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January 29, 2012

KSE Sound Library summit in Pittsburgh, May 2011

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          3 of KSE’s  “Sound Library Poets”  in Pittsburgh, PA        May 2011

L – R        BRAD   KOHLER,     BILL   SHUTE,    JIM  D.  DEUCHARS

had a great time on my PA/NY/MA/RI sojourn in May 2011…hope to get back there again in 2013…

January 25, 2012

KSE # 215, Bill Shute, OUTFAKE poetry chapbook (Sound Library Series, Volume 66), now available…

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BILL   SHUTE

OUTFAKE

KSE #215   (poetry chapbook)

$5.00  postpaid anywhere

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Those who follow the Sound Library Series might be wondering “what happened to #61 through #65”? Well, those appeared on my spoken word poetry cdr “Junk Sculpture From The New Gilded Age” and should be appearing in book form in the next year or two, so we’re not issuing KSE chapbooks on those at the present time (although a few dozen copies of FLORENTINE DICTATIONS were distributed at the NY/MA venues where I did readings in May 2011…hope you got one!).

OUTFAKE was written during my Eastern travels in May 2011 and assembled/edited upon returning to Texas in June 2011. That was a strange period both in my own life and in the national life…a period of super-highs and super-lows. There was a huge edifice blocking my view of the light at the end of the tunnel at that time, an edifice I’ve managed to disassemble and scatter since then, but that took much of the rest of 2011.

Some were waiting for a Rapture that never came,  some had their homes and lives destroyed by fracking-inspired earthquakes, some devoted themselves to collecting data for the “culture of evidence” they grafted upon reality, some chased married women, some drank, some protested, some read Emily Dickinson and thus understood the questions more fully, some made online friends, some played longshots at the track, some ate banana whoopee-pies, some used their coffee grounds a third time. As Dickens observed, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” And it’s all there, from my skewed perspective at least, in OUTFAKE. I’ll have some copies available at the Ruta Maya reading w/ Michael Aaron Casares in Austin next Tuesday night January 31st, but if you aren’t in the area, why not order a copy? These five dense pages of poetry contain more than most novels IMHO, and like daily experience, it floats past you one image after another, some witty, some tragic, some absurd, some matter-of-fact, some obsessive, some melancholy, some you’re happy to see, some you wish you’d never seen.

OUTFAKE…only $5 via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com. Please leave a note w/ your order letting me know which item you are ordering. Many thanks.

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Other items that may be of interest and are also available for order:

POETRY CHAPBOOKS @ $5 each postpaid

KSE #212  ADRIAN MANNING, “These Hands of Mine”

KSE #197, A.J. KAUFMANN, “Love Lions of Paris” 

KSE #193, MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife”

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

 

SPOKEN WORD POETRY CDR’s @ $7 each postpaid:

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)

KSE #213 (CDR), Bill Shute, “Junk Sculpture from the New Gilded Age.”

 

Our next poetry chapbook will be JOHN SWEET’s powerful new collection “BRAVE RETREAT” (KSE #216), which will be out in February… and later in the Spring,  a new Thelonious Monk-inspired poetry book from Pittsburgh’s mighty  Jim D. Deuchars!

As always, thanks for your support of independent artists and micro-presses and micro-labels such as KSE…

And if you live in Central Texas, please stop by the MICHAEL AARON CASARES / BILL  SHUTE  reading at Ruta Maya Coffeehouse  in Austin on S. Congress (down by St. Edwards’ University) next Tuesday night, January 31, 2012, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

January 24, 2012

NEUROTIC REACTIONS 2 (Crazy Apple Boutique LP, Spain)

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from Spain’s “Crazy Apple Boutique” label (which issued the eclectic compilation CD’s NEUROTIC REACTIONS, ARTIFICIAL FACES, and SOME SONGS STUCK IN MY MIND) comes this new LP-only 16 track compilation of obscure 65-70 world-beat, and it will be in heavy rotation on my turntable for some time…60s US garage from small local labels, 60s UK mod-beat-club dancers, girl-group garage from Australia, ye-ye beat from the continent, and no album would be complete in this series without some French- and Spanish-language garage-y covers…on heavy vinyl, with notes on each song and juicy label/sleeve shots on the back, this is a must-purchase for person who, like me, is still hungering for the best in obscure beat 45’s…I only see one track that’s been previously reissued and that was on a boot vinyl comp in the 80’s…kudos to Crazy Apple Boutique for such a swinging and essential album…can’t wait for Volume 3!

When I was travelling around the New England and Pennsylvania/NY last May in my rental car, driving long distances often at night, the above cd’s kept me company (along with Piccadilly Sunshine Vols. 4 and 5 and the Le Beat Bespoke series) and made perfect sense and kept me awake and full of energy, and while some purists turn up their noses at these comps, the mixture of  garage-y local 45’s  from the US, Euro-beat pop, ye-ye, crunchy French-language covers, and UK mod-soul somehow hit the spot perfectly as I was driving endlessly across central PA or up/down the Hudson Valley or through the forests of Western Massachusetts…few series capture the basic unity of international beat-pop-garage-dance music as well as NEUROTIC REACTIONS, and volume 2 is stellar.

SIDE A:
1. BARRY WINDOW: End Of Our Road (UK, 1969)
2. COMBINATIONS: Bump Ball (USA, 1968)
3. JACK TREESE : Je Suis Un éléphant (France, 1969)
4. VIRGIL MURRAY’S TOMORROW’S YESTERDAY: I Still Care (USA, 1968)
5. THE GOODIES: Such A Good Time (Australia, 1966)
6. LOS TIBURONES: Me Has Cazado (Spain, 1965)
7. THE STING RAYS: I’m Gonna Surprise You (USA, 1965)
8. CELEST: Sweet Wine (Sweden, 1967)

SIDE B:

1. DON & JERRY With The Fugitives: In The Cover Of Night (USA, 1965)
2. NORMA: Quiero Amor (Mexico, 1968)
3. THE MEASLES: Bye Birdie Fly (UK, 1965)
4. SPARKLINGS: Seven Jump (Holland, 1967)
5. THE DAVE PEACE UNION : Seventh Son (UK/Spain, 1970)
6. THE PEDDLERS: Delicious Lady (UK, 1967)
7. KATTY LINE: Un Petit Peu D’amour (France, 1968)
8. JOHN O’BRIEN DOCKER: Get Wise, Girl (Germany, 1969)

January 22, 2012

Michael Aaron Casares and Bill Shute, 3rd Annual Austin-In-January Reading, 31 January 2012

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The past two years, 2010 and 2011, my friend Michael Aaron Casares and I have done joint readings in Austin in January at The Hideout, as featured guests of Thom Moon 10’s regular Monday night poetry series. Unfortunately, The Hideout dropped that poetry series in mid-2011, so I wondered if we’d be able to do our duo reading again in January 2012. Good news: the unstoppable Michael got us booked as featured poets at the Tuesday night poetry series at Ruta Maya Coffehouse on S. Congress.

There will be open mic poets before and after us, and the program begins at 5:30. We’ll probably do 20-25 minutes each. It’s better to do a short set that satisfies and has people wanting more than to drone on and on and have people looking at the clock waiting for you to end. Alas, many poets drone on and on. We won’t.

Michael will be reading from his collection THIS REALITY OF MAN, and as he is such a politically engaged person, I’d expect to hear a number of politically charged pieces, though he’s also got a great sense of humor. I’ll read a few of the old crowd pleasers, such as “Marion, Texas” and “Kerrville, Texas,” and probably some of the pieces from the JUNK SCULPTURE FROM THE NEW GILDED AGE spoken-word cd. I’ll have copies of that cd and also the SUBTRACTION poetry-and-guitar album, done with Anthony Guerra, available, so stop by before/after the set and pick one up.

I read in early 2009 at Ruta Maya, as part of the Austin International Poetry Festival, on a Sunday morning as part of the “spiritual poets” grouping. Here’s a pic from that reading:

I may well be wearing the same shirt this year!

Since I’m from San Antonio and Michael lived in San Antonio until his move to Austin a few years ago, we’d like to consider this a “San Antonio Poets in Austin” program. Hope you can make it. It’s free, and the coffee is excellent at Ruta Maya…

new ALFRED 23 HARTH / CARL STONE album, “GIFT FIG” (KSE #207), available now!

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ALFRED  HARTH  &  CARL  STONE

“GIFT   FIG”

KSE #207,       full-length CDR,     $8.00 (US) postpaid/$10 outside US postpaid

released 15 January 2012

payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com…please leave a note w/ your order indicating which item you are ordering…

Carl  Stone   and   Alfred  23  Harth

The German multi-instrumentalist free-improv, free-jazz master ALFRED 23 HARTH meets American electronic music pioneer CARL STONE live in Japan and Germany on this new album from Kendra Steiner Editions, “GIFT FIG” (KSE #207). Any album from either gentleman is always 1) an event and 2) totally different from the last album and from anything anyone else is doing. That’s what happening here in a series of almost telepathic live duos. It’s fitting that the title, GIFT FIG, is a palindrome because both Harth and Stone merge into one another and it’s hard to tell where one’s work begins and the other ends. Harth and Stone both echo the other,  tease the other, finish the other’s lines, proceed along parallel paths like two teenagers drag racing on the outskirts of town and eventually heading toward each other in a game of chicken, but escaping danger in the final moment,  causing our hearts to race. Harth was one of the first of musicians emerging from the late 60’s free-jazz/free-improv scene to embrace electronics, and Stone has been at the forefront of using electronics in a live setting for decades,  improvising with the ease and flow of a Sam Rivers and the freshness and inside-out investigations of a Derek Bailey…in addition to being an important American electronic composer. Harth continues his work with extended techniques on the reed instruments, explored thoroughly in his first KSE release, Micro-Saxo-Phone. Edition III (KSE #175), and with Stone’s seemingly infinite inventory of sounds and his mirroring of Harth’s lines in chopped-and-channeled form, you may feel you are listening to a musical version of the shootout in the house of mirrors at the climax of Orson Welles’ film The Lady From Shanghai. For me, this is as significant and timeless an album as The Music Improvisation Company or Conference of the Birds.

Thanks for Mr. Harth and Mr. Stone for allowing KSE to release this exciting and totally original album. Only 133 copies, hand-assembled and hand-numbered, on a professionally replicated disc for superb sound. $8.00 postpaid anywhere—-we want this music to be heard everywhere so we keep expenses low and prices cheap.

Visit Mr. Harth online at http://alfredharth.blogspot.com/

Visit Mr. Stone online at http://www.sukothai.com/

And don’t forget to try some of KSE’s other releases of contemporary experimental music on CDR, all limited hand-numbered, hand-assembled limited editions (usually under 100 copies), and find out why Kendra Steiner Editions was listed as one of the ‘Best Labels of 2011’ at Foxy Digitalis:

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd.)

KSE # 214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL, “Bottlecaps”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”

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.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

note: we have released the final cdr in the 3″ format (ST 37) and will allow these to sell out and go out of print as we enter 2012; they will not be re-pressed ever, so get the ones you want NOW…

KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P” 

KSE #203,  R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”

KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204, 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.”

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new MICHAEL CASEY poetry chapbook now available, “THE WALL BOARD KNIFE” (KSE # 193)

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MICHAEL CASEY

“THE WALL BOARD KNIFE” (KSE #193)

poetry chapbook, $5.00 ppd. anywhere

MICHAEL CASEY burst open the American poetry world in 1972 with his book OBSCENITIES, a powerful collection of Vietnam War poetry that resonated with readers so much that it sold widely (an estimated 50,000+ copies!), was widely discussed, and is still used in classrooms today. Although Mr. Casey is fluent in modern and post-modern poetics, his work is also rooted in a classic American tradition going back to  Edgar Lee Masters’  Spoon River Anthology and the works of William Saroyan, literature that is rooted in the voices of average people, capturing the rhythm of their thoughts and the sequence of their logic, and their self-justifications, and their self-deception. Even readers who don’t usually “like” poetry,  once they start hearing the voices on the page, realize that Casey has a deep understanding of and a deep sympathy/empathy for humanity at our most unheroic and and our most petty. In an age when it seems easy to engage in us/them thinking and to want to feel superior to some group out there,  Casey’s work always brings us back to an understanding  of what it’s like to walk in another’s shoes, even when they are shoes we might not want to walk in. His work also has a strong humorous element as we laugh at our own flaws and hang-ups.

A number of Casey’s books deal with workplace issues and are set in the workplace: the mill, the office, the military base, etc. Casey was also included in the prestigious WORKING WORDS anthology published by Coffee House Press.

Since we spend at least 1/3 of our lives on the job, I’ve often wondered why more writers do not set their works in the supermarkets, insurance offices, telemarketing boiler-rooms, and car dealerships of America. Maybe more writers are familiar with the MFA program than with the work world; maybe those who have such experience want to get away from it when off the job? Whatever the reason, Casey’s own decades of work experience is transmuted into literary gold in the pages of works such as MILLRAT and his new chapbook from Kendra Steiner Editions,  THE WALL BOARD KNIFE (KSE #193). Continuing in the vein of Casey’s earlier chapbook for KSE  THE BOPPER  (KSE #54, from 2007, out of print), The Wall Board Knife puts the reader directly into the tedium, the office politics, the day-after-day continuing adventures of the people we work beside every day but would never want to have a beer with after work, which is of course exactly what they are saying about us behind our backs.

I had the privilege of reading with Michael Casey at Flying Object Books in western Massachusetts in May 2011, and I saw how wonderfully Casey’s work communicates with an audience.  He read the entire Wall Board Knife chapbook “in character,” and the audience hung on every word and laughed multiple times per poem. I’m sure not everyone was familiar with Casey’s work prior to the reading (although Flying Object is a quite hip and literate place, so many probably were aware of him!), but they could feel that here is a writer who understands people, a writer who can capture characters’ voices and self-rationalizations, a writer whose works are constructed from pieces of real-world experience. That’s truly a rare commodity. Michael Casey has it, and it’s on display at its best in his new KSE chapbook, The Wall Board Knife. $5.00 postpaid anywhere! Get yours today…limited, hand-numbered edition of 88 copies. Send $5 payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com and include a brief note w/ the paypal order telling me which item you are ordering.

And while you are ordering THE WALL BOARD KNIFE, why not grab some of our other poetry and music releases?

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #212 ADRIAN MANNING, “These Hands of Mine”

KSE #197, A.J. KAUFMANN,  “Love Lions of Paris” 

KSE #195,  REPRINT OF KSE #35, BRAD KOHLER/BILL SHUTE, “Exacta Box.” 

KSE #215, Bill Shute, “Outfake,” Sound Library Series, Volume 66.

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

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE # 214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL, “Bottlecaps”

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”

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.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

note: we have released the final cdr in the 3″ format (ST 37) and will allow these to sell out and go out of print as we enter 2012; they will not be re-pressed ever, so get the ones you want NOW…

KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P” 

KSE #203,  R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”

KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204, 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.”

JOE  ELLIOT,   BILL  SHUTE,   MICHAEL  CASEY   reading at  Flying Object Books in Hadley, Massachusetts,  May 2011

As always, KSE thanks you for your support of independent artists, writers, and musicians, those who bypass the established and hypocritical “alternative”  publishing and distribution channels. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!

January 16, 2012

thoughts on MLK Day 2012

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Pardon my bluntness, but I consider today “Lipservice to MLK day.” Were he alive today, Dr. King would be about as welcome in the national discourse as Cornel West or Noam Chomsky or Cindy Sheehan are today. His personal flaws would be all over Fox News where he’d be demonized as a “socialist,” and he’d be shouted down by someone from the Heritage Foundation if he were allowed on the air.  He’d be spending his time at Occupy protests and would probably only get a platform on the Tavis Smiley show. Democratic politicians, except for Barney Frank and Dennis Kucinich, would keep their distance from him, except at election time when they are courting the African-American vote.  He’d be working with marginalized and exploited immigrants….he’d be standing beside transgendered folks and beside teenaged gay couples who want to attend the Prom….he’d be reminding us of the incredibly high rates of incarceration of Black males, with more Af-Am males being in jail now than were in slavery in the US at its height….he’d be first in the fight for single-payer health care…that’s the reality of it…

If you want to “remember the Dream,” you do it all day every day and you live it and it animates all your choices about everything you do and in your encounters with everyone all day every day, and starting at home, and starting inside yourself by, as Elvis sang, “cleaning up your own backyard”…

 

January 10, 2012

Top 5 New Releases of 2011 (in no particular order) and selected reissues of note

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once again, 2011 has been an incredible year for the arts…the economy may be in the toilet, drained by years of overseas military adventures and the Wall Street bailout and the failure to adequately tax the rich and corporations, while Republicans in the US are consistently finding new depths of craziness and intolerance that we could not have imagined even a few years ago, but perhaps that public insanity is what is driving artists of all disciplines to new heights and a new richness and a new diversity and an amazing transcendence as we continue to blur boundaries and use technology to synthesize and combine and build upon everything that’s ever been done,  erecting a new and flexible structure upon the rubble-heap of the past…

the albums listed below might not have even been recorded in 2011—-one is a reissue of a 1987 LP that’s timeless, and who really knows when any Jandek offering was recorded—-but for me they are typical of the incredible variety on offer in 2011, and even though I’ve heard hundreds of new albums this year, I’m sure I’ve not heard one-tenth of one-percent of the forward-thinking releases given birth in this strange and fascinating year….truly, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…we’ll let some archivist figure it all out in 30 years…right now, just dig, cast down your bucket wherever you are, and enjoy the fact that we are living in an artistic golden age comparable to the 1920’s or the 1960’s or any other period you’d want to name, except IMHO even better because of the de-centralization of the means of distribution of artworks of any kind AND the ability of artists and creative souls of all types being able to connect with people the world over, not just getting their work out to sympathetic audiences, but being able to collaborate long-distance…

so, in no particular order, here are five 2011 releases worthy of attention:

1.  BELLTONESUICIDE, “Cartilage Evaporator” LP (Feeding Tube)

there is more packed into this dense lake-of-sound than I could unravel in ten years…it’s the 2011 noise equiv. of wall-to-wall mindfry experiences from the past such as the first Red Crayola album or The Faust Tapes…and every copy has an original artwork cover…kudos to Mike Barrett of BTS  for continuing to produce one jaw-dropper after another!!!

2. JANDEK, “Where Do You Go From Here” CD  (Corwood)

Jandek continues throwing us curves with this mostly instrumental offering which might find its way into the free-jazz section of the record store if it were unmarked…moody, haunting, off-kilter…music that remains unresolved…Corwood stated that The Rep is in a trio setting here w/ Richard Youngs and Alex Neilson, all doubling on varioius instruments…worth investigating…

3.  MONIEK DARGE, “Sounds of Sacred Places” CD (Kye)

CD reissue of much-acclaimed 1987 LP, but new to me…I’ve always been someone who listens to my environment, any environment, so the site-specific sound-collages of Moniek Darge are to me magical evocations of place, assemblages worthy of a great chef or a great mosaic artist…stunning in every imaginable way!!!

4. RICK REED, “The Way Things Go” 2-LP set (Elevator Bath)

this massive new Rick Reed set came out of the gate feeling like a classic, four sides of rich and beautifully recorded electronic composition, an album so large that I feel as though I’m standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon or in front of a 20′ x 30′ Andy Warhol room-dominating camouflage painting…truly, this will leave you breathless…congrats to Mr. Reed and to Elevator Bath for hitting a grand slam w/ this one…

5. NICK HENNIES, “Objects” CD (KSE)

a solo percussion work of incredible purity and luminescence…like Cage’s ‘number pieces’ or Warhol’s series of Shadow paintings, this virtuoso performance is a close study of the endless and fascinating permutations found within a seemingly “limited” area, and listeners have found it to be both a sonic “head cleaner” and a work of shimmering beauty…great to have artists such as Hennies and Rick Reed living and working here in Central Texas!

four random reissues of importance, released during 2011:

various artists, “VIAGEM 3” (compiled by Nicola Conte, Far Out CD, UK)

an intoxicating collection of samba/bossa small-label odds’n’sods from Brazil circa 1963-1970, combined into a seamless blend by ace DJ Nicola Conte…I listened to this almost daily during the first half of the year, and I hope Mr. Conte is contemplating doing a fourth volume to this series…

PAUL BLEY TRIO, “Complete Savoy Sessions 1962-63” (cd, Gambit, EU)

nice to have all the various Savoy recordings and alternate takes of this historic trio (w/ Steve Swallow and Pete LaRoca), previously spread over a few albums, in one place, even though this is surely a “grey market”/needledrop release….Mr. Bley may have 100+ albums out there (and I’ve never heard one that was not worth buying), but he is still under-appreciated and his important role in jazz history, particularly the history of the piano-bass-percussion trio, is still not adequately acknowledged…these recordings come after Bley’s liberating work with Jimmy Guiffre but before his well-known ESP-Disk albums and the beginning of his prolific European recording career, with his various trios including Gary Peacock/Mark Levinson/Kent Carter on bass and either Paul Motian or Barry Altschul on percussion, albums I’ve memorized over the decades…Bley was still keeping the performances between three and six minutes at this point, totally redefining the piano trio, with assistance from those fine Carla Bley and Ornette Coleman compositions (Bley himself being no slouch in the composing chair either!)…this work is to me as significant as, and yet totally different from, the work of Monk or of Cecil Taylor or of Herbie Nichols…Bley is one of those rare artists (like the men just mentioned) who is truly a genre unto himself…and these are the first recordings of the Bley trio where that is clearly established…nothing is predictable  in these improvisations, which flow beautifully yet have a kind of cubist sensibility…can’t say enough about this set…buy it now…better yet, buy five other Bley albums first on labels that pay him a royalty!!!

JELLY ROLL MORTON, “JELLY ROLL MORTON RARITIES” (cd, Jazz Oracle, Canada)

Amazing that in 2011, a 78-minute album of little-heard material  FROM THE 1920’s  by such a major figure as Jelly Roll Morton can be assembled, but it was, and fortunately it was by the incredible JAZZ ORACLE label from Canada, which specializes in meticulously documented, beautifully transferred historic jazz and hot-dance reissues from the pre-WWII era…not to slight other important labels working in the same vein, such as Retrieval or Frog, but Jazz Oracle is THE pre-WWII jazz reissue label in my book, and I must own about 40 of their albums and play them often (just ask my wife!)…of special interest are the 8 tracks from the obscure and strange Chicago-based “Autograph” label, which have been newly transferred from the best available source material (as everything on Jazz Oracle always is)…even the album’s compilers admit that some of the material here would fall into the “barrel-scraping” category, but in a way, that makes the material even more interesting…get to hear Morton with under-rehearsed sidemen not on his level, or get to hear King Oliver playing in an untypical manner that suggests he might have had something else on his mind the day of the session, or get to hear Morton (ever the true professional) trying to rein in a female singer who isn’t that familiar with the material or when exactly the chord changes come…truly, this album takes the listener DEEP into another world, the less familiar dark alleys of 1920’s jazz, and once again, I can’t praise the folks at Jazz Oracle enough for digging incredibly deep to produce such an important collection of virtually unknown work by such a major figure and doing it in such a class manner (with speed correction in conjunction with musicians who estimate the keys in which the recordings were originally performed, etc.)…

 

WEST COAST POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND and various artists, “Companion” (Sunbeam UK, cd)

For anyone with a serious interest in the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, this CD is a goldmine of fascinating, super-rare material, and after listening to it, you’ll have a lot better sense of the CONTEXT of the WCPAEB. Finally, we get to hear the odd Warner Brothers singles (circa 1960) by Bob Markley (and they sound like a cross between Edd “Kookie” Byrnes and the Hollywood Argyles…Markley even delivers a line of one of them in the voice of “The Kingfish” from Amos & Andy), and when one realizes that Markley’s background was in what was essentially “novelty” material, his role in the WCPAEB seems to become clearer. We also get the wonderful LAUGHING WIND singles featuring Michael Lloyd and the Harris brothers, all fine west-coast folk-rock/sunshine-pop, various Shaun and Danny Harris projects (some tracks from the elusive California Spectrum), Michael Lloyd’s later BRIGADUNE tracks, non-WCPAEB tracks on the Fifo-label, and lots more. It’s an incredibly diverse collection, and it’s not for the general listener (start with their first Reprise album for an introduction to the band).  The liner notes from WCPAEB historian Tim Forster are fascinating.
From Alley-Oop style 1960 novelty material to sunshine pop to folk rock to psychedelia to R&B to electronic music to pop-soul, this album covers a lot of bases. For me, it’s one of the most important 60’s archival reissues of the year (2011), and a great tribute to the talent of Michael Lloyd, Shaun Harris, and Danny Harris…and a great window into the persona of Bob Markley.
With the Sundazed reissues of the 3 WCPAEB Reprise albums and the Fifo album still available, with the reissue of the JJ Light album produced by Markley (which also includes an unreleased 2nd album), and now with the reissue of “Where’s My Daddy” and “Markley: A Group,” anyone who wants to can easily hear EVERYTHING related to the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. You could NOT do that back in the 70s/80s…Is it all 5-star material? No. Probably 35%  of the album is of “historic interest.” But most everything here is very rare (except for The Rogues’ “Wanted Dead or Alive,” which has been on various 60’s garage compilations, but which just HAD to be on here), and even the lesser tracks are curious…a major historical find, for me, one of the archival reissues of the year.

 

REISSUE IN A CATEGORY OF ITS OWN

SUN RA, “The Eternal Myth Revealed, Volume 1” (14 cd set, Transparency)

the music on the early discs on this 14-cd box don’t even feature Sun Ra as a performer or arranger, and some of the music will be familiar to the serious fan of 20’s/30’s jazz or post-War R&B, but if you ever REALLY wanted to understand the roots of Sun Ra in 20th century African-American cultural history, you’ll get that education here, often in the words of Sun Ra himself, or else in the words of Ra authority Michael Anderson, a man who has truly “connected the dots” for us…from the early 20’s “Classic Blues” vocalists through the early ensembles of Fletcher Henderson and Luis Russell, through the 1930s, and into Ra’s work in the post WWII R&B and vocal-group and club-based Chicago jazz world, into his pioneering 1950’s experimentation, it’s all here, and I want to emphasize once again, the tour itself is largely narrated by Sun Ra himself !!! Skip some meals and mail in that car payment late, whatever it takes to get a copy of this revelatory set…

January 5, 2012

new SABRINA SIEGEL album “BOTTLECAPS” (KSE #214), now available

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SABRINA  SIEGEL

“BOTTLECAPS”  (KSE #214)

full-length CDR, $7.00 ppd. anywhere

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

Proud to announce a new full-length album from Oregon-based multi-disciplinary artist SABRINA SIEGEL, “BOTTLECAPS” (KSE #214),  a suite of 7 improvisations for bass guitar and bottlecaps.  Siegel’s work here releases the musicality inherent in manufactured things divorced from their intended use—-in this case bottlecaps manipulated around a polished cement floor—-and juxtaposing that sound-experience with non-traditional playing on a traditional musical instrument, in this case an electric bass guitar. The result is a series of riveting soundscapes that blur their origins…are we listening to wind blowing through an abandoned shack in the desert and rattling pieces of the tin roof, are we listening to an electronic composition, are we listening to a bass and percussion duo? In the end, it does not matter. BOTTLECAPS still sounds fresh and spontaneous no matter how many times you play it; as you attempt to focus on it, it shape-shifts; and it’s an album that captures a strong physicality in the sound creation. It’s also a speaker-shredding experience that will test the low-end of whatever sound system you’re using. This is NOT meant to be heard on ear-buds! It’s an album that will interest everyone from fans of Jandek’s electric bass albums to those who enjoy experiencing site-specific sound happenings.  It’s an album for those who actively listen to the environments in which they live and become one with them. It’s certainly not like anything else you’ve heard, and it’s an exciting addition to the KSE catalog.

About this piece,  Ms. Siegel comments, “More than executing notes or rhythms or melody, a song or a piece of music to me is a field for being–for direct living, feeling, breathing, and expressing in the moment; for sinking deeply, or flying highly into self/Self; or just maintaining our balance–which may reveal a simple beauty or truth. And like life, one rides the waves of grace and the precarious–in this existence, the better we watch and listen, the easier and more potent our flight. ”         What else needs to be said?

Limited, hand-numbered edition of 93 copies, available for only $7 ppd. anywhere. Payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com…please leave a note at Paypal w/ your order indicating which cdr you are ordering.

And why not also get some of our other CDR’s of experimental music at super-low prices, also postpaid anywhere:

full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”

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.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

note: we have released the final cdr in the 3″ format (ST 37) and will allow these to sell out and go out of print as we enter 2012; they will not be re-pressed ever, so get the ones you want NOW…

KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P” 

KSE #203,  R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”

KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204, 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.”

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Sabrina has over a dozen diverse albums available, many of which can be purchased here (either downloads or physical cdr’s):  http://www.cdbaby.com/Search/c2FicmluYSBzaWVnZWw%3d/2

You can explore many aspects of Sabrina Siegel’s creative work by following the links found here:     http://sabrinasiegel.com

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