Monday, May 15, 2017


now available from Cardinal Records
the newest chapbook from A Series of Lizards
featuring the poetry of Bill Shute and artwork by David Payne
$5 + shipping

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All orders will come with a free copy of the KSE 11th Anniversary Album CD - an amazing comp that features artists from the label's roster.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016


Available now from our friends at POOR LITTLE MUSIC
 Fossils - Memory Box Volume 2 (PLM138) 6 x C92

A retrospective of sorts, this massive collection contains sounds released, unreleased, remixed and resurrected documenting the life and time of the band known as Fossils.
Featuring early live recordings dating back to 2005, samples from early Middle James Co. tapes, greatest hits and terrible misses. Something for everyone.

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 The physical version is extremely limited so act now!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016


here are some words written recently about the latest offering from FOSSILS.
this releases is still available for $8 postage paid in Canada, $10 USA (int'l orders get in touch)

There are strong ties between Fossils and Kendra Steiner Editions; it is almost like one could say, taking cues from the real record industry that Fossils have a recording contract with them, but with the notion of just 48 copies available, one realizes this is perhaps a bit silly thinking. This new one is also co-released by the group's own Middel James Co. label. Fossils are, as always, Daniel Farr and David Payne, ever since I first heard of them (see Vital Weekly 532) when they were a trio. They play improvised music and seem to be using whatever they can lay their hand on, which on 'Camelot Towers' sees the presence of guitar and piano as the two principal instruments to be played, along with their usual feedback, small synth/lo-fi electronics, a bit of percussion (less than before it seems) and Dictaphones. Feedback is something that should not be taken in terms of loud noise per se, as the thirteen pieces here are very modest affairs actually, almost like chamber music. Rather than a studio recording, I had the impression here that they are in a small club, with an upright piano, a microphone in the middle of room and do an all free-improvisation on the main instruments. For a while I thought Fossils would go the way of P16.D4 and that they would take their improvisations to another level, and play around with them in a more musique concrete kind of way. Some of their previous releases hinted that way, but they never really went for it, which I personally think is a pity. While I enjoyed this release quite a bit, like I usually do with their music, I think a leap forward might not be a bad idea. However if you like your improvisations to be raw and untamed and you think along the lines of Corpus Hermeticum, then Fossils are still safely in the place they are now.
Vital Weekly 1060

Yet more from the now defunct Hamilton Ontario-based Fossils, who surprise with each and every release that comes out not only on Kendra Steiner Editions but the Middle James Co. if you can believe that. On CAMELOT TOWERS the duo of Daniel Farr and David Payne cook up a slew of sounds that you can wrap your prehensile mind around, at times doing these duos where one of 'em plays a Cecil Taylor-styled piano and the other clanks away on an acoustic guitar while at others producing electronic sounds that remind me of my stomach around suppertime when its gurgling on real loud like. For some strange reason I was reminded of watching Sunday morning television during my younger years when CAMERA THREE would present somethingorother on twentieth-century musical compositions written by guys with Albert Einstein hair. Relive those lost days of wading through educational television while waiting for the cartoons to come on with CAMELOT TOWERS.
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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)

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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.

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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

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