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.)





Best,

TS

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hydrophone Tests: Trendy Theosoph

A great deal of hissing. Muffled crackling. Sans preamp, subdued gain. With...


Monday, October 06, 2014

Goaded by the Threat...

Dear Friends,

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

TS OKT14MIX

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

Tracklist:

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...