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June 24, 2015

new from LISA CAMERON & ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Sol Et Terra” (KSE #299)

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LISA ERNESTO LIVE

higher-key sonic alchemy of the deepest and most profound sort

the duo of LISA CAMERON & ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE

“Sol Et Terra”   (KSE #299, cdr album)

$8  US  postpaid / $11.50 elsewhere postpaid

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LISA ERNESTO COVER

Lisa Cameron–percussion, electronics, lap steel

Ernesto Diaz-Infante–12 string acoustic guitar

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recorded by Marjorie Sturm at (Next Door to the

Jefferson Airplane Studios), San Francisco, 9/2013

Mastered by Dylan Cameron

1. Rise 2. The House at Pooneil Corners

3. Sun Psychic 4. Stars Within Stars

5. Queen of Pentacles 6.Labor and Fruits

7. Imagination Eye 8. The Daughter 

Ernesto Diaz-Infante, west-coast composer and guitar/bajo sexto visionary, and Lisa Cameron, Texas psychedelic shaman, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist,  first played together at the KSE 6th Anniversary Concert in Austin in 2012 (see poster below). Since then, Lisa has traveled out to the Bay Area a few times to work and record with Ernesto, and the rapport of these two is nothing short of musical alchemy. SOL ET TERRA was recorded at Ernesto’s home studio, and once again, these two deliver something amazing and unexpected. There is a lot of Ernesto’s hypnotic close-miked raga-like “strumming” style, and when that’s mixed with Lisa’s tribal-psych percussion and warped jagged lap-steel and various electronic treatments, it’s hard to tell the contributions of the two musicians apart. As with all higher-key sounds (think Ya Ho Wa 13 or Book of Shadows), this is music of the elements, fire-water-earth-air, and it creates a kind of rarefied sacred-space wherever you listen to it. Reference points include Ya Ho Wa 13 (minus the chanting) or Hans Reichel’s BONOBO, maybe also BEAT OF THE EARTH or the Velvets Exploding Plastic Inevitable boot. I cannot speak highly enough of the magic(k)al feel this music creates (and documents). This San Francisco-Austin axis continues to bear rich fruit. I believe this is the fourth KSE release for both Ernesto and for Lisa, and we are proud to work with this transcendent duo.

Some of these tracks also appear in the soundtrack to the acclaimed feature film THE CULT OF JT LEROY, directed by Marjorie Sturm, and coming to a film festival near you. I should also mention that Lisa just got back from a month-long tour (with ST 37) backing ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE across North America.  SOL ET TERRA presents two contemporary masters at the top of their game….as we said above, it’s higher-key sonic alchemy of the deepest and most profound sort.

Get your copy now….$8 US and $11.50 elsewhere, postpaid. We also have a limited number of copies of Lisa’s recent Venison Whirled CDR album TETRAGRAMMATONES on the Eh! label, which you can get for an extra $8 or $11.50 with an order for SOL ET TERRA (It’s not available separately). I’ve got only 7 copies of this, so act fast.

LISA AND ERNESTO              ERNESTO AND LISA          two great tastes that taste great together!

KSE APRIL 2012 POSTER

And while you are ordering that, why not also get some of our 2015 releases:

KSE CDR’s OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized KSE CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11.50)

Please include a note with your paypal order including the items ordered AND your mailing address (which Paypal often fails to provide me)….thanks!

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #310 (CDR) MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #294, FOSSILS WITH BRIAN RURYK (a joint release with Middle James Co.—-only 48 copies made, 24 from Middle James, 24 from KSE)

RAMBUTAN COVER

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #305, RAMBUTAN, “Remember Me Now”

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #296, THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron), “Luminous Toxin”

GIFT FIG STELL

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298, GIFT FIG:  the duo of ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch” (live in South Africa, September 2014)

MORE EAZE COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #293, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “stylistic deautomatization”

STEVE FLATO

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #307, STEVE FLATO, “Exhaust System”

derek 2015

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #292, DEREK ROGERS, “Depth/Detail of Processing”

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #300 (CDR), FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “The Florida Nocturne Poems” (poetry and music album), cover art by MP Landis

June 19, 2015

now available, “Luminous Toxin” (KSE #296) from Pittsburgh’s THE GARMENT DISTRICT

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Jennifer

THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron)

“Luminous Toxin”

KSE #296 (CDR album)

a beautiful and haunting new collection of atmospheric all-instrumental pieces from Pittsburgh’s acclaimed Psychedelic musician-composer-bandleader

$8  US  postpaid / $11.50 elsewhere postpaid

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GARMENT DISTRICT cover

We featured a piece on Jennifer Baron/The Garment District in a May 23, 2015 post (scroll down to that for some background info) as a kind of teaser for her new KSE album, but the tease is now over….LUMINOUS TOXIN is out and available. This is an album specially commissioned by KSE from Ms. Baron. When I work with a psychedelic musician (Plastic Crimewave, for instance) who is an excellent songwriter, I generally encourage them to save their great songs for a better-distributed label and to let their experimental or conceptual side run free at KSE–this is the place for them to put out their TWO VIRGINS or their SKY YEN. I’ve followed Jennifer Baron’s work for many years, through the various earlier GARMENT DISTRICT releases, and have always had the greatest respect for this amazing lady: multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, bandleader, and someone who truly “gets” the deeper aspects of the psychedelic experience. So many people today who drop the term “psychedelic” view it as a series of mannerisms or images or chord progressions–for me, it’s almost an initiation or a rite of passage one goes through, and when one becomes a member of the society of psychedelic brethren, one never needs to “announce” the term or reference the expected tropes–it’s imbued into the work, whatever the work might be. Jennifer Baron’s work of any kind—-her photography, her arts curating, etc., not just her music—reflects a certain effervescent, magical quality. Even though her music does not resemble, say, Tyrannosaurus Rex-period Marc Bolan, she shares that sparkling, mystical ineffable quality. However, LUMINOUS TOXIN is not an album that would automatically be put in the “psychedelic” section of a record store.

Instead of creating her TWO VIRGINS, as mentioned above, Jennifer Baron has created her WONDERWALL MUSIC here. No, it’s not Indian-inspired, but actually it’s atmospheric instrumental work that evokes soundtrack music. Her skill as a composer of excellent trippy songs has led her, as it led Mancini and Morricone (both also excellent writers of songs), to create soundscapes that sing, that press the buttons of the imagination. Those knowing earlier GARMENT DISTRICT music will get a pleasant surprise here….instead of reminding one of, say, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy or the Crome Syrcus, reference points for this album might include Bowie’s Low or Eno’s Another Green World….or the more melodic side of Fripp & Eno or perhaps some of David Sylvian’s things with Japan. There’s also a Krautrock element, yet if I was given this album and told it was from a John Carpenter or Dario Argento soundtrack, I could believe it.

LUMINOUS TOXIN’s instrumental soundscapes evoke a world, a world where I’d like to live! As I said earlier, all of Jennifer Baron’s many pursuits have a unity, and perhaps the best way to evoke the feel of the album might be to show you a series of photographs of hers because the album sounds the way these look:

JB PIC 1

JB PIC 2

JB pic 6

JB pic 4

JB PIC 5

and let’s not forget the beautiful cover photo, which was taken (I believe) in Las Vegas:

GARMENT DISTRICT  VegasGOLD_Photo by Jennifer Baron

The way these photographs evoke so much, have such a luminous texture and glow, similarly the new Garment District album LUMINOUS TOXIN will have a similar effect on the open-minded listener and will take him/her into its mystical world. Just to be clear, this is NOT a drone/ambient release–if you like side 2 of Bowie’s LOW, think of that as a jumping-off point. But really, it’s pure GARMENT DISTRICT, soundtracks for the mind, and of course, Jennifer Baron’s instrumentation (Rickenbacker guitar, 1980’s Roland JX-3P synth, Wurlitzer electric piano, old Hohner organ, bells and various percussion) will be familiar from her more overtly psychedelic works.

A wonderful and magical new creation from a major talent from one of my favorite cities, PITTSBURGH.

THE GARMENT DISTRICT were featured in the Silver Studio Sessions of the Andy Warhol Museum, and you can catch those performances here:   http://www.warhol.org/connect/silverstudiosessions/The-Garment-District/#.VYGaovlViko

And here is a 2014 interview from TINY MIX TAPES: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/the-garment-district

You can score a digital copy of the 2011 Garment District cassette album Melody Elder here:  https://thegarmentdistrict.bandcamp.com/

The Garment District is music by multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron, a founding member of Brooklyn’s The Ladybug Transistor (Merge). Her debut tape, Melody Elder, was released on Night-People in late 2011 and her latest 7″ on La Station Radar features a remix by Sonic Boom. In Summer of 2014, The Garment District’s debut full-length LP was released (vinyl + digital formats) on Night-People.  We are honored to welcome THE GARMENT DISTRICT and Jennifer to the KSE family. There’s no one like her, and we appreciate her spending months on LUMINOUS TOXIN, an original creation made especially for Kendra Steiner Editions. Get your copy NOW!

And while you are ordering that, why not also get some of our Spring 2015 releases:

KSE CDR’s OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized KSE CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11.50)

Please include a note with your paypal order including the items ordered AND your mailing address (which Paypal often fails to provide me)….thanks!

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #310 (CDR) MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #294, FOSSILS WITH BRIAN RURYK (a joint release with Middle James Co.—-only 48 copies made, 24 from Middle James, 24 from KSE)

RAMBUTAN COVER

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #305, RAMBUTAN, “Remember Me Now”

LISA ERNESTO COVER

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #299, LISA CAMERON & ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Sol Et Terra”

GIFT FIG STELL

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298, GIFT FIG:  the duo of ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch” (live in South Africa, September 2014)

MORE EAZE COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #293, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “stylistic deautomatization”

STEVE FLATO

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #307, STEVE FLATO, “Exhaust System”

derek 2015

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #292, DEREK ROGERS, “Depth/Detail of Processing”

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #300 (CDR), FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “The Florida Nocturne Poems” (poetry and music album), cover art by MP Landis

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SUMMER 2015 will bring SEVEN new releases: in addition to THE GARMENT DISTRICT, we’ll have new albums from LISA CAMERON & ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, FOSSILS, RAMBUTAN, FADENSONNEN, MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), and JEN HILL. Stay tuned….

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June 14, 2015

ABC SOUL DIAMONDS (Buried Treasure CDR, France)

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various artists, ABC SOUL DIAMONDS (Buried Treasure, France, CDR, 21 tracks)

ABC Soul Diamonds

Few things satisfy (me) as much as a stack of obscure soul 45’s. As someone who actively collected 45’s from the early 70’s through the mid-to-late 90’s, I remember well the thrill of bring home various random 45’s by artists unknown to me…or unknown records by artists with whom I was familiar. The recent SOUL DIAMONDS compilation series provides that same thrill now that most sources of 45’s have been picked clean by collectors and most junk stores and flea markets are connected to Ebay. One good thing about this series is that it specializes in labels, not producers or cities, and the major labels featured so far (MERCURY, DECCA, and EPIC) tended to license in a lot of material rather than focus on in-house productions with a set “house” band and house style. Thus, you get a wide variety of styles and sounds (and on this album, a time range of about 15+ years), so the end result is like some amazing radio station in your dreams that focuses on obscure 45’s. For me, that’s musical ecstasy.

So what’s here? Well, lesser-known tracks by artists who are better-known for their work on other labels (Baby Washington, Maxine Brown, Dee Dee Ford, The 5 Royales); lesser-known tracks by ABC artists such as Ray Charles (a duet with Jimmy Lewis), O.V. Wright, The Tams and Lloyd Price; tracks where the composer is familiar (Rudy Toombs, Earl King, Dee Irvin, George Kerr) but the record unfamiliar; tracks with well-known producers such as Willie Mitchell or Clyde Otis; and performers new to me, such as Demetriss Tripp, Harry M and The Marvels, and Betty O’Brien. Most of the material dates from the 1960’s…although Lloyd Price’s “Just Because” was released in 1957, and O. V. Wright’s “Slow and Easy” dates from 1976 (although Wright could sing the phone book and remain deep and soulful, so don’t be put off by the late date)…and a wide range of styles is found. Again, as ABC-Paramount (and later just ABC) was a major label, these were all professional recordings and surely artists who had been only popular regionally may well have thought that a record on ABC—-the label of BB King and of Ray Charles, after all—-might be their ticket to national success. There were a lot of great records competing for slots in the coveted R&B Top 40, and back in the days when regional charts had so much variety, there could literally be 100+ songs on the R&B “charts” in any one week….so think about how many OTHER singles of quality were aiming at those 100 slots. Ten or twenty for every one that made it? That’s why compilations such as these can be so rich yet have so much material obscure to the non-fanatic.

As always for the Soul Diamonds series, the album is compiled by serious soul collectors, so except for the Lloyd Price and O.V. Wright tracks, you are not likely to own many or any of these 45’s, and also, the compilers know how to mix the material so it’s like something programmed by an ace club DJ spinning his/her rarities.

If the various soul compilations on Ace-Kent, Outta Sight, Goldmine Soul Supply, P-Vine etc. are not enough for you, or if you need an hour of fine and varied 45’s running the gamut of styles within “soul” music, then you should grab this (and the Mercury and Decca volumes in the series–the Epic one was a bit to 70’s oriented for my taste) as soon as possible. Just google the title and you’ll find someone selling this in your territory (Crystal Ball Records is handling it in the USA).

ABC one

ABC two

ABC three

1.JUST BECAUSE / LLOYD PRICE

2.THERE YOU GO AGAIN / JEANETTE BABY WASHINGTON

3.THIEF IN THE NIGHT / CHARLES JAMES

4.I WANT IT LIKE THAT / 5 ROYALES

5.IS THAT THE WAY YOU PLANNED IT / BETTY O’BRIEN

6.I’M COMING HOME / BUDDY LAMP

7.I’LL BE STANDING BY / HARRISON BROTHERS

8.SO AM I / NATE HOLMES

9.IF IT WASN’T FOR BAD LUCK / RAY CHARLES & JIMMY LEWIS

10.I’M CRYING (INSIDE) / TROY KEYES

11.WHAT DO YOU DO (WHEN YOUR LOVER LEAVES YOU) / TAMS

12.SLOW AND EASY / O.V. WRIGHT

13.I CAN’T GET OVER YOU / GLADYS KNIGHT

14.ORDINARILY / TOMMY TATE

15.LOVE IS A WAY OF LIFE / DANNY WHITE

16.JUST LIKE A FOOL / DEE DEE FORD

17.HOW CAN I GET OVER A FOX LIKE YOU / ICEMEN

18.I DESERVE TO CRY / HARRY M & THE MARVELS

19.STRAIN ON MY HEART / DEMETRISS TAPP

20.SO LONG / LITTLE JOE STEELE

21.FORGET HIM / MAXINE BROWN

ABC four

June 9, 2015

first release in new Cassette Poems series: LIARS IN A STRANGE RAINY WORLD (KSE #311)

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BILL  SHUTE

LIARS IN A STRANGE RAINY WORLD: CASSETTE POEMS ONE

KSE #311 (poetry and photography chapbook)

inspired by the Derek Rogers cassette-only album, Active Participant

($6 US ppd   /   $7 elsewhere ppd)

edition of 39 copies….

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LIARS

As longtime KSE readers know, we’ve published a lot of poetry inspired by music. The Sound Library Series is up to 77 volumes now, but in addition to that, we’ve had a few other series. In the early days of KSE, there was the 10-volume Creel Pone Sound Study series, and I’ve also been issuing here and there releases in the Ducal Poems series, those being inspired by the music of Duke Ellington (and there will be further Ducal chapbooks coming). Now, we are introducing a new series: CASSETTE POEMS. These are inspired by deep listening to cassette-only albums of experimental/drone/noise music. Many fine cassette albums have come and gone, often in editions of a few dozen, and unless they get reissued as downloads on Soundcloud or Bandcamp (which they often do), only the original purchasers or future collectors will get to appreciate these important works. The Cassette Poems series is initially scheduled for FIVE poetry and photography chapbooks over the next year, and I’m proud to announce that the first release is inspired by an old 2010 album from a great Texan, DEREK ROGERS…..the album being ACTIVE PARTICIPANT, released by the always-fine Ghetto Naturalist Series. While in Mobile, Alabama, recently, I had this tape in my old Walkman often, and it carried me away to where I created the situation/setting/narrative/images found in this chapbook. The photos come from Pensacola, Florida. It’s a four-page poem with a character involved in personal rebuilding after a prison term, set on the Gulf Coast. The photos help to create the “world” in which the poem is set. As always, I hope you find it interesting and worthwhile. It’s not necessary to have heard the tapes on which these releases are based—-they are stand-alone creations.

As always, I hope you find this work to be interesting and worthwhile. I was going through a kind of lifestyle change when I wrote it, and as that involved some personal re-invention, I found myself going back to a less collage-oriented and more narrative style with this piece, so regular readers might find it something of a change of pace….or not!

Other poetry chapbooks available (same price as above):

KSE #301 (poetry chapbook), JIM D. DEUCHARS, “Ohio Connecting Railroad Bridge” (the final installment in Jim’s Pittsburgh-Three Rivers trilogy)

KSE #297 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Lines and Fines,” Sound Library Series, Volume 77 

June 6, 2015

new Bill Shute poetry chapbook, “Lines and Fines” (KSE #297), Sound Library Series, Volume 77

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BILL SHUTE, “LINES AND FINES” (Sound Library Series, Volume 77)

KSE #297, poetry chapbook

original cover art by Justin Jackley

($6 US ppd   /   $7 elsewhere ppd)

edition of 51 copies….

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

Please include a note with your paypal order including the items ordered AND your mailing address (which Paypal often fails to provide me)….thanks!

LINES AND FINES

Back now from two satisfying weeks in Florida/Mississippi/Alabama/Louisiana on the beautiful Gulf Coast. I have been so busy releasing other people’s music and poetry this year, and also promoting the poetry and sound sculpture album I did with Fossils, that I have not yet issued any of my own poetry chapbooks in 2015, and the year’s almost half over! LINES AND FINES was composed in late 2014/early 2015 and features an original cover artwork by acclaimed Austin-based psychedelic artist Justin Jackley (visit Justin and view a sampling of his work at www.justinjackley.com). If you are unfamiliar with my work, this is as good an entry point as any…think SOILED MOSAIC.

On a low-grade potpourri high, interrupted by fracking earthquakes, high-stepping around the lines and fines….tuning out the music of history and the squirrels knocking about in the walls…..loaded pistols, loaded dice, loaded questions, tainted rice…..

Edition of 51 home-made, hand-cut and hand-assembled copies on heavy metallic cover stock with text printed on classy flecked birch art-paper. Grab a copy ASAP….this work will never again be available in this format, its original and intended format.

And while ordering Lines and Fines, why not also pick up our previous poetry chapbook, the third and final installment in Jim D. Deuchars‘ amazing Pittsburgh trilogy, “Ohio Connecting Railroad Bridge” (KSE #301)….same price, $6 US / $7 elsewhere, postpaid.

We’ll be back with the new GARMENT DISTRICT album LUMINOUS TOXIN (KSE #296) in a mid-June….

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