LEAST MOTH​-​EATER scores, rattles, jigs, and knells of death

by The Brothers Zoto

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LEAST MOTH-EATER (LME) was the first attempt to codify an evolving aberration in Shawn Edward Hansen's musical work. The instinct was and is to let go of professional standards, conventional musical training and expectations and embrace mediocrity as a medium in an attempt to let the music and the music practitioner/s to find creative release and safety. This project took several months to record and mix and ironically the album, FRENZY, also by Shawn E. Hansen, was recorded in a few days during this same time period and in some ways better embodies the abandon that The Brothers Zoto were attempting to achieve. This record, with its long gestation period, is stunted in a unique way, opening up to a wider horizon of mediocrity. Abandon, randomness, and self-shadowing are all disciplines requiring practice. As a first attempt, this album is mediocre in its own attempt at mediocrity.

"Let that which stood in front go behind
As I watch'd the ploughman plough,
Or the sower sowing in the fields, or the harvester harvesting,
I saw there too, O life and death
And I the apparition"
-Walt Whitman

All the songs except for track 3 use excerpts from Walt Whitman's book, Leaves of Grass.
released 04 July 2011

All music written and recorded by Shawn Edward Hansen, KJEA Radio, and the Imaginary Banjo Player.

Recorded in 2006 at the Sycamore House, Roslindale, MA.

acoustic guitar
Farfisa Organ

Lyrics by Walt Whitman and Shawn E. Hansen

Thank you to: Arthur Russell, Rodd Keith, Viva, Mudpie, Sienna, Mark B. Hansen and MOTHER RUSSIA INDUSTRIES, who so graciously released this record on a whim in Kansas City.


released July 4, 2011



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Shawn Edward Hansen Kansas City, Missouri

1984 marks the beginning of Shawn's experiments with the imaginary world and the borders to others when he first broadcast the radio station, KJEA in Kansas City.

He is a product of the BARD school of sound, having studied with Maryanne Amacher, Richard Teitelbaum, and George Lewis among others. Since, he has created music and thought structures along the fringe of the conventional arts.
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