Carrie Brownstein

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BornCarrie Brownstein_header_cell_0_1_0 Carrie Rachel Brownstein
(1974-09-27) September 27, 1974 (age 46)

Seattle, Washington, U.S.Carrie Brownstein_cell_0_1_1

Alma materCarrie Brownstein_header_cell_0_2_0 Carrie Brownstein_cell_0_2_1
OccupationCarrie Brownstein_header_cell_0_3_0 Carrie Brownstein_cell_0_3_1
GenresCarrie Brownstein_header_cell_0_4_0 Carrie Brownstein_cell_0_4_1
InstrumentsCarrie Brownstein_header_cell_0_5_0 Carrie Brownstein_cell_0_5_1
Years activeCarrie Brownstein_header_cell_0_6_0 1993–presentCarrie Brownstein_cell_0_6_1
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Carrie Rachel Brownstein (born September 27, 1974) is an American musician, actress, writer, director, and comedian. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_0

She first came to prominence as a member of the band Excuse 17 before forming the rock trio Sleater-Kinney. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_1

During a long hiatus from Sleater-Kinney, she formed the group Wild Flag. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_2

During this period, Brownstein wrote and appeared in a series of comedy sketches alongside Fred Armisen which were developed into the satirical comedy TV series Portlandia. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_3

The series went on to win Emmy and Peabody Awards. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_4

Sleater-Kinney eventually reunited; as of 2015 Brownstein was touring with the band as well as in support of her new memoir. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_5

Early life Carrie Brownstein_section_0

Brownstein was born in Seattle, Washington, and was raised in Redmond, Washington. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_6

Her mother was a housewife and a teacher, and her father was a corporate lawyer. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_7

They divorced when Carrie was 14, and she was raised by her father. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_8

Brownstein has a younger sister. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_9

Her family is Jewish. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_10

She attended Lake Washington High School before transferring to The Overlake School for her senior year. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_11

Brownstein began playing guitar at 15 and received lessons from Jeremy Enigk. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_12

She later said: "He lived in the neighborhood next to mine, so I would just walk my guitar over to his house. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_13

He showed me a couple of open chords and I just took it from there. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_14

I'd gone through so many phases as a kid with my interests that my parents put their foot down with guitar. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_15

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." Carrie Brownstein_sentence_16

After high school, Brownstein attended Western Washington University before transferring to The Evergreen State College. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_17

In 1997, Brownstein graduated from Evergreen with an emphasis on sociolinguistics, and stayed in Olympia, Washington, for three years before moving to Portland, Oregon. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_18

Music career Carrie Brownstein_section_1

Excuse 17 Carrie Brownstein_section_2

Main article: Excuse 17 Carrie Brownstein_sentence_19

While attending Evergreen, Brownstein met fellow students Corin Tucker, Kathleen Hanna, Tobi Vail, and Becca Albee. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_20

With Albee and CJ Phillips, she formed the band Excuse 17, one of the pioneering bands of the riot grrrl movement in the Olympia music scene that played an important role in third-wave feminism. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_21

Excuse 17 often toured with Tucker's band Heavens to Betsy. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_22

The two bands contributed to the Free to Fight compilation. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_23

With Tucker, she formed the band Sleater-Kinney as a side project and later released the split single Free to Fight with Cypher in the Snow. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_24

Sleater-Kinney Carrie Brownstein_section_3

Main article: Sleater-Kinney Carrie Brownstein_sentence_25

After both Excuse 17 and Heavens to Betsy split up, Sleater-Kinney became Brownstein and Tucker's main focus. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_26

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). Carrie Brownstein_sentence_27

It was released the following spring. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_28

They recorded and toured with different drummers, until Janet Weiss joined the band in 1996. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_29

Following their eponymous debut, they released six more studio albums before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_30

In a 2012 interview with DIY magazine, Brownstein said that Sleater-Kinney still planned to play in the future. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_31

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. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_32

At the same time the announcement was made, they released the video for the first single from the album. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_33

The single, "Bury Our Friends", was also made available as a free MP3 download. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_34

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. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_35

Other work Carrie Brownstein_section_4

Brownstein and former Helium guitarist/singer Mary Timony, recording as The Spells, released The Age of Backwards E.P. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_36

in 1999. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_37

Also in 1999, Brownstein, Lois Maffeo, and Peter Momtchiloff released a single ("The Touch"/"Louie Louie Got Married") on K Records as The Tentacles. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_38

In summer 2009, Brownstein and Weiss worked together on songs (produced by Tucker Martine) for the soundtrack of the documentary film !Women Art Revolution by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_39

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. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_40

Chemistry cannot be manufactured or forced, so Wild Flag was not a sure thing, it was a 'maybe, a 'possibility.' Carrie Brownstein_sentence_41

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." Carrie Brownstein_sentence_42

They released a self-titled album in September 2011. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_43

In 2011, they toured for a second time, and played at CMJ Music Marathon. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_44

Accolades Carrie Brownstein_section_5

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". Carrie Brownstein_sentence_45

Writing career Carrie Brownstein_section_6

Brownstein began a career as a writer before Sleater-Kinney broke up. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_46

She interviewed Eddie Vedder, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Karen O, and Cheryl Hines for The Believer magazine. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_47

Brownstein has also written a couple of music-related video game reviews for Slate. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_48

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]." Carrie Brownstein_sentence_49

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. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_50

In an April 2012 interview on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Brownstein said she was no longer working on the book. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_51

Brownstein's memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, was released on October 27, 2015. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_52

The book was published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Books USA. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_53

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. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_54

Acting career Carrie Brownstein_section_7

See also: Portlandia (TV series) Carrie Brownstein_sentence_55

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. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_56

Brownstein and Fred Armisen published several video skits as part of a comedy duo called "ThunderAnt". Carrie Brownstein_sentence_57

She also starred opposite James Mercer of The Shins in the 2010 independent film Some Days Are Better Than Others. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_58

The film had its world premiere at SXSW on March 13, 2010. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_59

After their ThunderAnt videos, Brownstein and Armisen developed Portlandia, a sketch comedy show shot on location in Portland, for the Independent Film Channel. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_60

The two star in the series and write for it with Allison Silverman from The Colbert Report and Jonathan Krisel, a writer for Saturday Night Live. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_61

The show, which features appearances of some of the characters from ThunderAnt, premiered in January 2011. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_62

The series has received positive feedback and concluded after its eighth season. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_63

As of September 2014, Brownstein portrays the role of Syd in the Amazon Studios original series Transparent. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_64

In 2015, Brownstein portrayed Genevieve Cantrell in the Todd Haynes film Carol, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_65

However, the majority of her scenes were cut due to the film's length. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_66

The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2015. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_67

It began a limited release on November 20, 2015. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_68

Brownstein has also appeared as a guest on Saturday Night Live, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Man Seeking Woman, among other shows. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_69

Personal life Carrie Brownstein_section_8

Brownstein was outed as bisexual to her family and the world by Spin when she was 21 years old. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_70

The article discussed the fact that she had dated bandmate Corin Tucker in the beginning of Sleater-Kinney (the song "One More Hour" is about their breakup). Carrie Brownstein_sentence_71

After the article was out, she said: "I hadn't seen the article, and I got a phone call. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_72

My dad called me and was like, 'The Spin article's out. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_73

Um, do you want to let me know what's going on?' Carrie Brownstein_sentence_74

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." Carrie Brownstein_sentence_75

In 2006, The New York Times described Brownstein as "openly gay". Carrie Brownstein_sentence_76

In a November 2010 interview for Willamette Week, she laid to rest questions about her sexual orientation, stating that she identifies as bisexual. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_77

She says, "It's weird, because no one's actually ever asked me. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_78

People just always assume, like, you're this or that. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_79

It's like, 'OK. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_80

I'm bisexual. Carrie Brownstein_sentence_81

Just ask.'" Carrie Brownstein_sentence_82

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." Carrie Brownstein_sentence_83

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." Carrie Brownstein_sentence_84

Filmography Carrie Brownstein_section_9

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