New Links: Wondrous, Failed Composites!

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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 Gy├Ârgy 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.



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