Big year, lots to cover here….

To celebrate the release of Alpine Static, the band first played a California leg (LA, SF, and Chico), then a NW leg (Eugene OR, Seattle, Vancouver BC, & Portland). We played with a slew of great bands like Oneida and Black Mountain, Master Musicians of Bukakke, Charming Snakes, and Davis Redford Triad.

Then a midwest and an east coast tour with more great bands and a lot of buddies along the way.

8/12 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge (w/Neva Dinova & Mayday)
8/13 Kansas City, MO – The Brick
8/15 Moorhead, MN – Eastgate Lounge
8/16 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry (w/ Oneida, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Diamonds)
8/17 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (w/ Oneida & Plastic Crimewave Sound)
8/18 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom (w/ Oneida)
8/19 Detroit, MI – 2500 Club (w/ Oneida)
8/20 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (w/ Oakley Hall, Oneida, Constantines)
8/21 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa (w/ Oakley Hall, Oneida)
8/22 New Market, NH – The Stone Church (w/ Sparrows Swarm and Sing)
8/23 Cambridge, MA – T. T. the Bear’s (w/ Major Stars & Invisible Rays)
8/24 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (w/ The Big Sleep &The Most Serene Republic)
8/25 Philadelphia, PA – Khyber Pass (w Bardo Pond & Thunderbirds are Now!)
8/26 Washington, DC – Warehouse Next Door (w/ Last Days of May)
8/27 Columbus, OH – Little Brothers (w/ The Blue Revision & Lab Partners)

Plus a short tour of Europe followed:

Oct 29 Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris, France
Oct 30 Dreikoenigskeller, Frankfurt, Germany
Oct 31 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 02 93 Ft. East, London, UK
Nov 03 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Nov 04 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Nov 05 The Engine Room, Brighton, UK

While in London, we stopped in for a session with Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1. Here’s the page for that session. The great John Peel had just passed away one year prior, and it was amazing to record a four track session, in that room, feeling that history of the many Peel Sessions. We had tea.. Huw was great… and Mr. Peel’s presence was felt! Our track list for this session was Hiding Drugs in the Temple Part 2, The Wives of Artie Shaw, The Party Which You Know Will Be Heavy, plus a “why not” cover of 60’s bubblegum band Crazy Elephant, Gimme Gimme Good Lovin. Seemed like the thing to do!

Also did a short set on KNDD “The END” at 8:30 in the morning (that’s not rock and roll time.. or jazz time, for that matter).

Here’s a video for The Wives of Artie Shaw, done by Whitey McConnaughy down in Portland.

Compilation Hall of Mirrors released on Emperor Jones records, with the Kinski track Teen Center.
Hall of Mirrors - Various Artists (Emperor Jones)

Kinski also contributes a track to a tribute album to Italian legend Franco Battiato, called “What’s Your Function?” on the Sillyboy label. The song is called Propiedad Prohibida. It’s trippy and experimental (and was a lot of ^%#*$ work). We like it too.

2005 was also the year Chris & Lucy created Intellectual Drunks Records, to reissue the first two albums on CD, Spacelaunch for Frenchie & Be Gentle With the Warm Turtle. These were done in collaboration with Strange Attractors Audio House from Portland.

Spacelaunch was originally self-released by the band in 1999 as a limited edition pressing. The reissue contains the band’s previously unreleased 4-song demo tape which includes two never-before heard songs as well as an early version of a number re-recorded for Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle. Also included is the outtake “She Always Made Us Work Like Dogs”.

Be Gentle With the Warm Turtle was originally released in 2001 on the soon-to-be defunct label Pacifico Recordings. Fast forward to 2018, this album is finally seeing it’s proper vinyl release!!! Stay tuned!

Also: Bumbershoot 2005, photos by Jackson Faddis (aranjis)

in the van after bummer shoot:
after bummer shoot

In September, Kinski played the CMJ Sub Pop Showcase at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, with Wolf Parade, Constantines, Chad VanGaalen, Holopaw, Fruit Bats, and Rogue Wave. No comment.

Here’s some shots of the Bowery show:
by danfun:

by heartonastick:

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And we rounded out the year with another Japan tour with Mono! It was December in the cold, even getting up north to Sendai, and the snowy parts of northern Honshu (the big main island in Japan):

Dec.15 Tokyo, Shibuya Quattro (with Mono and Midoriyama)
Dec.16 Sendai, Juke Box (with Mono and John Cornsfield)
Dec.18 Osaka, Fandango (with Mono and Hhakkei)
Dec.19 Tokyo, Shibuya Nest (with Oaqk, Hhakkei, and John Cornsfield)

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