Karl Blau

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Karl Blau
Origin Anacortes, Washington
Genres Indie rock,
Folk,
Experimental
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter,
multi-instrumentalist,
record producer
Instruments vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, saxophone
Years active 1996–present
Labels Knw-Yr-Own,
K Records,
Kelp Monthly,
Marriage Records
Associated acts D+, Earth, Generifus, The Microphones, Laura Veirs, Your Heart Breaks, LAKE

Karl Blau is an indie rock and folk musician based in Anacortes, Washington, USA, and a member of the Knw-Yr-Own/K Records collective. His music is eclectic, incorporating elements of folk, dub, R&B, bossa nova, grunge, hip hop, drone and worldbeat.

Blau is a singer-songwriter who releases his music through a subscription service called the "Kelp Lunacy Advanced Plagiarism Society", retitled from "Kelp Monthly" as new releases were not produced and sent out on time. He has played in several bands over the years, such as D+, Brothers Blau, Captain Fathom and Your Heart Breaks. He also has collaborated extensively with other Washington-based musicians, including Phil Elvrum of The Microphones and Mount Eerie, LAKE and Earth. In addition, he has toured and recorded with Laura Veirs, whose career also began in the Pacific Northwest.

In December 2007, a grassroots online petition drive began gathering signatures urging Knw-Yr-Own Records in Anacortes to reissue the Shell Collection compilation of Blau's early 4-track recordings. As part of the campaign, Blau posted a statement on his MySpace page calling for the release of the album on vinyl, stating "everything sounds better on LP not to mention the art is bigger".

Blau was referenced in a song carrying his name by the London punk band Video Nasties.[1] The Microphones' album, It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water, has a song titled "Karl Blau".

Discography[edit]

LPs[edit]

  • Doin' Things the Way They Happen (Knw-Yr-Own 1997)
  • Shell Collection (Knw-Yr-Own 1997)
  • A Second Culling (Knw-Yr-Own 1999)
  • Clothes Your I's (Knw-Yr-Own 2001)
  • Beneath Waves (K Records 2006)
  • Nature's Got Away (K Records 2008)
  • Zebra (K Records 2009)

Singles[edit]

  • "Slow Down Joe" b/w "Lake King's Daughter" (K Records/OnPurpose Records 2006)
  • "That's How I Got To Memphis" b/w "Forest" (collaboration with Mount Analog) (K Records)

Kelp Lunacy Advanced Plagiarism Society series[edit]

  1. Dark, Magic Sea
  2. The Coconutcracker
  3. Turning Tutu, Turning Leaves
  4. Dunkel Blau
  5. Purple Heart
  6. Deep Sandwich
  7. Remember Tomorrow
  8. Lore of Ears
  9. Dubble Dooty Booty
  10. Trust in Sirens
  11. It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water
  12. Welsh Phantoms and Other Ghosts of Western Europe
  13. Sea/Saw
  14. Stereoearrings
  15. If I Knew Zen What I Know Now
  16. AM
  17. Sing Together/Lonely Under the Covers
  18. Beer & Chai
  19. Flotsam & Jetsam
  20. Let It All Out
  21. Sigh Lens
  22. Bread-n-Grease
  23. Trunkal Howl
  24. LAKE
  25. Free The Bird
  26. Dance Positive
  27. Good Lovin' County
  28. In Return From Ghost Country

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2JNzLttySc

External links[edit]