TO LIVE AND SHAVE IN L.A.

30-Minuten Männercreme

(Love Is Sharing Pharmaceuticals) Used CD $5.00 (Out-of-stock)

The Andrew W.K.-approved debut CD from 1994. “Oddly disturbing” —discogs

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Absence Blots Us Out

(Blossoming Noise - BN064) CD $10.50 (Out-of-stock)

A tribute to their late brother-in-arms Chris Grier. Recording features nearly twenty members of the extended collective. Remembrance penned by Thurston Moore. Edition of 200.

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An Interview With The Mitchell Brothers

(Audible Hiss) Used CD $6.00 (Out-of-stock)

Created in a single day (August 11, 1995) in response to a dare issued by Sir Ned Hayden of the august Audible Hiss imprint, Tom Smith used Kenneth Turan's invaluable 1980 reference work Sinema: American Pornographic Films and the People Who Make Them as a primary template to dash out ten lyrics and edit the cut-up backdrops over which Ben Wolcott and Rat Bastard shade and abrade.

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“Helen Butte” Vs. Masonna Pussy Badsmell

(Full Contact) Used CD $5.00 (Out-of-stock)

Tom Smith lacerates his 1995 recordings with manic intensity, blends hyper-literate texts with hyper-speed, musique-concrete deconstructions of rock sonics, and filters it through a free glam aesthetic. Maddening, comprehension-defeating, spiraling in all directions, layers of voices colliding with heavily fuzzed bass guitar riffs and screeching, sputtering oscillators, this album explodes out of the stereo.

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The Wigmaker In Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg

(Menlo Park - MPK7020) Used 2xCD $15.00 (Out-of-stock)

To Live And Shave In L.A.’s magnum opus, seven years in the making. “The only record I’ve ever heard that sounds like it was worked on continuously for seven years,” raves Chris Sienko, “The mix is dense, yet completely lucid … [with] at least four layers of different kinds of manipulations (tape edits, digital processing, computer manipulation, multitrack gymnastics)…. Layers shift in and out of focus, dissolve to static, intentionally overload, desaturate, flip to negative and snap back into shape with nary a tear in the fabric…. It’s like listening to a cubist mixtape of glam, death metal and no wave, with each and every facet remorselessly visible … a wake-up call to the avant community…. [T]he studio techs are going to be talking about (and maybe even studying in school) the mix on this album in twenty years – I have no doubt about that…. [T]he bar has been raised significantly.”

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Tonal Harmony

(Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers) Used CD $5.00 (Out-of-stock)

Rat Bastard, Ben Wolcott, Tom Smith, with guest guitarists John Morton (Electric Eels, X___X) and Bill Orcutt (Harry Pussy, Hall & Oates), and Silver Apples’ Simeon on oscillator. From 1997

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Vedder Vedder Bedwetter

(Fifth Column) Used CD $5.00 (Out-of-stock)

First, a word from Andy Alabama, who we must congratulate for hilariously riling up flat-footed Amazon commentators: “I think that this was from a more experimental period in the great man’s career…. I liked Eddie much better when he was more willing to take risks artistically. What with his intractable fight against Ticketmaster, it seems that he has fallen into something of a stylistic rut. Not so on this record — these were truly Eddie’s halcyon days. A must own for any true-blue Pearl Jam fan.” Good times, good times. On To Live and Shave in L.A.'s first full-length album of 1995, Tom Smith’s “preoccupations with Rashomon, Pound, King Tubby, and (ahem) power-fucking were co-mingled in an ungovernable torrent of splintered hubris. Whatever ‘full-on insane’ you think you have, believe me, we beat you to it, forever.” Guests include Harry Pussy’s Bill Orcutt, Don Fleming from ½ Japanese and Velvet Monkeys, Action Swingers’ Ned Hayden (yeah, man, on alto sax), Peach of Immortality’s Jared Louche, the biomechanical Nandor Nevai (mmm, das nice, Max), and The Flying Luttenbachers’ Weasel Walter.

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Where A Horse Has Been Standing And Where You Belong

(Western Blot) Used CD $7.00

The twelve most troublesome tracks from The Wigmaker In Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg (still in progress in late 1997, when this was produced), jostled by Tom Smith as an exercise in problem solving. Stamped, hand-lettered card sleeve. First edition of 500