When news broke of Sleater-Kinney’s decision to go on an “indefinite hiatus,” I laughed, rolled my eyes and immediately started thinking about all the jokes I could make at their expense. I’ve never been their biggest fan, but admittedly, it had more to do with their cult-like fanbase than their music, which really only took a turn for the shitty with their last record, The Woods.
When it comes down to it, though, for someone even remotely endeared of any sort of American counterculture to hate on the Sleater-Kinney gals, it’s like hating on Fugazi, only worse. Both have always fought the good fight in terms of politics with a dignified demeanor, but while Ian and the boys have successfully ignored any of the more typically fun aspects of rock ‘n’ roll (sex, dancing), Sleater-Kinney have lovingly embraced them, ultimately teaching a boatload of valuable lessons to every teenager who picks up one of their records. For that, we should thank them, and see them off at Webster Hall on 8/2.
Also of Note: 8/7 Silverspun Pickups at Union Hall
I put this record on in the office this morning, and reactions were mixed. It’s entirely possible that they sound too much like Smashing Pumpkins, but I dunno, ‘Cherub Rock’ was pretty awesome. 8/10 Lucero’s Rocks Off Concert Cruise
I put this record on this morning too, and the general consensus was that, like us, they love the Boss. And drinking on boats. 8/11 Sonic Youth at McCarren Park Pool
I know I asked this question a few weeks back, but again, when did it become so expensive to see Sonic Youth?