Sleater-Kinney new Album "The Center Won't Hold"

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by FingerPickin'Triumph, May 23, 2019.

  1. FingerPickin'Triumph

    FingerPickin'Triumph Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington, D.C.
    Looks like info is starting to trickle out on the new Sleater-Kinney album produced by St. Vincent - including the title "The Center Won't Hold" ... moving from Subpop to Mom + Pop for the release.

    "As Reddit’s indieheads forum points out, the record label Mom + Pop has posted a new Sleater-Kinney bio to their website, suggesting a move from Sub Pop, who released No Cities To Love. Mom + Pop lists the new album title as The Center Won’t Hold. It also mentions a single called “Hurry On Home” and links to an active landing page, indicating the song may be coming as soon as tonight. (Generally those pages don’t go up too far in advance.)"

    "There’s no word regarding a release date for the album, but the Mom + Pop bio includes some quotes from the band, including this from Carrie Brownstein: “We’re always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person — ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness — in the middle of the chaos.”

    more here: Sleater-Kinney's New St. Vincent-Produced Album Is Called 'The Center Won't Hold'
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  2. FingerPickin'Triumph

    FingerPickin'Triumph Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington, D.C.
    Mysterious graphic/image appears on Sleater-Kinney's website proclaims "un****able" "unlovable" : Sleater-Kinney
  3. DirkM

    DirkM Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    I'm cautiously optimistic. NCTL was a good album, but it never came close to their original seven-album run. I just hope they cut loose a bit more this time out. NCTL sounded controlled, whereas SK always sounded best (imo) when you were never quite sure where they were going to go with the next note/word/phrase.
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  4. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator what if

    Aloha, OR
    i bet st. vincent pushes them into some new territory, just like dave f. did over 10 years ago. can't wait.
  5. FingerPickin'Triumph

    FingerPickin'Triumph Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington, D.C.
    I loved their last record.... you do get the feeling that they are trying to push themselves even more with this new one.. love St. Vincent though her last record I couldn't totally get into..
  6. Dave Garrett

    Dave Garrett Forum Resident

    Houston, TX
    The bio page has been taken down, although Google's cached version is currently still visible. Maybe Mom + Pop jumped the gun in posting it.
  7. Vern

    Vern Forum Resident

    Not feeling the new tune too much... And the press images are too weird; I'm not sure that particular look suits them. Maybe it all will grow on me, who knows.
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  8. BeardedSteven

    BeardedSteven Forum Resident

    Southern Indiana
    Here's the new song. I dig it! And tons of new tour dates. This please me.

  9. MagneticNorthpaw

    MagneticNorthpaw Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    The new song is great. You can hear the glossy St. Vincent spin but all the Sleater-Kinney hallmarks are there in the grooves.
  10. Dreaddazzman

    Dreaddazzman Forum Resident

    I like the new song and would love to gt the 7", but $8 for budget shipping? Not paying $18 for 7". Hopefully it gets released through other channels with more reasonable shipping costs.
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  11. guidedbyvoices

    guidedbyvoices Diver Dan

    Alpine, TX
    I like the new song and sound but generally prefer Corin singing. That single cover with the backwards Carrie butt is pretty terrible though.
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  12. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator what if

    Aloha, OR
    i have a feeling us fellas might be missing the irony in the newly released photos/art.

    like the new song as well, but i also generally prefer corin to carrie when it comes to singing.
  13. guidedbyvoices

    guidedbyvoices Diver Dan

    Alpine, TX
    I get the irony, same with the cover of St Vincent’s Masseduction that wasn’t her butt either. But the SK image is just not working for me
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  14. etherealdog

    etherealdog Forum Resident

    Anyone else feel like since their reunion there has been a push towards making Brownstein more of a focal point in the band (perhaps to capitalize on Brownstein's popularity from the Portlandia series?)

    Corin is a significantly better singer and brings authority, power to any given SK song. The butt image and Brownstein being in the center of those photos seems like another step in this direction....

    Maybe it's just a more productive mentality coming from Brownstein. IDK...
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  15. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

    Louisville, KY
    Really loving Hurry On Home. Big fan of St. Vincent and its a definite blend of their styles. Look forward to the album
  16. octophone

    octophone fit and working again

    I like the new song a lot - it has a nice "Scary Monsters" feel to it that's different for them.

    I hope they come to the UK next year.
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  17. ElevateMeLater

    ElevateMeLater Jesus of Cool

    The song sounds too much like St. Vincent to me with her production...I'm hoping it grows on me however, most of SK's songs do...
  18. etherealdog

    etherealdog Forum Resident

    I like the drum tone on the Hurry On Home single but the singing is just ok. I can't wait to hear Corin's lead vocal tracks on this one.
  19. cdollaz

    cdollaz Forum Resident

    I do not care much for the new song. They have always had a sound that was uniquely and unmistakably their own and this sounds like Metric or something. If the rest of the album is in this vein I will likely be disappointed.
  20. manco

    manco Forum Resident

    San Jose, CA
    So is it a political album?
  21. cgw

    cgw Forum Resident

    Upstate NY
    Tour announced also. Not really coming near me. I was lucky to catch them on the last tour.
  22. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    Even though I live in the New York area, I'll probably aim for the Philadelphia show (first) because it's a Sunday. Brooklyn and Hammerstein are work days.
  23. Sea Within a Sea

    Sea Within a Sea Well-Known Member

    Los Angeles
    I don't know if there's been a concerted effort, but that's definitely been a byproduct of Brownstein's career in comedy.

    I saw SK a few times between '99 and '05 or so, and I always thought Brownstein was such a badass: the rock-n-roll faces she made while shredding on guitar, the high jumps, the kicks, the Pete Townsend windmills. But when I saw them on the reunion tour, those same things seemed to make people laugh and applaud, like she was doing comedy. Her onstage persona had gone from badassery to comic shtick, like the band had become Tenacious D or something.

    I wish I liked the new music, but, man, that new song, to me at least, is dreadful.
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  24. etherealdog

    etherealdog Forum Resident

    Yeah, no disagreement here. It's a weird effect that I am not sure could have been averted.

    Corin's singing makes me feel like they are dangerous and it's infectious. Brownstein's singing was usually a novelty for 2-3 songs but now it's just seeped into their sound more and more so that it feels like a change in creative direction to their detriment as a whole. Seems like either way the level of popularity Brownstein had with her foray into comedy was going to have an effect on the band one way or another; not something they could pretend didn't exist.
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  25. jedilips00

    jedilips00 Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    yeah agree with all of this. not a fan of the St Vincent-ization of Sleater-Kinney. They certainly do not need Annie Clark's help, but understand if they wanted to go in a new direction in sound for this record. I'll give it a chance, but if the whole record sounds like this, I'll be bummed - No Cities to Love was a ferocious return to form.
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