In February (Valentine’s Day), would you believe we played a Duran Duran cover (believe it was “Rio”)? It was for a leukemia benefit show called Dancing on the Valentine put on by our friend Jenny George, a leukemia survivor herself. This was the first of this annual event, now in it’s 13th year. For this endeavor we needed to enlist our guy Matt Olsen, aka Big Mo.
Kinski with BIG MO!

In March, Kinski plays The Sub Pop Showcase at South by Southwest (SxSW) in Austin, as well as Fuck by Fuck You (FxFY). Also, an showcase for Emperor Jones / Ba Da Bing Party at Church of the Friendly Ghost.

In June… Tour with Mission of Burma!!

Super nice, genuine people. A real thrill to be able to play with them. They didn’t miss a beat with their reunion. Picked up where they left on and continued to make great albums, like 2004’s ON OFF ON.

The documentary about their reunion is a must-see: Not A Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story

Also, after the tour, they completely surprised us by sending live lobsters. Classic!

Burma in Vancouver BC, Richard’s on Richard’s Cabaret:

Burma in Los Angeles, Henry Fonda Center:

In July, Seattle. Kawabata Makoto was in town, so just for fun, we did a jam with him at Aleph Studio with Randall Dunn recording. We ended up releasing a Mainliner cover that we did during these sessions years later. The link to the music is below.

Turn your speakers up full notch and hit this:

Speaking of Kawabata Makoto, in August he joined the band for a special tour playing guitar with us,  doing Kinski songs and a bit of improv. The tour was an absolute blast. We made special shirts that sort of looked “disco”, in retrospect. Does anyone reading this still have one? Anyway, here’s the dates:

July 31st Seattle – Crocodile w/ A Frames & Climax Golden Twins
Aug 3rd Minneapolis – 7th St. Entry w/ Salamander
Aug 4th Chicago – Empty Bottle Million Tongues Festival
Aug 5th Cleveland – Grog Shoppe w/ Ueh (from France)
Aug 6th Boston – Middle East w/ Ueh (from France)
Aug 7th Philadelphia – Khyber Pass w/ Ueh (from France)
Aug 8th New York – Knitting Factory w/ Ueh (from France)
Aug 9th New Haven, CT – BAR w/ Ueh (from France) & Landing
Aug 10 Detroit – Detroit Arts Space w/ Ueh (from France)
Aug 11th Cincinnati/Newport, Kentucky – Southgate House w/ Ueh (from France)
Aug 12th Bloomington, IN – Bluebird w/ Ueh (from France)
Aug 13th Lawrence, KS – Jackpot w/ Ueh (from France)
Aug 14th Denver – Larimer Lounge

Kinski/Kawabata in Philly, at the Kyber where we played with the great Bardo Pond. Photo by seanmule:

Hot August night. Chris jumping a lot. Maybe in Portland? Photos by loumuenz dot com.

In September, Kinski plays a ridiculously stacked bill at the Showbox in Seattle called “No Vote Left Behind.” It was a get out the vote benefit with Mudhoney, David Cross, Avengers, and Pansy Division.

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