Filming for the final season of IFC’s beloved sketch comedy series “Portlandia” begins Monday, and the show’s stars/creators/writers/occasional directors Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen stopped by The Times before heading to Oregon. ”During the interview, the “Portlandia” pair talked about some of last season’s sketches, including Armisen’s turn playing a hunk (and his disappointment that no one started calling him Scoot afterward) and how the Uber passenger rating obsession came from a conversation Brownstein had with friends.“We all went and checked our ratings and there was an instant divide in the room,” Brownstein remembers. Armisen though doesn’t really want to declare this season as The End because whenever anyone does that — and he cites the Who and Cher as examples (Brownstein chips in with the Eagles) — it rarely turns out to be the last chapter.“I don’t like to say anything is final, like ‘This is it,’ ” Armisen says. “You really do wonder, ‘Why does this person who I thought I knew have a low score? 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.At the same time the announcement was made, they released the video for the first single from the album.The last time I was in the same room with Carrie Brownstein it was 2006, and she was on stage in San Francisco completely shredding on guitar, maniacally shaking her shag hairdo, and singing intensely over her band Sleater-Kinney’s raucous, urgent rock.The trio, which also included guitarist and singer Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss, had just released what turned out to be their final album, , and they were tearing through their new songs for an extremely pumped-up crowd.Sleater-Kinney has since reunited, and as of 2015, Brownstein was touring with the band as well as in support of her new memoir.She later said: "He lived in the neighborhood next to mine, so I would just walk my guitar over to his house.
Brownstein and former Helium guitarist/singer Mary Timony, recording as The Spells, released The Age of Backwards E. Chemistry cannot be manufactured or forced, so Wild Flag was not a sure thing, it was a 'maybe, a 'possibility.' 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.""Music has always been my constant, my salvation. From dancing around to Michael Jackson and Madonna as a kid to having my mind blown by the first sounds of punk and indie rock, to getting to play my own songs and have people listen, music is what got me through.From riot grrrl trailblazer in the band Sleater-Kinney to sketch comedy genius on Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein has been cranking out pop culture gems since 1994.Here, the Jill-of-all-trades opens up about fame, Fred, and driving traffic to her fave feminist bookstore.Brownstein’s not unusually short, but she is legit petite and low-key. As we chat, seated on a mustard-colored vintage couch at the photo studio, there’s a thoughtfulness to all of her answers. [But maybe you can] superimpose Janet and Corin next to me? A., Airbnb-ing a house in Laurel Canyon with one of her two dogs (the less adaptable one stayed home in Portland with her house sitter) while writing season five, which will premiere early next year.She is quick to smile but more reserved with her laughter, even when she’s exercising her signature wit, which she does when we talk about her cover (“I’m so psyched, it’s like a bucket list thing. ”), her happiness over finally giving up on reading the entire literary canon (“I’m like, ‘Wait, I can read Silk navy top by Wren, wrenstudio.com; Silk pattern skirt by Gemy Maalouf, gemymaalouf.com; Bracelet by Erickson Beamon, net-a-porter.com; Faux leather cut-out heel by Delta by Heart Soul, bracelet, Carrie’s ownpremiered in January 2011—“Put a bird on it,” from a sketch about avian trends in handcrafted DIY décor, quickly became one of the year’s most oft-repeated catchphrases—and its popularity has increased exponentially. (’s production takes place in its titular town, but all of the writers live in Los Angeles, a testament to the show’s humor having roots in a mindset rather than a specific location.) “I can’t believe it’s season five, that just seems so surreal.He showed me a couple of open chords and I just took it from there.