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The wait is over for an official studio recording from WILD FLAG, the recently formed band featuring former NPR Music blogger and Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony (Helium), Janet Weiss (Quasi, Sleater-Kinney) and Rebecca Cole (The Minders). Though a handful of songs captured at live shows have been circulating on the web, the band hasn't put out a proper recording, and won't until April 16. That's when the group celebrates Record Store Day by dropping two new cuts on 7-inch vinyl: "Future Crimes" backed with "Glass Tambourine."
Spoon frontman Britt Daniel produced both "Glass Tambourine" and "Future Crimes." Chris Woodhouse is on board to produce WILD FLAG's yet-to-be-named full-length album, due out in early fall.
" 'Glass Tambourine' is a song that exemplifies a lot of why I love being in WILD FLAG," Brownstein says. "It starts off as a warped pop song and then veers into something more psychedelic. There are melodies, harmonies and then a fair amount of chaos. For this very reason, it's one of our favorite songs to play live. There is an improvisational aspect at the end, and we rarely know what's going to happen. We'll re-record both the songs off this 7-inch for our full-length album and they'll have more of a live feel, which is why we chose to work with Chris."
You'll be able to hear and see WILD FLAG in concert, live on NPR Music, on March 17 as part of our South by Southwest coverage. The band will perform at The Parish in Austin, Texas, for NPR Music's day party.
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