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To Live And Shave In L.A. - The Grief That Shrieked To Multiply [3 CDs + Download]

Various Artists: To Live And Shave In L.A. - The Grief That Shrieked To Multiply [3 CDs + Download] (Monotype)

TLASILA was an experimental music collective founded in 1990 by composer Tom Smith; this 3 CD + download releases finds a massive cast of artists restructuring the improvisations from the "Noon and Eternity" album into a massive 240 minute work.

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Howard Stelzer

Blevin Blectum


Alexei Borisov

Carlos Giffoni

Truth Serum

Aaron Dilloway

Core of the Coalman

Curt Newton

Andy Ortmann

Otto Von Schirach

16 Bitch Pileup

Isaac Linder

Philippe Petit

Medroxy Progesterone Acetate

Hull Curve

Krapoola & Noish


Astrid Hagenguth & Pit Noack

Sickboy Milkplus


Dave Philips

Anton Nikkila

Dylan Nyoukis

Torstein Lavik Larsen


Richard Devine

Terminal 11

Sudden Infant

Panagiotis A. Stathis

Ulle Matzen


Diego Castro Magas

Rudolf's R&G


Weasel Walter

Family Battle Snake

Thee Majesty

Tree Creature

Don Fleming

Olga Nosova

The Teknoist

Achim Wollscheid

Wouter Jaspers

Patrick Spurlock

Alexandr Kibanov

C. Spencer Yeh

Chrissy Murderbot

Jared Louche

William Fowler Collins

Komora A

Stefan Roigk

Don Hassler

Andreas Bruning

Graham Moore & Nutchild



Torturing Nurse


Kevin Drumm

Evil Moisture

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UPC: 5908310927459

Label: Monotype
Catalog ID: mono056
Squidco Product Code: 17925

Format: 3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Poland
Packaging: 3 CDs in a cardstock gatefold sleeve
Recorded on various dates at different locations.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

TLASILA lyrics:

What can you bench? The lie of penury.

Who are your heroes? Enclosed space, blank canvas.

The actual books or the audio versions? All this talk of taverns makes me yearn for sand.

Do you remember learning to cycle? Horses had to be pulled.

What sorts of music are most popular for therapeutic purposes? Depressed keys produced no sound.

Behold, the one true sarcoma, To Live and Shave in L.A.! What incisive analyses might one parse from their extraordinary reign of failure? Are there epidemiological verities to be pried from the sludge? Why should anyone care about anything they did? WHY?

Because of their commitment to a particularly inflexible strain of aestheticism. They were beyond adamantine. There was no hermeneutic metric for the maleficent slab that was To Live and Shave in L.A.

They refused.

"Genre is obsolete!" maintained their founder and leader, Tom Smith. Sound for his imperious, peremptory, fantastically arrogant cabal was no lustrous totem of antiquity; the notion of artistic "authenticity" itself was branded as mere sentimentality, a woeful expedience. Theirs was not a music of comfort. The ultimate goal of To Live and Shave in L.A. was the null set - the unnegotiable precipice.

Simply writ, TLASILA was a transcendent cultural critique. Smith loathed as few have dared. (No misanthropist, he - his intolerance was reserved for the edifice.) The apogee? Works of unparalleled, unapproachable complexity, high-water marks of fractured acoustics and convulsive, hyper-literate declamation - their metier was hysteria; revulsion as pharaoric talisman. And, of course, they often failed.


To Live and Shave in L.A. was begun by Tom Smith in May 1990 in Adel, Georgia, USA. (Other, conflicting dates abound on the Internet, but May 1990 is the definitive moment of conception.)

The initial TLASILA demos (tracked through July '90) established a rough template for all that was to follow.

More professional recording and conceptual fine-tuning (1991- 1992) accelerated the process.

By March of 1993, live performances - exceedingly chaotic, poorly attended affairs - commenced.

The earliest of these featured Smith performing solo, armed only with a cassette deck and a sheathe of hand-scrawled texts.

(The majority of the post-demo, 1991-1993 sessions and performances were undertaken using the Peach of Immortality name, owing to a contractual agreement Smith had entered into with ne'er-do-well logo Noiseville. They bare no resemblance to POI proper (1984-1989), however, and no "Miami POI" recordings were ever issued. All were released as TLASILA recordings. When Noiseville went bankrupt in September 1993, Smith reverted to the TLASILA name.)

The first members of TLASILA were friends from Miami Beach - Rachel "Lady Tigra" Derougement, erstwhile member of Miami Bass-inflected pop-rap duo L'Trimm, budding filmmaker Oscar Perez, and party scene habitue Tracie Phillips.

(This quartet, accompanied by Smith's fiancee, Angela Terrell, collaborated with legendary sexploitation director Doris Wishman in 1993 on the "Spatters of a Royal Sperm" video.)

By the late autumn of 1993, Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra, who more often than not could be found ensconced behind the mixing board at Churchill's, the sleazy breeding ground where To Live and Shave in L.A., Harry Pussy, and a motley fistful of other artists aired their neuroses, slowly joined forces with Smith.

Bastard recorded dozens of early TLASILA performances; by the end of the year, he had joined the group.

Smith's marriage in November 1993 provided the nascent ensemble a period of respite.

During the break, TLASILA's debut album, "30-minuten männercreme," was assembled.

It was issued on Smith's Love Is Sharing Pharmaceuticals imprint in July 1994.

Electronics wunderkind Ben Wolcott came aboard in late summer of '94.

Many other recordings, performances and tours followed.

By 1996, the group, now a burgeoning collective, ventured into Europe for a series of feral, heretical, often wholly shambolic performances, primarily witnessed by displeased bartenders and rough gangs of noise enthusiasts.

TLASILA's 1999 "free-glam" trek across the USA attracted a tremendous amount of attention, cementing the reputation of the ensemble (for both good and ill).

In 2000, after an unprecedentedly demonic performance in Brooklyn, the group sundered.

While Smith retreated to his Western Blot studio assemble a final mix of "The Wigmaker in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg" album, a plague of TLASILA spin-off groups appeared: there were two TLASILA 2 ensembles, a TLASILA 3, TLASILA 1975, I Live in L.A., Born in East L.A., and possibly others.

By the time the clone contagion passed, Smith had moved to Switzerland to begin rehearsals for Ohne, the group he'd co-founded with neo-Aktionist multi-hyphenate Dave Phillips in the meantime.

Before Ohne's extensive tour of Eastern and Central Europe took place, TLASILA's "The Wigmaker" was released to near-universal acclaim.

While Ohne was on hiatus, Smith and Bastard reconvened TLASILA.

In 2004 they returned to live action in the USA, headlining the final night of the very first No Fun Fest.

Later in that same year, the expanded lineup, featuring Andrew W.K., Sightings' Mark Morgan, producer Don Fleming, and the trio of Wolcott, Falestra, and Smith, traveled throughout the States.

The "Noon and Eternity" album was recorded after the tour at Sonic Youth's NYC studio, and featured new Shave recruit Thurston Moore.

Thus engorged with star power, TLASILA headlined Washington DC's "Noise Against Fascism" festival in January 2005.

Tours in 2006 and 2007 followed, but Smith was tiring of the bombastic formula, and yearned for the aesthetic acuity exemplified by Ohne.

To Live and Shave in L.A.'s 2008 tour of Europe was its most stripped-down, challenging and abstract to date, introducing a new cast of performers, including Hungarian percussionist Balazs Pandi, American experimental sound artist Gaybomb, Belgian techno producer Sickboy Milkplus, and fellow Belgian performance artist Orphan Fairytale.

Early dates also saw Joke Lanz (aka Sudden Infant), joining TLASILA on stage and in the studio.

This lineup comprised the final live iteration of To Live and Shave in L.A.

Prior to the tour, work began on an ambitious "anti-remix remix" project, "The Grief That Shrieked to Multiply."

The album - intended as a mammoth, 240-minute piece and possible only through the incredible generosity and astonishing contributions of nearly 70 partner artists - was released via MonotypeRec.

In conclusion:

To Live and Shave in L.A. was an oppositional epiphany with an idiopathic antecedent (Ron Jeremy's enfeebled 1986 porn parody of William Friedkin's often bracing 1985 policier To Live and Die in L.A.). They promulgated convulsive textural involution, timbral degeneracy, and a monomaniacal attack against aesthetic and cultural assumptions (including, most reassuringly, their own). With TLASILA as his weapon, Tom Smith conveyed a hermetic hysteria that wrestled calamity from the pallidly profane. His texts were simultaneously abstruse and impious - a vertiginous conflation of recondite sleaze, Emil Cioran and Bonnie Rotten locked in a profoundly unsettling embrace. TLASILA was the perfect mix of high and low.

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"Howard Stelzer (b. 1974, New York) is a composer of electro-acoustic music. Beginning in 1991, almost all of his sounds are generated by, processed by, recorded onto and played back out of cassettes and consumer-grade tape players. Stelzer ran the Intransitive Recordings label from 1997 until 2012."

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"Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improvisor and composer originally from Brighton, Michigan who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes (1998 - 2005), Dilloway now resides in Oberlin, OH where he runs Hanson Records and Mailorder."

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"In 2008, Curt performed with the following:

the mi3 (w/ Pandelis Karayorgis, piano and Fender Rhodes; Nate McBride, bass)The Blooming (w/ Tom Hall, tenor saxophone; Jeff Song, cello and bass)Nate McBride Quartet (w/ Charlie Kohlhase, saxophones; Taylor Ho Bynum, brass; Nate McBride, bass)blues trio Middlewest (w/ Paul Trunnell and Bill Boehm, guitars and vocals)Dave Bryant QuartetKevin Frenette QuartetMetal and Glass Ensemblesubbing for The Blue Ribbons

Prior work includes: a long association with Chicago saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark, dating back to 1986 and including four CDs; several years and three CDs with Joe Morris; a duo for Korean kayagum and chang-go with Jeff Song; and performances with musicians like sOo-Jung Kae, Jim Hobbs, Hans Poppel, Eric Hofbauer, Greg Kelley, Jorrit Dijkstra, Gabe Birnbaum, Jody Blackwell, The Poppies, Inner Beauty ....

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"Curt Newton studied drum set with Bob Gullotti and has a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. His musical influences and interests, in no particular order, have included Max Roach, Andrew Cyrille, Steve Shelly, Gerry Hemingway, Joey Baron, Paul Lovens, Bob Gullotti, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Cecil Taylor, Son House, Captain Beefheart, Igor Stravinsky, Iannis Xenakis, Witold Lutoslawski, and the traditional music of Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Turkey and Greece.

Curt has periodically developed a solo drumset repetoire, with original compositions, improvisations, and works for drumset by other composers. Select peformances include

an all-drumset concert with master drummers Alan Dawson and Bob Gullotti (1992)

world premiere of John Zorn's Hwang Chin Ee for two drumsets and narrator (New England Conservatory, 1996)

original transcription of Lutoslawski String Quartet for solo drumset (1997)

activating Chen Zhen's sculpture Jue Chang (50 Strokes to Each) at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art (2002)

Chen Zhen's Jue Chang"

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"I studied Electroacoustic music at the CNRR Conservatory where I specialised in multi-channelled diffusion (Acousmatic spatialisation) and Modular Synthesis. Using Buchla System 200, Serge 73/75 and a modified EMS Synthi A analog Synthesizers to create my "Electronic abstractions" and Plastic sound-objects.​Sculpting sound like a craftsman, without restraint or sometimes "on the tip of the hands", I am interested in the importance of the compositional gesture, to favor the live touch without repetitions, by impulse, in a very corporeal way. VISCERALITY !

also play various instruments or devices, though most notably a Prepared Piano-Soundboard + an Electric Psalterion + Hackbrett Cymbalum + Guitars + turntables as well as Theremin + Soline and Roland Fantom G6 synths and computer to build up electronic layers, process acoustic and field recordings.​On top of those, I like to move various glasses, pieces of wood, stones, or percussive objects, as well as taking advantage of vinyl material to fondle released sounds engraved on unique vinyls in order to manipulate them manually on stage.

Relying on electricity/amplification to produce, manipulate, work on sound-material, but trying my best to explore various genres and make sure that each of my albums differs from the previous one, trying to avoid routine and surprise my listeners.

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Fortunate enough to work with what people call a dream-team of collaborators: joining Lydia Lunch, Murcof, The European Contemporary Orchestra (E.C.O.), Mark Cunningham (MARS), Cindytalk, Orkest De Ereprijs, Audrey Chen, Mia Zabelka, Iancu Dumitrescu's Hyperion Ensemble, Stephen O'Malley, Yannick Barman, PAS or Faust onstage and-or in studio.

Besides I did some recordings with: Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Simon Fisher Turner, Kumo, Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys), Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), My Brightest Diamond, Sybarite, Foetus, Pantaleimon, Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, Andy Diagram, Scanner, Machinefabriek, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Justin K. Broadrick, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust), ASVA, Jarboe, Jad Fair, Martin Dupont and many more...

I am also the founder (w/ Hervé Vincenti) of the international collective Strings Of Consciousness

A journalist for various magazines and radio DJ since 1983, as well as a musical activist, I have celebrated 35+ years of sharing/transmitting my musical passions.Since the early 2000s I have been introduced as a " musical travel agent " and been performing the world, playing festivals all over Europe, Russia, Poland, Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia & Asia... Feeling lucky to release on several international labels such as Oscillations, Aural Terrains, Opa-Loka, Southern UK, Monotype, Alrealon Musique, Beta Lactam Ring, Sub Rosa, HomeNormal, Important, HelloSquare, Public Eyesore, Utech, Staubgold, etc...(see the section "Friends/Collaborators" above in the Menu bar for a detailed list + links).

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I am aso the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp."

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"Torstein Lavik Larsen is a trumpet player and composer based in Oslo, Norway, mostly working with experimental jazz and free improvised music. Born in 1989 and educated at NTNU Jazzlinja in Trondheim."

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"Diego Castro Magas was born in Santiago de Chile, in 1978.

He started music lessons (guitar performance and music theory) under the guidance of Chilean composer Fernando Carrasco in 1992. Later, he studied guitar performance in Catholic University of Chile with maestro Oscar Ohlsen (from 1993, obtaining the Diploma in Guitar performance with summa cum laude in 2000) and in University Ramon Llull with Ricardo Gallén and Fernando Rodríguez (MA in Guitar performance 2005).

He has also attended masterclasses from other guitarists such as Eduardo Fernández, Pablo Márquez and Magnus Andersson as well as from lutenist Hopkinson Smith. Also, he studied contemporary electric-guitar under Daryl Buckley.

Between 1998 and 2005, Diego was prize-winner in several classical guitar competitions such as 'Liliana Perez Corey Guitar Contest' in Chile, 'Maestro Abel Carlevaro Guitar Competition' in Uruguay, 'Manuel Ponce Gutar Competition' in Mexico, 'Stotsenberg Classical Gutar Competition' in USA and 'Miquel Llobet Guitar Competition' in Spain.

Since 2006, he has been focused mainly in contemporary music repertoire, introducing to Chilean audiences both solo and chamber music major guitar works by F. Donatoni, L. Francesconi, A. Clementi, G. Manca, H. Lachenmann, B. Ferneyhough, Chris Dench and M. Finnissy among others. Recently, he has also collaborated with Brian Ferneyhough, James Dillon, Michael Finnissy, Aaron Cassidy, Bryn Harrison, Eric Egan and Clemens Gadenstätter in performances of their solo guitar pieces, respectively.

He has performed in main contemporary and chamber music festivals in Chile, as well as in Festival Atempo in Venezuela, 24th Contemporary Music Festival in Cuba, Festival Ars Nova in Ravensburg, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klang Festival in Durham, Tacit or Loud Festival for Artistic Research in Malmö and The Dark Precursor: Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research in Ghent among many others. In recent years, Diego has given research seminars, lectures and workshops on contemporary performance at Nunc Conference in Northwestern University, Lund University, Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Leeds University, Brunel University London, Durham University and University of York.

His first solo CD was released in 2009, featuring the first published recording of Ferneyhough's guitar duo "No Time (at all)" along side brilliant Chilean guitarist José Antonio Escobar.

In 2015, Diego released the CD 'Shrouded Mirrors' for Huddersfield Contemporary Records, distributed by NMC Recordings. The CD includes the recording premieres of solo guitar pieces by Michael Finnissy, Bryn Harrison, Matthew Sergeant and Wieland Hoban alongside pieces by Brian Ferneyhough and James Dillon.

Diego is lecturer in Guitar Performance at Catholic University of Chile since 2002. Also, he is a PhD candidate in Contemporary Performance at University of Huddersfield under the supervision of Philip Thomas."

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"Weasel Walter (real name Walter Wyzowski) is a composer and instrumentalist who founded the band The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991 with a current member of Cellular Chaos and Behold...The Arctopus. Over the years, The Flying Luttenbachers included noted Dylan Posa, and Michael Colligan, while creating a body of music drawing equally from no wave, death metal, gamelan, noise music, hardcore punk and modern classical. Walter moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, where he formed the latest of many Luttenbachers lineups, remaining on percussion with the addition of bassist Mike Green (Burmese), and virtuoso guitarist Ed Rodriguez (ex-Colossamite, Gorge Trio). Singular guitar phenomenon Mick Barr (Krallice, Octis, Orthrelm) joined the group in 2005. The Flying Luttenbachers ceased to operate in late 2007. On November 25, 2009, Weasel Walter announced that he was moving to New York City to join the band Behold... The Arctopus on drums and will be writing "new, more extreme material from scratch." He also formed Cellular Chaos with Marc Edwards (drummer), Admiral Grey and Ceci Moss."

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"Wouter Jaspers (Deurne, February 22, 1985) is a sound artist.

His work mainly consists of minimal soundscapes and drones for which he often experiments with effects equipment, modified synthesizers and contact microphones, where analog noise and field recordings form the basis of various melodic structures. Jaspers - then still stationed in Tilburg - played more than 400 times around the world between 2007 and the end of 2010, making it one of the most touring artists in the Dutch experimental music scene.

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His album Glorious Days was released in 2009, on which he collaborated with, among others, the lead singer of the Norwegian band Serena Maneesh, Emil Nikolaisen, who also worked as a producer and sound engineer on albums by the American band Woven Hand. To promote the album, Jaspers toured the United States, much of Europe and Asia.

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Besides his solo work, Jaspers is also active in other projects within and outside his noise collective Vatican Analog, such as in 4DALADIEZ, an experimental improv band with Vincent Koreman, Steffan de Turck, Bas Welling and Bas Verbeek. Together with De Turck he also forms the occasional duo Preliminary Saturation, he performs with Frans de Waard as Ezdanitoff and he performed with the Norwegian Sten Ove Toft with drone and noise project The Professional Skaters. He also collaborates with the American cellist Audrey Chen.

As an experimental musician, Jaspers developed a fascination for modifying analog equipment. For example, in 2010, together with technician and musician Christian Zollner, he set up the company Koma Elektronik, with which the duo started producing analog equipment for adventurous musicians from Berlin. The company now has a large group of employees and the products of the brand are sold all over the world. In 2016, the company also opened a workshop and shop in Berlin, Common Ground."

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"C. Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan 1975, moved to the US in 1980; studied radio/television/film at Northwestern University, and is now based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Yeh is active both as a solo and collaborative artist, as well as with his primary project, Burning Star Core. As an improviser, Yeh is focused on developing a personal vocabulary using violin, voice, and electronics. As a sound artist/composer, Yeh works with all aspects available surrounding a work, aurally and physically, as elements key to the cumulative experience. He is concerned not only with the sensual aspects of 'sound organization,' but the gestural qualities as well. Yeh has collaborated with a deep and ever-growing list of artists and groups, including Tony Conrad, New Humans with Vito Acconci, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Amy Granat with Jutta Koether, Justin Lieberman, Don Dietrich and Ben Hall (as The New Monuments), Prurient, and Jandek. He has performed at festivals and venues such as Sonar, FIMAV at Victoriaville, Frieze Arts Fair, No Fun Fest, High Zero, the 24 Hour Drone People at Fylkingen, The Kitchen, ZKM Karlsruhe, and has also exhibited visual art, sound, and video works internationally."

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Emerging from the city's improvised music scene, in the 1990s he became one of the world's pre-eminent prepared guitar players. Since then his work has expanded to include electroacoustic compositions and live electronic music made with laptop computers and analog modular synthesizers. His early recordings contain mostly sparse, quiet sounds; recent works have been more loud and dense.

Drumm has collaborated with many artists working in similar fields, including Japanese guitarist Taku Sugimoto, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jim O'Rourke, and many European improvisers such as Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and German trumpeter Axel Dörner. He has also worked with the artist group Simparch, composing a piece for their installation Spec, shown at Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany and at the Renaissance Society in Chicago. Drumm has also worked with saxophonist Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, which brings together American and European players who work in both jazz and free improvisation.:

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Track Listing:

DISC 1 (78:44) My Finger Was Hooked

101 RM74 - Bones, Beers and Muscles

102 Howard Stelzer - Untitled (edit)

103 Blevin Blectum - TLASILA BB v01

104 Aprox. - Hellmaschine

105 Alexei Borisov - Version 2

106 Carlos Giffoni - Untitled (edit)

107 Truth Serum - Grief-Truth Remix

108 Aaron Dilloway - In Memory of Phil Anselmo (vocal version)

109 Core of the Coalman - Untitled

110 Newton - 2010 Odyssey Shave

111 Andy Ortmann - Fashionably Irritated Mix

112 Otto Von Schirach - Cream Pie 2 (TLASILA Rmx 2)

113 16 Bitch Pileup - TLASILA-SC Edit Three

114 Isaac Linder - RIFF&.WAVEfmt datah (for Guy De Cointet & Walead Beshty)

115 Philippe Petit - Pataphysique

116 Medroxy Progesterone Acetate - The Witch Is Riding You

117 Hull Curve - NJKD

118 Krapoola & Noish - Sin titulo

119 Wolfram - Call Me Later

120 Astrid Hagenguth & Pit Noack - Ohne Titel

DISC 2 (78:22) I offer syrup

201 Sickboy Milkplus - TLASILA THAF Remix

202 RLW - Materali Sonori

203 Dave Phillips - dpTLASrmx0806

204 Anton Nikkila - TLASILA vs. Philips Background Music Service

205 Dylan Nyoukis - Tape Loops in the Gym Hall

206 Larsen - tlasilamixfinal

207 Staplerfahrer - Straight Razor Place

208 Richard Devine - V2 Mix

209 Terminal 11 - Imploding Mega Yacht Mix

210 Sudden Infant - Jesus Kiss Our Children

211 Panagiotis A. Stathis - Thee Eidetic Sacrament of Herr Smith's Phlegm

212 Ulle Matzen - TLASILArmx

213 Duran Duran Duran - TLASILADDD

214 Karmakumulator - tlasilarmxl

215 Magas - TLASILA_Magas

216 Rudolf's R&G - Protest

217 Cornucopia - Winds and Riptides

218 Weasel Walter - Untitled

219 Family Battle Snake - Untitled

220 Thee Majesty - Thee Way of Thee World II

221 Tree Creature - Untitled

DISC 3 (78:05) I Offal and I Stumble

301 Don Fleming - DFJLASILA

302 Olga Nosová - tlasila rmx by nosova

303 The Teknoist - Moonwalking Tree Goat Remix

304 Achim Wollscheid - Number 4

305 Wouter Jaspers - 1

306 Patrick Spurlock - reMIX

307 Alexandr Kibanov - Inexorable Shifts

308 C. Spencer Yeh - TLSILA-CSYremix

309 Chrissy Murderbot - Untitled

310 Jared Louche - Unspoken

311 William Fowler Collins - TLASILA WFC 01

312 Komora A-Untitled

313 Stefan Roigk - IWiSH

314 Don Hassler - Untitled

315 Andreas Brüning - Zur Sofortigen Verrichtung

316 Graham Moore & Nutchild - Griefy Dixxx

317 Toecutter - Remix 2

318 Raionbashi - RaionbashiJLASILA

319 Torturing Nurse - Living Xmas Trees De-mix

320 Ironing - Untitled

321 Kevin Drumm - To Live and Shave in Blistering Statick

322 Evil Moisture - BBQ Flavour

DISC 4 (80:34) Between Your Kidneys


401 Kasra Mowlavi - Mucky Jpegs Rmx

402 Dino Felipe - Untitled

403 Elizabeth Peyton - Ana Logica (Cerulean Shriek)

404 Audiomat - Nabereschnyje Tschelny

405 Kristin Calvarese - Untitled 2

406 Micose & the Mau Maus - M&MMS Do TLASILA

407 Mink Marie - OmTone 2

408 Howard Stelzer - Untitled (complete version)

409 Carlos Giffoni - Untitled (complete version)

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No Refunds
(Unbroken Sounds)
Recording in Brooklyn's Seaside Lounge in 2014, these five previously unreleased collective improvisations bring together West Coast reedist Vinny Golia, performing on clarinet, saxello, sopranino, baritone saxophones with double bassist Max Johnson and drummer Weasel Walter, an absolutely impressive example of free playing intent and well-balanced conversation.
Trying to strike a balance between composition and the challenges of being a young parent, Rutger Zuydervelt, aka Machinefabriek, created a series of short tracks that could be developed quickly with invited collaborators, a concept that worked so well that in little time he found 52 enthusiastic and diverse musicians to develop the expanse of this impressive collection.
Sharp, Elliott / Tim Dahl / Weasel Walter
A scorching studio recording from 2011 recently discovered in the archives from the trio of Elliott Sharp on guitar, Tim Dahl on bass guitar, Weasel Walter on drums, a raging album of free improvisation in the Downtown NY style from three players steeped in expressing instrumental agitation with clarity and conviction - a truly burning power trio!
Flying Luttenbachers, The (Walter / Dahl / Battistoni / Nelson / Ospovat)
Terror Iridescence
Perhaps the darkest and most experimental album from the Flying Luttenbachers, the 4th from the NYC-based version of Weasel Walter on guitars & drums+bagpipe chanter & electronics, Tim Dahl on bass, Katie Battistoni on guitar, Matt Nelson on sax & live electronics and Sam Ospovat on drums, in two extended, terrific collective improvisations.
Sharp, Elliott SysOrk
(zOaR Records)
As part of NY composer, guitarist, bassist, saxophonist and electroacoustic artist Elliott Sharp's 70th birthday observation he performed a series of concerts under the moniker "E#@70", initiating the series with this remarkable concert at Roulette, premiering 4 new works performed by his SysOrk ensemble, dedicated to performing Sharp's algorithmic scores, graphic notation and conductions.
Two Crumbling Shapes [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
The electroacoustic duo of singer Andrea Silvia Giordano and drummer Nicholas Remondino, working with Pierre Bastien, E-cor Ensemble, Gianluca Verlingieri, Maria Dybbroe and Torstein Lavik Larsen, create uniquely motioned works of decay, deconstruction and destruction, percussion and voice weaving amid unusual sonic sources both abstract and rhythmic.
Oker (Larsen / Myhr / Rasten / Gismervik)
Susurrus [VINYL]
Existing between composition and free improvisation, this Norwegian quartet of Torstein Lavik Larsen on trumpet, Adrian Myhr on double bass, Fredrik Rasten on acoustic guitar, and Jan Martin Gismervik on drums & percussion are informed by minimal composed, folk and improvised musics, applying unusual technique and methodology to create beautiful textural and impressionistic sound.
Oker (Larsen / Myhr / Rasten / Gismervik)
Existing between composition and free improvisation, this Norwegian quartet of Torstein Lavik Larsen on trumpet, Adrian Myhr on double bass, Fredrik Rasten on acoustic guitar, and Jan Martin Gismervik on drums & percussion are informed by minimal composed, folk and improvised musics, applying unusual technique and methodology to create beautiful textural and impressionistic sound.
Lafkas, Andrew
Two Paths with Active Shadows Under Three Moons and Surveillance
(Sacred Realism)
Composer Andrew Lafkas' large ensemble piece with performers including C. Spencer Yah, Ron Stabinsky, Barry Weisblat, Sean Meehan, Ben Owen, &c. is a meditative work intended for live performance, this album the 2nd of 3 performances, a brooding and resonant rendering of rich and subtle detail that evolves over 70 minutes, carrying its listeners in a profound revery.
Wooley, Nate
Seven Storey Mountain VI
(Pyroclastic Records)
Composer & trumpeter Nate Wooley presents the 6th composition of his SSM series exploring music's ability to bring catharsis and ecstatic release to the performers and listeners, in a large ensemble of 11 musicians and voice, in a stunningly sophisticated large work of modern orchestration through acoustic and electronic/amplified instruments; a masterwork.
Ewen, Sandy / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter
Four unorthodox improvisations that evade idiomatic playing through "wantonly abstract" and unusual approaches to their instruments, keeping their listeners guessing where their playing might take them, from frequent collaborators Sandy Ewen on guitar, Damon Smith on bass, and Weasel Walter on drums & percussion, recording in the studio in Brooklyn, 2019.
Weinberg, Sam / Henry Fraser / Weasel Walter
Hard-edged NY improvisation from the performing trio of Sam Weinberg on sax, Henry Fraser on bass and Weasel Walter on drums, who since 2017 have developed a group sound of powerful and fiercely determined free jazz roots using interesting instrumental technique, often muscular and urgent but also with periods of constrained interplay and dialog; an extremely well balanced band.
No Mor Musik
No Mor Musik
This puzzling display of punk/jazz surrealism is masterminded by Nondor Nevai on drums and vocals, featuring Weasel Walter on bass and legendary journeyman Kenny Millions (aka Keshavan Maslak) on guitar and reeds, a sort of unholy fusion between extreme metal, bludgeoning noise rock, free jazz, black humor and true stream-of-consciousness improvisation.
JeJaWeDa (Bishop / Blonk / Walter / Smith)
Pioneer Works Vol. 1 [CD + BOOKLET]
(Balance Point Acoustics)
The 1st of two volumes from the quartet of Jeb Bishop on trombone & electronics, Jaap Blonk on voice & electronics, Weasel Walter on percussion, and Damon Smith on double bass, each player an innovator and leader on their own, together bringing unique elements of virtuoso quirk and passionate mastery, merging voice, electronics and acoustics in profoundly unusual ways.
Flying Luttenbachers, The
Imminent Death
The ever-shifting lineup of jazz/no-wave/avant/aberrant improvisers The Flying Luttenbachers, anchored by drummer Weasel Walters, brings multi-reedist Matt Nelson, two guitarists (Brandon Seabrook & Henry Kaiser), bassist Tim Dahl and Brad Laner on synth for an aggressively informed and excitingly unpredictable album of superb playing and possibly bad intention; recommended!
Cambien, Jonas Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen)
We Must Mustn't We [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)
Leveraging influences in improvisation and contemporary compositional music, Belgian/Oslo pianist Jonas Cambien, a member of Simiskina and Platform, extends his own trio of saxophonist Andre Rolighete and drummer Andreas Wildhagen with trumpeter Torstein Lavik Larsen on 2 tracks, as they balance jazz, avant, free improv and other hybrid forms in a compellingly creative album.
Cambien, Jonas Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen)
We Must Mustn't We
(Clean Feed)
Leveraging influences in improvisation and contemporary compositional music, Belgian/Oslo pianist Jonas Cambien, a member of Simiskina and Platform, extends his own trio of saxophonist Andre Rolighete and drummer Andreas Wildhagen with trumpeter Torstein Lavik Larsen on 2 tracks, as they balance jazz, avant, free improv and other hybrid forms in a compellingly creative album.
Pip. (Rasten / Larsen)
(Creative Sources)
Smith, Linda Catlin
Drifter [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)
Ten pieces dating from 1995 to 2015 from Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith, performed by Quatuor Bozzini and Apartment House, the first in Another Timbre's Canadian Composer series, a 2-CD release focusing on Smith's "equal and simultaneous drive toward abstraction and lyricism" in slowly developing, lush and sophisticated compositions.
CP Unit (Pitsiokos / Seabrook / Dahl / Walter)
Before the Heat Death
(Clean Feed)
Chris Pitsiokos' Unit with electric guitarist Brandon Seabrook, electric bassist Tim Dahl, and drummer Weasel Walter turn in a fiery and demanding album of compelling free jazz, using traditional jazz structures but turning them on their head in joyfully unconventional ways.
Wooley, Nate
Seven Storey Mountain V
(Pleasure of the Text Records)
The 5th of 7 large and inspiring works that began with a Festival of New Trumpet commission in 2007, here in an ensemble of 19 players including C. Spencer Yeh, Ben Vida, Ben Hall, Matt Moran, Chris Dingman, Dan Peck, Josh Sinton, Colin Stetson, the TILT brass octet, &c.
Matchbox (Djikstra / Karayorgis / McBride / Newton)
(Driff Records)
Blending melodic strength with post-bop intensity, Boston area improvisers Jorrit Dijkstra on alto sax, lyricon & analog synth, Pandelis Karayorgis on piano, Nate McBride on bass and Curt Newton on drums present 10 exuberant and unique modern jazz compositions.
Petit, Philippe
Ear Me In
Composer Petit in an opus dealing with the dynamic of resonance and its incidences: a microphonic exploration of a single sound body made to resonate by means of different types of percussion, building a dramatic story from sampled and processed percussive elements.
Scarcity Of Tanks
Fear Is Not Conscience
(Total Life Society Records)
New York/Ohio skronkers Scarcity of Tanks with Jim Sauter of Borbetomagus plus Kid Millions in a hard free rock free improv blast.
Scarcity Of Tanks
Vulgar Defender
(Total Life Society Records)
New York/Ohio skronkers Scarcity of Tanks with Jim Sauter of Borbetomagus plus Kid Millions in a hard free rock free improv blast.

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