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