Sunday, March 19, 2006

TLASILA Rarities, Part 6

(Pulled March 25. Sorry - we've exceeded our bandwidth. Thanks for downloading!)

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Live, Southgate House, Newport, Kentucky, Sunday, September 12, 2004.

Rat Bastard, small electronics and radio; Don Fleming, guitar and backing vocals; Mark Morgan, guitar and backing vocals; Tom Smith, vocals; Andrew W.K., drums and electronic treatments; Ben Wolcott, oscillator. Majordomo: Chris Grier.

Recorded by CG on stereo mini-disc; remastered and edited by TS at Western Blot 3/06...

Lovely venue, a raft of excellent groups arrayed in support, Sonore (Peter Brötzmann, Mats Gustafsson, and Ken Vandermark) performing upstairs prior to the show, and... a disappointingly small turnout.

Humbled, we had but one option: r*ck the f*ck out.

Started nodding at the afterparty; comandeered someone's bed and snored blissfully until morning. CG scored, however...

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01 Row Houses

02 Dignity Overnight

03 Pictures at an Exhibition

04 Party Hard (audience recitation)

05 Ideas Make Men Hard

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File size: 80.7 MB / Ripped at 320 kbps / Total time: 35:14

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TS

Lief-Budd Hurls the Row...

Since returning from Spring Break I've been ensconsed in the library - eleven bloody hours were spent squinting there yesterday. Haven't watched much television programming in the last few weeks (apart from the Daily Show and peripheral skeins), but this morning I sat with my (sadly, very frail) dad while he mulled the inanities posed by the woeful Wolf Blitzer on CNN's Late Edition. Fucking Christ... At a time when Jon Stewart can elicit big laughs from an audience by merely projecting a photograph of Bush, it's astonishing that anyone, anywhere, can be bothered to carry water for the Administration. (Fox News excluded, of course. They're locked in for long-term abrasion.) Still, the Sunday blabfests insist on a thorough massaging of delusion. (For example, on CBS's Face the Nation, Dick Chaney asserted "I think we are going to succeed in Iraq; I think the evidence is overwhelming." The VP's oft-posited claim was then debated - without irony - on subsequent programs, including Blitzer's.) At some point, blood began to boil. (Maybe it was some sort of feral, sympathetic reaction to the okra bubbling away in the kitchen.) We determined that we'd seen just about enough. My father wisely switched to TV Land's Sanford and Son marathon, and I leapt over the sofa to grab my laptop. Next stop, International Herald Tribune...

Below, please find the first few grafs of William Pfaff's "If Bush Ruled the World" editorial. It's a free read, so I'll forgo the usual flood of text.

"Intellectual poverty is the most striking quality of the Bush administration's new National Security Strategy statement, issued on Thursday. Its overall incoherence, its clichés and stereotyped phraseology give the impression that Stephen Hadley, the national security adviser, and his fellow authors assembled it from the boilerplate of bureaucratic discourse with contempt for the Congress to whom it is primarily addressed.

It reveals the administration's foreign policy as a lumpy stew of discredited neoconservative ideas with some neo- Kissingerian geopolitics now mixed in.

The statement's only visible purpose is to address a further threat to Iran, as its predecessor, in 2002, threatened Iraq. The only actual "strategy" that can be deduced from it is that the Bush administration wishes to rule the world. The document is nonsensical in content, insulting to other nations and unachievable in declared intention.

If people read it to find a statement of American foreign policy's objective, they will learn that the United States has "the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world." Good luck..."

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Smash Your Head Against the Wall,

TS

TLASILA Rarities, Part 5

(Pulled March 25. Sorry - we've exceeded our bandwidth. Thanks for downloading!)

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Live, Churchill's, Miami, Thursday, September 15, 1994.

Here's a previously unreleased TLASILA performance, one of the first featuring Ben Wolcott attempting to tame his often ungovernable oscillator. To these (obviously biased) ears, his efforts seemed extraordinary, a perfect compliment to Rat's unrelenting wall of distorted, fucked-out fuzz. As Ben helped to pry open our sound, we responded by bearing down on the sounds themselves, by more studiously examining their strata. Those were very exciting times...

Apart from the band, an unusually desultory Bill Orcutt, a random skinhead, and Churchill's late-evening bar staff, no one appears to have been in the club. O, fame, begone!

Rat Bastard, bass; Ben Wolcott, oscillator; Tom Smith, voice and tapes. Live engineering by Ariya Okomoto; mixed at Sync Studio, Miami 10/94 by TS.

The set has been remastered from the original Sync DAT mix, and edited into song-specific chunks. Otherwise, it's unexpurgated, presented as originally recorded.

"Out with the Shirt on My Back" and "Neu/Stipe Stüssy Pact" were written prior to the recording of 30-mm. Although they were frequently performed between 1992 and '94, they never found a proper album berth. (In fact, this gig may well have been the last time we assayed them in public.) The other five songs appear on "Helen Butte" vs. Masonna Pussy Badsmell.

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01 Intro

02 Lock of Gut Twine

03 Out with the Shirt on My Back

04 "American Car"

05 Neu/Stipe Stüssy Pact

06 Gone and Bitched Up

07 I Suppress Nothing

08 Wanna Bust Up a Virgin Ass?

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File size: 43.0 MB / Ripped at 320 kbps / Total time: 18:41

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As this post uploads, the previous offerings are being withdrawn. Thanks for your kind participation and generous feedback. Mucho obligado.

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TS