|Born||Carrie Rachel Brownstein
(1974-09-27) September 27, 1974 (age 46)
Carrie Rachel Brownstein (born September 27, 1974) is an American musician, actress, writer, director, and comedian.
During a long hiatus from Sleater-Kinney, she formed the group Wild Flag.
Sleater-Kinney eventually reunited; as of 2015 Brownstein was touring with the band as well as in support of her new memoir.
Her mother was a housewife and a teacher, and her father was a corporate lawyer.
They divorced when Carrie was 14, and she was raised by her father.
Brownstein has a younger sister.
Her family is Jewish.
Brownstein began playing guitar at 15 and received lessons from Jeremy Enigk.
She later said: "He lived in the neighborhood next to mine, so I would just walk my guitar over to his house.
He showed me a couple of open chords and I just took it from there.
I'd gone through so many phases as a kid with my interests that my parents put their foot down with guitar.
So [the instrument] ended up being the [first] thing that I had to save up my own money for – and maybe that was the whole reason that I actually stuck with it."
Main article: Excuse 17
Excuse 17 often toured with Tucker's band Heavens to Betsy.
The two bands contributed to the Free to Fight compilation.
Main article: Sleater-Kinney
After both Excuse 17 and Heavens to Betsy split up, Sleater-Kinney became Brownstein and Tucker's main focus.
They recorded their first self-titled album in early 1994 during a trip to Australia, where the pair were celebrating Tucker's graduation from Evergreen (Brownstein still had three years of college left).
It was released the following spring.
They recorded and toured with different drummers, until Janet Weiss joined the band in 1996.
Following their eponymous debut, they released six more studio albums before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006.
In a 2012 interview with DIY magazine, Brownstein said that Sleater-Kinney still planned to play in the future.
On October 20, 2014, Brownstein announced on Twitter that Sleater-Kinney would be releasing a new album, No Cities to Love, on January 20, 2015, and would tour in early 2015.
At the same time the announcement was made, they released the video for the first single from the album.
The single, "Bury Our Friends", was also made available as a free MP3 download.
Critics Greil Marcus and Robert Christgau deemed the band one of the essential rock groups of the early 2000s; In 2015, Stereogum Chief Editor Tom Breihan called them the greatest rock band of the past two decades.
In September 2010, Brownstein revealed her latest project was the band Wild Flag, with Janet Weiss, Mary Timony, and Rebecca Cole, formerly of The Minders; according to Brownstein, about a year earlier "I started to need music again, and so I called on my friends and we joined as a band.
Chemistry cannot be manufactured or forced, so Wild Flag was not a sure thing, it was a 'maybe, a 'possibility.'
But after a handful of practice sessions, spread out over a period of months, I think we all realized that we could be greater than the sum of our parts."
They released a self-titled album in September 2011.
In 2011, they toured for a second time, and played at CMJ Music Marathon.
In 2006, Brownstein was the only woman to earn a spot in the Rolling Stone readers' list of the 25 "Most Underrated Guitarists of All-Time".
Brownstein began a career as a writer before Sleater-Kinney broke up.
Brownstein has also written a couple of music-related video game reviews for Slate.
From November 2007 to May 2010, Brownstein wrote a blog for NPR Music called "Monitor Mix"; she returned for a final blog post in October, thanking her blog readers and declaring the blog "officially conclud[ed]."
In March 2009, Brownstein was contracted to write a book to "describe the dramatically changing dynamic between music fan and performer, from the birth of the iPod and the death of the record store to the emergence of the 'you be the star' culture of American Idol and the ensuing dilution of rock mystique"; The book, called The Sound of Where You Are, is to be published by Ecco/HarperCollins.
In an April 2012 interview on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Brownstein said she was no longer working on the book.
Brownstein's memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, was released on October 27, 2015.
In 2020, Ann Wilson, lead singer of hard rock band Heart announced in an interview that Brownstein was writing the script for a biopic on the band Heart.
See also: Portlandia (TV series)
Brownstein has acted (what she calls a "mere hobby") in the short film Fan Mail, the experimental feature Group, and the Miranda July film Getting Stronger Every Day.
Brownstein and Fred Armisen published several video skits as part of a comedy duo called "ThunderAnt".
The film had its world premiere at SXSW on March 13, 2010.
The show, which features appearances of some of the characters from ThunderAnt, premiered in January 2011.
The series has received positive feedback and concluded after its eighth season.
However, the majority of her scenes were cut due to the film's length.
The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2015.
It began a limited release on November 20, 2015.
After the article was out, she said: "I hadn't seen the article, and I got a phone call.
My dad called me and was like, 'The Spin article's out.
Um, do you want to let me know what's going on?'
The ground was pulled out from underneath me ... my dad did not know that Corin and I had ever dated, or that I even dated girls."
She says, "It's weird, because no one's actually ever asked me.
People just always assume, like, you're this or that.
It's like, 'OK.
Since working together on ThunderAnt, Brownstein and Fred Armisen developed what Brownstein has called "one of the most intimate, functional, romantic, but nonsexual relationships [they have] ever had."
According to Armisen, their relationship is "all of the things that I've ever wanted, you know, aside from like the physical stuff, but the intimacy that I have with her is like no other."
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie Brownstein.