Kendra Steiner Editions

October 11, 2014

new album from SMOKEY EMERY, “Live At The Hideout Theatre,” KSE #285 (CDR)

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SMOKEY EMERY (aka Daniel Hipolito)

“LIVE AT THE HIDEOUT THEATRE”

KSE #285 (CDR album)

$8 ppd. in the US / $11 ppd. elsewhere                        paypal funds to DJANGO5722(at)YAHOO(dot) COM

and include note w/order listing what you are ordering and also your mailing address….thanks!

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The first of KSE’s Fall-Winter 2014 music releases is a strong one from a man whose work as both musician-composer and visual artist we really believe in, DANIEL HIPOLITO. His musical alter ego SMOKEY EMERY is an important figure on the Texas drone/noise/psych scene, and his previous releases on a variety of labels have been praised widely both here and overseas. Daniel played 2 of the 3 KSE concerts in 2011-2012,  and I also worked with him on a poetry-and-electronics performance and recording, so I have seen him at close-range creating his soundscapes from a combination of tape manipulation (on multiple thrift-store decks at once) and electronics. In performance (and remember, THIS IS A LIVE ALBUM CAPTURING A COMPLETE PERFORMANCE) he reminds me of a postmodern version of a one-man percussion orchestra, someone with an arsenal of different sized cymbals and gongs and mallets, each with its proper role at the proper time in the performance, allowing for a seemingly infinite series of shades and timbres and textures….except that his weapons of choice are not cymbals and gongs, but tape players and electronics.

The six pieces here exist beyond time….starting with a longer piece puts the listener into an altered state and allows Smokey Emery to erase the blackboard of listener expectations. It’s as if we headed straight into a group of storm clouds and burst through them into an area of calm, but the area from which the storms emanated, and we hear the rumblings and scrapings and the slow-motion movement of the gears and pulleys where some Wizard of Oz was manipulating it all. This album is quite different from Daniel’s previous Smokey Emery disc for KSE, INCIDENT AT TOWN LAKE (which you can still get in its reissue form), which was largely tape-manipulation based. The arsenal has been expanded here, and most importantly, the sound sources are mixed together into a murky Texas gumbo where each element blurs into the others and the sum is richer and more flavorful than the parts. For comparison’s sake, those who enjoyed KSE’s previous albums by Urkas and Matt Krefting should also enjoy this, as it seems to exist somewhere between those worlds.

That Daniel is also an acclaimed visual artist who’s had a number of exhibitions and installations in different parts of the country (see the mural at the top of this page and then the other artworks included in this post) perhaps explains the painterly qualities of his music. In addition, this is a SITE-SPECIFIC WORK. As Daniel explains,

“The Hideout Theatre is one of the oldest buildings in Austin,  located on Congress Avenue downtown right off of Sixth street. At the time of this recording I was working there, had in the past booked several shows w/ Adam Jones there, and I  found the  sound of the small theatre in the back to be incredible, close, but big. This led me to want to record in that space but without an audience. I arranged with the owners to use the space  to do an album. Andy Hendrix (of Unmoor, who released an album on KSE) was asked if he could record material for that album tracked through his wonderful Allen & Heath mixer, all to be played and recorded live in one night.  Staying after my shift overnight one night when the theare wasn’t being used, I set up on their set for an Edward Gorey improv night, Andy setup near the edge of the stage facing me so we could communicate w/out talking during recording, as it is just the one big room. We collaborated on a seven mic setup using many different mic types and positions in the theatre:  Sm57s, russian paired stereo condensors from jon (silent land), boundry mics affixed to the walls,  among others. Every time we were recording Andy would mix these microphones live according to the music being played, which was all recorded live to a Tascam stereo digital recorder. I had already awakened at 6 that day, so by the time we wrapped up at 6 a.m.  it had been a long and interesting day, but fruitful.”

As you can see from Daniel’s comments, the pieces on this album are site-specific creations, and how could playing on an Edward Gorey-themed stage NOT affect the character of the work! This is an album that will test your speakers, but it also sounds great (and quite different) on headphones. Limited edition of 100 copies. Get yours soon….the SMOKEY EMERY experience is not soon forgotten! We’re glad to have him living and working in Central Texas…

KSE #285 (CDR album) SMOKEY EMERY, “Live At The Hideout Theatre”         $8 ppd. US / $11 ppd. elsewhere

also available from Daniel/Smokey:

KSE #283 (CDR), SMOKEY EMERY (aka Daniel Hipolito), “Incident at Town Lake”….reissue of 3″ mini CDR  from 2011

$8 ppd. US / $11 ppd. elsewhere

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

chapbook is $6 ppd. US / $7 ppd. elsewhere

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and the last remaining copies of …


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

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 at Club 1808, photo by Ali Pharmakidis

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at Red 7, photo by Alex Kacha

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And our friends at Holodeck Records in Austin have the SMOKEY EMERY album SOUNDTRACKS FOR INVISIBILITY VOL III: QUI MAL Y PENSE available as both a cassette and a download….get your copy here:

http://holodeckrecords.com/smokey-emery-soundtracks-for-invisibility-vol-iii-qui-mal-y-pense-hd023/

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various artworks etc. from Daniel H.

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