Filthy Friends "November Man"
March 25, 2019
Stereogum premiered the new single "November Man," from Filthy Friends upcoming Emerald Valley album today. Check it out HERE
New Bratmobile Cartoon T-Shirt
February 22, 2019New Bratmobile Cartoon T-Shirts designed by Taw Won Yu are available now! Click HERE to get yours!
Filthy Friends New Album Emerald Valley Coming May 3, 2019
February 22, 2019Kill Rock Stars is proud to announce the second full length album from Filthy Friends Emerald Valley. The album drops May 3, 2019. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY
The first releases from Filthy Friends, the scorchingly melodic rock group whose membership consists of some of the most original musical voices of the past three decades, came as a small, delightful shock to the system. Not only because of the names associated with the project, including Sleater-Kinney co-founder Corin Tucker, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and indie stalwarts Scott McCaughey and Kurt Bloch, but also because of how ably they were able to mesh their individual sounds into a crackling melodic whole on debut album Invitation.
Now, with their follow-up— Emerald Valley ,the Friends have proven their collective mettle, crafting a thematic suite of songs that finds the quintet digging deeper into their bag of musical tricks and giving Tucker room to rage about and mourn the fate of our planet and the people who inhabit it. The core idea came from a demo Buck shared with Tucker for a grinding blues song that eventually turned into this new album’s title track. The minute she heard it, Tucker says, it sparked something within her: “I had this long poem growing in my brain,” she says. “It turned into a sort of manifesto about the kind of place we are at as a country but also as a region. Just taking stock of where we’re at and feeling like I can’t believe we let things get this bad.” While Emerald Valley s tarts off with idyllic imagery (“Rolling fields, they speak your name/vibrant green is here again”), the album and its title track slowly reveal the ugly underneath, with human arrogance and hubris hurting the Earth and the people who take on “backbreaking work for little pay.”
From there, the Friends address growing concerns over oil production and distribution (“Pipeline”), gentrification and income inequality within the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon (“One Flew East”), and taking on the voice of the desperate souls that are getting crushed under the wheels of capitalism (“Last Chance County”). The band paints these themes with many different shades of the rock palette, nestling a snapping punk tune between a bit of jangly pop and an almost-shoegaze ballad, with stops along the way for songs that burn as hot and move as slow as lava and tunes that stay steady and fast as a rocket launch. Emerald Valley is also a testament the indefatigable spirit of the Filthy Friends themselves. Scott McCaughey bounced back from a stroke he suffered in late 2017, which curtailed the band’s tour plans and is playing with more fire than ever. As well, Corin Tucker and Peter Buck were able to devise some amazing work even as their creative energies were being pulled toward other projects like Arthur Buck and Sleater-Kinney. Too, the band was able to bring a new member into the fold with drummer Linda Pitmon coming on board to replace Bill Rieflin without losing an ounce of their power.
We could all take a lesson from Filthy Friends. As proven by Emerald Valley, when a group of like-minded people gather their individual strengths together and point them toward a singular goal, there’s no telling how powerful they can become and what an impact they can make on the world at large.
(photo credit: John Clark | story by Girlie Action)
NEW PODCAST MINISERIES CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF BRATMOBILE'S POTTYMOUTH
November 21, 2018Kill Rock Stars has announced the release of Girl Germs, a five-episode podcast miniseries detailing the recording and release of Bratmobile's seminal riot grrrl album, Pottymouth. Kill Rock Stars president and host of The Future of What Portia Sabin interviews key players in the scene to look back at how an underground feminist punk movement set off a global music revolution. The series celebrates Pottymouth's 25th anniversary and its upcoming Vinyl Me, Please reissue.
The podcast will be available for free through Apple, Stitcher, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and other platforms.
EMILY HELLER'S NEW COMEDY ALBUM, PASTA, OUT NOW
November 19, 2018Kill Rock Stars is proud to announce that Emily Heller's latest comedy album, Pasta, is out now. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR COPY.
Recorded live at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, Oregon, her set has the casual, friendly feel of a hang with your best friend, whether that’s at a bar or your couch. Anywhere you can share caustic barbs and bitter truths about your life and the weird world you’re surrounded with. She’s effortlessly and fearlessly funny as she goes over her need for therapy, dealing with slightly invasive personal trainers, and the joys and perils of her current romantic relationship.
It’s the perfect comedic blend of the intensely personal yet instantly relatable. You haven’t lived Emily Heller’s life but you recognize the little details and big feelings from your own day-to-day existence. It just took finding that brilliant, hilarious person with a microphone to speak them out loud.
EMILY HELLER'S NEW COMEDY ALBUM ‘PASTA’ OUT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
October 23, 2018Comedian Emily Heller is set to release her new album PASTA on KILL ROCK STARS on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19. A fit follow up to her KRS debut GOOD FOR HER, PASTA amplifies her singular comedic voice and vision in all the right ways. Recorded live in Portland, Oregon, Emily’s set has the casual, friendly feel of a hang with your best friend, whether that’s at a bar or your couch, anywhere you can share caustic barbs and bitter truths about your life and the weird world you’re surrounded with. Emily is effortlessly and fearlessly funny as she goes over her need for therapy, dealing with slightly invasive personal trainers, kids who deserve to be on leashes and the joys and perils of romantic relationships. It’s the perfect comedic blend of the intensely personal yet instantly relatable.
Click here to Pre-order Pasta
Emily Heller is an Emmy-nominated writer and comedian who has her own Comedy Central half hour and has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Maron, Inside Amy Schumer, @midnight, Chelsea Lately and as a series regular on the TBS show Ground Floor. She is a writer for the HBO series Barry, starring Bill Hader, as well as TV shows for Fox, NBC and TBS. She was named a New Face at Just For Laughs, a Comic to Watch by both Variety and Comedy Central and one of the Funniest Women in Comedy by Marie Claire. Emily is also the co-host of the long-running podcast Baby Geniuses.
FRANGELA'S DEBUT COMEDY ALBUM 'RESIST' OUT NOW
October 19, 2018Comedy duo Frangela (Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton) are fired up and they want you to be too! RESIST! (out now!) is an album that’s pointed and hilarious in equal measure.
RESIST! is the kind of inspiring document that will help rational people keep fighting the good fight against bad policies and worse policymakers.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE RESIST!
KINSKI'S NEW ALBUM 'ACCUSTOMED TO YOUR FACE' OUT NOW
October 18, 2018
As they near their 20th year as a band, Kinski shows no signs of slowing down. They continue to push forward, seeking out new ways to blow your mind. Their new record, Accustomed to Your Face, sounds as free and daring as their early forays, but with the luster of confidence that comes with two decades of playing together.
Having played arenas and festivals across North America and Europe, Kinski is equally at home in a local club where they can test out new material, looking to find that choice spot between pure sound exploration and off the hook riffage. One never knows what to expect when seeing Kinski live (there may be some flute, a bass played with a bow), but no matter where the music ventures it will always come back round to expertly crafted rhythmically solid rock.
Accustomed to Your Face reflects that multi-faceted approach. In the tracks "Guest Girl Vocalist" and "There Goes Hot Stamper", Kinski seems to have harnessed the power of early punk and wed it to their own tight and head-on approach to the genre. But then there is "Kinski 101," a celebratory nod to their quintessential style of dynamically structured instrumental pieces. Weaving it all together is Kinski's consistent command of their craft. The rhythm section is dialed in and the interplay between the guitars continues to be more than the sum of their parts.
With deep roots in krautrock and South American rock of the 60's and 70's, Kinski has always been a proponent of like-minded groups from around the world, and have brought many bands to the U.S. including Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) and Träd, Gräs Och Stenar (Sweden). Similarly, their collaborations with artists such as the dance duo robbinschilds and installation artist Jim Hobbs have been fruitful, allowing them to further delve into regions of sound, working from different perspectives while connecting with new audiences that may have otherwise remained unaware of their work.
Over the years, critics have tried to pin Kinski down to certain genres (the Psych-Rock-Post-Rock-Metal patchwork flag has been planted) but Kinski defy easy categorization, fluctuating between fast, driving rawk, and sweet, lilting melodies…they will melt your brain with their supersonic shredding, but they will give you a hug before you go home.
10/18 Chico, CA @ Argus Bar + Patio w/XDS + Cat Depot
10/19 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Feral Ohms + Terry Gross
10/20 Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon w/ Mammatus + Feral Ohms
10/25 Portland, OR @ High Water Mark w/ Feral Ohms + Máscaras
10/26 Seattle, WA @ Blue Moon w/ Feral Ohms + Love Devotion Surrender
10/27 Bellingham, WA @ Make.Shift w/ Feral Ohms
WIMPS COVET OTHER PEOPLE'S PIZZA IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO
October 03, 2018Feeling naughty? Wimps drummer David Ramm can relate. In the Marcy Stone-Francois directed video for "O.P.P.," he struggles with the urge to covet another's pizza... but only if it's cheese! Click here to watch the video at Brooklyn Vegan!
"O.P.P." appears on Wimps' new album Garbage People, which was recently named one of the Best Albums of Sumer 2018 by Bandcamp.
After six years spent building a reputation as one of the world's greatest “plenty of nonsense” guitar/bass/drum group, Garbage People finds the trio of Rachel Ratner, Matt Nyce, and David Ramm taking leaps forward sonically (there’s saxophone, keyboard, and juuuust enough cowbell) and lyrically (subject matter ranges from gender pay inequality, decline of bee populations, insomnia, and wanting to steal a pizza... but only if it’s cheese)! On Garbage People, Wimps have successfully filtered the best parts of 70’s Rough Trade, the International Pop Underground 7” series, Devo, The B-52s, and The Breeders into a unique and timeless sound that appeals to playlist streaming teens AND adults who own over 500 records.
Wimps tour dates
10/06 Bainbridge Island, WA @ Rolling Bay Hall
11/03 Seattle WA @ Central Saloon w/ Lithics
11/08 Reno, NV @ Off Beat Music Festival
COMEDY DUO FRANGELA ANNOUNCE DEBUT COMEDY ALBUM RESIST! OUT OCTOBER 19
September 10, 2018Comedy duo Frangela announce the release of their debut comedy album RESIST! out October 19 on Kill Rock Stars. Recorded in front of an appropriately raucous audience, Frangela offer up a fast-paced, wickedly funny spin through our present-day agonies, from politics to toga parties, Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton are fired up and they want you to be too! RESIST! is an album that’s pointed and hilarious in equal measure.
Frangela is everything that political comedy should be in 2018: two women speaking truth to power, stoking the flames of resistance, bringing together likeminded people for a common cause, wondering why in the hell green bean casserole is a thing…RESIST! is also the kind of inspiring document that will help rational people keep fighting the good fight against bad policies and worse policymakers.
Click here to pre-order RESIST!
Frances and Angela originally joined forces on the stage of the Second City Theatre in Chicago, finding a kindred spirit and the kind of irrefutable chemistry that only the best of friends can create. Since then, the duo has been a regular fixture on television and radio, popping up to offer their witty and scathing commentary about the pop culture and political stories of the day. They’ve worked separately too, to great acclaim, but it is when Frances and Angela get together that the sparks really start flying. Currently, Frangela can be seen in the new TV show "Me Time with Frangela" and performing live on Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Tour. They also have a weekly podcast called “The Final Word” and are regulars on Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal radio show.
KINSKI ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'ACCUSTOMED TO YOUR FACE'
September 03, 2018Seattle, WA based riff destroyers Kinski turn 20 this year and are celebrating with their new album Accustomed to Your Face, available October 12th on Kill Rock Stars! Produced and recorded by Phil Manley (Trans Am), Accustomed to Your Face finds Kinski continuing their mission of exploring the outer limits of rock music. Kinski will be touring the West Coast in support of Accustomed to Your Face this October including many dates with Feral Ohms (dates below.)
Click here to pre-order Accustomed to Your Face
KINSKI TOUR DATES
09/21 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
09/22 - Nelson, BC @ Massic Music Festival
10/19 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Feral Ohms + Terry Gross
10/20 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon w/ Mammatus + Feral Ohms
10/25 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark w/ Feral Ohms + Máscaras
10/26 - Seattle, CA @ Blue Moon w/ Feral Ohms + Love Devotion Surrender
10/27 - Bellingham, WA @ Make.Shift w/ Feral Ohms
WIMPS SHARE VIDEO FOR "GIANT BRAIN" AND TOUR DATES
June 13, 2018Seattle, WA punk sensations Wimps (Rachel Ratner, Matt Nyce, and David Ramm) have premiered the video for their new single "Giant Brain," from their upcoming album Garbage People, at Post-Trash. The Marcy Stone-Francois directed video is heavily inspired by the cult-classic TV show Max Headroom. The band has also announced a full US tour in support of the album (see dates below).
After six years spent building a reputation as one of the world's greatest “plenty of nonsense” guitar-bass-drum group, Garbage People finds Wimps taking leaps forward sonically (there’s saxophone, keyboard, and juuuust enough cowbell) and lyrically (subject matter ranges from gender pay inequality, decline of bee populations, insomnia, and wanting to steal a pizza... but only if it’s cheese)! On Garbage People, Wimps have successfully filtered the best parts of 70’s Rough Trade, the International Pop Underground 7” series, Devo, The B-52s, and The Breeders into a unique and timeless sound that appeals to playlist streaming teens AND adults who own over 500 records.
CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER GARBAGE PEOPLE
Wimps tour dates
7/13 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^
7/14 Seattle, WA @ Clockout Lounge
7/27 Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial
7/28 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
7/29 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
7/31 Goleta, CA @ Hard to Find Showspace
8/1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
8/2 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
8/3 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
8/7 Durham, NC @ Pinhook
8/8 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
8/9 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
8/10 New York, NY @ Berlin
8/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
8/24 Spokane, WA @ The Barlett
8/25 Missoula, MT @ Camp Daze
8/31-9/2 Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
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