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 (five days 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 (five days 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 (five days ago) Permalink

Search the two French Frith Kaiser Thompson albums. Classics!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:50 (five days 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 (five days 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 (five days 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 (four days ago) Permalink


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