Back in 2007, the New York Times called Marnie Stern’s debut release, In Advance Of The Broken Arm, “The year’s most exciting rock ‘n’ roll album.” It was, too. Pairing blistering guitar riffs with jaw-dropping chops, a unique finger-tapping style and a layered vocal performance, Marnie sounded like no one else. She’s put out two more albums since then, garnered a slough of awards, is counted by some as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and still, Marnie sounds only like Marnie. She took some time out from the studio where she’s recording her next album to talk about her new music, Slayer, sexism in the industry, New York in the ’70s, and how her next album is the first one not to feature Zach Hill on drums (right when she cues up a track featuring Kid Millions, hint). Here we are in a Turntable chatroom:
STEREOGUM: Hi Marnie, let’s play music!
Melissa Locker started playing “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” by The Ramones
STEREOGUM: Well THANK YOU for agreeing to chat with me in this funky way
MARNIE STERN: Of course! Fun!
STEREOGUM: So you are back in the studio
MARNIE STERN: Yes
STEREOGUM: How is that going?
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