Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

November 12, 2014

MARCUS M. RUBIO, new album “Cities Sinking Down” (KSE #291), now available!

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CDR album, KSE #291

$8 US postpaid / $11 elsewhere postpaid

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

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Proud to announce the first KSE solo album from Texas composer and multi-instrumentalist MARCUS M. RUBIO  (originally from San Antonio, now living and working in Austin). I caught  Marcus a number of times during his San Antonio period, both solo noise-drone shows and in groups such as the legendary Gospel Choir of Pillows. Marcus and I worked together on a poetry-and music album (ONLY THE IMPRINT OF AN ECHO REMAINS), which was quite well-received, and his recent albums on various other labels have been among the most essential releases of the last few years. The man is a hard worker, and the first time I saw him, there was a massive thunderstorm which killed the power at the venue. As this was an electronic music show, I was ready to leave, but Marcus told the audience, “give me five minutes,” and after some tinkering by flashlight, he managed to do his show ON HIS LAPTOP by battery power and through portable speakers. That kind of quick-thinking and can-do spirit, mixed with a fiery experimentalism and a deep knowledge of the tradition, and the alternative tradition, epitomizes everything MARCUS M. RUBIO does.

But none of that prepared me for CITIES SINKING DOWN!!!

This is an album that combines the deep American Primitive roots of a Dock Boggs or an Abner Jay with Marcus’s cutting edge contemporary compositional skills. My initial e-mail comment to Marcus when I first played the album was, “imagine Bill Monroe locked up for a weekend with Gertrude Stein’s “If I Told Him” and then released to do a recording session produced by “It’s Gonna Rain”-period Steve Reich.”   If that description sounds appealing (and how could it NOT?), then you need to get this album ASAP. Marcus has taken banjo-based songs and, like a glass blower, extended them into all kinds of warped and angular shapes. The pieces pause and swirl and build up momentum, and then go spiraling off into the atmosphere, but always with a hypnotic rhythm.



This is a collection of fine songs but also a serious collection of minimalist composition. The pieces dig in and pull you around, as if you are on some kind of musical amusement park ride the swirls you every which way, but then releases you and thrusts you forward at high velocity. These pieces have that give and take, that lopsided elastic PUSH AND PULL. And yet, there is a beauty to the core songs which are deconstructed, and that beauty leaks through. Overall, yet another surprise from a man whose work is always surprising.

Some of you may remember that KSE’s first CDR album release was also a banjo-based album, the banjo ragas of SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE on “String/Soul/Eye,” so KSE is proud to once again pay tribute to that great American instrument….


limited edition of 130 copies

$8 US postpaid / $11 elsewhere postpaid

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

  please mention “Rubio” or KSE #291 w/ your order and also provide your mailing address (which Paypal sometimes fails to….thanks)


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


new releases for 2014:

KSE #266 (CDR), MATT KREFTING, “Recitals”

KSE #286 (CDR ), FOSSILS, “The Cardigan Hour” (limited to 48 copies, a co-release w/ Middle James Co.)

KSE #289 (CDR) A. J. KAUFMANN, “Stoned Gypsy Wanderer”

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

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

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


About the compositional strategy on this album, Marcus stated that “the looping/sampling comes from a long variety of inspirational sources—a big one being the recent work of toshiya tsunoda. he does similar sampling on otherwise unprocessed field recordings that often snap back into the original sound source at a moment’s notice. sometimes, it’s even imperceptible where the loop begins and natural sound ends. essentially, I wanted to apply those same notions to pop music with it.”

More about Marcus M. Rubio can be found online at



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KSE’s review of Marcus Rubio’s amazing album MUSIC FOR MICROPHONES can be found here:

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