Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Glorious Ladies of Rocktober Song #14: "Dig Me Out" by Sleater-Kinney

Before she was making us laugh on Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein was kicking ass on the stage as the guitarist and sometimes singer for influential riot grrrl and indie rock band Sleater-Kinney, along with lead singer/other guitarist Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss.

The riot grrrl genre was a combination of punk, indie rock, and leftist and feminist politics, and Sleater-Kinney formed in the mid '90s at Evergreen State College in Olypmia, Washington, which was kind of the epicenter for the riot grrrl movement, with bands like Bikini Kill, Heavens to Betsy (Tucker's previous band before Sleater-Kinney), and Excuse 17 (Brownstein's prior band), and Bratmobile forming or gaining traction in Olympia in the early '90s.

Between 1995 and 2005, the band released seven albums, before taking a haitus for about a decade.  The band released their 8th album, No Cities to Love, this past January, and it reached #18 on the Billboard album charts, making it the band's highest charting album.  I am going with the title track off of the band's third album, 1997's Dig Me Out.  The album has garnered extensive critical acclaim, landing at #272 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time back in 2003, amongst various other "best of" lists.  The song "Dig Me Out" frantic and catchy, indicative of the band's catalog in general, and it's just a great punk song.

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