Kaki King – “The Betrayer” (Stereogum Premiere)

brandon | March 29, 2010 - 12:36 pm

Rolling Stone-approved “Guitar God” Kaki King has taken a darker turn on Junior, her followup to 2008’s Dreaming Of Revenge. The newer collection has a gentler seeming title, but comes with a “Parental Advisory” sticker, more “bass ass” promotional photos, and songs with titles like “Death Head, “Hallucinations From My Poisonous German Streets,” “Spit It Back In My Mouth,” and “My Nerves That Committed Suicide.” (Maybe recording with the Mountain Goats for the Black Pear Tree EP rubbed off on her? Though we’re told she recently collaborated with Timbaland on a song featuring Miley Cyrus, so don’t jump to conclusions.) Lead track “The Betrayer” was inspired by Agent Zig Zag, Ben McIntyre’s 2007 book about British double-agent Eddie Chapman, who went from spying for the Nazis in World War II to working for the Brits thereafter. So, right, maybe “dreaming of revenge” on a larger scale: Double lives, espionage, saving yourself at the expense of someone who trusted you, escapes via rooftops, etc. You’d probably do well to listen to it metaphorically, too.

Kaki King – “The Betrayer”

Junior is out 4/13 via Rounder. She’s on the road in the States right after that.

04/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
04/16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/17 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
04/19 – Northhampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
04/20 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
04/21 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
04/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
04/29 – Washingotn, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
04/30 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/01 – Atlanta, GA @ The Variety Playhouse
05/04 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
05/05 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
05/06 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
05/07 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
05/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
05/09 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
05/11 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
05/12 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up, Aspen
05/14 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
05/15 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
05/16 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
05/19 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
05/20 – Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theater
05/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theater
05/24 – San Diego, CA @ The Belly Up
05/25 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House

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