Polly Admiration (Muso fans)
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Author:  Kuk91 [ Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:01 pm ]
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" Mick Harvey takes us through nine key albums in his catalogue" - Uncut, August 2016:

PJ Harvey
Stories From the City,
Stories From the Sea
(ISLAND, 2000)

Polly Jean Harvey’s fifth
album, co-produced by
Mick Harvey, showcased
a more streamlined rock
sound and picked up the
2001 Mercury Prize.

I’m not sure why we
ended up in Great Linford
[near Milton Keynes], but it’s a good recording
studio. Polly had been recording at Townhouse 3
as well, and we were all very upset when that
studio got closed down. I think she was looking
for another studio that had the potential to be a
bit like that. I think she wanted to be away from
where she was living too – you stayed at Great
Linford. She was on a very particular path there,
she was making quite a straight record in a funny
way. I’m not quite sure how she got to that point
because it didn’t seem very typical of her, to be
honest. But, you know, she’s a real ‘zone’ person.
She gets into the zone of what she wants to do
and that becomes the focus, very strongly, for
what happens with each project. That’s where
everything is focused. I was credited as
a producer on Stories…, but there’s a sort of
arbitrary side to that, really. The producer is the
person who guides the overall sound, and to
some degree, sometimes everyone’s doing that.
All the Bad Seeds stuff is usually credited as
‘produced by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’,
although there’s obviously people in the band
who were doing more of the production work
than other people – usually me and Nick and
Blixa. With Stories… we were there from the
beginning, so it was treated like a team. Polly
took us in, me and Rob Ellis, and wanted us to
guide the production. So then you feel more
of a responsibility to always be on board, and
to always have an idea or an opinion, as opposed
to skiving off and not being involved for half a
day or whatever.

PJ Harvey
Let England Shake (ISLAND, 2011)

Picking up another
Mercury Prize, PJ’s
eighth LP saw the singer,
Mick Harvey, John
Parish and Jean-Marc
Butty record in St Peter’s
Church in Eype, Dorset.

It was great recording in a church. We spent about five weeks there.
It was all close mic’d – I don’t think we used much of
the ambient sound ’cos it was just too wild. But a
bit seeps in anyway. Polly became very interested
in war themes and WWI, and a couple of other
conflicts, and I also have an interest in some of
that. So we discussed a lot of that stuff. She had a
lot of ideas about it, but I didn’t contribute to any
of the writing – Polly doesn’t really co-write lyrics
with people [laughs], she works very hard on
them in her own time. But we talked a lot about
ideas and exchanged ideas. Polly used our voices
a lot on this and her latest [2016’s The Hope Six
Demolition Project], she likes ensemble singing,
and on Let England Shake there’s quite a few bits
where my voice is featured, like on “The Colour
Of The Earth” where I sing some of it solo – that’s
an odd one, isn’t it? But then the most beautiful
bit is when we’re all singing together. She’s
a much stronger singer than I am but the blend is
important. It was hard to envisage something
this unusual-sounding having a big impact – by
the end we were thinking: ‘Is everyone gonna
think this is crazy?’ It’s such a weird record.

Author:  sau [ Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:51 pm ]
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Iggy Pop played two of Polly's songs on his show last week - When Under Ether and A Perfect Day Elise.

He finished the show with A Perfect Day Elise and introduced it with the words "the wonderful PJ Harvey."

Author:  Kuk91 [ Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:03 pm ]
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Didn't knew where to post it: "John Parish: Producing PJ Harvey".

You have to pay to read the whole thing.


Author:  ct4spinner [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:03 pm ]
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Butcher Babies - Carla Harvey

Carla told the Rock 105 radio station earlier in the year about the musical direction for BUTCHER BABIES' next record: "Me and Heidi and all the rest of the band, of course, as well, we've been sharing notes and talking about our vision for the next album and trying some different things and bringing in some different influences that we haven't done before, and we're really excited."

She continued: "I was always a huge PJ Harvey fan and a fan of Poe — if you remember Poe from the '90s. When I was growing up, I loved them. So even though I'm a die-hard, old-school thrash metal chick, I really loved some of that stuff. And I'm thinking about how we could incorporate a little bit of that kind of sound." ... al-church/

Author:  ct4spinner [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:05 pm ]
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Against Me! Laura Jane Grace

I was inspired by an interview that I saw with PJ Harvey where she was talking about a record she did, Let England Shake, which is a record about war. She was talking about how war is a cliché topic but still relevant. So many people have written about war, but it took her this period of time to feel like she could have written about war. I was married for seven or eight years, went through a separation, and now being new to dating, this is the first time where I’m myself. I meet someone and don’t have something I’m holding back. There’s no secret that I’m trans. And [I’m] starting to examine the way that’s represented in culture in mainstream society. For instance, I used to really like going to the movie theater and watching dumb romantic comedies as a way to kill a couple hours during the day, to escape the heat. But after I came out I had trouble identifying a lot of the times with the characters just because I didn’t feel they were speaking to me—though they weren’t necessarily before, I was just going along with the guise. I feel like that’s maybe something that needs to be leveraged for trans people. ... -interview

Author:  ct4spinner [ Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:29 pm ]
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Not a musician but Island Records President Darcus Beese

You’ve come closer than anyone to breaking a properly new UK act this year, with Jack Garratt…
That’s mad. It’s scary. It is what it is though. With Jack, it’s easy to look at him and the sales and go, Well, that’s not where people would or should expect it to be.

But there’s a breed of artists where it’s about the second album. And it should be about the second album. We live in a culture where we all want it right now but I’m glad that wasn’t the case with Amy, I’m glad that wasn’t the case with Catfish and I’m glad it wasn’t the case with PJ Harvey.

Jack will deliver that special second album and people should not throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to artist development.

You must be particularly pleased that Island’s current success has come with such a wide variety of artists?

It’s hard to imagine two artists as different as PJ Harvey and Ariana Grande…

I always said that Island is a broad church. Whether it’s American repertoire or domestic, you’ve got to be in the game.

Polly [Harvey] signed to Island when I started, we were a month apart and our birthdays are a month apart as well. To be here, putting out her latest record and it getting to No.1 was a feat for Island Records. As a label, you do have to reflect the majority of what’s going on in the marketplace. ... ese/065930

Author:  ct4spinner [ Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:30 am ]
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Jamie Hince - The Kills

MG: But you’ve always had more than just guitar music going on — there have always been other elements woven in there.

JH: Yeah, definitely. I never wanted to just be a retro guitar band. It was always really important to have a drum machine and stuff. Polly (PJ) Harvey really taught me that — that you can be anything you want if you don’t have a regular drummer, almost. Polly Harvey can make a record like Rid of Me that’s just like, WOW and then make a record like Is This Desire?, which is this glitchy, really brutal sub-bass and drum-machine record. But you never question it — you never think, “Ooh, that’s not Polly Harvey,” you know? It’s always PJ Harvey no matter what. And I think that taught me that’s how I wanted my band to be. ... sh-and-ice

Author:  ct4spinner [ Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:17 am ]
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MIYNT (real name Fredrika Ribbing)

Do you have an artist right now that you see as a role model?
I would maybe say PJ Harvey. I find it nice when women do it themselves because it’s such a male-dominated business, the music industry, especially pop music. I think it’s very important when female producers and songwriters get a lot of attention.

Author:  moon_ [ Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:24 pm ]
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Look what's in Florence Welch's arms! :love:

Author:  somme [ Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:28 am ]
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'The Desperate Kingdom of Love' was used in the season two finale of Fear the Walking Dead. I was quite surprised when it came on!

Author:  Yes_No_Maybe_So [ Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:31 pm ]
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Yes, I discovered the same when new "likes" and comments about it started turning up on the assorted DKoL youtube videos.

Author:  zemonsta [ Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:37 pm ]
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The Orange Monkey was used in yesterday's Emmerdale (British Soap), some characters had on in the background.
Did not expect that!

Author:  AineteEkaterini [ Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:43 pm ]
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zemonsta wrote:
The Orange Monkey was used in yesterday's Emmerdale (British Soap), some characters had on in the background.
Did not expect that!

Well, no, you wouldn't! Well spotted, or heard.

Author:  Cartman [ Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Polly Admiration (Muso fans) ... rvey/news/ more of a snub, really :grin: I don't expect much else from Moz to be honest

Author:  sau [ Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:27 am ]
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And John Parish.

Luke Brookes of Scarlet Rascal. I was lucky to see them live this year and I liked every song! They were supporting Beak, Geoff Barrow's other band.


Can you pinpoint the influences behind your music?
Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey, Richard Hell, Television, Anika.

If you could work with any artist, who would it be and what would they bring to Scarlet Rascal? 
John Parish. About once a year I find myself stood behind him in a crowd at some event but never bring myself to tap him on the shoulder. ... rview-2016

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