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January 24, 2017

A never-before-heard live recording of Elliott Smith's classic track "Angeles" has been released today. Recorded live at the YoYo A GoGo festival in Olympia, WA in 1997, “Angeles (Live)” appears on Either/Or: Expanded Edition, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Elliott Smith’s best selling and beloved album. It is out March 10, 2017 on 2LP, 2CD and digital via Kill Rock Stars. Having just premiered on-air via SiriusXMU, you can now listen and share “Angeles (Live)” here. Pre-order the album here.

Either/Or: Expanded Edition features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane. The second disc features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A GoGo festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem. This gorgeous collection is an essential listen for longtime fans and newcomers alike.


January 06, 2017

"First Songs collects Kleenex’s output from 1978 to 1982. Their gleefully anarchic music still feels like liberation, reveling in the limitless freedom that comes with tossing logic aside." - Pitchfork



January 04, 2017

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Elliott Smith’s best-selling and greatly beloved album, Either/Or, Kill Rock Stars have announced Either/Or: Expanded Edition, out March 10, 2017 on 2LP, 2CD and digital. The New York Times spoke with Larry Crane, owner of Jackpot! Studios and archivist of the Estate of Elliott Smith, and shared the unreleased track “I Figured You Out.” Listen to the song and read the story here.


“I Figured You Out” was recorded as a demo for Mary Lou Lord, who later recorded a version (produced, performed, recorded, and mixed by Elliott Smith) for her Martian Saints EP (KRS-264). Neil Gust plays doubled drums. “I Figured You Out” was recorded by Elliott Smith at Heatmiser House in 1995. The track was mixed by Larry Crane in May 2010, at Jackpot! Recording Studio.


Either/Or: Expanded Edition features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane.  The second disc features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem.  The double LP is packaged in a gatefold jacket that includes an insert of the original liner notes, a postcard of the original master tapes, and several never-before seen photos.  This gorgeous collection is an essential listen for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

 Either/Or: Expanded Edition Track List:


1. Speed Trials (remastered)

2. Alameda (remastered)

3. Ballad of Big Nothing (remastered)

4. Between the Bars (remastered)

5. Pictures of Me (remastered)

6. No Name No. 5 (remastered)

7. Rose Parade (remastered)

8. Punch and Judy (remastered)

9. Angeles (remastered)

10. Cupid's Trick (remastered)

11. 2:45 AM (remastered)

12. Say Yes (remastered)

13. My New Freedom (Live) (unreleased)

14. Pictures Of me (Live) (unreleased)

15. Angeles (Live) (unreleased)

16. Some Song (Live) (unreleased)

17. Rose Parade (Live) (unreleased)

18. New Monkey (keys) (unreleased)

19. I Don’t Think I’m Ever Gonna Figure It Out (remixed/remastered)

20. I Figured You Out (unreleased)

21. Bottle Up And Explode (Alternate Version) (unreleased)


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Kleenex/LiLiPUT 'First Songs' 2LP OUT NOW!!!

December 13, 2016

“You can't dispute LiLiPUT's status as pioneers of feminist art-punk. Along with fellow travelers like the Slits and the Raincoats, this (mostly) female Swiss group took advantage of punk's anything-goes attitude and created jittery, spirited pop that was both in step with the times and completely singular. The early material is a riot of exuberant energy, taking stylistic cues from peers like Gang of Four and Wire-- propulsive bass, skittering pop rhythms, slashing guitars-- and adding distinctive overlapping vocal patterns, which are sung, shrieked, and hiccuped in three languages and made- up dadaistic slang. More than 20 years on, it still sounds fresh.” - Lisa Gidley

Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce the December 9th, 2016 release of First Songs, a 2LP set of recordings from the legendary punk bands Kleenex and LiLiPUT. First Songs combines all the pre-1982 material, all 3 Kleenex singles, the first 2 LiLiPUT 7"’s and all the originally unreleased material prior to LiLiPUT’s debut LP.

First Songs is a vinyl only release and will be available in stores now.


November 14, 2016

We're excited to finally announce the release of our most ambitious comedy release yet, Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal's Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen live at the Virgil double LP! Recorded live over two nights at The Virgil in Los Angeles at Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s long-running comedy variety show “Hot Tub”, Kurt and Kristen hand-picked ten of their favorite comics for the double LP. Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen live at the Virgil includes stand-up and live performances by Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal, Aparna Nancherla, Eddie Pepitone, Karen Kilgariff, Kyle Kinane, Beth Stelling, Andres du Bouchet, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Emily Heller and Heather Lawless.

The Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen live at the Virgil comedy compilation will be available on double vinyl with gatefold for Record Store Day on Black Friday, November 25. Vinyl copies will also come with download code. Record stores can order copies to have in stock for Record Store Day Black Friday from Redeye Worldwide. The album will also be available digitally with pre-orders available at:


November 10, 2016

Kill Rock Stars is beyond excited to announce that we’ve signed Philadelphia, PA noise punk supergroup Taiwan Housing Project. The band came to our attention earlier this year with a face melting live set on The Liz Berg Show on WFMU and when we heard the band’s Three Song Record (originally released on the excellent M’Lady’s Records in 2015) we fell even more in love.

Taiwan Housing Project began as a weird lo-fi fake pop recording project between Kilynn Lunsford (Little Claw, Tyvek) and Mark Feehan (Harry Pussy, Trash Monkeys). After a while of playing exclusively as a duo in a bedroom with two cats they enlisted Pat Ganley (Casual Viking, Dan Melchior) and Adam Cooper (Tickley Feather, Hanging Tounges) and started playing in a basement with three cats. Taiwan Housing Project's hip shaking white hot noise has been met with drunken enthusiasm and dismissive shrugs from friends and foes alike.

Click here to stream Three Song Record on Bandcamp
Click here to stream Three Song Record on Youtube
Tour dates
11/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Space 1026 w/ Ursula and Hit Bargain
12/09 Allston, MA @ The O’Briens w/ Major Stars
12/16 NYC @ The Glove w/ Silk Purse & PC Worship
12/17 DC @ TBA


October 31, 2016

Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce the release of Amy Miller's debut album, Solid Gold, which will be available on CD and MP3 on November 25th, 2016. Click here to pre-order the album.

Originally from Oakland, California Amy found her comedy chops in the Bay Area scene and is still a favorite at the San Francisco Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club. After a move to Portland, Amy quickly rose to the top of the Northwest comedy scene, winning Portland’s Funniest Comedian in Helium Comedy Club’s contest, as well as being voted Portland’s Funniest 2013 and 2015 in the Willamette Week.

Amy was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Roseanne Barr called her “a star” and a “contender for next alpha female comedian.” Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of the “fiercest jokes he had ever heard.” Amy spent several years in Portland being alpha and fierce and getting rained on, but now lives in LA where she’s a lot drier. Solid Gold is her first album.


October 14, 2016

Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce the release of Nathan Brannon's second stand-up comedy album, Because. Recorded at two sold-out shows in Portland, OR, Because showcases Nathan's unique perspective on the importance of believing in yourself, raising a mixed race baby, bows and arrows, cat calling, and outhouses!

Nathan won the 2014 Seattle International Comedy Competition, the 2012 Portland's Funniest Person Competition, and has opened for comedians like Dave Chapelle, Maria Bamford, and Gilbert Gottfried. He is a regular performer at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. 

Click here to order Because on CD/MP3 at Bandcamp

Click here to listen to 'Because' digital sampler at Spotify


October 01, 2016

“his standup remains as poignant and timely as ever” – Splitsider

Critically-acclaimed socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased, CNN’s United Shades of America) will release his first solo stand-up special 'W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro' on CD and MP3 tomorrow, Friday, September 30 via Kill Rock Stars. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Freakonomics) and originally seen on Showtime, ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ was filmed before a live audience in Brooklyn and features Kamau’s uniquely insightful and hilarious views on a host of social and political issues such as gentrification, marriage equality, “mixed-race” children and doing Black children’s hair just to name a few. Throughout ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’ Bell confirms his stature as one of the leading cultural critics of our time.

Order ‘Semi-Prominent Negro’
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W. Kamau Bell is the host of the Emmy nominated CNN docu-series United Shades Of America, KALW's "Kamau Right Now", the Chris Rock produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and co-host of the popular podcast "Politically Re-Active" alongside Hari Kondabolu. Kamau has appeared on Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, The Rachel Maddow Show, The View, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Comedy Central’s @midnight, The Nerdist, This American Life, Tavis Smiley and more.

2017 will see the return of United Shades of America on CNN and the release of his first book, “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian” (hardcover, June 6, 2017).

W. Kamau Bell Stand-Up Tour:
10/13 – DC @ Sixth & I Synagogue
10/14 – NYC @ Gramercy Theater
10/15 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theater
10/21 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater * Two shows 7:30 (SOLD OUT) & 10:30

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August 19, 2016

We're excited to release Rhea Butcher's debut album, Butcher, on the CD & MP3 formats today. Click here to order your copy.
Recorded live in Portland, OR, ‘Butcher’ perfectly showcases Rhea’s brilliant takes on vegetarian dog ownership, her wardrobe, mistaken identity, her Ohio roots and much more. In a glowing review, TheLaughButton says “Rhea Butcher lays down all that she is and more on “Butcher””


July 22, 2016

HARI KONDABOLU releases his new comedy album ‘MAINSTREAM AMERICAN COMIC’ today on KILL ROCK STARS. Hari is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer hailed as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by The New York Times and an "inventive and groundbreaking comedian" by The AV Club. ‘Mainstream American Comic’, his 2nd stand-up album, was recorded live in Portland, OR, and on it, Hari makes a strong case for reasons why race, gender and politics should be mainstream comedy. In an early review, the Seattle Times calls the album “fantastic” noting “Kondabolu proves throughout the album that he’s a comedian who has found his voice and figured out how to harness it for consistent laughs.”

A popular headlining stand-up, Hari has performed on stages around the country and will be on tour in support of ‘Mainstream American Comic’. The tour launches next Friday in Detroit before he heads to Milwaukee, Chicago and back to Brooklyn for release shows – 3rd show added by popular demand!- and back out again. All Dates Below.

A former writer and correspondent for "Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell", Hari has teamed up with Kamau for a new podcast called "Politically Re-Active" which recently premiered. Find it here:

ORDER ‘Mainstream American Comic’ digital or CD:
LISTEN: album track “My Mom (Accent Not Included)”:
VIDEO: album track “All Lives Don’t Matter”:

Catch Hari Kondabolu Live:

7/29 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
7/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout, 7pm & 10pm
7/31 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
8/3 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, 7:30
8/4 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, 7:30(SOLD OUT) & 9:30
8/5 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
8/26 & 27 – Burlington, VT @ Vermont Comedy Club
9/10 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I
9/22-24 – SF, CA @ Cobb’s Comedy Club
“a funny but pointed look at race, gender, and politics" - AV Club
“Mainstream comic? Hari Kondabolu is changing the definition.”- PRI
“Hari Kondabolu has taken the most depressing—and ridiculous—political realities of our time and turned them into the kind of brilliant jokes we desperately need to keep our sanity intact.” – Alternet
“Hari dives headfirst into hot button issues like race, gender, and the election as well as even higher brow topics like modern art and the surgeon general, but always manages to keep his jokes sharp at every level and facet, which Hari makes sure there are plenty of." – TheComedyBureau


July 06, 2016

RHEA BUTCHER announces the release of her debut new comedy album BUTCHER out AUGUST 19 on KILL ROCK STARS. Recorded live in Portland, OR, BUTCHER perfectly showcases Rhea’s brilliant takes on vegetarian dog ownership, her wardrobe and mistaken identity, her Ohio roots and much more. AV Club has the exclusive premiere of unreleased album track “Bicycles and Baseball”. Listen here:

Last week, Rhea made her late night debut with a set on CONAN to talk about fulfilling the prophecy of her ancestors, life as an only child, the band Tool and more. Watch it here: BUTCHER is available for pre-order at

Rhea Butcher is a Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor and writer. Originally from the Midwest, Rhea grew up skateboarding the mean streets of Akron, Ohio. Her blue collar brand of cool has endeared her to audiences nationwide, as she performs standup and appears on television shows such as "@midnight" and "Conan". Rhea's first television series, "Take My Wife" premieres on August 11th on Seeso. Additionally this year, Rhea will be a recurring performer on the TruTv series "Adam Ruins Everything," and continue to co-host the popular web series "She Said" on Amy Poehler's Smart Girls Network and LA's weekly live stand-up show and podcast "Put Your Hands Together."

Catch Rhea Butcher Live: Tuesdays in LA: “Put Your Hands Together” at UCB Franklin, 8pm 7/23 – Chicago, IL @ The Comedy Expo 8/24 – Cleveland, OH @ Hilarities 8/25-27 – Columbus, OH @ Arch City Fest 9/9-11 – Tulsa, OK @ Blue Whale Fest 9/22-24 – Toronto, ON @ Just For Laughs