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

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