Wednesday, December 21, 2016

KSV Bandcamp: Two New Uploads

Hello Again,

Two archival KSV releases have been added to our Bandcamp portal.

The first, Brenda Harris: The Woman on the Bed, was issued as KSV 077 in 2010. It was preserved for us following the 2015 hard drive crash by our very good friend Bruno Bissonette. (Cheers, BB!)

The second, Sylvie Coale's Uproar, Outbursts and Candid Gestures, emanates from our shadow series and was created in parallel to the KSV narrative (as KSV 310) in 2014. It is being released for the first time.

Both are available as digital downloads or physical editions.



Saturday, December 03, 2016

Tom Smith: Mechanical and Visceral Form - triple lathe-cut vinyl LP - available NOW

Dear Humans (and other accidental entities),

Those of us at KSV HQ sufficiently awake this bloody cold morning are pleased to announce the release of Tom Smith's new album for the Verlag, a triple lathe-cut vinyl set titled Mechanical and Visceral Form. Consisting of tracks selected from Tom's archive of recordings made between 2013-2015 at the Institut für Wohlklangforschung in Hannover, the set, limited to 13 copies, was monaurally mastered and cut in real time by To Live and Shave in L.A.'s Rat Bastard at Dan Hosker in Miami Beach. The sound quality, especially for lathe-cut vinyl, is astounding. Engineered by the Institut's Willi Dammeier, composed and performed by Tom Smith, and mixed and produced by Willi and Tom, the six pieces function as encrypted messages from a far less banal future. Non-idiomatic progress is indeed possible.

€40 postpaid via PayPal or direct from KSV Bandcamp. The digital edition is available for only €9. The vinyl iteration comes with a complementary download code.

Best to all,


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

TLASILA at the Institut, Hannover

A little over a year ago, TLASILA entered the Institut to record the album now known in its final, pre-release form as The Death Truth. Post-production continued for the better part of seven months, but the four compositions that were shaped from the hours of improvisations laid down for the album are among the best we've ever done. (At least from this very biased perspective.) You'll eventually have a chance to weigh in on its merits - I haven't tried to shop it, nor was I all that convinced that it was as extravagantly good as I now believe it to be. It's about lost friends - some lost to madness, others, as the title suggests, to oblivion. We tracked it in a long afternoon session, and I returned eight or nine times to work with Willi Dammeier (the Instutut's owner) to shape and cut and erase and re-work the long blocks of sound into totems of dread. Rat, Graham, Lucas and I provided the instrumentation - Balazs was away in Hungary for that leg of the tour and was unable to return in time for the session. Here are a few pix from September 20th, 2015.


(Lucas Abela.)

 (Willi Dammeier and Rat Bastard.)

(Graham Moore, Lucas, and Rat.)

(Lucas, Rat, and Tom Smith.)

(Lucas and Rat in the control room.)

(TLASILA, live at Sturmglocke in Hannover, Germany, September 20, 2015. Background, Graham, Tom and Lucas. Foreground, Rat.)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Merkwürdig Riechnerv: Stumpf, Hannover, 15. Oct


Merkwürdig Riechnerv has been back for about six months after a lengthy layoff. We've been rehearsing a new set during this juncture, and we'll debut it on Saturday, October 15th in support of our friends Sudden Infant at Stumpf here in Hannover.

Here's the flyer promoting our participation. (Click for a larger image.)

Karsten Fecht's always worthy Hull Curve project will also be on the bill.

Grab a seat in the wheel well of a transatlantic jet and we'll use your carcass for an ottoman on Saturday!


Sunday, October 09, 2016

KSV Bandcamp: Archival Releases Available Now for Free

Hi Again,

In case you hadn't heard, you can latch onto scores of archival Karl Schmidt Verlag releases via our Bandcamp site. The majority are free, and new albums appear with a drunken sort of frequency.

Just added:


Tom / Karl

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Eros + Mass = Lice Billionaire...

(Amended October 9, 2016.)

Marhabaan und achtung!

Take a gander at each of the six album covers contained in the snap-front pouch that protects KSV 404: T/SMS - Lice Billionaire: USA 2013 from the heavier elements:

Disc One: Atticus Bar, Jacksonville (21 Dec 13)

(Click the images for a full-sized view.)

Disc Two: Uncle Lou's, Orlando (22 Dec 13 )

Disc Three: Fresh Produce, Macon (24 Dec 13, with Patrick Spurlock)

Disc Four: Eyedrum, Atlanta (27 Dec 13, with Kevin Dunn)

Disc Five: Lice Billionaire

Disc Six: Impartial Agents (Lice Version)

Six discs. Six sleeves. Over 330 minutes of music. €31, postpaid.



Friday, October 07, 2016

Stench Day Bonus: New Releases from KSV...

(Amended October 8, 2016.)


It's been almost nine months. We haven't been completely successful - of the 370-odd albums issued by Karl Schmidt Verlag between October 2009 and March 2015, we've only been able to rescue and restore 330. I'm astounded that our efforts were so successful - we recovered 90% of everything we'd lost. This would have been impossible without the assistance of Bruno Bissonette, Michael Bruns, Patrick Spurlock, Wouter von Jaspers, and Andreas Brüning. Thanks are also due to Robert West, who volunteered the use of his KSV collection.

As the eighth anniversary of Karl Schmidt Verlag approaches, we've decided to embark on a dual new release and digital archival campaign. We've returned. The releases you'll find below are available now and ready to ship. Your continued interest, patience and extraordinary kindness are very much appreciated.

To Live and Shave in L.A., KSV, and yours truly are committed to sounds, images and ideas that pummel the present and provide an ascent - however unsteady - into a revelatory future. Nightmarish interludes are on the house. It's good (or at least amusingly awkward) to have you along for the G-force crush.

The older new stuff, most of which was planned for release in 2015 but pulled when the master hard drive died, has been remastered and remixed, sometimes from the ground up. The only wholly new release is the T/SMS set, and its master recordings were made in 2013. The next thirty or so releases will clear the pre-crash backlog queue. New works will be interspersed. Note: our artists have been patient. We salute their obeisance! 

Here's the rundown:

(KSV 184) Interim - Round Trip for the Buffer (2011, 2016 restoration)

01 Swanin’s Abasement (21:22)
02 Round Trip for the Buffer (32:46)

Interim: O: Quincy / L. Denton - electronics and tape

Composed / performed / mixed / produced by Interim.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at the Slab, Cluj.
Design: A Bassinet, Bilbao.


(KSV 352) Oøn - Urmgleck 219 (2013, remixed and remastered 2016)

01 Urmgleck 219 (47:39)

Oøn: Onufri and Xhafa. 
Recorded Turin 2013. 
Mastered LV&U, Cluj. Sleeve: Proctor @ MAO. 


(KSV 353) Reatsstr - Glo-Ruts (2013, remixed and remastered 2016)

01 Glo-Ruts (44:11)

Composed, performed, recorded and produced by Reatsstr.
Mixed in Berlin by Eminescu. Mastered by Sarma.
Reatsstr: Ion Russo and Mihai Doga (electronics, percusion, tape)
Design: Zeltset @ Shelf Union.

Here's the A3 wraparound poster sleeve for Glo-Ruts:


(KSV 354) Péret - Rothenberg 9-4 (2013, remixed and remastered 2016)

01 Rothenberg 9-4 (53:38)

Péret: Julie Bazin et Katja Fregatte
Recorded / produced Paris 2013
Mastering: LV&U. Sleeve: Seghers


(KSV 368) To Live and Shave in L.A. - The Tall Ma'rib with Coalition Skin (2014, remixed and remastered 2016)

01 The Most Thin Missile Destroys for Beauty (59:59)

TLASILA: Tom Smith, Tigra Derougement, Bill Orcutt, and Oscar Perez.

Recorded by Rat Bastard at Churchill’s, Miami, April-October 1993.

Edited, mixed and produced by Tom Smith.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at the Slab.
Design: Betawi @ TVRI, Atrakaj.


(KSV 404) T/SMS - Lice Billionaire: USA 2013 (6xCD)

Disc One: Atticus Bar, Jacksonville (21 Dec 13)
Disc Two: Uncle Lou's, Orlando (22 Dec 13)
Disc Three: Fresh Produce, Macon (24 Dec 13)
Disc Four: Eyedrum, Atlanta (27 Dec 13)
Disc Five: Lice Billionaire
Disc Six: Impartial Agents (Lice Version)

Total Time: 335 minutes and 18 seconds.

Composed and performed by Tom Smith, with Patrick Spurlock (Disc Three) and Kevin Dunn (Disc Four).
Sleeve: Maciunas @ Cadre.


Pricing: the T/SMS set is €31. The others are €9. Postage is included. PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com. Forgot to mention: if you want all six releases, you can have them for €65, postpaid globally. Each album limited to an edition of 20.

Off soon to hang some posters for the upcoming Sudden Infant / Hull Curve / Merkwürdig Riechnerv show. Enjoy the remainder of an already very odd weekend! 


Thursday, October 06, 2016

Karl Schmidt Verlag: These Six New Releases Will Be Made Available Tomorrow

Left to right, top, then bottom: (KSV 184) Interim - Round Trip for the Buffer; (KSV 404) T/SMS - Lice Billionaire: USA 2013 (6xCD set); (KSV 368) To Live and Shave in L.A. - The Tall Ma'rib with Coalition Skin (revised edition); (KSV 354) Péret - Rothenberg 9-4; (KSV 352) Oøn - Urmgleck 219, and (KSV 353) Reatsstr - Glo-Ruts.

Details Friday afternoon!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Holo Sounds 2

The Holo Sounds 2 festival kicks off this Thursday at the Artur Boskamp Stiftung in Hohenlockstedt. Day 1 will be devoted to workshops and symposia, Days Zwei e Tres to music, and Day 4.0001, presumably, to hangover research. I'll be straight keelhaulin on the 29th as T/SMS. Looking forward to peeping my pervs 1115 as well. This will be one hectic blank slate!



Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hallo, Greetz, Buongiorno!

Dear Droogz,

I've been working since January to restore the lost Karl Schmidt Verlag archive, and have been tremendously aided in this endeavor by primo aesthetes and avid collectors Bruno Bissonnette and Michael Bruns. Bruno's done most of the heavy lifting, contributing rips of nearly 100 previously lost KSV titles. Michael offered a box of 75 discs (and both USB releases), but I already had about 50 of them in my own stash. His efforts were much appreciated, however, as he owned hard-to-find alternate editions and DVD bonus materials that were wiped when the old master hard drive died in March 2015. Robert West (aka Horseshoe Bob, from KSV 060!) has also come forward with an offer of assistance, and we'll be chatting soon.

As of today, 80% of the archive has been restored.

The label has been revived - we'll have new releases next week - and all the albums we're able to access from the 2009-2015 run will be uploaded for free to KSV Bandcamp.

Sixty-nine albums are already there. Grab what you need. This weekend we added KSV 063 Screwdriver (sic) - Skewed Plural, KSV 064 Minimal Man / Peach of Immortality - Hardart Gallery, Washington, DC, November 16, 1984, and a new release, KSV 403 Hairian Nation - Double-Wide Klonvocation, my remix of the audio feed from all four days of the Republican National Shitshow.

Hope you're well.



Friday, March 25, 2016

Merkwürdig Riechen: "Kommissionslager" C-40 Available NOW!

(Amended 28 Mar 16.)

Merkwürdig Riechen began in early 2012 and flourished for two years. We died as spontaneously as we began. In retrospect, this seems to have been the best possible outcome. We released eleven albums, including three 2xCD sets and 2013's quadruple imposition I, Career Fungoid (Pt. 2). Many of you bought them, but the outside world had almost no idea, as KSV did no press or promo (as was always its/our intent).

We were pretty fucking great.

Kommissionslager, a top-down rework of our more formal 2013 studio release Extispicium, is our final release. It's available now.

€11 postpaid worldwide to tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.

Merkwürdig Riechen - Kommissionslager (BHO 09, C-40)

Andreas Brüning: bass and treatments
Luke Calzonetti: sequencer and drum machine
Tom Smith: voice, electronics, edit, mix and production

Mastered by Willi Dammeier at the Institut, Hannover.

Side A

101 Kommissionslager (Pt. 1) (15:24)

Side B

201 Kommissionslager (Pt. 2) (16:51)

Composed and performed by Merkwürdig Riechen.

c+p 2016 MR / BHO.

Note: you can listen to my preview edit (segments from each of Kommissionslager's two parts blended together) at TS/Shave/KSV Soundcloud.



Sunday, January 10, 2016

She opened strange doors that we'd never close again...

We were sitting in front of a cafe near our gate at the airport in Arrecife when I read the news. Claudia and I were in shock - we'd been listening to Blackstar just a few days before at dinner. Every few moments, another traveler would read a similar feed, and gasp. Fuck...

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