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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.

    TRACK LISTING

    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 rap, 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

    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

      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


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