Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Yet another in our newly hatched series of previously offered, hurriedly axed downloads... Trap, chew, excrete...
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.
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?
(43 MB, ripped at 320 kbps, and compressed to RAR.)
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Bye for now!
(Amended April 4, 2007.)
This is the third in our recovery series of fleetingly offered, quickly deleted TLASILA rarities first posted in early 2006...
One major difference: Ben Wolcott was in fact present, but sidelined due to an equipment failure. Such difficulties were unfortunately rather familiar back in the day, as most of our gear was cobbled from frayed fat hip-hop laces and corroded flashlight batteries...
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 poky 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 -- especially 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...
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.
(Ben Wolcott, as noted above, was forced to sit out the performance...)
The concert is complete. I edited the performance into five bite-sized chunks; deafening between-song silences have been excised. We always preferred a stagger down Brevity Prospekt - thirteen minutes was about average for us. We'd crush, gulp a cup of piss, then bolt. 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 from ragged extracts just for you.
(30.5 MB, ripped at 320 kbps, and compressed to RAR.)
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