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Video: Sleater-Kinney Reunite, Announce New Album, Tour

Janet Weiss, Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker

One of my favorite bands of all time, and one of the most important to emerge during the ’90s, Sleater-Kinney are back from an eight-year hiatus and will release a new album, No Cities To Love, on January 20, 2015.

During the break Corin Tucker has released to Corin Tucker Band albums and devoted time to her family. Most recently she was recording and performing as part of a supergroup with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck that they were calling super-Earth. Carrie Brownstein played in Wild Flag and co-created and co-starred in “Portlandia.” Weiss has played drums in a number of situations including Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

First song to be released is “Bury Our Friends,” with a lyric video featuring director and longtime Sleater-Kinney friend, Miranda July.

“Bury Our Friends”:

In an email to NPR, guitarist/singer Carrie Brownstein wrote:

“I feel like creativity is about where you want your blood to flow. Because in order to do something meaningful and powerful there has to be life inside of it. Maybe after The Woods that blood had thinned; we felt enervated, the focus had become disparate and diffuse. We drifted apart in order to concentrate on other elements of our lives and careers. Sleater-Kinney isn’t something you can do half-assed or half-heartedly. We have to really want it. And you have to feed that hunger and have the energy to. I’m not saying we need to be in a dark place to be in Sleater-Kinney. In fact, we could be in the best places in our lives. But we have to be willing to push, because the entity that is this band will push right back.

“We had no desire to revisit sounds and styles and paths we had treaded before. But in order to move forward, Corin and I worked together in a way that was more reminiscent of earlier albums like Dig Me Out. Meaning that we would write just the two of us and then bring songs to Janet later on in the process. I think we had to go back to an earlier model of writing in order to reacquaint ourselves with the language of the band. It’s a sonic vernacular that isn’t easily translated into other contexts in which we’ve played. This was a very deliberate writing process, there were many edits and iterations of the songs. We thought a lot about melody and structure.

“I spent a lot of time writing choruses for this record. Melody is what I was most picky about. I really drove Corin crazy sometimes. We would have choruses that we would work on for hours, days, maybe on and off over a matter of weeks. And we’d think we had solved it, but then I would listen to it later on and decide to discard it, that it wasn’t good enough. I did that with my guitar parts too. In the end we were all more scrutinizing with our own parts than we ever have been. I think we didn’t want to take any second of the song for granted, everything had to have an intention and earn its place.”

No Cities To Love Track List:

1. Price Tag
2. Fangless
3. Surface Envy
4. No Cities To Love
5. A New Wave
6. No Anthems
7. Gimme Love
8. Bury Our Friends
9. Hey Darling
10. Fade

And there will be a tour:

2015 Tour Dates:

02-08-15 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
02-09-15 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
02-10-15 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
02-12-15 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
02-13-15 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
02-14-15 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
02-15-15 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
02-17-15 Chicago, IL @ Riviera
02-22-15 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
02-24-15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
02-26-15 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
02-28-15 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
03-01-15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
03-18-15 Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnhof
03-19-15 Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso
03-20-15 Paris, France @ Cigale
03-21-15 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
03-23-15 London, UK @ Roundhouse
03-24-15 Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
03-25-15 Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
03-26-15 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

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Audio: Hear Previously Unreleased Sleater-Kinney Track, ‘Bury Our Friends,’ Right Now

Could this flyer mean that a new Sleater-Kinney album is on the way?

Previously unheard Sleater-Kinney song, “Bury Our Friends,” included with new box set, Start Together.

“Bury Our Friends”:

It’s rumored that there will be a new Sleater-Kinney album released January 20, 2015 called No Cities To Love, but that’s a RUMOR and nothing more at this point.

Sleater-Kinney is Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss.

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

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Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein Leaves Open Possibility of Sleater-Kinney Reunion

Photo via Stereogum.

“Portlandia” star Carrie Brownstein suggested during an interview posted at Stereogum today that the Sleater-Kinney story isn’t over yet.

Asked if Sleater-Kinney will reunite, Brownstein said:

I’m not sure. It’s a hard question. This is something I was actually talking about with Tavi Gevinson who does Rookie Mag. I’m such a fan of hers and her writing, and we were having coffee in Portland and we were just talking about how when something is very tied to a certain time in your life — it’s sometimes hard to reenter that at a different age or with a different perspective. So, it’s like finding a way into the container that is Sleater-Kinney, finding a way of entering that with something that isn’t necessarily as urgent as it was for me when I was 22. What I appreciate about Sleater-Kinney is that we did six records and they all felt different. It was a band that was able to encapsulate different sensibilities because we were focusing on it as music and art and not as a statement. That was something other people ascribed to it more than we did. So I would be curious. I think we have more to say. I think we ended at a time when it wasn’t tapering off, actually. I would be curious to know what the rest of the story is with that band.

Read more of the interview here.

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Watch: Pearl Jam, Carrie Brownstein, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark “Rockin’ in the Free World” – Full 7 minute performance

This is cool. The fan who shot the footage of Pearl Jam & Co. in Dallas the other night has now put the whole performance online.

Dig it!!

Watch: Pearl Jam, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark & Carrie Brownstein Cover Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World”

Anthemic version of the already anthemic “Rockin’ in the Free World” performed last night in Dallas during Pearl Jam’s concert. Unfortunately the song cuts off after two and a half minutes. Damn.

Here’s a version from Toronto in 2011 with Neil Young joining Pearl Jam about four minutes into the song.

And Pearl Jam and Sleater-Kinney rockin’ it from Mexico City, Mexico, Palacio de los Deportes, July 19, 2003.

Watch: Pearl Jam Talk About “Lightning Bolt”


In this documentary style video by Danny Clinch, the members of Pearl Jam talk about their upcoming album, Lightning Bolt, with Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein and Judd Apatow and others. The album is due out October 15. In addition to the talking, there’s music. It’s pretty good. If you dig Pearl Jam, or are curious about the state of making music with them in 2013, check it out.

Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein Loves Yoshitomo Nara’s Art


Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein, formerly one third of the riot grrrl band Sleater-Kinney, digs the art of Yoshitomo Nara so much she once wrote a short story, “Light My Fire,” inspired by one of the Japanese artist’s sculptures, according to the Huffington Post‘s “The Blog.”

“I went to this giant show that was an introduction to contemporary Japanese art called ‘Superflat’ [in 2001] and I was drawn to Nara’s work,” Brownstein told The Blog. “I loved the almost haunting but also very exhilarating juxtaposition between the child-like quality of his work and an almost punk rock fierceness — with a wisdom beyond their years, and the threat of mischief that’s just bordering on malevolence.

“His work spoke to me in a way where I thought about how adults underestimate kids all the time,” she continued. “When you are a child, you feel underestimated. And as an adult, you underestimate the power and the acuity or the abilities of children in certain ways, especially for them to have a dark side, a mischievous side. I wrote a little bit about that with ‘Light My Fire.'”

For more of the interview, head to The Blog.