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Maksymenko, Michael : Businesscide (Recommended Records)

Maksymenko, founder of the Swedish Beefheart influenced band Kraljursastalten, in a solo release with that band, and with Henry Kaiser, Drumbo French, Sten Standell, &c.

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product information:

UPC: 752725024020

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR MM1
Squidco Product Code: 9645

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray


Kraljursastalten: Michael Maksymenko

Thomas Agaton

Stefan Agaton

John 'Drumbo' French

Henry Kaiser

Andy West

Sten Standell

Soren Runolf

Jacob Trollback

Nicke Billstrom

Pontus Furst

Eva Sonessom

Bob Adams

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"Henry Kaiser (born September 19, 1952) is an American guitarist and composer, known as an idiosyncratic soloist, a sideman, an ethnomusicologist, and a film score composer. Recording and performing prolifically in many styles of music, Kaiser is a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He is considered a member of the "second generation" of American free improvisers. He is married to Canadian artist Brandy Gale.

In 1977, Kaiser founded Metalanguage Records with Larry Ochs (Rova Saxophone Quartet) and Greg Goodman. In 1979 he recorded With Friends Like These with Fred Frith, a collaboration that lasted for over 20 years. In 1983 they recorded Who Needs Enemies, and in 1987 the compilation album With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends? They joined with fellow experimental musicians John French, and English folk-rocker Richard Thompson to form French Frith Kaiser Thompson for two eclectic albums, Live, Love, Larf & Loaf (1987) and Invisible Means (1990). In 1999 Frith and Kaiser released Friends and Enemies, a compilation of their two Metalanguage albums along with additional material from 1984 and 1999.

In 1991, Kaiser went to Madagascar with guitarist David Lindley. They recorded roots music with Malagasy musicians and discovered music that, he says, "changed us radically and permanently". Three volumes of this music were released by Shanachie under the title A World Out of Time. In 1994 he made a similar trip to Norway, again with Lindley, recording music that was released as Sweet Sunny North (2 volumes, 1994 and 1996).

Since 1998, Kaiser has been collaborating with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in the "Yo Miles!" project, releasing a series of tributes to Miles Davis's 1970s electric music. This shifting aggregation has included musicians from the worlds of rock (guitarists Nels Cline, Mike Keneally and Chris Muir, drummer Steve Smith), jazz (saxophonists Greg Osby and John Tchicai), avant-garde (keyboardist John Medeski, guitarist Elliott Sharp), and Indian classical music (tabla player Zakir Hussain).

Kaiser has appeared on more than 250 albums and scored dozens of TV shows and films, including Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World (2007). He was given a Grammy Award for his work on the Beautiful Dreamer tribute to Stephen Foster.

In 2001, Kaiser spent two and a half months in Antarctica on a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program grant. He has subsequently returned for nine more visits to work as a research diver. His underwater camera work was featured in two Herzog films, The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) and Encounters at the End of the World (2007), which he also produced, and for which he and Lindley composed the score. Kaiser served as music producer for Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005). He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work as a producer on Encounters at the End of the World."

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track listing:

1. Det Löser sig atenematiskt

2. Fet och Feg

3. Maratonloppet

4. Hon fangade min blick

5. Voodooboogie

6. Det enda raka

7. Ibland om vardagarna

8. Den stora Coupe Finalen

9. Fran Högre ort

10. Dom

11. En pansarfjant

12. Ten year anniversary

13. Beneath the valley of the dropped D

14. Ghosts (Albert Ayler)
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"Collective telepathy at high speed...

Maksymenko, founder and brain behind the extraordinary Swedish post-Beefheartian group Kraljursastalten - and world-class ice-hockey player - here collects his extraordinary songbook including much of the two celebrated '70s releases by Kraljursastalten (the Reptile Institution: Michael plus the telepathic twins Stefan and Thomas Agaton), with later recordings from his solo record plus released and unreleased pieces with Henry Kaiser, John 'Drumbo' French, Sten Standell, Andy West and others. Wild lurching swing complexity, ridiculous tempi, great rhythms, sudden mood changes, fine compositions and music that is always to the point. No fat, just coffee and cigarettes.


1956: born in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden into a family of Ukrainian refugees from WW2. Extreme poverty. Until 1971 he was mainly involved either in violent street-fighting or ice-hockey. No family musical background. Then, 14 years old, he had an accident that almost lost him a foot, ending a very promising ice-hockey career. He had to find another platform to express the dynamics of Russian-style ice-hockey. He chose music. He found the twins - Thomas & Stefan Agaton - playing bass and guitar - who had the technical capacity and the extremely fast communication required to perform his music.

1977: KRÄLDJURSANSTALTEN was ready to face off. They recorded two 12" records: a Maxi: Nu är det allvar and an LP: Voodooboogie and toured, often under the "Rock In Opposition" umbrella until, In late 1981 they split, the night before recording their second album, which Maksymenko then recorded himself sometime later as Nu kan det sagas (Now it can be told). Then there was Crazy Backwards Alphabet, a collaboration with Henry Kaiser (1996-1991) also featuring ex Dixie Dregs bassist Andy West and John 'Drumbo' French from Captain Beefheart's Magic Band.

1991 to 2007: Maksymenko abandoned music and worked as a TV-producer in Sweden, mainly making programmes about Culture and The Pleasures of Life. For the last nine years he has also been the soccer coach for a female football team. Today: he's getting back on stage again with the old Kräldjursanstalten material with Ralf Nygård (legendary leader of Boojwah Kids), Mathias Danielsson and Jimmy Ågren (from Jimmy Ågren Band and Mats Morgan Band) as The Reference Group. Face off: summer of 2008."-Recommended Records

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