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Kinski Tour in Support of Forthcoming Album

Catherine Lewis reports:
Kinski, the greatest mostly-instrumental psych-rock band in all of Seattle, are gearing up for an extensive tour of the U.S. this year. Only a few dates have been officially announced as of yet, but we do know that they're planning to tour the west coast in February, attend Austin's SXSW festival in March, and play the east coast and midwest in April. February dates:

02-17 San Diego, CA - Casbah (w/Knife in the Water)
02-18 Los Angeles, CA - Silverlake Lounge (w/Midnight Movies, Antarcticans)
02-19 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (w/Oneida, Deadly Snakes)
02-20 Chico, CA - Red Room (w/Comets on Fire)
02-21 Portland, OR - Blackbird (w/Comets on Fire, Earth)
02-22 Seattle, WA - Crocodile (w/Comets on Fire, Earth)

The tour is, of course, in support of their third full-length album (and first for Sub Pop), Airs Above Your Station, which is due in stores Tuesday. A limited-edition double-vinyl version will also be released, by the venerable Strange Attractors Audio House label. Tracklist:

01 Steve's Basement
02 Semaphore
03 Rhode Island Freakout
04 Schedule for Using Pillows & Beanbags
05 I Think I Blew It
06 Your Lights Are (Out Or) Burning Brightly
07 Waves of Second Guessing
08 Think I Blew It (Again)

Kinski formed in 1998 over a conversation debating the merits of analog-versus-digital recording (the spirit of Steve Albini is said to have started this argument while floating by in his Adidas jumpsuit). The next year, they self-released their debut album, and followed it in 2001 with Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle on Pacifico Records. Recently, Kinski contributed a 20-minute ambient soundscape to the new Crickets and Fireflies compilation for the Music Fellowship label, and also released an EP called Semaphore on Sub Pop, which includes a cover of The Clean's "Point That Thing Somewhere Else". These EPs are, however, notorious-- apparently, the manufacturer screwed up, effectively cutting the last few minutes of its final track. Fortunately, the good people at Sub Pop have come to the rescue-- if you've happened onto one of these defective early pressings, contact the label and they'll send a free replacement.

.: Pitchfork Review: Kinski: Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle
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.: Originally published: 16 January 2003
.: Items mentioned above on Be Gentle with the Warm Turtle (Kinski, 2001); Airs Above Your Station (Kinski, 2003).