Tara Jane O’Neil “Sirena” Out Now!
Yesterday the latest volume in our International Pop Underground series, “Sirena” & “Rainbow Connection” [IPU136] by Tara Jane O’Neil was officially released onto the streets! It is two songs that once heard will become life-long companions. Tara Jane O’Neil, recent subject of our Weblog give-a-way, has been too busy lately touring, swinging, singing and bringing the noise to the many folks who care, from L.A. to Paris, France. you can read all about her many exploits in a recent interview at the K Weblog. “Sirena” is available now as a digital downloadable or 7″ 45 rpm phonograph record from the K Mail Order Dept.
Northwest Folklife Festival: the Curious Mystery, the Softies
Coming up Memorial Day weekend is a mega-dose of K-type fun and pageantry at the Northwest Folklife Festival. On Friday, May 25, you can witness the Curious Mystery, Angelo Spencer et les Hauts Sommets, Western Hymn and the Bash Bros. at an outdoor stage (near Broad Street), 7:00 to 10:00 PM. On Saturday, May 26, the Softies, The Hive Dwellers, Kendl Winter and Katie & the Lichen play at the Center House Theatre, 1:30 to 4:30 PM. This will be the first Northwest appearance by the Softies in many moons. They have lay dormant since the release of their Holiday in Rhode Island [KLP119] album, as Rose Melberg and Jen Sbragia have been busy with their other musical pursuits: Rose her solo album Homemade Ship [KLP211] and Jen the All Girl Summer Fun Band. There is no doubt that the Softies have influenced scores of folks all over; why, check a recent TESTIMONIAL the Curious Mystery gave the Softies on their weblog! So ver kind. The Softies will also be playing next week at the Chickfactor magazine party in Portland Oregon, along with Lois, Honeybunch and Selector Dub Narcotic.
Chain & the Gang Return In Cool Blood!
The recent Chain & the Gang U.S. tour was a smashing success, and the band is chomping at the bit to head out again and clatter the spinal columns of a million weird-outs worldwide. Did you know their new album In Cool Blood [KLP240] is due soonly? If you pre-order a copy (as either a digital downloadable, LP or CD) from the K Mail Order Dept. by Monday, May 28, you will receive a bonus gift, a copy of the fanzine CHAIN LETTER, produced exclusively by the band for you, the fan. Hott dogg. In the meantime Ian (“Chain“) Svenonius will be spending the weekend in England with his D.C. chums Make-Up, playing a one-off show at the I’ll Be Your Mirror event.
The Hive Dwellers Hewn Soon!
The Hive Dwellers will be playing this weekend with the Softies at the Northwest Folklife Festival, in anticipation of their coming-so-soon new album Hewn from the Wilderness [KLP241], due June 12. Of course, the K Mail Order Dept. has Hewn from the Wilderness right now as either a digital downloadable, LP or CD. The Hive Dwellers will be back in Seattle July 10 top play at the Experience Music Project, and again July 13 for the opening party of The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery.
Kendl Winter? The Ultimate Interview!
In honor of the many Kendl Winter shows around the Northwest celebrating her new The Mechanics of Hovering Flight [KLP238] album, our intern Eric has conducted an interview with Ms. Winter on the K Weblog. You can read it HERE.
Helsing Junction Sleep Over, It’s Happening Again!
Clear the calendar for August 24-26, those are the Summer 2012 dates reserved for the Helsing Junction Sleep Over. That’s the fabulous three days of music and outdoor activities sponsored by K at the Helsing Junction Organic Farm near Rochester, Washington. Scheduled to participate this year are Mount Eerie, Lovers without Borders, Tender Forever, the Hive Dwellers, the Memories and scads more of your personal favorite artists. More details to follow.
The latest from the Pink Elephants Graveyard!
Once again it is time to visited the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard, where we store all cultural artifacts documenting that which is uniquely K. Some of the recent acquisitions include Kendl Winter playing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” in S.F. earlier this spring, and Kendl with the Blackberry Bushes performing “Cotton Skies” (from her Apple Core [KLP224] album) at the Olympia Ballroom; The Hive Dwellers playing “Sitting Alone at the Movies” in Olympia; and two White Rainbow-related objet d’art, “Bammie Weed” and “Human Nature”. Peruse the gallery, you are sure to find massive fascination.