Kill Rockstars

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.

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.

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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!

PARTY LIKE IT'S 1996... FREE KITTEN, MEN'S RECOVERY PROJECT, AND COLD COLD HEARTS SINGLES NOW ON THE KILL ROCK STARS BANDCAMP PAGE

January 26, 2015

Good news for all you CRAZED MP3 FANS out there, 7" singles by Free Kitten, Men's Recovery Project, and Cold Cold Hearts are now available digitally FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER at our Bandcamp page. These records were all originally released in 1996 so we got them posted just in time for their 19th anniversary. What a relief!

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COMEDIAN W. KAMAU BELL SIGNS TO KILL ROCK STARS

January 15, 2015

Photo by Matthias Clamer 

Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce that we have signed comedian W. Kamau Bell. He will be recording two of his "Oh, Everything!" Comedy Tour shows at Seattle, Washington's Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on Saturday, January 24th. Tickets are on sale now.

Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell may be most recognizable for his critically acclaimed FX/FXX TV show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell,  nominated for "Best Talk Series" at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards.  Kamau was creator, writer and host of the comedy series, which was executive produced by Chris Rock who became a fan of Kamau's after seeing his one man show.

He also recently launched a brand new podcast Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period.  Each week, Kamau and Kevin Avery (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver) examine their shared belief that Denzel Washington is the greatest actor of all time, period.  Available free at Wolfpop.com and downloadable from iTunes.

Kamau has also appeared on NPR's Fresh Air, Comedy Central, Conan, WTF with Marc Maron, MSNBC, The View, Real Time with Bill Maher, Yahoo News with Katie Couric and many, many more.

Kamau's Oh, Everything! Comedy Tour  promises to be a comedic attack on everything he can't stop thinking about, including but not limited to homophobia, the 'N" word, gentrification, his mixed race kids, your "friends", your "followers", why he could never be an atheist, why his God looks like Denzel Washington with dreadlocks, guns and more.

Kamau had this to say about the upcoming taping: “I have loved Seattle audiences since the first time I performed there with their favorite adopted son Hari Kondabolu. They are tuned in, read up, turned on, frustrated, and ready to roll up their sleeves and get into it. I have been saving Seattle for a special occasion and recording a stand-up comedy CD with the legendary punk label Kill Rock Stars is it! I’m extremely proud to be on a label that has been home to revolutionary bands Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney, a label that made lefty politics cool before anyone thought that was possible, and a label that is home to brilliant comic voices like Kurt Braunohler, Ian Karmel, Cameron Esposito and my great friend Hari Kondabolu. LET’S DO THIS!”

W KAMAU BELL @ LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE
(104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 )
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
7pm & 9pm
Tickets $15
VIP packages available, proceeds go to Race Forward

Tickets and info:
7pm Show:  http://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/wkb-lhpai-1-24-early
9pm Show:  http://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/wkb-lhpai-1-24-late#

"one of comedy's most necessary voices on social and political issues"
- NEW YORK TIMES

"The personable, quick comic skewers racism, stereotypes and an assortment of iconic taboos with provocative wit!"
 - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable. That may not sound hilarious, but when it works it grants him new routes into old topics."
 - THE NEW YORKER

"In an era of hopelessly polarized social-media bickering, only the sharpest voices can cut through the noise and command the conversation - the Jon Stewarts, Chris Rocks and Stephen Colberts. Rising on that list is W. Kamau Bell"
 - COMMERCIAL APPEAL

Esper Scout release "Belay" / "Carpet of a Crest" digital single

November 11, 2014

Welcome Esper Scout to the Kill Rock Stars family! Their "Belay" / "Carpet of a Crest" digital single is now available as a pay-what-you-want download on the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp site!

Esper Scout are an experimental rock band based in Leeds, UK driven by an enthusiasm for harmony, guitar textures and dynamic rhythms which create 'warm dynamic songs with dense textures and vibrant hooks' (Vibrations). A blend of memorable melodies, riffs, breakdowns and progressive builds as well as 'heartfelt, precise and clever lyrics which balance weight and depth with accessibility and charm' (24 Our Music). Their sound is simultaneously reassuring and memorable but also curious, engaging and exciting by equal measure. With songs and performances that drift through moods from lively to somber, you will easily be drawn in, hooked and willingly shook up by the captivating four piece.

Esper Scout tour dates 11/13 Sacramento, CA @ Witch Room
11/18 Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge

COMEDIAN IAN KARMEL SIGNS TO KILL ROCK STARS

November 07, 2014

We are BEYOND EXCITED to announce that we have signed comedian Ian Karmel to Kill Rock Stars. He will be recording his debut stand-up comedy album on February 7th, 2015 at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon. Tickets are on sale now.

Ian Karmel is a homegrown Portland comedian whose style zig-zags between the eclectic and the universal. He was a writer and roundtable regular on E!’s Chelsea Lately. Most recently he made his late night premiere on TBS' Conan and was featured on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party Season 2. In 2013, Ian was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was a breakout stand up in the “New Faces” category. Ian’s unique perspective helped him win the 2011 Funniest Person in Portland, 2010 Portland Amateur Comedy Competition and has given him the opportunity to perform at the Moontower Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Portland’s Helium Comedy Club, Philadelphia’s Helium Comedy Club, Minneapolis' Acme Comedy Club, Austin’s Cap City Comedy Club, Seattle’s Comedy Underground and various clubs in Los Angeles. Ian’s other television credits include IFC’s Portlandia and the Travel Channel’s Best Sandwich in America, as well as a post-game analyst and commentator for the Portland Trailblazers. His training includes The Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade and he is a regular contributor for the Portland Mercury in which is he currently writes the highly anticipated weekly column “Portland as F*ck.” He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Watch a clip of Ian performing on Conan at Youtube.

BRATMOBILE'S DEBUT ALBUM 'POTTYMOUTH' BACK IN PRINT ON VINYL ON 11/18

October 28, 2014

Bratmobile's 1993 debut Pottymouth is BACK ON VINYL for the first time in over 10 years on 11/18/2014.

Critical praise for Pottymouth :

"Has any band ever done unalloyed, sneering contempt quite as witheringly as Pottymouth -era Bratmobile? " - Stereogum

"We need more bands like Bratmobile, especially in this sexually regressive, overly commercialized MySpace-rock environment. Pottymouth is a definitive riot grrrl record and essential listening for fans of indie rock and punk." - James Elliott, Amoeba Records

"The album is like a slap in the face: it's over before you realize what you're feeling but its sting lasts a good long while." - Trouser Press Record Guide

"...Pottymouth was an album full of jittery agitations, quickly solidifying the group as one of the Pacific Northwest’s garage greats." - The AV Club

The 2014 pressing of Pottymouth is on pink marble vinyl and includes a digital download code. Pre-order your copy at goo.gl/Heu3hl

Horse Feathers 'So It Is With Us' out now!

October 21, 2014

Happy album release day to Horse Feathers! The band's new album So It Is With Us is out now on cd, lp and good ol' mp3!

Catch Horse Feathers on tour this Fall!
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
11/02 Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station // Tix: http://goo.gl/SGtVeB
11/04 Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern // Tix: http://goo.gl/qv4uGl
11/07 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/lFxdXS
11/08 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0Ql1Bw
11/09 Colorado Springs, CO @ Ivywild School // Tix: http://goo.gl/P570wJ
11/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits // Tix: http://goo.gl/mbefta
11/13 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain // Tix: http://goo.gl/LiFfvn
11/15 Norman, OK @ Opolis Production LLC // Tix:
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 // Tix: http://goo.gl/D2SOcE
11/22 St Paul, MN @ Turf Club // Tix: http://goo.gl/reqEqL
11/23 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium // Tix: http://goo.gl/qY2gBv
11/29 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/1u7gZv
12/03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/R0xAKc
12/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club // Tix:
12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite // Tix: http://goo.gl/IkueX6
12/06 San Diego, CA @ Casbah San Diego // Tix: http://goo.gl/L1MBgM
12/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww
12/09 Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino Center for the Arts // Tix: http://goo.gl/M3P7yW
12/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room // Tix:
12/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux // Tix: http://goo.gl/yEfjww
12/13 Eugene, OR @ The WOW Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww

HORSE FEATHERS' 'SO IT IS WITH US' STREAMING AT NPR

October 13, 2014

Horse Feathers' new album So It Is With Us was just given the First Listen treatment over at NPR Music. Click here to stream the album one week before its October 21st release date.

So It Is With Us is available for pre-order on cd, lp and mp3.

Catch Horse Feathers on tour this Fall!
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
11/02 Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station // Tix: http://goo.gl/SGtVeB
11/04 Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern // Tix: http://goo.gl/qv4uGl
11/07 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater // Tix:
11/08 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0Ql1Bw
11/09 Colorado Springs, CO @ Ivywild School // Tix: http://goo.gl/P570wJ
11/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits // Tix: http://goo.gl/mbefta
11/13 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain // Tix: http://goo.gl/ugPUVC
11/14 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada // Tix:
11/15 Norman, OK @ Opolis Production LLC // Tix:
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 // Tix:
11/22 St Paul, MN @ Turf Club // Tix: http://goo.gl/reqEqL
11/23 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium // Tix: http://goo.gl/qY2gBv
11/29 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom // Tix:
12/03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/R0xAKc
12/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club // Tix: http://goo.gl/OsoX05
12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite // Tix: http://goo.gl/IkueX6
12/06 San Diego, CA @ Casbah San Diego // Tix: http://goo.gl/L1MBgM
12/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww
12/09 Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino Center for the Arts // Tix: http://goo.gl/M3P7yW
12/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room // Tix:
12/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux // Tix: http://goo.gl/yEfjww
12/13 Eugene, OR @ The WOW Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww

Cameron Esposito’s new stand-up comedy album Same Sex Symbol in stores now!

October 07, 2014

Cameron Esposito’s new stand-up comedy album Same Sex Symbol in stores now!

We are proud to announce that comedian Cameron Esposito’s Kill Rock Stars debut, Same Sex Symbol, is now in stores on CD and MP3 formats. Called “the future of comedy” by none other than Jay Leno, Cameron is a fast rising LA-based standup comic, actor, writer, and has also been named “Comic to Watch” by LA Weekly, Time Out LA, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Recorded live at two sold out shows in Portland, Same Sex Symbol captures Cameron’s edgy and straightforward humor touching on her hometown of Chicago, growing up very, very Catholic, visiting a strip club, and gay marriage.

When not on tour, Cameron can be found onstage every Tuesday at UCB LA as host of the hit live stand-up podcast “Put Your Hands Together,” recently named by ROLLING STONE as “one of the Best Comedy Podcasts.” She is also creator/host of “Wham Bam Pow”, a sci-fi/action movie podcast distributed by Maximum Fun. Cameron can been seen or heard on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, Maron, Last Call with Carson Daly, Conan, @Midnight, TakePart Live and Adventure Time. Cameron is a regular guest on top comedy podcasts “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and “How Did This Get Made?” and her biweekly column, “Who In The World Is Cameron Esposito?” can be read at The AV Club.

You can stream Same Sex Symbol tracks, “Woman Who Doesn’t Sleep With Men,” “Threesome Proposition,” and “Guacamole” at the Kill Rock Stars Bandcamp page.

Cameron Esposito will be hitting the road with Rhea Butcher this Fall on the Same Sex Symbol tour, presented by Kill Rock Stars and The AV Club.

10/07 Los Angeles, CA @ UCB LA // Tix: ttp://goo.gl/xmLuuf
10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (early show) // Tix: http://goo.gl/WJhAIF
10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall (late show)// SOLD OUT
10/12 Akron, OH @ Musica // Tix: http://goo.gl/w8o0TH
10/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // SOLD OUT
10/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/ZvX4Lf
11/02 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent // Tix: http://goo.gl/SokAew
11/05 Denver, CO @ ComedyWorks // Tix: http://goo.gl/FohbUH
11/14 San Diego, CA @ Legends // Tix: http://goo.gl/C36UXW
11/15 San Diego, CA @ Legends // Tix: http://goo.gl/C36UXW
01/03 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios // Tix: http://goo.gl/HXrMM8