Kendra Steiner Editions

June 23, 2014

URKAS, “Stamen and Pistil” (KSE #277, CDR album) now available

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URKAS

“Stamen and Pistil”

KSE #277         CDR album

URKAS is the duo of Parashi (Mike Griffin) and Xanthocephalus (Russ Alderson), both ex-Wobblies

edition of 99 copies

$8 postpaid US / $11 postpaid outside US

payment via paypal to   DJANGO5722(at)YAHOO(d0t)COM

URKAS

 

“A midnight subway ride through a ghoulish electric zoo…”–from my notes on track one, “In The Pit,” from the new URKAS album.

Two of the best 3″-mini cdr releases from the early days of KSE were by Parashi and Xanthocephalus,  so we are happy to welcome them back as the duo URKAS, with their new full-length album STAMEN AND PISTIL. The state of New York has produced many great noise/drone/free-improv artists in recent years, and we’ve got both Albany (Mike Griffin, aka Parashi) and Brooklyn (Russ Alderson, aka Xanthocephalus) represented here with URKAS. The previous URKAS releases on a variety of labels have been among my favorite albums of recent years (some of them are pictured at the bottom of this post), so we’re proud to present  STAMEN AND PISTIL, this brand-new collection of four long sound sculptures that capture the best qualities of these cutting-edge artists. The richness and variety of sound one gets from the most interesting noise artists; the trippy shamanic feel associated with the best drone-psych music; the inventiveness and thoughtful juxtapositions and artful use of space one finds in contemporary electronic composition; and the excitement of improvisation, as both of these men have long careers in live performance and understand the transcendent beer-soaked alchemy that happens with a live and hungry crowd. That’s ALL in here.

Mike and Russ, of course, go back a long way to the legendary noise-trio THE WOBBLIES, who issued the classic 2002 album PADRON. I had the privilege of working with Mike Griffin (Parashi) live in a poetry-and-electronics duo in Albany and in Hudson, NY, in May 2011, so I know first-hand what a talent he is, not forgetting the stack of PARASHI cassettes and cdr’s I keep close at hand, near the stereo. Russ also has an impressive body of work, from the stunning post-rock ALDERTONE album (which you can probably still find on Discogs or a similar source) from 2006, with its novel approach to bass playing, an approach also found on track 3 of STAMEN, through his ornithology-influenced work as XANTHOCEPHALUS. Perhaps the time spent in the woods becoming one with nature, listening and drinking up the juxtapositions and patterns of natural sound, has helped Russ cast aside the routine and wipe the slate clean and create thoughtful and unexpected music with rich textures and multiple dimensions. Whatever, Russ is really an artist to watch…and if you are near Brooklyn, to see live. Russ has been invited to do a full-length XANTHOCEPHALUS album for KSE in 2015 (his earlier release with us was a 3″ mini cdr), so keep your eyes out for that. And we hope to have another Parashi release in the future too, but for now, it’s all URKAS!

Call it what you will, the new album of URKAS is contemporary sound sculpture of the highest order, and we are proud to offer it here at Kendra Steiner Edition. Hand-numbered, hand-cut and assembled DIY edition of 99 copies, so get yours now. URKAS provided us with a band statement and some comments on the album, and here they are:

Urkas grew out of the corpse of a dead band, like a fungus. Leaving structure and form behind, Mike Griffin (Parashi) and Russ Alderson (Xanthocephalus) began to experiment with improvised sound. Modular synthesizer, bass, and a variety of tapes and percussive devices serve as their primary instruments these days; from these sound sources Urkas wring dark and occasionally punishing long-form improvisations. This CD-R for KSE reveals a more delicate side to these NY state noisemakers in tracks like “Baited Switch” and “Avoid Liars”, while “In the Pit” displays the type of unsettling sonic dread that has characterized the duo’s work to this point.

URKAS

“Stamen and Pistil”

KSE #277         CDR album

URKAS is the duo of Parashi (Mike Griffin) and Xanthocephalus (Russ Alderson)

edition of 99 copies

$8 postpaid US / $11 postpaid outside US

payment via paypal to   DJANGO5722(at)YAHOO(d0t)COM

And while you are ordering  STAMEN AND PISTIL, why not pick up a few of our other offerings

Also available from KSE:

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

KSE #285 (CDR) SMOKEY EMERY (aka Daniel Hipolito), “LIve At The Hideout Theatre”

KSE #289 (CDR) A. J. KAUFMANN, “Stoned Gypsy Wanderer” (cover art by Justin Jackley)

KSE #275 (CDR), ALFRED 23  HARTH, “China Collection”

KSE #281 (CDR), FOSSILS, “Wooly Bully” (a co-release with Middle James Co., only 20 copies available from KSE)

KSE #279 (CDR), ERNESTO-DIAZ INFANTE, “wistful entrance, wistful exit

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

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 #288 (CDR, spoken-word poetry), BILL SHUTE, “Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers: Bill Shute reads selected 2013-2014 poems,”  produced by Marcus Rubio

and a limited reissue of an old classic KSE 3″ mini-cdr, now on a full-sized cdr reissue

KSE #283 (CDR), SMOKEY EMERY (aka Daniel Hipolito), “Incident At Town Lake” 

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

KSE #290 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Jaywalkers: ducal poems, three”

KSE #287 (poetry-and-photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Fellowship of the Frog”

KSE #282 (poetry-and-photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Hot Combination”

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 #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)

 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…

Bill-Shute-Albany-Poster

 

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previous KSE albums by PARASHI and XANTHOCEPHALUS (both out of print)

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xanthocephalus, cover

 

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OTHER RELEASES by URKAS

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URKAS photo

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June 17, 2014

new album from ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “wistful entrance, wistful exit” (KSE #279)

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ERNESTO  DIAZ-INFANTE

“wistful entrance, wistful exit”

KSE # 279      CDR album

$8  US postpaid   /   $11  elsewhere postpaid

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

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Ernesto Diaz-Infante: solo 12-string acoustic-electric guitar

1. THIS (15:27)     2. LONG (15:16)     3. MOMENT (15:19)

recorded at Next Door to the Jefferson Airplane Studios, San Francisco, 2013

ernesto album cover

Ernesto Diaz-Infante’s third release for KSE, a new studio album called WISTFUL ENTRANCE, WISTFUL EXIT, is yet another unique exploration from the internationally-acclaimed San Francisco-based guitarist and composer. Mr. Diaz-Infante is the ONLY artist KSE ever brought in from out-of-state for our series of concerts in 2011-2012, and with good reason: NO ONE anywhere does what he does. With the mind of an outside-the-box contemporary composer and a virtuoso technique on the guitar and bajo sexto, he has the ability to bring into reality STATES OF BEING through his music. His first KSE album, Emilio, was a Twombley-esque painting-in-sound that captured the insights of a quirky uncle, a jagged staccato finger-picked experience; this new album, though not unlike his “mantra strumming” on the surface, creates a very different feel from any of his previous albums. It’s a delicate, spacious, minimal album but also rich and close-miked so that the wood and the 12-string metal of the instrument come through the speakers and into your listening space. It’s like feeling the ocean waves coming, one after another, each one different, each one coming regularly but at slightly irregular intervals, while you are standing waist-deep in the water and can feel the undertow and taste the salt. You are part of the rhythm and move with it.

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Ernesto conceived of these pieces during a period of time when he was dealing with death in the family and was temporarily left alone. His realization that “Often life keeps us in a state where we don’t face mortality” led him to create music that documented  “an opening of time.” Each moment is expanded and explored until time fades away and we reach an eternal now….the feeling of being waist-deep in the waves and becoming one with them.

Another stunning and original creation from Ernesto Diaz-Infante. Three extended pieces that will have you waist deep in the  sea of wood and wire, one with the rhythm, in a space where time has been opened, and you enter….WISTFUL ENTRANCE, WISTFUL EXIT.

Get your copy NOW….$8 US postpaid / $11 outside US postpaid

payment via paypal   to     DJANGO5722(at)YAHOO(dot)COM     (please include note stating which items you are ordering)

AND please check below for other exciting CDR albums of experimental music and chapbooks of contemporary poetry from KSE…

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note: Ernesto’s mind-blowing album of  “mantra guitar strumming,” CIVILIAN LIFE, is still available at CD BABY….order it here:   http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ernestodiazinfante1

 

2010 interview with Ernesto Diaz-Infante by David Perron: http://www.foxydigitalis.com/foxyd/features.php?which=496

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And while you are ordering WISTFUL ENTRANCE, WISTFUL EXIT, why not pick up a few of  KSE’s  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 #274 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE/TIM GREEN/MAX FOWLER-ROY, “Relentless Communion”

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 #275 (CDR), ALFRED 23  HARTH, “China Collection”

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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”

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 #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)

 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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KSE concert, trio

ERNESTO (center) w/ Lee Dockery (L) and Lisa Cameron (R) at the Kendra Steiner Editions 6th Anniversary Concert, Austin, 2012

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 ERNESTO’S PREVIOUS KSE ALBUMS (both out of  print)

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ernesto beer

Ernesto’s new album goes perfectly with your favorite local microbrew!

June 14, 2014

Bill Shute, Pittsburgh poetry videos

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While visiting Pittsburgh in Summer 2013, I did a reading at Amazing Books with Jim D. Deuchars, and while I was in Western PA, Jim was kind enough to film FOUR poetry videos with me reading  then-recent chapbooks.  I’d been an admirer of the JIM-TV videos he’d put up on You Tube, so it was an honor to make these…if you have these chapbooks, I hope you enjoy hearing them read by the author. Brad Kohler was also present at the taping…

Please pass the link to this post along to others you feel would be interested in the readings….and thanks to Jim for documenting these pieces…

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LED ALONG   reading video    http://youtu.be/9WlMndv8XKw

led along

SHADES OF NIGHT DESCENDING (Florida Nocturne Poems, Book One)  reading video   http://youtu.be/rIAtyW1Js9A

florida one, shades of night

WORRIED MEN & WOODEN SOLDIERS: Postscripts to Guernica   reading video     http://youtu.be/Yu5cNq3dXlM

GUERNICA ONE

OUTFAKE       reading video        http://youtu.be/8eTUJPU_eqI

outfake

June 13, 2014

MYSTIC MALES 2 (Pet Records, CD)

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MYSTIC MALES 2

various artists, circa 1965-73

Pet Records 010, CD

available from Dusty Groove and other mailorder outlets, also available as an LP

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Good things are worth waiting for….so they say. This second volume of Mystic Males was mentioned as an upcoming project by Pet Records (best known for the sublime SOFT SOUNDS FOR GENTLE PEOPLE series of compilations) in late 2008, and finally, 5 1/2 years later, here it is….

For me, this is perhaps the most satisfying Pet Records release so far, which is really saying something. It’s a deep archival dig into a world of psychedelic troubadours who are aspiring to be the next Donovan or Tom Rapp or Sky Sunlight Saxon  (all solo artists on this comp, no bands here). The opening track “Four Robins Singing”  by Tyree Forrest throws down the gauntlet….a drone-y, sitar-laced epic with trippy poetic lyrics that’s totally uncommercial and should quickly separate the psych-heads from the posers. Those willing to walk through that door will get a stunning 13-track trip taking the basic west-coast singer-songwriter psych template and walking it past a series of funhouse mirrors that distort it in 13 different ways, that melt it and then re-form it in a uniquely warped fashion. Also, it should be pointed out that most of this is decidely NOT garage-y or crudely performed…many of the tracks probably use session musicians and some feature multi-part vocal harmonies. However, this was an age when artists went into the studio to calculatedly create an artifact that was somehow damaged-sounding. And like the best psychedelic music, this material creates an altered state of consciousness in those who do not get high but seek an elevation of spirit….as well as sounding authentic to the trippers among us. The lyrics are amazing throughout….almost as if someone found Bonniwell Music Machine-era Sean Bonniwell’s poetry notebook on the seat of the bus, bought a bottle of codine cough syrup and a quart of Coca-Cola and checked into a cheap motel with a Donovan album and pushed himself to write two sides for a single to be recorded that same night. If Pearls Before Swine and Inner Views-era Sonny Bono had 13 babies, these would be them.

MYSTIC MALES 2 gets very high marks in terms of obscure-ness of the material presented. The best-known artist is perhaps Jeff Monn, former Third Bardo vocalist who did a solo album on Vanguard that was at one-time a staple in cut-out racks and used record stores (a track from that appeared on the UK compilation WEDNESDAY MORNING DEW–REALISTIC PATTERNS 2: ORCHESTRATED PSYCH FROM THE USA). Arthur Gee, who recorded two interesting albums for Colorado-based Tumbleweed Records, is here too, but with an obscure early 45 I’ve never heard of.  And Darius, who recorded a stunning solo album for Chartmaker in 1968, is here with an unknown early single that adds a lot to his legacy. One track by Dick St. John, “Lady of the Burning Green Jade,”  was written by Hoyt Axton, documenting his furthest-out phase. Axton was a great talent (both in music and in acting) and I hope that someday while I’m still around to enjoy it, someone gets access to his songwriting demos from the late 60s/early 70s and releases some of them…..I’m betting we’d all be blown away. If you enjoyed his album “My Griffin Is Gone,” you’ll love this track. Surely, every track on this album has a fascinating back-story, and the release of MYSTIC MALES 2 will (I hope) bring to the surface some of those stories, as well as further material from some of these artists.

If your idea of ecstasy is hearing meandering, decaying guitar lines snaking around and under the implied melody (and staying behind the beat, always) of some slow and smoldering west-coast small-label production fronted by someone who may have aspired to be Johnny Rivers three years previously but now was aspiring to be Donovan or Tom Rapp….and whose lyrics are full of kitchen-sink surrealism and Sunset Strip mysticism, then your ship has come in with MYSTIC MALES 2. You can proudly put this album on the shelf next to your mono copy of Sonny Bono’s INNER VIEWS.

When I was in central Louisiana on vacation recently, I would spend each morning writing for a few hours, and each day I would have MYSTIC MALES 2 on repeat on my mini-boombox while drinking Pu-erh tea as I wrote…..it was the perfect music to take me to some alternate plane, pull myself out of the gear of everyday life and get my brain spinning freely while still keeping my feet on the ground, probably the 5 a.m. beer-stained sidewalks of 1968 Sunset Strip. The album never got old, and in fact got richer and deeper with each play, the sign of a carefully thought out and carefully programmed compilation. Congrats to Pet Records on what will probably wind up being one of the finest reissues of obscure psychedelia released in 2014. And special congrats to the thoughtful and transcendent psychedelic troubadours who managed to get their unique vision onto vinyl during this Golden Age. They may not have had “hits” with their work, but they have sent those of us who care unique messages in a bottle from a rich island of creativity that, 45+ years after the fact, can still provide a liberating dose of otherness to the folks on the Mainland.

 

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1. Tyree Forrest-­Four Robins  Singing

2. Darius-How Much Do I Love You

3. Jeff Dunn-I’m a Deeper Blue

4. Gerry Pond-­Sometime Girl

5. Shalynn-­Flower Song

6. Ed Powers-­London Bound

7. Dick St. John-Lady of the Burning Green Jade

8. Paul Stoop-­Daydream

9. Richard Coronado-­Before She Goes

10. Stephen Hartley-­The Other Side

11. Malcolm Mitchell-­Feather

12. Art Gee-Tea Gardens

13. Jeff Monn-­My Good Woman

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“CITY COWBOY” by the ARTHUR GEE-WHIZZ BAND on Tumbleweed Records

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the DARIUS solo album on Chartmaker

DARIUS

 

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