by John Tarpley
Even though they didn't release a proper recording of a song until last weekend, when NPR broke the Britt Daniel-produced "Glass Tambourine," the indie rock godmothers of Wild Flag have been the subject of much rock crit drooling for months, piquing interest by way of grainy YouTube videos, not to mention their lineup. Supergroup alert: The band is made up by Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Janet Weiss and Rebecca Cole, members of The Minders, Helium, Quasi and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Also, do you remember how Sleater-Kinney is, like, probably one of the best American rock bands of all time? Yeah, we never forgot, either. With Brownstein and Weiss, Wild Flag is half Sleater-Kinney. You're pretty much required to go to this one.
Also playing: fellow Merge Records band Times New Viking, the ever-amazing lo-fi pop trio who are currently the fourth most-listened-to artist on my last.fm charts and, on some days, my favorite active American band, period. If you haven't given "Move to California" a spin, you're missing out on one of the best songs of the century, period.
Oh my God, y'all. This is a big one.