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October 31, 2017

new album “3 Heads Tame” from guitarist TOM CREAN (KSE #385)

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TOM CREAN, “3 Heads Tame” (KSE #385), CDR album

7 String Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Banjo, Bass, Production, and Engineering – Tom Crean

Compositions by Tom Crean with contributions by Matt Robidoux and Ernesto Brute

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KSE is happy to present our fourth album from Western Massachusetts guitar/banjo innovator  TOM CREAN. His first album, WIRED LOVE, featured solo guitar and banjo; his second was a duo album with electronic musician Mike Barrett (aka Belltonesuicide); his third was a duo album with fellow stringed-instrument player Matt Robidoux (which is still available!); and now comes his fourth, 3 HEADS TAME, a solo album quite different from any of the others.

As someone who grew up listening to albums by guitar experimentalists such as Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Sonny Sharrock, Jean-Francois Pauvros, Hans Reichel and many others, I have wanted KSE to get behind today’s creative guitarists (and banjo players and bajo sexto players, etc.) and give them an outlet to explore new territory and create new works without worry of commercial concerns or marketing. We’ve issued dozens of albums featuring guitars behaving non-traditionally, but in particular we’ve given an annual platform to Ernesto Diaz-Infante out on the west coast (in the SF Bay area) and Tom Crean on the east coast (in Western Massachusetts). Tom has put a lot of time and thought each year into the concept and execution of these albums, and they’ve been very well received by our listeners, underground radio, music bloggers, etc. When I asked him about the genesis of this new album, he stated,

“Half of the compositions on this recording are inspired by various unidentified “Transcriptions” compositions. “Transcriptions” are the appropriation of non-art musics and scoring for experimental music ensemble. The “Transcriptions Manifesto” was recently released, this document describes the process of writing “Transcriptions” with the open invitation and intent that others will score “Transcriptions” as part of the Transcriptions Project as a whole. Besides these fragments of “Transcriptions,” the rest of the performances of my works are improvised. Ernesto Brute’s piece is a graphic score and Matt Robidoux’s piece is from one of the rock bands he played in called Pony Bones, which put out a tape 3 years ago and lent itself well to a classical guitar arrangement. Almost all takes were done the first time. There is no multi-tracking (except the last track.) All the electric instruments were recorded straight into the computer from a multi-effects processor (I’ve found this more effective especially with 7 string guitar.) The other pieces were recorded in a spacious room at home.”

3 HEADS TAME is not an easy album to categorize–it tends to be understated, and though I’ve listened to it a dozen or more times as I’ve been getting the release ready, it has an inscrutable quality to it, a quality that compels you to listen again and investigate further. I’ve been re-reading the late-period poems of W. S. Merwin recently, and they seem to have a similar quality. Neither can be unraveled easily, and neither depends on some facile “concept” or faux-avantgarde game-playing.

Another snapshot taken on the fascinating musical journey of Tom Crean. And while  you are at it, why not also pick up his earlier duo album with Matt Robidoux, and album I’ve been playing regularly for the last year and which still challenges me.

KSE #385 (CDR), TOM CREAN, “3 Heads Tame”

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the US.

OUTSIDE THE USA , one album is $18.00 postpaid, first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that—sorry, but it now costs almost $14 US to send one CDR overseas….you save A LOT by buying more than one—in fact, the price on an order of two or more HAS GONE DOWN!

1 album= $18, 2 albums= $20, 3 albums= $28, etc. Thanks for your understanding of this. The Post Office now charges $14.50 to mail ONE cdr without a jewel box to Europe or Asia!

Payment is via paypal, using the e-mail address   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   . It might be helpful for you to also shoot me an e-mail telling me you’ve sent funds and what items you want…or if you prefer, tell me what books/cdr’s you want, and I’ll send you a paypal invoice.

NOTE: you can STILL get Tom Crean’s previous KSE album, a duo with Matt Robidoux, 

KSE #359 (CDR), TOM CREAN & MATT ROBIDOUX, “Blank Space”–cover art by Jennifer Baron

also available, FOUR albums from Alfred 23 Harth:

KSE #379 (CDR), SHANGHAI QUINTET (featuring Alfred 23 Harth), “ShangShan/Stone Age Music” (Harth and young Chinese musicians, recorded live in Shanghai, China, October 2016)

KSE #363 (CDR) ALFRED 23 HARTH’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES

KSE #336 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition”

KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

and also….

KSE #371 (CDR), SAMUEL DUNSCOMBE & TIM OLIVE, “Zanshi”

KSE #377 (CDR) JOHN BELL , ‘Cambridge Surprise Minor and other peals’….new compositions for percussion from Bell, well-known for his collaborations with Alfred 23 Harth….

KSE #373 (CDR), DANE ROUSAY, “Anatomize” , solo percussion from the San Antonio-based composer and multi-instrumentalist

KSE #375 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits Of The Possible” … one of .KSE’s most acclaimed artists,  saxophonist-composer-theorist Massimo Magee is back with a blistering duo album with guitarist James L. Malone

KSE #381 (CDR), BILL SHUTE, “Bridge On The Bayou: Bill Shute Reads the Arnaudville Poems”….readings of the five poems composed in Louisiana in 2016, soon to be published in one book-length volume

KSE #372, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Manitas” solo classical guitar

KSE #369, A. F. JONES, “FOUR DOT THREE TO ONE”

KSE #362, FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “Florida Nocturne Revisited”….new interpretations of Shute’s Florida Nocturne Poems

KSE #370, “KSE 11th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM” featuring newly recorded, exclusive tracks from members of the KSE family and friends: JEN HILL, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, LISA CAMERON, BRIAN RURYK, FOSSILS, MORE EAZE, JOHN BELL, MASSIMO MAGEE, MATTHEW REVERT, STEVE FLATO

KSE #355 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “wOrk”

KSE #357 (CDR) SMOKEY EMERY / VENISON WHIRLED, “turning into”

KSE #359 (CDR), TOM CREAN & MATT ROBIDOUX, “Blank Space”–cover art by Jennifer Baron

KSE #336 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition”

KSE #351 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Music In 3 Spaces”

KSE #350 (CDR) ANTHONY GUERRA / BILL SHUTE, “Subtraction” KSE  reissue of album originally released in 2011 on Black Petal Records, Australia 

KSE #335 (CDR album), REVEREND RAYMOND BRANCH, “Rainbow Gospel Hour…On The Air!”—a wonderful hour-long AM-radio broadcast, mastered from cassette, capturing the warmth and joy of Rev. Branch in both music (lots of it) and spoken message

Thanks for your support over the years….stay tuned for the rest of our Fall/Winter 2017 releases, from MATT KREFTING, LISA CAMERON/ROBERT HORTON, MORE EAZE, and ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE….

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October 22, 2017

SHANGHAI QUINTET (with Alfred 23 Harth), “ShangShan/Stone Age Music” (KSE #379), new album now available!

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Shanghai Quintet (with Alfred 23 Harth)

ShangShan/Stone Age Music

Live at Power Station of Art/Shanghai, October 2016

 Part I  –  31:40        . Part II – 11:01

composed by Shanghai Quintet

Alfred 23 Harth: reeds, samples

Jun-Y Ciao: reeds         MaiMai: guitar

Xu Cheng: electronics, metal percussion                 Tao Yi: drums

ALFRED SHANGHAI COVER

We are very proud and excited to bring you ALFRED 23 HARTH’s 11th (!!!) KSE release (12th if you count his appearance on our 10th Anniversary Compilation album), SHANGHAI QUINTET—-an exciting communal performance with young Chinese musicians recorded last fall in Shanghai at one of the city’s most highly-regarded art spaces, Power Station of Art. Since recording the classic JUST MUSIC album in late 1969 (which came out early the next year on ECM), Mr. Harth has always been about collaboration and collective performance, and he’s consciously been re-dedicating himself to the “one element in the mix” collective/collaborative model in his recent performances and albums (his last KSE album was BERLIN ENSEMBLES, and he requested initially to not have his name featured in the artist credit on the front cover, just in the personnel listing on the back).

These two pieces (running about 43 minutes) document a fruitful collaboration–no one dominates, and there’s even a second reed player in addition to A23H. I’ve listened to it in the car, on a cheap boombox, on headphones outside before dawn, etc., and it’s a performance I can’t help wanting to revisit. There’s a variety of shades and textures and a delicious ebb-and-flow to the performances. I was unfamiliar with the Shanghai-based musicians prior to this album, but I’m looking forward to further work from them. When artists place themselves in new and unfamiliar territory, they bring out unexpected sides of themselves–Alfred Harth has an almost five-decade history of doing that, and with his natural shape-shifting inclinations, there’s an infinite amount of variety possible.

Also, the West (and here in the USA, in particular) does not have enough cultural exchange with Asia, and in particular China. Were I in charge of the world, we’d have far more cultural and educational exchanges, far more collaborative projects–a small Texas micro-label devoted to experimental music putting out an album by a group who is 4/5 young musicians from Shanghai, China, is a good start. Even if I never get over there or they never get over here, we’ve “embraced,” so to speak, through the medium of art.

Get your copy of SHANGHAI QUINTET with Alfred 23 Harth now. Only $8 postpaid in the US. See below for ordering details (and foreign pricing)….

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the members of the SHANGHAI QUINTET

KSE #379 (CDR), SHANGHAI QUINTET (featuring Alfred 23 Harth), “ShangShan/Stone Age Music” (Harth and young Chinese musicians, recorded live in Shanghai, China, October 2016)

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the US.

OUTSIDE THE USA , one album is $18.00 postpaid, first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that—sorry, but it now costs almost $14 US to send one CDR overseas….you save A LOT by buying more than one—in fact, the price on an order of two or more HAS GONE DOWN!

1 album= $18, 2 albums= $20, 3 albums= $28, etc. Thanks for your understanding of this. The Post Office now charges $14.50 to mail ONE cdr without a jewel box to Europe or Asia!

Payment is via paypal, using the e-mail address   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   . It might be helpful for you to also shoot me an e-mail telling me you’ve sent funds and what items you want…or if you prefer, tell me what books/cdr’s you want, and I’ll send you a paypal invoice.

You can STILL get a few of Alfred Harth’s other recent albums for KSE: 

KSE #363 (CDR) ALFRED 23 HARTH’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES

KSE #336 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition”

KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

and also….

KSE #385 (CDR), TOM CREAN, “3 Heads Tame”

KSE #371 (CDR), SAMUEL DUNSCOMBE & TIM OLIVE, “Zanshi”

KSE #377 (CDR) JOHN BELL , ‘Cambridge Surprise Minor and other peals’….new compositions for percussion from Bell, well-known for his collaborations with Alfred 23 Harth….

KSE #373 (CDR), DANE ROUSAY, “Anatomize” , solo percussion from the San Antonio-based composer and multi-instrumentalist

KSE #375 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits Of The Possible” … one of .KSE’s most acclaimed artists,  saxophonist-composer-theorist Massimo Magee is back with a blistering duo album with guitarist James L. Malone

KSE #381 (CDR), BILL SHUTE, “Bridge On The Bayou: Bill Shute Reads the Arnaudville Poems”….readings of the five poems composed in Louisiana in 2016, soon to be published in one book-length volume

KSE #372, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Manitas” solo classical guitar

KSE #369, A. F. JONES, “FOUR DOT THREE TO ONE”

KSE #362, FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “Florida Nocturne Revisited”….new interpretations of Shute’s Florida Nocturne Poems

KSE #370, “KSE 11th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM” featuring newly recorded, exclusive tracks from members of the KSE family and friends: JEN HILL, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, LISA CAMERON, BRIAN RURYK, FOSSILS, MORE EAZE, JOHN BELL, MASSIMO MAGEE, MATTHEW REVERT, STEVE FLATO

KSE #355 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “wOrk”

KSE #357 (CDR) SMOKEY EMERY / VENISON WHIRLED, “turning into”

KSE #359 (CDR), TOM CREAN & MATT ROBIDOUX, “Blank Space”–cover art by Jennifer Baron

KSE #336 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition”

KSE #351 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Music In 3 Spaces”

KSE #350 (CDR) ANTHONY GUERRA / BILL SHUTE, “Subtraction” KSE  reissue of album originally released in 2011 on Black Petal Records, Australia 

KSE #335 (CDR album), REVEREND RAYMOND BRANCH, “Rainbow Gospel Hour…On The Air!”—a wonderful hour-long AM-radio broadcast, mastered from cassette, capturing the warmth and joy of Rev. Branch in both music (lots of it) and spoken message

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A23H in front of the poster for the show at which the album was recorded

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As always, thank you for your support of KSE….now in our 12th year of operation, from San Antonio, Texas….

SHANGHAI QUINTET is the first of SIX new albums coming out between now and January, the others being from TOM CREAN, LISA CAMERON, MATT KREFTING, MORE EAZE, and ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE….stay tuned!

October 20, 2017

RARE MOD, VOLUME 5 (CD, Acid Jazz Records, UK)

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various artists, RARE MOD, VOLUME 5

A Fifth Volume of 60’s UK Underground Rhythm’n’Blues, Psych & Soul

CD, Acid Jazz Records, UK (released late 2013)

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The RARE MOD series has not gotten the praise it deserves. With a wide casting of the net ranging from circa ’64 Stones/Yardbirds/Pretties style R&B to club-soul a la Zoot Money to freakbeat to Ronnie Jones-style soul vocalizing to Swinging London-style beat and psych, the series has focused on private pressings and acetates for the most part, which gives it a real authenticity. Acid Jazz seems to be able to uncover some amazing finds, and this collection (which I picked up about two years ago, which was two years after its release–it didn’t seem to get much buzz– I have and love the first four volumes) is a very strong one indeed.

Everything that’s great about the mid-60s British music scene is found in concentrated form on this album…and the demo-like quality of much of the material just makes it stronger, purer. For instance, I did not really care for The Montanas released version of Hey Diddle Diddle, but this early demo rocks much better and is not as over-produced. And while some band doing a cover of My Generation in ’65 or ’66 might not really expect to get on the charts with it, it probably went done wonderfully live, and also, we seem to forget that back in those days, it was an achievement to do a successful and hot cover of a then-present day anthem like that.

We’ve also got a promo-only unissued single from the soulful and brash Sharon Tandy (whose album I was proud to review at Ugly Things), obscure bluesy tracks by such UK soul masters as Geno Washington and Jimmy Jones and the Vagabonds, maximum R&B from Flamingo Club regular Tony Colton (who was managed by the Gunnell Brothers–imagine the stories he could tell!), a track from an acetate LP recorded in Bristol by a band called TJ Assembly, who were still sounding like a rehearsal tape of the 1965 Pretty Things but in late 1967, and lots more….20 aggressive R&B-flavored tracks that remind us why the UK was the place to be for Beat music in the 1960’s.

The very randomness of a compilation like this (although, as usual for Acid Jazz, it’s VERY well programmed, like the DJ-set of your dreams) is its strength. Just imagine you run an R&B-themed club on some London back street in 1965, and you are thumbing through the many demo tapes and acetates dropped off by bands wanting to be booked. Imagine what a dream situation that would be—-all PRIME R&B/beat, but all new to your ears, and all from the core of the movement. That’s what you get here. Every band wants to put its own spin on the music, so the variation of influences is fascinating. We should be both happy and amazed that 50 years after, there are still such gems to be uncovered.

While you are at it, why not pick up any of the BEATFREAK compilations you can find, and if you want to dig even deeper, try googling “un-lost tommyknockers” and start downloading what you find onto CDR’s. This is what rock and roll is all about; this is what scattered the seeds that grew into punk. The purity of this music still can raise the hair on the back of your neck today.

A 6th Volume in this series was released in 2015 and was claimed to be the final volume in the series. I just ordered it. If the Star-Club era Beatles were your favorite Fab Four period, if a Mono copy of the Pretty Things “Get The Picture” is your idea of the ultimate in music, if the idea of UK bands doing raw garage-y versions of obscure Tamla b-sides excites you, grab a copy of RARE MOD VOLUME 5  yesterday.

1. The Top Six – I’m A Man
2. The Montanas – Hey Diddle Diddle
3. Debrah Aire – Don’t Be Proud
4. Tommy Bishop – Sugar Man
5. Unknown Mod Band – My Generation
6. Tony Colton – Train Train
7. Geno Washington – Rock My Baby
8. TJ Assembly – Something
9. The Troop – You’ll Call My Name
10. The March Hare – With My Eyes Closed
11. Phaethon’s Brethen – I Put A Spell On You
12. The Dynamite Orchestra – Sh’Mon Part 2
13. The Disturbance – Green Tamborine
14. Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – Private Number
15. Unknown Mod Band – She Is Better
16. All Night Workers – Look At A Granny Run Run
17. The Army – Sugar
18. Easy Virtue – Bye Bye Honey
19. Four Steps Beyond – Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
20. Jeff Curtis And The Flames – Route 66

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