shows I wish I could experience again #1: Sleater-Kinney. Irving Plaza. May 29, 1999.
I was 18 years old, and it was my first time in an actual American rock n’ roll club. I was already a Sleater-Kinney fan because of Not Radio and The Aga Muhlach Experience, but I had no idea this show would change my life. The opening acts were Mary Timony (who had just left Helium, and would later join Wild Flag) and Flin Flon (fronted by Mark Robinson of Unrest and Air Miami), two artists I would later fall in love with.
The lifechanger, however, was Sleater-Kinney itself. They were touring in support of their album The Hot Rock, which would become one of my favorite albums of all time shortly after. I heard those songs for the first time at this show, and I particularly remember hearing this song and being blown away.
14 years later and it only occurred to me now to look for a clip of the show online. When I saw this my hair stood on end. “End of you”, everybody.
so aside from getting a hug from sarah silverman and getting to see the great zach galifianakis do stand-up live, i walked out of the theater with a personal hero of mine— lou barlow, who sang for sebadoh and the folk implosion, and was the bassist of dinosaur jr. you might remember him for this song, which is really only scratching the surface of his awesomeness.