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