Kendra Steiner Editions

August 19, 2011

XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B” (KSE #204, 3-inch cdr), now available!

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X A N T H O C E P H A L U S

” 3 W B “

(KSE #204, 3-inch cdr),              $5.00 ppd. anywhere

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

XANTHOCEPHALUS is the solo project of Brooklyn’s  Russ Aldertone, ex-member of The Wobblies, man behind the superb ALDERTONE album of a few years back, and co-leader of URKAS with Mike “Parashi” Griffin. Bassist, electronic composer, and ornithologist (a serious field recorder of birds and student of bird calls/songs), Russ (like fellow bassist Brent Fariss, KSE #201) is interested in the textures and the harmonic layers the bass can bring to the field of drone composition (Russ plays an electric bass, Brent an acoustic), using a variety of effects to treat the sound of the bass, and incorporating found recordings of birds (in this case, a Three-Wattled Bellbird recorded in Monteverde, Costa Rica, hence the “3 W B” of the title). The deep, resonant layers of treated bass provide a kind of “environment” in which the birds can exist, an aural bird habitat, and the humidity and the thick foliage and the ponds and streams and the sounds of LIFE are all there in the composition “3 W B”. Again, the 3″ cdr (this piece runs 17:02) is the perfect format for a rich, dense, yet space-filled piece such as this, which one can easily program to “repeat” and spend an afternoon with. Russ has been doing some fascinating and important work recently, and we at KSE are proud to issue a choice example of Russ Aldetone’s unique work.

Just last week, Russ was interviewed on the Columbia University radio station and featured 3 W B during his hour-long appearance, but he also performed live in the studio, and that piece (called CHSP) is presently up for free listening on Soundcloud. Give it a listen, and then order a copy of 3 W B. Hand-numbered, hand-assembled edition of 83 copies, only $5 postpaid anywhere.      

http://soundcloud.com/aldertone/chsp

XANTHOCEPHALUS will be performing this Friday 26 August at the wonderful Spotty Dog in Hudson, NY (where I did poetry-music performances with Rambutan and Parashi in May)…if you are in the NY Hudson Valley or in Western Massachusetts, don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the LIVE Xanthocephalus/Russ Alderton experience. Hudson NY will never be the same.

XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B” (KSE #204, 3-inch cdr),     $5.00 ppd. anywhere,        payment via paypal to                    django5722(at)yahoo(d0t)com

And while you are ordering it, why not also pick up some of our other forward-thinking KSE cdr music releases:

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #202 (3-inch CDR), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings.”

KSE #198 ( 3-inch CDR), MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

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

KSE #185 (3-inch CDR), Belltonesuicide, “non-conformist.”

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

KSE #206 (CDR), Bill Shute, “Junk Sculpture from the New Gilded Age.” (2nd spoken-word poetry album)

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

(note: to speed up your order, please send a note along with paypal payment listing numbers/titles of items ordered…thanks!)

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and of micro-presses and micro-labels everywhere.

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August 14, 2011

Das Geheimnis der gelben Mönche (aka Target For Killing—Germany/Austria/Italy 1966)

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TARGET FOR KILLING, directed by Manfred R. Kohler, starring Stewart Granger, Karin Dor, Rupert Davies, Klaus Kinski, Adolfo Celi.

Combines the best qualities of the sub-Bond eurospy genre with the crazed atmosphere and odd production design of the later, color Edgar Wallace films…listen to the incredible Marcello Giombini soundtrack (perhaps one of the 5 best psychedelic Italian 60s genre-film soundtracks, as if the Blow-Up era Yardbirds moved to Rome) here:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYYR6AhResI          Like Tom Tryon in “The Narco Men” (which also has a killer soundtrack), Granger projects a jaded, pissed “I don’t want to be in this film” attitude, which fits the character and the film perfectly…

Sinister Cinema offers a DVD-R of TARGET FOR KILLING  from an American TV print (an RKO General tv release–where I first saw it in the early 70s) which is good, and the same print from the old SC vhs tape I’ve had for 20 years…by the way, it’s cheaper if you buy directly from Amazon in the US rather than from SC…about half the price…

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no Youtube link for The Narco Men, alas, but you can get an OK quality copy of it on dvd-r from Something Weird and hear it for yourself while watching this downbeat Euro-crime gem…unfortunately, SW’s print (again, the same one used on their old vhs copy) is missing the first few frames, so we don’t get to see “Tom Tryon in…” before the title     😦

August 13, 2011

BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings” (KSE #202, 3-inch cdr), now available

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BOOK  OF  SHADOWS

“Poppets and Strings”

KSE #202 (3-inch cdr),      $5.00  ppd.  anywhere

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

Over more than a decade, some 25 releases (on such esteemed labels as Ruralfaune and Reverb Worship) and countless shows, Austin’s  BOOK OF SHADOWS  has been creating unique, spiritually charged, higher-key psychedelic soundscapes that transcend category.  Austin is full of tie-dyed psychedelic revivalists who would not know what to do with forward-thinking timeless communal music-making like what BOOK OF SHADOWS creates, because B. O. S. creates music that, like Ya Ho Wa 13 or Psychic TV, grows out of spiritual practice and as such has no boundaries and follows no script. It is celebratory and takes in all of the elements. One could drop references such as Beat of the Earth, Mahogany Brain, Two Virgins-era Yoko Ono, or Kendra Smith, but Book of Shadows’ Sharon and Carlton Crutcher are so far outside the loop of “influences” and considerations of what’s hip this year, that that does not matter. They represent the purest strain of the ever-evolving Texas higherkey psychedelic tradition, and POPPETS AND STRINGS brings us two  9+ minute excursions, one recorded outside in the woods, one a home recording. Perhaps because the Crutchers live in a small town and NOT in some apartment on S. Congress, their music is made from the water and the thunder and the soil and the sky, and thus we lose all sense of time as Sharon’s wordless vocals speak to us in a universal language of feeling and the electronics and guitars and keyboards melt and flow and shimmer and glow. Of Book of Shadows, Julian Cope wrote, “like the best psychedelia, listeners never know which track is playing, where the last one ended or when the next one began,” and that’s also true with POPPETS AND STRINGS.  This is the real thing, folks…and having seen Book of Shadows live, I can attest that the musicians attain a higher state during their performance, and wherever they perform becomes a sacred space. They bring an all-new interpretation to the phrase “Lift The Bandstand.”

We’re honored to feature the music of these Texas psychedelic pioneers on KSE, and the nearly 20 minutes of music featured here is potent and gets deeper with each listen. You can, literally, push the “repeat” button and spend an afternoon with this music, and like the best psychedelia, when you turn it off and step back into the outside environment, you hear THAT music, your ears and your brain have been opened and rewired, and you realize that the music is everywhere…and that “everything that is, is holy.”

“Poppets and Strings,” KSE #202, only $5.00 postpaid anywhere.

And while you are ordering it, why not also pick up some of our other forward-thinking KSE cdr music releases:

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #204 (3-inch CDR), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B.”

KSE #198 ( 3-inch CDR), MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

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

KSE #185 (3-inch CDR), Belltonesuicide, “non-conformist.”

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

KSE #206 (CDR), Bill Shute, “Junk Sculpture from the New Gilded Age.” (2nd spoken-word poetry album)

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

(note: to speed up your order, please send a note along with paypal payment listing numbers/titles of items ordered…thanks!)

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and of micro-presses and micro-labels everywhere.

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August 9, 2011

welcome to Vital Weekly readers: presently available music from KSE

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welcome to readers referred here from Vital Weekly #792…

so you don’t have to look all over this blog to find CDR ordering info, here it is along with what’s presently available:

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #202 (3-inch CDR), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204 (3-inch CDR), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B.”

KSE #198 ( 3-inch CDR), MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

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

KSE #185 (3-inch CDR), Belltonesuicide, “non-conformist.”

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

KSE #206 (CDR), Bill Shute, “Junk Sculpture from the New Gilded Age.” (2nd spoken-word poetry album)

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

(note: to speed up your order, please send a note along with paypal payment listing numbers/titles of items ordered…thanks!)

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and of micro-presses and micro-labels everywhere.

August 3, 2011

Brent Fariss, “Four Environments…Collapsing” (KSE #199, CDR), now available!

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BRENT FARISS

“Four Environments…Collapsing”

KSE #199, full-sized CDR

$7.00 ppd. anywhere, payment via paypal, to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

Proud to welcome Austin-based composer-musician-sound artist BRENT FARISS into the KSE family with FOUR ENVIRONMENTS…COLLAPSING (KSE #199), a new work of contemporary composition integrating string bass, treated string bass, field recordings, electronics, recordings made of music played in seemingly “haunted” settings, snippets of decontextualized speech, etc. All masterfully integrated into four different pieces, each one with special attention paid to texture. TEXTURE: whether we are talking about the brittle, astringent yet rubbery tone of Steve Lacy’s soprano sax, the layering of crayon and pencil on a Cy Twombly canvas, the chunks of grain and blur in the cinema of Warhol or Andy Milligan, the tense and brittle and elliptical flow of the lines in a later Tennessee Williams play, or the infinite layers within a limited pitch range found in the microtonal pieces of John Cage, an attention to TEXTURE is often the most sensually satisfying and the most memorable aspect of a work in any artistic discipline, that quality that sticks with one like peanut butter in the roof of one’s mouth or like the tastes and sounds and smells of a satisfying romantic encounter. The contrabass is an instrument uniquely able to create a wide variety of textures and microtonal subtleties, and Brent Fariss is a master of the instrument…and a man who is always thinking in terms of composition, bringing in ideas from Fluxus figures such as Benjamin Patterson and Dick Higgins to expand the possibilities of sound recording, of moving sound recording closer toward the state of intermedia process. Forgetting the jargon, it’s music that is emotionally jarring and intellectually interesting, that takes the THINGS of everyday Texas existence and integrates them into the composition.

I could go on and on about the creation and recording of this album, but like love, it’s better to experience it than to analyze it. With the wonderful Austin New Music Co-op (where I first encountered him), Brent Fariss has performed works by Arnold Dreyblatt, Pauline Oliveros, Cornelius Cardew, Radu Malfatti, Phil Niblock, and Michael Pisaro…and (perhaps at the other end of the spectrum, perhaps not) is a member of Austin’s ground-breaking, genre-smashing band WACO GIRLS. He has also worked extensively with Rick Reed, and the pair are currently at work on a long-term project called THE DEEP DREAM DECODERS, that will integrate elements of dream life and the dream world into music. We can hardly wait for that! At the KSE 5th Anniversary Concert the other night in Austin, Brent did a solo set consisting of a live performance of the title piece (one of four pieces on the album) AND a trio set with Mr. Reed and with Bill Thompson, musician-composer formerly of Austin and now of London, UK. You can watch some of Brent’s solo set on You Tube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQCm0wSAffw .

FOUR ENVIRONMENTS…COLLAPSING is a fascinating work that grows and gives up more of its secrets with each listen, all the while raising new questions, and the snippets of decontextualized speech give the album a kind of submerged narrative that sucks the listener in, as if we are listening intently at a keyhole or hearing voices of neighbors through a wall. It will satisfy those seeking the ultimate drone-noise high and it will fascinate those seeking cutting-edge contemporary composition…it’s also 100% Texan and as such has a dusty, high and lonesome beauty to it. Hand-numbered, hand-assembled edition of 89 copies, only $7 postpaid anywhere.

I circulated some advance copies of this in western Massachusetts, in Pittsburgh, and in the New York Hudson Valley when I was back there in May, and FOUR ENVIRONMENTS commanded a lot of attention from the musicians, poets, and artists I met. It will surely become an album YOU play and think about often, and it may well lead you to experiment further in whatever artistic discipline YOU work in. I know it has inspired me as a poet!!!

Get your copy while you can…

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #198 ( 3-inch CDR), MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

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

KSE #185 (3-inch CDR), Belltonesuicide, “non-conformist.”

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

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

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

payment via paypal to    django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   (note: to speed up your order, please send a note along with paypal payment listing numbers/titles of items ordered…thanks!)

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and of micro-presses and micro-labels everywhere.

August 1, 2011

KSE 5th Anniversary Concert, SVT, Austin, TX, 31 July 2011

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L-R: Lee Dockery, Vanessa Rossetto, Laurel Barickman, Bill Shute, Lisa Cameron, Aaron Mace, Rick Reed,

Brent Fariss,  Bill Thompson, Greg Stuart, Nick Hennies

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Church of the Friendly Ghost presents
Kendra Steiner Editions

5th Anniversary Concert

31 July 2011

Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin, TX

7:00-7:20    BRENT FARISS (solo)

 

7:30-7:50    RICK REED (solo)

 

8:05-8:25    R. LEE DOCKERY

 

8:40-9:00     VANESSA ROSSETTO

 

9:15-9:35   VENISON WHIRLED (Lisa Cameron)

 

9:50-10:30  BRENT FARISS & RICK REED & BILL THOMPSON

(guest artist from the UK,  Bill Thompson,  pictured)

 

10:45-11:30  NICK HENNIES & GREG STUART

 

amazing video projections by Laurel Barickman of Recspec (and KSE is proud to announce that we’ve asked Laurel to do the inaugural release in a new KSE series of DVD-R’s!!!)

 

major thanks to Aaron Mace/Church of the Friendly Ghost for sponsoring this event…

 

5 hours of incredible music, a celebration of not just KSE’s 5 years but the incredible Austin new music scene!

thanks to all involved, a beautiful experience…should we try for a 6th Anniversary show next summer? 

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