Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Brawny Docent on Dark Glitch Marvels!

Hello again,

KSV released Cody Brant's new Out the Window, Down the Street album late yesterday. Forty-three tracks, digital and physical editions. Here's the link.


Best, as ever,

Tom

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sell the kids, send the farm to live with repetitive motifs!

... and fly over to H'over to anti-anti-anti with Merkwürdig Riechnerv and guests Paula on Saturday, February 3rd at the Oberdeck.



See ya'll there!

TS

Saturday, January 27, 2018

1115 / Gebrochene Beine collaborative merger at Ruine HQ! (Or, Subverted Roentgen...)

Hey Freaks,

Very good performance tonight by the combined duos of Hannover/Hamburg’s Gebrochene Beine (“Broken Leg” for you Eng speakers) and München‘s 1115 at Ruine HQ, one of the latest spaces to push its way past the rot and mold of the mammoth Ihmezentrum, the noiseome 70s development that somehow manages to linger on well past its demolition date.





The fearless among you doubtless recognize 1115 and Gebrochene Beine from their participation in the 2017 KSV compilation Approach to Fear: Regeneration.

See you all next time,

TS

Lapping Flour...

Who‘s up for pen-palling? You know you‘re all going to abandon socmed sooner or later, so you might as well get a head start on relearning how to write with a pen and paper. Send a PM with an address, and I‘ll shoot you a postcard. Mail art, straight-up mindless blab, whatever you prefer.

TS

Friday, January 26, 2018

Rune Fop...

Just picked up the heavy stock double-sided info card that goes out with each order of the nine-disc Peach of Immortality compilation Surrealismus: Paris Prag Rockville. Flying out the door soon to a culturally-impoverished address near YOU.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Approach to Blogstitude

Hello again,

Larry Dolman over at Blastitude penned a fulsome analysis of Approach to Fear: Regeneration. To read it for yourselves, go here.

Provoke, of course, had a calming influence on the Untermodulationen of my mind in the weeks prior to Fake 45's tawdry ascendance.



Best,

TS

Monday, January 22, 2018

Leaving Social Media on January 31 (or a few days earlier or later, depending)

(Amended 28 Jan 18.) (And again on 15 Feb 18.)

Hi Again,

I've decided to take the leap and quit social media. I find it purposeless and deeply banal, a mere dopamine release mechanism. Bonuses: addiction, immense swathes of wasted time, expurgating communication to garner ephemeral approval and skew valorization, staring at one's fucking phone for hours on end. Being a whore, however, I'll not delete my various accounts altogether; they'll rest in a state of deactivation, lest lolling squatters descend.

To offer a strictly static, promo-only alternative, Karl Schmidt has established a Tom Smith artist page on Facebook. It's not much now, just a few bits of information, but it'll be updated on occasion. Go here. It has been taken down by Facebook, at least for now. I can't imagine why, but perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I'm neither a Russian bot nor white supremacist. Those social media faves always seem to survive unscathed.

The lights go out on my public Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts as soon as possible - there's a concert on the 3rd of February I'm promoting (Merkwürdig Riechnerv, with Danish/Spanish collaborative project Paula in support), and as soon as that's done, I'm over and out.

I want to get back to the blog, to unfettered writing, to human contact in the meatsphere.

And so I shall.

Yours spectacularly,

TS

15 Feb: Still harvesting data (addresses and certain posts) from FB. Deleted it, Instagram and Twitter from my devices, however. It's a slog.




Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cuddle by Nanny...

Gainsbourg et Bardot. "Bonnie and Clyde." (Watch here.) Total no-wave, 1968. "Que c'est la société / Qui m'a définitivement abîmé."


Friday, January 19, 2018

Acceding Moire Rig, Oho!

Hi Droogs,

Episode 40 of my weekly moxcast, R.E.M., REO, Indigo, Chicago, was posted this morning to KSV Bandcamp.



Here's the tracklist:

01 Klankman - Rookmachine (from 303 Day Acid Jams, 2017)
02 J. Carter - The Repetition of Purity Pt. 2 (from The Repetition of Purity Pt. 2, 2017)
03 Jasen Loveland - Paranoid Fantasy (Unlimited Mix) (from My Medicine, 2018)
04 Yilan - Defibrillator (from CJAW006, 2018)
05 Kundan Lai - Dilbar (from Periodic Perciotic, 2017)
06 Chunky - Verudela Squad (from Threats, 2017)
07 Ekman - Onomatomania 3 (from Onomatomania, 2018)
08 Alphonse - Green Grass (from Tribes of Atlantis, 2017)
09 Sprung aus den Wolken - Que pas (French version) (1981) (from Cassettencombinat: West Berlin 1980-81, 2006)
10 Minais B - As the River at Its Source (from As the River at Its Source, 2017)
11 Convextion - Summer Indoors (from Texas Instrumentals, 2017)
12 Mania D - Track Four (1980) (from Track 4, 1980)

Listen.

Best,


Tom

Radial Menus...

Hello Droids,

We're always working on something at Karl Schmidt Verlag - here's an album that should be issued, all things being as uncertain as they are, at or around the 19th of February.


Juxtapositions ticks all required boxes and is as relentless as its arrest record attests. More info when the release date nears and inevitably passes!

TS

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Friday, January 05, 2018

Bile Shill...

(Amended from the original socmed cross-post.)

To Live and Shave in L.A. This is a go for June. If the world blows up in the meantime, no prob. We'll play the ruins.



(Note: Orlando has been added. The tour will begin in Miami in mid-June and end in Atlanta during the first week of July. Specifics to come!)

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Ergo, Unloved...

Droogs,

Looks like there's going to be a new Boat Of compilation coming soon on Hitomi Arimoto's crazed 777 Was 666 label / asylum. (For those who don‘t know Boat Of - and that’d be 99.999% of humanity - we were a mixed-gender band begun and based in Athens, GA; our music was largely improvised, built around tape edits and loops, and buttressed with normal group instrumentation, with vocals inspired by glossolalia and field-hollers, all of which varied, depending on the evening or mix of personnel (as we were a fixed collective, with members brought into the fray invitation only) from gig to gig. We were way the fuck ahead of the experimental curve, and oddly enough even received a few furtive label sniffs, but disbanded following the death of co-founder Carol Levy and morphed thereafter into Peach of Immortality.) Boat Of on 777 Was 666 is an ideal fit, as everything we did between 1979-1983 likely sounded as foreign to Athenians and Atlantans as native Japanese must have seemed to a drooling frat dolt who'd matriculated to UGA from East Cobb Hate Tech. There was a posthumous 1983 compilation titled Mix Pentacost(e) on Don Fleming’s short-lived tape imprint Big Circus, but nothing released during our low-profile heyday. Pictured, a Polaroid collage of Boat Of from 1982, featuring Carol Levy, Sandra-Lee Phipps, David Gamble and yours truly loitering near the former site of the Coffee Club, a venue where we performed disorienting sets to the odd aficionado on two or three occasions. Achtung: Mike Green, Jimmy Walker, spectral luminescences of Davey Stevenson and Dominique Amet!

V. happy about this.

Best,

TS




Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Dim Arena...

Idyll: at the fitness center, working out to “Dead Finks Don’t Talk.” #itsjustadyingfiction






Approach to Fear: Regeneration in the News!

Hello,

I wrote this nearly two days ago but it's fresh enough to still be news...

"Not that it matters much in a world so riven by tumult, anxiety, violence, authoritarian stupidity and inequality, but our wee protest meow, Approach to Fear: Regeneration, was selected as the Best of 2017: Noise by Raymond Cummings and the good humanoids at Magnet. This is such nice news - I just wanted to get some of that intense post-election ANGER off my chest. Sixty-eight friends joined in, et voila. A hearty high-nine to all the contributors. Huzzah KSV!"

It's nothing to gloat about - just one writer's opinion at one magazine. Still, that writer has always been rather perceptive! (Gloating a bit, I must confess.)



What's really cool about all this is the contributors delivered 68 scintillating and solidly eclectic tracks on short notice, and their enthusiasm appears to have been at least slightly contagious. The compilation is far adrift from the usual ports of call frequented by "noise," but with respect to hardliners, sometimes a three-hour dose of outrage (in its various representative stages) feels like a block of concrete to the dome.

We've still got some of the cassettes left - almost 20. Not bad for an edition of 100 with zero hype budget behind it. Square up to it if you still feel like strapping it on. It's €25 (plus postage) for the double C90 version, and €15 for the digital edition (which comes with four bonus contributions and original, full-length takes of a handful of tracks).

Same as always: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.

Cheers,

Tom






Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year! Frohes Neues!

Hi All,

Good riddance to 2017!

We've been very busy over at Karl Schmidt Verlag, reconstructing the archive, posting restored and new titles to the Bandcamp site (over 56 during the holiday break so far), and cleaning up as much of the chaos as possible from the calamitous hard drive crash of March 2015.

A new year-long mix project will begin today, and we'll get round to editing and uploading the results of the 2016 and 2017 projects as soon as the ringing in our ears starts to fade. (We've had nearly seven continuous hours of fireworks so far.)

Here's hoping all of you have a killer 2018. There'll likely be a To Live and Shave in L.A. tour of the States (and maybe Canada) this summer, and if it goes to plan I look forward to seeing some of you there.


Best, as ever,

Tom

Merkwürdig Riechnerv: Big Show Next Saturday!

Hello again, Andreas, Bianca and I will be performing as Merkwürdig Riechnerv on the 12th at OSCO // Open Space , the indoor venue of Pla...