FILE UNDER: THE DILS, RANK AND FILE, BLACKBIRD, COWBOY NATION, or wherever the f**k you want
Brothers Chip and Tony Kinman had fronted some of the most influential bands of the last quarter of the 20th century. Don’t believe us?
After forming the seminal punk band, The Dils (and even scoring an appearance in Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke), the brothers became cow-punk pioneers with their next band, Rank And File (whose early line-up included Alejandro Escovedo). They took a more industrial turn with their next band, Blackbird, and returned to more traditional country with Cowboy Nation.
For the first time, 22 previously unissued performances from all 4 bands are collected on Chip & Tony Kinman: Sounds Like Music. Selected by Chip, and taken from the brothers’ archives, these restored and remastered tracks trace their journey like no other collection has, or could. Featuring photos, ephemera, and new notes from Chip, it takes listeners from the D.I.Y. aesthetic of L.A. punk to cowboy songs that feel like they’ve been around forever.
Speaking of liner notes, while you’re in reading mode, Chip will be featured in the new book by John Doe (X) with Tom DeSavia and Friends, More Fun In The New World: The Unmaking And Legacy Of L.A. Punk, coming June 4th.
Sadly, Tony passed away in 2018, but Chip & Tony Kinman: Sounds Like Music solidifies the brothers’ legacy, adds to their already beloved body of work and is a fitting tribute to the music they made together.
Real Style– Blackbird Folks Say Go– The Dils Me Too– Blackbird Liberation– Blackbird Jersey Girl– Blackbird Dope– Blackbird Rank And File(Alternate Version) – Rank And File Candy– Blackbird Amanda Ruth(Alternate Version) – Rank And File Lucky Day(Alternate Version) – Rank And File Paniolo(Alternate Version) – Cowboy Nation Citizen– Rank And File Revolution Is Rising– Blackbird Dream On– Blackbird Restless– Rank And File Landslide– Rank And File Old Paint– Blackbird Blue Hair– Blackbird Perfect Day– Blackbird She’s Real Gone– Blackbird Rebel(Alternate Version) – Cowboy Nation All The Same– Blackbird