January 16, 2010

Best man won't hang out with the girl band

Every so often, I have to re-listen to Sleater-Kinney just to make sure I'm still totally hot for all three of them.

(Yes. Yes I certainly am.)

Still think my favorite song of theirs is "Rollercoaster," mostly for Carrie's guitar playing (and, on this and every video of theirs, her badass rock moves). Am I alone in this? If so, which other S-K songs that tickle the individual Sadbears' fancies*?

*Although, as we all know, this might be the single best Letterman performance by any band.

I still pine for them to reunite just so I can be a fanboy at a show. But I also realize that two out of three of them are still actively doing things that I follow enjoy.

First, Janet Weiss is drumming for Stephen Malkmus*. Her presence (rather than some random session musician drummer) really helped make his last album even better. (Also, this video is of her playing drums in Quasi and focuses on nothing but her for two minutes. I enjoy it).

*I get really excited in this song when it seems like the song is ending the first time then Malkmus turns into Jimi effin' Hendrix or something and starts shredding a bit. Just thought you should know.

But more importantly, if you do not read Carrie Brownstein's NPR music blog already, then you need to. (It's about 100x better than the lame "All Songs Considered" blog*, so no worries, just read.)

*Who encouraged them to take that photo?

Finally, does anyone know what the hell happened to Corin Tucker? Because if she's not doing anything, I'll be pissed. Apparently anything anyone from S-K does is automatically awesome.

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Blogger Tony said...

I think the Stylus Decade comments on The Woods are right on.Sleater-Kinney songs are, for me, as difficult to parse and rank as Spoon albums. Don't forget "Light Rail Coyote".

I just pre-ordered Transference today as well. Like $8 on Amazon ... !?

January 17, 2010 at 1:16 AM 
Blogger Tony said...

PS: We'll have to do a collaborative post to hash out the best TV performances.

DFA on Conan; Von Bondies on Letterman; EODM on Conan.

January 17, 2010 at 1:18 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...

I found a few TV appearances on YouTube that I didn't actually see live, would we count those (like the one with Wilco on some Canadian music show playing "Kingpin" on a freaking snowboard halfpipe or something with Jay Bennet)?

January 17, 2010 at 5:06 AM 
Blogger Daniel Silliman said...

If your gonna count youtube TV appearances, be sure to look at some of the old Tom Waits appearances on local talk shows. They have no idea who he is and he plays his character to perfection.

January 17, 2010 at 3:32 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

Link us, Silliman.

January 17, 2010 at 10:37 PM 
Anonymous E said...

Corin Tucker is doing the family thing.

January 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM 
Blogger K. Janke said...

Has me wondering why I don't listen to more Sleater-Kinney. Probably because I'm frail.

January 19, 2010 at 10:13 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Frail = No rock and roll fun? *cough*Evan*cough*

January 19, 2010 at 11:07 PM 

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