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WIMPS ANNOUNCE JUNE TOUR DATES AND MP-FREE XRAY.FM LIVE SESSION

May 18, 2017

Photo by Victoria Holt “Seattle trio Wimps channel all of the soul-crushing minutiae of our everyday lives into deceptively sad, yet infectious punk rock.” - Noisey

"Going to see Wimps live is a total no-brainer." - The Stranger

Fantastic news for music aficionados in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida! Seattle's #1 adult-problem punk group, Wimps, is hitting the road in June to play a week of shows. Reside somewhere outside the SE corner of the United States? No problem! Wimps have released an MP-FREE download of three songs recorded live at Walker Studio with Graeme Gibson for Portland's XRAY.FM back in December 2015. If you've ever wanted a free legal download of Wimps playing live versions of Suitcase tracks "Dump" and "Old Guy" as well as the fan favorite song "Super Me" then this will be your favorite .ZIP file of 2017.


Wimps tour dates:
06/18 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies
06/19 Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown
06/20 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
06/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
06/22 Savannah, GA @ El-Rocko Lounge
06/23 Orlando, FL @ Will's
06/24 Tampa, FL @ Transitions

TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT "VEBLEN DEATH MASK" OUT NOW

May 05, 2017

Taiwan Housing Project photo by Donald Bruno "This is the kind of record that grows in legend with years to come – a miss it now and kick yourself kind of noise gem that winds up collector’s fodder and fan lore. This is the real thing." - Raven Sings the Blues

"32 minutes of garage-rock scuzz scraped out of a demented sock-hop." - NPR

"The band takes up the great tradition of fellow Kill Rock Stars artists, totally pushing the boundaries of what can be done with sound." - CLRVNT

KRS is proud to announce that Veblen Death Mask, the debut album from Taiwan Housing Project, is now available on LP, CS, and MP3. CLICK HERE TO BUY THE ALBUM.

To celebrate the release of Veblen Death Mask, the band have debuted their first ever music video at CLRVYNT. The video, for the title track "Veblen Death Mask," was shot by THP singer/guitarist Kilynn Lunsford and edited by THP drummer Donald Bruno.




COMEDY LEGEND DANA GOULD SIGNS TO KILL ROCK STARS!

April 25, 2017

Dana Gould Kill Rock Stars is proud to announce that we have signed legendary comedian and "Father of Alternative Comedy" Dana Gould. He will be taping his next stand-up comedy album on Wednesday, May 3rd at Columbia City Theater in Seattle, WA. Tickets are on sale now.



Dana Gould began his professional comedy career at the age of seventeen. Between Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, Dana has six solo stand-up comedy specials to his credit, (and is currently preparing to film his seventh). He has appeared on THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, CONAN, MARON and REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER.

As an actor, Dana has had memorable turns on SEINFELD, PARKS AND REC and was a cast member of Frank Darabont’s 1940’s crime drama MOB CITY, as well as numerous roles in films, such as last year’s cult horror anthology SOUTHBOUND.

Dana was a writer/performer on the original BEN STILLER SHOW and maintains an equally active career as a writer. After creating the pilot WORLD ON A STRING (with Jay Kogen), he co-created MTV's late, lamented SUPER ADVENTURE TEAM with his old Ben Stiller office-mate Rob Cohen. Dana then joined the staff of THE SIMPSONS, where he was a Co-Executive Producer and performed several voices for the show. He was also a producer on NBC's PARKS AND REC. In 2016, Dana created the show STAN AGAINST EVIL, which he is currently writing and executive producing for IFC. In addition, he is currently developing a hour-long series based on the comic book series THE OCTOBER FACTION with that series’ creator, Steve Niles, as well as well as adapting Rod Serling’s early, original, draft of the PLANET OF THE APES screenplay as a graphic novel for Boom! Comics.

Despite all this, stand-up remains a focal point of Dana’s career, and he continues to perform regularly across the country. His monthly podcast, THE DANA GOULD HOUR, frequently resides in iTunes' top ten comedy downloads.

Dana Gould tour dates
05/03 Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater (Early Show) // tickets
05/03 Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater (Late Show) // tickets

FILTHY FRIENDS DEBUT 7" AVAILABLE THIS RECORD STORE DAY!

April 21, 2017


Kill Rock Stars is proud to share the debut 7" from Filthy Friends. Filthy Friends is a David Bowie cover band, OR they are Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), Bill Rieflin (King Crimson, Ministry) and occasionally Krist Novoselic OR they are unemployed rodeo clowns from Ringling Bros. circus. Choose whatever “alternative facts” you like, and spin their new 7-inch this Record Store Day - Saturday, April 22, 2017. The rollicking tunes echoing from their party tent include the original “Any Kind of Crowd”, backed with the enthusiastic cover of the Roxy Music standard, “Editions of You”.

NPR Premieres new music from Taiwan Housing Project

April 20, 2017

"Ideal Body Alignment," the latest track from Philadelphia, PA avant-punk outfit TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT, premiered at NPR on Tuesday. < a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2017/04/18/524373778/taiwan-housing-projects-ideal-body-alignment-will-re-align-your-brains">NPR's Lars Gotrich says the track is ""A frenetic swirl of punk and sax-sputtering free jazz, like a Garbage Pail Kids version of The Stooges' freak-grooved Fun House." "Ideal Body Alignment" appears on TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT's debut album, Veblen Death Mask, out May 5th on LP, CS, and digital and available for pre-order now.

TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT PREMIERE NEW SONG "MULTIDIMENSIONAL SPECTRUM" AT BOSTON HASSLE

April 07, 2017

"Multidimensional Spectrum," the INSTANT CLASSIC single from Philadelphia, PA's TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT, premiered at Boston Hassle today. Boston Hassle says the track "blend(s) seemingly disparate sonic elements into a corrupt cocktail of erratic regularity that coerces you to the dance floor." "Multidimensional Spectrum" appears on TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT's debut album, Veblen Death Mask, out May 5th on LP, CS, and digital and ">available for pre-order now.


The first 75 LP pre-orders of Veblen Death Mask will be on marbled lavender vinyl and include a FREE copy of the band's 2015 7" so CLICK HERE and order your copy today!

TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM, 'VEBLEN DEATH MASK,' ON MAY 5th

March 14, 2017

Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce the release of Veblen Death Mask, the debut album from Philadelphia, PA noise-punk supergroup Taiwan Housing Project, on May 5th, 2017. The album is available for pre-order now on LP, CS, and digital formats. You can listen to the track "Authentic Alien Perfume" below...




"For buildings, there are zoning laws. For automobiles, traffic ordinance enforced by police officers.

For aircraft, there’s air traffic control and for industry, patent laws, labor laws, etc.

Despite all the regulations, scofflaws are common and people “break the law” constantly.

The world of rock ’n’ roll bands is different. Though it prides itself as a libertine anarchy where all is permitted, unspoken rules are in place which nearly none dare transgress. In the modern era, these regulations are as strictly enforced as in any gulag.

Political statements must consist of kitsch platitudes, the music a rote recitation from the nostalgia file. Appearance must be mundane and performance a tame approximation of a half remembered snore-fest from the golden age of “mTV unplugged.”

Any deviation will be punished —monetarily and critically— and rebels are banished to the kingdom of no-one-cares.

Faced with such prospects, conformity in “indie rock” is ABSOLUTE.

On the outskirts of this work camp though, is one notable rule breaker … a group of delinquents with outlaw values: style, ideas, physicality, vivacity … when turned to the “on” position, they resemble a terrifying power tool or downed “live wire.”

Who is this group that never got the memo to manifest mediocrity? TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT: A band powerful enough to exorcise its audience of the degenerate culture which is poisoning them: Popular radio, mini series, political idiocy, toxic architecture, Hollywood film, and graphic design… stimuli created explicitly to numb and retard its victims, and to tame any deviant impulse.

Who are the members? TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT was formed by KILYNN LUNSFORD (Ex-LITTLE CLAW) who, onstage, performs like a reborn Little Richard. Fur clad, ax wielding, slashing, tearing, “flame on.” MARK FEEHAN (ex-HARRY PUSSY) flanks the stage, picking and grinning like a loosed convict with a taste for vengeance. These two began the band as a experiment in perversity but it quickly transformed into a way of life, a hope bringer, a font of joy for them and their devotees. More members were added (Pat Ganley, Adam Cooper, Kevin Nickles, and Kevin Boyer of groups such as TYVEK, DAN MELCHOIR, WRITHING SQUARES, TICKLEY FEATHER, et al), shows were played, a 45 was released (on the excellent M’Lady’s imprint) and now ….. a debut ALBUM on KILL ROCK STARS RECORDS, called “VEBLEN DEATH MASK.”

“Sometimes you gotta burn the village to save it” is THP’s philosophy, and in keeping with that, their live style is a take no prisoners, destroy the stage, ecstatic orgy of sound.

BUT — cleverly concealed under the noise and abandon, TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT play bewitching pop songs which could bubble up comfortably in a reform school disco or European youth hall.

“Multidimensional Spectrum”, and “Authentic Alien Perfume” are hit parade material. If the hit parade took a detour through a Hieronymous Bosch painting.

Spin this record — the VEBLEN DEATH MASK LP — and join TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT in resisting the rules of the gulag."

- Ian Svenonius

Elliott Smith's Either/Or: Expanded Edition out now!

March 10, 2017

Remastered Album Includes 5 Live Tracks + 4 Unreleased & Rare Tracks


“A magical, alchemical mix of intimacy & bombast”
Pitchfork, 10/10

"Loving, extensive reissue"
LA Times

"Elliott Smith made a modern masterpiece on Either/Or"
Observer

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Elliott Smith’s best-selling and greatly beloved album, Either/Or, Kill Rock Stars have released Either/Or: Expanded Edition, today on 2LP, 2CD and digital. Buy the album here.

Critical praise for Either/Or: Expanded Edition has been pouring in. Pitchfork named the album “Best New Reissue,” awarding it a 10 out of 10 review. Pitchfork says “the 20th anniversary remaster of Smith's final solo album before his major label debut highlights its inimitable sound and style: a magical, alchemical mix of intimacy and bombast.”

Either/Or: Expanded Edition

Either/Or: Expanded Edition Track List:
1. Speed Trials (remastered)
2. Alameda (remastered)
3. Ballad of Big Nothing (remastered)
4. Between the Bars (remastered)
5. Pictures of Me (remastered)
6. No Name No. 5 (remastered)
7. Rose Parade (remastered)
8. Punch and Judy (remastered)
9. Angeles (remastered)
10. Cupid's Trick (remastered)
11. 2:45 AM (remastered)
12. Say Yes (remastered)
13. My New Freedom (Live) (unreleased)
14. Pictures Of me (Live) (unreleased)
15. Angeles (Live) (unreleased)
16. Some Song (Live) (unreleased)
17. Rose Parade (Live) (unreleased)
18. New Monkey (keys) (unreleased)
19. I Don’t Think I’m Ever Gonna Figure It Out (remixed/remastered)
20. I Figured You Out (unreleased)
21. Bottle Up And Explode (Alternate Version) (unreleased)

Click here to buy your copy of Either/Or: Expanded Edition

FILTHY FRIENDS SIGN TO KILL ROCK STARS! DEBUT 7" OUT APRIL 22nd

March 01, 2017

LISTEN TO THE PREMIERE OF "ANY KIND OF CROWD" ON THIS WEEK'S THE BEST SHOW!

We are super excited to announce the latest signing to the Kill Rock Stars roster, Filthy Friends! The band's new song "Any Kind of Crowd" debuted on last night's episode of The Best Show with Tom Scharpling. Click here to listen (the song starts at the 5-minute mark).

Filthy Friends is a David Bowie cover band... OR... they are Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), Bill Rieflin (King Crimson, Ministry), and occasionally Krist Novoselic... OR... they are unemployed rodeo clowns from Ringling Bros. Circus. Choose whatever “alternative facts” you like, and spin their new 7-inch this Record Store Day - Saturday, April 22, 2017. The rollicking tunes echoing from their party tent include the original “Any Kind of Crowd,” backed with the enthusiastic cover of the Roxy Music standard, “Editions of You.”

LISTEN TO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ELLIOTT SMITH TRACK "ANGELES (LIVE)"

January 24, 2017



A never-before-heard live recording of Elliott Smith's classic track "Angeles" has been released today. Recorded live at the YoYo A GoGo festival in Olympia, WA in 1997, “Angeles (Live)” appears on Either/Or: Expanded Edition, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Elliott Smith’s best selling and beloved album. It is out March 10, 2017 on 2LP, 2CD and digital via Kill Rock Stars. Having just premiered on-air via SiriusXMU, you can now listen and share “Angeles (Live)” here. Pre-order the album here.

Either/Or: Expanded Edition features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane. The second disc features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A GoGo festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem. This gorgeous collection is an essential listen for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Kleenex/LiLiPUT 'First Songs' 2LP GETS BEST NEW REISSUE FROM PITCHFORK

January 06, 2017

"First Songs collects Kleenex’s output from 1978 to 1982. Their gleefully anarchic music still feels like liberation, reveling in the limitless freedom that comes with tossing logic aside." - Pitchfork

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY FROM THE KRS MAIL-ORDER STORE!

ELLIOTT SMITH'S CLASSIC ALBUM 'EITHER/OR' GETS "EXPANDED EDITION" FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY

January 04, 2017

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Elliott Smith’s best-selling and greatly beloved album, Either/Or, Kill Rock Stars have announced Either/Or: Expanded Edition, out March 10, 2017 on 2LP, 2CD and digital. The New York Times spoke with Larry Crane, owner of Jackpot! Studios and archivist of the Estate of Elliott Smith, and shared the unreleased track “I Figured You Out.” Listen to the song and read the story here.

 

“I Figured You Out” was recorded as a demo for Mary Lou Lord, who later recorded a version (produced, performed, recorded, and mixed by Elliott Smith) for her Martian Saints EP (KRS-264). Neil Gust plays doubled drums. “I Figured You Out” was recorded by Elliott Smith at Heatmiser House in 1995. The track was mixed by Larry Crane in May 2010, at Jackpot! Recording Studio.

 

Either/Or: Expanded Edition features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane.  The second disc features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem.  The double LP is packaged in a gatefold jacket that includes an insert of the original liner notes, a postcard of the original master tapes, and several never-before seen photos.  This gorgeous collection is an essential listen for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

 Either/Or: Expanded Edition Track List:

 

1. Speed Trials (remastered)

2. Alameda (remastered)

3. Ballad of Big Nothing (remastered)

4. Between the Bars (remastered)

5. Pictures of Me (remastered)

6. No Name No. 5 (remastered)

7. Rose Parade (remastered)

8. Punch and Judy (remastered)

9. Angeles (remastered)

10. Cupid's Trick (remastered)

11. 2:45 AM (remastered)

12. Say Yes (remastered)

13. My New Freedom (Live) (unreleased)

14. Pictures Of me (Live) (unreleased)

15. Angeles (Live) (unreleased)

16. Some Song (Live) (unreleased)

17. Rose Parade (Live) (unreleased)

18. New Monkey (keys) (unreleased)

19. I Don’t Think I’m Ever Gonna Figure It Out (remixed/remastered)

20. I Figured You Out (unreleased)

21. Bottle Up And Explode (Alternate Version) (unreleased)

 

Pre-order at http://bit.ly/elliotteitheror