Jan 162015

Miserable old farts of Rock Town Hall, in today’s Last Man Standing I want to test our collective ability to identify the friends of Sleater-Kinney appearing in their sing-along video for “No Cities to Love,” the title track from the magically reunited (and as powerful as ever) band. Here’s the deal:

  1. As with any Last Man Standing, please limit yourself to one entry per post. In other words, DON’T BOGART THIS THREAD.
  2. Please don’t cheat. You’ve been known for your honesty and integrity in these Last Man Standing competitions over the years; this is a sterling opportunity to show the world that you have maintained those high standards.
  3. Feel free to add commentary regarding the Friend of S-K you have identified, including your thoughts on his or her performance, their own body of work, or something as petty as the individual’s Look.

I look forward to you helping me identify the few Friends of S-K I’m unable to identify. First Townsperson to inspire the return of Alexmagic gets a special prize.


  33 Responses to “Last Man Standing: Identify the Friends of Sleater-Kinney in Their New Video”

  1. underthefloat

    Miranda July!

  2. misterioso

    I’m pretty sure I saw that chick from Portlandia.

  3. Coach Taylor’s wife from Friday Night Lights in front of the red white and blue wall.

  4. Fiona Apple, presumably in the same wood-paneled basement where they shot her “Criminal” video:


  5. In sunglasses and Detroit Tigers hat: Darryl, the cross bow wielding redneck with a heart of gold from the Walking Dead.

  6. Sarah Silverman! She’s one of the few comics I follow on Twitter.

  7. Andy Samberg

  8. Does anyone else think that Corin Tucker looks a little bit like Jenna Fischer from The Office in this video?

  9. cliff sovinsanity

    I believe the cool chick in the sunglasses in front of the Hollywood sign is my fellow compatriot Ellen Page. Her look appears to be retro grunge without the long hair.
    As the kids would say she is “adorbs”. First noticed her a decade ago on the show Trailer Park Boys. Those who might not have been impressed with her acting chops in Juno or Whip It should seek her out in the movie Hard Candy.
    If I’m not mistaken I don’t think this is her first rock video?

  10. ladymisskirroyale

    Hey Mod, you be interested to know that Janet Weiss (no one’s called her out yet!) drummed for the Go-Betweens the last time I saw them live.

  11. We’ll have to see if that was Fiona Apple or not, as I thought it was earlier. Meanwhile, I don’t know the woman’s name, but there’s a brown-haired woman with an upturned nose and big nostrils who is or recently was an SNL cast member. I recall her playing a boy who’d just made his Bar Mitzvah.

    Last Man Standing.

  12. cliff sovinsanity

    Mr Mod, are you thinking of Vanessa Bayer?

    I’m surprised it’s taken this long for someone to mention Natasha Lyonne. She doesn’t add much to the video except the occasional head-bob.
    I’m glad to see her come back from drug addiction. She’s well cast in Orange Is The New Black. A favourite Natasha Lyonne movie in the “Sovinsanity” home is Slums of Beverly Hills.

  13. Who’s the guy after Armisen with the bleached hair and the glasses, looking like Billy Corgan’s son?

  14. misterioso

    Anyway, so is that Fiona Apple or no?

    • I had to look up some of the people we couldn’t identify. “Fiona Apple” may be Brie Larson, who I last saw in The Gambler. She was also the main high school girl in the 21 Jump Street movie as well as one of the band leaders in the excellent Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

      The “teenage Billy Corgan” may be the lead singer of My Chemical Romance.

      Have we identified the woman in the leather jacket and short hair rocking out in front of a chain link fence?

      On a further viewing, Miranda July’s performance confirms my lack of interest in ever seeing anything she’s ever done. Yikes, that is some annoying hand jazz!

      • Ah, the chain link fence rocker may be the ubiquitous Evan Rachel Wood, who seems to have been making boldface appearances in the media for 20 years without me ever knowing who she is. I looked up her credits on IMDB, and sure enough I’ve only seen one movie or tv show in which she’s appeared, Kevin Costner’s respectable comeback/credibility re-establishment attempt, The Upside of Anger. She must have been a teenage daughter.

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