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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:09 am

on the back of that interview I was contacted by jean smith from mecca normal, which was kind of fantastic, she was very kind about the interview and thanks to her 'a fog of ideas' got mentioned in passing over on the magnet site (http://www.magnetmagazine.com/category/ ... ester-art/) and I went all shy and fannish sending her a thank you by email

also found out mecca normal have been recording with calvin at dub narcotic

and here's proof:

http://www.blip.tv/file/3635467

it's jean and calvin talking as calvin sets up to record the band and in parts it's very funny- they talk about the 'profundity' of 'blitzkrieg bop', calvin looks up 'profound' in the dictionary (and reads out the definition- very cool), they talk about wings and steely dan, the 'younger generation'

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:30 am

this is an interview jean smith did with calvin from the late-nineties:
K Records’ Calvin Johnson Interview (in the late 90s)
by Jean Smith

Jean: When you're interested in a band, is it the idea of working with somebody who has a similar method or vision and not necessarily a particular sound?

Calvin: Right, for instance, Mecca Normal. The first time I saw them was on the Black Wedge tour where they got together with their friends and said, "hey, this is important, let's do it." It wasn't as if they were saying, "How can we sell this new album?" It was a tour of people and half of them weren't even bands.

Jean: You know, when I think of K, it doesn't exist in the realm of "isms." I don't think of an interest in overly politicized dogma. I see you doing things that follow some of those sentiments, like putting out a lot of music by women and being a do-it-yourself label, but the word from K isn't put together in a literal way. It's interesting that you were attracted to the Black Wedge, because it was very literal.

Calvin: One of my ideas, in the back of my mind, is that instead of saying that we're smashing sexism, we're trying hard not to be a macho rock 'n' roll label.

Jean: Does it ever bug you how much Mecca Normal talks about these things in literal terms?

Calvin: No, I think it's great. For me, the idea is, we're trying to create an environment where those negative things don't exist. I think for a lot of people who are making music in a political way... one criticism I might have is that they don't allow for a dialogue. If you disagree with them they just turn off. I've encountered a lot of people in music who have strong political views who don't have a strong tolerance for other people's views.

Jean: They need to get out more.

Calvin: It's hard for things to change if people aren't going to exchange ideas. If they're only going to say, "If you disagree with me, then you're the enemy." One thing that's really useful when discussing issues, especially issues of repression, is to see all the different points of views and try to understand why someone would look at something as oppressive and someone else doesn't. Not to say that one person is right or wrong but to understand why they can exist.

Jean: To want purity out of every situation is an antiquated idea. It is totally language based--having everything succinctly packaged, allowing no ambiguity to leak in at all. I don't think there is a reality where that exists.

Calvin: Extreme points of view are also very useful because so many people are trying to avoid conflict. The great thing about rock 'n' roll is that because it is a three-minute song, you can get one idea across. That's important. Artistically, it seems like so few people are doing anything interesting, taking risks, changing or adding anything. I see a lot of changes with Mecca Normal. I see you adding things and subtracting things one at a time, slowly over a period of time and it's really interesting. Whatever you're doing at any one time is fantastic. It works as a whole, it's complete, and it's not like a work in progress. That's exciting, and it's exciting to meet other people who are doing things like that, but a lot of times those people aren't well understood by the people who are just consumers of media, consumers of music. They're just like, "oh, entertain me." It's kind of sad when people who are doing something that's different get to a point when their different thing becomes the accepted thing.
it's from here: http://www.myspace.com/theblackwedge

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:03 am

Everybody needs to know about the k singles zip-pak:

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The K Singles Zip-Pak:
Freaking out the Squares since July 1, 2010

The K Singles Zip-Pak is a series of underground singles delivered directly to your virtual doorstep every week via the wonders of electronic mail and the World-Wide Web. A year’s subscription to the K Singles Zip-Pak means hundreds of new favorite songs arriving effortlessly into your life, a serious noisy pop rockin’ overdose. It's like a portable pirate radio station, AM-style. No post-rock, no Dad-rock, just endless screaming, crying and carrying on compressed into bite-sized chunks of three minute pop songs. Passionate music for passionate people, like you.

Hitch a ride on the K Singles Zip-Pak and receive the latest in K MP3 delectability: new songs by Mirah, Chain & the Gang, LAKE, Karl Blau, the Hive Dwellers, Adrian Orange, Strange Boys, Jeremy Jay, and more, as well as introductory work by artists like City Center, Kendl Winter, Joey Casio, Christmas, Rainbow Bridge and Electric Sunset. Subscribers hear the songs weeks before the rest of the civilized world has gotten an inkling of what the future has in store; because the K Singles Zip-Pak is the future, in a neat pak-ette.
http://www.krecs.com/KZipPak/

Hayley ordered me a Queen Bee wallet from K (for my birthday) and in the parcel she also got sent a postcard and badge about this, plus a K in the shield logo fridge magnet and a K cat badge too

Which obviously rules

Hayley's kept the wallet as a purse for her because frankly it was too big for my wallet but just right to put in any of her many handbags and suchlike

Anyhoo, I'm definitely signing up for this (when next payday comes around)

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by indiansummer » Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:37 am

this

sounds

AWESOME
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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by eleanorp » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:40 pm

Has anyone tried the zip pak.
I know it's really backwards and I feel like a dinosaur saying it (I'm only 16) but I really despise paying for mp3s.

I know you get other stuff too, but I'm scared I'll be buying stuff I don't really care about just along with the mp3s.

I was an idiot and mixed up how much money I had when I went to see Calvin Johnson, and convinced myself I didn't have enough to buy it there and then, when I did. My 'internet' money is rarer than real life cash, so i was wondering if it's worth it or not?


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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:47 pm

I'm signing up come payday and I'll report back

I kind of trust K to come up with stuff I love or stuff that confuses me that I fall in love with and stuff that confuses me and that's ok because I enjoy being confused sometimes... mostly I end up loving it all

so, um, yeh

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by eleanorp » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:50 pm

When I get some money, I'll probably go for it too. I think it was the bathing suit shots the flyer promises that swayed me this time.

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by miss_steff » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:15 am

Calvin is so dreamy.

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:34 pm

old time relijun vs ol' dirty bastard 'shimmy shimmy ya' by shawn parke

http://soundcloud.com/shawnnervousparke ... ty-bastard

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:02 pm

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While preparing for a one off cover band gig, Matt Murillo (guitar, vocals) and Kelly Norman (drums, vocals) began to see their more earnest musical project by comparison as a major drag. Fueled by champagne, the two would holler and bang out terrible music after practice, and came to call themselves something you can neither print in a band bio nor say aloud in front of your mother. Their brand of primitive-fuzz-boom-bip was born in Kelly's basement in the fall of 2009. At some point someone asked them to play a show, so they named themselves after Kelly's best friend and started tearing up Olympia reminding the kids that it's kool to be keen. After even more champagne, Kelly's graduate degree and Matt's new baby, The Maxines recorded first with Thee Legendary Captain Trips Ballsington at High Command Olympia and then with budding ace recordist Ben Hargett at Dub Narcotic Studio.

The Maxines Drugstore EP [IPU140] will be available on K in late 2011. They currently reside in Stokesville, and aren't afraid to have the best time ever, every time.
the maxines... ooh yeh!

http://www.myspace.com/themaxines
http://www.krecs.com/html/artists/artis ... terest=202
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahcassp ... 919001027/

listen to every song on their myspace, they're more than alright, they rule!!!

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:22 pm

more of them maxines

doing a cover of brenda lee's love song to pete, dan, vinnie and tim:



she could see the future, it's about them

but, hey, those maxines! pretty smart

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by simplethings » Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:46 am

Oh gosh, that's good.

I am very out of the loop on recent K releases. There are just so many different things being released on k now.

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by brogues » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:13 pm

Cheers for the Maxines tip! Best thing I've heard on K since Chain and The Gang. Can't wait to have a single by 'em.

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by tobifail » Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:27 pm

oooh... http://www.wegottickets.com/event/132046

k film screening in brighton, plus Shrag and Tender Trap

more on this soon :)
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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:15 pm

Maxines' Brenda Lee cover streaming here: http://krecs.tumblr.com/post/10132170146

singles not out until next January, that's effed up, I carn't wait that long

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:34 am

The awesome Maxines live and unleashed at the Timberland Library in Olympia

It's a twin drum attack with their 6 year old nephew



Really I should start a Maxines thread, for real

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:01 am

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'Love Rock Revolution' by Mark Baumgarten out July 10, as well as being available from K:

http://krecs.com/love-rock-revolution/

it'll also be available from the Amazons and other places too- it's even available for the Kindle- the book, however, comes with a sweet mix

Love Rock Revolution: A Book Soundtrack:

01 Beat Happening: "Foggy Eyes"
02 The Beakers: "Red Towel"
03 The Few: "Rollin' Like the Tide"
04 Mecca Normal: "Smile Baby"
05 Beat Happening: "The This Many Boyfriends Club"
06 Some Velvet Sidewalk: "Loch Ness"
07 Girl Trouble: "Bring on the Dancing Girls"
08 Heavenly: "Starshy"
09 Rose Melberg: "My Day"
10 KARP: "Connect 5"
11 Tree People: "GRE"
12 Halo Benders: "Don't Touch my Bikini"
13 Lois [ft. Dub Narcotic Sound System]: "Ship to Shore"
14 Black Anger: "NON- Fiction"
15 D+: "Don’t Worry About Me"
16 The Microphones: "The Glow Pt 2"
17 IQU: "Yopparai"
18 Old Time Relijun: "Cold Water"
19 Calvin Johnson: "What Was Me"
20 Mirah: "The Garden"
21 LAKE: "Roger Miller"

That's rather nice

Mark Baumgarten has a Tumblr here: http://loverockrev.com/

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by linus » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:15 pm



old time relijun live set in the k records big room in september 2008

it's cool seeing the olywa kids busting moves

turn up the volume and bust some moves yourself

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by neild » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:37 pm

My copy of the book arrived this week from amazon UK, but no CD. Has anyone else in the UK got a book with the CD?

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Re: The K Records Thread

Post by everard » Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:55 pm

i found the book ultimately disappointing. any fan of k will want to read it, and it's enjoyable, but there are rather a lot of factual errors.

neild, there's no cd, it's a download compilation. info here. n.b. no proof of purchase needed. it's a bit half-arsed, needs re-tagging.

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