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I’ve always wanted to be talented enough, or at least goth enough, to have all the music I put to tape released. Alas, my relentlessly cheery outlook and lack of ability have kept me from achieving that goal. Englishman Edward Ka-Spel, however, is definitely goth enough, even if I haven’t always been sure about the talent part. Over the past 20-plus years, entire cottage industries have sprung up around him and his group, the Legendary Pink Dots, to release the band’s every drone, found sound, and nightmarish piece of cosmic psychedelia (usually in gatefold vinyl editions of 600). O’er a Shalabast’r Tyde Strolt Ay is Ka-Spel’s latest solo outing, and it’s as relentlessly narrative-free and drifty as the Dots’ most experimental recordings. Ka-Spel plays with thereminist Nicoletta Stephanz (aka Coven of One) at 9 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Christopher Porter)