Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

March 6, 2014

FOSSILS and BILL SHUTE, “DIESEL FALLOUT DIXIE STAMPEDE” (KSE #271), cdr album now available

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“Diesel Fallout Dixie Stampede”

CDR album KSE #271

10 tracks of flash-fried-and-fracked  third-mind  sound poetics

Fossils are David Payne and Daniel Farr

Bill Shute poetry source material

recorded by Derek Rogers


1. Rabbits Smelling The Cedar

2. Concrete and Stone 3. As We Expected

4. Dry Head-Cleaner   5. I Can Hear Them Now

6. Shavings 7. 1971 and 1993

8. Third-Mind Tap 9.Cracks In The Circle

10. Gasoline-Stained Napkins


The acclaimed Hamilton, Ontario lo-fi sound-art duo FOSSILS (the core being Daniel Farr and David Payne) create their audio sculptures from a combination of found material, recordings they make and then distort/warp/resculpt, and live electronics. There are dozens of FOSSILS releases, a combination of cassettes, CDR’s, and lathe-cut discs, usually in micro-editions. In a recent interview, David P described one of their strategies as being a kind of Jackson Pollock-esque “action painting in sound,” and that certainly captures the rawness, the alive-ness, and the physicality of pretty much ANY Fossils music. KSE was proud to issue a FOSSILS album last year, BELLS AND GULLS (now, alas, out of print), and as we are huge fans of the duo’s work and entire aesthetic, they were invited to do a second album: imagine my surprise when they suggested using some of my poetry recordings as “source” material for the Fossils treatment. But then, it does make perfect sense…one of my recent collections is called JUNK SCULPTURE FROM THE NEW GILDED AGE, and they were once referred to at Foxy Digitalis as ” super fried, paint-splattered jams that sound like they were born out of junkyards and dumptrucks,” so like that loud but affectionate couple in the next apartment,  I guess we were made for each other. We’re both scavengers creating assemblages from the flotsam and jetsam of throwaway culture.

I provided Fossils with some solo poetry recordings made a few years ago and recorded by my good friend Derek Rogers when he was still living in Austin, and the resulting album is DIESEL FALLOUT DIXIE STAMPEDE. In the classic Burroughs/Gysin “third mind” approach to cutting/folding/restructuring literary texts in order to bring out implicit theme and images and to “release” submerged layers of meaning, Mr. Farr and Mr. Payne spent a lot of time with the source material and created TEN amazing sound-sculptures made from the texts of such Bill Shute poetry chapbooks as ACRES,  FOUR TEXAS STREAMS, and SHORE ACCESS–the themes and images from those texts have been cut-up, tossed, and flash-fried into tasty new dishes that dig deeper into the themes and concerns of the original writings. However, beyond that, this is a great FOSSILS album. The texts could be in Japanese or Swahili—-it’s a mind-frying listen, full of diverse rhythms and textures, the source material melted and reformed into unrecognizable shapes.

A first-rate FOSSILS album AND an extension of Bill Shute’s Texas-rooted poems into another dimension…all on ONE cdr that’s waiting for you from Kendra Steiner Editions. And don’t worry, we have asked FOSSILS for another new album due early next year, 2015. We believe in what they do…and do better than anyone else. Until then, please check the Cardinal Records website and join the Middle James Co. Yahoo group and find out about the many and varied FOSSILS releases. They are, to me, about the most interesting and essential band out there. Like KSE, they are about lo-fi/low-cost experimentation with inexpensive and/or found elements—-we Poverty Row practitioners of the experimental arts need to stick together.



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

(please include a note w/ your order indicating which items you want and also your mailing address…thanks!)

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM KSE ON CDR (same price as above):

KSE #264 (CDR), EGG, EGGS, “Off Yellow Soft Pillow”  

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


SPECIAL EDITION POETRY CHAPBOOKS ($7 each US postpaid…or $8 each postpaid outside US)—LIMITED STOCK ON THESE TWO




OTHER poetry chapbooks ($6 each, ppd. in the US, $7 elsewhere…):

KSE #265 (art-and-poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, ‘The Language of Construction”

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

KSE #250 (poetry chapbook), DOUG DRAIME, “Dusk With Carol” (cover art by Wyatt Doyle)

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

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

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

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

fossils by nuuj in rochester 2012David Payne and Daniel Farr perform in Rochester, NY, August 11, 2012  (photo: Rob Nuuja)

bill, east coast trip may 2011 064

Bill Shute reading at Flying Object Books, Hadley, MA, May 2011


previous FOSSILS album on KSE (now out of print)

fossils albany

Visit FOSSILS at the Cardinal Records Website:

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writing about FOSSILS:




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