HORSE FEATHERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'SO IT IS WITH US'

July 28, 2014

We are happy to announce that we'll be releasing Horse Feathers' latest album So It Is With Us on October 21st, 2014. The track "Violently Wild" debuted over at NPR's All Songs Considered Blog earlier today. Click here to read all about it!

Some quick true/false facts about the band Horse Feathers and their new album, So It Is With Us:

1. The record was partially recorded in a barn in a beautiful pastoral setting in rural Oregon
(true, but hasn’t everybody done this now?)

2. The band lives in Portland, OR
(also true, and they are consciously and unconsciously living breathing stereotypes just like the ones portrayed in Portlandia)

3. Horse Feathers last album charted on Billboard by selling fewer records than they had in the past
(true, but maybe more a comment on the music industry as a whole?)

4. For this album, the band was influenced by the following: Pentangle, Talk Talk, Paul Simon, The Band, Van Morrison, John Wesley Harding era Bob Dylan, Desire era Bob Dylan, and Abner Jay (not what you would have guessed, right?)

Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band:

“I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – "Cynic's New Year" – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn't touch my guitar for months, which was the longest I had gone in about 15 years. I thought that my career in music was over and wondered if I even wanted to do it anymore. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I had grown weary of talking to people after shows who said that my last record “helped them through their divorce”. I have always been flattered by that sort of thing, but I realized what I wanted to hear was how my last record helped them “have a great weekend”. If you have heard any of my previous records you will realize that this transformation from “divorce” band to “weekend” band would be a tall order. And it was! I wouldn’t say we’ve become a “party band” overnight, but I certainly tried to change things a bit.

I enlisted friends to play with me that I trusted and had known for years. Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), I threw Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show – which I think is referred to as “joy” – became something I wanted to experience again. I shared more. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don't own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That's the way it was, and so it is with us.”

So It Is With Us will be released on Kill Rock Stars on October 21, 2014.

HORSE FEATHERS TOUR DATES
09/20 Medford, OR @ downtownART+SOUND // Tix: http://goo.gl/17ddYl
10/28 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo // Tix: http://goo.gl/1FIzW0
10/29 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret // Tix: http://goo.gl/v9VkHW
10/30 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile // Tix: http://goo.gl/ct6I0P
10/31 Spokane, WA @ The Barlett // Tix: http://goo.gl/dGbOIO
11/01 Missoula, MT @ The Top Hat // Tix: http://goo.gl/GCiJwH
11/02Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station // Tix: http://goo.gl/SGtVeB
11/04 Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern
11/08 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater
11/09 Colorado Springs, CO @ Ivywild School
11/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits
11/13 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain // Tix: http://goo.gl/ugPUVC
11/14 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada // Tix: http://goo.gl/kdJ0dO
11/15 Norman, OK @ Opolis Production LLC // Tix: http://goo.gl/C5fmUa
11/18 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird // Tix: http://goo.gl/rhNefc
11/19 Madison, WI @ Play Circle Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0AXXU
11/20 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/oo7Jsk
11/21 La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater & Lounge
11/22 St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/23 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
11/29 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/1u7gZ
12/03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
12/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club
12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
12/06 San Diego, CA @ Casbah San Diego http://goo.gl/L1MBgM
12/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww
12/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
12/13 Eugene, OR @ The WOW Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww

HARI KONDABOLU TALKS ABOUT COLONIALISM, CHESS, AND HOMOPHOBIA ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O' BRIEN

June 20, 2014

Hari Kondabolu appeared on Monday's episode of Late Night with Conan O' Brien performing material of his new-ish stand-up comedy album Waiting For 2042. You can watch a video of his performance on Youtube.

Hari will be appearing Calgary, Alberta this weekend for the Sled Island festival. Click here for more info.

Hari's album Waiting For 2042. is available as a download at our Bandcamp page and on CD from our mail-order store.

1997's 'SOME SONGS' COMPILATION GETS THE CASSETTE REISSUE TREATMENT!

May 29, 2014

We are excited to announce that our Some Songs from the Kill Rock Stars Singles compilation is now available on cassette... just in time for summer! First released on CD in 1997, Some Songs... collects songs from the first few years of Kill Rock Stars 7 inch singles, including tracks by Elliott Smith, Cupid Car Club, Team Dresch, Heavens To Betsy, Unwound, Mukilteo Fairies, Bikini Kill, godheadSilo, Thrones, Witchypoo and more! After the enthusiastic response to last year's Kill Rock Stars: The Compilations three cassette box set (still available in our mail-order department), giving Some Songs... the cassette treatment seemed like a no-brainer!

Some Songs from the Kill Rock Stars Singles tracklist:
Side A: Elliott Smith "Some Song" / Frumpies "Be Good" / Starpower "Treefort" / Cupid Car Club "Grape Juice Plus" / Team Dresch "Hand Grenade" / Witchypoo "Bad Circulation" / Mukilteo Fairies "Four Letter Love" / Bikini Kill "New Radio" / godheadSilo "Elephantitus of the Night"
Side B: Blood on the Saddle "Please Quit Calling Me From Jail" / Phranc "Hillary's Eyebrows" / Peechees "Grease" / Thrones "Young Savage" / Heavens to Betsy "Firefly" / Unwound "Hating in 'D'"

Click here to order your copy of Some Songs... on cassette for the low price of $5 (and get an instant MP3 download!)

Some Songs... is still available on compact disc and digitally for those of you upset by the cassette revival.

2009's The Thermals/Thao split 7" makes its digital debut!

May 28, 2014

Good news for all you CRAZED MP3 FANS out there, The Thermals / Thao with the Get Down Stay Down split 7" from Record Store Day 2009 is available digitally for the first time ever at our Bandcamp page!  The Thermals/Thao with the Get Down Stay Down split includes The Thermals' demos of Now We Can See tracks "When I Died" and "You Dissolve" plus Thao with the Get Down Stay Down doing an early version of Know Better Learn Faster track "Cool Yourself" and a cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Have You Ever Had To Make Up Your Mind?"  Click here to buy or stream the single!

The Thermals tour dates
06/21 Tacoma, WA @ New Frontier Lounge tickets
06/25 San Diego, CA @The Casbah tickets
06/26 Los Angeles,  CA @The Roxy tickets
06/28 Portland, OR @Branx tickets

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down tour dates
06/12 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival tickets
07/03 Qunicy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival tickets
07/12 San Francisco, CA @ Phono Del Sol  tickets
07/27 Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival tickets
07/28 Williamsburg, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg tickets
08/13 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's tickets
08/16 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk tickets

Click here to check out all The Thermals releases available at our mail-order store.
Click here to check out all the Thao with the Get Down Stay Down releases available at our mail-order store.

Artist: The Thermals

KURT BRAUNOHLER TO JET SKI FOR GOATS!

May 19, 2014

American hero Kurt Braunohler has announced his plan to jet-ski from Chicago to New Orleans to raise enough money to send 500 goats and 1000 chickens to African families in need. The trip will be filmed by Comedy Central for a new web series called Roustabout. You can help the cause by contributing at Kurt's Indie Go Go page. Every dollar you donate will go directly to Heifer International, who will provide 1 goat and 2 chickens to a family. You can read more about the project at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jet-ski-for-goats

Here's Kurt's jet-ski schedule for those interested...
Schedule (subject to change, obviously, because the River is a cruel mistress): May 29th – Pre-Launch show at Schubas in Chicago featuring myself, Wyatt Cenac, and Candy Lawrence.
May 30th – Launch Party 7am, Chicago’s Navy Pier – come see me off / give me words of advice
May 31st – St Louis – what will happen?
June 1st – Kaskaskia, IL – what again?
June 2nd – TBD – we should have planned this better
June 3rd – TBD – now I’m worried
June 4th – TBD – oh boy
June 5th – Arrive in New Orleans – Celebration show at One Eyed Jack’s with Kristen Schaal and more!



Kurt's album How Do I Land? is available for download from the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp page and on cd at our online store.

HARI KONDABOLU ON ANDY BECKERMAN'S BEGINNINGS PODCAST

May 15, 2014

Hari Kondabolu is the guest on today's episode of Andy Beckerman's Beginnings podcast. Beginnings is a podcast where Andy Beckerman talks to comedians, writers, flmmakers, and musicians about their earliest creative experiences.

Hari Kondabolu's album Waiting For 2042 is available now on compact disc and as a digital download from our Bandcamp page.