We received Xiu Xiu & Quasi vinyl and CD’s and will start shipping Pre-Orders on Feb 8th (fingers crossed) so get your orders in early if you want to receive it by the release date. Both records come out Feb 23.
We also received Kleenex/Liliput CD’s/DVD’s this week and will get a Pre-Order up for that soon, so stay tuned.
There’s just two days left of our January Sale, check it out.
T Shirts, Elliott Smith, Stereo Total, Free Kitten and classic releases by Unwound, Bikini Kill, Heavens To Betsy, Bratmobile, Sleater-Kinney and more!
In other news, here’s a shout out to Howard Zinn, who died this week.
The broadcast networks that air the Super Bowl have historically rejected advocacy ads. Yet CBS, which is airing the Super Bowl this year, has accepted an anti-choice ad by the ultra-conservative group Focus on the Family.
Focus on the Family’s “celebrate life” (read: anti-choice) ad features Heisman Trophy-winning college football star Tim Tebow. And CBS approved this anti-choice ad, even though the network has repeatedly rejected advocacy ads in past years including a 2004 MoveOn.org ad that went after then-President Bush’s fiscal irresponsibility and an ad the same year from the United Church of Christ showing them welcoming a gay couple who had been turned away from another church.
Allison Wolfe. Kaia Wilson. Corin Tucker. Your mouth watering yet?
If you haven’t heard these names until now, then it’s about time you catch up on your studies of “women who kick ass”. Corin Tucker, the wailing-flailing insistence of Sleater-Kinney. Kaia Wilson, the pioneer of nearly every female queercore band that has mattered. Allison Wolfe, the bitch-bouncing, catty head cheerleader of Bratmobile. All of these women have made a significant difference in contemporary female punk, and all of these women have contributed to numerous projects on the side. It can send the mind spinning when one takes into consideration how these different notable females can intertwine, weaving in and out of gigs with each other like bored and curious teenagers in a suffocatingly small town (or, perhaps, like the few lesbians in my high school who took turns dating each other because there wasn’t anything or anyone else).
I began my young feminist career observing the obvious deities; Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Sleater-Kinney and The Butchies. I got down on my knees for Tobi Vail, bowed my head for Allison Wolfe, and crossed my heart for Kathleen Hanna. As much as I love riot grrrl, I will openly admit that one can delve only so deep into these few examples (that is to say, the projects–not the women). Riot grrrl was certainly a comfy seat for me, but it wasn’t long before I began to feel the thirst again. I craved that high that one experiences, that enigmatic rush when one happens upon a new band or sound that is just damn right. So, inevitably, like one who is always searching to trump what one has already found, I dug deeper. I’ve rummaged through an impressive amount of female punk bands since then and have happened upon some interesting results. Without much research I plugged into bands like Heavens to Betsy, Excuse 17, Cold Cold Hearts and The Frumpies, never really aware of the fact that I was tuning into the same heroines all over again–just coupled in different pairings and wearing different wigs. In most cases, I was surprised to find that I actually preferred the obscurer of the projects.
Jackpot Records just announced a free, all ages instore with local legends Quasi to celebrate the release of their new album, “American Gong”. Superduo Sam Coomes (Heatmiser) and Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney), along with Joanna Bolme, return to awe and inspire with a new album that has been described as bright, uplifting and hopeful. If it’s that shiny when it’s trapped in your stereo, just imagine how shiny it will be unleashed live and in-person! Better bring your sunglasses.
As for the musical math, this is Quasi’s first release on Kill Rock Stars, their fourth instore with Jackpot Records and their seventh full-length album to date. Playing as Quasi since 1993, Coomes and Weiss have aged their musical outfit with the grace and grit befitting of a time-tested collaboration.
To bridge the fun gap between now and February 23rd, Jackpot Records is hosting a Quasi poster coloring contest. Stop by either Jackpot Records location to pick-up an 11 x 17 show flyer, designed by Sam Coomes, and return it with your own artistic flourishes before the day of the instore. All posters will be put on display, and the band will award an extra-special prize to the designer of their favorite work. Designated winner must be present to receive the prize.
Tuesday, February 23rd Jackpot Records (Downtown location) 203 SW 9th Ave. Portland, OR 97205 6 pm Free, All Ages
It’s no secret The Cribs and The Thermals are good friends. The Thermals have supported The Cribs on two tours of the UK, and half of The Cribs now call Portland, The Thermals’ hometown, their home as well. The amount of mutual respect and admiration the two bands have for each other is immense. And both bands are well known and loved for their individual brands of loud, melodic rock.
So it makes perfect sense that The Cribs and The Thermals team up for a split 7”. They are doing just that. Kill Rock Stars will release a limited edition (2000 copies) Cribs/Thermals split 7” for Record Store Day, April 17, 2010. The Cribs song is titled “So Hot Now”, The Thermals track is “Separate”.
The Cribs are currently touring the west coast of the US, and will tour New Zealand and Australia in February 2010, in support of their most recent LP, Ignore The Ignorant. The Cribs will also play Coachella, and the main stage at Lollapalooza.
The Thermals are currently mixing their next LP for Kill Rock Stars with Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan and Sara) at his home studio in Portland, Oregon. The LP is tentatively titled Personal Life. KRS will release it September 7, 2010.
The Thermals will tour the US west coast next month, and have also just confirmed tour dates in CHINA! To follow their Australian tour in March 2010.
Mar 17 (WED) Beijing: Mao Live Mar 18 (THU) Shanghai: YYT Live Mar 19 (FRI) Chengdu: 7-Live Mar 20 (SAT) Wuhan: VOX Live
March 2010 3 - Melbourne, Australia @ The Corner 6 - Brisbane, Australia @ The Lost Weekend 9 - Sydney, Australia @ Spectrum - w/ Tenniscoates 10 - Wellington, New Zealand @ San Francisco Bath House 11 - Auckland, New Zealand @ Kings Arms 23 - Osaka, Japan @ Akaso 24 - Nygoya, Japan @ Club Quattro 26 - Tokyo, Japan @ Liquid Room 28 - Sendai, Japan @ SHAFT 31 - Matsuyama, Japan @ Hoshizora Jett - w/ Tori Kudo April 2010 1 - Fukuoka, Japan @ Decadent Deluxe 2 - Okayama, Japan @ Pepperland 3 - Hamamatsu, Japan @ Lucrezia or art space 4 - Tokyo, Japan @ Basement Bar w/ Wildbirds and Peacedrums
February 2010 23 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater - w/ Plastic Ono Band March 2010 3 - Melbourne, Australia @ The Corner 6 - Brisbane, Australia @ The Lost Weekend 9 - Sydney, Australia @ Spectrum - w/ Tenniscoates 10 - Wellington, New Zealand @ San Francisco Bath House 11 - Auckland, New Zealand @ Kings Arms 23 - Osaka, Japan @ Akaso 24 - Nygoya, Japan @ Club Quattro 26 - Tokyo, Japan @ Liquid Room
Explode Into Colors
January 2010 31 - Portland, OR @ McMenamin’s Kennedy School February 2010 5 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean 7 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Yellow Barn - w/ TYVEK March 2010 9 - Arcata, CA @ The Depot @ Humboldt State - w/ Quasi 10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent - w/ Quasi 11 - Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door - w/ Quasi 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland - w/ Quasi 13 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar - w/ Quasi 14 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah - w/ Quasi 15 - Tucson, CA @ Plush - w/ Quasi 21 - Norman, OK @ The Opolis - w/ Quasi 22 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar - w/ Quasi 23 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge - w/ Quasi 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge - w/ Quasi 26 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux - w/ Quasi
January 2010 24 - Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond’s Garage 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill March 2010 10 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark 11 - Oberlin, OH @ Oberlin College 12 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
The pAper chAse
March 2010 24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Trunkspace 25 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater 28 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern 30 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir 31 - Seattle, WA @ High Dive April 2010 1 - Spokane, WA @ Empyrean Coffee House 2 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court 4 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Portland Cello Project
January 2010 29 - Kennewick, WA @ The Red Room 30 - Pendleton, OR @ Vert Auditorium February 2010 4 - La Jolla, CA @ UCSD - The Loft 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ Largo @ the Coronet March 2010 12 - Independence, OR @ Green Villa Barn - Great NW Music Tour 17 - Centralia, WA @ Olympic Club - Great NW Music Tour 18 - Portland, OR @ Kennedy School - Great NW Music Tour 20 - McMinnville, OR @ Hotel Oregon - Great NW Music Tour 24 - Bend, OR @ O’Kane’s at Old St Francis - Great NW Music Tour 25 - Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Manor - Great NW Music Tour 26 - Gearhart, OR @ Sand Trap - Great NW Music Tour 27 - Forest Grove, OR @ Grand Lodge - Great NW Music Tour April 2010 23 - Hillsboro, OR @ Walters Cultural Arts Center May 2010 7 - Albuquerque, NM @ KiMo Theater
February 2010 14 - Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya O-NEST - w/ moools 16 - Nagoya, Japan @ Yokuzo - w/ moools 17 - Kyoto, Japan @ UrBANGUILD - w/ Ryo Hamamoto 18 - Matsumoto, Japan @ ALECX - w/ moools, Ogre You Asshole 19 - Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya O-NEST - w/ moools, Ogre You Asshole March 2010 9 - Arcata, CA @ The Depot @ Humboldt State - w/ Explode Into Colors 10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent - w/ Explode Into Colors 11 - Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door - w/ Explode Into Colors 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland - w/ Explode Into Colors 13 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar - w/ Explode Into Colors 14 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah - w/ Explode Into Colors 15 - Tucson, AZ @ Plush - w/ Explode Into Colors 21 - Norman, OK @ The Opolis - w/ Explode Into Colors 22 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar - w/ Explode Into Colors 23 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge - w/ Explode Into Colors 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge - w/ Explode Into Colors 26 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux - w/ Explode Into Colors April 2010 15 - St Paul, MN @ The Turf Club 16 - Madison, WI @ The Annex 17 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick 18 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ Horseshoe Tavern 19 - Montreal, QC, Canada @ Il Motore 20 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs 22 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s 24 - Washington, DC @ The Black Cat 26 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle 28 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree 29 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge 30 - Newport, KY @ The Southgate House May 2010 1 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
January 2010 23 - Vienna, Austria @ FM4 Festival @ Arena 24 - Innsbruck, Austria @ PMK 26 - Belfort, France @ La Poudriere 27 - Milan, Italy @ Casa 139 28 - Basel, France @ Kaserne 29 - Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie 30 - Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique February 2010 1 - London, UK @ Barfly 2 - Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute 5 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall - w/ The Thermals, Grass Widow 6 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones - w/ The Thermals 7 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern - w/ The Thermals 9 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar - w/ The Thermals 10 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brewing Company - w/ The Thermals 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour - w/ The Thermals 12 - Berkeley, CA @ UC Berkeley - Lower Sprout Plaza - w/ The Thermals 13 - San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club - w/ The Thermals
February 2010 5 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall - w/ Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Grass Widow 6 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones - w/ Thao with the Get Down Stay Down 7 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern - w/ Thao with the Get Down Stay Down 9 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar - w/ Thao with the Get Down Stay Down 10 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brewing Company - w/ Thao with the Get Down Stay Down 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour - w/ Thao with the Get Down Stay Down 12 - Berkeley, CA @ UC Berkeley - Lower Sprout Plaza - w/ Thao with the Get Down Stay Down 13 - San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club - w/ Thao with the Get Down Stay Down March 2010 7 - Brisbane, Australia @ Lost Weekend Festival 9 - Sydney, Australia @ Oxford Art Factory 10 - Armidale, Australia @ University of New England 11 - Wollongong, Australia @ Wollongong University 12 - Newcastle, Australia @ Newcastle University April 2010 7 - Orlando, FL @ Social - w/ Past Lives 8 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder - w/ Past Lives 9 - Gainesville, FL @ University of Florida - Rion Ballroom - w/ Past Lives 10 - St Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven 12 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge - w/ Past Lives 13 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle - w/ Past Lives 14 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church - w/ Past Lives 16 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar - w/ Past Lives 17 - Hamden, CT @ The Space - w/ Past Lives 18 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East - w/ Past Lives 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
February 2010 20 - Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans 21 - Glasgow, UK @ NiceNSleazy 22 - Edinburgh, UK @ Electric Circus 23 - Manchester, UK @ Islington Mill 24 - Sheffield, UK @ The Harley 25 - Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff Arts institute 26 - London, UK @ The Luminaire 27 - Brighton, UK @ Freebutt 28 - Coventry, UK @ Taylor John’s House March 2010 5 - Greensboro, NC @ Guilford College 6 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn - w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma 7 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree - w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma 9 - Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack - w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma 10 - Norman, OK @ Opolis Productions - w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma 11 - Dallas, TX @ The Cavern - w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma 12 - Houston, TX @ The Studio @ Warehouse Live - w/ Noveller 13 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 - w/ Noveller, Jonathan Mieburg of Shearwater 16 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture - w/ Noveller, Extra Life 17 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah - w/ Noveller, tUnE-yArDs 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echo - w/ Noveller, tUnE-yArDs 19 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place - w/ Noveller, tUnE-yArDs 20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill - w/ Noveller, tUnE-yArDs 23 - Olympia, WA @ Northern - w/ tUnE-yArDs 24 - Portland, OR @ Holocene - w/ tUnE-yArDs 25 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Scout Niblett 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal 27 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal 29 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal 30 - St Louis, MO @ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal 31 - Iowa City, IA @ The Picador - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal April 2010 1 - Northfield, MN @ The Cave @ Carleton College - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal 2 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal 3 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal, Zola Jesus 5 - Oberlin, OH @ The Dionysus Discotheque - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal 7 - Cleveland, OH @ The Spot - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Talk Normal 8 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place - w/ tUnE-yArDs 9 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom - w/ tUnE-yArDs, Zola Jesus 10 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East downstairs - w/ tUnE-yArDs 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church - w/ tUnE-yArDs 14 - Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel - w/ tUnE-yArDs 16 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 - w/ tUnE-yArDs 17 - Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
dadfag are a noisy female-fronted group from san francisco. they have a 12” out called Scenic Abuse that I should probably order for krs distro. I like their song repetition, which you can listen to here
Bad Mood: E. Hannan Whatever: A. Miknis Worse mood: D. Benson
"On Scenic Abuse , the San Francisco, CA trio, Dadfag strive for a straight up No-Wave ethic full of driving bass, with just the right guitar noise assault. Scenic Abuse presents the right marriage between blistering guitars with very precise minimal noise and frenetic 50s acid Jazz -laden vocals. Dadfag sounds like a streamlined version of NY City’s iconic duo, God Is My Co-Pilot, working to be a moodier version of Bush Tetras. The album opens with the Glenn Branca –esques track “Interrogation” and then swoons into 12 pure tracks of solid Lydia-Lunch-inpired gold. Dadfag includes Eva Hanan, Danielle Benson and Alan Mikinis. The slow blistering track, “Water” is the most memorable track on the album, which showcases Dadfag’s anger, beauty and passion at their height. All together, Scenic Abuse is a dark, swirling frenzy that makes the listener continuously beg for more. It’s the perfect escape from the average Run-of –the mill post-punk ethic, delving more into art and visions. Scenic Abuse is the perfect Saturday night album." -Gary S. Angelo