Monday, September 1, 2014

“Exceptionalism and Empire”: Bill Shute’s WORRIED MEN AND WOODEN SOLDIERS



Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers (Selected 2013-14 Poems)
Bill Shute
Kendra Steiner Editions CD


the gun store's expanding
while
the cupcake store's
had to start
selling lotto tickets
& offering high-interest
car title loans
to those
who've fallen off
the merry-go-round
at the Pleasure Pier
--from “Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast,” Bill Shute

I’m consistently impressed with releases from Kendra Steiner Editions, and the work of the artist behind the imprint, Bill Shute. Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers, his latest audio release, features seven poems from 2013-14, read by the poet.

As a reader, Shute employs an unhurried, sedate tone of voice, eschewing theatricality for a measured delivery. Across seven poems, he weighs questions of progress, process, and presentation; security and insecurity; systems of control, the compulsion to quantify the creative impulse, and war all the time.

In an era defined by wait-and-see passivity and lives lived at a remove, something as intrinsic to our makeup as engagement has somehow become a thing to be avoided, even suspect. The poems of Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers are rooted in an understanding that empathy and humanity are essential not because they are pleasant notions or worthy moral positions, but because they afford the greatest opportunity to engage with the world as it is.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Coming: CRYPTOZOOLOGY ANTHOLOGY


Announcing the newest collection in the Men's Adventure Library, Cryptozoology Anthology, edited by Robert Deis, David Coleman (author of The Bigfoot Filmography and The Bipolar Express) and Wyatt Doyle.

Autumn 2014 release.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Biscontini's NU LUNA in NY Wednesday night!


Andrew Biscontini returns to read from nu luna!

With music by sergie kincade, followed by a live set by Aramis Estevez at 9

Wednesday, July 30 at 68 Jay Street Bar, DUMBO, Brooklyn. Corner of Jay/Water, F train to York St.

Reading begins at 8 pm. Facebook link here.

 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"I'm Troubled" by Rev. Raymond Branch

Rev. Raymond Branch, Omnichord and vocal.

Archival recording fragment, date unknown


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© 2014 Rev. Raymond Branch, Wyatt Doyle; all rights reserved

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

"Milky White Way" by Rev. Raymond Branch

Featuring Sister Jean Branch, vocal. Guitar and vocal, Rev. Raymond Branch.

Archival recording, date unknown


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© 2014 Rev. Raymond Branch, Wyatt Doyle; all rights reserved

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rev. Branch's Thoughts & Reflections: "Didn't It Rain"

"We tell people the truth, and they think it's a lie."

Reverend Raymond Branch speaks on the Old Testament story of Noah and what it can teach us today.

Recorded at the Heavenly Rainbow Baptist Church, May 2014


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© 2014 Rev. Raymond Branch, Wyatt Doyle; all rights reserved

Friday, June 27, 2014

Biscontini's NU LUNA in NY this Sunday!


"Gimme yr brains fr 35 mins this Sunday and I'll put a cool story in it."

Andrew Biscontini reads from nu luna!

Sunday, June 29 at 68 Jay Street Bar, DUMBO, Brooklyn. Corner of Jay/Water, F train to York St.

Things get started at 4 pm. Facebook link here.

 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

"I'm Going to Tell It Wherever I Go" by Rev. Raymond Branch

Rev. Raymond Branch performs "I'm Going to Tell It Wherever I Go" in an undated recording for the Rainbow Gospel Hour.

Rev. Branch, Omnichord and vocal. Archival recording, date unknown


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© 2014 Rev. Raymond Branch, Wyatt Doyle; all rights reserved

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rev. Branch's Thoughts & Reflections: "Memorable Audition"

At the end of a session for his forthcoming LP, I've Got Heaven on My Mind, Rev. Branch recounts a memorable audition in South Central Los Angeles decades prior.

Recorded at the Heavenly Rainbow Baptist Church, April 2014


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© 2013, 2014 Rev. Raymond Branch, Wyatt Doyle; all rights reserved

Treasures of the American South



copyright © 2014 Wyatt Doyle

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Biscontini Reads in DUMBO June 29


Andrew Biscontini reads from nu luna!

Sunday, June 29 at 68 Jay Street Bar, DUMBO, Brooklyn. Corner of Jay/Water, F train to York St.

Things get started at 4 pm. Facebook link here.