New Music: The B-52s Kate Pierson “Mister Sister”

Stereogum points to the new single by the B-52s Kate Pierson, “Mister Sister,” from her upcoming debut solo album Guitars and Microphones coming February 17th.

Guitars And Microphones was executive produced by Sia, who collaborated with Pierson on the songwriting. Tim Anderson produced the album, and the Strokes’ Nick Valensi plays on it.

Lead single “Mister Sister” is a trans anthem that updates Pierson’s signature sound with a modern sheen; given that so much current music hearkens back to the B-52s’ ’80s heyday, it’s interesting to see her style boomerang around like this.

Fred Armisen appears in the video, which was directed by Monica Coleman.

The track is available now on iTunes.

Monday Morning Music: “Love Shack” The B-52s

This came into my mind this morning and had to hear it.

From the B-52s 1989 album Cosmic Thing, it was the band’s biggest hit. It was the band’s first song to reach the Billboard Top 40, and it hit the #3 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, it was #2 in the UK and #1 in Australia for 8 weeks.

The song was apparently inspired by a cabin in Georgia where the band wrote “Rock Lobster” for their first album.

If you look, you can see superstar RuPaul dancing in the video.

The video for the song received an award from MTV as the Best Group Video, and was named the Best Single of 1989 by Rolling Stone.

Dare you to sit still while you listen.