To Live And Shave In L.A.

To Live And Shave In L.A.

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Experimental collective (with aggressive noise, avant-garde, and post-punk leanings) formed by Tom Smith and Rat Bastard in 1991. A third member, Ben Wolcott, joined in 1993. Smith had previously been in the groups Boat Of, Pussy Galore, and Peach of Immortality. Bastard had been in Miami-based trio Scraping Teeth; Wolcott was a filmmaker and sound designer. Their debut release was 1994's "30-Minuten Mannercreme." Went on a three-year hiatus beginning in 2000, during which time Smith formed the "Actionist" ensemble Ohne, and Bastard focused on his Laundry Room Squelchers group. TLASILA reformed in 2003; recordings and tours have followed, and the line-up has grown to include all-star players including members of Sonic Youth and Sightings. Group's recordings combine elements of musique concrete, noise, heavy dub, and pervasive electronics to create often violent, but increasingly lyrical backdrops which frame vocalist Smith's literate, oddly disturbing croon.
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To Live And Shave In L.A. 30-Minuten Männercreme (Album) Love Is Sharing Pharmaceuticals US 1994 Sell This Version
012 To Live And Shave In L.A. An Interview With The Mitchell Brothers(CD, Album) Audible Hiss 012 US 1995 Sell This Version
EF #133 To Live And Shave In L.A. Marty Balin (Lady Granny), Spring 1967.(Cass, Ltd, c90) E.F. Tapes EF #133 US 1995 Sell This Version
LISP 3/95-7 To Live And Shave In L.A. 23 Of 26 State And Federal Obscenity Determinations(Cass, Ltd, c60) Love Is Sharing Pharmaceuticals LISP 3/95-7 US 1995 Sell This Version
9868-63189-2 To Live And Shave In L.A. Vedder Vedder Bedwetter(CD, Album) Fifth Colvmn Records 9868-63189-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
none To Live And Shave In L.A. Her-Her, The So Her, The Put-Mouth(Cass, C75) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1995 Sell This Version
9868-63235-2 To Live And Shave In L.A. Helen Butte Vs. Masonna Pussy Badsmell(CD, Album) Full Contact Records 9868-63235-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
LISP 95C01 To Live And Shave In Laura Ashley* Angel Cash (36DD) And Carol Miller (44DD), Who Are Lactating(Cass, Ltd, C90) Love Is Sharing Pharmaceuticals LISP 95C01 US 1996 Sell This Version
To Live & Shave In Los Angeles* Where A Horse Has Been Standing And Where You Belong (Album) Western Blot US 1998 Sell This Version
To Live And Shave In L.A. Vixens Of The Mortal Ring Love Is Sharing Pharmaceuticals US 1998 Sell This Version
none To Live And Shave In Laura Ashléy* / KF36 To Live And Shave In Laura Ashléy* / KF36 - Peter Criss vs. Peter Christopherson(CDr, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 2000 Sell This Version
To Live And Shave In L.A. Amour Fou On The Edge Of Misogyny (Album) Gods Of Tundra US 2001 Sell This Version
MPK 7020 To Live And Shave In L.A. The Wigmaker In Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg(2xCD, Album) Menlo Park Recordings MPK 7020 US 2002 Sell This Version
TSSR1004 To Live And Shave In L.A. God And Country Rally(CD, Album) The Smack Shire TSSR1004 US 2004 Sell This Version
BN016CD toliveandshaveinla* Horóscopo: Sanatorio De Molière(CD, Album, Dig) Blossoming Noise BN016CD US 2006 Sell This Version
MPK 7041 To Live And Shave In L.A. Noon And Eternity(CD, Album) Menlo Park Recordings MPK 7041 US 2006 Sell This Version
SL03 To Live And Shave In L.A. Les Tricoteuses(CD, Album) Savage Land SL03 France 2007 Sell This Version
To Live And Shave In L.A. And Totally Ripped To Live And Shave In L.A. And Totally Ripped - Untitled Isolated Now Waves Canada 2008 Sell This Version
HP17 tlasila* Merely Ressurected(Cass, Ltd, C40) Heavy Psych HP17 US 2008 Sell This Version
h.ORSEc.OCK-044 To Live And Shave In L.A. / Demonologists To Live And Shave In L.A. / Demonologists - To Live And Shave In L.A. / Demonologists(Cass) Hung Like A Horse?! h.ORSEc.OCK-044 US 2008 Sell This Version
AMBOLT-65 To Live And Shave In LA* & Lezet To Live And Shave In LA* & Lezet - The Wigmaker In 18th Century Williamsburg Revisited(CDr) Ambolthue Records AMBOLT-65 Norway 2008 Sell This Version
To Live And Shave In L.A. The Cortège Fan Death Records US 2011 Sell This Version
DBP014 To Live And Shave In L.A. Dilema De Cerrajería: Todos Los Esclavos Tienen Sus Claves(CDr, Ltd) Discos Buen Pony DBP014 Spain 2011 Sell This Version
KSV 303 To Live And Shave In L.A. Contracting The Void With Premonitions Of The Other(CDr, Ltd) Karl Schmidt Verlag KSV 303 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
To Live And Shave In L.A. Absence Blots Us Out (Album) Blossoming Noise Germany 2015 Sell This Version

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ConcreteBelly

ConcreteBelly

June 11, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
To Live and Shave in L.A. are unique among the members of the Olympian pantheon of experimental avant-noise artists in that they seamlessly combine elements of the various transgressive musical genres without diluting them, and absorb more traditional tropes and gestures without softening their sound or succumbing to pastiche. They mutate and progress at a pace that would exhaust Madonna, and yet they take their time with projects, working for years on albums. Live, TLASILA are balls-out demonic... Smith is an unheralded vocal genius, Bastard and Wolcott are masters of their craft, and their more recent cohorts always seem to slot into the madness perfectly. Certain critics assail them at times for not being "enough" - harsh enough, melodic enough, violent enough, introspective enough. The genius of To Live and Shave in L.A. lies in their refusal to stand still. They've created several unquestioned masterworks ("30-minuten mannercreme", "Vedder Vedder Bedwetter", "The Wigmaker", last year's "God and Country Rally"), but never linger on any given sound or attitude long enough to create sequels. In that regard, they're like John Zorn's Naked City, except TLASILA avoid the modes of pastiche Zorn often stumbles (happily) into. They are a confounding, confusing unit, disliked intensely by some, worshiped by others. The world of art is better off because of them, that much is certain.
Alastis

Alastis

October 30, 2004
edited over 13 years ago
Its quite hard to find anyone to compare to these guys - they are loud (extremely loud, at times maybe even louder than Merzbow and Masonna combined), but more on the rock side of things. They are totally unlistenable, but fun, especially in case if you have a couple of extra earplugs.

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