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Tim Foljahn joins Kiam Records roster / New Record out on March 6, 2012

Kiam Records is very pleased to announce that Tim Foljahn will be putting out his beautiful new album, Songs For An Age of Extinction with us on March 6, 2012.

 Tim Foljahn is a Michigan-born, New York-based singer-songwriter/guitarist who has more than likely played on one of your favorite records.

 Some highlights from the tip of his iceberg-sized resume: He was the guitarist on the first two Cat Power records. He toured with and worked on the final Townes Van Zandt recordings. He lent his guitar skills to Half Japanese as well as the Boredoms. He played on the fantastic Thurston Moore solo record Psychic Hearts.

All the while, Foljahn released a series of his own brooding and lovely song cycles and experimental recordings under the moniker Two Dollar Guitar. With Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on drums and a revolving cast of band and tour mates, including Smokey Hormel, Chris Brokaw and Christina Rosenvinge, the group released six albums on Shelley’s Smells Like Records label.

 Songs For An Age Of Extinction is Foljahn’s first “song-based” record since Two Dollar Guitar’s The Wear and Tear of Fear from 2006 and his first release for Kiam Records. The wait has been long, but worth it.


Songs For An Age Of Extinction will be out on March 6, 2012 (digital, cd and limited edition blue vinyl).  Foljahn will be touring in March (including SXSW) with Jennifer O’Connor.

TOUR DATES (more dates TBA)

March 2  New York, NY  Cake Shop w/ Jennifer O’Connor & Ma’am

March 6  Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar w/ Jennifer O’Connor & Pet Milk

March 9  Durham, NC  Garage Bar @ Motorco w/ Jennifer O’Connor

March 10 Asheville, NC Lexington Avenue Brewery w/ Jennifer O’Connor & On The Take

March 12 Atlanta, GA The Five Spot w/ Jennifer O’Connor & Tunabunny


Choo Choo La Rouge


Where do I begin? At the beginning, I guess.

I met the men of Choo Choo La Rouge in December or 2002. We were on the same bill at a basement Boston venue called The Lizard Lounge. They thought that I was going on first and I thought the same of them. That was our first and only conflict. We exchanged cds (both of our firsts) and made a plan to keep in touch. I didn’t really think much of it until about 2 weeks later when I actually played the cd. Holy shit. The lyrics! The drums! The insanely creative bass lines. I was hooked and instantly became CCLR fan numero uno. Over the next 4 years or so, we traded shows in Boston and New York. Probably around 30 or 40? A lot, in any case and I sang their praises to anyone who would listen.

Most importantly, we became real friends. Like the kind that can only be made while playing your heart out to an audience of five. Not only are they three of my best friends, they are also one of the bands I look to most for inspiration in my own music and in my life. In 2005, when Matador Records called, I borrowed Choo Choo’s drummer, Jon Langmead to join me down at SXSW to play for them. He’s been playing drums with me ever since.

And now, I find myself in the very fortunate position of releasing Choo Choo La Rouge’s 2nd full length album on Kiam.  Recorded in their own studio over the course of  3 years – and while living in 3 separate cities — the record is a classic.  It’s called Black Clouds and it will be released on August 18, 2009.

Please enjoy the song, “It’s Gonna Happen Fast” from Black Clouds.  Download it, share it, spread the word!

It’s Gonna Happen Fast