Saturday, March 10, 2007

Peach of Immortality - "Jehovah" My Black Ass - R.E.M. Is Air Supply! (1986)

Hello Droogs,

The second POI album received an even icier reception in the States than the first.

We wanted REM to sound like constricted Gordian clots of unstable pirate broadcast signals. All we listened to at the time was David Hykes, Diamanda Galás, Bela Bartók, Crime + City Solution, György Ligeti, and Judas Priest. We did a fuckload of acid. It showed.

Peach of Immortality recorded another fifteen (!) albums between, before, and amid Jehovah/REM and 1989's Taxi zum Shoah. We couldn't inveigle anyone to release any of them them, and we slowly faded from view.

Soldiering on, we performed a poorly attended farewell gig at Atlanta's Klaang! studio space in early 1991, had a few drinks afterward to celebrate the long, mad debacle, and quietly parted company.

I'd already stumbled over Ron Jeremy's porn parody of William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A. (in 1988, at Valdosta, Georgia's still-extant, long-bowdlerized Video Warehouse), and by May 1990 had filled four Maxwell C-60s with TLASILA demo sketches.

Met a girl, fell in love...

On moving to Miami, the POI name was retained for the handful of live gigs I performed while recording 30-mm. I made the switch to TLASILA permanent in October 1993, but everything recorded in Miami under the POI rubric was unmistakably in the vein of To Live and Shave in L.A. Same exact animal...

Peach of Immortality - "Jehovah" My Black Ass - R.E.M. Is Air Supply!

(1986, Adult Contemporary Recordings ACR 006 PRE LP.)

Availability: out of print.

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Side A

01 30 Jan 86

02 18 Jan 86 (recorded live at the Bone Club, San Antonio)

03 31 Jan 86

Side B

04 29 Dec 85

05 14 Jan 86 (recorded live at Jed's, New Orleans)

06 30 Jan 86

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Jared Hendrickson - guitar and treatments
Lowell Ginsberg - bass and treatments
Mark Shellhaas - signal manipulation
Tom Smith - tape manipulation, mix, production



(I'm giving the photographer the finger, Lowell Ginsberg is wearing the scarves, Mark Shellhaas is smiling knowingly on the right, and Jared Hendrickson - now better known as Jared Louche - has his boot in your face.)
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(Ripped from the original vinyl test pressing.)

Get it here.

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Respectfully Yours,

Tom

Peach of Immortality - Talking Heads '77

This was what I was doing - at least part of the time - 22 years ago...

Peach of Immortality - Talking Heads '77

(1985, Adult Contemporary Recordings ACR 003 LP; reissued 1996 on Fused Coil 9868-63219 CD.)

Availability: both editions long out of print.



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(This download was prepared from the 1996 reissue version, which contained one previously unreleased recording. It has been newly remastered, just for you.)

01 2 December 84
(rec'd Hardart Gallery, Washington, DC)

02 15 December 84
(rec'd d.c. space, Washington, DC)

03 20 November 84
(rec'd Hardart Gallery, Washington, DC)

04 2 December 84
(rec'd d.c. space, Washington, DC)

05 18 January 85
(rec'd d.c. space, Washington, DC; reissue bonus track)

06 24 January 85
(rec'd 9:30 Club, Washington, DC)

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(Above, a dreadful photo of the foldout wraparound poster. Just so you know, that's
Mike Green from Boat Of pictured therein. He wasn't in POI.* The top liner notes were stolen word-for-word from the second Chicago album. The bottom "thank you" bullshit was purloined from a now-forgotten metal album. And there you are - instant doom.)

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Jared Hendrickson - guitar, voice

Rogelio Maxwell - cello and treatments

Tom Smith - tape, voice, such production as there was

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(159 MB.)

Here.

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(Brilliant gay porn clip art and LED font sleeve design for the 1996 reissue by Syd Garon, a longtime friend of TLASILA, an erstwhile member of the monumentally cool Frosty, and an award-winning, busy-ass filmmaker. The folks at Fused Coil nearly shat themselves. Not happy at all. But, to their credit, they allowed us to commit suicide.)

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No explanations. We were loved by few, but time seems to have been on our side. Or, at least time finally fucking passed out.

TS

*(Mike eventually performed with POI on two occasions; in 1989 in Athens, GA, and in 1991 in Atlanta.)

Terry Fox - Berlino / Rallentando (1988)

I love this album. There. I've spilled my guts.

Interested? Hype yourself. I'm just gonna give you the goods.

Terry Fox - Berlino / Rallentando

(1988, Apollo Records AR 088807 LP.)

Availability: out of print.



Side 1

Berlino

(A compilation of prerecorded tapes of found sounds and three different piano wire instruments, a kind of aural geography of the Berlin Wall; recorded in San Francisco, Liège, and Berlin between 1978-88.)

Side 2

Rallentando

(Three piano wires, attached at one end to a metal radiator and to a wall and stairwell at the other, two cellos and a double bass; recorded live at Het Apollohuis, Eindhoven, Aug. 13, 1988.)

Created, performed and produced by Terry Fox.

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(88.8 MB, ripped at 320 kbps from the original vinyl, compressed to RAR.)

Get it here.

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String it out for all it's worth, then reel it in.

Absolve yourself.

Buy more string...

TS

Christian Marclay - Record Without a Cover

Here.