PJ HARVEY – Unreleased Demo Of Old Song…

7 January 2021

On 26th February, UMC/ Island will reissue another PJ HARVEY album
on vinyl, alongside a collection of unreleased demos available on CD,
vinyl and digital.

This time it’ll be her fifth LP Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
which turned 20 last October.

Ahead of it comes a stripped-down version of This Mess We’re In which
she did in duet with Thom Yorke for the final album version.

Listen here…

The album version with Thom Yorke

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BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Knockout Albums Turning 10 In 2021

1. WHAT DID YOU EXPECT FROM THE VACCINES? by THE VACCINES

Released: 11 March 2011 – debut LP
NME said: “By fusing elements of US pop-punk (the Ramones – not Blink 182), chillwave
(they too are obsessed with reverb) and classic good-time pop’n’roll (The Strokes, primetime Libs/KOL), The Vaccines have recorded an album that – if things continue to go their way – should serve to give British rock music a much-needed jolt in the arm.”

Stream here

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2. SKYING by THE HORRORS

Released: 11 July 2011 – third LP
Pitchfork said: “While they may have started out as all glittering surfaces, the Horrors have evolved into a dependable band making wide-reaching rock music. Whether a calculated retreat or just a natural maturation, the Horrors have found a sound more content with background and atmosphere, and it suits them nicely.”

Stream here…

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3. NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

Released: 17 October 2011 – self-titled debut LP
The Daily Mirror: “High Flying Birds is the best collection
of Noel Gallagher tunes since his Morning Glory days.”

Stream here…

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4. LET ENGLAND SHAKE by PJ HARVEY

Released: 14 February 2011 – eight LP
AllMusic said: “Let England Shake’s’ songs, touching on the disastrous World War I naval strike that left more than 30,000 English soldiers dead. Her musical allusions are just as fascinating and pointed. Its complexities make it one of Harvey’s most powerful works.

Stream here…

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5. SUCK IT AND SEE by ARCTIC MONKEYS

Released: 6 June 2011 – fourth LP
NME said: “Suck It and See’, then, is the band’s ‘Rubber Soul’. Much like how The Beatles spent the early part of their career penned in by commercial expectations, they broke out and proved they were much more than novelty love songs on their experimental, but concise sixth album.”

Stream here…

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BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Awesome Singles Turning 10 In 2021

1. THE WORDS THAT MAKETH MURDER by PJ HARVEY

Rolling Stone: “Fairly peppy for a PJ Harvey song about murder.”
Released: 6 February 2011
Album: Let England Shake

Press play here…

2. IF YOU WANNA by THE VACCINES (UK)

NME: “They’ve really nailed it. The ending is heartstoppingly heavy.”
Released: 23 May 2011
Album: What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

Let’s roll…

3. STILL LIFE by THE HORRORS (UK)

Pitchfork: “An appealing bucolic stupor.”
Released: 5 July 2011
Album: Skying

Listen here…

4. ICE CREAM by BATTLES (USA)

The Guardian: “Avant-garde music can be fun.”
Released: 23 May 2011
Album: Glos Drop

Tune in here…

5. I TOLD YOU ONCE by HOWLER (US)

Sputnik Music: “Listen to that track once and
that tune will be jangling round your head all day.”

Released: 1 August 2011
EP: This One’s Different

Check it out…

PJ HARVEY – Her Masterwork ‘STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA’ Came Out 20 Years Ago

23 October 2020

Artist: PJ HARVEY
Album: STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA – 6th LP

Released: 24 October 2000 – 20 years ago
Score: #23 in the UK, #7 in Ireland

NME wrote: “PJ Harvey’s sixth album purports to be a collection of songs drawn from experiences in various cities, and from her hermetic life on the English coast. In fact, from the opening chimes of ‘Big Exit’, the nervy guitars of Television recaptured, ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’ is a traditional New York record, both in texture and imagery. “Speak to me of heroin and speed/Of genocide and suicide/Of syphilis and greed”, she urges in ‘The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore’, and you get the impression we sure aren’t in Dorset… when rock is so invigorating, so joyous about love, sex and living, all arguments are null and void. Hey, take a walk on her wild side.”

PJ Harvey: “There’s so much you can do with laying words on a bed of music. You
can completely change their meaning with the type of music or the way they’re sung.”

Turn Up Turn The Volume: As usual, PJ chose integrity and honesty
over commercial success. Result: a masterwork.

Singles/clips: Good Fortune / This Is Love

– GOOD FORTUNE –

– THIS IS LOVE –

Full album…

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Raw, Ripped And Real – PJ HARVEY Released DEMOS Of Debut Album ‘DRY’

25 July 2020

Artist: PJ HARVEY
Album: DRY – DEMOS
Dry was her debut LP, came out in 1992
Released: 17 July 2020
Info: PJ’ s discography is the subject of a comprehensive reissue campaign to
celebrate every aspect of Harvey’s recording career and afford a comprehensive and
exciting look at the evolution of one of the most singular and extraordinary artists of
modern times.”

Written In Music says: “As expected, the emphasis here is mainly on the rough, sketchy
guitar playing of PJ Harvey… What is very striking is that the recordings are of a surprisingly
high level… n terms of quality, there is little to criticize, the clarity also ensures that it does not look really messy anywhere. It is very cool to discover that the rocking songs often have country roots. That is where Dry’s soul lies. These composing qualities are then somewhat shouted at by the hard-cutting rattling guitar playing and the distorted vocal sounds. Man, if this first demo album delivers so much beauty, you can’t wait for that treasure chest to open completely. To be continued.”
Score: 4/5

Key phrase: “On her debut, Polly Jean Harvey matched Patti Smith’s incandescence with Bessie Smith’s lasciviousness, outplayed everyone on the British indie circuit, and became an instant star.” –  Pitchfork

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PJ HARVEY Releases Entire Catalog On Vinyl Plus Demos LP For Each Original Album

17 July 2020

The queen of indie PJ HARVEY releases her entire catalog on vinyl this year, starting
with her jagged 1992 debut album Dry coming next week. Simultaneously, for each LP,
a separate album of demo’s will be issued.

The reissue of her third longplayer album To Bring You My Love, which turned 25 this year, arrives in September. As a taste of its companion demos release, Harvey shared the demo for its classic track ‘Down By The Water‘.

Demo

Original

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