Karl Blau

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Karl Blau
OriginAnacortes, Washington, United States
GenresIndie rock,
record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, saxophone
Years active1996–present
LabelsBella Union, Knw-Yr-Own,
K Records,
Kelp Monthly,
Marriage Records
Associated actsD+, Earth, Generifus, The Microphones, Laura Veirs, Your Heart Breaks, LAKE

Karl Blau is an American indie rock and folk musician based in Anacortes, Washington, United States, 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 the 1990s, Blau worked at The Business record store in Anacortes.[1][2]

Blau was referenced in a song carrying his name by the London punk band Video Nasties.[3] The Microphones' album, It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water, also has a song titled "Karl Blau."



  • 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)
  • Dance positive (Marriage Records 2007)
  • Nature's Got Away (K Records 2008)
  • Zebra (K Records 2009)
  • Introducing Karl Blau (Raven Marching Band/Bella Union 2016)
  • Out Her Space (Bella Union 2017)


  • "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


  1. ^ "About". The Business. October 15, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  2. ^ "Anacortes Magazine (Issue 2, August 2012)". Issuu. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  3. ^ "Video Nasties - Karl Blau". YouTube. October 29, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2016.

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