Really, you should be listening to music every day, but thanks to Twitter, Monday has become the best day of the week to discover new songs, show some love to the tune currently dominating your iPod playlist and quietly judge the listening habits of your closest friends. Yes, it's #MusicMonday, one of Twitter's most enduring trending topics. Hence "MTV News' #MusicMonday," a weekly look at the songs we are currently crushing on.
This week, welcome former Sleater-Kinney singer/guitarist Corin Tucker (and her Band) back into the fold.
This has been a big year for comebacks on the fringes of the rock world. Pavement got back together for a massively successful tour, Guided by Voices reunited in a classic lineup for Matador Records' 21st birthday and Mike Patton took Faith No More back out on the road. Just a few weeks ago, another rock icon strapped her guitar on for another spin through the universe. Corin Tucker, one third of vital all-female rockers Sleater-Kinney, is back with another trio (this one called simply the Corin Tucker Band) and a new batch of songs — her first proper recordings since Sleater-Kinney's 2005 album The Woods (the last album the group put out before going on their still-active hiatus).
The songs on 1,000 Years still have some of the elements of Sleater-Kinney's classic sound (jagged guitars, jittery rhythms, Tucker's signature croon-wail), but it also represents a clear evolution for Tucker. She has called it "a middle-aged mom record," and that is both metaphorically true (the songs are deeply rooted in domestic issues rather than larger social, political or sexual issues) and literally correct (Tucker is a 37-year-old mother of two kids). It's an incredibly dynamic record, full of moody drones (the title track), fist-pumping anthems ("Doubt," "Riley") and a little bit of country twang for good measure ("It's Always Summer").
It's a great comeback for Tucker, and 1,000 Years is well worth seeking out whether you liked Sleater-Kinney or not (but especially if you did and wished that PJ Harvey was a member of the band too). And in case you aren't familiar with one of riot grrrl's most important acts, dig in to Sleater-Kinney's "You're No Rock and Roll Fun," from their 2000 album All Hands on the Bad One.