Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Euro Return...

Finally home after a seventeen-hour slog. Three flights, two layovers, one Parisian departure lounge apricot croissant. A preparatory snooze, then New Year's Eve with Claudia and friends. Fatigued, but elated. Fireworks are already being launched from nearby sidewalks; soft coils of smoke stain the sky...









Monday, December 30, 2013

USA Day #14 >

En route. So long, America...


Sunday, December 29, 2013

USA Day #13: Secretion Composed Eye...

After returning the rental I walked back from the dealership along US41 and soaked up as much of the local miasma as time allowed...



USA Day #13: BOAT OF MICRO-REUNION!

Amazing to hang for a couple of hours with the great Jim Walker, one of the two living human beings who can claim to have occupied the drum throne in Boat Of. Massively chuffed, Jimmy. I need drum loops ASAP!



Saturday, December 28, 2013

USA Day #12

Final few days of the American trek. Fortunate to spend one of them in the company of good friends. Bobz, Graham, love you guys...




Friday, December 27, 2013

USA Day #11 / T/SMS Performance #6

T/SMS x Kevin Dunn, Cursory, and Of Gods and Men, December 27th at Eyedrum, Atlanta.

Truly sublime to be sharing the evening with old friends, former TLASILA bandmates, and lovely folk who ventured into downtown ATL on a hectic Friday night to experience things with which they weren't too familiar...








Thursday, December 26, 2013

USA Day #10

All six OHNE albums. One studio, three live, two compilations.

I very much loved that group. Absolutely changed my life for the better...


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

USA Day #9

Droogs,

Merry Xmas!

Synthetic Santa was very nice to me this year.

(Forgive the psychedelic bedsheets - my mother has preserved everything from my teenage years, especially the more noisome errors.)

Best Wishes,

Tom / KSV / T/SMS / TLASILA


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

USA Day #8

The only cellular hotspot I've found in the small town in which my Mom lives seems to irregularly hover above the athletic field of the old high school. Logistical inconveniences aside, the only impediment to communication is the enfeebled nature of the signal itself. Can't post or text. Can kind of receive email. So, I get a lot of running done...


Monday, December 23, 2013

USA Day #7 / T/SMS Performance #5

T/SMS, Patrick Spurlock, Harry Cloud and the Gurgle Twins live at Fresh Produce Records, Macon, Georgia. Raucous audience, friendly hosts, strangely cinematic neighborhood, great night...







Sunday, December 22, 2013

USA Day #6


Orlando: the after-party at Nadeem and Anna Marie's. Terrific to be in the company of such exemplary humans...




Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

USA Day #4 / T/SMS Performance #3

T/SMS and Patrick Spurlock at Atticus Bar, Jacksonville. A strange, oddly exhilarating evening...





Thursday, December 19, 2013

USA Day #3

Slept forever. Went for a run. Visited Dad's grave. Then started digging through the archive. First notebook I found had been left opened to the page pictured below. Lyrics written for an earlier collaborations with Sightings. Provocative omens...


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

USA Day #2

A continuation of Day #1, really: Patrick Spurlock and I pull into tiny Adel, Georgia and are met by a very long, dutifully slow cargo train. An appropriately soporific welcome.



(Note: there was no Internet at my Mom's place, and an extraordinarily weak cell signal within the city limits. Subsequent posts will likely be backdated. Taking lots of photos, making notes. I'll assemble a timeline on my return, or whenever possible during my stay.)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

USA Day #1

Three images from the first three legs of the commute: early morning, departure gate, Hannover Flughafen; the view from 9,000 meters above Greenland; a soullessly beatific creep's red leather Bible tote, Washington Dulles. Flight to Atlanta still to come. Rather beat, but here...


Monday, December 16, 2013

Final Working Day of 2013...

Heading out to the States tomorrow morning. Teaching my last classes of 2013 today. Extraordinary light pouring through the cars of the morning train...


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Chang’e-3 / Yutu

"The rover’s wheels left behind noticeable tire tracks as it drove across the loose lunar topsoil." The CNSA nailed it. First soft moon landing since 1976.





Saturday, December 14, 2013

Radio Violator (Nonviolent)

Bleak, but ideal nonetheless. Weihnachtsmarkt, late Saturday night, Küchengarten, Hannover...


T/SMS > USA13: New Date Added!

This just confirmed: Macon is on for December 23rd! Haven't played there since the Peach of Immortality / Pussy Galore "Fuck Sky Bear" tour in 1986. Perfect destination for an off-kilter gig. Can't wait!


Friday, December 13, 2013

Michael Barthel at Bei Koc Gallery, Hannover...

Very good performance earlier this evening at Bei Koc from Michael Barthel, a musician and former promoter from Leipzig who plies a contemporary iteration of the textual trade best personified by Kurt Schwitters (viz. Ursonate). Michael was one of the team in Leipzig who booked To Live and Shave in L.A. into a gallery space for our 2008 European run; that concert had to be cancelled when we found ourselves without transportation for two days. So, twas nice to finally meet, pick up his new CD on Tochnit Aleph (STAPEL, TA118), and enjoy his well-executed mirroring.




Thursday, December 12, 2013

Auf Weidersehen ... (Or...)

Beloved Droogs,

American Tapes is shutting down. UgExplode has sundered. Similarly, Karl Schmidt Verlag must restrict its activities. Sadly, we are only able to issue... FIFTY-FIVE year-end releases! 55!!! This final fusillade of 2013 is designed to short-circuit the Third Law of Thermodynamics and banish the known to a shabby anteroom in holomorphic Fock space. So, un-listen! Not-buy! Either way, you win!



Details on the morrow!

Love,

TS/KS/KSV

Eight Days Until DETONATION!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Impossible Pole Installations...

Saint Nicolas has an eyeful. (Steintor, Hannover, 10. Dez.)




Sunday, December 08, 2013

Sanctions Shed Jewel Clicks...

Some members of our gang are forever on the lookout for new performance / art / party spaces. Tonight, Claudia, Mona, Luke and I visited a relatively cool spot off Fössestraße. The music was pretty tame, but the organizers seemed alright. More an eclectic suburban den than iniquitous portal, but we shall see...


Saturday, December 07, 2013

Pit Noack @ Bei Koc, Hannover...

My friend and former partner in Three Resurrected Drunkards was in very good form earlier this evening at Cem Koc's Bei Koc Gallery in Nordstadt, Hannover. Bravo, Pit!


Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Neue Pinakothek mit Kopfschmerz...

Yours truly with Franz von Stuck's Die Suende, at München's brilliant Neue Pinokothek...


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Lydia Lunch Retro Virus: München

Great to see old friends: Tim Dahl, Lydia Lunch, Bob Bert, and Weasel Walter...