News Archive

December 2, 2009

After quite sometime (a decade) Kirk's recordings with 12 Rounds are being made available for download for free. So far 2 songs "Xocet" and "Shine On" are available in different download quality. The recordings sound great. Visit for these and releases in the future. Kirk's discography lists track names and contribution.

More news... Kirk will be playing bass with Miranda Lee Richards at Spaceland on January 7, 2010. See calendar.


November 12, 2009

Kirk will be perfoming on Moog Guitar as part of Mike Einziger's ensemble. Kirk has enlisted other Branca alumni to play as well. This takes place at Walt Disney Concert Hall on November 21, at 9:30PM. 111 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Eureka! West Coast, Left Coast Festival Opening Event. There are four acts on this bill: Kronos Quartet, Terry Riley, Matmos & Mike Einziger.

Mike's piece will be for 12 strings (mixed vln, and vc) and 12 Moog guitars. It will be conducted by (cello vituoso) Suzie Katayama (who also played on Pink Noise Test's "Plasticized").

Get tickets here:

September 17, 2009

The show tonight is at Spaceland. NOT the Echo.

August 11, 2009

Kirk will be playing bass for Miranda Lee Richards Monday August 17 at The Silverlake Lounge, Silverlake, CA USA 10pm. Directions


March 13, 2009

For those of you that missed the live stream of the KCRW video. Here it is.


Here's the KTLA performance

February 13, 2009

This just in... Kirk's gonna be on T.V. Set your DVRs, Tivos, VCRs really? whatever. Yer not all gonna be up a 8:30AM. Kirk's playing with Miranda Lee Richards appearing live on KTLA Morning News THIS MONDAY February 16th. Recap, KTLA Channel 5, 8:30AM.

Kirk will also be on the Radio with Miranda Lee Richards on Morning Becomes Eclectic. They're doing a set of songs between 11:00AM-12:00PM Thursday March 12th. If you're on the Internet you can stream the performance live by going to:

January 8, 2009

Happy New Year! Another show with Victoria at Bordello in downtown Los Angeles has just been added to the calendar (Jan. 17th). First show of '09. And don't forget the Miranda Lee Richards residency at Spaceland in February - Tuedays.

December 6, 2008

This just in... Another show date has been added to the Calendar. Kirk's playing bass with Victoria at Bordello in downtown Los Angeles. So there's plenty of opportunity to catch up with him this coming week.

November 7, 2008

So Kirk's Calendar is exploding beginning next week through Feb. Branca, Miranda Lee Richards, Victoria, Ringside. Plenty of opportunity to catch Kirk playing several different types of music/instruments. His calendar is full, and now so is yours and mine.

October 2008

Two more dates added to the Calendar.

Kirk will be playing bass with Miranda Lee Richards at Boardner's, Thursday Oct 9.

Fans of Caveat Emptor can rejoice. After a long hiatus, Kirk will be joining his partner in Aural abuse E.J. Nervo at Echo Curio in Echo Park, Saturday, October 25th.

August 19, 2008

Kirk will again be playing bass with Miranda Lee Richards at Spaceland, Thursday August 21.

The next performance of Branca's 100 guitar piece "SYMPHONY NO. 13 (Hallucination City)" will be at The Pageant in St. Louis on Nov. 13, 2008 on a program with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, who will be performing works by Varese, Zappa, and the world premiere of Branca's 1st movement from "Symphony No. 14 (The Harmonic Series)" conducted by David Robertson.

August 3, 2008

The show with Miranda Lee Richards has been changed to Wednesday August 13th.

July 29, 2008

Kirk will be playing bass with Miranda Lee Richards Wednesday August 6th at Three of Clubs. It's a free show and will be showcasing songs off Miranda's new album "Light of X" to be released in October 2008. See calendar for more info.

Apr. 8, 2008

It's been a little while since the last news update but not all news gets posted for one reason or another but there's good reason to post some info for shows coming up end of this month, and in May. Looks like Kirk will be in Japan the week of April 21-28 doing some Solo guitar performances.

In May you'll find Kirk in Olympic Structure Park for Seattle Art Museum's 75 Anniversary. See the calendar page for more links/details.

Dec. 1, 2007

Looks like Kirk's going to be racking up some more frequent flyer miles in '08.

A few new shows posted on calendar. One for this coming Friday--locally and the rest for early '08.

Those actual Russia dates will be posted as they're available.

Oct. 15, 2007

New Caveat Emtpor show posted.

Dates for Russia/Siberia/Ukraine/Eastern European Posponed/Cancelled.

Sept. 28, 2007

Dates for Russia/Siberia/Ukraine/Eastern European Festival Tour listed.

Sept. 18, 2007

More dates added for October-November Tours. Check Calendar.

Sept. 14, 2007

Kirk will be playing bass for MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS on Saturday September 29. See calendar...

August 30, 2007

Kirk is currently holed up in the studio playing bass, guitar, keyboards etc. on the next Ringside album. Special guest musicians thus far have included Ben Harper and Chris Stills. There is also yet another tour in Russia in the planning stages for Mid September through October. This one will be outdoor festivals. The last one in the Ukraine was for 60,000.

Kirk will also be performing in the Alto section of an upcoming performance Glenn Branca's Hallunication City Symphony #13 on October 12 in London, England.

Recent studio work has included sessions for Dr. Dre, Nas, Eminem and Gwen Stefani.

It looks like the next Meow Meow album will see the light of day sometime in 2008. It looks as though it'll be a double album (2 CD). Mixes are being finalized and the song selection/sequences are being worked on. Stay tuned for further details...

Kirk's solo album is still in the works although it's taken a back seat to the current workload.

July 31, 2007

Kirk will be playing bass for MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS on Tuesday August 7. If you missed Kirk with Miranda last time here's your chance to make it up. See Calendar for Venue(Largo).

June 18, 2007

Bummer, Branca gig in Italy has been CANCELLED.

June 16, 2007

Kirk will be performing in Glenn Branca's Orchestra again. This time in Rome, Italy. The Piece "Symphony No. 13 Hallucination City.

The show in Rome is sponsored by Fondazione Musica Per Roma. The performance will be on June 30 at Auditorium Parco Della Musica at 21:00.

There are more dates with other projects. Check the Calender.

February 24, 2007

Kirk co produced and played banjo, harmonium, optigan, guitar, noise and loops on the Frankel song "Necessary". It was part of a compilation album z"At The Crossroads: A Benefit for Homeless Youth" on Three Ring Records.

Kirk played guitar/noise on 3 tracks on the new Purr Machine album "Starry".
Sad I'm Gone, Nefarious and Choose Your Fire.The release date is set for March 2 on Pandamonium. The album can be ordered directly or through iTunes and CD Baby shortly after release.

Febuary 7, 2007

After a Thursday, 2/8 show at the Roxy in Hollywood, CA--Kirk is off to Russia/Eastern Europe for a short tour with Ringside (see cal.)

December 13, 2006

Kirk is playing guitar, bass,keyboards & electronics with Ringside (Geffen Records). In addition to several live dates Kirk is also in the studio with them recording their sophomore cd. Check the calender link for dates this month.

October 18, 2006

So Kirk went, came and went again. Branca shows went extremely well, look for Kirk in Rome/2007. Kirk's currently in Japan and has some gig's coming up. Check the calender link. Here's a little more info...

Kirk's performing (as Diskonekt the Hi-Fi)as part of Neo Noise Blood Vol 6 in Osaka, Japan on Friday, 20 October and again at the ICCFA Center for Audio Arts (Osaka) on Saturday, 21 October. On Sunday 22 October, Kirk will be in Tokyo, Japan at the Chrome Hearts store (6-3-14 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062) performing solo guitar in collaboration w/Kyoka contributing more ambiance to the store.

September 12, 2006

So after some fun gigs in West Virginia, with MEOW MEOW. Kirk is off again.

Kirk has been asked to perform as part of Glenn Branca's Orchestra again. There will be three shows in Belgium. See cal. More info.

There will also be a couple of solo gigs in Europe and Japan. Watch cal for dates.

August 6, 2006

Thank you all for coming out to the "westside" shows. It was great see you all.

MEOW MEOW is doing two shows in September. Taking a trip to play for some friends from Ohio and make some new ones in West Virginia. Check the cal. for dates and info.

June 26, 2006

As promised way back in April, There's finally some pictures of the Branca show. You'll also find a few pics from the MEOW MEOW show at the Roxy.

On another note, MEOW MEOW is doing two shows in July. Check the Calendar page for details.

April 24, 2006

So... if you missed the last MEOW MEOW show, here's another opportunity-- Thursday, May 11 at the Roxy. See the Calendar page for time etc.

April 6, 2006

So first of all, thank you all for coming to the Glenn Branca show. It was very successful and a fun time was had by all. Some pics and a short video clip will be added shortly. Stay tuned.

Kirk will be performing on April 15, with his band MEOW MEOW at Spaceland. Hope to see you there.

March 8, 2006

Kirk will be performing in a guitar ensemble by Glenn Branca, March 29th. A long time fan of Glenn's, Kirk is looking forward to working with him. Look for Kirk in the Alto section. Info and links on the Calendar page.

February 26, 2006

In light of the recent/several date changes for the Meow Meow gig - March 2nd, to state what might seem obvious... It would behoove those who might want to be notified about such changes etc. to submit their e-mail address to this website (submission field in bottom frame). For instance: Here's an update that might affect a few people. Instead of being $7 to get into the Echo. The cover is FREE for those over 21 and $5 for those under 21. The club is 18 and over.

February 10, 2006

Kirk/Meow Meow is playing a gig at the Echo check the calendar. This show should feature songs recorded for their follow up album as well as an older song that will be new to us all.
Please note: the date has been changed AGAIN to Thur. March 2nd

Ah yes, he's writing more songs (when isn't he?).
hmm... is that really news?

Hope to see you all at the Echo.

Leave a message for Kirk (on the contact page).

November 13, 2005

Kirk's got a gig coming up check out the calendar.


October 30, 2005

Welcome to the new and hopefully improved Kirk Hellie website. It was long past due and quite a little undertaking. Digging up discography/details, video, going through archives of audio, video, pictures etc. The look is quite a bit different. It'll be interesting to see how long this "what is it? blue?" color lasts before it gets changed to more muted and earthly dark tones. So you can suffer/enjoy this background color with us.

There's a lot more to see here these days. And hopefully there'll be more frequent updates/ rotating audio/video and more pictures.

So, for those of you who were just here yesterday, you will remember this being the page to go to for info on where Kirk was playing and where. Well, that is not case anymore. There's a new section for that called "calendar". It is there you will find either nothing or hopefully a listing of where you can find kirk doing what he loves... hmm... hard to figure out where performing ranks on his favorites list. Well, it's in the top five anyhow. For the purpose of history/naustalgia, we're leaving up the six months of "news" including the dates of his last performances. Anything older than six months will be located in the Archived News section at the bottom of this page.

Any photographs of past events that might have been found here have been moved to the gallery.

So on with the news already...

Meow Meow has an album available via CD Baby. If you don't know about them. He's a little info. They are a company that helps make available music of the independant musician. They take a fair cut and handle the shipping. The rest of sale goes to the artist. It's a great of discovering music that would otherwise not be available for listen or purchase. So Kirk's/Meow Meow's "Snow Gas Bones" is available to listen to in it's entirety as well as purchase it if you'd like. We're also working together to make other albums and perhaps unreleased music that you'd only have heard live or if you were a guest during the recording of it. The "merch" link on the navigational bar will take you directly to Meow Meow's "Snow Gas Bones". The label Meow Meow was on is no more. So once these CDs are gone, there won't be any more. I'd like to think otherwise but that'll be the case for a long time. So get'm while the gettin' is good.

More news...

Meow Meow has been busy recording since late December 2004. There are 25 odd tracks to choose from for the next album for which the band is shopping to various labels. The recordings were done at Regeneration (Kirk's home Studio in Hollywood at the Committee to Keep Music Evil Headquarters w/Rob Campenella (in Hollywood) and most recently with producer/engineer Eddie Ashworth (who Kirk has had a long recording history with since Pink Noise Test) in Athens, Ohio. Thanks to everyone who went out and purchased the debut "Snow Gas Bones. Meow Meow hope to find a home for the new album and have it come out next year. Look to the Cal section for when upcomming dates are posted.

Kirk also has plans for doing some acoustic based solo shows as well as resuming live shows with Edward J. Nervo as Caveat Emptor in the coming months.

March 28, 2005.

Kirk will be performing with meow meow

Thursday March 31 2005 at the
1822 Sunset Blvd
213 413 8200
8:45 PM

It's FREE if you email your name to:

You'll be on the meow meow guest list at the door.
They'll be playing several songs from their forth comming sophmore album.

Also Eric Heywood (pedal steel) of Son Volt fame will be sitting in with the band on a few tunes.

September 8, 2004

Kirk has four gigs coming up with Meow Meow.

The knitting factory alterknit lounge as well as the good hurt set lists will feature several of the slower/ambient tracks on snow gas bones as well as several for the next record. You know, still "poppy."..but in MORE of a heroin way..........   

Wednesday, September 8, 2004 at:
King King Hollywood
6555 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Set time is 9:30 p.m.
FREE, 21 and over

Sunday, September 19, 2004 at:

Knitting Factory Alterknit Lounge
7021 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Set time is 9:00 p.m.
$5 cover

Monday, September 20, 2004 at:

Silverlake Lounge (the FOLD)
2906 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Set time is 11:00 p.m.
FREE, over 21
w/Run Run Run, Mere Mortals and Slow Signal Fade

Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at:

Good Hurt
12249 Venice Blvd.
(West) Los Angeles, CA 90066
Set time is 8:00 p.m.
$5 Cover, 21 and over w/ID
w/Muso, Tracy Shedd, and Trespassers William



Monday, August 9, 2004 at:
Bottom of The Hill
1233 17th Street.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Set time is 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 12, 2004 at:

Silverlake Lounge (the FOLD)
2906 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Set time is 9:00 p.m.


Kirk has two gigs coming up with Meow Meow.

The shows are for the International Pop Overthrow Festivals (IPO).
The Los Angeles Show at Spaceland in Silverlake and in San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill.

Also news... Meow Meow has a new drummer-Kevin Stevens, give him a nice welcome.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at:

1717 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Set time is 9:00 p.m.

Monday, August 9, 2004 at:
Bottom of The Hill
1233 17th Street.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Set time is 9:00 p.m.



Meow Meow’s debut album Snow Gas Bones will be available in stores on March 16 on Devil In The Woods Records.

There are a bunch of gigs coming up in March.
One locally @ Spaceland and a couple in Austin, TX at SXSW.
Keep reading for details.

Kirk will be performing live with Meow Meow in Silverlake, Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at:

1717 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Set time is 9:30 p.m.

What is especially cool about this gig is that it’s a Devil In the Woods night and advance CDs of Meow Meow's album entitled Snow Gas Bones will be at the show. Another act on Devil In The Woods—recording artists Frank Jordan are also performing. It should be a great night.

Meow Meow are also playing two dates at SXSW in Austin, TX.

Wednesday, March 17 @ Maggie Maes
323 E 6th St, Austin, TX (512) 478-8541

Friday, March 19 @ B. D. Riley's between 1pm-5pm
204 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX (512) 494-1335

( Party)


Kirk will be performing live with Meow Meow in Silverlake, Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at:

1717 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Set time is 9:30 p.m.


Kirk will be performing live with Meow Meow in Silverlake, Saturday, November 1, 2003 at:

1717 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Set time is 9:00 p.m.

Meow Meow have scraped the e.p. idea and decided to make it a full length album. The additional tracks were first recorded at Kirk's home studio and then brought to Hideout Recordings for further treatments/vocals/drums etc. The album was produced by meow meow and Eddie Ashworth. Recording has been completed and the album will be released in Europe the beginning of 2004 and in the US shortly after.

Stay tuned for track listing, title and label information.


Caveat Emptor will perform live WED June 18 for Twine, an experimental electronic music night in the AlterKnit Room at the Knitting Factory
7021 Hollywood Blvd, Suite 209
Hollywood, CA 90028
Set time is 11:00 p.m. Earplugs highly recommended.

Meow Meow have finished their 6 song e.p. entitled "Great Favourites from the Glaucoma Ochestra" and are currently in rehearsals in Los Angeles. The full line is:

Christopher O Brien: Vocals, guitar, keys
Kirk Hellie: Guitar, vocals, keys, electronics
Michael Orendy: Bass, keys, vocals
Norm Block: Drums, vocals



Caveat Emptor will perform at:
California Institute of abnormal Arts (CIA), 818 506 6353
11334 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood
Friday, 10/18 at 11:00 p.m. (NEW TIME)

In studio for a couple weekends of guerilla studio sessions for Meow Meow with Eddie Ashworth, Kirk and Chris at Hideout (pictured). Norm Block came by to play on some tracks for their forthcoming e.p.

Back from Japan, Kirk will be playing with TAPE at the Troubadour. Monday, September 30, 10:00 P.M. Free for 21 and over. $3 under 21.

There's a picture and article on TAPE in September's KERRANG.

In the September Issue of Metal Hammer Magazine you can find Kirk sportin' a beard this past spring back stage with TAPE.

In the July Issue of Chrome Hearts Magazine (Japan) Vol. 3 there is a feature article on Kirk including a compilation CD which contains the debut track “Cracked” from Meow Meow—the project featuring Kirk & Christopher O’Brien.

In the April Issue of Brutus Magazine (Japan) there's an article/interview with Richard Stark (Chrome Hearts) commenting about Kirk Hellie & Joe Foti.

disKoNeKt the Hi-Fi performed live opening night of “Phantasmagoria”—a new Joe Foti art exhibit. View pictures.
September 18, 2002 in Osaka, Japan.
Nishi-Shinsaibashi Chuo-Ku
Osaka 542-0086
Phone: 06-6214-8820
7:30 P.M.

View pictures from Kirk's trip to Tokyo, Japan, including some from "Fisting Scars", a collaboration of Joe Foti's art and Kirk's music. A big collection of Foti's art was displayed while Kirk's music was triggered by the audience via infrared devices.