Friday, March 10, 2006

TLASILA Rarities, Part 4

(No longer available as of March 19, 2006. As always, thanks for your participation, sharing the swag, etc.)

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Live, Churchill's, Miami, Florida, Saturday, October 15, 1994.

Okay, so this isn't an album's worth of previously issued, out-of-print material. I've simply run out of time. Spring break has arrived, and although I'm not traveling out of the state (I'll be writing papers instead), I will be away from my high-speed broadband connection for a week. (Cyn's DSL is pokey by comparison; uploading is basically impossible.)

These caveats and gripes noted, please accept this remastered, newly buffed, previously unissued, minimally edited TLASILA concert as a token of our affection and appreciation.

It was a great time for us musically, but the recording industry -- epecially within its devoutly, self-professedly independent sub-sectors -- was already showing signs of aversion to assimilation. In retrospect, this augured well for us. At the time, however, it was a source of great annoyance. We wanted to be heard.

Ben Wolcott joined the group in September of 1994, but for reasons no longer remembered (perhaps a scheduling conflict with a film production), he was unable to be with us on the evening of the 15th. Thus, the relative rarity of this performance...

We'd only recently wrapped Prostitution Heute!, the follow-up to 30-minuten männercreme, and had begun tracking our second full-length album, the ill-fated "Helen Butte" vs. Masonna Pussy Badsmell.

Michael Bull's Nightcap label sundered before Heute could be issued, and "Helen Butte" would ultimately be discarded by Ann Arbor's Bulb Records before washing ashore at Full Contact, a (very) short-lived subsidiary of Fifth Column. Those were miserable experiences, but they provided valuable lessons...

Rat Bastard played the bass. I sang and created the backing tapes.

Ariya Okomoto (then a member of Miami dream-pop cabal Snatch the Pebble) was the live engineer; he recorded the set for us.

The concert is complete. I edited the performance into five bite-sized chunks, but otherwise, thirteen minutes was about average for us. We crushed, then bolted. No mucking about.

01 I Suppress Nothing

02 Wanna Bust Up a Virgin Ass?

03 Modified Stock

04 58, Pumphand

05 Moschino Powerslum

06 "Free Bird" loop (bonus)

"I Suppress" and "Wanna Bust Up" would surface on Butte. Studio versions of "Modified", "Pumphand", and "Moschino" were recorded for Prostitution Heute! The "Free Bird" loop is exactly what you might expect, and it was made today, just for you.

File size: 30.5 MB / Ripped at 320 kbps / Total time: 13:17

Enjoy (if possible), share, etc. The previously announced posting sked will resume after the university break, on March 20...

Best,

Tom