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Song of the Day! “Modern Walker” by The Vibrarians from their 7”, "Red Light" (IPU122)

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This week Shaggy Sample are touring through the Northwest, including a show in Olympia on Sunday, August 24. Their new album My other Car Is can be obtained from their snazzy site on the world-wide web.

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Shaggy Sample is the Oakland, CA combo that claimed Evan Hashi (on the far left in above photog) after he left the Hive Dwellers and headed to the San Francisco Bay area early last year. Evan is the drummer on the latest Hive Dwellers album Moanin’ [KLP249]; see below LP cover:

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Catch Shaggy Sample in any of these fine NW music emporiums:

  • Thu, Aug 21 2014
    Portland, OR
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TBT! Flyers from Calvin's archives, 1983-5.

Artist Scott Young (GAG, Transfix) redesigns the K bandana!
His aptly named K Bandana Design #2 feature moons, microphones, hirsute humans, headphones, pretty ladies, piano keys, and of course, all kinds of Ks.
100% cotton and screen printed (by Scott himself) right here in Olympia, Wash.!
Available with yellow ink on blue, or pink ink on green, exclusively from the K Mail Order Dept.! Artist Scott Young (GAG, Transfix) redesigns the K bandana!
His aptly named K Bandana Design #2 feature moons, microphones, hirsute humans, headphones, pretty ladies, piano keys, and of course, all kinds of Ks.
100% cotton and screen printed (by Scott himself) right here in Olympia, Wash.!
Available with yellow ink on blue, or pink ink on green, exclusively from the K Mail Order Dept.! Artist Scott Young (GAG, Transfix) redesigns the K bandana!
His aptly named K Bandana Design #2 feature moons, microphones, hirsute humans, headphones, pretty ladies, piano keys, and of course, all kinds of Ks.
100% cotton and screen printed (by Scott himself) right here in Olympia, Wash.!
Available with yellow ink on blue, or pink ink on green, exclusively from the K Mail Order Dept.!

Artist Scott Young (GAG, Transfix) redesigns the K bandana!

His aptly named K Bandana Design #2 feature moons, microphones, hirsute humans, headphones, pretty ladies, piano keys, and of course, all kinds of Ks.

100% cotton and screen printed (by Scott himself) right here in Olympia, Wash.!

Available with yellow ink on blue, or pink ink on green, exclusively from the K Mail Order Dept.!

When your goal is to make dreamy, jangly rock ‘n roll, staring at your shoes and a 6-string just isn’t enough. This beautiful vintage Fender Coronado XII 12-string guitar provides not only 6 more strings to look at, but also yields one of the sparkliest tones available in the studio. Recently, we’ve had all of our guitars gone through and tuned up.

Calvin says:

The Fender Coronado XII is a 12-string guitar.  I think in ‘91 we were going on tour.  I’m trying to keep track, maybe it was ‘92.  On tour with Beat Happening, and we stopped at Tombstone Music in Clackamas, OR which is the music store run by Fred and Toody Cole who played in Dead Moon at the time. Bret really wanted a guitar amp like his brother Jonn [Lunsford], who plays in The Crabs . He had an amp that was like the Quad Reverb.  It wasn’t, but the idea is it had four speakers.  Bret really liked it and he wanted something similar.  Naturally since we were headed south we stopped at Tombstone and they had the Quad Reverb; he wanted to get it and I was like “As long as you’re the guy carrying it, it’s cool with me.”

 Heather saw this guitar, and she really liked it.  We played somewhere or recorded somewhere and she played a 12-string electric and liked it.  While at Tombstone she saw this [Fender Coronado] and played it and said “I really like this guitar!” We bought it and ended up playing it a lot on that tour; we bought those two things at Tombstone, and then they’ve just been our Cole-infected lucky charms ever since.

When we recorded the last Beat Happening album, You Turn Me On [KLP007], it was on that record a lot; definitely on “Godsend”, “Teenage Caveman”, “Tiger Trap”, just lots of songs [you can stream the album HERE.]  Then it got very sporadic use after that.  It’s on some of my solo albums, and I’m pretty sure it’s on The Halo Benders’ third album (The Rebels not in [KLP081]).

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Contact studio@krecs.com and come play it!

-Mike

Gearlust: Fender Coronado XII was originally published on K

Astrological Combustions! Emily Beanblossom and Ruby Fray playing music that could be the soundtrack to your life. This is in an attic, somewhere in time, someplace in July, 2012, just before their first U.S. tour.

The new Ruby Fray album Grackle [KLP251] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.

Ruby Fray Attic Improvisation was originally published on K


An excerpt of the Pine Hill Haints playing “Rattle Them Bones”, August 7, 2014, during a taping of the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard gravecast at Dub Narcotic Studio, Olympia, Washington. you can hear the entire gravecast HERE.

“Rattle Them Bones” appears on the Pine Hill Haints album The Magik Sounds of The Pine Hill Haints [KLP254], out now on K:

Pine Hill Haints “Rattle Them Bones (excerpt)” was originally published on K

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The Pink Elephant’s Gravecast is also available from Stitcher and iTunes.

100_8075 for WeblogThe Pine Hill Haints toured through Olympia in early August playing Northern with tour-mates Zealous Doxy. The next day they all stopped by Dub Narcotic Studio to chat with hosts Ian Vanek and Calvin Johnson (The Hive Dwellers) on the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard (where we store all the cultural documents which are uniquely K).

The new Pine Hill Haints album The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints [KLP254]  just arrived at the K warehouse so the band celebrated by playing a few of its songs live in the studio. You can view a video excerpt of Pine Hill Haints playing “Rattle Them Bones” HERE.

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They spent time talking about their life and work in Northern Alabama and the Black Owl Trading Co., where they screen print assorted garments and host shows.

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Zealous Doxy, from England, were touring with the Pine Hill Haints and played a couple songs, too. You can see a video of Zealous Doxy playing “Katie Cruel” HERE.

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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 010 was originally published on K

An excerpt of “Katie Cruel” by Zealous Doxy, who traveled from their home in England to tour the United States with Pine Hill Haints. The tour stopped in Olympia, Washington to play Northern and then visited Dub Narcotic Studio to tape an episode of the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard gravecast.

You can hear the entire gravecast HERE.

Zealous Doxy “Katie Cruel” was originally published on K


“Looking Out” is a selection from the new Cock & Swan (Hush Hush Records) album Secret Angles, as remixed by Brian Binning. Cock and Swan are Ola Hungerford and Johnny Goss from Bothel, Washington. Secret Angles was recorded at their Dandelion Gold Studio.

The first Cock & Swan album Unrecognize is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.

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Cock & Swan “Looking Out (Brian Binning Remix)” was originally published on K


An insightful interview with Ian Svenonius of Chain & the Gang and Make-Up. Reader’s Digest, ya dig?

Ian Svenonius – The Drone Interview was originally published on K

Minimum Rock’n’Roll, an album by Chain & the Gang on Radical Elite (and available now from the K Mail Order Dept.), is explained here in excruciating detail.

Words cannot describe.

Chain & the Gang – Minimum Rock’n’Roll, explained was originally published on K

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The Helsing Junction Sleepover begins today and runs through Sunday afternoon, August 15-17 2014. 

This annual event takes place at the 30 acre Helsing Junction organic farm, a beautiful natural venue, just outside of Rochester, Washington.

Opportunities for camping, picnicking, swimming, underground films and of course rock ‘n’ roll combine for the best summer weekend you can imagine! This year’s artists include:  Arrington De Dionyso’s Malaikat Dan Singa, Tender Forever, The Hive Dwellers, The Shivas, , Ruby Fray, Lois and Pat, Angelo Spencer, PETS, Gary May, Alan Alexander’s Real Time BandNaomi Punk, TransFX, Camp Wisdom, Wampire, Moon By You, The Maxines, Liv Carrow, John Gnorsky, Slashed Tires, Memory Boys, The Hinges, The Super 8, Mona Reels, King Friday, Shells films by Devon Damonte and more!

The second annual Northwest Literary Showcase features Bitch magazine writer Sarah Mirk, Xtra Tuf author and fisherwoman Moe Bowstern, Olympia essayist and comedian Zach Mandeville, poet and musician Sara Renberg, memoirist A.M. O’Malley, Olympia experimental prose writer Sarah Tavis, all hosted by Joshua James Amberson who will be reading from his upcoming young adult novel.

Helsing Junction and K joining forces is a natural union. Each driving home the values of homegrown necessities: whether farms or rock‘n roll. Helsing Junction provides organic vegetables, fruit and flowers and run an 800-member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Their produce is sold direct to New Seasons Markets in Portland, the Olympia Food Co-Op and the Organically Grown Co-Op. Just as Helsing Junction educates the necessity of small farms, K preaches the necessity of locally produced music. This particular event celebrates the community on all levels.

$65 advance pass - includes all events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and camping on Friday and Saturday nights. (This price does not include food.) People of all ages welcome. Children under 12 FREE. Please leave all animals at home, this means NO DOGS.

Here is the schedule – changes and delays WILL occur:

Friday
5:45 Gary May
6:35 Eleanor Murray
7:25 Mirah
8:15 Trans FX
9:05 Naomi Punk
9:55  Spider and the Webs
10:45 Arrington De Dionysio
11:30 Tender Forever

Saturday
9:00 yoga with Kristen Rubis
10:30 Jared Snyder
11:20 Super 8
12:10 Slashed Tires
1:00 Alan Alexander’s Real Time Band
1:35 Woolen Warrior
2:10 Pets
2:45 John Gnorski
3:15 Lois and Pat
3:45 Liv Carrow
4:15 The Maxines

5:00-6:15 NW Literary Showcase

6:30 Ruby Fray
7:20 Mona Reels
8:10 Moon By You
9:00 Camp Wisdom
9:50 Wampire
10:40 Angelo Spencer
11:30 The Shivas
12:00 dance party with DJ Markly Morrison!!!

Sunday
9:00 yoga with Kristen Rubis
10:30 Memory Boys
11:15 King Friday
12:00 The Hinges
12:45 The Hive Dwellers

Buy a pass here!

helpful information (directions and stuff)

 Please direct questions to info (at) krecs (dot) com.

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Helsing Junction Sleep Over 2014, HAPPENING RIGHT NOW! was originally published on K

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Song of the Day!

"Coastal Memories from Brief Weeds Songs of Innocence and Experience (IPU035)

"…telephone burns my eyes… like the tears you never cried…"

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The Pink Elephant’s Graveyard is where we store all the cultural artifacts that are uniquely K. Host Calvin Johnson (The Hive Dwellers) interviews Underpass from Vancouver B.C. who stop by the Dub Narcotic Studio for a few laughs. We listen to songs from their new album Assimilation, due out soon on Desire Records. We also talk Ramones. Calvin plays catch-up and spins records by Dent May, Strategy, The Pharmacy, 75 Dollar Bill, and Ruby Fray.

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The Pink Elephant’s Gravecast is also available from Stitcher and iTunes.

Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 009 was originally published on K