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