Stars Rock Kill (Rock Stars)
We had so much fun last year with the Elliott Smith covers project that we've decided to expand the idea to encompass the entire Kill Rock Stars discography. We've got so many amazing artists onboard already, including much of the current KRS roster, along with lots of folks from our extended family and even some new friends! We are so excited to celebrate the music community we've all grown up in, as well as the friends and fans we've made along the way.
• $20 now gets you all the singles for the entire year, and there will be at least 30!
• Confirmed artists thus far include: Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Xiu Xiu, Nels Cline w/ Yuka & Ches, Eyelids, Fruit Bats, Califone, MAITA, Shutups, TEKE::TEKE, Ryan Sollee (The Builders & the Butchers), Logan Lynn & Bitch, and there are so many more to come!
• You will automatically be notified via the email address you use when you place your order when a new song is added for download.
• The first single could not be more perfect. KRS alumnus Mary Lou Lord along with Mikaela Davis covers Elliott Smith's "Some Song."
• Next up we have Califone covering Family Swan originally by Mecca Normal.
“Every time I think of Unwound, It’s hard for me to hide the excitement I have for this band. I discovered them a bit on the late, with their album ‘Repetition’ and saw them for the first time when they were touring (alongside Blonde Redhead) in ’96. The show was absolutely memorable and I feel very lucky to have been in attendance. That night I understood the true meaning of ‘Power Trio’. I also witnessed the most original and genius guitar work in rock music since hearing Voïvod for the first time, 5 years prior. Justin’s intricate chords and melodies sit so perfectly with the intelligence, creativity and power of the rhythm section (rest in peace Vern Rumsey, that bass sound, still influential to this day). The way the trio complimented each other so beautifully is what struck me most. ‘Corpse Pose’ particularly stayed with me that night and is arguably their most iconic song - It definitely has one of my top-10 favorite guitar lines of all-time! Especially in that ‘bridge’ part. When KRS told TEKE::TEKE about their 30th anniversary cover songs concept, I knew in a split second I wanted us to pick a song from Unwound. In another split second we had chosen the song, ‘Corpse Pose’. It was really interesting and challenging as a 7-piece band to think of a new way to approach this song. We knew the best version was already out there, Unwound’s version that is, so it made more sense to us to take it someplace else completely and try to make it more of our own, while respecting the important signature elements of the song (bass line, certain drum patterns, guitar chords…). It was a fun experiment but most of all an incredible honour to have the opportunity to revisit this classic from a band that had such an impact on me as a musician."
1. Mary Lou Lord & Mikaela Davis - Some Song (Elliott Smith)
2. Mike Watt + The Black Gang - Rebel Girl (Bikini Kill)
3. Little Mazarn w/ special guests Jad Fair, Thor Harris, and Craig Ross - Werewolf (Jad & David Fair)
4. Badlands - Lunatique (Stereo Total)
5. The Hackles - Martian Saints (Mary Lou Lord)
6. Johanna Samuels - Single File (Elliott Smith)
7. Møtrik - Headshrinker (Quasi)
8. Califone - Family Swan (Mecca Normal)
9. MAITA - Bag Of Hammers (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down)
10. Shaylee - Look A Ghost (Unwound)
11. Ryan Sollee (The Builders & The Butchers) - Fire/Sign (Gossip)
12. Xiu Xiu - Killing Distance (Long Hind Legs)
13. Tamar Aphek - Speed Trials (Elliott Smith)
14. Deerhoof - Don't Talk Like (Sleater-Kinney)
15. Nels Cline feat Yuka & Ches - Jagged Fruit (Deerhoof)
16. Shutups - Milk Man (Deerhoof)
17. Shaylee feat. Kynwyn Sterling - The Tears and Music of Love (Deerhoof)
18. Dave Depper - Twin Killers (Deerhoof)
19. Deerhoof - Hitch-hike (Liliput)
20. Chateau Chateau - Wonderful Offer (Essential Logic)
21. Logan Lynn & Bitch - Standing In The Way Of Control (Gossip)
22. Hallelujah The Hills - Year Of The Glad (Marnie Stern)
23. Eyelids - Holiday Innn (Stereo Total)
24. Jen Cloher & Hachiku - Fairytale in the Supermarket (The Raincoats)
25. The Cribs - Finger-Nailed For You (Comet Gain)
26. Foxx Bodies - One More Hour (Sleater-Kinney)
27. TEKE::TEKE - Corpse Pose (Unwound)
Cat. No. KRS700
Release date: January 1 - December 31, 2021