Sean Demdike was in a few weeks ago and among other things alerted us to something we'd completely missed: Hanson Records' recent release of To Live And Shave In L.A.'s profoundly mental "lost" 7" from circa '92, Spatters Of A Royal Sperm, presented as an LP with the B-side given over to never-before-released '77-'80 dub experiments by TLASILA's Tom Smith. Said it reminded him of Chrome, but a hundred times more f****d up (or words to that effect). Aaron Dilloway provides some more background:
"Twenty-Four years ago back in 1994 the first To Live and Shave in L.A. CD 30-Minuten Männercreme was released. Jim Magas, the indie buyer at the local Ann Arbor Borders Books and Music convinced myself and pal Andrew W.K. to buy it…telling us that it’s some of the most fucked up music we would ever hear. He wasn’t wrong, it blew our teenage minds….we had NEVER heard ANYTHING that sounded like this…and it remains one of the most influential music releases of my life. It was and is one of the most psychedelic things I’ve ever heard. It was a maximalist blast of pause-button tape 'loops', doubled up rock crooner vocals, noise guitar blasts (supplied by Harry Pussy’s Bill Orcutt), recorded and mixed with mind scrambling hi-fi clarity, by Tom and long time Miami underground music beacon Frank Falestra aka Rat Bastard.
"Before that monumental album was recorded, TLASILA’s main man Tom Smith had recorded 4 songs to be released as a 7 inch back in 1992. The label, afraid of the new name wanted to release the record under Tom’s previous moniker ‘Peach Of Immortality’. This wouldn’t do as it was a new beast all of its own. Alas, the release was shelved..until now.
"The Side A of this LP contains the complete unleaded 4 song 7 inch, recorded by Tom in his very first of many projects with longtime collaborator Rat Bastard. Tape loops of dollar bin garbage reworked into disorienting alien rock music with freak-pop hooks. I challenge you to find me another recording project as freaked out and unlike anything as this. Go for it! No hyperbole…This is the unheard blueprint recordings of one of the most creative projects in the history of underground music."
Sadly, we were too late to procure any copies for the shop - and it is now sold out at source. We urge you to track down a copy however/wherever you can, especially for the Tom Smith dub workouts which are exclusive to the vinyl (fiendish!) but the nub of the release, the four TLASILA tracks, you can obtain digitally from the Hanson Bandcamp for the princely sum of $5.
If your interest in TLASILA is piqued by all this, we can also recommend their tasty recent As Gods Are Skinned CD on Independent Woman, which we have in stock now.