Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Karl Schmidt Verlag: Free Album Available for Download!

Hello All,

I began the Karl Schmidt Verlag label in November 2008, shortly after my move to Hannover, Germany.

Envisioned as a wholly private imprint, KSV does no press, issues no promo materials, and is intended strictly for enthusiasts. KSV caters to the advanced aesthetics of its customers by offering micro-edition releases of artworks that defy, renounce, disrupt and dismember the usual, deadening contemporary tropes and wan "extremes."

We publish music, books, the odd short film collection. Some of you have them all.

(Thank you!)

To show our gratitude, we've prepared a free, album-length mega-mix version of the first 47 albums released on KSV.

KSV 057 Hussey He Sisters - Karl Schmidt Verlag Master Mix Nov 2009

If you want it, take it.

Go here!

Of course, if you didn't realize we existed, and thus didn't know - depending on your inclinations - what you were missing, then we have only been doing our job. I trust you'll forgive us if we adopt a less private stance, at least for this brief moment...


About KSV 057:

Hussey He Sisters - Karl Schmidt Verlag Master Mix Nov 2009 (KSV 057)

Compiled, mixed and produced by Hussey He Sisters at KSV HQ, Hannover, on November 27-28.

01 KSV Master Mix Nov 2009 (52:14)

Artwork by Karl.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Unlimited edition.


Vielen Dank!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

KSV Preview Files: New New New!

Hi Again,

If you like the sweet taste of death, we've got the Maroon 5 appliqué neckerchiefs you crave.

Click here to download the second of KSV's November 2009 preview files, including segments from Crvi's Two Adaptive Behavior Collisions, Tomoko Sauvage's Wholklang: 14. Nov, and Alexei Borisov & Olga Nosova's Salon am Lichtenbergplatz albums.

There's also a message from Karl!

(Click for a larger version.)


Sleep well, lil' droogies,


Hot Off the Teletype from KSV!

Hello Good People!

Very happy to present the latest micro-edition from Karl Schmidt Verlag:

KSV 056 Alexei Borisov & Olga Nosova - Salon am Lichtenbergplatz

This is the complete aktion from Sunday evening, minus ten unnecessarily recorded minutes of random post-performance gab. Those in attendance witnessed a transcendent set from Olga and Alexei, one that evoked the sounds of garbled line readings broadcast from blasted obsidian sets of outer-galactic, multi-species melodramas. Just terrific.

I joined the duo for a short collaborative set afterwards; all has been stitched together, sans the usual interim shuffling and shifting.


Alexei Borisov - voice, electronics
Olga Nosova - voice, electronics, and percussion


Tom Smith - voice and texts

01 Complete Performance (43:31)

Edition of 15.



As usual. € 8.49 EU / € 10.00 elsewhere / €1 for each additional album


Many, many thanks!



Saturday, November 21, 2009

Earlier Worms...

Hello Again,

Those of you who ordered the Crvi (KSV 051) and Wohlklang: 14. Nov (KSV 055) albums haven't long to wait, as the packages shipped just a few minutes ago.

Herr Bruno B's parcel was the first out the coop:

(Click for a larger version...)

Drop us a line when you've received your swag, please. Karl and I value your thirst for blood...

Bis Dann,


Friday, November 20, 2009

Two New Releases on Karl Schmidt Verlag!

(Amended and expanded 24 Nov 09.)

Goodlier Holes!

The CP is listening to "Heart and Soul", the second bottle of red has drained away, Tobi is gesticulating midway through a disquisition on pink pepper chocolate, and I've crawled away from the kitchen just long enough to spill the pintos on the two newest KSV orthostats!

Threaded foray? Sehr gut!


KSV 051 Crvi - Two Adaptive Behavioral Collisions

Crvi document rusted hulks, calcified electrodes, lost opportunities, and lingering doubts. The duo of Zizic and Mihovilovic hail from Split, Croatia, and their machines have achieved a malign sort of independence. We are pleased by the sounds they refuse to make...


Crvi: power/electronics

01 Two Adaptive Behavior Collisions (29:44)
02 Version (TS mix) (29:47)

Edition of 15.


KSV 055 Wohlklang: 14. Nov (Tomoko Sauvage)

Tomoko Sauvage lives in Paris, and sleeps in the welcoming mouth of a manta. She conjures arid vistas with bowls of water.

As (my Three Resurrected Drunkards partner) Pit Noack noted after Sauvage's performance, she could have turned the master gain of her mixer much louder, but she wisely demurred.

Nature is slow, quiet, and incredibly destructive, one drop at a time...


Tomoko Sauvage - water, bowls, hydrophones and microphones, cups, flexible poles

01 Complete Performance (33:50)
02 Version (TS mix) (33:50)

Edition of 15.


We're going out to Faust now, so I'll have to fill in the details (and upload sound/audio files) on the morrow. If you trust our obscenely high quality, don't require further info, and chose to order now, your panting parcels will go out in the morning's post!

Prices as always: € 8.49 each for the EU, and €10.00 everywhere else.

Gotta run!


Tom (Karl says Hallo too!)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Likening New KSV Release Volleys to Ungovernable Forces of Nature Pt. 660...

Greetings from KSV Zentrum!

Karl and stooped insiders are preparing a month-long new release fiesta set to begin Friday. Gird exposed loins and open the moth-ridden vaults, because you'll want more than an arthritic handful.

On October 30th we'll be re-releasing our document of late September's sterling Silke Arp Bricht performances by frequent Caroliner contributor Core of the Coalman and Hannover improvisor Pit Noack (it sold out so quickly that even our regulars were unable to obtain it, so we're issuing a one-time-only second edition of five); at the weekend we'll also be offering the debut Atelier Grammophon performance by superb Hannoverian avant-concrète duo Generator 2 (KSV 049).

These releases will follow, accompanied by the usual nervous tics and defeaning borborygmi:

To Live and Shave in L.A. - Die Fehde des Gemischs (KSV 030). Three discs. We know you've been waiting...

TS - To Which Clotted Horrors Do You Fail to Refer? (KSV 041). Ninety miniatures, sung and performed by our initialled resident hierophant. Many moons in the making.

Withered Runes - Unworthy Censer (KSV 047). Relics of the late 60s Cambridge scene, fondly dismembered.

40 Berlin Versions (KSV 050). A five-hour birthday party is cross-sectioned. Consider this as a warning.

Crvi - 2 Adaptive Behaviors (KSV 051). New sounds from Split, Croatia's wormiest overlords!

And a still-unnamed album from our Romanian mastering prodigies Linda, Viola & Uwe (KSV 052)!

Plus: Tom Smith - Naturally Occuring Black Metal λόγος (KSV 044). An 80-page photobook with accompanying CD. Strictly limited edition of ten. 45 Euro, postpaid. Once they're gone, they're gone to Norway.

And, at the beginning of December, What's a qNadsat Word for Tank Jazz?, a hulking 10-month anniversary box containing the first 50 KSV releases, a bonus CD, two bonus DVDs, and a gigantic color poster. Limited edition of 10. 160 Euro, postpaid. Each takes a week to assemble, so if you've an interest, reserve your place in queue now!

You know where to ask and what not to wear. Avanti!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

New New New New from Karl Schmidt Verlag!

Good Morning,

We have a new compendium ready on the pad for immediate launch...

KSV 048 Silke Arp Bricht: 29. Sep (Core of the Coalman vs. Pit Noack)

An exciting, intimate evening of full-bore instrumental (and concrète) improvisation. Jorge Boehringer (aka Core of the Coalman) soared, and Herr Noack (my partner in the duo Three Resurrected Drunkards) played what was perhaps his best solo set ever. Exceptional musicians, and two superb sets of immersive, forward-thinking sound.

01 Pit Noack - Untitled (17:19)

(PN: tape decks, prepared cassettes, speaker array)

02 Core of the Coalman - Untitled (39:29)

(Jorge Boehringer: viola and treatments, voice)

03 Version (18:08)

(Mixed by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover, 6 Oct 09)


Recorded live by Karl on the H2 Zoom.
Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Here's info cribbed from Core of the Coalman's Facebook profile:

"We are influenced by many things we read, and also people that we talk to. Also we are influenced by our environments, both actively and passively. By actively I mean I practice an attentiveness to landscapes I move through both "urban" and "rural" and am influenced by many things entering my senses and mind in these environments, not to mention the environments encountered while dreaming. I learned this other artists and philosophers and their work. So its original."


Edition of 15.


€ 8.49 EU / € 10 Elsewhere

PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com


Best Best Best Best,


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

KSV: Eight New Releases!

Hello Droogies!

Since late August, Karl and I have been working round the clock to smuggle a cache of degenerate skullfuckery directly to your mom's backdoor. Just a few minutes ago we jumped the gate, dropped off the rucksack, ripped away our fake moustaches, exchanged our doctored Bolivian passports for dual Iranian/Israeli documents, and took the nearest photon accelerator back to HQ for this debriefing. Ready?

KSV 025 VA - Karl Schmidt Verlag: Was du nicht wissen wolltest... (2xCD)

The label's first 25 releases fused, unmercifully chopped at odd angles, then sewn back together again. Brain-blowing ur-cacophony, six months in the unmaking.

Disc One

101 Untwists Chastened Willows (70:27)

Disc Two

201 Hatch Midst Milk Storm (76:59)

Edited, mixed and produced by Tom Smith for KSV.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 15.


KSV 045 Eugene Chadbourne - Live, Silke Arp Bricht, Hannover, 19 Sept 09

(2xCD, plus limited bonus disc)

Hot off the subhuman switchboard, this document of Dr. Chadbourne's recent two-hour stand at local culture dungeon Silke Arp Bricht will flay your remaining azure seedlings. Needless to sputter, more spittoon-dunked greatness from the North Carolinian rake maestro.

Disc One

101 Pt. 1 (53:00)

Disc Two

201 Pt. 2 (48:48)

Disc Three (limited to the first ten orders)

301 Version (TS mix) (54:03)

Composed and performed by EC.

Recorded by Karl at SAP, Hannover.
Edited and produced by Tom Smith for KSV.
Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 20.


KSV 046 Academia Riding Rust - A Perforated Rink

If you're as nauseated by All Tomorrow's Parties' fetid penchant for hauling elder cabals out of semi-retirement to perform ancient texts for lazy rubberneckers as we are, then this screed is right up your core collapse! ARR took Suicide's recent (and wholly unnecessary) ATP live run-through of their '77 Red Star debut platter, squeezed it through the galley porthole of Mark Knoffler's 700-foot runabout, and drove the point past the vacant lot where the Dirty Three's last shred of dignity was found gagged, broken, and defiled. You know what comes next...

Composed by ARR.

01 A Perforated Rink (42:21)

Edited, mixed and produced TS for KSV, September 2009.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 15.


KSV 043 Ikea Cafe Ambiance vs. Schützenfest Autumn Carnival

Recorded September 5. A day trip to the home furnishings colossus, then a slow stroll around a particularly threadbare carny encampment. A flourishing ace shunts sons; hot hypermedia tots curtly purr "Barracuda therapy tiller..."

01 Ikea Cafe Ambiance (17:03)
02 SAC (12:02)
03 Composite (17:03)
04 Version (17:39)

Recorded by Karl at Ikea, Hannover, and the Schützenfest Autumn Carnival, Küchengarten, Hannover, on September 5, 2009.

Mixed and produced by Tom Smith at KSV HQ, Hannover.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 10.


KSV 042 Christopher Fleeger - 1977, USA

A document of the San Francisco-based improvisor's bracing, consistently satisfying early September performance at Silke Arp Bricht. Such a relief from the usual, respectable dull presence offered by other abstract sound artists... Fleeger's footage of venerable mice provide explicit links between militia postulations and dowagers' palms. Epic, and epicene.

Composed and performed by Christopher Fleeger.

Recorded live by Karl at Pit's Salon, Silke Arp Bricht (foyer), Hannover, on September 2, 2009.

Opening/closing remarks by PN.

Edited and produced by TS for KSV.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

CF: modified pads, mallets, brainwave amplifier

01 Complete Set (40:47)
02 Version (TS mix) (19:05)

Didn't realize until after the set that Herr Fleeger's a homeboy - he grew up less than 60 miles from my sleepy native hamlet...

Edition of 15.


KSV 040 Three Resurrected Drunkards - Baukasten: Exact Linearity

The third release from the duo of Pit Noack and Tom Smith, one that takes their shattered aesthetic (as represented by rehearsal and live recordings made at the titular venue in August) to illogical extremes of abstraction.

Composed and performed by PN and TS.

(Extracted elements of "I Must Mourn" composed by Tim Lane Seaton & Tom Smith/Rope Cosmetology.)

PN: cassette decks, prepared tapes, speaker array.
TS: voice

Recorded by Tom at Baukasten, Hannover, and by Pit at Zum Zigaretten, Hannover, August 2009.

Edited, mixed, and produced by TS for KSV, September 2009.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

01 Nitrate Lyricist (6:22)
02 Clarinetist I Try (6:41)
03 Beak Aunts (6:10)
04 Absent Auk (25:56)
05 Proper Monsoons (10:59)
06 Drachma Lipstick Knot (9:29)

Edition of 15.


KSV 039 Anne - An Innkeeper's Totems

Anne is an orphaned keyring amulet. This is her first album for Karl Schmidt Verlag.

Anne has little patience for Beatles/Stones schlager remakes. Her wrath has been made flesh...

01 Anne Pt. 1 (21:26)
02 Anne Pt. 2 (10:50)
03 Anne Pt. 3 (16:02)
04 Anne Pt. 4 (18:02)

Composed, recorded, mixed and produced by Anne at Mallard Kvetch Rigs, Celle, Germany, August-September 2009.

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 15.


KSV 038 Gaunt Exes - Trunk Situ

Karl Schmidt and TS collaborate at long last! The assemblages were crafted by Herr Schmidt, and the vocal shards were injected into soft, pulpy tissue by Smith. Very fucking dangerous to your ears. (Defaced shipwrights' adzes agree.)

Likely to scrub pesky foul notions from your latest tony infrared summons...

01 Quota Torments (20:09)
02 Irk Me (20:46)
03 Omit Copse (20:53)
04 Papal Louse Op (4:57)

Composed and performed August-September 2009 by Karl Schmidt (assemblages) and Tom Smith (voice and electronics).

Mastered by Linda, Viola & Uwe at Slab Alucard, Cluj-Napoca.

Edition of 15.


That's the update!


Single discs are € 8.49 EU / € 10 Elsewhere

Two-disc sets are € 14 EU / € 16 Elsewhere

PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com




Monday, September 7, 2009

Rope Cosmetology: Casement Ledges Where Moss Has Grown...

Hello Again,

Finally. After months of adjustments, the fourth Rope Cosmetology album, Spezial Gedankengefüge, has been completed. Orders will ship tomorrow.

Here's the revised running order:

Week 1

101 Visit When in Sympathy (10:12)

102 Hamletmaschine (5:42)

103 I Must Mourn (5:30)

104 Otherwise She Agreed (5:36)

105 Grateful, But Some Fur (20:05)

106 All Is Lead, Corporeal (9:46)

107 Jean Heap Came Off His Pen (composite) (5:02)

108 Third Symbol May Stumble (12:41)

Week 2

201 Set Rehearsal (7 Apr 09) (52:07)

202 Dirges One Ruined (5:16)

203 Visit When in Sympathy (10:46)

204 The Cortege (8:07)

205 Rope Cosmetology (2:21)

The third disc, a 45-minute DVD of various short videos shot during (and around) the April sessions, will also be included.

Thanks very much for waiting on us to finish the album. It's a collection of rehearsal recordings, so there are occasional flubs, errors, missed beats, blown notes, etc., but THIS GROUP DESTROYS and I don't think you'll mind the odd imperfect moment.

Yours Faithfully,

Tom, for Tim, Ryan, Feri, and Balazs.

Monday, August 17, 2009

KSV Post-Chiropractic Report...

Hello Again,

We've had to adjust our release schedule again, albeit just slightly. The Rope Cosmetology double disc and the Katje Fregatte album will both be available on Thursday, August 20. Set your cicadas accordingly...

Still a few copies left of the Maude and Female Reggae Showcase albums; the Alpha 66 release is almost gone, so if you were waiting, act!

(Wow... One of our neighbors is having an epic shouting match with her partner.)

An additional pair of releases (KSV 038 and 039) are in the post-production queue as well. You will receive ample warning.

All the Best,

Tom & Karl

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Los sobrevivientes demanda de acción! (New KSV!)

Hello Again,

Brian Cook's favorite unreleased TLASILA-related oddity was the 1998 album by Alpha 66, Pax Sovietica. Once on the Smack Shire shortlist (but sensibly scrubbed when my partner in the label, Gerard Klauder, reckoned it would return less than an nth of our investment), this paean to Cuban-American paranoia was hatched in Miami Beach during an impossibly muggy, appropriately ominous June afternoon by yours truly, and quickly filed away after an ex-girlfriend implored me to burn the tapes, lest I be murdered by anti-Castro extremists.

It's far less threatening an affair, if truth be pried from shattered molars. I merely plopped a cassette into a boombox, tuned the unit to a local AM station specializing in overdriven salsa and merengue, and edited the proceedings in real time. (I grant that it's extraordinarily fucked, however...)

Brian often privately expressed his delight with the results, and decried the cruelty of a marketplace gone far too pink and prickly to allow for Pax Sovietica's release. But, the marketplace is finished, and the old paradigms are wizened beyond resuscitation.

Time, then, for Alpha 66!


KSV 037 Alpha 66 - Pax Sovietica


Tom Smith - radio, real-time edits

Recorded June 25, 1998 in Miami Beach, Florida by TS on the Western Blot mobile.
Edited and mastered August 10, 2009 by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover.

01 Pax Sovietica (Pt. 1) (36:06)
02 Pax Sovietica (Pt. 2) (20:48)


Edition of 15.

For Brian...



€ 8.49 within the EU, €10 outside the EU.

Postage paid. Add € 1 for each additional album.

Send orders to: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.

Our sole distribution partner is Tochnit Aleph. Copies of selected out-of-print KSV albums may be found there...


Love to All,


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ordure with Confidence...

Two new releases from Karl Schmidt Verlag:

KSV 017 Female Reggae Showcase - Ascendance Surged Red (Distorted in Hegel)

Kid Traumgekrönt: Chris Grier
U-Hölderlin: Tom Smith

An hour of attenuated disregard.

Edition of 15.


KSV 036 Maude - York Year of Critical Will

Mark Morgan (Sightings, TLASILA, etc.) - guitar and voice
Tom Smith (Ohne, Rope Cosmetology, et al.) - voice and electronics

Recorded and mixed in NYC by Patrick Spurlock, 2007.
Remixed by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover, 2009.

An hour of abrupt regard.

Edition of 15.



€ 8.49 within the EU, €10 outside the EU.

Postage paid. Add € 1 for each additional album.

Send orders to: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.

Our sole distribution partner is Tochnit Aleph.


Hope everyone is well...



Thursday, July 30, 2009

KSV Updated Update!

Hi Again,

It's been a mad work week, and I've still one day to go. Exhaustion has become my fuel, and the darker circles around the sunken sockets of my once-sparkling orbs provide a beacon for wraiths and nightgaunts. I feel like a million Euros (that have been soaked in caustic lye)...

On to business: each of our previously issued releases is now SOLD OUT. We have a few copies of some of the more recent titles reserved for our distributor, Tochnit Aleph, but apart from those, everything is gone.

Many thanks to our regulars and occasional passersby for your very kind support.

Coming August 1: the debut album by Female Reggae Showcase (KSV 017), and (this is new, by the way), on August 5, the debut platter by Maude (KSV 036).

Thanks as always for your illuminating emails. The instant feedback is always appreciated!

Yours Faithfully,


Sunday, July 19, 2009

KSV Update...

Good Morning Lovelies,

Off to work in a few minutes, so while I'm murdering the fragile moments left before I bolt for the tram, I may as well give you the blood-flecked lowdown on the next raft of releases:

Careening toward you on August 1st, the long-delayed and much dithered-over Female Reggae Showcase album (Kid Traumgekrönt/U-Hölderlin Super-Clash!) will have mud all over its corsets, but will nonetheless be available. On August 15, you can finally get your mitts on the 2xCD Rope Cosmetology studio collection, Spezial: Gedankengefüge (Compound Thought). No need for hype on this one - those in the know know. Verstehen Sie? August 23 finds Katja Frigate's Coldplay Nancarrow Burzum Hines assemblage at last ready for public aring, and September 1 will mark the escape of our slightly delayed 25th disc (especially as we're already up to number 35!), the all-encompassing, all-knowing, all-deflecting mega-mix compilation Karl Schmidt Verlag: Was du nicht wissen wolltest? Also on this date, the 3xCD TLASILA set of recycled, re-positioned "hybrids," Die Fehde des Gemischs. We suggest you eat all your meds at once for that one...

As if all this weren't burden enough, on September 15 we'll begin our first, tentative steps into actual Verlag-ness with the publication of a new book of fellow traveler Tom Smith's photographs, and, on October 1, the release of Unpunished, an illustrated volume of TS's 2000-2001 reviews for the late, oh-so-great Bananafish.

Too pro for you? Well, many were reeling, swooning, coughing up clumps of bilious humors, nay, nearly dropping dead under the intense pace of releases. Engines have thus been reversed, and the gargantuan ship of state that is KSV GmbH will be steaming along - at least for the next few months - at a more regal clip.

SOLD OUT: Feinkost Lampe: 26. Februar (KSV 018); Tom Smith & Blue Sabbath Black Fiji - Ich werde nicht nackt sein (KSV 022); Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson & Tom Smith - Todesröcheln (KSV 026); Rope Cosmetology - Hinterzimmer-Apotheke (leibt) illegal Meztgerei (KSV 027); Silke Arp Bricht: 3. Juni (KSV 029); and Tom Smith - Hintergrundmusik (KSV 032). Many, many thanks.

ALMOST GONE: Three Resurrected Drunkards - Begriffsschrift (KSV 019) and Twenty Years of Sudden Infant: One Participant's Perspective (KSV 023). Get 'em while you can.

Coming later in 2009: 50 Karl Schmidt Fans Can't Have Jobs!?, a box containing all previously-issued KSV recordings and publications, two DVDs, three bonus CDs, and more, housed in a container ill-suited for stovepipe hat storage, ill-advised for casual perusal. A limited edition of ten units, and as each one will take a week or so to make, beware: the love will surely ooze forth...

Hope everyone is well.



Friday, July 17, 2009

New Release on KSV!

I've been trying to slow down the pace of research and development here at KSV HQ, but despite all efforts, this newest model fairly raced from the lab. Covers are printed, discs are burned. Orders received through 17:30 today (5:30 PM) will be mailed immediately. (Deutsche Post is just up the street from our flat.)

KSV 035 Karl Schmidt - Remediated and Decontextualized Field Recordings Vol. 2

Recorded July 2009 by KS at KSV HQ, Hannover.

01 Untitled (51:32)

Mixed and produced by TS for KSV.

Sleeve design by Michaela Föster.

Edition of 15.

Pricing as always. See recent entries for details.


Have a Great Weekend!



Sunday, July 12, 2009

Tending to the Flock...

I've been neglecting some of the related sites. Time, as always, is at a premium. ("Time management," a loathsome idea if there ever was one, isn't exactly my forte.) To address these crimes, I went into overdrive and added a blog update to the moldering Miss High Heel profile, uploaded three short videos, over 100 photos, and changed the layout of the Rope Cosmetology page (its Blogger counterpart is still woefully undernourished - forgive), responded to long-standing friend requests at the TLASILA MySpace page (and there's still a lot of work to be done there, apologies in advance, etc.), added all the new and recently issued albums (and accompanying sound files) to the Karl Schmidt Verlag site (yeah, its Blogger doppelganger is also hurting - I'll get around to it, promise), even Twittered a few times yesterday, and responded to some follower tweets.

And one of these millennia I'll complete the latest revamp of the TLASILA web portal. Oy...

Happy Clattering,


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Catching Up with Yesterday...

Finally getting round to clearing out the KSV release queue.

Originally announced for April dissemination, this compendium at last has its micro-moment in the gauzy light of eternal renewal...

KSV 023 20 Years of Sudden Infant: One Participant's Perspective

You know the story. You know the players. Go.

First five orders come with a free ultra-mini-DVD! See brief snippets of the action! See the power and the glory cut short due to memory card limitations! See Joke rock the fuck out to his fellow performers!

Edition of 15.

Pricing as usual. See the most recent KSV update below if you're uncertain.


Many thanks, and enjoy the remainder of your weekend!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009


I must apologize for issuing so many goddamned albums through KSV, but when my muse wraps her thighs around my skull I find it almost impossible to resist the urge to gnaw, bite, and howl. There's still more on the way, of course - Karl's second volume of Remediated and Decontextualized Field Recordings (KSV 035) is nearly complete, and the five or six titles previously announced (and not yet unleashed) are in various stages of nascence.

(Karl Schmidt - Remediated and Decontectualized Field Recordings Vol. 2; coming soon!)

If you haven't plunked down your hard-earned currency for the Three Resurrected Drunkards album, do so quickly - they're nearly gone. The TS/Black Fiji collection is SOLD OUT. See previous entries for details...

Merci as always for every iota of support, feedback, etc.



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dioxins on the Wing...


KSV orders received through midday 7/7 hit Deutsche Post in the morning. Thanks, as always, for hopping aboard the Hellbound (albeit thoughtfully ergonomic) tram...

Clockwise from top left: Tom Smith - Hintergrundmusik (KSV 032); Three Resurrected Drunkards - Begriffsschrift (KSV 019); Schützenausmarsch: 5. Juli, Hannover (KSV 034); Silke Arp Bricht: 3. Juni (Rémi Groussin, Michel Henritzi & Junko Hiroshige) (KSV 029); Rope Cosmetology - Hinterzimmer-Apotheke (leibt) illegal Metzgerei (KSV 027); Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson & Tom Smith - Todesröcheln (KSV 026), and in the center, 27. Juni: Strict Sevens (A Dogma Diary) (KSV 033).

(Click above to view a larger version of the image.)

Until Tomorrow,


Monday, July 6, 2009

One Straggler, One Lobster-Red Curb Crawler...

(Amended July 6, 2009.)

Guten Tag,

New today from Karl Schmidt Verlag, another instant release, as per credo, ethos, and directive:

KSV 034 Schützenausmarsch: 5. Juli, Hannover

Recorded by Karl, featuring occasional (mostly muted) commentary from your hosts TS & CF, this album features the sounds of Hannover's bizarre Schützenausmarsch, a procession of marching bands comprised of members from Lower Saxony's many gun clubs. By tradition, each club has been up all night drinking (celebrating the conclusion of Schützenfest), and while Sousa enthusiasts are likely to find fault with the parade and its participants, casual ethnographers with a taste for the outré (and just plain fugged-up) will reach a different set of conclusions.

01 Composite (31:18)
02 Version (32:20)
03 Coda (1:04)

Mixed and produced by TS for KSV, July 5, 2009.

Edition of 10.



KSV 019 Three Resurrected Drunkards - Begriffsschrift

This collection has been on the greasy, too infrequently lit back burner for months. The first of Begriffsschrift's two discs details the three weeks of rehearsals that preceded the duo's sophomore performance (March 6, 2009, at Hannover's Silke Arp Bricht); the second documents the final dress rehearsal recordings made at Silke on the afternoon of the performance.

It kills.

101 Rehearsals (February 17-March 1, 2009) (78:07)
201 Dress Rehearsal (March 3, 2009) (59:29)

Composed and performed by Three Resurrected Drunkards:

Pit Noack - prepared cassettes, tape machines, speaker array
Tom Smith - voice

Recorded live by Karl on the H2 at Silke Arp Bricht, Hannover.
Mixed and produced by TS May-June 2009 at Western Blot, Hannover.

Edition of 25.



KSV 034 is € 8.49 within the EU, €10 outside the EU.

KSV 019 (a double disc album) is
€ 10.49 within the EU, €12 outside the EU.

Postage paid. Add € 1 for each additional album.

Send orders to: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.

Our sole distribution partner is Tochnit Aleph.


That's it for today. Thanks again for your support!



Thursday, July 2, 2009

Aufstieg in Fahrtrichtung verkehrt!

Hello Everyone,

I've been working quite a lot of late, traveling throughout Lower Saxony to various corporate strongholds where I parsimoniously impart the gnostic secrets of English. Apologies for falling behind in posts these last two weeks - I've been filling in the gaps whenever I have a spare moment.

Re KSV: still working out the kinks of the Female Reggae Showcase album. Chris Grier's parts are superb, as might be expected, but I'm being overly exact with the surrounding sonic elements. Just can't help myself... As for the long-delayed Three Resurrected Drunks opus, it's all done, save for a final round of dithering. Sometime next week?

In the meantime, I've completed two "instant" releases, both recorded on Saturday, the 27th of June. The first of these details the music I composed for a dinner party that began the evening, and the second documents a truly epic DJ party at that went down at favored hangout Silke Arp Bricht. Turntables were set up all over the club, and the inspired local jocks pulled out gem after coruscating gem. The howls of delight you'll hear were all too real...

I would have posted these new collections earlier in the week, but I reckoned it would be best to give everyone a respite from Karl's punishing regimen.

Here are the new releases:

KSV 032 Tom Smith - Hintergrundmusik

Recorded June 27, 2009. Mixed June 29-July 2, 2009 by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover. Initial playback (rough version), June 27.

01 Hintergrundmusik (68:45)

Composed and produced by TS.

Edition of 10.


KSV 033 27. Juni: Strict Sevens (A Dogma Diary) (2xCD)

Recorded by Karl throughout the evening of June 27, 2009, at Silke Arp Bricht, Hannover, on the occasion of their "Strictly 7" Vinyl Only" party. One of the best, least despairing, most engaging nights out I've enjoyed in ages...

DJs: Celler Loch, Major Marks, Stan das unausstehliche Ehepaar, David 7Lynch, Dr. Sleaze, Micha Phonem, Magnetfolie, and Ratte Bruns.

Edited, mixed and produced by yours truly at KSV HQ, June 28-30.

101 23:30 to 1:50 (69:34)

201 2:10 to 5:25 (60:46)

Edition of 10.



KSV 032 is € 8.49 within the EU, €10 outside the EU.

KSV 033 (a double disc album) is
€ 10.49 within the EU, €12 outside the EU.

Postage paid. Add € 1 for each additional album.

Send orders to: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.

Our sole distribution partner is Tochnit Aleph. Daniel is a brilliant fellow. Support him.

Coming soon, new releases from Rope Cosmetology, Katja Fregatte, TLASILA, and the Was du nicht wissen wolltest and Twenty Years of Sudden Infant compilations.


We're off to Hamburg tomorrow.
Pix and sounds to follow!

The CP and I must soon turn in - work begins anew in the morning...

Love and Fortuitous Exits,


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Warning! Warning! Warning!

Two new KSV releases have been cleared for dissemination. Check these pages tomorrow for details!


Monday, June 22, 2009


(Amended June 24, 2009.)

KSV 031 Fête de la Tourette: 21. Juni, Hannover

Another KSV instant release, torn from the shroud of tomorrow, yesterday!

Recorded by Karl at various locations throughout Hannover during the city's Fête de la Musique convulsion. Edited, mixed and produced by TS at KSV HQ, Hannover.

Kudos to DJ Tip Jar!

01 Fête de la Tourette (39:49)
02 Version (34:04)

Available now!

Edition of 15. Images and design by Jens Meier.


Many thanks,


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Newest Releases!

Hello Droogs,

As promised yesterday, four new albums, available NOW!

Here's the rundown:

KSV 026 Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson & Tom Smith - Todesröcheln

Occasional Hanoverian neighbor Sigmarsson (from the titanic Stilluppsteypa) and yours unholy hang at KSV HQ and go glottal stop-to-thoracic implant in a sulfurous vocal battle royal!

Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson - voice
Tom Smith - voice

01 Untitled (6:54)
02 Untitled (7:37)
03 Untitled (10:08)
04 Composite (19:01)

Recorded Simmarsson & Smith, Hannover, May 2009; edited, mixed and produced by Smith, May-June 2009.

Edition of 20.


KSV 027
Rope Cosmetology - Hinterzimmer-Apotheke (liebt) illegal Metzgerei

The ensemble's second public performance, recorded by Pit Noack at Sirke Arp Bricht, Hannover, on April 11, 2009. Live mix by Olaf Voigt.

Tim Lane Seaton - bass and treatments
Ryan Parrish - percussion
Feri Kovacs - soprano saxophone, trumpet, and xylophone
Tom Smith - voice

Balazs Pandi was on assignment.

01 Complete Set (45:36)

Edited and mastered for release by Karl at KSV HQ, Hannover, June 2009.

Edition of 20.


KSV 028 Kenou Boyd Fromberg vs. Der Wolfsburger 32,002Hz Chor - The Silent Din (Abgeklärt Pts. 1-4)

Berlin-based composer Stefan Roigk's three-year-old son, Boyd, takes over KSV HQ for an afternoon of keyboard (and stuffed animal) debasement. Stellar doesn't cut it - this is post-galactic! Contrasted and abetted by the attenuated spokes and seat springs of the Wolfsburger 32,002Hz Chor, recorded during their May 2009 tour of Maschsee, Hannover.

01 Abgeklärt Parts 1-4 (60:37)

Composed and performed by Kenou Boyd Fromberg and Der Wolfsburger 32,002Hz Chor.

Edited, mixed and produced by TS, June 2009.

Edition of 15.


KSV 029
Silke Arp Bricht: 3. Juni (Rémi Groussin / Michel Henritzi & Junko Junko Hiroshige)

A document of a fateful, fantastical evening. First, video artist Grossin thrummed his way into Silke lore, followed by a cartilaginous collab 'twixt Hijokaidan doyenne Hiroshige and guitarist Henritzi. Lives were either saved, spurned, or spared.

01 Rémi Groussin (12:03)
02 Michel Henritzi & Junko Hiroshige (27:01)
03 Critique (12:41)
04 Version (25:06)

Presented by Pit Noack. Recorded, edited, mixed and produced by Karl, June 2009.

Edition of 20.


There you have it! Sometime next week we'll have the Female Reggae Showcase and Three Resurrected Drunkards albums ready for issue.


€ 8.49 within the EU, €10 outside the EU. Postage paid. Add €1 for each additional album.

Send orders to: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.

The above-referenced new releases are ready to ship, with no waiting.

Our sole distribution partner is Tochnit Aleph. Seek and ye shall be consumed.




Monday, June 15, 2009

KSV Orders Away / Coming Next...

All outstanding KSV orders were sent out this afternoon. Thanks again for your support and indulgence. I hope you'll find the additional weeks spent fine-tuning Ich werde nicht nackt sein were worth the effort...

(Click above for a larger version of the image...)

Back at HQ, eleven new releases are in varying stages of production. Here's the list:

KSV 017 Female Reggae Showcase - Ascendance Surged Red (Distorted in Hegel)

KSV 019 Three Resurrected Drunkards - Begriffsschrift 1999! (2xCD)

KSV 020 Rope Cosmetology - Spezial: Gedankengefüge (Compound Thought) (2xCD)

KSV 023 VA - Twenty Years of Sudden Infant!

KSV 024 Katja Fregatte - Coldplay Nancarrow Burzum Hines

KSV 025 VA - Karl Schmidt Verlag: Was du nicht wissen wolltest...

KSV 026 Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson & Tom Smith - Todesröcheln

KSV 027 Rope Cosmetology - Hinterzimmer-Apotheke vs. Illegal Metzgerei

KSV 028 Boyd Roigk vs. Der Wolfsburger 32,002Hz Chor - The Silent Din (Abgeklärt Pts. 1-2)

KSV 029 Silke Arp Bricht: 3. Juni (Rémi Groussin/Michel Henritzi/Junko Hiroishige)

KSV 030 TLASILA - Die Fehde des Gemischs (3xCD)


Please don't order any of the above until they've been formally issued, OK?

I'm still applying the final torque ratchet turns to the Female Reggae Showcase and TRD releases. Expect them shortly, along with the disc of highlights from the Sudden Infant 20th anniversary fête.



Friday, May 1, 2009

New from Karl Schmidt Verlag!

Hello Again,

As promised, two new albums arrive today from KSV. Each deserves your undivided attention, but of course, as a monster with an alienating bias, my entreaties should be weighed acccordingly. Decide for yourselves if you can stand another bloody second living in a world of denuded culture. If you're ready to run toward a resolutely opaque zone, we'll be happy to serve you...

Feinkost Lampe: 26. Februar (KSV 018)

Recorded, as might be inferred from the title, at Feinkost Lampe, Hannover, on February 26, 2009. Karl left his digital recorder at home by accident, so he deployed a Sony DSC-S800 camera and captured the bulk of the evening's performances.

RK2 hail from Hannover. Liondialer split their time between London and Berlin.

For this performance, RK2 were: Andreas Brüning (bass), Torsten Heilmann (elektronik), Ruediger Klose (federphon, etc.). The fourth member of the combo, Jan Gieseke (elektronik und percussion), was unable to attend. Liondialer are: Greg Haines and Danny Saul (cello, acoustic guitar, voice, and electronics).

01 26. Februar (37:24)
02 Version (37.24)

Intense, crypto-krank improvisations battle calcified shards of sloughed causality...

File conversion, edit, mix and mastering by Karl Schmidt at HQ, Hannover, April 2009.

Sleeve by Jens Meier.

Edition of 20.


Tom Smith & Blue Sabbath Black Fiji - Ich werde nicht nackt sein (KSV 022)

The evening before Tim Lane Seaton arrived in Hannover to begin rehearsals for the Rope Cosmetology tour, I joined forces with Blue Sabbath Black Fiji to improvise a wrathful demiurge capable of winning three falls out of five with Die Kosmokrator...

Digital room recording, Silke Arp Bricht, Hannover, March 24, 2009.

01 Untitled I and II (with Pause) (44:00)
02 Every Third Aversion (11:32)

Charles Lavenac (guitar, voice, electronics)
Janin Benecke (guitar, electronics)
Tom Smith (voice)

Live mix by Olaf Voigt.

Mixed and produced Karl Schmidt at KSV HQ, Hannover, April-May 2009.

Sleeve by Michele Kaufmann.

Edition of 20.


Pricing (new):

€ 8.49 within the EU, €10 outside the EU. Postage paid. Add €1 for each additional album.

(Sorry, but glossy double-sided color A4s and postage have become more expensive. I'll try to hold the line on these prices as long as possible...)

As always, send orders to: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com.


All the Best,


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Forthcoming on KSV!

Liebe Freunde,

Spring has once again been beaten back here in Hannover. It's a cold, drizzly afternoon, and I feel more like curling up next to the dog than clattering in the kitchen...

Re KSV, one or two of the following may be ready by tomorrow:

KSV 017 Female Reggae Showcase - Kid Traumgekrönt/U-Hölderlin Super-Clash!

KSV 018 Feinkost Lampe: 26 Februar (RK2 vs. Liondialer)

KSV 019 Three Resurrected Drunkards - Begriffsschrift 1999! (2 discs!)

KSV 020 Rope Cosmetology - Spezial: Gedankengefüge (Compound Thought) (2 discs!)

KSV 021 Rope Cosmetology - Diffusion de la rue de la Double Identité (limited-edition, already sold out; a few copies possibly available through Tochnit Aleph distribution)

(Diffusion was created for attendees of Ropecosm's April 11, 2009 performance at Silke Arp Bricht in Hannover. Additionally, Tochnit Aleph recieved five copies of the album, and three of our most avid KSV supporters were mailed the collection, which documented RC's April 3rd debut concert in Paris. It was thus an edition of 18... They're gone, man, gone!)

KSV 022 Tom Smith vs. Blue Sabbath Black Fiji - Ich werde nicht nackt sein

Obsessively check back with us for developments, seen?

Bad news: prices are going to have to be raised a few Euro. Printing and postage costs are killing me.

I will compensate for your discomfort by raising the quality bar ever higher - these next releases are off the virus-spattered meathook...

Bis Bald,


Saturday, February 28, 2009

Three Resurrected Drunkards: Performance #2!

Hello Again,

My new duo project with Pit Noack, Three Resurrected Drunkards, recklessly and reverently christened after Nagisa Oshima's 1968 film, will air more of its disagreeable laundry on March 6 at Silke Arp Bricht in Hannover. Sell something and fly over - we have recently minted songs and a wicked speaker array... Pit's playing six tape decks, and I'm singing.

(Poster designed by Claudia Franke, adapted from a sketch by Stefan Roigk. Click above for a larger version of the image...)

Bis Bald,


Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Release!

Good Morning Droogs,

The third album from Karl Schmidt Verlag is now on release and available for immediate consumption. Take and eat...

KSV 003 Brüning/Schuhmacher/Schmidt - Extrakte und Deformationen (CDR)

(Sleeve by Stefanie Bruhn.)

Recorded by Karl in Hannover, December 3 to December 17, 2008.

Edited, mastered and produced by TS.


Andreas Brüning - bass and treatments

Nils Schuhmacher - guitar

Karl Schmidt - voice

and Jens Windeler, percussion (December 17 rehearsal)



01 Ohne Titel (42:50)


C+P B/S/S & KSV, 2008-2009.



€ 7.49 within the EU, €9 outside the EU. Postage paid. Add €1 for each additional album.

So, one disc ordered from Portugal = € 7.49. Two discs ordered from the USA = € 19. Three discs ordered from China = € 29. Four ordered from France = € 32.96. Et cetera...

PayPal: tlasila [at] gmail [dot] com

Edition of 30 in hand-folded, full-color paper sleeves.

Preorders ship from Lisboa on Monday...


Many thanks to all,