NEW DOG JOIN THE KRS ROSTER
March 23, 2015
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.
KURT BRAUNOHLER GETS WET FOR GOATS!
January 29, 2015
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
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
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