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Kaki King

Kaki King's childhood passions were the drums and Brit-pop, and she figured if she ever made it big it would be because of her skills behind the kit. However, her musical talents didn't stop there: she also played the guitar, and though she learned Beatles and Fleetwood Mac songbooks, she found herself drawn to the styles of Preston Reed and Michael Hedges. Moving from Atlanta to New York to attend college, King got her first taste of solo guitar performance thanks to campus open-mike nights, and upon graduation in 2001 she decided to pursue the instrument more seriously. She started playing in subways, a venue that helped her develop her percussive technique, and when passengers would ask her if she had CDs, she realized that she could possibly make a living as a musician. A copy of her 2002 demo got her a short gig at the Tap Bar in the Knitting Factory, where she was seen by Velour Records head Jeff Krasno, who released her debut, Everybody Loves You, the following year. King moved to Epic imprint Red Ink for her second album, 2004's Legs to Make Us Longer, but she returned to Velour for 2006's Until We Felt Red, which, in addition to including other instrumentation (which was also found on Legs to Make Us Longer), had King's singing prominently featured. After a busy 2007 -- not only was the guitarist recording her fourth full-length, she also appeared on albums from Tegan and Sara and the Foo Fighters and contributed to the soundtracks for Into the Wild and August Rush -- King released Dreaming of Revenge in March of 2008. After a world tour, she stayed active. Her album Junior was released on Cooking Vinyl/Rounder in 2010. She also co-produced a song for Miley Cyrus with Timbaland. In the fall of 2012, King issued Glow, a collection of instrumentals on which she was backed by a string quartet, bagpipes, organic percussion, and individually designed soundscapes for each track. In 2015, King released The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body, a companion piece to her ambitious multi-media performance of the same name. ~ Marisa Brown
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Kaki King

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Albums by
Kaki King

Top Songs by
Kaki King

  1.   Song
  2.   Great Round Burn
  3.   Bone Chaos in the Castle
  4.   Holding the Severed Self
  5.   Sad American
  6.   King Pizel
  7.   Streetlight in the Egg
  8.   Open Mouth
  9.   No True Masterpiece Will Ever Be Complete
  10.   Can Anyone Who Has Heard This Music Really Be a Bad Person?
  11.   Kelvinator
  12.   Carmine St.
  13.   Everybody Loves You
  14.   Bowen Island
  15.   Goby
  16.   The Hoopers of Hudspeth
  17.   Yellowcake
  18.   Death Head
  19.   Ritual Dance
  20.   Kewpie Station
  21.   Meserole (featuring Dave Treut)
  22.   The Fire Eater
  23.   Gouge Both Your Eyes Out (But Eat Only One)
  24.   Close to Me
  25.   2 O'Clock
  26.   Saving Days in a Frozen Head
  27.   Gay Sons Of Lesbian Mothers
  28.   These Are The Armies Of The Tyrannized
  29.   Until We Felt Red
  30.   Ingots
  31.   Fortuna
  32.   Night After Sidewalk
  33.   All the Landslides Birds Have Seen Since the Beginning of the World
  34.   Joi
  35.   Marche Slav
  36.   Fences
  37.   Falling Day
  38.   Everything Has an End, Even Sadness
  39.   Air and Kilometers
  40.   Bari Improv
  41.   Solipsist
  42.   Close Your Eyes & You'll Burst Into Flames
  43.   Lies
  44.   Playing With Pink Noise
  45.   Neanderthal
  46.   A Long Way to Go Before We Are Truly Danlike
  47.   Life Being What It Is
  48.   Old Crow and the Miner's Daughter
  49.   Pull Me Out Alive
  50.   The Exhibition
  51.   Jessica
  52.   O Holy Night
  53.   So Much for So Little (demo)
  54.   The Betrayer
  55.   Spit It Back in My Mouth
  56.   Can the Gwot Save Us?
  57.   Waltz for the Alone
  58.   Communist Friends
  59.   Steamed Juicy Little Bun
  60.   I Never Said I Love You
  61.   Vivian Leigh's Veins
  62.   Happy as a Dead Pig in the Sunshine
  63.   Lintoria
  64.   Hairs
  65.   Doing the Wrong Thing
  66.   Second Brain
  67.   Zamzam Well
  68.   You Don't Have To Be Afraid
  69.   Zeitgeist
  70.   Magazine
  71.   My Insect Life
  72.   My Nerves That Committed Suicide
  73.   Montreal
  74.   Hallucinations from My Poisonous German Streets
  75.   Ahuvati
  76.   Sunrise At Wildflower Hill Retirement Center
  77.   Frame
  78.   Sloan Shore
  79.   Nails
  80.   Mexican Teenagers
  81.   Skimming the Fractured Surface to a Place of Endless Light
  82.   Tunnel
  83.   Sunnyside
  84.   Cargo Cult
  85.   L Train, 1st Ave: Low
  86.   Soft Shoulder
  87.   First Brain
  88.   The Footsteps Die Out Forever

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