Sunday, September 25, 2016


“CAMELOT  TOWERS” (KSE #353, cdr album)
13 tracks, approx. 41 minutes—-edition of 48 copies
a co-release with Middle James Co. (MJC #443)
on this album, Fossils were Daniel Farr and David Payne

word from Bill Shute, Kendra Steiner Editions:
For the first of SEVEN Fall-Winter 2016 albums, KSE is proud to present our longtime friends, the only band that matters (to us), Hamilton, Ontario’s FOSSILS, with a newly recorded (Spring 2016) collection of sound sculptures that investigate the duo’s painterly interest in space and texture. While the sound varies from track to track, many of the pieces are piano-based, with sparse but clotted bursts and squiggles that suggest a Twombly painting in sound, mixing with what sounds like a slack-stringed guitar, played to bring out the metal of the strings. There’s also electronics on some tracks, which adds a nice electric-charcoal shading to those pieces. The telepathic interplay between Farr and Payne is superb on this album—-those who liked our duo album of last Fall by Tom Crean and Mike Barrett will also like this, though it’s very different.
As I write this on a hot September South Texas afternoon with a shadowy overcast sky and thunder rumbling somewhere in a neighboring town, and the wind wants to pick up but it can’t overcome the sense of dread and stillness, and no one wants to get up and do something, knowing it will be rained out, this FOSSILS music is the perfect soundtrack. Our environment sounds like a backward-run tape!
If you are new to FOSSILS, these gentlemen (with various other co-conspirators over the years) have been an important force in the DIY free-improv/noise community for many many years. When KSE branched into music, we knew FOSSILS had to be on our label. Their whole “junk sculpture” aesthetic and lo-fi approach has always seemed to me the perfect extension of the punk aesthetic. Really, is there anything more punk than, say, the Nihilist Spasm Band or the L.A. Free Music Society? I think not….
I spend a lot of time listening to FOSSILS music, and it’s always a sonic head cleaner, with (as stated above) a painterly attention to texture and shading and space. It is pure, it is always fresh, and it is four-dimensional sound sculpture of the highest order.

order now for $8 postage paid in Canada, $10 USA
(international orders pls email)

or  here

Sunday, May 1, 2016


now available for FREE download
FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE "The Florida Nocturne Poems"

Previously released in March 2015 on Kendra Steiner Editions featuring tracks of spoken poetry by Texas wordsmith, Bill Shute and soundscapes by Fossils. This digital release layers the words and sounds together in one big picture.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016


Two new Fossils tapes are currently available from the mighty POOR LITTLE MUSIC.

PLM109 "Drainage Slopes" c60 limited to 20
PLM114 "Mirror Image of the Sculpture of Drops" c60 limited to 20

Both cassettes were recorded direct to 4-track 2015 in Hamilton studio featuring Payne and Farr (with some sampling of saxophone by Rob Michalchuk). No computers used. Tape to tape direct production.

Order direct from the label while supplies last.

thanks for your support!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

FOSSILS "Modern Architecture"

middle james co. is proud to present
co-released with Kendra Steiner Editions #324

mjc442 Fossils "Modern Architecture" cdr edition of 48 copies
13 tracks; 40 minutes
recorded May-September 2015 in Brantford, Buffalo and Hamilton.
Here's another blast of strange with Payne/Farr duo dueling on guitar, drums, synth, electronics and tapes.  This time out the team is joined on some tracks by the alto saxophone styles of Rob Michalchuk and on others by T.J. Borden on cello.  In a combo 1-2 punch of selections from live performances and basement jams.

here's what Bill Shute from KSE had to say:
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.
read the rest of Bill's piece here

$7 north am/$10 world postage paid

other fossils items for sale here

thanks for your support!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SWELTER "live in lowell"

Long-awaited follow-up to the premiere Cardinal Records release is now available in physical and digital formats!  Once again join David Payne (Fossils) and Howard Stelzer in a journey of mangled tape and twisted electronics. Recorded in Lowell, Mass at Gallery 119 in August 2014.

Published by Tape Drift Records (US) as a CDR in a limited edition of 50 copies.
from the label: "Swelter indeed. A hot slab of collaborative psychic summer energy burn from two of the finest experimentalists in North America – Howard Stelzer and David Payne (Fossils). Two-man howl of shredded tapes and analog junk recorded live in August 2014 in Lowell, MA, the music on this disc is all about texture, sizzle and feel. It would be folly (and beside the point) to pick out individual contributions, as both voices blend superbly into a single slab of sound. When the music is this good, it’s far better to sit back, let the sound wash over you and experience the ultimate sonic catharsis. A dense and even psychedelic mind scrubbing that offers multiple epiphanies and aesthetic rewards. New details emerge with each listen, but it’s the overall immersive effect that will pull you back in time and time again. Like entering a new world where time and space have collapsed and all that remains is the beautiful abyss."


You can also preview and/or download a physical copy at Howard's bandcamp of plentiful noise here:

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


middle james co. is proud to present
in collab with Texas label Kendra Steiner Editions

Fossils "With Brian Ruryk" CDR edition of 44 copies

Chopped and screwed and always weird here we have the duo of Farr and Payne working with Toronto guitar cut-up genius Brian Ruryk.  Live recordings, documents in the field and domestic, radio signals and organized failure all set on blend.

$10 ppd world

read Bill Shute's words on the recording HERE

other releases avaialble HERE

thank you for your support!

Friday, May 22, 2015


Two recent releases from one of our favorite labels

Fossils "Live at the Station" cdr
full live set recorded at the Station Coffee House in Brantford, Ontario
featuring Daniel Farr, Rob Michalchuk and David Payne
released 22 December 201, limited edition of 30

Fossils "Memory Box Volume 1"
Cassettes (C60 and C92) are packaged in small wooden box with 16 paper inserts of photographs and various show posters. Released March 30 2015, limited edition of 12. 
Here's an amazing collection of documents from 2007-2014 featuring portions of live performances and remastered edits from proper releases. Contains much unreleased material and ALL lovingly reworked by Rob Michalchuk.

also don't for to check out our new blog devoted to Painters 11
featuring a new review of recent Harold Town exhibit