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’ And she was like, ‘Yes, I do.’” We’re eating at a fancy restuarant in West Hollywood. You go on your phone to check the time and it becomes this five-step process: email, Twitter – I’m like, why am I checking Instagram again? It was the tail end of the riot grrrl scene and local bands such as Bikini Kill were an early influence.
Suddenly I hear my phone ringing in my bag and scramble to turn it off. “Oh my God,” she says, “I love that you have a flip phone. Between 19, Sleater Kinney released seven albums, and while their sales never broke any records, the devotion among their fans remains obsessive.
fter wrapping the latest season of Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein escaped to the high desert of Oregon with Cricket, the younger of her two adopted dogs (Toby was too arthritic to make the trip).
“The girl at the liquor store wanted ID and I was like, ‘This is flattering, but do you actually need me to go back to my car? Their setup was simple (two guitars, two voices, one drummer), but their sound was new, their lyrics sharp and political.But in 2006 they abruptly disbanded, disappearing for nearly nine years. Meanwhile, Brownstein found a whole new audience, as the co-creator and co-star of sketch comedy show Portlandia, alongside Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen.The cult series, available in the UK on Netflix, skewers hipster culture in skits such as Put A Bird On It, in which Brownstein and Armisen (who play dozens of characters) are creatives in a craft shop adding bird motifs to every piece of merchandise, and Is This Chicken Local?CB: I think the show is weird and I think the show is definitely not following the rules of other shows and it’s highly improvisational, so if you consider that queer, than sure. We’re basically playing a lot of different versions of ourselves.It represents all different kids of people in Portland. AE: What version of you is Toni, the bookstore owner?