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    There's a bunch of old singles/albums etc on her online store. Prices are strange though - signed prints were available for $30 but the SHLTM 7" is $140, the Rid of Me CD $35, and the cassette $70 something which is ridiculous.

    edit: just saw the post above

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    Quote Originally Posted by Octopussy View Post
    I honestly hate that politics always come up in PJ Harvey discussions now. I wonder if it's the fact that she's so specific, the bigger message gets lost? All I know is "The Camp" probably shoulda been on the album, and "Dollar Dollar" is absolutely one of the best political songs I've ever heard, like Neil Young or Patti Smith level.
    She is absolutely at that level. If she ever does another interview again, it would be interesting to ask what's the difference between 100 years ago and now in writing political music but of course she's stopped giving interviews.

    The fact that politics arise in discussions of PJ Harvey doesn't really bother me. Nowadays even ambient albums are supposedly political and if you read beyond the referential surface level of a Childish Gambino video you are a racist monstrous shitlord. Needless to say, it's a very fraught line between what is acceptable and what is not, and this makes PJ's "distant observer journalist" approach even more poignant IMO.

    After I posted about "The Camp" I felt really, really bad. Everyone nowdays has a fucking "narrative", including, like, PJ Harvey visiting a refugee camp and scribbled things down in her notebook and then made a song about it with a notable Egyptian songwriter. The world is complicated and full of tragedy and whereas at one moment I resented her song for propagating a myth at another I respect it greatly for being so deeply...humanistic and just...THIS IS WHAT IS RIGHT NOW.

    In any case, even though the Hope Six era may end up being remembered as "less worthy"(except for the live show) I greatly admire the fact she ventured into explicitly contemporary political territory. Her political songs (going back to "Shaker Amer") have made me question my beliefs and assumptions about marginalized people and that's...awesome?
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    I checked out John Parish's new solo album and was pleasantly surprised to hear PJ featured on a track, "Sorry For Your Loss." I like it!



    From Rolling Stone: "The song pays tribute to Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous, who died by suicide in 2010. Parish produced Sparklehorse’s 2001 album A Wonderful Life."

    They don't mention that PJ also guested on two tracks on that album:

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    "Sorry for your loss" has really been growing on me a lot, I think John really reached new heights with that track. I'm going to listen to the rest of the album now for the first time.
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    Some probably knew this but I don’t know all the classic poems and this was new to me:

    WB Yeats, “Song of the Wandering Aengus”
    I went out to the hazel wood
    Because a fire was in my head


    Familiar??

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    The Northwood! (Which I loveeeeee)

    Interesting, thanks!

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    Love the Northwood song. ITD b sides were awesome

    Apparently some people figured out it was Nick Cave who sung on that, under a pseudonym

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    The ITD b-sides are amazing!!

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    That whole era was amazing. The artwork especially.

    She’s on my list of artists who I’d love to hear the outtakes/demos for that album....

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    Two new songs "Descending" and "The Moth (ft. Lily James)" from the forthcoming All About Eve soundtrack: https://pitchfork.com/news/pj-harvey...e-play-listen/

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    The full soundtrack is out now, I'm currently streaming it on Spotify. It's refreshingly different for PJH, I really wouldn't mind at all if her next album continued in this vein.

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    ^ I totally agree, the minimalism is refreshing, as is the heavy use of mellotron and strings (James Johnson is an inspired and welcome addition to her usual family of collaborators). There's also something slightly deranged about the score on the whole, the atmosphere she creates recalls White Chalk, but also Dance Hall at Louse Point from a purely stylistic standpoint. Hopefully she does develop this sound on her next studio album, but until then I'd really love her to release her versions of 'The Sandman' and 'The Moth', both are utterly gorgeous.

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    Yeah I am totally here for this!

    I loved (and still love) White Chalk anyway. The whole witchy/Satanic/1880s horror movie undercurrent, ghost vocals from beyond the grave and overall aesthetic really works for me as a super tight, super cohesive album. I haven't had the opportunity to listen to all of AAE yet, but what I have heard, I LOVE. Conclusion: PJ Harvey is a God.

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    I really love the All About Eve soundtrack! Sandman, Descending, Ascending, The Moth, Change in C are my favs on first listen.

    PJ is such a talent - I will actually listen to this in the evenings - it's gorgeous.

    OMG - Traume!!!
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    Fucking A - she is on fire with random new songs, soundtracks, etc. I love this song:

    https://pitchfork.com/news/pj-harvey...d-cell-listen/

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