âYouth,â Beat Happening
This 1984 ditty is a fitting prologue to the whole K story. âI thought there must be more to this world than weâre being told,â Calvin Johnson sings. âWhen youâre young, you can afford to be bold.â
âRollin in the Tide,â The Few
Bryan Elliott is one of the minor characters in the story of K who had a huge impact on the label. K returned the favor by teaching him that punk did not require a leather jacket. Elliott went on to form the Few.
âC is the Heavenly Option,â Heavenly
The more you hear Calvin Johnsonâs deep, off-key baritone voice, the better it sounds. This brilliant duet with Brit Amelia Fletcher is my favorite unexpected collaboration.
âVirginia Reel Around the Fountain,â Halo Benders
Doug Martschâs intricate, meandering guitar and Calvinâs beat-cool poetry are one of indie rockâs great unlikely pairings.
âOne Small Step,â Lake
I spent relatively little time listening to current K artists. But Lake was an exception. I played this song every time I finished a chapter. âOne small step for the author,â Eli Moore sings, âwho gathers evidence to offer.â Then the groove kicks in and I dance a little bit.
SEE IT: Mark Baumgarten reads from Love Rock Revolution on Thursday, July 12, at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St. 7:30 pm. An after-party (featuring covers of K Records songs) takes place the same night at Valentines, 232 SW Ankeny St. 9 pm. $3. 21+.