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Sleater-Kinney reunites, announces new album and tour

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Even before some people noticed a mysterious song called “1/20/15″ on Sleater-Kinney’s new career-spanning box set, rumors had percolated for a good year that the seminal indie trio was planning to return. The band had an enormously successful run that lasted from the mid-’90s through 2005’s style-changing The Woods, going out as one of the most acclaimed bands of the past 20 years. But the trio—singer-guitarist Carrie Brownstein, singer-guitarist Corin Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss—were adamant about calling it an “indefinite hiatus,” not a breakup.

On Monday, some eight years after Sleater-Kinney played its last show in its hometown of Portland, Brownstein announced the group’s return on NPR, where she’s an occasional contributor. “Sleater-Kinney isn’t something you can do half-assed or half-heartedly,” she notes. “We had no desire to revisit sounds and styles and paths we had treaded before.”

So fans shouldn’t expect the new No Cities to Love—due Jan. 20 on Sub Pop Records—to hearken back to the group’s ostensible heyday of Dig Me Out, or the overdriven quasi-psychedelia of The Woods. A preview track, “Bury Our Friends,” wouldn’t sound out of place on The Woods, but it’s an exciting preview of what’s to come.

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Fred Armisen and ?uestlove have a drum-off on 'Fallon' - VIDEO

Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen famously costars with indie-rock luminary Carrie Brownstein (ex member of riot girl icons Sleater-Kinney and current guitiarist in Wild Flag) on Portlandia, which returns to IFC this Friday, but he famously has his own indie-rock bona fides, which he showed off last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Armisen has actually demonstrated off his drumming skills in the past, and on Fallon, he went toe-to-toe hitting skins with the show’s bandleader Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.

Armisen held his own against the imposing Root —check it out for yourself below.  READ FULL STORY

The Decemberists play for 'The Simpsons' -- Watch it here

What do a Portland folk rock band and Homer Simpson have in common? Nothing! And that’s the point.

The Decemberists, those NPR-approved bespectacled troubadours, made a brief appearance in last night’s episode of The Simpsons as Springfield Elementary’s new music teachers.

The episode revolved around a family from Portland — played, of course, by Portlandia‘s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein — who move to Springfield and inspire a plaid-and-mustachioed makeover throughout the city.

So when Springfield Elementary briefly transforms into the “Springfield Charter Co-Op Experiment,” Colin Meloy and co. naturally turn up to impart their singular knowledge of “press gangs and infanticide.”

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Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein is trying to become a Phish fan. Any chance she'll succeed?

As someone who recently stood in a Tennessee field, staring at four men on a stage and attempting to discern why everyone around me was flailing their limbs so joyously to the not-unpleasant-but-not-like-mindblowing sounds emitting from said stage, I have a great deal of empathy for former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein as she attempts to become a fan of Phish.

Carrie’s been documenting the journey on her very intelligent blog for NPR; her latest post includes a video of her trip to the used CD store, where she hocked old records and bought Phish albums with the proceeds.

Buying My First Ever Phish CDs from Carrie Brownstein on Vimeo.

I applaud Ms. Brownstein for being stronger than me, and for pursuing her quest in such an aggressive fashion. I am also insanely curious about what CDs she sold, and if she is regretting the decision yet. But what about you, Music Mixers? Would any of you ever begin a full-immersion Phish education program? For you Phish-heads out there, what albums or live bootlegs would you recommend for those willing to join Carrie in her quest? And would anyone care to take up the “Sleater-Kinney was and is a better band than Phish” argument, just for kicks?

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