Record Store Day 2020
March 09, 2020
The Frumpies - Frumpie One Piece - White vinyl LP + black vinyl 7” + lyric zine - LTD 1500 copies.
The original Frumpie One Piece release was only on CD. It was a collection of tracks previously released over five 7" singles, from a Bikini Kill-related band who were conceived as a singles project. This vinyl release includes the songs from the CD as well as the one 7 inch that was released after the collection (Frumpies Forever 7"). The personnel of this band was 3/4 of Bikini Kill (Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox, Billy Karren), plus 1/3 of Bratmobile (Molly Neuman), and they were sometimes joined by Michelle Mae, who went on to be in The Make-Up and Weird War. The Frumpies were formed in Washington DC during the same 1991 summer that birthed the first Riot Grrrl zines and meetings, which the Frumpies dubbed Revolution Summer.
MAITA's 'A Beast' - New Single & Video
KRS: Weekly Playlist
February 13, 2020
Now one precise playlist, updated weekly. Follow to catch the weekly mixes. Focusing on new releases, catalogue archive, Bandcamp sale items, and random tracks we love.
January 31, 2020
Quasi will be hitting the road SOON. And tickets are on sale today. Check it out. Janet Weiss back behind the drums, with bandmate Sam Coomes hammering on the ivories.
KILL ROCK STARS T-Shirt
December 06, 2019
Be an independent lover with our brand new, limited and swanky tee, on Bandcamp now.
Deerhoof 'The Man, The King, The Girl (Remastered)'
November 26, 2019
Deerhoof's 'The Man, The King, The Girl' is remastered and available here.
Clear with blue and gold splatter, get your LP, while supplies last.
Deerhoof Holdy Paws 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Vinyl LP Coming Soon!
October 14, 2019Holdypaws is Deerhoof’s third album, originally released on CD in 1999. Now it has been remastered, resequenced, and pressed on vinyl for the first time to celebrate its 20-year anniversary (and 25-year anniversary of the band’s formation)! Pitchfork once called Deerhoof “the best band in the world.”
CLICK HERE to pre-order this limited edition "Holdypaws" album on Vinyl for the first time!
Kill Rock Stars Signs MAITA
September 24, 2019Kill Rock Stars is announcing the signing of Portland band MAITA, led by Maria Maita-Keppeler 2019 has seen a massive shift for Kill Rock Stars. After a thirteen year hiatus, Slim Moon has returned to run the label he founded. The signing of MAITA is both previous label head Portia Sabin’s last act and the first initiative of Slim Moon in his second tenure as guiding light of KRS.
Of this inaugural signing, Moon offers the following statement. “Put simply, my love of MAITA and my belief in Maria's genius pulled me back into the record business. When I quit running KRS in 2006 it was super important to me that it become 100% Portia's baby. I never did any back seat driving and I never made any unsolicited suggestions about what artists I thought she should or shouldn't work with. But earlier this year Portia played MAITA’s music for me and asked me what I thought. I immediately thought it was really special and suddenly found myself breaking my own 13 year old rule - "you are right Portia, you just really have to work with this band." One thing led to another and before I knew it, we had agreed not only to sign them but that I would return to a limited role at KRS in order to be the label's liaison with them and to shepherd the whole project. It was months later that we learned Portia would be leaving to take over as CEO of The Music Business Association and that I’d be returning as president of the label as well.”
MAITA will announce album plans soon and will have new music out before the end of the year. In the meantime, you can them on Spotify below and catch their upcoming West Coast tour. Finally, allow yourself to be floored by their video for Japanese Waitress.
Filthy Friends Emerald Valley OUT NOW
May 05, 2019Filthy Friends have released their second full-length album, Emerald Valley, today via Kill Rock Stars. Watch a video of the band at Cascade Record Pressing in Oregon below. Listen to + buy Emerald Valley here
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)
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