Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

April 5, 2012

limited 35-copy reissue of XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B” (KSE #225), now available

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“3 W B’

KSE #225 (full-sized cdr reissue of 3″ cdr KSE #204)

limited, numbered edition of 35 copies

3 W B from Russ Aldertone’s XANTHOCEPHALUS received excellent reviews and airplay, but as a 3″ mini-cdr, it did not find as much of an audience as it could have, so now that the mini-cdr format has been scrapped by KSE, we are reissuing this release as a full-sized cdr, featuring an all-new cover, so it can be heard by a wider audience. Here is some of the original writeup on the album (the new reissue is a full-sized CDR, not a 3″):

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.

To celebrate the original release of 3 W B, Russ was interviewed on the Columbia University radio station and featured 3 W B during his hour-long appearance, also performing live in the studio.

Nice to have this available again…please give it a try if you did not get it first time around.

$8 postpaid anywhere, via paypal, to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   ….let us know what disc you are ordering w/ yr paypal order…thanks!

also, we have many more limited-run cdr’s of original experimental music, only $8 each postpaid, so try a few more along with 3 W B:

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #223 (CDR), ALISTAIR CROSBIE, “A Campfire In The Snow”

KSE #225 (CDR), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B” REISSUE (full-sized CDR reissue of KSE #204, which was a 3″ mini-cdr, this reissue is limited to 35 copies)

KSE #224 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & TIM GREEN, “Direct To Tape” REISSUE (full-sized CDR reissue of KSE #191, which was a 3″ mini-cdr, this reissue is limited to 40 numbered copies)

KSE #221 (CDR), DEREK ROGERS, “circum_navigate” REISSUE (full-sized CDR reissue of KSE #170, which was a 3″ mini-cdr, this reissue is limited to 30 numbered copies)

KSE # 210 (CDR), HEATHER LEIGH, “Empire”

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

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

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

Also, we have the following poetry chapbooks available for $5 each postpaid:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #218, BILL SHUTE, “Florentine Dictations” Sound Library Series, Volume 64

KSE #217, BILL SHUTE, “Fascination” Sound Library Series, Volume 67

KSE #215, BILL SHUTE, “Outfake”   Sound Library Series, Volume 66

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.”

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