 8:18. Edited, mixed and produced by TS.



Renouncing the fatigue surplus,


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

R.I.P. Dick Anthony Williams...

Sad news: Dick Anthony Williams has died.

He co-starred in so many memorable, immensely entertaining films: Five on the Black Hand Side, Slaughter's Big Rip-Off, The Deep, Dog Day Afternoon, The Anderson Tapes, The Jerk (!), and, most importantly, Michael Campus' The Mack.

(I was one of three or four white faces in the Albany, Georgia audience when I saw The Mack back in '73. It played in South Georgia too, of course, but I always preferred to catch new blaxploit pix in the regional nexus of pure, undiluted African-American culture. I'd have to delve into a library archive to retrieve the name of the old grindhouse, but as with all forlorn cinemas, the wallpaper was peeling and the carpeting was matted, but the popcorn was slathered with butter, drowned in salt, and the audiences hissed and howled. Heightened awareness trumped decorum.)

Long-associated with New York's iconic New Federal Theater, Williams' accomplishments in the world of theater fairly dwarf his cinematic and television work.

(Williams, right, resplendent in The Mack.)

Read the Times' obit here. Check out his IMDB profile here.



New Links: 2007 Hybrids EP #17 (aka Skafish vs. Sun O))))...


2007 Hybrids EP #17. Four tracks, 9:01. Edited, mixed and produced by TS.



Can't feel,


Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Oleo Vaccine...

Hello Everyone,

Completed this Whitney Houston obelisk yesterday evening, but passed out from Adele fatigue before I could post it. A five-minute career consommé with a smidgeon of Lita Ford (her aesthetic equivalent, at least as spied from my perch) smudged between the edits.




Sunday, February 05, 2012

New Links: Wondrous, Failed Composites!

Hello Friends,

To Live and Shave in L.A.'s Wondrous, Failed Composites!, released by Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers in December 1995 (on a split 7" with lovely, catarrh-besotted UK weirdos Ceramic Hobs), melded a pair of new songs assayed August 18, 1995 on Columbia University's student radio outlet WKCR-FM to a muffled shriek of despairing desire. The station's recordings were unusable, and my stereo cassette versions sounded like the sighs of corrupted pipe fittings, or maybe a Flowmaster muffler on an electric pencil sharpener. So far, so foul. I took the tracks back to Miami, recorded new vocal overlays and made loops and stabs from those and bits of György Ligeti, James MacDonald, and film dialogue from Richard Pryor (from Paul Schrader's titanic Blue Collar) and Don Johnson's "your brother was a punk" scene from John Frankenheimer's ever-underrated Dead-Bang (which seemed to mirror the lurid-as-prosaic tone of the EP), mixed it down, and sent it into the uncaring void. Compositionally, however, "Failed" served as another gateway release to Wigmaker. A slurred template, re-shuffled and buttressed, with sabotaged narrative. The two tracks are a bit of a mess, really, but their unresolved nature gave me a massive art hard-on. Just my clozapine tort...

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Wondrous, Failed Composites!


01 Profane Time (3:25)
02 Dead Shanty Town Tease (4:57)

Released by Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers on 7" (no matrix number), December 1995.

Recorded by Tom Smith on stereo cassette at WKCR-FM, Columbia University, New York, NY, on August 18, 1995.

Additional recording by TS at the Studio, Miami, on November 15, 1995.

Tom Smith - voice, tape edits and loops
Rat Bastard - bass
Ben Wolcottt - oscillator

Mixed and produced by Tom.

Music Tom Smith & TLASILA / Lyrics TS.

With thanks to Phil/Betley, WKCR-FM and Ceramic Hobs.


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...