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