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CARRIE BROWNSTEIN – HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL (SIGNED COPIES)
​From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life-and finding yourself-in music.

Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she w as a young girl grow ing up in the Pacific Northwest just as it was becoming the setting for one of the most important movements in rock history. Seeking a sense of home and identity, she would discover both while moving from spectator to creator in experiencing the power and mystery of a live performance. With Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein and her bandmates rose to prominence in the burgeoning underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s. They would be cited as “America’s best rock band” by legendary music critic Greil Marcus for their defiant, exuberant brand of punk that resisted labels and limitations, and redefined notions of gender in rock.

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sow ed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later.

With deft, lucid prose Brownstein proves herself as formidable on the page as on the stage. Accessibly raw , honest and heartfelt, this book captures the experience of being a young woman, a born performer and an outsider, and ultimately finding one’s true calling through hard work, courage and the intoxicating power of rock and roll.

Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
The trio still snap and crackle on their first set since 2005. No Cities might sound chaotic at first, but each element Corin Tucker’s sweet snarl, Janet Weiss’ rugged beats, Carrie Brownstein’s noisy solos—is exactly in its right place. Of course Sleater-Kinney was going to reunite—everybody reunites these days—but
Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss were stealthy about it: the trio didn’t let slip that they had been working on their first album in 10 years until it was already finished.

And what an album! The interplay between Brownstein and Tucker has rarely been tighter or more ferocious, their voices and guitars twisting, turning and intertwining over explosive drumming from Weiss on songs that are as tuneful as they are hard-hitting. Sleater-Kinney had built an enviable catalog before dissolving in 2006; No Cities to Love is a staggering return that ranks among their best work.

Sleater-Kinney perform No Cities To Love from their 2015 album of the same name on Sound Opinions.

Sleater-Kinney perform Get Up from their 1999 album The Hot Rock on Sound Opinions.

Sleater-Kinney perform Price Tag from their 2015 album No Cities To Love on Sound Opinions in Chicago.

Carrie Brownstein, Corrin Tucker and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney had released their most critically lauded album to date, The Woods, in 2005 when they decided to put the band on indefinite “hiatus.”Now, 10 years later, they have returned with a critically acclaimed new album, “No Cities to Love”, and sold out shows across the United States. Greg sat down with Carrie, Corin and Janet earlier this year and talked about the Riotgrrl origins of the band, why exactly they decided to go on hiatus and why it was important to them to make such a high energy new album. Greg and Carrie Brownstein also talked about her new found fame as 1/2 of the comedic duo with Fred Armisen in Portlandia.

Sleater-Kinney – ‘No Cities to Love’

The last time Sleater Kinney played the 9:30 Club, a transformer threatened to blow in the midst of a summer heat wave. Or maybe the Washington, D.C., club just couldn’t handle Corin Tucker’s pipes. That was nine years ago, on a goodbye-for-now tour that caught the trio at the top of its game. The show was rescheduled and Taped for NPR Music Radio, and we had our closure, crossing fingers that it wouldn’t be the last we’d hear from Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss.

In the intervening years, all three put their energies into other projects, some musical and some not, sometimes even together . But Sleater-Kinney has an electric chemistry of its own. As Brownstein quotes, “I really think Sleater-Kinney is a singular band with no clear predecessor or successor, so I don’t think we started out creating music that you could see the palette of colors that we were using, and maybe draw a lineage.”

On the first night of a two-night gig at the 9:30 Club, Sleater-Kinney went all-in with its set list. Tracks from the band’s monster of a new album, No Cities To Love, felt natural alongside songs like “Oh!” and “Words And Guitar,” obliterating the band’s timeline by demonstrating a catalog that’s always present, always on fire.

SET LIST
  • “Price Tag”
  • “Start Together”
  • “Fangless”
  • “Oh!”
  • “Surface Envy”
  • “Get Up”
  • “Ironclad”
  • “No Anthems”
  • “Youth Decay”
  • “What’s Mine Is Yours”
  • “A New Wave”
  • “No Cities To Love”
  • “One Beat”
  • “Words And Guitar”
  • “Bury Our Friends”
  • “Sympathy”
  • “Entertain”
  • “Jumpers”
ENCORE
  • “Gimme Love”
  • “Little Babies”
  • “Turn It On”
  • “Modern Girl”
  • “Dig Me Out”

“A New Wave” from Sleater-Kinney’s January 20th, 2015 album taken from the latest album “No Cities to Love”. Over the past few years, a few big indie types have guested on the Fox cartoon sitcom “Bob’s Burgers” or covered the show’s songs. But now, for the first time, “Bob’s Burgers” has put in a guest appearance in a big indie band’s video. Or, rather, the video copies a sort of Bob’s Burgers min-episode. “A New Wave” is maybe the catchiest song on the jaw-dropping Sleater-Kinney comeback record No Cities To Love“, and it’s the song they played on Letterman before they played any reunion shows. It’s now the first of the album’s songs to get a proper music video. In the clip, we see the animated version of Sleater-Kinney magically appearing in Tina Belcher’s bedroom, and a psychedelic dance party ensues.

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Sleater Kinney hiatus has come to an end. The Olympia, Washington trio has re-formed and recorded a powerful new song about perseverance, “Bury Our Friends,” that lives up to its punk and indie rock pasts with big, slithering riffs and a ringing, anthemic chorus. The song appears on a seven-inch single that comes with the group’s lavish, career-spanning vinyl box set “Start Together”, which also includes a 44-page booklet containing never-before-seen photos. the reunited trio will release their new LP “No Cities to Love”, a 10-track studio album featuring “Bury Your Friends,” on January 20th through Sub Pop Records. The album was secretly recorded at San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone Recordings earlier this year, with additional sessions taking place at Portland’s Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studio and Seattle’s Electrokitty. Producer John Goodmanson, who worked on four Sleater-Kinney albums, also returned to the fold .

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Sleater-Kinney  announcing a surprise reunion by way of releasing the amazing new song Bury Our Friends.” Then the second song the trio has shared from their forthcoming reunion album  No Cities To Loveis called “Surface Envy,” If anything, this is an even better Sleater-Kinney song than “Bury Our Friends”: A fired-up, full-bodied howler powered by righteous fury and beautifully tangled riffage. The world does not deserve to hear Corin Tucker in roaring-lion form like this, but we’re getting it anyway.  The band premiered “Surface Envy”  recently but they have no other plans to collaborate beyond next year. Wrote Janet Weiss, “We are definitely living in the moment and enjoying being together making music again. We all have other projects as well and realize our time in the band is valuable. Not taking SK for granted, and making this album as good as possible works for us this time around. So no plans for the distant future.

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Sleater-Kinney are an American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington, in 1994. The band’s lineup features Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums). Sleater-Kinney is a key part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest.The band is also known for its feminist and left-leaning politics.
The band released 7 studio albums between 1994 and 2005: Sleater-Kinney (1995), Call the Doctor (1996), Dig Me Out (1997), The Hot Rock (1999), All Hands on the Bad One (2000), One Beat (2002) and The Woods (2005), before announcing hiatus in 2006 and devoting to solo projects. They reunited in 2014 and released “No Cities to Love” on January 20th, 2015.

Renowned critics Greil Marcus and Robert Christgau have each praised Sleater-Kinney as one of the essential rock groups of the late 1990s/early 2000s.

 

Sleater-Kinney returned to David Letterman’s Late Show last night for their first public performance since reuniting, and hoo boy was it good. In his review of No Cities To Love, Tom mentioned that Corin Tucker handles almost all the lead vocals on the album, but they opted to perform the Carrie Brownstein-sung “A New Wave” on the broadcast, which proved wise. Every member’s skill set got a showcase, from Tucker’s fiery vocal harmonies to Janet Weiss’ sharp drum fills to Brownstein’s high kicks.

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Sleater-Kinney dropped a bomb on the universe, announcing a surprise reunion by way of releasing the amazing new song Bury Our Friends.” The second song the trio has shared song from their forthcoming reunion albumNo Cities To Loveis called “Surface Envy,” If anything, this is an even better Sleater-Kinney  “Bury Our Friends”: A fired-up, full-bodied howler powered by righteous fury and beautifully tangled riffage. The world does not deserve to hear Corin Tucker in roaring-lion form like this,

So the band Sleater Kinney is back! After an indefinite hiatus, some recent teases and a few major hints, the band announced that Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss will release the new album, “No Cities to Love,” on Jan. 20th 2015,via Sub Pop. Sleater-Kinney will also go on an American  13-date tour in 2015, starting in their home state, Washington. lets hope they make it to the UK soon.

The first single, “Bury Our Friends,” is already out with a lyric video featuring Miranda July  It lives up to Sleater-Kinney’s legacy of hard guitar riffs and lyrics you just want to chant. The song appears on a new compilation “Start Together,” the band’s career-spanning vinyl box set, which contains a 44-page booklet of photos.

 

The band premiered “Surface Envy” at the end of a Reddit AMA, during which they provided some information about their 2015 reunion tour. For one thing, they have no plans to collaborate beyond next year. Wrote Janet Weiss, “We are definitely living in the moment and enjoying being together making music again. We all have other projects as well and realize our time in the band is valuable. Not taking SK for granted, and making this album as good as possible works for us this time around. So no plans for the distant future – we’ll make the next few months as amazing as they can possibly be!” They also revealed that Weiss is the “setlist guru” and that we shouldn’t expect to hear any rarities because, per Weiss, “Those might have been weeded out years ago for a reason!” The band also hinted that fans should bring them chocolate chip cookies on tour and revealed that Carrie Brownstein’s Portlandia co-star Fred Armisen has volunteered to roadie for the band.