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Apocalypse Cancelled: New Sleater-Kinney Album Announced

Great news to start a week that otherwise seemed likely to be full of zeitgeist doom and gloom: Sleater-Kinney have announced that they will be releasing their first album of new material in a decade, AND will go on tour. No Cities To Love will be released January 19/20 by Sub Pop Records; if it’s as good as the first single, “Bury Our Friends,” released today, it’s a doozy. Together Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss released some of the best albums of the late ’90s, early ’00s, taking the bristling energy of the Riot Grrrl movement to dizzying heights; if you don’t believe me, buy the Sleater-Kinney box set, Start Together, being released tomorrow.

Since 1995’s The Woods, Tucker became a mom and fronted her own band; Weiss drummed with Quasi and Stephen Malkmus and the Hot Jicks, and Brownstein reinvented herself as a comic actor on a little show called Portlandia. They got back together early this year, recording in secrecy. John Goodmanson, who recorded and produced most of those records, is back for No Cities To Love. The video for the new song features filmmaker and writer Miranda July, another early ’90s graduate of Olympia-area Grrrrl Studies. Check it out:

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Joan Jett’s New Album

On the same day she was honored by the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Joan Jett and Blackheart Records officially announced the October 1 release of her new album Unvarnished. The press statement follows:

 

Rock ‘n Roll Icon Joan Jett Announces First New Music In Almost A Decade

 

New Album Unvarnished To Be Released October 1

 

First single “Any Weather” Will Have Television Debut August 8 on Jimmy Kimmel Live at 11:35pm/10:35pm CT on ABC

 

 

 

[unvarnishedcover]Hot on the heels of being honored at this year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival and the City of West Hollywood’s official proclamation of August 1 as “Joan Jett Day,” the rock n roll icon is set to release her first CD of all original music in more than seven years.  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will release their 14th studio album Unvarnished October 1 on the Blackheart Records label.  The album features ten original tracks and a Deluxe Edition will feature four additional bonus tracks.  The first single, “Any Weather” will make its television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on August 8th.   To coincide with the television debut, the single will be available August 6th via iTunes preorder at http://www.itunes.com<http://www.itunes.com>.

 

 

 

Jett has said that Unvarnished is the most autobiographical project she’s ever done, allowing some of life’s hardest passages, such as the loss of both her parents, dictate what she wrote about. The album also broadens to other subjects, such as applauding the determination of Hurricane Sandy’s victims and lighthearted commentary on today’s trend of oversharing.  Jett expanded her creative process to work with musicians like Dave Grohl and Against Me’s Laura Jane Grace, as well as continuing her work with longtime writing partner Kenny Laguna.  “It’s a real band album. Everybody was involved,” she says.  For more information, visit http://www.joanjett.com<http://www.joanjett.com>

 

 

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS

Unvarnished

 

Standard Version

1. Any Weather (606 Version)

2. TMI

3. Soulmates To Strangers

4. Make It Back

5. Hard To Grow Up

6. Fragile

7. Reality Mentality

8. Bad As We Can Be

9. Different

10. Everybody Needs A Hero

 

 

Deluxe Version

1. Any Weather (606 Version)

2. TMI

3. Soulmates To Strangers

4. Make It Back

5. Hard To Grow Up

6. Fragile

7. Reality Mentality

8. Bad As We Can Be

9. Different

10. I Know What I Know

11. Seriously

12. Different (Demo Version)

13. Any Weather (Blackhearts)

14. Everybody Needs A Hero

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