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MARIKA HACKMAN – FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2023 https://www.brooklynvegan.com/marika-ha ... s-of-2023/

PJ Harvey – I inside the old year dying
This record has captured the brooding, rustic magic of PJ Harvey, which is one of my favourite sides to her music. Listening to I inside the old year dying really makes me feel like im being pulled into a different world – wandering through woodlands and looking through fires – but without feeling like anything ive heard before.


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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2024 12:50 am 
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Nice comments from Gavin Rossdale - from about 3 mins 50 https://consequence.net/video/bush-gavi ... -albums/2/

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So this is an incredibly big record for me. Rid of Me is a record that she wrote in a couple of weeks, which also, as a writer, really kind of distressed me that someone could be that good in such a short amount of time. She made it with Steve Albini [Editor’s note: This interview was recorded prior to Albini’s passing.] I never heard a record of a three piece that’s been more in tune. Was it Robert Ellis [and Steve Vaughan]? The expression between the three of them to take very raw — basic’s the wrong word because it’s really elevated — but there’s something base about it and raw, but it takes all three of them to make it work. The dynamics of each of the three members. It’s not just a PJ Harvey record. It’s actually the three of them.

I must have played this record to death. When I went to make Sixteen Stone, I remember all I wanted to do was make every song sound more like Rid of Me. While I was in the studio, going, “How do we get it to be more like this?” I’ve never done that with anyone, but I did it with her.

I’ve got my first guitar off of her, because she played a Jazzmaster at that show [I was at] where she was shouted at from the crowd. I hadn’t seen that and I was like, “Super cool guitar.” So when I got a record deal, I went to this store called Vintage and Rare in London and in the window, they had the same Jazzmaster, same as Polly was playing. So I was like, “Oh my god, I’m one step closer of a thousand steps.

Essential Track: “Man-Size.” What I liked about it is that when she wants to get heavy and aggressive, she’s more aggressive than anyone. She can do white chalk and can be sort of very poetic and lilting, but when she wants to give it…


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2024 8:58 am 
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a few comments on Polly's early years!
dunno if it's been ppsted before https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/53582 ... rit-award/

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Former music teacher Andrew Dickson recalls working with the young PJ Harvey when she and Bridport's other favourite diva Jess Upton (who now has her own soul band) formed the Hat Band, along with Thea Martin and drummer Ben Stephens.

Mr Dickson, who writes music for film and theatre said: "She stood very quietly at the back and played saxophone. She was always very serious."

Mr Dickson said Polly then went on to join Bologna, a performance band that liked to stage offthewall shows with people cooking and juggling and doing circus tricks on stage.

He said: "I write music for film and theatre and Bologna was just about writing for fun. We performed in village halls and charity gigs at the arts centre. It was really good fun."

Mr Dickson said even then Polly was always the quiet one at the back playing the saxophone. She also wrote songs for the band and Mr Dickson recalled one she had written about road kill called Dead Things on the Road Again.

He said: "I always knew she was a terrific musician and had lots of potential, she took it very seriously. And that's how she has got to where she is today, she has always worked so hard."

Polly then moved to London where it wasn't long before her individual sound and style got her noticed and she officially became a solo artist.


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Lol, "one she had written about road kill called Dead Things on the Road Again" sounds almost like a PJH parody


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Didn't that title pop up at one of the lists of her registered songs in the BMI database or something? Or am I misrembering things lol. It sure sounds familiar


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i found it here : https://repertoire.bmi.com/Search/Search?Main_Search_Text=Dead%20Things%20on%20the%20Road%20Again&Main_Search=Title&Search_Type=all&View_Count=0&Page_Number=0

and here: https://www.thegardenforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=2313


so for sure it's a real song.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2024 9:51 am 
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I'll put this here....

from Rachel Kushner book the Hard Crowd

https://x.com/DaniGaravelli1/status/181 ... 71/photo/1

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It's always heart-warming to read such level of praise people have for her! I wonder what tour/year that was. I remember a similar story somebody reported here years ago, where apparently Polly was in such a good spirit after a date of the TBYML tour, that she went to a different venue with her band and spent the rest of the night singing.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2024 6:53 pm 
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It's always heart-warming to read such level of praise people have for her! I wonder what tour/year that was. I remember a similar story somebody reported here years ago, where apparently Polly was in such a good spirit after a date of the TBYML tour, that she went to a different venue with her band and spent the rest of the night singing.



from the gigography...
1995-09-29, - THE WARFIELD - SAN FRANCISCO, CA, U.S.A.

1995-09-28, - THE WARFIELD - SAN FRANCISCO, CA, U.S.A

Looks like the same story you are thinking of!


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I attended one of those shows because it was my birthday, I thought I would treat myself and see this strange and compelling musician, and I didn't really know what to expect. It was absolutely stunning, and I've been a fan ever since. I read about this show years later, at the Hotel Utah, that would have been amazing, but of course I knew nothing about it beforehand.

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