PJ HARVEY’s Wonderful Tiny Desk Concert This Day

17 November 2023

Tiny Desk Concerts is a video series of live concerts organised by
NPR Music at the work desk of host, musician and media personality
Bob Boilen in Washington, D.C. The series started in 2008.

All sorts of music genres was/is featured, starting artists and a series
of big names such as Sharon Van Etten, Yo La Tengo, The National, Jake Bugg,
Wilco, Coldplay
, and The Flamings Lips (full list here) did their acoustic thing
in a small, yes, very tiny little place.

Today singer-songwriter legend PJ HARVEY (10 albums since 1988, aged 54) was
the guest. She did a 6-song set, 5 pieces from her new album I Inside the Old Year
and one oldie.

“I Inside the Old I Dying”
“A Noiseless Noise”
“A Child’s Question, August”
“I Inside the Old Year Dying”
“White Chalk”

Her performance is nothing less than wonderful, gripping and masterly.
Down to earth, genuine, and wholehearted.



PJ: Instagram – Linktree

PJ HARVEY Invited JOHNNY MARR On Stage For 3 Songs Last Night In Manchester

Last July PJ HARVEY released her 10th album, titled
I Inside the Old Year Dying (you can stream it below).

NME said: “The Dorset-born musician’s first album since 2016 is both elusive
and mesmerising. It takes a little time to immerse yourself in Harvey’s world,
but once there, you won’t want to leave.”

She’s on tour now to promote the album. Last night, she played
the 2nd of two consecutive nights at the Albert Hall in Manchester.

PJ invited former The Smiths‘ guitar hero Johnny Marr (who joins
someone on stage every other week) for these 3 (old) songs.

(From 1995 album ‘Bring You My Love’)

(Title track from her 2007 LP)

(From 2004 album ‘Uh Uh Her’)


PJ: Instagram

TURN UP THE VOLUME’s JUKEBOX 2023 – 10 New Tracks Added Every Week

Every week 10 new rad tracks added

In order to not miss a beat Turn Up The Volume scans the musical
horizon daily (doing it for years now, actually) to stay in touch with
all new things sonically great and shares the results on a weekly

Check the 10 new rad cuts just
added to this rad 2023 playlist.


1. ‘The Nether-edge’ by PJ HARVEY

Enigmatic as ever.

Standout track from her brand new LP I Inside the Old Year Dying.

2. ‘Poison The Well’ by SURPRISE BABY

The Los Angeles based project of musician and songwriter
Sarsten Noice and producer Claire Morison.

The track narrates facing the consequences of your own actions and the desire
to change the reality of a situation but ultimately having the resignation that you

Poison The Well has a magnetic synth vibe that sticks
on the spot and actives your limbs. Strike!


Former chief of Manchester’s heroes Oasis still knows how to write an instantly appealing song. There She Blows is grooving and amusing. From NG’s new longplayer Council Skies.


Josh Homme and his amigos just launched their new
wildly praised full length In Times New Roman….

Sicily is unquestionably and absolute highlight. Spooky stuff.


A cover of a Nick Drake (1948-1974) song from his 1969 LP Five Leaves Left.

A mesmeric rendition by PJ Harvey’s longtime collaborator/producer and the sparkling voice of songstress Aldous Harding. It features a brand new tribute album named The Endless Coloured Ways – The Songs Of Nick Drake.

6. ‘Banana Ketchup’ by BAZE BLACKWOOD

The project of music producer, educator, and
performer, named Miles Blackwood Robinson.

No, idea how banana ketchup tastes, but its sonic flavour will seduce
you to get up and shake your booty to the hip-activating summer beat.

Tantalizing tune!

7. ‘Hard Shit’ by ASHA

Songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist
from Los Angeles whose music transcends genre.

Asha: “Hard Shit is about dating and how awful it is, especially due to the inventions of dating apps and how the culture has changed. There are just too many options for everyone now, so no one wants to stick around long enough to have something real. I think this song is super relatable and fun!

I love Asha‘ no-nonsense and direct approach of this topic
and the song’s avid EBM pop resonance. Top shit!

8. ‘Secrets’ by CHEW MAGNA

These Manchester’s cacophonous indie craftsmen score with their new high-energetic corker that resounds like a pop melody backed up by layers of guitar furor, eager bass play, bang-on drum hits and lively vocals. Tremendously catchy stroke!

9. ‘I’m A Wreck’ by ROOMMATES

These British gunslingers kick-start your adrenalin production from the first chord on with this peppery pop-punk cryout fed by schizo guitars and distressed vocals. A thrill, although the song is about the wake of a breakup, an anthem of self-loathing, regret, and ultimately, forgiveness. I said it a million times before, heartache can lead to explosive catharsis in music.

10. ‘High Exposure’ by HOLLOW GRAVES

This shoegazy dream pop titillation gets under your skin slowly but surely driven by its melodic brightness. And kudos to these Canadian indies to comment on the crushing amount of daily promo for artists/records.

“There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with doing some self promo, but sometimes there’s the temptation to lie and hide one’s true self to maintain their public persona. It’s disappointing to see, but the true pitfall of this kind of dishonesty is that it affects one’s own personal growth and self-discovery.”


Steam to Spotify and stream.

See/hear you next week music junkies

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Enigma Is Her Middle Name – PJ HARVEY Released Her 10th Album ‘I INSIDE THE OLD YEAR DYING’ Today

7 July 2023

Artwork album

out today. Order info here.

PJ: “After many years of work I am very happy to release this collection of new songs.
It was a difficult album to make and took time to find its strongest form, but it has
finally become all I hoped for it to be.”

Press statement: I Inside the Old Year Dying marks her first release in seven years, following UK number 1 LP The Hope Six Demolition Project. On this album, which was recorded with long-time creative collaborators John Parish and Flood, PJ Harvey builds
a sonic universe somehow located in a space between life’s opposites, and between
recent history and the ancient past. Scattered with biblical imagery and references to Shakespeare, all of these distinctions ultimately dissolve into something profoundly uplifting and redemptive.

NME says: “The album follows the life of a young girl, Ira-Abel Rawles, as she navigates a thorny path from childhood to adolescence. It’s set within an ever-changing landscape – like the one Harvey came from, and still inhabits, today – and it sounds like it’s from another era thanks to Harvey enunciating in dense, archaic Dorset dialect. Words like “drisk”, “drush” and “gawley” roll lushly from Harvey’s tongue, while field recordings of the surrounding countryside make it feel like Harvey’s most immersive album yet. “I think the album is about searching, looking… and seeking meaning,” Harvey said recently. While the meaning part is sometimes tough to decipher – far more so than her previous work – it’s not the answer here that’s important but the journey. It takes a little time to immerse yourself in Harvey’s world, but once there, you won’t want to leave.”. Score: 4/5.

TUTV: It’s hard, near impossible, to get into the dark corners of Harvey‘s mind, it always was. And this new record is no exception to it, unless you pick some things up here and there when she talks to the press about the LP, like here in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian. Enigma is her middle name, lyrically and sonically. But it’s
such a thrill to get into a PJ album, on repeat, and TRY to get to the core of it.

Singles/clips: A Child’s Question, August / I Inside The Old I Dying




All tour dates sold-out despite the very expensive ticket prices.

PJ HARVEY: Website – Instagram

TURN UP THE VOLUME’s JUKEBOX 2023 – 10 New Tracks Added Every Week

Every week 10 new rad tracks added

In order to not miss a beat Turn Up The Volume scans the musical
horizon daily (doing it for years now, actually) to stay in touch with
all new things sonically great and shares the results on a weekly

Check the 10 new rad tracks just
added to this rad 2023 playlist.

1. ‘Gorilla Guerilla’ by MANTRA OF THE COSMOS (UK)
The smoking punk-disco debut by new supergroup with Shaun Ryder
and Bez (Happy Mondays/Black Grape), Andy Bell (Ride/Oasis) and drummer
Zak Starkey, yes Ringo‘s son, who played with Oasis and The Who among others.
Party time!

2. ‘Road To Joy’ by PETER GABRIEL (UK)
Gabriel keeps on dropping singles from his upcoming i/o
(release date still unknown). This one is a funktatsic upper.

3. ‘Gilla Monster’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (Australia)
Dragonic slam dunk from the Aussies 24th LP in 13 years (!) out next Friday.

4. ‘Undergrowth’ by SQUID (Brighton, UK)
Top piece from the British post-punks’ second,
highly lauded, LP O Monolith.

5. ‘This Town’ by VALA (Manchester, UK)
British gunslingers who infuse pop melodies and lyrics with indie riffs
and a nu-wave feel. On This Town – a bang-on cut from their debut EP
I Love The Sound – the swagger of NYC’s darlings The Strokes‘ comes
to mind.

6. ‘They Live In My Head’ by BUSH TETRAS (NY)
Tense and feverish serpent of a track, going forth and back, from NYC’s
indie heroes BUSH TETRAS (1979–1983, 1995–1998, 2005–present). It’ll
feature on their new longplayer out, named Things I Put Together, landing on 23 July.

7. ‘The Chasm’ by JUSTINE AND THE UNCLEAN (Boston, MA)
Garage power-pop-punk juice from this Boston hit team’s
brand-new fireworks album The Signal Light

With this captivating vocal pearl, Italy-born songstress Cappelletti wants to inspire and unite all the people around the world to fight for the rights for women to live free from violence and discrimination, to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical.

9. ‘I Inside The Old I Dying’ by PJ HARVEY (UK)
The title track – a mesmeric reverie – from PJ’s 10th LP,
coming up on 7 July.

10. ‘Otherworld’ by CELESTIAL NORTH (Scotland)
The life affirming and glorious dreamscape title track from this
compelling artist’s debut album Otherworld, out on the 7th of July.

Steam to Spotify to stream them all.

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