Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

August 19, 2011

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

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” 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.

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.”


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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