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Steven R. Smith is an American musician, instrument-builder, and printmaker often associated with the Jewelled antler collective. He was the drummer for Mirza in the mid-late ’90s.
Born in Fullerton, California and based in San Francisco and, more recently, Los Angeles, his musical output began in the mid-1990’s and continues on at the present.

His main instrument is guitar, although other instruments, including the hurdy gurdy, bouzouki, fretted spike fiddles, and assorted ethnic instruments, have been incorporated into his work.

Smith’s music tends to range from dense, orchestrated pieces to sparse solo excursions on electric guitar and is improvised as often as composed.
His music has drawn elements from psychedelic rock, traditional folk music, soundtracks, free jazz, and modern composers, and tends to be contemplative and somewhat mournful. Some of his records feature elaborate packaging, woodcut and linocut prints, and hand-made chapbooks.
Throughout his career Smith has recorded for a number of independent labels such as Soft Abuse, Catsup Plate, Last Visible Dog, Jewelled Antler, Darla Records, Imand, most frequently, Emperor Jones who has handled the bulk of his more recent releases.


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  • zuerichislybian

    "byzantium crow" is great.

    19 Mar 1:41pm Reply
  • Smirnon

    to those that have the vinyl of Ending/Returning: is the fuzz, crackle & pops standard on the Steven R. Smith part? my records looks to be in mint shape and i doubt it has anything to do with my record player, but this is a bit....excessive, and overpowers the actual music, sadly

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • zuerichislybian ->ending/returning

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bendingtree

    new record is great as usual, full of those small spontaneous details that make his music so enthralling... am liking the Ulaan Khol side a bit more at the moment ...

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Ihateboston

    He doesn't have a bad album.

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • li_madou

    some new stuff (radio sessions) on his website

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Smekermann

    you best not be talking about old skete

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Current87

    last album is horrible

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • midwestfaggot

    somewher in another galaxy

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • otsukaretimu

    Ulaan Passerine is up for free on his bandcamp.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • zuerichislybian

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • Obi-Head

    rodanside's comment still resonates with me when i'm listening to steven's music. "spot on".

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • zuerichislybian

    new ulaan khol "los angeles" on bandcamp...

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • bendingtree

    Old Skete 10... a reprise of "Wan and Smiling Assent"?! So surprised and delighted to hear that on the new record. "Wan..." is my favorite SRS track--hell, it's probably my favorite piece of music ever.

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Smirnon

    "hateboston wrote:November 2011 Lineaments man" ---- sigh yes, so engrossing

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Smirnon

    Old Skete is a lovely record. not his best, but just real good. also gave Owl another try, but i find that one definitely inferior to the rest of his releases.

    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Ihateboston

    Lineaments man

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • tbusser

    To This Nothing Already Then is fantastic!

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • theacerbusmk2

    anyone familiar with this steven's release? seems to me its even harder to get than 'log the man dead'...@Smirnon: imho, lineaments - along with the hala strana's 'fielding' and ulaan khol's debut - is highlight of steven's career.

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • Smirnon

    only 370 listeners to Lineaments is surprising. it's a gorgeous piece of work by Mr Smith

    11 May 2011 Reply
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