Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer-Fall 2012 KSV Poster...

Each quarter we create a new poster to accompany orders. Here's the latest. It reiterates what we stand for, and we think this message never gets old...

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Merkwürdig Riechen: rehearsal, 22 July 2012. New song, fifth take...

Merkwürdig Riechen, live in their Hannover rehearsal studio, July 22, 2012, working through a fifth take of "Porous Papadeus", one of the songs short-listed for their forthcoming debut 7". The group: Luke Calzonetti, electronics, Andreas "Bocker" Brüning, bass, and Tom Smith, voice and texts.

Soundcloud link here.



Thursday, July 19, 2012

KSV SoundCloud Edits: KSV 193

Exclusive edit (3:19) of Wrenching Droves, the KSV debut from Prague-based duo Born Opting. The group: Dusana (tapes) and Maria (electronics, prepared piano and organ). Their premiere Karl Schmidt Verlag release was issued in April 2012.

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The vortex surrounds us all,


KSV SoundCloud Edits: KSV 192

An exclusive edit (2:33) extracted from A Hint Traumatized, the KSV debut from the Eneidi Pándi Duo, comprising demon-spawn saxophonist Marco Eneidi and super-session powerhouse Balazs Pándi (Rope Cosmetology, TLASILA, Merzbow, Venetian Snares, Mats Gustafsson, and many, many other collaborations). Released via Karl Schmidt Verlag in April 2012.

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Drain the reservoir of collective memory,


KSV SoundCloud Edits: KSV 191

Exclusive SoundCloud edit (2:56) of Underrated Close-Ups' Bodies Screen with Shrugs two-disc album, released April 2012 via Karl Schmidt Verlag. UCU is the ongoing location/found/field-sound project of frequent KSV collaborator Paranoid Leather.

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Loosen your tie, order a drink, relax...


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

KSV SoundCloud Edits: KSV 190

KSV 190: Astma Tom Smith - Notation Forces Notation (SoundCloud edit)

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Exclusive SoundCloud edit (2:43) of the two-disc collaborative Astma Tom Smith album Notation Forces Notation released April 2012 via Karl Schmidt Verlag. Astma: Olga Nosova and Alexei Borisov. Tom Smith: Karl Schmidt.

Yours for the taking,


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

KSV SoundCloud Edits: KSV 178

KSV 178: Christian Galarreta & Karl Schmidt - Tomb Out of Phase (SoundCloud edit)

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An exclusive SoundCloud edit (3:36) of the collaborative two-disc release from Peruvian improvisor Christian Galarreta and Karl Schmidt, released April 2012 via Karl Schmidt Verlag...

It's all up to you,


Monday, July 16, 2012

KSV SoundCloud Edits: KSV 171

KSV 171: Rev. Mink Mud - Defacer: Unisex Rim (SoundCloud edit)


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A special SoundCloud edit (3:00) of the Defacer: Unisex Rim album by "Rev. Mink Mud" (aka Kevin Drumm), released April 2012 on Karl Schmidt Verlag. The compendium was mixed and produced by Karl Schmidt using Kevin's epic "Incus Fear" composition as a jumping-off point. We used pseudonyms as we didn't want to pimp the album in too obvious a manner. Still, many enthusiasts saw through the ruse...

Do your duty,


Thursday, July 12, 2012

We Dare You.

Now it can be revealed: the name of the new trio comprising Aaron Dilloway, Kevin Drumm and yours truly, Tom Smith, is... Psychotic! (But maybe not with the exclamation point, as that would be too redolent of the only listenable iteration of Ultravox(!).) It's completely daft, of course - as Claudia Franke, Michael Muennich, Dillo and I sat outside a Hamburg bar two weeks ago at one in the morning, throwing back tub-sized glasses of scotch, I leaned over and said "Jesus, if Kevin joined us it would be completely fucking psychotic." Suddenly, Aaron's face transformed into that of an awestruck child. "That's IT!," he exclaimed, and the laughter began in earnest. To their credit, Claudia and Michael soon mouthed an ominous chant: "No, no, that's way, way too much." More laughter... It's 100% anti-"success", but a total fuck-the-world, win-win-win kind of moniker, one that points the way toward our potential - we could absolutely herald a much-needed new hysteria. (And we have a chance to re-make all those godawful, Manson-lite videos from ersatz-glam weaklings Psychotica!)

See you as soon as we see you!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Things Are Just Going to Get More Fucked-Up. You Can Thank Us Later.

Update #1: the Rope Cosmetology album gets fitted with a final mix next week, courtesy Ryan Parrish! Expecting nothing less than ne plus ultra... Update #2: in a world littered with trios, the gut-punch trifecta: Aaron Dilloway, Kevin Drumm and I will be touring and recording together sooner than later in a new ensemble we'll be calling __________! (Too early to reveal the name, but we have it.) No shit, comrades. So, pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off, and have a pleasant day...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

R.I.P. Lol Coxhill...

Requiescat in pace: Lol Coxhill.

An extraordinary talent.

Backstory: Well before punk (1973, when I was but 17) I was reading the (sluggish but accidentally illuminating) English music weekly Melody Maker - a tiny bookseller in Moultrie, Georgia supplied my habit. Richard Branson's early, adventurous Virgin label (and their even more adroit offshoot imprint, Caroline) advertised in the MM, and through those cheekily informative blocks of text I found out about Canterbury effluvia, "Krautrock", etc. Nowhere to buy those albums near my home, however - I had to drive 80 miles to Tallahassee and order them from the long-gone Record Co-Op. One of the first albums I snapped up from the Virgin/Caroline back catalog was Coxhill/Miller/Miller/Coxhill, the first duo outing from pianist Steve Miller (no relation to the "Jet Airliner" dude) and Herr Coxhill. (Pretty sure I have the alb lying around somewhere back in the States.) My mind was as blown as the first time Hans Van Brackle played Sun Ra's Heliocentric Worlds for me (when I was but 14). Lol was a titan, and his presence will be felt for a very long time by superior aesthetes and fellow travelers in the know...

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...