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To Live and Shave in L.A. - Vixens of the Mortal Ring

(1998, Spite Recordings Spite 28 C-90, edition of 50, out of print; 2005, Western Blot CD-R (WBX 05A) edition of 15, different sleeve, out of print.)

(Western Blot version, October 2005.)

Two editions, with the first, in an edition of 50 issued by Spite Recordings, and the second, in an edition of 15, via my occasional Western Blot imprint. Spite, bless 'em, used pretty cheap photocopying, and the text on the sleeve and accompanying inserts was thus near-impossible to read. For the second edition, I jettisoned the found-photo motif and instead employed G'g G'z' Selbstmord. (The music, much to the audience's probable chagrin, was left unchanged, save for the many differences 'twixt versions.)

(Spite version, mid-1998.)



Side A

The Laurel Tree, London, England (18 Feb 98)

01 Soundcheck
02 Veit Harlan, Brown Dress Bob
03 Demons Hip Naltrexone with Sick

Instants Chavires, Montreuil (Paris), France (24 Feb 98)

04 Lord When I Die Please Don't Let Me Leave Behind an Unfinished Task

Microgroove Studio, Decatur (Atlanta), GA (25 Nov 97)

05 From Withers to Belly Line (version)

Dottie's, Atlanta, GA (21 Jan 97)

06 Kopenhagen Lounge

Astrocade, Philadelphia, PA (28 Oct 96)

07 I What Dampness Did

Side B

Firehouse Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (26 Apr 96)

08 Premonitory for the Premonition

The Attic, El Paso, TX (24 Apr 96)

09 He-Head the Police Obtain

Churchill's, Miami (29 Feb 96)

10 Bloated Unnnnhhhh-Ass Hard
11 Spasming Cunt Powerful His
12 Her-His Frantically Hips

The Zipperhead Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (12 July 95)

13 When My Rifle Went Sour with Preposterous Headdress

Churchill's, Miami (27 Apr 95)

14 Displaced by Double Bed


The 2005 version features a newly edited master and  a contiguous mix. Selections 8-12 were left off the second iteration due to time constraints. A great deal of dead air was excised from the original master. 

Restored at 96000Hz / 32-bit by TS.



Tom Smith - voice and electronics
Rat Bastard - bass
Ben Wolcott - oscillators


Billy Taylor (gas leak detector), Greg Chapman (casio keyboard) and Nandor Nevai (drums) (1-3)
Andy Bolus (homemade electronics) (4)
Fred Ware III (revox a77 tape deck and prepared tapes) (7)

Recorded, mixed and produced by TS 1995-1998.

Music TS & TLASILA. Texts TS.


With gratitude,



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