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While debating the merits of analog vs. digital recording in a Seattle pub, guitarist Chris Martin and bassist Lucy Atkinson were interrupted by the bartender, drummer Dave Weeks. He said, definitively, that analog was superior; thus Kinski came into being. This same spontaneity would come to define their multi-layered noise rock, reminiscent of Sonic Youth at their most experimental. Kinski began playing live in 1998. By the summer of 1999, the trio had released its first record, Space Launch for Frenchie. With six songs clocking in at 45 minutes, it inevitably sparked some debate of its own: EP or LP? Later that year, the band explored newer textures in its live set, and friend Matthew Reid Schwartz (guitar, keyboards) was added to the lineup. Kinski have toured with Mainliner (Japan), Hovercraft, and Silkworm. In 2001, their follow-up, Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle, arrived. Two years later, the group returned with its Sub Pop debut, Airs Above Your Station; by this time, Barrett Wilke had taken over as drummer from Dave Weeks. A split release with Acid Mothers Temple was also issued in 2003. A West Coast tour supporting Mission of Burma coincided with Kinski's fourth album, Don't Climb on and Take the Holy Water, in spring 2004. Alpine Static followed in 2005. Released in 2007, Down Below It's Chaos added a '70s hard rock vibe and vocals to their intense drones. Following a string of collaborative releases, including a split 7" with Bardo Pond, sixth album Cosy Moments arrived on Kill Rock Stars in 2013, ending a relatively dormant five-year stretch between albums. Just two years later, Kinski were back with a new album, titled 7 (Or 8). ~ Eric J. Iannelli
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  2.   Your Lights Are (Out Or) Burning Badly
  3.   Argentina Turner
  4.   Teen Center
  5.   Der Taucher
  6.   Bulletin of the International String Figure Association
  7.   Flight Risk
  8.   I Didn't Mean to Interrupt Your Beautiful Moment
  9.   Waves of Second Guessing
  10.   Plan, Steal, Drive
  11.   Passed Out on Your Lawn
  12.   Rhode Island Freakout
  13.   Die Teilung der Erde
  14.   Throw It Up
  15.   I Think I Blew It
  16.   Hiding Drugs in the Temple, Pt. 2
  17.   Edge Set
  18.   Point That Thing Somewhere Else
  19.   Long Term Exit Strategy
  20.   Sundrops by Sura Quintet
  21.   Dayroom at Narita Int'l.
  22.   In the Moog
  23.   Boy, Was I Mad!
  24.   The Snowy Parts of Scandinavia
  25.   Cleaning the Dishes (Intro)
  26.   Let Me Take You Through My Thought Process
  27.   Psychofarmer's Blue
  28.   Die Kraniche des Ibikus
  29.   Child Had to Catch a Train
  30.   Defibrillation
  31.   Smorgasbord
  32.   Hot Stenographer
  33.   Waka Nusa
  34.   Der Handschuh
  35.   We Think She's a Nurse
  36.   The Narcotic Comforts of the Status Quo
  37.   Die Bürgschaft
  38.   Detroit Trickle Down
  39.   Crybaby Blowout
  40.   Drink Up and Be Somebody
  41.   A Little Ticker Tape Never Hurt Anybody
  42.   Steve's Basement
  43.   I Fell Like a Fucking Flower
  44.   Vic the 5th 2.0
  45.   Last Day on Earth
  46.   Silent Biker Type
  47.   Passwords & Alcohol
  48.   Semaphore
  49.   Beyond in Touch with My Feminine Side
  50.   I Wouldn't Hurt A Fly
  51.   The Wives of Artie Shaw
  52.   Riff Dad
  53.   Counterpointer
  54.   The Bunnies Are Tough
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  58.   Schedule for Using Pillows and Bean Bags ...
  59.   Hoffnung
  60.   Skim MILF
  61.   RDL10!
  62.   Black Stone Story
  63.   The Party Which You Know Will Be Heavy
  64.   Der Kampf mit dem Drachen
  65.   Conflict Free Diamonds
  66.   Powder
  67.   Das Madchen aus der Fremde
  68.   Operation Negligee

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