REVIEW: Prince, Originals (Warner Bros.)

Prince’s estate has been a bit of a PR shambles since the star’s sudden death in April of 2016. The lack of any discernible will has led to a never-ending legal battle between Prince’s family and the banks appointed to care for the business dealings of the musician’s vast estate. Despite the financial squabbles, the estate has managed to eke out a few posthumous releases that one would assume even hardcore fans have to admire. Sadly, this is unlikely since Prince’s elite hardcore fans are an admittedly miserable and impossible lot to please, complaining endlessly about any and everything to do with the man. These releases speak more to spreading the legacy to potential fans as well as to those who already identify as “fams”- the term Prince applied to his followers as he found “fan” (short for a fanatic) to be derisive.

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Sleater-Kinney’s Corinne Tucker prepares debut solo record with members of Unwound, Golden Bears

Corinne Tucker, my favorite voice from Sleater-Kinney, is set to release her solo debut this October, which she has unfortunately described as “a middle-aged mom record.” Yikes. Not a good way to get the momentum going. Conversely, she has employed Unwound’s Sara Lund on drums, which definitely perks my ears back up. Fleshing out the line-up is Seth Lorinczi of Golden Bears, whose studio, Little Golden Books, Tucker used to record the album up in Portland, Oregon. Tucker cites The Slits, The Raincoats, The English Beat, and Sinead O’Connor as influences for her first-ever solo effort. Tucker has also reaffirmed that Sleater-Kinney is merely on hiatus, not broken up, as guitarist Carrie Brownstein concurred with recently in an interview at IFC. [via Spinner]