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May 20, 2015

GIFT FIG: the duo of ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “STELLENBOSCH” (KSE #298), live in South Africa 9/2014

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GIFT FIG:  the duo of ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE

“Stellenbosch” (KSE #298)  CDR album

recorded live in South Africa, September 2014

Alfred 23 Harth: Reeds, Dojirak, Kaoss Pad
Carl Stone: Laptop and Voice

limited edition of 150 copies 

$8  US  postpaid / $11.50 elsewhere postpaid

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please provide a note with your order listing the items you’ve ordered and your mailing address….thanks!

GIFT FIG STELL

The first GIFT FIG album, released by KSE in January 2012, was one of our most popular and acclaimed releases. The combination of two such pioneering and beyond-category figures as Harth and Stone provided not just telepathic improvisation and spontaneous composition that mixed and merged each other’s contributions until trying to separate out the parts became irrelevant….but also a kind of “third mind” came into being. About the 2012 Gift Fig album, Massimo Ricci wrote, A meeting between two big names whose partnership would have been nearly unthinkable just a few years ago. But there’s something that links Alfred Harth with Carl Stone besides their indubitable artistry: the influence of Asian cultures on their respective lives and crafts (one is based in South Korea, the other in Japan). These six tracks constitute a compendium of two concerts occurred in 2009 and 2010 in Frankfurt and Tokyo, but the extremely high quality of the sound and the lack of audience noise makes the CD comparable to a studio work.

The set is basically built upon Stone’s transformation (via Max/MSP) of Harth’s emissions, with subsequent additions of further pre-existing materials. The palette is obviously homogeneous: Harth also treats his “babies” (which include Eastern wind instruments like taepyeongso and dojirak) with a Kaoss pad, and uses bows on the instrument’s bell and in other parts too. Both employ samples and voice. But the description of the sources doesn’t excessively help clarifying how this uncompromising record sounds. The material, at least from what I gathered by repeated listens, appears mostly improvised. Many different scenes succeed in ever-radical spurts, without concessions to any kind of easiness or relief; a latent tension informs the bulk of the sonic settings, which in some moments approach a near-explosive configuration. Percussive aspects are frequently privileged, the mechanical features of the reeds amplified and expanded to become an out-and-out menace: imagine a giant crab walking towards you with bad intentions (“Adler_Kino 23 Gu II”). Somewhere, Harth’s pulmonary exhalations morph into powerful winds deprived of a chunk of the frequency spectrum. And I could go on.”
However, this new STELLENBOSCH album, recorded live during a tour of South Africa in September 2015, is quite different. It’s an album with more space, an album which incorporates distant shores into its landscape, but even though at its heart is intuitive multi-levelled improvisation, Stone’s background as an electronic composer and Harth’s background as improviser and collagist always inform the paintings in sound. It’s spell-binding, it raises the listener into a higher state of consciousness, it features a good amount of Harth’s virtuoso reed playing, and it takes the concept of “deep listening” one associates with 70’s works such as the duo version of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and ups the ante to the 23rd power.  The possibilities within improvisation/spontaneous composition have grown exponentially each year since the 1970’s (which had grown incredibly since the jazz-based blowouts of the mid-late 60’s), and while this album would have appeal to someone weaned on, say, the Sam Rivers/Dave Holland duets on Improvising Artists, on another level, it makes that kind of thing, progressive in its day, sound like ragtime.
A beautiful, challenging, deep, and transcendent series of spontaneous sound-collages, recorded live, from two contemporary masters who continue to blazing down the highway toward a horizon of pure possibility.
ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE……the duo of GIFT FIG.  STELLENBOSCH (KSE #298). Two contemporary explorers in sound and aesthetics. We’re honored to release this new album, but warn you it’s limited to 150 copies. GET YOURS NOW. Ordering information can be found at the top of this release announcement.

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

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

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watch a live performance of GIFT FIG here: http://isitnecessary.tumblr.com/post/50018241962/dotolimpic-2012-day-1-gift-fig-carl

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Whiie ordering this GIFT FIG–STELLENBOSCH album, why not pick up some of KSE’s other CDR albums of contemporary forward-thinking music:

KSE CDR’s OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NOW AVAILABLE: 

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

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

MORE EAZE COVER

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

STEVE FLATO

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

derek 2015

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

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

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This is the sixth and final release in KSE’s Spring 2015 group of albums. Thanks for your support of and enthusiasm about these works. When I listen to the recent albums by Derek Rogers and Fossils and Marcus Rubio (More Eaze) and Steve Flato, I’m honored to have played a part in bringing them to you. These would have been my favorite albums of the year no matter who released them, so for KSE to be releasing them is truly a dream come true.

We will be back in mid-to-late June with an amazing new psychedelic creation from Pittsburgh’s THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron), “LUMINOUS TOXIN” (KSE #296)….and then after that, a stunning new duo album from LISA CAMERON and ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “SOL ET TERRE” (KSE #299).

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

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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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April 23, 2013

from Lisa Cameron, legendary figure in Texas psychedelic music, comes THE MANY MOODS OF VENISON WHIRLED (KSE #243)

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THE MANY MOODS OF VENISON WHIRLED (aka Lisa Cameron)

(KSE #243, cdr album)

$8 US postpaid/ $10 elsewhere

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(a legendary figure in the Texas psychedelic/new-music scene, Lisa Cameron has been slaying Austin audiences for years with her Venison Whirled feedback-based performances, and after her much-acclaimed VW 3″ cdr XIBALBA for KSE, we’ve answered your demand and issued an all-new full-length Venison Whirled album that captures the magic(k) and the diversity of the Venison Whirled experience)

many moods

The great figures in the history of psychedelic music and culture were always pushing the boundaries and alienating people as they sought to  find that ultimate chord where they and their music became one with the cosmos. Although Austin-based percussionist and multi-instrumentalist LISA CAMERON is well-respected in the noise and free-improv scenes, and although she’s played with everyone from Brave Combo (she was in the original late 70’s lineup) to Roky Erickson to Jandek to members of Faust and Guru Guru (and she’s opened for everyone from Psychic TV to different incarnations of Hawkwind and the bands growing out of the Hawkwind diaspora), and also been a member of seminal groups such as ST 37, Glass Eye, Three Day Stubble, etc.,  her conception of the whole noise-drone aesthetic is rooted in the extremes of the original psychedelic era, rooted in White Light White Heat (which she bought as a child in Winfield, Kansas, and which changed her life) and Happenings Ten Years Time Ago and Blue Cheer.

That’s what makes her Venison Whirled performances so different from the performances of those who come out of the academic side of the new music scene or who come to noise out of avant-metal or who come to it out of the world of electronics and sampling. Lisa’s Venison Whirled seems to exist at the dividing line of that moment when a Yardbirds or Velvets or Blue Cheer performance crosses over into blissful and out-of-control feedback–Lisa has learned to control that lightning in a bottle, to manipulate it, and to build an aesthetic around it, and that’s the core of the Venison Whirled experience. As a percussionist, she understands the essence of vibration, and as a deep spiritual thinker, she also understands the spiritual essence of holy vibration. Remember, she is a PERCUSSIONIST—yes, she also plays the guitar, but this is feedback growing out of percussion, not guitar amp feedback.

Each track here—-growing out of the root elements of fire, water, air, and earth—-is sculpted feedback and distortion that’s also packed with found sound, speech, percussion, and on the final track, the beautiful wordless vocals of Alma Lee Cameron (Lisa’s partner and also co-member of Devil Bat). You can peel these sound sculptures apart and find all kinds of organic life and rich textures and pockets of energy. Or you can just let go and float downstream on the molten lava river as Elmer Fudd announces the apocalypse…let Venison Whirled fiddle while Rome burns! It’s 100% higher-key, 100% Texas, and 100% mind-bending. And it’s a numbered, limited, DIY edition of 123 copies…..anyone who’s caught the Venison Whirled experience live in Austin knows that Lisa provides a PHYSICAL psychedelic experience from her music, and these tracks were recorded live and carefully mastered to retain the physicality and deep presence of the original performances, some of which I was lucky enough to attend in person…

THE MANY MOODS OF VENISON WHIRLED…get your copy now!

Lisa is an important part of the KSE family–she performed at all 3 of the KSE live events in 2011-2012, and when I assembled the band for the June 2012 Jandek performance in Austin, Lisa was the first person I suggested to the Representative From Corwood, and as anyone who attended that show remembers (and I was also present at the rehearsal, where Lisa provided for Jandek a foundation that the rest of the band built off of), Lisa’s playing was the sonic glue that kept the Jandek ensemble unified…She’s an amazing person and artist, and KSE is honored to have her as part of our artistic family…

lisaLisa playing with ST 37 at the KSE Psychedelic Disaster Whirl, fall 2011

lisa and maniLisa playing with Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru), 1 January 2012

venison, hyrrs

the Venison Whirled  CDR   “Hyrrs to Isis” 

venisona Venison Whirled performance at Red 7,  in Austin in 2011

KSE concert fourBill Shute and Lisa, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater, right before the KSE 6th Anniversary Concert, April 2012

venison whirledthe 3″ mini-cdr XIBALBA was released by Kendra Steiner Editions in 2011

many moods

THE MANY MOODS OF VENISON WHIRLED (KSE #243)

 CDR’s of experimental music  presently available from KSE:

$8 US / $10 elsewhere, payment via paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

KSE #243 (CDR), VENISON WHIRLED (aka Lisa Cameron), “The Many Moods of Venison Whirled”

KSE #254 (cdr), DJIN AQUARIAN (of Ya Ho Wha 13)/SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE & THE EVERAFTER, Live in San Francisco 10/2011

KSE #233 (CDR), ALFRED 23  HARTH / CARL STONE / SAMM BENNETT / KAZUHISA UCHIHASHI, “The Expats “

KSE #239, (CDR) FOSSILS, “Bells and Gulls”

KSE #251, (CDR) FORBES GRAHAM, “Return: The Journey”

KSE #247 (CDR), MARCUS RUBIO & BILL SHUTE, “Only The Imprint Of An Echo Remains”

KSE #237 (CDR),  MICHAEL BARRETT  (Belltonesuicide) & MIKE GRIFFIN (Parashi), “Birtual Seme-Alabak”

KSE #235 (CDR), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Chimaera”

KSE #228 (CDR), UNMOOR, “Night Driver”

KSE #207 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Gift Fig”

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

KSE #238 (CDR), DANIEL HIPOLITO/EVA KELLY/BILL SHUTE, “Fascination”

KSE #222 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Sopranino Solo, “ cover art by MP Landis.

KSE #220 (CDR),  MATT KREFTING, “Sweet Days of Discipline”

KSE #226 (CDR), DEREK ROGERS, “Born Into Systems”

Thanks for your support of independent non-aligned DIY arts organizations that circumvent the established “underground” hierarchy and connect person-to-person…

December 10, 2008

“A Gift of Stars” (KSE #124) now available!

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MICHAEL JACOBSON & BILL SHUTE, A GIFT OF STARS (KSE #124)

“Look to the skies for the signs of things to come, ” they say.

And that’s what Michael Jacobson and I have done in our new collaborative chapbook, A GIFT OF STARS (KSE #124).

A Warhol-esque eight-pointed star radiates from the center of this nine-page creation onto eight different visions of image and word and symbol. Michael in Minnesota and yours truly in Texas used the “same” seamless sky, 1500 miles apart, as our inspiration, shooting arrows at the same target from differing locations and perspectives over a two-month period of work.

We hope you find the end result interesting and worthwhile.

Michael Jacobson is author of THE GIANT’S FENCE, curator of the blog
The New Post-Literate, and major figure in the asemic writing movement.

Ordering information at http://kendrasteinereditions. wordpress. com/available-kse-poetry-chapbooks/

And don’t forget the other recent KSE poetry chapbooks:

#116, MISTI RAINWATER-LITES, next exit: ten ;

#115, various artists , “KSE LAST POEMS” collection

#121, BILL SHUTE, leaf-blowers (sound library series, volume 37 ) ;

#117, ZACHARY C. BUSH / BILL SHUTE, shanti ;

#114, JIM D. DEUCHARS, allegheny rising ;

#112, MK CHAVEZ / JOHN SWEET, next exit: nine ;

#111, A. J. KAUFMANN, poznan city gospel ;

#110, CHRISTOPHER CUNNINGHAM, in gambler’s blood (sound library series, volume 36).

Kendra Steiner Editions’ next release, STILL HUMAN by LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL should be available by December 20th.

January 11, 2017

Alfred 23 Harth’s long out-of-print first KSE album MICRO-SAXO-PHONE III is now available as a digital release on Bandcamp!

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We’re honored to be releasing new works from ALFRED 23 HARTH, and in the last seven years we’ve put out TEN releases from Mr. Harth (eleven, if you count the KSE 10th Anniversary album, on which he appears). Those albums are not permanently in-print and tend to sell out in 8-10 months.

In answer to many requests to make the earlier, out-of-print KSE-A23H albums available once again, we’ve worked with Mr. Harth to start bringing them back in digital editions, supervised by the artist.

The first to be reissued digitally is the first of his KSE albums, the much-acclaimed 2010 release MICRO-SAXO-PHONE III!

LONG OUT-OF-PRINT, BUT NOW AVAILABLE AGAIN AS A DIGITAL ALBUM

ONLY $7 US at Bandcamp

ALFRED  23  HARTH

“micro-saxo-phone. edition III”

originally KSE #175

recorded at LaubhuetteStudio, Moonsum, South Korea, 2010

total running time: 74:11 (17 tracks)

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You can purchase the album for only SEVEN DOLLARS here:

https://alfred23harthonkse.bandcamp.com/releases

Here are my original comments on the album, from the KSE website release announcement:

  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. (2010 comments)

And here are Alfred Harth’s comments on the album, at the time of its 2010 release:

NOTES ON KSE #175   micro_saxo_phone, edtion III (MMX)

In early 2008 I again had started a kind of work-in-progress of solo recordings, called “micro_saxo_phone” which album title refers to the fact that I am using a sax of course + microphone (contact mics etc) of course for feeding devices as the Kaoss Pad or others + using the possiblities of my laptop. Together with this equipment I could give live performances which – for several reasons – did not happen often so far, though more probable within performances with others, as in the duo “Gift Fig” together with Carl Stone e.g.

“micro_saxo_phone, edition II”, CDR Laubhuette Production M10 from 2008 http://laubhuettestudio.blogspot.com/ gave an overview about what I was trying to state within the traditional course of my former solo recording on Side A of the LP “Plan Eden” from 1986/7 where I had begun to use electronic devices & effects in combination with solo tenorsax. On “msp,eII” I used baritonsax, tenorsax, alto, sopran, bassclarinet, breath & saliva noise multiphonics and even bowed the saxes’ bodies (con arco) during blowing and doing percussion with the instrument’s keys.

On “msp,eIII” I extended the language by means of using the sounds of the key springs which create a kind of meditative Asian feel and also by texts.
I searched for finding a way to voice words during blowing (e.g. at the beginnung of “doublespeak” and tracks 14,15), or underlined words (and other stuff) that I had recorded on cassette in 1972 (when I was 23) or by dubbing an interview with Japanese art photographer Nobuyoshi Araki which I had recorded in 1998 in a kind of double voicing. The same track also contains a sample of Korean gagok which is a kind of fake classical music – from some decades ago – made in Korea. “doublespeak” is the exception – as a composition – within the solos, as is “chukyo” using some of my eguitar recordings (as well as track 3). There are also some “classical” solos (without all effects or edits): track 9,
10 (underlined alto solo from 1972) and 13.

With that title “doublespeak” I also refer to George Orwell’s term “doublethink”, which means the ability to believe contradictory ideas simultaneously. And there are more doublespeak titles here, as “surplussed”, “twonky” (software designers’ jargon inspired by a 1953 sci-fi film starring Hans Conried and Gloria Blondell about a TV that is really an alien life form) etc. Other titles refer to themes and authors that I am also dealing with these days. “chukyo” is a dedication to Chukyo University in Nagoya, Japan, where I had been invited by the above mentioned Carl Stone to lecture and had met Fomal Haut, a great artist & pioneer of computer graphics.

Alfred 23 Harth
, December MMX


Thanks to Mr. Harth for working with KSE all these years and these TEN releases.

If this digital release succeeds, then we’ll see about bringing back some of his other out-of-print KSE releases digitally. Please purchase this classic for your A23H library and help us get this digital release series in action!

January 2, 2016

KSE 2016 New Year’s Update

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325 releases later, Kendra Steiner Editions reaches TEN YEARS of contemporary poetry and experimental music in early 2016. It all began when I needed some copies of a new poem (Four Texas Streams) to distribute at a reading I was doing at Viva Books here in San Antonio in support of my Word Mechanics poetry book Twelve Gates To The City: The Labours of Hercules in the Lone Star State. Four Texas Streams did well, so I went on to publish others, then bring in other poets I respected and whose work I felt needed more exposure, from young and relatively unknown poets such as Stuart Crutchfield and A. J. Kaufmann to respected names such as Doug Draime and Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal. Then after a few years we moved into music, with an album by Sir Plastic Crimewave and a 3″ mini-cdr by Derek Rogers. Now we move into our second decade of creation. Thanks to all of you who have supported KSE in one way or another over the years.

I hope we make it through a second ten years. The underground “market” changes from year to year, but the most important lesson I’ve learned in that respect is that YOU BUILD YOUR OWN UNIQUE AUDIENCE IF YOU ARE DOING UNIQUE WORK. And we’ve done that….and on an international level…and for ten years. It’s sad that some of the folks we’ve worked with over the years have changed the nature of their work to suit the “alternative” marketplace or to curry favor with the gatekeepers of “alternative” culture, and in every case they have cheapened or diluted their work and lost the spark which made them worthwhile in the first place….but that’s the way of the world, isn’t it? As Little Richard once observed, some people lose what they have to get what they think they want.

Also, while we are waxing philosophical about the state of the arts and culture, isn’t it kind of ironic and on a deeper level depressing and pathetic that Rolling Stone and The Village Voice and the like are now featuring a “Top 15 Noise Releases” list? Noise? That’s so five years ago. Or is it ten? Jandek and the Nihilist Spasm Band and Mahogany Brain and Fossils and Harry Partch and Sun Ra and Brian Ruryk and Wadada Leo Smith and Steve Lacy never needed labels and names-of-movements to justify their work, as if any name or label could ever encompass what they have done/are doing. I’ve lived long enough to see dozens of movements come and go in the various arts, including my own chosen field of poetry. When I was a teenager in high school back in the mid-70’s, I was carrying around LP’s by Alfred 23 Harth, Captain Beefheart, Anthony Braxton, Faust, John Cage, Kim Fowley, The Spontaneous Music Ensemble, and the like, and I still am today! My core has not changed, but my scope has enlarged and grown exponentially. I’m still as hungry as I was then (perhaps that’s the real key), and I still every month take a chance on books and music and art and film by people new to me. NOT just recommended to me. I plan to continue doing that…As long as people like Massimo Magee and Lisa Cameron and Ernesto Diaz-Infante and Alfred 23 Harth are out there doing important and under-recognized work, I’m going to be out there plugging away for them by championing and releasing their work through KSE. Life is short—-USE every day you have available to you. As Kinky Friedman once stated to justify one of his candidacies, “why the hell not!”

We had 22 music releases planned in 2015 and we managed to get 21 of them out (apologies to Lisa Cameron and Nathan Bowles—-their album will be out later in January), and we issued around 12 poetry chapbooks. That’s at least 33 releases. I don’t see that happening again—-maybe a total of 20 poetry and music releases in 2016. However, we here have the attitude that it’s creation which is important, not reception. Some labels/presses put out 3 or 4 featured releases a year and work the rest of the year supporting them, promoting them, sucking up to the “alternative” powers that be (and some of those “powers” who were our former champions seem to expect more sucking-up-to than I’m willing to provide!), etc. When you consider that someone on the level of fame of John Cage had MANY unperformed compositions when he died and that “new” compositions of his are STILL being performed and recorded today, that Gertrude Stein had 8 large volumes of high-quality unpublished works left when she died AND EVEN AFTER HER DEATH SHE HAD TO PAY FOR THEIR PUBLICATION, and that a small percentage of Andy Warhol’s 1980’s work was ever exhibited in his lifetime and that these later works are amazing in their quality and diversity and originality (and unlike you or me, these are people who had large international reputations…but it’s the WORK that survives, not the reputation)…when you consider that Melville had to privately publish his later poems (some of his greatest-ever work) and when you consider the reception of Emily Dickinson’s work in her lifetime (not to mention recent greats such as Angus MacLise or poet Leland Hickman), the message is….learn your craft to the point where it becomes as natural to you as breathing or speaking, if you compete with anyone compete with the greats in your own pantheon of greatness NOT with your contemporaries, and create create create.

WE WILL BE GONE FROM 4 JANUARY to 8 JANUARY in North Texas (orders received while we are gone will be sent out on Monday 11 January). While up there, Mary Anne and I will present Derek Rogers with the first 20 copies of the KSE 10th ANNIVERSARY COMPILATION ALBUM (pictured below), a project that he and I have been working on for six months. It will be released in the latter half of January….so save your orders until that time. It is a stunning collection of new and exclusive tracks from 10 great talents we’ve worked with in one way or another over the last ten years….and it also totally captures what KSE is about.

KSE comp_0001

We have a lot of surprises in store for 2016, but first comes the 10th Anniversary Album in mid-January. Then our first featured poetry chapbook will be a new collection from one of the greats, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal. If I could put a poetry book in the desk drawers of motel rooms the way the Gideons do with Bibles, I would put a collection of Pablo Neruda. He was a master of the use of natural and everyday particulars, and that’s what poetry is about, particulars which resonate. Luis is one of the finest post-Neruda poets, a man with deep and profound roots, sipping from the underground streams which transcend time and nationality, and it’s a pleasure to continue to present his work. Watch for this collection, which should be out in a month or two. Also, I will be moving in some new directions and exploring some new publishing platforms and performing venues with my own poetry in the next two years (stay tuned for that), and KSE may be doing a few European-based events in 2017. Hope we’re all still standing…and even if we all don’t make it, some of us will…

Our releases tend to stay available for 3-6 months. Be sure to stock up on quality experimental music and contemporary poetry for the new year now.

Here’s what’s available, including the newest releases from the last few days:

CDR ALBUMS ($8 US postpaid / $12.00 elsewhere postpaid)

KSE #327, BELLTONE SUICIDE (aka Mike Barrett), “Wave Table Erotica”

KSE #324, FOSSILS, “Modern Architecture”….cover art by Wyatt Doyle

KSE #326, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “Abandoning Finitude”….cover art by Bob Bruno

KSE #322,  WEREWHEELS (Sir Plastic Crimewave & Dawn Aquarius), “Live, Raw and Psycho In Japan”

KSE #320, MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites”

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

KSE #316, MASSIMO MAGEE & DAVID W. STOCKARD, “Interrogatories”

KSE #314, BELLTONE SUICIDE, NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS

KSE #310, MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

KSE #305, RAMBUTAN, “Remember Me Now”

KSE #296,  THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron), “Luminous Toxin”

KSE #298, GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

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NEWEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS:

($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #319 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Sculpture Garden In The Snow” Creel Pone Sound Study #11

KSE #317 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Inventing One’s Own Land”

KSE #306 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Manipulating Ambiguity”

KSE #302 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Satori In Lake Charles”

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Remember, as bad as so much in society is, we are in the midst of a golden age in the arts, and it will take 70+ years for future anthropologists-of-culture to wade through and make sense of all the micro-press and micro-label and self-issued works which are coming out daily. We are all living through and part of this period, each of us a stone in the mosaic, a torn piece of throwaway newsprint in the larger collage—-we are all literally making history and building bridges into the future.

And let’s not ever forget that it’s the workers, the most bashed group in society in our present set-up, who make all this possible. The overnight crew at your local supermarket who stock the shelves; the agricultural workers who grow and pick those strawberries and grapes and coffee beans that start our mornings; the bus drivers who get up at 4 a.m.; the no-benefit, 30 hour-a-week  day-care workers who without knowing it are molding the future of those runny-nosed and overflowing-with-life two and three year olds who will grow up to, I hope, not screw up the world as much as my generation and the one before me have; the bartender who serves you that local-brew at the end of a long work week—-those are the heroes of everyday life. Those of you reading this on a portable device at 3 a.m. while you are working as a security guard at a building you as a citizen would not be welcome in, I’m talking to you. Those of you up with a fussy  infant or toddler at 3 a.m., trying to make their world better and their life more pleasant and their future brighter than yours was (ours was/mine is), thank you. I try to be a positive person in my daily life. I’m not going to be able to overthrow capitalism or do away with militarism or imperialism or fundamentalism or bigotry, and I’m not going to do away with that percentage of the population who are jerks and a**holes and egomaniacs, but the majority of people aren’t, and I try to view every person I meet (worker or customer) at the driver’s license office or the convenience store or the post office or the bus stop as a brother or sister, a comrade in the fight that is getting through daily life in the US circa 2016 (or anywhere…most have it worse than we do), until they prove otherwise, and unfortunately many do prove otherwise, often those who make the loudest pronouncements about how wonderful and how correct and how progressive they are. That was one of the first “dirty little secrets” of life I learned, probably while still a teenager. As Louis Armstrong and many others in many other walks of life have observed, those who talk don’t know, those who know don’t talk.

First, do no harm.

Off to North Texas….see you in a week or so….

December 29, 2015

MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “Abandoning Finitude” (KSE #326, cdr album)

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MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio)

“Abandoning Finitude”

KSE #326 (CDR album)

limited edition of 48 copies 

cover artwork “Fire Inside Dark Matter C” by Bob Bruno

$8  US  postpaid / $12.00 elsewhere postpaid

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MORE EAZE ABANDONING

KSE is proud to welcome back Marcus Maurice Rubio aka MORE EAZE for the third and final installment in his KSE Trilogy of 2015. With a creative energy like Marcus’s, it’s best to just stand back and let him do his thing. We’d agreed on the concept for this More Eaze trilogy before he began work on the first installment (now out of print), yet each album has been totally surprising to me as Marcus delivered the masters. As this third album works its spell on the listener, the dominant impression initially might be the wizardry on the guitar and violin strings, the virtuoso playing (no surprise that MMR is also a one-on-one music educator), which morphs from demanding minimalist passages to lyrical deconstructed songs, a few moments of which had me thinking I was listening to some big-ticket early 70’s European private pressing acid-folk LP…but get attached to that and soon after you are transported into an electronic music world of ventilator shafts and gearshifts….and let’s not forget the post hiphop interludes. Yes, there’s something for everyone here, and it all fits together into an amazing album-length collage. We at KSE are proud to have worked with Marcus to bring you this trilogy of MORE EAZE works. As we stated with his previous release, Rubio is almost like the Van Dyke Parks of the noise-experimental music world: he’s outrageously talented, has incredibly deep roots (how often do you hear Abner Jay’s name dropped in discussions of the kind of music played on WFMU or reviewed at Vital Weekly?), and is a virtuoso in his composing/arranging/manipulation of parts/whole. Very happy to have had him do this More Eaze CDR trilogy for KSE….be sure to grab this one, and the previous one ACCIDENTAL PRIZES is still available too.

KSE #326 (CDR) MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Abandoning Finitude”

KSE #310 (CDR) MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

$8  US  postpaid / $12.00 elsewhere postpaid

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Marcus M. Rubio on Abandoning Finitude: “one of the main goals of more eaze is to create works that have the potential to go anywhere given some related element from the last piece. this final record in the Kendra Steiner trilogy of 2015, is structured similarly to the previous two but explores this concept even more in depth. this time the relationships between tracks are even more subtle using tempo and timbral connections just as much as harmonic relationships to create a music of infinite possibility. the theme of the creative nature of destruction is still prevalent in this work too with pieces often briefly presenting  their themes before being deconstructed and turned into the next work and then the next. overall, this album for me is about possibility and rhythm and how those two things are interconnected in subtler than we often realize.

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CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE: 

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

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

FOSSILS MODERN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR WINTER 2015/2016, KSE #324, FOSSILS, “Modern Architecture”….cover art by Wyatt Doyle

 

 

WEREWHEELS COVER

NEW FOR WINTER 2015/16, KSE #322,  WEREWHEELS (Sir Plastic Crimewave & Dawn Aquarius), “Live, Raw and Psycho In Japan”

MIKE AND TOM LUDDITES COVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR FALL 2015: KSE #320, MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites”

A23H CAMELLIA

NEW FOR FALL 2015: KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

 

massimo 2015

NEW FOR FALL 2015: KSE #316, MASSIMO MAGEE & DAVID W. STOCKARD, “Interrogatories”

belltone reissue

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #314, BELLTONE SUICIDE, NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS

 

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

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

RAMBUTAN COVER

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

LISA ERNESTO COVER

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

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

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

GIFT FIG STELL

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298 (CDR album) GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

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NEWEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS:

($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #317 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Inventing One’s Own Land”

INVENTING cover

KSE #306 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Manipulating Ambiguity”

MANIPULATING AMBIGUITY

KSE #302 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Satori In Lake Charles”

satori in lake charles

 

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December 13, 2015

new album from FOSSILS, “MODERN ARCHITECTURE” (KSE #324)

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FOSSILS

“Modern Architecture”

KSE #324/MJC #442

cover art by Wyatt Doyle (visit him at www.newtexture.com)

a co-release of Kendra Steiner Editions and Middle James Co.

CDR album, edition of 48 copies (24 from KSE, 24 from MJC)

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on this album, the core FOSSILS duo of Daniel Farr and David Payne are joined by T. J. Borden and Rob Michalchuk

FOSSILS MODERN

Ontario’s FOSSILS are back for their third and final KSE release of 2015, another joint effort with Middle James Co. in a VERY limited edition. These short-run editions have been selling out in a few months, so be sure to grab yours now.

From our perspective, the FOSSILS collective is an ESSENTIAL part of the new music scene, and they have been for many years. With music (sound sculpture) rooted in such outfits as AMM, The Nihilist Spasm Band, and the LAFMS, they have also through their MIDDLE JAMES CO. organization kept the lo-fi DIY flag flying. So many labels today are pursuing “art editions” which are beautiful and do sell for their self-conscious “collectability”, but are a bit too precious and pretty for our taste. I like packaging where you can’t tell if there is a printing error or not—-packaging where you could sit a coffee cup on it and the coffee-stain ring would become part of the artwork. KSE applauds their keeping the xerox/DIY/punk-industrial/anti-pretty aesthetic alive and kicking. As DIY micro-labels continue to lose sales to the pretty and the pretentious, this attitude is needed now more than ever.

As for the music, every FOSSILS album is different, but many things stay the same: the playful improvisation, the multi-textured sound sculpture, the speaker-splitting jaggedness, the humor, the “action painting in sound” aesthetic. This one (which features saxophone, percussion, cello or violin, guitar, and electronics) begins quite playfully (almost a twist of Half Japanese, though with saxophone) and then  heads for a long walk along the Canadian free-improv prairie, adapting to the weather and even morphing into almost-antisong song in a few places. It takes you into its own world for the length of an album, and then, as when leaving the darkness of a fun-house and emerging into the mundane light of day, the CD is over, you’ve crashed. But the trip was awesome!!!

In the free-improv/ lo-fi /sound-sculpture / noise world, FOSSILS are truly the only band that matters, and we at KSE are proud to partner with them once again. I listen to FOSSILS music a lot—-it’s the perfect antidote to a regulated but insane world. The intuitive absurdist SENSE in their playful and exploratory paintings in sound gives me faith in humankind. Try it—-cheaper than drugs or therapy.

48 copies only (24 from KSE and 24 from Middle James Co.), so act now. We will be keeping our collaboration with FOSSILS going in 2016, so stay tuned….but grab MODERN ARCHITECTURE now. And did we mention that there is a beautiful cover photograph from Wyatt Doyle, he of New Texture fame and whose recent photography book DOLLAR HALLOWEEN is a must-own….

We have SIX releases in this Winter group of albums: the MIKE BARRETT/TOM CREAN and the WEREWHEELS are already out (check them out below), and the MORE EAZE will be released soon but can be ordered NOW for immediate delivery. FOSSILS just came out, and that leaves LISA CAMERON and NATHAN BOWLES’s “UNDERCARRIAGE” group and finally a new creation from BELLTONE SUICIDE, which will be the last album of 2015.

The first three months of 2016 will be devoted to celebrating KSE’s 10th Anniversary via the new 10th Anniversary compilation album, 10 new and exclusive creations from 10 essential artists in the experimental music community:

KSE COMP COVER

NOTE: THE COMPILATION WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL MID-JANUARY 2016

Until then, check out our present offerings of music and poetry…..GREAT for holiday giving!

OTHER CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $12.00 )

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

WEREWHEELS COVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR WINTER 2015/16, KSE #322,  WEREWHEELS (Sir Plastic Crimewave & Dawn Aquarius), “Live, Raw and Psycho In Japan”

 

MORE EAZE ABANDONING

NEW FOR WINTER 2015/2016, KSE #326, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “Abandoning Finitude”….cover art by Bob Bruno

 

 

MIKE AND TOM LUDDITES COVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR FALL 2015: KSE #320, MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites”

 

A23H CAMELLIA

NEW FOR FALL 2015: KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

 

 

 

massimo 2015

NEW FOR FALL 2015: KSE #316, MASSIMO MAGEE & DAVID W. STOCKARD, “Interrogatories”

belltone reissue

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #314, BELLTONE SUICIDE, NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS

 

JEN

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #308, JEN HILL, “The Shape Of It” (edition of 48 copies)

 

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

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

 

RAMBUTAN COVER

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

 

LISA ERNESTO COVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

GIFT FIG STELL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298 (CDR album) GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

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NEWEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS:

($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #317 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Inventing One’s Own Land”

INVENTING cover

KSE #306 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Manipulating Ambiguity”

MANIPULATING AMBIGUITY

KSE #302 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Satori In Lake Charles”

satori in lake charles

 

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November 29, 2015

WEREWHEELS (Sir Plastic Crimewave & Dawn Aquarius), “Live, Raw and Psycho in Japan” (KSE #322)

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WEREWHEELS

featuring Sir Plastic Crimewave and Dawn Aquarius

“LIVE, RAW AND PSYCHO IN JAPAN” (KSE #322, cdr album)

recorded during their mind-bending June 2015 tour of Japan

and featuring guest gtrist Kawabata Makoto (of Acid Mothers Temple) on one track

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WEREWHEELS COVER

Great to have one of the contemporary masters of psychedelia back at KSE for his THIRD album with us, and it’s a monster. The power-duo of SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE and DAWN AQUARIUS will nail you to the wall with the molten higher-key psycho-delic lava flow on this live collection culled from the band’s triumphant tour of Japan earlier this year. And if that’s now enough, the duo is joined by Acid Mothers Temple guitarist Kawabata Makoto on one track, and truly, this album is worthy of AMT. In fact, I met Steven “Plastic Crimewave” Krakow in person for the first time at an Austin show where Plastic Crimewave Syndicate were opening for Ya Ho Wa 13 AND Acid Mothers Temple–small world, isn’t it? This is an album that’s loud even at low volume and it should satisfy anyone who demands the deepest and heaviest of higher-key psychedelia, without being in any way revivalist, unlike the laughable neo-psych bands one sees (and hopefully does not hear) playing “psych” festivals in Austin. Do I really need to say anymore? As they said about the movie PIECES, “It’s exactly what you think it is!” This won’t be around long, so grab your copy now….ordering info is above. And while you are at it, check out our other offerings (see below) for the best in experimental music and contemporary poetry….the poetry chapbooks are perfect reading while tripping on the sounds of WEREWHEELS….

Chicago-based Werewheels consists of two dark cosmic forces: Sir Plastic Crimewave (Secret History of Chicago Music, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate/Sound, Guitarkestra, Galactic Zoo Dossier magazine, etc) and Dawn Aquarius (Herbcraft, Cursillistas, Brainshadows, Acid Ankh comics, etc). The duo opens clogged mind passages using guitars, keys, treated voices, and machines, creating a unique transcendent wall of sci-fried sounds–inspired by gnarly biker and horror film soundtracks, bad trip krautrock, and psychedelic synthpunk. Werewheels has played dream gigs with legends like the god of hellfire, Arthur Brown, legendary 70s pagan-folkers Comus (at a concert in London), Suicide mainman Martin Rev, and Acid Mother’s Temple on an extensive tour in Japan. In the windy city they have played at the Museum of Contemporary Art and at the University of Chicago (playing before a screening of “The Warriors”!) Also locally, WW has opened for a diverse array of artists like seasoned weirdos Ono and Vyto B, plus other contemporary acts like Wrekmeister Harmonies, Malachai and Curtis Harding. After an appearance on the limited 2LP UK compilation “Death, Decay and Renewal” alongside luminaries like Edgar Broughton, Mark Fry, Nick Garrie, Cherrystones, Alexander Tucker, etc, Werewheels have recorded their own full-length LP due out soon on Sunstone Records (UK), featuring guest appearances from Jon Seagroatt of Comus/Red Square, and Acid Mother’s Temple’s Kawabata Makoto.

werewheels photo

OTHER CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $12.00 )

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

FOSSILS MODERN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR WINTER 2015/2016, KSE #324, FOSSILS, “Modern Architecture”….cover art by Wyatt Doyle

 

MORE EAZE ABANDONING

NEW FOR WINTER 2015/2016, KSE #326, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “Abandoning Finitude”….cover art by Bob Bruno

 

 

MIKE AND TOM LUDDITES COVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR FALL 2015: KSE #320, MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites”

 

A23H CAMELLIA

NEW FOR FALL 2015: KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

 

massimo 2015

NEW FOR FALL 2015: KSE #316, MASSIMO MAGEE & DAVID W. STOCKARD, “Interrogatories”

 

belltone reissue

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #314, BELLTONE SUICIDE, NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS

 

JEN

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #308, JEN HILL, “The Shape Of It” (edition of 48 copies)

 

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

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

 

RAMBUTAN COVER

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

 

LISA ERNESTO COVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

GIFT FIG STELL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298 (CDR album) GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

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NEWEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS:

($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #317 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Inventing One’s Own Land”

INVENTING cover

KSE #306 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Manipulating Ambiguity”

MANIPULATING AMBIGUITY

KSE #302 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Satori In Lake Charles”

satori in lake charles

 

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October 11, 2015

MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites” (KSE #320), new album now available!

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BARRETT AND CREAN NEW COVER

MIKE BARRETT  &  TOM CREAN

CASUAL LUDDITES

CDR album, KSE #320, released 12 October 2015

Mike Barrett: Electronics

Tom Crean: Guitar and Banjo

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Nice to welcome back two of Western Massachusetts’s finest, TOM CREAN and MIKE BARRETT, for a new duo album which pairs Tom’s unclassifiable guitar and banjo work with Mike’s electronics. Tom appeared on KSE two years ago with WIRED LOVE (KSE #260), one of our best-received albums, and an album which STILL gets positive comments when I meet people who are familiar with the label (“You put out those KSE albums? That Tom Crean album was great….when’s he going to do another one?”). I first became familiar with Tom through his association with Anthony Braxton, and Tom represents the same kind of combination of extreme discipline and absolute freedom (and mixing/overlaying of genres) as his former teacher, along with the dry humor and the logical programmatic approach. Tom can play in any format, and he can do everything from street busking to participating in contemporary avant-garde ensembles. I asked Tom to do two new duo albums in 2015-2016, and this one is the first (stay tuned in mid-2016 for the next).

Mike Barrett is well-known and widely respected for his work under the BELLTONESUICIDE moniker, and we’ve issued two of his albums previously, one solo and one paired with Mike Griffin (aka Parashi). Mike is also a visual artist (Mike and I are going to be doing an art-and-poetry chapbook in the next year too), and he brings that painterly approach to his slash-and-burn electronic improvisations. However, Mike can also be a sensitive player, as we see in these duos with Tom Crean.

On some level, this album is an extension of the tradition of the 70s albums by Anthony Braxton and Richard Teitelbaum and by Marion Brown and Elliott Schwartz, where a free-thinking musician on a traditional instrument performs duets with an electronic musician (our two GIFT FIG albums where Alfred 23 Harth has been paired with Carl Stone are also recent work in that same tradition). It’s an exciting pairing, and with Tom having such a wide variety of techniques he brings to the table, both on guitar and banjo, and with Mike being an absolute master of the analog synth and able to use it with the creativity and precision that a John Fahey or a Steve Lacy brought to traditional instruments, these duets are a pleasure to experience. There is a Southeast Asian feel to the material, as a number of the pieces were influenced by the film Apocalypse Now, and the album also captures the tensions and explosiveness and pre-and-post-battle calm of that war….the beauty and the pain of the place and the time.

CASUAL LUDDITES is an album that gets richer with each listen. Tom and Mike have played together extensively and did a previous duo album for Gilded Throne (see below), but this one will reach a wider audience and for me has deeper roots. Don’t miss CASUAL LUDDITES, and if you live in Western MA or east of the Hudson in NY state, keep your ears and eyes open for announcement of a Tom and Mike duo album-release concert later in 2015 or in early 2016.

We still have copies of the extended reissue of the BELLTONESUICIDE “Non-Conformist Sessions” album, and as stated above, Tom will be back next year with another duo album, which we’ll keep a surprise for the present time. AND….Mike Barrett will be back with an all-new Belltone album for KSE in December of this year, WAVE TABLE EROTICA (KSE #327).

Get your copy NOW….

PS, Tom Crean recently issued a fascinating book, TOM CREAN’S GUITAR JOURNAL, documenting ten years of work in a unique creative format that’s part poetic daybook, part conceptual programmatic text. You can check it out and order it here: …       http://www.lulu.com/shop/tom-crean/tom-creans-guitar-journal/paperback/product-22106668.html

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MIKE TOM TOM

hear more from MIKE BARRETT  at  http://belltonesuicide.bandcamp.com/     and     https://soundcloud.com/belltonesuicide

MIKE TOM MIKE

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Their previous duo album for Gilded Throne

MIKE BARRETT AND TOM CREAN GIG

and while ordering CASUAL LUDDITES, why not pick up some of our other recent releases of potent experimental music on CDR albums…..all hand-assembled and homemade editions of between 48 and 125….and when they are gone, they are gone….

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

KSE #316, MASSIMO MAGEE & DAVID W. STOCKARD, “INTERROGATORIES”

KSE #310, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “ACCIDENTAL PRIZES”

 

KSE #314, BELLTONE SUICIDE (Mike Barrett), “THE COMPLETE NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS”

KSE #294, FOSSILS WITH BRIAN RURYK

KSE #305, RAMBUTAN, “Remember Me Now”

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

KSE #296, THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron), “Luminous Toxin”

KSE #298, GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

KSE #275, ALFRED 23 HARTH, “China Collection”

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September 12, 2015

new duo album from ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia” (KSE #318)

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CAMELLIA SHOW

ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL

“Camellia”

KSE #318 (CDR album)

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Harth: soprano saxophone, taepyeongso, piri, trombone, percussion

Bell: extended vibraphone, tenorhorn, buk

Recorded at LaubhuetteStudio Moonsun, Korea, 2015

A23H CAMELLIA

KSE’s long-term relationship with experimental music pioneer ALFRED 23 HARTH has resulted in more than a half-dozen albums, some documenting his working groups such as the duo GIFT FIG (with Carl Stone) and the quartet  THE EXPATS, along with others which have allowed Mr. Harth to create bold and complex conceptual works, such as the MICRO-SAXO-PHONE series and the CHINA COLLECTION. Harth’s KSE albums are a major body of work, and we’re proud to continue our fruitful relationship with Mr. Harth with this new album….CAMELLIA (KSE #318), a beautiful series of duets with vibraphonist JOHN TREVOR BELL, who is from New Zealand and presently works out of Seoul, Korea. The “Camellia” concept came out of a tour Harth and Bell did in early 2015 in the South coast area of Korea, where A23H included his art installations including the Camellia flower.

And the Camellia flower somehow captures the understated beauty and elegance of this (primarily) soprano saxophone and vibes duo. Harth and Bell are tapping into a long chamber-jazz  tradition–from the 1920’s duo and trio recordings of Bix and Tram (Bix Beiderbecke and Frank Trumbauer) such as Singing the Blues or For No Reason At All In “C” to the small recordings of the 30s with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, and Lionel Hampton….to the wonderful reeds and vibes recordings of Gunter Hampel and Marion Brown and the small Chico Hamilton groups . Of course, Harth and Bell come from the post-modern side of the street, but the lyricism, the attention to small detail, the darting back-and-forth, the intuitive thursting and parrying of the duo (the music provides the same kind of joyous strategy one finds in first-rate fencing or tennis….the difference being Harth and Bell are on the same side, working TOGETHER) provide a playful but profound series of pieces rooted in DUO UNITY.

There are 19 pieces, some composed by Harth, some composed by Bell, and the Harth pieces include ones dating back to circa 1980 and, in the case of “Waves Of Being,” the seminal THIS EARTH album where Harth worked with Paul Bley, Barre Phillips, Trilok Gurtu, and Maggie Nicols. The compositions are extended and developed in what Harth and Bell call a “time-lapse” method of “playing clouds.” Bell explains that  “Thanks mostly to Alfred’s guidance, but perhaps also due to the ironic peace and quiet of the Laubhuette studio (situated right next to the Demilitarized Zone) we stretched the tempos of those pieces to a cloud like slow motion.” However, there is a wide variety of tempos and rhythms here….from the languid dream-like haze one would associate with a late-period Chet Baker session to playful, spiralling quick-paced pieces reminiscent of Ornette Coleman. I’m also reminded of the live performances of Wayne Shorter (on soprano) and Herbie Hancock on the tour in support of their 1 & 1  duo album, where they would take pieces that ran 6 or 7 minutes on the album and extend them to 15 or 20 in concert, developing and deepening the pieces in ways that seemed so natural….and so inevitable!

Yes, there are other instruments in use here—-Korean instruments, trombone, etc (and the ways in which Bell “extends” his vibes open the instrument up in surprising and lovely ways)—-but it’s essentially a Soprano Saxophone and Vibraphone album, which is why I’m making so many references to the tradition here, as I feel that people who enjoy that tradition, whether it be Bix and Tram, Brown and Hampel, or Shorter and Hancock, will LOVE this album. If they are not too familiar with Alfred 23 Harth’s body of work, this album may just be the perfect door of entry to it! It’s also great to welcome John Trevor Bell to the KSE family. He is performing with forward-thinking groups all the time in Asia, but of course, we don’t hear a lot about the Asian scene here in Texas!

Harth and Bell will be doing another duo performance later in September in Seoul….see the gig poster at the top of this post. CAMELLIA is an album of rare beauty and fierce creativity….you need a copy. By the way, the Chinese characters on the cover represent the concepts which in English we’d call luck, bliss, or blessing….a perfect symbol for this album! Ordering info is at the top of this post…

Mr. Harth will also be appearing on our KSE 10th Anniversary compilation, which will come out early in 2016.

Bell & Harth

BELL AND HARTH 2

Alfred Harth: Bell & Harth started working as a duo at the Paju Festival in 2013 where Harth also brought in some of his poetry. In spring 2015 the duo had a so called „Camellia Tour“ along the South coast of Korea, Namhae, where Harth partly implemented his art installations including the camellia flower that is very common in that beautiful area along the islands of the South Sea. The CD Camellia is mainly about beauty and transitoriness and contains Harth’s compositions that date back to 1980. The duo developed a time-lapsed way of stretching the themes, what they call „playing clouds“. Bell & Harth both admire Korean traditional music, Gugak, and they refer to it in their improvisations by also playing traditional Korean instruments, Bell the Buk and Harth the Piri and Taepyeongseo.

John Bell: I first met A23H in 2007 during my first music tour to South Korea. Previously I was not familiar with the vast and varied artistic output of Alfred Harth. I kept in touch with Alfred after returning to New Zealand, and was pleasantly surprised when he agreed to perform an improvised duo with me at ‘Yogiga Gallery’ in Seoul shortly after I moved to Korea with my wife in 2013. We performed again as a duo in the Paju Free Music festival also in 2013. I spent much of 2014 in the Southern Hemisphere, but upon my return we resumed the duo project. In 2015 Alfred suggested we record some improvisations, but also some compositions of his (mostly from the 1980s and 90s). I was somewhat apprehensive about interpreting these compositions which had already been recorded by luminaries such as Maggie Nicols, Paul Bley, Sunbae Choi and Soojung Kae. Thanks mostly to Alfred’s guidance, but perhaps also due to the ironic peace and quiet of the Laubhuette studio (situated right next to the Demilitarized Zone) we stretched the tempos of those pieces to a cloud like slow motion. There are other moods in the duo sound, but I mostly think this cloud, even thick syrupy stratocumulus reflects some aspect of living in South Korea.

A23H Camellia poster 1

Over the years, Mr. Bell has performed with a wide variety of heavy-hitters including Steve Lacy, Han Bennink, William Parker, Marilyn Crispell, and Trevor Watts…..and now Alfred 23 Harth. You can follow his activities and learn more at his website, http://www.johnbell.co.nz/, and you can hear more of his music at his Bandcamp page, http://johnbell.bandcamp.com/

Alfred 23 Harth, of course, is well-known internationally….and especially to readers of these pages. You can connect with Mr. Harth at his website: http://alfredharth.blogspot.com/

A23H ChinaCollection

As always, thank you for your support of KSE and of all independent, non-aligned arts collectives…

August 30, 2015

KSE #316 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & DAVID W. STOCKARD, “INTERROGATORIES”

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MASSIMO MAGEE & DAVID W. STOCKARD

“INTERROGATORIES”

KSE  #316 (CDR album)

Massimo Magee: acoustic, amplified and feedback sopranino saxophone

David W. Stockard: snare drum

recorded at Goldsmiths, 25 May 2015

cover art by MP Landis    http://www.mplandis.com/

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massimo 2015

Proud to welcome saxophonist and theoretician-of-improvisation MASSIMO MAGEE back for his fourth release on KSE, this time giving us two extended sound-paintings of sopranino saxophone and snare drum with percussionist David W. Stockard, recorded in London in late May 2015.

“With this translucid, volatile substance, the surface…is stripped as bare as possible, its monochrome ground heightened to near transparency; lines become faint threads, figures white traces like membranes of infinitesimal thickness. This minimal, almost residual painting—-almost risking vacuity—-is defined as a space of physical pulsation, of visible, tangible palpitation, open to every sense and perception.”  Agnes de la Beaumelle, from “The Challenge of Miro’s “X”.”

INTERROGATORIES is a logical next step from Magee’s previous KSE album, SOPRANINO SOLO. Working in a range above the soprano saxophone (which many players disregard feeling it is too high-pitched and difficult to control), the sopranino saxophone is an instrument that is rarely used and even more rarely featured. It provides Magee with a distinctive palette for his paintings in sound—-I am reminded of the scratchy, astringent canvases of Cy Twombly, full of life-force but somehow muted in tone, appearing clipped yet bursting with energy at the incisions, capturing the process of creation with their erasures and over-writing. I doubt you’ll hear anything else this year which SOUNDS remotely like this album.

Partnering with Magee on this set is percussionist David W. Stockard, who limits himself to the snare drum here, yet manages to find a universe of potential within this unique instrument, not like any other drum. I’ve heard some Austin experimental musicians such as Lisa Cameron and Sarah Hennies (the latter based in Austin for many years, now in New York state) do some amazing things with the snare drum via extended techniques and the loosening of the snares. There is of course a metallic element inherent in the snare drum, thus providing a potentially rich and unexpected range of possibilities for the imaginative player. Stockard manages to evoke everything from Cage-esque prepared piano to gamelan-and-gong with his snare, yet also works very subtly in the quieter passages, playing with the lower limits of auditory perception, creating almost inaudible “waves” that crackle and hum….or is that my nervous system I’m hearing?

This is a totally original album from artists who question EVERYTHING. If like me you feel that a lot of the “free-improv” out there has as much wanking to it as the worst 70’s fusion, why not try this thoughtful but dynamic duo album which explores new areas-in-sound art with both concentration and abandon.

The only album I can think of to compare this with would be FACE TO FACE by The Spontaneous Music Ensemble’s duo format, but it’s 40+ years and a million miles from that….as John Ashbery once observed of Gertrude Stein, MAGEE and STOCKARD are attempting the impossible, because nothing else is worth doing!

And let’s not forget another beautiful original artwork by MP Landis on the front cover, perfectly evoking the album’s content. Please check out Mr. Landis’s website for a wide variety of exciting and life-filled paintings.

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MAGEE

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STOCKARD

I asked Massimo Magee for a brief statement regarding this album, and he produced the following, as always an example of both the intellectual rigor he brings to any project and sense of play, of wonder, and of an openness (indeed, an excitement) to work whose form is ever-becoming: “As it plays in the background now, what can I say of this music that it doesn’t say for itself? That it is improvised is probably obvious; that it owes a debt to the influence of Eddie Prévost via his weekly improvisation workshop is less so, but no less true. It is, outside of the workshop, a first meeting. Although the exact set-up that I brought to this meeting (in particular the electronic element) was a configuration I had not used before, I of course have a significant history with the sopranino saxophone. To say that it is a recording of two people ‘searching for sounds’ within the materials before them is not the whole story, but I think it is a useful frame of reference for considering our actions – actions that are an attempt at what, by this point, several generations have done before us, but that gets no easier the more it is attempted. Each time we resume the struggle. What the listener has is a document of selected facets of those actions at that time and in that place. What those actions mean is a more difficult question. – Massimo Magee”

While ordering INTERROGATORIES, why not also pick up some other of our recent CDR albums of experimental, forward-thinking sound art…..all $8 in the US and $11.50 elsewhere, postpaid (see above for ordering instructions):

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

KSE #310, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “ACCIDENTAL PRIZES”

KSE #303, FADENSONNEN, “PD 7”

KSE #308, JEN HILL, “THE SHAPE OF IT”

KSE #314, BELLTONE SUICIDE, “THE COMPLETE NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS”

KSE #294, FOSSILS WITH BRIAN RURYK

KSE #305, RAMBUTAN, “Remember Me Now”

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

KSE #296, THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron), “Luminous Toxin”

KSE #298, GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

As always, thank you for your support of KSE and of all independent, non-aligned arts collectives…

August 11, 2015

the ultimate guitar album: FADENSONNEN, “PD 7” (KSE #303)

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FADENSONNEN

“PD 7”     KSE #303 (CDR album)

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I suppose it all started with Lou Reed’s guitar solo on “I Heard Her Call My Name.” It literally split many of our minds wide open, and never before had we realized the potential of guitar-as-weapon, as sonic reducer. On the West Coast we had Blue Cheer, and in the heartland we had the MC5. Wherever you lived in the good old USA, SOMEONE was there to dispense the sacrament of guitar ecstasy. In 1976, Lou Reed decided to top himself at the transcendent guitar feedback game and released METAL MACHINE MUSIC, an album many of us felt was feedback heaven. How could you top THAT?
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I was never impressed with bands like Sonic Youth and Nirvana….it was the old “been there, done that”  trip. Some suburban 14-year old who’d never heard METAL MACHINE MUSIC might have liked that stuff, not knowing any better, but anyone who’d ever heard METAL MACHINE MUSIC, the MC5’s original single of “Looking At You,” WHITE LIGHT WHITE HEAT, or the first two Blue Cheer albums could only say, “yawn, when are you going to do something BEYOND what we’ve already heard?” Like some William Burroughs-style junkie travelling around looking for the ultimate fix, many of us were looking for the ultimate guitar fix. Who would take the ball handed to them by METAL MACHINE MUSIC and the like and run further toward the goal line with it? There have been any number of folks taking on that challenge and providing mind-bending and soul-purifying guitar skronk, but IMHO the artist who has taken up that challenge and best devoted himself to smashing his head against that wall until the room and the universe began to light up is PD FADENSONNEN. Working in both a duo format and on solo, numbered “PD” albums, FADENSONNEN has headed straight for the sun. His albums are like sticking your finger directly into some high voltage outlet and getting the ultimate mind-fry guitar orgasm out of it.

Many years ago I had the privilege of experiencing the double bill of YA HO WA 13 and ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE live in Austin. It was three-plus hours of higher-key feedback ecstasy–FADENSONNEN’s PD 7 is plugged into that same socket and will provide the same level of spine-chilling thrills.

New York-based and a longtime fave at BLOG TO COMM (where they know what post-Velvets feedback-to-the-nth power is about), FADENSONNEN has issued a number of other essential albums, both group efforts and solo efforts in the “PD” series, such as KSE’s new album is. You can check his activities out and purchase more scalding-hot music here: http://fadensonnen-music.blogspot.com/   and also here:  http://fadensonnen.bandcamp.com/

No pretentious essay is needed to support this music. It does not matter who he’s played with (although that list is impressive). Truly, FADENSONNEN music exists in its own world, and if you were infected by METAL MACHINE MUSIC the way I was, you need a fix, and FADENSONNEN has taken that concept even further… it’s pure, it’s the real thing. I can listen to this 1000 times and it will still be fresh. It’s like a 20′ x 40′ Pollock canvas painted in electricity and caustic nuclear waste. There is NO ONE in his league, IMHO. We’re proud to have him on KSE….don’t miss the latest installment in this essential series of solo PD albums: PD 7 (KSE #303). $8 postpaid in the US / $11.50 postpaid elsewhere.

FADENSONNEN

Feb 2014 interview with PD Fadensonnen from Blog To Comm      An excellent intro to the man and his work!

OK, now that you are ordering a copy of FADENSONNEN  PD 7, which you’ll love, why not also get some of our other fine CDR albums of contemporary experimental music, all in homemade small editions:

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

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ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015:  KSE #310, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “ACCIDENTAL PRIZES”

JEN

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #308, JEN HILL, “THE SHAPE OF IT”

belltone reissue

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #314, BELLTONE SUICIDE, THE COMPLETE NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

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

RAMBUTAN COVER

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

LISA ERNESTO COVER

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

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

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

GIFT FIG STELL

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298 (CDR album) GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

MORE EAZE COVER

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

STEVE FLATO

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

derek 2015

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

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

As always, thank you for your support of KSE and of independent, non-aligned arts organizations everywhere. Happy and proud to be a part of the “no-audience underground”….

“Accidental Prizes,” the new album from Marcus M. Rubio’s MORE EAZE (KSE #310)

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MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio)

“Accidental Prizes”

KSE #310 (CDR album)

limited edition of 48 copies 

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MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

Austin/San Antonio-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Marcus M. Rubio has been on a roll in recent months (his spellbinding performance at the KSE 9th Anniversary event in Dallas in late July being a highlight), and KSE is excited to provide him an outlet for his creative vision….so this is the SECOND of THREE More Eaze albums we’ll be releasing this year. The first was “stylistic deautomatization” (KSE #293), which is still available as of this writing, and the brandnew one is ACCIDENTAL PRIZES (KSE #310), which is totally different from the last one. However, once again it wanders into many many styles, from electronic skronk to contemporary chamber music to spacy early-Tangerine-Dream to grungy acid-techno to plaintive deconstructed song to minimalist stretches backed by banjo! I recently referred to Marcus M. Rubio as “the Van Dyke Parks of the contemporary noise underground,” and this album is further proof of that.

However, let me present the composer/ringmaster himself, Mr. Rubio, to explain:

One of the intentions of the More Eaze project is to combine disparate sources into these collages larger pieces but to have each piece related to one another through one element or another whether that be tonality, timbre, rhythm, etc… “accidental prizes” approaches this through the sequencing of the works here but also through the individual elements of the tracks themselves. Much of this idea of moving through various sound worlds while maintaining some musical or structural element of the previous piece comes from Julius Eastman. Continuing with the theme of my last couple of KSE releases, destruction/reassembling plays a big role with these works. Some of the works were originally scored chamber pieces of mine that I decided to realize in a completely different format while others’ origins lie in chopped n screwed sampling or pop songcraft. In every case, these works were rearranged and then re-edited to fit into the whole of the album. Once again, “accidental prizes” will hopefully give you the sensation of never knowing quite what you’re listening to/what the album “is”. Is it a skewed ambient pop record? An exploration of tonality? An experimental electronic record with acoustic and song elements? Vice versa?

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The MORE EAZE releases are an important series of works, but unlike many things labelled “important,” they are also a lot of fun to listen to, and you never know where they are headed. As you discover the form and depth of the album on repeated listening, you find even more to marvel at.   MORE EAZE/Marcus Maurice Rubio is a bricoleur of the highest order, and this album is one I can’t really describe….you can even dance to parts of it! LIMITED EDITION OF 48 COPIES, so act now.

OK, now that you are ordering a copy of ACCIDENTAL PRIZES, which you’ll love, why not also get some of our other fine CDR albums of contemporary experimental music, all in homemade small editions:

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

see ordering instructions at top of page

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

JEN

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #308, JEN HILL, “THE SHAPE OF IT”

belltone reissue

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #314, BELLTONE SUICIDE, THE COMPLETE NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

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

RAMBUTAN COVER

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

LISA ERNESTO COVER

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

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

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

GIFT FIG STELL

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298 (CDR album) GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

MORE EAZE COVER

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

STEVE FLATO

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

derek 2015

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

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

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August 6, 2015

finally available: The COMPLETE “NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS” from BELLTONE SUICIDE (KSE #314)

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BELLTONE SUICIDE 

THE NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS

KSE #314 (CDR album), edition of 50 copies

$8 US / $11.50 elsewhere   payment via paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

please provide address/item ordered in a note with your paypal order….THANKS

belltone reissue

The backstory on this release: Very excited to make this important and mind-blowing material available once again. When KSE began issuing music on CDR, we put out both full-sized releases and 3″ mini-CDR’s. We dropped the 3″ releases after about a year (and about two dozen releases) as a lot of people who wanted to hear the music could not play discs in that format. A handful of the mini-discs (Derek Rogers, Massimo Magee, Xanthocephalus) we reissued on full-sized discs. The original three-inch NON-CONFORMIST release by BELLTONE SUICIDE (aka Mike Barrett), from March 2011,  was one of our best-loved early releases, raved about by Volcanic Tongue at the time, and a release that generated a number of enthusiastic e-mails….also, one of my personal favorites. The 3-inch Non-Conformist release contained the first 20 tracks from the sessions, and the rest of the material from those sessions came out on a limited download-only release, briefly available. We arranged with Mike to do a full-sized CDR album of the complete Non-Conformist Sessions, ALL the material, and that was scheduled as KSE #262 in the summer of 2013. It never actually got released, although three or four promo copies were sent out. When it came to actually release it, our master had become corrupted, and Mike no longer had easy access to the material, so we moved on. Only recently, David Perron (of Free From Freakout fame) mentioned that he’d received one of the promos back then, which he loaned to us to make a new master from, and voila, two years later we’ve finally got THE COMPLETE NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS available on a 50-copy edition CDR.

KSE has been very supportive of Belltone Suicide/Mike Barrett over the years, and he continues to do great work under the radar in small editions. His amazing LP “Cartilage Evaporator” on Feeding Tube was #1 of KSE’s best on 2011 list. His body of work is quite diverse, but NON-CONFORMIST was unique as it was solo analog-electronics recorded in real time, kind of like gonzo electronic action-painting (Mike is also an acclaimed visual artist, by the way) in sound. It blew me away when I first heard it, and I really feel that these sessions need to be available again for those who missed them the first time around, and even if you still have that rare 3″ release, the COMPLETE version has a lot more material. Here is part of my original write-up on the album from 2011:

BELLTONE SUICIDE, the problem child of Western Massachusetts musician/composer/visual artist Mike Barrett, has offered the world a number of intense, raw, and vital noise-drone-badtripsych cdr’s and cassettes over the last few years, as well as some incendiary live shows, and Mike’s ability to create molten soundscapes and unexpected textures made him a natural for the KSE family of artists. Great to have him onboard.

Belltonesuicide’s new mini-cdr, “non-conformist” (KSE #185), is surely the most outrageous, over-the-top release we’ve put out so far (which is really saying something, considering what we’ve released!). When I got the master in the mail, and popped the second “play” copy in my car stereo, I nearly drove off the road. Digging deep into the analog-synth muck, Mike has created a diverse 20-tracker (in under 20 minutes) that sounds like a sampler of the most abrasive sections of the most outre Creel Pone electronic music releases. Every track is different, and I must say that this release is probably the best buy for your musical dollar that you’re going to find for years. 20 TRACKS, each mind-frying and balls-to-the-wall gutsy, in under 20 minutes, and the whole thing was recorded in a few hours, and then mixed in a few hours. As an artist, Mike values spontaneity and pushing himself into a personal red-zone, where he loses to some extent conscious control and he takes his game to a higher plane, transposes it to a higher key. I can’t believe how awesome this mini-cdr is. If you love old-school electronic skronk done with a modern attitude and with a slashing primitive feel, you NEED“non-conformist”.

Over the next year, we plan to offer a number of new and diverse creations from Mike Barrett: a duo album with guitar-banjo virtuoso TOM CREAN will be coming out this fall, we’ll be doing two new short-run albums of BELLTONE SUICIDE material, and Mike and I will be doing an art-and-poetry collaborative chapbook. Mike was an important part of the early years of KSE and it’s good to have re-connected with him. I have a stack of Belltone cassettes and CDR’s that I often re-visit, and I look forward to bringing more Mike Barrett creations into the world.

For now, grab this limited extended reissue of the COMPLETE NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS while you can (Mike should have his copies in a week or so, and you can buy a copy directly from him at one of his shows or exhibitions). If you love, say, Fossils or the more-outre, less academic Creel Pone reissues, you NEED this album.

OK, now that you are ordering a copy of NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS, which you’ll love, why not also get some of our other fine CDR albums of contemporary experimental music, all in homemade small editions:

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

see ordering instructions at top of page

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

JEN

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #308, JEN HILL, “THE SHAPE OF IT”

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

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

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

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

RAMBUTAN COVER

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

LISA ERNESTO COVER

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

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

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

GIFT FIG STELL

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298 (CDR album) GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

MORE EAZE COVER

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

STEVE FLATO

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

derek 2015

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

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

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July 27, 2015

KSE 9th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday 30 July 2015, Dallas, TX w/ Derek Rogers, Marcus M. Rubio/More Eaze, Jen Hill, Bill Shute

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Hope to see you all at the KSE 9th Anniversary Celebration in Dallas on Thursday 30 July at THE WILD DETECTIVES, at 314 W. 8th St., from 7-9:15. It will be a mix of poetry and music, alternating between the two throughout the evening. CDR albums from each of the four featured artists will be available for $5 each and KSE poetry chapbooks will be available for 2-for-$5 while they last. We’ll also have copies of the acclaimed recent KSE album from the Gift Fig duo of Alfred 23 Harth and Carl Stone, “Stellenbosch.”

GIFT FIG STELL

KSE DALLAS

7:00-7:10 introductory comments, then poems by John Sweet

brave retreat 2

7:10-7:25 music, JEN HILL (composer and multi-instrumentalist, from Denton)

JEN..JEN pic

7:25-7:35 poetry, poems by Doug Draime

doug 3

7:35-7:55 music, MARCUS M. RUBIO / MORE EAZE (composer and multi-instrumentalist, from Austin-San Antonio)

MORE EAZE COVER..MARCUS M one

7:55-8:05 poetry, poems by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal

digging-a-grave

8:05-8:20 poetry, BILL SHUTE (San Antonio poet and KSE founder)

LINES AND FINES..BILL 2013

8:20-8:35 poetry and music, DEREK ROGERS and BILL SHUTE, duo

we will be doing a premiere performance of SATORI IN LAKE CHARLES

DEREK and BILL cdr..satori in lake charles

8:35-9:15 music, DEREK ROGERS (Dallas-based composer and multi-instrumentalist)

derek 2015..DEREK DEPTH

Kendra Steiner Editions is a San Antonio-based small press publishing contemporary poetry and small label issuing experimental music. They began in early 2006 and have since issued over 310 releases, getting attention internationally and garnering many reviews and airplay on many radio stations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

July 6, 2015

Jen Hill, “The Shape Of It” (KSE #308), available now!

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JEN  HILL

“The Shape Of It”

KSE #308 (CDR album), edition of 48 copies

cover painting by MP Landis 

$8 US / $11.50 elsewhere   payment via paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

please provide address/item ordered in a note with your paypal order….THANKS

JEN

Excited to welcome North Texas composer and multi-instrumentalist JEN HILL to the KSE family for her first album, THE SHAPE OF IT. Working out of Denton, Jen has been performing in a wide variety of genres, from noise to contemporary chamber music to deconstructed avant-pop to steel band and gamelan ensemble! Her compositions have been performed at a number of festivals and competitions across the nation, from California to Connecticut. She is also a fine cellist and composer for cello, as you’ll discover…

Since Jen does so many things well, we decided that a kind of sampler would be the best way to present her work on this, her premiere KSE album….so you get an exciting mixture of cello pieces (close-miked and featuring extended techniques), moody deconstructed pop songs, a piece (Get Out Of Bed) that’s a kind of rotating collage which morphs into shape-shifted song, and finally the long and majestic minimalist-plus composition “Theta Brainwave Entrainment Study No. 1,” which closes the album because nothing could possibly follow it. The album is programmed well, offering a number of moods and genres and building to a satisfying climax. Any of the musical forms Jen offers here could be explored on a full album (you’ll WANT to hear more of all of them), and hopefully they will be as this album opens doors for her. This is a fascinating and satisfying album, and I’d assume most listeners will feel like, “I want to hear MORE by Jen Hill,” when they finish the album….

Only 48 copies, so grab yours NOW…and be sure to hear Jen in person at the KSE 9th Anniversary event in Dallas on July 30 (details below)….

jen band

(photo by Dmetri Rashaad Howell)

*~~  is the name under which Jen chooses to make “pop” music that could affectionately be referred to as “experimental.”  Below is a poster from a show featuring *~~

JEN concert

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JEN pic

visit Jen Hill   at

http://www.jenniferhillcomposer.com/

http://errantnewmusic.org/jenhill/

http://www.ericshitacre.com/  (note: I’m surprised someone hadn’t already claimed that domain name!)


 

and enjoy some more of her music at  https://soundcloud.com/jenhill

KSE DALLAS

Be sure to see Jen Hill in performance at the KSE 9th Anniversary event on July 30 in Dallas…an evening that will be alternating poetry with experimental music….Jen will have her new album available for sale…she’ll be the first musician to perform, a little after 7 p.m. Here is a tentative line-up for that evening, Thursday 30 July, at THE WILD DETECTIVES, 314 W. 8th, Dallas:

7:00-7:10  introductory comments, then poems by John Sweet

7:10-7:25 music, JEN HILL (composer and multi-instrumentalist, from Denton)

7:25-7:35 poetry, poems by Doug Draime

7:35-7:55 music, MARCUS M. RUBIO / MORE EAZE (composer and multi-instrumentalist, from Austin-San Antonio)

7:55-8:05 poetry , poems by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal

8:05-8:20 poetry, BILL SHUTE (San Antonio poet and KSE founder)

8:20-8:35 poetry and music, DEREK ROGERS and BILL SHUTE, duo

8:35-9:15 music, DEREK ROGERS (Dallas-based composer and multi-instrumentalist)

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OK, now that you are ordering a copy of THE SHAPE OF IT, which you’ll love, why not also get some of our other fine CDR albums of contemporary experimental music, all in homemade small editions:

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

see ordering instructions at top of page

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

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

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

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

RAMBUTAN COVER

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

LISA ERNESTO COVER

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

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

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

GIFT FIG STELL

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298 (CDR album) GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

MORE EAZE COVER

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

STEVE FLATO

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

derek 2015

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

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

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For more works from MP Landis, please visit the online gallery at  http://www.mplandis.com/#!art/c1r52

JEN MP

July 2, 2015

new album from RAMBUTAN, “Remember Me Now” (KSE #305)

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RAMBUTAN

“Remember Me Now”   KSE #305, CDR album

$8 US / $11.50 elsewhere   payment via paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

please provide address/item ordered in a note with your paypal order….THANKS

Visit Rambutan at     http://rambutan.bandcamp.com/

haunting, painterly sound-explorations of memory from RAMBUTAN

RAMBUTAN COVER

RAMBUTAN (aka Eric Hardiman) has been a heavy-hitter in the drone/noise/electro-acoustic/sound-art (there’s no good name for what Rambutan does, is there? How about Rambutan music?) world for a number of years, and when you add to his Rambutan work his powerful performances in Burnt Hills and Century Plants, his work as label head for Tape Drift imprint, and his work organizing and putting on shows with the Albany Sonic Arts Collective (Albany has been a very happening place for a number of years), it’s amazing how much Mr. Hardiman single-handedly contributes to the experimental music world…BUT he’s best known for his Rambutan recordings and performances, and KSE is very proud to welcome him back to our label (he had a 3″ release, “Age of None,” in 2010) with a beautiful and diverse new album, REMEMBER ME NOW. You never know what to expect from Rambutan, master of electronics and guitar feedback and the like, but this album is quite atmospheric, using tape manipulation (in a way that’s sometimes reminiscent of Matt Krefting, and there’s no higher praise than that in my book) and subtle percussion and electronic shading, creating tracks that seem to evoke (for me at least) cold midnight landscapes in rural New York State but with a touch of alien presence. It’s very much a 3 a.m. album, perhaps enjoyed best by candlelight and with the window open. It’s also a very painterly album. Snatches of overheard, out-of-context conversation drift in and out on one track, as if a few people are walking across the landscape that is the music, fading into the scene, fading out of it. And don’t worry…there IS melting guitar feedback here (it IS Rambutan, after all), but it’s muted, in pastels–one track, “Kill The Lights,” could be a Fripp and Eno out-take (and again, as with the Krefting reference above, there’s no higher praise than that in my book). There’s also some electric bass-rooted  explorations, bringing to mind the work of Russ Alderson/Xanthocephalus.

REMEMBER ME NOW is also very well thought-out and programmed AS AN ALBUM. The various tracks come forward and pull back gradually like waves on the shore. They fit together but highlight different aspects, like a suite of 11 (there are 11 tracks on the album) different paintings on sonic display. And the title track, the last track on the album is truly heartbreaking—-not a word I use often with instrumental music (maybe, over the years, I have used the word to describe pieces by Chet Baker, or Mahler, or Paul Bley). It does use a vocal sample, but distorts/melts it in such a way that it functions as atmosphere. Suddenly, as with the first rays of pre-dawn light cracking through a distant horizon reminding us that there WILL be another day, the album is over….and you will surely be pushing the “repeat” button and playing this fine album over…and over. RAMBUTAN—-REMEMBER ME NOW

note: After I wrote the above comments, Rambutan himself provided the following comments on the album, which should be enlightening: Almost all Rambutan music has in one way or another had time as its central theme. Remember Me Now continues that tradition, but its tracks are meditations on memory. Each one has very specific personal reference points.

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RAMB

Eric Hardiman runs Tape Drift Records, records as Rambutan, and plays in a slew of bands including Century Plants, Burnt Hills, Twilight of the Century, Location Ensemble, Mensheviks, etc. He also co-founded the Albany Sonic Arts Collective.

Honest Bagger’s 2013 interview with Eric Hardiman (Rambutan): http://honestbag.blogspot.com/2013/04/kief-with-eric-hardiman-tape-drift.html

Albany Sonic Arts Collective: http://albanysonicarts.blogspot.com/

Rambutan/Eric Hardiman at Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/artist/1139727-Eric-Hardiman

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long out-of-print mini-cdr from KSE featuring Eric Hardiman:

rambutan

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I did two poetry-and-music performances with Rambutan in 2011, one in Albany and one in Hudson, NY…

bill, east coast trip may 2011 068

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And while you are ordering the new RAMBUTAN, why not also get some of our other 2015 releases:

KSE CDR’s OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NOW AVAILABLE: 

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

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

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

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #312, FOSSILS, “With Brian Ruryk” (joint release w/ Middle James Co., only 48 copies—-we have 24, Middle James Co./Cardinal Records have 24)

LISA ERNESTO COVER

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

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

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

GIFT FIG STELL

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298 (CDR album) GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

MORE EAZE COVER

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

STEVE FLATO

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

derek 2015

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

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

July 1, 2015

the collaboration that had to happen: FOSSILS, “WITH BRIAN RURYK” (KSE #312), 48-copy edition, co-release with Middle James Co.

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FOSSILS

“With Brian Ruryk”

KSE #312/MJC #441

a co-release of Kendra Steiner Editions and Middle James Co.

CDR album, edition of 44 copies (22 from KSE, 22 from MJC)

$8 US / $11.50 elsewhere   payment via paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

please provide address/item ordered in a note with your paypal order….THANKS

(note: some copies of this are mis-labelled as KSE #294….sorry)

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

KSE’s previous FOSSILS album (already out of print!) FOR BRIAN RURYK was a tribute to Canadian experimental guitarist/sound artist BRIAN RURYK, who has been working without compromise at his unique art since the 1980’s. We’re excited to announce that the newest entry in our short-run KSE/Middle James Co. collaborative releases is WITH BRIAN RURYK, a FOSSILS album WITH Mr. Ruryk  himself. It’s rare nowadays to say that an artist is in a league of his own and is unique—-the avant-garde and the noise scene have become SO predictable, and when people re-channel avant-garde moves that have already been done and consider themselves RADICAL on top of that, it’s truly pretentious and insufferable! However, Brian Ruryk  continues after 30+ years of work to maintain his pure outsider vision, where every aspect of the work retains a raw and original DIY EDGE. Imagine if someone swept up out-takes from Andy Milligan’s editing room floor and crudely spliced them together and submitted them to some “indie filmmakers showcase”—-imagine the outrage. That’s how radical Ruryk’s work seems when compared to the so-called underground—-it’s bracing, as they might say about a cheap and strong after-shave which could double as rust remover…

So it’s not only natural that he would be an inspiration to FOSSILS, whose aesthetic is quite similar, but it’s also natural that Fossils and Mr. Ruryk would collaborate….and here it is: FOSSILS WITH BRIAN RURYK.  For me, this is as exciting as when The Harlem Globetrotters arrived on Gilligan’s Island…or when the bodily fluids met the chemicals in Warhol’s Oxidation Paintings. The found sounds/electronic pulses/scraping/and noise action-painting of FOSSILS paired with the beyond-time, IMMEDIATE guitar work (and who knows what else) of Ruryk is an combination that can’t miss. I’m not a headphone person….I enjoy hearing music through speakers….and blasted through speakers, except for certain guitar passages, you might be hard-pressed to tell who contributed what on this album…I’d much rather let my art wash all over me than to pick it apart. As they said about some old professional wrestling movie I saw on VHS back in the 90’s, “it’s disgustingly real.”

This is the second of three short-run (under 50 copies total of each) collaborations Kendra Steiner Editions is doing with Middle James Co. in 2015. The first one, FOR BRIAN RURYK is already sold-out at KSE, but you can still get a copy through Cardinal Records in Canada: http://cardinalrecords.blogspot.com/2015/04/fossills-double-feature.html

Grab your copy now: KSE has 24 copies, and Cardinal Records/Middle James will have 24 copies. Remember, the FOR BRIAN album, just released a few months back, is already gone here at KSE….

For more information about Brian Ruryk,

here is a 2010 interview with Brian Ruryk at indieville: http://www.indieville.com/articles/20q/brianruryk.htm

some of Brian Ruryk’s past releases can be seen here: http://brianruryk.blogspot.com/

He also has an online presence and is not hard to find, if you are looking….

I don’t know who is going to win the international women’s soccer championship, but CANADA has already won the uncompromising DIY sound-sculpture championship with this album….FOSSILS (Hamilton) meets BRIAN RURYK (Toronto).

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And while you are ordering FOSSILS WITH BRIAN RURYK, why not also get some of our 2015 releases:

KSE CDR’s OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NOW AVAILABLE: 

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

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

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

RAMBUTAN COVER

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

LISA ERNESTO COVER

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

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

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

GIFT FIG STELL

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298 (CDR album) GIFT FIG: ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch,” live in South Africa, September 2014

MORE EAZE COVER

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

STEVE FLATO

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

derek 2015

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

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

June 24, 2015

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

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LISA ERNESTO LIVE

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

the duo of LISA CAMERON & ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE

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

$8  US  postpaid / $11.50 elsewhere postpaid

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LISA ERNESTO COVER

Lisa Cameron–percussion, electronics, lap steel

Ernesto Diaz-Infante–12 string acoustic guitar

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recorded by Marjorie Sturm at (Next Door to the

Jefferson Airplane Studios), San Francisco, 9/2013

Mastered by Dylan Cameron

1. Rise 2. The House at Pooneil Corners

3. Sun Psychic 4. Stars Within Stars

5. Queen of Pentacles 6.Labor and Fruits

7. Imagination Eye 8. The Daughter 

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

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

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

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

KSE APRIL 2012 POSTER

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

KSE CDR’s OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NOW AVAILABLE: 

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

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

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

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

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

RAMBUTAN COVER

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

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

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

GIFT FIG STELL

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

MORE EAZE COVER

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

STEVE FLATO

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

derek 2015

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

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

June 19, 2015

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

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Jennifer

THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron)

“Luminous Toxin”

KSE #296 (CDR album)

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

$8  US  postpaid / $11.50 elsewhere postpaid

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please provide a note with your order listing the items you’ve ordered and your mailing address….thanks!

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

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

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

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

JB PIC 1

JB PIC 2

JB pic 6

JB pic 4

JB PIC 5

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

GARMENT DISTRICT  VegasGOLD_Photo by Jennifer Baron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KSE CDR’s OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NOW AVAILABLE: 

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

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

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

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

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

RAMBUTAN COVER

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

LISA ERNESTO COVER

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

GIFT FIG STELL

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

MORE EAZE COVER

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

STEVE FLATO

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

derek 2015

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

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

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

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March 14, 2015

FOSSILS, “For Brian Ruryk” (KSE #294), 48-copy edition, co-release with Middle James Co., now available….

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FOSSILS

For Brian Ruryk”

KSE #294/MJC #440

a co-release of Kendra Steiner Editions and Middle James Co.

CDR album, edition of 44 copies (22 from KSE, 22 from MJC)

$8 US / $11.50 elsewhere   payment via paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

please provide address/item ordered in a note with your paypal order….THANKS

FOSSILS BRIAN COVER

The first of three short-run FOSSILS albums we’ll be co-releasing with Middle James Co. in 2015 (we did two of those in 2014, WOOLY BULLY and THE CARDIGAN HOUR, now out of print), each an edition of 48 copies, 24 of which will be available from MJC/Cardinal Records and 24 from KSE. Actually, this new one, FOR BRIAN RURYK (KSE #294) should  be in an edition of 5000 copies because it’s brilliant. Anyone reading this already knows what FOSSILS represents: the ultimate noise collagists, low in fidelity and high in imagination. Every album is an action painting in sound, sliced and diced and sauteed until the ingredients jump from the pan. However, as good as all their many albums are, this one really should command attention. Sometimes the humor in Fossils music and the wide-range of sounds they are capable on creating take away attention from the fact that Daniel Farr and David Payne are masters of the musically diabolical: I’d rate this album as an extension of the subversively disquieting sound and aesthetic of, say, Coum Transmissions or early Throbbing Gristle. People seem to forget the DIY/punk/Burroughs/Warhol/lo-fi/cut-up/primitive/outsider orientation of the early industrial music before it was even called “industrial.”  FOSSILS are the natural heirs of the most primal, street-level, Lo-Fi and REAL side of that tradition. AND they are proudly Canadian!  Every track is different, but each section of each one is always fascinating in its construction and abrasive and full of textures. This is music that makes me feel alive! Come alive and get your own copy……but act soon, only 24 available from KSE….

FOSSILS     For Brian Ruryk”         KSE #294/MJC #440

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Other exciting experimental music CDR albums available from KSE:

derek 2015

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

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

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remaining copies of new releases from 2014:

KSE #275 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “China Collection”

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$8 US postpaid                       $11.50 outside of US postpaid

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

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

and also please include a note with your order stating your mailing name/address and what albums you are ordering….Paypal does not always provide that….MANY THANKS for your ongoing support….

coming soon in late March-April-May: new releases from STEVE FLATO, MARCUS M. RUBIO, and the Gift Fig duo of  ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE

March 13, 2015

new album from DEREK ROGERS, “Depth/Detail of Processing” (KSE #292)

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KSE’s first new release of 2015

DEREK ROGERS

“Depth/Detail of Processing”

CDR album, KSE #292

$8 US / $11 elsewhere   payment via paypal to   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

please provide address/item ordered in a note with your paypal order….THANKS

DEREK DEPTH

KSE’s first shot fired in 2015 is a potent one: a stunning new creation from Texas composer-musician DEREK ROGERS, “DEPTH/DETAIL OF PROCESSING” (KSE #292)…

derek 2015

In over 50+ albums, Rogers has proven to be beyond labels (noise? drone? electro-acoustic? electronic composition?) and he rarely repeats himself. He begins with the blank slate of silence, and with an almost-infinite number of sounds and textures at his disposal, on this album he creates six diverse sound-paintings, rich in textures of all sorts, dipping into everything from contact-mic scrape to decaying piano, from feedback to low-level fuzzy cushioning. Each piece is meticulously crafted yet full of separate sections and constant surprise. You may well forget how many tracks are on the album and just cut free your moorings and travel along with Derek Rogers, as I have.

Derek Rogers the composer really shines on this album, the title of which refers to both what society and culture do to US in terms of programming and processing (listening to Rogers’ music is a good way to stand up to that!) and also to the depth and detail of the range of sounds found on this album….and speaking of sound, the mastering by Alan Jones is so three-dimensional and alive that you don’t listen to this album…..you are in the middle of it and it happens around you…and inside you. Also, Derek’s internal rhythms here (they really come out on headphones) keep the pieces moving in ways you don’t even notice, but feel.

Texas should be proud of Derek Rogers as he has brought his Lone Star-steeped brand of noise-drone-contemporary composition to the far corners of the underground music world, and it’s hard to think of anyone else who combines the quality and quantity of DR while not falling into a formula or becoming pretentious. He’s recorded for most of the small labels that matter in the noise/drone/free-improv world—-Patient Sounds, Bridgetown, Tape Drift, Jehu & Chinaman, No Kings, 905, Hooker Vision, Anathema Sound, Bathetic, Hermitage, Ghetto Naturalist Series, Scotch Tapes, Cloud Valley, Middle James Co., House of Alchemy, Deep Tapes, Dream Root, Kimberly Dawn, Hobo Cult, Greenup Industries, etc. When I travel, I often bring an old Walkman and a stack of DR cassettes along, and no matter what label or period the album is, it’s always fresh and always mind-blowing. Derek’s eclectic yet matter-of-fact, no hype, no-BS approach to his work keeps the focus always on the work, and like a Warhol or a Steve Lacy or a Woody Allen, he continues to work constantly, finding new problems to work out, new landscapes to create and explore, new artistic questions to grapple with.

But what matters most to you, the listener, is that Derek’s new album for KSE, DEPTH/DETAIL OF PROCESSING (KSE #292), is a collection of six exciting and surprising and blistering and shimmering electronic sound paintings from a contemporary master. It’s a stunning listen. It might well be the one DEREK ROGERS album I would choose among the stack sitting near my stereo to give to someone unfamiliar with his work….ANYONE would become a fan after this one!

Grab your copy now! Ordering details above….

Note: this album is dedicated to and inspired by the late Evan Chronister, long-time DFW underground music champion and friend and supporter of Derek (best known to me for his Static Encounters blog). This scene we are all part of survives and thrives because of people like Evan who give of their time and passion and talent, give and give and give, and never ask for anything in return but the joy in knowing they helped turn on others to something that’s great and that they are passionate about. The Dallas Observer ran a nice tribute to Evan, and you can read it here: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2014/10/evan_chronister_memorial.php

The track “Matilda & Richmond” deals directly with EC’s passing and uses field recordings from the period immediately following his death in order to ground the piece as close to EC’s experience as is possible. Surely, he would have appreciated keeping the circle unbroken….

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Other exciting experimental music CDR albums available from KSE:

FOSSILS BRIAN COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #294, FOSSILS, “For Brian Ruryk” (a joint release with Middle James Co., KSE has only 24 copies of this)

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

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

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remaining copies of new releases from 2014:

KSE #284 (CDR), BRENT FARISS, “Folk Song For 27 Oboes”

BRENT OBOES

KSE # 291 (CDR), MARCUS M. RUBIO, “Cities Sinking Down”

marcus cities

KSE #266 (CDR), MATT KREFTING, “Recitals”

matt recitals

KSE #289 (CDR), A. J. KAUFMANN, ‘Stoned Gypsy Wanderer,” cover art by Justin Jackley

AJK, album cover

KSE #288 (CDR, spoken-word poetry), BILL SHUTE, “Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers: Bill Shute reads selected 2013-2014 poems,”  produced by Marcus Rubio

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KSE #275 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “China Collection”

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$8 US postpaid                       $11 outside of US postpaid

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

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

and also please include a note with your order stating your mailing name/address and what albums you are ordering….Paypal does not always provide that….MANY THANKS for your ongoing support….

coming soon in late March-April-May: new releases from STEVE FLATO, MARCUS M. RUBIO, and the Gift Fig duo of  ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE

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DEREK AND BILL, Hideout, Austin, 2011

derek master

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March 3, 2015

Alfred 23 Harth / John Bell, Camellia Tour, February 2015

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A23H-John Bell 2015 poster  (1)

A23H Camellia poster 1

Kendra Steiner Editions is also proud to announce that we will be releasing a SECOND album from the duo of ALFRED 23 HARTH and CARL STONE (their previous GIFT FIG duo album on KSE was widely acclaimed and enjoyed), “Stellenbosch,” recorded live in South Africa during their 2014 tour. Coming in late April 2015.

Mr. Harth’s present KSE release is CHINA COLLECTION…

A23H ChinaCollection

July 22, 2014

new from ALFRED 23 HARTH, “China Collection” (KSE #275, cdr album)

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ALFRED  23  HARTH

“China Collection”

KSE #275 (CDR album)       Mr. Harth’s 6th release for KSE!!!

$8 US postpaid / $11 elsewhere postpaid

including liner note insert from A23H describing the project and each track in detail

payment via paypal to   DJANGO5722(at)YAHOO(dot)COM

please leave a note w/ your paypal order indicating which items you want and also yr mailing address

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With a 45+ year career at the forefront of the international music avant-garde, ALFRED 23 HARTH refuses to settle down or to find a predictable avant-shtick and then milk that for a comfortable living (as a number of his contemporaries are doing, paid back with a stylish airbrushed photo on the cover of THE WIRE). Harth continues to be an uncontrollable force in the 21st Century avant-garde, collaborating with people who were not even born in the 80’s when he was in Cassiber or recorded for ECM for the second time.

The ambitious and audacious CHINA COLLECTION is proof that A23H has no peers in the international underground. This 70+ minute assemblage is truly epic in scope and dense in texture, while still having room to breathe—-in the tradition of Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow or Melville’s Mardi or Moby Dick, it’s got EVERYTHING in it, and something else comes into focus with each listening. It’s also full of references and allusions and mirrorings that keep the mind swimming.

Having lived and worked in Asia for nearly 15  years now, Harth and his work have grown Asian roots–initially in his Korean home base, then extending into Japan, first within Otomo Yoshihide’s ensembles (2004-2008) and then with Carl Stone (and, incidentally,  the Harth-Stone duo GIFT FIG will be performing doing a September 2014 tour in South Africa!). Since 2011, Mr. Harth has extended his Asian radius toward emerging young scenes in China, and the new CHINA COLLECTION album is a summary of those rich musical experiences.

From recontextualized slice-and-dice opera to riveting improvisational sequences to  electronics to string passages to disembodied voices to turntabling to lyrical reed passages to every imaginable permutation of a seemingly limitless collection of sound sources, the CHINA COLLECTION is a massive release, and every copy comes with a liner-note insert where Mr. Harth discusses the overall project and each track in detail. It’s not just a comprehensive “sampler” of Harth’s China-related activity the last few years; it’s also a sound-sculpture created FROM those pieces of activity,including sound sources from: Cheng Xu, Jun-Y Ciao, MaiMai, Yi Tao, A23H (Shanghai Quintet), Alok, Dickson Dee, Sherman Ho, Sin:Ned (Hong Kong), Duo Goebbels/Harth LP Frankfurt/Peking + Otomo Yoshihide’s / Ground Zero’s Revolutionary Pekinese Opera Ver.1.28 (Peking Opera Remix III), and Albrecht Kunze.  Although this is Harth’s 6th release for KSE, it is totally different from each of the others, and as someone who has been listening to experimental music since my teenage years, I can say that I’ve NEVER heard anything remotely like this. You could isolate any two minute chunk of this album and spend a day getting into its construction and its juxtapositions and the world it creates. Score another goal for number 23!

It’s a limited hand-assembled, hand-numbered DIY edition of 153 CDR’s, and nearly 1/3 of them are gone already, so get yours now while you still can.

A23H ChinaCollection

We still have a limited number of Alfred 23 Harth’s previous KSE release,  also available for $8 US and $11 elsewhere:

KSE #257 (CDR),  ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  IV.”

A23H China Collection cover pic

 

Also available from KSE:

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11 )

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

KSE #281 (CDR), FOSSILS, “Wooly Bully” (a co-release with Middle James Co., only 20 copies available from KSE)

KSE #279 (CDR), ERNESTO-DIAZ INFANTE, “wistful entrance, wistful exit”

KSE #277 (CDR), URKAS, “Stamen and Pistil”

URKAS is the duo of Parashi (Mike Griffin) and Xanthocephalus (Russ Alderson)

KSE #274 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE/TIM GREEN/MAX FOWLER-ROY, “Relentless Communion”

KSE #268    (CDR ), CATHAL RODGERS (ex-Wereju), “Instrumental Conditioning”

KSE #271 (CDR), FOSSILS/BILL SHUTE, “Diesel Fallout Dixie Stampede”

KSE #264 (CDR), EGG, EGGS, “Off Yellow Soft Pillow” 

KSE #288 (CDR, spoken-word poetry), BILL SHUTE, “Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers: Bill Shute reads selected 2013-2014 poems,”  produced by Marcus Rubio

and a limited reissue of an old classic KSE 3″ mini-cdr, now on a full-sized cdr reissue

KSE #283 (CDR), SMOKEY EMERY (aka Daniel Hipolito), “Incident At Town Lake” 

 

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