Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rope Cosmetology: Deeper, Deeper...

Hi Everyone,

The CP and I are nursing colds (we've had the most foul weather of late); she's been sleeping for a few hours now, and I'm sorting through the emails from our KSV designer partners, slowly adjusting and finalizing the sleeves for the 25 new releases forthcoming on the Verlag. (Music's all done. Covers aren't quite ready.) Meanwhile, the most recent five rough mixes from the Hannover vocal sessions for the new Rope Cosmetology album have been on repeat since Claudia went under. I'm on the sixth or seventh pass, and I wish those of you who feel too fucking tethered could listen along. Ropecosm is what TLASILA morphed into after the final, 2008 Euro 666 tour, and after a slew of albums, a 15-month hiatus, and the usual benign, unforeseen impediments, we seem to be very close...

TS

Dropping you this line to give you peace...

RIP Donna Summer... Sick, sick vocalist and writer in her prime. I couldn't follow her blah pop entreaties post-Moroder, but she and the München/LA axis helped kick-start the future as much (or more, if you consider the titanic 1977 single "I Feel Love") as anyone. And now, I can't stop listening to side four of the Bad Girls album, with its three astonishing songs ("Our Love," "Lucky," and "Sunset People") that foreshadowed just about everything cool (and I mean everything) that followed. Plus, her robot dance circa '78 was insanely sexy. For three years, she could do no wrong...