henry kaiser

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i first knew his name because he produced a bunch of fahey albums. then i read derek bailey 'improvisation' and he's in there. then i read somewhere about how he's a big deadhead and recorded covers of dark star or something. THEN i saw herzog's 'encounters at the end of the world and there was this weirdo guitar guy scuba diving who later was jamming a homemeade guitar on the roof of a shack and it turned out to be him! he seems like something i'd like. where do i start? any particular eras to look up?

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I really only know him for "Devil in the Drain," which I was introduced to by my stoner friend Earl (bassist #2 of Drive-By Truckers) not long after I started college. I don't know anything of his besides that album, but it's worth owning.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

He co-led a group called Yo Miles! with Wadada Leo Smith which reinterpreted Miles Davis's electric music; they've got a few albums. I've never heard much else he's done.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:22 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Search the two French Frith Kaiser Thompson albums. Classics!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yes! I really like Live Love Larf Loaf though I have a feeling my favorite stuff on it is more Thompson than Kaiser.

orifex, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

search Wireforks w/Derek Bailey, also the record with John Oswald, Weasel Walter Septet album "Invasion", also the FFKT records as noted

sleeve, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

He didn’t produce Fahey records. That was Jim O’Rourke.

Kaiser’s solo stuff is fun – It’s a Wonderful Life, Outside Pleasure, Aloha are good places to start. He has a ton of good collabs – in addition to the FFKT stuff (the first record is better), his World Out of Time records with David Lindley are what world music collaborations should be: respectful but not afraid to include a backwards guitar solo. His Henry Kaiser Band stuff is mixed – eclectic to a a fault, the live record I have has Dark Star, a Stockhausen piano piece and then theme to Andy Griffith. He also appears in, scores and provides underwater photography(!) for a documentary or two on Antarctica by Werner Herzog.

Also: I wanted to study guitar w Kaiser while I was in college so I wrote his label. Imagine my surprise when he called me dorm room one morning a month or so later from California to tell me personally he didn’t teach students.

Cool dude.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The first Crazy Backwards Alphabet (Kaiser, John French, Andy West from the Dixie Dregs, Michael Maksymenko) album is also terrific. I haven't heard CBA 2 so I can't vouch for that one.

WilliamC, Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

then i read derek bailey 'improvisation' and he's in there.

There's a funny anecdote a mutual friend told me about Henry and a memorial concert for Bailey involving John Zorn. I wouldn't do it justice.

HK has a twisted sense of humor -- in a good way -- it also leads to some interesting projects. Like the Healing Force - Albert Ayler covers record, where they did covers of Ayler's less canonical material. He also did a couple trio albums with a bassist and drummer called "Plane Crash" that were presented as posthumous releases.

sarahell, Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I was a fan of Tomorrow Knows Where You Live with O'Rourke. I should pull it out again some time.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

He also was on the soundtrack to Grizzly Man.

sarahell, Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I think I came across reviews in Forcedexposure years and years ago. As in before i left londoin i think. THink I got hold of a live lp with a long version of dark Star on it and Tom Constanten in the band from Rhythm records in camden but could be getting details confused since I probably lost the record in '96.
Is there a long interview with kaiser in a Forcedexposure? Certainly remember seeing on e somewhere.
& this morning I was looking up Diamanada galas after seeing a performance by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQDfCFg4wxk&feature=share which reminded me of her among other people. & found out taht the first lp that Galas put out in '79 was a collaboration with then husband John French and Henry Kaiser.

Stevolende, Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Not sure what happened there, video I was trying to link to was by a french artist called fabienne audeoud who has been taking part in a locla arts festival. & flew in to give a sustained vocal performance yesterday. Quite amazing. maybe worth investigating further but main relevance here being that she had me looking into Diamanda galas.

Stevolende, Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

good call, worth looking at the Metalanguage label output for another window into Kaiser's world


sleeve, Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

According to Wikipedia, he's also a member of the Kaiser family which founded Kaiser Permanente, the giant US health care payer/provider.

Jeff Wright, Monday, 20 November 2017 02:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

He’s the grandson of the famous industrialist!

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 20 November 2017 04:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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