News from K as Spring Evaporates…

Monday, June 20th, 2011


Tara Jane O’Neil and Nikaido Kazumi Tour Again!
They have toured Japan together five times and are about to make one more spin around the islands! This is in celebration of their new collaborative album Tara Jane O’Neil and Nikaido Kazumi [KLP234] released May 24. After this Duo Dynamic tour Japan for a week (at the end of June) they will visit the United States for a week in August (So exciting!). A complete list of events are available on the SHOWS page.
For folks not familiar with the wonder that is Nikaido Kazumi, please visit her WEBSITE or this Take-Away Show directed by Vincent Moon. Besides Tara Jane O’Neil, Nikaido has toured with the Microphones (and recorded an album produced by Phil Elverum at Dub Narcotic Studio). Little Wings, Karl Blau and Calvin Johnson.
Bonus Extra-Good News! We now have the import version of the Tara Jane O’Neil and Nikaido Kazumi album, released by Sweet Dreams Press. It includes several bonus tracks not found on the K release.

New Dub Narcotic Disco Plates from Kendl Winter, Bobby Birdman!
The first floor of our building K is dedicated to the Dub Narcotic Studio, birthplace of epic recordings by LAKE, The Curious Mystery, Angelo Spencer, Chain & the Gang and so many others. It is also the residence of our Selector Dub Narcotic who has collated a series of 7” 45 rpm releases known as Dub Narcotic Disco Plates. The concept is simple: a band records one song for the A side of the single, then Selector Dub Narcotic remixes that song for the flip. Already been and gone are 45s by City Center [DBN117], Christmas [DBN118], Chain & the Gang [DBN119], Joey Casio [DBN115] and Atlas Sound [DBN113]. The latest additions feature Kendl Winter [DBN121] and Bobby Birdman [DBN124]. The Kendl Winter song is “At the Same Time” is a fully reversible summer/winter jamz bruhaha that grooves lush and glowing. The Bobby Birdman song “Don’t Walk Away” infekts all who hear it with foot-on-dance-floor disease. Flip either disc over and you spin some melony melodica sweetness that is ripe, so ripe. Of course, these are also available from the K Mail Order Dept. as digital downloadables. Next up on the Dub Narcotic Disco Plate calendar are 45s by LAKE, Mount Eerie and Arringotn de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa.

Nucular Aminals: the REAL Story!
A lot of folks have seen the Nucular Aminals album listed on the K new release schedule and wondered “What the wtf? Who dat? And why?”. Fair questions. Here’s the way it all went down: Robert Comitz (known for playing in Olympia bands Hornet Leg and November Witch) and Erin Schmith (the two played together in the San Francisco duo Marriage + Cancer) moved to the Pacific Northwest with fellow musician Jheremy Grigsby. In Portland they joined forces with drummer Wiley Hickson (Total Bros. ) and Nucular Aminals haven’t looked back since. Underneath Robert’s soothing delivery and flavorful guitar musings, the Aminals collective expertise reveals itself: Jheremy‘s bass stylings are the propulsive pace that holds the entire rhythmic canvas together like warm glue (I know, that sounds gross), Wiley plays the traps with youthful swing and sway, and Erin‘s fanciful fingerstrokes on the farfisa cuddle and purr.
This is all combined to great effect on their new K album Nucular Aminals [KLP233], available as a digital downloadable, LP or CD. Noisy pop rockin’, people. The rabbit is having a meltdown! Woo Hoooo!


Helsing Junction Rises Again!
The Chehalis River Basin is the largest in Washington State, covering Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties. In the winter it is a terror, rising above it’s banks to flood farm and freeway front porch. In the summer it’s banks in rural southern Thurston County host the annual Helsing Junction Sleep Over. It’s a camp out, a jamboree, and star-spangled musical festivity featuring independently produced films, rock’n’roll and food! It happens on a bale of hay at the Helsing Junction Farm, an organic endeavor that provides a box of delicious vegetables to their over 500 CSA subscribers each week. On August 19-21 it becomes a mini-Yasgur’s Farm of a venue for the many musical merry-making types that hang around K, Bicycle, Lasercave and Independence Valley. This year will feature performances by Pine Hill Haints, Joey Casio, City Center, LAKE, Kendl Winter, Kimya Dawson, Generifus, Angelo Spencer et les Hauts Sommets, Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa and so many more! You can purchase an advance pass to attend the entire weekend: camp in the orchard, swim in the river (at your own risk! But we all do…), for a measly $30.00. Individual events admission is also available. See you there!

The Always Rockin’ International Pop Underground Continues…!
The latest volumes in our International Pop Underground series of 7” 45 rpm phonograph records features debuts by Northwest combos on the go! The Tacoma, Wash. band Basemint bash wild pop rockin’ noise at the Dub Narcotic Studio, as documented by Calvin Johnson, and formed into the “No Retro” [IPU135] single. Calvin even makes a guest vocal appearance on the flipside “Theme Song”. Guh guh. Basemint feature members of the K bands Wallpaper and the Hive Dwellers.
Another important 45 rpm phonograph record in our International Pop Underground series captures Olympia’s Generifus in lush stereo magnificence (again at the Dub Narcotic Studio by Calvin Johnson). There are two songs, “In My Cave” and “I Know” [IPU134]; if you heard the self-released Generifus cassette album, you know what these songs can deliver: longing, melancholy, delight. Times ten!
Dunt forget that all International Pop Underground 45s are also available from the K Mail Order Dept. as digital downloadables!

K Downloadables: Music! Music! Music!
We have all the K Downloadables that you could ever desire…right here at the K Mail Order Dept.! From the latest volumes in our International Pop Underground series of 45 rpm phonograph records like the Generifus single “In My Cave” [IPU134] or the initial albums by early K artists Beat Happening [Beat Happening, KLP001] or Karp [Mustaches Wild, KLP027], they are available as downloadables from the K Mail Order Dept.
Besides such delectable Digital Downloadables you also find the latest in hardcopy pressings of new K albums (Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa Suara Naga [KLP226] and The Hive Dwellers “Get In” [KLP223] 12” single, for example) can be ordered, delivered to your house by the United States Postal Service! Sweetness. There are scads of new phonograph records, cassette tapes, compact discs, fanzines and garments by pals of ours from around the world (see a list of the latest additions below). We’re the K Mail Order Dept., check us out!

Recent Releases from Our Friends and Neighbors!

Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles Oh, Man Cover the Ground CS
A twelve song album from Shana Cleveland, best known to K folk as a singer in the Curious Mystery. It features her inimitable pen & ink cover art, too!

Nuts! fanzine #7
The Olympia lifestyle fanzine comes through with another tome to be reckoned with. In this over-sized issue find comics, band news, Slut Walk, Living Eyes, Bone Sickness, more!

We’ll Never Have Paris fanzine #8A literary nonfiction memoir published by Andria Alefhi in N.Y., N.Y.

Morgan & the Organ Donors Arrogant Man 7” EP
Debut EP by Olympia’s brightest garage pop dread-mop is back in stock!

Magic Johnson Perro Suelto 7” EP (M’Lady’s)
Wildly epic newest extended-play from Portland super duo, brimming over with radical feelings and FIRE. Every song is your new favorite. Yes, ONE OF THOSE. Issued in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies, all on black vinyl.

Coasting “Same Old Same Old” 45 (M’Lady’s)
Molten / red-hot follow up to their debut single on M’lady’s, this is Coasting’s third double A-sided jewel. A veritable juggernaut that will leave you speechless. With fantastic sleeve art by Cassie Ramone, printed on really fancy translucent vellum paper.

La La Vasquez “Buoy” 7” EP (M’Lady’s)
Sophomore scree from these London miscreants, troublemakers each and every one of them! Disrupting the London cognoscenti since last year, LLV unleash herein a torrent of sugar-covered venom. No known antidote! Issued in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies, all on black vinyl, all with UK-style punch-out center holes.

Sticks Scrapes 7” EP (M’Lady’s)
Instant classic from these Brighton wunderkinds, this record is a psychic press-gang that will have you looking at the tops of the trees until they’re bare again! They cover Finally Punk as well! Issued in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies, all on black vinyl, all with UK-style punch-out center holes.

Happy Noose Happy Noose LP (Dead End Social Club)
Happy Noose’s music creates their own sound, a vision of punk rock that embraces elements from the past and present. Their self-titled debut follows a well-received self-released cassette demo; now the band, with more time in the studio, has added to their power-trio style of punk rock by demonstrating their unique sense of punk rock and pop musical aesthetics.

Man the Hunter “Less for You” 45 (Ginko)
An irresistible pop 45…truly a double A sided affair! Written and performed by Michigan’s Evan Doering.

Marnie Stern Demo CS (Dog Daze Tapes)
2006 solo home recordings including different versions of songs on Marnie’s 2007 debut album.

Excepter Maze of Death CS (Dog Daze Tapes)
Recorded live at Death by Audio NYC, October 2nd, 2009, on occasion of the You Are Here “Maze” festival.

Planned Parenthood shirts
The Olympia office of Planned Parenthood is two blocks from the K office. Every Friday morning “The Opposition” plants themselves down on the sidewalk outside with their oversized color photographs of bloody fetus and body parts. Some local folks have banded together to show their support for Planned Parenthood and all they do for the health of our community. The sales of these “I <3 Planned Parenthood” shirts, printed in black and red on 100% cotton white shirts, goes to support the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

Generifus I Don’t Have to Worry CS
Eleven songs strong, a self-released album that has all the majesty of the Great Northwest.

Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen and Paleo Collaborate with a 1940s Wire Recorder 7” (PIAPTK)
A compilation single of songs by the above listed artists recorded to a mid-20th century wire machine. Eerie.

Margy Pepper No Boys No Bass CS
The debut self-released cassette album by Olympia’s latest house-party sensations. Noisy pop rockin’ in the best possible way.



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