Kendra Steiner Editions

August 24, 2013

Tom Crean, “Wired Love” (KSE #260), now available!

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TOM CREAN

“Wired Love”

KSE #260  CDR album

$8 postpaid in US     /      $11 postpaid elsewhere

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KSE is ALWAYS interested in presenting new work from those exploring the untapped possibilities of stringed instruments in the guitar and banjo family (check out our two albums from Bajo Sexto player Ernesto Diaz-Infante for  mind-bending proof of that! also, the out-of-print album from steel guitar shaman Heather Leigh), so we are VERY excited to present to you WIRED LOVE (KSE #260), a series of guitar and banjo explorations from Western Massachusetts musician-composer-theorist TOM CREAN.

I’d first heard of Tom through his work with Anthony Braxton, with whom he had the honor of studying. I then picked up on his “Guitar Journal” podcasts  (check them out at http://tomcreanguitarjournal.com/ ), which he’s been doing now for 10 years!. Like a Derek Bailey or a Sonny Sharrock or a Fred Frith or a Hans Reichel or a Loren Connors , TOM CREAN has created his own guitar vocabulary and syntax, and he’s able to do an amazing diversity of work within this world he’s created—-on the surface, some of his works might be pigeon-holed as splatter-guitar or free-jazz or minimalist or conceptual or freak-folk or progressive-acoustic or post-modern Americana. However, his work on this album is rooted in a composing/performing technique he calls “transcription.” This has nothing to do w/ the old “transcription discs” of the 1930’s and 40’s used in radio broadcasting; nor does it refer to the transcription of music from a recorded format onto paper so it can be performed by others (we’ve all heard about people who “transcribe” Charlie Parker or Jimi Hendrix or Bix Beiderbecke solos).

 As I understand the ‘Transcription’ process, it involves taking materials from “popular and ‘non-art’ musics” and  re-building new compositions and/or bases for improvisation from these elements, reclaiming these elements and re-contextualizing them with humor and spontaneity. At my request, Mr. Crean has not identified the kernels from which the new pieces were developed, but on at least two of the pieces a flash of recognition may come through… In any event, these are all newly composed pieces, and new interpretations of those new compositions at that. Tom Crean’s partner in these transcriptions has been Matt Robidoux, and we tip the hat to Matt for his contributions to this exciting album. Don’t worry about the conceptual bases of this music: it’s forward-thinking guitar and banjo pieces that range from beautifully lyrical to rough and jagged to trippy to old-timey, and the initial reactions we’ve gotten have been amazing. KSE commissioned this album from Mr. Crean, and with his busy schedule, we’re glad we pinned him down. He plays regularly in Western Massachusetts in many different combinations and is much in demand as a teacher.

tom creanTOM CREAN, “WIRED LOVE” (KSE #260)   cdr album             $8 US postpaid,     $11 elsewhere postpaid

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also, while ordering WIRED LOVE, why not pick up some other of our recent releases, CDR albums of experimental music from all over:

ONLY $8 each postpaid when ordered along with WIRED LOVE:

KSE #255 (cdr) ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE/LISA CAMERON/LEE DOCKERY, “Live At the KSE 6th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT”

KSE #257 (CDR),  ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  IV.”

KSE #254 (cdr), DJIN AQUARIAN/SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE & THE EVERAFTER, Live in San Francisco 10/2011

KSE #239, (CDR), FOSSILS, “Bells and Gulls”

KSE #243 (CDR), VENISON WHIRLED (aka Lisa Cameron), “The Many Moods of Venison Whirled”

KSE #233 (CDR), ALFRED 23  HARTH / CARL STONE / SAMM BENNETT / KAZUHISA UCHIHASHI, “The Expats “

KSE #240 (CDR), SPRILLS OF ORE (Eva Kelly), “Time Mirrors”

KSE #251, (CDR), FORBES GRAHAM, “Return: The Journey” (stunning new album from the Boston trumpeter-composer)

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

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

KSE #222 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Sopranino Solo, “ cover art by MP Landis.

KSE #220 (CDR),  MATT KREFTING, “Sweet Days of Discipline”
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TOM CREAN (looking ready for the casting call for Oh Brother, Where Art Thou 2) at the Wired Love album release concert, Northampton, Massachusetts, 16 August 2013….photo by Matt Robidoux

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Hear Tom play Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood”   http://crean.lost-angel.com/excerpts/InASentimentalMood.wav

Tom’s previous album (a scorcher!!!), FACEBOOK WHILE DRIVING: facebook while driving

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August 20, 2013

new poetry chapbook from Graham Lambkin, “Slimers Verb” (KSE #258)…available NOW!

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SLIMERS VERB  (KSE #258)

chapbook containing TEN  new poems from GRAHAM LAMBKIN

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limited hand-numbered, hand-assembled DIY edition of 125 copies, over half of which went out to pre-orders, SO GET YOURS NOW!!!!! Fewer than 50 left…  ACT NOW or read about this chapbook elsewhere instead of reading your own copy

$7 US postpaid                                  $8 elsewhere postpaid

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Kendra Steiner Editions is honored to release a new poetry chapbook from renaissance man GRAHAM LAMBKIN. Graham’s work in music/sound-art  and in visual art is well-known, as is his operation of the KYE record label, perhaps one of the ten best labels in the world devoted to contemporary forward-thinking music. His work, even after 20 years of various releases, is still surprising and still edgy and chance-taking, something one can say about very few people’s work in any discipline. This is a totally original poetry chapbook,  full of snaking rhythms and rich particulars and textures that stick to the reader, certainly different from any of the 100+ other poetry chapbooks we’ve published here at KSE. If you go back and listen to Graham’s earlier works that involve lyrics or read his writings or watch  videos of his performances or even read his Facebook posts, you see an careful attention to the weight and texture of language. He SOUNDS OUT each phrase he writes or speaks  with precision, as if he’s sipping and savoring a single-malt scotch or a Texas barrel-aged micro-brew. Of course, all that is true of his music/sound-art too, but we’re offering a poetry chapbook here…

To my American ears, Graham’s literary works—-whether his Shadow Ring lyrics/vocals or his writings or spoken word performances—-are quintessentially British (in a raw and real manner, like a sample of soil from his native Kent), in the same way that perhaps the works of Hasil Adkins or Jandek or Sam Shepard or William S. Burroughs are quintessentially American to European ears. There is a mixture of whimsy and melancholy and a kind of kitchen-sink surrealism, a musicality and a classicism that is cobbled together from the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life. Graham also brings an elegance and a wisdom to poems that grow out of a hardscrabble yet charmed existence. The magic of Marc Bolan’s candied otherworldly explorations with a twist of Iggy Pop grit and tempered with Beckett-like gallows humor, with a stir of the pot from Lewis Carroll. That’s a lot to deliver in ten poems, but this chapbook does. And when you finish, you realize that the author has also delivered–for no extra charge–some wise and profound thoughts on mortality (not unlike the Dylan of the last 15 years). Walk through this world of charred bread and broken mirrors and crusty breadcrumbs and sacks of flour and clam pits and Christmas logs…and if you dare, ride the Amgash Thunder along with Soft Todd. It’s a fitting follow-up to his 2009 collection of writings DUMB ANSWER TO MIRACLES, yet totally different.

SLIMERS VERB. 10 new poems from GRAHAM LAMBKIN. A new poetry chapbook from Kendra Steiner Editions (KSE #258)

$7 postpaid US.  $8 postpaid elsewhere. payment via paypal to

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NOTE: Europeans can order SLIMERS VERB directly from Penultimate Press in the UK, which should be easier than ordering from KSE in Texas. Check out their website at http://penultimate-press.blogspot.com/ .

and while ordering the Lambkin chapbook, why not also pick up our new poetry chapbook from MATT KREFTING…

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MATT  KREFTING

“The Princess of Knight Avenue” (KSE #259)

now available

hand-cut, hand-assembled home-made DIY edition of 125 copies

$7 US postpaid / $8 elsewhere postpaid

matt krefting poetry PRINCESS

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please include a note w/ your order telling us which book(s) you are ordering…thanks!

(Penultimate Press is also stocking our Matt Krefting poetry chapbook—Europeans might consider ordering from PP instead of from KSE)

Based in San Antonio, Texas, Kendra Steiner Editions is a micro-press and micro-label which has issued 260+ chapbooks of forward-thinking contemporary poetry and cdr’s of experimental music in our 7+ years of operation.

While ordering your Lambkin and Krefting chapbooks, why not pick up another of our poetry chapbooks or cdr’s? All are hand-assembled DIY editions using varying inks and papers so you don’t know what combination you’ll get…and are in editions of under 150.

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POETRY CHAPBOOKS (only $5 each when ordered w/ Lambkin or Krefting):

KSE #244 (poetry chapbook), MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH, “Unbroadcast Reruns”

UNBROADCAST RERUNS

KSE #263 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers”

KSE #250 (poetry chapbook), DOUG DRAIME, “Dusk With Carol”

KSE #236 (poetry chapbook),  JIM  D.  DEUCHARS, “Thelonious Fakebook”  (Sound Library Series, Volume 71)

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KSE #249 (poetry chapbook), A.J. KAUFMANN, “Hosannah Honeypots” (Sound Library Series, Volume 72)

KSE #261 (art-and-poetry chapbook), DANIEL HIPOLITO & BILL SHUTE, “Meditations on a One Way Trail”

MEDITATIONS...

KSE #216 (poetry chapbook), JOHN SWEET, “Brave Retreat”

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EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC CDR’S (only $7 each when ordered w/ Lambkin or Krefting):

KSE #260 (CDR) TOM CREAN, “Wired Love” (solo guitar and banjo explorations)

KSE #255 (cdr) ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE/LISA CAMERON/LEE DOCKERY, “Live At the KSE 6th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT”

KSE #257 (CDR),  ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  IV.”

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KSE #243 (CDR), VENISON WHIRLED (aka Lisa Cameron), “The Many Moods of Venison Whirled”

KSE #254 (cdr), DJIN AQUARIAN/SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE & THE EVERAFTER, Live in San Francisco 10/2011

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KSE #239, (CDR), FOSSILS, “Bells and Gulls”

KSE #240 (CDR), SPRILLS OF ORE (Eva Kelly), “Time Mirrors”

KSE #251, (CDR), FORBES GRAHAM, “Return: The Journey” (stunning new album from the Boston trumpeter-composer)

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

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

KSE #222 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Sopranino Solo, “ cover art by MP Landis.

KSE #220 (CDR),  MATT KREFTING, “Sweet Days of Discipline”

matt krefting cover

other poetry chapbooks and cdr’s will be shipped along with your Lambkin and/or Krefting chapbook. Many thanks!

August 11, 2013

Ernesto Diaz-Infante, “Live At the KSE 6th Anniversary Concert” (KSE #255), w/ Lisa Cameron & Lee Dockery, now available!

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ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE / LISA CAMERON / LEE DOCKERY

“Live At The KSE 6th Anniversary Concert”

KSE #255, CDR album

$8 US postpaid  /  $11 elsewhere postpaid

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ERNESTO LIVE ALBUM

In the 2011-2012 period, Kendra Steiner Editions organized and presented three concerts in Austin (four if you count the June 2012 Jandek concert we organized and co-produced), featuring (mostly) KSE recording artists and honored guests such as Greg Stuart and Rick Reed. For the third and final concert in April 2012, we were able to bring in the amazing ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE from San Francisco, in order to promote his KSE album EMILIO (KSE #206), one of our best-received and most widely reviewed releases, a tour-de-force collection of solo Bajo Sexto pieces.

Ernesto did one transcendent set, divided into two sections, at the concert: a suite of solo pieces in the vein of EMILIO,  and a trio performance with percussionist Lisa Cameron and bassist Lee Dockery, two of Austin’s finest forward-thinking musicians and both KSE recording artists. That complete show is now available on this new album ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE LIVE AT THE KSE 6TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (KSE #255).

It’s a clean, rich live recording, which captures the depth and texture of Ernesto’s amazing solo bajo sexto explorations. Hard to believe this is just ONE musician on an acoustic instrument!  I grew up on the forward-thinking  guitar albums of Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Hans Reichel, Sonny Sharrock, Jean-Francois Pauvros, and with Bajo Sexto being such an important part of Mexican and Mexican-American music (both here in Texas and in Ernesto’s home state of California), I am very excited about sharing this important, pioneering work with as large an audience as I can. NO ONE ELSE is doing work like this.

Ernesto Diaz-Infante received his MFA in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts and has created musical compositions that span a broad perspective: transcendental pianonoiseavant-garde guitar,field recordingslo-fi four-track manipulations, and experimental songED-I has performed throughout Europe and the United States, and his music has been broadcasted internationally. He has recorded more than 15 CDs of music and collaborated with numerous musicans. In 2000, his composition, I/O (for chamber ensemble), was performed by the California EAR Unit. He has been awarded residencies at the Centre International de Recherche Musicale (CIRM) in Nice, France, The Millay Colony for the ArtsVilla MontalvoThe Ucross Foundation, among others. He runs Pax Recordings record label which is dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and contagion of music from the margins of our culture and psyches. He lives in San Francisco with the filmmaker/video artist Marjorie Sturm and their son and daughter.

It was a pleasure to meet and work with Ernesto on this concert. He is truly a gentleman, and his presence in the Austin/San Antonio area created quite a buzz.

KSE commissioned an original cover painting from Austin artist CARL SMITH for this album—-Carl listened to the album a number of times and created a work that captures the dynamics of trio identities and of group unity beautifully, in his signature dynamic style (Carl also did a cover for our most recent poetry chapbook from Michael Layne Heath). You can see more of Carl’s work at http://carlsmith29.wix.com/arts

This is a stunning album: one half cutting-edge solo bajo sexto explorations a la EMILIO, and one-half higher-key exploratory trio work with Lisa Cameron and Lee Dockery….order your copy now

KSE concert, trioLEE,   ERNESTO,   LISA

ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE / LISA CAMERON / LEE DOCKERY, LIVE AT THE KSE 6th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (KSE #255)

CDR album only $8 ppd. in the US, $11 ppd. elsewhere

Also available from KSE ($8 each…and for foreign orders, only $8 if added to an order of the Ernesto live album, $11 if ordered separately)

KSE #240 (CDR) SPRILLS OF ORE (Eva Kelly), “Time Mirrors”

KSE #260 (CDR) TOM CREAN, “Wired Love” (solo guitar and banjo explorations)

KSE #257 (CDR),  ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  IV.”

KSE #243 (CDR), VENISON WHIRLED (aka Lisa Cameron), “The Many Moods of Venison Whirled”

KSE #254 (cdr), DJIN AQUARIAN/SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE & THE EVERAFTER, Live in San Francisco 10/2011

KSE #239, (CDR) FOSSILS, “Bells and Gulls”

and also we still have the last few copies of Ernesto’s earlier album for KSE, “Emilio,” solo bajo sexto explorations

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

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And be sure to also get copies of Ernesto’s other recent albums:

A HALLOWED SHELL OF ASH AND RUST, a duo album with Helena Espvall (ordering link below)

ERNESTO HELENA

http://erototoxdecodings.com/artists/ernesto-diaz-infante-helena-espvall/

and also Ernesto’s solo album of “strummed” bajo sexto, CIVILIAN LIFE, and incredible series of flowing waves of music unlike anything you’ve ever heard…the ordering link to that is also below…

ernesto civilian

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ernestodiazinfante1

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and as mentioned above, the last few copies of EMILIO can still be gotten from KSE…

ernesto

August 7, 2013

Bill Shute reads poetry chapbook LED ALONG

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While I was in Pittsburgh, Jim D. Deuchars filmed a series of four poetry videos with me reading various pieces old and new.

The first of these is now on You Tube:

http://youtu.be/9WlMndv8XKw

I’m very happy with this video, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Here is the cover of the original LED ALONG chapbook…

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Mister Charlie, don’t you know your mill is burning down?

August 5, 2013

Pittsburgh and West Virginia sojourn, late July 2013

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coraopolis

Back in San Antonio now after a wonderful 10-day sojourn in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Pittsburgh has always been one of my favorite cities…having the best qualities of a northeastern city and a midwestern city.

pittsburgh card

It was a productive ten days. Hanging out with old friends and new friends, doing a successful poetry reading with Jim D. Deuchars at Amazing Books (which now stocks KSE poetry chapbooks and music CDR’s), filming some poetry videos which will appear on You Tube in the coming weeks, getting to meet and visit with the music writer Honest Bagger (who turned me on to some exciting new music and also some under-the-radar vinyl reissues of obscure 60’s psych), making a few trips to Jerry’s Records, spending a day at the Warhol, hitting a number of other museums and galleries, living on pizza and pierogies, visiting in person (finally) two West Virginia racetracks that I’ve watched via simulcast, Also, while at the luxurious Motel 6 in Coraopolis late at night and early in the morning, I composed a complete poetry chapbook set in the Pittsburgh area called THAT ECCENTRIC RAG, which will come out later in the Fall of 2013. I need to get out of my home area each summer to recharge my batteries, and this Pittsburgh/West Virginia trip more than satisfied that need.

Now it’s back to the saltmine in about a week…and also getting caught up with the various KSE activities…

pitts 8Spent some enjoyable hours at this neighborhood watering-hole, the 4th Avenue Grill in Coraopolis, Brad Kohler’s home bar…

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Holding a 1950’s 10″ LP, on RCA’s “X” subsidiary, of Benny Goodman 1928-31 sideman work with Ben Pollack’s band. One of the many great finds I got at Jerry’s Records in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh…

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Nice to finally make it to Mountaineer Park racetrack, near Chester, West Virginia. I’ve watched Mountaineer simulcasts for many years, and those do not capture the beauty of the track’s setting, nestled in a wooded valley in that strip of northern West Virginia right next to Pennsylvania. We made TWO visits to Mountaineer Park, and I look forward to visiting again.

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This is the grandstand/clubhouse at Mountaineer, a trackside view.

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Also made the pilgrimage to Wheeling Island greyhound racing track (formerly Wheeling Downs), where we spent an exciting evening catching the Friday night racing card and getting that “Wheeling Feeling.” Wheeling has a double-header of Fridays, with 15 races in the matinee and 13 races in the evening.

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The Wheeling Island racino is literally on an island in the Ohio River, at the bottom of the island, mixed right among the neighborhoods. Here is a view of the nearby residential area as seen from the Wheeling trackside…


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Spent a day at the Warhol, as always. Here is Brad Kohler outside. We caught the Genesis Breyer P-Orridge exhibit, S/HE is HER/E, which was quite interesting and should be a must-see for anyone who has followed his/her work over the years (as I have since the early TG singles). There is a haunting quality to much of the work, combining spiritually-charged and/or sexualized (and no one does a better job of blurring the lines between those two areas) images that are decontextualized and/or juxtaposed in such a way as to contrive a kind of transcendent experience for the viewer. But this has always been an important mission of P-Orridge’s work, going back to the Coum Transmissions era. I was sorry to see that no exhibition catalogue was for sale (at least when I was there), but I won’t be forgetting the images anytime soon, and the issues the exhibit raised still remain fresh and I am still applying them to what I encounter, which I’m sure the artist would be happy with.

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And how convenient to have a first-rate pierogie place right down the road from my hotel, on Beaver Grade in Moon Township (and a fine bagel place a block away)

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The Bill Shute/Jim D. Deuchars poetry reading at Amazing Books (above is the poster in the window) on July 28 had an attentive audience, and I think we were both happy with our performances. Jim read  “Monongahela Abstract Construct,” part of his Pittsburgh trilogy, along with a number of short pieces that were new to me. His usual wit and authority and verbal dexterity came through well. I read “Marion, Texas” (from one of the Next Exit chapbooks, always a good ice-breaking opener with an unfamiliar audience) and the chapbooks “Led Along”, “Acres,” and the new “Worried Men And Wooden Soldiers,” which will be issued by KSE in the coming weeks. The audience was attentive and responsive, and we sold some chapbooks after the performance…and the event was listed in the Pittsburgh City Paper and a number of others arts calendars…so thanks all for a positive experience. Our readings will be posted on You Tube soon.

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Want to give a plug to Sammy’s New York Style Famous Corned Beef, right down the road from Amazing Books, where we had some delicious brews before and after the show…and I can see why those hot corned beef sandwiches are famous!

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Also during my trip, at a secret Northwest Pennsylvania location, and then later at a seedy pizza parlor outside Youngstown, Ohio, a meeting of the Black To Comm/Blog To Comm cabal (Chris/Brad/Bill) was held…we managed to get a shot of a wall at the BTC offices, a place as secret as the Batcave or a meeting of the Trilateral Commission, and also the pizza place (where they were nice enough to make a pizza in thirds: 1/3 anchovy, 1/3 green pepper, and 1/3 black olive) where we finished up. A trip to the Bus Eubanks School Of Announcing was planned, but it was closed that afternoon, alas…

a rare view of BTC Central, in a bunker somewhere in NW Pennsylvania…

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and outside Youngstown, Ohio…

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Don’t know when I’ll get back to Pittsburgh and West Virginia again, but I hope it’s sooner rather than later…

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