by Jeff
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Sleater-Kinney - "Get Up"

For me, this is the sound of teen anticipation. I first heard Corin Tucker's guitar and voice on the song "Monsters" by Heavens to Betsy, which was a standard of teen-punk mixtapes in the early 90s. It's a stompy warning to avoid creeps, a riot grrrl classic that ends with thirty seconds of glorious shrieking. This song, "Get Up," came into my life in the small window of time after finishing high school and before moving out of my parents' house in the suburbs. After listening to Dig Me Out constantly the year before I was looking for clues about what the next Sleater-Kinney record would sound like. When this song came out on a seven inch I picked it up and began decoding. In my memory, the excitement of waiting for their next record is mixed with feelings of trying to figure out what the eff came next in my own life, the last moments of lingering between a small safe place and the whoosh of the unknown. This music pulls in different directions. Two distinct voices and guitars intertwined over a persistent beat. Wild and tender, punk and not punk, no easy solutions. There are many right ways to move forward.


The reunion of Sleater-Kinney feels like a necessary realignment in the universe.


Hi, I'm new. Thanks for reading! If you're in Montreal this Thursday the 29th I'm launching the new issue of my zine Ghost Pine at le Cagibi (5490 St. Laurent). The event is free and starts at 7:30 p.m.

(photo of the suburbs by Spike)

Posted by Jeff at January 27, 2015 1:01 AM

Happy you're here, Jeff.

Posted by kje at January 27, 2015 6:11 PM


Posted by Jordan at January 27, 2015 11:33 PM

Thanks kje and Jordan! It's great to be here.

Posted by Jeff Author Profile Page at January 28, 2015 1:43 AM

"There are many right ways to move forward" is exactly what I needed to hear today / at the end of January / the last decade.

The SK doesn't hurt either!

Posted by Ryan at January 28, 2015 5:12 AM

Some choice of first post, Jeff. You and I are going to get along just fine.

"Not piece by piece, but like a whole bucket of stars dumped into the universe..."

Posted by last year's girl at January 28, 2015 10:13 AM

Welcome, Jeff!

Posted by Brennan at January 28, 2015 12:07 PM

Lovely to have you, Jeff!

Posted by Coel oh at January 30, 2015 1:06 AM

This is great, Jeff.

Posted by BrendanB at January 30, 2015 12:47 PM

Great to know that STG will be around for a long time to come - and regular updates too! Been following for a few years and have been introduced to many of my new favorite bands here. Thanks to everyone!

Posted by Kevin at January 30, 2015 2:07 PM

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