Tom Smith (To Live and Shave in L.A.) diesWe are sorry to hear of the death of Tom Smith from To Live and Shave in L.A. (TLASILA).

The experimental band who pushed buttons and boundaries were an experimental music collective founded in 1993 by avant-garde composer/producer Tom Smith (formerly of Washington, DC groups Peach of Immortality and Pussy Galore and Miami Beach musician/producer Frank “Rat Bastard” Falestre as well as an endless network of avant-garde American musicians amongst its ranks and as collaborators: producer and musician Don Fleming, Thurston Moore, Andrew WK, Hatewave’s Nándór Nevai, Harry Pussy’s Adris Hoyos, Bill Orcutt, Sightings’ Mark Morgan, COCK ESP’s Emil Hagstrom, Mr. Velocity Hopkins, and more.

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  1. Totally sad. I met Tom when my old band Woozlebug/Quimm Gremlim played the Tora Tora Tora festival he put on in Atlanta. I heard the news from Greg Chapman (Ugly American) – Tom was remastering some of our old recordings from the 90s. Another old band opened up for TLASILA in Montreal in 2006 – a couple fun days of Tom, Rat, Ben and Andrew WK.

    • Hey Sebastian! Blows my mind to see you here in this string of responses! You still in Canada? I was just looking up some bands I happened on in the late 80s early 90s. Call it a Pixies thread. And is that Evan Light? — Eric Aho

  2. Farewell Tom. Will never forget the times our lives were connected. You and your art, unique & delighted, soulful & free, for noon & eternity, love is all in our hearts
    André & Family, Germany


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