Thursday, December 18, 2008

To Live And Shave In LA & Lezet- "The Wigmaker In 18th Century Williamsburg Revisited" released with AMBOLTHUE RECORDS(Norway)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To Live And Shave In LA & Lezet
"The Wigmaker In 18th Century Williamsburg Revisited"
label:Ambolthue Records(Norway,
This is the re-interpretation of the timeless TO LIVE IN SHAVE IN LA classic "The Wigmaker in 18th Century Williamsburg Revisited".I'm so glad I could pay homage to one of the greatest experimental music outfits of today.I'd also like to thank Tom for allowing this album to happen in the first place.

1.Travelogue One (0:58)
2.Blandina, Oberwilding '77 (3:27)
3.Nor Swollen-Bellied Comet Blown (2:55)
4.Bled Into Minar Thirsty-Aught (5:07)
5.Full-Choke Wigmaker's Vise (3:17)
6.New Poem Dramatized For Lux Cudgel (1:57)
7.Travelogue Two_ (2:00)
8.Tortillon Fluff (2:07)
9.The _Rose_ The Vehicle Of Miss High Heels_ (1:31)
10.Ideas Make Med Hard_(3:05)
11.When My Rifle Went Sour With Preposterous Headdress (8:31)
12.Fills Mouth And Cunt With _Pathetic Route (4:05)
13.Travelogue Three (0:12)
14.Travelogue Three (reprise) (2:10)
15.The Notorious D-1 And D-2 (1:33)
16.Song Of Roland A Single Cockscrew Curl (6:47)
17.Veit Harlan, Brown Dress Bob (5:07)
18.'Twas He Who Pricked With An Awl (1:10)
19.Travelogue Four (0:39)
20.The Famous _Mad Bronze_ (2:10)
21.Is This Good For Vulva+Displaced By Double Bed (3:00)
22.Travelogue Five (1:26)
23.To Backstab, To Schism (the ''annoyance'' take) (2:27)
24.Loudspeakers For The Poet's Famous Disques / Honeycomb Tripe (3:21)
25.Travelogue Six (the interview) (0:22)

''Wigmaker Revisited'' line-up:
Rat Bastard- Bass, Engineer /
Benjamin Wolcott- Electronics /
Tom Smith- Voice, Tape, Producer,Original Mixes,Original Compositions /
Marc Weitz- Other (Aladdin's Shimmy) /
Igor Jovanovic- Popping Candy and Other Crackling Sounds, Detuned Piano, Keyboards, Additional Noise, Accordion, Drum Programming, Stuttering,Mixes,.
Released: 15.Dec.2008

The authors' revenues from cd-r sales of this album go to the local orphanage in Uzice,Serbia("Dom za nezbrinutu decu "Petar Radovanović" Užice")

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To Live and Shave in L.A. was founded by Tom Smith in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Smith had previously been a member of Boat Of (Athens, GA, 1979-1983), Peach of Immortality (Washington, DC, 1984-1990), and Pussy Galore (Washington, DC, 1985-6); the first TLASILA demos were recorded in July 1990.

A Short History: Smith met Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra in 1991 at South Beach's Sync Studios. A co-owner of the dank, rambling facility, Bastard quickly joined Smith in the nascent collective. Two years of continuous recording and local performances (under the Peach of Immortality moniker) followed. By the autumn of 1993, Smith and Bastard had amassed a larder of eighty songs...

During a Miami Beach rooftop party in the summer of 1993, Smith met electronics whiz, undisputed global oscillator overlord, and soirée host Ben Wolcott. As Miles Davis' Dark Magus album was the only music allowed on the stereo throughout the event, an invitation for Wolcott to join TLASILA was reflexively extended. Ben was convinced to join the burgeoning collective soon after. History shall not forgive them...

Meanwhile... Following a lengthy post-production regimen, To Live and Shave in L.A.'s debut album, 30-minuten männercreme, was released on the Love Is Sharing Pharmaceuticals label.


After the release of 30-mm, the Bastard/Wolcott/Smith engine went into overdrive. Between 1994 and 1996, they recorded the primary elements of the following releases:

Prostitution Heute! (1994, 2x7" EP); "Helen Butte" vs. Masonna Pussy Badsmell (1994, released 1996, CD); Vedder Vedder Bedwetter (1995, CD); An Interview with the Mitchell Brothers (1995, CD); Commmiinnggg! and Practis'd the Black Art (1996, CD); Tonal Harmony (1997, CD EP); Les Tricoteuses (1997, CD); Peter Criss vs. Peter Christopherson (1998, released 2000, a collaboration with crazed UK noise aparatchiks KF36, CD); Where a Horse Has Been Standing and Where You Belong (1998, CD); Amour Fou on the Edge of Misogyny (1998; fractured breakbeat remix of Wigmaker dub vesions, created by Billy Taylor [Melted Men, TLASILA 1997-8] in 1998 and released 2001);The Wigmaker in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg (2xCD, 2002; the album that broke TLASILA internationally, inasmuch as they could be broken, etc.); and God and Country Rally! (2004, CD).

(The Wigmaker in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg, begun in 1995, completed in 2000, released through Menlo Park Recordings in 2002. Cover design by Syd Garon.)
Their philosophy? PRE. (But they're open-minded about their essential close-mindedness.)
In late 1996, Ben Wolcott spun off from TLASILA to join the remarkable mega-freak ensemble Frosty. A revolving cast of avant-malcontents soon entered the Shavian fray... European tours in 1997 and 1998 featured Nandor Nevai, Billy Taylor, Greg Chapman, Julien Becourt, and for one exceptionally bizarre gig in Paris, Bill Orcutt...
The 1999-2000 edition of To Live and Shave in L.A. comprised Bastard, Smith, Nevai, Weasel Walter (of the Flying Luttenbachers and myriad aggregations), and Misty Martinez. By the summer of 2000, To Live and Shave in L.A. 2 had arrived, and soon after, a full-fledged clone explosion. Smith decamped for Europe to begin OHNE with Dave Phillips... By December 2003, Bastard and Smith decided to haul the Lamborghini out of deep salt storage and get back on the demolition derby circuit. Ben quickly re-upped, and Mark, Don, Andrew, Chris, and Graham soon followed.

Rat Bastard - small electronics, radio receivers, bass, etc.; Don Fleming - guitar, synth, treatments, backing vox, etc.; Chris Grier - guitar and electronics (and TLASILA majordomo); Mark Morgan (also in NYC's superlative Sightings) - guitar, backing vox, and four-track; Graham Moore - laptop and treatments; Thurston Moore (the Shave's honorary chaplain) - guitar and treatments; Tom Smith - voice, small electronics, laptop, album production, etc.; Andrew W.K. - keyboards, backing vox, etc.; Ben Wolcott - oscillators and related devices. Membership is fluid; the collective entertain the occasional audition request.
Detailed histories of each of the TLASILA members, as well as additional information on the recordings referenced above, may be found within the pages of the official To Live and Shave in L.A. web.

Other recordings of note:

Spatters of a Royal Sperm (1991; the late, lamented Doris Wishman, a friend of the South Florida TLASILA extended family, directed the video for this unreleased - but widely bootlegged - four-track EP; a legit release looms); My "Limp" Went Husserl on Me (1991-2, pre-mannercreme Miami recordings, planned for a 1992 release but jettisoned in favor of the material that would later form 30-mm... eight songs from the Husserl sessions made the jump to minuten); Tony Conrad, Fat-Ass (created 1998-2000, currently in hyperstasis).

As alluded above, the majority of their recordings have emerged only after protracted grand mal post-production seizures. The Wigmaker was assembled over a five-year period; Horoscopo required four. Conversely, An Interview with the Mitchell Brothers, the product of a dare, was written, recorded, mixed, and mastered in a day. Each has their detractors...

The original "Wigmaker..." album is available at MENLO PARK RECORDINGS:

since spring 2015 this album is also available through TLASILA bandcamp page:

1 comment:

ommyth said...

Many thanks, Igor! All the best, Tom / TLASILA