Kendra Steiner Editions

June 16, 2009

KSE #138, THE STUMBLE, now available

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      now available:  KSE #138

the stumble

 

BILL  SHUTE, “THE STUMBLE” (sound library series, volume 44)

That I would eventually do a sound library volume inspired by a Jandek album was inevitable. After all, I’ve been listening to Jandek albums for almost 25 years (Byron Coley and Chris Stigliano turned me onto his work around 1984-85), his work has been a huge influence on my own, and his label Corwood Industries was the main influence on the business model of Kendra Steiner Editions. Hearing the struggle and the search-for-meaning and search-for-fulfillment found in each of those many Jandek albums, I’ve felt like his work has been a constant series of dispatches from a fellow traveler on life’s highway. And his constant experiments with form and texture and persona are endlessly fascinating and an inspiration to any artist interested in breaking beyond established barriers. So here is my dispatch from Texas 2009, growing out of the soil of repeated listenings to the wonderful 2003 album THE PLACE (Corwood CD 0772). Penned dogs are barking at anything that moves; led by the nose by a sensationalistic and science-ignorant media, the public is going crazy about the swine flu; people are living vicariously through chatrooms and false online personas; men and women are doing their fourth tours in the Army of occupation in Iraq; used cars are washed and polished for any remaining customers; metal dinosaur birds are blocking the sun; and that affair with the married woman is coming to an end as the all-night jazz radio plays so low in the background it becomes musical homeopathy. It’s a personal stumble, and it’s a national stumble…but we’ll get our balance upon this wobbly rock …somehow… someday…

hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 89 copies, of which we’ve already moved 27.  issued with the blessing of Corwood Industries (long-time KSE readers).

Cost is $4.00 each or 3 for $10.00 (only one copy of any book per customer) postpaid in North America. Send a check (or well-concealed cash) made payable to Bill Shute, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd. #350, San Antonio, Texas, 78247. OR chapbooks are available to overseas readers DIRECT FROM KSE postpaid outside of North America for only $5 each. Overseas orders should write to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice for whatever you’d like.

Why not get the 3-for-10 deal and choose THE STUMBLE as one of your selections.  Here’s what’s available now from KSE:

#134, RONALD BAATZ, headlights from the otherside of the world ;

#135,  BILL SHUTE, stereo action (sound library series, volume 42) ;

#130,  MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, odd years ;

#126,  MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, grey rage (dyed) ;

#127,  BRAD KOHLER, dog nights, dog days ;

#133,  BILL SHUTE, this day without (sound library series, volume 41) ;

#131,  BILL SHUTE, acres (sound library series, volume 40) ;

#129,  MIRA HORVICH / BILL  SHUTE, suspension ;

#119,  A. J. KAUFMANN, satori in berlin (x-berg songs) ;

#122,  LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, still human ;

#116,  MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, next exit: ten ;

#34,  STUART CRUTCHFIELD, shack simple (reprint).

and next week we’ll be rolling out Aleathia Drehmer’s poetry-photography chapbook CIRCLES. watch for that!

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