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May 26, 2014

new CDR album from Massimo Magee/Tim Green/Max Fowler-Roy Trio, “Relentless Communion” (KSE #274)

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RELENTLESS COMMUNION

KSE #274       CDR album

MASSIMO MAGEE: alto saxophone

TIM GREEN: drums

MAX FOWLER-ROY: bass

Recorded live at Visions of Lost Realities, West End, Brisbane, Australia

$8  US postpaid   /   $11  elsewhere postpaid

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

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Very excited to announce the third KSE album from Brisbane-based musician/composer/writer/aesthetician MASSIMO MAGEE.  His first KSE album, Direct to Tape, a duo with percussionist Tim Green (Green is also on this new album), was a lo-fi blowout using the limitations of the sound recording as a third instrument (in the tradition of old albums on Saturn or Jih*d or Survival) and exploring a series of unique sonic textures (the scratchy territory explored on the track featuring Magee’s sopranino work was almost like the sound equivalent of a Twombly painting). His second album, Sopranino Solo, consisted of four different experiments in improvisation, each with different alterations to the sound source, each moving farther away from the naked solo saxophone, but each raw and naked in new ways. These two albums were among KSE’s most acclaimed releases and those that generated the most e-mail raves from satisfied listeners. Upon hearing Direct To Tape, Pittsburgh-based music writer and poet  Brad Kohler left a message on my answering machine saying, “sign this Massimo Magee to a long-term contract,” and that response was not untypical.

Magee and Green are back again, this time joined by virtuoso bassist Max Fowler-Roy, in an exciting live album—-recorded at the much-acclaimed Visions of Lost Realities performance and exhibition space in Brisbane’s West End—-that captures a working group, musicians who move with the litheness of a ballet trio,  yet have the energetic thursts and parries one expects from primal free-jazz playing. They don’t really resemble the American or European or Asian practitioners of the free-jazz/free-improv art, but why should they? These are Australian musicians, and Magee himself is an important theorist on the nature of improvisation and the various roads down which the practitioner of spontaneous composition can travel. (Those wanting to explore improvisation further with Magee can check out his 26-cd set, available free as a download and with a fascinating 87-page book accompanying it, called COLLECTED SOLOS, a series of experiments with different approaches to improvisation as a discipline and as an artistic foundation on which one can build in unlimited directions…..it’s available at http://arraymusic.wordpress.com/ar15-collected-solos ). This is truly on organic trio, however, not a group backing Magee. Fowler-Roy is an exciting and thoughtful player who brings to mind talents as diverse as Kent Carter, Cameron Brown, and Barre Phillips—-he leads the group in many and varied directions and provides a complex PULSE to the proceedings. You’ll enjoy making his acquaintance.  I’ve raved about Tim Green’s playing before, and once again the man’s playing is as thoughtful and dynamic and unexpected as the work of a Barry Altschul or a Jacques Thollot, able to drive this machine, to lift the bandstand, to suggest multiple directions for the trio.

As someone who has been listening to free-jazz records for 40+ years and who still hungers for quality high-energy communal free-music with the same passion I did as a high-school kid searching out obscure albums on PALM or BYG-Actuel or ESP-Disk, I must say that the MAGEE/GREEN/FOWLER-ROY trio  SATISFIES! This is a group that needs to be heard outside of Australia, and although KSE does not have great distribution, we look forward to sharing the howling, writhing joy of  RELENTLESS COMMUNION with listeners across North America and Europe. Get your copy NOW…..hand-cut, hand-numbered edition of 113 copies. $8 postpaid in the US, $11 postpaid elsewhere.

KSE #274 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE/TIM GREEN/MAX FOWLER-ROY, “Relentless Communion”

 MASSIMO LIVE

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And while you are ordering RELENTLESS COMMUNION, why not pick up a few of our other offerings:

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11 )

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2014:

KSE #268    (CDR ), CATHAL RODGERS (ex-Wereju), “Instrumental Conditioning”

KSE #271 (CDR), FOSSILS/BILL SHUTE, “Diesel Fallout Dixie Stampede”

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

and pre-release copies are available NOW for some of our upcoming summer releases:

KSE #277 (CDR), URKAS, “Stamen and Pistil” (URKAS is the duo of Parashi and Xanthocephalus)

KSE #279 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Wistful Entrance, Wistful Exit”

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SPECIAL EDITION POETRY CHAPBOOKS ($7 each US postpaid…or $8 each postpaid outside US)

KSE #272 (poetry chapbook), LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL…JIM D. DEUCHARS….MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH…. A.J. KAUFMANN….MATT KREFTING, POLYMORPHOUS URBAN: POEMS FOR LOU REED”

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

KSE #276 (art-and-poetry chapbook), DAVID PAYNE & BILL SHUTE, “Blues With A Bridge”

KSE #280 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”

KSE #273  (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Someplace on Anywhere Road” (Sound Library Series, Volume 75)

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

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”

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

please include a note w/ your order listing the items you are ordering and confirming your mailing address….

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and all independent, non-aligned DIY lo-fi arts collectives everywhere…

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Tim Green is an Experimental-freeJazz-Rock Drummer-guitarist-noisemaker based in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. He has recorded and played with Matt Earle and Adam Sussmann (Stasis Duo), Massimo Magee, Max Fowler Roy, Jim Denley, Scott McConnachie and others.

He co-runs internet based experimental music label Factorvac.com with Henry Mills (Wardenburger, Old Growth Cola, $low) and records with him as a duo under various names (I’m A Cop, Henry Mills & Tim Green etc).

Max Fowler-Roy is a simple boy with flowers in his eyes and laughter in his hair. He chooses not to name-drop the artists he’s worked with (his stature does not need to be bolstered with greatness-by-association–this album speaks volumes about Max), but here is a selection of current projects: MONG, Toilet Roll Doll, Squidding, Des Threts, Glory Hole, and of course Magee/Green/Fowler-Roy trio.

Massimo Magee is a writer, artist and musician based in Brisbane, Australia. His work is wide-ranging, including fiction, text art, combined text, sound and image digital art pieces, experimental music (improvised, composed and everything in between), free jazz, obsessive and repetitive drawing pieces, radically extended saxophony, electronics, data manipulation and much more. He has performed internationally and had recordings released in the USA, France, Poland and Australia with musicians such as Hankil Ryu, Sangtae Jin, Keith Rowe, Tony Irving, Christian Munthe, Lee Noyes, Matt Earle, Adam Sussmann, Elliott Dalgleish, Michael Pisaro, Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Barre Phillips and many more, on labels such as Homophoni, Copy For Your Records, Kendra Steiner Editions, Ilse, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia, Ideal State, Audiotong, Factor Vac and others. Ensembles have included Cyclone Trio, the Magee/Green/Fowler-Roy Trio, MTJAM and many ad hoc groups. His latest novel, Counter Culture, has recently been published through [Array] Press.

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PREVIOUS KSE RELEASES FROM MASSIMO MAGEE (both out of print—no longer available)

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May 25, 2014

David Payne and Bill Shute, “Blues With A Bridge” (KSE #276, art-and-poetry chapbook)

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BLUES WITH A BRIDGE

Art by David Payne

Poetry by Bill Shute

KSE #276

issued June 2014

$6 US postpaid / $7 elsewhere postpaid

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

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KSE has issued a number of poetry-and-art chapbooks over the years, where the poet and the visual artist dialogue on the page. This one grew out of my enthusiasm for the ink-blot artworks of David Payne (from Hamilton, Ontario, best-known as half of experimental music duo Fossils). David produced a number of postcard-sized works using various colors of ink, but eventually limited his focus to black ink and studies in dilution and absorption and controlled bleeding. These works had an austere beauty and also resembled the kind of infinitely unique images found in tree trunks or oil floating in water.

We came up with a theme for this joint work, and then David created a suite of small rectangular black-ink  works, and I cannibalized and re-contextualized some 2007 lines and stanzas containing claustrophobic images of abandoned basements and storage areas inspired by my 1980’s work as a security guard and as a maintenance person and jack-of-all-trades at an old church in Virginia (with Greek-chorus commentary from old dog-racing programs). The two of us shot our arrows at the same target—-and the result is BLUES WITH A BRIDGE, an attractive 10-page hand-assembled, hand-cut, hand-numbered poetry-and-art chapbook in a limited edition of 73 copies. Get yours now…before they’re gone. It will take you to places you’ve never been…and remind you of places you’ve tried to forget, both internal and external.

Shut the door, they’re coming through the window!

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A diverse sampling of David Payne’s artwork can be found at    https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidpayne . Check it out!

And while you are ordering BLUES WITH A BRIDGE, why not pick up a few of our other offerings:

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11 )

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2014:

KSE #268    (CDR ), CATHAL RODGERS (ex-Wereju), “Instrumental Conditioning”

KSE #271 (CDR), FOSSILS/BILL SHUTE, “Diesel Fallout Dixie Stampede”

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

KSE #274 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE/TIM GREEN/MAX FOWLER-ROY, “Relentless Communion”

and pre-release copies are available NOW for some of our upcoming summer releases:

KSE #277 (CDR), URKAS, “Stamen and Pistil” (URKAS is the duo of Parashi and Xanthocephalus)

KSE #279 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Wistful Entrance, Wistful Exit”

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SPECIAL EDITION POETRY CHAPBOOKS ($7 each US postpaid…or $8 each postpaid outside US)

KSE #272 (poetry chapbook), LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL…JIM D. DEUCHARS….MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH…. A.J. KAUFMANN….MATT KREFTING, POLYMORPHOUS URBAN: POEMS FOR LOU REED”

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

KSE #280 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”

KSE #273  (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Someplace on Anywhere Road” (Sound Library Series, Volume 75)

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

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”

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

please include a note w/ your order listing the items you are ordering and confirming your mailing address….

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and all independent, non-aligned DIY lo-fi arts collectives everywhere…

blues with a bridge

May 14, 2014

MERCURY SOUL DIAMONDS (Buried Treasure CDR, France)

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various artists, MERCURY SOUL DIAMONDS, Buried Treasure (France) CDR

A sequel to the DECCA SOUL DIAMONDS album from the same label (reviewed here on 25 January 2014), MERCURY SOUL DIAMONDS follows the same strategy as the earlier volume: pick a wide variety of  un-reissued soul 45’s that fell through the cracks when originally issued on a nationally distributed label, program them imaginatively as a hip vinyl DJ would do, provide informative liner notes written by someone who knows this stuff inside out and can tell us about the earlier and later singles by the artists as well as the careers and styles of their producers, and pretty much let the music speak for itself, which it does.

The material on offer here runs, I’d guess, from about 1965-1973, with most coming from the 60’s. Going back to the 1940’s, Mercury always featured Black artists in any number of styles, so their venture into Soul in the 1960’s should come as no surprise. They had great success with Jerry Butler and Gene Chandler, they had an entire label (Blue Rock) devoted to soul, and even their Smash subsidiary featured an occasional soul 45 here and there…AND Mercury continued to be a major soul label well into the late 1970’s, although my own tastes tend to lean toward pre-1974 material. Unlike Decca, Mercury truly DID know what it was doing in this genre of music, and using the logic of  “release 100 45’s and you are more likely to get five or ten hits than if you release 10 45’s,” this MERCURY SOUL DIAMONDS album presents a ladle full of rich Soul 45’s from the deep pot of stew which is the “other” 90 % of Mercury soul singles, the non-hits.

Headquartered in Chicago, Mercury was tuned into that city’s rich soul tradition, but wisely  they also licensed in material from all over and had relationships with producers in many other soul-rich cities, so you get material here from Memphis, Georgia, Texas, New York, Washington DC, and Nashville, as well as the Windy City, and also there is a wide variety of styles represented here: little-known singles from well-known producers such as Bobby Robinson and Huey Meaux sit alongside Sun recording artist Junior Parker, who was recording in Memphis with producer Bowlegs Miller, and into that mix we add the uptown production style of Jerry Ragavoy working with vocalist Carl Hall…and Margie Hendrix who came out of the Ray Charles orbit, James Crawford who came out of the James Brown orbit, and Billy Young who was actually produced by Otis Redding himself. Also, some artists moved to Mercury after success on other labels: Joe Tex came from Dial to Mercury, and William Bell from Stax to Mercury (Bell’s albums on Mercury are well worth picking up…you could get them quite cheap at one time). Even Dee Dee Warwick, whom sister Dionne has referred to as “the REAL singer in the family” and who sounds great on ANY label, is here.

So just imagine all that (and many other lesser-known artists I did not mention) programmed for maximum effect and for a good variety in tempo and production style, 20 big tracks. Vintage soul 45’s are expensive nowadays, so for those of us who salivate at the thought of a stack of top-shelf but little-known Soul 45’s from the Golden Age, this collection is a dream come true.

I can think about 10 other nationally distributed 60’s labels that should get the “Soul Diamonds” treatment and whose 60’s soul singles have not yet been reissued in any organized manner, so let’s hope that the Decca and Mercury volumes have sold enough to get the folks behind the series to continue it. Actually, the liner notes from the Decca volume hinted at future volumes, so I’m ready…

Just imagine you’ve taken a trip back in time to the mid-late 60’s and you’ve managed to catch some low-wattage soul radio station that’s broadcasting all night long and the DJ is tired of playing just the hits and is taking some chances by playing at 3 a.m. all kinds of 45’s he likes in hopes of giving them some promotion…

So much good material was being recorded then by so many talented artists with the support of fine songwriters and savvy producers, and these records were being made all over the United States. It’s a proud and important part of American cultural history, but beyond that, it’s great listening. Don’t hesitate in scoring a copy of MERCURY SOUL DIAMONDS as soon as possible. It’s available from Crystal Ball Records in North America and from various European soul suppliers…

01. Stop And Think – James Crawford
02. If I Had Your Love – Junior Parker
03. I’m Leaving (This Old Town) – Jimmy Norman
04. In My Heart – Peaches
05. Tried To Please You – Knight Brothers
06. My Everything You Are – Mark IV
07. Baby – Margie Hendrix
08. Someone To Love – Ricky Lewis
09. Ain’t Going Back – Carl Stewart
10. Laid Back And Easy – Obrey Wilson
11. I’m Gonna Be A Winner – Willie Charles Gray
12. Don’t Make Me Get Another Man – Gloria Buschell
13. Don’t Blame Me – Willie Hightower
14. Come Back Home – Checkers
15. Nothing’s Too Much – Billy Young
16. What’s Come Over You – Carl Hall
17. I Wake Up Crying – William Bell
18. When Love Slips Away – Dee Dee Warwick
19. Let’s Go Somewhere And Talk – Joe Tex
20. I Can’t Stand It – Theola Kilgore

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NOTE: If you like this album, you should also track down a copy the 2-cd set LOST AND FOUND: THE BLUE ROCK RECORD STORY, released in 1998 by Mercury, back when major labels were still mining their back catalogue for choice material. Those days are LONG GONE, and in hindsight, the 90’s were a golden age of major label repackaging of archival material in any number of genres. This compilation features 60 (!!!!!) sides from Mercury’s soul/R&B subsidiary, with master-tape sound and fine liner notes.  Although copies at Discogs are a bit pricey, I saw 3 copies available on the Amazon Marketplace for around $10. I paid more than that when I bought my copy new in 1998 at the long-gone Sound Warehouse near where Perrin-Beitel merges into Nacogdoches.

Life is short; there are too many good and little-known 60’s soul 45’s you need to hear to waste your time on lesser activities. Turn off the TV, turn off the video games, and get copies of MERCURY SOUL DIAMONDS and this BLUE ROCK compilation….

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Here’s a link to the earlier review of DECCA SOUL DIAMONDS: https://kendrasteinereditions.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/decca-soul-diamonds-buried-treasure-cdr-france/

May 3, 2014

CATHAL RODGERS, “Instrumental Conditioning” (KSE #268, CDR album) available NOW!

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KSE #268    (CDR album)

CATHAL RODGERS (ex-Wereju)

 “Instrumental Conditioning”

$8  US postpaid   /   $11  elsewhere postpaid

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

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Irish multi-instrumentalist and composer CATHAL RODGERS has been issuing a lot of fine music in recent years, much of it using feedback and distortion the way an artisan glassmaker blows glass into various shapes and forms. His 4-cassette album WHO AND WHAT WE ARE, done under the name WEREJU, was KSE’s choice for best album of 2010, and it’s a collection of drone-based sound paintings that never gets old and always offers up new riches. We invited Mr. Rodgers to create a new work for KSE—-he’d heard a number of our albums and had a good sense of what the label represents—and the result is a unique creation, not really like any other Rodgers/Wereju album and unlike anything else KSE has had on offer. Inspired by the work of Cathal’s  fellow Irishman Samuel Beckett, INSTRUMENTAL CONDITIONING (KSE #268) is a suite of astringent yet beautiful pieces tasting of aluminum and dank cellars, taking the listener to realms beyond the midnight horizon, juxtaposing drone and feedback sculptures with solo bass and guitar explorations, creating a multi-textured and diverse collection. Part of my background is Irish (two of my aunts were born there), so I know that Irish life can be both incredibly rich and mercilessly brutal. Cathal’s work mirrors that dichotomy, which somehow gets welded together into a distinctive unity in the album INSTRUMENTAL CONDITIONING.  If KSE listeners need a comparison with a previous release, I’d say that this album is to Ireland what Brent Fariss’s  “Four Environments…Collapsing” was to Central Texas. This is the perfect album to play before sun-up on a cold and rainy day—-you can feel a new life-form emerging from the bog and smell the peat as time stands still and everything revolves, yet with the new day we will emerge once again and we will endure. A totally unexpected yet very welcome album from Cathal that KSE is  proud to present. The sparse guitar/bass pieces peppered throughout the album almost function like spells of coming up for air in between deep-sea diving into dark and cavernous trenches. Don’t miss INSTRUMENTAL CONDITIONING….limited, hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 123 copies….

And while you are ordering INSTRUMENTAL CONDITIONING, why not pick up a few of our other offerings:

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11 )

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2014:

KSE #271 (CDR), FOSSILS/BILL SHUTE, “Diesel Fallout Dixie Stampede”

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

KSE #274 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE/TIM GREEN/MAX FOWLER-ROY, “Relentless Communion”

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SPECIAL EDITION POETRY CHAPBOOKS ($7 each US postpaid…or $8 each postpaid outside US)

KSE #272 (poetry chapbook), LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL…JIM D. DEUCHARS….MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH…. A.J. KAUFMANN….MATT KREFTING, POLYMORPHOUS URBAN: POEMS FOR LOU REED”

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

KSE #280 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”

KSE #273  (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Someplace on Anywhere Road” (Sound Library Series, Volume 75)

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

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”

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Cathal Rodgers has many other diverse and fascinating albums available….check them out at     http://cathalrodgers.bandcamp.com/

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Cathal Rodgers is an Irish musician and a member of a number of bands including Parhelia, Wreck of the Hesperus, Spermicidal and has in the past released solo work under the name of Wereju. His solo work explores interests in improvisation, drone, noise, electronic and experimental music. Cathal has had his music released on various labels including Small Doses, Dead Pilot, Reverb Worship, Basses Frequences, Striate Cortex, Aesthetic Death, Streaks Records, Fort Evil Fruit, Anathema Sound…

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