To Live and Shave in L.A.'s first full-length album of 1995, in which my 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.
From TLASILA Blog, 2008:
We’d envisioned VVB as a pitiless, contiguous bombardment. Fifth Column refused to release it without concessions to bourgeois norms (i.e., providing their audience of portly Fetish Night devotees a quasi-comprehensible, oft-demarcated product), and thus the conceit was dashed on the shoals of hubris.
Sleeve design by Syd Garon, unfortunately mangled by Fifth Column’s staff buffoon. Naturally, the physical elements of the original artwork -- including the found Polaroid around which the album's "M. Polk" narrative was spun, and a postcard from a Christian gun shop (!) in Alabama sent to me by Boat Of/Method Actors/Beauty Contest stalwart David Gamble -- were never recovered. (Only the Photoshop files exist.) I’ve grown to accept the FCR version, but the intended sleeve was infinitely more arresting.
Recorded at Waterworks, New York; The Studio, Miami; Lounge Ax, Chicago; Zoot's, Detroit; Local 506, Chapel Hill; The Knitting Factory, New York, and The Green Room, Ypsilanti, from December 1994 to February 1995 by Greg Tallenfeld (Waterworks), Rat Bastard (bass engineering at The Studio), and Tom Smith (everything else, plus a few tracks recorded at Waterworks).
Originally released as Fifth Column CD 9868-63189 on May 10, 1995.
released May 10, 1995
Tom Smith - voice, text, edits, tape manipulation, radio, small electronics
Rat Bastard - bass
Ben Wolcott - oscillator and treatments
Don Fleming - guitar and backing vocals
Ned Hayden - alto sax
Jared Louche - guitar and backing vocals
Nandor Nevai - trombone
Bill Orcutt - guitar
Weasel Walter - tenor sax
A fearless cult figure from New England's underground scene, Sawyer's no-fi experiments with everyday objects and body sounds are greatly rewarding to those who have the patience and curiosity to give them a chance. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 20, 2017