World Record

bark92: Blunt Mechanic / World Record

bark92 · CD / DIGITAL
Barsuk Records · April 2010
aotu092 · LP
Art of the Underground · April 2010

1.
Gear Check
2.
Thrown Out At Third
3.
Proof
4.
Aluminum and Light
5.
Is or Isn't All the Same
6.
Our First Brains
7.
Pop Song
8.
"Getting it"
9.
Why Can't This Be Canada?
10.
Enough
11.
Song 4
12.
Get Home Safe

It is far from hyperbolic to enthusiastically assert that this album—Blunt Mechanic's first—is Ben Barnett's finest work to date. Considering the critically-acclaimed and cultishly-followed body of work he has amassed over the past 15 years recording as Kind of Like Spitting, one could be forgiven for dismissing that claim before having heard the onslaught of impeccably constructed songs, unstoppable, charming guitar hooks, heart-wrenching, moving, uplifting storytelling, brilliant turns of phrase and vocal/instrumental interplay that collectively define world record. After more than a decade of musical exploration and a hiatus during which he dealt with and largely overcame some pretty serious hard knocks, Barnett started recording again on his cassette 8-track, in his spare time with a fresh and heretofore-uncharacteristic joyful perspective, and made an album that is the culmination of his creative and emotional life. He gave copies of the vivid, powerful lo-fi results (from stoney, sludgy grooves to plaintive acoustic expressions of gratitude) to friends. Friends smiled; Barnett smiled, we were happy to be among the friends he shared the songs with; copious hi-fives were smacked.

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Kind Of Like SpittingBridges Worth Burning

bark27: Kind Of Like Spitting / Bridges Worth Burning

bark27 · CD / DIGITAL / LP
Barsuk Records · August 2002

1.
Passionate
2.
We Are Both Writers
3.
Born Beautiful
4.
He Calls Me
5.
Following Days
6.
I Want Out
7.
Canaries
8.
Tyco Racing Set And A Christmas Story Fifteen Times
9.
This Lemonade Is Terrible
10.
Crossover Potential
11.
Continent
12.
Untitled

Originally formed in 1996, KOLS has covered a lot of ground over the last 18 years. From lo-fi Eric's Trip-inspired four track garbly gook about frontman Ben Barnett's feelings to what has essentially become in recent years, in Barnett's words, "a Wu Tang obsessed, Post punk, Stoner metal, Robot dancing jazz trio just tryin' to make its way".

Ben Barnett, the core element of Kind of Like Spitting, is an astounding guitarist and songwriter, and has a punk rock heart and mind. His tours have often made stops in basements, houses, and unofficial venues, sometimes as a blistering full band but more often as singer Barnett and guitar. His work ethic, politics, and the aesthetic of his DIY influences (including Minor Threat/Fugazi, Minutemen, Descendents and the like) is audible in the music he creates.

Recorded by John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Team Dresch, Unwound, Wu-Tang Clan, Low), Bridges Worth Burning is the clear pinnacle of the band's body of work to date, and heralds a new era for what might be the most intriguing and original voice to come out of the mostly-stagnant indie-punk-emo scene in a very long time.

Kind Of Like SpittingOld Moon In The Arms Of The New

jb034: Kind Of Like Spitting / Old Moon In The Arms Of The New

jb034 · LP
Jealous Butcher · January 2001

1.
Old Moon, Meet New
2.
Boy Crys Wolf
3.
Two Violins, Which Are Meant To Represent The Forest
4.
Tyco Racing Set And A Christmas Story 15 Times
5.
Dostoyevski Gets Mugged Outside A Donut Shop In Jersey
6.
On The Subject Of Her New Gold Star
7.
Young Fiction Writer
8.
I Know You Heard Me The First Time
9.
43c
10.
Timber

With songs ranging from quiet laments to acoustic pop tunes to all-out rock, Kind Of Like Spitting shines once again on this Jealous Butcher release. Vinyl only.

Kind Of Like SpittingYou Secretly Want Me Dead

jb017: Kind Of Like Spitting / You Secretly Want Me Dead

jb017 · CD
Jealous Butcher · January 2001

1.
Who Cares How Much
2.
Catch The Redeye Out Of Girlfriend Land
3.
Your Favorite Actor
4.
We Got As Far As Minnesota
5.
Do You Need Him Here To Say (Elsa)
6.
Happy?
7.
Maybe We Should Get Married
8.
A Thought From The Kitchen Floor
9.
Motor Boat
10.
Please Don't Sweat The Afterlife
11.
Slow Me Down
12.
Something In The Air
13.
Please Don't Let It End Like This
14.
I've Realized That Things Aren't Really Good Or Bad, At Least It's Better To Avoid Looking At It That Way...
15.
Staring At Your Toy Collection
16.
Afraid Of Crushes

More beautiful sad songs from Kind Of Like Spitting. This newly remastered cd has three extra tracks on it, including an early version of afraid of crushes.