Kind of Like Spitting

Kind of Like Spitting

Infobox musical artist
Name = Kind of Like Spitting

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Origin = Portland, Oregon, United States
Genre = Indie rock
Years_active = 1996–2006
Label = Jealous Butcher
New American Dream
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Current_members = Ben Barnett
David J.
Past_members = Ryan Moore
Ryan Matheson
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Kind of Like Spitting was an American indie rock band. They formed in 1996 in Portland, Oregon. The band was led by prolific singer-songwriter Ben Barnett, who has drawn comparisons to Elliott Smith, Mark Eitzel, Billy Bragg, and Robert Pollard.cite web
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Over the next decade Kind of Like Spitting gained a strong following throughout the United States and internationally. Barnett regularly toured in the US, sometimes with David J. or a backing band, but said bands generally disintegrated after touring.

In the UK, the track "Birds of a Feather" was picked up and played by John Peel but didn't get regular airplay.cite web
title=John Peel show 10th June 1999
publisher=University of Edinburgh - School of Informatics

Kind of Like Spitting was known for recording and releasing many albums in a short time (12 in seven years.) Such habits led one reporter to remark, "Has it been five minutes already? OK, time for a new Kind of Like Spitting album!" when they released The Thrill of the Hunt.cite web |url=
title=Kind of Like Spitting Release Another Album
publisher=Pitchforkmedia, Inc.accessdate=2007-05-21

Kind of Like Spitting announced its break-up October 8, 2006 for personal reasons.

As of around June 2007 Ben has been involved in the Paul Green School of Rock, teaching kids music in Seattle. At the end of 2007 he also appeared under his own name on a Local Cut compilation (released on Boy Gorilla Records) entitled 'Another Grey Christmas' with the song 'Last Christmas in Portland'.cite web |url=
title='Another Grey Christmas'
] He has also begun posting demos of Blunt Mechanic songs (including two John Lennon covers) on his Myspace page.



* "You Secretly Want Me Dead" - Hush Records
* "Nothing Makes Sense Without It" - New American Dream
* "Old Moon in the Arms of the New" - Hush Records
* "One Hundred Dollar Room" - Ohev/Ganaarecordings
* "Bridges Worth Burning" - Barsuk
* "" - Hush Records
* "In the Red" - Hush Records
* "The Thrill of the Hunt" - Redder Records


* "Kind of Like Spitting" (Cassette) - Jealous Butcher
* "Kind of Like Spitting" (EP), a.k.a. "The Blue EP" - Hush Records
* "Self Titled EP" - Hush Records
* "Birds of a Feather" - Grand Theft Autumn Records
* "Insound Tour Support #14" -
* "Live in Seattle (Kind of Like Spitting album)" - self-released (30 April


* "Kind of Like Spitting/Rose of Sharon" - Jealous Butcher
* "Kind of Like Spitting/The City on Film/Sterling Silver − Slowdance Tour" - Jealous Butcher (1998)
* "Kind of Like Spitting/The City on Film - Sport Records (1999)
* "Kind of Like Spitting/Jeff London - Home Vol. 1 - Post-Parlo (11 July 2000)
* "Kind of Like Spitting/Lemuria - Your Livingroom's All Over Me" - Art of the Underground (24 May 2006)


* "Nailed to the Stars"
* "Aircheck" (cassette)
* "A Very Indie Christmas"
* "Chico, CA"
* "Less"
* "Mass"
* "Flag"
* "Insound Tour Support Vol.1"
* "Slightest Indication of Change"
* "Find" Soundtrack"
* "Metaphysics for Beginners"
* "Read: Interpreting Björk"
* "PDX Pop Now!"
* "What Are Friends For?"
* "Mile: A Hush Compilation

Redder Records covers

Kind of Like Spitting has recorded a series of cover songs for Redder Records.

* Drunk Sincerity (Bad Religion)
* Land of Competition (Bad Religion)
* St. Swithin's Day (Billy Bragg)
* Title Track (Death Cab for Cutie)
* Sin City (Gram Parsons)
* Hewlitt's Daughter (Grandaddy)
* In Love With a View (Mojave 3)
* Inside of Love (Nada Surf)
* Some Girls Like Cigarettes (The Karl Hendricks Trio)
* Tom Courtenay (Yo La Tengo)

Related projects

Ben's other projects

*Slotcar (?-95)
*Urban Legends (2002-03)
*The Thermals (2003)
*Worker Bee - Demos were written under this name for some of the 05/06 releases
*Cash Money Bros. (also featured Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie)
*Unsounds (also featuring E*Rock and Ian Lynam/Snowy D. Bear)
*Lips Like Air (also featuring E*Rock)

David's other projects

*Novi Split - Solo project, new album out Feb '07 on Hush Records
*The Real Diego
*The Cherry Chans
*The Sexy Sexies
*DSL (The Band)


External links

* [ Kind of Like Spitting on MySpace]
* [ Barsuk Records: Kind of Like Spitting page]
* [http://www.hushrecords/kols.html Hush Records: Kind of Like Spitting page]
* [ Kind of Like Spitting] on LyricWiki
* [ Unofficial website for Kind of Like Spitting] (Now Defunct)
* [ Detailed Kind of Like Spitting Discography]

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