Saturday, July 22, 2017

Rehab Molter!

Hello Droogs,

Superb new album coming next week from Karl Schmidt Verlag by Mauseloch. More details at the launch. We're off to the mountains for the weekend, so the weekly podcast will be postponed for a few days. The titanic Approach to Fear: Regeneration is forthcoming, as is Short Cut to Hell, the thorny, acidic, ungovernable long-form work from 2016. A formidable detour. Further additions to the KSV catalogue are imminent. The doctor says I'm all healed up from my bike accident six weeks ago. Huzzah!



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We Prevent It from Happening!


Here's a Merkwürdig Riechnerv rehearsal excerpt from a July 9, 2017 session at Rampenbunker here in Hannover. We were having PA problems but I love the compromised quality of the sound - its absence of balance strikes me as wondrous.

The trio: Andreas Brüning, Tom Smith, and Bianca Thomas.

Best, as ever,


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Merkwürdig Riechnerv: New Trio Debut This Saturday


If you should be in northern Germany this weekend, ask around. We'll be waiting. Doors open at 21:30. Music begins at 22:00.



Monday, July 17, 2017

George A. Romero...

Noooooooooooo! I'm heartbroken. Thank you, George, for your tidy industrial films, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA, SEASON OF THE WITCH, THE CRAZIES, MARTIN (!!), the epochal DAWN OF THE DEAD, KNIGHTRIDERS, CREEPSHOW, DAY OF THE DEAD (!!!), MONKEY SHINES, TWO EVIL EYES, THE DARK HALF, BRUISER, LAND OF THE DEAD (!), DIARY OF THE DEAD, and SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (best ending of any of his films). Fuck the remakes forever, fuck the billion-dollar-generating industry profiting from your genius, and long live George A. Romero, undead at last...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sleeper Cell, sans Syrup...

Dear Freaks,

Between January and April of 1994 I recorded a little under 17 hours of interrogations of my late friend and frequent sparring partner, the inimitable Doris Wishman. The tapes were made for a Psychotronic Magazine feature Michael Weldon had asked me to write, but their sound quality was so grievously compromised by the roar of my Miami Beach apartment's air conditioner that they were impossible (at least in those pre-DAW days) to redact. I transferred them a few years ago, and managed to cut through the layers of murk. I still have to pinch myself - Doris and I watched a huge chunk of her deep-fried oeuvre together. (And she directed the first TLASILA video!) Not terribly shabby. 


Pluck out your eyes and fix 'em on March 29th - she was on fire! We watched six of her films, then she regaled me for another half hour with Chesty Morgan stories. That would NEVER happen with Michael fucking Bay. You'll have to agree - DW was just too awesome for this dimension...


Excerpts from two of the tapes have been on our Soundcloud page for quite a while. Click here to listen to Doris and I discuss My Brother's Wife. Click here to eavesdrop on our chat about Double Agent 73.



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Episode 014 Is LIVE


We're up to episode fourteen of our R.E.M., REO, Indigo, Chicago pod/gramme. This week's digs are beautifully appointed - we urge you to visit our showroom! Go here.

Mixed, produced and presented by Tom Smith on July 14, 2017 at KSV HQ, Hannover.

The playlist:

01 Vice Versa - "Polanski's Macbeth" (1978-1980) (from Electrogenesis 1978-1980 compilation box, 2014)
02 Juicy the Emissary - "Attention K Mart Choppers A6" (from Attention K-Mart Choppers CD, 2017)
03 Stuart Saunders Smith - "Links No. 9 (Mosque)" (from The Links Series of Vibraphone Essays compilation CD, 2009)
04 Tuca - "Tempo glacial" (from Drácula I Love You LP, 1974)
05 The Undisputed Truth - "1990" (from Cosmic Truth LP, 1975)
06 Brötzmann, Van Howe & Bennick - "Nr. 6" (from Brötzmann / Van Howe / Bennick LP, 1973)
07 Rolf Julius - "Music for the Eyes" (1981; from Early Works Vol. 1 compilation CD, 2004)
08 I Roy - "Point Blank" (from Point Blank 7", 1977; also Blood & Fire: Hit Sounds from the Observer Station 1970-1978 compilation, 2005)
09 William Parker - "Rise Up in Sound" (from For Those Who Are, Still CD, 2015)
10 Patricia - "It Gets Worse at Night" (from Several Shades of the Same Color CD, 2017)
11 Sympathy Nervous - "Inverted Type" (from Sympathy Nervous LP, 1980)
12 Oblivians - "Jim Cole" (from Soul Food LP, 1995)
13 Witch - "Blood Donor" (from Lukombo Vibes LP, 1976; also We Intend to Cause Havoc! compilation, 2012)

and, a bonus track:

14 Rip Rig + Panic (feat. Nico) - "Pullover No Sox" (from BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session, recorded September 14, 1981) (unreleased)

I recommend you jump all over it.

Apropos of the series, here are my replies to some of the questions asked in regard to the program by a Spanish journalist in advance of TLASILA's upcoming EU mini-tour: 

1) Q: Why the name? What's its origin? 

A: It rolls particularly well off a wicked tongue. And, obviously, it uses the names of four of the most dismal, prosaic bands of all time. It's counterpoint. It's the opposite of what you will find within. 

2) Q: Why don't you talk between tracks? We're interested in your opinion. 

A: There's no need to oversell this music - it speaks for itself. I prefer immersive experiences. No need for narration. 

3) Q: Your tastes seem almost too eclectic. Why not choose a theme? 

A: Well, it should be obvious that I've no fondness for a wide swathe of sound, but I'm always scouring for new things, emerging sounds, provocative ideas, arrogant displays, and older / obscure works of which I was never aware. If that's too eclectic, then I'm guilty as charged. But, there is a theme of sorts - the abrasive, flagrantly anti-rock end of the Neue Deutsche Welle. It's music I never tire of hearing, and I've programmed quite a lot of it into the show.



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