One day we were shooting “Portlandia” downtown and we went to eat in the lunchroom of this church where they were having an art show. This season’s shoot was really hard; I felt very pushed and challenged, and I was tired and disoriented a lot. I remember sitting down and seeing this painting on a canvas. It said: “If you can, please wake up.” It’s this weird, dark, intense phrase that almost sounded like something like a kid would say to his parents. And that became my mantra for the whole rest of the shoot. I spent two weeks chasing down the artist— he was the security guard at the building. I told him how much that painting meant to me and how it had really gotten me through the shoot and he said, “I would be happy to sell it to you if it means that much to you.” So about a month ago, I drove over to his house and bought the painting from him.
Despite fans’ hopes, Brownstein says she is unsure whether Sleater-Kinney will reunite in the near future; meanwhile, her band Wild Flag closed up shop after one excellent album released in 2011, and Portlandia and her memoir keep her plenty busy. But even though she doesn’t have an active band at the moment, Brownstein still plays lots of music at home. “I play guitar a lot, actually,” she says. “I really like it. And being friends with people that play guitar really well, I don’t want to lose that skill. I don’t want to be, like, a hobbyist with guitar – someone who pulls out an acoustic guitar at a party or something. That’s very unappealing. I want to be able to play well.”
@swvlswvlHere’s a sneak preview of my Carrie Brownstein profile in the new issue of Rolling Stone. The rise of ‘Portlandia,’ why Sleater-Kinney really broke up, and how she feels about a reunion. The awesome portrait of Carrie is by @wearetherhoads.