Kendra Steiner Editions

February 26, 2012

limited 30-copy reissue of DEREK ROGERS, “circum_navigate” (KSE #221) now available!

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DEREK ROGERS

“circum_navigate”

KSE #221 (full-sized CDR reissue of mini-cdr KSE #170)

limited numbered edition of 30 copies

Derek Rogers’ mini-cd “circum_navigate” was KSE’s first music release about two years ago, along with Sir Plastic Crimewave’s “String/Soul/Eye.” As it appeared in the 3″ mini-cdr format, there were a number of listeners who wanted to hear it but could not play that format on their equipment. Also, a number of listeners inquired about getting a copy of the disc after it was sold out (this happens often with Derek Rogers releases). So Derek and KSE have decided to do a limited reissue of this classic disc, this time on a full-sized CDR (not a 3″ mini) and with all-new cover art. It’s a limited edition of 30 numbered copies, so order yours soon. Only $8.00 postpaid anywhere, via paypal, to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com…

 

Here’s the original write-up of Derek’s “circum_navigate” from this blog:

Austin-based musician-composer Derek Rogers recently premiered this haunting electronic composition at the NMASS Festival in June 2010, and the week after that he went into the studio and recorded this 19-minute version for KSE… feel the sting of the contact mic, bathe in the drone, climb the fuzzed-out steps to speaker-shredding bliss…

Order now…here’s a rare second chance!   :-)

new pricing at KSE…also, last call for 3″ CDR’s…

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Well, I knew this day  had to come, but due to a significant rise in postage costs, along with the regular bite of paypal fees and a rise in paper and ink and disc costs, KSE has raised the price on all full-sized CDR’s to $8.00 US as of today, and that’s including postage anywhere. Still a great bargain! That includes all back catalog CDR’s, not just new items.

Also, we retired the 3″ mini-cdr format in the Fall with the ST 37 release, but now we are deleting all remaining 3″ cdr’s (except for Alfred 23 Harth’s “Red Canopy”) as of March 15th. If you make and pay for your order before 11:59 PM on March 15,  we’ll honor your order. The  cost for the mini-cdr’s is $5 each, postpaid anywhere. The following are available, although some are down to a few copies:

3-inch CDR’s, last call until 3/15/2012 ($5 each postpaid)

KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P” 

KSE #203,  R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”

KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204, XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B.”

KSE #198 , MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #191, Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 , Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

KSE #194, Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”

send payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com and include a note stating which discs you want.

 

KSE #210, HEATHER LEIGH, “Empire”

 

 

advance copies will have low numbers and different paper and ink used for the cover…

February 19, 2012

Anthony Guerra & Bill Shute, “Subtraction” (Black Petal CDR, Australia), now available from Volcanic Tongue

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The duo album featuring Australian guitarist-composer ANTHONY GUERRA and Texas poet BILL SHUTE is now available as a beautiful CDR edition from the much-acclaimed Black Petal label from Australia, and you can get it from Volcanic Tongue in Scotland. Here is the VT writeup:

Bill Shute & Anthony Guerra 
Subtraction 
Black Petal (
Australia) #41 
CD-R
£8.99
Beautiful new limited CD-R that sees Texan poet/author/critic/publisher Bill Shute hook up with guitarist Anthony Guerra (Antipan/Green Blossoms/Vodka Sparrows et al) for an accompanied reading of six long-form poems. It has been a blast to see how Bill Shute’s Kendra Steiner Editions have grown over the past few years, with literally hundreds of poetry chapbooks and now a whole CD wing that runs the gamut from established writers/musicians and newer radical voices all presented in Bill’s highly personal DIY style. It’s also reassuring to see Shute still as creative and enthusiastic as ever after so long in the game when many of his contemporary ‘rock crits’ have either become completely disillusioned and out of touch or been reduced to tossing off parodies of their earlier work. The fact that there’s more to the ‘career path’ of a rock crit as exemplified by the arc of Shute’s trails is a ray of light in a dark cul-de-sac mostly populated by burnouts. And he’s truly at the top of his game here. Shute’s poetry gains a whole new existence from being read out loud and here his slow, hypnotic delivery is perfectly complemented by Guerra’s minimal, clean guitar work. Indeed, there’s an oriental feel of stasis-in-movement to much of the music, with slow wheeling string patterns somewhere between Harry Partch’s Eleven Intrusions or even Heather Leigh’s classic Cuatro/Vocal recording. Indeed, while walking around Glasgow with this on headphones I’m struck by the mood it shares with John Cage and David Tudor’s amazing Indeterminacy box set and reminded of Shute’s classic Cage essay that ran as part of his Inner Mystique column in Black To Comm back in the day. Having only lived with this for a week or so, I feel I’ve barely begun to scratch the surface but I know this will be a deep listening companion for a long time to come. Easily Shute’s best recording to date and a remarkable job from Guerra with the usual swank packaging we have come to expect from Black Petal. Highly recommended!

February 15, 2012

SIDEBURN SOUNDS (Fuzzadelic LP, Spain)

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Here’s another 16-track LP from Spain, following on the heels of the excellent NEUROTIC REACTIONS 2, compiling what the label calls  “An eclectic mix of mod-soul dancers, groovy psych, fuzzy freakbeat and garage-beat.” So what’s that? Well, it’s not garage in the Back From The Grave sense; it’s not psych in the Perfumed Garden sense; it’s not freakbeat in the Creation sense, so don’t be expecting any of that. It’s instead an international mix of late 60’s beat music, some soul-tinged, some psych-tinged, some garage-y in the bubble-punk way that the third Shadows of Knight LP (the Super K one) was garage-y, some foreign-language covers of UK/US material, some super-strange American singles that would NEVER get reissued over here because they have horns or are performed by artists deemed “unhip” or both. And of course there’s that wonderful Spanish preference for growling posturing male vocals layered with crunchy guitar and blasts of brass. Mix it all together and you’ve got a unique sampling of obscure material, most of which I’m sure you have not heard before, that takes you on a trip to some 60’s themed Esperanto discothèque in Purgatory (or, at minimum, in a Jess Franco film). This is an earthier collection than the typical Le Beat Bespoke compilation, perhaps because it reflects Spanish tastes as opposed to British.  I could go over each track w/ you, but the liner notes do that well enough,  and you’d be missing the sense of SURPRISE that comes with one of these international comps where you have no idea what’s coming next—-a sensitive French answer to Donovan gone wah-wah fuzz, a Brazilian cover band taking on some midwest US frat-rock 45, an Italian band who obviously worshipped The Yardbirds,  the odd and exotic Japan-UK band Samurai (also found on one of the recent Piccadilly Sunshine comps), or the superb anthem “Gypsy Queen” by Detroit’s “Blackwell” (who recorded in Canada, one of those perfect tracks that you wish would never end). This album takes me to some exotic place, and the mix is masterful, so wherever you are, some ace 6T’s DJ is taking you higher…   just flash on the visuals in a freakout scene in some international co-production late 60’s euro-spy or action film, with Richard Wyler or Ray Danton or George Ardisson chain-smoking in some corner while eyeing Sydne Rome or Margaret Lee or Rosalba Neri doing some kind of exotic dance, the colors swirling, the lights flashing, there’s no tomorrow, only an endless alcohol-soaked, beat-crazed eternal now…this LP delivers that, in spades.

A1 Gilbert Safrani – Les Gens S’en Vont Dans Le Ciel
A2 Mochi – Snob
A3 Larry Wald – Superman
A4 I Nuovi Angeli – Una Caverna
A5 Unidades – Singing And Singing
A6 Laurel Canyon – Stand And Be Counted
A7 Les Dauphins – Serrons-Nous La Mains
A8 Bluebeards, The – Come On-A My House
B1 Bruno Lomas – Otra Vez En La Calle
B2 Golden Boys – O Feiticeiro
B3 Carlo Pavone – Viva La Liberta
B4 Kin Vassy – Gamblin’ Man
B5 José Salcy – Les Filles Chats
B6 Los Roberts – No Soy Como Todos Imaginan
B7 Springwell – Gypsy Queen
B8 Samurai, The – Fresh Hot Breeze Of Summer

February 7, 2012

new poetry chapbook from Adrian Manning, “These Hands of Mine” (KSE #212), available now

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ADRIAN  MANNING

“These Hands of Mine” (KSE #212)

poetry chapbook,  $5 (US), postpaid anywhere

payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com…please leave note telling which item you are ordering, thanks!

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British poet ADRIAN MANNING (from Leicester) is back with a new eight-part long poem composed especially for KSE, “These Hands of Mine,” a stunning meditation on those hands, featuring the usual elegant and terse style one associates with Manning’s work, along with the power and the eye for detail his readers have come to expect. Of course, most Americans think of Richard Wright’s classic poem “I Have Seen Black Hands,” which generations have read in school (with good reason!), when hands and poetry are mentioned in the same sentence, and I warned Adrian that American readers would be bringing that poem to their experience of his “These Hands of Mine,” but he has nothing to worry about there as this chapbook is as different from Wright’s work as a Mike Leigh or Ken Loach film is from Sounder. This is a powerful and unique piece that is 100% Manning, and for many readers, that’s as good as it gets in contemporary poetry.

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Adrian’s work has been published by some of the finest small poetry presses going today: Bottle of Smoke, Kamini, Alternating Current, etc. And he’s also done two previous chapbooks for KSE: Volume 33 in the Sound Library Series, WIDE ASLEEP, FAST AWAKE (KSE #98), and an entry in our Next Exit series, NEXT EXIT: SIX (KSE #80), paired with K. M. Dersley (this was our all-British entry in this series featuring poems rooted in particular cities/towns). He’s also publisher/editor at Concrete Meat Press, an imprint that’s done a number of beautiful and high-quality broadsides of poets such as Ronald Baatz.

It’s great to have Adrian back at KSE with this new work, “These Hands of Mine.” Get yours today, only $5 ppd. anywhere. And while you are at it, try some of our other recent poetry releases, also $5 ppd. anywhere:

KSE #197, A.J. KAUFMANN, “Love Lions of Paris” 

KSE # 215, BILL SHUTE, “Outfake,” Sound Library Series, Volume 66

KSE #193, MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife”

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

We’ll be bringing out a new JOHN SWEET chapbook in a few weeks, BRAVE RETREAT (KSE # 216), and in a few months a long-awaited Thelonious Monk-inspired entry in the Sound Library Series from Pittsburgh’s JIM D. DEUCHARS…

KSE also offers a number of CDR’s of contemporary forward-thinking/experimental/free-improv music, and those are only $7 each postpaid anywhere:

full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

KSE # 214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL, “Bottlecaps”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia—poetry and guitar)

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”

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

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

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