Thursday, April 19, 2007

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Les Tricoteuses - CD Cover

The new CD from To Live and Shave in LA with my cover art is now out on the fantastic French record label, Savage Land. I had a good time working with Tom Smith conceptualizing the was a perfect match- Tom's lyrics bulge with hilariously grotesque images and ideas.

To Live and Shave in LA is a long-running noise band founded by Tom Smith and Rat Bastard. Over the years, TLASILA's roster has included such liminaries as Don Flemming, Thurston Moore, Weasel Walter, Andrew WK, Ben Wolcott and Nandor Nevai. Their sound is a thick mesh of noise and oscillations minutely recombined into stuttering epics narrated by Tom Smith's tortured warble.

Les Tricoteuses is a release that has been gathering dust in the vaults for some time. Here is a bit about it from the Savage Land website...

To Live and Shave in L.A.’s An Interview with the Mitchell Brothers, the album written, tracked, mixed, and mastered in a day (on a dare from Audible Hiss president Ned Hayden), was nonetheless researched extensively prior to its August 14, 1995 recording. As the World Wide Web was in its consumer nascence, the bulk of composer Tom Smith’s investigations derived from books found in his own library (especially Kenneth Turan’s 1974 history Sinema), and faded, seldom viewed Mitchell Brothers videotapes rented from an adult film warehouse. From these sources, Smith wove a claustrophobic Todesbericht; the music Ben Wolcott, Rat Bastard and he crafted to accompany the libretto was equally obliterative. The resultant album was dimly received, scarcely recognized at all. With its grim, fratricidal narrative, unforgiving sonic crush, and liner note screed (penned by Ugly American editor Greg Chapman and Smith) declaring genre obsolete and noise passé (remember that this was 1995, long before the culture of din had coalesced or its products and personalities had achieved any sort of mainstream recognition), one can only imagine the bewilderment and disquiet M. Bros. engendered.

Smith was ultimately unhappy with the necessarily rushed effort, and in 1997 sought to craft a textual corollary to
Mitchell Brothers. In shifting narrative focus from the San Fernando Valley of the 1970s to the gates of the Bastille in 1790s France, he reversed the gender of his voyeuristic antagonists. Les Tricoteuses was not only an expansive, dubwise reassessment of M. Bros., but an obsessively redacted dialogue about its year-long re-enactment. Thus, the titular conceit, and the layers of narrative foreboding ensnarled within meters of yarn and millions of feet of sixteen-millimeter film.

Les Tricoteuses was to have been issued by the long-dead Climax imprint in late 1997. It has languished in the TLASILA archive for nearly a decade.

Savage Land is pleased to at last present To Live and Shave in L.A.’s extraordinarily rigorous meta-narrative (and, like it or not, noise-dub deconstruction),
Les Tricoteuses.

You can order the CD from Savage Land. You can also catch To Live and Shave in LA in your town this May! Check the TLASILA Myspace page for tour dates.

Listen to TLASILA's Gash Of The Nomenclature

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Artension Magazine

There is a little article and two page spread of my work in the most recent issue of French outsider art magazine Artension. With my three years of near failing grades in high school French, I only have a vague idea of what the article says.

Click here for a gaggle of other reviews and articles of my work over the past years.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Fatty Jubbo WFMU.ORG Playlist for 4/5/7

I occasionally do web shows on This is the playlist for this month's edition. The RealAudio archive stays up forever, while the 128K MP3 archive remains active for two weeks. All of my other playlists can be accessed HERE.

Playlist for Fatty Jubbo (Gregory Jacobsen) - April 5, 2007
WFMU 91.1fm 90.1fm

April 5, 2007: Dog Biscuits! In My Mouth! Big Pieces!
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Artist - "Song" - Album [Comments]

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone - "Rag Nuziale" - Il Trio Infernale
Manny From Belize - "Greatest Belizian Hero"
Women Of The SS - "How Dare You Fuck Me" - Private Edition Cassette
Olivier Messiaen - "Abime des Oiseaux" - Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps
Ogden Nash - "Everybody Eats Too Much" - The Fanciful World Of Ogden Nash
Leona Anderson - "Fish" - Ernie Kovac Collection
Olivier Messiaen - "Premi Re Pi Ce En Trio" - Complete Organ Works
Jane Philbrick - "Oh God!" - UBU archives
Mucca Pazza - "Alarm!" - A Little Marching Band
Baadztmaru - "Amoureix Solitaires" - from their myspace page []
Dirty Fan Male - "Martin's First Letter" - Dirty Fan Male
John Cage - "Sonata IV" - Prepared Piano Works

Varonica Lucan of Our Lady Of The Roses

Ken Dodd & His Diddy Men - "Doddy's Diddy Party"
Gershon Kingsley & Peter Waldron - "Goblin Dance" - Ghostly Sounds
Sun City Girls - "It's Underneath The House" - Horse Cock Phepner
Veronica Lucan & Our Lady Of The Roses - "DOG BISCUITS! IN MY MOUTH! BIG PIECES!" - These Last Days Radio Program
Let My People Come Soundtrack - "Come In My Mouth" - Original Cast Recording
Harry Partch - "We'll Sue For A Million" - Harry Partch Collection Three
Malaria - "Zara" - 1981-1984

Doodles Weaver as The Pied Piper Of Hamelin

Jiminy Cricket & Rica Moore - "The Cannibal Song" - Walt Disney Addition And Subtraction Record
Japanese TV Theme - "???" - ???
Iannis Xenakis - "Les Choephores" - Oresteia
Little Girl Sings - "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" - Found Cassette
Texas Chainsaw Massacre - "Pam In Bone Room" - Soundtrack And Clips
Makigami Koichi - "Mukuge" - Kuchinoha
Doodles Weaver - "Home On The Range" - Feetlebaum Returns!
Pierre Schaeffer & Pierre Henry - "Strette" - Symphonie Pour Un Homme Seul
Joe Frank - "Ambulance Driver" - In The Middle Of Nowhere (excerpt)
Expo - "???" - Do The Expo!

Art Ensemble Of Chicago

Unknown Marching Band - "Bubble Bobble"
Lord Love A Duck - "Shopping For Cashmere Sweaters" - clip from the film
Raymond Scott - "Powerhouse" - Reckless Nights & Turkish Twighlights
Klause Kinski - "Temper Tantrum At A Press Conference" - Video Clip
Toru Takemitsu - "2" - Early Japanese Tape Music
Art Bears - "The Dividing Line" - Hopes And Fears
Art Ensemble Of Chicago - "Immmmmmmmm" - Bap-Tizum
Elizabeth Claire Prophet - "Call For Protection" - American Doomsday Cults Volume 14
Conlin Nancarrow - "Study For Player Piano #19" - Studies For Player Piano Volume Four

Klaus Kinski

O5O el rO+O - "???" - from their myspace page... []
Edith Hillmaman Boxhill & Friends - "People In Your Neighborhood" - You're A Star! Special Music By Special People!
György Ligeti - "Hurray! Hurray! My Wife Is Dead!" - Le Grand Macabre
Locus Solus - "Don't Switch" - Locus Solus
Temple Kazoo Orchestra - "2001 Sprach Kazoostra" - Some Kazoos
Baka Forest People - "Solo Voice" - Heart Of The Forest
Celtic Frost - "Human (intro)" - Morbid Tales
Egyptian Lover - "You're So Fine" - King Of Ectasy
Henri Chopin - "La Fusée Interplanétaire" - OU Review Disc One
16-17 - "Kat" - Hardkore & Buffbunker
Klause Kinski - "Amerika" - UBU Archives
Unknown Bulgarian Chalga - "Darth Vader Luke Skywalker"
Albert Marcoeur - "Tu Tapes Trop Fort" - Albert Marcoeur

David Moss

Larry - "Roman Guitar" - Larry
Marie The Magic Weaver - "Military Man Helps The Baby Bears" - YouTube Clip! [-]
Alexey Ribnikov - "Vertolet (Shla Sobaka Po Royalu)" - Easy Listening Russia
Jim Cuomo - "Cage Match" - Commodore 64 Awful Game Song
Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - "RKBA 1675/I" - Gruppo di Improvvisazione
Chris Watson - "Hippopotami Emerging From River Mara At Dusk" - Outside the Circle of Fire
Commode Minstrels In Bullface - "???" - Jolly Crodder Gang
Bill Brown & His Brownies - "Hot Lips" - Down In The Basement - Joe Brussard's Treasure Trove Of 78s
Sergey Kuryokhin & David Moss - "Tea For Two" - Tea For Two
1971 Japanese Cast Of Hair - "Donna" - Hair In Japanese [get it at ye' ol' blogge:]
Jaap Blonk/Koichi Makigami/Paul Dutton/Phil Minton/David Moss - "Nosing Around" - Five Men Singing
Sofia Gubaidulina - "Musical Toys, XIII The Drummer" - The Complete Piano Music

Frank Zappa - "America Drinks" - Absolutely Free
Frank W. Fromy - "Beata Delores" - Quatre Axes Mutants
Frank Sinatra - "World War None" - Trilogy
Frank Comstock - "Out Of This World" - Music From Outer Space
Frank Chickens - "We Are Ninja (Not Giesha)" - We Are Frank Chickens
Frank Wuyts & Geoff Leigh - "Home Sweet Home" - From Here To Drums

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Perfect Sound Forever Interview

There is an interview with me in this month's edition of Perfect Sound Forever. I'm honored to be featured in this fantastic long-running online avant-music journal. Read the interview here!

Some other recent interviews:

School Of The Art Institute "F" magazine - har ol' alma mater.
Dusted Magazine - my list and ruminations of my top ten favorite recordings.