HOT TUB WITH KURT AND KRISTEN TO BE RECORDED FOR KILL ROCK STARS COMEDY ALBUM

April 14, 2015

KURT BRAUNOHLER and KRISTEN SCHAAL’s long-running “HOT TUB WITH KURT AND KRISTEN” variety show will be recorded the next two Mondays for a double album to be released on Kill Rock Stars! Kurt and Kristen have hand-picked ten of their favorite comics for two nights of laughs and music on April 20th and 27th at THE VIRGIL in Los Angeles. The shows will be recorded for a double vinyl/digital album to be released on Kill Rock Stars this Fall.

HOT TUB WITH KURT AND KRISTEN
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 7PM
Hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal
With Aparna Nancherla, Eddie Pepitone, Karen Kilgariff, Kyle Kinane, Emily Heller
MONDAY, APRIL 27, 7PM
Hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal
With Beth Stelling, Andres du Bouchet, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Heather Lawless

TICKETS AND MORE INFO: http://hottubshow.tumblr.com/

KINSKI ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM '7 (OR 8)'

April 08, 2015

Great news! We will be releasing Kinski’s next album, 7 (or 8), on LP, CD, and good ol’ MP3 on June 2nd, 2015. You can stream the track "Flight Risk" below.

7 (or 8) finds Kinski sounding heavier, faster, and even more self-assured, picking up where 2013’s Cosy Moments left off but also pushing their sound into even more singular territory.

7 (or 8), the title itself a wry observation echoing the confusion created by their extensive catalog, is in fact their SEVENTH (or eighth depending who you ask) LP and second for new label home Kill Rock Stars, having previously released several LPs on Sub Pop and other discerning independent labels. Recorded and mixed in San Francisco at El Studio with Phil Manley (of Trans Am), 7 (or 8) comes in the midst of a more prolific period for the band. “It always takes us awhile to write a record but this one came quickly. We’ve stopped worrying about it so much and just get on with it, which is easier on the soul,” says guitarist/singer Chris Martin. This mindset, alongside their newfound lyricism, has revealed a band that is slyly self-aware, hinted at through years of tongue-in-cheek song titles but now fully evident. The quicker pace has also instilled a palpable confidence and energy on record.

That being said, 7 (or 8) hits like a ton of bricks. The double helping of riffs in the form of “Detroit Trickle Down” and “Flight Risk” leave the listener nearly out of breath. Martin, Lucy Atkinson (Bass), Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Guitar), and Barrett Wilke (Drums) stretch out a bit over the course of the record, marrying their more expansive sound with proto-punk fury, but they rarely let up until the last song, album highlight “Bulletin of the International String Figure Association”. One of the last songs written for the record, “Bulletin…” eases into a nearly 11 minute crescendo of rock bliss, gently flirts with a string section at the same time, and then floats back down to Earth in a perfect denouement. Like John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands on the cover, Kinski strive to make art that is uncompromising and on their own terms and 7 (or 8) is a refreshing reminder that rock music in 2015 can still be a unique and cathartic experience.

Click here to pre-order 7 (or 8) on CD, clear/purple swirled LP, or good ol’ MP3. There’s even an option to order 7 (or 8) with a Kinski shot glass! All pre-orders of Kinski’s 7 (or 8) will receive a download of the bonus songs “Old Gold” (originally written and performed by Love as Laughter) and “Loved By You” (originally written and performed by Stephen) on June 2nd!

Artist: Kinski

NEW DOG JOIN THE KRS ROSTER

March 23, 2015

We are excited to welcome Anar Badalov's solo project New Dog to the Kill Rock Stars roster. New Dog's album Classic Ballroom Dances will be released on June 2nd, 2015 on LP and digitally and is available for pre-order now.

Listen to the song "The Airport Lobby"

Anar Badalov is New Dog, but Classic Ballroom Dances is no trick; this intimate and enthralling album is the next installment in the career of this promising young songwriter. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in the 80s, Anar’s family immigrated to Baltimore, MD during the breakup of the Soviet Union. Anar grew up in Baltimore and was in two notable bands, Metal Hearts and Travels, between 2004 and 2014.

With the dissolution of Travels, Anar began working on his own for the first time. Classic Ballroom Dances, like the first New Dog album Lost Weekend, was recorded alone in his apartment. Anar describes the process: “Not having someone to lean on, musically, is both terrifying and doubly rewarding. You work at your own pace, and set your own rules.”

The title was inspired by the poem of the same name by Yugoslavian poet Charles Simic. Simic has said that list poems like Classic Ballroom Dances are “the poetic equivalent of quilt-making.” Long before Anar read this poem or heard of the poet, this was the way he approached songwriting. “I’d like to think that at least a handful of songs on this album capture something like what Simic is talking about,” he says. Simic is one of Anar’s biggest influences. Others include Lee Hazlewood, Frank O'Hara, Mark Linkous, John Berryman, Raymond Carver, Anton Chekhov, Townes Van Zandt and guitarist Mick Turner.

Artist: New Dog

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT KRS HQ

February 24, 2015

Do you daydream about peeking behind the digital curtain to investigate the inner workings of a small/medium sized independent record label? If so, that is good news, because Kill Rock Stars is looking for an intern during the Spring 2015 academic quarter/term. Interns generally help out around 5-10 hours a week and tasks include assisting with mailings, radio promotion, social media, data entry, flyering, archiving, and more!

To apply, e-mail krs at killrockstars dot com with your resume/c.v. and answer the following questions:

1. What are your favorite bands on Kill Rock Stars? (Don't say "all of them.").
2. What are the last few albums you bought?
3. What are the last shows that you went to?
4. What are you interested in learning about at KRS?
5. How do you anticipate applying knowledge gleaned at KRS to your future goals?

Since this is an unpaid internship, we REQUIRE that our interns are able to receive academic credit AND that they already live in the Portland, OR area.

THE GREATEST PERIOD JOKE OF ALL TIME! #CHUNKS

February 09, 2015


KRS' own Cameron Esposito sent over this new video of her performing THE GREATEST PERIOD JOKE OF ALL TIME! #CHUNKS

Enjoy!

Cameron's comedy album Same Sex Symbol is out now on LP, and good ol' mp3.

KURT BRAUNOHLER GETS WET FOR GOATS!

January 29, 2015

In 2014 comedian Kurt Braunohler jet skied down the Mississippi River from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money for Heifer International. Comedy Central filmed the wacky journey and now it is available to watch on Youtube!