Wednesday, December 20, 2017

R.E.M., REO, Indigo, Chicago: Monthy Episode #2

Droogs,

The second monthly episode of my R.E.M., REO, Indigo, Chicago program airs tonight (2am-5am Stateside) on WGXC 90.7-FM / Wave Farm Radio. This month, hour-long tributes to both Sunny Murray and Z'ev, a half-hour curated by Miami Beach's Holly Hunt, a new episode of I Can Help (during which Prurient's interminable Rainbow Mirror is reduced to a neat and tidy thirty seconds), and brand-new music from Aaron Dilloway, Merkwürdig Riechnerv, and To Live and Shave in H.H. Plus a couple of German things (Borsig Werke, Gerhard Rühm) tossed in for good luck. Stream, wait for a rebroadcast, or remain ignorant - your choice!

 Yours,

TS

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New Release Alert from Karl Schmidt Verlag!

Friends,

Apologies for being a bit lazy over at Karl Schmidt Verlag - I‘ve only been able to summon the strength to release THIRTY-NINE new and archival albums. Sloth, cruel sloth. Many of those in the latter category were thought lost in the wake of the 2015 hard drive crash which nearly destroyed KSV. Some belong to our expanding parallel series, in which long-deleted early releases are supplanted by works from emerging outsider artists. Modesty demands the truth: those of recent vintage are rather extraordinary. Or, if you prefer, “good,” especially compared to normal vanilla good. There are seven or so more to post (including a seven-disc Peach of Immortality compilation); I’ll be offering discount bulk packages for enthusiasts who want to go deep. Check back on Wednesday for info.

Yours,

Tom






Saturday, July 22, 2017

Update!

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!


Best,

Tom

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We Prevent It from Happening!

Droogs,

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,

Tom


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Merkwürdig Riechnerv: New Trio Debut This Saturday

Droogs,

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.

Best,

TS


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.

Yours,

Tom 


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Episode 014 Is LIVE

Droogs,

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.

Best,

Tom

Saturday, February 18, 2017

KSV 409: Consumer-Ready!

KSV 409: Merkwürdig Riechnerv's No Knife to Twist is available now for digital cogitation and limited-ed CD levitation via KSV Bandcamp. Run tither.

TS



Friday, February 17, 2017

Merkwürdig Riechnerv: Concert Saturday / New Album on KSV

Hi Again,

Andreas Brüning and I are Merkwürdig Riechnerv, and we're performing tomorrow evening at the Oberdeck in Hannover. I'm sure you're all just around the corner from our little venue and we look forward to seeing you there!


Our debut KSV album, No Knife to Twist, will be released to coincide with the performance.


Drop in should your particle accelerator reassemble your atoms in Linden-Mitte!

Yours,

Tom

Approach to Fear: Regeneration

Hello Again,

Coming soon from Karl Schmidt Verlag and sister imprint Belgian Home Optimisation, Approach to Fear: Regeneration, a compilation featuring Aaron Dilloway, Admiral Grey, Andy Ortmann, Bass (feat. Andreas Brüning), Blood Quartet (feat. Mark Cunningham), Bromp Treb, Charles Hayward, Chaser, David Moon, Don Fleming, Fureau Keel Vril, Gebrochene Beine, George Cremaschi, GoV (feat. Tim Dahl and Nondor Nevai), Graham E Moore, Gregory Jacobsen, Howard D Stelzer, Id M Theft Able, Jason Lescalleet, Jon Lipscomb, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Lasse Marhaug, Lucas Abela, Maskara, Matt Mitchell, Mei Zhiyong, Julie Huntington, ONO, Patrick Spurlock, Robert Turman, Sharlyn Evertsz, Silk Purse, Taiwan Housing Project, Tara Pattenden, The Moores (feat. Gene Moore and Thurston Moore), Three Eyed Makara, Three Legged Race, Tim Lane Seaton, To Live and Shave in L.A., Tom Smith (yours truly), Weasel Walter, Wolf Eyes, Woutr von Jaspers, Helge Meyer, Malocculsion, Balazs Pandi, Holly Hunt, Arvo Zylo, Bob Bellerue, Hari Hardman, Leather Husk, Matt Mottel, Patrick Hughes, Steven Flato, The Karmakumulator, Instinct Primal, W. Ravenveer, and a gaggle of stragglers who had legitimate reasons for missing the February 15th deadline.


Release date will be mid-April. Two C-90 cassettes (with download codes), digital downloads and streaming via Bandcamp.

Hope all of you are well and ready to be provoked!

Best,

TS

Sunday, January 15, 2017

We, Dreaming Penumbras...

Day Fifteen.

Detective killed families, hungry, poking. He walked the peaches home, tasting brilliant pork...

TS




Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cemetery Feet: Plume My Dig with Intricate Tombs...

Day Fourteen.

Spark poles of wild claims - gathering recollections held within jaws, an unfocused harvest. My rectangle is a cemetery of eighths...

TS


Friday, January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Starlings, High, Acidic...

Day Twelve.

The fear, small to us, became obedient. Hated, rusted-over, crepitating peacefully in heels.

TS


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Faun Moment Lucid...

Day Eleven.

Black vista print. Unawares, fills the riddle. Vanished, drunk, wine elusive...

TS




Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Unchanged, Co-Authored...

Day Eight.

Matte essays into razor tabletop. While I read from sliced divination, re-describe third outlet...

TS


Sunday, January 01, 2017

He Keeps a Perverse Little TV Trajectory...

Hello Droogs,

2017, eh? Well, not much one can do, save obliterate.

In your own manner, GO!

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Day One.

Unchanged, even root birds.

TS





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...