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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Sunbreak: Can the K Records Catalog Save the Mariners Season?

Mariner hitters have been dreadful at Safeco Field, saddening Mariner fans like me, you, and music journalist Mark Baumgarten. When not suffering through low-scoring Mariner games, Mark has spent the past year-plus writing the story of Calvin Johnson’s K Records, the galvanizing force behind Beck, Modest Mouse, the grunge scene, and the riot grrrl movement. With his book Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music coming out today, I gave Mark this challenge: Pick the K Records songs that will galvanize Mariners hitters and get Safeco rocking. Here are his indisputable picks.

. . .

Dustin Ackley
“#1 USA” by Love as Laughter, from #1 USA (1998)
I have long been a proponent of Ackley dropping Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ode-to-humility “Simple Man” as his warm-up music. Yes, you are a simple man, Dustin, and we love you for it. But you are a professional ballplayer, sir, and that requires a little swagger. This track from K’s best-ever melodic garage rock group is dripping with infectious riffs, hand-claps and tons of slump-busting attitude. I mean, look at the title, man!
(there’s no full version of this song online; there is a sample here.)

h/t “Too Beautiful to Live”

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM (#4179817)
I've been thinking about this a lot, and I think I might have done the Flaming Lips' cover of "War Pigs" during the 00s. I'd be a little lost now. "Dance Yrself Clean" doesn't exactly start big.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: July 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM (#4179823)
"You ever listen to K-Billy's 'Super Sounds of the Seventies' weekend? It's my personal favorite."

(Actually, what happens next is probably not dissimilar from being a Mariners fan the past couple of years.)
   3. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: July 11, 2012 at 01:26 AM (#4179835)
The link above leads to a Squarepusher long on youtube, the real link is here. Includes a link to a free (legal) download of the listed songs, which is nice.
   4. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 11, 2012 at 01:30 AM (#4179836)
Wait, how did that happen? Sorry.
   5. Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: July 11, 2012 at 01:36 AM (#4179838)
After their meteoric rise on K Records, they were soon to be found in the cutout bin on K-Tel records, 8-tracks, and cassettes.
   6. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: July 11, 2012 at 04:24 AM (#4179855)
The ideal batter walk-up song is "Dog on the Sidewalk," by Deerhoof. No MLB has any taste though.
   7. Repoz Posted: July 11, 2012 at 07:33 AM (#4179871)
Wait, how did that happen? Sorry.

Fixed. And only because I was listening to Hornet Leg.
   8. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: July 11, 2012 at 09:23 AM (#4179923)
For a sec, I thought Adam Dunn had been traded to Seattle.
   9. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: July 11, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4179950)
Man, I was so in love with K records in '90, '91, '92. They'd send out these big foldout catalogs on cheap yellowish paper four times a year, with a bunch of K releases and also a pretty great selection of non-K indie pop 7 inches they distributed in an era in which it was often hard to track these things down. And it also had all of these odd things in it -- K put out a couple of cassettes by the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, things like that. Anyway, when one of those things showed up in the mail it was pretty much the highlight of the whole month.
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM (#4179959)
The only rock band ever on K records was Karp. ALL of these should be Karp songs.
   11. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM (#4180032)
Man, I was so in love with K records in '90, '91, '92. They'd send out these big foldout catalogs on cheap yellowish paper four times a year,

I think I've still got a bunch of those, thanks to my inability to throw such things out or into the recycling bins.

Decades from now, someone poking around my attic will come across an incredible treasure trove guaranteeing massive wealth.
   12. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 11, 2012 at 01:14 PM (#4180185)
If people are interested, here is an interview with the author of the article, who just wrote about about K records.

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