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Sleater-Kinney shares snippets of two new songs

Back in October, Sleater-Kinney surprised fans with the big reveal that the career-spanning box set they’re about to release isn’t just a look back at their incredibly influential career but the first chapter in a new phase of their collaboration.

They broke the news with a new song, “Bury Our Friends,” and during an interview on NPR’s All Songs Considered yesterday they played snippets of two more recent recordings.

You can hear the interview here, and if you’re in a rush you can skip ahead to 19:19 to hear “Surface Envy” and to 32:39 for a bit of “No Cities to Love.”

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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Corin Tucker Band blasts through songs from new album 'Kill My Blues' in New York

Corin Tucker’s place in rock history is already set in stone, and her work in the riot grrrl era is pretty much peerless, thanks to the the muscular guitar style, otherworldly wail, and knack for punchy, pounding three-minute blasts she brought to such great heights with riot queens Sleater-Kinney.

With that in mind, anything she—or Carrie Brownstein or Janet Weiss, the other two core members of S-K—does from now on is pretty much gravy. Back in 2010, Tucker released 1,000 Years, her debut with the Corin Tucker Band. It was a steady if sometimes sleepy collection of tunes that traded in Sleater-Kinney’s adolescent vigor for more refined ideas about family, money, and generally navigating the world of adulthood. (There was also “Miles Away,” which was about Bella Swan.)

Last week, the Corin Tucker Band released its second album Kill My Blues, which will inevitably go down as one of the most underrated albums of the year.

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Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker announces solo debut

corin-tuckerImage Credit: Rob Grabowski/RetnaIt’s proving to be an exciting spring for fans of Sleater-Kinney. Last month, guitarist Carrie Brownstein told an IFC interviewer that she hoped the much-missed punk trio would reunite in the studio “sometime in the next five years” — and added that she had recently “started a new band” that also included S-K drummer Janet Weiss. In a subsequent interview with Pitchfork, Brownstein clarified that she and Weiss had done some music for a documentary, not a “new band” per se. She also took that opportunity to hype the latest project from S-K singer Corin Tucker (pictured above in 2006, shortly before Sleater-Kinney’s extended hiatus): “Corin is working on a solo record, which I know is going to be awesome.”

Now it’s official. Venerable indie label Kill Rock Stars announced this morning that it will release Corin Tucker’s solo debut in October 2010. Details are scarce beyond that, but in a Q&A published by the Portland Mercury today, Tucker described the untitled album as “a middle-aged mom record, in a way.” As for that Sleater-Kinney reunion, Tucker said, “The door is open…You know, I’d love to live a long productive life and do a lot of different things,” which does not sound super-promising to me, but who knows.

How psyched are you to hear Corin Tucker’s solo music? What do you think it will sound like? And how likely do you think it is that we’ll have a new Sleater-Kinney album by 2015?

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