COURTESY PHOTONew album: Corin Tucker – of Sleater-Kinney fame – recently issued “Kill My Blues” with her band.

Tucker goes solo during Sleater-Kinney hiatus

It’s a common misconception with fans of her old trio Sleater-Kinney, says Corin Tucker, that just because they aren’t currently recording together, she and co-founder Carrie Brownstein are at odds. “I think people make assumptions about Sleater-Kinney or our friendship that aren’t really based in reality – the band is just on hiatus, and we use that word in the way it’s meant, you know?” says the Portland native, who just issued her second solo album, “Kill My Blues,” as The Corin Tucker Band. Although Brownstein is equally busy with her group Wild Flag and her sketch comedy show “Portlandia,” there’s been talk of a possible Sleater-Kinney reunion in 2013 – if everyone’s crazy schedules align.

 
You’ve appeared on “Portlandia” in a sketch called “The Deuce,” where you, the Shins’ James Mercer and the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy play an aloof rock band called Echo Echo, right?

Yeah! They literally called me up the day before [asking], “Can you be here tomorrow, ’cause we’re doing this thing and we need a band and you can be in it.” So it was completely improv. It was from an idea, then completely haphazard, but great and just off-the-wall funny. And Carrie threw a huge tantrum and trashed this incredibly beautiful, art-directed set as part of the skit. She was hysterical.

 
Have you filmed anything for the new third season?
No, I haven’t. But my husband is on it a lot. He plays the straight guy to Fred, his buddy, and they go through all these funny situations. They use a lot of local people, local actors, and then just random musicians, like me. My son is actually the boy in the “Brunch” episode, who’s running down the long Sunday brunch line going, “Water! Six dollars!” 

 
Are there really carnival-ride-long lines for brunch in Portland?
There really are. The food scene is outrageous, and highly competitive, with super-long lines where people will come out and say, “You know, it’s going to be about an hour-and-a-half wait from here.” And that’s what “Portlandia” is about – this sluggish Oregon town has suddenly become super-hip with this crazy food scene, and all these young people want to be a part of it.

 
Your new song “Groundhog Day” has some sharp satirical teeth, too, eh?

It’s taken from that film where Bill Murray has to do the same thing, over and over again. I feel like the women’s movement is so stuck in this country because of the ongoing battle on women’s rights. It’s so frustrating to have to fight for these same things, over and over again, and not be able to move forward. 


IF YOU GO
The Corin Tucker Band
Where: Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.
When: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday
Tickets: $15
Contact: (415) 861-5016; www.ticketweb.com

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