Kendra Steiner Editions

June 20, 2011

Alfred 23 Harth/ sOo-jung Kae/ Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy” (KSE #200, 3-inch CDR), now available!

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RED CANOPY (KSE #200, 3-inch CDR)

Alfred 23 Harth—-reeds, taepyeongso, guitar

sOo-jung Kae—-piano

Chang U Choi—-bass

We’re proud to present a new SECOND release from the legendary German free-music pioneer ALFRED 23 HARTH, “RED CANOPY,” a trio recording featuring Korean musicians sOo-jung Kae on piano and Chang U Choi on bass. While Harth’s earlier cdr for KSE, “micro-saxo-phone.edition III” (KSE #175) was a blistering exploration of extended techniques on various reed instruments, often electronically altered, RED CANOPY is a beautiful and stimulating trio set that’s almost like a post-modern extension of the chamber-jazz-trio aesthetic best exemplified by the Jimmy Guiffre/Paul Bley trio. Harth’s acerbic tone and lyrical yet free passages dart in and out, while Ms. Kae’s rich yet sparse playing actually does have echoes of Bley here and there, but rooted in 20th Century avant ideas. Mr. Choi’s bass playing, bringing out the wood of the instrument, is polyrhythmic and harmonically daring, making him the perfect foil for the other two players. And just when you think you have this figured out from my write-up…you look at the credits and notice that THE PARTS WERE ALL RECORDED SEPARATELY AND INDEPENDENT OF ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE OTHER PARTS and layered on top of each other. Alfred Harth’s huge catalogue of recordings has an incredible diversity (I’ve been listening to his music since getting a copy of CANADIAN CUP OF COFFEE as a high school student in 1974), but there is really nothing else like this.

A limited edition of 123 copies (55 of which we’ve already moved), RED CANOPY can be had for $5 postpaid ANYWHERE, payable via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com. Early response to this release has been fantastic, many listeners saying that they program the disc (17:37 in length) on “repeat’ and spend an hour or two with it. KSE thanks Mr. Harth, Ms. Kae, and Mr. Choi for the opportunity to release such a pure and original work from such internationally-regarded artists on our micro-label from San Antonio, Texas.

Copies of Harth’s earlier KSE disc are almost gone. Don’t miss out on this one. Order now via paypal. Please include a note w/ yr paypal payment telling me which release(s) you are purchasing. And while you are at it, why not sample some of our other forward-thinking poetry and music releases:

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #193, Michael Casey, “The Wall Board Knife.”

KSE #187, Bill Shute, “Surrounded by the Moment.” Sound Library Series, Volume 60.

KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

KSE #180, Bill Shute, “Autumn.” Sound Library Series, Volume 59.

KSE #174,  Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”

KSE #173,  Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.” Sound Library Series, Volume 58.

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #198 (3-inch cdr), MATAMOROS (Derek Rogers & Lee Dockery), “Five-Toned Rows.”

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”

KSE #185 (3-inch CDR), Belltonesuicide, “non-conformist.”

KSE #186 (3-inch CDR), Parashi, “Zone of Alienation.”

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments…Collapsing.”

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

KSE #171 (CDR), Bill Shute, “San Antonio Sky Songs.”  40+ minute spoken-word poetry CDR of material from 2006-2009

payment via paypal to    django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   (note: to speed up your order, please send a note along with paypal payment listing numbers/titles of items ordered…thanks!)

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and of micro-presses and micro-labels everywhere.

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July 9, 2013

Lisa Cameron’s CANOPY OF SOUND

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CANOPY OF SOUND

Opening event of the 2013 NMASS Festival, hosted by the Church of the Friendly Ghost

Wednesday 12 June 2013, beginning at 7:30 pm

Created and curated by LISA CAMERON and featuring a percussion ensemble of 12 musicians: Miranda Clark, Rebecca Ramirez, Eva Kelly, Lisa Cameron, Josh Ronsen, Amanda Jones, Alex Keller, Aaron Russell, Anne Heller, Matt Armistead, Bradford Kinney, Sheila Scoville, and Daniel Hipolito.

canopy 1

It began around 7:30 pm on a hot humid Wednesday night, behind the ball fields near the YMCA at Lamar and Cesar Chavez in Austin…in a tunnel under a foot-bridge…12 percussionists, each with a cymbal and a different kind of drumstick/mallet…each about five feet apart, staggered on opposite sides of the walkway, with foot traffic coming through

The first percussionist, organizer Lisa Cameron, began a pulse on her cymbal…a minute or so later, the next musician began, then another minute later, the next musician began, etc.   After a period when all performed together, they began dropping out of the mix in the same manner in which they’d blended into it, picking up their cymbal, and moving to another location a few minutes’ walk away to begin again. Different musicians playing different beats on different cymbals with different sticks/mallets…all coming together in the middle of an Austin weeknight, right in the middle of joggers and people walking to wherever they were heading.

canopy 2

(Lisa Cameron)

They eventually played in five areas, and the “audience” was not really a passive audience as we were encouraged to move among the musicians and do our own “mix” by focusing on different combinations of players…or stepping back a bit and capturing the full polyrhythmic effect and getting the “big picture” sound. It was whatever you wanted it to be.

It struck me as celebratory and ceremonial, even tribal, as well as being a true “happening,” the kind we don’t see enough of anymore. But then Lisa Cameron’s music often has a ceremonial quality, a deeply spiritual quality.

canopy 3(Daniel Hipolito)

We discussed the event a few days after it happened, while it was still fresh in both of our minds (not that it’s faded much over the weeks since…it was a combination of the heat and the water nearby and the physicality of the players and the concrete and the gravel and the waves of sound, a combination of sense impressions I won’t soon forget). Lisa explained that she saw it as a “sound sculpture with dynamic components,” a living sculpture, and one also in dialogue with the environment. Also, in the “lift the bandstand” tradition but mixed with spiritual practice, there’s no question that the musicians and the audience, all united, made these sacred spaces during the 2+ hour performance.

canopy 4(Eva Kelly, center, and Josh Ronsen, right)

The image Lisa had in her mind when she conceived of this event, and while it was happening, was rushing water, waves of rushing water. Those waves washed over us all, performer and non-performer alike, and cleansed us…and in the third set-up at the Opossum Voodoo Pew, which was actually performed right next to the water (see final picture),  we were being bombarded by 80’s power ballads booming across the water from some yuppie restaurant/club on the other side of the lake. Somehow playing against those evil waves coming across the water gave a “casting out demons” intensity to the performance…at least, to me it did!

Overall, it was a special evening…thanks to Lisa for organizing this, COTFG for hosting, and the dozen of Austin’s finest creative musicians  for all becoming part of this beautiful living sound and human sculpture…CANOPY OF SOUND

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January 22, 2012

new ALFRED 23 HARTH / CARL STONE album, “GIFT FIG” (KSE #207), available now!

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ALFRED  HARTH  &  CARL  STONE

“GIFT   FIG”

KSE #207,       full-length CDR,     $8.00 (US) postpaid/$10 outside US postpaid

released 15 January 2012

payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com…please leave a note w/ your order indicating which item you are ordering…

Carl  Stone   and   Alfred  23  Harth

The German multi-instrumentalist free-improv, free-jazz master ALFRED 23 HARTH meets American electronic music pioneer CARL STONE live in Japan and Germany on this new album from Kendra Steiner Editions, “GIFT FIG” (KSE #207). Any album from either gentleman is always 1) an event and 2) totally different from the last album and from anything anyone else is doing. That’s what happening here in a series of almost telepathic live duos. It’s fitting that the title, GIFT FIG, is a palindrome because both Harth and Stone merge into one another and it’s hard to tell where one’s work begins and the other ends. Harth and Stone both echo the other,  tease the other, finish the other’s lines, proceed along parallel paths like two teenagers drag racing on the outskirts of town and eventually heading toward each other in a game of chicken, but escaping danger in the final moment,  causing our hearts to race. Harth was one of the first of musicians emerging from the late 60’s free-jazz/free-improv scene to embrace electronics, and Stone has been at the forefront of using electronics in a live setting for decades,  improvising with the ease and flow of a Sam Rivers and the freshness and inside-out investigations of a Derek Bailey…in addition to being an important American electronic composer. Harth continues his work with extended techniques on the reed instruments, explored thoroughly in his first KSE release, Micro-Saxo-Phone. Edition III (KSE #175), and with Stone’s seemingly infinite inventory of sounds and his mirroring of Harth’s lines in chopped-and-channeled form, you may feel you are listening to a musical version of the shootout in the house of mirrors at the climax of Orson Welles’ film The Lady From Shanghai. For me, this is as significant and timeless an album as The Music Improvisation Company or Conference of the Birds.

Thanks for Mr. Harth and Mr. Stone for allowing KSE to release this exciting and totally original album. Only 133 copies, hand-assembled and hand-numbered, on a professionally replicated disc for superb sound. $8.00 postpaid anywhere—-we want this music to be heard everywhere so we keep expenses low and prices cheap.

Visit Mr. Harth online at http://alfredharth.blogspot.com/

Visit Mr. Stone online at http://www.sukothai.com/

And don’t forget to try some of KSE’s other releases of contemporary experimental music on CDR, all limited hand-numbered, hand-assembled limited editions (usually under 100 copies), and find out why Kendra Steiner Editions was listed as one of the ‘Best Labels of 2011’ at Foxy Digitalis:

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd.)

KSE # 214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL, “Bottlecaps”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”

KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments….Collapsing.”

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

note: we have released the final cdr in the 3″ format (ST 37) and will allow these to sell out and go out of print as we enter 2012; they will not be re-pressed ever, so get the ones you want NOW…

KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P” 

KSE #203,  R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”

KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204, XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B.”

KSE #198 ( 3-inch CDR), MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”

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January 1, 2011

Alfred 23 Harth, “micro-saxo-phone.edition III” available now!

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ALFRED  23  HARTH

“micro-saxo-phone. edition III”  cdr

released 1 January 2011 by Kendra Steiner Editions,  KSE #175

recorded at LaubhuetteStudio, Moonsum, South Korea, 2010

total running time: 74:11 (17 tracks)

$7.00 (US) ppd. anywhere

paypal funds to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    In his new album MICRO-SAXO-PHONE. EDITION III, German free-music multi-stylist ALFRED 23 HARTH  has extended the vocabulary of the solo saxophone deep into the 21st century, creating a jagged, self-reflexive, multi-layered work that will stop listeners in their tracks.

   In jazz circles, the vocabulary of the solo saxophone is often traced back to Coleman Hawkins’ mid-40s recordings “Hawk’s Variations” and “Picasso.” In the late 60’s and early 70’s musicians as diverse as Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, and Sonny Rollins began re-investigating the possibilities 0f solo saxophone performance, opening the door for musicians ever since. Saxophonist ALFRED 23 HARTH is a man who has been on the cutting edge of the free-music world since his emergence onto the scene in the late 1960’s Germany, and his new album “micro-saxo-phone. edition III”  provides him a vehicle to use ALL aspects of his instrument, close-miking the keys and the reed, bowing the body, as well as using his virtuoso technique in passages that run the gamut from the lyricism of a Ben Webster to the highest chirps and the lowest rumbles, from clipped bursts to melting smears. In addition, he is multi-tracking new recordings, playing against older recordings of himself from the 70’s, weaving in strains of musique concrete and strands of spoken word into sound collages, and then using a Kaoss Pad to add further layers and to slice-and-dice the rest. “micro-saxo-phone.edition III”  is a truly unique work, one recorded especially for KSE by Mr. Harth just a few months ago.

   With beautiful cover art by Bill Major and liner notes from A23H himself, explaining the “micro-saxo-phone” concept and the sessions, this is an essential release and only SEVEN DOLLARS postpaid. It is limited to 123 numbered copies. Don’t miss out…order NOW. $7 US via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot) com. Critics/reviewers with any questions or who would like a review copy should get in touch. Wholesale/dealer enquiries are also welcome.

   Alfred 23 Harth, in a career spanning five separate decades, has played with many of the greats of the free-music, free-improv world, including Sven-Ake Johansson, Paul Bley, Sonny Sharrock, Henry Grimes, George Lewis, Nicole van den Plas, Peter Brotzmann, David Murray, Paul Lovens, Peter Kowald, and too many others to mention. 

   Thanks to Mr. Harth for allowing this South Texas small-press and micro-label to release such an important work. Kendra Steiner Editions has been issuing poetry chapbooks since 2006 and began issuing experimental music on CDR in 2010. 

    KSE is also happy to say that we will be issuing a 3″ mini-cd in May entitled RED CANOPY,  including Mr. Harth and Korean musicians Chang U Choi and Soojung Kae. That will be a fascinating and unique creation, something that truly redefines the term “trio” and brings it into the 21st Century. Stay tuned for details.

   Much information can be found at A23H’s website, http://alfredharth.blogspot.com/ , where you can find links to excellent, in-depth interviews with Harth by Massimo Ricci and Clifford Allen.

   In the US, Squidco stocks a number of Harth’s lesser-known recent works, including “micro-saxo-phone. edition II,” and you can find that here: http://www.squidco.com/miva/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=9794

February 26, 2012

new pricing at KSE…also, last call for 3″ CDR’s…

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Well, I knew this day  had to come, but due to a significant rise in postage costs, along with the regular bite of paypal fees and a rise in paper and ink and disc costs, KSE has raised the price on all full-sized CDR’s to $8.00 US as of today, and that’s including postage anywhere. Still a great bargain! That includes all back catalog CDR’s, not just new items.

Also, we retired the 3″ mini-cdr format in the Fall with the ST 37 release, but now we are deleting all remaining 3″ cdr’s (except for Alfred 23 Harth’s “Red Canopy”) as of March 15th. If you make and pay for your order before 11:59 PM on March 15,  we’ll honor your order. The  cost for the mini-cdr’s is $5 each, postpaid anywhere. The following are available, although some are down to a few copies:

3-inch CDR’s, last call until 3/15/2012 ($5 each postpaid)

KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P” 

KSE #203,  R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”

KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204, XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B.”

KSE #198 , MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #191, Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 , Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

KSE #194, Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”

send payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com and include a note stating which discs you want.

 

KSE #210, HEATHER LEIGH, “Empire”

 

 

advance copies will have low numbers and different paper and ink used for the cover…

January 22, 2012

new MICHAEL CASEY poetry chapbook now available, “THE WALL BOARD KNIFE” (KSE # 193)

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MICHAEL CASEY

“THE WALL BOARD KNIFE” (KSE #193)

poetry chapbook, $5.00 ppd. anywhere

MICHAEL CASEY burst open the American poetry world in 1972 with his book OBSCENITIES, a powerful collection of Vietnam War poetry that resonated with readers so much that it sold widely (an estimated 50,000+ copies!), was widely discussed, and is still used in classrooms today. Although Mr. Casey is fluent in modern and post-modern poetics, his work is also rooted in a classic American tradition going back to  Edgar Lee Masters’  Spoon River Anthology and the works of William Saroyan, literature that is rooted in the voices of average people, capturing the rhythm of their thoughts and the sequence of their logic, and their self-justifications, and their self-deception. Even readers who don’t usually “like” poetry,  once they start hearing the voices on the page, realize that Casey has a deep understanding of and a deep sympathy/empathy for humanity at our most unheroic and and our most petty. In an age when it seems easy to engage in us/them thinking and to want to feel superior to some group out there,  Casey’s work always brings us back to an understanding  of what it’s like to walk in another’s shoes, even when they are shoes we might not want to walk in. His work also has a strong humorous element as we laugh at our own flaws and hang-ups.

A number of Casey’s books deal with workplace issues and are set in the workplace: the mill, the office, the military base, etc. Casey was also included in the prestigious WORKING WORDS anthology published by Coffee House Press.

Since we spend at least 1/3 of our lives on the job, I’ve often wondered why more writers do not set their works in the supermarkets, insurance offices, telemarketing boiler-rooms, and car dealerships of America. Maybe more writers are familiar with the MFA program than with the work world; maybe those who have such experience want to get away from it when off the job? Whatever the reason, Casey’s own decades of work experience is transmuted into literary gold in the pages of works such as MILLRAT and his new chapbook from Kendra Steiner Editions,  THE WALL BOARD KNIFE (KSE #193). Continuing in the vein of Casey’s earlier chapbook for KSE  THE BOPPER  (KSE #54, from 2007, out of print), The Wall Board Knife puts the reader directly into the tedium, the office politics, the day-after-day continuing adventures of the people we work beside every day but would never want to have a beer with after work, which is of course exactly what they are saying about us behind our backs.

I had the privilege of reading with Michael Casey at Flying Object Books in western Massachusetts in May 2011, and I saw how wonderfully Casey’s work communicates with an audience.  He read the entire Wall Board Knife chapbook “in character,” and the audience hung on every word and laughed multiple times per poem. I’m sure not everyone was familiar with Casey’s work prior to the reading (although Flying Object is a quite hip and literate place, so many probably were aware of him!), but they could feel that here is a writer who understands people, a writer who can capture characters’ voices and self-rationalizations, a writer whose works are constructed from pieces of real-world experience. That’s truly a rare commodity. Michael Casey has it, and it’s on display at its best in his new KSE chapbook, The Wall Board Knife. $5.00 postpaid anywhere! Get yours today…limited, hand-numbered edition of 88 copies. Send $5 payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com and include a brief note w/ the paypal order telling me which item you are ordering.

And while you are ordering THE WALL BOARD KNIFE, why not grab some of our other poetry and music releases?

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #212 ADRIAN MANNING, “These Hands of Mine”

KSE #197, A.J. KAUFMANN,  “Love Lions of Paris” 

KSE #195,  REPRINT OF KSE #35, BRAD KOHLER/BILL SHUTE, “Exacta Box.” 

KSE #215, Bill Shute, “Outfake,” Sound Library Series, Volume 66.

KSE #174,  Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”

KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE # 214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL, “Bottlecaps”

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”

KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments….Collapsing.”

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

note: we have released the final cdr in the 3″ format (ST 37) and will allow these to sell out and go out of print as we enter 2012; they will not be re-pressed ever, so get the ones you want NOW…

KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P” 

KSE #203,  R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”

KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204, XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B.”

KSE #198 ( 3-inch CDR), MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”

JOE  ELLIOT,   BILL  SHUTE,   MICHAEL  CASEY   reading at  Flying Object Books in Hadley, Massachusetts,  May 2011

As always, KSE thanks you for your support of independent artists, writers, and musicians, those who bypass the established and hypocritical “alternative”  publishing and distribution channels. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!

January 5, 2012

new SABRINA SIEGEL album “BOTTLECAPS” (KSE #214), now available

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SABRINA  SIEGEL

“BOTTLECAPS”  (KSE #214)

full-length CDR, $7.00 ppd. anywhere

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

Proud to announce a new full-length album from Oregon-based multi-disciplinary artist SABRINA SIEGEL, “BOTTLECAPS” (KSE #214),  a suite of 7 improvisations for bass guitar and bottlecaps.  Siegel’s work here releases the musicality inherent in manufactured things divorced from their intended use—-in this case bottlecaps manipulated around a polished cement floor—-and juxtaposing that sound-experience with non-traditional playing on a traditional musical instrument, in this case an electric bass guitar. The result is a series of riveting soundscapes that blur their origins…are we listening to wind blowing through an abandoned shack in the desert and rattling pieces of the tin roof, are we listening to an electronic composition, are we listening to a bass and percussion duo? In the end, it does not matter. BOTTLECAPS still sounds fresh and spontaneous no matter how many times you play it; as you attempt to focus on it, it shape-shifts; and it’s an album that captures a strong physicality in the sound creation. It’s also a speaker-shredding experience that will test the low-end of whatever sound system you’re using. This is NOT meant to be heard on ear-buds! It’s an album that will interest everyone from fans of Jandek’s electric bass albums to those who enjoy experiencing site-specific sound happenings.  It’s an album for those who actively listen to the environments in which they live and become one with them. It’s certainly not like anything else you’ve heard, and it’s an exciting addition to the KSE catalog.

About this piece,  Ms. Siegel comments, “More than executing notes or rhythms or melody, a song or a piece of music to me is a field for being–for direct living, feeling, breathing, and expressing in the moment; for sinking deeply, or flying highly into self/Self; or just maintaining our balance–which may reveal a simple beauty or truth. And like life, one rides the waves of grace and the precarious–in this existence, the better we watch and listen, the easier and more potent our flight. ”         What else needs to be said?

Limited, hand-numbered edition of 93 copies, available for only $7 ppd. anywhere. Payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com…please leave a note at Paypal w/ your order indicating which cdr you are ordering.

And why not also get some of our other CDR’s of experimental music at super-low prices, also postpaid anywhere:

full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”

KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments….Collapsing.”

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

note: we have released the final cdr in the 3″ format (ST 37) and will allow these to sell out and go out of print as we enter 2012; they will not be re-pressed ever, so get the ones you want NOW…

KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P” 

KSE #203,  R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”

KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204, XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B.”

KSE #198 ( 3-inch CDR), MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”

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Sabrina has over a dozen diverse albums available, many of which can be purchased here (either downloads or physical cdr’s):  http://www.cdbaby.com/Search/c2FicmluYSBzaWVnZWw%3d/2

You can explore many aspects of Sabrina Siegel’s creative work by following the links found here:     http://sabrinasiegel.com

December 26, 2011

new A. J. KAUFMANN poetry chapbook available, “LOVE LIONS OF PARIS” (KSE #197)

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A. J.  KAUFMANN

“LOVE LIONS OF PARIS”  (KSE #197)

poetry chapbook, $5.00 ppd. anywhere

LOVE LIONS OF PARIS (KSE #197) is the 13th poetry chapbook that Poznan, Poland-based poet/musician/songwriter A. J. Kaufmann  has done for Kendra Steiner Editions.

That is because Kaufmann perfectly exemplifies the KSE aesthetic: he is rooted in Beat poetry and psychedelia, he knows the important avant-garde traditions of the last 150 years, he reflects the particulars of his culture/region (and also such important areas for him such as Berlin and Paris), and he takes those elements and creates 100% original work from them, work that apes no one else’s work and that has a form and a feel all his own. Yes, his work can be surreal; it can have the post-Rimbaud rock’n’roll decadence of a Leonard Cohen or a Syd Barrett or a Jim Morrison; it can have a psychedelic spiritual exuberance in the tradition of Roky Erickson/Tommy Hall or of Sky Sunlight Saxon. But it’s always 100 % A. J. Kaufmann.  Having worked with the man on three collaborative chapbooks, and a fourth chapbook that was a joint work but one where we both worked from similar prompts,  I can testify to his amazing imagination, his devotion to craft, and his dedicated work ethic, even while living a lifestyle that would kill or sideline a lesser man.

A. J. has been working primarily on his music for the last 18 months, finishing one album and now working on a second, but we are fortunate that he took time out from his recording/songwriting work to produce the poems in LOVE LIONS OF PARIS. A. J. is a European Citizen of the World, and to such a man Paris and Berlin have a magical presence, perhaps the way cities such as New York or New Orleans or San Francisco or Memphis might to an American such as myself, and Kaufmann has spent extended periods in each city, living the poet’s life, with guitar and notebook in hand. Those cities continue to live on in him, even though he is back in his native Poland, and they animate and inhabit LOVE LIONS OF PARIS. Kaufmann himself explains the genesis of this work:

“Love Lions” was written in Paris especially for KSE and it’s got a strong music connection. One summer evening I was sitting and smoking in a cheap hotel room, thinking about glam rock, space-age poets and lost loves, listening to Marc Bolan and Tyrannosaurus Rex, sketching dragons in my notebook… an hour or two later I realized I’ve sketched something more reminiscent of a lion and I wrote down the line “I kiss / Drifting love lions / With a golden smile” which later, upon my return to Poznan, became the first line of the title poem. Most of the other poems were composed while humming imaginary words with a grungy guitar accompaniment, but the melodies have since been lost as we had no recording equipment, not even a laptop, in my room. Some of my friends think I used cut-up techniques to develop these poems or “lyrics”, but truth is I definitely stopped doing cut-ups last year. “Love Lions” is, in my opinion, a glam-rock version of “Siva in Rags”, with dusty beauty gone all shiny and chromed, with once dried blood now boiling to the sound of “All the Young Dudes”.

As always, it’s an exciting and fresh and dazzling poetic trip from one of the few 100% original voices on the scene today.

$5.00 ppd. anywhere…

Previous KSE chapbooks by A. J.  Kaufmann (all out of print…although the three collaborative works with Bill Shute will be collected in book form in 2012/2013):

KSE #102, A. J. Kaufmann, “Siva In Rags.”

KSE #106, A. J. Kaufmann, “East-West Train.” Sound Library Series, Volume 36.

KSE #111, A. J. Kaufmann, “Poznan City Gospel.”

KSE #113, A. J. Kaufmann & Bill Shute, “Beyond the Blue Rocks: Meditations on the Tibetan Book of the Dead.”

KSE #119, A. J. Kaufmann, “Satori in Berlin (X-Berg Songs).” Issued December 2008.

KSE #139, A. J. Kaufmann, “Antiquewhite Rain.” Sound Library Series, Volume 45. Issued early July 2009.

KSE #143, A. J. Kaufmann, “Symbolisme Psychédélique.” Sound Library Series, Volume 47. In memory of Sky Sunlight Saxon

KSE #145,  A. J. Kaufmann & Bill Shute, “Blues for Duffy Power.” Issued 20 September 2009.

KSE #149,  A. J. Kaufmann, “Via Alighieri.” Cinema Poetry Series, Volume 3. Issued 15 November 2009.

KSE #151,  A.J. Kaufmann & Bill Shute, “Twombly’s Siracusa.” Issued 1 December 2009.

KSE #154,  A.J. Kaufmann, “Vagabond Vacancy.” Issued 5 January 2010.

KSE #159, A.J. Kaufmann & Bill Shute, “78 Horizons.” Sound Library Series, Volume 52. Issued 15 January 2010. (note: this is a joint publication, like the Next Exit volumes, but NOT a Kaufmann-Shute “collaboration”. )

KSE #166, A.J. Kaufmann, “Amazon, The Fame of God.” Cinema Poetry Series, Volume 4. Issued late June/early July 2010.

visit Mr. Kaufmann at     http://foolmoonpiano.blogspot.com

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and why not pick up some other KSE poetry chapbooks and experimental music CDR’s while you are at it? All available cheap and postpaid!

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #212 ADRIAN MANNING, “These Hands of Mine”

KSE #193, MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife”

KSE #180, Bill Shute, “Autumn.” Sound Library Series, Volume 59.

KSE #174,  Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”

KSE #173,  Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.” Sound Library Series, Volume 58.

KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

note: we have released the final cdr in the 3″ format (ST 37) and will allow these to sell out and go out of print as we enter 2012; they will not be re-pressed ever, so get the ones you want NOW…

KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P” 

KSE #203,  R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”

KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204, XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B.”

KSE #198 ( 3-inch CDR), MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”

KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”

KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio”

KSE #213 (CDR), Bill Shute, “Junk Sculpture from the New Gilded Age.” (2nd spoken-word poetry album)

KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments….Collapsing.”

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

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

December 20, 2011

ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio” (KSE #206, cdr), 32 experimental solo bajo sexto explorations, now available!

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UPDATE: Ernesto will be performing at the Kendra Steiner Editions 6th Anniversary Concert on April 29, 2012 in Austin, TX, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. He’ll be performing solo on the bajo sexto (in the manner of the EMILIO cd) and also in trio with bassist Lee Dockery and percussionist Lisa Cameron. Don’t miss it. Presented by the Church of the Friendly Ghost and Kendra Steiner Editions!

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ERNESTO  DIAZ-INFANTE

“Emilio”

KSE #206, full-length CDR

32 tracks of solo bajo sexto explorations

$7.oo postpaid anywhere, via paypal to  django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

San Francisco-based composer/improviser/multi-instrumentalist ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE has produced a  stunning piece of work with his new KSE album “EMILIO.”  The Bajo Sexto is an important musical instrument in Mexican and Mexican-American culture, a rich 12-stringed instrument one sees/hears all the time here in San Antonio and also in California, associated with norteño music in Mexico and conjunto music in the US.

With EMILIO, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, who knows the instrument inside out, has recorded a series of 32 unaccompanied experimental solo performances on the Bajo Sexto, each totally different from the others, essentially taking his Chicano roots into the stratosphere of a 21st century post-modern Aztlán—-beautifully close-recorded, so it sounds as if you are INSIDE the instrument. Ernesto is especially interested in the percussive possibilities of his instrument, and one hears echoes of gamelan, tibetan bells, Cage’s prepared piano pieces, hailstorms on metal roofing, Native American drumming, and much much more, all created with no studio trickery on the solo Bajo Sexto. If you have ever been excited by the guitar work, particularly the solo guitar work, of Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Hans Reichel, Jean-Francois Pauvros, Loren Connors, John Fahey, etc., then you’ll surely become equally excited by this incredible collection. Initially this was going to be a mini-cd with about 20 minutes of music and 15 pieces, but when Ernesto sent me an early version of that, I immediately told him that the project was too important for the limited mini-cd format that a lot of people cannot play on their equipment…and that he needed to record even more material. He did, and now you can hear the full 32-track EMILIO, for me one of the most important albums of the year in the experimental solo-performance field.

Mr. Diaz-Infante is also a composer, arts program curator, and head of the forward-thinking Pax label, which offers a number of experimental and free-improv discs worth owning…you can read more about them here:

http://www.paxrecordings.com/ernesto/SelectedDiscography.html

EMILIO is a pioneering set that takes the Bajo Sexto into previously uncharted territory and rates alongside (IMHO) the classic albums of forward-thinking solo guitar improvisation. With Ernesto’s skill as a composer, each piece creates a different and fascinating world. It’s an exciting place to be, and it’s only $7 ppd. anywhere. Payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

While you are ordering EMILIO, why not pick up some of our mini-cdr’s, only $5 each and soon to be out of print permanently:

KSE #205, (3-inch cdr), ST 37, “K B D P,” issued October 2011.

KSE #204, (3-inch cdr), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B,” issued August 2011.

KSE #203, (3-inch cdr), R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater,” issued September 2011.

KSE #202, (3-inch cdr), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings,” issued August 2011.

KSE #200 (3-inch cdr), ALFRED 23 HARTH/SOOJUNG KAE/CHANG U CHOI, “Red Canopy,” issued May 2011.

KSE #198 (3-inch cdr), MATAMOROS (Derek Rogers & Lee Dockery), “Five-Toned Rows,” issued June-July 2011.

KSE #196 (3-inch CDR), SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake,” issued September 2011.

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & TIM GREEN, “Direct To Tape”, issued May-June 2011.

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Or our full-sized, full-length cdr’s, including the new ALFRED 23 HARTH / CARL STONE album “Gift Fig,” only $7 each?

KSE #207 (CDR), Alfred 23 Harth / Carl Stone, “Gift Fig.”

KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments….Collapsing.”

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

KSE #206 (CDR), Bill Shute, “Junk Sculpture from the New Gilded Age.” (2nd spoken-word poetry album)

December 13, 2011

new KSE mini-cd from Texas psychedelic shamans ST 37, “K B D P” (KSE #205), now available

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ST 37

“K B D P”

3-inch CDR (KSE #205), nearly 20 minutes of music for only $5.00 ppd. anywhere

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

limited, hand-numbered edition of 113 copies

the final release in KSE 3″ mini-cd series…

It’s truly an honor for KSE to issue something from Texas’ foremost psychedelic explorers ST 37 ! The band recently celebrated its 24th anniversary, and unlike the many and varied “psychedelic” revivalists who base their act on old records, ST 37 heads straight into the sun and pushes the limits…psychedelia has never been about working within prescribed forms…it has always been about taking a musical trip as far as it can go and not knowing when or if you’ll ever come back, just like the greatest trips and/or spiritual experiences. ST 37 now deliver a kaleidoscopic 20-minute bubbling, gurgling, melting rocket to the far side of the sun on K B D P, a piece that starts in a mellow, cryptic way and gradually builds to an extended climax and KEEPS GOING, eventually entering a new solar system and fading out with some disembodied, haunting words and then we’re gone…until we hit the “repeat” button…

The core band of Scott Telles, Bobby Baker, Joel Crutcher, and Lisa Cameron are joined by guest Natalie Hill on this session recorded in September 2011 especially for KSE…and the next month ST 37 did a live performance of this piece as headlining band at the Kendra Steiner Editions “Psychedelic Disaster Whirl” concert, going on last because no one could possibly follow them. Just as they are the final artist in our series of 3″ mini-cdr’s. No one could possibly follow them.

Raving about this release on the Volcanic Tongue website, David Keenan wrote, “Great new set from this long-running psych rock group out of Austin Texas that feature Lisa Cameron of Venison Whirled/3 Day Stubble, et al. The group combine primitive, almost Mo Tucker-style drum tattoos with garage band fuzz and a ton of modal weight, all cut with the kind of primitive delivery more associated with ’72 private press sides than contemporary jam bands. There’s a nod to Hawkwind and yer favourite biker side in the way that the twin guitars dissolve into woozy UFO tones and the group have a way of collapsing song structures that feels as righteously wasted as anything by Nicodemus.”

In recent months the KSE 3″ cdr series has featured a number of important Texas-based experimental musicians: Lee Dockery, Daniel Hipolito (aka Smokey Emery), Book of Shadows (w/ original ST 37 member Carlton Crutcher and vocals from the transcendent Sharon Crutcher), Lisa Cameron (in her Venison Whirled incarnation), Derek Rogers, etc. It was a great run, and these discs will be talked about and jammed for years/decades to come, but many listeners cannot play 3″ cdr’s, so we’ve decided to work exclusively in the full-sized cdr world for our music releases. Thanks for your support of the 3″-ers…it was great to have a shirt-pocket full of them at shows in Austin and trade them with musicians in the audience for various cassettes/cdr’s/etc. That’s truly what this low-budget but big-hearted Texas experimental music scene is about…sharing, turning each other on, community. That spirit will of course continue…I’ll just have to wear carpenter pants with pockets big enough for full-sized cdr’s! Grab the remaining 3″-ers while you can. I’ll definitely NOT be re-pressing these (the error rate with the cd burns is also higher with 3″ discs, so I wind up throwing bad discs away w/ each batch). Right now, the following mini-discs are available for $5 each ppd. (payment via the paypal info listed above), although some are down to 6 or 8 remaining copies…act now:

 

KSE #205, (3-inch cdr), ST 37, “K B D P,” issued October 2011.

KSE #204, (3-inch cdr), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B,” issued August 2011.

KSE #203, (3-inch cdr), R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater,” issued September 2011.

KSE #202, (3-inch cdr), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings,” issued August 2011.

KSE #200 (3-inch cdr), ALFRED 23 HARTH/SOOJUNG KAE/CHANG U CHOI, “Red Canopy,” issued May 2011.

KSE #198 (3-inch cdr), MATAMOROS (Derek Rogers & Lee Dockery), “Five-Toned Rows,” issued June-July 2011.

KSE #196 (3-inch CDR), SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake,” issued September 2011.

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & TIM GREEN, “Direct To Tape”, issued May-June 2011.

and VERY limited numbers left on the following, order these NOW or go without!

KSE #194 (3-inch cdr), VENISON WHIRLED (Lisa Cameron), “XIBALBA”, issued April 2011.

KSE #186, (3-inch CDR), PARASHI, “Zone of Alienation.”  Issued March 2011.

KSE #185, (3-inch CDR), BELLTONESUICIDE, “non-conformist.” Issued March 2011.

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