Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

July 30, 2021

Giuliano Gemma in CALIFORNIA (Italy, 1977), with William Berger and Raimund Harmstorf, directed by Michele Lupo

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July 28, 2021

Dave Pell plays Benny Goodman

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Jersey Bounce
Dave Pell


And The Angels Sing
Dave Pell –


Careless Love
Dave Pell


Sing, Sing, Sing
Dave Pell



Dave Pell



Dave Pell



Christopher Columbus
Dave Pell



Stompin’ At The Savoy
Dave Pell



Lonesome Road
Dave Pell



A Slick One (on the Mellow Side)
Dave Pell



Why Don’t You Do Right
Dave Pell



When The Saints Go Marchin’ In
Dave Pell


July 26, 2021

Joseph Cotten in THE HELLBENDERS (Italy, 1967)

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July 25, 2021

The Music of 1962 Woolworth’s

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July 23, 2021

KSE/Bill Shute website changing format as of 1 DEC 2021…

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Greetings from beautiful Vicksburg, Mississippi, where I’ll be for another two days until heading over to Opelousas, Louisiana for the rest of July. The time spent here has allowed me to take stock of a number of things and to clarify some changes I’ll be making in a number of areas over the next two to three years….as Mary Anne and I move toward retirement and the nature of my creative work continues to evolve.

the product of an earlier trip to Mississippi (2017)


The one change I’ll be discussing here today is the nature of this blog/website/whatever you call it. It began in July 2007 as a way of promoting KSE releases and my own poetry publications and readings, along with my other various writings. With the final KSE music releases in December 2018, the web presence continued on as a vehicle to promote my poetry publications (many of which continued to come out under the KSE imprint), champion the current activities of former KSE artists (musicians and poets and visual artists), mention what I had coming up in future issues of UGLY THINGS magazine, and as with all blogs, turn people on to things I found to be interesting and worth sharing.

With the COVID lockdown, Mary Anne and I found ourselves re-oriented, as pretty much everyone was, to online content in the arts and culture and entertainment—-instead of, say, driving up to Austin to catch Rosie Flores at the Continental Club Gallery, we started watching her Wednesday Happy Hour livestreams from her own home. We watched screenings of obscure films online (thanks to silent film archivists Ben Model/Steve Massa and to UCLA for the regular quality content there), we hungrily consumed art lectures from The Barnes in Philadelphia and the Meadows at SMU in Dallas, we watched plays presented via Zoom by New York’s Metropolitan Playhouse.

I wanted to do my part to provide people with something to enjoy from home during the lockdown, so for over a year now, I’ve been posting links to film and music—-for a while daily, but for the last six months or so, every other day—-and they have been quite well received and have brought in a number of new folks to the blog. The focus has been on entertainment, since that’s what we’ve all be needing—-so if you want an 80’s Filipino action-exploitation film, a 30’s indie B-western, a 40’s or 50s black-and-white crime programmer, a Prestige-label soul-jazz album, 1920’s dance-band 78’s, obscure private pressing LP’s of 60’s and 70’s bands, obscure Kasenetz-Katz 45 B-sides, KSE has been delivering them….and people have been enjoying them. However, as Covid restrictions are being lifted and people are going back out to restaurants and clubs and theaters and the like, it seems as though the lockdown entertainment’s time has passed. I’ve already got content loaded until the end of November for you, so let’s say the new focus here will start at the beginning of December 2021.

Presently, there are every-other-day posts of links to music and film, and though I will of course plug my poetry books and on occasion mention something else, the focus has not been on my own writings and commentaries for people to read online. In December, I’ll be switching to something like a weekly format, with a combination of new writings and reprints of older things that have appeared both in vintage print magazines and online on other platforms. For the dozens of you who have texted or e-mailed me and politely asked “when are you going back to your own writings instead of the You Tube links?”, the answer is….in December.

It will soon be the 40th Anniversary of my first issue of the INNER MYSTIQUE ‘zine, and I know some of you have been reader-friends since then (you know who you are!). Thanks for staying with me through the years. Stay tuned….

circa 1986-87

Mark, “Good ‘n’ Plenty” (Super K single #SK 103)

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I recently reviewed the massive 6-cd box CELEBRATION: THE COMPLETE TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS ROULETTE RECORDINGS (on Grapefruit UK….if you are so inclined and don’t have this material, it’s highly recommended) and commented on how Tommy James had a superb ear for surrounding himself with the right collaborators in terms of production and songwriting (James was excellent himself at both but valued the input of others, which shows how he was not insecure, just interested in creating the best possible records). Two names seen often on TJ’s mid-to-late 60s records are BO GENTRY and RICHIE CORDELL, both involved with this Kasenetz-Katz bubble-punk gem from 1969, featuring 1910 Fruitgum Company vocalist Mark Gutkowski.

July 22, 2021

EVERYWHERE CHAINSAW SOUND (1982 French 60’s garage-beat compilation LP)

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A1 Lincoln St. Exit– The Bummer

A2 The Spiders– Baby Doll

A3 The K-otics– I’m Leaving Here

A4 The Scepters– Little Girls Were Made To Love

A5 The Scepters– Love You Baby All The Time

A6 The Reverbs (4)– Lie In The Shade Of The Sun

A7 Strangers– Tell Me
A8 Ken & The Fourth Dimension– See If I Care

A9 The Guilloteens– Hey You

B1 Fe-Fi-Four Plus 2– Pick Up Your Head

B2 Unchained Mynds– Hole In My Shoe

B3 Kan Dells– Cry Girl
B4 The Spokesmen– Mary Jane
B5 The Original Dukes– Ain’t About To Lose My Cool
B6 Heros– I Can Only Give You Everything

B7 The Monacles– I Can’t Win

B8 The Music Explosion– Stay By My Side

B9 Electric Prunes– You Never Had It Better

EVERYWHERE CHAINSAW SOUND, which I acquired soon after it came out, was a French compilation LP of raw 60’s garage-beat singles with a wonderful spray-painted stencil cover–the same people later put out a second compilation called EVERYWHERE INTERFERENCES, the cover of which I repurposed for the promotional poster of my late 1980’s radio show INNER MYSTIQUE RADIO, which I recorded in Virginia for broadcast on CFMU-FM, Hamilton, Ontario. In 1982, when this was released, it was an extremely potent brew…and it still is today. We know a lot more about the bands of this now than we did then (I did not know, for instance, the “Baby Doll” by the Spiders was Link Wray-related in 1982), but you don’t have to know a thing about any of these bands to appreciate the transcendent 60’s beat-punk-garage glory featured here. Enjoy.

July 14, 2021

Summer 2021 Writing Vacation in Mississippi/Louisiana

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I’ll be heading out soon for a two-week poetry writing vacation, split between two beautiful and historic areas with atmosphere a-plenty. The first week will be spent in downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi, just a block and a half from the Yazoo River

Where the Yazoo River feeds into the Mississippi River in Vicksburg

and the second half will be spent in Opelousas, Louisiana, at Evangeline Downs racetrack.

I’m working on a new book-length poetic project, using Robert Lowell’s NOTEBOOK poems and the minimalist poems of Frank Samperi as my starting points, but also with the influence of long-form music constructions from Jurg Frey and John Cage.

Of course, how the end product winds up is anyone’s guess….new avenues and forms will open up, new connections will be made, and I hope to have the finished product ready by early 2022. The tentative title is NEUTRAL.

Until then, you can get a copy of my most recent poetry book, TWO SELF PORTRAITS (AFTER MURILLO),  for only $7.95 here:

There will continue to be regular new content here at the KSE blog every few days (which was loaded in the Spring) throughout July and into Summer/Fall, so keep checking back for interesting film and music offerings. Otherwise, see you back in-person in August…when I return to San Antonio, and it’s back to the salt mine…

And there’s also this collection of 2005-2017 poems coming out in Germany later this year:

July 13, 2021

Immediate Records promo film (circa 1966, UK, Peter Whitehead)

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Immediate Records (1965-1970) will always be for me THE label of Swinging London in the mid-to-late 1960s. Andrew Loog Oldham, fired up by his success with The Rolling Stones and viewing himself as the next Phil Spector and/or Berry Gordy, spared no expense to achieve his unique vision, and thankfully the label left a good-sized body of work for us to savor today. Immediate also licensed in releases that reflected Oldham’s tastes, and of course, Oldham was involved with brilliant recordings that did NOT come out on Immediate but were Immediate Records in every other way (Del Shannon’s sublime 1967 Oldham-produced sessions), so the Immediate legacy is more than the material recorded in England for the UK Immediate label. And of course, we can’t forget the label’s co-founder Tony Calder, producer-arranger Arthur Greenslade, and the many others who played their parts in this fascinating mosaic of sound and image.

If you’re unfamiliar with the “Immediate Sound”, try this track by Chris Farlowe, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”

One of the first singles I ever bought was the US Immediate 45, with its striking purple label, of the Small Faces “Itchycoo Park/I’m Only Dreaming,” and I’ve picked up any and all Immediate releases ever since. The label only lasted for five years, and went down in flames, but Mr. Oldham did actually achieve what he’d seen in his mind’s eye and heard in his mind’s ear. I just discovered this promo film, celebrating the label’s first anniversary, by legendary filmmaker Peter Whitehead, and it totally nails the FEEL of Immediate. Even if you’ve never heard any Immediate releases, you’ll get what the label was about in this short film. Enjoy.

July 12, 2021

Bill Black’s Combo, ‘Basic Black’ (1969 LP)

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BILL BLACK’S COMBO are most associated with HI RECORDS, doing over a dozen albums for the Memphis label until they moved to Columbia for three albums in 1969-1970. Strangely, the Columbia albums are not as well known as the earlier Hi albums, which were churned out regularly. Perhaps the band was better served as big fish in the little pond at Hi, than as little fish in the big pond of Columbia. The band moved on to the Nashville-based MEGA label and eventually moved back to HI, though the mid-70’s band had little in common with the instantly recognizable 60’s band with their “untouchable” chunka-chunka sound. However, the Columbia material, which is not that well known, still has the unique Black sound, although perhaps one foot is being tested in the easy listening sound. Or course, BILL BLACK himself had stopped touring and even playing on the records that bear his name even before his premature and tragic passing in 1965, but The Bill Black Combo was a brand, and until about 72-73, the brand was recognizable.

Put this on while you are doing something….and perhaps you’ll do it with more enthusiasm and propelled by the beat.

Everybody’s Out Of Town 2:16
Free And Funky 2:25
Let It Be 3:57
A Black Experience 2:29
Lay Lady Lay 3:33
Put Out My Fire 2:23
Keep The Customer Satisfied 2:36
Rainy Night In Georgia 3:33
Here Comes That Old Feeling Again 3:06
Venus 2:48
I’m So Glad 3:11


July 10, 2021

Johnny Mack Brown in VALLEY OF THE LAWLESS (1936)

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directed by the great Robert N. Bradbury (father of Bob Steele)

July 8, 2021

Troy Donahue in COME SPY WITH ME (1967)

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part one


part two


part three


July 6, 2021

LINK WRAY, September 1974 KSAN-FM Broadcast

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Set List:1.- I Got to Ramble, 2.- Backwoods Preacher Man,3.- Unchain My Heart,4.- You Walk By, 5.- Jack The Riper, 6.- Rumble, 7.- It Was A Bad Scene, 8.- Good Time Joe, 9.- Walkin’ Bulldog, 10.- She’s That Kind Of Woman

July 4, 2021

Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra, ‘Let’s Go Bowling’ (1964 LP, comp of 1959-64 tracks)

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A1 Let’s Go Bowling
A2 Gemma
A3 Savoy Blues
A4 Holiday For Bells
A5 Someone
A6 Imbote
A7 Holiday In Scotland
B1 Toy Parade
B2 The Bass Walks
B3 For Nothing
B4 Sunday In Madrid
B5 Love After Midnight
B6 To Know Him Is To Love Him
B7 Danke Schön

July 2, 2021

Dan Duryea and Rod Cameron in THE BOUNTY KILLER (1965)

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