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Little Rope

    Sleater-Kinney has announced their eleventh studio album, Little Rope, which will be released via Loma Vista Recordings. Recorded at Flora Recording and Playback in Portland, Oregon with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton, Little Rope is a powerfully honest and soul-baring album by one of modern rock’s most vital bands.

    Little Rope is one of the finest, most delicately layered records in Sleater-Kinney’s nearly 30-year career. To call the album flawless feels like an insult to its intent – it careens headfirst into flaw and brokenness – a meditation on what living in a world of perpetual crisis has done to us, and what we do to the world in return. On the surface, the album’s 10 songs veer from spare to anthemic, catchy to deliberately hard-turning. But beneath that are perhaps the most complex and subtle arrangements of any Sleater-Kinney record, and a lyrical and emotional compass pointed firmly in the direction of something both liberating and terrifying: the sense that the only way to gain control is to let it go.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Little Rope is by far the most emotionally intense Sleater-kinney outing to date, but it's on tracks like 'Hell' that SK really shine. Perfectly juxtaposing near-weightless arty post-punk with clashing, punky mayhem. A beautifully written, cathartic milestone for the band, and a great addition to any collection.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Hell
    2. Needlessly Wild
    3. Say It Like You Mean It
    4. Hunt You Down
    5. Small Finds
    6. Don’t Feel Right
    7. Six Mistakes
    8. Crusader
    9. Dress Yourself
    10. Untidy Creature

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    Path Of Wellness

      Sleater-Kinney's 10th studio album was recorded in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2020 ' against a backdrop of social unrest, devastating wildfires, and a raging pandemic. It's music for an imagined togetherness. This marks the first Sleater-Kinney album produced by the band members themselves.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: This newest Sleater-Kinney outing presents a band completely comfortable with their considerable powers, ranging from grooving country-tinged rock to more upbeat groove-led numbers echoing the dynamism of their early years but infused with the anxieties of a changed world, and all the better for it. It's a warmingly familiar but not at all staid sound, and one that they clearly excel at.

      TRACK LISTING

      Path Of Wellness
      High In The Grass
      Worry With You
      Method
      Shadow Town
      Favorite Neighbor
      Tomorrow’s Grave
      No Knives
      Complex Female Characters
      Down The Line
      Bring Mercy

      The Center Won’t Hold is the tenth studio album by Sleater-Kinney. It addresses transformation as it relates to the corrosion and decomposition of forms. Fractured and frayed by age or by loss, by internecine politics, by trauma or depression, these eleven songs ask what remains of a body, a human spirit, a relationship, a city, a country. The narrators herein sing from the brink of madness, corruption, loss, or grief. And though they speak to us from the narrow, near desperate strands to which they are consigned by others, or upon which they’ve self-exiled—feeling small, fearing obsolescence—they ask to be heard on the most sprawling of canvasses. By couching these personal stories in a sonic palette that unabashedly takes up space, what remains is a tale of survival: a treatise on female friendship, inner strength, resilience, and community.

      If The Center Won’t Hold forces a reconsideration of a band people thought they knew, it’s due to the methodologies employed in the writing and making of the album. The tools upon which Sleater-Kinney had relied proved inadequate, both metaphorically and literally, so they sought new ones. They used the geographical distance between them, along with the larger uncertainty and brokenness swirling around them, as a means of inducing and exploring sonic change. Most concretely, they worked with producer Annie Clark (St. Vincent), who treated each song as its own world, letting them find a specific vernacular through careful construction and deliberation.

      The most succinct thing to say about The Center Won’t Hold is that Sleater-Kinney continue to challenge the idea of what three women sound like when they create music together over the course of twenty-five years.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Sleater-Kinney have been one of the most interesting outfits to have come out of the 90's post-grunge indie boom, and have remained a fierce musical force since then. Through a myriad of splits / reformations and stylistic turns they have returned with their beautifully crafted powerhouse, 'The Centre Won't Hold'. Huge stadium choruses and anthemic turns are infused with snapping percussion and echoing distorted guitar, all topped with those unmistakable vocals.

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      CD
      1. The Center Won’t Hold
      2. Hurry On Home
      3. Reach Out
      4. Can I Go On
      5. Restless
      6. Ruins
      7. LOVE
      8. Bad Dance
      9. The Future Is Here
      10. The Dog / The Body
      11. Broken

      DELUXE VINYL
      Disc 1 (LP)
      SIDE A
      1. The Center Won’t Hold
      2. Hurry On Home
      3. Reach Out
      4. Can I Go On
      5. Restless
      SIDE B
      1. Ruins
      2. LOVE
      3. Bad Dance
      4. The Future Is Here
      5. The Dog / The Body
      6. Broken
      Disc 2 (7” Vinyl)
      1. Hurry On Home

      ‘Live In Paris’ is the first official record of Sleater-Kinney’s famously blistering stage performance.

      The thirteen track album, which features Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss and touring member Katie Harkin, was captured on March 20th, 2015 at the Paris’s historic La Cigale venue during the band’s sold out international tour in support of their acclaimed eighth album, 2015’s ‘No Cities To Love’.

      ‘Live In Paris’ includes songs from nearly every Sleater-Kinney album, including ‘No Cities To Love’, ‘The Woods’, ‘One Beat’, ‘The Hot Rock’, ‘Dig Me Out’ and ‘Call The Doctor’.

      The recording was mixed by John Goodmanson at Avast and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: I know live records can sometimes get a bit of a tough rep, but this one has none of that shaky sound or hefty interval nonsense associated with it, it sound like their trademark technical melodic indie fare but with the overwhelming energy and vibes of a live show. If you like Sleater-Kinney, it's an essential, only slightly more essential that if you simply like a good old-fashioned rock-out.

      TRACK LISTING

      Price Tag
      Oh!
      What’s Mine Is Yours
      A New Wave
      Start Together
      No Cities To Love
      Surface Envy
      I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
      Turn It On
      Entertain
      Jumpers
      Dig Me Out
      Modern Girl

      Sleater-Kinney

      No Cities To Love

      “We sound possessed on these songs,” says guitarist / vocalist Carrie Brownstein about Sleater-Kinney’s eighth studio album, ‘No Cities To Love’. “Willing it all - the entire weight of the band and what it means to us - back into existence.”

      The new record is the first in 10 years from the acclaimed trio - Brownstein, vocalist / guitarist Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss - who came crashing out of the 90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact.

      Formed in Olympia, WA in 1994, Sleater-Kinney were hailed as “America’s best rock band” by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine and they released seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006.

      However, the new album isn’t about reminiscing. It's about reinvention, the ignition of an unparalleled chemistry to create new sounds and tell new stories. “I always considered Corin and Carrie to be musical soulmates,” says Weiss, whose drums fuel the fire of Tucker and Brownstein’s vocal and guitar interplay. “Something about taking a break brought them closer, desperate to reach together again for their true expression.” The result is a record that grapples with love, power and redemption without restraint.

      Produced by longtime Sleater-Kinney collaborator John Goodmanson, who helmed many of the band’s earlier albums including 1997 breakout set ‘Dig Me Out’, ‘No Cities To Love’ is indeed formidable from the first beat.

      Sleater-Kinney’s decade apart made room for family and other fruitful collaborations, as well as an understanding of what the band’s singular chemistry demands. “Sleater-Kinney isn't something you can do half-assed or half-heartedly,” says Brownstein. “This band requires a certain desperation, a direness. We have to be willing to push because the entity that is this band will push right back.”

      “The core of this record is our relationship to each other, to the music, and how all of us still felt strongly enough to about those to sweat it out in the basement and to try and reinvent our band,” adds Tucker. With ‘No Cities To Love’, “we went for the jugular.”

      TRACK LISTING

      Price Tag
      Fangless
      Surface Envy
      No Cities To Love
      A New Wave
      No Anthems
      Gimme Love
      Bury Our Friends
      Hey Darling
      Fade

      Sleater-Kinney

      Call The Doctor - 2014 Remastered Edition

        “Sleater-Kinney is America's best rock band” - Greil Marcus, Time (2001)

        Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994.

        The band's core lineup consists of Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums).

        Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest.

        ‘Call The Doctor’ is Sleater-Kinney’s second studio album. It was produced by John Goodmanson and released on March 25, 1996 by Chainsaw Records.

        The album is often considered to be Sleater-Kinney's first proper album because Tucker and co-vocalist and guitarist Carrie Brownstein left their previous bands, Heavens to Betsy and Excuse 17, at the time of its recording.

        The line-up featured Corin Tucker (vocals, guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar, vocals) and Lora Macfarlane (drums, vocals).

        ‘Call the Doctor’ appeared at number three in The Village Voice's ‘Pazz & Jop’ critics' poll for 1996.

        In 2010, the album was ranked number 49 in the list of the 100 greatest albums of the nineties by the editors of Rolling Stone.

        “Trades sex-worker role-playing, doll parts, gender-bending, and other common female-rock tropes for stories of everyday struggle [...] Sleater-Kinney proves that punk still offers new ways to say no" - Johnny Ray Huston, SPIN

        The album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release.

        TRACK LISTING

        Call The Doctor
        Hubcap
        Little Mouth
        Anonymous
        Stay Where You Are
        Good Things
        I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
        Taking Me Home
        Taste Test
        My Stuff
        I'm Not Waiting
        Heart Attack

        Sleater-Kinney

        One Beat - 2014 Remastered Edition

          “Sleater-Kinney is America's best rock band” - Greil Marcus, Time (2001)

          Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994.

          The band's core lineup consists of Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums).

          Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest.

          ‘One Beat’ is the sixth studio album from Sleater-Kinney, originally released on August 20, 2002 by Kill Rock Stars.

          It was produced by John Goodmanson and recorded between March and April 2002 at Jackpot! Studio in Portland, Oregon.

          The album peaked at number 107 in the United States on the Billboard 200 and entered the Billboard Top Independent Albums at number five.

          "[Sleater-Kinney’s] sharpest statement yet" - Caryn Ganz, SPIN (#12 in SPIN’s Albums Of The Year 2002).

          “Years at the top haven't dulled their willingness to take risks, and that's just what they do, spectacularly, on ‘One Beat’” - Brendan Reid, Pitchfork (9.1). · The album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release.

          TRACK LISTING

          One Beat
          Far Away
          Oh!
          The Remainder
          Light Rail Coyote
          Step Aside
          Combat Rock
          O2
          Funeral Song
          Prisstina
          Hollywood Ending
          Sympathy

          Sleater-Kinney

          Sleater-Kinney - 2014 Remastered Edition

            “Sleater-Kinney is America's best rock band” - Greil Marcus, Time (2001)

            Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994.

            The band's core lineup consists of Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums).

            Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest.

            ‘Sleater-Kinney’ is the first effort from the group, recorded by Nick Carrol at 486 Victoria Street in Melbourne, Australia, and produced by Tim Green and the band at the Red House in Olympia, Washington.

            The album was originally released in 1995 by the independent queercore record label Chainsaw Records.

            The line-up featured Corin Tucker (vocals, guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar, vocals) and Lora Macfarlane (drums).

            “While their same-sex one-on-ones aren't exactly odes to joy, they convey a depth of feeling that could pass for passion” - Robert Christgau, Consumer Guide (Grade: A-).

            The album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release.

            TRACK LISTING

            Don't Think You Wanna
            The Day I Went Away
            A Real Man
            Her Again
            How To Play Dead
            Be Yr Mama
            Sold Out
            Slow Song
            Lora's Song
            The Last Song

            Sleater-Kinney

            The Hot Rock - 2014 Remastered Edition

              'Sleater-Kinney is America's best rock band' - Greil Marcus, Time (2001)

              Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994.

              The band's core lineup consists of Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums).

              Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest.

              ‘The Hot Rock’ is the fourth studio album by Sleater-Kinney, originally released on February 23, 1999 by Kill Rock Stars.

              It was produced by Roger Moutenot and recorded at Avast studio in Seattle, Washington in July 1998.

              ‘The Hot Rock’ reached number 181 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and number 12 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, becoming the first Sleater- Kinney album to enter the charts.

              ‘The Hot Rock’ appeared at number 23 in The Village Voice's ‘Pazz & Jop’ critics' poll for 1999.

              Similarly, Spin placed The Hot Rock at number 18 in its list of 'The Top 20 Albums of 1999'.

              In 2002, Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 17 on its list of 'Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums'.

              “The expansive new sound gives Sleater-Kinney room to experiment with their Husker Du-style storytelling... They've earned the right to keep reinventing themselves” - Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone.

              “Tucker explores what her voice can do when it's not in overdrive, stretching vowels like a religious supplicant or spewing prosody like Patti Smith. At the same time, Brownstein blossoms as a singer herself [...] braiding lines with Tucker so artfully the result sounds like the voicings of a single restless mind” - Will Hermes, Entertainment Weekly (Grade A).

              The album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release.

              TRACK LISTING

              Start Together
              Hot Rock
              The End Of You
              Burn, Don't Freeze!
              God Is A Number
              Banned From The End Of The World
              Don't Talk Like
              Get Up
              One Song For You
              The Size Of Our Love
              Living In Exile
              Memorize Your Lines
              A Quarter To Three

              Sleater-Kinney

              All Hands On The Bad One - 2014 Remastered Edition

                “Sleater-Kinney is America's best rock band” - Greil Marcus, Time (2001)

                Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994.

                The band's core lineup consists of Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums).

                Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest.

                ‘All Hands On The Bad One’ is the fifth studio album by Sleater- Kinney, originally released on May 2, 2000 by Kill Rock Stars.

                The album was produced by John Goodmanson and recorded from December 1999 to January 2000 at Jackpot! Studio in Portland, Oregon and John & Stu's Place in Seattle, Washington.

                Upon release, ‘All Hands On The Bad One’ reached number 177 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart and number 12 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.

                ‘All Hands On The Bad One’ appeared on several end-of-year lists and received a nomination for Outstanding Music Album at the 12th Annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards.

                The Village Voice placed it at number 10 in its 2000 ‘Pazz & Jop’ Critics' Poll.

                “The band's most melodic, playful, sarcastic, and punchy album to date” - Brent DiCrescenzo, Pitchfork (8.3).

                The album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release.

                TRACK LISTING

                The Ballad Of A Ladyman
                Ironclad
                All Hands On The Bad One
                Youth Decay
                You're No Rock N' Roll Fun
                #1 Must Have
                The Professional
                Was It A Lie?
                Male Model
                Leave You Behind
                Milkshake N' Honey
                Pompeii
                The Swimmer


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