2011 Xiu Xiu + J. Morrison Monthly Art T-Shirt Subscription
Every month of 2011 Xiu Xiu’s singer Jamie Stewart and artist J. Morrison will collaborate on an ultra limited edition handmade art t-shirt collection. The shirts will be available as a special 12 piece year long subscription (which includes 13th subscription only bonus shirt) or as individual shirts ordered per month.
Each month the shirts will commemorate a figure who has influenced the artists. Part rock shirt and part art shirt, the shirts will creatively honor the person’s name with a new illustration. The shirts will be incredibly clever and incredibly cute.
FREDDIE MERCURY! Gold and Pink ink on long sleeve, black American Apparel shirts "People think that I am crazy or ridiculous but I can only be myself.” –Freddie Mercury, perfect singer, AIDS victim and hot gentleman
Friends since 2003, J. Morrison and Xiu Xiu have a long history of collaboration, having worked together on album covers, performance art, haiku vs sticker box sets and posters. J. Morrison is a Brooklyn-based artist/designer who is widely exhibited and has created artwork for four Xiu Xiu records. Xiu Xiu has released seven albums and countless EPs, split seven-inches, and remixes. Their touring life has led them all over the world including far flung destinations such as Serbia, China, Korea, Mexico and Romania. They are currently working on their 8th album to be released
Don't Miss The Thermals on Lopez Tonight, Tuesday 2/1
We are stoked to announce that THE THERMALS will be on Lopez Tonight Tues 2/1! If you’re 18+ yrs then see them LIVE! Get FREEEEEEE tix @lopeztonight.com/audience, promo code: thermals!
Don’t forget: We’ll be releasing the third single from Personal Life, Not Like Any Other Feeling, on February 15th. It features a previously unreleased b-side and is LIMITED EDITION so don’t sleep on it. You can order yours now here.
AND The Thermals are headed over to Europe in March + April: March 2011 30 - Manchester, UK @ Roadhouse - w/ The Coathangers 31 - Bristol, UK @ The Fleece - w/ The Coathangers April 2011 1 - London, UK @ XOYO - w/ The Coathangers 2 - Brussels, Belgium @ BeursKafee (free!) - w/ The Coathangers 3 - Cologne, Germany @ Gebaeude 9 - w/ The Coathangers 5 - Evreux, France @ L’Abordage - w/ The Coathangers 6 - Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie - w/ The Coathangers 7 - Lyon-Oullins, France @ Le Clacson - w/ The Coathangers 9 - Marmande, France @ Garorock Festival 12 - Munich, Germany @ Hansa 39 - w/ The Coathangers 13 - Wien, Austria @ Flex - w/ The Coathangers 14 - Nuernberg, Germany @ K4 Festival - w/ The Coathangers 15 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Sinkkasten - w/ The Coathangers 16 - Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol - w/ The Coathangers 17 - Berlin, Germany @ Lido - w/ The Coathangers 19 - Hamburg, Germany @ Knust - w/ The Coathangers 20 - Groningen, The Netherlands @ Vera - w/ The Coathangers 21 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Trouw - w/ The Coathangers 22 - Eindhoven, The Netherlands @ Effenaar - w/ The Coathangers
Last year, Thao Nguyen, leader of Thao With the Get Down Stay Down, and singer-songwriter Mirah, linked up for a tour. And now, the two have joined forces to release an album as Thao & Mirah. On April 26, Kill Rock Stars will release the duo’s self-titled debut.
The duo recorded the album in a two-week period, with tUnE-YaRdS mastermind Merrill Garbus co-producing, guesting, and writing one song. Various Bay Area musicians also helped out on the record, and we’ve got the tracklist below.
Both Thao and Mirah work with Air Traffic Control, an organization that helps musicians with social advocacy. When the album comes out and they start touring behind it, they’ll team up with Air Traffic Control to promote social causes while on the road.
Thao & Mirah:
01 Eleven 02 Folks 03 Little Cup 04 Rubies and Rocks 05 Teeth 06 Spaced Out Orbit 07 How Dare You 08 Sugar and Plastic 09 Likable Man 10 Hallelujah 11 Squareneck
The Thermals are unstoppable! After an incredibly busy 2010 (6 tours, 4 singles and 1 LP), The Thermals are showing no signs of stopping or even slowing down. Kill Rock Stars is proud to announce the release of The Thermals’ latest single, “Not Like Any Other Feeling”.
"Not Like Any Other Feeling" is the third single from The Thermals’ awesome 5th LP, Personal Life. It’s not like any other single The Thermals have ever released! Ok that’s not entirely true. But this is marketing, people! Where the truth always takes a backseat to hyperbole. Kind of like a lot of relationships. The kind of relationships The Thermals explore in Personal Life, and especially "Not Like Any Other Feeling". Relationships in which (to quote the song), “You only exist to be replaced”. “NLAOF” is filled with such grand, bleak statements. But damn it if they don’t ring true. There can be no overstatements when you’re in love, or falling out of it.
"Not Like Any Other Feeling" is not unlike The Thermals’ last amazing single, "Never Listen To Me" (in the musical sense.) The song is driven hard by the bass and drums, with the guitar taking a more melodic backseat. The vocals are loud and proud, intent on the listener understanding and absorbing every brilliant double negative. Pretty stoney mix, too! Thank you producer extraordinaire Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan and Sara.)
Quix*o*tic were based in Washington DC and is made up of Christina Billotte (Autoclave, Slant 6), Mira Billotte (The Blue Rider), and Mick Barr (Cromtech, Orthrelm, Octis). Christina and Mira are sisters and they used their voices to create innovative and haunting harmonies and other vocal intrigues. They were around from 1997-2003. We released their second album, Mortal Mirror, on July 9th, 2002.
The music is a unique and finely balanced mixture of genres that seems to create its own new genre and feels perfectly natural. Soul, garage, goth-punk (such as the Cramps et al) and indie-rock mix to create a new thing that doesn’t sound quite like any of these, although if pressed you could call it soul more than anything else. Maybe “gloomy soul music.”
Hutch Harris Announces New Project: Forbidden Friends
Allow us to introduce you (against their wishes) to Forbidden Friends!
Forbidden Friends is part secret society, part torrid love affair. The kind of experience you cherish, yet would kill to keep secret. Well as of this moment the secret is OUT. You can wash your dirty sheets as many times as you want, but once the world knows all your steamy indiscretions there’s no going back! Might as well post all your (formerly) deep, dark secrets as your next status update. Forbidden Friends may have hoped to keep their little club private, but it’s too late now! The gossips have spoken and won. Let’s tell EVERYBODY. Please help us!
Forbidden Friends is a new band from Hutch Harris, lead singer and mastermind of The Thermals, Portland’s last great post-pop-punk-power trio. Initially conceived as a way for lovers to send hidden messages in plain view (isn’t there an app for that?), Forbidden Friends is now a legitimate, public work of art. The band is at once old fashioned (acoustic instruments, mono mixes), forward thinking (reference-less, incredibly danceable), and timeless (classic lyrical themes of love and desire.)
Forbidden Friends will release their debut single, “Tiny Hands”, on the Kill Rock Stars label March 15, 2011, on vinyl (7”) and digital download. It is accompanied by the b-side “For You”. Harris played the basic instruments (drums, guitar, bass, vocals), and was assisted in the studio by his fellow Thermals Kathy Foster and Westin Glass, as well as Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, on percussion. Both songs are truly upbeat and fun, and are the perfect introduction to this exciting new band.
"2006 solo home recordings from the #1 DYI SHREDDER of all time. Different versions of some of these songs ended up on Marnie’s 2007 debut In Advance of the Broken Arm. pro-dubbed and imprinted green cassette includes mp3 download"
The Corin Tucker Band 02/25 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir - w/ Versus
The Decemberists 01/25 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theater 01/26 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theater 01/28 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues 01/29 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues 01/31 - Montreal, QC, Canada @ Olympia de Montreal 02/01 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ Sound Academy 02/02 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater 02/04 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater 02/05 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater 02/06 - Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater 02/07 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater 02/09 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater 02/10 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater 02/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theater 02/13 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues 02/14 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater 02/18 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater 02/19 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 03/04 - Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street 03/05 - Glasgow, Scotland @ ABC 03/07 - Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Institute 03/08 - Bristol, UK @ Bristol Academy 03/10 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 03/11 - Leeds, UK @ Leeds Academy 03/13 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix 03/14 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso 03/16 - London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
Deerhoof 01/27 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlows 01/28 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall 01/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex 02/01 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk 02/02 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall 02/03 - Memphis, TX @ The Hi Tone 02/04 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge 02/05 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt 02/06 - Raleigh, NC @ King’s 02/07 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 02/08 - Brooklyn, NY @ Ridgewood Masonic Temple 02/10 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East 02/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts 02/12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar 02/14 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom 02/15 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge 02/16 - Madison, WI @ High School Saloon 02/17 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club 02/18 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose 02/19 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room 02/21 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis 02/25 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s 02/26 - Portland, OR @ Holocene 03/14 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge - Japan NYC Festival 04/19 - Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie 04/20 - Belfort, France @ La Poudriere - Impetus Festival 04/21 - Metz, France @ Les Trinitaires 04/22 - Lyon, France @ L’Epicerie Moderne 04/23 - Lausanne, Switzerland @ La Romandie - Impetus Festival 04/24 - Schorndorf, Germany @ Manufaktur 04/26 - Kortrijk, Belgium @ De Kreun 04/27 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg 04/28 - Grogingen, The Netherlands @ Vera 04/30 - Aarhus, Denmark @ Voxhall - Pop Revo Festival 05/01 - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
Grass Widow 02/04 - Oakland, CA @ The Uptown - FREE - First Friday w/ Death Sentence: Panda!, Human Baggage, Bam Bam 02/26 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop - NoisePop Festival w/ No Age 03/22 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge - w/ Wild Flag 03/23 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle - w/ Wild Flag
Quasi 02/08 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall - w/ Sebadoh 02/10 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom - w/ Sebadoh 02/11 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Rickshaw Theater - w/ Sebadoh 02/12 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s - w/ Sebadoh 02/14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge - w/ Sebadoh 02/15 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge - w/ Sebadoh 02/16 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar - w/ Sebadoh 02/17 - Norman, OK @ Opolis - w/ Sebadoh 02/18 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater - w/ Sebadoh 02/19 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s - w/ Sebadoh 02/21 - Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress - w/ Sebadoh 02/22 - Tempe, AZ @ Rhythm Room - w/ Sebadoh 02/23 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah - w/ Sebadoh 02/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour - w/ Sebadoh 02/25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex - w/ Sebadoh
Marnie Stern 02/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echo - w/ Tera Melos 02/19 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar - w/ Tera Melos 02/20 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch - w/ Tera Melos 02/22 - San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven - w/ Tera Melos 02/23 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk - w/ Tera Melos 02/24 - Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall - w/ Tera Melos 02/25 - New Orleans, LA @ Parish @ House of Blues - w/ Tera Melos 02/26 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder - w/ Tera Melos 02/27 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth - w/ Tera Melos 02/28 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn - w/ Tera Melos 03/01 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade - w/ Tera Melos 03/02 - Washington, DC @ The Red Palace - w/ Tera Melos 03/03 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church - w/ Tera Melos 03/04 - New York, NY @ Santos Party House - w/ Tera Melos 03/06 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs - w/ Tera Melos 03/07 - Montreal, QC, Canada @ Il Motore - w/ Tera Melos 03/08 - Toronto, ON, Canada @ Wrongbar - w/ Tera Melos 03/09 - Kalamazoo, MI @ The Strutt - w/ Tera Melos 03/10 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean - w/ Tera Melos 03/11 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr - w/ Tera Melos 03/12 - Englewood, CO @ Moe’s - w/ Tera Melos 03/13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court - w/ Tera Melos 03/15 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project - w/ Tera Melos 03/16 - Portland, OR @ Branx - w/ Tera Melos 03/18 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill - w/ Tera Melos 03/19 - Sacramento, CA @ Sol Collective - w/ Tera Melos
The Thermals 01/14 - Eugene, OR @ W.O.W. Hall 01/21 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s 01/22 - Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Media Club 01/23 - Olympia, WA @ The Northern 01/28 - Portland, OR @ Branx 03/30 - Manchester, UK @ Roadhouse - w/ The Coathangers 03/31 - Bristol, UK @ The Fleece - w/ The Coathangers 04/01 - London, UK @ XOYO - w/ The Coathangers 04/03 - Cologne, Germany @ Gebaeude 9 - w/ The Coathangers 04/06 - Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie - w/ The Coathangers 04/07 - Lyon-Oullins, France @ Le Clacson - w/ The Coathangers 04/10 - Marmande, France @ Garorock Festival 04/12 - Munich, Germany @ Hansa 39 - w/ The Coathangers 04/13 - Wien, Austria @ Flex - w/ The Coathangers 04/14 - Nuernberg, Germany @ K4 Festival - w/ The Coathangers 04/15 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Sinkkasten - w/ The Coathangers 04/16 - Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol - w/ The Coathangers 04/17 - Berlin, Germany @ Lido - w/ The Coathangers 04/19 - Hamburg, Germany @ Knust - w/ The Coathangers 04/20 - Groningen, The Netherlands @ Vera - w/ The Coathangers 04/21 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Trouw - w/ The Coathangers 04/22 - Eindhoven, The Netherlands @ Effenaar - w/ The Coathangers
Universal Order of Armageddon 01/20 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar - w/ Oak, Regents, The Gift 01/21 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop - w/ The Body, Orphan 01/22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio - w/ Fight Amp, Trophy Wife 01/23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie - w/ Fight Amp, Trophy Wife
Born Against were a political hardcore band from New York late 80’s-early 90’s
Members included: Sam McPheeters (Men’s Recovery Project), Adam Nathanson (Lifesblood, Young Pioneers), Tonie Joy (Moss Icon, The Great Unraveling, The Convocation Of, Universal Order Of Armageddon), Brooks Headley (UOA, Young Pioneers, Skull Kontrol), Melissa York (The Butchies, Team Dresch), Jon Hiltz (Computer Cougar), and Neil Burke (MRP).
Kill Rock Stars reissued two albums by them in 2003 and are available on sale, this week only, for only $5.99.
Patriotic Battle Hymns (KRS 394) is an 18-track disk pairing the band’s 1991 debut LP Nine Patriotic Hymns For Children and 1993’s Battle Hymns Of the Race War 10”, both self-produced and recorded at Wharton Tiers’ Fun City Studio in New York City.
The Rebel Sound of Shit And Failure (KRS 395) is a 24 track assemblage spanning the band’s four year history, including rare compilation, 7”, and 8” tracks, as recorded at Fun City, Don Fury’s, Illinois’ Sonic Iguana and three songs from the cramped garage of Bob from Vinyl Communications. Long unavailable on the band’s home label, Vermiform Records, these handsomely packaged disks offer a mote of nostalgia for the days when Bush was in office, Iraq was under attack and the economy had sunk into the dumper. Wait a minute…
1- What made you want to do this remix for Marnie?
I have a wonky couch, and the wad of “benjamins” I’m receiving for this remix will steady the thing nicely when I shove it under the short leg.
2- Do you feel the remix, in relation to the original version of the song gives the song a new life and direction and purpose?
I prefer to think of it as a costume. The song is now wearing a new outfit, one which wouldn’t look out of place down at the local video arcade. The remixed version of the song is now confident enough to attain the high score on Galaga.
3- Where would you love for this song to be heard the most? (dance club, radio, Mir Space Station) and why?
Steven Spielberg’s house, so that he invites me to compose the soundtrack for E.T.2.
4- Do you have a crush on Marnie? and are you single? straight? bi-curious? transgendered?
No Marnie crush, but I’d do Fig.
5- Do you have the same affinity for McDonald’s McGriddle sandwich that marnie has recently discovered? why? why not? and would you eat this sandwich slowly or in a hurried manner while listening to this remix?
I haven’t tried that one, but I do have a hard spot for KFC’s “Zinger Tower Burger”. I always eat faster than anyone else if I’m the one who does the cooking and, seeing as I “cooked up” this remix, I’d wolf the sandwich down whilst listening to it. Then I would feel cheap inside and vow to eat organic the following evening.
6- Is your cat Mina a big fan of this remix? Also.. is Mina a fan of Best Coast? hahaha
Mina prefers the original - she’s not very loyal when it comes to music. Funny you should mention Best Coast - Mina just told me she would pwn Snacks The Cat in a miaowing/scratching/stinkiest poo contest.
One of the most unique punk bands of our time hailed from Zurich, Switzerland. From 1978-80 Kleenex gigged around, recorded 2 7“‘s and toured the UK with such acts as Gang Of Four, Subway Sect, The Swell Maps and The Raincoats. In 1980, the group changed their name to Liliput (due to pressures from the Kleenex tissue company) and continued under that moniker until their demise in 1983. As Liliput, 3 more 7“‘s and 2 LP were released as the band evolved through numerous personnel changes.Finally the entire contents of the ever-popular Kill Rock Stars double CD is now available as a 4 LP set. Housed in a sturdy tip-on sleeve slipcase and includes a full color 12 page booklet.
This item is a ***PRE-ORDER*** and will not ship until February.
The tentative release date is February 14. We will accept paypal for this item after January 14.
+The first 50 Pre-Orders come with a FREE Kleenex LiLiPUT button
+The first 100 Pre-Orders come with a FREE Kleenex LiLiPUT promo poster
+ALL Pre-Orders come with a FREE copy of KRS514 Kleenex LiLiPUT Live Recordings, TV-Clips, and Roadmovie
And the KRS Band of the week is...Heavens To Betsy!
Heavens to Betsy was an American indie-punk band from Olympia, Washington, most notable for being the first band of Sleater-Kinney vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker. They were part of the DIY riot grrrl movement in the punk rock underground in the early 1990s. The members were Tracy Sawyer on drums and occasionally bass guitar, and Corin Tucker on guitar and vocals. One of their first appearances was at the International Pop Underground Convention organized by independent record label K Records in 1991. For one night an all-female bill, dubbed “Love Rock Revolution Girl Style Now” commanded the stage with Heavens to Betsy, Bratmobile, Jean Smith of Mecca Normal and 7 Year Bitch appearing, an event that is widely considered one of the pivotal events in the inception of the Riot Grrrl movement. Their first record was a split single on K Records with Bratmobile, considered an essential Riot Grrrl recording. The band recorded three singles, produced one LP/CD, Calculated, and contributed to many compilations while they were together. These recordings are now sought after by collectors. One of these compilations, Free to Fight, also included a song contributed by the band Excuse 17, of which Carrie Brownstein was a member. Corin and Carrie began to play together, and when Heavens to Betsy disbanded in the mid 1990s, the two women founded Sleater-Kinney.
For this week only you can buy their full length Calculated on CD for $7.99 or as a digital download for only $7!
02-18 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo 02-19 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar 02-20 Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch 02-22 San Antonio, TX - Ten Eleven 02-23 Austin, TX - The Mohawk 02-24 Dallas, TX - Sons Of Hermann Hall 02-25 New Orleans, LA - The Parish 02-26 Tallahassee, FL - Club DownUnder 02-27 Orlando, FL - The Backbooth 02-28 Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn 03-01 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade 03-02 Washington DC - Red Palace 03-03 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church 03-04 New York, NY - Santos Party House 03-06 Cambridge, MA - The Middle East 03-07 Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore 03-08 Toronto, Ontario - Wrongbar 03-09 Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt 03-10 Chicago, IL - Subterranean 03-11 Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr 03-12 Denver, CO - Moes 03-13 Salt Lake City - Kilby Court 03-15 Seattle, WA - The Vera Project 03-16 Portland, OR - Branx 03-18 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill 03-19 Sacramento, CA - Sol Collective
01/07 - San Francisco, CA @ El Rincon - w/ Rank/Xerox, Gestapo Khazi, Ty Segall 01/09 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern - w/ Babies, White Fence 02/04 - Oakland, CA @ The Uptown - FREE - First Friday w/ Death Sentence: Panda!, Human Baggage, Bam Bam 02/26 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop - NoisePop Festival w/ No Age 03/22 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge - w/ Wild Flag 03/23 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle - w/ Wild Flag