Kill Rock Stars Holiday Gift Guide
December 10, 2013
HO HO HO, KRS fans!
The holidays are here! That means it's time for the Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Sale! From now until 15% off our wide selection of LPs by artists like Marnie Stern,Quasi, Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, and The Raincoats. 15% off of CDs by artists like Kurt Braunohler, Deerhoof, The Decemberists, and Miranda July. 15% off of mp3s by artists likeBratmobile, Xiu Xiu, and Gossip. You can even get 15% off of a three cassette box set!you can save 15% on EVERYTHING at our online store when you use the coupon code "HOLIDAZE" at checkout. That's right,
There really is something for everybody at our online store. Read on for a few gift ideas from the KRS staff...
GIFTS FOR THE KILL ROCK STARS MEGAFAN THAT'S BEEN IN A COMA FOR ALL OF 2013
We recommend the 'CRAZED KRS FANS' bundle! Includes Marnie Stern's The Chronicles of Marnia, Kinski's Cosy Moments, Hands' Synesthesia, and Quasi's Mole City on lp, Survival Knife's Divine Mob7", Elliott Smith's Alternate Versions from Either/Or 7", the Kill Rock Stars: The Compilations 3 cassette box set, Boats' A Fairway Full of Miners on cd, Kurt Braunohler's How Do I Land? on cd, Stereo Total's Cactus Versus Brezel on mp3, and our Back To School MP3 Sale t-shirt!
GIFTS FOR THE MESSY PERSON IN YOUR LIFE
Hey, some of us our messier than others! I know because I'm one of them (I dropped a hot dog at the airport last week.) That's why we made a Kurt Braunohler "Keep It Dry!" rally towel! This 11" x 18" full color towel has been sublimation printed with Kurt's face and is guaranteed to clean up any spill!
GIFTS FOR PEOPLE WHO KEEP FORGETTING TO BRING THEIR USED BAGS TO THE GROCERY STORE
Single use bags are OUT and reusable bags are IN! That's why we have TWO reusable bags in our mailorder department. There's the Corin Tucker Band tote bag with a variation of the art to their modern classic Kill My Blues, and the KRS "Bearded Dudes + Shark" tote (is it just me or do the guys on this tote look familiar?) Go green this holiday season!
GIFTS FOR PEOPLE THAT LOVE TO STAY HYDRATED
Did you know that humans are supposed to be around 70% water? Keep it that way with our Kill Rock Stars star logo water bottle and Kill Rock Stars: 20 Years Coffee Mug (you can put liquids besides coffee in it if you want.)
GIFTS FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED A VACATION BUT JUST DON'T HAVE THE TIME OR MONEY
Sometimes you need a vacation but just don't have the time or money... and that's where Thao and Mirah's: On Tour and In Their Own Words art book comes in handy! Thao and Mirah write about life on the road and Wendy MacNaughton handles the illustrations. It's like you're on the road WITH the band (except you don't have to lift anything or get on stage). These are the last copies of a printed and numbered edition of 100. Includes a download code for Thao and Mirah's 2011 album on Kill Rock Stars!
GIFTS FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE VERY PATIENT
Good things come to those who wait, and Milagres' upcoming album Violent Light is a good one! So make the person on your holiday list wait until Pre-orders come with a 1.25" button and a chap book with exquisite corpse style drawings by the band! What are you waiting for? Oh yeah, ...for their gift by pre-ordering Violent Lighton cd!
Still can't figure out what to get the loved ones in your life? Head to our online mail-order store at http://killrockstars.
Milagres debut new single "The Letterbomb." Sophomore album 'Violent Light' out February 25th
December 10, 2013Following their critically acclaimed 2011 debut LP, Glowing Mouth, Brooklyn indie rock quartet Milagres have just announced the release of their sophomore full-length album, Violent Light, on February 25th, 2014 via Kill Rock Stars in the US (2/24 via Memphis Industries in the UK). Channeling influences as diverse as David Bowie, Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush, Violent Light finds the band exploring the connection between ancient humanity & the advanced science of the present day.
Milagres fill Violent Light with richness and delicacy. Psych-pop album cut “Jeweled Cave” immediately bursts open with bouncing synths and a driving bassline setting the stage for Kyle Wilson’s irresistible theatric vocals. Whereas “The Letterbomb” is a fuzzy, funked-up track that launches into a flurry of driving guitars, experiments using vocals as percussion and, at times, walks the tightrope between intimacy and violence that is present throughout the album. Check out Violent Light's debut single "The Letterbomb" here.
Milagres consists of Kyle Wilson, Fraser McCulloch, Chris Brazee & Paul Payabyab. The follow up to their critically acclaimed 2011 debut album, Milagres latest effort was produced by Fraser McCulloch and applies their unique writing style & self reflection in the modern world. Violent Lightintroduces a darker, harder sound for the group, ranging across styles from dream pop to funky classic rock.
Stay tuned for more news from Milagres coming soon!
Bratmobile's Pottymouth and Heavens to Betsy's Calculated now available as part of Gone Home Record Collection!
November 13, 2013GREAT NEWS FOR FANS OF THE EXCELLENT VIDEO GAME GONE HOME AND KRS BANDS BRATMOBILE AND HEAVENS TO BETSY: Starting today on www.gonehomegame.com you can get the Gone Home plus four FULL albums of music from the game, all for $25. So, for $5 more than the normal price of the game, you get Gone Home plus full album downloads of Calculated by Heavens to Betsy, Pottymouth by Bratmobile, Gone Home’s original score (Chris Remo’s GH:OST), and The Youngins are Hardcore by Portland garage band The Youngins!
We're big fans of the game Gone Home at KRS (and also fans of the people at The Fullbright Company who made the game), so working together on this package seemed like a no brainer. CHECK IT OUT:
SURVIVAL KNIFE "DIVINE MOB" / "SNAKEBIT" 7" IN STORES NOW!
October 15, 2013We are very excited to be releasing Survival Knife's second 7" today, "Divine Mob" / "Snakebit."
Survival Knife is a newish band consisting of Justin Trosper (Unwound, Replikants, Worst Case Scenario) on guitar and vocals, Brandt Sandeno (also of Unwound, Replikants, and Worst Case Scenario) on guitar, Meg Cunningham (Blues Druid) on bass and vocals, and Kris Cunningham (Western Hymn) on drums.
"Divine Mob"/"Snakebit" is now available at fine record stores everywhere. If there isn't a record store in your town, you can mail-order the 7" NOW at our online store! And if you haven't bought their first 7" (released in March by our friends at Sub Pop) we have a value pack of both Survival Knife's 7"s for the low price of $9!
If "archaic media" isnt your bag, you can purchase the two songs in the digital audio format of your choice from the KRS Bandcamp page.
Survival Knife have a few shows coming up in the Pacific Northwest...
11/08 Olympia, WA @ Capitol Theater with Julie Ruin tickets
11/14 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret with Obits tickets
11/15 Seattle, WA @ Neumos with Obits tickets
11/17 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios with Obits tickets
11/17 Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall with Obits tickets
HANDS HITTING THE ROAD WITH A SILENT FILM IN NOVEMBER
October 09, 2013Hands are getting ready to hit the road for their third tour in support of Synesthesia (still available digitally as well as on Tickets
11/3/13 Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX - Tickets
11/4/13 Lowbrow Palace - El Paso TX - Tickets
11/6/13 Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA - Tickets
11/9/13 State Room - Salt Lake City, UT - Tickets
11/10/13 Fox Theater - Boulder, CO - Tickets
11/11/13 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO - Tickets
11/13/13 SPACE - Evanston, IL - Tickets
11/14/13 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA - Tickets
11/15/13 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA - Tickets
11/20/13 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY - Tickets
11/21/13 Jammin' Java - Vienna, VA - Tickets
11/22/13 Warehouse Theater - Lynchburg, VA - Tickets
11/23/13 Neighbourhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC - Tickets
If that wasn't enough Hands news for you, check out this live video of the band playing "The Game Is Changing Us" live on Sirius XM's AltNation.
QUASI "MOLE CITY" CD/DIGITAL OUT TODAY
October 01, 2013HAPPY ALBUM RELEASE DATE TO QUASI! Their new double album Mole City is in stores today in the cd and mp3 formats! You can stream the album NOW on our Bandcamp page!
Due to a manufacturing delay, the vinyl version of Mole City won't be in stores for another few weeks, but it WILL be available at every date of Quasi's upcoming US tour! Dates below...
10/03 Omaha NE Slowdown
10/04 Kansas City MO Record Bar
10/05 St Louis MO Off Broadway
10/07 Birmingham AL The Bottletree
10/08 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn
10/09 Chapel Hill NC Local 506
10/10 Washington DC DC Black Cat Backstage
10/11 New Haven Ct Cafe Nine
10/12 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
10/13 Brooklyn NY Knitting Facotry
10/14 New York NY Mercury Lounge
10/16 Allston Ma Great Scott
10/17 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall
10/18 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop
10/19 Chicago IL Schuba's
10/20 Minneapolis MN 7th St. Entry
11/03 Boise ID Neurolux (with Blues Control)
11/04 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court (with Blues Control)
11/05 Denver CO Hi Dive (with Blues Control)
11/07 Denton Tx Dan's Silverleaf (with Blues Control)
11/11 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room (with Blues Control)
11/12 San Diego CA Casbah (with Blues Control)
11/13 Los Angeles CA The Echo
11/14 Santa Barbara CA Soho Restaurant and Music
11/15 San Jose CA The Blank Club (with Blues Control)
11/16 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
11/21 Vancouver BC The Biltmore Cabaret (with Blues Control)
11/22 Seattle Wa Tractor Tavern
11/23 Portland Or Doug Fir Lounge
JANET WEISS INTERVIEWED BY FRED ARMISEN FOR TOM TOM TV
September 27, 2013
Janet Weiss (drummer for KRS bands Quasi and Sleater-Kinney) was interviewed by Fred Armisen for Tom Tom TV. You can watch the video below...
We're releasing Quasi's new album, Mole City, on Tuesday! Pre-order the cd and double lp at our online store or the digital version (mp3, flac, etc etc...) from our Bandcamp page!
Quasi's video for "See You On Mars" premieres at Pitchfork!
September 11, 2013
Pitchfork just premiered Quasi's video for "See You On Mars" (from their upcoming album Mole City.) The video was made by the band using archival footage.
Quasi's new album Mole City is available for pre-order on cd & double lp from our mail order store (all physical pre-orders get a bonus cd of cover songs!) and digitally from the Kill Rock Stars bandcamp page.
SURVIVAL KNIFE "DIVINE MOB" 7" IN STORES OCTOBER 15TH!
September 05, 2013We are VERRRRRRRRRYYYYY excited to announce that we'll be releasing Survival Knife's second 7", "Divine Mob"/"Snake Bit", on October 15th. The A-side, "Divine Mob" is currently streaming on the Kill Rock Stars bandcamp page.
Survival Knife is Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno (both formerly of classic 90's KRS band UNWOUND), Kris Cunningham (also of Western Hymn) and Meg Cunningham. They have played shows in the Pacific Northwest with Metz, Bitch Magnet, Ceremony, Kinski, Hungry Ghost, Federation X, and Pinback. They toured the west coast with Modest Mouse in April 2013.
Survival Knife will be playing some shows in the Pacific Northwest this November with Obits:
11/14 Vancouver, BC at Biltmore Cabaret
11/15 Seattle, WA at Neumos
11/16 Portland, OR at Mississippi Studios
11/17 Eugene, OR at Wow Hall
Some kind words about Survival Knife:
“While Justin's voice and guitar tone are unmistakably his, which hence makes it very reminiscent of Unwound, Survival Knife are quite a different band. For starters, there's no use of the wall-of-feedback trick that was an important part of Unwound. If anything, most of the songs are a lot like Young Ginns or Worst Case Scenario (Trosper and Sandeo band projects of the 90’s), musically, though much catchier. There were slower songs too. Overall, They're more proggy & hardcore. ..and super tight. I admit to being too much of an Amon Düül II freak, but the very complex song structures and live presence reminded me a lot of early AD2....The most important thing is that I've never seen a band with Justin and Brandt look happier. Justin was especially mobile and witty. If I was kinda/sorta into the idea of an Unwound reunion before, that pining is now squashed. I'm much happier to see Survival Knife blow the fuck up in the next year or so instead.” --Ilxor.com thread.
“...That’s right, two of the three founders of Unwound...playing music together. And it sounds very Unwound-y. This is the best, happiest surprise of 2012 so far for fans of that band. Survival Knife performed for the first time in Olympia, WA during the final days of March, and a soundboard recording of that show has been making its rounds across the Internet ever since.” -Swan Fungus website
“When your band played their first ever show, I bet it was a pretty unceremonious event, huh? Like, people didn't drive from out of town to see you play, right? No one immediately started posting audio and video of the performance to the internet because the excitement level was so high, I bet....Or, maybe your band features Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno of some old band, that probably nobody ever heard of. Or still constantly talks about how amazing they were, and how their music synthesized everything great about post-hardcore. If that's the case, well, maybe you could scrawl in big letters "ex-Unwound" on the bottom of the flyer for the show and see what happens. That might grab a few folks in from off the street, you know?
...Has anyone else been waiting with baited breath to hear new music from Justin Trosper like I have? Can Survival Knife be the Hot Snakes to Unwound's Drive Like Jehu?” --Shiny Grey Monotone website.
QUASI COVER BLACK SABBATH'S "WAR PIGS."
August 28, 2013Filter just premiered Quasi's cover of the classic Black Sabbath song "War Pigs."
Quasi's cover of "War Pigs" appears on their "Interprets" cd, which is available for free with all Quasi 'Mole City' pre-orders placed at our online store before October 1st.
Quasi will be touring all over the USA starting in October.
10/03 Omaha NE Slowdown ^
10/04 Kansas City MO Record Bar ^
10/05 St Louis MO Off Broadway ^
10/07 Birmingham AL The Bottletree ^
10/08 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn ^
10/09 Chapel Hill NC Local 506 ^
10/10 Washington DC DC Black Cat Backstage ^
10/11 New Haven Ct Cafe Nine
10/12 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
10/13 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory ^
10/14 New York NY Mercury Lounge ^
10/16 Allston Ma Great Scott ^
10/17 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall ^
10/18 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop ^
10/19 Chicago IL Schuba's ^
10/20 Minneapolis MN 7th St. Entry ^
11/03 Boise, ID Neurolux *
11/04 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court *
11/05 Denver CO Hi Dive *
11/07 Denton Tx Dan's Silverleaf *
11/11 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room *
11/12 San Diego CA Casbah *
11/13 Los Angeles CA The Echo *
11/14 Santa Brbara CA Soho Restaurant and Music *
11/15 San Jose CA The Blank Club *
11/16 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill *
11/21 Vancouver BC The Biltmore Cabaret *
11/22 Seattle Wa Tractor Tavern *
11/23 Portland Or Doug Fir Lounge *
^ with Jeffrey Lewis
*with Blues Control
WE ENGRAVE DONGS, PEOPLE
August 23, 2013
The first (of hopefully many?) Kurt Braunohler Engraved Glass Double Dongs showed up from the engraver today, and man oh man is it amazing...
Kurt Braunohler is writing a personalized message for each double dong. Click HERE to order yours. Kurt's debut stand up comedy album, How Do I Land?, is available now on cd and digitally from our Bandcamp page.
HAPPY RECORD RELEASE DAY TO KURT BRAUNOHLER!
August 20, 2013We are pleased to announce that Kurt Braunohler's album How Do I Land, the first intentional comedy album on Kill Rock Stars, is in stores today (it's also available from our mail-order store and Bandcamp page in case your town doesn't have a record store)! You can stream selected tracks from the album below.
Kurt was interviewed by Papermag about the new album, skywriting, life in LA and the engraved double dongs that we're selling in mailorder. It's a very funny read.
DON'T FORGET TO CATCH KURT ON TOUR THIS FALL!
08/23 Denver CO High Plains Comedy Festival
08/24 Denver CO HIgh Plains Comedy Festival
08/27 Brooklyn NY Bell House
09/07 Hollywood CA Amoeba Records Monthly Charity Auction - EARLY 4PM SHOW
09/13 Miami FL Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival
09/14 Miami Fl Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival
09/15 Miami FL Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival
09/16 Miami FL Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival
09/28 Brooklyn NY Bell House - Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen (with Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Nick Turner, Leo allen, Bridgett Everett and more!)
10/17 Tacoma WA Tacoma Comedy Club (8pm show)
10/18 Tacoma Wa Tacoma Comedy Club - Early 8pm show
10/18 Tacoma WA Tacoma Comedy Club - Late 10:30 pm show
10/19 Tacoma WA Tacoma Comedy Club - Early 8pm show
10/19 Tacoma WA Tacoma Comedy Club - Late 10:30 pm show