Kathleen Hanna, singer: Tobi was walking by a coffee shop and someone said she was “the girl from the Go Team.” It was the first time I realized I could maybe make music too, ‘cause there she was just walking down the street.
"If you want to hear recent albums from current roster figures like Chain & the Gang or Ruby Fray, or want to dip into the past via streams of Beat Happening or Mecca Normal, click a release that piques your interest and start streaming.”
I had the pleasure of shooting Phil Elevrum (Mt. Eerie) for Self-Titled Magazines new amazing issue. For this spread they had Phil talk about his two new records breaking them down track by track. I have been a longtime fan of Phil’s music projects (The Microphones/Mt. Eerie) and working with him is is great. For this shoot we took a walk around my own neighborhood in the central district of Seattle, WA.
(Chris) I was thinking about this when reading the book, and this might be a bit hyperbolic, but (Corin Tucker’s first band) Heavens to Betsy played their very first show at the International Pop Underground and if that didn’t happen, my very favorite band (Sleater-Kinney) might not have existed.”
“(Mark) Yeah, that Love Rock Revolution Girl Style Now night changed everything. There are plenty of other moments within the story that changed a lot of people’s lives, but that story in particular is really notable.
An excerpt from Chris Burlingame’s interview with Mark Baumgarten, author of Love Rock Revolution, K Records and the Rise Of Independent Music.
“This fall, Bikini Kill Records will reissue the band’s 1992 self-titled EP. The label also plans to release Bikini Kill’s original demo tape, which includes previously unreleased material. The band is sifting through their archives to find other rare/unreleased tracks, zines, live takes, photographs, practice tapes, films, videos, flyers, and more, which they plans to share and release via Bikini Kill Records.”—via Pitchfork
is there a complete discography of k's cassette releases somewhere? i'm so curious!
There is a complete discography of the official K releases in the appendix of Love Rock Revolution. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to fit in the cassettes, the International Pop Underground singles or the Dub Narcotic Disco Plates. But I might be putting those up online in the near future.
“What this particular oral history does is underscore the social processes in cultural production in the late twentieth century capitalist system…Overall, Baumgarten manages to pull off a rather balanced and historically important label biography through the format of an oral history - no easy feat.”—Mindy Clegg, from Bookslut
An amazing recording of Beat Happening’s performance at the 1992 Vermonstress Festival (scroll down). This is the band at its best, despite (or maybe because of) Heather’s case of the giggles during “Sleepyhead.”
i am curious if you know from which germs bootleg Calvin quoted the famous "Somebody broke my nose. Dump the whole balcony." line?
I don’t. Ian MacKaye told me that most likely the crowd at that show didn’t even realize that was a Germs reference. Calvin was so much more punk than the punks who thought he was a weirdo wearing pink.
This isn't a question, though after I read the book I might have some, but I wanted to say that this couldn't have come out at a better time. I'm considering starting my own label and just today I was thinking how I wish there was something that I could read about how K begun. While I'd expect some of the info to be a little outdated and not applicable for today, I believe the spirit of K is something that will always last and is a must for any label to have. THANK YOU!
Thanks for the note. I think that the book will offer you quite a bit of inspiration and insight. Modes of communication might change, but the spirit doesn’t.
“Beat Happening is a now, happening beat-hip trio that plays a drum and a guitar and rhymes banana with pajama and Baltic Sea with KGB. They switch their instruments and occasionally play out of key, but their fresh, naive love songs are a great antidote to sterile synth pop and nihilistic leather. Heather’s voice is pretty and Calvin’s got the deepest baritone around. An odd, engaging outfit that has recently spend two months in Japan. Their five-song cassette was produced by Greg Sage (Wipers) and is available for $2 from K, Box 7154, Olympia, WA 98507. They also have a new acoustic cassette recorded in a Japanese hotel room.”—The first mention of Beat Happening in Seattle music monthly The Rocket, found in an uncredited column titled “Eight Hot Ones.”
Wash your rice and put in pan. Add water so that it is 1-1/2 inches above the rice. Salt. Place chestnuts on top of rice (unpeeled). Bring to boil, then turn down and simmer until all of the water is gone. (Peel skins as you eat.) Yummy!
-Recipe found in the essay “Love Rock and Why I Am,” written by Some Velvet Sidewalk lead singer Al Larsen for issue 6 of monthly Portland, Oregon, zine,Snipehunt.
While rearranging the office today we found the old one-sheet for this record, The Crabs’What Were Flames Now Smolder (KLP074). It was too cool. Here is the third track from that record, “February 15th,” a poppy, fizzy, distorted, sweet song.
“Love rock is here and now and when we see it everyone else will too. We are now entering a period characterized by the We Generation. A generation unhindered by ageist birthdate demarcations, a generation which always sees the self in the context of the species, the species in the context of the planet. ‘Let’s’ is the key word for the ’90s. The We Generation grasps quantum physics; we all know we are part of the same life. The future is held in the present and can be made to emerge. Cooking. Canning. Composting. All ages shows in grange halls across the land. Engaging. Enacting. Ennobling. A dance party on the docks. Root cellar. Dry pack. Do it yourself. A free press. Custom bicycles, streamers flying, cards clacking in the spokes. Let’s. We. Free Go, love rocker.”—From “Love Rock and Why I Am,” an essay written by Some Velvet Sidewalk lead singer Al Larsen and printed in issue 6 of the monthly Portland, Oregon, zine Snipehunt.
“There was a strong rock ‘n’ roll scene happening in downtown Olympia when I first got here; it was going on when Calvin [Johnson] was going to high school. Then there was this Evergreen thing, where all these smart, hip kids from around the world came here. It was like a magnet for them. And during the time that the New Delhi was putting on rock ‘n’ roll shows, those two cultures merged and created what is here now; the stick-in-the-mud townies and the starry-eyed altruists got together.”—Gary Allen May, in an interview for Love Rock Revolution, on July 29, 2011. May sang and played in the Supreme Cool Beings and booked rock shows at Olympia’s New Delhi restaurant in the early ’80s.