A box of K stickers is coming our way (and then straight to you?)! Whoo!
The music, lyrics, mixing, and mastering of this 6-song E.P. was all done by Sam himself at Dub Narcotic Studio, right here in Olympia, Washington.
Additional music was provided by Mike Mercker (djembe) and Austin Dunn (harmonica). The recording was done by Martin Kuki at French Camp and by Sam Gray at Dub Narcotic Studio. Stephenie Rae performed the task of Assistant Button Pusher.
Dark, pretty lo-fi, noise folk from the middle of nowhere. This cassette is the solo work of Tucker Theodore, working through demons via home recorded music. Tucker Theodore (from Olympia’s Buffalo Voice and Gunmothers Head) is one of the musicians featured on Antiquated Future’s Well I Don’t See Why, Vol. 4 Compilation.
To Make The Sun Hurt comes with an insert and digital download code. It is an edition of 50 copies green cassettes with hand-typed spines and hand-stamped labels.
In honor of St. Valentine’s Daythe K Mail Order Dept. has gathered together ten top-flight K albums forming a CD Safari that celebrates love in all its guises. Receive all ten CDs for $15.00; that’s a sweet bouquet straight from the heart.
- Rondelles Shined Nickels & Loose Change CD [KLp127
- Mirah and Spetratone International Share this Place: Stories and Observations CD [KLP181]
- The Gossip Red Hott CD [IPU096]
- Lois Bet the Sky CD [KLP036]
- Calvin Johnson What Was Me CD [KLP117]
- Marine Research Parallel Horizontal CD [KLP104]
- Glo-Worm Glimmer CD [KLP054]
- The Crabs Sand and Sea CD [KLP095]
- Jason Traeger My Religion Is Love CD [KLP098]
- Gene Defcon Come Party with Me 2000 CD [KLP113]
CD Safari: St. Valentine’s Day Bouquet!, in detail:
This collection of Rondelles hott punk rockin’ popover favorites has got it’s share of love songs (“T.V. Zombie”, “Safety in Numbers”, “He’s Got Heart”!!!) but really it’s the feel good freedom rock from the generation beyond. The best listening to accompany St. Valentine’s Day shenanigans - play this while roller skating with your heart’s desire and s/he’s sure to be yours!
What could be more touching than “Love Song of the Fly” from the collaboration between Mirah and Spectratone International, Share this Place: Stories and Observations [KLP181]? A suite of 12 pieces, each focusing on the life and times of a different insect. “Love Song of the Fly” depicts the plight of a fly who is searching for love and understanding. We defy you not to shed a tear when you hear this humble plea.
Four songs about the Red Hott lifestyle straight from ’90s Olympia, which is to say St. Valentine’s Day Wonderland! Recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio with Calvin Johnson.
The best songwriter at K for songs of the heart, hands down. This Lois album includes her classics “Shy Town”, “Charles Atlas”, “Transatlantic Telephone Call” and of course, “February 15”! Dang.
Love songs direct from Hopelessly Romantic Central: “Love will Come Back Again”, “Can We kiss?”, “Lies Goodbye” and Calvin's duet with Mirah, “Ode to St. Valentine”, worth the price of this CD Safari all by itself.
No one writes about love, it’s hazards and eventual rewards better than Ms. Amelia Fletcher. If you followed her adventures through Talulah Gosh and Heavenly, you’ll want to check in with her Marine Research incarnation. Hearts aflutter. Included are two songs from the Marine Research BBC session recorded for John Peel.
Falling in love in Paris, France -what could be more romantic? The soothing vocal sounds of Ms. Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Belmondo) explores and travels through all the true loves and lovers, the world over. Wistful listening, year round.
Classic Crabs, and that means love in the summertime, down at the lake, tumbling away, end of the world, I surrender!
The name of this album says it all: My Religion Is Love, and you can bet that theme runs all through this Olympia song-singer’s K debut album. “Word of Mouth”, the anthemic “love Faeries” and the inspirational “Love, Love and Love”. Super-charged love hymns from deep in the heart.
Talkin’ love here: sweet, forbidden, unrequited, rollin’ and tumblin’ - just look at that face! Gene Defcon has definitely launched 1000 voyages of the Love Boat. Over 20 songs, and then you’ll be begging for more (they always do).
Every week, we seek out unique, interesting projects from our “friends and neighbors”, people that are related to K and/or the Olympia music scene, who are working on new bands and art we are excited about. These specially selected items are distributed in our online shop and are discussed in our weekly digital newsletters — in hopes that you will be as stoked about them as we are!
Today’s featured distro. item is:
"You’ve all heard about the one where you look into the void and the void looks back at you, right? How about the part when you see beyond the void and realize that it’s your bedroom wall, or your bag, or the sidewalk beneath you? Discovering this single was a lot like that, a lucid, longing jaunt fully within the context of reality, a hard stare into one’s own ideas of the human mind versus the mind itself. The artist is Lauren Likely, now living in NYC, who provided a role in developing the visual style of Olympia, WA bands as we know them from recent years (her work has been utilized by Sex Vid, Gun Outfit, Son Skull, Milk Music and others; see that really loopy, painted script on many Perennial releases or issues of NUTS! Fanzine and you’re looking at her work).
Wooden Kimono is her musical sidebar, four minimal, moody pieces that sound like reading someone’s diary. Her voice is shaky but resolute, held up by a simple drum machine, her guitar playing all heavy scrape and phaser drills, feeding back into a karaoke machine on the verge of burning out. You don’t hear a lot of records like this anymore because it is very easy to be heard by others, and because of it, people are suspicious and careful. They follow genre conventions, while Wooden Kimono exists for just long enough to make these very personal reflections on pain and loss, coping with difficulties and social dynamics swaying in the face of utopia, despite all the hope and promise that land is meant to bring. These sounds sound as if they were hidden for you to find. Really, who’s going after something this inconspicuous when everyone else is yelling louder? Look beneath the surface – you will be blinded by the simple agony of this material, which, conspicuously or not, owes a debt to the hometaper boom of the ‘80s and ‘90s as it converged with the explosion of women reclaiming punk as their own, music that had to come out by whatever means.
Once upon a time you had the ability to mail away for a K Records catalog and more readily find something like this (or the Heavens to Betsy cassette, or a Mecca Normal LP) which could destroy you with repeated listens if you let it, the sounds of being let down and lashed out in quiet, injured solace. Five-panel foldout cross sleeve w/ sketchbook renderings, vellum painting and an obi strip hold this miracle in place. My favorite release on Perennial yet, and an incredible comedown/bringdown record for this or any generation.”
- "Trip/Lilly for a Heart"
- "Walking Around"
Bundle up! Just in time for St. Valentine’s Day, comes this special edition of the (black) K Scarf, in super cuddly red and grey wool, stitched with love by Kim Murillo. Check out the K Valentine Scarf in our shop today!
Too much Ian Svenonius in one day? Never.
A certain group of people in brown uniforms just delivered 2 big boxes full of the latest vinyl repress of Chain And The Gang's most recent album, In Cool Blood [KLP240]. And in case you haven’t heard, the band was just recording tracks for their new album this weekend with Calvin Johnson.
Local Bellinghamsters Fictions opened, followed by Tyson Ballew (the band); The Shivas, a truly “solid band” (as deemed by Ian Svenoius) rocked the house after that with a plethora or rockin’ tunes, including their latest hit and clear crowd-pleasing jammer, “Make Me Wanna Die”, while Chain & The Gang closed the night with a preachin’, powerful, revitalizing performance, demanding for "Reparations".
They’ll be playing some jams and selling some merch, like these hip Chain & The Gang Tees (seen above), “pre-worn” by the band; “Down With Liberty, Up With Chains!” [KLP203].
Rock ‘n’ Roll.
More info can be found here: http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/119875-Chain-and-The-Gang
Chain & The Gang are on tour, performing all sorts of crazy antics and groovy rock and roll shows. They’ve cut loose, hacked into the K Records Instagram and no one can control them. So we might as well go with it, right? Hey, why not? Follow all their “melodic, erotic” pics here; and read up on their tour dates to see if they’re playing a venue near you. The Shivas will be playing right along with them. And you thought it was hard to find adventure.
K Buttons are back in action! Five hundred of these shiny yellow gems arrived in the mail today, ready to hit lapels everywhere.
Chain & The Gang and The Shivas are on tour and will be playing a show on Monday, January 16th with Bright Weapons and Tyson Ballew (note the date change). This flyer was done by K’s own mail order maven Jill Pucciarelli.
The Beat Happening Black Candy Shirt is available now through the K Mail Order Department! Sizes XS-XXL; get ‘em while they’re hot!
PS: Check this vintage pic of Krist Novoselic (Nirvana):