Kendra Steiner Editions

June 26, 2011

JANDEK, “Where Do You Go From Here” (Corwood 0805)

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JANDEK

“Where Do You Go From Here”  (Corwood 0805, released June 2011).

12 tracks, labelled parts 1-12, ranging from 1:28 to 14:19.

(total time   53:42)

instrumentation: drums, piano, two (?) electric guitars, flute or recorder, harmonica (melodica?), reeds, chimes/bells/additional percussion, one unknown instrument that could be fuzztone guitar or a theremin-like instrument

vocal on four tracks (built around the phrases “Make up your mind…you decide” and “where do you go from here”), the second (and possibly the fourth) of which does not sound like Jandek.

Is this the 67th album from Jandek (if you count the cd and dvd releases separately)?  Whatever it is, Jandek’s body of work continues to surprise and delight. As I’ve said previously, it’s surprising how little coverage the Jandek releases of the last two years have been getting, particularly the studio releases. However, that’s the problem of others; I’ve been enjoying the journey.

The last few studio albums have been guitar and voice oriented, but this one has a very different feel. Piano and drums are the major instruments, with interesting textures created by the additional instruments listed above. I’d say there are three different musicians here, although it could vary on some tracks (assuming Jandek is not overdubbing himself). The first track sets the tone by sounding like a quieter minute excerpted from an early 70s free jazz album (maybe, a quieter sequence on the Strata-East album by Pharoah Sanders). This is a slow-burn of an album, atmospheric, pulling in the listener gradually. As in a number of Jandek albums, there is a relatively insistent and consistent overall thematic focus to the lyrics, here even clearer because of the limited number of vocals. It’s about stopping to define one’s way, one’s quest, and in a way, that’s what this album is doing. The percolating  fourteen minute jam at the end, with guitar and drums and melodica (???), is the closest to “traditional” Jandek music for longtime listeners to the studio albums, but putting this long track at the end was a wise programming decision, as it anchors the album—which has previously consisted of shorter tracks with varying instrumentation—and heads out of town into the desert, and leads the listener to hit the “repeat” button and take this journey once again. Contemplative music that does not raise its voice, free-music with a comfortable lived-in quality, atmospheric music that’s a soundtrack to the visuals in one’s mind…order yours today.

I’ve enjoyed the recent guitar-and-voice solo albums, but I think this unexpected entry in the Jandek catalog will find a lot of interested listeners and will, I hope, inspire further investigation of recent overlooked albums. As always, single albums are only $8 ppd. ($9 overseas), a great value! Ordering info at http://www.corwoodindustries.com/

June 20, 2011

Alfred 23 Harth/ sOo-jung Kae/ Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy” (KSE #200, 3-inch CDR), now available!

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RED CANOPY (KSE #200, 3-inch CDR)

Alfred 23 Harth—-reeds, taepyeongso, guitar

sOo-jung Kae—-piano

Chang U Choi—-bass

We’re proud to present a new SECOND release from the legendary German free-music pioneer ALFRED 23 HARTH, “RED CANOPY,” a trio recording featuring Korean musicians sOo-jung Kae on piano and Chang U Choi on bass. While Harth’s earlier cdr for KSE, “micro-saxo-phone.edition III” (KSE #175) was a blistering exploration of extended techniques on various reed instruments, often electronically altered, RED CANOPY is a beautiful and stimulating trio set that’s almost like a post-modern extension of the chamber-jazz-trio aesthetic best exemplified by the Jimmy Guiffre/Paul Bley trio. Harth’s acerbic tone and lyrical yet free passages dart in and out, while Ms. Kae’s rich yet sparse playing actually does have echoes of Bley here and there, but rooted in 20th Century avant ideas. Mr. Choi’s bass playing, bringing out the wood of the instrument, is polyrhythmic and harmonically daring, making him the perfect foil for the other two players. And just when you think you have this figured out from my write-up…you look at the credits and notice that THE PARTS WERE ALL RECORDED SEPARATELY AND INDEPENDENT OF ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE OTHER PARTS and layered on top of each other. Alfred Harth’s huge catalogue of recordings has an incredible diversity (I’ve been listening to his music since getting a copy of CANADIAN CUP OF COFFEE as a high school student in 1974), but there is really nothing else like this.

A limited edition of 123 copies (55 of which we’ve already moved), RED CANOPY can be had for $5 postpaid ANYWHERE, payable via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com. Early response to this release has been fantastic, many listeners saying that they program the disc (17:37 in length) on “repeat’ and spend an hour or two with it. KSE thanks Mr. Harth, Ms. Kae, and Mr. Choi for the opportunity to release such a pure and original work from such internationally-regarded artists on our micro-label from San Antonio, Texas.

Copies of Harth’s earlier KSE disc are almost gone. Don’t miss out on this one. Order now via paypal. Please include a note w/ yr paypal payment telling me which release(s) you are purchasing. And while you are at it, why not sample some of our other forward-thinking poetry and music releases:

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #193, Michael Casey, “The Wall Board Knife.”

KSE #187, Bill Shute, “Surrounded by the Moment.” Sound Library Series, Volume 60.

KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

KSE #180, Bill Shute, “Autumn.” Sound Library Series, Volume 59.

KSE #174,  Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”

KSE #173,  Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.” Sound Library Series, Volume 58.

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #198 (3-inch cdr), MATAMOROS (Derek Rogers & Lee Dockery), “Five-Toned Rows.”

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”

KSE #185 (3-inch CDR), Belltonesuicide, “non-conformist.”

KSE #186 (3-inch CDR), Parashi, “Zone of Alienation.”

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments…Collapsing.”

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

KSE #171 (CDR), Bill Shute, “San Antonio Sky Songs.”  40+ minute spoken-word poetry CDR of material from 2006-2009

payment via paypal to    django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   (note: to speed up your order, please send a note along with paypal payment listing numbers/titles of items ordered…thanks!)

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and of micro-presses and micro-labels everywhere.

June 16, 2011

caricature of me by Steven Krakow (Plastic Crimewave)

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caricature of me by Steven Krakow (Plastic Crimewave)…back in the 1920′s, Paul Whiteman used to have his caricature on the labels of his records…maybe I should use this on my poetry books and spoken word cdr’s? Beautiful job, PCW!!!

June 1, 2011

KSE release schedule for Summer 2011

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ADDENDUM, JULY 17, 2011: the release schedule below has turned out to be a little bit too ambitious, so we’ve fallen behind a bit, but all releases will come out…just a few weeks or a month late…keep checking the blog announcements as the new releases appear…

Back now from 12 days in the Northeast—-visiting friends and relatives, but also hustling KSE releases and my own poetry, with readings and/or poetry-music collaborations at the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany NY, Flying Object Books in Hadley MA, The Spotty Dog in Hudson NY, and an interview on WMUA-FM in Amherst MA. I’m still processing orders that came in while I was gone, and new orders will be processed within a few days (as always), but I’m going  to take a little break from KSE activities for a week or so, and then come back tanned and rested and ready for a strong summer release schedule and (tentatively) an evening of KSE musical artists in Austin at the end of July. I’m working an odd schedule this summer, starting at 6:25 a.m. and doing ten hours a day, four days a week. So things will be different…

There are a number of fine releases in-hand (some of which I was distributing advance promo copies of back East), so I’m setting up a release schedule from now through the end of August:

JUNE 15

KSE #200 (3-inch cdr), ALFRED 23 HARTH/SOOJUNG KAE/CHANG U CHOI, “Red Canopy.”

 

JUNE 25

KSE #201, (CDR), ANDREAS BRANDAL, “Disturbing The Dust.”

 

JULY 4

KSE #193 (poetry chapbook), MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife.”

 

JULY 8

KSE #203 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Separated From The Sparrows” (Sound Library Series, Volume 61).

 

JULY 17

KSE #198 (3-inch cdr), MATAMOROS (Derek Rogers & Lee Dockery), “Five-Toned Rows.”

 

JULY 25

KSE #199 (CDR), BRENT FARISS, “Four Environments…Collapsing.”

 

AUGUST 3

KSE #197 (poetry chapbook), A.J. KAUFMANN, “Love Lions.”

 

AUGUST 10

KSE #202, (3-inch cdr), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings.”

 

AUGUST 28

KSE #204 (3-inch cdr), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3WB.”

 

SEPTEMBER 20

KSE #205 (3-inch cdr), SMOKEY EMERY (aka Daniel Hipolito), “Incident at Town Lake.”

 

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and many of the Fall 2011 music and poetry releases are also set, but those will be announced later…

want to help make these releases happen? Then please buy some of our PRESENT releases…

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #187, Bill Shute, “Surrounded by the Moment.” Sound Library Series, Volume 60.

KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

KSE #180, Bill Shute, “Autumn.” Sound Library Series, Volume 59.

KSE #174,  Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”

KSE #173,  Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.” Sound Library Series, Volume 58.

——————————————————————————-

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”

KSE #185 (3-inch CDR), Belltonesuicide, “non-conformist.”

KSE #186 (3-inch CDR), Parashi, “Zone of Alienation.”

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

KSE #171 (CDR), Bill Shute, “San Antonio Sky Songs.”  40+ minute spoken-word poetry CDR of material from 2006-2009

payment via paypal to    django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   (note: to speed up your order, please send a note along with paypal payment listing numbers/titles of items ordered…thanks!)

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and of micro-presses and micro-labels everywhere. Special thanks to those colleagues with whom I performed in NY/MA in late May: Eric Hardiman (Rambutan), Mike Griffin (Parashi), Michael Casey, Joe Elliot, and Sandra Burgess.

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