Sleater-Kinney breaks up

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This is true. Direct from SubPop, “After eleven years as a band, Sleater-Kinney have decided to go on indefinite hiatus.
The upcoming summer shows will be our last. As of now, there are no plans for future tours or recordings. We feel lucky to have had the support of many wonderful people over the years. We want to thank everyone who has worked with us, written kind words about us, performed with us, and inspired us.
But mostly we want to extend our gratitude to our amazing fans. You have been a part of our story from the beginning. We could not have made our music without your enthusiasm, passion, and loyalty. It is you who have made the entire journey worthwhile.”

darin (darin), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:34 (thirteen years ago) link


i like(d) sleater-kinney a whole bunch.

M@tt He1geson, Rendolent Ding-Dong (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Now the drummer is only in 14 bands.

yours fondly, harshaw. (mrgn), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Greil Marcus suicide watch begins.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Damn, never got to see 'em live.

Chairman Doinel (Charles McCain), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:41 (thirteen years ago) link


And wow. Although it makes a certain amount of sense, I guess -- The Woods sort of feels like an end-point.

Wish I'd seen 'em live more than once -- they were fantastic.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:43 (thirteen years ago) link

This sucks.

I've seen them about 15 times. I knew it was getting a little excessive when I met Carrie Brownstein one time and told her how many times I'd seen them. She looked at me like I was completely insane.

It got to the point where I was getting dirty looks from Corin Tucker for wearing baseball caps at their shows.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:45 (thirteen years ago) link

It's about time. They should've wrapped it up with The Hot Rock.

Edward III (edward iii), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:49 (thirteen years ago) link

well, did they proved they could rock and then were done

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:49 (thirteen years ago) link


What a run though! I saw them last summer supporting that half-assed Woods album: a scorcher of a show, as always.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Stay tuned for reunion tour in 2011.

Edward III (edward iii), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:50 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm still sad, though. And I didn't even like The Woods that much.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Don't like them much in recorded form, but they were great live the one time I saw them.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:53 (thirteen years ago) link

so is this is a real hiatus or a superchunk hiatus [ie, they play a show about once a year]? either way, im bummed.

mts (theoreticalgirl), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:53 (thirteen years ago) link

is this for real? it's not on their official site.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 17:53 (thirteen years ago) link

So incredibly sad although not entirely shocking, I saw them over a dozen times, and their isn't more than couple songs in their catalog that I don't love. Dig Me Out might very well have been the first non-major label record I bought and was one of the first records to send me reeling into music obsession.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:09 (thirteen years ago) link

The Woods is a nice note to go out on, I think

Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:11 (thirteen years ago) link

eh, I dunno. I didn't like it at all, the only album of their I can say that about....still, they are the best live rock band I've ever seen. too bad.

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:18 (thirteen years ago) link

they never released a bad album and were awesome live. i still hope this is a rumor : /

gear (gear), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:22 (thirteen years ago) link

OMG NO! :'(

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:30 (thirteen years ago) link

nah, it's about time. though i haven't liked too many of the newer ones, they never seemed like they were phoning it in and they never embarrassed themselves. way to go, bros.

you make chatting lame (teenagequiet), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:41 (thirteen years ago) link

I love them, but... fair enough. They didn't overstay their welcome at all, but the growth stopped around All Hands.

joseph cotten (joseph cotten), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:42 (thirteen years ago) link

i actually shed a tear when i heard this. i saw them when they came here last fall, and it was quite possibly the best show i've ever seen. they have always been one of my favorite bands...

jonathan - stl (jonathan - stl), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:43 (thirteen years ago) link

I guess I can't complain too much, I'm sure Corin wants to raise her child, and the band might be kind of exhausted after a decade of high praise but little profit margin.

Still Gear OTM, and I hope they'll come back in like 5 years or something. "Indefinite hiatus" is much better than an angry breakup. I do await the inevitable rarities compilation with baited breath though.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:48 (thirteen years ago) link

"the growth stopped around all hands" - wha? their last two albums don't sound like anything they ever did!

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 19:01 (thirteen years ago) link

awww. i like the woods a lot, tho i agree it didn't signal anything exactly new. anyway i count 3 great albums and a coupla really good ones, which puts them in pretty select company.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 19:03 (thirteen years ago) link

i don't know - i thought they were great when i saw them a few years ago, but they seemed pretty lacklustre at atp last month. a little sad, though.

toby (tsg20), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 19:27 (thirteen years ago) link

oh fuck! dammit!

checking to see if there are any new england dates on this last tour. what a bummer! i love pretty much everything they've ever done.

Emily B (Emily B), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 19:50 (thirteen years ago) link

They put on one of the most awesome shows I've ever seen at the Jabberjaw in Los Angeles in 1997.

And I definitely thought The Woods was a step in a different direction for them; not just with the music - I loved that needles-all-the-way-in-the-red production - but with the lyrics, too (at least Corin's).

I'm bummed, anyway.

Tiki Theater Xymposium (Bent Over at the Arclight), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 20:45 (thirteen years ago) link

i realized recently that i can't really remember nearly any of their songs from All Hands on.. (a couple each from that and One Beat, the latter of which I don't really like that much any more [the songs i remember, that is, not the whole album]) and really none from the woods except that nice acousticy one.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:18 (thirteen years ago) link

they've gone 'on hiatus' before so maybe maybe this isn't the end really, though before there were concrete reasons why and assurances that it was just a hiatus with a timetable even if i remember correctly and there sure as hell weren't 'thx for the memories' quotes. great great band in any case, i can't think of many indie rock bands over the past 10 years i'd put in their league.

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:44 (thirteen years ago) link

i'd have a tough time choosing between my favorite s-k album, they're all pretty tight. maybe 'one beat', but on another day any of the others might qualify.

i wonder what they'll do on their own now? i heard rumors of janet weiss doing some weird tribal drumming type stuff lately, which would be better than recent quasi i'm sure. i'd love to hear a carrie brownstein solo joint, too.

gear (gear), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:45 (thirteen years ago) link

I can't wait for them to headline Coachella in 2016.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:46 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah i'd love to hear what all of them do next and was crazy about corin pre-s-k even but man did her and carrie make a good tandem. dig me out almost definitely forever my fave s-k but really anything from call the doctor -> all hands i'm stone cold crazy for and i love the s/t and one beat and the woods too. i'm really really gonna miss this band. totally rocking s-k at karaoke thursday providing geoff's got his shit together. gah so many memories!

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:52 (thirteen years ago) link

i saw them at ATP in L.A. a few years back and it was probably the best live performance i've seen. my brother lives in chicago and i gave him the info on the break-up and he instantly snatched up tix for lollapalooza to see their last show. i can't imagine how insane it's gonna be there.

gear (gear), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 21:55 (thirteen years ago) link


Judging by the crowd at Lolla, I think their set will be met with a collective shrug by most in attendance. I don't think the hardcore S-K fans are going to be shelling out for the hefty tickets and dealing with all the other b.s. just for a 35-40 minute set. I'd love to be proven wrong and see a huge, appreciative crowd there to support them - but I don't see it reaching any level of "insanity".

jonviachicago (jonviachicago), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 22:04 (thirteen years ago) link

I wonder what the deal was, they JUST signed to subpop, it seems like. But i agree, The Woods was a fantastic bang to end their career with. I wish their last show was a Portland one. :(

mike. (antlrs), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 22:09 (thirteen years ago) link

a.b. (alanbanana), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 22:14 (thirteen years ago) link

they're slated to play one hour, i think, and i've no doubt more than a few people will pay out the $70 for their last show ever. lolla is a little pitchforky these days, anyway.

gear (gear), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 22:15 (thirteen years ago) link

i saw s-k a bunch of times and they always put on a good show, but i have no protests against them wanting to call it a day.

aimee semple mcmansion (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 22:21 (thirteen years ago) link

I was (surprisingly?) not that deflated to hear of the break-up, even though S-K were one of my favorite bands. It does seem like the absolute right time. I do like The Woods, but it seems more like a "surprising new direction from a veteran band" album than an immediately necessary, songs-caught-in-your-head, one of the albums of the year thing, which pretty much all of their previous were.

I would definitely want to hear a Carrie solo album--I'm thinking she should do a sort of '70's folk-pop singer-songwriter thing, with Janet on the drums (and guitar solos).

gooblar (gooblar), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 22:23 (thirteen years ago) link

bated breath. bated!

marc h. (marc h.), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 23:09 (thirteen years ago) link

very much the right time for SK to hang it up. they were sick of it. The Woods was very, very hard for the band to record, and what I got out of that was that there wasn't much left. Corin was facing the reality of her family life, and actually I don't think she's been all that happy about playing rock star since her son was born. My suspicion is that their last album was made because its something that they felt they had to do, and that when the process was over, they felt they didn't owe anyone anything else.

They were awesome live.

don weiner (don weiner), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 23:20 (thirteen years ago) link

I always wondered how and when it would happen. There are some relatively happy-go-lucky bands (current retirement-home-era Sonic Youth and S-K mostly) where I just couldn't see how they'd end. Nobody was going to get arrested, nobody was going to OD, they all seemed to get along well.

milo z (mlp), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 23:23 (thirteen years ago) link

call the doctor
dig me out
the hot rock
all hands on the bad one
one beat
the woods

that's a pretty ace career

gear (gear), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 23:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Some days I think One Beat is my favorite.

milo z (mlp), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 00:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, although I am really sad to see them break up, they do leave behind such a strong legacy/back catalogue, I can't say I feel too cheated.

I agree that the Woods must have been a really hard record to make. I think they seemed to be both frustrated and enervated about the political state of the U.S., nevermind Bush's winning the election. When I saw them live during The Woods tour, I personally felt a bit of this desperation in their playing and singing, and it made songs like "Steep Air" sound tragic and desolate.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 00:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!

I knew I shoulda seen them when they came to town. This happened to me with the Delgados, too!

Luckily I had the good fortune to at least see Mclusky before they split.

Adios, S-K! What a fucking great band.

Simon H. (Simon H.), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 00:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Juana Molina was Argentina's biggest comedian in the 90s as I understand it - don't think they've ever really forgiven her for becoming a musician.

Stevie T, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 18:58 (four months ago) link

Wasn't Letterman a drummer too?


Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 18:59 (four months ago) link

I can't believe Ut got dragged into this

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, July 2, 2019 4:57 AM (six hours ago)

SK have reminded me of them in the past, too - strumming patterns, beats without prominent cymbal parts, maybe some vocal approaches.

timellison, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 19:09 (four months ago) link

Todd Barry otm, he's not going back but has guested with Superchunk and Yo La Tengo, and played on Mates Of States' AV Undercover session (no longer on youtube, boo). And as of last weekend, committed to playing REM's reunion. As opener, but hey, if Bill Berry doesn't get onboard...

Conan O'Brien!

I counted Chevy's college band bcz it was pre-comedy but Conan drummed at a house party or two while he was already editor of the Lampoon?

Rollins' talking shows are absolutely stand-up

the one I saw was more akin to a Ted talk

I haven't seen him since the 50th birthday tour, and I know he's done tours where he shows photos and discusses war zones he's visited & so on, but of his 29 talking-on-stage albums, 27 of them are primarily "telling funny stories about things that happened"

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 19:16 (four months ago) link

I just rewatched the Fallon thing again with someone and he was like, why is Carrie singing so much and he had so forgotten how much lead Carrie had sang before. But yeah I don't like the preprogrammed performance gestures.

Yerac, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 20:00 (four months ago) link

They didn't even have a camera on Janet for any sort of close up.

Yerac, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 20:00 (four months ago) link

Forgot about Juana Molina!! This is reminding me how little I like comedy.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 20:24 (four months ago) link

I'm not super familiar w/S-K (it's been ages since I saw them live), but I just watched that Fallon perf., and it does very much feel like "band awkwardly shoehorned into a new look/sound." I can also see why a freewheeling drummer may not be psyched at the prospect of an entire tour playing that beat.

stan by me (morrisp), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 21:09 (four months ago) link

I feel like Rollins is a weird example, his whole persona was everything, the music, the books, the spoken word

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 21:28 (four months ago) link

... acting, the record label

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 21:28 (four months ago) link

That Fallon performance is some real

space invaders are smokin penises!!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 22:01 (four months ago) link

"I can also see why a freewheeling drummer may not be psyched at the prospect of an entire tour playing that beat."

Janet is an exceptionally great drummer but I don't know that I ever thought of her as 'freewheeling'. She always struck me as rather precise and deliberate.

akm, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 22:11 (four months ago) link

The beat in the verse is more tricky and unorthodox and strange than these posts are giving her credit for, but yeah, I can't imagine its especially fun to play

space invaders are smokin penises!!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 22:13 (four months ago) link

We’ll have to buy Carrie’s second book to learn the real story

calstars, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 22:13 (four months ago) link

xxxp i would even say uptight

j., Tuesday, 2 July 2019 22:50 (four months ago) link

It's a cool linear, programmed-esque beat, yeah. It's exactly the sort of thing I find fun to play, way more fun than fast rock n' roll with lots of fills. But maybe she doesn't.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 23:00 (four months ago) link

Whiney clearly studying SK drum patterns closely. Worth an audition at least, surely?

Position Position, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 23:01 (four months ago) link

Wasn't Letterman a drummer too?

He never lost his fascination with drums & who they belong to:

One Eye Open, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 02:20 (four months ago) link

Also ... drummer week!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 02:54 (four months ago) link

lmao this letterman video, fuck

meaulnes, Thursday, 4 July 2019 23:45 (four months ago) link

— Sleater-Kinney (@Sleater_Kinney) July 15, 2019

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 15 July 2019 22:14 (four months ago) link

im assuming that pulsing dot is their new drummer

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Monday, 15 July 2019 22:23 (four months ago) link

ROLAND Returns!

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 15 July 2019 22:25 (four months ago) link

How long til they start photoshopping Janet out of band photos

calstars, Monday, 15 July 2019 22:26 (four months ago) link

Surprised how few likes that post got, I had the impression they were huuuge

calstars, Monday, 15 July 2019 22:27 (four months ago) link

I think it's too obscure to get much of a response.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 15 July 2019 22:59 (four months ago) link


maura, Monday, 15 July 2019 23:00 (four months ago) link

Maybe they're scrapping the album to rework it as an industrial project.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 15 July 2019 23:00 (four months ago) link

Just got email announcing Quasi is going on a quick tour in October.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 26 July 2019 01:14 (three months ago) link


TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 July 2019 22:19 (three months ago) link


U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 28 July 2019 23:47 (three months ago) link

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:32 (three months ago) link

Hmm. There are some curious red flags in that story. Citing the presence of a Gucci bag, the group crediting a band "designer," Brownstein deciding to put more energy toward the band only after her Hulu pilot didn't get picked up, Clark being really involved with lyrics and writing and arrangements (which is sort of ultimately the biggest complaint someone like Albini has with the concept of a "producer"). I don't know if we'll ever get a straight answer, but I assume one day it will at least be more clear why Weiss left. lol at Brownstein saying they should have called the album "Let's Stay Together."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 23:38 (three months ago) link

"They wanted the album to sound “really gross,” Tucker, in contrasting lacy white, said, as her collaborators mmm-hmmmed in affirmation. “Like, disgusting, dirty, gross, dusty.” She went to a Depeche Mode show and got absorbed by synths; Clark and Brownstein saw Nine Inch Nails, and heard industrial."

They succeeded - all the songs so far do sound "really gross"

Freeze Instr., Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:12 (three months ago) link

reading between the lines i'm starting to think they wanted to style the shit out of this tour and janet wasn't into it.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:16 (three months ago) link

feels like the real story is still under wraps

Dan S, Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:25 (three months ago) link

”She went to a Depeche Mode show and got absorbed by synths; Clark and Brownstein saw Nine Inch Nails, and heard industrial.”

Like, for the first time in their lives? No way could that be the case. Weird writing.

the last Berry La Croix in the work fridge (morrisp), Thursday, 1 August 2019 02:34 (three months ago) link

it's wild how Sleater-Kinney sold out by being in the presence of a Gucci bag owned by someone not in the band.

omar little, Thursday, 1 August 2019 03:26 (three months ago) link

Like, for the first time in their lives? No way could that be the case.

It’s totally possible: the article isn’t saying they’d never heard either band before.

(yes it’s weird framing & might not be at all precise, but eg I actively love hours of music by each band, and have seen a grand total of four minutes combined concerts by both)

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 1 August 2019 04:23 (three months ago) link

Sorry to be unclear; I’m just talking about the phrase “heard industrial.”

the last Berry La Croix in the work fridge (morrisp), Thursday, 1 August 2019 04:41 (three months ago) link

Reads pretty clear - that's what they 'heard' in their heads as they headed to the studio.

The new single sounds like they heard "We Are Young" instead of NIN though.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 1 August 2019 05:01 (three months ago) link

I would love to hear Sleater-Kinney make their Second Annual Report

slimy goth rock, though - it's not right is it

Freeze Instr., Thursday, 1 August 2019 05:06 (three months ago) link

yeah, milo otm

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 1 August 2019 05:22 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

I just re-listened to the album "No Cities To Love", and all that time I've wished for a sequel to Rush's "Grace Under Pressure", the damn thing was right there the whole time. There are obvious commonalities, like the guitars in the intro and post-chorus to "Price Tag" echoing the same sections of "The Body Electric"; the occasional controlled-wailing Geddyisms a la "Red Sector A" ("No-ohh!") in the vocals; the abrasive guitars but better because it's like 2 Lifesons (and the descending riff that opens "Surface Envy" reminds me of Alex's similarly-descending riff in the bridge of "Distant Early Warning"); post-punk/disco rhythms that pop in and out - is Janet Weiss the Neil Peart of our generation?; Anthem Records vs "No Anthems", etc.

But a lot of it, at least to my ears, is a similar essence that I can't quite explain, it's just *there*.

Now I know what I want to listen to right now (hint: not the S-K album).

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 12 October 2019 18:43 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

“I said, ‘Am I just the drummer now?’ They said yes. And I said, ‘Can you tell me if I am still a creative equal in the band?’ And they said no. So, I left.”

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 15:17 (six minutes ago) link

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