Posts Tagged: PJ Harvey
There has much apprehension following last week’s vote in favor of a British withdrawal from the EU. Some are predicting what the change will mean for the region’s music industry. PJ Harvey reacted to the vote by stopping mid-performance to read John Donne’s “No Man Is an Island.” Liam and Noel Gallagher, Bat for Lashes, Blood Orange, Lilly Allen, Disclosure, and plenty other British artists went to social media to express their own frustration, with more than a few also referencing the Donne poem....more
The singer’s “The Community of Hope,” off her upcoming album The Hope Six Demolition Project, has been out a week and is already drawing attention from unhappy politicians. The song was inspired by DC’s Ward 7 and explores urban blight—creating an association between the region and the phenomenon that the area’s politicians are none too happy about....more
PJ Harvey has released another video from her upcoming album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, which will come out April 15th on Vagrant. The video for “The Wheel” was filmed in Kosovo and London, as NPR reports, and documents the singer’s work with her collaborator, Irish director Seamus Murphy, examining Europe’s recurring crises of war, ethnic conflict, and refugees....more
There was this thing that happened in the ’90s: a lot of women were making rock music. It seems simple to most of us here in the twenty-first century, but back then, it was apparently an extremely difficult concept to grasp, because every music magazine and radio station treated “rock music by women” as its own genre....more
If you’ve only heard one PJ Harvey song, it’s probably “Down by the Water” off her 1995 album To Bring You My Love. A runaway hit that broke the top 50 on UK and US music charts, it epitomized the unique aesthetic direction of third album, which Rolling Stone described as “a towering goth version of grunge.” The video showcased the “Joan Crawford on acid” look she’d come up with for the record’s tour: ball gown, immense wig, false eyelashes, and makeup that looked like it was smeared on with melting crayons....more
By 2007, PJ Harvey had released six studio albums, which ran the gamut in style from explosive blues-punk to near-industrial electronica to soulful pop rock. To the surprise of all (and dismay of many), her seventh album, White Chalk, marked a dramatic departure from all that....more
Let’s get right to it: What is a sheela-na-gig?...more
Now that Nick Cave Mondays have drawn to a close, the obvious next step is PJ Harvey Tuesdays....more
It may be hard to believe, but neither you nor your favorite ’90s albums are teenagers anymore.
To celebrate the 20th (!) anniversary of PJ Harvey’s seminal sophomore effort Rid of Me, Spin talked to Harvey, her bandmates, and their legendary producer Steve Albini for an oral history of the record’s creation....more
What do you do when you think a girl is hot and you really want to get with her? You write her a song.
Nick Cave did that for PJ Harvey and “West Country Girl” was released on “The Boatman’s Call” in 1997....more
From Novels to Notes is a new blog by journalist Johnny Garcia chronicling songs inspired by fiction or poems.
It’s still getting started, but it looks promising: there are already two entries about PJ Harvey, and there are bound to be more once Garcia discovers those lines she cribbed from T....more