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St. Vincent picks her three favorite cult albums

St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, is currently one of the biggest stars in the indie-rock constellation, thanks to her excellent recent self-titled album (seriously, it’s that good; go get it if you haven’t yet).

But last week, she took time off of her current tour to share some of her favorite albums by female artists who didn’t quite reach the mainstream, or have been forgotten since their long-ago moments in the spotlight.

Below, her picks:
“It’s interesting because she made records in the 1990s using samples from other records, but she did it before it was easy to do. It was a really painstaking process, sampling records into a sampler and then playing them over in order to make something out of them—they’re really alien-pop and catchy and interesting. It was one of my favorite records growing up.”

“My fiend Cate Le Bon hitched me to her record a few years ago…it’s epically awesome. It’s got a confluence of Turkish folk music mixed with the British and American thing that was happening at the time.”

Cate Le Bon
“Cate is great! She’s got a few records out…but her record Cyrk, I listen to over and over again….I liked her record and asked her to go on tour with me supporting Strange Mercy and then we became great friends. She’s just phenomenal. Great guitar player, too.”

Pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly for more criminally underrated entertainment.

Fred Armisen's favorite cult records: The 'Portlandia' star talks Lungfish, the Damned, Wendy and Lisa and more

He may be British rocker Ian Rubbish or The Man With the Really Amazing Home Studio to you, but Fred Armisen was famously an actual musician (with the Chicago post-hardcore band Trenchmouth) years before he became a star on Saturday Night Live and Portlandia.

Recently, the actor/drummer/satirist-about-town, who’s also the new bandleader on Late Night with Seth Meyers, shared some of his favorite cult music picks with EW:

Klark Kent

“Klark Kent is an artist who is actually Stewart Copeland from the Police. And he put out these records, these singles and this one EP and it was all on green vinyl.  And Steward Copeland…this record is one of my favorite albums ever. He plays all the instruments and you can hear his influence on The Police. You can kind of see that he really was a third of that band. It’s so…the musicianship is great but at the same time it’s also still a very good punk new wave album. It has energy, it has a bit of a sense of humor to it, all the things about punk that I really love, all the positivity of punk.” READ FULL STORY

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