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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

4102 Emanating!

A very important message from the future: twelve new releases from Karl Schmidt Verlag are gagged and bagged for immediate misinterpretation.

 Limited editions of 15. (The T/SMS live album is offered in a slightly less limited edition of 30.)

Single-disc releases benefit from our 2008-2009 pricing scheme in gratitude for your continued support during this, KSV's fifth anniversary year.

Eurozone, €7.49 postpaid. Elsewhere, €9 postpaid.

PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com


KSV 327 OTI Vnod - Circling the Ring

KSV 328 Scurt Sel feat. Babara Cimeno Mock - Anti-Ornament vs. Genital Panic

KSV 329 Merkwürdig Riechen / Helge Meyer - Kraniche, Hamburg, 8. Juni

KSV 330 Arabelle SP - KNB Niler 9

KSV 331 Born in Blues Control - Oberdeck (25. Juni)

KSV 332 Kefáli Tzitzíkia - Ki̱fí̱nas


KSV 333 Oρθόδοξος (Orthódoxos) - Ιερά φυματίωση (Ierá Fymatío̱si̱, or Holy Tuberculosis)

KSV 334 Konzertpublikum - Friese, 27. Juli

KSV 335 Jenny Graf - Oberdeck, Hannover, 1. Aug

KSV 336 Fedoras' Molds - Tapetenmotte

KSV 337 Mit weichen Knien - Zuckersüßes Lächeln

KSV 380 T/SMS - Live, FSK, Hamburg (5 Jun 14)

 More info to be fleshed out tomorrow. Off to bed...



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Karl Schmidt Verlag: May-June Postscript

Hi Again,

All outstanding orders have shipped. I remain grateful to those of you waited patiently for your swag while I was abroad (Stateside) for my mother's funeral.

Likewise, to those cognizant of the mercurial dynamic of To Live and Shave in L.A., a sincere thank-you for allowing me and the other members of our collective to gut out the news of Chris Grier's passing.

It's been an emotional six weeks - cheers for being cool.


We'll have twelve new limited-edition releases available for immediate shipment on Tuesday.

Below, the customary collage. Pore over it at your leisure. Editions of 15 for each, save the new T/SMS. We're leaving that one slightly more open-ended.

Achtung: There are still quantities of the Ruine 1974-2014 set available, although only ONE copy of the deluxe iteration (with 48-page booklet).

Best, as ever,


Friday, July 11, 2014

Requiescat in pace Chris Greer...

Chris Grier, a brother-in-arms with To Live and Shave in L.A. from 2003 through 2007, died last night. He suffered a pulmonary embolism, engendered by a clot in his left leg. Chris had the presence of mind to call 911, but when paramedics arrived they found him unresponsive. Our friend was pronounced dead at Brooklyn Hospital. Damn, damn.

Many obituaries, most of which were adapted from the version first published early this morning in the Wondering Sound blog. It's not entirely accurate, but no sense in quibbling.

There's just nothing one can say. It's dreadful. 

Rest in peace, Chris.

(To Live and Shave in L.A., live at the Avant Gentlemen's Lounge, Philadelphia, on May 11, 2007. Left to right: Ben Wolcott, Chris Grier, Tom Smith, Graham Moore, and Rat Bastard. Photo by unidentified audience member.)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

TLASILA: New Album Preview!

Hi Again,

Here's a five-minute teaser mix of the new To Live and Shave in L.A. album, Words Fist Fractures. Recorded by TLASILA (Tom Smith [yours truly], Rat Bastard, Ben Wolcott, Mark Morgan, Graham Moore, Gaybomb, Balazs Pandi, Patrick Spurlock, Julie Huntington, and Ralf Wehowsky) from late 2013 to June 2014, and mixed and produced by Tom at KSV, Hannover, in July 2014. Mastering by Willi Dammeier at the Institut, Hannover. Coming in August via Belgian Home Optimisation.

Hang tight,


Insignia, Filth, Sobs Heavy...

Wrapping the final mixdowns for the forthcoming new T/SMS (instrumental) 12" and its gallingly vocal-slathered sister LP with Willi Dammeier at the Institut here in Hannover. Both are sick fucking donkeys...

Friday, July 04, 2014

T/SMS Review / TS Recent Works Overview...

Hi Again,

Killer essay re T/SMS and concurrent fisticuffs, courtesy BRCM. Find it here.

All the best,


Thursday, July 03, 2014

International Noise Conference 2014: Hannover!

The venue has been booked. Supporting artists are signing up to participate. The Squelchers will come to Stumpf!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Words Fist Fractures...

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Words Fist Fractures. New C-60 coming soon via Belgian Home Optimisation. (BHO 06, as a matter of fact.) Lineup isn't so bad, stuffed with TLASILA alum and two ridiculously talented guests: Tom Smith (yours truly, also T/SMS, Rope Cosmetology), Rat Bastard (also Laundry Room Squelchers, the long-running International Noise Conference series), Ben Wolcott (also Oscillator), Balazs Pandi (also many, many current projects, including Rope Cosmetology) Mark Charles Morgan (also Key of Shame and the late, great Sightings), Graham Moore (also the Blossoming Noise label and current projects X Narrative and Cursory), Joseph Andrew Barranca (aka Gaybomb), Patrick Spurlock (also Of Gods and Men), and our friends Julie Huntington (The Galen, The Hercules, Sucking Co-Eds and more), and Ralf Wehowsky (the mighty P16.D4). Yup.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Breath to False Sinogrime!

Forthcoming from Belgian Home Optimisation: (BHO 05) Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson x Tom Smith - Breath to False Sinogrime. This C-30 will be off to the sweat shop shortly and should be unsteadily nestled in your grubby mitts by mid-July. Siggi provided the vocal sounds, while I jabbed the synths. All live. It's an ear-splitting ode to carnivorous joy...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

KSV Returns to Work...

Hi All,

The jetlag has lifted, and work schedules have bequeathed sufficient free time, so we're back to the soft grind here at Karl Schmidt Verlag HQ / To Live and Shave in L.A. Zentrale.

The final, press-ready layout of the 48-page booklet accompanying the limited obsessives' edition of KSV 375, Tom Smith - Ruine 1974-2014, was completed and sent to the printer on Wednesday. Last remaining orders will ship tomorrow, or Saturday morning at the very latest. We'll have a few extra copies of Ruine (both budget and deluxe iterations) in reserve for latecomers.

Of course, a raft of new releases bobs erratically on the horizon. We just got back and we're already behind...

Best, as ever,


Friday, June 20, 2014

We're Back...

Hi Again,

I've returned from the States. My mother, Eunice, died on the evening of the 2nd. She was one helluva woman.

The flight to Atlanta was extraordinarily difficult. Drank several glasses of KLM's best cabin red, just enough to transmute the horrific squalling from a quadraphonic array of screeching infants into a gushing wellspring of dark humor. At the airport to greet me, Graham Moore. With Rat Bastard in tow. Didn't anticipate that one. We decamped to a bar in the Little Five Points district and drank while waiting for another TLASILA alumnus, Patrick Spurlock, to arrive. (Patrick had graciously agreed to cart me south to the ancestral estate - I was in no mental condition to pilot any sort of vehicle. The booze only managed to level my mood.) On the spot, the old disagreements were brushed aside. There's just not enough time in life to harbor insipid grudges.

So... To Live and Shave in L.A. will return. New recordings will appear this year, and continue thereafter. Our first tour will take place in April or May of 2015. The lineup, baring the usual schedule fluctuations: Rat, Graham, Mark Morgan, Balazs Pandi, and myself, with Ben Wolcott (if he can leap a few hurdles), Gaybomb (if we can swing it logistically), and a pair of serious heavyweights who've expressed interest in taking part (but whose participation might not be possible, due to the tedious whims of pragmatic necessity - you can't fit ten people and a raft of gear into a tour van).

Karl Schmidt Verlag has been on hiatus since my departure. We have outstanding orders to ship. Once those have been sent out, another round of new releases will be announced.

Sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to express their condolences.

Best wishes,