Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Slabs Hung Salon Style

Having a cuppa with some old pals. The titular tin is thoroughly oxidized, but the vinyl discs within are pristine. Paid $9 for it in '79... Everything goes into storage for the moment.

New Tom Smith Interview in Noise (Fr.)

Guten Abend and hello from the olde homestead. Prepping for the TLASILA gig at Eyedrum - it's a temperate, even muggy New Year's Afternoon in South Georgia.

Received these scans today from Julien Becourt, a decades-long compatriot and freelance scrivener par excellence. He conducted this interview for Noise, a magazine about which I'd had no previous knowledge. Despite its name, its purview seems primarily indie crud. Julien snuck me into the middle of the morass and I'm positive Kasabian will pack it in once they've read my thoughts on Chilean nominative determinism.

Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

Placids #6?

I'm uncertain if being a football fanatic in a provincial German hub with a population roughly that of Paragould, Arkansas would, by necessity, propel said ultra to universal preeminence, but hayseeds gotta think big...

TLASILA 2014 Hybrids 335: Impediments Manifest Restraint

TLASILA 2014 Hybrids #335

Click image for link.

Monday, November 24, 2014

T/SMS: Oberdeck, Hannover, 5. Dez!

Coming December 5th at the Oberdeck in Hannover: T/SMS x Andreas Brüning with guests Hull Curve and Nervous Men! I'm psyched to share a stage again with Andreas, and very happy to welcome Hull C after his superb set at INC 2014. Following the toxic hiss and glacial dislocation, the always cool Nervous crew will offer a rhythm stick and a swathe of flesh. SCHIEß LOS!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Malice Metal Is Light Tedium...

Droogs, I've completed the NOV14MIX. If you'd like to stream or download it, click on the image below.




The acidic gravy to your Thanksgiving's gruel. Mixed by TS at KSV Hannover between 21-23 November 2014.


01 Splotch - Patterns of Violence
02 Peach of Immortality - 6 (30 Jan 86)
03 Laurent X - Machines
04 1. Futurologischer Kongress - Rote Autos
05 Bill Orcutt - Ballad of Davy Crockett
06 Shlohmo x Jeremih - Bo Peep
07 Kan Mikami - Odo
08 Tom Smith - Five-minute excerpt from "Ruine: 1974-2014"
09 Alvin Lucier - Wire III (excerpt)
10 Killawatt - Habits
11 U-Roy - Silver Bird
12 Bassgator (feat. Stone) - Lines
13 SFX from "The Outer Limits" (1963)
14 Keith Fullerton Whitman - Automatic Drums
15 The Mighty Two - I'm Not Ashamed Version
16 The Specials - Pearl's Cafe
17 RL Grime (feat. Djemba Djemba) - Valhalla
18 Kryptic Minds & Sleeper - Axis Shift
19 Tom Smith - Demetria (for C-C remix project, 2014)
20 ISVK - Subete Parriba
21 To Live and Shave in L.A. - Pig Off, Ass Full (from "Vedder Vedder Bedwetter")
22 Blurt - Get
23 Mr. Partridge - The Rotary
24 Schimpfluch-G - Vehikel und Gefass (und Ventilator) 90-03-23 (7" Side A)
25 Josef Anton Riedl - Paper Music
26 Christian Marclay - Louis Armstrong
27 Tim Lane Seaton - The Animal Speaks (excerpt)
28 Rope Cosmetology - Memoir Doorway Stars
29 Missing Presumed Dead - Double Life
30 Rick Ross (feat. Project Pat) - Elvis Presley Blvd
31 Ap Chien Luoc - Chua Tu Dam (Pt. 2) (excerpt)
32 Dave Phillips - Selective Memory / Perception (excerpt)
33 Kowton - Doing Nothing
34 T/SMS - TST 61 Version (excerpt)
35 Radio North Sea (RNI) DJs - Test Transmissions
36 J. Bruce - The Consul at Sunset

Total Time: 142:14.


Friday, November 07, 2014

Re-sequenced Waltz Impatient!

Karl Schmidt Verlag. No press. (It's pointless.) No promo. (It only impedes the process.) No pandering. (We'll leave that to desperate others.) No explanation. (There's more than enough condescension already.) Our albums and books are created in very limited runs and are priced accordingly. Thus, there's no physical inventory, no money lost. Every cent goes into the next round of releases. We generate bad fucking vibes which are transmogrified into beautiful artifacts. These perfervid ideations hit the post in the morning...

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Evolved 171 Maintained Three Turks in Mannheim...

Hello Friennds,

Cheers and sincerely spat kudos re orders from the recent KSV flotilla. Three of the new albums are nearly gone: only three copies remain of Tom Smith's Yet Flying 2 collage of his 2002 submissions for the debut OHNE album, and four each of the Schrein and Michael Barthel live recordings from always-excellent Hannover gallery space Bei Koc. Stocks will soon be exhausted, so do as thou wilt! Supplies of the other albums have diminished, but alarms won't need to be immediately tripped.

All the Best,


Sunday, November 02, 2014

The Physics Condense a Third...

Karl Schmidt Verlag: here's a 28-minute preview mix of the ten new albums issued on October 31st by KSV. The way out is through our door. We don't really care if anyone's using it... Editions of 15, yours for a song cycle.

 (Click the above image for the link.)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

New Releases on Karl Schmidt Verlag! (2014.11.01)

Hello Droogs,

I'm pleased to officially offer ten new releases from Karl Schmidt Verlag. These have been in production for quite some time, and we trust you'll appreciate our commitment to plasma-spattered aesthetics. Obviously, see no point in rushing.

All are available for immediate shipment. Editions of 15.

Eurozone: €8.49 Postpaid. Elsewhere: €11 postpaid. Paypal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.


KSV 095 Tom Smith - Yet Flying II (OHNE Meditation 2006)

KSV 342 Three Hillbilly Fears - Whip

KSV 343 Cut Loose Bitch - Zerstörer Backs a Knot

KSV 344 Halftime Debt - Penstemon

KSV 345 Gemeiner Stechdorn - Die Peitsche

KSV 346 Bikiniarze - Under a Cruel Star

KSV 347 Glatte Verweigerung x Paranoid Leather - Pferdekadaver

KSV 348 Schrein - Bei Koc, 18. Sept

KSV 349 Factories Empty Evening - Fluoreszenzmessung

KSV 366 Michael Barthel - Bei Koc (20131213)


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Transcendental Map versus Wandering Domain: The Return of To Live and Shave in L.A.!

To Live and Shave in L.A. reconvenes on January 2nd with a concert at Eyedrum in Atlanta. This will be our only American date for the foreseeable future, so queue the fuck up! Our European tour begins in June... I love this ensemble, I love the otherness of the music, I love the intense conflicting emotions it engenders, and I love arguing with Rat about complete and utter nonsense. Join us!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Methyl Mover Bandage...

Finally got my mitts on the Method Actors' fine 1981 double-album Little Figures. Thesps David Gamble and Vic Varney drew me into their web for a debauched year at 270 Cobb Street in Athens, Georgia, where they rehearsed in the cluttered back room. Boat Of practiced in the Cobb Institute's dank, earthen basement. When Vic and Dave flew to London to record Figures, Boat Of (usually Mike Green, Carol Levy, Michael Stipe and myself) took control of their space and got our sound as near to together as we were able.

When the Method Actors were on, they were tremendous. After David left to join Boat Of, the MA's lost a great deal of their wayward energy. And, for eighteen months thereafter, Boat Of were a massive, aberrant force. (An ostensibly invisible aberration, but no less warped for our arrogant disdain and absolute unpopularity.)



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014

Goaded by the Threat...

Dear Friends,

This is for you. Click the image for the link.


Tom Smith - OKT14MIX
Total Time: 120 minutes and 9 seconds.
Edited and mixed by TS at KSV, Hannover, on October 5, 2014.


01 Prince - U Know (2014)
02 Boris Policeband - On the Beat (1979)
03 Yosuke Yamashita Trio - Horse Trip (1976)
04 Aaron Dilloway - Medicine Stunts (excerpt) (2014)
05 18+ - Crow (2014)
06 Karlheinz Stockhausen - Mantra (1. Teil) (excerpt) (1971)
07 T/SMS - TST 43 (excerpt) (2014)
08 Mongezi Feza & the Brent Rosengren Quartet - Moong's Research II (1972)
09 Tommy Four Seven - OX2 (original mix) (2014)
10 Brian Ferneyhough - Etudes Transcendentales (excerpt) (1989)
11 Richard Pryor - Cocaine (1975)
12 Harry Toledo & the Rockets - John Glenn (1978)
13 Normal Brain - You Are Busy, I Am Easy (1981)
14 György Ligeti - Doppelkonzert (excerpt) (1972)
15 Marcel Duchamp - 1.3 Voices (1976, performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble, Milan)
16 Ed Rush - Guncheck (1995)
17 Boneschi Electronic Combo - Computer Dance (1973)
18 RLW - An Archivist's Nightmare Pt. 5 (2007)
19 Laura Lee Perkins - Don't Wait Up (1957)
20 Run Dust - Face Feins (2014)
21 The Rats - The Rat's Revenge (1965)
22 Keys N Krates - Yes We Faded (2014)
23 The Hafler Trio - Purgatory No. 2: Descent (excerpt) (1988)
24 Rope Cosmetology - Drained and Unimagined (2014)
25 OG Maco & Key! - Stay Down 2 (2014)
26 Ap Chien Luoc - Chua Tu Dam (Pt. 1) (excerpt) (2014)
27 Rolf Herricht - Wenn Sie mich so anseh'n (1962)
28 Shackleton - Vor und zuruck (2014)
29 Joan La Barbara & John Cage - Singing Through (excerpt) (1990)
30 Marta Kubišová - Svlíkám Lásku (1969)
31 Ghédalia Tazartès - Oslo: Solo (Pt. 3) (2014)
32 To Live and Shave in L.A. - Words Fist Fractures (Pt. 2) (excerpt) (2014)
33 David Cunningham - An Index of Endings (1980)
34 Kode9 & the Spaceape - Autumn Has Come (2014)

Rest in peace, Spaceape...

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Wo ist das Rundfleich?

Spotted on the S-Bahn after work: a very sad hat worn by (a woman I'd presume to be) a sad village punker. Her anemic lid filled my iron-rich blood with fool's gold...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

T/SMS: TST 42 (aka Like Lazarus)

I recorded a second full-length T/SMS set a few months ago at Willi Dammeier's Institut für Wohlklangforschung here in Hannover. As soon as I have the artwork properly sorted, the album (which will be issued by KSV-affiliated imprint Elfelejt) should be on its way to the factory. Apart from Claudia Franke and John Wiese, no one has heard any of the new material. Here's the second track from the album, "TST 42." (Or, if you prefer, "Like Lazarus.") I put a helluva lot of work into these pieces, and I trust you'll erupt accordingly...
TS/KSV/TLASILA Soundcloud link here.

Best wishes,

Not Bono

INC Hannover 2014: Final Poster

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Karl Schmidt Verlag: New September Releases!

Karl Schmidt Verlag: being the best fucking anti-anti-anti label on the planet is relatively easy. Maintaining the infrastructure to tap into distant futures of calamitous din? Nah, no sweat either. We're so far ahead we've left our own sweet asses behind... There are 12 new releases for your righteous delectation, available soon! Wipe down the bench and geek out.

Left to right, top to bottom: (KSV 342) Three Hillbilly Fears - Whip; (KSV 343) Cut Loose Bitch - Zerstörer Backs a Knot; (KSV 344) Halftime Debt - Penstemon; (KSV 345) Gemeiner Stechdorn - Die Peitsche; (KSV 346) Paramedic Helmet - Pullulation; (KSV 349) Factories Empty Evenings - Fluoreszenzmessung; (KSV 348) Schrein - Bei Koc, 18. Sept; (KSV 347) Glatte Verweigerung x Paranoid Leather - Pferdekadaver; (KSV 350) Tom Smith - Your Violence; (KSV 352) Mavnlaust Oønster Npptog - Urmglockest, 21. Sept; (KSV 353) Reatsstaer - Mglocke Ruts, 22. Sept; and (KSV 366) Michael Barthel - Bei Koc.

Absence Blots Us Out

We've all lost friends. It's never easy to absorb the initial shock, to make sense of lives cut short. The collective known as To Live and Shave in L.A. recently lost a brother, one who intuitively understood our mission and who lived it resolutely, defiantly - sometimes in defiance of yours truly. We're banding together to produce a work dedicated to the talent, wit, and demonic energy of Chris Grier. Absence Blots Us Out. A nod to Henry Miller's Sexus. A dream narrative. Coming soon.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Vault Is Ready for Plundering!

Hello Droogs,

Every few cycles we rip away the KSV molding and leave the vault open for a long weekend. All out of print albums (save the gigantic box sets) are available through Monday, September 8th.

Single discs: €8.49 Eurozone / €11 elsewhere. Double sets: €10 / €13. Triple albums: €12 / €15. All prices postpaid. Scroll downwards through the past, make your selections, and queue for the gold.

PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.

New releases TOMORROW!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Histamine POI Moot: Bawling Foremen!

Hello All,

We've been on a convulsive recording jag for a couple of weeks - apologies for staying away from the ancestral manse for so bloody long!

Never the sort to crash our own return party empty-handed, we bring gifts and good tidings from our associated imprint, Belgian Home Optimisation, who've just issued their fifth, absurdly fine cassette:

Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson x Tom Smith - Breath to False Sinogrime (BHO 05)

Here's a first-look exclusive. straight from the factory and ripped out of the  box just for your bloodshot peepers.

It's a limited edition of 50.

Price: €10 worldwide, shipping included. PayPal to the usual address: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.

Best to everyone,


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