Tag Archives: Carrie Brownstein

The Dream of ThunderAnt is alive in Portlandia

17 Dec

As someone who wants to move to Portland, has many friends there and has always lived in places of a similar mindset, I find this video hilarious.  Possibly more so after having read the recent profile on Carrie Brownstein in the Willamette Weekly in reference to her upcoming show.  The comments to the article are hilarious in their own right for the largely over-reactive and angry tone over a show that hasn’t even premiered yet.  And I mean seriously people, learn to take a joke.  I grew up in Boulder, CO – a place not all that dissimilar to Portland, and there was no end to the boulder jokes.  At any rate.  For anyone who has watched ThunderAnt and found it funny, you should officially be very, very excited.

Portlandia premieres on The IFC Channel on January 21, 2011.

P.S. – Anyone else recognize the girl immediately behind and to the right of Fred?  If you don’t then maybe this will jog your memory.  hmmmm….

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Whosawhatsits: Wild Flag

27 Nov


Finally, watchable proof of what we all knew would be both epic and awesome.  Even more awesome is the news that Wild Flag is currently in the studio recording their first 7″. Color me excited.

Heads Up!: Carrie Brownstein announces Wild Flag

23 Sep

So remember how back in april we covered the various rumors surrounding the future plans of the women of Sleater-Kinney.  Well, lets just say good things come to those who wait.  First of all the debut album of The Corin Tucker Band is finally coming out next month and is being followed by a small tour (definitely already have my tickets btw) which is pretty rad all on its own.

Todays discovery, however, may just be even more exciting in my book.

Carrie Brownstein officially announed that for the first time since 2006 she has a new band, Wild Flag.  What’s more is that its not just any old band.  It looks to be a virtual supergroup for anyone familiar with the portland music scene over the past 15 years.  Completing in the roster (if the picture didn’t give it away) is:

They’ve just signed to Merge Records and added that they are preparing to record a debut full length expected to be released next year.  In case that weren’t enough there is a small tour on the west coast planned.

Excited yet?!  Cuz I sure as hell am.  I mean, I may or may not have called my girlfriend on the way to work giggling like a mad woman about a new band that I’m sure made no sense to her in the morning hours.  At any rate, if thats not news to start your day off right the I don’t know what is.  So who’s with me, where does this rate on a ‘meh’ to ‘holy sh*t” scale?

Check out Carrie’s announcement on the All Songs Considered Blog, and a list of their tour dates below.

Wild Flag:

11-10 Olympia, WA – The Northern
11-12 Seattle, WA – High Dive
11-13 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
11-17 Sacramento, CA – The Hub
11-18 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
11-19 Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland
11-20 San Diego, CA – Casbah
11-21 Pomona, CA – Alladin’s

Sleater Kinney is for Lovers

18 Apr

Hello out there music lovers!  If anyone has been reading the music blogs lately you may already be aware that there has been a flurry of activity with the former members of Sleater-Kinney, and more than a few rumors.  It’s been 4 years since Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss announced the indefinite hiatus.  While drummer extraordinaire Janet Weiss has hardly put down her sticks since then, there has been scare a note from the two founding members of the influential punk-rock band.  Until now.  Believe you me, there is much to be excited about and more than a few mistruths to dispel so stay with me…

Carrie Brownstein got a bulk of the rumors flying a few weeks ago when an interview with IFC had her quoted as saying: “I just started a new band after taking many much-needed years off from playing.”  and then added that Janet was also in the band.   She later clarified her comments in an interview with pitchfork (which is brilliant and worth a read) that they weren’t in a new band, but that they had in fact recorded music together with production help from Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Thao, Laura Viers) for a documentary to be released hopefully sometime this year.  Which, while not a new band with records and touring and the like, is still terribly exciting.  Ever since the hiatus I have been eagerly anticipating the musical projects that Carrie would endeavor on, and I have to say, the theme song to ThunderAnt, while great, just isn’t enough.

In addition Carrie has been hard at work writing a whip-smart blog MonitorMix on NPR.org and contributing to the iconic radio show “All Songs Considered.”  Last year she was published in the anthology “State by State: a Panoramic Portrait of America” edited by Matt Weiland and Scott Wilsey, and more recently had four of her essays included in 2009 edition of the “Best Music Writing” anthology edited by Greil Marcus.

As if that weren’t enough Ms. Brownstein has a starring role in the feature film “Some Days Are Better Than Others” directed by Matt McCormick (who also directed the Jumpers music video).  The film, which also stars former Shins member James Mercer, premeired at SXSW and it’s largely as a result of promotional interviews for this film that most of the reunion rumors started.

Corin Tucker announced earlier this week that she is currently recording a solo album to be released later this year on Kill Rock Stars.  Largely inspired by a short preformance at a benefit show in portland last year, the project is being recorded at Little Golden Book Studio in portland with fellow musicians Seth Lorinczi of Golden Bears and Sara Lund of Hungry Ghost.  Theres a great interview with her over at the Portland Mercury’s website in which she talks about what it feels like to record music again, the tone of the album, and how the new Quasi album has upped the ante.

As for specific talk of getting back together there really isn’t a ton, most of it was the indie rumor mill spinning away.  However, the few quotes that we do have are far more hopeful than they have been previously.  When asked specifically about the possibility of a SK reunion in the Mercury interview Corin responded:

“The door is open. We ended things on a hiatus so that it was always something that could happen in the future.”

Janet is quoted by CNN saying:

“Maybe someday. I’m prepared to wait awhile — when those million-dollar offers come in (smiles). It’s not going to be this polished, moneymaking machine. We’ve never been that. The reunion will be just as out of control as it always was. [But] we’re all happy where we are at the moment.”

Carrie adds to IFC:

“To get back into it we have to be in that place where we can immerse ourselves fully. I think it will happen. We have to loop around, and we’re at the far end of the circle, away from the band, but I think we will come back and revisit it. And hopefully that record will be sometime in the next five years.”

So nothing yet.  But far closer than it has seemed before.  And that, dear readers, is something.

Play. Pause. Repeat: St Vincent

9 Feb

Thunderant meets St Vincent. Ummm… mind. blown.