Sunday, April 27, 2014

RIP DJ Rashad...

I don't overtly admire many musicians on the scene. The overwhelming majority are craven, corpulent, and conservative. Not so Rashad. Motherfucking damn. Rest in peace, you fizzing, stuttering neutron star...


Saturday, April 26, 2014


Karl Schmidt Verlag update: seven new albums arrive later today. Among them, the KSV debut of Greek expat duo Spandex Innovations ...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Harry Pussy - Amercian Classic Rock

Ever see my Harry Pussy micro-documentary from 1993, American Classic Rock? No budget, not enough tape shot, only a few hours in an editing suite to hold it together, but it got made. I sent a copy to Don Fleming who then passed it on to Thurston Moore, who later played 15 seconds of it on the June 26, 1994 edition of MTV's aulde 120 Minutes pogrom. Now YOU, dear droogs, can wrap your weary sockets 'round its magnificent flaws. I have the master, of course, but this rip comes from a second-generation VHS dub. Just pretend the audio quality is amazing and you'll be fine. (Both "ACR" and the MTV segment are included.)



Thursday, April 24, 2014

To Live and Shave in L.A. - S.H.P. (Graveyard)

Blowback Thursday: To Live and Shave in L.A., Sync Studio, Miami Beach, January 1992. The group was just me at this juncture. An invitation to contribute a cover version of an R.E.M. chune for inclusion on a tribute compilation was cheekily extended by the Texas-based (and presumably long-defunct) Staplegun label. I accepted their dare, recording five or six different versions of "Shiny Happy People." A dirty fucking job, but someone had to do it. I sent my favorite take to the label, and... Heard nothing. In the end they used a far more reverent hog call by Mitch Easter. BORING. "S.H.P." was tracked by Edward Bobb (ex-Happiness Boys), who acted as my engineer for the better part of a year until I switched him out for the one, the only Rat Bastard. 30-minuten männercreme was still two years off. We had nearly 80 songs in the can by November 1993. "Shiny" remained at the bottom of the receptacle. Until NOW!
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What's Wrong with Me Inherent Sense of Self?

Tom Smith Group - Radio Adel. A very hazy afternoon, sometime in 1977. Don Fleming and I, stoned out of our everloving minds, channeling the Bowery but delivering a basket of deep-fried confusion instead. Don titled the forlorn session years after the fact and as usual, he was spot-on. I molded a lump of it into a backing track for the first After That It's All Gravy album issued in 1996. Really, really embarrassing. Yeah!! 

(No link. Are you crazy?)


50 Cent Slams Kanye West's Bikini Body Critics with 20 Years of Marriage! (aka Bloody Korvettes!)

For fuck's sake. $3.99.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ja, Ja, Chaos Ensued...

Anomaly, anyone? On October 13, 1984, Peach of Immortality, then Jared Louche, Rogelio Maxwell and myself, shared a bill at d.c. space with the redoubtable Elliott Sharp. Happy ever after, no? Not quite. The tape inadvertently supplied was a metal bias back-up copy of the master of Mix Pentecost(e), the Boat Of compilation previously issued by Don Fleming's Big Circus tape label in late 1983. Oops! (As your great-grandfathers may recall, a serious error.) The evening's sets were imprinted atop the Boat Of recordings, and a beautifully stochastic susurration resulted...

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Not Exactly Đorđe Kadijević, But...

I'll be projecting a just-completed six-hour video assemblage during the Lightning Glove / Run Dust concert and after-party (featuring DJ Paranoid Leather on the lossy files of steel) on May 3rd at Sturmglocke in Hannover. Here's a random frame from the fifth hour...


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tom Smith & Michael Muennich - In Medias Res

Happy to report that In Medias Res, the split C-30 from Hamburg's Michael Muennich and myself, will soon be released on Nicolas Malevitsis' fine Noise-Below imprint.

A preview edit of both compositions has been posted to Soundcloud. Click on the IMR artwork for the link!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tom Smith Birthday Mix 2014!

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Friends, enthusiasts, all-comers,

One of the greatest things about living in Germany is that you're more or less duty bound to give OTHERS presents on your birthday. I love this tradition. You usually bring cakes or pies to work, but as sending each of you pastries is impractical, here's a two-hour birthday mixtape instead. I hope you'll find it to your liking. Thanks for the love (clotted or otherwise) - now have a bit in return!

Best Wishes,




Dan Farber - Dreams (2014)
Cellular Chaos - Hum (2013)
Dirty Chocolate - Lucidity (2014)
Miles Davis - Sanctuary (1970, live)
Mr. Carmack - NASA (2014)
Music Improvisation Company - Bedrest (1969)
Lightning Hopkins - Please Settle It in Vietnam (1969)
Young Thug - Stoner (Miles Medina remix) (2014)
Marzette Watts - Ia (1968)
T/SMS - TST 20 (2014)
Kryptic Minds - Varia (2013)
Thomas Leer & Robert Rental - Monochrome Days (1979)
Flosstradamus - Mosh Pit (Kayzo edit) (2014)
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Hymnen: Region 4 (edit) (1966)
Wollymammoth - Chrome Pipes (2014)
To Live and Shave in L.A. - Hell Will Envenom Them (2008, unreleased)
Mercer & DJ Snake - Lunatic (2014)
Diamanda Galás - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (2003, live)
Aaron Dilloway - Untitled II (edit) (2013)
Gold Link - When I Die (2014)
The Fans - Cars and Explosions (1979)
Yosuke Yamashita - Petrel Ver. II (1972)
Dolće - L.M.A. (2014)
Hermann Nitsch - Tag 1 Volumen 5: gregorianische Choräle (2003)
Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Love Comes in Spurts (Tom Smith dub version) (1978)
8Er$ - GETLO (2014)
P16.D4 - 5-4-3-2-1-Wand (1984)
A3 dans les WC - Contagion (1979)
Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - RKBA-1675, Take One (1967)
Chris Spedding & the Vibrators - Pogo Dancing (1976)
Shed - The Dirt (2013)
Beazy Times - Black Sheep (2014)
Herbert Eimert - Glockenspiel (1953)
Basti Grub - African Gift (2010)

Friday, April 04, 2014

A contingent resistance to the trauma of nobility...

Hello Droogs,

Peep this preview mix of KSV 312: "Withering Gists of Gray" by Icelandic chaos ballerz Krakkkbot & AMFJ.

Gentlemen, start your strangely soothing apocalypse...

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Yours counter-intuitively,


Thursday, April 03, 2014

A Hot Knife Drawing of a Responsive Eye...

Rest in peace, Mon Levinson.

(Positive Moving Planes I, 1965.)

Times obit here. Artnet here.

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Live, Churchill's, Miami (20 July 95)

New master, mixed down from the original ADAT. Get as low to the ground as you're able...

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KSV 359!

T/SMS - Kuzka's Mother. From Karl Schmidt Verlag, available now...

Soundcloud preview: click Aniram and Yrret.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Not April Fool's

New. Four tracks. Chrome C-30. Artwork by Karl. Limited edition of 50. T/SMS: TSTS 19-22.

Label: Belgian Home Optimisation (BHO 04). Recorded by Willi Dammeier. Composed, performed and produced by Tom Smith.

€10 postpaid globally. PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.

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