“I was staying at somebody’s house in Olympia, Washington, and this guy said to me, ‘Hey, do you want to hear the best music ever?’ And, of course, I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ You know, like, ‘Knock yourself out.’
“He put on Call The Doctor, which was a couple of albums before The Hot Rock, and it really was indeed the best music I’d ever heard. ‘What is this?’ I said, because I just had to know what this great music was. It goes without saying that I became an immediate Sleater-Kinney fan.
“I listened to The Hot Rock in a very unhealthy way – all the way through, all the time. There wasn’t one second of the album I didn’t know. I just loved the whole thing. I was moving to LA, so I drove there and listened to the record the whole way down. And once I got there, I kept listening to it.
“Sleater-Kinney will always be a huge part of my life – obviously, I got as close as I could and befriended them. [Armisen co-created Portlandia and stars in the show with Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein.] But this album is so amazing. The drumming is great, the guitar playing is great, and everybody’s singing it great. The songs are just so… overworldly. And again, the album cover intrigued me. I would look at it and think, ‘I wanna know more about this place, Portland… ’
“I ask the band all the time, ‘How did you make the The Hot Rock?’ It’s funny to see them look at each other quizzically, like, ‘Yeah, how did we do that?’ I think sometimes when people make great art, they don’t really know how they did it. They’re caught up in what they’re creating and are unaware of their methods; everything – the whole ‘How did that happen?’ becomes this faded memory. But that’s neat to me, the mystery of music.”