Thursday, January 01, 2015

Always Better to Be First Among One's Multiples...

Good Afternoon from Tallahassee.

December 31, 2014: I took the first- and second-ever PiL bootlegs out for a stroll. For all the endless format/quality yammering over the 36 years since these albums were issued, it's no surprise that half-focused audience recordings have always instilled the most profound thrills. Nubes was particularly inspiring. During Keith Levene's lacerating solo in "Theme," you can hear a Rainbow Theatre audience member (presumably standing near the taper) wilt and crumble with an agonized "Aaaauugghhhhhh!" Sounds no one had ever before heard. I've since acquired (near) soundboard editions of their first ten gigs, but these, my friends, engendered mystery...

TLASILA 25/365: Loop #001


It'll be twenty-five years in May. Twenty-seven since I first saw the absurd VHS artwork for Ron Jeremy's profoundly noncommittal To Live and Shave in L.A. in the backroom of a smallish university town's lone semi-progressive video barn. I knew it was perfect. Drearily high, appallingly low. An incorruptible precursor. We've not been proved wrong.

In celebration, one new mix or loop (or multiples of same) per day for 365 days.

This is # 001.

Best,

Tom