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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.   Punching Goodbye Out Front
  5.   Smorgasbord
  6.   Long Term Exit Strategy
  7.   Throw It Up
  8.   Der Handschuh
  9.   I Think I Blew It
  10.   Point That Thing Somewhere Else
  11.   The Wives of Artie Shaw
  12.   Die Bürgschaft
  13.   In the Moog
  14.   The Bunnies Are Tough
  15.   What We Play
  16.   Rhode Island Freakout
  17.   Black Stone Story
  18.   Die Teilung der Erde
  19.   Sundrops by Sura Quintet
  20.   Plan, Steal, Drive
  21.   Passwords & Alcohol
  22.   Counterpointer
  23.   Powder
  24.   Flight Risk
  25.   XXXVI
  26.   Vic the 5th 2.0
  27.   A Little Ticker Tape Never Hurt Anybody
  28.   The Snowy Parts of Scandinavia
  29.   We Think She's a Nurse
  30.   Operation Negligee
  31.   Let Me Take You Through My Thought Process
  32.   Das Madchen aus der Fremde
  33.   I Didn't Mean to Interrupt Your Beautiful Moment
  34.   Die Kraniche des Ibikus
  35.   All Your Kids Have Turned to Static
  36.   Der Kampf mit dem Drachen
  37.   Cleaning the Dishes (Intro)
  38.   Crybaby Blowout
  39.   Hiding Drugs in the Temple, Pt. 2
  40.   Semaphore
  41.   Teen Center
  42.   Skim MILF
  43.   Bulletin of the International String Figure Association
  44.   Silent Biker Type
  45.   Riff Dad
  46.   Psychofarmer's Blue
  47.   Beyond in Touch with My Feminine Side
  48.   Edge Set
  49.   Waves of Second Guessing
  50.   Last Day on Earth
  51.   I Wouldn't Hurt A Fly
  52.   Der Taucher
  53.   Boy, Was I Mad!
  54.   Steve's Basement
  55.   Detroit Trickle Down
  56.   The Party Which You Know Will Be Heavy
  57.   Passed Out on Your Lawn
  58.   The Narcotic Comforts of the Status Quo
  59.   Conflict Free Diamonds
  60.   I Fell Like a Fucking Flower
  61.   Schedule for Using Pillows and Bean Bags ...
  62.   Waka Nusa
  63.   RDL10!
  64.   Defibrillation
  65.   Child Had to Catch a Train
  66.   Drink Up and Be Somebody
  67.   Hoffnung
  68.   Hot Stenographer
  69.   Dayroom at Narita Int'l.

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