Kendra Steiner Editions

November 30, 2016

now available, Alfred 23 Harth’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES (KSE #363, cdr album)

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Alfred 23 Harth’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES

KSE #363, cdr album

with Alfred 23 Harth, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Clayton Thomas, Fabrizio Spera, Elliott Sharp

recorded live in Berlin, November 2015

alfred-berlin-new

$8 postpaid in the USA

Outside the USA, get both BERLIN ENSEMBLES  AND Harth’s previous KSE album         KEPLER 452b EDITION      (or TWO copies of BERLIN, if you already have Kepler)             for just $20 postpaid

see below for ordering information


A23H’s Berlin Ensembles
1. Scheunenviertel Aufsturz              27:14
2. Tacheles Smombie                     
12:46
3. Mummerehlen Gespenstermauer   32:20

Alfred 23 Harthts, bcl, tr, synth, taepyeongso, dojirak, jaw harp, composition 1.- 3.
Kazuhisa Uchihashielec. guitar, daxophone, composition 1.- 3.
Clayton Thomas – double bass, objects, composition 1.- 3.
Fabrizio Spera – drums, composition 1.- 3.
Elliott Sharp – electroacoustic guitar, composition 3.
recorded by Jazzkeller 69 at
Aufsturz-Klub Berlin, 2015.11.12

original cover art by MP Landis

berlin-group

Payment is via paypal, using the e-mail address   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   . It might be helpful for you to also shoot me an e-mail telling me you’ve sent funds and what books you want…or if you prefer, tell me what books/cdr’s you want, and I’ll send you a paypal invoice.

Cost in the USA is $8 postpaid.

OUTSIDE THE USA , one album is $18.00 postpaid, first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that—sorry, but it now costs almost $14 US to send one CDR overseas….you save A LOT by buying more than one—in fact, the price on an order of two or more HAS GONE DOWN!     Outside US: 1 album= $18, 2 albums= $20, 3 albums= $28, etc. Thanks for your understanding of this. The Post Office now charges $13.75 to mail ONE cdr without a jewel box to Europe or Asia!)

When I was working with A23H on getting this album ready for release, he was quite emphatic about presenting it as a GROUP album, not an Alfred Harth album with sidemen, and that’s obvious from the first twenty seconds. This is a sound canvas on which each of these esteemed gentlemen listen to each other and balance and shade and dance with the negative space—-it’s also an orgasmic scream of joy!—-they weave a kind of sonic Mobius strip with no inside or outside. I hate to drop names, but I want people to discover this album and making references can help someone to realize “hey, I NEED this album.” I’d say imagine a quintet version of the Alan Silva Celestial Communication Orchestra  on BYG, or a small group featuring Frank Wright and Sonny Sharrock and the Center of the World rhythm section of Kent Carter and Muhammad Ali if they’d just been locked in for a weekend at a Cy Twombly exhibition… As we say here in Texas, it’s a BARN-BURNER of an album.

Alfred Harth has a long history with the city of Berlin, which he recounts in the beautiful, poetic  liner notes which accompany the album (those notes are available in either German or English….let me know which you want when ordering….), dating back to his first performance there in 1968. He also has deep roots with musicians Kazuhisa Uchihashi (who was featured with A23H on the KSE album THE EXPATS from 2013), Fabrizio Spera, & Elliott Sharp, each of whom is a unique presence here, and Clayton Thomas, with whom A23H was working for the first time, brings a fresh perspective and virtuoso technique—I’m really looking forward to hearing more of CT’s work. If some other label put this out, I’d label it album of the year. If you’re looking for free-improv, action-painting-in-sound that moves like multiple snakes in the water…you can never anticipate what complex maneuvers they are up to, but the slinky, rhythmic movement is endlessly unfolding and swirling…this is it. Three extended performances, totaling over 72 minutes. If you’d been in the audience in Berlin that night,you’d never forget it. Now get that fix right where YOU are.

BERLIN ENSEMBLES……get your copy now….

all sale copies  of BERLIN ENSEMBLES replicated on high-quality, long-lasting  JVC/Taiyo-Yuden cdr’s imported from Japan

OTHER CDR ALBUMS STILL AVAILABLE from KSE:

KSE #357 (CDR), SMOKEY EMERY/VENISON WHIRLED, “Turning Into”

KSE #355 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “wOrk”

KSE #359 (CDR), TOM CREAN & MATT ROBIDOUX, “blank space”

KSE #353 (CDR), FOSSILS, “Camelot Towers”

KSE #336 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition”

KSE #351 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Music In 3 Spaces”

KSE #350 (CDR) ANTHONY GUERRA / BILL SHUTE, “Subtraction” KSE reissue of album originally released in 2011 on Black Petal Records, Australia 

KSE #335 (CDR album), REVEREND RAYMOND BRANCH, “Rainbow Gospel Hour…On The Air!”—a wonderful hour-long AM-radio broadcast, mastered from cassette, capturing the warmth and joy of Rev. Branch in both music (lots of it) and spoken message

KSE #334 (CDR album), BRIAN RURYK, “Actual Size…degress again” (sic)

KSE #333 (CDR album), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Tunnels” solo 12-string acoustic mantra guitar

KSE #331, “KSE 10th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM” featuring newly recorded, exclusive tracks from members of the KSE family: ALFRED 23 HARTH,  SARAH HENNIES, RAMBUTAN, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, DEREK ROGERS, BRENT FARISS, MATT KREFTING, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, and MASSIMO MAGEE

KSE #328, LISA CAMERON & NATHAN BOWLES, “Liquid Sunshine” percussion duo

KSE #326, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “Abandoning Finitude”….cover art by Bob Bruno

KSE #322,  WEREWHEELS (Sir Plastic Crimewave & Dawn Aquarius), “Live, Raw and Psycho In Japan”

KSE #320, MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites”

KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

KSE #310,  MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

KSE #293, MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Stylistic Deautomatization” (reissued)

berlin-alfred

ALFRED 23 HARTH

November 27, 2016

as we enter December 2016…

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November 22, 2016

new Bill Shute poetry collection, DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI, available from Amazon in North America and Europe!

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BILL  SHUTE

DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI

containing the three 2015 Gulf Coast poems: DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI ; THIRTY SECONDS OVER PENSACOLA ; PANAMA CITY BLUES

a beautiful 26-page, 8″ x 11″ professionally printed edition with original cover art by ALFRED 23 HARTH….and issued thanks to the invaluable formatting and publishing expertise of Wyatt Doyle from New Texture

available from all North American and European branches of AMAZON (and it will be printed in your home territory, so it won’t be an “import” with expensive postage but a domestic purchased!)    Only $9.95 US….

ORDER HERE IN THE USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1536814776/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_t2_3v9eyb38XRYRB

ORDER HERE IN THE UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gulfport-Biloxi-Kendra-Steiner-Editions/dp/1536814776/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

ORDER HERE FOR CONTINENTAL EUROPE:

https://www.amazon.de/Gulfport-Biloxi-Kendra-Steiner-Editions/dp/1536814776/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The signature KSE chapbook style grew out of necessity–like a film-maker whose style has been adapted to the use of short-ends, we used what we had and made a virtue of it (I also think of the “herms” of Robert Indiana, creating a form based on available materials). We’ll continue to issue a steady stream of works in that format, but now we are joining the 21st century (to some extent, with one foot always firmly placed in the 70’s DIY-punk aesthetic with a twist of D. A. Levy’s mimeo-underground and, of course, Warhol) with a new series of 8″ x 11″ professionally published poetry collections, containing a number of pieces each, both brand-new poems and republications of long-out-of-print pieces which have been requested. These have been carefully re-formatted for the larger page with appropriate new fonts, and I must say that THIS is how open-field poetry should appear on the page. As with the four-volume complete poems of Larry Eigner or the old Cape Goliard/Grossman  editions of Paul Blackburn and Charles Olson which were so influential to me in my development (I carried around a copy of Blackburn’s IN, ON, OR ABOUT THE PREMISES as a teenager), the 8 x 11 page is large enough to allow the pieces to breathe and to emphasize the visual aspect of the open-field page.

The three six-page poems collected here each present a “junk sculpture from the new gilded age” (to quote the title of an earlier spoken-word album of mine) from the shards of consciousness of characters living in these culturally rich cities on the Gulf Coast: Gulfport-Biloxi/Pensacola/Panama City. Smell the salt air, taste the shrimp, get cheated out of your overtime….available NOW. We’ll be rolling out more of these large-format in the coming months/years…thanks for your support all these years as I’ve issued the smaller format chapbooks, the spoken-word poetry albums, and the poetry-and-music albums.

If you don’t have any of my poetry chapbooks or books, THIS is the one to get….

down-and-out-book

November 9, 2016

Cameron Mitchell as Cesar Borgia in IL DUCA NERO, aka The Black Duke (Italy 1963)

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CAMERON MITCHELL as Cesar Borgia in

IL DUCO NERO (aka The Black Duke, aka Cesare Borgia)

Italy 1963, directed by Pino Mercanti

il-duca-nero

Another masterful performance by the great Cameron Mitchell,  as Cesar Borgia

This review is of an old US television print entitled CAESAR BORGIA. This is a beautifully shot, well-written, and well-acted Italian historical biography of the legendary Caesar Borgia, a man who lived a short but eventful life, is said to have been one of the inspirations for Machiavelli’s The Prince, and fought to unify Italy. Widely admired and widely disliked, Borgia is not an easy person to put a simple label on, and this excellent film presents him as a three-dimensional character, fascinating and complex. He utilizes power effectively and is a fierce warrior, but his enemies often show themselves to be motivated by selfish and cynical reasons. Cameron Mitchell, who is fortunately allowed to voice his own dialogue (which he does not in the English language versions of films such as Erik The Conqueror or Blood and Black Lace), turns in one of his best performances (and his is a career full of fine performances) as the Black Duke. The script requires a number of speeches, and the stage-trained Mr. Mitchell delivers each one as if performing a Shakespearean soliloquy. Borgia may be ruthless, but his humanity is well-captured by Mitchell, and his realization that he has few true friends leads the viewer to empathize with him. The film is well-paced, the various subplots (a secret society called The Black Carnation is out to assassinate Borgia; his sister Lucretia Borgia has a complex relationship with her brother and is a complex character herself;Borgia’s romantic entanglements)well-integrated into the main story. Also, action fans will enjoy the many exciting fencing sequences. Director Pino Mercanti’s film directly prior to this one was KNIGHT OF 100 FACES with Lex Barker, and after this he helmed GENTLEMEN OF THE NIGHT with Guy Madison, but THE BLACK DUKE/CAESAR BORGIA may well be his masterpiece. The film holds up very well today and should be revived today and given a DVD reissue. My copy was taped off a UHF TV station in the late 1980s. By the way, the ending of the film came as quite a surprise to me. Obviously, I know the “end” of the real historical character, but where the filmmakers chose to end the film and the “spin” they put on the character and that particular ending were quite powerful– in fact, the ending helps to put the film in a special class beyond mere genre film. It’s rare to get a three-dimensional view of a historical character in any film–to get one in an Italian costume drama is not often expected. Try to find this film if you can. (note: review originally published in 2003)

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October 17, 2016

Dylan back at Winstar in Oklahoma

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Don’t try to get in touch with me next weekend—-I’m making the 6 1/2 hour drive each way to Winstar Casino in Southern Oklahoma (third row seats), where Bob Dylan is back again for a second year straight. I made the decision to get tickets about 4 weeks ago, which was before I knew that he’d be making a big change in the setlist and while he was still a longshot for the Nobel Prize. Yes, we just saw him in San Antonio a year or so ago, but with all the Dylan shows I listen to from online and from CDR trading, I’d be a fool to NOT go see the man in person again (this will be my 7th or 8th Dylan show). The concert is on a weekend, so it won’t get in the way of my job (he’s also playing Baton Rouge, which is about the same distance away, but that’s a weeknight, and seeing Dylan is not considered a legit excuse to get off work….)—-an added bonus is that I’ll get to see the Monet: The Early Years exhibit at the Kimball in Fort Worth on the way back from Winstar. We were very much wanting to see Monet, but couldn’t justify driving up to D-FW just for that. Now I’m already up there….

Songs from the recent albums (which he’ll be doing live in the new setlist) such as Early Roman Kings, Pay In Blood, Soon After Midnight, and Long And Wasted Years rank with Dylan’s best and deepest ever (and if you really want to know what Dylan thinks about life and society today, it’s all there in those songs!), and he’s closing with the song (not written by him, but one of the Great American Songbook selections) “Why Try To Change Me Now”….which could also be MY theme song.

If Dylan is in your area, experience him and his wonderful band, featuring that great Texan Charlie Sexton…but listen to TEMPEST ten times first and also get the lyrics online for the songs in the present setlist. You’ll get a lot more out of the show…

dylan-thackerville-2016

 

October 16, 2016

REVELATION IN SLOW MOTION (KSE #354) by Bill Shute, second of five volumes of Arnaudville poems

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REVELATION IN SLOW MOTION

new poetry chapbook from BILL SHUTE (#2 of 5 in the Arnaudville Poems series, composed in Louisiana in May 2016)

KSE #354 (poetry chapbook)

$6 postpaid in US / $7 postpaid elsewhere

payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

please include a note with your order listing what item you are ordering and also your mailing address (which paypal often fails to provide me)….thanks!

revelation-cover 

And every island fled away, and no

mountains were to be found;

and great hailstones, heavy as a

hundred-weight, dropped on men

from heaven, till men cursed God

for the plague of the hail, so

fearful was that plague.

REVELATION 16:20-21

Arnaudville, Louisiana….May 2016….on Bayou Teche….and the storms came up from the Gulf Coast, paralleling Highway 49, lacerating sheets of warm rain, day upon day, night upon night….the powergrid down, then up briefly, then down again….the remaining food, eggs and peppers and boudin and buttermilk, divided up into portions for two weeks of days….desperate for work, desperate to latch on to someone connected….we attend the ceremonial burning of the crawfish, waiting for a revelation….my brother, I wonder where he’s gone….

REVELATION IN SLOW MOTION….energized particles of language and consciousness with the taste of central Louisiana….six pages, six fields, six assemblages, six “portholes of consciousness”….second of five volumes of the Arnaudville, Louisiana poems….edition of 51 copies….get your copy NOW…..$6 US / $7 elsewhere

POETRY IS WHERE YOU FIND IT

more poetry chapbooks available from KSE ($6 US postpaid / $7 elsewhere postpaid):

*** MAKE THE LIGHT MINE

11 new poems from LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL

KSE #364 (poetry chapbook)

…………………………………………

*** BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU

the first installment of the Arnaudville Poems from BILL SHUTE

KSE #354 (poetry chapbook)

October 15, 2016

TOM CREAN / MATT ROBIDOUX, “Blank Space” (KSE #359, cdr album)

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TOM CREAN & MATT ROBIDOUX

“Blank Space”

cover art by Jennifer Baron

(KSE #359, CDR album)

Nice to welcome back Western Massachusetts-based guitar/banjo pioneer and composer/theoretician TOM CREAN for his third KSE album, BLANK SPACE.  Tom appeared on KSE three years ago with WIRED LOVE (KSE #260), one of our best-received albums, and an album which STILL gets positive comments when I meet people who are familiar with the label (“You put out those KSE albums? That Tom Crean album was great….when’s he going to do another one?”). I first became familiar with Tom through his association with Anthony Braxton, and Tom represents the same kind of combination of extreme discipline and absolute freedom (and mixing/overlaying of genres) as his former teacher, along with the dry humor and the logical programmatic approach. Tom can play in any format, and he can do everything from street busking to participating in contemporary avant-garde ensembles. I asked Tom to do two new duo albums in 2015-2016, and BLANK SPACE is the second of those (the first, CASUAL LUDDITES with Mike Barrett is still available, see below).

This new duo album pairs Tom with multi-instrumentalist and composer Matt Robidoux, a man who has worked in many bands (Pony Bones, Speedy Ortiz, Graph, Curse Purse), runs the Hidden Temple Tapes label, and ran the much-acclaimed Jaume I arts-and-culture center. Matt has worked with Tom Crean’s BANJO ASSUALT group, and that has led to what Tom describes as a “deep personal and music connection”….so “spiritually it felt deeply communicative and fulfilling from planning to recording to mixing” the BLANK SPACE album with Matt.

Tom showed himself to be a sensitive duo partner in his work with Mike Barrett on CASUAL LUDDITES, and he’s equally in telepathic communication with Matt R. here.   Most pieces grow out of compositions and according to predetermined rules, but both gentlemen have clearly learned the “deep listening” approach to duo improvisation exemplified by the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and the like. It’s also a very atmospheric album…I listened to it a number of evenings past midnight in the dark with the windows open, the only illumination being the street lights in the distance and the indirect glow of a random car or truck every few minutes. BLANK SPACE—-six canvases on which Crean and Robidoux paint with stringed instruments….paintings that suggest but do not assert….paintings that breathe and are not afraid to stop and listen. This album also features new dimensions in the banjo, so you can add it to the list of other KSE albums by Marcus “More Eaze” Rubio, Sir Plastic Crimewave, and Mr. Crean himself where the banjo is featured.

If you want a double-barreled taste of contemporary forward-thinking work on stringed instruments, why not also pick up our recent album from west-coast guitarist Ernesto Diaz-Infante, “Tunnels” (see KSE cdr list below). We’ve got Crean on the East Coast and Diaz-Infante on the West Coast (and Marcus Rubio here in Texas), exploring the possibilities of guitar/banjo/bajo-sexto etc…

And on the album cover we have a beautiful photograph by Pittsburgh musician/composer/bandleader (The Garment District)/photographer/Renaissance Woman JENNIFER BARON. You can learn more about her work here: https://thegarmentdistrict.bandcamp.com/

TOM CREAN AND MATT ROBIDOUX…”BLANK SPACE” (KSE #359)…available NOW….only $8 postpaid in the US….see notes below for ordering info and overseas pricing….

KSE’s next album will feature another amazing duo: VENSION WHIRLED (Lisa Cameron) meets SMOKEY EMERY (Daniel Hipolito)…expect that in a few weeks…

tom-and-matt


still available, Tom’s duo album with electronics master Mike Barrett (Belltone Suicide):    KSE #320, MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites”


TOM CREAN & MATT ROBIDOUX, BLANK SPACE (KSE #359)….the second of seven new albums coming from KSE between now and the end of the year….

Payment is via paypal, using the e-mail address   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   . It might be helpful for you to also shoot me an e-mail telling me you’ve sent funds and what books you want…or if you prefer, tell me what books/cdr’s you want, and I’ll send you a paypal invoice.

Cost in the USA is $8 postpaid.

OUTSIDE THE USA , one album is $18.00 postpaid, first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that—sorry, but it now costs almost $14 US to send one CDR overseas….you save A LOT by buying more than one—in fact, the price on an order of two or more HAS GONE DOWN!     Outside US: 1 album= $18, 2 albums= $20, 3 albums= $28, etc. Thanks for your understanding of this. The Post Office now charges $13.75 to mail ONE cdr without a jewel box to Europe or Asia!)

OTHER CDR ALBUMS STILL AVAILABLE:

KSE #353 (CDR), FOSSILS, “Camelot Towers”

KSE #336 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition”

KSE #351 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Music In 3 Spaces”

KSE #350 (CDR) ANTHONY GUERRA / BILL SHUTE, “Subtraction” KSE reissue of album originally released in 2011 on Black Petal Records, Australia 

KSE #335 (CDR album), REVEREND RAYMOND BRANCH, “Rainbow Gospel Hour…On The Air!”—a wonderful hour-long AM-radio broadcast, mastered from cassette, capturing the warmth and joy of Rev. Branch in both music (lots of it) and spoken message

KSE #334 (CDR album), BRIAN RURYK, “Actual Size…degress again” (sic)

KSE #333 (CDR album), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Tunnels” solo 12-string acoustic mantra guitar

KSE #331, “KSE 10th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM” featuring newly recorded, exclusive tracks from members of the KSE family: ALFRED 23 HARTH,  SARAH HENNIES, RAMBUTAN, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, DEREK ROGERS, BRENT FARISS, MATT KREFTING, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, and MASSIMO MAGEE

KSE #328, LISA CAMERON & NATHAN BOWLES, “Liquid Sunshine” percussion duo

KSE #326, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “Abandoning Finitude”….cover art by Bob Bruno

KSE #322,  WEREWHEELS (Sir Plastic Crimewave & Dawn Aquarius), “Live, Raw and Psycho In Japan”

KSE #320, MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites”

KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

KSE #310,  MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

KSE #293, MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Stylistic Deautomatization” (reissued)

As always, thank you for your support of independent grass-roots arts organizations/collectives such as KSE….

Finally, we are in the midst of compiling a KSE 11th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM with all-new material and featuring about 3/4 artists who WERE NOT on last year’s acclaimed 10TH ANNIVERSARY ALBUM…we’re hoping to have that out by the end of January 2017.

October 2, 2016

Bob Dylan, 2016 Japan Tour collections

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3 NIGHTS IN THE WEST   SHOW AND CONCERT  JAPAN TOUR 2016 (6-CDR set)

Festival Hall, OSAKA, JAPAN   April 11th, 12th, and 13th 2016

dylan-osaka

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TOKYO 2016  THE LATTER NIGHTS (6-CDR set)

Bunkamura Orchard Hall, TOKYO, JAPAN

April 19th, 22nd, and 26th 2016dylan-2016


SET ONE

instrumental intro, Things Have Changed, Beyond Here Lies Nothin’, What’ll I Do, Duquesne Whistle, Melancholy Mood, Pay In Blood, I’m a Fool To Want You, That Old Black Magic, Tangled Up In BLue

SET TWO

instrumental intro, Why Try To Change Me Now, Early Roman Kings, The Night We Called It A Day, Spirit On The Water, Scarlet Town, All Or Nothing At All, Long And Wasted Years, Autumn Leaves, Blowin’ In The Wind, Love Sick

September 24, 2016

FOSSILS, “Camelot Towers” (KSE #353)

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FOSSILS

“CAMELOT  TOWERS” (KSE #353, cdr album)

13 tracks, approx. 41 minutes—-edition of 48 copies

a co-release with Middle James Co. (MJC #443)

on this album, Fossils were Daniel Farr and David Payne

fossils-camelot-cover

For the first of SEVEN Fall-Winter 2016 albums, KSE is proud to present our longtime friends, the only band that matters (to us), Hamilton, Ontario’s FOSSILS, with a newly recorded (Spring 2016) collection of sound sculptures that investigate the duo’s painterly interest in space and texture. While the sound varies from track to track, many of the pieces are piano-based, with sparse but clotted bursts and squiggles that suggest a Twombly painting in sound, mixing with what sounds like a slack-stringed guitar, played to bring out the metal of the strings. There’s also electronics on some tracks, which adds a nice electric-charcoal shading to those pieces. The telepathic interplay between Farr and Payne is superb on this album—-those who liked our duo album of last Fall by Tom Crean and Mike Barrett will also like this, though it’s very different.

As I write this on a hot September South Texas afternoon with a shadowy overcast sky and thunder rumbling somewhere in a neighboring town, and the wind wants to pick up but it can’t overcome the sense of dread and stillness, and no one wants to get up and do something, knowing it will be rained out, this FOSSILS music is the perfect soundtrack. Our environment sounds like a backward-run tape!

If you are new to FOSSILS, these gentlemen (with various other co-conspirators over the years) have been an important force in the DIY free-improv/noise community for many many years. When KSE branched into music, we knew FOSSILS had to be on our label. Their whole “junk sculpture” aesthetic and lo-fi approach has always seemed to me the perfect extension of the punk aesthetic. Really, is there anything more punk than, say, the Nihilist Spasm Band or the L.A. Free Music Society? I think not….

I spend a lot of time listening to FOSSILS music, and it’s always a sonic head cleaner, with (as stated above) a painterly attention to texture and shading and space. It is pure, it is always fresh, and it is four-dimensional sound sculpture of the highest order.

FOSSILS…..CAMELOT TOWERS (KSE #353)….the first of seven new albums coming from KSE between now and the end of the year….

Payment is via paypal, using the e-mail address   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   . It might be helpful for you to also shoot me an e-mail telling me you’ve sent funds and what books you want…or if you prefer, tell me what books/cdr’s you want, and I’ll send you a paypal invoice.

Cost in the USA is $8 postpaid.

OUTSIDE THE USA , one album is $18.00 postpaid, first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that—sorry, but it now costs almost $14 US to send one CDR overseas….you save A LOT by buying more than one—in fact, the price on an order of two or more HAS GONE DOWN!

1 album= $18, 2 albums= $20, 3 albums= $28, etc. Thanks for your understanding of this. The Post Office now charges $13.75 to mail ONE cdr without a jewel box to Europe or Asia!)

NOTE: The new FOSSILS album should be available in about 3-4 weeks from Cardinal Records in Canada. It would probably be a lot cheaper for Canadian customers to wait and order direct from Cardinal Records, where this would be a domestic purchase, not a foreign purchase as it is from the US….

OTHER CDR ALBUMS STILL AVAILABLE:

KSE #336 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition”

KSE #351 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Music In 3 Spaces”

KSE #350 (CDR) ANTHONY GUERRA / BILL SHUTE, “Subtraction” KSE reissue of album originally released in 2011 on Black Petal Records, Australia 

KSE #335 (CDR album), REVEREND RAYMOND BRANCH, “Rainbow Gospel Hour…On The Air!”—a wonderful hour-long AM-radio broadcast, mastered from cassette, capturing the warmth and joy of Rev. Branch in both music (lots of it) and spoken message

KSE #334 (CDR album), BRIAN RURYK, “Actual Size…degress again” (sic)

KSE #333 (CDR album), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Tunnels” solo 12-string acoustic mantra guitar

KSE #331, “KSE 10th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM” featuring newly recorded, exclusive tracks from members of the KSE family: ALFRED 23 HARTH,  SARAH HENNIES, RAMBUTAN, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, DEREK ROGERS, BRENT FARISS, MATT KREFTING, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, and MASSIMO MAGEE

KSE #328, LISA CAMERON & NATHAN BOWLES, “Liquid Sunshine” percussion duo

KSE #326, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “Abandoning Finitude”….cover art by Bob Bruno

KSE #322,  WEREWHEELS (Sir Plastic Crimewave & Dawn Aquarius), “Live, Raw and Psycho In Japan”

KSE #320, MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites”

KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

KSE #310,  MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

KSE #293, MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Stylistic Deautomatization” (reissued)

 

 

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September 23, 2016

ADVENTURES OF A PROFESSIONAL CORPSE by H. Bedford-Jones (Altus Press)

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ADVENTURES OF A PROFESSIONAL CORPSE

by H. BEDFORD-JONES

published by Altus Press

$11.95 paperback (postpaid in US—-also available in hardcover)

stories originally published in 1940-1941

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Altus Press, one of my favorite small presses dedicated to quality reprints of classic magazine fiction of the first half of the 20th century, has devoted an entire series (which is ongoing) to the works of prolific Canadian-American author H. BEDFORD-JONES. Bedford-Jones (1887-1949), who was the master of any number of fiction genres (and also worked in journalism and poetry), created fascinating plots that pulled the reader in, selected just enough details to suggest a setting without getting bogged down in description, used dialogue to develop character but did not (at least in the pieces I’ve read) write dialogue-heavy stories and novels, and kept things moving. No wonder that he was so popular in his day, and his name appeared often on the covers of the magazines in which he appeared (though, like many very prolific authors, he also used a number of pseudonyms). His published works supposedly amount to 25 million words!

This particular book should win over a number of readers to Bedford-Jones’ work. It consists of four 20-page stories originally published in WEIRD TALES in 1940 and 1941, featuring the character of James F. Bronson, a man who (I won’t give away how he does it—-you need to read it for yourself—-I’ll just say that it’s convincing, in the manner of outrageous scientific explanations found in pulp fiction stories) is able to fake death. Yes, he is able to produce in his body conditions that will fool most doctors into believing he is dead, and he uses this ability (with the assistance of a doctor sidekick, who appears on the scene at just the right time in each story, although he is in on everything from the beginning) to make money by making himself available to those who require a corpse. He will not doing anything illegal (so he says), but his fee IS large and he winds up helping people in need. It may be fraud and deception, but it’s well-meaning fraud and deception.

Bronson himself is the narrator of the stories, and his way of confiding in the reader creates a kind of bond with us. These stories are the perfect length for escapist reading at the end of a long work-day and their appeal is similar to an hour-long Charlie Chan or Boston Blackie B-movie. The supporting characters in each story are well-drawn and realistic (and in some cases, quite sympathetic), there’s no wasted scenes or filler, and even a busy person can read a story in one sitting. This is imaginative mystery (as in mysterious, not as in murder mystery) writing at its best.

If you enjoy mystery fiction and this concept sounds intriguing, then you should pick this up. It’s only $11.95 for the paperback, and it’s postpaid in the USA. You can order it here:

http://www.altuspress.com/shop/adventures-of-a-professional-corpse-h-bedford-jones/

I’ve already read a few other volumes in Altus Press’ H. BEDFORD-JONES LIBRARY, and I look forward to further volumes. Who needs the internet when you can sit on your porch, enjoy the breeze, sip on an iced tea or a beer, and tag along with James F. Bronson, the Professional Corpse, as he fakes death for adventure and profit.

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