The Apocalypse as Witnessed by a Slice of American Cheese

by Valerie Kuehne & The Wasps Nests

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A Gold Bolus Release -

This all started because I performed in an abandoned movie theater in Manhattan. As I prepared to climb out of the ceiling via a rusty ladder I spied a can of creamed corn and next to it an partially packaged unidentified block. I was curious. I paused and examined the packaging. American Cheese. 50 year old American Cheese that had been bitten into like a pickle then set aside for the future. If you are interested take a careful look at the cover of this album.

That same night I spent the better part of 8 hours researching American Cheese. I stumbled upon a letter from 2002 written by the FDA to Kraft Food Services ordering a cease and desist of the word “food” from product labeling. The apocalypse was nigh. And so it came to pass that in the early morning hours, filthy with abandoned theater and strung out on google, I composed “The Apocalypse as Witnessed by a Slice of American Cheese.”

The song evolved into a philosophy. The philosophy evolved into a performance. There was a love affair with Layne Staley. My grandfather died. My cat died. I spent a lot of time in Pittsburgh. I struggled to quit using drugs and alcohol as means to quell reality. I was surrounded by performance art. These events (and many others) grew in potency until they all found their origin in American Cheese. Cheese became God. My mind/body/soul was composed primarily of Cheese. I performed the Cheese night after night. I sprayed it out of a can. I passed it out to audiences. I slapped it onto shoulders, necks, thighs. I tried to (unsuccessfully) write on it with sharpie. Night after night there was Cheese and more Cheese. They call it burger cheese in France. In Denmark it's a luxury.


released October 15, 2015

The Wasps Nests are:

Valerie Kuehne - cello/vocals/songs
Natalia Steinbach - violin/vocals, track 2
Jeffrey Young – violin, vocals, tracks 3,5 & 6
Alex Cohen – drums, tracks 2, 3, 5 – 7
Prehistoric Horse (David Grollman – percussion & Lucio Menegon – guitar) – track 8

Tracks 1, 4 & 7 recorded at Solitude Studios by Alex Cohen.
Track 2 recorded at Panoply Performance Laboratory by Kingtone
Track 8 recorded at an undisclosed location by Kingtone
Tracks 3, 5 & 6 recorded by Steve Adams in Detroit
All tracks mixed/mastered by Kingtone except for track 2, which was mixed by Justin Greville.

The recording on track 1 of Beethoven’s 7th, opus 92, mvt. 2, Allegretto was recorded and kindly donated by The Columbia Orchestra. Many, many thanks & encores.

This record would not have been made possible by the generous emotional, spiritual, physical, psychological, and financial support of the following: Bruce & Catharine Kuehne, Natalia & Richard Steinbach, Alex Cohen, Jeffrey Young, Thomas Matera, Dave Ruder, PPL, David Grollman, Lucio Menegon, Justin Greville, Michael Durek, Scott Blakley, Jonathan Vincent, Sherry Aliberti, Jake M, Mike Battaglia, Emilie Lesbros, david first, orgonedusted, Tommy Wallach, Max Johnson, Erin Rogers, Ross Hammond, Daryl Shawn, Peter Christian Hall, David Irving Weiner, T. A. Zook, Paul Baldwin, Timothy de Benedetti, Hiroshi Shafer, Irene Ten Cate, sabrina siegel, Laura Vuksinich, Mara Mayer, Isaac Jaffe, Brent Arnold, jascha, Pilesar, Jean Carla Rodea, Kenneth Kovasin, Brendon Stuart, Mara Rosenbloom, Ben Syversen, Mike Elliott, Niina Pollari, David Tamura, Amy X Neuburg, Laurie Amat, Christopher Carlone, David Redbranch, Eddy Kwon, Anna Meadors, Elizabeth Lavender, Phil Amoss, Pat Muchmore, Andrew Cervantes, Amos Fisher, Matthew Silver, Miao Jiaxin, Doug Smith, Nonoko Yoshida, Christoper Manning, Sxip Shirey, Joey Molinaro, Andrea Pensado, Matthew Cole, Shontina Vernon, rebecca patek, Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin, Gary Rouzer, Lisa Miralia, Ron Anderson, Mark Golamco, Pontus Gunve, Dave Seidel, Richard Kamerman, Drew Wiedemann, Design and Urban Ecologies Class of 2016, Brian, Rima Fand, Adam Caine, Cassie Kemple, BriAnna Olson, Geraldo Mercado, Peter Pincosy, Michael Hafftka, Ventiko, Amar Chaudhary, steve Norton, Adrienne Sneed, Yaman Palak, Ryan Krause, matthias Neumann, Rob Andrews, Brett Saxon, Amber Brien, Raymond Todd, Jason Love, Rick Shinozaki, Thomas Bell, Ryan Baker, Lukas Ligeti, dylan champagne, Mike Darnell, Michael Dailey, Jonah Rosenberg, Harel Rintzler Photojournalist, AOK Films, Damon Horowitz, Dominic Raths, Matt Samolis, Glenn Cornett, Audrey Lo, Roscoe Bonnington, yelena gluzman, Floria Nica, Walter Wright, erebus, Household Tales, Colleen McCarthy, Charlie Rauh, Odeya Nini, Medina Crystal-Gloria, risha gorig, Ashley Bathgate & Lisa Moore, Michael Hoerman, Jason Harris, The Rex Complex, Colin Sanderson, Lorene Bouboushian, Chris Cawthray, Mariana Luna, Adam Matlock, Ella Ackerman, Ivan Barenboim, Matt Anderson, Oliver Warden, Courtney Novak, Tania Stavreva, Nancy Garniez, Matthew D. Gantt, Lena.


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Valerie Kuehne is a cross-pollinated work of chaos. Fusing music, performance art, and self-experimentation, she has been told that, "if this music thing doesn't work out, she’d probably make an awesome cult leader." (Boston Public Space).

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