Sweet Jesus, when will Kendra Smith make another album?

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In honor of the Opal thread revival, here is a thread for trainspotting, rumours, and other news of our favorite reclusive backwoods biodynamic musical genius.

There is a great interview in the Angry Women In Rock Vol. 1 book which was published in 1996. I have not heard one peep from her since then. Aybody else got some info?

ps scott seward please post those awesome pics of her here too

sleeve, Friday, 7 September 2007 00:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've got a recording of her at a 1998 Terrastock festival -- maybe her last public appearance? Solo stuff on harmonium (?) mostly, some creepy a capella things. Very Nico-esque. She sounds a little bit nervous, but it's a nice show overall.

tylerw, Friday, 7 September 2007 17:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Been curious about her activities/state for quite some time. Someone must have heard something, right?

Bob Standard, Friday, 7 September 2007 17:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

those waiting for more kendra may dig beach house, very kendra-like vocals

juicy sweet are (electricsound), Thursday, 26 February 2009 06:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

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They don’t understand. And I eat a lot of matzo brie. (contenderizer), Thursday, 26 February 2009 06:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

haha, that is how i would like to imagine Kendra at all times.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 14:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

anybody know where I can find a copy of Kendra Smith & Steve Wynn's cover of "All Tomorrow's Parties" sung by Kendra entirely in German?...it's supposedly one of the greatest cover versions ever...!

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Kanye Twitty (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 2 April 2009 15:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hey there you ripped off one of JBR's old handles. :-/

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2009 15:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

whoops...which one Pepper or Kanye?

Kanye Twitty (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 2 April 2009 15:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Kanye one. It IS a prime funny, for sure.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2009 15:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

damn...it was from a mispronunciation my friend id recently while trying to recreate a Hee Haw segue from Family Guy...

back to the drawing board for me...

Kanye Twitty (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

id = did

Kanye Twitty (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

you can d/l a live version of Kendra's "Alle Morgens Parties" (recorded c. 1979-1980 with the Suspects) @ this blog. she does a fairly middling imitation of Nico, and it seems like she had yet to find a distinctive voice at that point.

however, she recorded a studio version of it in 1981 while the Dream Syndicate were putting together their first EP. from Steve Wynn's site:

(1987) Free flexi given away freely with Bucketfull Of Barins, #31.

Side A contains Dream Syndicates version of Cinnamon Girl (Later on It's too late to stop now). Recorded at Rotund Rascal Studios, Feb. 1987. Produced by Dream Syndicate

The b-side includes Kendra Smith, produced by Steve Wynn, doing Lou Reeds Alle Morgens Parties, recorded at Down There Studios, June 1981.

this may well be one of the greatest covers ever, but unfortunately I'm having as much trouble as you are trying to track it down.

stockholm cindy (unregistered), Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

does this post still work? it's got that all tomorrows parties in german: http://www.jennywoolworth.ch/deardiary/?p=35 and some other stuff.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

ah xpost! you beat me.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

heh, hivemind strikes again

stockholm cindy (unregistered), Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

i think i have the dream syndicate-era version somewhere ... will try to dig it up.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

ah, that'd be awesome if you did

stockholm cindy (unregistered), Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

now i'm wondering if the version i have is this Suspects version ... Didn't even know that existed til now.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah I have that flexi also, will try to get to it today if tylerw doesn't beat me to it.

I don't think it's the live one w/Suspects.

sleeve, Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, don't think the one i have on mp3 is live ...

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

I sure hope you guys aren't holding your breath waiting for more Kendra Smith records. Even I recognized the futility of that some time ago.

Matt M., Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

if Axl can do it, etc.

a garbled mishmash of lolcatspeak and ebonics (unregistered), Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

where is she? what is she doing now? I'm kind of fascinated by people who just disappear like this.

akm, Thursday, 2 April 2009 17:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

you saw the pic Sleeve posted upthread -- she's in the woods! With a gun!

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 17:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Last I heard she was living in Northern California, off the grid and with no interest in recording. That was a couple years after FIVE WAYS OF DISAPPEARING came out.

Matt M., Thursday, 2 April 2009 17:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

(When in fact it just took one way.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2009 17:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

ZING!

Matt M., Thursday, 2 April 2009 17:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

I sure hope you guys aren't holding your breath waiting for more Kendra Smith records. Even I recognized the futility of that some time ago.

well, she was nice enough to include an alternate version of a Five Ways song on that issue of Ptolemaic Terrascope from last year, so I can dream.

sleeve, Thursday, 2 April 2009 17:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

there's a recording of her playing live at Terrastock in 98, its ok but really untogether. i wish they'd reissue an expanded Opal Early Recordings though, with the tracks that were left off included.

zappi, Thursday, 2 April 2009 17:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

funny, Kendra, Roback and Sandoval = total dropouts.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 17:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

I had/have that flexi. If I can dig it up. Shoot me mail.

I do not recall it as being one of the greatest covers ever, seeing as I haven't though about it much between getting Bucketful of Brains #31 and now.

bendy, Thursday, 2 April 2009 18:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

She could make another record if she wanted... nobody expected Five Ways of Disappearing, after all.

f. hazel, Thursday, 2 April 2009 18:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Picked up 5 Ways the other day...(in a used bin, to state the bleeding obvious)...total goth-folk, not the thing I usually dig, but man, this thing is slaying me...maybe mid-November is exactly the right time of the year to listen to stuff like this...

henry s, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 02:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

those waiting for more kendra may dig beach house, very kendra-like vocals

i regret saying this

xanaxdu (electricsound), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 02:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh i dunno, it's not an off-base comparison. but beach house are no opal.

tylerw, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 02:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

not that it's off base, but that beach house don't deserve any more attention

xanaxdu (electricsound), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 02:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

if anyone's interested, i just posted a kendra smith sampler over here: http://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/5422200026/disappearing-act-a-kendra-smith-sampler

tylerw, Thursday, 12 May 2011 15:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Five Ways of Disappearing is my bible. That record just has so much going on, I love her forever.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 12 May 2011 16:05 (six years ago) Permalink

XP - Amazing! Thanks.

Per Yngve's having his brain out (MaresNest), Thursday, 12 May 2011 16:31 (six years ago) Permalink

heh, sorry tyler... also your sampler is excellent!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 12 May 2011 16:43 (six years ago) Permalink

sweet jesus, when i will get some credit for this! jk, i hope you enjoy. it was fun to make. someone should put it out for real! on vinyl or something. it'd sell in the dozens!

tylerw, Thursday, 12 May 2011 16:48 (six years ago) Permalink

this is cool, thanks! I haven't heard any of those live solo songs at the end of your sampler (they're from Terrastock, right?) so I look forward to hearing those.

every time you touch me (I get hives) (unregistered), Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:03 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah that's the terrastock performance. last song is uhhh pretty intense. a capella!

tylerw, Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Saw that performance -- it was definitely unusual.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:06 (six years ago) Permalink

did she walk offstage throwing copies of Walden into the audience and riding off into the sunset in an Amish buggy? fitting that the last songf she performed there seems to be a cover of Hank's "Ramblin' Man".

every time you touch me (I get hives) (unregistered), Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:09 (six years ago) Permalink

the lineup for Terrastock 2 seems amazing though. Fifty Foot Hose? Silver Apples? too bad I wasn't cool enough to be there (at the age of 10).

every time you touch me (I get hives) (unregistered), Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:11 (six years ago) Permalink

I look at the lineups of past Terrastocks and just cry...

excitebikable boy (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:13 (six years ago) Permalink

There was a lot of spectacular stuff going on in that second one -- my one key regret is that I was sitting watching Tom Rapp tune up not fully appreciating that Batoh was killing it one room over. I've been lucky enough to catch all the Terrastocks except the first and third.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:15 (six years ago) Permalink

.... aw, thread bump got my hopes up that someone had managed to lure her into a studio somehow

zappi, Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:22 (six years ago) Permalink

^^ will def check out sampler, tho! FWOD was pretty great, but The Guild of Temporal Adventurers is where my heart lies.

The Reverend Sun Myung Goon (Pillbox), Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:34 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, putting this together, i think the guild stuff is my fave thing by her too.

tylerw, Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:39 (six years ago) Permalink

The Guild of Temporal Adventurers is where my heart lies.

yes. and thanks for the mix, tw! have most of it, but looking forward to the live tracks.

always have time for the crystalline entity (contenderizer), Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:40 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, if there's interest, i can post that whole recording...

tylerw, Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:40 (six years ago) Permalink

yes plz

The Reverend Sun Myung Goon (Pillbox), Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:58 (six years ago) Permalink

.... aw, thread bump got my hopes up that someone had managed to lure her into a studio somehow

― zappi, Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:22 (1 hour ago)

<3 u tyler though, all this stuff still needs reissues!

sleeve, Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:57 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah it is crazy that some label hasn't at least done an Opal retrospective.

tylerw, Thursday, 12 May 2011 19:03 (six years ago) Permalink

i was under the impression there was a huge roadblock to opal reissues in the shape of one d. roback but that might be idle gossip

pitch defect (electricsound), Friday, 13 May 2011 02:16 (six years ago) Permalink

whenever I go into a shop, Early Recordings is the first thing I look for, on vinyl or CD. I've had it on cassette since the 90s & on CDR/vinyl-rip FLAC since then, but still, it is a knee-jerk reaction at this point. I've seen it behind the counter at a few places, but still holding out for it in the general collection. TBH I kind of hope I never find it b/c it would ruin the fun.

The Reverend Sun Myung Goon (Pillbox), Friday, 13 May 2011 07:17 (six years ago) Permalink

so regret selling my CD...

rock you like a HOOSicane (contenderizer), Friday, 13 May 2011 07:42 (six years ago) Permalink

i was under the impression there was a huge roadblock to opal reissues in the shape of one d. roback but that might be idle gossip
any more info on this? like, does Roback think the Opal stuff is no good? Rain Parade was reished a little while back, right?

tylerw, Friday, 13 May 2011 17:40 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

finally got around to posting that full terrastock performance for those who are interested: http://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/7011016025/kendra-smith-live-at-terrastock-ii-april-17

tylerw, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 14:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Too kind of you!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 14:42 (six years ago) Permalink

thank you, sir!

tho I do have to admit that I always get a slight case of "just maybe" palpitations whenever this thread surfaces on 'new answers.'

buffandmaxsgaydad (Pillbox), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 16:29 (six years ago) Permalink

ha, yeah. i'd be surprised if she came back, but who knows? maybe she's waiting for someone to ask?

tylerw, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 16:32 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

http://www.youtube.com/embed/N6g1IvcwL5Y

sleeve, Thursday, 21 July 2011 22:02 (six years ago) Permalink

dunno what happened to the auto-embed, that is an official SST video for 'Happy Nightmare Baby" (the song).

sleeve, Thursday, 21 July 2011 22:02 (six years ago) Permalink

nice! never seen that. funny that hope sandoval is in there in the intro. smiling, even!

tylerw, Thursday, 21 July 2011 22:08 (six years ago) Permalink

nice! never seen that. funny that hope sandoval is in there in the intro. smiling, even!

tylerw, Thursday, 21 July 2011 22:08 (six years ago) Permalink

oops? technical difficulties on this thread!

tylerw, Thursday, 21 July 2011 22:09 (six years ago) Permalink

never seen this one before, cute footage of Kendra & Roback

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEamS2sQO9Q

zappi, Thursday, 21 July 2011 23:27 (six years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Kendra Smith wrote a review in the new issue of Bull Tongue, a long and loving tribute to a Tuvan singer's album from 2005 or so? Great piece. Welcome back Kendra!

sleeve, Friday, 24 June 2016 14:46 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

ha, missed this ... good to know she is still out there somewhere.

tylerw, Friday, 7 October 2016 18:01 (one year ago) Permalink

I say this every morning when I wake up

erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 7 October 2016 22:31 (one year ago) Permalink

<3

sleeve, Friday, 7 October 2016 22:40 (one year ago) Permalink

hey tylerw, still thankful for you posting that Kendra sampler a few years back.

that's not my post, Saturday, 8 October 2016 06:23 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

finally, my nine year old thread is justified

a Radiohead album stamping on a human face, forever (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 February 2017 03:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

!!!!!!!

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

wish there was just one more song. wonder what forest they unearthed her from

akm, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 14:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

tylerw, get in here ASAP

a Radiohead album stamping on a human face, forever (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

ha, i revived the dream syndicate thread last week with this news ... pretty cool! wonder if this is just a one-off or if it foreshadows more activity from Kendra in the future ... probably the former, but who knows?

tylerw, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

I like to imagine that only Steve Wynn knows where she is, and will only call on her in the time of greatest need, which is obviously now.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

have a vague recollection of wynn saying (maybe many years ago) that he had no idea how to get in touch with her ... i guess he tracked her down!

tylerw, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

fan theory: Kendra is still 100% off the grid and nobody knows where she lives. after failing in his efforts to contact her, Steve hired a Kendra Smith impersonator to sing on the new album because he knows it will make for good press and he figures the real Kendra will never find out.

ridiculously dope soul (unregistered), Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:07 (nine months ago) Permalink

Coley visited her sometime in the last couple of years. She's reachable.

jaywbabcock, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 23:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

wow, another stray song I never knew about - a cover of Joy Division's "Heart And Soul"

https://www.discogs.com/Various-A-Means-To-An-End-The-Music-Of-Joy-Division/master/68944

sleeve, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 16:32 (five months ago) Permalink

ha, i'd missed that one too ... sounds pretty good!
very curious to hear her contribution to the upcoming dream syndicate record ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 16:36 (five months ago) Permalink

No sign in the Dream Syndicate advance material that Smith was in contact for the new record. I think I'd prefer her to stay in legendary mystery status anyways.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 17:51 (five months ago) Permalink

Wynn said that she sings on one of the new songs

tylerw, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 17:52 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh, and there was one last surprise, one more perfect link to our past and completing of the circle. One of the more intriguing of the songs we recorded was a hypnotic trance and mantra called "Recurring." I had a pretty decent lyric and sang a good vocal but somehow it just didn't work. The song and the riff were cool, the band's recording was evocative and beautiful. But I began to realize I wasn't the right singer for the song. And I knew immediately that the perfect singer would be the only other person to sing lead on a Dream Syndicate song, our original bass player Kendra Smith. I was amazed and delighted that my old friend and bandmate agreed to do it and then wrote some astounding lyrics and sang a vocal that at once as true to the spirit of the song and also turned the whole thing upside down. The song, now called "Kendra's Dream" is the perfect coda to the record, tying up loose ends from the past and then opening them up again to the future.

tylerw, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 17:55 (five months ago) Permalink

xpost: wow!

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 18:01 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

the new song is great. nice to hear her again. Her voice has certainly deepened.

akm, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:09 (two months ago) Permalink

https://medium.com/@davidchiu/kendra-smith-a-musical-disappearing-act-reemerges-d62da2f271b8
pretty good overview ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:35 (two months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Kendra Smith will join us on stage for a few songs at our shows next week at the @elreytheatre (12/15) and @Independent (12/16) in LA and SF. pic.twitter.com/SkzPwjPRXi

— The Dream Syndicate (@_DreamSyndicate) December 6, 2017

tylerw, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 20:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Huh. Just saw them play Monday night, with. Dumotrucks guitarist sitting in (I think).

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 20:54 (one week ago) Permalink

thread revive delivers!

sleeve, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 20:55 (one week ago) Permalink

pretty cool ... recent interview in uncut made it sound like new music wasn't entirely out of the question ...

tylerw, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 22:43 (one week ago) Permalink

I am willing it to happen

sleeve, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 22:49 (one week ago) Permalink

the new dream syndicate LP is solid, but her song is far and away the best thing on it

tylerw, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 22:50 (one week ago) Permalink


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