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K Records launching Singles Zip-Pak

From the K Records website:

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.

The K Singles Zip-Pak Includes Music
We fill the weekly Zip-Pak with 2+ songs from our various upcoming hardcopy releases like the International Pop Underground series of 7” 45 rpm records, the Dub Narcotic Disco Plate singles and the regular album releases, and deliver it to our subscribers six weeks ahead of their normally scheduled street date.

The K Singles Zip-Pak Includes More Music
Every week the K Singles Zip-Pak is augmented with exclusive mixes, bonus songs and live documents that will be available nowhere other than the K Mail Order Dept. The K Singles Zip-Pak uploads morsels of K MP3 marvelousness onto the personal MP3 player of your choice and there you have it: soundtrack for a life.

The K Singles Zip-Pak Special Apps
The K Singles Zip-Pak roars on: as a bonus for subscribing you receive a credit at the K Mail Order Dept. of $3.00 towards any downloads in the K Digital Warehouse. You’ll regularly receive exclusive photos, custom wallpaper for your desktop and an opportunity to extend the life of your computer screen with our artist-oriented screen-saving iconography. You’ll thrill to the behind the scenes view of art-in-the-making provided by the Dub Nar Studio Cam. Plus: subliminal messages; Hidden Meanings; dark prophecies; bathing suit shots.

The K Singles Zip-Pak: How Does It Work?
Add this item to your cart here at the K Mail Order Dept., checkout, and you’ll be a subscriber to the K Singles Zip-Pak. You will receive 50 weeks (we take two weeks off each year to recharge the batteries) of action-packed K MP3 stimulus package breakdown. It will arrive on Thursday evening, immediately providing your personal MP3 player with its weekend activity enhancement.

Special Incentives: Subscribe Early!
The first K Singles Zip-Pak will be sent Thursday, July 1, and then every week thereafter. A one-year subscription is $50.00; sign up for the K Singles Zip-Pak before May 31 and receive the special introductory rate of $45.00. Hott.

Sophisticated Boom Boom

K, Asthmatic Kitty, Tomlab & Sounds Familyre present Sophisticated Boom Boom at SXSW!

K, Asthmatic Kitty, Tomlab and Sounds Familyre are throwing a South by Southwest party, kicking off at 8PM on Wednesday March 17th at The Beauty Bar in Austin, Texas (617 E 7th St). Four labels, two stages: bring your dancin’ shoes and come say “hello”!

Beauty Bar
8PM Mantler (Tomlab)
9PM Ben + Vesper (Sounds Familyre)
10PM Niobe (Tomlab)
11PM Jookabox (Asthmatic Kitty)
12PM Munch Munch (Tomlab)
1AM Jeremy Jay (K Records)

Beauty Bar Backyard
8:15PM L’Orchidee D’Hawai (K Records)
9:15PM Angelo Spencer (K Records)
10:15PM Ortolan (Sounds Familyre)
11:15PM Danielson (Sounds Familyre)
12:15AM Rafter (Asthmatic Kitty)
1:15AM Diamond Rings (Tomlab)

Check out the Mixtape featuring the artists performing at Sophisticated Boom Boom:


LAKE Video Premiere + Daytrotter!

2010 has already proven to be a great year for K Records own LAKE! On the first of the year the band was featured on Daytrotter where they performed 5 songs, including two unreleased tracks.

Today, the video for “Sing 99 & 90” premiered on Stereogum. The track comes off of LAKE’s 2009 release Let’s Build A Roof.

LAKE just wrapped up a U.S. tour alongside labelmate Karl Blau, and in late February, the band will be heading overseas for a five week tour of Europe!

Check out the Daytrotter session here , and the video below (via Stereogum)!

Karl Blau "Dark Sedan" featured on Pitchfork TV

Pitchfork TV featured a video of K Records artist Karl Blau performing Dark Sedan, from his newest release Zebra. The video features label mates LAKE, who frequently perform with Blau.

LAKE will be performing on December 18th at The Crocodile in Seattle, Washington.

You can read Karl Blau’s blog, Karl Blaug at

Arrington de Dionyso Preps For New Record, Announces Tour Dates

Old Time Religun frontman, and K Records staple Arrington de Dionyso is getting ready to hit the road at the end of August. On this upcoming tour he will be playing tracks from his November slated release Malalkat dan Singa, an “Indonesian-influenced modification on post-punk”.

The tour will consist of solo shows as well as shows accompanied by Calvin Johnson, Chain and the Gang, and Desolation Wilderness.

AdD will kick off his tour with the Helsing Junction Sleepover, an annual event full of camping, dancing, and all of your favorite K Records artists! Read more about it here.

Arrington de Dionyso Tour Dates:

Aug 21, 2009 – Rochester, Washington
Helsing Junction Sleepover – w/ Karl Blau, LAKE, Angelo Spencer

Aug 29, 2009 – Portland, Oregon
East End –

Aug 30, 2009 – Boise, Idaho
Visual Arts Collective –

Sep 2, 2009 – Denver, Colorado
Rhinoceropolis –

Sep 3, 2009 – Kansas City, Missouri
Record Bar –

Sep 4, 2009 – St. Paul, Minnesota
The Turf Club –

Sep 5, 2009 – Iowa City, Iowa
Public Space One –

Sep 6, 2009 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Eagle’s Nest –

Sep 7, 2009 – Chicago, Illinois
Empty Bottle –

Sep 8, 2009 – Detroit, Michigan
Magic Theatre Center –

Sep 10, 2009 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Morning Glory – w/ Calvin Johnson

Sep 11, 2009 – New York City, New York
Market Hotel –

Sep 12, 2009 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvana
Danger Danger Gallery – w/ Calvin Johnson

Sep 14, 2009 – Brooklyn, New York
Death By Audio – w/ Desolation Wilderness, Calvin Johnson

Sep 14, 2009 – Brooklyn, New York
Death by Audio – w/ Desolation Wilderness, Calvin Johnson

Sep 15, 2009 – New York City, New York
Bowery Poetry Club – w/ Calvin Johnson

Sep 18, 2009 – Providence, Rhode Island
AS220 – w/ Chain and The Gang

Jeremy Jay

Jeremy Jay Performs "Lite Beam" at SXSW (Video)

SXSW came and went like the drunken blur that it always does. But I am very happy that this year, Youtube had the good sense to film one of the best showcases at this years conference. I speak, of course, the powerhouse showcase featuring Asthmatic Kitty, K Records, and Tomlab. K Record’s Jeremy Jay tore the place apart. Check out this fantastic clip of Jeremy performing “Lite Beam” from the excellent Love Everlasting 12”

*Check Jeremy Jay out on tour! *
04.02 The Smell (Los Angeles, CA)
04.03 Cafe du Nord (San Francisco, CA)
04.04 The Partisian (Merced, CA)
04.05 Luigi’s Fun Garden (Sacramento, CA)
04.07 Sunset Tavern (Seattle, WA)
04.08 Rotture (Portland, OR)
04.09 Cherry City Music Festival (Salem, OR)
04.10 Jewel Box Rendezvous (Seattle, WA)
04.11 The Peanut Gallery (Vancouver, BC)
04.12 Northern (Olympia, WA)
04.22 Gooski’s (Pittsburgh, PA)
04.23 Talking Head Club (Baltimore, MD)
04.24 Union Hall (New York, NY)
04.25 The Silent Barn (New York, NY)
04.26 The Velvet Lounge (Washington, DC)
04.28 T.T. The Bears (Boston, MA)
04.29 Zoo Bizarre (Montreal, QC)
04.30 The Bug Jar (Rochester, NY)
05.01 Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH)
05.02 The Empty Bottle (Chicago, IL)
05.22 The Smell – w/Chain and the Gang, The Hivedwellers (Los Angeles, CA)

Let The SXSW Party Season Begin!

SXSW is a mere 5 weeks away and it’s time to start mapping out your schedules. This party should make your Wednesday night a bit easier to plan. All you have to do is park yourself at The Beauty Bar for the Cool For Cats Showcase, thrown by Asthmatic Kitty, K Records & Tomlab. It’s an all-star revue featuring…

What’s Up
No Kids
Fol Chen
Desolation Wilderness
Tara Jane O’Neil
DM Stith
Parenthetical Girls
Jeremy Jay
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Wow. We’ll see you there!

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