Kendra Steiner Editions

March 29, 2011

KSE’s NICK HENNIES and VENISON WHIRLED cdr’s reviewed in Vital Weekly #774

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Thoughtful, appreciative reviews of two recent KSE music releases in the new Vital Weekly, #774:   NICK HENNIES’  “Objects” (KSE #189) and VENISON WHIRLED’s “Xibalba” (KSE #194).

There’s always a lot to absorb in Vital Weekly, so I’ll link to issue #774 rather than just paste the reviews here…many other reviews of interest:  http://www.vitalweekly.net/774.html  .

NICK HENNIES’ Objects is $7 ppd. anywhere, and VENISON WHIRLED’s Xibalba is $5 ppd. anywhere. Payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com .

Congrats to Nick and Lisa on these thoughtful, appreciative reviews.

March 26, 2011

Bill Shute, “Surrounded By The Moment” (KSE #187), now available

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B I L L      S H U T E

“SURROUNDED BY THE MOMENT”

Sound Library Series, Volume 60———KSE #187

poetry chapbook, $5 ppd. anywhere

hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 49 copies

 The 60th entry in KSE’s “Sound Library Series”—-extended multi-part poems inspired by and dialoguing with music—-SURROUNDED BY THE MOMENT deals with time….Time present and time past/Are both perhaps present in time future/And time future contained in time past, as Eliot put it in Four Quartets.

A music student tries to connect via a music manuscript with an early Soviet composer on an empty Sunday morning…while the sky becomes so grey the streetlights come on, and hate-intoxicated masses march against immigrants and Islam (blocking traffic, blocking commerce, blocking communication),  and the wood in the fences shrinks further with each storm, and the spinach is planted and the chile pequin is harvested…in the territory between thought and sound…

This poetry chapbook, like a lot of my recent work, could be called JUNK SCULPTURE FROM THE NEW GILDED AGE….

Thanks for your support of KSE’s SOUND LIBRARY SERIES, which began in 2006 and now numbers 60 volumes (and 61-64 are all written and edited and will be released over the next 6-8 months, and 65 is about half-written, and we’ll keep on riding this wave until it eventually crashes…).

The “Cinq Préludes” (1918-22) of composer NIKOLAI  ROSLAVETZ (from Hat Art CD Soviet Avant Garde I) inspired this chapbook—the performance by Steffen Schleiermacher on this CD is essential listening.

$5.00 ppd. via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(d0t)com     (please leave note w/ payment indicating you want Surrounded By The Moment–—thanks!) 

And while you are placing that order, why not try some of our other music and poetry releases?

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poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

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

KSE #188 (3-inch CDR), Derek Rogers & Bill Shute, “Four Texas Streams” (music and poetry collaboration).

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

KSE #183 (3-inch CDR), Kuschty Rye Ergot, “Senescence.”

KSE #182 (3-inch CDR), Sean Gadoury, “Arc Light.”

KSE #179 (3-inch CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Minus.”

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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.”

PARASHI, “Zone of Alienation” (KSE #186, 3-inch cdr) now available!

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P A R A S H I

“ZONE OF ALIENATION”

KSE #186, 3-inch cdr

total time: 16:30 (tracks: 1, Corrach; 2, Tauride; 3, Kameraden)

 Albany’s Mike Griffin (ex-Wobblies) has been doing great work in the electro-acoustic/drone/ambient/noise world  as a solo artist under the name PARASHI and as a duo w/ Russ Aldertone under the group name URKAS. One recent gem is the new TROIKA cassette

on the Stunned Records label, which you can order here: http://stunnedrecords.blogspot.com/2011/03/stunned-no-115.html .

Another is the new PARASHI 3″ cdr for Kendra Steiner Editions, “ZONE OF ALIENATION” (KSE #186). The title refers to a 30km area around the former Chernobyl nuclear facility in the Ukraine, an area where access is forbidden without special permission, an area that became a dead zone after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Newsweek describes the area well: “THE MAIN DOOR, NEARLY BLOCKED BY overgrown bushes and weeds, rattles in the cold Ukrainian wind. The former day-care center’s rooms are strewn with abandoned dolls, teddy bears, tiny shoes and slippers, shattered glass. Water from melting snow on the roof drips through cracks in the concrete ceiling. Between rows of metal cribs, child-size gas masks peer up from the floor where they fell during the rushed evacuation a decade ago. In the kitchen, beside a desiccated piece of bread, an open notebook displays its last entry, a grocery list dated April 25, 1986.”

That’s what Parashi’s music is evoking here…the desolation, the things lost and abandoned, the disruption…but also eventually comes the hope, the comrades-in-loss joining hands and overcoming, although in a desolate, contaminated environment.  ZONE OF ALIENATION  is an abrasive, multi-textured electronic composition that will take you through another world…until realizing that the alien, disrupted, tainted world we’re tasting may well be our own…

$5.00 ppd. via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(d0t)com     (please leave note w/ payment indicating you want the Parashi cdr—thanks!) 

And while you are placing that order, why not try some of our other music and poetry releases?

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poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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

KSE #173,  Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

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

KSE #188 (3-inch CDR), Derek Rogers & Bill Shute, “Four Texas Streams” (music and poetry collaboration).

KSE #183 (3-inch CDR), Kuschty Rye Ergot, “Senescence.”

KSE #182 (3-inch CDR), Sean Gadoury, “Arc Light.”

KSE #179 (3-inch CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Minus.”

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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.”

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March 19, 2011

Nick Hennies, “Objects” cdr (KSE #189), now available

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NICK   HENNIES

“Objects”  (KSE #189)

 (for congas, woodblocks, claves, bass drum, triangles, and vibraphone)

Composed and performed by Nick Hennies

Recorded at the Art Institute of Austin, engineered/mixed by Andrew Stoltz. Hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 99 copies.

full-sized cdr, $7.00 ppd. anywhere

paypal funds to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kendra Steiner Editions is proud to present a new work from internationally-acclaimed Austin percussionist-composer NICK HENNIES, “Objects.” Dealing with some of the same compositional areas Nick visited in his previous album “Psalms” and his performance of compositions by Alvin Lucier and Radu Malfatti, OBJECTS is a haunting, hypnotic piece for solo percussion, exploring the possible extensions and permutations of so-called “unpitched” percussion instruments. Nick has been performing early versions of the piece at various Austin venues over the last year, performances I was fortunate enough to hear in person, so when I approached Nick about doing an album for KSE, I was very excited when he offered to do a new recording of Objects, a piece I’d been hearing grow and develop and which I could still feel in my bones (you’ll know what that means when you hear the piece…it somehow connects with the listener on a primal/cellular level). Engineer Andrew Stoltz did a rich, resonant recording of the piece at the Art Institute of Austin, and we present it to you on professionally-replicated cdr’s for a memorable listening experience.

I’ve been following Nick Hennies’ work since about 2006, and when I first saw him perform, I was completely transfixed by his virtuoso technique and his stamina and precision. That’s been put to use in his masterful performances of the contemporary music canon, including recording works of Lucier and Malfatti, and performing (with the wonderful Austin New Music Co-op) works by Arnold Dreyblatt and Cornelius Cardew, among others. Nick also has done fine work in the free-improv vein with many international heavyweights (and performances at a number of NO IDEA Festivals). Also, he is a member of two of the finest outre bands in Austin (which I won’t even begin to try to label or categorize), THE WEIRD WEEDS and WACO GIRLS.

As part of the Austin New Music Co-op, Nick will be involved with a staging of the COMPLETE epic composition THE GREAT LEARNING, by the late British composer and AMM-co-founder Cornelius Cardew. This will be performed over two days, the 5th and 6th of May, at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin. Read more about it at the ANMC website: http://www.newmusiccoop.org/ 

  the Austin New Music Co-op (w/ Hennies) performs “Paragraph 5” from Cornelius Cardew’s THE GREAT LEARNING, Spring 2010, Mexican-American Cultural Center, Austin, TX

solo NH set at 2011 No Idea Festival–San Antonio

Don’t miss this album, an important new work of solo percussion from one of the most interesting and constantly-surprising figures on the new-music scene…and featuring an original cover painting by Bob Bruno (ex-Circus Maximus co-leader, Noah Howard sideman).  We’ve already moved 45 of the 99 numbered copies, so act now. $7.00 ppd. via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com .

And while you are placing that order, why not try some of our other music and poetry releases?

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poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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

KSE #173,  Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

KSE #183 (3-inch CDR), Kuschty Rye Ergot, “Senescence.”

KSE #182 (3-inch CDR), Sean Gadoury, “Arc Light.”

KSE #179 (3-inch CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Minus.”

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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March 15, 2011

Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind” (KSE #185), now available!

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MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH

“JAZZBO WIND”  (KSE #185)

$5.00 ppd. anywhere

paypal to     django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

KSE is proud to announce the publication of the sixth poetry chapbook (his fourth for KSE) by San Francisco’s MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, “JAZZBO WIND” (KSE #185). Mr. Heath was one of the founding-fathers of punk-rock writing with his seminal VINTAGE VIOLENCE ‘zine, covering the under-rated Washington DC area scene in the late 70’s, and then moving into the early 80’s he was a fixture at other ‘zines of the day such as CAPITOL CRISIS and TRULY NEEDY. He’s been one of my favorite writers for 30+ years, and he was one of the first authors I approached to join the KSE family.

Michael moved to San Francisco in 1992 and began taking his work to new levels as he moved into poetry, a perfect fit as his writing always had the specificity and detail and metaphor needed for verse. With the  musicality one would expect, a timelessly hip voice, a mastery of reference and allusion, and a gritty streetwise presence—along with a cynical wit and a unique ability to capture the delicious pain of longing and physical desire in a way that is neither cloying nor cliche-ridden—Michael’s poetry is a breath of fresh air in today’s phony poetry world of post-Bukowski losers and posers and pretentious academic pasticheurs.

Like Corso or Patti Smith, Heath often writes from a poet-finding-his/her-way-in-a-barren-world persona, on the hungry streets and in the seedy transient hotels of San Francisco, seeking transcendence through a cheap thrill, looking to score, looking to connect with a fellow member of the diaspora, his head full of ornate Nino Rota film soundtracks and trippy Jamaican dub, his stomach empty, his heart overflowing, paying for drinks with pocket change, selling his Kerouac books and Prince Far I albums to pay the overdue rent, wondering if that lanky, ponytailed, sandy-haired, jean-jacketed guy from the midwest at the other end of the bar notices him, and wondering how he can get busfare home…if indeed he goes home tonight.

Michael Layne Heath creates/evokes a rich sensory world in his poetry, and we readers share in the poet’s insights, fears, and small pleasures. He’s intimate without being confessional, and he always leaves a lot unsaid, so his work cries out for multiple readings and also begs to be read aloud and savored. JAZZBO WIND may be only an 8-page chapbook, but it’s got far more content and far more depth than most 300-page books. Mr. Heath is, to me, one of the ten most essential poets writing in America today…no surprise that one of his earlier KSE chapbooks was listed as one of the ten best reads of the year (2007) in Arthur Magazine. This is a hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 67 copies, available for $5 postpaid ANYWHERE.

Get yours now.

also available from KSE:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #180, Bill Shute, “Autumn.”

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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

KSE #173,  Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #194 (3-inch cdr), VENISON WHIRLED , “XIBALBA”

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

KSE #183 (3-inch CDR), Kuschty Rye Ergot, “Senescence.”

KSE #182 (3-inch CDR), Sean Gadoury, “Arc Light.”

KSE #179 (3-inch CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Minus.”

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

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF KSE SINCE 2006! Support independent, non-aligned artists who do not operate through established channels or the lame “alternative” scene…meet the new boss, same as the old boss

March 14, 2011

SLOW PUMP 10-hour Drone-Fest, Austin TX, 15 March 2011

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SLOW PUMP YEAR 1

united states art authority/29th st ballroom
2906 fruth street
(just off Guadalupe)
***FREE ADMISSION***
 
SPONSORED BY SWITCHED ON
 

****FRONT STAGE****
KEVIN SHIELDS – Portland – 12:30
CORNELIUS F. VAN SAFRIN III – Chicago -11:30
TOBY ARONSON -Burlington, Vt – 10:30
HUBBLE -New York – 9:30
UNMOOR – Austin – 8:30
SPECULATOR – Los Angeles – 7:30
SILENT LAND TIME MACHINE – Austin – 6:30
MATTHEW DAVID – Los Angeles – 5:30
SMOKEY EMERY – AUSTIN – 4:30

****BIG STAGE****
EXPO ’70 – Kansas City – 12:00
ZANZIBAR SNAILS -Denton,Tx -11:00
QUIET EVENINGS – LaGrange, Ga -10:00
WHITE CREEPS – Little Rock – 9:00
SUNGOD – Austin – 8:00
THOUSAND FOOT WHALE CLAW – Austin – 7:00
WOODSMAN – Denver – 6:00
NUDE SUNRISE – Chicago – 5:00
AMASA•GANA – Austin – 4:00

PROJECTIONS BY:
LORI 16MM
AMANDA JOY
KYLE DIXON
TOMMY BOY
SCOTT GELBER

March 13, 2011

BELLTONESUICIDE, “non-conformist” mini-cdr (KSE #185), out now!!!

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BELLTONESUICIDE

“non-conformist”

KSE #185, 3″ cdr ($5.00 ppd anywhere)

20 tracks, running time 19:42

edition of 75 hand-made, hand-numbered copies

BELLTONE SUICIDE, the problem child of Western Massachusetts musician/composer/visual artist Mike Barrett, has offered the world a number of intense, raw, and vital noise-drone-badtripsych cdr’s and cassettes over the last few years, as well as some incendiary live shows, and Mike’s ability to create molten soundscapes and unexpected textures made him a natural for the KSE family of artists. Great to have him onboard.

Belltonesuicide’s new mini-cdr, “non-conformist” (KSE #185), is surely the most outrageous, over-the-top release we’ve put out so far (which is really saying something, considering what we’ve released!). When I got the master in the mail, and popped the second “play” copy in my car stereo, I nearly drove off the road. Digging deep into the analog-synth muck, Mike has created a diverse 20-tracker (in under 20 minutes) that sounds like a sampler of the most abrasive sections of the most outre Creel Pone electronic music releases. Every track is different, and I must say that this release is probably the best buy for your musical dollar that you’re going to find for years. 20 TRACKS, each mind-frying and balls-to-the-wall gutsy, in under 20 minutes, and the whole thing was recorded in a few hours, and then mixed in a few hours. As an artist, Mike values spontaneity and pushing himself into a personal red-zone, where he loses to some extent conscious control and he takes his game to a higher plane, transposes it to a higher key. I can’t believe how awesome this mini-cdr is. If you love old-school electronic skronk done with a modern attitude and with a slashing primitive feel, you NEED “non-conformist”.

$5.00 postpaid anywhere

paypal funds to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

also available from KSE:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #184, Michael Layne Heath, ”Jazzbo Wind”

KSE #180, Bill Shute, “Autumn.”

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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

KSE #173,  Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #194 (3-inch cdr), VENISON WHIRLED , “XIBALBA”

KSE #188, (3-inch CDR), Derek Rogers/Bill Shute, “Four Texas Streams”.

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

KSE #183 (3-inch CDR), Kuschty Rye Ergot, “Senescence.”

KSE #182 (3-inch CDR), Sean Gadoury, “Arc Light.”

KSE #179 (3-inch CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Minus.”

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

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF KSE SINCE 2006! Support independent, non-aligned artists who do not operate through established channels or the lame “alternative” scene…meet the new boss, same as the old boss

I’ll be at the SLOW PUMP drone-fest in Austin on March 15th with a number of KSE items available for sale or trade…stop by and say hello…

 

March 12, 2011

2nd spoken-word cdr from Bill Shute, JUNK SCULPTURE FROM THE NEW GILDED AGE, coming in August 2011

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Happy to announce that after the excellent reception of my first spoken-word poetry cdr,  SAN ANTONIO SKY SONGS (KSE #171), and requests that I do an album of more recent material (that album contained 2006-2009 poems), I’m going back into the studio in Austin in late July 2011 and recording a new collection entitled  JUNK SCULPTURE FROM THE NEW GILDED AGE (KSE #202), which will consist of 2010-2011 material, including some pieces that have not yet been published. Derek Rogers, who did such a fine job on the first one and who really understands the form and texture of my poems, has agreed to again engineer/produce. We expect to have this ready to release in August 2011. It will be available from KSE in North America and from Volcanic Tongue in Europe.

Hope you’ll find it interesting and worthwhile.

ATTENTION: People in New York and New England, don’t forget that I’ll be doing three readings and/or poetry-music collaborations in Albany, NY, and Western Massachusetts in late May 2011…stay tuned to the blog for further details.

happy birthday, Jack Kerouac

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happy birthday, JACK KEROUAC. you opened a door that millions of us have walked through, into a new land, into new levels on consciousness, into new ways of writing…your influence is with me, with us, every day…throughout the early-mid 70’s, I walked around Denver with a copy of Tristessa in my back pocket, and on some level, I still carry your work with me daily…

March 3, 2011

coming in April 2011…it’s Venison Whirled!

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coming in April 2011:

KSE #194, “Xibalba” by VENISON WHIRLED

(3″ cdr—recorded live at Austin’s Cherrywood Coffeehouse)

…don’t miss it!

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