Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Épuration. Coming Soon!

To Live and Shave in L.A. Épuration. 

Six years in gestation. 

Coming soon from Blossoming Noise and Belgian Home Optimisation.

Composed, recorded, mixed and produced by Graham Moore and Tom Smith. With Rat Bastard, Ben Wolcott, Gaybomb, Misty Martinez, and Nandor Nevai. Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin. 

Eleven tracks. Your terror.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Radiant Were Pavement, Wings...

Fellow Freaks,

The first raft of orders from the July release slate of Karl Schmidt Verlag have shipped! Quantities of KSVs 331 and 333 are running low, and 380 is nearly gone, but the others will likely be available for a few more yonks. Many thanks, as always!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

4102 Emanating!

(Amended 24 July 14.)

A very important message from the future: twelve new releases from Karl Schmidt Verlag are gagged and bagged for immediate misinterpretation.

Each of the new releases is a single-disc set in a limited edition of 15. (The T/SMS live album is offered in a slightly less limited edition of 30.)

Single-disc releases benefit from our 2008-2009 pricing scheme in gratitude for your continued support during this, KSV's fifth anniversary year.

Eurozone, €7.49 postpaid. Elsewhere, €9 postpaid.

PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com


KSV 327 OTI Vnod - Circling the Ring

01 Untitled (42:02)

OTI Vnod: Books Death & Death Program.
Recorded and produced by Violate Delicate at Capital of Random Death, Chișinău.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe.
Design: Systematic Punishments. 


KSV 328 Scurt Sel feat. Babara Cimeno Mock - Anti-Ornament vs. Genital Panic

01 Untitled (57:34)

Scurt Sel: John Barrard John, Hodgkins Pack, Christina Pack, Teakle Lloyd,
and Babara Cimeno Mock.
Composed, performed and produced by Scurt Sel at Milnes Sound, Coventry.
Enginering, mixdown and mastering by Doonan Joy.
Design by Christina Pack and Strip Suberts, Coventry.


KSV 329 Merkwürdig Riechen / Helge Meyer - Kraniche, Hamburg, 8. Juni

Merkwürdig Riechen:

Luke Calzonetti: electronics
Andreas Brüning: bass
Tom Smith: voice & texts

01 MR Soundcheck (1:53)

Helge Meyer: electronics

02 HM Performance (15:31)

03 MR Performance (34:23)

Recorded by Karl.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe.
Prepared for release by Paranoid Leather.
Sleeve: Dialog 58, Hamburg.


KSV 330 Arabelle SP - KNB Niler 9

01 KNB Niler 9 (29:03)
02 Version 3 (35:04)

ASP: Kate Murder, C. Hanging, Haunted Jon.
Produced by ASP at Fur Vault.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at the Slab
Artwork: M.E.S.


KSV 331 Born in Blues Control - Oberdeck (25. Juni)

01 Version (62:18)

Music: Lea Cho & Russ Waterhouse.
Recording: Karl. Mastering: Linda, Viola & Uwe.
Artwork: Presumptuous Son, Ashland.


KSV 332 Kefáli Tzitzíkia - Ki̱fí̱nas

01 Untitled (43:52)

Recorded Karl.
Mastered Linda, Viola & Uwe.
Design: SD, Heraklion.


KSV 333 Oρθόδοξος (Orthódoxos) - Ιερά φυματίωση (Ierá Fymatío̱si̱, or Holy Tuberculosis)

01 Untitled (40:24)

Recorded Karl, Kefali
Mastered Linda, Viola & Uwe, Cluj
Design Chokehold @ Versus


KSV 334 Konzertpublikum - Friese, 27. Juli

01 Untitled 43:24
Execution: Paranoid Leather

Mastered Linda Viola Uwe. Design Glukoseunverträglicheit.


KSV 335 Jenny Graf - Oberdeck, Hannover, 1. Aug

Jenny Graf: Electronics, voice.

01 Soundcheck (10:44)
02 Performance (49:39)

Recorded by Karl.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe.
Design: Klagegeschrei, Schandelah.


KSV 336 Fedoras' Molds - Tapetenmotte

01 Tapetenmotte (reel)     (34:20)
02 Tapetenmotte (acetate) (33:39)

Fedora's Molds: The Arctic Either & Hince Bloch.
Rec'd: Karl Schmidt. Composed / Performed: FM.
Mastered: Linda Viola Uwe.
Design: Shit Little @ PB.


KSV 337 Mit weichen Knien - Zuckersüßes Lächeln

01 Untitled (39:32)
02 Version (35:54)

MwK: Valeska Jentsch und Neumann Rautenberg.
Recorded in Berlin at Rotraut by Renzi Lissy.
Produced by Renzi & MwK.
Mastered at the Slab, Cluj-napoca, by Uwe (while L and V were on holiday!).
Design: N.N. Domröse.


KSV 380 T/SMS - Live, FSK, Hamburg (5 Jun 14)

T/SMS: Tom Smith: synth, electronic treatments, live mix.

01 Untitled (60:34)

Rec’d KS. Direct to HDD.
Unmastered. Design: Trotzig, HH.


Off to bed...



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Karl Schmidt Verlag: May-June Postscript

Hi Again,

All outstanding orders have shipped. I remain grateful to those of you waited patiently for your swag while I was abroad (Stateside) for my mother's funeral.

Likewise, to those cognizant of the mercurial dynamic of To Live and Shave in L.A., a sincere thank-you for allowing me and the other members of our collective to gut out the news of Chris Grier's passing.

It's been an emotional six weeks - cheers for being cool.


We'll have twelve new limited-edition releases available for immediate shipment on Tuesday.

Below, the customary collage. Pore over it at your leisure. Editions of 15 for each, save the new T/SMS. We're leaving that one slightly more open-ended.

Achtung: There are still quantities of the Ruine 1974-2014 set available, although only ONE copy of the deluxe iteration (with 48-page booklet).

Best, as ever,


Friday, July 11, 2014

Requiescat in pace Chris Greer...

Chris Grier, a brother-in-arms with To Live and Shave in L.A. from 2003 through 2007, died last night. He suffered a pulmonary embolism, engendered by a clot in his left leg. Chris had the presence of mind to call 911, but when paramedics arrived they found him unresponsive. Our friend was pronounced dead at Brooklyn Hospital. Damn, damn.

Many obituaries, most of which were adapted from the version first published early this morning in the Wondering Sound blog. It's not entirely accurate, but no sense in quibbling.

There's just nothing one can say. It's dreadful. 

Rest in peace, Chris.

(To Live and Shave in L.A., live at the Avant Gentlemen's Lounge, Philadelphia, on May 11, 2007. Left to right: Ben Wolcott, Chris Grier, Tom Smith, Graham Moore, and Rat Bastard. Photo by unidentified audience member.)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

TLASILA: New Album Preview!

Hi Again,

Here's a five-minute teaser mix of the new To Live and Shave in L.A. album, Words Fist Fractures. Recorded by TLASILA (Tom Smith [yours truly], Rat Bastard, Ben Wolcott, Mark Morgan, Graham Moore, Gaybomb, Balazs Pandi, Patrick Spurlock, Julie Huntington, and Ralf Wehowsky) from late 2013 to June 2014, and mixed and produced by Tom at KSV, Hannover, in July 2014. Mastering by Willi Dammeier at the Institut, Hannover. Coming in August via Belgian Home Optimisation.

Hang tight,


Insignia, Filth, Sobs Heavy...

Wrapping the final mixdowns for the forthcoming new T/SMS (instrumental) 12" and its gallingly vocal-slathered sister LP with Willi Dammeier at the Institut here in Hannover. Both are sick fucking donkeys...

Friday, July 04, 2014

T/SMS Review / TS Recent Works Overview...

Hi Again,

Killer essay re T/SMS and concurrent fisticuffs, courtesy BRCM. Find it here.

All the best,


Thursday, July 03, 2014

International Noise Conference 2014: Hannover!

The venue has been booked. Supporting artists are signing up to participate. The Squelchers will come to Stumpf!

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...