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I'm disappointed. And disagree. But alas it's your decision.

IRBS bought the 2000 Steely Dan album, learned Jane's Addiction and Porno For Pyros are connected, and that Natalie Merchant was in 10,000 Maniacs. Hectic learned Tracy Bonham toured with Blue Man Group, and that a female member of Luscious Jackson was once a Beastie Boy. I learned about the NIN/Madonna almost collaboration. I'm getting more into Steely Dan beyond Aja. I learned about the Tedeschi singer/store connection. I un-forgot Julianna's "Spin The Bottle". I learned "Good Riddance" holds special meaning to IRBS.

And most importantly, I learned that the moment below was once caught on video, for which I owe a debt i can never repay and will be eternally grateful for. So I'll simply say thank you.

 

scotchandcigar

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Maybe I'll take a hiatus; who knows. I knew Sleater-Kinney and Yeah Yeah Yeahs would be crickets, the White Stripes would elicit the story about not liking them but liking solo Jack, and Arcade Fire would get recognized for maybe 1 or 2 mainstream songs. I wasn't looking forward to that.
 
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Even when I'm not a fan, I usually still listen again. So it does make an impact. I always take the point of view of "if it was important enough for someone to post, it's worth giving it another shot". That's what happened with Steely Dildo.
 
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I know I don't always comment on the posts, but I certainly enjoy them.
I've mentioned before that it's difficult to absorb all of these posts and make meaningful contributions to them, but I do usually get some music knowledge out of them.

Hopefully you get the inspiration to share some more from time to time.
Thank you for all of the posts and work that you've put into them.
 

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Let's see if I can get through this one. Sleater-Kinney (named after a road in Washington) is about more than their songs. It's about their sound, style, and significance. As the 90's progressed and grunge fizzled out, it was replaced with early indie rock, which is much more like background dance music. It was the antonym to grunge. And of course, this new indie music was waiting for something to shake it up.

One of the shakers was the riot grrrl movement, and from that, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein together formed Sleater-Kinney, adding drummer Janet Weiss. It's kind of an all girl neo punk movement. Sleater-Kinney put out a couple of albums to positive critical reviews, but didn't get widespread airplay until 1997's Dig Me Out. Some of the more well-known songs from the album are Words and Guitar, plus the title track

I don't usually like to post retro concert videos, but this is a good performance, and all the videos from '97 have bad sound

Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out (live)


Next up was 1999's The Hot Rock, and 2000 brought us All Hands on the Bad One, containing the song You're No Rock n' Roll Fun. But the next album I got interested in was 2002's One Beat, which has this fun song on it

Sleater-Kinney – Oh! (live)


They finished their initial run of albums with 2005's The Woods, with songs like Jumpers and Entertain. Then they went their separate ways, much to the displeasure of many, who made weekly calls for their reformation. They got their wish ten years later, when they released the brilliant No Cities to Love in 2015. But that's for another post.

During their hiatus, all three of the main members were up to something. Corin Tucker could be heard in the chorus of this song in 2007

Eddie Vedder with Corin Tucker - Hard Sun (from the Into the Wild soundtrack)


Carrie Brownstein became one half of this nutty show

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And Janet Weiss became the drummer for another band I have coming up, from the former Pavement frontman.

Before Sleater-Kinney reformed in 2015, Corin Tucker released this excellent album in 2010 under the name The Corin Tucker Band, which got mainstream radio airplay. Here's the title track

Corin Tucker – 1,000 Years


and here's the lead single

Corin Tucker - Doubt


Like I said, I'll feature their reunion album as we get into the 2010's.
 
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I always look forward to hearing stuff from Sleater Kinney.
I like that thy don't churn out albums every other year, but they don't come out with quite enough stuff either.

Katie Harkin from the band plays some Toledo based Reverend guitars.
 
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That group escaped my radar, don't recall hearing that name before.
It's definitely an alt-rock, indie-rock, or college music band only. They didn't get played on the regular rock, pop, or AC stations. I heard them on SiriusXM when some of songs were already "classics". But they also got played on the big college station around me.

However, when they reunited in 2015, they did the whole late night show tour. I'd say a lot of it had to do with Portlandia, and also the music was more mainstream.

There's a raft of bands I missed when they first hit the scene, that I only know about now because they get played as classic bands on the indie and college stations. Like Neutral Milk Hotel, My Bloody Valentine, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices, and Cat Power.
 

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The time has come to tackle the world of Jack White. Because I'm using a timeline to organize my favorites, here's how it's gonna go: I'm covering all of his projects up to 2010. That includes all the White Stripes releases, all the Raconteurs releases (except for a very recent one), and two of three from The Dead Weather. It does not include Jack's 3 solo albums. I will make a future post for the excellent post-2010 albums.

The White Stripes are two people - Jack White on guitar and keyboards, and Meg White on drums. They released their 1st album in 2000, which included the songs Hello Operator and You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl). But 2001's White Blood Cells put them on the map, with Hotel Yorba, We're Going to Be Friends, Fell in Love With a Girl (covered - about a boy - by Joss Stone), and this iconic song

Apologies to IRBS, but the SNL performance is simply spectacular (and has a John McCain intro)

The White Stripes - Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (live on SNL)


2003's Elephant continued their meteoric rise. In this clip from It Might Get Loud, Jack's giving a lesson in playing one of his most well-known hooks. You might recognize the other two chaps

Jack White, Jimmy Page, The Edge - Seven Nation Army clip from It Might Get Loud


and another lively song from the album

The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button (live)
 
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2005 gave us another big album, Get Behind Me Satan. Hits included Blue Orchid and these

The White Stripes - The Denial Twist & My Doorbell (live on Jon Stewart)


The following year, White debuted The Raconteurs, a 4 person group producing more AC-friendly tunes, such as Steady As She Goes and Level, the former making the hot 100. A year after that, in 2007, The White Stripes released their final album, Icky Thump; another strong release. Radio hits included the title track, Conquest, Rag and Bone, and this future classic

The White Stripes – You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You’re Told) (live)


And a year after that, The Raconteurs released 2008's Consolers of the Lonely, which I thought was better than their first. Here are two examples

The Raconteurs – Salute Your Solution (live on Jools)


This one shows some maturity, as do several tracks on the album

The Raconteurs – Old Enough (live on Jools)


Not one to rest, in the following year, White debuted The Dead Weather, which included Alison Mosshart of The Kills (coming up soon), and Dean Fertita from Queens of the Stone Age (see above). They put out 2009's Horehound, and 2010's Sea of Cowards. I really got into their 3rd album, which will be featured in an upcoming post, along with Jack's solo albums.
 
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Aside from "Nation" I didn't get into the White Stripes. But then I got into Dead Weather, went back and listened again to White Stripes, and still didn't get into them. Like The Eagles once sang, "I Can't Tell You Why". But, as you probably saw in my High Fives, I love me some Dead Weather. I'll take Sea Of Cowards start to finish any day of the week.

But I had forgotten that Jack White did Raconteurs! So I'm listening right now.
 

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Like I said before, I'm a reluctant fan. I shouldn't, but I do, because the talent out-shadows the weird.
Apologies to IRBS, but the SNL performance is simply spectacular
His SNL appearances are usually really good. The last one with his tribute to EVH was strong to say the least.
Jack White, Jimmy Page, The Edge - Seven Nation Army clip from It Might Get Loud
That was a good and fascinating rock-doc.
 
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