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sad13 haunted painting

Making music is a lot like possession, a concept Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz took literally with her second solo release as Sad13, Haunted Painting. A horror story written with a glittery gel pen, the album traverses themes as diverse as cancel culture and comedians (“Hysterical”), isolation (“Ghost (of a Good Time”)), and a right-wing coup d’état that overthrew Argentina’s government in 1976 (“Into the Catacombs”). Dupuis, who is also a published poet, has the uncanny ability to make the sacred profane and the profane sacred; an album that could have been a spooky pastiche in a lesser writer’s hands is just as uniquely haunting as its title promises.

The title of Sad13’s (aka Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz fame) new album is Haunted Painting, and while that may recall memories of The Haunted Mansion or the animated inhabitants adorning the walls of Hogwarts castle, it was actually inspired by a real-life portrait. Dupuis was consumed by a Franz von Stuck work at the Frye Gallery in Seattle, and she was so taken with the subject’s hollow eyes and glum face she named her second solo album in its honour and plastered a similar portrait of herself on its cover. The actual contents of the record, however, are far from gloomy, as she attacks pop standards with her sharp and shiny brands of song writing and production. Outside of a drummer and, in two cases, an eight-string orchestra, Dupuis takes care of all the other instrumentation herself—glockenspiel included—but the record features guest vocal appearances from an impressive cast including Helado Negro’s Roberto Lange, Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs and Pile’s Rick Maguire. It’s all quite an intriguing concept from one of indie rock’s best writers, and we can’t wait to hear what Dupuis cooks up this time.

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Ghost (of a Good Time)” from Haunted Painting, out September 25th, 2020

Sadie Dupuis – production, engineering, arrangements, guitar, bass, synth, organ, drum programming, vocals Zoë Brecher – drums, percussion Merrill Garbus – vocals Maryam Qudus – engineering, handclaps

“DTMFA” was the last song I wrote and recorded for the Sad13 album, but something about it felt yacht rock i.e. better suited for Speedy Ortiz. So with some synth leads swapped for guitar lines, it was one of the first we worked on as a band for Twerp Verse, and a live staple in 2016. The Poet’s Seat is an observation tower in Western Mass, which I was visiting around the time I wrote this. I was also carrying around a tincture that was supposed to help me commune with ghosts. Basically, looking for guidance any place I could find it, because I really needed to DTMFA, the motherfucker being all my stupid baggage. We’re happy it has a home with the Adult Swim Singles Series alongside our 2014 entry “Bigger Party,” one of the earliest Speedy demos I made which was quite literally about a time I made out with all of the person I liked’s friends. Faux pas!!! I’m way older and wiser now and hopefully I’ve been forgiven!!! Even though I’m never that sorry.
Releases October 12th, 2019

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“Lean In When I Suffer” is about that fun breed of “ally” who wears out their already exhausted friends by relying on us for excessive emotional labor. They want props for their wokeness, but don’t want to put in any actual work or divest themselves of power. They just take up space, and shut down when you try to talk them through their problematic tendencies. Because #selfcare? So you’re stuck in a toxic vampiric loop trying to maintain a relationship–Lean In And Suffer, why don’t you!

Director Ari Ratner gives the clip a hyperactive cut-and-paste PBS vibe, with lots of clowning and fun costumes, like the one worn by Speedy Ortiz bandleader Sadie Dupuis. The throes of her depression send her to a place with people promising relief, and delivering even worse feelings.

Director Ari Ratner took this concept a step further to address another annoyance we found relatable as hell, which is when “people give unsolicited advice about how to beat depression. [They] typically fail to acknowledge depression as a real illness and often minimize the experiences of the person they are trying to help.” So our OK-to-Cry-Corral band gets put through happiness bootcamp from a group of clowns who’ve “never been sad” (and some accompanying Crayola-bright illustrations from Julia Emiliani).

Ultimately, playing angry rock songs is our favorite form of therapy

“Lean In When I Suffer” is the second single from Speedy Ortiz’s forthcoming album, “Twerp Verse,” out April 27th on Carpark Records.


Speedy Ortiz  is back, The Fabulous front woman Sadie Dupuis has mastered the balance of playing familiar material from her band’s early catalog while letting what’s on the horizon shine. Speedy Ortiz performed twice during SXSW during the week, and while the setlists were different, each was book ended with ear candy from the excellent albums  Foil Deer and Major Arcana albums, both are filled with gems,  Sadie has a penchant for writing great songs like the triumphant “Lucky 88”—from the band’s upcoming newest and upcoming album Twerp Verse (out April 27 on Carpark). Always eclectically dressed and with an array of ornate headpieces, Dupuis is so delightful to see and hear live. She frequently loses herself in the bombastic music played by her band, but always maintains her presence onstage, to the point that you can feel her cycling through the thoughts and emotions of her intriguing songwriting.


“Lean In When I Suffer” is the second single from Speedy Ortiz’s forthcoming album, “Twerp Verse,” out April 27th on Carpark Records.


Live at House of Vans at the SXSW festival in Austin Texas. 

Members of Speedy Ortiz are beginning to hit their stride.  This band of Western Massachusetts guitar music heroes The band — singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, new guitarist Devin McKnight , and drummer Mike Falcone  It’s a rare moment in the life of Speedy Ortiz — a day off. Over the last year, and 2014, in particular, they’ve been Road Dogs of the Highest Order, schlepping out on tours that have taken them all over the United States, Canada, Europe, and back. They’ve been on some impressive bills along the way: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, the Breeders, Los Campesinos, Joanna Gruesome, and Bonnaroo. shared a stage with Dinosaur Jr., Mac DeMarco, Those Darlins, and many more) on Saturday, July 12th, it’s out on the road again. One of the gigs on their upcoming tour will be at Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival, the eponymous live-music extravaganza of the site that, it can’t be argued, kicked the band into high demand in the first place when it rightly named their album Major Arcana Best New Music a year ago.

Major Arcana takes the guitar acrobatics and straightforward swing of many a ’90s band — Pavement, Helium, Polvo, Dinosaur Jr. — and wraps them all in Dupuis’s powerful, quivering voice and wry lyrics. Sadie Dupuis’s crunchy guitar histrionics are joined by the beefy chords of former guitarist Matt Robidoux (who took an indefinite hiatus from the band in May, replaced now by McKnight), and songs like “No Below” and “Tiger Tank” get their hooks in you on first listen. Falcone’s thundering drums and Ferm’s steady back end tie the whole thing up. Major Arcana is a major success, and it’s only now, with this bit of time off, that Dupuis and company have had time enough to work on any new material.


The one-two punch of Speedy Ortiz’s 2012 EP “Sports” and the 2013 album Major Arcana” made the band darlings of the indie world and standard bearers for the ’90s revival, since they play loud guitars and bear a passing resemblance to cultishly beloved grunge-era greats.  For Major Arcana’s follow-up, frontwoman Sadie Dupuis retreated to her mother’s home in the Connecticut woods and re-emerged with a batch of songs that should put some distance between her band and the neo-’90s gang.

“Puffer,” for instance, envelops listeners in thick waves of warm, fuzzy distortion with Sadie Dupuis intoning honey-sweet melodies seemingly right in their ear–a strangely calming sensation, and the kind of innovative spin on guitar rock that’s been hard to come by recently.


In a recent press release about Speedy Ortiz‘s new album, Foil Deer, bandleader Sadie Dupuis mentioned that the music “feels stronger.” There’s always been a certain confidence within the Massachusetts band’s songs, even the sad ones, that dates all the way back to the fuzzy brilliance of the 2012 single “Taylor Swift”  But “Raising the Skate” definitely feels like the band at its more empowered, and Dupuis’ diction is, per usual, razor-blade sharp. But just because I let you kill time dangling me from the quarry doesn’t mean that I won’t land on my feet, she sings softly during one of the song’s quieter moments, before it combusts into a sneering, muscular refrain: that’s cause I’m the boss, caller of the shots.

Dupuis says “Raising the Skate” is a mission statement of sorts. “It’s crazy frustrating seeing women and girls, myself included, put in positions in which they have to shirk credit for their talent or otherwise risk getting dissed as overbearing and bitchy,”  “Being ‘the bigger person’ and letting others’ petulant behavior slide doesn’t always make you feel big.”Foil Deer” is out April 21st via Carpark Records.