Kendra Steiner Editions

November 16, 2011

R. Lee Dockery, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater” (KSE #203, 3-inch cdr), now available!

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R. LEE DOCKERY

“Live at The Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE # 203, 3-inch CDR

$5.00 ppd., payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(d0t)com

 

Bassist/string player/composer/raconteur Lee Dockery has become a strong presence on the Austin experimental music scene over the last year or two, first with duo performances with Derek Rogers (prior to DR’s move to Los Angeles) as “Matamoros” (and you can still get their duo CDR “Five Toned Rows” on KSE…check our available items), then with spellbinding solo performances merging harmonically rich waves of bass-drone with carefully composed electronics and bursts of improvisation, appearing at both Floating Drones evenings,  the Lyr*I*Cism Festival, the KSE Anniversary Concert, and most recently the KSE Psychedelic Disaster Whirl, where I had the privilege of doing a poetry-and-music set with him. He’s also played regularly in smaller local events, doing  gigs at clubs/bars all over Austin with most of the active musicians playing drone/free-improv/noise music, and like many Austin artists, he’s got a number of side projects with different groupings of musicians.  He’s very respected among his colleagues (and just for the record, he’s my wife Mary Anne’s favorite Austin musician!), and we are pleased to have a second Lee Dockery release (after the Matamoros disc) on KSE, this one documenting his spellbinding set at the Lyr*I*Cism Festival at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin in April 2011.

Consistent with his unpretentious no-BS personality, there is no fancy title for the piece, no references to semiotics or allusions to string theory, simply the kind of intelligently structured (too many performers in the drone-ambient community have no compositional skills and/or have tedious minds when it comes to improvisation) and excitingly improvised swirling, ebbing and flowing, drone-study that can take you to both a mountain in Tibet and to New York traffic at rush-hour, with a painterly approach to texture, and with hints of church organ, Velvets feedback, and resonating metal. It’s 18 minutes of sonic bliss from a contemporary Texas master, and it’s the kind of thing I put on and drift with for hours, seamless, yet ever-changing. Honestly, this is a gem of a CDR, and I’m glad Derek Rogers (who engineered) had the foresight the document Lee’s performance that night. Now YOU can share in the experience if you were not there (and re-experience it if you were)…for only $5, postpaid anywhere. It’s a hand-numbered, hand-assembled edition of 85 copies, and half of them are gone already. The cover image comes from a series of photos I made in Galveston in 2010 and will put you in a place and a mood consistent this piece…

Lee’s performances are always different and always worthwhile (he was also part of the seamless multi-artist, four-hour no-break dronefest Continuance: Another Night of Sustained Tones in September, a concept I hope will be revisited soon…we should have two of those annually, IMHO…), so catch him if you can when in Austin…he will also be an important part of a KSE event we are planning for late April 2012 (can’t discuss it yet, but most of the pieces are in place now)

And why not enjoy some of the other fine literary and musical offerings from Kendra Steiner Editions…

KSE #196, SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”  (mini- CDR, $5)

KSE #205, ST 37, “K B D P” (mini-cdr, $5)

KSE #206, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio” (32 tracks of solo bajo sexto, a tour-de-force, full-sized cdr, $7)

KSE #197, A.J. KAUFMANN,  “Love Lions of Paris”    $5 ppd. anywhere (poetry chapbook from this contemporary Polish post-modern master)

KSE #193, MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife”         $5 ppd. anywhere (poetry chapbook from the author of MILLRAT and OBSCENITIES, painfully funny workplace poems from one of America’s most distinctive voices)

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

please include a note with order stating which items you want…thanks!

and these amazing KSE releases are still available:

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #204 (3-inch CDR), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B”

KSE #202 (3-inch CDR), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings.”

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

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

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

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

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poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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

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

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

October 29, 2011

Smokey Emery, “Incident At Town Lake” (KSE #196, 3-inch cdr)…now available!

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SMOKEY EMERY

“Incident At Town Lake”

(KSE #196, 3-inch CDR)

$5.00 postpaid anywhere, via  paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

Smokey Emery is the alter-ego of Austin sound artist Daniel Hipólito, whose live manipulation of multiple vintage tape-players (with tapes containing both found material and his own musical creations) is incredibly physical (reminding me of turntable artists such as Christian Marclay) and produces amazing multi-layered drone compositions that are uniquely textured as they are tape-derived…I first saw Daniel perform at the Slow Pump dronefest last March and was blown away by the originality of his conception and the elastic drone harmonies he was able to produce in performance. Of course, there needed to be a Smokey Emery release on KSE, and Daniel was kind enough to go into the studio and produce this two-track  twenty-minute  gem that captures everything that is unique about the Smokey Emery experience. Daniel also gave a mesmerizing performance at the KSE Psychedelic Disaster Whirl and was one of the best performers at the seamless-drone evening ‘Continuance: Another Night of Sustained Tones’ in September. It’s an honor to present his work to the world outside Austin…and to remind those in Austin of what a force-of-nature we have here.

A cdr you can listen to all afternoon   …   and tomorrow. $5 ppd.

And while you are ordering that, why not also try these other recent releases:

KSE #203, R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater” (mini-cdr, $5)

KSE #205, ST 37, “K B D P” (mini-cdr, $5)

KSE #206, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio” (32 tracks of solo bajo sexto, a tour-de-force, full-sized cdr, $7)

KSE #197, A.J. KAUFMANN,  “Love Lions of Paris”    $5 ppd. anywhere (poetry chapbook from this contemporary Polish post-modern master)

KSE #193, MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife”         $5 ppd. anywhere (poetry chapbook from the author of MILLRAT and OBSCENITIES, painfully funny workplace poems from one of America’s most distinctive voices)

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

please include a note with order stating which items you want…thanks!

and these amazing KSE releases are still available:

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #204 (3-inch CDR), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B”

KSE #202 (3-inch CDR), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings.”

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

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

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

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

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poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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

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

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

 

September 1, 2011

2 new poetry books, 2 new experimental music cdr’s now available…

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I will get writeups on these 4 new releases up on the blog in the coming weeks, but they are available for purchase NOW:

new poetry chapbooks:

   KSE #197, A.J. KAUFMANN,  “Love Lions of Paris”    $5 ppd. anywhere

KSE #193, MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife”         $5 ppd. anywhere

new experimental music 3″-cdr’s

KSE #196, SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident At Town Lake”     $5 ppd. anywhere

KSE #203, R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”     $5 ppd. anywhere

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all four items above are available NOW:

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

please include a note with order stating which items you want…thanks!

and these amazing KSE releases are still available:

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #204 (3-inch CDR), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B”

KSE #202 (3-inch CDR), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings.”

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.”

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

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

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poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

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

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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

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

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

We’re hoping to  have another KSE live event in Austin TX on October 16…details are still being worked out,  but the lineup will include the following KSE artists:

ST-37

SMOKEY EMERY

R. LEE DOCKERY

BOOK OF SHADOWS

August 19, 2011

XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B” (KSE #204, 3-inch cdr), now available!

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X A N T H O C E P H A L U S

” 3 W B “

(KSE #204, 3-inch cdr),              $5.00 ppd. anywhere

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

XANTHOCEPHALUS is the solo project of Brooklyn’s  Russ Aldertone, ex-member of The Wobblies, man behind the superb ALDERTONE album of a few years back, and co-leader of URKAS with Mike “Parashi” Griffin. Bassist, electronic composer, and ornithologist (a serious field recorder of birds and student of bird calls/songs), Russ (like fellow bassist Brent Fariss, KSE #201) is interested in the textures and the harmonic layers the bass can bring to the field of drone composition (Russ plays an electric bass, Brent an acoustic), using a variety of effects to treat the sound of the bass, and incorporating found recordings of birds (in this case, a Three-Wattled Bellbird recorded in Monteverde, Costa Rica, hence the “3 W B” of the title). The deep, resonant layers of treated bass provide a kind of “environment” in which the birds can exist, an aural bird habitat, and the humidity and the thick foliage and the ponds and streams and the sounds of LIFE are all there in the composition “3 W B”. Again, the 3″ cdr (this piece runs 17:02) is the perfect format for a rich, dense, yet space-filled piece such as this, which one can easily program to “repeat” and spend an afternoon with. Russ has been doing some fascinating and important work recently, and we at KSE are proud to issue a choice example of Russ Aldetone’s unique work.

Just last week, Russ was interviewed on the Columbia University radio station and featured 3 W B during his hour-long appearance, but he also performed live in the studio, and that piece (called CHSP) is presently up for free listening on Soundcloud. Give it a listen, and then order a copy of 3 W B. Hand-numbered, hand-assembled edition of 83 copies, only $5 postpaid anywhere.      

http://soundcloud.com/aldertone/chsp

XANTHOCEPHALUS will be performing this Friday 26 August at the wonderful Spotty Dog in Hudson, NY (where I did poetry-music performances with Rambutan and Parashi in May)…if you are in the NY Hudson Valley or in Western Massachusetts, don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the LIVE Xanthocephalus/Russ Alderton experience. Hudson NY will never be the same.

XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B” (KSE #204, 3-inch cdr),     $5.00 ppd. anywhere,        payment via paypal to                    django5722(at)yahoo(d0t)com

And while you are ordering it, why not also pick up some of our other forward-thinking KSE cdr music releases:

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #202 (3-inch CDR), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings.”

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.”

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

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 13, 2011

BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings” (KSE #202, 3-inch cdr), now available

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BOOK  OF  SHADOWS

“Poppets and Strings”

KSE #202 (3-inch cdr),      $5.00  ppd.  anywhere

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

Over more than a decade, some 25 releases (on such esteemed labels as Ruralfaune and Reverb Worship) and countless shows, Austin’s  BOOK OF SHADOWS  has been creating unique, spiritually charged, higher-key psychedelic soundscapes that transcend category.  Austin is full of tie-dyed psychedelic revivalists who would not know what to do with forward-thinking timeless communal music-making like what BOOK OF SHADOWS creates, because B. O. S. creates music that, like Ya Ho Wa 13 or Psychic TV, grows out of spiritual practice and as such has no boundaries and follows no script. It is celebratory and takes in all of the elements. One could drop references such as Beat of the Earth, Mahogany Brain, Two Virgins-era Yoko Ono, or Kendra Smith, but Book of Shadows’ Sharon and Carlton Crutcher are so far outside the loop of “influences” and considerations of what’s hip this year, that that does not matter. They represent the purest strain of the ever-evolving Texas higherkey psychedelic tradition, and POPPETS AND STRINGS brings us two  9+ minute excursions, one recorded outside in the woods, one a home recording. Perhaps because the Crutchers live in a small town and NOT in some apartment on S. Congress, their music is made from the water and the thunder and the soil and the sky, and thus we lose all sense of time as Sharon’s wordless vocals speak to us in a universal language of feeling and the electronics and guitars and keyboards melt and flow and shimmer and glow. Of Book of Shadows, Julian Cope wrote, “like the best psychedelia, listeners never know which track is playing, where the last one ended or when the next one began,” and that’s also true with POPPETS AND STRINGS.  This is the real thing, folks…and having seen Book of Shadows live, I can attest that the musicians attain a higher state during their performance, and wherever they perform becomes a sacred space. They bring an all-new interpretation to the phrase “Lift The Bandstand.”

We’re honored to feature the music of these Texas psychedelic pioneers on KSE, and the nearly 20 minutes of music featured here is potent and gets deeper with each listen. You can, literally, push the “repeat” button and spend an afternoon with this music, and like the best psychedelia, when you turn it off and step back into the outside environment, you hear THAT music, your ears and your brain have been opened and rewired, and you realize that the music is everywhere…and that “everything that is, is holy.”

“Poppets and Strings,” KSE #202, only $5.00 postpaid anywhere.

And while you are ordering it, why not also pick up some of our other forward-thinking KSE cdr music releases:

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #204 (3-inch CDR), 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.”

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

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 9, 2011

welcome to Vital Weekly readers: presently available music from KSE

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welcome to readers referred here from Vital Weekly #792…

so you don’t have to look all over this blog to find CDR ordering info, here it is along with what’s presently available:

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #202 (3-inch CDR), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”

KSE #204 (3-inch CDR), 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.”

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

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 3, 2011

Brent Fariss, “Four Environments…Collapsing” (KSE #199, CDR), now available!

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BRENT FARISS

“Four Environments…Collapsing”

KSE #199, full-sized CDR

$7.00 ppd. anywhere, payment via paypal, to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

Proud to welcome Austin-based composer-musician-sound artist BRENT FARISS into the KSE family with FOUR ENVIRONMENTS…COLLAPSING (KSE #199), a new work of contemporary composition integrating string bass, treated string bass, field recordings, electronics, recordings made of music played in seemingly “haunted” settings, snippets of decontextualized speech, etc. All masterfully integrated into four different pieces, each one with special attention paid to texture. TEXTURE: whether we are talking about the brittle, astringent yet rubbery tone of Steve Lacy’s soprano sax, the layering of crayon and pencil on a Cy Twombly canvas, the chunks of grain and blur in the cinema of Warhol or Andy Milligan, the tense and brittle and elliptical flow of the lines in a later Tennessee Williams play, or the infinite layers within a limited pitch range found in the microtonal pieces of John Cage, an attention to TEXTURE is often the most sensually satisfying and the most memorable aspect of a work in any artistic discipline, that quality that sticks with one like peanut butter in the roof of one’s mouth or like the tastes and sounds and smells of a satisfying romantic encounter. The contrabass is an instrument uniquely able to create a wide variety of textures and microtonal subtleties, and Brent Fariss is a master of the instrument…and a man who is always thinking in terms of composition, bringing in ideas from Fluxus figures such as Benjamin Patterson and Dick Higgins to expand the possibilities of sound recording, of moving sound recording closer toward the state of intermedia process. Forgetting the jargon, it’s music that is emotionally jarring and intellectually interesting, that takes the THINGS of everyday Texas existence and integrates them into the composition.

I could go on and on about the creation and recording of this album, but like love, it’s better to experience it than to analyze it. With the wonderful Austin New Music Co-op (where I first encountered him), Brent Fariss has performed works by Arnold Dreyblatt, Pauline Oliveros, Cornelius Cardew, Radu Malfatti, Phil Niblock, and Michael Pisaro…and (perhaps at the other end of the spectrum, perhaps not) is a member of Austin’s ground-breaking, genre-smashing band WACO GIRLS. He has also worked extensively with Rick Reed, and the pair are currently at work on a long-term project called THE DEEP DREAM DECODERS, that will integrate elements of dream life and the dream world into music. We can hardly wait for that! At the KSE 5th Anniversary Concert the other night in Austin, Brent did a solo set consisting of a live performance of the title piece (one of four pieces on the album) AND a trio set with Mr. Reed and with Bill Thompson, musician-composer formerly of Austin and now of London, UK. You can watch some of Brent’s solo set on You Tube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQCm0wSAffw .

FOUR ENVIRONMENTS…COLLAPSING is a fascinating work that grows and gives up more of its secrets with each listen, all the while raising new questions, and the snippets of decontextualized speech give the album a kind of submerged narrative that sucks the listener in, as if we are listening intently at a keyhole or hearing voices of neighbors through a wall. It will satisfy those seeking the ultimate drone-noise high and it will fascinate those seeking cutting-edge contemporary composition…it’s also 100% Texan and as such has a dusty, high and lonesome beauty to it. Hand-numbered, hand-assembled edition of 89 copies, only $7 postpaid anywhere.

I circulated some advance copies of this in western Massachusetts, in Pittsburgh, and in the New York Hudson Valley when I was back there in May, and FOUR ENVIRONMENTS commanded a lot of attention from the musicians, poets, and artists I met. It will surely become an album YOU play and think about often, and it may well lead you to experiment further in whatever artistic discipline YOU work in. I know it has inspired me as a poet!!!

Get your copy while you can…

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

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.”

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

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

July 17, 2011

Matamoros, “Five-Toned Rows” (KSE #198, 3-inch cdr) now available!

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MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers)

“Five-Toned Rows”

KSE #198, 3-inch CDR

recorded live at the Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas, April 1, 2011

The hypnotic “Five Toned Rows,” both cavernous and shimmering, is an excerpt from a two-hour performance by Matamoros that was part of the “Rehearsal at the Astoria” installation by UK artist Graham Hudson, which ran for two months at Austin’s Arthouse and incorporated live musicians creating sounds that were “not formal concerts or performances” but “music with the wires hanging out, fragile and with chance, more open.”  It was a Friday evening in Austin, around the end of the workday, with thousands of sealed, air-conditioned SUV’s containing men and women in business attire driving down Congress Avenue past the Arthouse, headed for dinner in the suburbs and Austin’s many bedroom communities, oblivious to the goings-on in that building on the northwest corner of 7th and Congress that they’d never entered before or even thought about. But inside, among the scaffolding and the fragments meant to evoke London’s now-demolished Astoria Theatre, described by the artist as “ghost-like,” DEREK ROGERS and R. LEE DOCKERY (together, as the duo MATAMOROS) were creating the haunting music found on FIVE TONED ROWS. Beginning with keyboards suggesting some sinister sideshow from Purgatory, the music begins to unfold and deepen, with percussion, distant wordless vocals, electronics and sampled sound, and bowed upright bass, capturing the mystery and the muted grandeur of the long-gone Astoria. This is a cdr that creates an atmosphere, an environment wherever you play it—-it begins in medias res and trails off as uneventfully as a squatter slipping out a side door when the sun comes up and the first employees arrive. And you must hit the “repeat” button and play it again.

MATAMOROS played a handful of live shows in Austin before Derek Rogers relocated to Los Angeles at the end of June, and this live recording is a valuable document of the duo (studio recordings also exist and will no doubt continue to be made long-distance) that will be missed on the Austin experimental music scene. This is Derek’s third release for KSE, his two earlier works long out of print. R. Lee Dockery is a bassist and electronic musician who has gotten a lot of attention for his standout performances at the Floating Drones festival and the Lyr*I*Cism festival in Austin, and he’ll be doing a solo set at the KSE Anniversary Concert on July 31st. His set at Lyr*I*Cism will be issued this fall as a KSE 3″ cdr.

As always with KSE 3″ cdr releases, while there is only 19 minutes of music on a disc so small you can slip it in your shirt-pocket, it’s meant to be a complete and satisfying trip. These are pieces not meant to run an hour, but to present such an intriguing and rich sound environment that 19 minutes is more than satisfying, and we hope also endlessly fascinating.

It will be sold out in a few months, so get yours now while you can, in a hand-made, hand-numbered edition of 89 copies.

It’s available for $5, postpaid anywhere, via paypal…payment to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Please include a note w/ yr paypal payment telling me which release(s) you are purchasing. And while you are at it, why not sample some of our other forward-thinking poetry and music releases:

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

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

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

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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.”

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

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

And don’t forget, on July 31st, the Church of the Friendly Ghost presents the KENDRA STEINER EDITIONS 5th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, Texas, featuring Greg Stuart, Nick Hennies, Brent Fariss, Rick Reed, Venison Whirled (Lisa Cameron), Vanessa Rosetto, and R. Lee Dockery, with visuals by Laurel Barickman of Recspec. Admission only $5.

July 15, 2011

Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust” (KSE #201, full-sized CDR) now available!

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ANDREAS  BRANDAL

“DISTURBING THE DUST”

(KSE #201, full-sized CDR)

$7.00 ppd. anywhere, pay via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

   For 15 years, ANDREAS BRANDAL (from Bergen, in western Norway), has been one of the most interesting and satisfying composer-performers in the drone-ambient-noise field, issuing dozens of dense, multi-textured albums that have satisfied everyone from psychedelic travellers looking for the ultimate higherkey fix to noise-hounds looking for the ultimate jackhammer-industrial-metallic-grind bliss. When we first started the music half of KSE, Brandal was one of the first artists contacted, and he graciously offered us the long-sold-out 3″ cdr MINUS. For his second KSE release, knowing of our literary orientation, Mr. Brandal composed and realized a new seven-part drone epic that’s inspired by T. S. Eliot’s FOUR QUARTETS (the one Eliot piece that is essential), the poet’s ultimate meditation on existential questions of mortality and purpose, and using a phrase from the text to label each of the seven movements here, from the initial probing of Disturbing the Dust to the depths of Empty Desolation to the disquieting, self-reflexive  finale of Arriving Where We Started, Brandal takes us on a harrowing trip inside the psyche, with rare flashes of guitar, violin, and keyboard textures woven into the industrial fabric of the piece. It’s already being praised as Brandal’s most ambitious work, and we are honored that such an important piece is being issued on our label. It will be sold out in a few months, so get yours now while you can, in a hand-made, hand-numbered edition of 99 copies.

It’s available for $7, postpaid anywhere, via paypal…payment to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Please include a note w/ yr paypal payment telling me which release(s) you are purchasing. And while you are at it, why not sample some of our other forward-thinking poetry and music releases:

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

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

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

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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

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3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

And don’t forget, on July 31st, the Church of the Friendly Ghost presents the KENDRA STEINER EDITIONS 5th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, Texas, featuring Greg Stuart, Nick Hennies, Brent Fariss, Rick Reed, Venison Whirled (Lisa Cameron), Vanessa Rosetto, and R. Lee Dockery, with visuals by Laurel Barickman of Recspec. Admission only $5.

June 1, 2011

KSE release schedule for Summer 2011

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ADDENDUM, JULY 17, 2011: the release schedule below has turned out to be a little bit too ambitious, so we’ve fallen behind a bit, but all releases will come out…just a few weeks or a month late…keep checking the blog announcements as the new releases appear…

Back now from 12 days in the Northeast—-visiting friends and relatives, but also hustling KSE releases and my own poetry, with readings and/or poetry-music collaborations at the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany NY, Flying Object Books in Hadley MA, The Spotty Dog in Hudson NY, and an interview on WMUA-FM in Amherst MA. I’m still processing orders that came in while I was gone, and new orders will be processed within a few days (as always), but I’m going  to take a little break from KSE activities for a week or so, and then come back tanned and rested and ready for a strong summer release schedule and (tentatively) an evening of KSE musical artists in Austin at the end of July. I’m working an odd schedule this summer, starting at 6:25 a.m. and doing ten hours a day, four days a week. So things will be different…

There are a number of fine releases in-hand (some of which I was distributing advance promo copies of back East), so I’m setting up a release schedule from now through the end of August:

JUNE 15

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

 

JUNE 25

KSE #201, (CDR), ANDREAS BRANDAL, “Disturbing The Dust.”

 

JULY 4

KSE #193 (poetry chapbook), MICHAEL CASEY, “The Wall Board Knife.”

 

JULY 8

KSE #203 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Separated From The Sparrows” (Sound Library Series, Volume 61).

 

JULY 17

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

 

JULY 25

KSE #199 (CDR), BRENT FARISS, “Four Environments…Collapsing.”

 

AUGUST 3

KSE #197 (poetry chapbook), A.J. KAUFMANN, “Love Lions.”

 

AUGUST 10

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

 

AUGUST 28

KSE #204 (3-inch cdr), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3WB.”

 

SEPTEMBER 20

KSE #205 (3-inch cdr), SMOKEY EMERY (aka Daniel Hipolito), “Incident at Town Lake.”

 

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and many of the Fall 2011 music and poetry releases are also set, but those will be announced later…

want to help make these releases happen? Then please buy some of our PRESENT releases…

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE:

poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

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

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

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

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

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

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

——————————————————————————-

3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

—————————————————————————————

full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and of micro-presses and micro-labels everywhere. Special thanks to those colleagues with whom I performed in NY/MA in late May: Eric Hardiman (Rambutan), Mike Griffin (Parashi), Michael Casey, Joe Elliot, and Sandra Burgess.

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