Kendra Steiner Editions

October 31, 2009

INNER MYSTIQUE RADIO (circa late 1980’s)

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With the recent retirement of Bruce “Mole” Mowat from CFMU-FM, Hamilton, Ontario, after three decades, I remembered that I had a show on CFMU in the late 1980’s (I’d guess 87-89, but I’m not sure). It was called “Inner Mystique Radio” (after the Inner Mystique magazine I ran in Oklahoma in the early 80’s and the Inner Mystique column I did for Chris Stigliano’s FUD/PHFUDD/BLACK TO COMM magazine for many years). As I remember, Bruce had a block of time on a weeknight (the flyer above says Thursday, so that must be it…at least for part of the run), and offered me an hour of it for my radio show, which I recorded in my basement in Catawba, Virginia, on cassette and then mailed to CFMU. I would often do them 2-3 at a time. They would get an original run and would later be re-run…and at least twice they were used when a sports game was rained out! Of course, this was circa 1987, so there was no internet streaming audio at that time. I never did hear them being broadcast directly…but I did hear them indirectly a number of times in a surreal situation I must describe for you. As these shows aired, people would call in to the CFMU studio and ask to talk to Bill, the host. Of course, Bill the host was not there, but Bruce or whoever was airing these would give the listeners (with my blessing) my home phone number, and I’d then get a phone call from a stranger in the CFMU listening area who was listening to my show. I would have no idea what show they were listening to, so I’d ask them “what’s on now” and that kind of thing, and eventually I’d halfway remember what show was on. I could also hear my show and often MY VOICE coming through the phone as someone was listening to me over the air in Ontario, Canada…and I’d be in rural Virginia talking to this person—-often an inebriated person—-and hearing myself in the background. There was something odd about that experience!

About 45-50 of these shows were recorded over a 2 year period. I was broke at that time, so I made no backup copies, just sent the original cassette tape to Hamilton. About 10-12 years ago, I was sent about 15 airchecks of these shows, but alas these airchecks were recorded in a manner that made the show run about 5-10% faster and thus higher-pitched, and I found them unlistenable.

What was played? Well, much of what you’d expect: then-rare (is anything from the 60’s “rare” anymore? The most obscure 45s and private pressing albums are now on someone’s MP3 blog or reissued on CD/vinyl) garage-psych singles and album tracks, obscure rockabilly, free jazz, blues, obscure soul and R&B singles, British beat, sound effects, junk-store lounge vinyl, avant-garde contemporary classical, etc. But I’d also throw in, say, a complete Eddie Condon jazz radio show from the 40s or an old-time-radio detective program such as “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.” I would also champion recent releases on labels such as Eva and Psycho (and later Breeder, if anyone remembers that! ) and Ace and Bear Family and Collector-White Label and the like. I also did two Christmas shows and played a number of things from b**tlegs. The earlier shows tended to be more focused and more oriented around garage-psych…the later shows were more diverse (I remember my son Eric, then 2 or 3, said “Hello, Canada” into the microphone on one of the shows) . I really enjoyed the shows and thank Bruce for the opportunity. That was my third and final go-round in the radio broadcasting world. I’ve appeared as a guest on some radio shows since then, but I’ve never done my own again. And that’s the story of Inner Mystique Radio.

October 27, 2009

NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES (KSE #147) now available!

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BILL   SHUTE

“NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES”  (cinema poetry series, volume two)

KSE #147

After a two-year break, KSE’s “Cinema Poetry Series” is back! The previous volume—-ROCKET ATTACK USA (KSE #49)—-sold out quickly and was praised in both Arthur Magazine and in the small press section of Kenyon Review, and the intention was to do at least five of them, but on the second one I hit a barrier and never got around to finishing it.  Then a few months ago, A.J. Kaufmann suggested that the series be revised because he wanted to do one, so that gave me the jumpstart I needed to do another one of my own. Thus, there will be two new Cinema Poetry volumes coming out: this one by me, and next month VIA ALIGHIERI by A. J. Kaufmann. And A. J. and I plan to do two more in the first half of 2010. But let’s get back to the subject at hand here…

NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES (KSE #147) is inspired by the classic existential road movie, VANISHING POINT (1971), directed by Richard C. Serafian and starring Barry Newman as Kowalski. I initially saw it at the drive-in as a teenager circa 1972-73, and it blew me away. I’ve probably watched it dozens of times and it still blows me away. Making a film that satisfies both the drive-in action fan and the art-film crowd is difficult, but I’ve always respected those who have done it, and on some level I feel as though I’m doing a literary version of that balancing act with my own poetry.

NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES, like the film VANISHING POINT, captures a journey…although it’s been changed from Denver to San Francisco, to Denver to L.A.  And as Kowalski travels from Denver to Grand Junction to Vegas to L.A., he meets two characters familiar to KSE readers: Brad Kohler, east of Vegas; and Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, east of Barstow. With each poet’s permission, I’ve created a fictionalized version of him and quoted a few lines of his poetry from a previous KSE chapbook. The book ends in, I hope, a kind of transcendence (as does the film), but YOU the reader will be the judge of that.

NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES. It’s a journey I’ve made. Perhaps you have too. Perhaps you will…

In the US, books are $4 each postpaid, or you can get any three KSE chaps for $10 postpaid.  Send a check (or well-concealed cash) made payable to Bill Shute, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd. #350, San Antonio, Texas, 78247.  Outside the US, you can get any book for $5 postpaid, payable via paypal. Just write to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice. For your 3-for-$10 deal, along with NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY SEES you can choose from any of these other in-print chapbooks:

#146, MK CHAVEZ & MIRA HORVICH, “pinnacle” ;

#145, A. J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “blues for duffy power” ;

#144, ZACHARY C. BUSH, “spin” ;

#143, A. J. KAUFMANN, “symbolisme psychédélique” (sound library series, volume 47). In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon, issued simultaneously with KSE #142 ;

#142, BILL SHUTE, “plink, plonk & scratch” (sound library series, volume 46). In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon, issued simultaneously with KSE #143.

#141, LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL & CYNTHIA ETHERIDGE, overcome ;

#140, BILL SHUTE, subtraction ;

#139, A. J. KAUFMANN, antiquewhite rain (sound library series, volume 45) ;

#138, BILL SHUTE, the stumble (sound library series, volume 44) ;

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

#132,  DOUG DRAIME, knox county (photographs by Lena Ozuna) ;

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

#130,  MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, odd years ;

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

Only one copy of any chapbook per customer, please.

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Our next two releases will be

KSE #148, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, “Vegas The Hard Way”

and

KSE # 149, A. J. KAUFMANN, “Via Alighieri” (cinema poetry series, volume three)

October 22, 2009

new Zachary C. Bush interview at Orange Alert

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Our friend, poet ZACHARY C. BUSH newly interviewed at Orange Alert (his second interview with OA). He discusses his new books ANGLES OF DISORDER (Blaze VOX) and SPIN (Kendra Steiner Editions)…and a lot more!
http://www.orangealert.net/zcb

And don’t forget that SPIN is still available from us. Check the “available KSE chapbooks” page to your right. Spin is ZCB’s FOURTH chapbook for KSE and his first solo KSE chapbook, coming after the long-out-of-print volumes NEXT EXIT: FOUR (w/ Brad Kohler), INTERVALS (w/ Bill Shute), and SHANTI (w/ Bill Shute).

Zachary will be issuing a full-length poetry book, AT SWAN DECAPITATION, from Vox Press soon, and a second solo chap from KSE is scheduled for February 2010.

October 15, 2009

MK Chavez & Mira Horvich, “Pinnacle” (KSE #146), now available

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KSE #146

MK  CHAVEZ   &  MIRA  HORVICH         “Pinnacle”

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After many months of work in Poland, Louisiana, Texas, and California, the new collaborative chapbook from  poet MK Chavez  and  visual artist Mira HorvichPINNACLE (KSE #146) ,  is now available.

Early this year, Mira Horvich—-from Poland, but living temporarily in Louisiana and working as a face and body painter—- created a suite of photographs putting naked Barbie dolls into natural environments with stone figures and other “characters”, creating portraits that were mini-dramas. After viewing these, I immediately thought of poet MK Chavez, as her work often deals with gender roles,  sexual stereotypes, and the relationsip of sexuality and power. I sent MK the photos and asked her if she would like to work with them to create a poetry-photography chapbook. She worked for a number of months on the project, and PINNACLE (KSE #146) is the result. The verse form MK created is unique to this project—-not really concrete poetry, not really open-field poetry, but a poetry that is visual and tactile and works with the photography to create a multi-layered, hard-hitting, and deliciously ambiguous work. And to further complement the boldness and uniqueness of PINNACLE, we’ve printed it on heavy, lemon-yellow cover stock—-yes, both cover and text are done on heavy, lemon-yellow cover stock so it is visually arresting and unique to the touch.

Ms. Chavez is a Berkeley-based poet whose previous publications include the powerful VIRGIN EYES chapbook, published by Zeitgeist Press, and two previous works for Kendra Steiner Editions: VISITATION (KSE #90) and NEXT EXIT: NINE (KSE #112),  a shared chapbook with John Sweet (and KSE is proud to announce that Mr. Sweet will be back with us for a solo chapbook in early 2010).  She’s recently become poetry editor at Lynn Alexander’s awesome FULL OF CROW literary website, she’s quite active in the Bay Area literary scene, and she’s a wonderful person to work with!

Ms. Horvich is back in Poland after a six-month stay in Louisiana earlier this year. She is an acclaimed photographer and visual artist, as well as being a fine writer of poetry and prose, both in Polish and in English. She did the cover photographs for Michael Layne Heath’s GREY RAGE (DYED) chapbook (KSE # 126), and she collaborated with me on SUSPENSION (KSE #129). We will be working on another collaboration in 2010 dealing with the concept of  KEYS. Mira is definitely a person to watch, and I hope she will continue to work with KSE on other projects.

PINNACLE is a bold and unique work. Get your copy now!

In the US, books are $4 each postpaid, or you can get any three KSE chaps for $10 postpaid.  Send a check (or well-concealed cash) made payable to Bill Shute, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd. #350, San Antonio, Texas, 78247.  Outside the US, you can get any book for $5 postpaid, payable via paypal. Just write to django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com and request a paypal invoice. For your 3-for-$10 deal, you can choose from any of these other in-print chapbooks:

#147, BILL SHUTE, “nobody knows, nobody sees” (cinema poetry series, volume 2) ;

#145, A. J. KAUFMANN & BILL SHUTE, “blues for duffy power” ;

#144, ZACHARY C. BUSH, “spin” ;

#143, A. J. KAUFMANN, “symbolisme psychédélique” (sound library series, volume 47). In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon, issued simultaneously with KSE #142 ;

#142, BILL SHUTE, “plink, plonk & scratch” (sound library series, volume 46). In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon, issued simultaneously with KSE #143.

#141, LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL & CYNTHIA ETHERIDGE, overcome ;

#140, BILL SHUTE, subtraction ;

#139, A. J. KAUFMANN, antiquewhite rain (sound library series, volume 45) ;

#138, BILL SHUTE, the stumble (sound library series, volume 44) ;

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

#132,  DOUG DRAIME, knox county (photographs by Lena Ozuna) ;

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

#130,  MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, odd years ;

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

Only one copy of any chapbook per customer, please.

Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozobal interview at Calliope Nerve

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New interview with L.A. poet and KSE regular Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal at the always-interesting Calliope Nerve. Luis discusses the construction (now, no longer a mystery!)  of the much-acclaimed OVERCOME chapbook (KSE #141)  he did with Cynthia Etheridge, which is still available from us. Check the “Available KSE chapbooks” page to your right for ordering info. Here’s the link to the interview:  http://calliopenerve.blogspot.com/2009/10/calliope-nerve-interview-series-luis.html .

October 11, 2009

The Hound on LESTER BANGS

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Now that “Lester Bangs” has become two sanitized book-length compilations of his writings and an inaccurate portrayal in a mediocre Hollywood film, the real Lester Bangs seems to have gotten lost, and the sense of excitement and of outrage that living in the same world with Lester Bangs provided seems only a distant memory.

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I’m one of those people who feels as though I learned to write in the early-to-mid-70s from then out-of-print lesser-known Kerouac books (Tristessa, Big Sur, etc.) and from Lester Bangs’ gargantuan piece on the Troggs in Greg Shaw’s BOMP magazine. I purchased and devoured CREEM regularly in junior high school and high school (I was even reviewed in CREEM, though not by Bangs,  once a few years later…I think Tom Robinson or Debbie Harry was on the cover…I do have a copy somewhere); I awaited the latest round in the Bangs vs Lou Reed feud. Later, I’d go to the library to thumb through copies of the Village Voice looking for Bangs pieces…pieces that usually disappointed me.  My only direct dealings with Bangs amounted to one friendly rejection slip, but I knew many people who’d had dealings with him, and as the 70s ended and the 80s arrived, Mr. Bangs seemed like a lost soul. There would be the occasional writings-for-hire to make a buck on subjects he did not truly care about; there were the rumors of unpublished yet amazing manuscripts that were being circulated; and there was his sad quest to become one of the rockstars he championed. And there were the regular reports of friendships he abused…and the occasional cruel actions toward people who were in fact his truest allies, such as his libellous trashing of Miriam Linna.  But Lester was a larger-than-life character, and whether it be Hank Williams or Darby Crash, these kind of characters are usually easier for most people to appreciate when they are at a distance or dead, rather than banging on your door at 3 a.m. or borrowing things from you that never get returned. Although the “E True Hollywood Story” series did not yet exist in the early 80s, watching the last few years of Lester’s life as he was living it was similar to watching an E True Hollywood Story on some ill-fated celebrity and noticing that there was only eight minutes to go on the show. You just knew that you were watching the final act.

The Hound’s piece on Bangs, written by someone who was at the heart of the scene at that time (I was just following things at a far distance from Colorado and then Oklahoma, and it would be charitable to call my experience  fifth-hand, not second-hand), seems to nail the real Lester Bangs, warts’n’all. In the early parts of his career, Bangs was all about honesty and truth and saying what others dared not to say while providing a context that somehow made sense of it all. That’s exactly what The Hound did with this piece, and it turns out to be true to the best aspects of what Mr. Bangs represented, and makes me remember why Bangs was a hero to so many of us in the 1970’s. Knowing Bangs’ work was a kind of  “calling card” in the early-to-mid 70’s, and meeting someone who was also into Bangs and the music Bangs championed was almost like a Masonic handshake in that it was a “secret sign” that that person was worth knowing…at least initially! Here’s the link:

http://thehoundblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/lester-bangs.html

Those who have heard the countless hours of tapes documenting Bangs jamming with his friend and fellow writer-musician Peter Laughner at the CREEM offices late at night may feel as I do that these represent Bangs at his happiest. Perhaps Lester and Peter are sitting around with acoustic guitars in the great beyond, jamming endlessly, sharing cigarettes, and having friendly arguments about the career arc and the various albums of Lou Reed. I’d love to hear what they had to say about the 1990’s Velvets reunion, The Raven, and the Metal Machine Trio!

October 1, 2009

late 80’s writings reappear on web

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I don’t have copies of most of my old writings and reviews from the 70s, 80s, and 90s—-I have to ask longtime readers to make me a xerox or scan something when I need a specific one—-so it was nice to see a few reviews of mine from an ancient issue of UGLY THINGS (i’m guessing from the late 80s) show up on the web accompanying downloads of two old LP volumes of HIGHS IN THE MID SIXTIES (the Colorado one and the fourth volume of Texas). Check them out at http://faintlyblowing.blogspot.com/2009/09/va-highs-in-mid-sixties-vol-17-19.html and also why not download those great albums while you are there…

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