They are, once again, your Joey Ramone
October 20, 2014 5:26 AM   Subscribe

On October 21, Sub-Pop will be releasing Get Up, a vinyl box set of remastered versions of Sleater-Kinney's discography. Included with the expected content was a 7" labeled 1/20/15 containing a new song. Titled "Bury Your Friends", it can be streamed at Consequence of Sound. Plugged into Shazam, the song gives you the cover art for an as-yet non-extant album, No Cities To Love. The band has officially let the cat out of the bag, and reunion tour dates are on their website.
posted by Going To Maine (62 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
 
I really have nothing to say about this except for a single wordless shriek of happiness.
posted by dinty_moore at 5:30 AM on October 20, 2014 [3 favorites]


I'm not wordless. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
posted by Gorgik at 5:33 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


I've felt like living in exile since they split, but this is just the sort of drama I've been craving and I look forward to some rock n' roll fun. Geez I'm so lame.
posted by sobarel at 5:52 AM on October 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


My one word is "squee!"
posted by whuppy at 5:59 AM on October 20, 2014


This is the best news!! I am so excited!
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 6:01 AM on October 20, 2014


The Doctor, she has been Called.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:01 AM on October 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


So some members from Wild Flag and the Corin Tucker Band are forming a supergroup? What's the big deal?

Seriously, this is such, such good news. God knows we've needed some.
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:08 AM on October 20, 2014 [10 favorites]


WTF Spokane and Idaho but no Seattle date?!? Or at least Portland? I am simultaneously elated by the new song and crushed by the tour date list.
posted by skycrashesdown at 6:09 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


Listening to the new song right now on BBC 6 music.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:13 AM on October 20, 2014


OMG they're playing First Ave on Valentines Day, and tickets go on sale tomorrow. eeeeeeeeeeeee
posted by dinty_moore at 6:19 AM on October 20, 2014


I see the words "Get Up" and a riff goes off in my head and I get shivers. Still.
posted by Theta States at 6:20 AM on October 20, 2014


weirder than no seattle and no portland is no olympia. spokane is such a strange choice for their one washington date.

but, i'm down in arkansas where no one comes to play, so i'm just excited about the album!
posted by nadawi at 6:40 AM on October 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


Oh they're playing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?!?!

That's a MeFi Meetup for sure-- if you are interested in seeing Sleater-Kinney then we are totally real-life friends.
posted by Poppa Bear at 7:11 AM on October 20, 2014 [3 favorites]


When the Murder City Devils toured a couple months ago I bought tickets to the Portland show because there was no Seattle date. They added a Seattle date. I went to both.

I'm confident we'll be able to see them in Seattle/Oly/Portland. Maybe all three.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 7:25 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


Also: I pre-ordered the new record with five minutes of waking up this morning.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 7:26 AM on October 20, 2014


This is great news! For fans of awesome music!
posted by drezdn at 7:37 AM on October 20, 2014


Oh, golly, the new song is goshdarn good.

ALSO: when my lady and I are lifting weights together, we often have trouble finding common ground in re background music (because ONE OF US does not like Iron And Wine and ONE OF US does not like Rotting Christ), but we've discovered that Pandora's Sleater-Kinney radio station is amazingly good for deadlifting!
posted by Greg Nog at 7:49 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


A couple of years ago Corin Tucker and her band played here to a half-empty room and absolutely killed it. After the show I wandered over to the merch table to find it manned by.... Corin Tucker.

And I thought, this should not be. You are a Big Huge Important Rock Star and you should totally have people for this, life is unfair.

I hope Sleater-Kinney comes back here and sells out the joint and rocks our faces off.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:58 AM on October 20, 2014 [4 favorites]


if i remember correctly, it's something corin wants to do - or at least that's the conversation i had with her at their merch table 10 or more years ago at a packed sleater-kinney show.
posted by nadawi at 8:13 AM on October 20, 2014 [3 favorites]


When the Murder City Devils toured a couple months ago I bought tickets to the Portland show because there was no Seattle date. They added a Seattle date. I went to both.

I missed Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils here in Seattle this summer, and those two bands + SK are pretty much the backbone of my high school existence. If I miss all three I'll be sad, but I'll choose to be cautiously optimistic. (Now can we get a Sicko reunion?)
posted by skycrashesdown at 8:13 AM on October 20, 2014


This is so great. I have so many memories either based around SK shows or with them playing on the stereo. This band was a huge part of such an important part of my life, and with the arguably higher profile they now carry I've no doubt the reunited group will fill many new ears with joy.
posted by item at 8:16 AM on October 20, 2014




And now I want to see a Sleater-Kinney/Rotting Christ double bill.
posted by item at 8:25 AM on October 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


WHERE ARE THE CALIFORNIA DATES?!

The last time I saw S-K was probably on the DMO tour. :(
posted by entropicamericana at 8:56 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


Le sigh.... No Detroit dates. A trip to Chicago may be in order.
posted by angryostrich at 8:58 AM on October 20, 2014


And now I want to see a Sleater-Kinney/Rotting Christ double bill.

OMG CORIN TUCKER DOING THE LEAD VOCALS ON AEALO WITH CARRIE BROWNSTEIN DOING THE LADY PART
posted by Greg Nog at 9:01 AM on October 20, 2014


I wish Corin Tucker hadn't named her band the Corin Tucker Band.
posted by josher71 at 9:22 AM on October 20, 2014


why?
posted by nadawi at 9:23 AM on October 20, 2014


Because it's unimaginative.
posted by josher71 at 9:27 AM on October 20, 2014


YAY. When they had their farewell tour date in DC, there was some electrical problem that only became apparent while the opening band was playing, and at the end of that set the fire marshal kicked up all out, and everyone was SO UPSET because they had a show in another city the next day and it was the FAREWELL TOUR and how were they going to reschedule???

Fortunately they did manage to reschedule, and it was a GREAT show. But oh man, super upsetting at the time.
posted by nonasuch at 9:45 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


Because it's unimaginative.

It's a play on The Marshall Tucker Band, right? Like the cover to Dig Me Out was a Kinks homage. Her son is named Marshall Tucker Bangs.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 9:55 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


Because it's unimaginative.

It's the sort of name that makes me do a default flinch, but instead of being unimaginative I tend to think of it more as being true to herself. I mean, Sleater-Kinney was a random default name chosen by two college kids and not a particularly planned attempt at whimsy, and it's not like the idea of naming a band after something other than herself is a foreign concept to her. And while the second CTB album is pretty SK-esque, the first one feels very much about Tucker & her own life (e.g "Riley"). It's her band because it's music about what she wants it to be about.

(Also, there's arguably pretty punk about choosing a name that has that kind of tackiness to it. After all, if she'd just recorded some albums as "Corin Tucker" we wouldn't be giving the name a second thought. Instead it gets to scrape in our collective craw.)
posted by Going To Maine at 9:56 AM on October 20, 2014


Awesome. Here's my vote for "Buy Her Candy," "Jenny," and "Good Things." Probably will 0/3 which will somehow manage to leave me a little disappointed at the friggin' Sleater-Kinney reunion show. Life is strange.

And "Corin Tucker Band" really worked at a lot of levels.

Indie band gods' solo records and shows typically suck: there is something about the ethos and discipline of being a real band that they need to both preserve what made their parent band so good, but also push themselves in new directions with a real purpose to entertain rather than just self-express.

But making eponymous also makes clear it's not a democracy, that the self-expression and specific depature is an important part of it. For example, while I like "Wild Flag" fine, and listened to a couple of more times after the first play, I think that a Carrie Brownstein Band (which would have a different membership, obviously) would probably have produced a more essential record.
posted by MattD at 10:01 AM on October 20, 2014


The Marshall Tucker Band explanation is the only one I'll accept.

It's just lazy to me.

But making eponymous also makes clear it's not a democracy, that the self-expression and specific depature is an important part of it. For example, while I like "Wild Flag" fine, and listened to a couple of more times after the first play, I think that a Carrie Brownstein Band (which would have a different membership, obviously) would probably have produced a more essential record.

I disagree. I don't understand what the name has to do with how the creative power structure works in the band. It might make it more obvious to the listener but that's about it.
posted by josher71 at 10:21 AM on October 20, 2014


i guess i don't understand having such a strong opinion about a band name. foo fighters is a dumb name i suppose, but it wouldn't occur to me to suggest grohl should have picked another one.
posted by nadawi at 10:27 AM on October 20, 2014


i guess i don't understand having such a strong opinion about a band name.

As Lady Gaga said, I was born this way.
posted by josher71 at 10:31 AM on October 20, 2014


While I'm on about it, I also think "Eagulls" is shit. Good single though.
posted by josher71 at 10:34 AM on October 20, 2014


The Superconnected History of the Corin Tucker Band. I hadn't realized that Sara Lund was in Unwound!
posted by Going To Maine at 10:38 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


Also, from Sleater-Kinney's Twitter account: Not to worry, additional tour dates will be announced soon!
posted by Going To Maine at 10:40 AM on October 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


Wow! I hadn't realized Sara Lund was in the Corin Tucker Band! Thanks for that.
posted by The Minotaur at 10:41 AM on October 20, 2014


Also, what! Corin Tucker + Peter Buck = Super Earth
posted by Going To Maine at 10:43 AM on October 20, 2014


The Superconnected History of the Corin Tucker Band
Jen Smith, Julianna Bright (who played on the first Corin Tucker Band album) and Lorinczi formed the Quails there, and released three terrific, too-little-heard albums.


hey, as it happens, i saw the quails open for sleater-kinney (and checking the internet - it was on friday the 13th which is a detail i had forgotten). i bought "we are the quails" and had them sign it. they thought i was a giant weirdo.
posted by nadawi at 11:04 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


This is the best news!! Hoping they make a tour stop in NC. I saw them last in 2002, and I have a poster from that show at Cat's Cradle framed and hanging in our music room. Sleater Kinney is one of my all time favorite bands, and if you don't believe me just check my damn user name!
posted by little mouth at 11:43 AM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


Knowing they have a vinyl box set coming out is enough to prompt me to purchase a record player. Knowing they have a Twitter feed is enough to prompt me to join Twitter.
posted by little mouth at 11:45 AM on October 20, 2014


Pre-sale for the Boston show is listed tomorrow 10/21 at 9am. Going to the venue web site on-sale is not until 10/25 10am. Anybody know if the "pre-sale" is only on the S-K website?
posted by sol at 12:38 PM on October 20, 2014


I assume it is.
posted by dinty_moore at 12:45 PM on October 20, 2014


sol, there's a link to be a "member" on the S-K website -- you probably have to sign up and order there tomorrow.

RE: Sara Lund, Numero Group has been releasing Unwound's discography. Maybe they're the openers on this tour? One can dream...
posted by amicus at 12:46 PM on October 20, 2014 [2 favorites]


Knowing they have a vinyl box set coming out...

I got mine the other day and SubPop packed it in a huge bomb proof box; I was pleasantly surprised.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 2:43 PM on October 20, 2014


Apparently it's been ten years since the woods came out? Now I am an olds.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:45 PM on October 20, 2014 [3 favorites]


And, from Sub Pop: It's Official: Sub Pop can keep a secret.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:47 PM on October 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


And of course, if you just can't wait for new Sleater-Kinney, you could always check out the new and amazing Ex Hex record featuring Mary Timony of Wild Flag and Helium.
posted by saintjoe at 5:12 PM on October 20, 2014


That Ex Hex record is pretty great!
posted by ericthegardener at 8:18 PM on October 20, 2014


Jesus Christ. I just tried to get tickets for their DC show. They went on sale at 9 AM; by the time I got the site to load at 9:02 it was sold out. Fuck!
posted by nonasuch at 6:07 AM on October 21, 2014


There might be some tickets held back from the presale, so you might get a second chance? aaahhh. (one more hour for me)
posted by dinty_moore at 6:11 AM on October 21, 2014


I am betting there are tickets that are being held back- the Boston show presale only had general admission tickets, but the venue has seats that usually go for much higher prices, so I think those seats are going on sale on Saturday. I hope the same can be said for the DC venue! I got my Boston tickets, but I am old and I'd like for my days of standing on the GA floor to be behind me.
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 6:17 AM on October 21, 2014


dinty_moore, good luck! be as quick on the draw as you can!
posted by nonasuch at 6:34 AM on October 21, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yeah, two people trying on three devices each, and we still didn't make it. Wow.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:07 AM on October 21, 2014


... aaaaand there are five tickets left on stubhub, $65 each.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:44 AM on October 21, 2014


Tickets for the Minneapolis show are well over $100 right now. Chicago is getting there, too. I expected them to sell out quick, but I didn't expect it to be this crazy.
posted by dinty_moore at 8:02 AM on October 21, 2014


More tickets for Minneapolis & Chicago will go up on the 24th on etix. I'm thinking of going to Chicago in February for Sleater-Kinney. That is how much I love them.
posted by marshmallow peep at 8:11 AM on October 21, 2014


If you'd like to see pop critics go all "squee", Slate has you covered with < a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2014/10/sleater_kinney_comeback_start_together_and_no_cities_to_love_herald_the.html">Now Is The Time To Invent, & Noisey has Why We Need Sleater-Kinney Now More Than Ever. And for more feeling-oldsness, the Verge has a brief little post about how "Hey, did y'all realize that that TV star was in a rock band?": Indie-rock trio Sleater-Kinney are back and as great as ever . (The URL is probably better than the title.)
posted by Going To Maine at 8:27 AM on October 21, 2014


Pitchfork's review of the Start Together reissue. (Also note that, yep, I screwed up the box set's name in the post. Oops. Time to MeMail a mod.)
posted by Going To Maine at 6:07 AM on October 24, 2014


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