Kendra Steiner Editions

January 21, 2018

new album from MORE EAZE, “Staring At A Statue of Paint” (KSE #383)

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MORE  EAZE

“Staring At A Statue of Paint” (KSE #383, CDR album), released 1/23/2018

$8 postpaid in the USA (see below for foreign rates/terms)

more eaze 2017 paint

We at KSE are proud to have worked with MORE EAZE (aka Marcus Maurice Rubio) for a number of years now on a number of projects, going back to his college years back here in his hometown of San Antonio (he’s since lived in L.A. and now in Austin). I knew what stuff he was made of when I first saw him live as a solo act maybe 9 years ago, and he was on the bill of experimental music artists at a small gallery on S. Flores. There was a massive and brutal thunderstorm which caused the power to go out, and it didn’t come back. The other acts were all hemming and hawing and not knowing what to do. More Eaze stepped up to the plate, announced that the battery in his laptop would be good for an hour or two of performance, someone lit a candle, and he did his entire performance by candlelight on the laptop from his battery power. Since then, he’s faced an infinite number of performance situations and has worked with hundreds of the important artists in the contemporary experimental music world (he’s not the sort of guy who drops names, so I won’t….but google him for yourself!), all across Texas and the Midwest, as well as back East and on the West Coast.

I have always especially valued his work and his thought as a composer, and KSE has offered to provide him a canvas on which to try out and document his compositional ideas, and those sonic canvases have been the MORE EAZE albums we’ve released (and the earlier ones under his given name). We believe in supporting contemporary composers and giving them an outlet for their work, as modest and low-budget as out platform is. It’s all about the music–expensive packaging does not help the music out one iota. That line of Frank Zappa paraphrasing Edgard Varese, which I heard in my youth, has always stayed with me and animates what we do at KSE: “The present day composers refuse to die.” With a mind like his, and a grounding in the visual arts and literature (he understands the organizational and structural workings of a Gertrude Stein or a Cy Twombly as well as he does the history of music composition, from the Baroque age on), MORE EAZE provides us with dense and fascinating compositional layers and structures on each KSE album, and I have had years of joy and intellectual analytical workouts from all of them. And let’s not forget that on his albums for many other labels, he has worked in an incredible number of other styles, in the various murky fields of post-rock and avant-pop and skewed-and-decomposing songcraft. It’s no surprise that has been labelled the Van Dyke Parks of the contemporary underground.

Well, so much for the ballyhoo…

On this new creation, STARING AT A STATUE OF PAINT, More Eaze intentionally works with a limited palette, creating a suite of five pieces with a kind of pure and astringent feel, and I as listener find myself focusing on the patterns, the way I would with ragtime, or Bach, or the 60’s/70’s minimalists. Here’s the composer’s own comments on the pieces:

“I wanted to record a set of pieces that used very simple musical material and that I could essentially design generative (mostly) modular patches for a largely hands off approach. I was also very interesting in making something very minimal that only involved 2-5 sounds happening at a given time and these pieces reflect that. Each track is centered around the A-major-pentatonic scale and adds or subtracts notes from this simple and recognizable scale each time. These processes were chosen very much with the intention of creating something warm, light, and recognizable while also involving randomness in a way that allows for constantly developing patterns and loops that build an inviting chaos. “

As usual, it’s TOTALLY different from More Eaze’s other KSE releases…and in a different universe for the albums he does for other labels (no one I know of is so adept at changing his spots to suit the situation, while still being totally himself!). You can put it on, set the player on repeat, and just travel with–and inside–the music. I’ve done that a number of times, as I was working on getting the albums duplicated, working on the cover, printing and cutting the covers, etc., ALWAYS with this album at full volume in the room with me.

Get your copy now….see ordering information below….

TWO PREVIOUS MORE EAZE RECORDINGS STILL AVAILABLE FROM KSE (the older ones are all out of print, alas), so you can order them along with the new one:

KSE #355 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “wOrk”

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

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NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the USA (see below for ordering info, via paypal).

(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! The two albums for $20 deal makes each item only $10 each, and if you were to buy 4 for $36, they’d only be $8 each, THE SAME AS THE US COST! Anyone who is looking at this page and interested in contemporary forward-thinking music could surely find four albums you need to have! Many of our releases have been reviewed at Vital Weekly (not this one yet, obviously!), so you can check out the reviews there…or read the write-ups here on the blog.

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.

OTHER ALBUMS ALSO AVAILABLE:

KSE #394 (CDR), XTERIP (Lisa Cameron/Robert Horton/Raub Roy/Lee Ann Cameron) , “The Frisbee Sessions”

KSE #390 (CDR), MATT KREFTING, “Microchips” 

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

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

KSE #377 (CDR) JOHN BELL (new for July 2017), ‘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” (new for July 2017), solo percussion from the San Antonio-based composer and multi-instrumentalist

KSE #375 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits Of The Possible” (new for July 2017)… 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 #363 (CDR) ALFRED 23 HARTH’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES

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

more eaze 2017 paint

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January 20, 2018

ARISING, ABIDING, AND DECAY (KSE #393), seventh and final chapbook in the Natchez Poems sequence

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the seventh volume from the recent poems written in Natchez, Mississippi

BILL SHUTE, “ARISING, ABIDING, AND DECAY”

(KSE #393, poetry chapbook)

edition of 41 hand-cut, hand-assembled copies

$6 USA  postpaid (see below for postage rates outside USA)

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

please leave note with your order letting me know which items you are ordering and your mailing address…..thanks!

ARISING cover

“the living can assist the imagination of the dead”–W.B. Yeats

I composed SEVEN six-page poems during my two weeks in Natchez, Mississippi, in May 2017, and here is the final one in that sequence: ARISING, ABIDING, AND DECAY (KSE #393).

Re-reading these stanzas as I was assembling the ARISING chapbooks earlier today, I could sense what a Jeremiad this piece is, but do we really have much choice in the present environment? The previous six Natchez chaps depicted a wide variety of imagery and tone, but the closing piece, inevitably, has to reflect the ugly, depressing nature of today’s struggle. However, as the repeated refrain (on pages three and six) suggests, maybe the fever will burn up and kill the infection, and then all these troubles will have been worthwhile?

Sometime in February, we will be offering, FOR JUST A FEW WEEKS AS A ONE-TIME OFFER, all SEVEN of the NATCHEZ CHAPBOOKS for one discounted price. This would be your ONLY opportunity to get the original KSE editions of these works as a set (the first one is almost sold out, so once that happens, you could not assemble a full set). Yes, these will probably be published as a set in an 8″ x 11″ book in the future, and that will be nice and I hope you’ll get one of those, but the original hand-assembled, home-made KSE editions of these poems are, to me, the intended and original form. It’s kind of like a small-label local 45 (the KSE printing) which is later picked up and reissued by a nationally distributed label (the eventually professionally published book version). The latter will get out to more people and make more of a general impact, but the true original has a certain purity about it and represents original intentions….or so I think, but maybe I’m biased? The home-made KSE chapbook publication is the only publication in the original formatting, with the original art, with the original epigraph (this time from William Butler Yeats, see top of post), and in the intended form of its creation. There are only 41 copies….grab one now, while you can.

Each of these chapbooks is a stand-alone piece (the “serial poem” concept of Jack Spicer seems to fit my work well), so don’t worry about what order they are in. I consider each narrator to be a unique person telling his/her unique story from his/her unique perspective. I as poet am just the actor playing the part, the gallery-operator assembling the exhibition.

I hope you find ARISING, ABIDING, and DECAY interesting and worthwhile. Thanks for your reading all these years!

POETRY CHAPBOOK PRICING:

$6 each USA postpaid….

POETRY CHAPBOOK ORDERS OUTSIDE THE US (reflecting the much higher rates as of 1/22/2018):

MINIMUM  FOREIGN ORDER, 3 CHAPBOOKS. The cost of 3 will be $19 postpaid, and each book after the third will be an extra $5. Thus, 3 chaps will be $19, 5 would be $29, 6 would be $34, etc.

EACH CHAPBOOK ADDED TO A FOREIGN ORDER OF 2 OR MORE CDR’s CAN BE ADDED FOR ONLY $5. Thus, 2 albums costs $20 postpaid, but 2 albums and a poetry chapbook would be $25.

Why not just add a poetry book to your overseas music order for only $5!

Other chapbooks available:

KSE #386 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Trimmings”…composed in New Mexico and El Paso, after the Natchez poems

KSE #391 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Satori In Natchez,” 6th of the Natchez poems

KSE #382 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Difficulties, The Impossibilities,” 5th of the Natchez poems

KSE #380 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Time Crystals,” 4th of the Natchez poems

KSE #378 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Meltdown,” 3rd of the Natchez poems

KSE #376 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “New Jerusalem,”  2nd of the Natchez poems

KSE #374 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guest Register,” 1st of the Natchez poems

 

Also in February or early March, we’ll be bringing out a new collection of poems from longtime KSE poet and a true original, JOHN SWEET….stay tuned for it!

January 10, 2018

(unfortunate) changes in foreign postage rates on poetry chapbooks

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Next week, the US Postal Service is going to do away with the “flat” designation for foreign postage, restricting it to only correspondence and documents. The “flat” label allowed me to mail ONE KSE poetry chapbook for a reasonable amount (3 or 4 dollars) and thus keep the cost of one poetry chap at a level just slightly higher than the domestic rate. That is now over. It costs us $14.50 to mail one CDR overseas now, and it will be about the same amount to mail one poetry chapbook from here on out. I’d like to think that our poetry chapbooks are wonderful and priceless, but I’d be a fool to think that anyone–even a good friend or family member!–would pay $17 or so for one small poetry chapbook. My friends/colleagues in the small press world are freaking out over this change. Also, I noticed that SHOCK CINEMA magazine is pretty much doing away with foreign subscriptions now because of this policy. Here at KSE, we want to do something fair for the overseas poetry customers, but we cannot lose money on each sale. The thin margin above cost is what keeps this ship afloat. Therefore, we’ve come up with a new foreign postage policy for poetry chapbooks, stated below the pic…

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Most foreign poetry book orders are for multiple books, and those orders should stay at about the same price, even dropping a bit, but single-chapbook orders are no longer feasible outside the US. So…

POETRY CHAPBOOK ORDERS OUTSIDE THE US:

MINIMUM ORDER, 3 CHAPBOOKS. The cost of 3 will be $19 postpaid, and each book after the third will be an extra $5. Thus, 3 chaps will be $19, 5 would be $29, 6 would be $34, etc.

EACH CHAPBOOK ADDED TO A FOREIGN ORDER OF 2 OR MORE CDR’s CAN BE ADDED FOR ONLY $5. Thus, 2 albums costs $20 postpaid, but 2 albums and a poetry chapbook would be $25.

I don’t like having to make these changes, but it seems the fairest way to work. I appreciate your support all these years (we’ll be going into our 13th (!!!) year of operation on March 1st 2018). If you have a better idea on how to handle this massive postage increase, please let me know.

I’ll add the price changes gradually to the announcements of all in-print chapbooks over the next few days, but the new prices are effective IMMEDIATELY. Again, most overseas orders are for multiple chapbooks (thanks for that!) presently, and your rates will not really change if you’re ordering 3 or 5 or 7 or whatever.

There will be a special poetry promotion/sale running for the month of February which will be announced soon.

Of course, Europeans and Canadians can get a copy of my recent 40+ page collection BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU (containing all the Summer 2016 poems composed in Louisiana) from your local Amazon website in your home country: Canada, Germany, France, UK, etc. It will be printed locally for you and will have only local postage. That’s by far the best way to go for your money–and you can also get the earlier collection DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI that way through Amazon too.

We have a lot of poetry-related things happening in 2018, so thanks for your support and stay tuned here for announcements….

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January 7, 2018

new from XTERIP (Robert Horton/Lisa Cameron/Raub Roy/Lee Ann Cameron), “The Frisbee Sessions” (KSE #394)

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XTERIP , “The Frisbee Sessions” (KSE #394)

$8 postpaid in the USA  (see below for ordering info and foreign pricing)

XTERIP is a quartet featuring

Robert Horton (Sky City, The Appliances, Plateau Ensemble, duo w/ Tom Carter, many many more since the late 70’s)

Raub Roy (Horaflora)

Lee Ann Cameron (Devil Bat, Sky City, long-time Texas acid-folk acoustic performer)

and Lisa Cameron, KSE “franchise player” and Austin-based percussionist, a major figure in Texas psychedelic/higher-key/noise/experimental music since the late 70’s, founding member of Brave Combo,  member of Roky Erickson’s Evil Hook Wildlife band (80’s), member of Jandek’s Austin 2012 band, member of Glass Eye, member of ST 37 for two decades, she’s played with a mind-blowing array of underground figures when they visit Austin (including members of Faust and the Source Family, and I’ll never forget her percussion duo with Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru!), her long-term Venison Whirled project (which explores the territory between and among amplified percussion and controlled feedback) has played experimental music venues across Texas and North America…this is her 8th KSE release (not counting her appearance on the KSE 11th Anniversary Album!)…we love Lisa and her work….

LISA XTERIP COVER SCAN

THE FRISBEE SESSIONS by XTERIP consists of four long pieces which capture the best elements of higher-key tribal-psych jamming while also reminding me of classic records as diverse as side one of La Monte Young’s “Theater of Eternal Music” Shandar LP, which I used to play over and over, and the Seventh Sons “Raga” album on ESP-Disk, featuring the young Buzzy Linhart. Each of the participants in XTERIP is a multi-instrumentalist, but also a person who can–and does– turn ANYTHING into a sound source, while the haunting vocals of Lee Ann Cameron swirl around and inside-and-out of the constantly moving sound sculptures in the deep-focus gallery which is this album (breaks were taken for frisbee playing between sets). I can hear this music fitting in well with the sounds of such higher-key improv-psych artists as Book of Shadows or Ya Ho Wa 13, in that there is a primal, spiritual base to the creation, but there is also a brutal industrial side….it’s all in the gumbo. THE FRISBEE SESSIONS will create a 50-minute sacred-fire-seared ceremonial space wherever you are, and who can’t love that! We are fortunate to have such an amazing quartet here, so please do yourself a favor and pick this release up ASAP!

bill and lisa

(pic: me with Lisa Cameron, KSE 5th Anniversary Concert, Austin, 2011)

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the USA (see below for ordering info, via paypal).

(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! The two albums for $20 deal makes each item only $10 each, and if you were to buy 4 for $36, they’d only be $8 each, THE SAME AS THE US COST! Anyone who is looking at this page and interested in contemporary forward-thinking music could surely find four albums you need to have! Many of our releases have been reviewed at Vital Weekly (not this one yet, obviously!), so you can check out the reviews there…or read the write-ups here on the blog.

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.

OTHER ALBUMS ALSO AVAILABLE:

KSE #390 (CDR), MATT KREFTING, “Microchips” 

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

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

KSE #377 (CDR) JOHN BELL (new for July 2017), ‘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” (new for July 2017), solo percussion from the San Antonio-based composer and multi-instrumentalist

KSE #375 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits Of The Possible” (new for July 2017)… 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 #363 (CDR) ALFRED 23 HARTH’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES

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

KSE #333 (CDR album), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Tunnels” solo 12-string acoustic mantra guitar

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

LISA XTERIP COVER SCAN

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