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The Julie Ruin: Kathleen Hanna's Noisy And Empowering Return

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Kathleen Hanna performs with The Julie Ruin in the Soundcheck studio. Kathleen Hanna performs with The Julie Ruin in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In 1997, Kathleen Hanna -- the no-holds-barred frontwoman of the influential '90s band Bikini Kill and later of the band Le Tigre in the early 2000s -- released a solo album under the moniker Julie Ruin. The self-titled album was a lo-fi but fierce collection of bedroom ballads and socially-charged songs that touched on feminism and politics, all in Hanna's distinctive ecstatic voice.

Now, 16 years after that album -- and seven years away from music dealing with a long-undiagnosed case of Lyme disease -- Hanna is back with a new record. This time, what was once a pseudonymous side-project is a full-fledged band -- The Julie Ruin.

On The Julie Ruin's Run Fast, it sounds as if Hanna is taking those stripped-down songs and themes and fleshing them out with a sharper punk sound, and an even more empowering message. The result is a record of noisy and intelligently aggressive songs that address Hanna's illness and vulnerability, but also her recovery and community. Ultimately, both The Julie Ruin and Run Fast serve as a triumphant and raucous return for Kathleen Hanna, one of rock's most powerful voices. 

 

Set List:

  • "Goodnight Goodbye"
  • "South Coast Plaza"
  • "Kids In Ny"

Guests:

The Julie Ruin

Comments [4]

Joel

The broadcast kept cutting in and out, not sure where the issue was but I barely heard any of it :(

Nov. 13 2013 02:42 PM
Leena

LOVING IT!!!

Nov. 13 2013 02:38 PM
Soundcheck producer Joel

And we're off to the races! Tune in live, or look for the on-demand version a bit later today. (Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get the update!)

Nov. 13 2013 02:12 PM
Soundcheck producer Joel

Starting just a couple of minutes late folks! Thanks for your patience.

Nov. 13 2013 01:58 PM

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