Our friends in Kinski will be performing an original score with the choreography team robbinschilds for their new live performance installation C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience), Dec. 5th-8th at New York’s Performance Space 122.
Choreography team robbinschilds are known for creating acutely visual works that explore the intersection of human movement and architecture, be it natural or man-made. C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience) seamlessly combines a movement-based video with an acutely visual live dance performance and an original score performed live by Seattle rock band Kinski.
“The performance as a whole is a kind of choreographed rainbow, with each band dancing its own dance. And they are wonderful dances.” – Holland Cotter, The New York Times “Art in Review” March 30, 2007 (C.L.U.E. – the video)
And, here’s some further information about robbinschilds, lifted from their website:
robbinschilds, founded in 2003 on the choreographers’ (Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs) shared interest in performance and installation, is focused on presenting highly visual dance works which explore the intersection between architecture and human movement. With a particular attraction to empty places, public spaces, geological formations, time travel and psychedelic filigree, the choreographers’ intricately structured movement vocabulary traverses through the inanimate, human and extra-pedestrian states. In a style that is obsessive, persistent and often humorous, robbinschilds’ observations of the human imprint on the world are revealed.
August is practically (I said ‘practically’, sheesh!) New Zealand month here at Sub Pop HQ as we go ahead and give 2 of our 3 precious release spots to way, way out of towners from down under, (kinda). August 7th will see the release of Structure and Cosmetics by The Brunettes and The Distant Future by Flight of the Conchords, both of whom are from New Zealand. Which is located near Australia. On the bottom of your globe. The Brunettes have built up quite a following after touring the US and New Zealand with The Shins, and the Conchords dudes aren’t doing too shabby themselves what with their hit show on HBO and all. We at Sub Pop are known for our unparalleled generosity, especially when it comes to trying to move our new releases, so if you pre-order the Brunettes album we’ll be throwing in a copy of the band’s 2003 Boyracer EP while supplies last so get on to gettin’, folks. The Distant Future features, in audio form, all the hilarious songs you’ve come to know and love from HBO’s hit tv show Flight of the Conchords starring Flight of the the Conchords as Flight of the Conchords. All your favorites are there—“Business Time”, “If You’re Into It”, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room” and more. As an added bonus, you’ll get absolutely nothing for free when you order the Flight of the Conchords’ ep because we’re saving up all our free goods for the full length in January. Late August, the 21st to be exact, brings us Down Below It’s Chaos from Seattle locals Kinski, and this one’s an ass kicker in three different colored packaging variations. These folks just got to tour around the US of A with Tool and everyone was all like “Tool who?” by the time Kinski was done blowing the, uh, dome off the stadium. Also owing to that whole generosity thing I mentioned earlier, it is my pleasure to announce that we’re giving away a limited edition Kinski CD from a live recording in June of 2007. For this performance, Kinski played live accompaniment with the 1927 silent film, Berlin, Symphony of a City by Walter Ruttmann for the Seattle International Film Festival. This CD contains a portion of the recordings from their two performances. It’s all live; no overdubs, and the clinking you hear occasionally is people eating dinner! Actual dinner! Summer is also what we call “tour season” in the Biz, and many of our fine artistes are making their way around the country before settling in for the winter and now is the time for you to catch live and in person shows from the likes of Tiny Vipers, The Brunettes, Low, and even our favorite Italian Sub Pop band Jennifer Gentle who desperately need to be taken to the Olive Garden when they come to your town. Hospitaliano, y’all.
Punching Goodbye out Front is the first download we’re offering off the new Kinski record, Down Below It’s Chaos (which is out August 21st). It’s also one of three tracks on the new record that features vocals courtesy of guitarist Chris Martin. We’re pretty fond of it and hope you are too.
Jennifer Gentle have turned out some amazingly compositional ghostly pop tunes on their new album The Midnight Room. This little number, Electric Princess is so well orchestrated that you’ll get lost in it’s web of guitar hooks and piano twinkles before you know what hit you.
Although it’s already been covered elsewhere (here, here and here, for instance…), we are still kind of scratching our heads over the fact that right now our very own Kinski is on tour with Tool. The band Tool. In giant stadiums.
From what we hear from the band, it’s going exceptionally well; the Tool folks have been great hosts, and their fans have been receptive to Kinski (sample recent comment on the Kinski Myspace page – “Damn, saw you guys open for Tool last night, just wanted to say thanks! It’s about time they had a worthy opening band… sounded great! See you again at the Wichita show!”).
All of which is, of course, very good to hear. And, it’s even better to hear in light of the fact that at their very first show in Reno last Monday, the band was greeted with,
“Oh great. Here comes 45 minutes of bullshit,”
from someone in the first few rows. Of course, one of the Kinskis responded with, “Actually, we’re only doing 30 minutes.”
Just before they left for these dates, the band put the finishing touches on their forthcoming new record Down Below It’s Chaos. Produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn 0))), Boris) at his Aleph Studio, Down Below It’s Chaos will be released on August 21, 2007. On Sub Pop.
May 09 World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
May 11 Kansas Coliseum, Wichita, KS
May 12 Mid America Center, Council Bluffs, IA
May 15 DeSoto Center, Southaven, MS
May 16 Ft. Worth Convention Center, Ft. Worth, TX
May 17 Centurytel Arena, Bossier City, LA
May 19 Ford Center, Oklahoma City, OK
May 21 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
May 22 American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, TX
May 24 River Center, Baton Rouge, LA
May 25 Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, FL
May 26 Verizon Wireless Center, Birmingham, AL
Who’s handsome and furry all over? Not your mom, silly, the Handsome Furs! About-to-be-married couple Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry formed the band in the winter of 2005, and toured Europe before they even had a record out. Their debut album, called Plague Park (lovingly referred to in World HQ as Plaque Park_, which I guess would be a park in Candy Land, or possibly an amusement park designed by dentists to frighten children into a consistent dental care regimen…) is out May 22nd. It is dark and minimal and catchy as shit, and is the perfect foil for the impending pesky, sunny summer, what with its “cheeriness” and “positivity." You can pre-order it now-ish, right here. With the help of the Mighty Canadian Government, Dan and Alexei made a wicked scary, Twin Peaks-y video for the song “Dumb Animals”, which you can view HERE0wutqc.
Also, F your I, the word for Sub Pop Summer ’07 is BANANAS. Why? Because we’ll have new full-lengths from not just the H. Furs, but also from Pissed Jeans, Jennifer Gentle, Patton Oswalt, Tiny Vipers, The Brunettes, and Kinski. And (!), there will be new singles from The Thermals, CSS, and Iron & Wine. Thankfully, during summertime in the Pacific Northwest, the sun rises early and doesn’t set until around 9:30 PM, which means we have nearly double the daylight hours, so getting out of the office at seven won’t be as harsh as it is when it’s pitch black outside. You’ll want to keep checking Sub Pop Dot Com for More Exciting News!