Kendra Steiner Editions

March 25, 2015

now available, FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “The Florida Nocturne Poems” (KSE #300, poetry and sound sculpture)

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FOSSILS  &  BILL SHUTE

“THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS”

KSE #300, poetry-and-music CDR album

original cover art by M. P. Landis

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includes readings of the complete Bill Shute poetry chapbooks  SHADES OF NIGHT DESCENDING; MONDO DAYTONA; PEACH COBBLER IN THE POKER ROOM; JUPITER IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR and FIVE new Florida-themed sound sculptures from FOSSILS…

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

In 2012, I composed and published FOUR poetry chapbooks, inspired by my two weeks in Central Florida that summer: SHADES OF NIGHT DESCENDING; MONDO DAYTONA; PEACH COBBLER IN THE POKER ROOM; and JUPITER IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR. Florida is a fascinating place (I’ll be returning to Florida, this time to the Panhandle, in May/June 2015), and the central part of the state is so full of rich particulars that it’s a natural for a poet or photographer. Those chapbooks got an excellent response, and I was very happy with them myself, so I arranged with Word Mechanics to do a book-length collection of the four chapbooks, running about 40 pages. I even commissioned an original painting from MP Landis for the book’s cover. For various reasons, that book did not happen, so after remembering that my spoken-word poetry albums sell better than their written cousins, I thought that perhaps KSE should create some kind of poetry-and-music album based on the FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS. And if you are looking for a musical unit that can do ANYTHING and create soundscapes of an infinite variety, then you will inevitably come to Hamilton, Ontario’s FOSSILS. David Payne and Daniel Farr of FOSSILS, inspired by the poems (and given the charge to keep it “swampy and sparse,” which they certainly did), created five diverse sound sculptures, dripping with Florida heat and humidity, which are alternating with newly recorded readings of the four multi-part poems, produced in Austin by Marcus Rubio.

THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS is the second Fossils and Bill Shute collab, and I hope it’s not the last. Listening to these poems THREE YEARS after writing them, I feel that I really did nail the struggle of confused, average people trying to find some fleeting empty joy in and to make some kind of sense out of the heart of the heart of Central Florida, “Mississippi with palm trees.” These are heavily-packed, detail-rich poems filled with chunky particulars, like the nuts in a Baby Ruth candy bar. Four different narrators tell four different stories, all pieces of the mosaic that is 21st Century life in the Southern US, under the reign of Governor Ultrasound. The combination of FOSSILS sound sculptures and these Florida poems creates a unique unclassifiable work. The music is sometimes abrasive and the poetry is sometimes absurd in a painful, pathetic way, but hey, SO IS LIFE. At eight dollars (eleven, outside the US), this is a heck of a lot cheaper than a trip to Florida, and you won’t have to deal with mosquitoes, as I did when I wrote these poems at various Central Florida dog tracks in 2012. Yes, this is a lo-fi product, but we are dealing with a world of people working at the minimum wage and living in cheap furnished rooms, so save the pretentious “art editions” for MFA-toting hipsters in berets.

The cover to this album sports an original painting from acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist M.P.Landis (visit him at http://www.mplandis.com/), originally commissioned for the book project that never happened. Mr. Landis graciously allowed us to use that same painting on the cover of this album, and ALL sale copies will be printed on fine quality cover stock that brings out the richness and the textures of the painting….I’d like to think that the contents of the album are also full of richness and deep textures, but you will be the judge of that.

FOSSILS and Marcus Rubio did a fantastic job on THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS, and we all hope you enjoy the finished product. One has to find new ways to “sell” poetry in today’s world–this is one of them….

Get your copy NOW….EDITION OF 125 COPIES

$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

and while you are ordering THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS, don’t fail to grab some of our other CDR releases, new creations of contemporary experimental music from a number of contemporary masters….DEREK ROGERS, STEVE FLATO, FOSSILS, MATT KREFTING, MARCUS RUBIO, BRENT FARISS, etc. Here’s what we have available presently:

NEW FOR 2015: STEVE FLATO, “Exhaust System”

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #294, FOSSILS, “For Brian Ruryk” (a joint release with Middle James Co., KSE has only 22 copies of this)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

all CDR’s are  $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….

fossils by nuuj in rochester 2012

David Payne and Daniel Farr of FOSSILS

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marcus sessions

Marcus Rubio recording the Bill Shute poetry tracks in Austin

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note: covers from the original 2012 poetry chapbooks (all long out-of-print)

florida one, shades of night

MONDO TWO

PEACH COBBLER cover

FLORIDA FOUR, jupiter

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and here’s the cover of the FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS book that didn’t happen….but if it did happen, we probably would not have done this album, so in hindsight, I’m glad things turned out the way they did….this album takes the poems and expands them into new dimensions….

FLORIDA NOCTURNE COVER

March 21, 2015

now available, STEVE FLATO, Exhaust System (KSE #307)

STEVE FLATO

Exhaust System (KSE #307, CDR album)

A process piece in just intonation for three clarinets, oboe, bassoon, cello, bass, and sine waves.

mastered by A. F. Jones, Laminal Audio (http://laminalaudio.com), cover art by Nicholas Szczepanik

$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

STEVE FLATO

KSE believes in contemporary composers and contemporary composition…hence our albums by Nick Hennies, Brent Fariss, Marcus Rubio, Forbes Graham, and others….and we try to bring composers with exciting new creations into the fold and feature their work, giving them an international platform for release of new pieces in hard-copy CDR form. We are introducing two composers new to the KSE family in 2015 (the second, Denton, TX-based JEN HILL, will be featured in Fall 2015), and the first of these is San Diego-based composer and multi-instrumentalist STEVE FLATO. Having performed and recorded with such friends as DEREK ROGERS and VANESSA ROSSETTO, Steve was familiar to me, and when I heard his major new piece in just intonation EXHAUST SYSTEM, I immediately inquired about an album release on KSE. Long-form process pieces in poetry, film, the visual arts, and music have always fascinated me, and EXHAUST SYSTEM is the kind of work you can put on and then immerse yourself in its world and FEEL its construction and its internal logic from the inside out (and the rich and crystal-clear mastering of Alan Jones, who also did our recent Derek Rogers album, helps a lot to bring a sense of depth and immediacy to the listening experience). I remember back in the day listening to the LaMonte Young album on Shandar at various volumes and settings, in different parts of the room, on headphones and without headphones, etc., and speaking of Shandar, also doing that with Terry Riley’s PERSIAN SURGERY DERVISHES. (I’m also reminded of the cascading/alternating/slipping/incantatory repetitions in Gertrude Stein’s THE MAKING OF AMERICANS.) This is that  kind of album….a transcendent listening experience and a fascinatingly constructed piece. Let’s let the composer explain:

EXHAUST SYSTEM  is a process piece based on Alvin Lucier’s “I Am Sitting In A Room” for 3 clarinets, oboe, bassoon, sine waves, bass, and cello. It is in the system of tuning called just intonation, a microtonal tuning that uses pure ratios to achieve very pure sonorities. Basically, it is like “I Am Sitting In A Room” in that the source sounds (microtonally tuned instruments playing swells of long notes instead of spoken voice in this case) are processed by being sent into a room over and over again. I’m sure you are familiar with this piece, so you know how Lucier’s piece works linearly. He starts from point A (dry) and goes to point B (processed reverb). In Exhaust System, each instrument is on its own timeline. The process, instead of linearly like Lucier, works backwards, from the middle, going 2x speed, half speed, etc and through different permutations. This creates a counterpoint between the instruments texturally and harmonically. Additionally, all the “swelling” notes played by the instruments was done so through a Reaktor script that randomized when these swelling events would happen. The effect is a shimmering, pulsating wave of sonorities that moves and changes so slowly that you can’t quite perceive any differentiation.

Steve also did a recent interview with the Spanish website PREPARED GUITAR, where he explains his aesthetic and the nature of his work very well. Check it out here: http://preparedguitar.blogspot.com.es/2015/03/steve-flato-13-questions.html

This is an exciting and fascinating album from a man who’s making a name for himself in the contemporary music world, and it’s easy to see why with such a major release as EXHAUST SYSTEM. Be sure to get your copy NOW…I can’t imagine this piece ever getting old…! Ordering instructions above….and why not check out some of KSE’s other excellent releases of contemporary experimental music on CDR….look below on this page for brand-new releases from DEREK ROGERS and FOSSILS along with the remaining copies of late 2014 releases from MATT KREFTING, BRENT FARISS, ALFRED 23 HARTH, and others.

BIO: Steve Flato is a San Diego-based musician working primarily in and exploring areas between composition and improvisation. Using live sound manipulation, broken electronics, just intonation guitar, and mangled samples, he transforms and rearranges his own sound and the sound of his collaborators in live settings and on record.
Flato is concerned with process and chance, and the line between synthetic and natural sounds. He is particularly interested in impurity — taking processes and concepts and freely interchanging them without the process necessarily dictating form. His label, Abrash, is named after the impurities found in the accidental color bleeding that occurs in the process of creating rugs, noted by Morton Feldman.
His compositions are often sourced from improvisations, improvisations sourced from compositions, and he utilizes recurring and intuitive processes to transform his material. In addition to Abrash, he has appeared on labels such as Copy For Your Records, Kendra Steiner Editions and Lengua de Lava. Past collaborative work includes  Fyxzis (with Corey Larkin and Richard Kamerman) and Hwaet (with Vanessa Rossetto).
Visit Mr. Flato at  http://abrash.org/flato

STEVE ONE

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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 22 copies of this)

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 #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

GUIDE_20140703_0001

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

GUIDE_20140611_0001

$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….

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STEVE COPY

Steve’s other new album, SALON DE FLATO, available from the excellent COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS label, which has done releases from other KSE artists such as Massimo Magee and Marcus Rubio….an essential label! Here’s the ordering link for that album:  http://cfyre.co/rds/

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STEVE TWO

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STEVE POSTER

As always, thank you for your support of independent artists and independent arts collectives such as KSE….

March 20, 2015

poet MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH featured at Coalesce online lit magazine

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MLH pic 2015

San Francisco poet and longtime KSE author MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH is featured (with poems from previous KSE chapbooks) in the new issue of the online literary mag COALESCE. Mr. Heath is one of my favorite poets and was also a pioneer in the world of punk zinedom back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He was also the first poet I approached about contributing to KSE’s anthology of poems in honor of Lou Reed: POLYMORPHOUS URBAN: POEMS FOR LOU REED. As a musician and a man steeped in the first and best wave of punk, a man in the trenches as it was happening, and a man whose knowledge of rock’n’roll history is second to none, his poetry (not surprisingly) has a wonderful sense of jaded streetwise lyricism and always has a rock and roll heart. We are proud to publish his work on an ongoing basis and KSE will be issuing a new collection of MLH poems in late 2015. Until then, enjoy this sampling of his wonderful and intoxicating work for free via Coalesce….here is the link:

http://www.coalescelitmag.com/poetry/michael-layne-heath

UNBROADCAST RERUNS

LOU REED COVER

loons

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 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 #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

GUIDE_20140703_0001

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

GUIDE_20140611_0001

$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

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

GUIDE_20140703_0001

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

GUIDE_20140611_0001

$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

hideout 2011 004

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

February 22, 2015

last call for many 2014 KSE albums…gone soon

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As we have an ambitious release schedule of new CDR albums of experimental music in 2015, beginning in mid-March with the new album by Derek Rogers, we will be closing out in the next week or two those 2014 releases which are nearly sold out.

So this is your final chance to get classic albums from ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, FOSSILS, SMOKEY EMERY and others. All of these were editions of 100 or so and were NEVER available from so-called “underground” distributors, so act now or pay inflated collector prices in the future.

LAST CALL FOR 2014 KSE ALBUMS

$8 US postpaid                       $11 outside of US postpaid

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….expect more fine experimental music from us in 2015, beginning in just a few weeks…. UNTIL THEN, grab these while you can...

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

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 #286 / MJC #440  (CDR), FOSSILS, “The Cardigan Hour” (only 24 copies available from KSE!  “Chamber Fossils”)

fossils cover cardigan

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

AJK, album cover

KSE #285 (CDR), SMOKEY EMERY (aka Daniel Hipolito), “Live At The Hideout Theatre”

SMOKEY LIVE

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

GUIDE_20140703_0001

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

GUIDE_20140611_0001

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

GUIDE_20140709_0001

KSE #279 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Wistful Entrance, Wistful Exit”

ernesto album cover

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

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and the last remaining copies of …


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

January 20, 2015

late 2014 Bill Shute poetry chapbooks

Welcome to the new year—-Time to watch last year retreat into the rear-view mirror, time to make this year better and more productive and more enjoyable and more kind and tolerant than last year. Time to live on a deeper level in 2015….so we need to move on at KSE. Last year was productive for me, poetry-wise, so we’ve got six different poetry (and poetry-and-photography) chapbooks from the second half of 2014 still available. The lower-numbered ones are down to a handful of copies left, so grab these now if you are so inclined….and if you are not, then please move out of your comfort zone and GET so inclined. Many of these pieces are set in particular locales (Texas, Louisiana, the Gulf Coast, Kansas, etc.) and have a very strong sense of place—-they are funny, they can be tragic, the use of language is fresh, the form/structure is untypical, and they work as barometers for contemporary society and culture. What more could you ask for $6. Also, four of them are poetry-and-photography chapbooks—in those,  my photographs dialogue with the poems on the same page. These cost more to print, but the end result is well worth it. I’m moving away from that in 2015 with the projects I have on the drawing board, so take advantage of these while you can. Because of the nature of printing chapbooks with photographs, I’m fairly sure these will not be reprinted this way in the future. The poetry half may be extracted for republication, but the photos won’t.

I grew up with and learned my craft from study of mentors such as Blackburn, Wieners, Berrigan, Reznikoff, Eigner, and Dorn, and I’d like to think that I took the baton offered by those folks’ work and ran with it in directions different from the way others have….

There are a lot of new poetry events coming your way from KSE….I have a new poetry-and-music album (just finished recordings the vocal tracks yesterday in Austin) with the Hamilton, Ontario-based free-improv sound sculptors FOSSILS coming out in March, THE FLORIDA NOCTURNE POEMS, pictured here:

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

 

I completed two new chapbooks during my week in Louisiana (see previous post). A few of KSE’s finest poets will be back for new chapbooks in 2015 (details later), AND we will be compiling an anthology chapbook in late 2015 to celebrate KSE’s TENTH ANNIVERSARY, featuring a number of different poets such as Adrian Manning and Michael Layne Heath.

And there are more poetry-and-music collaborations planned….

UNTIL THEN, please take a minute and score a few of the latest round of Bill Shute poetry chapbooks. Response has been great on these–many e-mails and text messages and notes have been rec’d from readers who enjoyed and appreciated these. All are editions of around 50, home-made, hand-cut…and once they are gone, they are gone. Ordering is easy….HERE THEY ARE:

NEWEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS:

($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #295 (poetry-and-photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Caged Heat”

CAGED HEAT

KSE #278 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Life Goes To A Party, sound library series, volume 76″

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KSE #290 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Jaywalkers: ducal poems, three”

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KSE #287 (poetry-and-photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Fellowship of the Frog”  

FELLOWSHIP

KSE #282 (poetry-and-photography chapbook),  BILL SHUTE, “Hot Combination” 

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KSE #280 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”

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

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

Questions? Write to  django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com   . Thanks for your support!

We have a lot planned for 2015….a new round of releases will begin in early March with an exciting new album from DEREK ROGERS!

January 3, 2015

Gone to SW Louisiana—-back January 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 4:41 pm

 

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Headed off to Southwest Louisiana for a week of rest, relaxation, writing, good eating, beautiful country, rich culture…and horse racing at Delta Downs.

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All KSE orders rec’d as of Friday 2 January have been shipped. Orders that come in while I’m gone will be shipped within 48 hours of my return on 1/12. Be sure to grab some of these items before they are gone. We’ll be sold out of  and deleting another 4 or 5 soon.

Here’s what’s available now:

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

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 from 2014:

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

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

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

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KSE #286 / MJC #440  (CDR), FOSSILS, “The Cardigan Hour” (only 24 copies available from KSE!  “Chamber Fossils”)

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

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KSE #285 (CDR), SMOKEY EMERY (aka Daniel Hipolito), “Live At The Hideout Theatre”

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

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KSE #279 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Wistful Entrance, Wistful Exit”

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

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and the last remaining copies of …


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

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NEWEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS:

($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #295 (poetry-and-photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Caged Heat”

CAGED HEAT

KSE #278 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Life Goes To A Party, sound library series, volume 76″

LIFE GOES TO A PARTY_0001

 

KSE #290 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Jaywalkers: ducal poems, three”

jaywalkers

KSE #287 (poetry-and-photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Fellowship of the Frog”  

FELLOWSHIP

KSE #282 (poetry-and-photography chapbook),  BILL SHUTE, “Hot Combination” 

guide dogs_20140608_0001

 

KSE #280 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”

guide dogs_20140410_0001

 

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

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

Questions? Write to  django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com   . Thanks for your support!

We have a lot planned for 2015….a new round of releases will begin in late Feb/early March with an exciting new album from DEREK ROGERS!

BTW, I’m not a mobile internet person, so I will not be online while gone…adios for now, Lake Charles is calling…

 

December 25, 2014

three albums full of choice 1926-29 obscurities from Paramount Records

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 1:07 am

Since the first round of 20’s blues reissue LP’s in the 1960’s and into the 1970’s (when I first discovered this music through Yahoo reissue LP’s, some of which I still own), the Paramount label has become associated in the public mind with the deepest and most pure blues music….Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake, Charley Patton, and hundreds of others. With the exhaustive reissue blues series on LP and then CD from Document Records, pretty much anything Paramount you ever dreamed of hearing was now available to us. Presently, JSP offers a number of inexpensive box sets with the better-known material in excellent sound, the Black Swan label (one of the labels associated with the late George Buck’s jazz empire and the present owners of the Paramount trademark) offers a number of fine one-volume samplers, and the old Document CD’s can still be had used or new from unsold record store stock. And then of course there are the two massive Third Man/Revenant Paramount boxes, together offering about 1600 tracks, but beyond most people’s budget (certainly beyond mine, but then, I have most of the Document reissues, so I may already have most of that material, minus the boxes and books and collector-artifacts). In short, unlike the hungry years of the 60s and 70s, now you can probably overdose on Paramount blues to your heart’s content…and that’s a wonderful thing.

HOWEVER, I wanted to alert readers to three albums which dig deeper into different aspects of Paramount’s deep catalog, the majority of which has not been reissued elsewhere.

RARE PARAMOUNT BLUES: 1926-1929 (Document DOCD-5277, CD, Austria), issued in 1994. This is a collection of VERY obscure performers whose recordings fall under the broadest interpretation of the term “blues,” many of which with performance styles going back to the pre-blues songster era. Someone like Sweet Papa Stovepipe and his songs about chickens might have been found playing for tips outside a small-town southern courthouse or playing at a backwoods fishfry circa 1920, while Charlie “Dad” Nelson and his kazoo put the listener into the world of low-rent 1920’s neighborhood-level “entertainers” with old-time roots, people who could keep them laughing with novelty songs and clever performance antics but who also had lyrics full of specific details of poor and transient life that would resonate with his audience. Closing the album, after varied selections from five other artists (and a reissue of the various artists Paramount promotional 78 ‘Hometown Skiffle’), we have the blues piano of Freddie Brown (a woman), who could be put on the same shelf with such performers as Will Ezell or Montana Taylor. I’ve always been the kind of person who prefers an odds’n’sods collection to a greatest hits collection, so RARE PARAMOUNT BLUES has been a regularly played album here for the last twenty years. Be warned, though: these are all journeymen (and women) performers. We get spoiled from reissues that cherry-pick the geniuses from the other 99% of performers–they don’t depict the reality of the situation. I’m someone who still catches live music in clubs/bars almost every week, and there is something unpretentious and vital and refreshing about the journeyman musical entertainer. You’ve got it in its purest form on this album, circa 1926-29.

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note: here is a label scan of the Hometown Skiffle disc mentioned above. It’s commonly accepted that Blind Lemon Jefferson does NOT appear on this record; his riffs are played by Blind Blake. When I first heard this on an old Yazoo LP in the 70’s, I thought the Lemon riffs were well-played in a fluid style, but did not have the jagged quality I associate with Jefferson.

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PARAMOUNT HOT DANCE OBSCURITIES, Volume 1: 1927-1928 (Jazz Oracle, BDW 8039, CD, Canada), issued in 2003. Readers of this blog are aware of Jazz Oracle since almost every year one of their albums is high on my Best Of The Year list. They set the standard for 1920’s reissues, both in terms of sound quality (this one was transferred/remastered by the late great John R. T. Davies, so no awful computer filtering here, just careful use of proper stylus and speed correction and mint copies to give the full frequency range of the original 78 rpm records which, because they ran at a fast rate, contained A LOT of sound information in the grooves, just waiting to be extracted for our enjoyment….after the passing of Mr. Davies, Jazz Oracle has continued in the same tradition, and hearing their releases is a joy….I believe that 1920’s music could have a much bigger audience if these releases got a fair hearing in the public marketplace) and historical research and presentation. The two bands presented here (in various permutations) were both Chicago-based and could best be described as jazz-influenced dance bands, upper Midwest Territory Bands who were earthier than, say, the Isham Jones Orchestra, but who did aspire to that level and who wanted to get in on that action in the clubs. Many tracks feature vocal refrains, and the better ones are in the Smith Ballew vein…although a few have a twist of the florid Irving Kaufman style. This music ALWAYS swings, in the pre-Swing Era sense, and this is STILL the pre-1929 era, so we have brass bass (tuba) as the rhythmic anchor and a banjo providing the pulse. The best material here has the cheerful sense of 1920’s feelgood glee one finds in the Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra, and one can easily imagine oneself listening to this on the radio in 1928, or if one had some money, taking in a night at a speakeasy or nightclub. Interestingly, most all of this material was issued on Paramount’s BROADWAY subsidiary (I’ve included a label scan of one of the the records below….both sides of this 78 are contained on the album). If you are not an aficionado of the 1920’s danceband genre, this album is as good a place to start as any. There are no Bix Beiderbecke or Eddie Lang-level genius performers here, which is what today’s listeners often expect from vintage recordings of this type since the few tracks they have heard DO feature such performers….no, these are working musicians like you could hear at a club of the day. It was a magical and exciting time, one of the THE most exciting periods of American popular music in one of the greatest-ever music cities, CHICAGO…and this album dips its ladle into that rich stew and provides an exciting and FUN listening experience…and a side of Paramount Records quite different than what you might expect.

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ALEXANDER WHERE’S THAT BAND? PARAMOUNT RECORDINGS, CHICAGO 1926-28 (Frog DGF 13, CD, UK), issued in 1997. The British FROG label has issued a number of collections of super-obscure 20’s jazz 78’s, some based on locale, some just based on obscurity, some based on original label, such as this one. This is the flipside of the Jazz Oracle album….while that featured White artists, this one features Black artists, although if you are expecting pure King Oliver-style hot jazz, you’ll be somewhat disappointed as these artists have (at least) one foot in the Black vaudeville entertainment world of the day. 20’s music fanatics will find a number of familiar names peppering the personnel listings: trombonist Preston Jackson, pianist and bandleader Tiny Parham, pianist Richard M. Jones, pianist Mary Lou Williams back when she was still known by her maiden name of Mary Lou Burleigh, alto player Vance Dixon, vocalists Elzadie Robinson and Leola B. Wilson. As with the above album, all these recordings were made in Chicago. Imagine yourself in a second or third-tier Black nightclub in Chicago circa 1926-27, the kind of place that working people might go to if they happened to get a bonus at work for the holidays….hot and exciting jazz with an uptown feel, the kind of thing that could be included in a “revue” as part of a show. Thank the Lord (and Paramount Records) that someone documented this material, full of fire, loose and spontaneous but with the dynamism one gets from musicians working nightly in the clubs. Jaunty tunes, hot riffing, and colorful solos are in abundance. These records are yet another side of the multi-dimensional Paramount label.

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All three albums are full of unfamiliar music, presented in good sound (as good as could be expected with the source material, with no filtering or digital artifacts to get in the way of the pure 78 sound and its full frequency range) with informative liner notes from the world’s experts in these specialized genres. They will transport you to another time and place, and they capture the color and flavor and excitement of the period like sound-lightning in a bottle. And they give a much fuller picture of the totality of what the legendary Paramount label was about….   dig in!!!

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 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL FROM KENDRA STEINER EDITIONS…..AND PARAMOUNT RECORDS!

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